arts calendar shows Asian flair
“Mythos of Lost Dynasties” Wenda
Gu, The Spirit of Contemporary Asian Art University Library
Gallery, Sept. 5 – Nov. 15.
California’s burgeoning interest in Asian art will be a central
theme for arts events at CSUS this fall.
Performances and exhibits carrying an Asian theme or focusing on
Asian artists include a rare display of contemporary Asian art,
curated by the former associate curator of San Francisco’s
Asian Art Museum. The campus will also host a world music series
featuring artists ranging from Tuvan throat singers to Chinese folk
players, Filipino performance art and a display of miniature tapestries.
“The Spirit of Contemporary Asian Art,” Sept. 5 through
Nov. 15 in the University Library Gallery, will feature works and
subject matter not commonly seen by Western audiences. New CSUS
professor Pattaratorn Chiapravati has brought together paintings,
calligraphy and photography by internationally known Chinese artists
Xu Bing and Wenda Gu, Japanese artists Mayumi Oda and Kazuaki Tanahashi,
Thai artist Pinaree Sanpitak and CSUS alumna Hong Zhang.
Sacramento-region artist D.R. Wagner will show his miniature tapestries
in the Department of Design Gallery in Mariposa Hall from Sept.
22 to Oct. 11. His intricate pieces have been shown both nationally
and internationally and won him an award for "traditional technique"
at the International Textile Competition in Kyoto, Japan. Filipino
American artist Rico Reyes, director of the Reynolds Gallery at
the University of the Pacific, will present his performance art
in the Library Gallery on Sept. 20.
A series of world music concerts will include The Melody of China
on Sept. 21, featuring classical, folk and contemporary Chinese
music. On Sept. 27, “Ancestors of Siberia” will include
the Tuvan throat singing group Chirgilchen. The series will also
feature Indian classical music on Sept. 14 and Indian-Western fusion
with Grammy award-winners L. Shankar and Gingger on Oct. 24.
In October, Academy Award-nominated singer Lila Downs will bring
her mix of Spanish, Zapotec, Mixtec, Mayan and English music to
campus. Downs, who will perform on Oct. 20, was up for an Oscar
in 2003 for the song "Burn It Blue" from the film Frida.
She is also a BBC3 2003 world music award nominee.
The University’s first-ever art lecture series “Art
Matters Now” begins with “Patterns and Principles of
Islamic Art” on Oct. 9. Carol Becker, dean of the Art Institute
of Chicago, will talk on “Art Making in a Post, Post-Modern
Era” on Nov. 12 and “Ask the Dealer” a discussion
on art collecting will be on Dec. 11.
The CSUS Alumni Association will present an evening with artist
Gregory Kondos on Oct. 23. As part of the event the University is
offering a limited number of signed prints of his painting “Life
on the River,” which are available by calling (916) 278-7718.
And editorial cartoonist and filmmaker Lalo Alcaraz will speak on
Sept. 22. The award-winning artist’s comic strip “La
Cucaracha” appears in newspapers and magazines around the
The fall also features the return of the University’s Festival
of New American Music, one of the oldest festivals in the country
dedicated to contemporary American music, Nov. 5 - 16. This year’s
program will emphasize the merging of contemporary music with computer
Animation will accompany the Society of Electronic Music in the
U.S. performance on Nov. 8 as well as the debut of Stephen Blumberg’s
composition “Skirr” during the Nov. 9 concert by the
Empyrean Ensemble. The festival will open with a gala performance
on Nov. 5 and will feature more than 20 performances, nearly all
of them free. Composer Steve Mackey will give the keynote speech
Among the fall’s dance highlights is the 10th anniversary
of the Sacramento Black Art of Dance, or S/BAD. The troupe, comprised
of CSUS students and faculty, will give performances of their show
"Praise: Past, Present and Future" on Oct. 9 - 11 and
16 - 18. Another established campus dance troupe, Dale Scholl Dance/Art,
will perform "What Price Liberty?" Nov. 6 - 8, 13 - 15
and 20 - 22. “Moves with Latin Grooves,” a faculty dance
concert with music by the CSUS Latin Jazz Ensemble, will be Dec.
Theatre performances include Honk!, a new take on Hans Christian
Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling, featuring Richard Bay’s
puppets, music and dance Nov. 20 - 23 and Dec. 4 - 7. Vaclav Havel’s
Temptation will take the stage Oct. 30 - 31 and Nov. 1
- 2 and 6 - 9. The Gershwin tribute Forever Gershwin, a
fundraiser for the Gerard Larson Memorial Scholarship, returns Nov.
15 -16 and Baltimore Waltz will be performed Oct. 9 - 12
and 16 - 19.
In addition to performing during the Festival of New American Music,
the University’s many vocal and musical groups will hold dozens
of concerts throughout the fall including the Jazz Ensembles on
Oct. 2 and Dec. 4; the Symphonic Wind Ensemble on Oct. 8 and Dec.
10; the Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 21 and Dec. 9; and the Concert
Band on Oct. 27.
CSUS Vocal Jazz will perform on Nov. 20, the Jazz Combos on Nov.
25, and CSUS Choirs will perform on both Nov. 15 and during the
popular Procession of Carols Dec. 7 and 8. The campus will also
host the Sacramento Chamber Music Society on Sept. 7, Oct. 5 and
After the close of Asian art show, the Library Gallery will display
works by CSUS art studio faculty from Dec. 5 to March 19. The Union
Gallery in the University Union has a seven-artist group show “California
Society of Printmakers: Radius Sacramento” from Sept. 2 -
26. From Sept. 29 to Oct. 24 the gallery will feature the paintings
of Miami artist Ana Candioti.
The Else Gallery will feature a series of art graduate students
exhibitions Sept. 2 - 12, Sept. 16 - 26, Nov. 4 - 14, Nov. 18 -
28 and Dec. 2 - 12. The Kurt von Meier Collection will be on exhibit
Oct. 2 - 31. The Witt Gallery will show art by students of Brenda
Louie on Sept. 11 - Oct. 10 and students of Kurt von Meier from
Oct. 13 - 31. In addition to the Wagner tapestry exhibit, the Design
Gallery in Mariposa Hall will feature “Emotion and Light”
Oct. 21 - 28, the “Tic Toc Clock” exhibition Nov. 13
- 20 and a “Holiday Photography” exhibition Dec. 1 -
For more information on times, locations and prices, visit the online
events calendar at www.csus.edu/events.