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Lectures & Performances

Lessons from the Lecturers

How Social Issue Films Impact Culture and Inspire Change

Presented by: Deborah Wallace (She/Her/Hers) | March 21, 1pm -2pm

A discussion of the documentary genre and its power to influence social discourse, affect policy-making, and amplify movements for societal change.


Watch 'Yet So Far' with the Film’s Director Priya Vashist, Q&A to Follow

Presented by: Priya Vashist (she/her/they) | March 21, 3pm to 4pm

Anisha and Sharon, two separated lesbian lovers, rekindle their romance once Anisha lets go of her fears and insecurities stemming from her cultural identity. At an important South Asian queer event in San Francisco, which they plan to attend, one of them becomes a victim of gun violence aimed at queer people of color.


‘Here Us Out’: Methods of Theatre Performance as Activism

Presented by: Brittney S. Harris, MFA (she/her) | March 22, 3pm - 4pm

Embracing the theme of "social inequality and injustice" during these current times, performance has long been used as a tool to challenge existing systems of power, and to illuminate causes, issues, and people who are often oppressed, undermined, or underserved.

To truly become activism, to cultivate a more collaborative and creative global society from the ground up, theatre demands new interactive tools, adapted to and for artists and spectators, that merge theatrical performance, community building, and conflict resolution.

Topics to be addressed are:

  1. A brief exploration of the history of activist theatre
  2. Specific performance-based strategies/activities employed by activists building community-based organizations and social movements

Is It Possible?…Designing the Costumes for “Cinderella"

Presented by: Meredith Magoun, MFA she/her/hers | March 23 at 1pm

ODU Senior Lecturer, Meredith Magoun, will give an in-depth look at the Old Dominion University's Department of Theatre's production of Cinderella. Exploring the costume design and the importance of how costuming effects the audience's interpretation of a production.


The Art Scene in Hampton Roads Two Hundred Years Ago

Presented by: Robert Wojtowicz (He/Him/His) | March 24, 2pm - 3pm

When artist Joshua Shaw passed through Norfolk two hundred years ago, he encountered a borough recovering from a nationwide financial panic but also brimming with construction and activity. He was especially fortunate to be received into the small community of artist-travelers that had gathered around businessman Thomas Williamson, who entertained guests frequently at his Norfolk townhouse and at Ferryville, his nearby country estate. This presentation will focus on Shaw, Dunlap, and the small, but lively group of artists who started Norfolk's first artistic awakening.


Food, Shelter, Water: an Arts-Based Research Investigation

Presented by: Natalia Pilato (She/Her/Hers) | March 25, 10am - 11am

This presentation highlights 3 artistic research projects created by students enrolled in ARTS495 - Arts for Social Justice, a special topics studio art class offered in the Fall of 2021, led by Dr. Natalia Pilato. Each student researched using books, scholarly articles, and news media from Hofheimer Art library on their topics. Students were then split into 3 groups and collaborated to create large, collaged art pieces to represent their research findings, which were displayed in Perry library and the Barry arts building rotunda.

Dr. Pilato is joined by Amber Pierce, an ODU Art Education and Fine Arts major, and by Annaliese Weimer, a Senior Theatre major at ODU who hopes to open a social-justice-centered theatre company after graduation and by Elizabeth Baker, an ODU Art Education major.

Discovering the Scores and Recordings of 21st Century Composers in the ODU Music Library

Presented by: Elizabeth M. Hogue (She/Her/Hers) | March 25, 1pm - 2pm

A virtual experience uncovering the score and recording collections of 21st Century composers located in the ODU Music Library. Elizabeth will demonstrate how to search for scores and recordings in both electronic and physical formats. The New Music Performance Collection and Alexander Street Press electronic collections will be featured.


Lessons from Last Year

Frank Guida & The Norfolk Sound

Presented by: Madeline Dietrich, MM, MM/MLIS

This presentation explores the period between 1959 and 1963 in Norfolk music history when local record maker Frank Guida produced several hit singles which made the Billboard Hot 100, including songs by Gary U.S. Bonds and Jimmy Soul.

This presentation explored the period between 1959 and 1963 in Norfolk music history when local record maker Frank Guida produced several hit singles which made the Billboard Hot 100, including songs by Gary U.S. Bonds and Jimmy Soul.

