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May 19, 2013
On Sunday, May 19 from 3 to 6 p.m. in Spiro 2, please join the Anthropology Department, the Archaeology Society of Staten Island and the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art for “A Day of Buddhist Art, Community and Learning.” The afternoon’s program will include:
- Lecture by Dr. Justin McDaniel of the University of Pennsylvania. “Affixing Gold to Ghosts: An Introduction to Buddhist Art in Gold, Stone, Wood and Plastic.” Traditional research on Buddhist Art has primarily concentrated on the study of Buddhist images, stupas, manuscripts, and murals produced by the elite before the nineteenth century. However, Buddhists in Southeast Asia today interact with Buddhist statues in very different ways.
- Book discussion. Take part in an intimate seminar-style discussion with Dr. McDaniel about his travels in Thailand and his book, “The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magical Monk: Practicing Buddhism in Modern Thailand.”
- Educator’s workshop with Neysela da Silva-Reed, Museum Educator. Neysela da Silva-Reed will work with attendees interested in teaching about topics related to religion and material culture.
- Buddhist Mandala sand art demonstration. Take part in this hands-on project! Work with Meg Ventrudo, curator of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, to create a one-of-a kind work of art.
For more information and to register, email Sarah Scott.
The event is free and open to the public.
May 15, 2013
This year, a Wagner College Intermediate Learning Community combined classes in art history (Museum Studies, taught by Dr. Sarah Scott) and anthropology (North American Archaeology, taught by Dr. Celeste Gagnon) to learn about museum ethics through hands-on study of an archaeological collection. The results of the ILC’s studies are on display in the Horrmann Library’s Spotlight Gallery in an exhibition entitled, “What is Slackwater? Prehistoric Native Americans, Archaeology, and Ethics of Material Culture Display.”
The campus community is invited to a gallery reception for the exhibition on Wednesday, May 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Students made several trips to New York City museums whose missions are the display of Native American material culture. They developed their knowledge of the museum exhibition methodologies behind this fascinating and sometimes problematic category of objects.
They also took part in the cataloguing of a collection of artifacts from an archaeological dig known as the Slackwater Site, in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County, on loan from the State Museum of Pennsylvania. The exhibit on display here represents a number of topics developed through the students’ research projects that reflect ideas and concerns investigated during the semester.
One group looked at the process of archaeological excavation. This group examined how a site is investigated, beginning with the initial research phase, obtaining of permits, primary survey, through the actual digging process, artifact recovery and analysis and record keeping.
Bridging this topic with that of Eastern Woodland Culture was another group of students that worked on how the materials from an excavation are reassembled in the process of reconstruction. Reconstructing a site is essential for interpreting the excavated remains and gleaning information from them about the culture or civilization that originally inhabited the site. Students collected important artifacts from three specific houses to display in the Spotlight Gallery, illustrating how the reconstruction process facilitates understanding of particular dwellings’ functions in their original context.
The most common artifact type found at Slackwater was ceramics. However, chipped stone, beads, pipes and organic materials were also excavated. Students interested in these particular artifact types have illustrated how an understanding of the manufacture, use and symbolic meaning of these objects help to advance our understanding of the culture that created them.
Another group of students then developed research projects on how the Slackwater site fits into the larger Shenks Ferry archaeological horizon, and ultimately the even broader group of cultural developments in Eastern Woodland Native American civilization.
The exhibition of Native American material culture is sometimes problematic, as the students have learned from museum trips and class readings. Objects are frequently purchased, looted or, in some cases, even excavated through unethical channels, only to appear in museums. Although not all objects of Native American origin are acquired through unethical channels, the display of such objects is sometimes problematic. Issues of cultural patrimony, museum display theory and national laws relating to the exhibition of Native American culture are thus an important part of the class’s research agenda as well. Particularly engaging is the involvement of contemporary artists with Native American heritage.
May 11, 2013
Please join us on Saturday, May 11 at 3 p.m. in the Main Hall Auditorium for the Concert Band’s Spring Concert, directed by Robert Rams. The Concert Band will present a program of traditional concert marches and exciting modern original works by W. Francis McBeth, Gustav Holst, Percy Aldridge Grainer, Robert W. Smith, Jaime Teixidor and Philip Sparke. To usher in the spring season, the band will play “Pop and Rock Legends Chicago,” “New York: 1927,” “Funiculi, Funicula” and Warren Barker’s arrangement of “The Symphonic Gershwin.”
May 7, 2013
Please join us on Tuesday, May 7 at 8 p.m. in the Campus Hall Performance Center for a “Vocal Jazz Set” performance conducted by Roger Wesby with Stretto and Espresso (two vocal jazz ensembles), soloists, and a fine band. The program will feature an exciting evening of jazz, jazz standards, Latin and Brazilian jazz, blues and more.
Please join us for a screening of “The Player.”
May 6, 2013
On Monday, May 6 from 12 to 2 p.m. in Union 204, please join the Center for Intercultural Advancement for an Asian Pacific food event featuring various regional treats including a tropical fruit salad and finger foods like dumplings and samosas. This event celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month.
May 5, 2013
Please join us on Sunday, May 5 at 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 St. Paul’s Ave., Staten Island, for “Innsbruck, I Must Leave Thee,” a performance by the Wagner College Choir, Treble Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Stretto vocal jazz ensemble, conducted by Roger Wesby, and accompanied by Barbara Wesby on the piano. The program will be a brief potpourri, a musical scrapbook of memories and associations with the recent tour of Germany and Austria, featuring the music of Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, Strauss and Wagner. Stretto will presents its “Stargazer Cycle” with music by Bill Evans, Victor Young and Armen Donelian.
May 2, 2013 – May 3, 2013
May 1, 2013
Please join the Art Department on Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wagner Gallery (off the Union Atrium) for a gallery presentation by the junior and senior art majors whose work is on display in the current exhibition, which includes interior design by senior Joanna Gnidziejko, paintings by junior Carly Schmidt and photography by junior Francesca Shaw. The exhibition will be on display through Friday, May 3.