Alisha Lola Jones
Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology
Indiana University Bloomington
Dr. Jones teaches ethnomusicology in IU Bloomington’s Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology within the College of Arts and Sciences. Jones specializes in the study of music and religion in the African diaspora, and teaches courses such as “Music & Mysticism” and “Popular Music in African American Music Performance.”
Johns Hopkins University
Gustavo Valdivia specializes in ethnographic research in Andean indigenous communities in Peru. His work blends environmental anthropology and social theory with the tools of modern environmental science. He seeks to produce a horizontal and democratic dialogue that articulates the voices of indigenous peasants whose lives and lands are marked by the recent trends of global change.
Curatorial Advisor to Exhibit Columbus
Dr. Ramirez is a scholar of modern and contemporary architectural history and is Curatorial Advisor to Exhibit Columbus. He has lectured widely and his work has appeared in diverse publications like Harvard Design Magazine, Metropolis, The Journal of Architecture, and Perspecta: The Yale Architectural Journal. His work has been recognized and supported by various organizations, including the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Fine Arts.
Mary Lattimore is an American classically trained harpist based in Los Angeles, California. In addition to her solo work and collaborations with fellow Philadelphia musician Jeff Zeigler, she has also performed with multiple prominent indie musicians, including Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile, and Steve Gunn. Her newest album is “Hundreds of Days.” You can hear a sample and read a review at Pitchfork: https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/mary-lattimore-hundreds-of-days/
About the Entanglements Series
The “Entanglements Series” is a program designed by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute. Events brings together scientists or social scientists with humanists and artists to discuss a “big question” that transcends disciplines. These big questions are often topics that philosophers have debated for thousands of years — for example, “what makes us human?” — but they might be questions that are of immediate pressing concern such as “how do we stop the next plague?”
KOKOMO, Ind. — On the side of a downtown business, a vision of Kokomo 1,000 years into the future is taking shape, under the hands of talented Indiana University Kokomo artists.
On summer evenings, the five students in Minda Douglas’s community arts projects class bring their mural to life, showing a futuristic view of the City of Firsts, after an alien invasion. While there are familiar sights, such as the Kokomantis, the Kokomo Municipal Stadium, churches, and other current buildings, there are also brightly-colored aliens scattered throughout the 120-foot-long and 20-foot high painting, designed by student Janet Meeks.
The whimsical design fits the parameters set out by representatives of Bucheri McCarty & Metz for their new downtown office, when they commissioned the project.
“They wanted something fun, something colorful and interactive,” said Douglas, associate professor of fine arts. “Janet did a great job with all of those things. They didn’t want something that already exists in Kokomo. They wanted something different, something new, and she met that criteria well.”
The interactive portion of the mural is a seek-and-find game, with a drawing near Main Street showing aliens seekers can look for along the wall, Meeks said.
The Logansport resident enjoys seeing the design she sketched on paper take shape on the wall. She’s dreamed of being a professional muralist since painting one with a friend at Columbia Middle School while she was a student there.
“This project has given me confidence that I can make a living as an artist,” she said. “There are always a lot of calls for mural artists, and now I have experience creating one as a professional.”
The class is a way to fulfill community requests, while allowing students to earn credit for completing the work, Douglas said.
Each student drew a proposal and presented it to the clients, who selected their favorite. They all agreed to paint whichever design was selected, putting in 120 hours each, and will work beyond the end of the summer session as needed to finish it.
Painting began in the dark, with students projecting the image onto the side of the building, and sketching it with a wax writing tool. Then, they started painting, using high-quality exterior paint meant to last, doing the work in the evening to avoid the July daytime heat.
Fine arts major Alissa Krieg said it was her first time painting a mural, and she looks forward to seeing it completed.
“I feel like with this project, I’ve done something to benefit Kokomo on a local level,” said Krieg, from Michigantown. “I think it’s important for artists to participate in beautifying their community. It’s been a good experience working with actual clients, and seeing how much this type of art costs.”
Douglas called it a valuable real-world experience, going through the submission process, buying supplies, and seeing how much time it takes to complete a large-scale project.
“They’ve learned how they could possibly go ahead and do something like this on their own, and how to market themselves and price that work,” she said.
It’s also a confidence boost, Douglas said.
“This is something they’ve done for their community that will be here for a long time, something they can be proud of,” she said.
Jon Hendricks, manager at Bucheri McCarty & Metz, appreciated being able to partner with IU Kokomo in their vision to contribute to downtown.
“Our firm’s hope is to contribute to the ongoing revitalization,” he said, which is why they opened a second office on North Main Street. “Murals are a great way to improve urban space, and we were really excited they wanted to work with us. The class has been incredibly professional and impressive.”
