A new book display of poetry and drama at Fletcher Library is encouraging the ASU community to take a chance on a book.
Immune from judgment, all books in this display are shelved spine-backward in an effort to encourage discovery and serendipity. Featured poets include Joy Harjo and Juan Felipe Herrera.
“Surprise Me” is the first book display in a new series of collection experiments, part of the Future of Print initiative at ASU, which looks at new and innovative ways to present print materials to library visitors.
Students, staff and faculty are invited to "explore the unknown" during normal library hours at Fletcher. "Surprise Me" will be located on the ground floor of the library through October 15.
The work of visual and sound recording artist Tony Obr and the poetry of Tanner Menard will be featured in a First Friday event, to take place from 6-9 p.m., Sept. 1, at the Downtown Phoenix campus Library.
Obr is a friendly face at the Downtown Library, where he has worked since graduating from ASU’s Herberger School with a bachelor’s in fine arts and digital art, which is on exhibit through the end of the Fall 2017 semester in the library’s Vault Gallery.
“A continual investigation lies at the heart of my creative practice,” Obr explains. “An exploration that leads to refinement, the precision distilled from this process that then leads to more exploration. Continual inquiry, questions that lead to more questions, all this drives a creative evolution.
“The process of discovery is more important than the discovery itself, and a truth is revealed through this process. The images in this collection reveal truth through patterns. Patterns observed in both the natural and constructed domains. Patterns of form, but also dynamically evolving patterns of movement and growth. Cloud formations, flocking behavior, rivulet movement, shell growth, as well as imagined cityscapes, urban design and impossible architecture.
“The images here are all algorithmically generated digital patterns that surround us. The work here suggests a study of the dynamic continuum between symmetry and asymmetry that is influenced by an underlying logic. Even within the complex and the asymmetrical there exists patterns beyond the scope of what we can immediately perceive.”
Obr is a musician, sound designer, composer and educator as well as an artist. He often works at the confluence of art, technology and performance, focusing on innovative uses of sound in musical and non-musical contexts.
Obr’s work frequently centers on the development of interactive systems for electronic music performance, dance performance and art installation. He plays live electronics and woodwinds in the performance art, experimental noise and free-improve ensemble Datura. He also plays with saxophonist Keith Kelly in their duo Slender Loris. Since 2013 he has worked as chief sound designer, and has developed interactive sound systems for Grisha Coleman’s echo::system.
As an educator, Obr has taught electronic music and sound design courses at Paradise Community College since 2014. As a composer, he works under the moniker of tsone. His compositions can be characterized as ranging from warm, gauzy, electronic detritus to blasts of impenetrable walls of sound.
Obr’s work has been released on a number of international recording labels, including: Home Normal, txt recordings, Tessellate Recordings, Stereoscenic, Tsuku-Boshi, Audiotalaia, Dark Era Tapes, and Pocket Fields.
Menard, whom Obr met when he was a composer in residence at ASU, is a poet and composer whose current work embodies his mestizo Indigenous and French lineage. Poems are his method of survival, a linguistic medicine of ambiguity which is certain that love prevails. His poetry is the DNA of his queer hybridity, a double helix of gender and identity.
As a composer of experimental music, Menard has been published and anthologized in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan on labels and netlabels such as Full Spectrum Records, Rural Colours, Tokyo Droning, Install, Slow Flow Rec, H.L.M., Archaic Horizon, Kafua Records and Milieu Music. Menard's poetry has been published in The Squawkback and Rabbit and Rose online journals. He currently serves the Snake Band Tribal Councilman for the Atakapa-Ishak Nation of Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas.
All of Obr’s work on exhibit is for sale as limited edition series of 20 archival pigment prints. For inquiries, please send an email to: email@example.com, or visit tonyobr.net
Many of the images are stills taken from animations. Scanning the QR codes next to the prints in the gallery will take you to a video of an animation associated with it.
The event will be Friday, Sept. 1, from 6-9 pm in the lower level of the University Center building, 411 N. Central Ave, on the Downtown Phoenix campus of Arizona State University.
Description: The Art and Design Class at ASU Prep High School under the direction of Jennifer Nelson, have their inaugural art exhibit on display at Polytechnic Library. More than 20 pieces of student art are on display. Stop by to see some great art work using multiple mediums.
On Exhibit: The Washington Elementary School Annual Student Art Show
Location:Fletcher Library at the West campus, Second and Third Floor, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ, public parking available (Map)
Available: March 1, 2016 through March 29, 2016. There will be an evening reception on March 29th, 2016 from 5p-7p.
Description: The art work is from our 32 schools and 45 art teachers. We have an assortment of 2-D and 3-D work on display. This is an annual event. We have had a successful partnership with ASU West from many years.
