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New gallery show up in the Ferg…

I know many folks have written positively about the show in the Sella Gallery in Woods Hall. Still up and available.

There is a special one time Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre Performance:
Winter Season Showcase featuring choreography by guests artists Lynn Andrews, P. Kristen Stockdale, and Ryan Arnold (UA student) and a restaging by Rita Snyder.

Friday, December 09, 2011 at 5:30 PM

and this evening:

Digital Obscura” Exhibit Opens at UA’s Paul R. Jones Gallery

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Art students in an advanced digital photography course at UA have gained “real world” experience by curating an exhibit of their own original works. The exhibit, “Digital Obscura,” will be on display Dec. 5-16 at the Paul R. Jones Gallery in downtown Tuscaloosa. The gallery is managed by the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama.
An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery, located at 2308 6th Street in downtown Tuscaloosa.
The title, “Digital Obscura,” is a play on the term camera obscura, an optical device that was the precursor to the modern camera. The works featured in “Digital Obscura” explore a wide range of conceptual, technical and aesthetic approaches to photography.
The previous exhibit at the Jones Gallery included works by Sheila Pree Bright, a noted photographer represented in the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art, and was also curated by the same students.
“The students studied Bright’s various projects so they could better situate the pieces from the Paul Jones Collection in a proper context,” said Chris Jordan, assistant professor in the department of art and art history who teaches the advanced digital photography course. “It can be difficult when pieces are shown outside of their original context, so a narrative had to be formed to acknowledge the intent of the original projects, while forming a new coherent statement.”
Students were also given the opportunity to work closely with Bright when she visited the UA campus in October. She offered the students critiques of their work, some of which will be on display in “Digital Obscura.”
According to Jordan, all of the works in the exhibit are unified by being produced in a digital medium. But beyond that, they are diverse and reflect the individual interests of the artists. Themes include fabricated realities, stroboscopic techniques, cultural critique, expressive documentary, abstraction, and experimental printing processes, such as digital inkjet transfers.
“This exhibit presents an exciting snapshot of the extremely varied practices that are possible in photography today,” he said.
Students whose work will be on display include Drew Hoover, a senior from Montgomery, Ala.; Cayce Savage, a sophomore from Huntsville, Ala.; Brittany Simon, a senior from Odenville, Ala.; and John Michael Simpson, a junior from Homewood, Ala. Works by art graduate students Nikki Church, from Clermont, Fla; Mari Müller, from Argentina; and Andrew Pruett, from Atlanta, Ga. are also included.
Hours for the Paul R. Jones Gallery are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 12- 5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on First Thursday art nights each month. The gallery honors the late Paul R. Jones who, during his lifetime, amassed one of the largest collections of African American art and donated 1,700 pieces of his collection, valued at $4.8 million, to UA in 2008.

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Things are generally in wind-up mode; I’m working on the Gilmour paper grades. . . Johnna is working on getting us a picture of where you stand in terms of your posts.

Not too much action in terms of arts events this week; ongoing shows at each of the campus galleries, with a new show being set up at the Ferg gallery. Hilaritas Holiday concert starts Friday and goes into the weekend.


Be strategic about your time, but you’ve got room over the next week to ten days to do whatever writing you’d like on your blog to send signals that you’ve been thinking about things and proceeding this semester in the spirit of the course.

We’ll do wrap up work this Thursday, and then the following Thursday will be an optional in-class final exam, an opportunity to bump your grade 5% or about the equivalent of a half-grade. Essentially, I’ll give you a couple of prompts similar to those you’ve received in my blog all semester, and you can write about them in class. I’d encourage folks who think they are sitting in the D and C range to take the task on. . . if you think you’re sitting in the A or B range, you might have better uses for the two hours.

See you soon.

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International Documenting Justice Film Screening

Please join us for the third annual University of Alabama International Documenting Justice Film Screening Tuesday, November 29 at 7 p.m. (reception at 6 p.m.) at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa!
The screening will consist of two short, student documentary films from Italy and Morocco. The film screening will be the culmination of the International Documenting Justice course, in which students devote two on-campus semesters and a study-abroad term to telling stories of justice and injustice from around the globe.
Please RSVP for the reception to or 205-348-6490.
Thank you for your time, and we hope to see you there!

Stephen F. Black
Director, Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility
The University of Alabama

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Events Upcoming. . .

Post-Thanksgiving Goodies. . .

UA Symphonic Band

Joseph Dane Lecture

FIR Modern China in Cinema Film Series Presents ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’

Hilaritas Holiday Concert

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Art, Success, Prosperity

Here’s another interesting angle on the art and prosperity conversation focusing on the establishment of a major art museum in Bentonville, Arkansas by Sam Walton’s spouse. As always, the comments are as interesting to follow as the article itself:

Walmart Art

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Music as Product. . . Music as Organic Material

After Davey Williams’ comments last week on resisting the commodification of music, thought you might be interested in this commentary by Brian Eno (ambient music pioneer, formerly of Roxy Music)

The Information Garden

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Slow Events week. . . but good stuff in the galleries all over campus: Gorgas 2nd Floor Lobby, Gorgas 5th Floor Book Arts, Ferguson Center, Sella Gallery in Woods Hall, and Moody Gallery in Garland Hall

And the Chinese film festival continues:

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