Events and Programs, Spring Semester 2019
All events are in Faulconer Gallery unless otherwise noted and are always free and open to the public.
Yoga in the Gallery with Monica St. Angelo
Mondays and Thursdays, February 4–March 14 & April 1 – May16, 12:15 – 12:50 p.m.
Enjoy a free 30-minute yoga practice. Open to all levels, mats provided. Co-sponsored by Live Well Grinnell.
Opening Reception: Reckoning with "The Incident"
January 25, 7 p.m.
Join us for a student-led event to mark the opening of Reckoning with “The Incident”. Tour the exhibition, share refreshments, and hear readings by Malcolm Davis ’21, Elliott Maya ’18, Joy Mitchell ’21, Rayyon Robinson ’19, Cinthia Romo ’21, and Marco Saffold ’20 of works by Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, and other poets; a dance performance and guided movement by Obuchi Adikema ’21 and Naomi Worob ’19; and Eden Gregory ’19 singing Strange Fruit, by Abel Meeropol.
Curator’s Talk: “Why Fairy Tales?”
February 1, 4 p.m.
Exhibition curator Emily Stamey ’01 shares how two chance movie posters launched a years-long research project and unexpected discoveries at the intersection of art, literature, and popular culture.
Opening Reception: Dread & Delight
February 1, 4:45 p.m.
Refreshments will be served.
Reckoning: Digital Stories
February 4, 7 p.m.
Last semester, students Yaz Abdullahi ’21, Sara Castro ’21, Malcolm Davis ’21, Mica Lin-Alves ’22, Sofi Mendez ’19, Judith Tong ’20, and professors Steve Andrews, Chris Hunter, Mina Nikolopoulou, and Liz Queathem came together for a three-day workshop with StoryCenter founder Joe Lambert. Their digital stories provide a compelling platform for connecting with the exhibition. Broad in their perspectives, they explore art as a way of knowing and processing the impact of Wilson’s work, lynching, and continued systemic racist violence through personal narrative, weaving together the verbal, the visual, the aural and the temporal. Special thanks to facilitators Celeste Miller, Gina Donovan, Claire Frances, and Tilly Woodward.
Gallery Talk: Angela Onwuachi-Willig ’94
February 7, 4 p.m.
Angela Onwuachi-Willig ’94, Dean and professor of law, Boston University School of Law, and Grinnell College Trustee will speak on the concept of cultural trauma resulting from a long-established expectation of routine harm experienced in African-American communities. Co-sponsored by Center for the Humanities.
Performance: Once Upon a Time Wolf
February 8 and 9, 7 p.m.
This solo dance and spoken word performance by Celeste Miller, assistant professor of dance, is an embodied resignifying of Little Red Riding Hood tales, themes and wolf memes. A patriarchal tale in most of its common forms, “Little Red Riding Hood” and its continued reoccurrence over time suggests that the story is still waiting to be told, that the interconnectedness of gender/ age/wildness/boundaries/animal are still notions worth troubling. Live music by Chip Epsten.
Free event, tickets are required and available starting February 4. Bucksbaum Center for the Arts Box Office, hours Monday – Friday, 12 p.m to 5 p.m., 641.269.4444.
20 Minutes @ 11: Kesho Scott, “The Statistics of Lynching”
February 12, 11 a.m.
Kesho Scott, associate professor of sociology and American studies, will consider the data about gender, violence and American lynching, and the stories told by that data.
Visiting Scholar: Karen Tabb Dina
Roundtable Discussion: 4 p.m. Lecture: 7:30 p.m., JRC 101
Karen Tabb Dina, assistant professor of social work, University of Illinois, researches the intersection of race, gender, and public health, addressing health disparities and the impact of trauma, including adverse childhood experiences. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.
20 Minutes @ 11: Celeste Miller, Strange Fruit
February 19, 11 a.m.
Celeste Miller, assistant professor of dance, will screen and discuss Strange Fruit, as choreographed and performed by Pearl Primus.
Lecture: Susan Wood
February 19, 4 p.m., in Burling Library
Susan Wood will speak on 3rd century CE Roman portraiture, followed by and examination of a Roman portrait bust in the Faulconer Gallery collection.
Gallery Talk: Maurita Poole, “The Incident and the Borderland Sanctuary”
February 26, 4 p.m.
Maurita Poole, director, Clark Atlanta Art Museum, will focus on the significance of Mexico for the development of John Wilson’s mural The Incident. La Esmeralda, Mexico’s national school of art, will be discussed as a safe space and relatively sacred site for Wilson as he grappled with the difficult subject of lynching and racial terror in the United States. Wilson’s treatment of lynching will also be compared with works by Hale Woodruff and Frederick Flemister, two artists who addressed the issue while residing in the U.S. South.
Ever After: A public Reading of Fairy Tales from Around the World
February 27, 4:15 p.m.