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Two Indiana University Bloomington alumni — producer/director Ryan Murphy and writer/comedian Brian Stack — were recently announced as nominees for the 70th Emmy Awards.
Murphy, an Indianapolis native, is nominated in two categories — Directing for
a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special, and Outstanding Short-Form Nonfiction or Reality Series — for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” Murphy served as the executive producer of the nine-episode series as well as director of the series premiere, which aired in January.
In addition to his work on this series, Murphy is the creator/producer of “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “Glee,” “Nip/Tuck” and “American Horror Story,” among others. He’s previously won four Emmys, including awards for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for his work on “Nip/Tuck” and Outstanding Made for Television Movie for “The Normal Heart.”
Murphy majored in journalism at IU in the mid-1980s and started his career as a journalist with publications like the Miami Herald, the Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly.
Brian Stack, BA ’86, is nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Seriefor his work on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” Stack has been a part of the show’s writing team since 2015 and voices Cartoon Donald Trump and the Ghost of Abraham Lincoln on the show.
Before his work with “The Late Show,” he wrote for Conan O’Brien from 1997 to 2015 and played several characters in sketches on O’Brien’s shows. Stack has been nominated for an Emmy Award in writing every year since 1998 and won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program in 2007.
During his time at IU, Stack worked at the Indiana Daily Student and earned a degree in telecommunications. He started his career with Second City, a Chicago-based improv comedy group, before joining the writing team for “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” in 1997.
The 70th Emmy Awards will air live on NBC at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17.
When Indiana University’s Bloomington Librarian Professional Council was looking for a way to give back last year, the partner organization that rose to the top of its list was Bloomington staple The Rise — Middle Way House’s transitional housing program for domestic violence survivors.
As it turns out, The Rise had a community room that offers services similar to a library — computers, books, meeting space — and was in desperate need of upgrading.
The council’s mission became obvious.
“Once we heard they had a library space, we knew this was the project we needed to do,” said Kristin Leaman, bicentennial archivist for IU Archives and former chair of the council. “After speaking with staff and tenants about their needs, we aimed at creating a friendly space that families could utilize and feel comfortable in. We wanted to create a warm and welcoming space that will ease their transition a little bit.”
The council’s first step was to host a book drive to collect children’s, young adult and adult books. The council, which is made up of professionals within IU’s library system, ended up with about 20 boxes of books. Being librarians, the council members spent a day cataloging and organizing the books in the newly revamped space.
Next, the council turned to the community via an Amazon wish list to ask for furniture and other items such as coloring books, movies and children’s toys to fill the space.
“Community support has been amazing,” Leaman said. “We’ve also had the full support of our dean, who is very excited about this project. So once we got the ball rolling and started coordinating everything, it all started falling into place.”
Debra Morrow, executive director of Middle Way House, said she is amazed and grateful at the Bloomington Librarian Professional Council’s dedication to creating a space that is uplifting, useful and beneficial to residents.
She said the council has gone the extra mile to make the room special.
“I was thrilled that Kristin came to meet with the residents to get their feedback on how they would like to see the space transformed,” Morrow said. “That showed me how much they really cared about the project and the families it will benefit.”
Having a community partner is crucial to an organization like Middle Way House, Morrow said. She said it takes a community to address issues surrounding domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.
Looking around the finished room featuring plush stuffed animals, woodland scenes painted on the wall and ample seating, Morrow said she was excited for families to see the new space. The room is known as the Dee Gros Louis Community Room, in honor of the late wife of IU Chancellor Emeritus Ken Gros Louis.
“I can just imagine the smiling faces of the families when they see the work and love that the BLPC is putting into the Rise community room,” she said. “Our families will know that the council cares about them and that the community cares. How valuable is that?”
After 36 years, Grammy Award-winning Indiana University alumna and former faculty member Sylvia McNair will return to the WFIU studio where she worked as a student, this time as a guest DJ.
McNair got her start at WFIU while she was getting her Master of Music with distinction in 1983. On Aug. 20 to 24, she will be hosting a morning classical music program on WFIU’s second service, WFIU2.
McNair recalled her student work for WFIU as “last-century responsibilities”: taking calls from listeners, splicing tape to edit, and ripping paper off the AP wire for news broadcasting. She worked different hours, sometimes starting at 6 a.m. on a Saturday and at midnight on a Sunday.
“It was one of my four part-time jobs I had, but it was my favorite. I love radio; I always have,” McNair said. “The tech pieces have changed since my time at WFIU in the early 1980s, but sending beautiful music out into the world hasn’t changed. It is still a worthwhile activity, and I enjoy it.”
