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Opening Doors to the World


Otterbein and the Arts: Opening Doors to the World

Otterbein Opening Doors LogoOtterbein University deepens its commitment to global education with Otterbein and the Arts: Opening Doors to the World, a multi-year focus on the arts in three non-Western regions: Latin America (2015-16), Asia (2016-17), and Africa (2017-18). India, Thailand, Tibet, and China are gateway countries explored in programs this year.

All events in the series are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

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India and Thailand: Fall Semester 2016


Unblinded Hearts: Art and Travel in Thailand
June 1 – September 30
Miller Gallery hall
Reception: Friday, August 26 at 3p
Art photography and creative writing exhibition by students in the Art of Travel: Thailand Senior Year Experience/English Literary Locations May 2016 course.

Low Season
August 22 - October 5
Miller Gallery
Reception: Thursday, September 1, 4p - 6p
Artist remarks begin at 5p
Associate Professor Jonathan Johnson’s sabbatical exhibition project consists of a new experimental short film and photo series that meander through themes of family, autobiography, place and growing up between the cultures of Thailand and the American Midwest.

Urban Reflections:  Contemporary Thai Photography
October 12 – December 9
Miller Gallery
This exhibition features work by emerging Thai photographers Lek Kiatsirikajorn and Miti Ruangkritya, whose sublime imagery gives unique voice to the 2011 floods in Bangkok, along the Chao Phraya River. The show questions notions of progress and our contemporary relationship with natural forces.

Sonabai: Another Way of Seeing
August 24 – December 22
Fisher Gallery
Thursday, August 25 at 12p, Room 114 Roush
Award-winning short film showing and public talk by Curator, Stephen P. Huyler
Diwali Celebration, Friday, October 28
Self-taught artist Sonabai Rajawar lived in enforced isolation for 15 years in a remote India village, creating her own joyous sculptural environment. Through needing to express a personal vision in the face of tremendous adversity, she developed an innovative art form that she later taught to other artists.

On Being Gandhi: The Art and Politics of Seeing
August 24 – December 2
Guest Curator, Chaya Chandrasekhar
The Frank Museum of Art
Diwali Celebration, Friday, October 28  
Named one of India’s top 15 rising artists, photographer Shivaraju B.S. (a.k.a. Cop Shiva) focuses on portraits of people living on the fringes, yet who embody the zeitgeist of contemporary India. The idea of masquerade in particular interests him. The exhibition features photographs of Bagadehalli Basvaraju, a village schoolteacher who routinely impersonates the great Mahatma Gandhi. 


Agrarian Utopia (2009)
Monday, September 12 & Thursday, September 15
Q & A with Uruphong Raksasad, award-winning writer and director
The Frank Museum of Art
6p - 9p
Uruphong Raksasad was born to farmers in northern Thailand and at eighteen moved to Bangkok to study film at Thammasat University. After working on large-scale feature films, he began creating art films that focus on rural Thailand.  Agrarian Utopia, with its stunning cinematography and universal message, won the UNESCO Award in 2009.

3 Idiots (2009)
Wednesday, October 5th 
Room 114, Roush Hall
In this comedy-drama, old friends reconnect and share memories of their college days, when they faced ridicule for daring to think differently from the mainstream. This Bollywood film received numerous awards, including Best Film by Filmfare and Star Screen Awards.  Screenplay by Abhijat Joshi and Rajkumar Hirani. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani.

 PK (2014)
Wednesday, October 12th 
Room 114, Roush Hall
This satirical Indian science fiction comedy features an alien (PK) who lands on earth and naïvely questions religious dogma and practices.  This Bollywood film received numerous awards and is one of India’s highest grossing films of all times. Written by Abhijat Joshi. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani.

Conversation Abhijat Joshi
Thursday, October 13th 
Cowan Hall
Free and open to the public. Bollywood Screenwriter Abhijat Joshi engages in a public discussion of his award-winning films 3 Idiots (2009) and PK (2014).  Sponsored by Otterbein University.


Thursday, November 17 at 7:30p
Friday & Saturday, November 18-19 at 8p
Sunday, November 20 at 2p
Cowan Hall
Out of chaos comes order led by a Hindu goddess who embraces and reflects humanity. The 2016 Otterbein University Dance Concert, choreographed by Otterbein Theatre and Dance faculty, is influenced and inspired by the story of Durga, Mother of the Universe, and the power behind the work of creation and preservation of the world.

Tuesday, November 15
Riley Hall
Classically trained Indian dancer, Sreyashi Dey will present a traditional choreography on Ardhanariswara, the unified form of Shiva and Shakti - the universal male and female principles. A lecture on gender fluidity and non-duality in Hindu myth and philosophy by Suzanne Schier-Happell, Religion Department, will precede the performance.


A Shaft of Sunlight, by Abhijat Joshi (new version)
Saturday, October 15, 7p
Philomathean Room, Towers Hall

Saturday, November 12, 7p
Pit Theatre, Campus Center
A reading of a new and revised version of acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Abhijat Joshi's A Shaft of Sunlight will inaugurate the Otterbein Department of Theatre and Dance ACT OUT Reading Series.  Set in Ahmedabad, A Shaft of Sunlight explores the conflict in a Hindu and Muslim marriage, amidst the violent political uprisings in the city.  A Muslim fugitive takes refuge in their home, unearthing deep prejudices within the family that echo the unrest around them. Runner-up in the BBC international competition, it earned a premier performance in England. A talk-back following the reading will focus on what it means to experience the beliefs and prejudices of "other."


Sax Meets Strings; a Carnatic Instrumental Concert
Saturday, September 24
Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Hall
Featuring Sandhya Andand, an All India Radio-graded professional violinist and vocalist, Anvita Hariharan, a popular South Indian classical saxophonist and accompanist Vinod Seetharaman.  Sponsored by Dhvani https://www.dhvaniohio.org/  Free to the Otterbein community.  See Dhvani website for tickets (Adults $25, Seniors $15, students $10).


/ Contact

Janice Glowski

Museum & Galleries Director
Art Historian
Department of Art

p / 614.823.1185


e / jglowski@otterbein.edu

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