Due to the regulations of the music utilized during Ms. Dietrich's lecture, the presentation could only be viewed live. However, please contact Old Dominion University Special Collections and University Archives for more information about the Frank and Carmela Guida/Rockmasters International Network, Inc. Collection at- libspecialcollections@odu.edu


Producing in 2021: Adapt or Die

Presented by: Tony Quaranta

Life moves pretty fast, and our world moves faster. The job of a producer is to keep up. Whether it's emerging technologies, unpredictable world events, or even just the introduction of a new streaming service, in the world of content creation, it's adapt or die. Let's dive in to see who has adapted, who hasn't, and what we can learn from each.


ODU's Collection of Ancient Cypriot Vases

Presented by: Dr. Jared Benton

In the Spring of 2020, students from ODU's Art Department intensively studied a small collection of ancient Bronze-Age and early Iron-Age vases from Cyprus. Several undergraduate research projects resulted from that initial work, including a poster for the Undergraduate Research Symposium and several papers. Their work, ranging from issues of cultural patrimony to the exploration of their function in ancient contexts, will one day help the Special Collection department display these objects in a way that helps visitors understand them. This presentation highlights the students and the work that each of them did individually or in groups.


The Art of Costume Design

Presented by: Meredith Magoun, MFA

In this talk, professional Costume Designer Meredith Magoun will be talking about how we can use clothes to transform, beguile, and disguise, to create magic on stage and off.


Performance and Protest: The Art of Theatre as Activism

Presented by: Brittney S. Harris, MFA

Community performance has long been used as a tool to challenge existing systems of power, and to illuminate causes, issues, and people who are often oppressed, undermined, or underserved. To truly become activism, to cultivate a more collaborative and creative global society from the ground up, theatre demands new interactive tools, adapted to and for artists and spectators, that merge theatrical performance, community building, and conflict resolution. Topics to be addressed are: a brief exploration of the history of activist theatre; performance-based strategies employed by activist organizations and social movements; and how performing artists have taken on social issues and engaged in activism by devising performance-based interventions.


Q & A Panel for Meet Our Materials in 5-Minutes

Q & A Panel for Meet Our Materials in 5-Minutes

Old Dominion University Libraries staff will be answering questions about their favorite art collections! Items include a French art magazine, an Emmy Award for Best Musical Direction, a fan scrapbook for artist A.B. Jackson, and an in-depth look at the photography from the Norfolk1919 collection. Please view their 5-Minute videos prior to the panel discussion and come ready for a lively discussion!

Presented by: Gay Acompanado, Steve Bookman, Lara Canner, and Jessica Ritchie | Friday, March 26th at 1pm


Meet our Materials The Norfolk 1919 Photograph Collection A.B. Jackson
Derrière le Miroir John Duffy’s Daytime Emmy Award


Gay Acompanado
Steve Bookman
lara-canner
Jessica Ritchie




Speaking of Art: Performances



No Sugar No Cream

Choreographer and Performer: Tex the Artist
Director of Photography: James Morrow
Editors: James Morrow and Tex the Artist
Music by Al Tamper: "Outside the Jungle", "Outside the Jungle (Reprise), "Fight Back (Insight 2)" and "Fight Back (Insight 1)" featuring Billy Tuggle.



Sculling

Sculling

Director: Megan Thompson
Assistant Director: Natalia Schradle
Cinematographer and editor: Jeremy Bates
Choreographers: Natalia Schradle and Megan Thompson (in collaboration with the dancers)
Cast: Aliayah Brunt, Ciara Campbell, Joy Gibbs, Alexis Horak, Taylor Jeffries, Lauren Kidd Jessica Morales, Stephanie Moyers, Lily O'Hara, Shannon Pellerito, Natalia Schradle Elizabeth Tabbanor, Megan Thompson, Emily Walker

Sculling water is a basic swimming technique. The swimmer uses quick hand movements to maintain the head above water. Beyond survival, practicing sculling leads to deeper water sensitivity; a way to adapt, a way to coexist.

Originally a site-adaptive work created for The NEON Festival in Norfolk, VA, this version of Sculling was adapted for the screen in honor of Earth Day. Filmed and on April 22, 2021 on the campus of Old Dominion University.




