GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery is offering a number of outreach activities throughout November and early December to engage the public with “Culturing Community: Projects about Place,” a four-part exhibition currently open in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell campus.
Curator of Academic and Public Outreach Tilly Woodward, who develops the gallery programming, says that the wide variety of events are designed to help viewers experience ‘Culturing Community’ through “a variety of lenses including artists’ talks, discussions about community issues, concerts, hands-on activities, and yoga.” The four-part exhibition includes: (Un)Seen Work: Traditions and Transitions, Life and Death on the Prairie: Photographs by Stephen Longmire, Ideal X, The Moving Crew,Collect(ive): Grinnell People's Museum.
Public programs throughout November and early December include:
• Nov. 2, 4:15 p.m.: Panel discussion on the relationships between college and community with panelists Monica Chavez-Silva, director of community enhancement and engagement; Howie Stein, college rabbi and community services coordinator; Angela Harrington, executive director, Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce; and Cathy Lents, education director, Poweshiek County/ISU Extension.
• Nov. 4, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery talk with artist Jane Gilmor about her installation “(Un)Seen Work: Traditions and Transitions,” based on interviews conducted by Grinnell students with community members. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
• Nov. 13, 1-3 p.m.: Community Day at Faulconer Gallery with hands-on activities, demonstrations, stories, and tours of the “Culturing Community”exhibition. Learn to draw on metal like artist Jane Gilmor or build your own community from wood and other materials. Refreshments will be served.
• Nov. 17, 7 p.m.: Open Mic: Music, Poetry, Prose. Participants may read or perform from original works or works of favorite writers, artists, and composers. Contact Woodward [woodward[at]grinnell[dot]edu] or Rebecca Stuhr [stuhrr[at]grinnell[dot]edu] for more information. Co-sponsored by Grinnell Libraries.
• Nov. 29, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery talk with artist Stephen Longmire who will discuss his photographic exhibition “Life and Death on the Prairie” and his new book from the Center for American Places. Co-sponsored by the Center for Prairie Studies.
• Nov. 29, 7 p.m.: Panel: Contested Space—Rochester Cemetery and its Stakeholders. Longmire and members of the Rochester, Iowa, community will discuss the issues concerning both the burial ground and the prairie remnant. Co-sponsored by the Center for Prairie Studies.
• Dec. 3, 4:15 p.m.: Gallery Talk: Moving Crew members Lee Emma Running and Jeremy Chen will discuss the development and production of “Ideal X” and the significance of the intermodal shipping container in their art.
• Thursdays (except Thanksgiving), 12:15 p.m.: yoga in the gallery.
All activities are free, open to the public, and located in Faulconer Gallery in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, unless otherwise noted. The four exhibitions are open through December 12 during gallery hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: noon – 5 p.m.; Thursday, Friday: noon – 8 p.m. or by appointment. For more information about the exhibition and related programs, call 641-269-4660 or visitwww.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery.