Time's Body of Evidence
An interdisciplinary Look at Health and Aging
September 9-October 15, 2006
A major program exploring many aspects of health and aging and including an art exhibition, lectures by nationally known speakers, panel discussions, a concert and readings by local writers will be presented by the Wright State University Art Galleries from Sept. 9 through Oct. 15.
Officials said this is the first time such a diverse look at this topic has been presented in the Miami Valley.
“Time’s Body of Evidence: An Interdisciplinary Look at Health and Aging” is the title of the exhibition and related events. All of the programs are free to the public.
Wright State’s Department of Art and Art History developed the program in collaboration with the university’s Boonshoft School of Medicine, which has established a new Department of Geriatric Medicine.
The opening reception is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the galleries in the Creative Arts Center. Hours for the exhibit are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
The exhibition features nine artists from throughout the United States working in painting, photography, video, sculpture and sculptural installation. The artists are Karen Pearce and Barbara Siwecki from Ohio, Kathy Desmond from Maine, Katrina Miller Hawking from Washington, Leslie Holt from Missouri, Susan Krause from Georgia, Cristin Millett from Pennsylvania, Gail Rebhan from Washington, D.C., and Sarah Pike from Massachusetts.
“The pieces in the show demonstrate a grappling with frailty, mortality and the task of constructing a vital and joyful life in the face of losses,” said Art Department Professor Diane Fitch, who together with fellow faculty members Carol Nathanson and Kim Vito curated the exhibition. Nathanson added that no program of this scope on the subject of health and aging has been offered before in the Miami Valley.
Featured events during the five-week exhibition include:
* Keynote lecture by Sue Miller, a nationally acclaimed author whose works have explored Alzheimer’s, autism, tuberculosis and stereotyping of the elderly, at 2 p.m on Saturday, Sept. 9, in 109 Oelman Hall.
* Concert performance and discussion by Randall Paul, WSU associate professor of Music, on clarinet pieces written by major composers late in their careers on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Creative Arts Center Recital Hall.
* Two cross-disciplinary panel discussions with specialists from health care, social work, the humanities and art on different aspects of aging and health challenges for the elderly on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. in 109 Oelman Hall.
* Keynote lecture by Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer Thomas Cole, a specialist in American attitudes toward aging and an advisor to the president and the United Nations, on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. in 109 Oelman Hall.
* An afternoon of literary readings by Dayton-area writers, moderated by WSU Associate Professors of English Annette Oxindine and Lynette Jones, on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Village, 6451 Far Hills Ave.
The program is supported by the Ohio Arts Council, Wright State’s Boonshoft School of Medicine and College of Liberal Arts, and with the assistance of the Department of English, Women’s Studies Program and Women’s Center.
For more details on the upcoming exhibition, visit the Web site http://www.wright.edu/artgalleries/tboe.html or contact Gallery Coordinators Tess Cortes at (937) 775-2978.