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2015 Past Events

Guerrilla Girls Lecture with Curator Neysa Page-Lieberman
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 4:15pm
Peeler Art Center, Auditorium

Not Ready to Make Nice, a major presentation of the Guerrilla Girls, illuminates and contextualizes the important historical and ongoing work of these highly original, provocative and influential artists who champion feminism and social change. Focusing primarily on recent work from the past decade, the exhibition features rarely shown international projects that trace the collective’s artistic and activist influence around the globe. In addition, a selection of iconic work from the 80’s and 90’s illustrates the formative development of the group’s philosophy and conceptual approach to arts activism. The exhibition is further punctuated by documentary material including ephemera from famous actions, behind-the-scenes photos and secret anecdotes that reveal the Guerrilla Girls’ process and the events that drive their incisive institutional interventions. Visitors can peruse the artists’ favorite “love letters and hate mail,” and are invited to contribute their own voices to multiple interactive installations. This multimedia, expansive exhibition illustrates that the work of the anonymous, feminist-activist Guerrilla Girls is as vital and revolutionary as ever.

Not Ready to Make Nice is curated by Neysa Page-Lieberman, director and curator of the Department of Exhibitions, Performance and Student Spaces, and adjunct faculty member in Visual Arts Management at Columbia College Chicago.

Daniel Chester French (1850-1931)
Abraham Lincoln
Bronze maquette
DePauw University Permanent Art Collection

A Monument in Miniature: DePauw's Abraham Lincoln
Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 11:40am
Peeler Art Center, Auditorium

In 1934 DePauw’s thirteenth President, Bishop G. Bromley Oxnam, gifted a bronze maquette for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC to the University. Created by one of the most celebrated sculptors of the early 20th century, Daniel Chester French’s bronze maquette was intended to be “an ever-present reminder of DePauw’s ties with Lincoln and the [Civil War] years.” Join Director/Curator Craig Hadley for a lecture which explores the history of this fascinating object, including efforts to conserve the statue and return it to public exhibition after more than 30 years in storage.

Kalia Beach
Dead Sea, 2006
Archival inkjet print on photo rag paper
Yaakov Israel: A Lunch and Lecture with Professor O’Dell and the Center for Spiritual Life
Friday, November 6, 2015, 11:40am
Peeler Art Center, University Gallery (upper level)

Please join Cindy O’Dell, Professor of Art & Art History, along with staff from the Center for Spiritual Life, for a discussion centered on the artistic as well as spiritual qualities found in Yaakov Israel’s photographs. Snacks will be provided following the event in the Peeler lobby.
Constructing Symbolism
A Lunch Discussion with Taylor Zartman and Craig Hadley
Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 11:40am
Peeler Art Center, Second Floor Art History Lounge

Symbolism is a testament to art’s transformative qualities. Focusing on the crane in Japanese art and culture, this discussion will ponder on how symbols are established, how they can change, and how they have the power to unite and divide. It will end with a demonstration on how to make your own paper crane.  Snacks provided.

Urban Weather Prairies Symphonic
Studies in D, 2009
Reed, wood, data 
16 x15 x 15 feet
Artist Lecture with Nathalie Miebach
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 4:15pm
Peeler Art Center, Auditorium

Nathalie Miebach’s work focuses on the intersection of art and science and the visual articulation of scientific observations. Using the methodologies and processes of both disciplines, she translates scientific data related to astronomy, ecology and meteorology into woven sculptures. Her method of translation is principally that of weaving – in particular basket weaving – as it provides her with a simple yet highly effective grid through which to interpret data in three-dimensional space. By staying true to the numbers, these woven pieces tread an uneasy divide between functioning both as sculptures in space as well as instruments that could be used in the actual environment from which the data originates.  Her recent TED talk, delivered in 2011, can be viewed online by clicking here.

