The JSMA’s fourth “Common Seeing” exhibition supports the UO’s 2019-20 “Common Reading” of Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena Maria Viramontes. In the book, the resilient protagonist,13-year-old Estrella, works in the hot California grape fields while navigating the realities of first love, financial struggle, family separation, and illness. For more information about the “Common Reading,” including upcoming university events, visit commonreading.uoregon.edu. Two special loans from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) by artists Emanuel Martinez and Domingo Ulloa anchor the exhibition. Martinez created Farm Workers’ Altar (1967) for the Catholic Mass held in Delano, California, at which labor activist César Chávez broke his twenty five-day fast in 1968. Ulloa, “The Father of Chicano Art,” painted Braceros (1960) after visiting a labor camp in Holtville, California. From 1942 through 1964, the U.S. government invited agricultural workers from Mexico for limited-duration assignments to relieve the worker shortage caused by World War II. Ulloa presented a sobering view of the reality of life for these braceros (from the Spanish for “one who works using his arms,” implying manual labor), who experienced poor working conditions, crowded living quarters, and other challenges while employed in the United States. These special loans provide historical and cultural touchstones for Viramontes’s 1995 novel and contemporary works from the JSMA’s permanent collection, including recent acquisitions by Ester Hernández, Victor Maldonado, and Lilliam Nieves.
Resistance as Power: A Curatorial Response to Under the Feet of Jesus is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of the Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative.
Artist statement Social Justice Revisited spans five decades of select artwork (1968 – 2019): remembering, reliving, resisting. This series raises questions about personal and political relationships concerning how we live, what we have done, and what we need to do individually and collectively for peace and global survival. Biography BETTY LADUKE (American, b. 1933) resides in Ashland, Ore., where she is professor of art emeritus at Southern Oregon University, having taught there from 1964-1996. Born to emigrant parents in the Bronx, N.Y., at age 16 she was accepted into the High School of Music and Art in New York City. Upon graduation, she continued her education with scholarships at the University of Denver, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In 1963, she graduated from California State University in Los Angeles with a special secondary art teaching credential and a master’s degree in printmaking. LaDuke has exhibited widely around the United States including: the Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, Oregon, the Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, Indiana; University Museum of New Mexico State University, Las Cruces; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago; Chattanooga African American Museum, Tennessee; Indianapolis Art Center, Indiana; the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Oregon, and the Albany Museum of Art, Georgia. Her work is represented in public collections including Jordon Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, Oregon; Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso, Ind.; Rensselaer Newman Foundation and Cultural Center, Troy, New York; Heifer International, Little Rock, Ark.; Portland Art Museum, Ore.; the Rogue Valley International Airport, Medford, Oregon and the Rhode Island school of Design, Museum of Art, Providence, R.I. LaDuke has received numerous awards such as the Oregon Governor’s Award in the Arts (1993) and the National Art Education Association’s Ziegfeld Award for distinguished international leadership (1996).
On view Saturday, September 7, 2019 through Sunday, January 19, 2020
Experience the grit and daring of North America’s gay rodeo circuit. Blake Little’s arresting black-and-white photographs explore the athleticism, artistry, and camaraderie of a time-honored LGBTQIA tradition while celebrating the complex nature of identity and community in the West.
A program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Racing to Change chronicles the civil rights movement in Eugene, Oregon, during the 1960s and 1970s—a time of great upheaval, conflict, and celebration as new voices clashed with traditional organizations of power. Co-developed by the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Oregon Black Pioneers, the exhibit illuminates legacies of racism and the unceasing efforts of Oregon's Black communities to bring about change.
Through photographs, recorded interviews, and historical archives, Racing to Change explores how racist policies and attitudes created a pressing need for bold civil rights activism in Eugene. Firsthand accounts from movement organizers, former UO students, elected officials, and other members of Oregon's black communities paint a vivid picture of the area's past, and urge us to take part in building a more just future. On view through May 10, 2020.
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Do you want to learn more about healthy eating and free food resources on and off campus? Swing by Produce Drop and visit the Duck Nest table for information about how to get connected to resources!
We will also be myth busting common misconceptions about produce and handing out simple recipes for preparing the vegetables offered that day at Produce Drop.
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Come get some free fresh fruits and vegetables in the EMU Amphitheater! This event is part of the Feed the Flock Initiative and is open to all UO students who self identify as meeting the need. Bring a bag and get some produce!
The BEseries and partners are excited to welcome HIEU MINH NGUYEN to the UO campus. Author of Not Here, Hieu is a queer Vietnamese American writer, award winning poet, Kundiman Fellow, and NEA Literature fellow. His work has appeared in PBS Newshour, POETRY Magazine, Gulf Coast, BuzzFeed, Poetry London, Nashville Review, Indiana Review, and more. Hieu's debut collection of poetry, This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014) was named a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the MN Book Award. His second collection of poetry, Not Here (Coffee House Press, 2018) won the Publishing Triangle Thom Gunn Award, Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Poetry, Finalist for the 2019 Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, Entropy “Best of 2018: Best Poetry Books & Poetry Collections”, and a 2019 Over the Rainbow Booklist Poetry title. The BEseries and partners are honored to host a dinner and presentation with Hieu Minh Nguyen, join us! Co-sponsors: DOS-LGBTESS, Dept of Sociology, College of Education, UOTeach, ADPI-SIG