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Exhibition of Photographs of Civil Rights and War Protests to Open May 15

The exhibition "Selma & Lowndes County 1965/1966: Civil Rights and War Protests: Photographs by John F. Phillips" will be on display at Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery from Monday, May 15, through June 4.

Early in 1965, four Grinnell College students on the staff of the Scarlet & Black, the student newspaper, traveled to Alabama to photograph and report on the civil rights marches. The students were Phillips ’67, Hal Fuson ’67, Robert Hodierne ’68, and Henry Wilhelm ’68.

This exhibition features Phillips' archival pigment-based photographs from that trip, from two months he spent in Selma in 1966, and subsequent protest marches. He printed the images for a portfolio between 2005 and 2008. The photographs, which are part of the Faulconer Gallery's permanent collection, are a gift from Wilhelm and his wife, Carol.

The exhibition also includes several other photographs from Faulconer's collection by Hodierne and Derrick Te Paske ’68. In addition, the exhibition "Robert Hodierne: Vietnam War Photographs" continues through June 4, 2017.

 A native of Cherokee, Iowa, Phillips was a student for three years at Grinnell College, where he learned photography from his roommate, Wilhelm. Phillips went on to spend a year at Friends World Institute, a Long Island Quaker school devoted to social change.

He was active in civil rights and peace movements in the United States throughout 1965-66 and photographed several major events including the Second March on Washington, the Selma-to-Montgomery March and the Meredith Mississippi March.

Phillips immigrated to Canada in 1967 and with his wife, Laura Jones, settled in Toronto in an American exile neighborhood around Baldwin Street. They opened a gallery focused on social documentary photographs and operated it until 1977. From 1967 to 1974, Phillips photographed various aspects of the Baldwin Street Village, the U.S. war resister and alternative lifestyle community.

The couple also worked with inner-city children and teenagers, introducing them to various multi-media for both the Company of Young Canadians and the National Film Board. In 1971 Phillips and Clay Boris became founding partners of Toronto-based Cabbageroll Productions. They produced various award-winning film documentaries and drama for the National Film Board, as well as the feature film Alligator Shoes, which drew four Genie nominations including Best Cinematography for Phillips' camerawork on the project.

Phillips went on to become co-producer and photographer for the documentary film unit at the Browndale Treatment Center for Emotionally Disturbed Children from 1977-78. In 1986, he founded and served as key principal of Video Events, where he continued to produce industrial, corporate, medical and documentaries until his death in 2010.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and admission is free. The Faulconer Gallery is in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell.

Live in HD: Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier

Grinnell College will stream Richard Strauss’ grandest opera, Der Rosenkavalier, at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017, as part of the “Metropolitan Live in HD” movie theatre transmissions program.

Der Rosenkavalier, which will be streamed in the Harris Center Cinema, is the last in the 2016–17 series of 10 operas. Soprano Randye Jones will present the opera talk at 11 a.m.

Jones, media collections coordinator for the libraries, earned her bachelor’s in music education from Bennett College and her master’s from Florida State University. She is currently a doctoral student in vocal literature at the University of Iowa. She has gained recognition for her research of and published writings on African-American vocalists and composers, in addition to being a performer and lecturer herself. 

Der Rosenkavalier explores class, conflict, age and love by following the aristocratic Marschallin, her young lover Octavian, her cousin Baron Ochs, and Sophie, a young woman of noble birth whom he is supposed to marry. When Octavian and Sophie fall in love, Marschallin is forced to accept her waning youth.

Sebastian Weigle conducts, and Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča, and Erin Morley star as Marschallin, Octavian, and Sophie, respectively.

Refreshments will be available for sale in the lobby of the cinema before each opera and during intermission.

Tickets are available at the Pioneer Bookshop and at the door on the day of the show. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, children, and Met Opera members.

The Office of the President has generously funded tickets for Grinnell College faculty, staff, and students, and tickets are available for free at all locations. Family members not employed by the College are required to purchase tickets.

Brahms Requiem in Herrick Chapel

The Grinnell Singers, Grinnell Oratorio Society, and Grinnell Symphony Orchestra will join forces on Sunday, April 30, to perform the Brahms Requiem.

