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Otterbein and the Arts: Opening Doors to the World

Otterbein Opening Doors LogoOtterbein University deepens its commitment to global education with Otterbein and the Arts: Opening Doors to the World, a multi-year focus on the arts in three non-Western regions: Latin America (2015-16), Asia (2016-17), and Africa (2017-18). India, Thailand, Tibet, and China are gateway countries explored in programs this year.

All events in the series are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

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Tibet and China: Spring Semester 2017

ART EXHIBITIONS

BETWEEN US:  Identity and Relationship in Tibetan Contemporary Art
January 25 – April 22
Guest Curator, Dr. Ariana Maki
Frank Museum of Art
39 S. Vine Street

A rare opportunity to see Contemporary Tibetan Art in Ohio, this exhibition features work by traditionally trained and internationally recognized Tibetan artists and brothers, Tsherin Sherpa and Tulku Jamyang (TJ). Working in contemporary modes, they explore emergent identity at the relational edge of tradition and modernity. Special thanks to NEA Artworks for their continued support of our Opening Doors to the World exhibitions. For more information about the artists and Contemporary Tibetan Art, see our library guide.NEA_Artworks_Grant_logo

 
 

BETWEEN US
PUBLIC ARTISTS TALK & RECEPTION

Thursday, March 16, 2017
6:30p Philomathean Room (talk)
7:30p The Frank Museum of Art (reception)

Tibetan artists Tsherin Sherpa and Tulku Jamyang (TJ) discuss their artwork, growing up as Tibetans in Nepal, and their personal transitions from traditional Buddhist thangka painting to the world of contemporary art.  Introductory remarks by Dr. Ariana Maki.

Water and Ink Revisited: Contemporary Art from the Academy
January 11 - April 30
Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall
Public Reception: Friday, March 10, 5p - 7p

A special exhibition of works on paper by fine art faculty from the Shanghai Printing and Publishing College, the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, and Shanghai Jian Qiao University, three of Otterbein's partner schools in China. 

THEATER

ACT OUT Reading Series 
KWATZ! The Tibetan Project:  The Sound of a Hammer Hitting the Head

April 13 at 7:30p
Campus Center Pit Theatre

Ernest Abuba's unconventional script combines mystical visions, music, song, and dance to explore Tibet under Chinese oppression.  Kwatz is a Buddhist term for a new awakening, in this instance brought about by an assault when a wandering vagrant drives the claws of a hammer into a Tibetan immigrant's head.  The play explores this man's visions while having an out of body experience.  Abandoning conventions of plot or character development, Abuba immerses his audience in a groundlessness that is at the heart of Buddhist teachings and traditions.

MUSIC

Silk Road Concert
Featuring Dr. Siu-Leung Lee, playing the erhu
Sunday, April 9
7:00 PM
Riley Auditorium - 170 W Park Street
Free and open to the public

SONG OF ASIA: Celebrating the Music of Central Asia
The Otterbein University Choirs
Sunday, February 19, 7:00p
Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center

Celebrate the cultures of Central Asia with the Otterbein choirs this February. The singers of the university's Men's Chorus, Women's Chorale, and Concert Choir will honor the music of India, Nepal, China, and Mongolia with arrangements of traditional folks songs as well as works that celebrate Mongolian horses, the beauty of the Himalayas, and the excitement of Bollywood.  The performance is free and open to the public.

OTHER RELATED PROGRAMMING

Chinese Festival
Saturday, February 4
Westerville Central High School
7118 Mount Royal Ave
11:00-19:00, Saturday Feb.4, 2017
The tenth annual Ohio Chinese Festival a great gathering for overseas Chinese to celebrate Chinese New Year in retrospect of our ten-year achievements. The Chinese Festival will present the essence of past ten years, with a special focus on local customs and culture, spectacular landscape and quality life in Guizhou, Beijing, Hubei, Shandong, Sichuan, and south Yangze River regions.  For more information, see http://www.ohioccl.org/2017chinaday/

How Maps Turn World History Upside Down 
Dr. Siu-Leung Lee
Monday, February 6
6p - 7p in Roush Hall 114
Free and open to public.
For the past 400 years, the 1602 Chinese world map (Kunyu Wanguo Quantu) has been believed to be the work of Matteo Ricci translating from works of European cartographers. However, as the nickname "The Impossible Black Tulip" indicates, the map is incompatible with such authorship. Using a forensic approach, detailed analysis of more than 600 maps from the 14th - 18th centuries, as well as original records of explorers, reveals that the map was in fact completed before 1430 by Chinese explorers, overturning the history of the Age of Exploration. This discovery has profound implications on American history. Sponsored by the Humanities Advisory Committee, the Honors Program, and the Courtright Memorial Library.

