April 15, 6:00pm
DeBartolo Hall 132
Q&A with the Brett Kashmere will follow the screening
“Painstakingly researched and chock full of archival footage from the game’s century-long history, From Deep is Brett Kashmere’s sophisticated essay on the cultural history of basketball.He skillfully balances a poetic consideration of the game with a semiotic inquiry into symbols created as the game develops from a rec center pastime into a multi-million dollar industry.”
Five years ago, Joy Christiansen Erb’s son was born with a congenital heart defect. As a first-time mom, Christiansen Erb’s life was turned upside down, but as a photographer, a light bulb blinked in her head.
“It wasn’t something that we expected at all, but I also knew that I needed to be making photographs of this, so that he could see what he went through and to help me process what was going on,” said Christiansen Erb, YSU associate professor of Photography.
Five years later, Emmet Erb is now a robust little boy, and the Erbs have added a daughter, three-year-old Elinor, to their family. And Christiansen Erb has made her children the subject of her artistic endeavors.
The latest collection of those photographs is on display at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts through May 3. In the exhibit, titled “Markers,” Christiansen Erb examines her role as mother – through success and failure, sickness and healing.
“I love photographing my children,” she said. “They get frustrated just like I do at times, but I also think they see it as a special time between me and them.”
Born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Christiansen Erb was on her way to becoming a painter at Miami University in the late 1990s when she took a photo class while an undergraduate student. “I fell in love with it,” she says. “I loved the immediacy; I loved that I could be just as expressive with painting, but much quicker.”
She earned a bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami and a master of Fine Arts from Texas Women’s University. After teaching gigs in Texas and Louisiana, she joined the YSU Art faculty in 2008.
She’s had nearly a dozen solo exhibitions, from Arkansas and Texas to Wisconsin and New York, and had her photographs included in more than a dozen other shows. She’s won several awards, lectured across the country, and a portfolio of her most recent work is housed at the Museum of Contemporary Photography as part of the Midwest Photographers Project in Chicago.
Most of the work in her latest exhibit was shot during a faculty improvement leave last spring semester. Christiansen Erb chose three of her “favorite” photos in the exhibit and provided the following explanation of each:
13 Days Apart
“While I was on FIL, I participated in an artist residency at the Kimmel
Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska. I was separated from my children for a while, and I found myself making work about them through still lifes. “13 Days Apart” is a photograph where I peeled a clementine – which is something my children love to eat – for each of my children on each day we were apart.”
The Little Prince
“This is a photo of my son, Emmet. For me, one of the things I’m thinking about as I make these images is how they represent the growth cycles of my children. This image is fairly simple, but it represents who Emmet was in that moment. I love his gaze and how it shows his intensity. I like the way this intensity complements the more feminine wallpaper in the background, but he’s still this strong little man.”
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April 21, 2015
5:00pm to 7:50pm
April 22, 2015
Demonstration in Bliss Hall’s Ceramic Lab, RM 1059
1:00pm to 3:30pm
Greg Pugh grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Greg became involved in serious art making when he was 17. After a summer school ceramic session at Alfred University, Pugh decided that he would pursue ceramics professionally. After returning home from Alfred, Pugh became a member of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There he began his introduction into wood ﬁred ceramics. After high school Pugh went to Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio to study with John Balistreri and learn more about wood ﬁring. Once at Bowling Green, Pugh became involved with the Balistreri’s ceramic 3D printing project. Once graduated Greg took on the day to responsibility of the progression of the research. The ceramic 3D printing project moved to Omaha, NE in May of 2012 in hopes of becoming a real company. In March of 2014 the research project became a commercial company called Tethon 3D. Pugh is Currently the Director of Technical Operations of Tethon 3D where they manufacture ceramic materials for powder based 3D printers and provide services to have computer models 3D printed.
March 30, 2015
McDonough Museum of Art, lecture hall, 3pm
Jose Alvarez (b. 1961) was born in Venezuela and currently lives and works in South Florida. He graduated from the School of the Visual Arts in 1995. He began his career by making a name for himself through charismatic performances where he “channeled” the 2,000-year-old spirit of a shaman named Carlos. In front of live audiences around the world, Carlos’ performances and media broadcasts have been viewed by millions of people in the United States, China, Australia, Europe, and South America. These performances were the subject of a video work presented in the 2004 Whitney Biennial curated by Lawrence Rinder, and more recently at his solo exhibition at The Kitchen in New York curated by Debra Singer. He has performed at the NASA Johnson Space Flight Center, as well at the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia.
Alvarez has also exhibited his work most recently at Marlborough Gallery, New York, The Moore Space, Miami, Gavlak, West Palm Beach, Ratio 3, San Francisco, as well as in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, “We Are Electric,” at Jeffrey Deitch, and “Cosmic Wonder” at the Yerba Buena Center for The Arts. Alvarez’s work will be included in the upcoming Exhibition “Altered States” at The Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach and was included in the exhibition “Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960s” at the San Antonio Museum of Art.
LECTURE: Wednesday, March 25th, 3:00pm
McDonough Museum of Art
Jakob Marsico is an interaction designer and media artist. He runs Ultra Low Res Studio, an arts-engineering firm that works with developers and architects to integrate dynamic, experiential installations with the built environment. Jakob currently holds an adjunct instructor position at Carnegie Mellon and is is a member of the CoDe Lab in CMU’s School of Architecture. He has a BA in Religious Studies from George Washington University and a Masters of Tangible Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
April 27, 2015
McDonough Museum of Art, lecture hall, 3pm
Aaron Henderson’s videos and installations examine the ways that humans move. Recent projects look at the personal, cultural and political ramifications of all action, from intimate gestures to displays of super-human acrobatics. Well acquainted with movement, he threw himself into walls and off of platforms for STREB Extreme Action, an acrobatic performance company from 2002-6. His videos, installations and projection designs have been presented at Lincoln Center, the Wexner Center and many other theaters, colleges and festivals across the country.
Aaron co-founded LOSTWAX, an East Coast company creating fusions of performance and video, and edited and founded the International Thought Exchange, a now defunct mail art organization.
Currently, Aaron is an Assistant Professor in the Studio Arts Department at the University of Pittsburgh.