As the fall clouds roll in, arts events continue to shine on campus
November is National Native American Heritage Month and there are many opportunities available to explore and learn more about the history, heritage, and culture of Indigenous peoples.
They include reading articles by Native American author, literary critic, activist and scholar Paula Gunn Allen; listen to “Breaking Barriers in Hollywood,” a Duck Stops Here podcast featuring Jana Schmieding, UO alumnus and star and writer of NBC Peacocks sitcom “Rutherford Falls”; or visit the Many Nations Longhouse, which features films, talks and gatherings on campus and in the community throughout November.
And you can also attend the season opener of “A Christmas Carol” at the University Theater, attend one of the many movie nights presented by Erb Memorial Union’s Ducks After Dark, or attend one of the numerous art conferences offered throughout the month.
Come to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art for “Salvador Dalí: illustrator, engraver, storyteller”, an exhibition of selected works by the central figure of the Parisian surrealist movement of the early 1930s. artist “The Divine Comedy” and “The Twelve Tribes of Israel” in the John and Ethel MacKinnon Gallery.
In a performance with violinist Fritz Gearhart starring Genevieve Lee, a Beethoven violin sonata from Op. 12 # 2 in A major and op. 96 in G major will be presented on November 12 at Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall.
Arts and crafts
Freebie Friday continues into November with a cornucopia of fun crafting at the outdoor studio at EMU Craft Center. Learn the basics of quilting. November 5. Spend time with the craft staff or take home a prepackaged kit that includes instructions, fabric, sewing needles, and thread. Create your own stitched journal by leaflet to record your thoughts. November 12 from noon to 2 p.m. On November 19, create watercolor cards and origami envelopes to help you stay in touch with friends and family. The craft kit includes watercolors, colored pencils, watercolor paper and decorative envelope paper. Freebie Fridays and DIY Kits are free and available only to UO students. Masks are mandatory. Bring your UO student card.
Presented by the student-led group and the visual arts team, “Solitude,” an exhibition of photographs by Desire Rukundo, will be on display until December 3 in the Adell McMillan Gallery at the Erb Memorial Union.
“Joy?” showcasing new artwork by artist Mia McCall, will be on display from November 4 in the Foyer gallery at Lawrence Hall.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art will present “Representation of Figure and Landscape in Puerto Rico in the Work of Myrna Báez and Norma Vila Rivero”, a virtual event, on November 16 with artist Norma Vila Rivero, special guest Dessie Martinez and curator Cheryl Hartup. The panel will discuss the exhibition “Tiempo Suspendido / Temps Suspended: Myrna Báez and Norma Vila Rivero” and the relationship between figure and landscape in Puerto Rico with a question-and-answer session to follow.
Connect with theater makers at the Middle Eastern North African Theater Makers Alliance fall meeting. This free virtual event will feature artist and academic panels, virtual gatherings, an open mic event for artists to share their current work, and opportunities to meet and network with theater professionals.
In conjunction with the exhibition from the Black Lives Matter grant program, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the UO Department of Theater Arts will collaborate to bring together artists from the exhibition and members of the play’s cast. Winter of the University Theater “Personal History” for a 10 conversation between actors, members of the production and artists. The event will feature a video of UO actors performing scenes from the play, which depicts three moments in American history over a century through the lens of an African-American couple living in Chicago. “Personal History” opens January 21 at the Hope Theater.
The University Theater kicks off its 2021-22 season on November 19 with Dicken’s classic holiday drama “A Christmas Carol”. Relive the night of ghostly visits by Ebeneezer Scrooge who transform his path of selfishness and greed into a life of charity, community and hope.
Grab the popcorn and head to the EMU Redwood Room for a month of great free movies hosted by Ducks After Dark. The 2014 comedy “Neighbors,” starring Seth Rogen as a tired parent waging war on a rowdy fraternity house and its president (Zac Efron) who moved in next door, will premiere on November 4. . The 11th of November. Scarlett Johansson reprizes her role as a member of Avenger’s team in “Black Widow”, confronting her dangerous past as a spy. Take a forever stroll through the strawberry fields on November 18 for ‘Yesterday’, a fantasy about a struggling musician who, after waking up after a freak accident, discovers a world that never knew the Beatles and hijacks their songs to launch his own career as a superstar. All events are free for UO students with a valid UO ID.
The Fall 2021 Guest Artist Lecture Series features “From English as a Second Language to Asian Clams,” a talk by contemporary visual artist Amy Yao. Yao will present slides on his experiences playing in punk band Emily’s Sassy Lime as well as his recent work on soil analysis used in ceramics, language and theories on invasive species and algae-based polymers.
On November 18, filmmaker and artist Andrew Thomas Huang will give a talk on “Queer Morphologies and Digital Spirits”. A Grammy-nominated music video director, Huang’s career as a mixed media director blends live action, visual effects, puppetry and animation with queer folklore, mythology and futurism.
Join Mariachiara Gasparini, Assistant Professor of Chinese Art and Architectural History, on November 19 for a virtual conference titled “Across the Quinghai-Tibetan Plateau: Sino-Sogdian Textiles Beyond the Main Silk Routes”. Gasparini will discuss the differences and variations between ancient and later structures and iconographic motifs of 8th and 9th century weavings.
UO alum and Diné Indigenous designer Tracie Jackson will present BE Rezilient, part of the BE series, on November 23. Focusing on the intersectionality between culture, sport and design, Jackson creates an authentic representation for people of color in the sportswear industry through her role as a shoe designer at Nike, as well as her works of art, which range from overt native designs to native craftsmanship created with a sporty twist.
The Internet is a great source for finding exhibits, collections, audio, video, and pictures for online entertainment.
November is National Native American Heritage Month. Explore and learn more about the history, heritage and culture of the Indigenous peoples of America on PBS.org or the National Archives.
Explore the UO Channel for a variety of live events, videos from the Art Department’s Guest Artist Talk Series, guest speakers and more.
—By Sharleen Nelson, University Communications