February art events celebrate Black History Month, and more

February is black history month, and many artistic events are planned, including “Talking Black in America” ​​and “Signing Black in America”, two films presented by the Department of Linguistics, as well as Ducks After Dark screenings of “Respect”, “Black Panther ‘ and ‘King Richard.

“Black Excellence,” a pop-up exhibition of works by black artists from the Design Library’s “Artists’ Books” collection, runs Feb. 9, and Dance Theater of Harlem choreographer Claudia Schreier will give an African-American workshop. American in person and Presentation of the lecture series on February 22.


From February 1″Playful cutoutThe collage work of artist Jack Buechler will be exhibited in the Foyer Gallery at Lawrence Hall.

Admire and manipulate works by black artists from the Design Library’s “Artists’ Books” collection at the “Black Excellencepop-up exhibition, a free walk-in event at Lawrence Hall on February 9.

Cowboys have marked American culture, but not all cowboys are buckaroos. Buckaroos represent a cowboy culture with roots in Spanish and Moorish or Islamic tradition. Explore it Buckaroo Traditions of Oregon Folklore Network of Oregon virtual exhibit and learn about Buckaroo traditions in rural Oregon.

Corresponding to the OU common reading program – this year’s selection is “Sweetgrass Braiding: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and Plant Teachingsby Robin Wall Kimmerer — theCommon view: meeting pointsThe exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s Focus Gallery brings together the works of nine contemporary Indigenous artists to visually expand on issues of ecology, parenthood, Indigenous rights to land and water, sustainability, change climate and language preservation in the book. The exhibition runs until April 10.


poster for Mark your calendar for February 12; you don’t want to miss the LGBTQA3 Alliance’s fabulous annual drag show,”drag me to hellin the Erb Memorial Union Ballroom. Local performers showcase their artistry during this fun show for all ages. Proceeds will be donated to TransPonder, a local non-profit organization that provides support, resources and education for and about the trans/gender community. Mask up and give advice to artists!

Find out how music and art can bring people together for “C3: Connection/Beethoven’s Fiftha collaboration with the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art featuring four Oregon visual artists performing a movement from Paul Hindemith’s symphonic “Metamorphosis on Themes of Weber.” The show opens Feb. 17 at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.

Movie theater

Ducks After Dark covers your month with weekly Thursday night movies shown in EMU’s Redwood Auditorium. First, on February 3, the Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect.” Watch the Marvel Universe movie”Black PantherFebruary 10. Attach On February 17, don’t miss the tennis film “King Richard“, and on February 24, the Disney film”Encantowill be screened. Free popcorn and soda and free admission for UO students with valid UO ID.

On February 8, the Department of Linguistics will present “speak black in america“, the first of two films about being black in the United States as it relates to spoken and signed languages, exploring how the language was shaped by the descendants of enslaved Africans brought to this country and the effect she had on the black community.”sign in americawill be screened on February 15.

Notice to moviegoers! The Cinema Club will host screenings of recent and classic French films at the Yamada Language Center. On February 9, come and discover “Portrait of the Young Girl on Fire”, “The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain” on February 23 and on March 9, “Ratatouille”.


Coming to the Robinson Theater on February 25 is the musical “Once”, based on the 2007 film by John Carney. In a Dublin pub, an Irish musician is inspired and challenged by a young Czech immigrant. The production runs until March 12 and is free to UO students with ID.

Arts and crafts

Mini weaving projectShow your valentine all the love to”hubs and kisses, a crafting event sponsored by the staff of the UO cycling program. Collage items, used bike parts and other materials will be available at this free event at the Erb Memorial Union on February 10.

Looking for something creative to make and take home? Freebie Friday events at EMU offer something new to do every week. On February 4, create macrame keychains and coiled rope baskets. Show your love on February 11 with a handmade watercolor gratitude cards and origami envelopes to give to friends and family. Celebrate winter with a snowflake embroidery February 18, and February 25 weave a mini rug for your mug. Do your crafts at the O Desk between noon and 2 p.m. or take home a prepackaged kit that includes everything you’ll need to create each craft.