The concert will take place at 2 p.m. in Herrick Chapel, 1128 Park St., Grinnell. The performance is free and open to the public.

Altogether, the choir will be 85 voices strong, including local residents who participate in the Grinnell Oratorio Society. Several members of the Grinnell Singers play in the orchestra in addition to singing, and for this concert they will be playing with the orchestra. The orchestra will have 52 instrumentalists. In addition to the Brahms, the orchestra will also perform Elgar’s Serenade for Strings.

The Brahms Requiem is different from many other requiems, because the work is intended to offer comfort to the living, whereas most requiems focus on praying for the souls of the departed, according to John Rommereim, Blanche Johnson Professor of Music.

“The work is about hope,” he says, “a hope that takes into account the reality of human suffering and mortality. The final word is not a complete sentence, rather it is only a fragment: ‘Blessed, blessed…’ as if listeners were meant to fill in the sentence for themselves.”

Rommereim will direct the concert. “These concerts that combine folks from the community with students, faculty, and staff of the college, are a wonderful way for the college and the community to get together through the medium of music,” he says. “In today’s fractured world, these opportunities for collaboration and connection are to be treasured.”

Live in HD: Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin

Grinnell College will stream Russian Composer P. I. Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin at noon Saturday, April 22, as part of the Metropolitan Live in HD movie theater transmissions program.

The opera will be live streamed in the Harris Center Cinema, 1114 10th Ave., Grinnell. There will be no opera talk before the opera.

Eugene Onegin follows an adolescent girl, Tatyana, as she grows from a young romantic to a mature and decisive woman. Adapted from Alexander Pushkin's iconic novel by the same name, the opera is tender, melancholic, romantic, and grand.

Robin Ticciati conducts, and Anna Netrebko and Elena Maximova play the roles of Tatiana and her sister, Olga, respectively.

Eugene Onegin is the ninth in a series of 10 operas to be shown at the Harris Center this season. The remaining opera is Johann Strauss II's Der Rosenkavalier, which will be streamed at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Refreshments will be available for sale in the lobby of the cinema before each opera and during intermission.

Tickets are available at the Pioneer Bookshop and at the door on the day of the show. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, children, and Met Opera members.

The Office of the President has generously funded tickets for Grinnell College faculty, staff, and students, and tickets are available for free at all locations. Family members not employed by the College are required to purchase tickets.

Opera Iowa: The Barber of Seville

The Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2017 Opera Iowa Educational Touring Troupe is pleased to bring a perfect show for children and families to Herrick Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2017.

Disguises and false identities abound as men young and old vie for the hand of the beautiful Rosina in one of the funniest, most familiar, and energetic operas ever composed!

Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is a delightful romp that centers on “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro,” a scheming barber and jack-of-all-trades, who plots with Count Almaviva to release Bartolo’s ward from her gilded cage. From the first notes of one of the world’s most famous overtures to the final curtain, your heart will be racing— but not for the exit!

Opera Iowa is the state's largest and most expansive program in arts education, and one of the most innovative programs of its kind. For more than 30 years Opera Iowa has performed in rural schools, city classrooms, community centers, concert halls and gymnasiums, offering over 800,000 young people and adults a quality arts experience while building new enthusiastic opera audiences for tomorrow.

Destigmatizing Menstruation through Art

Jen Lewis, artist of Beauty in Blood will give a free, public talk titled "Destigmatizing Menstruation through Art" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, Faulconer Gallery.

Lewis’ project, "Beauty in Blood," is a conceptual feminist art project aimed at reducing the stigma of menstruation. She works with her partner, photographer Rob Lewis, to capture and select photographs of her menstrual blood being poured over various clear vessels. By using menstrual blood as her medium, Lewis hopes to normalize menstruation and show that it is a healthy part of life.

"Frankly, I do not think there is any place in modern society for taboo subjects, especially in as far as women are concerned," she says. "Pacifying social taboos only serves to give more power to society than to the self, and as women we have done that for far too long. The time is now to shut down the long-held shame and squeamishness surrounding menstruation.

