Monday, October 16, 2006

about the Birke Art Symposium

hi everyone,

below is some news I just clipped via the Herald-Dispatch/OVEC newsfeed:


Held once every four years, The Birke Art Symposium has been offering a wide array of free community art experiences this fall semester with the College of Fine Arts offering everything from public sculptures to lectures, and history-rich music projects and theater.

This week, the Symposium, whose theme is "Arts For All," winds up its successful run with a visit on campus and at the Huntington Museum of Art from Syracuse, N.Y., resident Carrie Mae Weems, who uses conceptual photography, sculpture, sound, and video, to document and challenge perceptions of race, gender and class.

Also, some of Appalachia's finest writers gather to speak about the environmental and social damage being done by the devastating coal mining practice of Mountaintop Removal.

Here's a look at the remaining schedule for the Birke Art Symposium. All events are free except for the Marshall University Theatre performances of HAIR and the workshop with Carrie Mae Weems at the Huntington Museum of Art.

Wednesday, Oct. 18-19 -- Mountain Top Removal Displays, noon to
1:30 p.m. at the Rotunda, Memorial Student Center, Marshall University.

Wednesday, Oct. 18 -- Carrie Mae Weems presentation at 7:30 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse, Marshall University Gender, racial and social aspects of her work .

Thursday, Oct. 19 -- Carrie Mae Weems, Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. at the Huntington Museum of Art Auditorium. Carrie Mae Weems will present a public gallery talk on her work in general, and specifically on the exhibitions HMA will present: May Days Long Forgotten and Italian Dreams.

Friday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 22 -- Gropius Workshop with Carrie Mae Weems. All-day. Huntington Museum of Art Participants must register and enroll with the Huntington Museum of Art (304) 529-2702 or for the interdisciplinary workshop on designing a performance space and piece.

Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21 -- Writers Symposium on Mountain Culture, Mountain Top Removal, and the Environment.

Friday, Oct. 20 -- Registration, Welcome and Book-Fair at 3 p.m. Smith Hall Atrium in front of the Birke Art Gallery

Friday, Oct. 20 -- Roundtable, Writing for the Environment at 4 p.m. at Smith Hall 154, featuring writers from "Missing Mountains" (Wind Press)

Friday, Oct. 20 -- Readings at
7:30 p.m. at Smith Hall 154, featuring writers from "Missing Mountains" (Wind Press)

Friday, Oct, 20 -- Reception with the "37 Flood" at 9 p.m. at Java Joint, Corner of Hal Greer Blvd., 3rd Avenue

Saturday, Oct. 21 -- Writing Workshops at 9: a.m. to 10:20 a.m. in Smith Hall, featuring Chris Holbrook (Smith Hall 113), Charlie Hughes (Smith Hall 227) and Kristin Johannsen (Smith Hall 263)

Saturday, Oct. 21 -- "Coal: An Anthology of Poetry" from 10:30 a.m. to Noon in Smith Hall 154, Blair Mountain Press Reading.

Saturday, Oct. 21 -- Workshops at 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Smith Hall, featuring Erik Reece (Smith Hall 113), Anne Shelby (Smith Hall 227), and Mary Ann Taylor-Hall (Smith Hall 263)

Saturday, Oct. 21 -- Keynote Address, Denise Giardina at 3 to
4 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse, Marshall University.