After getting her master’s, McNair went on to perform with different orchestra and opera companies across the U.S. and Europe as a singer and classical recitalist. She was dedicated to learning new genres and enhancing her ability to work with music. Her music earned her two Grammys and a regional Emmy.
McNair returned to IU in 2006 to join the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music. Even though she stopped teaching in 2017, she still enjoys living in Bloomington and having opportunities like working with WFIU again.
The tech pieces have changed since my time at WFIU in the early 1980s, but sending beautiful music out into the world hasn’t changed. —Sylvia McNair
She said that despite the changes in the studio, WFIU has stayed true to its values and what it wants to deliver to listeners. McNair said that WFIU has always been tech-savvy and has a highly intelligent group of workers running the station.
“I appreciate the fact that they don’t try to impress the listener with how much they know, and they all know a lot,” McNair said. “WFIU has continued to be up-to-date, always filled with smart people who were forward-lookers. I just appreciate seeing all that again, 36 years later. It’s inspiring.”
She has a deep passion for public radio and the impact it has had on her career. WFIU gave her the ability to speak comfortably while live on air, a skill she came in handy while doing live radio interviews all across America and in Europe. She also said that public radio is a news source she can trust, no matter where she is when she’s traveling.
“The most important reason public radio must continue is that it is not owned by or beholden to anyone, not shareholders or donors or large media conglomerates,” McNair said. “That independence gives it greater freedom to be objective. Where else but ‘Morning Edition’ and ‘All Things Considered’ can you hear commercial-free news with no apparent bias? It’s a gift worth fighting to keep.”
McNair will be on air from 7 to 9 a.m. Aug. 20 to 24 on WFIU2. The relatively new service, available at 101.9 FM in Bloomington, offers alternative programming to what is aired on WFIU’s legacy signal at 103.7 FM.
“I moved into a place that was infested with brown recluses, which are poisonous spiders as it turns out,” said Hudnall, an assistant professor in furniture design at the Herron School. “In an effort to make friends with the population, I built them a table.”
After calling the exterminator, Hudnall sketched out “Spider Leg Lamp,” which stands on eight spindly legs. The thin pieces of reclaimed wood for the lamp were extracted from a mahogany pallet. The base was from an old, destroyed piano.
“Spider Leg Lamp” and many more pieces can be viewed in the faculty exhibition through Aug. 29 in the main gallery of Eskenazi Hall. A public closing reception will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 29.
Hudnall’s drawing talents were cultivated before her first time at a table saw. But once she tried to build the whimsical creations from her sketchbook, she was hooked.
“When I realized that I could literally build the way I was drawing things, everything made sense,” she said. “My drawing practice and my building practice came together for the first time.”
In most of Hudnall’s work — including her second piece in the exhibition “Side Table, Red” — she prefers to show the fasteners, screws, nails and hinges. The articulation adds to the overall texture and mood of the work.
Many of her furniture creations also feature glass “portholes.”
“I like making them in cabinets in particular because there is the public exterior and the private interior,” she said. “I like to give people a surprise, and I like to hint at that surprise.
“It makes you want to know what’s going on inside. It’s like an invitation to go into the piece. So that’s where that comes from. That and a love for pirates.”
Hudnall’s art is in galleries or collections across the nation. The latest, “The Seeing Machine,” was shipped to the Contemporary Craft gallery in Pittsburgh this summer. She has been featured in magazines and conferences, but participating in the Biennial Faculty Exhibition proves to her students that she can practice what she teaches.
“We show the students that we’re working artists,” Hudnall said. “We go home at night and work just as hard as they do to get our work made and to get it shown.”
FLORENCE, Italy — As a result of a collaboration between Indiana University and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, it’s now possible to view some of the world’s most admired ancient artifacts and sculptures in 3D without traveling overseas. A newly launched website, www.digitalsculpture-uffizi.org, was unveiled Tuesday in a ceremony at the historic Uffizi Gallery attended by IU Vice President for Research Fred H. Cate, as well as other IU faculty. The site currently contains over 300 digitized sculptures and fragments from the collection.
The project was announced in 2016 at the Uffizi Gallery in a joint presentation by IU President Michael A. McRobbie and Uffizi Gallery Director Eike Schmidt.
“As we accomplish the goals set forth in this unprecedented and enormously ambitious project, the unveiling of this new website marks a first major milestone in a collaboration that will generate unparalleled opportunity for scholarly engagement with materials housed in one of the world’s oldest and very finest galleries,” McRobbie said. “By leveraging IU’s scholarly expertise in ancient art and culture, as well as our extensive technological capabilities, this collection of magnificent, inspiring and irreplaceable classical antiquities can now be viewed and studied in an entirely new and fascinating way by scholars, museum professionals, students and the general public.”
