WSU, WAM partner for symposium

4:00:00 PM CDT - Thursday, February 01, 2007

By Amy Geiszler-Jones

The movement that revolutionized and set the stage for the 20th century is the subject of a collaborative symposium hosted by WSU's Ulrich Museum of Art, the department of English and the Wichita Art Museum later this month.

An exhibition of Modernist art from the WSU collection opens today and runs through March 4 at the Ulrich Museum. The two-day symposium, "A Moveable Feast: Modernism Across the Arts" takes place Friday, Feb. 16, at the Ulrich and Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Wichita Art Museum.

The Ulrich Museum, which has free admission, is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 1-5 p.m. weekends.

WAM, located at 1400 W. Museum Blvd., will host the national traveling exhibition "Marsden Hartley: American Modern" from Feb. 11-April 29.

WAM hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free on Saturdays and $5 with discounts at other times.

The Modernism movement, which occurred from the turn of the 20th century until 1941, has been described as the movement that revolutionized the world at that time. The period included a lot of reforming cultural movements in art, architecture, music and literature as a rebellion of sorts against 19th century traditions.

The Ulrich's rich, but rarely exhibited, holdings of early 20th century art sample some of the exciting artistic movements in Europe and the United States before World War II. Works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and William Gropper illustrate the basic principles and aims of Modernism.

A number of WSU faculty and students from the arts and humanities disciplines will give presentations during the free, public symposium.

Symposium schedule
The schedule for the two-day symposium, "A Moveable Feast: Modernism Across the Arts," features a number of presentations that are free and open to the public, along with free viewings of the Modernism exhibitions at the Ulrich Museum of Art and the Wichita Art Museum.

On Friday, Feb. 16, the Ulrich Museum of Art will host the symposium with the following presentations:
3 p.m.: Welcome and introduction by Peter Zoller, associate professor of English, and Patricia McDonnell, Ulrich Museum of Art director

3:15 p.m.: "Russolo and Modernist Music" by distinguished professor of music Walter Mays

3:45 p.m.: "Japanese Modernism: Kawabata and the Scarlet Gang of Asakusa" by English graduate student Frances Johannsen

4:15 p.m.: "French Modernism: From Mallarme to Breton" by associate professor of French Wilson Baldridge

4:45 pm.: Q&A with moderator Katie Geha, Ulrich curator of modern and contemporary art

5-6:30 p.m.: Reception and viewing of Ulrich Modernism exhibition

8 p.m.: Lecture and screening of "Film Techniques and Metropolis" by Media Resources Center executive director and film expert Mike Wood at the WSU Marcus Welcome Center.

The symposium continues Saturday, Feb. 17, at WAM with the following presentations:
3 p.m.: Welcome and introduction by Zoller

3:15 p.m.: "The Vorticist Impulse & Wyndham Lewis" by English graduate student Art Zilleruelo

3:45 p.m.: "The Harlem Renaissance and the Politics of Modernism" by associate professor of English Anne Carroll

4:15 p.m.: "Isadora Duncan, Kandinski & Primitivism" by former WAM chief curator Novelene Ross

4:45 p.m.: Q&A with moderator Stephen Gleissner, WAM chief curator

5-6:30 p.m.: Reception and viewing of WAM's Modernism exhibit

6:45 p.m.: "Isadora Duncan" dance performance will be created and presented by Denise A. Celestin, associate professor; Stephanie Thibeault, assistant professor; and dancers from WSU's Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre

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