October 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Material Histories Symposium: Art, Politics, and Social Justice, Oct. 13


Tea project, with plastic cups on rug. art of the Material Histories: Cultures of Resistance Exhibit

On Friday, Oct. 13, at 1:3o pm in the Mitchell Auditorium of the OHIO School of Art + Design, a panel of faculty members and artists will convene as part of the Material Histories: Cultures of Resistance Exhibit. The panel will feature openning commentary and audience-participation around the themes of human rights, environmentalism, US foreign policy, and the intersection of art and politics.

The Oct. 13 panel will feature Dr. Ziad Abu-Rish, Assistant Professor in the History Department, Dr. Loren Lybarger, Associate Professor in the Classics and World Religions Department, Dr. Samuel Dodd, Visiting Professor of Art History, Danielle Julian Norton, Associate Professor at Columbus College of Art and Design, and artists Aaron Hughes and Amber Ginsburg, of The Tea Project.  Abu-Rish and Lybarger direct the Middle East and North Africa Studies and Islamic Studies certificate programs, respectively.

The Material Histories exhibit is on display Sept. 29 through Oct. 22 at The Majestic Galleries in Nelsonville, Ohio. Curated by Alex Hibbitt, Chair of OHIO’s Ceramics Program, the exhibit brings together contemporary artworks that range from the monumental to the performative, highlighting concerns including from our relationship to natural resources, the weight of family histories, and the human toll of the “war on global terrorism.” Exhibiting artists include Amber GinsburgAaron HughesShauna MerrimanMJ BoleShay Church, and Linda Swanson. This exhibition and related events are made possible through support from Ohio University’s Arts for OHIO, Ceramics Department , School of Art + Design Visiting Artist Fund, Honors Tutorial College, The Middle East and North Africa Studies certificate program of the Department of History, the Islamic Studies certificate program of the Department of World Religions and Classics, and The Dairy Barn Arts Center as well as Standard Ceramics.

Oct. 13, 2017

10 a.m.–noon Artists’ Presentations, Mitchell Auditorium, Ohio University School of Art + Design
1:30–4 p.m. Panel Discussion and Roundtable Sessions, Mitchell Auditorium
5–8 p.m. Reception at the Dairy Barn Arts Center

Panel discussion with Amber GinsburgAaron HughesAlex Hibbitt, Loren Lybarger, Samuel Dodd, Ziad Abu-Rish, and moderated by Danielle Julian-Norton.

Related Schedule of Events

Material Histories: Cultures of Resistance
Sept. 29–Oct. 22, 2017

Opening Reception: September 29, 5–9 p.m.
Majestic Galleries • Nelsonville, Ohio
Exhibition Hours: Friday 1–6 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 11–6 p.m.

Tea Project Performances
Oct. 12 & 14, 2017

Thursday, Oct. 12, 5 p.m.
Ohio University School of Art + Design
Seigfred Hall, Room 540

Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.
The Majestic Galleries
Nelsonvill, Ohio

Free reservations required ( Performance ranges from 60 to 90 minutes and guests are invited to sit on the floor (accomodations available if needed). Please arrive a few minutes early as not later comers will be admitted.

The Tea Project is a performance and discussion that explores war, detention, love, and tea. Tea Performances utilize the space created when someone sits, sips, and relfects over a cup of teac to ask questions about one’s relationship tot he world: a word that’s fill with dehumanization, war, and destruction; a world that’s filled with moments of beauty, love, and humanity.

Mary Jo Bole’s Clay Belt Bus Tour
Oct. 20, 7:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

A guided tour of regional Ohio ceramic history, with artist Mary Jo Bole coordinated through the Dairy Barn Art Center.

A brisk pace and long day are necessary for this unique tour of the history and evolution of Ohio’s Clay Belt. From Haydenville to Zanesville, regional geology supported numerous ceramic industrices spanning the Industrial Revolution and beyond. Participants will visit massive ruins of factories that didn’t surivive, as well as those that preserved into modern success stories. Today, these facotries make bulletproof vest components, pizza stones, turbine parts and more. Along the way, the tour will also explore examples of cermanic influences in achitecture, cemetery monuments and minity history.

For a complete listing exhibit-related events and activities, visit the Material History Exhibit web site.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *