October 25, 2017
The exhibition Material Histories: Cultures of Resistance, curated by Alex Hibbitt, brings together contemporary artworks that range from the monumental to the performative. Highlighting concerns such as human rights, our relationship to natural resources and personal histories, this exhibition will feature a one-day symposium focusing on the role and agency of the artist in a time of international political, economic and cultural uncertainty.
The artists in this exhibition have a deep connection to the material of clay, and its ability to connect us to experiences both visceral and immediate as well as intimate and ephemeral. Work such as the Tea Project has very specific political content: recreating in porcelain hundreds of polystyrene cups decorated with flowers by Guantanamo Bay prisoners, while the work of Linda Swanson uses the action of time, the interaction of natural materials and entropy to remind us of the ecosystems that surround us, are contained within us, and are always in flux.
Mitchell Auditorium, Ohio University School of Art + Design
10 a.m.–12 p.m. Artists’ Presentations
1:30–4 p.m. Panel Discussion, followed by Roundtable Sessions
5–8 p.m. Reception at the Dairy Barn Arts Center
A guided tour of regional Ohio ceramic history, with artist Mary Jo Bole coordinated through the Dairy Barn Arts Center
A brisk pace and long day are necessary for this unique tour of the history and evolution of Ohio’s Clay Belt. From Haydenville to Zanesville, regional geology supported numerous ceramic industries spanning the Industrial Revolution and beyond. Participants will visit massive ruins of factories that didn’t survive, as well as those that persevered into modern success stories. Today, these factories make bulletproof vest components, pizza stones, turbine parts and more! Along the way, the tour will also see examples of ceramic influences in architecture, cemetery monuments and mining history.
Vist the Dairy Barn Arts Center page for more information about this event.
This exhibition and related events are made possible through support from Arts for OHIO, the ceramics department at Ohio University, the School of Art + Design visiting artist fund, Honors Tutorial College, The Middle Eastern and North African Studies Certificate, The Islamic Studies Program of the Department of World Religions and Classics, The Dairy Barn Arts Center, and Standard Ceramics.
© 2018 Mary Jo Bole