Washington Elementary School District (WESD) is proud to serve a diverse population in north central Phoenix and east Glendale. The largest elementary school district in Arizona, WESD is comprised of 32 schools (18 K-6 schools, two K-5 schools, seven K-8 schools and five middle/junior high schools).
Description: Through visual arts, stories and the performing arts – universal, multidisciplinary artists showcase how these material and performing art forms might affect our mental and physical well-being.
From an art history perspective, the four universal healing salves in many shamanic societies:
If you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions…
“When did you stop dancing? “When did you stop singing? “When did you stop being enchanted by stories? “When did you stop fining comfort in the sweet territory of silence?”
Description:Journey through the Emerald Isle and Have Passport – Will Travel are two photography exhibits which reflect her love of international travel. Paula’s recent trip to Ireland gave her a sense of the magnificent beauty of the land and the strong character of its people. She encourages other to experience the joys of travel.
Artist Information: New York City born, long-time Phoenix resident, Paula Cullison has a passion for international travel. An independent traveler, she has visited over 30 countries.
Upon graduating from college, she worked in Switzerland on an AIESEC traineeship, and has attended several international conferences through her involvement with the United Nations Association.
Paula has published numerous international travel articles and her first book, Daughters of the American Dream. She is a member of the Sonoran Arts League, Vice-Pres - Scottsdale Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women, and Founder of the Arizona Women’s Partnership, Inc., an all-volunteer philanthropic non-profit (azwp.org)
Description:New York City born, long-time Valley resident, Paula Cullison has a passion for international travel. An independent traveler, she has visited over 30 countries. Upon graduating from college, she worked in Switzerland on an AIESEC traineeship and has attended several international conferences through her involvement with the United Nations Association. Her published travel articles, photographs and book, Daughters of the American Dream, can be found on her website.
Exhibit: Faces of Nepal and Tibet: The Far and Forgotten
Location: Second floor, Fletcher Library, West campus
Available: Through January 11, 2016
Description: In Fall 2014, Renee Rivers took a treacherous and remote journey through the Nepalese and Tibetan Himalaya with her nearly wheelchair-bound, seventy-four-year-old father to fulfill his life-long dream to see Kathmandu and Mount Everest.
Spurred on by her father’s story of how reading about Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s ascent of Everest inspired her father to get an education and transcend his impoverished sharecropper’s upbringing, Renee worked for over a year to coordinate an expedition that would accommodate her father’s condition.
Once underway, this father-daughter expedition traversed the tangled, cacophonous streets of Kathmandu, Nepal, pilgrim-filled plazas and temples in occupied Lhasa, Tibet, and wound along the Tibetan plateau to the village of Tingre—the last village before Everest base camp. Their overland route ascended to Gyatchula, the highest pass on the Araniko highway at 16,404 feet and returned to Kathmandu via a treacherous detour over a fresh-cut mud-track, 1500 feet above the kilometers-long Sunkoshi Gorge landslide that had just buried hundreds of Nepalese villagers.
Rivers and her father encountered precipices thousands of feet high, struggles with altitude sickness, scores of intense military checkpoints, and having to push the wheelchair across the landslide-blocked border at Nayalam with hundreds of foot travelers. Father and daughter also found themselves enchanted with the Himalayan people whose lives and culture are often too far and forgotten and imperiled to begin to understand without walking a few days beside them.
These photos hopefully capture a moment of inter-cultural understanding that can only happen when people in pursuit of something beyond themselves come face-to-face.
About Renee G. Rivers
Renee G. Rivers teaches First-Year Composition and Creative Writing at ASU at the West campus. Outside of writing and teaching, her interests find her behind an acetylene torch, advocating for public education or traveling to remote locales.
She holds an M.A. in English from SUNY Brockport, a B.S. in Special Education and B.A. equivalent in German via the Goethe-Institut-Muenchen.
Renee is a literary magazine reviewer for the The Review Review. Her stories have appeared in: PBS Filmmaker Jillian Robinson’s Change Your Life Through Travel, Extracts Literary Journal, Canyon Voices, The Feminist Wire and have won international awards from SouthWest Writers and Tin House.
Available: October 28 - November 4, 2015, during normal library hours
“We must remember these American Heroes and speak their names when we see their family members. We can never forget those who sacrificed everything for our freedom,” said Bill Williams, co-creator of the memorial. “While this memorial is about those who have died, it was created for the living…to help the families in their grief, while reminding the rest of us of the terrible price paid for our freedom by our current generation of military.”
A very emotional memorial, “Remembering Our Fallen,” is a stark reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by 150 Fallen from Arizona killed in The War on Terror while wearing our country’s uniform in a war zone. The photo memorial, which includes military and personal photos of each of Arizona’s Fallen.