"My work," she adds, "quashes this taboo, reclaims feminine power, and puts this subject on the pedestal it so rightly deserves. The images I capture force the viewer to think about menstruation in an entirely new way. Capturing the artful quality of this natural occurrence is my way of progressing society's view and conversation around menstruation as well as redefining some traditional fine arts aesthetic notions."

The Faulconer Gallery Artists@Grinnell series and Grinnell College's Sexual Health and Information Center are sponsoring the exhibition.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and admission is free. The Faulconer Gallery is in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell.

 A photograph from the Beauty in Blood project

A photograph from the "Beauty in Blood" project © Jen Lewis and Rob Lewis


Bachelor of Arts Exhibition

An exhibition of visual art by third- and fourth-year Grinnell College students opened to the public on Friday, April 7, 2017, in the College’s Faulconer Gallery.

The annual installation known as BAX — Bachelor of Arts exhibition — includes more than 30 visual and performing art works by 19 studio art majors and non-art majors. All those participating have taken advanced studio art courses. The exhibition remains on view through May 7.

Visitors to the BAX exhibition will engage with works that span printmaking, photography, drawing, painting, video, installation, and sculpture. These works incorporate a variety of media from traditional oil on canvas, watercolor, charcoal and ink drawings, and single channel video, to nontraditional materials such as house paint, pigskin, secondhand clothes, and bowling alley wax. Students are encouraged to use media that suit the challenges of the project they have set for themselves.

BAX was organized by the Department of Art’s Student Educational Policy Committee (SEPC) in conjunction with Faulconer Gallery staff.  Members of the SEPC coordinate all aspects of BAX, from logistics of planning and executing the exhibition, issuing a call for submissions, designing posters, reviewing submissions, engaging a juror, and helping to install the accepted works. Milton Severe ’87, director of exhibition design, brings everything together in just five days for a professionally installed show.

University of Iowa Grant Wood Fellow and Grinnell College Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Tameka "Meka Jean" Jenean Norris served as juror for BAX, awarding a number of cash prizes from several endowed funds.

The BAX 2017 prize award winners are:

Henely Best in Show $450
Olivia Caro ’17 and Serena Hocharoen ’17, The Soft Space: A Pop-Up Zine Library
Tammy Zywicki Memorial Prize for Photography $250
Halley Freger ’17, Honest Makeup Tutorial for Millennials and Talons
Louis Glenn Zirkle Memorial Prize for Sculpture $250
Min Ji Kim ’18, Transcendence of Material
Juror’s Merit Henely Awards $300 each
  1. Zac Brennan ’20, Nathan Calvin ’18, Professor Mark Laver, Zack Stewart ’17, Vignettes
  2. Serena Hocharoen ’17 and Hazel Batrezchavez ’17, Intersection
  3. Alex Neckopulos ’17, Society
  4. Sarah Hubbard ’17 and Josh Anthony ’17, With Winged Words
Office of Student Affairs Purchase Prize  $250 each
  1. Zack Stewart ’17, Saint (Ah Um)
  2. Linnea Schurig ’17, Underneath
SGA Purchase Prize  $250 each
  1. Hazel Batrezchavez ’17, 2nd Generation Sadness
  2. Serena Hocharoen ’17, HOME

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and admission is free. The Faulconer Gallery is in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell.

Indian Folk Singers

​Prahlad Singh Tipanya and his ensemble sing the poetry of Kabir, the great iconoclastic mystic of fifteenth-century North India, in the vigorous and joyful folk style of Madhya Pradesh’s Malwa region.

The free concert is open to the public and will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, Sebring-Lewis Concert Hall.

A question and answer session with the musicians will follow.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, South Asian Student Organization, Department of Music, Center for the Humanities, Student Government Association, and Institute for Global Engagement.

Ana-Cha Art Collective Showcase In Smith Gallery

Ana-Cha Art Collective will showcase their work April 6–14 in Smith Gallery in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center.

The opening reception will be at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the gallery.

Ana-Cha is a collective of artists, film-makers, and scholars, together exploring the politics in and of art, says Hanky Song ’17. "Through the eruption of collective creative power, we aim to deconstruct existing modes of representation constructed within phallocentric & Eurocentric logic, and materialize alternative ways of seeing and knowing through our own marginalized subjectivities.

