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November 12, 2019

ArtsUW Roundup: Public opening of ‘In Plain Sight,’ view ALTAR: Ritual, Prayer, Offering — and more

This week in the arts, join poet Cedar Sigo at the Burke, learn about the translation of comics, attend a performance by Gabriel Kahane and School of Music faculty, and more!


Closing Reception for ALTAR: Ritual, Prayer, Offering

November 22, 6:30 – 8:30 pm | Jacob Lawrence Gallery

Altars are often erected to pay homage to an ancestor or to honor (a) God or a saint. This exhibition takes the altar out of its religious context and interrogates photography as a practice containing the same attributes as altars. The images presented in this exhibition examine several traditions that have originated in and/or are practiced on the African continent and throughout the world.

ALTAR is on view from November 15 – 22 at Jacob Lawrence Gallery in the Art Building.

Free, RSVP encouraged | More Info


Shadows Crossing: Tones of Voice Continued

November 20, 6:30 pm | Burke Museum

Join the Burke Museum for an evening with poet Cedar Sigo, featured lecturer with the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry. Cedar Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation and studied at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. This lecture will attempt to uncover acoustic aspects of Sigo’s poetry, addressing how components of singing, storytelling and texts by visual artists have formed his path.

Works by Charles Reznikoff, Joy Harjo, Eileen Myles, Pitseolak, Gertrude Stein, dg Okpik, and Philip Guston will be shared and discussed.

The first floor galleries will be open during the event, and books are available for purchase along with author signing.

Free, RSVP encouraged | More Info


Politics is for the Dogs: Diogenes the Cynic and Political Refusal

November 20, 4 – 5:30 pm | CMU 120

In this lecture, Joel Alden Schlosser turns to ancient philosophy and, in particular, Diogenes the Cynic to elaborate how these philosophers illustrate practices of refusal linking ethical concerns with the self to political concerns with the collective. Diogenes the Cynic famously accepted the epithet of “dog” (kuon) to underscore the radical critique of political conventions that he pursued. Making of this insult a term of praise, Diogenes also indicated how political life might transform itself – and thus the desirability of a politics for the dogs.

Free | More info

Comic and Translation

November 22,  12 – 1:30 pm | Simpson Center, CMU 202

Bring your lunch and join Professor José Alaniz in examining the theory and practice of translating comics (graphic narrative), with an emphasis on Russian comics. Alainz is an associate professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Comparative Literature.

Free | More info


Public Opening: In Plain Sight

November 22, 7 – 9 pm | Henry Art Gallery

Join the Henry for the opening celebration of In Plain Sight, a museum-wide exhibition featuring the work of fourteen national and international artists. Enjoy music, drinks, and conversation; partake in a story archive activity; and be among the first to see the exhibition. Drink tickets will be available to purchase for $5. Members receive two free drink tickets! Not a member? Join here.

Free, RSVP encouraged | More info


Gabriel Kahane with School of Music faculty

November 23, 2:00 pm | Meany Center

Composer, pianist and singer Gabriel Kahane grafts a deep interest in storytelling to a keen sense of harmony and rhythm. In this intimate Meany Center event, Kahane presents a musical diary of a cross-country train journey and a unique portrait of America with selections from Book of Travelers and other albums.

Kahane will be accompanied by the chamber group Frequency, including PNB violinists Michael Jinsoo Lim and Jennifer Caine Provine, with UW School of Music faculty members Melia Watras (viola), Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir (cello), plus UW School of Music percussion faculty Ted Poor on drums.

Tickets are $31 – $39 | More Info

$10 tickets for UW students when you show your Husky ID in advance at the ArtsUW Ticket Office or on the night of the show at the Box Office at Meany Hall.

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