Rachel Glago, MBA and MS, IU Kelley School of Business, and marketing manager at Cardinal Stage Company, Bloomington, Ind.
Award-winning photographer Richard Ross will visit Bloomington in April 2018 for an interdisciplinary public art series highlighting his nationally acclaimed photographic series, Juvenile in Justice. This project is a unique source for images of the American juvenile justice system, depicting the treatment of American juveniles housed in facilities that treat, confine, punish, and assist them. An exhibition of Ross’s work will be shown at Bloomington’s City Hall, alongside a lecture, performance piece, workshops, and discussions throughout campus and the city. This interactive project will build creative ties and promote collaboration between IU and the city through visual and performing arts and community discussions.
Joan Hawkins, associate professor, The Media School.
During February 2018, The Media School and IU Cinema, in conjunction with the Burroughs Century Ltd, presented an ambitious symposium and festival to commemorate the 50th anniversary of 1968. “Wounded Galaxies: 1968—Beneath the Paving Stones, the Beach” welcomed scholars, writers, artists, archivists, filmmakers, performers, and others interested in exploring the intellectual and artistic legacy of that pivotal year. The festival subtitle is a translation of the French slogan, Sous les pavés, la plage!, a popular resistance graffito in France’s Mai 1968 that refers to the sand beneath cobblestones lifted by students to hurl at police as well as the ‘Situationist’ conviction that the streets—the expression of capital and consumption—could be rediscovered by abandoning a regimented life.
Programs focused on watershed 1968 events that occurred in Paris, Chicago, and Prague, and examined their resonance with current struggles in the U.S and around the world. The project’s goal was to open a conversation about the political significance of art and its ability to address compelling sociopolitical issues, both past and present. From the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy to the riots and general strike in France to Prague Spring, 1968 was a tumultuous year that changed the world. Reexamining and analyzing these events can help us put our current social and political turmoil into perspective and perhaps inspire strategies and aesthetics of resistance and reconciliation.
Dana Marsh, associate professor of music, IU Jacobs School of Music, and director of the Historical Performance Institute.
To celebrate stories and memories of the Bloomington community, the IU Historical Performance Institute will facilitate a project involving a unique set of partnerships with the Bloomington Early Music Festival, the Monroe County History Museum, Traditional Arts Indiana, and local musicians. As the community focuses on the Bloomington’s bicentennial in 2018, and the IU Bloomington campus prepares for its bicentennial in 2020, this project is designed to include performances and presentations in 2018, 2019, and 2020, covering three distinct areas of music in the Bloomington community: south-central Indiana folk, African American gospel, and jazz.
Javier Cardona Otero, artist and PhD student in art education, IU Bloomington School of Education.
Monumental Move is an interactive multisite and multicultural performing arts experience that will engage high school students from The Academy of Science & Entrepreneurship, in Bloomington, Ind., in the creation of an original theater piece to be shared with diverse audiences throughout the city of Bloomington. The students will use the visual arts technique of creating “living statues.” Unlike traditional live statue art, though, the youthful statues curated in Monumental Move will not be silent, they will have voices and speak out, sharing their hopes, fears, and aspirations. Monumental Move is both theater and an educational experience about hope that will transform public spaces throughout Bloomington.