The financial sponsor of the memorial is Bellevue University, a private, non-profit University in Bellevue, Nebraska. Founded in 1966, it has been a military-friendly school for 45 years. Bellevue University was an early adopter of distance learning and is now a leader in online education with students in every state and 55 foreign countries, including Afghanistan and Iraq. More information can be found at: Bellevue.edu.
This memorial, and 17 other state memorials representing half of our country’s Fallen since 9/11/01, has been created by Patriotic Productions, a non-profit organization headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. The goal is to complete a memorial for every state.
Description: The ASU Music Library is pleased to announce the initial arrival of music manuscripts, papers, correspondence, memorabilia, and published scores and books belonging to the late Boston composer, music educator, and conductor John Bavicchi (1922-2012). Mr. Bavicchi studied composition with Walter Piston at Harvard and, in 1964, was instrumental in starting the composition department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In the spring, the remainder of the archive will make its way to ASU and will include audio tape interviews of world-renowned composers who visited Boston, including Sergei Prokofiev.
The receipt of this important composers’ archive was made possible through the kindness of the Bavicchi Estate. The current Music Library exhibit features select music manuscripts and related published scores and correspondence. It will remain in place from October through December 2015.
Description:Fletcher Library celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with a display of books, films and music. Also on display is a poster session created by Professor Ilana Luna’s master’s students on Latin American independence movements.
National Hispanic Heritage month is observed from September 15th to October 15th and is a time when we recognize the contributions made, and the important presence of, Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States. During this month we celebrate their heritage and culture.
The observation started in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded to cover a 30 day period in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan.
September 15th is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence day on September 16 and September 18th respectively.
The term Hispanic or Latino, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. Today nearly 55 million Americans are of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Reception:October 8th from 6-8pm on the second floor of Fletcher library
Description: My art is centered on my social material conditions of growing up and living on the borderlands. Cajitas originated in Mexican art to depict memories, altars, and to give honor and recognition to important days, times and people in our culture. These cajitas speak to the social justice and human rights issues impacting our communities on the borderlands. My granddaughter will have one installation in this exhibit addressing gender roles and the social construct of gender…she has named our show “Girl Who Grew Wings!”
Artist Information: Mia Moore and Jewell Medina (M. Armendariz), ASU MA social justice and human rights alumni, BA Women’s Studies. Ms. Armendariz also has a permanent exhibit of her ‘cajitas’ in the Chicano Research Collection in Hayden Library.
Description: The materials in this exhibit illustrate some of the 70+ year history of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, located in Glendale, Arizona, on the southeast corner of 59th Avenue and Greenway, less than 5 miles from the ASU West campus.
Before it was a school it was an airbase used by the US Army Air Corps to train pilots during World War II, known as Thunderbird Field No. 1. More than 10,000 pilots trained on bi-planes at the airbase between 1941 and 1945. Cadets came from the United States, Great Britain and China. At the close of the war, in 1946, a group of former military men established the American Institute for Foreign Trade, on the Thunderbird Field site. It was the first graduate management school focused exclusively on training individuals for overseas business.
Now, Thunderbird School of Global Management, a unit of the ASU knowledge network, is regarded as the world's leading institution in the education of global managers. More than 45,000 students have come to Glendale and graduated from Thunderbird. Alumni, known as “Thunderbirds” or “T-birds,” live and work in more than 140 countries.
The school's unique curriculum is based on the idea that to do business on a global scale, executives must know not only the intricacies of business, but also understand the customs and cultures of other countries and be able to communicate in different languages. Over the years, Thunderbird has undergone countless changes (including six different names) but has never wavered from its founding principal nor ignored its rich legacy.
We hope you enjoy the materials we have selected to display!
Photo information: An airplane in front of the control tower at Thunderbird Field No. 1 circa 1942. The control tower still stands today and houses the infamous Thunderbird Pub. Photo by John Swope courtesy of the Thunderbird School of Management Archives, Arizona State University Libraries
All materials courtesy of the Thunderbird School of Global Management Archives,
Description: Higher education has long been a source of inspiration for American novelists, artists, film makers, and composers & lyricists. To welcome our new and returning students, this new Music Library exhibit offers a glimpse into college life as portrayed in American popular song and cover art from 1900 to 1924. Featuring treasures found in the ASU Sheet Music Collection, the exhibit will remain in place until the end of September 2015.
Description: This exhibit celebrates Joseph Haydn’s The Creation oratorio and is part of the ASU Creation Project, a yearlong series of events that concluded with a free performance of Haydn’s oratorio on April 29. The exhibit explores the nature of Creation through human imagination and creativity, as depicted in visual arts, music, cosmological narratives and diagrams, utopian writings, and scientific work. The exhibit is accompanied with a library guide, videos of pop-up books in action, 3D dioramas and high quality photos of fossil plants: libguides.asu.edu/Creation.
