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Annual Animation Show of Shows brings animated short films to Duke

(04/18/19 4:03am)

Despite the rain, Duke students, faculty members and Durham residents gathered Sunday to see the 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows at the Rubenstein Arts Center. The audience laughed as an anthropomorphic fish in a shower gown lamented about having bad skin in a song and pondered while watching a 1960s film about the ignored voices of minorities.

Durham Art Guild Art-A-Thon event draws diversity of artists

(11/28/18 5:45am)

The weekend before Thanksgiving, the first floor gallery of the Durham Art Council’s building was filled with people gathered to see artists in their temporary studios and purchase their works. All of the artists who participated in the Art-A-Thon event Nov. 17 and 18 were members of the Durham Art Guild, an organization founded in 1948 by a group of artists.

'A Tale of Two Sisters' explores common female tropes

(11/07/18 5:05am)

Jee-Woon Kim’s 2003 horror film “A Tale of Two Sisters” juxtaposes beautiful images of a rustic landscape and gory illusions of tortured ghosts. Duke’s Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (APSI), in collaboration with Screen Society, held a screening of the South Korean film, and a Q&A session with the director Oct. 28 at the Rubenstein Arts Center. Although the film was fraught with cliches that persist in both the horror and fairytale genres — a haunted house and an evil stepmother — it moved the audience with a potent message regarding the lasting impact of traumatic memories.

From Beanery to Bella: A history of Bella Union

(10/10/18 4:20am)

Finding Bella Union requires some exploration of Duke’s West Campus. The cafe lies secluded in Keohane Quad, away from the busy sidewalks in front of the Chapel and Brodhead Center. But once students discover the place, they often fall in love with the retro interior and menu items unavailable in other on-campus cafes, including their chocolate-coated animal crackers.

Getting off campus: exploring Durham during summer session

(06/06/18 4:00am)

Munching the buffalo wings that we ordered, my summer school friends and I sunk into comfy sofas in the fourth floor common room in Keohane 4B. While praising the heavenly combination of medium spicy sauce and boneless wings, we envied our friends posting edgy Instagram pictures in Italy and Japan. Although I never got tired of the Gothic architecture on West Campus, I did not want to spend the entire summer in the Duke bubble. So I decided to explore Durham and found a variety of interesting places.

Full Frame 2018: 'The Price of Everything' questions the accessibility of fine art

(04/11/18 4:05am)

Seeing contemporary artworks ranging from a huge canvas with two color blocks to wooden pieces glued on the wall in museums, I’ve often been confused about what inspires the museums to display the works. But I’ve always believed there was something inherently excellent about the works that made them worthy of being revered. Watching the film “The Price of Everything,” though, I was surprised to discover the extent to which the values of contemporary artworks are tied to their prices and the amount of power that wealthy individual collectors have over what gets to be immortalized in museums. 

Artist Dario Robleto reflects on time, space and memory in lecture at Nasher

(02/14/18 5:05am)

Artist Dario Robleto visited the Nasher Museum of Art Feb. 1 to present his lecture, “A Dream, As Faithful As a Flame.” In it, he included a collection of historical recordings of human brain activities, heartbeats and voices. His slides introduced the audience to sound recordings that previous researchers had left behind, such as Thomas Edison’s voice recording of himself singing “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

Hidden behind ABP, 'Art of Science' exhibit hopes to make art accessible to students

(01/24/18 5:00am)

The lounge area in front of Au Bon Pain in the Brodhead Center is normally bustling with students waiting for their chicken salad and chatting with their friends. However, next to the area is a peaceful room with cozy chairs and an exhibition titled the “Art of Science.” Organized by duARTS, the exhibit displays the paintings of senior Kelsey Graywill, who turns scanned images of diseases from research labs at Duke into artwork. The area was meant to house regular exhibits, but until Graywill’s work began to be displayed last semester, the exhibit was left unmaintained. As a Program II major in “evolutionary neuro-aesthetics,” Graywill got the inspiration for the gallery from her interdisciplinary background in art and neuroscience. Graywill’s father, a computer technician, and her mother, a designer, influenced her decision to learn how to use  digital art programs from an early age. She also began to paint at the beginning of her senior year of high school. After coming to college, Graywill began to integrate science into her art. She was fascinated to learn in her Neuroscience 101 class about the transition of neurons from a normal state to a diseased state. During the winter break of her sophomore year, she created one of the first works to be displayed in the gallery, “Schizophrenia,” which shows disordered neurons in a schizophrenic brain. When West Union was still under renovation, Graywill became a part of a sub-committee under DSG’s Facilities and Environment Committee. While the sub-committee organized three exhibitions that would be in the new building, she was specifically in charge of setting up an exhibit that would integrate art and science. She originally planned to receive data from research labs at Duke and have students do artistic renditions of it. But Graywill had to modify her plan when the sub-committee faced several problems. The Facilities and Environment committee, where her sub-committee belonged, was not responsible for displaying artworks on campus when Graywill was a part of it. As its members graduated, the sub-committee began to fall apart, leaving her as its only remaining member. By the time West Union finally opened, the sub-committee had disappeared. With only two paintings — Graywill’s painting of schizophrenia and another painting by a now-graduated student — hanging on the wall, the exhibit was left unmaintained. The place came to life again at the beginning of the last Fall semester. “When I became president of duARTS, I knew one of the things that I wanted to do was to revitalize [the exhibit space] and make it into at least something it was supposed to be,” Graywill said. Temporarily displaying paintings that she created throughout her years at Duke in the exhibit, Graywill and the board members began to receive submissions for rotating exhibitions that will be held in the gallery. Exhibitions of student works with diverse topics ranging from women in neurosurgery to the art of speech patterns are planned for this semester. Graywill said exhibitions that focus on the integration of art and science have become more common at Duke recently. “For a very long time, art was a very small community [that was] not well-established at Duke,” she said. “But now that the university is making more investments in the arts, like the new [Rubenstein Arts Center], we want to draw in more students from different backgrounds and academic interests into the arts.” With this merging of art and science, Graywill said she hopes students discover connections between the two. “I want people to see how art and science are inherently about two same things, observation and discovery,” she said. “I think we use art to observe life very closely, and that is also what we do with science.” Although “Art of Science” is the only gallery in Brodhead Center that Graywill manages, there are other exhibitions in the building. A gallery next to CaFe, which is maintained by Danielle Smith, an M.F.A. student in Experimental and Documentary Arts and Kevin Erixson, student development coordinator of the arts, displays the works of local artists. Placing the galleries in an easily accessible place like the Brodhead Center fulfilled these managers’ goal of making art more accessible at Duke. “Seeing how much arts are being included in Duke is really exciting,” Smith said. “People can actually interact with [the arts] and be parts of them.” They also hoped that students would gain new experiences at the galleries. “[The galleries] allow students to have conversations,” Erixson said. “They are also opportunities for students to experience something different from their day to day lives.”