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For Tvlse (in the manner of Pauline) Perfomance

“For Tvlse (in the manner of Pauline)” is an incredibly moving and powerful sound composition that is sure to captivate and inspire you. Created by Curatorial Advisor Kalyn Fay Barnoski, this stunning piece is performed by a group of talented local and regional community members. Drawing on Indigenous sound methodologies and Pauline Oliveros’ frameworks for “deep listening,” the composition centers around the stories and perspectives of the Osage, Cherokee, and Muscogee Nations – the Tribal Nations whose territories meet within Tulsa. Through the use of a variety of musical instruments, vocal chorus, and the incorporation of the Osage, Cherokee, and Muscogee languages, this graphic composition and performance seeks to explore the complex intersections and legacies of diaspora, dispersion, and community. By attending this performance, you will be a part of developing new locations of importance through sound and community convening. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience!

Guthrie Green

111 Reconciliation Way Tulsa, OK 74103

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Panel Discussion: Iterative and Itinerant, Models for Public Art

Join TU’s Film Department for a discussion with curators of biennial and triennial organizations to discuss their unique approaches to public art, including, Executive and Artistic Director, Counterpublic Triennial; Debra Yepa-Pappan, Co-Founder, Director of Exhibitions & Programs, Center for Native Futures; Co-Founder of The Floating Museum and Co-Curator of the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2023; James McAnally, Executive and Artistic Director, Counterpublic Triennial; Dominique Fontaine, Curator, Toronto Biennial; Faheem Majeed, Co-Founder of The Floating Museum and Co-Curator of the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2023, and Justine Ludwig, Executive Director, Creative Time.

Moderated by Allison Glenn

Panelist bios:

Debra Yepa-Pappan (Jemez Pueblo and Korean) is a visual artist, the Director of Exhibitions and Programs, and co-founder at Center for Native Futures, a dynamic contemporary arts space based in the city of Chicago that supports Native artists through exhibitions, residencies, artist services, and more. She is committed to changing inaccurate representations of Native people, and advocates for the inclusion of Native first voice and perspectives.

James McAnally is the Executive and Artistic Director of Counterpublic, a triennial civic exhibition in St. Louis, MO. Previously, McAnally was the co-founder and director of The Luminary, an expansive platform for art, thought, and action based in St. Louis. He additionally serves as the executive editor and co-founder of MARCH: a journal of art & strategy and was a founding member of Common Field, a national network of independent art spaces and organizers. McAnally has presented exhibitions, texts, and lectures at venues such as the Walker Art Center, Kadist Art Foundation, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, The Artist’s Institute, and Gwangju Biennale. McAnally’s writing has appeared in publications such as Art in America, Artnet, Art Journal, Bomb Magazine, Hyperallergic, Terremoto, and many others, and his publications are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and Harvard Art Museum. McAnally is a recipient of the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for Short-Form Writing.

Dominique Fontaine is a curator. She is co-curating the 2024 edition of the Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA). She graduated in visual arts and arts administration from the University of Ottawa (Canada), and completed the De Appel Curatorial Programme (Amsterdam, the Netherlands). Her interests lie in the social role of art in a plural world. Motivated by the emerging challenges confronting museums, she pursued museology studies at the Université de Montréal.

Dominique’s recent projects include Imaginaires souverains, Le présent, modes d’emploi, Maison de la culture Janine-Sutto; Foire en art actuel de Québec 2020; Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art; Dineo Seshee Bopape: and- in. the light of this._______, Darling Foundry; Repérages ou À la découverte de notre monde ou Sans titre, articule; Between the earth and the sky, the possibility of everything, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto 2014. Dominique is co-initiator of the Black Curators Forum; is a member of AICA-Canada, the American Association of Museum Curators (AAMC,) and of the International Contemporary Art Curators Association (IKT); and is also part of Intervals Collective. Dominique Fontaine is laureate of Black History Month of the City of Montreal 2021.

Faheem Majeed is an artist, educator, curator, and community facilitator. He blends his unique experience as a non-profit administrator, curator, and artist to create works that focus on institutional critique and exhibitions that leverage collaboration to engage his immediate, and the broader community, in meaningful dialogue. He is the co-founder/co-director of the arts collective Floating Museum. Majeed received his BFA from Howard University and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

Justine Ludwig is a curator and writer who currently serves as the Executive Director of Creative Time, New York’s vanguard public art organization. Previously held curatorial positions include the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati and Dallas Contemporary. She has curated projects with many artists including Shilpa Gupta, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Pedro Reyes, Laercio Redondo, Paola Pivi, and Pia Camil. Her research interests include the intersections of aesthetics and architecture, violence, economics, and globalization. Ludwig has an MA in Global Arts from Goldsmiths University of London and a BA in Art with a concentration in Art History from Colby College.

Opening Reception: “We Have Arrived”

We Have Arrived is a group exhibition, which takes its name from the English translation of José Luis Vargas’ painting ya llegamos. The exhibition explores Afro-Indigenous histories of Tvlse/Tulsa and beyond, through the work of contemporary visual artists, including Antonio Andrews (No Parking Studios), Ashanti Chaplin, Elisa Harkins, Sterlin Harjo, Natani Notah, Nathan Young, and others.

An Indigenous-run art gallery and cafe called Territory Indigenous Art (TIA) is in development in Tulsa, Oklahoma/Indian Territory, with collaborators Yatika Starr Fields, James Rattling Leaf, and Jordan Poorman Cocker. The image used for the exhibition is José Luis Vargas’ ya llegamos, which is an oil and glaze on canvas piece that measures 79 x 89 ½ inches.

Location to be announced.

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Holi: Festival of Colors

Holi is the Festival of Colors, widely celebrated by Hindus. In this event, there will be Indian Pizza catered by Pizza Twist, along with a throwing of colored powders.

The first 70 students will receive a free white shirt.

Reflections from a Cherokee Type Designer

The TU community is invited to hear from Cherokee type designer Chris Skillern who will show examples of his font designs, and discuss how typography is connected to Indigenous heritage, culture, and language sovereignty. Skillern is one of the preeminent type designers working in the Cherokee syllabary, and is internationally known for his work. He is also a TU alum!

This lecture is open to the whole TU community.

Showing of “Twilight Los Angeles”

TU students join the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the showing of “Twilight Los Angeles.” Professor Lansana will be facilitating the talkback.

Alvin Ailey II

TU students are invited to join The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for African American History in Movement with the renowned dance company, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. They are known for breaking down the boundaries between genres and burst with rythm and an untamed joy of dance. Alvin Ailey has performed for more than 25 million people in over 70 countries spread over 6 continents. It is the 18th time the world-famous dance company takes the stage in Tivoli, and it is not without reason that they have had a steadily growing following since its commercial breakthrough in the 1970’s.

The company with a particular focus on diversity transcends conventional genres and styles and fills stadiums and concert halls with life, rhythm, soul and pure dance joy. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater includes everything from classical ballet to modern dance and theater, and they draw on musical inspiration from jazz, church music, blues, spirituals and more.

This event is free to the first 15 students to register.

TU–Afghan Cultural Exchange

Interested in learning about other cultures? Want to make new friends? TU students are invited to join TU-Afghan Cultural Exchange in Mayo SAC from 7–9 p.m.! All are welcome. Snacks, soda, and tea provided.

Black Hair + Storytelling as a Form of Social Activism

TU community join the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to hear from St. Clair Detrick-Jules, an author, photographer, educator, and Brown University alumna speak on the struggles, beauty, and joy of Black hair.