Speaking of Art: Artist Talks


Sarah Spalsbury - Artist Talk 1

Sarah Spalsbury - Artist Talk 2

Tamara Dunn

Ali Montgomery

Speaking of Art: Performances from 2021


The Wonder Years cover photo

The Wonder Years

Director: James Morrow
Danced by and based on the life of:
Elijah Motley
Composer:
Laurence Hobgood

Set in the extraordinary years of the 2020s, "THE WONDER YEARS" looks back and forward through the eyes of Eli, the oldest of five children in the Motley family, on the tribulations and joys of growing up in the United States as a twenty-something black male. With music by Laurence Hobgood, the low-fi anti-tech home movie style of the work is a nod to classic 80's sitcoms with an open, unapologetic, and ultimately vulnerable journey filled with all the feels and even some much-needed levity.



Elizabeth Hogue

Elizabeth Hogue

Direction: Dr. Andrey Kasparov
Music Composition:
Allan Blank
Performers:
Andrey Kasparov- Piano, Elizabeth Medeiros Hogue- Soprano

Elizabeth Hogue, Arts and Humanities Librarian at Old Dominion University Libraries since March 1999. Works with faculty in building the collections for the departments of English, Communication and Theatre Arts, Music, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and World Languages and Cultures.

Some Funnies and Poems for Narrator & Piano

Some Funnies and Poems for Narrator & Piano was part of a larger concert hosted by by Old Dominion University Libraries to celebrate the more whimsical musical writings by composer Allan Blank. Called The Lighter Side of Allan Blank, this work showcased the talents of ODU faculty and staff performers and the playful aspect of Mr. Blank's craft.

Listen to the performance

Vicissitudes: Five Songs for Voice & Piano

Vicissitudes: Five Songs for Voice & Piano was part of a larger concert hosted by by Old Dominion University Libraries to celebrate the more whimsical musical writings by composer Allan Blank. Called, The Lighter Side of Allan Blank, showcased the talents of ODU faculty and staff performers and the playful aspect of Mr. Blank's craft.

Listen to the performance



Alchemy

Alchemy

Direction & Editing: Janessa Clark
Choreography: Janessa Clark in collaboration with the dancers
Cinematography & Performance: Jasmine Fitch, Taylor Jeffries, Stephanie Moyers, Lily O'Hara
Music Composition: David Shane Smith

Alchemy is a dance film featuring dancers from Old Dominion University's Dance Program. Artist Janessa Clark embarked on a virtual residency with the dancers in which they explored choreography, compositional tools and the cinematic practices related to Clark's video art piece Communion during the fall 2020 semester. Created during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Alchemy explores the dancers' complex emotions and experiences over eight months of social distancing, isolation, and disruption to daily life. Motivated by a desire to dance together in the same 'space', the film brings the dancers closer than they can be in real life so they may perform for one final time in 2020.




Art in Perry Library - Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Student Art Competition Winners!

Robin Dunbar for "Share Your Story" - a mixed media of metallic acrylics on plaster and is a self-portrait caricature representing her twenty-year career as an environmental educator and storyteller. One of the first recommendations during Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training/dialogue sessions is the importance of everyone sharing their stories. Since 2000, Ms. Dunbar has educated over 500,000 youth about our home river and focuses on all ages working together to help. The Elizabeth River is one of the most polluted rivers on the Chesapeake Bay and is experiencing the highest sea-level rise on the east coast.

Christina James for "Hush" -an acrylic work using a striking pallete to bring attention to the portrait, with dull colors in the background to set the mood of the piece. The rise in corona cases across the US has unfortunately caused a spike in violent hate crimes against Asian Americans. The proposed piece, "Hush", is a mixed media acrylic painting inspired by the surrealism and impressionism movement. The piece features an Asian American in a surreal environment surrounded by a stifling cloud, which represents the rapid rise of hate crimes. She is "hushed" by a finger that represents political rhetoric that has fueled the anti-Asian climate.

Watch artist Christina James create this work!



Virtual Tours


Virtual Walkthrough Tours made possible by the Gordon Art Galleries

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Elise N. Hofheimer Art Library

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Diehn Composers Room

Diehn Composers Room & Music Special Collections Tour

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Virtual Visits from 2021

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Music Library & Reading Room

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Hofheimer Art Library

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 Virtual Exhibits


Songs of Social Justice
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THERMOS Virtual Exhibit

Altered Books Exhibit at Elise N. Hofheimer Art Library
Social Justice Narratives Through Fiber Virtual Exhibit
A.B. Jackson

2021’s Virtual Exhibits


Derriere Le Miroir
Watching Arts on WTAR
Life & Music of Alln Blank

Senior Exhibit
Flowers, Folklore and Fairy Tales


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