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Opening Reception of Personal Space

September 17th, 2013 by Denison Museum

“Personal Space” is the subject of a new exhibition, featuring five artists based in New York City, opening at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Denison Museum (240 West Broadway). The exhibition, curated by Tommy White, Denison University assistant professor of studio art, explores the fragility of the human body, utopian and dystopian realities/fantasies, vulnerability, fear, anxiety and desire. The artists featured in the show, Jennifer Paige Cohen, Dani Leventhal, Yasue Maetake, Ohad Meromi and Jennifer Nuss, exhibit multi-media work ranging from modestly scaled drawings to large sculptures and video. The Museum is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sarah Baker at 740-587-6255 or visit www.denisonmuseum.org.

Denison Museum to host Family Day

April 4th, 2013 by Denison Museum

Denison Museum will host a Family Day event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, in the Denison Museum in Burke Hall (240 W. Broadway). The Museum will offer a book-making workshop along with other family-friendly events. Refreshments will be served and all ages are welcome. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sarah Baker at 740-587-6255 or visit www.denisonmuseum.org

In association with the exhibition “Druckworks: 40 Years of Books and Projects” by Johanna Drucker, the students of Denison University’s artists books class will conduct a workshop for ages six to 18. This free class will teach cool and simple book binding processes that have been used by artists of all disciplines to work with the book as a form of art. All materials will be provided.

Artist Johanna Drucker offers two events at Denison

February 14th, 2013 by Denison Museum

Internationally known author and artist Johanna Drucker will present a lecture, titled “From Projects to Platforms: Knowledge Design in Digital Humanities,” at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the president’s room of Denison University’s William Howard Doane Library (400 West Loop). Drucker also will lead a gallery talk, with a reception following, for her DRUCKWORKS exhibition at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1, at the Denison Museum (240 West Broadway). Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sherry Harlacher at 740-587-5713 or visit www.denison.edu.

While providing an overview of digital humanities projects at the University of California, Los Angeles, the library talk will focus on pedagogy and scholarship at the intersection of libraries and digital collections. This event is part of the Franklin Lecture Series, funded by the Carolyn Craig and the Dr. Carl M. Franklin Fund. It is co-sponsored by the Denison Museum and Denison Library.

During her gallery talk, Drucker will bring a deeper appreciation of her retrospective exhibition, “DRUCKWORKS: 40 Years of Books and Projects” at the Denison Museum. The exhibition will be open through Saturday, May 11, with hours Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., and extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m. The museum will be closed for Denison’s spring break recess from Saturday, March 9, through Saturday, March 16. The museum is free and open to the public. The gallery talk is co-sponsored by the Denison Museum and Creativity & Courage: Denison’s 2012-13 Spectrum Series.

Art books and ‘graphix zines’ at Denison Museum

February 1st, 2013 by Denison Museum

The power of print is exemplified in four new exhibitions opening at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, in the Denison Museum (240 West Broadway). The exhibitions, “DRUCKWORKS: 40 Years of Books and Projects by Johanna Drucker,” “Book + Art: The Reading Room,” “Artist’s Books Print Project,”and “Queer Graphix Zines,” will be open through Saturday, May 11, with hours Monday through Saturday noon to 5 p.m., and extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m. The museum is free and open to the public. For more information contact Sarah Baker at 740-587-6255 or visit www.denisonmuseum.org.

Books that are also works of art, artists books are created from a variety of materials, through various construction techniques and may be a poem, tell a narrative, offer instruction or serve any purpose the artist intends. A distinguished writer, typographic poet and scholar-critic, Drucker is a prolific creative artist with more than four-dozen editioned artist’s books to her credit. The DRUCKWORKS retrospective allows audiences to experience the course of her artistic development and offers insights into the evolution of the field of artists’ books. DRUCKWORKS is organized by the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago.