Exhibit: A Retrospective ~ The Art of Carolyn Lavender Location: Polytechnic campus Library during normal library hours Available: April 25, 2015 – July 25, 2015
Artist info: Carolyn Lavender was raised in Kent, Washington, but lives and works in Phoenix Arizona. Her current work is comprised of animal portraits, woods scenes, or illustrations of collages done in personal journals. Lavender received art degrees from Northern Arizona and Arizona State University and has completed residencies at Skidmore College, New York and Studios Midwest, in Galesburg, Illinois. In 2001 Lavender helped found, and was a member, of the Phoenix artist-run space, Eye lounge.
Description: Sustainable living teaches us that eating locally grown foods is good for us and our environment. Central Arizona, to those unfamiliar, seems too hot and harsh for agriculture. But for over 2000 years people have used irrigation and sustainable practices to raise a variety of crops, supporting a surprisingly large number of people in the long history of the Valley of the Sun. Drawn primarily from the McCulloch Brothers and the Herbert and Dorothy McLaughlin photograph collections, these images tell the story of agriculture in Arizona. Beginning with the ancient Hohokam Canals, the maps, text, and images show the valley greening with the 19th century irrigation projects, the enticement of farmers and ranchers to the Southwest, and the history of citrus, cotton, cattle, sheep, ostriches, and jojoba.
Description: Asa and Michelle Paintography is a vision shared by two artists and brought to life through lens and paint. Asa Plum is a photographer, educated as an architect, his perspective on the world grasps at the intangibles of place. Photographing the world as a stage, awaiting the players. Michelle Penington works in oil, a renowned artist in her own right. She brings her unique romance and playful dance of color and light to populate the stage. Begun in 2014, the collaboration was born out of a shared vision for the art of place, seen through two sets of eyes. The exhibit includes works of Asa & Michelle along with original artwork by Michelle Penington.
Faces of Hope showcases the faces of the under-served women and children who have been assisted through grants that are awarded annually to qualified grass roots charities by the Arizona Women's Partnership. These small non-profits address critical issues dealing with domestic violence, child abuse and exploitation, youth programs, elder care, health awareness and medical exams, homelessness, recovery, animal therapy for special needs children, education, ESL, literacy, refugees, job training, foster and adoptive parenting, youth leadership, musical instruments for under-served youth, etc. The Arizona Women's Partnership, an all-volunteer philanthropic 501C(3) non-profit created by Paula Cullison, has awarded over $235,000 to over 45 nonprofits, many of which are multiple-year grant recipients.
Journey through the Emerald Isle is a photography exhibit reflecting the love of international travel of writer and photographer Paula G. Cullison. New York City born, long-time Phoenix resident, Cullison has visited over 30 countries as an independent traveler. Upon graduating from college, she worked in Switzerland on an AIESEC traineeship and has attended several international conferences through her involvement with the United Nations Association. Paula has published numerous international travel articles and her first book, Daughters of the American Dream. Paula’s recent trip to Ireland gave her a sense of the magnificent beauty of the land and the strong character of its people, prompting the exhibit Journey Through the Emerald Isle. Her goal is to inspire others to experience the joys of travel.
Kimberlee Christiansen Also presented is a collection of work by Phoenician photographer Kimberlee Christiansen. Inspired by the crude and haunting images of Weegee, Kimberlee is a graduate of Phoenix College who yearns for four seasons and a community of her own exotic animal friends – one in particular being an otter named Napoleon. Though she is vertically impaired and sometimes brusque, it should not be mistaken for a weak structure harboring a frail mind.
Exhibit: International Travel Exhibition by Paula G. Cullison Location: Polytechnic campus Library during normal library hours Available: January 6 – March 28, 2015
Description: New York City born, long-time Phoenix resident, Paula Cullison has a passion for international travel. An independent traveler, she has visited over 30 countries. Upon graduating from college, she worked in Switzerland on an AIESEC traineeship and has attended several international conferences through her involvement with the United Nations Association. Paula has published numerous international travel articles and her first book, “Daughters of the American Dream”.
Exhibit:Art Tells a Story: Remembrance & Legacy Location: Second and Third floors of Fletcher Library, West campus. 4701 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, AZ. Public parking available (Map). Available: January 17 through February 26, 2015 during normal library hours.
Description: The human story—yours and your neighbors—is one of family and migration across the earth. In this exhibition, the Cultural Arts Coalition collaborates with local artists as storytellers who express their perspectives on social challenges and cultural histories in Arizona. We invite you to walk this visual and literary journey and reflect on these questions:
Who am I in this story?
Where are my memories?
What is my legacy?