PAST OPENING DOORS EVENTS

INDIA & THAILAND - FALL 2016

ART EXHIBITIONS

Unblinded Hearts: Art and Travel in Thailand
June 1 – September 30
Miller Gallery hall
Reception: Friday, August 26 at 3p
Art photography and creative writing exhibition by students in the Art of Travel: Thailand Senior Year Experience/English Literary Locations May 2016 course.

Low Season
August 22 - October 5
Miller Gallery
Reception: Thursday, September 1, 4p - 6p
Artist remarks begin at 5p
Associate Professor Jonathan Johnson’s sabbatical exhibition project consists of a new experimental short film and photo series that meander through themes of family, autobiography, place and growing up between the cultures of Thailand and the American Midwest.

Urban Reflections:  Contemporary Thai Photography
October 12 – December 9
Miller Gallery
This exhibition features work by emerging Thai photographers Lek Kiatsirikajorn and Miti Ruangkritya, whose sublime imagery gives unique voice to the 2011 floods in Bangkok, along the Chao Phraya River. The show questions notions of progress and our contemporary relationship with natural forces.

Sonabai: Another Way of Seeing
August 24 – December 22
Fisher Gallery
Thursday, August 25 at 12p, Room 114 Roush
Award-winning short film showing and public talk by Curator, Stephen P. Huyler
Diwali Celebration, Friday, October 28
Self-taught artist Sonabai Rajawar lived in enforced isolation for 15 years in a remote India village, creating her own joyous sculptural environment. Through needing to express a personal vision in the face of tremendous adversity, she developed an innovative art form that she later taught to other artists.

On Being Gandhi: The Art and Politics of Seeing
August 24 – December 2
Guest Curator, Chaya Chandrasekhar
The Frank Museum of Art
Diwali Celebration, Friday, October 28  
Named one of India’s top 15 rising artists, photographer Shivaraju B.S. (a.k.a. Cop Shiva) focuses on portraits of people living on the fringes, yet who embody the zeitgeist of contemporary India. The idea of masquerade in particular interests him. The exhibition features photographs of Bagadehalli Basvaraju, a village schoolteacher who routinely impersonates the great Mahatma Gandhi. 

FILMS

Agrarian Utopia (2009)
Monday, September 12 & Thursday, September 15
Q & A with Uruphong Raksasad, award-winning writer and director
The Frank Museum of Art
6p - 9p
Uruphong Raksasad was born to farmers in northern Thailand and at eighteen moved to Bangkok to study film at Thammasat University. After working on large-scale feature films, he began creating art films that focus on rural Thailand.  Agrarian Utopia, with its stunning cinematography and universal message, won the UNESCO Award in 2009.

3 Idiots (2009)
Wednesday, October 5th 
Room 114, Roush Hall
7p
In this comedy-drama, old friends reconnect and share memories of their college days, when they faced ridicule for daring to think differently from the mainstream. This Bollywood film received numerous awards, including Best Film by Filmfare and Star Screen Awards.  Screenplay by Abhijat Joshi and Rajkumar Hirani. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani.

 PK (2014)
Wednesday, October 12th 
Room 114, Roush Hall
7p
This satirical Indian science fiction comedy features an alien (PK) who lands on earth and naïvely questions religious dogma and practices.  This Bollywood film received numerous awards and is one of India’s highest grossing films of all times. Written by Abhijat Joshi. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani.

Conversation Abhijat Joshi
Thursday, October 13th 
Cowan Hall
7p
Free and open to the public. Bollywood Screenwriter Abhijat Joshi engages in a public discussion of his award-winning films 3 Idiots (2009) and PK (2014).  Sponsored by Otterbein University.