"Host" and "Connectivity: Technology and the Natural World" are examples of recent work with Tom Giblin. The formation of a observational station in both installations puts the viewer above and beyond the layer of obscuring panels and the lower map-like grid of a diminutive landscape.
Artist Lecture with Claudia Esslinger
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 4:15pm
Peeler Art Center, Auditorium

As a visual artist, Professor Claudia Esslinger brings to her video and installation work an interest in visceral, sculptural props and experimental forms. Interactive technologies support her focus on human and environmental relationships. She often collaborates with dancers, musicians, writers and scientists to develop new work which has been shown in film festivals, live performance and gallery installations both nationally and internationally.

Professor Esslinger has taught at Kenyon since 1984, first as a printmaker and then transitioning into video art, digital imaging, new media and installation. Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Esslinger taught for two years at Denison University before coming to Kenyon. She holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota (1981) and BA from Bethel College, St. Paul (1976). She is the recipient of seven Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards and a New Forms Regional Grant (NEA).
Come Join us for Yoga in the Galleries at Peeler

With: Marla Helton
Where: Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery
When: October 8, 7PM

Free of charge! 
Refreshments will be served after!

Malachi & Gur Arie Yehuda
Archival inkjet print on photo rag paper
33 x 42 inches

Yaakov Israel:
Lecture with Curator Mark Sloan

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 4:15pm
Peeler Art Center, Auditorium

Join Mark Sloan, Director & Chief Curator at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, for a lecture on the life and work of documentary photographer Yaakov Israel. Mr. Sloan will also highlight works from the exhibition, The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey, on view at the Peeler Art Center through November 26.

Inspired by the Orthodox Jewish tradition of the Messiah (the Prophet) who will arrive riding on a white donkey, this 10-year photographic project features portraits and landscapes made in Israel. This project is the result of Yaakov Israel’s search for a deeper understanding of his country and an attempt to relay his personal experiences on the Israeli reality with a broader sense of belonging to the global human collective.

Chuck Close
Georgia Fingerprint (Slate II)
Ink on paper
Gift of Peter J. Klinger
Alumni College with Craig Hadley, director/curator of exhibitions and University collections
Saturday, June 6, 2015, 1:30 – 2:30pm
Peeler Art Center, main lobby 

Join Craig Hadley for a guided walking tour of public art on campus. The event will begin in the Peeler Art Center lobby with an overview of several contemporary artworks on display, including work by former faculty member Richard Peeler and New York artist Marc Swanson. Next, we'll view portrait paintings by TC Steele and other notable Indiana artists in East College. Our tour will conclude with a visit to the art galleries in the Office of Admission (Emison building).

OrtaWater-Fluvial Intervention Unit, 2005, Canadian
maple wood canoe, steel structure, glass shelves, copper
and plastic tubes, gloves, 4 buckets, 4 crates, 4 water
drums, 2 water tanks, 2 light projectors, 4 flasks, copper tubes and taps, audio mp3, speakers, 24 OrtaWater bottles, 102 ½ x 200 ¾ x 47 ¼ inches Courtesy of the artists and Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / le Moulin. Photography: Gino Gabrieli
Lucy+Jorge Orta: Food-Water-Life
Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Peeler Art Center, University Gallery (lower level)

The DePauw Percussion Ensemble presents its annual program of contemporary solo and chamber works for percussion, composed and improvised, in a non-traditional concert setting. Directed by Dr. Bonnie Whiting Smith, the one-hour performance fuses contemporary art and music in the galleries at Peeler. Refreshments will be served following the event.

Provided with support from Arts Illiana; the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency; and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional funding provided by: The Department of Conflict Studies, The Douglas I. and Ann U. Smith Endowed Fund for Ethics, and the Public Occasions Committee.

