Events, Fall 2016

OJEMBA: A Fifty-Year Retrospective Selected Paintings, Drawings, and Prints by Obiora Udechukwu, 1966-2016

  • Lecture by Chika Okeke-Agulu, Thursday, September 15, at 7:00 p.m. in Griffiths 123, with reception to follow in the gallery.

    Chika Okeke-Agulu is associate professor, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University. A specialist in in African and African Diaspora art and visual cultures, Okeke-Agulu is particularly interested in the history of modernism in Africa, and the intersection of art and politics in modern and contemporary art. He is the author of Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in Twentieth-Century Nigeria (Duke UP, 2015), and, with Okwui Enwezor, of Contemporary African Art Since 1980 (Damiani, 2009). He is coeditor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art; guest editor of an issue of the journal African Arts on African Modernism (2006); and coeditor of Ezumeezu: Essays on Nigerian Art and Architecture, a Festschrift in Honour of Demas Nwoko (Goldline & Jacobs, 2012).

    As an independent curator, Okeke-Agulu has written catalogues for and organized or co-organized several canonical exhibitions, including the first major retrospective of Uche Okeke (Lagos, 1993); the Nigerian pavilion at the First Johannesburg Biennale (1995); Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa (London, 1995); The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945–1994 (Munich, 2001); Gwangju Biennale (2014), and Who Knows Tomorrow (Berlin, 2010). As an art critic, his writings have appeared in The Guardian (Lagos), Daily Times (Lagos), Artforum International (New York), Art South Africa (Johannesburg), andBonhams Magazine (London), among others. He sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of African American Studies, the Journal of Igbo Studies, and Calalloo-Art. 

    Special thanks to the Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Art & Art History department’s Jeanne Scribner Cashin Endowment Fund, Ugoma Adegoke, BLOOM Art, and Uche Nwokedi SAN for their support of the exhibition and lecture.

Inner Visions: Sacred Plants, Art, and Spirituality

  • Lecture by curator Luis Eduardo Luna and artist Rick Harlow, Thursday, November 3, at 6:00 p.m. in Griffiths 123, with reception to follow in the gallery

Luis Eduardo Luna
Luis Eduardo Luna received a Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Lawrence University in 2002. As noted on SLU’s website for the occasion:

That Luis Eduardo Luna deserves an honorary degree from a liberal arts college is proven by the fact that he was nominated for it by representatives of five departments at St. Lawrence: geology, modern languages, biology, speech and theatre, and the art gallery. Perhaps this breadth of expertise should not be surprising from one who claims both Colombian and Finnish citizenship, has degrees or certificates from universities in seven countries, speaks eight languages and is a senior lecturer in Spanish at the Swedish School of Economics in Finland, an elected Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and an Associate of the Botanical Museum at Harvard.

Professor Luna effectively bridges and integrates the humanities, sciences and arts through his study of and work in ethnobotany, anthropology, phytochemistry, religious iconography, art and languages. He lectures and give seminars around the world on Latin American religious diversity, shamanism and the therapeutic use of sacred plants as a way of helping to preserve and extend the rich knowledge of indigenous and mestizo peoples.

Professor Luna's connections to St. Lawrence are similarly wide-ranging. He has co-edited a book with Professor of Modern Languages Steven White, curated a Brush Art Gallery exhibition of the work of visionary artists, fit into his global circumnavigation lectures to several different audiences on campus, and led a faculty development trip to Peru. He has expressed enthusiastic appreciation for St. Lawrence's innovative approaches to disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and research.


Rick Harlow
Massachusetts-based artist Rick Harlow will speak of his connections to indigenous groups in Colombia as an inspiration for his paintings that will be included in the SLU exhibit. The work of Rick Harlow is not limited to what the creator sees, but what, in altruistic ways, the creator does, and this is not confined to the act of painting. Harlow has been actively involved in The Elders Project (TEP), which is described in the following way on the EarthAction website: “The Colombian Constitutional Court declared the four indigenous communities of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (SNSM), Colombia, (Arhuacos, Koguis, Wiwas and Kanquamos), to be at risk of cultural extinction. This reality, coupled with economic development plans (mining, dams and tourism) threatens the very existence of these rich cultural traditions that have endured for millennia. The Elders Project was born out of a series of meetings between the Mamos (traditional authorities) of the Kogui, Arhuaco and Wiwa peoples, Barbara Threecrow, and Rick Harlow, which took place during the gathering of indigenous leaders in Pasto, Colombia in August of 2009. TEP’s mission is to work with and provide assistance and support to the Mamos of the SNSM in Colombia for projects aimed at strengthening their traditional practices.”

Poetry for Peace
Readings are held on Mondays at 4:30, in the Brush Gallery.

    • September 12
    • October 10
    • November 14
    • December 5

Please come to read a poem you've written, a poem by a favorite poet, or just to listen to poems on a different theme. And bring your friends! You are welcome to read poems in languages other than English, but you should provide an English translation as well. Because we believe the empathetic community created by sharing ANY kind of poetry can lead to peace and social justice, we welcome all poems, not just those that touch directly on those themes.  

The first two readings of the semester (September 12 and October 10) are eligible for the First-Year Cup. 


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