Monthly Archives: September 2012

Bobcats, Bengals, Browns, Oh My!

At a Thursday afternoon practice the Marching 110 had a quaint audience; a small boy and his grandmother ate McDonald’s chicken nuggets in the bleachers as they bopped along to the music. Three days later the band had a crowd of over 65,000 anxious fans packed into the Paul Brown Stadium. On Sunday, September 16th the Marching 110 packed up and headed to Cincinnati to perform during halftime of the Bengals/Browns football game.

Besides preparing two songs in lieu of the normal four to five and keeping in mind the different markings on a NFL football field, practices leading up to the game were like any other. On game day the band rocked out to “Motown Philly” by Boyz II Men and “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC.

Gina Alexander, a senior Communications Sciences and Disorders major from Tipp City, Ohio who plays trombone thought nothing of heading onto the field. “Playing at the Bengals games my freshman and sophomore year felt so much different; I was nervous because I had never played in front of such a large audience. I wasn’t really nervous performing as a senior.”

During Ohio University halftime performances the enthusiasm and energy that vibrates through the stadium before the band takes the field is inevitable; before an NFL halftime that energy level is just as intense.

“The atmosphere is amazing because of all the people there. I love the feeling I get when the clock reaches 0:00 and when we are waiting to march onto the field,” said Gina.

With such a large percentage of Ohio university students and alumni from the Cleveland and Cincinnati area, this specific game was a significant one for Ohio University.

Photo taken by Alana Jo Holdren.

“During the game there were so many supporters, mostly OU alumni that would come up to us saying things like ‘We’re so excited to see you perform, we love the marching 110’. After the game, both Browns and Bengals fans were really happy that we had performed and told us that they want to see us at more games,” said Brown’s fan Anne Connors, a senior from Medina, Ohio studying Health Services Administration.

As for the result of the game? Even though her team lost, Anne loved the experience. Gina on the other hand, had a bit more to be happy about. “I’ll always remember it because it was my last performance at an NFL game ever so it was great being able to watch my favorite team destroy the Browns and having my family there too.”

For more information about the Marching 110 http://www.marching110.org/

-Ashleigh Mavros, Event Publicity Assistant

School of Art New Faculty Exhibit Showcases Talent

Colagiovanni, Harper, Keough, Kessel,Rice, Schoenhoff,  and Tanner Young are seven names that will not be flying under the radar in the upcoming year; the new faculty to the School of Art have experience, complex backgrounds, and remarkable creative talent that shone through at the School of Art New Faculty Exhibit. The opening reception was held this past Thursday in the Trisolini Gallery located on the 4th floor of Baker and the exhibit will run until October 13th.

If one thing was evident from the opening reception, it’s that the new faculty members bring a diverse range of creativity to the School of Art and Ohio University. Mediums range greatly from video to rice paper and wood to make up the seventeen different works that showcase each faculty members’ personal style.

For example, woodshop technician Jason Tanner Young bases many of his pieces on events reminiscent of his youth. Since a child Young has had a desire for building; whether it is through means of wood and steel or tinkering with objects such as pliers and fishing poles, he builds off of his past and incorporates it into many pieces. Both of his pieces, “Get A Handle” and “Depending on Landmarks” integrates these ideas.

“I hope to bring a fresh perspective coming from a different place and a different background,” said Young.

Or in the case of Colleen Keough, the visiting assistant professor of trans-disciplinary art, her Irish heritage shines through in her piece “Passage”. The channel video installation recognizes the Irish immigration to the U.S. and the hardships endured.

“It’s really just kind of about my own personal connection to the land,” commented Keough.

The entire new faculty aims to broaden the perception and perspectives of students and push them outside of their normal boundaries. Their past experiences, backgrounds and personal styles are factors of influence they hope to pass on.  After taking the time to browse through their pieces at Trisolini it’s without a doubt that their students will be inspired for years to come.

The School of Art New Faculty Exhibit runs through October 13 at the Trisolini Gallery.

-Ashleigh Mavros, Events Publicity Assistant

Trisolini Gallery                                                                                                                                   405 Baker University Center                                                                                                    Tel: 740-593-1814                                                                                                                      Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm, and Thursdays 10am – 8pm.                                                                                                                                   www.ohio.edu/art 

Admission is free, all events are open to the public.

 

 

More Than Meets the Eye with Kennedy’s Navajo Exhibits

 

Unknown Weaver
Germantown Sampler on a Loom, c. 1895
Collection Kennedy Museum of Art

With more than 700 pieces, the Navajo Collection is the Kennedy Museum of Art’s largest exhibit that circulates through with pieces ranging from the 1800’s to the late 20th century. Teec Nos Pos: Navajo Weavings is one of the current exhibits which will be showing until September 28th along with recently opened Navajo Germantown Samplers which will run until March 10th.

 The Navajo are the largest federally recognized tribe with their reservation located across the Four Corners consisting of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. These weavings were seen as a culturally rich tradition passed down mainly from mother to daughter and depending upon the time period, used for rugs, blankets, wall decorations, serapes, trading items and some purely to showcase their talent.

Behind these weavings lie many legends, traditions and symbolism that you would never have guessed solely by examining the pieces.  

• Looking at the intricate geometric patterns it is mind-blowing to imagine that all the weavings are done without a blueprint; the designs are straight out of the heads of the artists. To start the Navajo will mark the center of the weaving, but from that the design comes strictly from memory. If you look closely at the details of several weavings you will pick up on un-symmetrical mishaps due to the design-free process.

 • What do historical weavings and Starbucks have in common? Cochineal. During the 19th century the Navajo began using Cochineal, a bug found in South America and Mexico, to crush and make a crimson-colored dye for their yarn. This past spring Starbucks began using the bug in lieu of finding more “natural” alternatives to synthetic dyes in their strawberry Frappuccino’s. However, the business was in hot water when vegans were un-informed that the drink contained the bug.

 • Legends passed down through generations have told the story of “Spider Woman,” the original Navajo weaver. Between 1300 and 1500 AD the Navajo migrated from Canada and settled in the Southwest. It is told that a holy person named Spider Woman taught the tribe how to weave and Spider Man instructed how to build looms, the support tools used when making the weavings. Today the legend still lives on in that to receive the gift of weaving youth need to find a spider web with morning dew to place in their right hand without destroying and their spirit will receive the talent. 

Unknown Weaver
Teec Nos Pos Rug, c. 1930-35
Wool, vegetal and synthetic dyes, natural yarns
Collection Kennedy Museum of Art
Gift of Edwin and Ruth Kennedy
This weaving incorporates a technically difficult weaving element: interlocking circles in red that areused as a border device creating a chain-link effect. It exemplifies a transitional piece between the Early and Classic periods.

 

• The swastika symbol appears in many pieces, but symbolizes a different meaning than what we are disposed to. In Navajo culture the swastika is known as the “Whirling Log”. This symbol was first seen in sand paintings in relation to Navajo religious ceremonies, and along with many Navajo symbols has a lengthy legend behind the symbol.

  • Since the 1970’s the Navajo have shied away from solely geometric patterns in their small pictoral weavings and have included modern symbolism of the Anglo culture; farm animals, trucks, letters of the alphabet, people and landscapes can all be found incorporated into the weavings representing the influence of today’s culture on the Navajo reservation.

For more information visit: https://www.ohio.edu/museum

 

-Ashleigh Mavros-Events Publicity Assistant