illuminating season ahead
Express Staff Writer
Grande Dame she is, The Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities
still needs to gave a party every once in a while to show-off her stuff
and garner support.
exactly what it did last Wednesday evening, by inviting town pols,
leaders, gallery owners, artists and other luminaries of the area, many of
whom are active supporters of the arts in the valley, to the Center.
inspiring hour of descriptive snippets by the heads of the various
departments¾ Performing Arts, Visual, Education and Humanities¾ the
schedule and vision for most of the following year was revealed.
director Kristin Poole introduced the current exhibit, a progressive
multi-disciplinary presentation called "Mirroring History: The Gaze
of Hate in the 20th Century."
never taken on such a huge project," said Poole.
presentation offers some weighty and thought provoking issues in art,
word, dance and music.
not all a big downer.
there is much to be excited about in the next four months of this evolving
the exhibit focuses on the Japanese interment camp in our area, Minidoka,
with the exhibit "Whispered Silences, Remembering America’s
Japanese Internment Camps."
the gallery are many moving photographs by Joan Myers, who stumbled on the
ruins of this camp by accident and sought to preserve what remains there
in striking black and white photos.
that is an installation by local artist Bob Dix. A replica barrack,
similar to those people actually lived in, has been built in the gallery.
Within it, actual film footage taken at one of the camps runs
continuously. Letters and artifacts are inside as well.
display in the gallery are The Letters of Clara Breed, a librarian in San
Diego, who had the foresight to correspond with many of her young friends
while they were interned in Idaho. The letters she carefully saved
hauntingly illuminate the daily experiences of innocent Japanese Americans
wrongly interned in a time of fear and intolerance. School children will
be encouraged to respond to the letters when they visit the Center, and
postcards are available for that purpose.
corresponding documentary film series runs every other Tuesday at the
gallery. It includes incredibly worthwhile documentaries that cover a
broad spectrum of hate, intolerance and diversity.
this series are movies about the internment camps, the Holocaust,
"Four Little Girls" by Spike Lee about the girls blown up in a
church 40 years ago in Birmingham, Ala., "Blink" by Elizabeth
Thompson, who’ll be here to discuss the film about a reformed white
supremacist, and "The Times of Harvey Milk," about the gay San
Francisco city supervisor, who was assassinated along with Mayor George
Moscone in 1978.
these events are free to the public.
Dec. 17 is the second portion of the "Mirroring History"
presentation, "In the Shadow of the Holocaust."
display examines the larger context of hate and intolerance through the
eyes of post-WWII German artists.
of modern art at the St. Louis Art Museum, Cornelia Homburg, will discuss
contemporary German artists, who have responded to their country’s
legacy of intolerance. Some extremely well known artists’ works will be
on display, including work by Joseph Beuys and Gerhard Richter.
lecture also corresponds with the exhibit "Between the Wars: Prints
by Max Beckman, Otto Dix and George Grosz."
Education and Humanities Heather Crocker discussed the many outreach
programs, lectures by visiting authors and professors, and classes being
held at the Center and local schools.
lecturers coming are Edgar Bronfman, who’ll talk about helping Jewish
families retrieve art work and money illegally taken from them during
World War II.
a historian, will discuss the history of gay and transgender people in the
Pacific Northwest, as well as provide commentary on the movie, "The
Times of Harvey Milk."
Performing Arts director, Amy Wigstrom, spoke enthusiastically about the
many exciting events that are scheduled in her department, including
performances in the near future by the (Alvin) Ailey II dance troupe,
renowned performance artist Meredith Monk, new chamber music artists Bang
on the Drum All-Stars, and classical guitar virtuoso and Grammy winner
year, a presentation called "The Ephemeral and The Organic" will
bring to the valley nature artists David Nash and Andy Goldsworthy.
"This is great fodder for kids," Poole said. And a multimedia
installation by the photographer, folklorist and video artist Carrie Mae
Weems is slated for mid-summer.
in an unfortunate timely way, the Center is presenting this evocative
four-month retrospective on hate and intolerance, linking the past to the
present, in the hope that it will initiate a healing process since the
disasters on September 11.
brochure for the presentation, Poole cites "troublesome paradoxes
have led us as an organization to locate artists who have considered the
questions" of intolerance and hate in depth.
the inspiring lecture and presentation given at the Center for the coming
season, it promises to be a season full of educational opportunities,
illuminating art work and exciting performances.