DANCE

THE GODDESS
Thursday, November 17 at 7:30p
Friday & Saturday, November 18-19 at 8p
Sunday, November 20 at 2p
Cowan Hall
Out of chaos comes order led by a Hindu goddess who embraces and reflects humanity. The 2016 Otterbein University Dance Concert, choreographed by Otterbein Theatre and Dance faculty, is influenced and inspired by the story of Durga, Mother of the Universe, and the power behind the work of creation and preservation of the world.

Ardhanarishwara
Tuesday, November 15
Riley Hall
6p
Classically trained Indian dancer, Sreyashi Dey will present a traditional choreography on Ardhanariswara, the unified form of Shiva and Shakti - the universal male and female principles. A lecture on gender fluidity and non-duality in Hindu myth and philosophy by Suzanne Schier-Happell, Religion Department, will precede the performance.

THEATER

A Shaft of Sunlight, by Abhijat Joshi (new version)
Saturday, October 15, 7p
Philomathean Room, Towers Hall

Saturday, November 12, 7p
Pit Theatre, Campus Center
A reading of a new and revised version of acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Abhijat Joshi's A Shaft of Sunlight will inaugurate the Otterbein Department of Theatre and Dance ACT OUT Reading Series.  Set in Ahmedabad, A Shaft of Sunlight explores the conflict in a Hindu and Muslim marriage, amidst the violent political uprisings in the city.  A Muslim fugitive takes refuge in their home, unearthing deep prejudices within the family that echo the unrest around them. Runner-up in the BBC international competition, it earned a premier performance in England. A talk-back following the reading will focus on what it means to experience the beliefs and prejudices of "other."

MUSIC

Sax Meets Strings; a Carnatic Instrumental Concert
Saturday, September 24
Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Hall
8p
Featuring Sandhya Andand, an All India Radio-graded professional violinist and vocalist, Anvita Hariharan, a popular South Indian classical saxophonist and accompanist Vinod Seetharaman.  Sponsored by Dhvani https://www.dhvaniohio.org/  Free to the Otterbein community.  See Dhvani website for tickets (Adults $25, Seniors $15, students $10).

CELEBRATE INDIA: Diwali (festival of lights)
Friday, October 28, 2016

exhibitions, women's art, Hindu puja, presentation on The Goddess, food by Himalayan Grille

Exhibition Reception, 4:00p - 5:30p
On Being Gandhi: The Art and Politics of Seeing

Cop Shiva, Photographer
Artist talk begins at 4:30p
Frank Museum, 39 S. Vine Street

Named one of India’s top 15 rising artists, photographer Shivaraju B.S. (a.k.a. Cop Shiva) focuses on portraits of people living on the fringes, yet who embody the zeitgeist of contemporary India. The idea of masquerade in particular interests him. The exhibition features photographs of Bagadehalli Basvaraju, a village schoolteacher who routinely impersonates the great Mahatma Gandhi.

Dance Concert (sneak preview), 5:45p - 6:15p 
The Goddess
Roush Hall atrium (amidst the Sonabai: Another Way of Seeing exhibition)
Out of chaos comes order led by a Hindu goddess who embraces and reflects humanity. The 2016 Otterbein University Dance Concert, choreographed by Otterbein Theatre and Dance faculty, is influenced and inspired by the story of Durga, Mother of the Universe, and the power behind the work of creation and preservation of the world.

Women's Art - Live,  6:15p 
Contemporary Rangoli 
Battelle Courtyard
Sandhya Kochar, Columbus artist & architect
Throughout India, women create rangoli or kolams--intricate designs made of rice powder--to welcome the day and to invite prosperity into the household.  Throughout the week, Kochar will work collaboratively with three women to create a colorful, contemporary rangoli in the Battelle courtyard. The completed design will be celebrated during the Diwali festival on October 28.

Presentation with Q & A, 6:45p - 7:30p
The Great Goddess Tradition
Riley Auditorium, Battelle Hall
Chaya Chandrasekhar, Guest Curator
Janice Glowski, Museum & Galleries Director

Hindu Puja, 7:30p
Otterbein's South Asian student community will perform a brief puja (offering) to the goddess Lakshmi (wealth & prosperity).
Battelle Lobby
Indian food, provided by Himalayan Grille, will conclude the celebration.


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Janice Glowski

Museum & Galleries Director
Art Historian
Department of Art

p / 614.823.1185

 

e / jglowski@otterbein.edu

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