Art to see, hear and discuss at Ulrich Museum

8:26:28 AM CDT - Wednesday, June 13, 2007

By Shannon Littlejohn

In conjunction with its continuing “Poets on Painters” exhibit, the Ulrich Museum of Art will host a “Roundtable Discussion on Artistic Collaboration” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21, in the Joan S. Beren gallery.

You can warm up your ears for the discussion with an “Art for Your Ears” concert from 4:30-6 p.m. that same day as the Ulrich invites you to “relax on the terrace and enjoy the sounds” of recent WSU graduate and percussionist Sean Borst.

Both events are free and open to the public.

“Poets on Painters,” which opened April 22 and continues through Aug. 5,
contrasts the act of painting with the act of writing. Pairing 20 contemporary poets with 20 contemporary painters, the show is a cross section of contemporary painting from the dreamy landscapes and portraits of Leipzig artists Abel Auer and Christoph Ruckhaberle to the absurdist figures of Dana Schutz and Lamar Peterson to the chaotic abstraction of Joanne Greenbaum and Amy Sillman.

Katie Geha, curator of contemporary art for the Ulrich, said these works represent contemporary painting as it exists today: largely figurative, bizarre, electric, and lyrical. They suggest truncated narratives – narratives that will be extended, complicated and completed by the poets’ responses.

The discussion on this type of collaboration will feature a diverse group of scholars, poets, and painters. Roundtable participants include Wilson Baldridge, associate professor of modern and classical languages and literatures at WSU and winner of the 2006 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation; Patrick Duegaw, painter and member of the Wichita artist collective Fisch Haus; Margaret Dawe, chair and associate professor of WSU’s department of English and the author of the Charlie Parker-inspired novel “Nissequott”;  Noah Eli Gordon, Denver-based poet whose recent book “Novel Pictorial Noise” was chosen by eminent poet John Ashbery as a 2006 National Poetry Series open competition winner; and Mark David Bradshaw, book reviewer and bookseller at Watermark Books & Café in Wichita.

Also on exhibit at the Ulrich are more fine works from the museum’s own collection. “Reinventions: Works from the Collection” focuses on the reinvention of commonplace items that have been discarded by their original owners. Collage and assemblage techniques are used in these works, in which the artists have created new relationships between the found materials. This exhibition opened June 3 and runs through Sept. 9.

For more information on these and upcoming exhibits at the Ulrich Museum, visit www.wichita.edu/ulrich/.

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