June 18, 2021 – January 30, 2022 | HUB Gallery
Known for converting popular technologies such as lawnmowers, cars, floor polishers, and amusement park rides into painting machines, selected works from the past 10 years of Fiore’s practice will be on view in HUB Gallery. Fiore worked with students in the School of Visual Arts to develop the pyrographic tools which she used in a performance on the HUB Lawn this Fall. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
August 21 - November 7 | Art Alley
Reception: October 26 | 5 - 7 p.m.
Wind Spirits is an exhibition including three artists that consider the power and delicacy of Earth’s avian creatures and the larger implications that duality poses for the natural world. Following the renovation of Art Alley this summer, this exhibition will be on view from August 21 through November 7, 2021, in Art Alley and throughout the Exhibition Cases. Works by Tatiana Arocha, Deirdre Murphy, & Rachel Sydlowski will be featured.
Wind Spirits invites viewers to consider and enrich their ecological and ancestral knowledge and to foreground interconnectivity and interdependence rather than ownership. This exhibition was designed in partnership with Penn State’s Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. Shaver’s Creek is currently hosting The Lost Bird Project, five memorials to extinct North American Bird species. More information is on view in the exhibition cases across from Student Activities in the HUB-Robeson Center.
Kiana Honarmand | Altar
Through January 30, 2022 | Exhibition Cases
Honarmand’s installation on the exhibition cases utilizes text from the poem Gift by Iranian feminist poet Forough Farrokhzad to pay homage to the history of hiding critical commentary in Persian poetry and visual arts. Employing politically-charged writings such as news articles, propaganda, or feminist poetry, the writings are subsequently transformed into patterns using the smooth curves of Persian calligraphy. While Persian text can be associated with fear and terror in the current political climate of the Western world. Honarmand is interested in creating a sense of “home” and familiarity for these members of the Penn State Community.
Lost Bird Project and Why Biodiversity Matters
Through January 26, 2022 | Exhibition Cases
As the presenting sponsor, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center has brought the Lost Bird Project to central Pennsylvania. Shaver’s Creek has been a national leader in environmental education, outdoor recreation, and conservation since 1976 by connecting people to people, and people to the natural world. Why Biodiversity Matters includes avian research and educational materials from Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center and Penn State’s Wildlife and Fisheries program. The Lost Bird Project sculptures visit Central Pennsylvania, Fall 2021–Summer 2022. Conceived by artist Todd McGrain, the project recognizes the tragedy of modern extinction by immortalizing the five most recently extinct North American birds: the Carolina Parakeet, Heath Hen, Great Auk, Labrador Duck, and Passenger Pigeon. These statues serve not only as dramatic reminders of the biodiversity lost due to human activity, but of our duty to prevent further extinction.