“Book + Art: The Reading Room” features books by Ohio artists and is the result of sabbatical research conducted by Heather Lyle, Denison University archivist. Authors include Jean Bartlett, David Colagiovanni, Diana Duncan Holmes, Melissa Eddings-Mancuso, Gabrielle Fox, Kerri Harding, Melissa Haviland, Kate Kern, Jennifer Evans Kinsley, Heather Lyle, Susan Myers, Melissa O’Grady, Timothy Riordan, Ellen Sheffield, Stephanie Sherwood, Diane Stemper, Heather F. Wetzel and Melissa Vogley Woods.

Students in Denison University’s Introduction to Printmaking course, taught by Visiting Professor Melissa Vogley-Woods, created artists books that addressed an exploration of memory, including place and time, and reflecting on their private and shared environments. In “Artists Books Print Project,” viewers will see the result of students’ use of form, color, text and narrative to explore visual language and sequence through the process of printmaking. The students used many techniques in making these books including dry-point etching, trace mono-print, letterpress and more.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (GLBTQ) artists and art movements are the subject of zines created by students in a course offered by Ron Abram, associate professor of art. Zines, short for fanzines or magazines, are short works that are self-published in either digital or print form. Queer Graphix deals with alternative queer art-making practices and aesthetics with a focus on issues of identity, gender, orientation and sexuality.

Granville and Denison communities collaborate on solutions for Haiti issues

October 25th, 2012 by Denison Museum

The Denison University Museum will host a panel discussion on Haitian relief efforts, “Bon Pa Gaspiyé: A Good Thing is Not Wasted,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Black Box Theater in Burke Hall (240 West Broadway). The panel will bring together influential members of the Denison and Granville communities who are invested in the promotion of health knowledge and social justice in disadvantaged communities. This event will focus on the troubles of the Haitian people, and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sarah Baker at 740-587-6255 or visit www.denisonmuseum.org.

The speakers include artist-photographer Dr. Andrea Baldeck, Dr. Tracee Laing of Granville’s Healing Art Missions (HAM), Joe Reczek, assistant professor of chemistry at Denison and Keith Hare, HAM’s technical consultant. The guests speak from their personal experience during the discussion of relief efforts in Haiti.

Award-winning author at Denison

October 11th, 2012 by Denison Museum

Award-winning Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat and her work are the focus of two events taking place at Denison University. The Denison Museum Book Club will discuss the author’s “The Farming of Bones” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Denison Museum in Burke Hall (240 West Broadway). For more information, contact Sarah Baker at 740-587-6255 or visit www.denisonmuseum.org. Danticat herself will be present at the second event, a reading from her latest book “Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work,” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, in the auditorium of Slayter Hall (200 Ridge Road). For more information, contact Marlaine Browning at 740-587-6206 or visit www.denison.edu. Both events are free and open to the public.
Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969 and was raised by her aunt under the dictatorial Duvalier regime until she was 12, when she immigrated to the United States. She holds a degree in literature from Barnard College and a master’s of fine arts from Brown University. She is the co-author, with filmmaker Jonathan Demme, of two books on Haitian art: “Islands on Fire” and “Odillon Pierre: Haitian Artist.” Danticat was associate producer, also with Demme, on a documentary about Haiti called “The Agronomist.”

Among other books of fiction and non-fiction, she is the author of “Brother, I’m Dying,” a nonfiction account of the deaths of her father and her uncle. This book, as well as an earlier short story collection, “Krik!Krak!,” was nominated for a National Book Award, making her one of the few writers to have been nominated for both fiction and nonfiction. She received the 2011 Harold Washington Literary Award in Chicago and was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Grant in 2009.
These events are co-sponsored by Creativity & Courage: Denison’s Spectrum Series 2012-13, the Beck Lecture Series: Celebrating 50 Years and the Denison Museum.

The theme of this year’s Denison’s Spectrum Lecture Series is Creativity & Courage. Danticat’s piece is a true embodiment of this mantra. The Beck Lecture Series, associated with the university’s Department of English, brings prestigious writers, such as Danticat, to campus to share their work with the Denison community.