In summer 2018, the IU team digitized 61 statues in the Uffizi and in the Villa Corsini, the complex where the Uffizi stores works of ancient art not on display in the galleries. The team is led by Bernard Frischer, IU professor of informatics, director of the university’s Virtual World Heritage Laboratory and one of the world’s leading virtual archaeologists. A key partner on the project has been the Politecnico di Milano, under the direction of professor Gabriele Guidi.
“I am very pleased by the progress of our work on this five-year project both in terms of quantity and quality,” Frischer said. “We’re about halfway through the project and are on target to finish the job, as foreseen, in 2020.
“We have already digitized more works of classical sculpture than has ever been done in a single museum. Even more impressive than the quantity of my students’ work is its quality. I have shown the models they have made to many museum professionals in the United States and abroad. They have been uniformly impressed, and this has led to invitations to undertake new projects of digitization at the Getty Villa in Malibu, Palazzo Altemps in Rome and the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.”
The digitization project includes training IU informatics and art history students in the techniques of 3D data capture, digital modeling and interactive online publication; creating a limited number of 3D restoration models of works of interest to individual project participants; and publishing the 3D models on several online sites, including the Italian Ministry of Culture’s internal conservation database, the Uffizi’s public website and the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory’s publicly available Digital Sculpture Project.
IU’s part of the digitization project is funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research as part of its New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities seed funding program, which supports faculty members in path-breaking programs of scholarly investigation or creative activity. The project is receiving technological support from University Information Technology Services.
“It’s exciting to see the progress of this ambitious project,” Cate said. “Not only does the website offer first-of-its-kind opportunities to a broad audience, ranging from scholars and museum professionals to students and the general public, but we’re creating a replicable model for other museums and institutions to use in digitizing their own collections.”
The Uffizi Gallery, adjacent to the Piazza della Signoria in central Florence, houses some of the world’s finest masterpieces, including works by Botticelli, Caravaggio, da Vinci, Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian. It is among the most visited museums in Italy, with more than 1.5 million visitors each year.
Congratulations to Matt Hinsman for winning last month’s contest with his caption: “Coach recruited you from the soccer team, didn’t he?” He obviously spent his July watching World Cup matches. He wins the Fabulous Prize!
Congratulations to Matt Hinsman for winning last month’s contest with his caption: “Coach recruited you from the soccer team, didn’t he?” He obviously spent his July watching World Cup matches. He wins the Fabulous Prize!…
Thanks to a generous contribution from IU’s Black Philanthropy Circle, Indiana University will celebrate Professor Emerita Iris Rosa by naming the floor of the dance studio where she spent the last 15 years of her career in her honor.
“It gives me great joy to be able to put in place a permanent tribute to a woman who has made such meaningful contributions to the IU community,” said James C. Wimbush, IU vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs, dean of The University Graduate School, and Johnson Chair for Diversity and Leadership. “Honoring Professor Rosa’s remarkable legacy is particularly fitting because of her influence on generations of students.”
“I am so very honored and humbled to receive this honor,” said Rosa, who was also director of undergraduate studies and professor in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies. “This recognition is much larger than myself. It honors the work and vision of the late Dr. Herman C. Hudson; the African American Arts Institute and the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies; the past, current and future students; the African American Dance Company alumni; and the new director of AADC, Stafford C. Berry Jr.”
A native of East Chicago, Indiana, Rosa was part of the inaugural 1968 class of IU’s Groups Scholars Program. After observing the number of students in the IU Soul Revue who were interested in dance, the late Herman C. Hudson, founder of the African American Arts Institute, created the African American Dance Company and appointed Rosa as its director in 1974.
Under her leadership, the African American Dance Company performed across Indiana, the nation and even the world, most recently traveling to Cuba in July 2017 and to China in December 2016. During her career, Rosa also had an impact on the local community through outreach, including the African American Dance Company’s Annual Dance Workshop, which marked its 20th anniversary this year.
“Professor Rosa is truly a legend in the dance community and at IU Bloomington,” said Charles Sykes, executive director of the African American Arts Institute, which is a program of the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs. “An homage to her incredible career, in the place where she most frequently used her art to inspire students, is the least we could do to repay what she has poured into the campus over the years.”
The Black Philanthropy Circle, an initiative designed to foster philanthropy and provide resources for IU’s African American community, fully funded the dedication of the floor. The announcement of the dedication also coincides with Black Philanthropy Month, a global celebration of giving in the Black community that runs through the end of August.
The dedication of the dance floor will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall, in conjunction with the African American Art Institute’s 25th annual Potpourri of the Arts concert.