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Civil Discourse on Identity and Art

Civil Discourse on Identity and Art

SPEAKER SERIES: Civil Discourse on Identity and Art

In support of Narratives, an exhibition featuring the work of Samuel L. Paden, the University is hosting a Speaker Series centered around Civil Discourse on Identity and Art.

In Narratives, Paden gazes on the male figure as a catalyst for a conversation on sexual identity, patriarchy within American culture, and gender representation. Using collaged materials from pop culture magazines, Paden moves figures from their original, amatory contexts and places them in a layered, abstract manner, inviting the audience to challenge their perception of the obscured subjects as well as to complete the images with narratives of their own. Rather than stepping into answer the problems resulting from a clash of civil rights, cultural/national identities, and religious beliefs, Paden instead focuses on his subjective experience as an out, gay man in the United States and the ironies and double standards he witnesses in regard to representations of gender and sexuality.

Speaker Series Event #1: Exhibition Opening Reception

Celebrate Bronco Welcome Week and the opening of Narratives by joining us for an evening of social interaction and art. See for yourself why Paden’s work is described as “like Matisse and Hieronymus Bosch had a child.” Be an active part of the conversation around the images you see in the work. Perhaps you will be inspired to create your own body of work to exhibit at the Fine Arts Gallery.

Exhibition Opening Reception, January 9, 2017, 4:30—6:30 PM, Student Union Building Gallery. Event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Image @ Lawrence Manning

Speaker Series Event #2: Narratives Artist Talk with Samuel L. Paden

In this rare opportunity at the SUB Fine Arts Gallery, Paden will explicate his own understanding of his work and offer you a unique space to hear directly from the artist. Born and raised in Central Africa to an American father and a Swedish mother, Paden has traveled the world, spending many years in Brooklyn, New York and Reykjavik, Iceland. He now lives in Garden City, Idaho and uses his diverse background and experience as impetus for painting.

Thursday, January 11, 2017, 6:00-7:00 PM, in Student Union Building Gallery. Event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Speaker Series Event #3: A Panel on Signs of Identity: Constructing Selves with Images and Texts with Drs. Dora Ramirez, Gautam Basu Thakur and Dan Scott

Bringing together the English and Art departments, three Boise State professors will discuss the role of textual and visual signs in the construction of modern and contemporary concepts of self. Dr. Ramirez’s research focuses on Chicano/a and gender identity in film and literature.  Dr. Basu Thakur’s research often works from Freudian and Lacanian frameworks to look at the creation of postcolonial identities in texts. Dan Scott’s painted works “lure the viewer into a dialogue by evoking a sensual world where constructed beauty is an element that mediates a conversation on the nature of truth, or perhaps [his] truth.” Though from different fields and disciplines of research, each of these scholars follows the thread of how our identities are formed.

Wednesday, January 24, 2017, 6:00-7:30 PM, in the Student Union Building, Simplot Ballroom D. Event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Speaker Series Event #3: Speaking as (Significant) Other with Dr. Christina Ivey and Amy Arellano

How do we tell our narratives? And how are those narratives to be perceived? In this culminating  event of the Speaker Series, Dr. Ivey and Arellano present their research as it questions the lenses, the theories, and the consequences of the stories we tell ourselves, the stories we create ourselves, and the stories people tell about us. In this climate of identity politics, Speaking as (Significant) Other casts an academically researched and personally humorous spotlight on identity and ethnography.

Wednesday, February 7, 2017, 6:00-7:30 PM in the Student Union Building, Farnsworth Room. Event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.



The Student Union Gallery is located at 1700 University Drive on the second floor of the Student Union Building. Admission is free to all students, faculty, staff, and community members. Parking is available for an hourly fee in metered spaces and in the Lincoln ad Brady Garages. If your Professor is offering earned or extra credit to attend any of these events, please see the University Art Curator at each event for verification of your participation. Seating is limited, so please arrive early.



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