SMC Alum featured in art gallery

first_imgMoreau Art Galleries is featuring Saint Mary’s alum Kristin Stransky alongside Marilyn Minter, an artist recently featured in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Though the two exhibits, which opened Friday, Aug. 30 are wildly different in medium, their themes overlap. Tiffany Bidler, assistant professor of art and director of the galleries, said her aim is to provide students with professional and educational pieces that are challenging and innovative in both content and media. “My first consideration is whether or not I feel the work will inspire students,” Bidler said. Secondly, she seeks works that engage the various missions of the college. “We educate women at Saint Mary’s College and so I try to bring in the work of women artists whose work touches on issues of gender,” she said. The Galleries’ director believes the Stransky and Minter’s exhibits, located in the Sister Rosaire and the Hammes Gallery, respectively accomplish that mission. “The Marilyn Minter exhibition that I curated considers makeup’s materiality and its role in gendered performances that elicit desire and construct femininity,” Bidler said. “My favorite work by Stransky is “Landing Strip.” It’s a brilliant piece about sexuality and boundaries.” Technology plays an integral role in both the conception and process of Stransky’s pieces, Stransky said. “Ultimately, I saw art as a vehicle to explore both ideas and creation, both intellectual and hands on,” she said. The Little Theater and Sister Rosaire galleries also previously featured Kristen Stransky’s pieces. The Saint Mary’s alumna is currently pursuing a master of fine arts in Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver. “Coding and other technical formats often require adherence to strict processes and syntax to create a working unit, and I like to think that I bend those rules through meaning and the application of technology to craft and sculptural mediums,” Stransky said. Bidler, an art historian, said she likes to spend time comparing works of art, especially in her classes. “Marilyn Minter is an internationally renowned contemporary artist. I first saw Green, Pink, Caviar while it was on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The video is very sensuous, colorful, and hypnotic – it draws you in,” Bidler said of Minter’s piece. Bidler said she loves the hypnotic quality of the Minter video, which sucks the viewer into a world of color and pleasure. “I love that the context Minter provides about the photograph of her mother is at odds with some of the assumptions we might make about her mother based on a cursory glance at the photograph. I enjoy having my assumptions challenged by other artists,” she said. Bidler said the exhibition is a comparison of early work by Marilyn Minter and a late work by Marilyn Minter, at a basic level. “It seeks to draw out themes that persist over time in her work,” she said. As for the connection between Stransky and Minter, Bidler encourages students to make their own conclusions. “I have some ideas about the thematic ties between the Kristin Stransky and Marilyn Minter exhibitions, but I’d love for viewers to come in and make these connections for themselves,” Bidler said. Moreau Center for the Arts will feature the free exhibits until Sept. 20.last_img read more

Daily Dirt: MST, GSMNP, and Bike to School Records

first_imgYour daily outdoor news bulletin for July 1, the day the first Sony Walkman went on sale in 1979 and changed the way we rip the little magnetic strips out of cassette tapes forever:Blind Man Hikes Mountains-to-Sea TrailAs if hiking North Carolina’s 950-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail wasn’t hard enough. Blind hiker and Charlotte, N.C. native Trevor Thomas completed the thru-hike last week under sunny skies and with the help of his loyal guide dog Tennille. A crowd of 30-40 people lined the dunes at the trail’s eastern terminus in Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks as Thomas became the first blind hiker to complete the trek. Thomas took 78 days to complete the journey that began in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in two feet of snow in April. Thomas said the most challenging part of the hike was staying on the right path due to the nature of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail which is made up of a patchwork of 500 miles of footpaths and 400 miles of rural highway. Since losing his sight in 2005, Thomas has thru-hiked the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail and the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Thomas is only the eighth person to thru-hike the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.More info can be found here, and on Thomas’s blog.Best. May. Ever.The National Park Service has announced that Great Smoky Mountains National Park had its best May ever in terms of visits. Nearly 886,000 visitors went to the park during May, 2013, up over 10 percent from May, 2012. That is good news for the nation’s most popular park, given that visitation is down on average through the first five months of they year. From January through May of 2013, the park saw 2, 506,000 visitors, down almost 275,000 during the same time last year. Although numbers are down so far, the increase in May visits could bode well for the summer park season in North Carolina and Tennessee.More info here.National Bike to School Day SuccessIn national news, the Second Annual National Bike to School Day was, by all accounts, a ripping success. Tens of thousands of kids rode their bikes to school during National Bike Month (May) and 1,705 schools across the country registered for Bike to School Day events. That number is up 80 percent from last year.More information on the program and its sponsors can be found here.Also in the national bike news category is the news that AAA will be covering bikesin certain portions of the country. If you live in Washington State or Minneapolis, Minn. you can get a ‘tow’ the next time you get a flat on your commute.last_img read more

