Student News

Apr 2018
Olga Zaikina-Kondur and Aaron Ziolkowski will present the exhibition Recovering the Black Box at the Borland Project Space. The exhibit recreates a suite of conceptual sculptures created by Andrei Monastyrsky from 1975-1983, a component of Olga's dissertation. On Tuesday April 10th at 4:30 there will be a recreation of Monastyrsky's performance "The Line" and an opening reception. On Wednesday at 12 Olga will present a paper regarding the sculptures within his ouevre. The following Wednesday at noon Aaron will guide an informal interaction with the objects and a light lunch.
Mar 2018
 "Navigating the Revolving Door: Beverly Pepper's Contrappunto" In 1963 Beverly Pepper was commissioned to make a sculpture for the newly built US Plywood Building in midtown Manhattan. Here, she grounded abstraction in the revolving doors which framed it, thereby calling attention to the transition from public space to the realm of work and furthermore aesthetisizing corporate hierarchy for the spectrum of workers who would daily encounter it.  (event was cancelled due to weather)
Mar 2018
    Final 2017 Whiting Award talk to examine 19th century Swahili door carvings March 14, 2018   UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Janet Purdy, 2017 recipient of the Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Research Award, will present her research in a talk at noon on Wednesday, March 21, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, on Penn State’s University Park campus. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be livestreamed via Mediasite Live. On the Swahili coast of East Africa in the 19th century, powerful merchants commissioned massive, elaborately carved wooden doors to adorn the front entrances of grand buildings. Purdy’s presentation examines the visual propaganda and roles that indigenous artists played in visual communication and personal identification of the messages and histories linked to the door carvings. An introduction will be made by William Dewey, associate professor of art history and director of the African Studies Program in the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts. Purdy, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History, studies the surface patterns and designs of the African continent through the lens of identity, visual communications, and cultural exchange. Focusing on the role that symbols in woodcarvings and the definition of architectural space played in the lived experience of 19th-century Zanzibar in Tanzania, Purdy’s project examines the relationship between material objects and the formation of Swahili culture and identity. Her comparative analysis and interpretation of design elements, iconography and coded visual messages in Swahili woodcarving may unlock a better understanding of Swahili culture and syncretism. The Whiting Award is available to all full-time Penn State undergraduate and graduate students, and is funded by the Margorie Grant Whiting Endowment for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledge, and supported by Penn State’s University Libraries and the Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK). Award applications are evaluated based on the proposal’s intellectual merit, research potential, creativity, research design and evaluation, qualifications, and availability of resources to complete the work. Recipients present their research findings and write an article highlighting aspects of indigenous knowledge explored in their projects, for publication in Penn State’s open access indigenous knowledge journal, IK: Other Ways of Knowing. For more information about the Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Research Award or for details on how to submit an application in consideration for 2018 project funding, contact Mark Mattson, global partnerships and outreach librarian, at 814-863-2480 or in advance of your visit.