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Exhibition of Summer Student Artists

An exhibition of artworks created by elementary students in area summer programs will be on view at Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 28. The exhibition will include paintings, cyanotypes, sculptures, and books, and is free and open to the public.

The student works will be installed next to works in the Faulconer Gallery's summer exhibition of pop art, “Shiny, Sticky, Smooth: Pop Art and the Senses — from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation.”

"Shiny, Sticky, Smooth" opened on July 1 and continues through Sunday, Sept. 3. Appropriate for all ages, the exhibition of more than 70 pop art prints and sculptures features generations of America's most famous pop artists from the 1960s to 1990s. Pop art emerged from the booming consumer culture in post-World War II America, combining advertising imagery and strategies with bold colors and familiar objects.

This exhibition includes works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, Jeff Koons and other exceptional artists who offer viewers deeper understanding of pop culture in the form of art.

Faulconer 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.

‘Shiny, Sticky, Smooth’ Eye-Popping Art Exhibition To Grace Faulconer Gallery

“Shiny, Sticky, Smooth: Pop Art and the Senses — from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation" will be open to the public from Saturday, July 1, through Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, in Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery.

Appropriate for all ages, the exhibition of more than 70 pop art prints and sculptures features generations of America’s most famous pop artists from the 1960s to 1990s. Pop art emerged from the booming consumer culture in post-World War II America, combining advertising imagery and strategies with bold colors and familiar objects.

 “Pop art was initially based on advertising and pop culture in the ‘50s, adapting principles of commercial design to the making of fine art. In today’s lexicon, we would call it ‘branding,’“ says Daniel Strong, curator of exhibitions for Faulconer Gallery. “Pop artists looked to consumer product advertising for their inspiration. It’s an art movement that turned brands into art and gave them stature.”

 “Shiny, Sticky, Smooth” includes works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, Jeff Koons, and other exceptional artists who offer viewers deeper understanding of pop culture in the form of art.

“This appealing summer show goes a long way to making people realize they understand more of art than they think that they do,” said Lesley Wright, director of Faulconer Gallery. “These well-known artists, most not displayed here before, have made art out of everyday objects. The works in this exhibition are bright, colorful, fun, and will be recognizable to viewers’ senses of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell.”

Among the vivid, eye-catching collection, summer visitors to Faulconer Gallery will see:

  • Warhol’s iconic soup can screen print;
  • Lichtenstein’s “Interior Series” of furnishings from the ’60s;
  • Robert Cottingham’s “American Signs” as art;
  • Thiebaud’s lithographs of familiar food; and
  • Rauschenberg’s mixed media of slingshots.

Faulconer Gallery events related to the pop art exhibition include:

Yoga in the Gallery with Monica St. Angelo
Thursdays, July 6 through Sept. 7, 12:15-12:50 p.m.
Enjoy a 30-minute yoga practice, including warming and invigorating poses and a final period of relaxation. All levels welcome. Mats provided. Co-sponsored by Live Well Grinnell.
Exhibition of Summer Student Artists
Friday, July 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
The community is invited to view artworks created by students in area summer programs, installed next to works in “Shiny, Sticky, Smooth.” Refreshments will be served.

Faulconer Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week (closed Tuesday, July 4), and admission is free. The Faulconer Gallery is in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell.

Jewel Box Quilt Guild’s 'Diamonds of the Prairie' at Faulconer Gallery

Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery will host the biennial exhibition of works by the Jewel Box Quilt Guild from June 10-18, 2017. The exhibition features more than 100 quilts of all sizes, techniques, colors, and patterns, designed and quilted by the 50 local guild members.

The quilt exhibition is free and open to the public beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 10, with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Members of the guild will be present to discuss their work. Faulconer Gallery is located in Grinnell College's Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell.

The guild was established in 1996, with the first quilt show in 1997. The shows have continued every two years since then.

Director of Faulconer Gallery Lesley Wright said the quilt exhibition was added to the gallery schedule because the guild’s biennial show "has grown to be a significant community event."

"We were intrigued to be approached about hosting the 2017 show, and fortunate to have space in our schedule to try this new partnership," Wright added. "Together we are planning some changes, such as keeping the quilts on view for more days, and we hope the experiment leads to future collaboration."

During the exhibition, local judges will select their favorites in seven categories while viewers vote for their pick for "viewers’ choice." The judges are:

  • Tilly Woodward, artist and curator of academic and community outreach at Faulconer Gallery;
  • Ken Saunders, photographer;
  • Mollie Osgood, artist;
  • Laurie Vos, owner of Loralei’s and Village Decorating;
  • David Abarr, teacher at Grinnell-Newburg schools; and
  • Sarah Parrish Hamilton ’91, assistant at the Pioneer Bookshop.

All members of the guild were eligible to submit quilts for the show, said guild member Janet Carl. "All of the quilts in the show are new and have not been displayed previously," she added. "Judges will not know the identity of quilters while observing and judging the wide variety of quilts."

The guild will raffle the "Diamonds of the Prairie" quilt during the day-long Summerfest celebration on the Grinnell College campus on Saturday, June 17. The 76-by-90-inch quilt, inspired by the pattern "Flower Box" by Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts, was pieced by Chris Hulin and Margy Sieck, appliqued by B.J. Santema, and machine quilted by Jane Bazyn.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. They are available in advance from guild members, at Headquarters barbershop in downtown Grinnell, or by contacting Denise O’Polka, 641-236-7106. Tickets also will be available on June 17, the day of the quilt raffle, in Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. Ticket holders need not be present to win. The winner of the "Diamonds of the Prairie" quilt will be announced at 6:30 p.m. June 17 in the Haight Courtyard, adjacent to Faulconer Gallery.

 In addition, guild members will donate small handmade quilts and other items for sale during Grinnell College's Summerfest on June 17. Proceeds from the sale are used for guild member education and community projects. Several quilt-themed activities will be part of Summerfest as well.

Faulconer Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

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.

Exhibition of Photographs of Civil Rights and War Protests

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