Join paleontologist Samantha Hopkins live on Zoom and Facebook for “Ideas at your fingertips: Unusually large rodents in the Oregon fossil record», the monthly publicity conference of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. giant beaverLearn about a giant bear-sized beaver that roamed eastern North America during the Pleistocene in this discussion of new fossils that show Oregon had its own unusually sized rodent 20,000 years ago year.

Join Associate Professor of Japanese Literature Glynne Walley for her talk “Fit to print: The Dawn of Journalism in Japanese Prints from the Lavenberg and Michels Collections” on February 4.

Mixed media artist Lezley Saar will present her talk on “Surrealism, symbolism and meaningFebruary 3. As part of the Guest Artist Talk Series, the virtual event, covering topics on race, gender, mental health, literature, heritage, escapism and marginalization, will be broadcast live on the Media Services UO IS YouTube channel.

Shih-shan Huang, Associate Professor in the Department of Transnational Asian Studies at Rice University, will discuss “Cultural Intermediaries of Buddhist Bookson February 4. The talk will shed light on how Buddhist books and woodblock prints were disseminated during the 13th and 14th centuries.

Join Associate Professor of Theater Arts Michael Najjar on February 11 for a talk on printed books: “American theater in the Middle East: a polycultural mosaic.” Najjar will explore the nascent American theater movement in the Middle East with a focus on Arab-American, Jewish-American, Armenian-American, Iranian-American, and Turkish-American theaters, playwrights, directors, and actors.

Portland artist and citizen of the Cherokee Nation Brenda Mallory will give a Artist talk on “Partitioning,” an exhibit currently on view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art through April 10 that focuses on salvaged materials such as fabric, fibers, beeswax, and other found objects. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. The program also supports the UO Common Reading selection “Braiding Sweetgrass” and the art museum’s Common Seeing exhibition “Meeting Points”.

Join choreographer Claudia Schreier for an in-person public lecture, “Creating a Passage: Reflections on Choreography for the Dance Theater of Harlemon February 22. Part of the 2021-22 African American Conference and Workshop Series sponsored by the Office of the President and the Equity and Inclusion Division. Schreier, who has choreographed, directed and produced for dance, opera and film in the United States and around the world, will discuss the process of creating his 2019 ballet “Passage.”

Michael Schreffler, associate professor at Notre-Dame, specializing in 16th and 17th century Spain and Latin America, will give a lecture on “Images of the Virgin Mary(polychrome wooden statues) in 17th century Spanish America.


UO Wind Symphony and SingersKicking off the month at the Beall Concert Hall is a performance by UO Symphony of the Winds led by Jason M. Silveira and the University Singers led by Melissa Brunkan on February 1. UO Symphony Orchestra, the first university orchestra on February 3, and on February 6 the eclectic piano trio Junction trio will perform works by Zorn, Ives and Schumann on February 6.

On February 11, the UO Opera Ensemble will be at Beall Hall to present “Imaginations of Spanish Opera“, two Spanish acts: a baroque piece entitled “Los Elementos” (The Elements) about air, earth, water, fire, weather and dawn and their anticipation of the arrival of the sun, and a comedy called “El Poeta Calculista” which tells the story of a frustrated poet’s ideas about ridiculous affairs and love.

the UO Drum Set performs at Beall Hall on February 18, and the Black Oak Set with the “fierce eloquence” of violinists Desirée Ruhstrat, Aurélien Fort Pederzoli and cellist David Cunliffe, who join flautist Eugenia Molinare for selections from Bach’s Goldberg Variations and pieces by Kattenburg, Debussy and Villa-Lobos.

The students in trombone quartets perform at Beall on February 20, the campus music February 23, and Great Jazz Orchestras, featuring the Oregon Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab groups, ends the month on February 25.

This month’s musical events at Berwick Hall include performances by Oregon Wind Quintet and Friends February 18 and Gearhart and Kreston, February 24. Both are part of the faculty recital series.

Streaming Resources

Can’t make it to an event in person? Experience and celebrate Black History Month virtually at Association for the Study of African American Life and History or see exhibits and collections about African American History Month government web portal.

Google Arts & Culture is a great starting point for finding exhibits, collections, audio, video, images and more.

Explore it OU Channel for a variety of live-streamed events, videos from the Art Department’s Guest Artist Lecture Series, guest speakers and more.

—By Sharleen Nelson, University Communications

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