Faculty Literary Reading: UO Creative Writing professor Garrett Hongo

Garrett Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawai`i and grew up on the North Shore of O`ahu and in Los Angeles. He was educated at Pomona College, the University of Michigan, and UC Irvine, where he received an M.F.A. His work includes three books of poetry, three anthologies, and... Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai`i. He is the editor of The Open Boat: Poems from Asian America (Anchor) and Under Western Eyes: Personal Essays from Asian America (Anchor).

Schnitzer Cinema: Unfinished Spaces with Skype interviews with filmmakers Alysa Nahmias and Ben Murray

Unfinished Spaces (2011, 86 min.) follows three architects as they return to Cuba, after forty years in exile, to finish what was considered the world’s most spectacular and futuristic art school, which the country’s revolution had inspired and then abandoned. Todd McCarthy for the Hollywood Reporter describes Unfinished Spaces as “an apt and unstressed metaphor for the history of the Cuban revolution itself … lucidly filmed and absorbing.”

Hanna Kim (born 1987). Miss You, 2008. 28 3/4 x 23 7/8 inches. Oil on canvas. On loan from Yongsoo Huh.


September 24, 2011 to December 31, 2011

Born in Guangdong, China, Xiaoze Xie is one of the most prominent of China’s contemporary artists. His expressive paintings of decaying books and newspapers— carriers of cultural memory—evoke the tenuous nature of history. This traveling exhibition of recent work is curated by Dan Mills, director, Bates College Museum of Art, and organized by the Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University. 

Sandra Ramos. En Mi Carcel de Papel (In My Paper Jail), (detail of triptych), 2004. Mixed media on canvas

Diaspora, Identity, and Race: Cuba Today

March 22, 2011 to June 26, 2011

Curated by graduate student Ashley Gibson, the exhibition tackles issues that have long been taboo in Cuban socialist society. Since the early 1990s, Cuban artists and intellectuals have investigated the many complex identities that exist within Cuba and which reflect the intermingling of Africa, Europe, and Asia in the Caribbean. Afro-Cuban religion and culture have become important themes in the work of contemporary Cuban artists, revealing the persistence of racism in Cuba today.

Hanna Kim (born 1987). Miss You, 2008. 28 3/4 x 23 7/8 inches. Oil on canvas. On loan from Yongsoo Huh.

Contemporary Korean Art: Selections from the Yongsoo Huh Collection

December 17, 2010 to March 13, 2011

Yongsoo Huh, a collector and supporter of international contemporary art and particularly young artists, has lent the JSMA an exciting selection of recent work. Representing seventeen cutting-edge Korean artists, the exhibition focus on icoic figure paintings,landscapes and still lifes. A member of the museum’s Leadership Council, Huh has been akey player in Seoul’s contemporary art scene and is a patron of the arts on both sides of the Pacific.

Chris Jordan. Cans Seurat, 2007. Pigmented ink-jet print. Courtesy of the artist.

Skull with Cigarette, 2008. 98 x 72 inches. Pigmented ink-jet print. Courtesy of the artist.


Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers

January 15, 2011 to April 10, 2011

Lawyer-turned-artist Chris Jordan follows his recent photographic documentation of natural disasters with these large mural-size compositions, colorful versions of well-known paintings, like George Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, but made with recycled objects— in this case, 106,000 aluminum cans. Another expansive landscape mimics Ansel Adams’s iconic imagery of the Alaskan wilderness but is actually a composite of thousands of GM stickers used for advertising their Yukon model vehicle. Organized and distributed by the Museum of Art/Washington State University, Pullman, WA, the exhibition addresses such issues as sustainability, health, and consumerism in twenty seductively beautiful photographs.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum has planned a program of activities with its on- and off-campus partners. These include support for photography, environmental leadership and law courses as well as lectures and presentations addressing two of the UO’s “Big Ideas”—green product design and sustainable cities. Other programs focus on recycling and the environment on campus and in our communities.


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