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|Feb 16, 2012|
|Henry Ossawa Tanner|
Born on June 12, 1859, Henry Ossawa Tanner is renowed as one of the first African-American artists to gain international fame. This exhibit celebrates his life and accomplishments. Learn more about this artist whose mother was born to a slave, who studied under Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy, traveled to Europe to escape prejudice, painted religious works, and developed a plan to boost morale of wounded soliders during WWI. His artwork is in various collections around the world, including the White House permanent collection and the collection of Camille and Bill Cosby.
|Chris Demchak - Student Gallery|
Character Trait: photography by Chris Demchak
Opening February 16, 12:15-1pm and 7-9pm
|Native American Recording Artist: Michael Jacobs|
Indian Music Award Winner
Jacobs' music is a unique blend of Native American music with roots rock, pop, and folk music. He addresses relevant issues in his music such as peace, justice, suffering, the environment, relationships, and personal responsibility. Jacobs, a Cherokee, is an award-winning musician in the Native American community.
|Film: The Economics of Happiness|
Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. There are personal costs too. For the majority of people on the planet, life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work. THE ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, an unholy alliance of governments and big business continues to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, people all over the world are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance -- and, far from the old institutions of power, they?re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm -- an economics of localization.
|Tobin - Explodes|
An exhibit of works by Steve Tobin, a sculptor best known for his bronze casts of tree roots, is showing pots made of clay and glass. Tobin makes his pots by inserting fireworks and pigments inside rectangles or layers of slabs of damp clay and exploding them, then firing them with glass. The resulting shapes look like pots with the interiors of volcanic craters, the fireworks coloring the insides. The glass at the bottom of each pot resembles a lake or pool of melted sugar. The smallest of these pots are arranged on the walls in grids, installation-style, which makes it easier to see their interiors.