Mexican Kitchen, 1997-2008, recycled
Mexican gas cooker, steel structure, mirrors,
8 recycled fruit crates, 8 laminated Lambda
photographs, various utensils, taps, 4 wheels,
78 3⁄4 x 71 x 23 1⁄2 inches
Photography: Bertrand Huet.
Gallery Tour and Orta-Inspired Campus Farm Dinner
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 4:15pm – 6:00pm
Peeler Art Center, University Gallery (lower level) and DePauw University Campus Farm

The artistic practice of Lucy+Jorge Orta often incorporates large public meals and thoughtful conversations about sustainability and art. Join us for a tour of the Peeler Art Center exhibition Lucy+Jorge Orta: Food-Water-Life immediately followed by an Orta-inspired dinner at the DePauw campus farm. Transportation from the Peeler Art Center to the campus farm will be provided.

Students may reserve meal tickets for $5 per person. A limited number of tickets will be available to faculty and staff for $15 per person on a first-come, first-served basis. Each participant will also receive a dinner plate designed by students enrolled in Meredith Brickell’s studio art course.

Provided with support from Arts Illiana; the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency; and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional funding provided by: The Department of Conflict Studies, The Douglas I. and Ann U. Smith Endowed Fund for Ethics, and the Public Occasions Committee.
2015 Senior Show Artist Talks and Opening Reception
Friday, April 17, 2015, 5pm
Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery

An annual exhibition featuring the work of graduating senior studio art majors.
Lucy and Jorge Orta passport Envisioning a World Without Borders: The Promise of Antarctica
Monday, April 13, 2015, 11:40am 
Peeler Art Center, University Gallery (upper level) 

Join Craig Hadley (Peeler Galleries), Miriam Kienle (Art History), and Deepa Prakash (Political Science) for a discussion about the politics and art of global borders, boundaries, and citizenship in the 21st century. Participants will receive their own limited edition Antarctica passports created by artists Lucy+Jorge Orta

The Antarctic Treaty, signed in 1959 by twelve countries, instituted the continent as common territory. The Madrid Protocol, ratified in 1991, has frozen mining until 2048 and banned industrial research or exploitation for fifty years. Military activity is similarly prohibited. Since then, Antarctica has become a land of peace, science and international cooperation. But for how long?

Contemporary artists Lucy + Jorge Orta mobilize the citizens of the world to protect the Antarctic and its unique status and to take action against global warming and for peace. The Antarctica World Passport will enable citizens of the world to act on a global scale.

Antarctic Village—No Borders,
Métisse Flag
, 2007
Installation on the Antarctic Peninsula,
inkjet on polymide, eyelets, 39 ½ x 59 inches,
edition of 7.
Photography: Thierry Bal.
Art into Action/Action into Object: Talk by Judith Hoos Fox, Curator
Thursday, April 2, 2015, 4:15pm
Peeler Art Center, Auditorium

Please join Judith Hoos Fox, co-curator of Food-Water-Life, for a lecture presentation about the French wife-husband duo Lucy+Jorge Orta. Organized by the Tufts University Art Gallery, this is the first comprehensive exhibition of their artwork to tour the United States. A reception will follow in the Peeler lobby.

Provided with support from Arts Illiana; the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency; and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional funding provided by: The Department of Conflict Studies, The Douglas I. and Ann U. Smith Endowed Fund for Ethics, and the Public Occasions Committee.
Guided Tour of Peeler Art Center Galleries by Craig Hadley
Wednesday, March 18, 6 pm
Peeler Art Center, Visual art and University Galleries (lower and upper level)

Organized by the Putnam County Library, Craig, the Director and Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at DePauw, will lead a public tour of the Peeler Galleries. We will view two exhibitions: Image Loading: John Berry, and LUCY+JORGE ORTA:  FOOD-WATER-LIFE, an exhibit that explores environmental global issues in unique visual ways.
Artist Talk with Professor John Berry
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 4:15pm
Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery

Professor John Berry discusses his most recent body of work on view in the Visual Arts Gallery.
Juried Show: Opening Reception and Awards Presentation
Monday, February 2, 2015, 4:15 pm 
Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery

The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition features works created by current DePauw students enrolled in studio art courses.  This year's exhibition will be juried by Betsy Stirratt, Executive Director, Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University.