"We recognize the intimate relations between art, knowledge, and power, and how our forms of art-making are informed by sociohistorical processes shaping how meanings and pleasures are reproduced in our engagement with art. Through our meetings, we encourage and challenge each other to examine the ideological and epistemological work that inform our own creative practices."

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

View Vietnam War Photos by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

A controversial war a world away captivated Grinnell College student photographer Robert Hodierne ’68, who left campus 50 years ago after his junior year to chronicle combat firsthand. More than 50 black-and-white photographs from the award-winning photojournalist’s extensive Vietnam War collection will be open to the public at Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery from April 7 through June 4, 2017.

The exhibition, “Robert Hodierne: Vietnam War Photographs,” is organized and circulated by the University of Richmond Museums in Richmond, Virginia, where Hodierne teaches documentary film and still photography. He also serves as associate professor of journalism and chairs the journalism department at the University of Richmond.

While many of Hodierne’s photographs have been published in major print publications and used in documentaries in the U.S. and Europe, most of the images in the Faulconer Gallery exhibition have never been published.

Hodierne made his first trip to Vietnam as a freelance photographer in 1966. He was the youngest, fully accredited foreign journalist to cover the war. He returned to Grinnell in 1967 to complete his studies. Back at Grinnell he took iconic photos of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s October campus visit that are part of the College’s archives.

After graduating from Grinnell in 1968 with a degree in political science, Hodierne returned to Vietnam in 1969 as a soldier assigned to Pacific Stars & Stripes in Saigon.

During his two tours, Hodierne photographed combat from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the border with North Vietnam, to the Mekong Delta in the south, and the jungle-covered mountains and rice paddies in between. His photographs appeared in all major U.S. and European magazines. The 1968 Popular Photography Annual includes a portfolio of his work. His photos also are featured in the Time-Life series of Vietnam books.

The photographs reflect Hodierne’s concern for the ordinary soldier as seen in the haunting faces. “I want college kids to look at these faces and see themselves. They are the same age as the soldiers. I hope they never have to experience what these young men experienced but I want them to think about it,” Hodierne said. “My mission is to have Americans understand what we ask these young people to do when they go to war. It’s not an antiwar message but an unsanitized awareness.”

For example, the lead image in the Faulconer Gallery exhibition is of a young soldier hoisting a machine gun with  a village in flames in the background. “His look is one to remember,” Hodierne said of that soldier. “Everyone reads something different into it. Is he afraid? Is he angry? Is he sorrowful? It really is in the eyes of the beholder.”

In his 40-year career as a journalist, Hodierne has worked as a writer, editor and photographer for newspapers, wire services, magazines, radio, television, and the Internet. During the war in Iraq, he served as the No. 2 manager in a 100-person newsroom, producing weekly military newspapers plus the monthly Armed Forces Journal and associated websites.

Hodierne, who received an Alumni Award from Grinnell College in 2008, has served as a Pulitzer juror. He was a member of a team at the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer that won the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Meritorious Public Service in 1981 for a series on Brown Lung Disease that afflicts textile workers. He also produced and directed a PBS documentary about a Marine platoon during an Afghanistan tour, was the senior producer of Wounded Warriors, a documentary about medical care for service members, and executive producer of The Making of a Marine Officer, which aired on Gannett television stations across the country.

Learn more Hodierne’s war photography collection

Faulconer Gallery events, which are free and open to the public, and related to the Hodierne photography exhibition, include:

20 Minutes @ 11
Tuesday, April 11, 11 a.m.
Hai-Dang Phan, assistant professor of English at Grinnell College and a National Endowment for the Arts 2017 creative writing fellow, will respond to the Hodierne photographs and help the audience consider them through an interdisciplinary lens. Phan was born in Vietnam and raised in Wisconsin after his parents immigrated to the United States. 
Gallery Talk: “Young and Hungry: A Freelance Photographer in Vietnam”
Thursday, April 27, 4 p.m.
Photojournalist Hodierne will talk about what took him to Vietnam in 1966 and again in 1969, and his experiences photographing every major American military unit in the war. He will connect these early experiences with his career as a photojournalist working amid conflicts around the world.
Reception to follow at 5 p.m.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and admission is free. The Faulconer Gallery is in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell.