Spring 2018 Events

All events are in the Faulconer Gallery unless otherwise noted. Faulconer Gallery exhibitions and events are always free and open to the public. 

Yoga in the Gallery with Monica St. Angelo

Mondays and Thursdays: January 29 – March 15 and April 2 – May 17, 12:15 – 12:50 p.m.

Enjoy a free 30-minute yoga practice of warming and invigorating poses and a final period of relaxation. All levels welcome. Mats provided. Co-sponsored by Live Well Grinnell.

Convocation: Laurent Dubois, Democracy at the Roots: Culture & Sovereignty in Haiti

January 25, 11 a.m., Joe Rosenfield Center 101

Laurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History and the founder and faculty director of the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University. From 2010 to 2013, he was the co-director of the Haiti Laboratory of Duke’s Franklin Humanities Institute. He is the author of six books that range in subject from Caribbean colonial and post-colonial culture, to soccer, to American banjo music, and numerous articles in publications from The Nation to Sports Illustrated. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Humanities Center Fellowship, and a Mellon New Directions Fellowship. 

Introduction: En Voyage: Hybridity and Vodou in Haitian Art

January 25, 4 p.m.

Professor Fredo Rivera ’06 and the student curators will introduce their exhibition and discuss the themes and works on view.

Opening Reception: En Voyage: Hybridity and Vodou in Haitian Art

January 25, 5 p.m.

Refreshments will be served. 

Workshop: ASTEP

January 30, 11 a.m., Faulconer Gallery, Bucksbaum  Rotunda

ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty) workshops empower performing and visual artists to connect with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world. This workshop will provide participants with tools to create community programs that use the arts to awaken imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help break the cycle of poverty. Co-sponsored by the Music Department, Artists@Grinnell, the Wilson Center, the Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement, and the Center for the Humanities.

Gallery Talk: Joyce Tsai, Formation and Deformation – Art and Practice in a Compromised World

February 1, 4 p.m.

Joyce Tsai, professor and curator at the University of Iowa, asserts that in art, literature, and philosophy, expression is always predicated on existing forms and conventions. What happens to those conventions in periods of profound social, political, and historical upheaval? Drawing upon her new book, Painting after Photography, Tsai examines the strategies Bauhaus master László Moholy-Nagy developed to make his art carry the possibility of the future while facing the catastrophes of the two World Wars. Sponsored by the Art History Department.

20 Minutes @ 11 – David Campbell

February 2, 11 a.m.

David Campbell, Henry R. Luce Professor of Nations and the Global Environment and department chair of Environmental Studies, will speak about works from his personal collection featured in En Voyage

Concert: Eugene Gaub and Nancy McFarland Gaub

February 6, noon

Beethoven, Prokofiev, and more with Nancy McFarland Gaub, violin and Eugene Gaub, piano.

Writers@Grinnell – Mark Montgomery and Irene “Tinker” Powell 

February 8, 4:15 p.m.

Mark Montgomery, professor of economics and Donald Wilson Professor of Enterprise and Leadership, and Irene “Tinker” Powell, senior faculty in economics, will read from their new book, Saving Adoption: An Argument from Economics and Personal Experience.

Biology Department Seminar: Biological Functions of Color and Shape – More than Meets the Eye? 

February 13, 11 a.m.

Jackie Brown, Professor of Biology, will discuss his research on the evolution of color and shape in Hawaiian damselflies. He will describe the ways he and his collaborators have measured variation in color and shape, as well as recent studies evaluating the non-visual functions of these visible features

20 Minutes @ 11 – Kesho Scott

February 20, 11 a.m.

Kesho Scott, associate professor of American Studies and Sociology, and award-winning writer, will speak on selected works in En Voyage. She will consider  the ways in which the Haitian Revolution, and specifically the history of African slaves rising up and becoming revolutionary leaders, affected the culture and population of modern Haiti. 

Film Screening: Of Men and Gods

February 21, 4 p.m.

This 52-minute documentary follows the daily life of several openly gay Haitian men who are also Vodou practitioners. While homosexuality is still taboo in Haiti, these men are able to occupy the status of "children of the gods” within the context of the Vodou religion, which protects them from harassment. However, filmmaker/anthropologist Anne Lescot and director Laurence Magloire show that events such as the AIDS epidemic seem to add a degree of nihilism to the men’s relatively optimistic attitudes. Co-sponsored by Stonewall Resource Center.

20 Minutes @ 11 – Doug Hess

February 22, 11 a.m.

Doug Hess, assistant professor of political science, will speak about selected works in En Voyage within the context of modern and historical Haitian society and his experiences working with Haitians on human rights and pro-democracy projects in Haiti. 

Community Day

February 24, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

See art! Make art! People of all ages are welcome to view our exhibitions, En Voyage: Hybridity and Vodou in Haitian Art and Making Life Visible: Art, Biology, and Visualization, and enjoy a variety of hands-on activities. Special treat! Make your own mermaid! Also, artist Tara Shukla will be working in the gallery, demonstrating her drawing techniques. Refreshments will be served. 

20 Minutes @ 11 – Josh Sandquist: Life Stylized

February 27, 11 a.m.

Some may contend that artworks are more open to interpretation than scientific images. This is debatable. Further, what if the scientific image is artful? Beyond aesthetic satisfaction, what can we gain from stylized biological images? What role do such images play in scientific discovery? Josh Sandquist, assistant professor of biology, will take a look David Goodsell’s watercolors and see what there is to see about the microstructure of living things.

Art, Biology and Visualization: A Conversation

March 3, 2:30 p.m.

Join a number of the artists featured in Making Life Visible for a conversation about the intertwining of art and science in their work. Curators Lesley Wright and Jackie Brown will provide opening remarks and then pose questions to a panel of artists. 

Celebration and reception for Making Life Visible

March 3, 4:00 p.m.

Join many of the exhibition artists to celebrate the art on view. Refreshments will be served.

Artists@Grinnell: Drawing & Conversation in the Gallery with Tara Shukla

March 6 & 7, 11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

It is rare that people can observe an artist's process — the end product is what goes on view. What does working look like? How does the artist transform a blank page, make marks, create a composition? Tara Shukla, whose work is featured in Making Life Visible, will spend time drawing in the gallery, and is available for conversation about her work.

Peterson Lecture: Barbara Mundy, Ancient Aztec Paper and New Media

March 9, 4 p.m.

 Paper was made in the Ancient Americas well before Europe. At the time of the Spanish Conquest in the 1520s, the Aztec empires used paper to record accounts of tribute and to costume sacrificial victims. In the 16th century, robust Aztec paper production fell into disuse in favor of expensive European paper. Today, we think of the medium of paper as a silent and neutral carrier of the message, but for the Aztecs, the medium outweighed the message, which has implications for the way we understand the media landscape today. Barbara Mundy, professor of art history at Fordham University, studies the art and visual culture produced in Spain’s colonies, with particular emphasis on indigenous cartography. Sponsored by the Art History Department.

Gallery Talk: Sharon Louden: Artist as Culture Producer

March 12, 4 p.m.

Sharon Louden will talk about artists featured in her book series Living and Sustaining a Creative Life and the artists’ impact as change agents in their communities. These first-hand stories show how contemporary artists add to the creative economy and well-being of others, furnishing measurable and innovative outcomes in education, the non-profit sector, corporate environments and our day-to-day lives. Co-sponsored by the Art Department, Artists@Grinnell, Center for the Humanities, and the Center for Careers, Life and Service. Reception to follow.

Artists@Grinnell Gallery Talk:  Erol Josué

March 14, 4 p.m.

Haitian singer, dancer, and Vodou priest Erol Josué will give a performative lecture on vodou traditions and religious music accompanied by drummer Bauvois Anilus. Erol Josué has been described as a living archive of vodou songs and traditions, and his own work as head of Haiti’s ethnology office has helped further his personal mission of educating and destigmatizing the religion of vodou. Co- sponsored by the Music Department.

Artist in Residence: Gemma Anderson

April 1- 21

Artist and researcher Gemma Anderson, visiting international fellow, will be on campus to teach a short course, “Art/Bio Investigations through Drawing.” Dr. Anderson’s work considers ways in which drawing as a research practice can enhance morphological insight, specifically within the natural sciences, mathematics, philosophy and art. Her book, Drawing as a Way of Knowing in Art and Science was published in 2017. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Engagement and the Biology Department. 

Gallery Talk: Sarah Kyle, The Art & Science of Renaissance Herbals: the Illustrated Book as Laboratory

April 3, 4 p.m.

Dr. Kyle is an Oberman Fellow at the University of Iowa and associate professor of Humanities and director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at the University of Central Oklahoma. She is the author of Medicine and Humanism in Late Medieval Italy: the Carrara Herbal in Padua (Routledge, 2017). Her work focuses on illustrated botanical manuscripts (herbals) as sites of convergence for Pan-Mediterranean medical and artistic traditions and humanist enterprises, particularly in the courts of northern Italy and in Venice during the 14th and 15th centuries. Cosponsored by Art History. 

Gallery Talk: Gemma Anderson, Representing Biology as Process

April 12, 4 p.m.

Artist in residence Gemma Anderson will introduce her work at Grinnell in the context of the current collaboration with biologist James Wakefield and philosopher of biology John Dupré on the Arts and Humanities Research Council project Representing Biology as Process  (2017-2020). Dr. Anderson has collaborated on a number of innovative art/science projects including Hidden Geometries with the Mathematics Department at Imperial College London; Isomorphology with the Natural History Museum, London; and Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists (Wellcome Trust Arts Award 2009) in collaboration with psychiatrists and patients at Bethlem Royal Hospital. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Engagement and the Biology Department.

Concert: Fresh Flutes

April 19, 7 p.m.

Fresh Flutes under the direction of Claudia Anderson, co-sponsored by the Music Department. 

20 Minutes @ 11 – Elias G. Saba

April 24, 11 a.m.

Elias G. Saba, lecturer in religious studies, will speak about Daniel Kariko's magnified insects, exploring how the scale presented in the images changes the way that we process and think about these well-known critters.

Concert: Harp Recital

April 25, 7 p.m.

Harp recital under the direction of Kristin Maahs, co-sponsored by the Music Department. 

Grinnell Review Release Event

May 3, 8 p.m.

Readings and art presentations by students included in the Grinnell Review.

20 Minutes @ 11 – Vance Byrd

May 8, 11 a.m.

Vance Byrd, associate professor of German, will discuss the works of naturalist and scientific illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717).