Denison Museum opens Haiti exhibitions

September 4th, 2012 by Denison Museum

The island nation of Haiti is the focus of two new exhibitions opening at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Denison Museum (240 West Broadway). The premiere of a 15-minute film, “Dumay an Santé,” also will take place at 7 p.m. that evening. The exhibitions, “Heart of Haiti” and “Resistance and Resiliency in Haitian Art: Selections from the Figge Art Museum,” will remain at the museum until Saturday, Dec. 8, and are open Mondays through Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.denisonmuseum.org or contact Sherry Harlacher, Director of the Museum, at 740-587-5713.

“Heart of Haiti” is a collection of 50 unforgettable photographs by Andrea Baldeck, a physician who has become a fine arts photographer. In the 1980s, Baldeck, accompanied by her camera, made several trips to Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in central Haiti to volunteer as an anesthesiologist. She returned to rural Haiti as a photographer in the mid-1990s and assembled a compelling series of black-and-white portraits. Informed by Baldeck’s lifelong passion for art and science, each photograph is accompanied by a one-line Creole proverb that serves as a counterpoint to the dignity, charm and beauty of her Haitian subjects. The exhibition was organized by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

“Resistance and Resiliency in Haitian Art: Selections from the Figge Art Museum,” is comprised of 10 exemplary works on loan from one of the world’s oldest collections of Haitian art. The works pay homage to the courage and creativity of the island’s complex Caribbean culture. In 1804, Haiti became the first, and only, successful slave revolt in the history of the modern world. However, independence was followed by chronic political upheaval and natural disasters, which have continued to batter the island’s mostly poor and disenfranchised majority. Despite, or perhaps in response to such hardships, Haiti developed a vibrant and provocative artistic tradition, which is well represented here.

“Dumay an Santé” (A Healthy Dumay), a 15-minute film shot in April 2012 by Jeff Hammond and Doriana Westerman of Global Eyes Media, will be premiered as part of the opening reception. The film documents the close relationship between the Haitian community of Dumay and Healing Art Missions. Healing Art Missions is a local nonprofit that supports primary health care for the Dumay population of 20,000.

As a teaching museum, Denison Museum engages in and supports learning and inquiry in the liberal arts. Cultural heritage materials, both borrowed and drawn from the University’s permanent collection, serve as significant components in the University’s academic curriculum and form the basis of exhibitions and programs. Denison Museum is committed to caring for and managing its collection and resources for the benefit of a diverse audience that extends beyond students and faculty to include visitors and learners from around the world.

Museum show curated by student interns

May 9th, 2012 by Denison Museum

The Denison Museum is hosting an unusual exhibition. Curated by senior museum interns, the “Intern Variety Show” displays meaningful objects from their time working at the museum. Nine students have chosen objects and have presented them with personal and professional statements about the relics. The opening reception is from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11 at the Denison Museum (240 West Broadway). The show will run from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, through Sunday, May 13, and Friday, June 1, through Sunday, June 3. For more information, contact Sarah Baker at 740-587-6255 or visit denisonmuseum.org.

Denison Museum hosts Family Day

February 16th, 2012 by denisonuniversity

The Denison Museum will host a Family Day event from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, in the Museum (241 West College Street). The Museum will offer family-friendly events that will relate to the current exhibition “China Modern: Designing Popular Culture 1910-1970.” The fun-filled day will include exhibition tours, a scavenger hunt and hands-on activities. Refreshments will be served and people of all ages are welcome. This event is free and open to the public: reservations are appreciated. To make a reservation or for more information, contact Sarah Baker at 740-587-6255 or visit www.denison.edu.

Denison Museum presents a lecture and Book Club

February 3rd, 2012 by Denison Museum

The Denison Museum will feature two events that expand on its current exhibition focus of contemporary Chinese life. A lecture, titled “Modernity and Mobility: Chinese Women in Popular Culture since 1910s,” by Ping Yang, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Black Box Theatre of Denison University’s Burke Hall (240 West Broadway). In addition, the Denison Museum Book Club will discuss “Life and Death in Shanghai,” by Nien Cheng, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Denison Museum in Burke Hall (240 West Broadway). Both these events are free and open to the public.

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