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Department of Art + Design


November 21, 2019

Art Historian Talk: Dr. Adair Rounthwaite

Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Washington

4:00-5:00 p.m., Randall Hall, Room 117

The CWU Department of Art + Design will feature a lecture by Dr. Adair Rounthwaite on Thursday, November 21, at 4:00 p.m. in Randall Hall, Room 117. Dr. Rounthwaite is a specialist in contemporary art and Assistant Professor in Art History at the University of Washington. The topic of her lecture is “Writing in the Streets: Language and Experimental Art in 1970s Yugoslavia.”

Since the advent of Conceptualism, an art movement from the 1960s, artists in many different parts of the world have used language as an important part of their visual art practices. This lecture analyzes works by Mladen Stilinović and Vlado Martek, two young artists based in Zagreb, in Communist Yugoslavia, in the late 1970s. For Martek and Stilinović words and performances of reading and writing were central to art-making. In their practices, language was connected to questions about the relationship between aesthetics and politics, in a politically conservative decade following the failure of mass political protests in Yugoslavia.

Dr. Rounthwaite’s lecture is part of a series of programs engaging interdisciplinary topics within the visual arts and hosted by the CWU Department of Art + Design. Admission to the talk is free.


November 19—22
Gallery 231
Alyssa Davis
Trauma’s Grip

Opening Reception Tuesday, November 19, 4 to 6 p.m.

Artist Statement: My photographic and sculptural work is about my struggle to survive through an abusive marriage. I expose the traumas I was forced to keep to myself as I survived verbal, physical, psychological, and sexual abuse. I created this work to familiarize myself with the memories that developed into PTSD to reclaim my life and experiences. I use imagery that pairs traditionally beautiful and delicate objects loaded with symbols of romantic relationships against violent actions to show the ugly truths hidden behind closed doors. I pair imagery of my body with unusual objects in aggressive ways to depict how abuse lead to complications in my physical and mental health, which deeply skewed my perception of self.


Upcoming Events


The CWU Department of Art + Design will feature its fall undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts thesis exhibits in Gallery 231, located on the second floor of Randall Hall. All of the exhibit opening receptions will take place on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to Gallery 231 is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

December 3—6, Sarah Young, Abiogenesis (Reception Tuesday, December 3, 4 to 6 p.m.)

December 10—13, Matt Caleen, Fabricated (Reception Tuesday, December 10, 4 to 6 p.m.)


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