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March 4, 2020

ArtsUW Roundup: Guest Artist trio Meridian performs and hosts a master class, Scandinavian 30 lecture asks us to contemplate Tom of Finland, and more

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Updated March 6, 2020: Many of the events in this roundup have been postponed or cancelled. Information for a specific event will be at the link provided for that event.

This week in the arts, School of Art faculty Whitney Lynn gives a lecture at the Art Building, UW Symphony and combined choirs perform at Meany Hall, Dr. Charlotte Coté shares lessons from the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House, and more! To learn about more events taking place, visit ArtsUW.

Faculty Lecture with Whitney Lynn

March 9, 5:30 – 6:30 PM | Art Building

Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Assistant Professor Whitney Lynn gives a lecture titled “Ambiguous Figures.”

Whitney Lynn mines artifacts from art history and popular culture to reframe narratives of familiar objects, images, and events. Utilizing expanded forms of sculpture, photography, drawing and performance, her work amplifies and subverts embedded meanings, seeking to destabilize what is seemingly inherent.

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Guest Artist Concert: Meridian

March 11, 7:30 PM | Meany Hall

Percussion trio MeridianTim FeeneySarah Hennies, and Greg Stuart—performs both improvised and composed works, approaching percussion in a way that places the exploration of sound in the foreground in favor of a musical approach that is concerned with exploring acoustic phenomena, rather than rhythm, gesture, or technique. Meridian performs unique original compositions and improvisations in this performance, and the University of Washington Percussion Ensemble joins the group in a few pieces written by Meridian Ensemble members.

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Note: The group also leads a free master class on March 12.  Details here. 

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

March 11, 4:00 – 8:00 pm | Jacob Lawrence Gallery

To help address the imbalance of representation on Wikipedia, the Jacob Lawrence Gallery is organizing an Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. Childcare, snacks from local businesses, editing tutorials, books, and lists of artists will be provided.

Everyone is welcome, no previous Wikipedia experience needed! Please bring your own laptop and create a Wikipedia account before the event.

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Scandinavian 30 – Tom of Finland: Out of the Shadows into The National Spotlight

March 12, 7:00 PM | Nordic Musuem

Hanna-Ilona Harmavaara asks has Tom of Finland become the new Finn Family Moomin Troll? Drawings by the artist Tom of Finland helped empower gay men in the US and around the world, at the same time as homosexuality remained classified as criminal activity and an illness in Finland. Today Tom of Finland’s art has been taken out of the closet and elevated to the national pedestal – but not without the criticism of what looks a lot like exploitation by the nation-state.

Short, snappy, entertaining: Scandinavian 30 is a series of free, thirty-minute talks by UW Scandinavian Studies faculty the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM at the Nordic Museum. The talks will tell you what you really need to know about Scandinavia to understand it.

Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice: Lisa Robertson

March 12, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM | Henry Art Gallery

Lisa Robertson is one of Canada’s most celebrated poets. Her subject matter includes political themes, such as gender and nation, as well as the problems of form and genre. She has written works that explore literary forms such as the pastoral, epic, and weather forecast. She currently lives in rural France and works as a freelance teacher, lecturer, translator, and essayist while continuing her independent work in poetry.

This lecture wraps up the 2020 Critical Issues Lecture Series! Critical Issues is organized by the School of Art + Art History + Design in collaboration with the Henry Art Gallery. The general public is invited to sit alongside degree-seeking individuals studying fine art in order to share ideas and raise questions about contemporary art.

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Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Dr. Charlotte Coté

March 12, 5:30 PM | wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House

Charlotte Coté, associate professor in the Department of American Indian Studies, will present her lecture titled “‘Indigenizing’ the University of Washington: Lessons from the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House.” The lecture will be followed by a special panel discussion reflecting on the first five years of the longhouse.

Named in honor of the UW’s first vice president for the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (1970), the annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture is dedicated to acknowledging the work of distinguished faculty by spotlighting nationally recognized research focusing on diversity and social justice. This year, the lecture will be held in conjunction with the five-year anniversary of the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House opening its doors, creating an Indigenous intellectual and cultural space at the University of Washington.

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UW Symphony with Combined UW Choirs

March 13, 7:30 PM | Meany Hall

David Alexander Rahbee conducts the University Symphony in a performance of Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony and music by Italian composer Luigi Dallapicolla. The orchestra is then joined by the Combined UW Choirs to perform Schumann’s Nachtlied, Op. 108 and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No. 2.

Tickets are $10 – $15 | More Info and Tickets