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Otterbein Opens Doors to the World

Otterbein focuses on Chile in Opening Doors to the World arts program

Over the next three years, Otterbein University will deepen its mission-stated commitment to global education through Otterbein and the Arts: Opening Doors to the World, a three-year international arts initiative focusing on three regions: Latin America (2015-16), Asia (2016-17) and Africa (2017-18). All events in the series are free and open to the public.

For the Latin American focus this academic year, programming will feature Chile during fall semester and Cuba during spring semester.

Opening Doors to the World will officially launch with a reception and gallery talk for the art exhibit, Te Busco: Poetic and Visual Collaborations of Pablo Neruda, Nemesio Antúnez, and Roser Bru, from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St. The gallery talk featuring Chilean artist Isabel Cauas will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Te Busco, which translates into “I Look for You,” presents collaborations between Chilean poet Pablo Neruda—Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 1971—and internationally recognized Chilean print and painting artists Nemesio Antúnez and Roser Bru. Bru was recently awarded the prestigious Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas (National Prize for Plastic Arts) from the Ministry of Culture of Spain.

Works inspired by Neruda and commissioned by renowned Chilean workshop, Taller 99, complete this celebration of poetry and art. The exhibit runs through Oct. 9. The Frank Museum is open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday-Friday.

While she is on campus, Cauas will also speak at the following engagements:

  • Neruda, Antúnez, and Bru: Between Printmaking and Poetry, 3-4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21, Frank Museum of Art

    Chilean artist Isabel Cauas will share her thoughts on the dynamic and creative collaborations of Pablo Neruda, Nemisio Antúnez, and Roser Bru, who recently was nominated for Chile’s prestigious National Art Prize.

  • Writing About Art with Isabel Cauas & Terry Hermsen, 12-1:45 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, Frank Museum of Art
  • Discovering Chile in the 21st Century with Isabel Cauas & Terry Hermsen, 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, Frank Museum of Art

Additional programming for the Chilean arts portion of Opening Doors to the World includes:

  • Chilean film viewings: All showings at 6 p.m. in Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove St.
  • No, Tuesday, Oct. 6, room 121
  • Missing, Thursday, Oct. 15, room 110
  • Nostalgia for the Lights, Tuesday, Oct. 20, room 121
  • Yo y No Yo: The Role of the “I” in Chilean Poetry, With Christian Formoso & Terry Hermsen, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 4:30-6 p.m., Fusion Studio, 60 Collegview Rd.
    • This interactive workshop, led by Chilean poet Christian Formoso and Otterbein Professor Terry Hermsen, will explore the nature of the “yo” in Spanish syntax and poetry in general, and especially how the “yo” and the “tu” interact in Chilean poetry over the past 30 years.
  • Fernando Blanco - on Chilean film, With Latin American Scholar, Professor Fernando Blanco, Bucknell University, Thursday, Nov. 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m., room 110, Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove St.
  • Performances and discussions:
    • Poetry from Patagonia: The Most Beautiful Cemetery in Chile, With Christian Formoso, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 6 p.m., Fusion Studio, 60 Collegview Rd.
      • Christian Formoso, renowned Chilean poet and recipient of the Pablo Neruda Award for poetry, will give a public reading of his work, with translations by Otterbein Professor Terry Hermsen and Otterbein alumna Sydney Tammarine. 
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: The Chilean Lens: Latin America and the World as Seen Through a Chilean Telescope, With Christian Formoso, Fernando Blanco and Carmen Galarce, Thursday, Nov. 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m., room 110, Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove St.

All events are free and open to the public. The spring semester programming featuring Cuba will be announced soon. For more information, contact Janice Glowski at jglowski@otterbein.edu or (614) 823-1185.