A public reading of fairy tales from around the world co-sponsored by the Language Learning Center.
Reckoning: Poetry Slam
February 27, 7 p.m.
Hosted by Malcolm Davis ’21, Maya Elliott ’18, Taylor Gaskins ’20, Joy Mitchell ’21, Farah Omer ’19, Rayyon Robinson ’19, Cinthia Romo ’21, and Marco Saffold ’20, this student led poetry slam will engage the audience with John Wilson’s work through language. Attendees are invited to participate through reading poems of their choosing or listening.
4 for 40 Minutes
March 5, 11 a.m.
Katya Gibel Mevorach, professor and department chair of American studies, will moderate this panel including Steve Andrews, associate professor of English; Leslie Gregg-Jolly, professor of biology, interim chief diversity officer; Tony Perman, associate professor of music; and Fredo Rivera, assistant professor of art history. Their conversation, inspired by John Wilson’s work, will consider how we grapple with racial violence, its differential legacy on each of us, and how we think of lynching from the distance of time, emotion, and our disciplinary pursuits. Can we distance ourselves?
Sex Wars Debate
March 5, 4 p.m.
Students from “Bad Feminists, Bad Critics,” assistant professor Leah Allen’s senior seminar in gender, women’s, and sexuality studies, will explore pro- and anti-censorship feminism. Students will interpret Ghada Amer’s painting Les Flaneuses through their historical research into the sex wars of the 1980s.
20 Minutes @ 11: Dan Reynolds
March 12, 11 a.m.
Dan Reynolds, professor of German, and Seth Richards, professor in modern languages, will consider how we confront violent images without exploiting the suffering of those who endure violence. The representation of violence and suffering is always fraught with the ethical questions about the dignity of victims portrayed in photos, paintings, drawings, and in text. Reynolds will focus on several key images in the exhibition and suggest ways in which artists negotiate the ethics of representing suffering, and what our responsibilities as viewers and readers of such representations might be.
Lecture: Valerie Ann Johnson, “A Fearful Militancy of Women: Black, Radical, Queer, Transgender Women Respond to White Supremacy and Fascism”
April 4, 4 p.m., Bucksbaum 152
Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson, Mott Distinguished Professor of women’s studies and director of Africana women’s studies at Bennett College, Greensboro, North Carolina, will speak on the ways that black, radical, queer, transgender women respond to white supremacy and fascism. A light dinner
buffet will follow the lecture. Sponsored by the American Studies Concentration,
with funding from the Center for the Humanities, and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies.
Artists@Grinnell Gallery Talk: Natalie Frank, “Drawing Voices from Literature”
April 8, 4 p.m.
Artist Natalie Frank will speak about her work picturing unsanitized fairy tales and an erotic novel: she uses literature as inspiration for drawing, which has begat a series of collaborations. Frank will discuss her work with scholar Jack Zipes and her work with Ballet Austin on sets and costumes for a new production based on her book, Tales of the Brothers Grimm.
20 Minutes @ 11: Mina Ino Nikolopoulou,“Frail Fantasies of the Dispossessed: Reclaiming Narrative in Dread & Delight”
April 9, 11 a.m.
Asimina Ino Nikolopoulou, Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow in gender, women’s, and sexuality studies and English, is currently working on a book manuscript titled Sensate Matter: Feminist Epistemologies of the Black Diaspora and the Global South. She will address how works from Dread & Delight, captivating in their iconoclastic valence, challenge us to consider counter-narratives that contest hegemony in the works of contemporary artists.
Lecture - Iain Boyd Whyte: German Architecture and the Construction of Community 1900 to 1940
April 11, 4 p.m.
Iain Boyd Whyte is professor of Architectural History at University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art. With its principal focus on Expressionist and National Socialist architecture, this lecture will address the notion of community in the context of Germany over the first four decades of the twentieth century and the work of a succession of architects who regarded building as a vehicle for the construction of community. This position had a symbiotic relationship with successive monarchs, democrats, and dictators, who in turn saw architecture as a means by which to give form to their own political goals and ambitions. Helmuth Plessner’s critique of these positions, published in 1924 as Die Grenzen der Gemeinschaft (the limits of community), will inform the general argument. Sponsored by Art History.
BAX: Opening Reception
April 18, 4 p.m.
Awards presentation. Refreshments will be served.
20 Minutes @ 11: Alissa Nutting
April 23, 11 a.m.
Alissa Nutting, assistant professor and writer in residence, will read from her work in the fairy tale anthology My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, discuss narrative aspects, and provide an overview of contemporary fairy tale scholarship.
Concert: Harp Studio
April 24, noon
Under the direction of Kristin Maahs.
Concert: Fresh Flutes
April 25, 7 p.m.
Under the direction of Claudia Anderson.