Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

BurlsHoovesandShells on a Pedestal of Conglomerates

BurlsHoovesandShells on a Pedestal of Conglomerates
  • September 22, 2017 6:00 PM To December 9, 2017 5:00 PM

In a site-specific installation commissioned by the Visual Arts Center, Larry Bamburg, the Fall 2017 Artist-in-Residence, pursues a process of making that is determined by an arbitrary set of rules to build a structure as tall as possible using a collection of like materials: burls, hooves and shells.

Admission: N/A

Visual Arts Center

Fool's Romance / Books from Aeromoto

Fool's Romance / Books from Aeromoto
  • September 22, 2017 6:00 PM To December 9, 2017 5:00 PM

This exhibition presents over 300 artists' books from Mexico City-based non-profit art library Aeromoto in a setting made conducive to perusal and discovery by greenery, couches, and hammocks.

Admission: N/A

Visual Arts Center

Type Hike

Type Hike
  • October 5, 2017 5:00 PM To January 27, 2018 7:00 PM

The Courtyard Gallery presents an exhibition of posters designed by Type Hike: a collaborative nonprofit design project that supports the outdoors through typography.

Admission: N/A

Courtyard Gallery

Conversation with Carol Mavor, author of Aurelia: Art and Literature through the Mouth of the Fairy Tale

Conversation with Carol Mavor, author of <cite>Aurelia: Art and Literature through the Mouth of the Fairy Tale</cite>
  • October 31, 2017 3:30 PM

Leslie Waggoner Professor in Sculpture Amy Hauft will lead a conversation with Carol Mavor, art historian and author of "Aurelia: Art and Literature through the Mouth of the Fairy Tale." Mavor takes special interest in the fairy tale’s gastronomy, including Alice’s Wonderland cake marked eat me, the sugar of the witch’s house in "Hansel and Gretel" and the more disturbing ingestions of cannibalism, as in the Brothers Grimm’s "The Juniper Tree", where a murdered boy sings through the mouth of a bird: "My mother she killed me. My father he ate me."

Moving beyond this, Mavor discovers the fairy-tale realm in more surprising places: the tragic candy-land poetry of the 1950s "genius" child-poet Minou Drouet; the subterranean world of enchantment in the cave paintings of Lascaux; the brown fairies of African American poet Langston Hughes; and Miwa Yanagi’s black-and-white, bloody photograph of the Grandmother and Little Red Riding Hood holding one another in the cut open belly of the wolf, as an allegory of the victims of Hiroshima. Through the lens of the fairy tale Mavor reads the world of literature and art as both magical and political.

Carol Mavor is Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Manchester, England. As a writer who takes creative risks in form (literary and experimental) and political risks in content (sexuality, racial hatred, child-loving and the maternal), she has published widely on photography, cinema, colour and childhood. All her books, including Blue Mythologies: Reflections on a Colour (Reaktion, 2013), are richly illustrated with an eye on design. Her most recent monograph, Aurelia: Art and Literature through the Mouth of the Fairy Tale (Reaktion, 2017), is splashed with plenty of aurelian gold metallic ink and is perhaps the most beautiful of Mavor’s publications: indeed, it is an ‘artist’s book’.

Admission: N/A

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