India Gear Up For Russell-Less West Windies Test

first_imgManchester: India will aim to continue with their unbeaten streak in the ongoing World Cup when they face a low-on-confidence West Indies team at Old Trafford on Thursday.After coming out with commanding performances in their first three World Cup games, the Men in Blue had to toil hard against Afghanistan to earn their fourth victory of the ongoing tournament in their last game.Riding on Mohammad Shami’s hat-trick, India successfully defended a below par total at a sluggish Rose Bowl wicket in Southampton last Saturday.Against Windies, Shami is likely to retain his place in the playing XI as India are unlikely to risk playing Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was sidelined due to a hamstring injury.The top-order has performed in all the four completed matches and has been the strength of the Indian team. However, the middle order looked a bit scratchy against Afghanistan and Virat Kohli would want M.S. Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar to get into the groove and perform against the attacking bowling line-up of the Windies.With nine points from five games, India are comfortably positioned in the top four and require two wins out of the remaining four games to book their place in the semi-finals.West Indies, on the other hand, come into the match in what is a must-win proposition for them on the back of a heart-wrenching five-run loss to New Zealand. The Jason Holder-led side has been quite inconsistent in the tournament so far. They have had moments of brilliance from individuals like Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cottrell but what they have lacked is the team performance.The Caribbean team has been unable to perform collectively as a team, a result of which is that they are currently positioned at the eighth spot with three points from six games. They have lost four of their last six games (one ended in no result) and are desperate for a win. Another concern going into the game against India is the absence of their star hard-hitting all-rounder Andre Russell, who has been ruled out of the tournament with a hamstring injury. (IANS)Also Read: Hope Dejected after West Windies Miss Victorylast_img read more

Bayern launch cup defence amid scandals in German football

first_imgBayern Munich are looking to defend their league and cup titles in 2019/20Berlin, Germany | AFP | Niko Kovac’s Bayern Munich launch their 2019/20 season as German Cup title holders in the first round this weekend, but the traditional season curtain-raiser will be overshadowed this year by a string of scandals rocking football in Germany.While coaching prodigies Julian Nagelsmann and David Wagner make their dugout debuts for RB Leipzig and Schalke respectively, other clubs such as Chemnitzer and Hamburg are reeling from scandals involving neo-Nazis and alleged identity fraud.Borussia Dortmund kick off proceedings with a visit to third-division side KFC Uerdingen on Friday.The match reunites 2014 World Cup winner and former Dortmund fan favourite Kevin Grosskreutz with his old club while providing coach Lucien Favre with another opportunity to test new signings Mats Hummels, Nico Schulz and Thorgan Hazard.Favre’s spruced-up squad beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the German Supercup last weekend to pile the pressure on last season’s league and cup winners.Bayern have been less active than Dortmund in the transfer market, and the lack of high-profile new signings prompted criticism from star striker Robert Lewandowski as the club chases Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.Ahead of Bayern’s trip to fourth-tier side Energie Cottbus on Monday, the heat is already on perennially under-fire coach Kovac.Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig travel to Osnabrueck on Sunday after Wagner’s Schalke visit Drochtersen/Assel on Saturday.– Crisis-hit Schalke –Former Huddersfield Town manager Wagner is hoping to breathe new life into crisis-stricken Schalke, but his preparations have been overshadowed by a racism scandal involving club chairman Clemens Toennies.Toennies, 63, stepped down for three months on Tuesday following widespread outrage over comments he made about Africa during a speech last week.Schalke are not the only German club to have been hit by a racism scandal recently. On Monday, third-tier side Chemnitzer sacked first-team captain Daniel Frahn over his alleged association with far-right fan groups.Frahn’s dismissal was the latest episode in a long-running controversy over neo-Nazis in the Chemnitzer fanbase, and according to Bild newspaper, police fear that far-right fans may stage protests during Sunday’s cup clash with Hamburg. Second-division Hamburg are themselves engulfed in a media scandal after doubts were raised over the identity of their Gambian midfielder Bakery Jatta.Bild newspaper claimed Jatta, who reportedly came to Germany as a refugee in 2015, entered the country under a false identity, changing his name and claiming to be two-and-a-half years younger than he really was so that he could register as a minor.Selected German Cup first-round fixtures (kick-off times 1330 GMT unless stated):FridayKFC Uerdingen v Borussia Dortmund, Sandhausen v Borussia Moenchengladbach (both 1845)SaturdayKaiserslautern v Mainz, Alemannia Aachen v Bayer Leverkusen, Magdeburg v Freiburg, Drochtersen/Assel v Schalke, Atlas Delmenhorst v Werder Bremen (1845)SundayWaldhof Mannheim v Eintracht Frankfurt, VfL Osnabrueck v RB Leipzig, Germania Halberstadt v Union Berlin, VfB Eichstatt v Hertha Berlin, Chemnitzer FC v Hamburg (1630)MondayEnergie Cottbus v Bayern Munich (1845)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more