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Opening Doors to the World

Opening Doors to the World Program at Otterbein

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). Chile and Cuba are the gateway countries explored in programs this year.

All events in the series are free and open to the public.

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Cuba: Spring Semester 2015


An Island Apart: Cuban Artists In Exile

An exhibition featuring works by 12 internationally recognized exiled Cuban artists, performance art, art documentaries and collaboratively created community art. The exhibition spans three galleries:

Departure Gate A
Jan. 11-May 1
Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St., Westerville. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Closed on holidays. 

Departure Gate B
Jan. 11-Feb 14
Miller Gallery, Art and Communication Building, 33 Collegeview Rd., Westerville. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Closed on holidays and University breaks. 

Departure Gate C
Jan. 11-May 1
Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine Street, Westerville. Museum hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday during the University’s academic year. Closed on holidays and University breaks.

Additional receptions and events:

Opening Reception with Performance Art
Jan. 22 from 5-7:30 p.m.
Miller Gallery, Art and Communication Building, 33 Collegeview Rd., Westerville
Carlos Martiel, a Havana-born performance artist who studied with activist-artist Tania Bruguera from 2008-2010, presents El Tanque (2015), an experiential commentary on politics and prisoners of conscience in Cuba. Performance begins at 6 p.m.

Progressive Reception
Feb. 4 from 4-7 p.m.
Guided tours of all exhibition spaces offered throughout the reception time.

La Confesión and La Botella al Mar de María Elena by Coco Fusco
Jan. 22 from 5-7:30 p.m., Miller Gallery (during the exhibition reception)
More viewings TBA. 
Individual and group viewings available by appointment.
Two powerful art videos by performance artist and writer Coco Fusco give visual voice to legendary stories in Cuban history — the public confession of poet Heberto Padilla in 1971 and the poet María Elena Cruz Varela’s letter to Fidel Castro in 1990 requesting democratic reforms, which resulted in the poet’s arrest.

Artist-Community Co-created Installation
Feb. 15-April 24
Fisher Gallery, Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St., Westerville
Artist-in-Residence Juan Si González will work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff and the community to explore themes of exile, migration, identity and place-making. The project will culminate in an exhibition. To join the project, contact Janice Glowski at jglowski@otterbein.edu.


Artist-in-Residence José María Vitier
April 1-May 1
Maestro José María Vitier, pianist and film score composer, engages greater Columbus through performance, master classes and an orchestral and choral presentation of his acclaimed Misa Cubana (1996), a mass that blends Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms with Marian elements.

Latin Jazz and Cuban Music
April 3 from 3-5 p.m.
Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E Broad St, Columbus
Featuring José María Vitier; Richard Lopez, Director

Master Classes with José María Vitier
April 6 and April 13 from 5-6 p.m.
Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St., Westerville

Celebration of Cuban Music (Recital)
April 16 at 8 p.m.
Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St., Westerville
Featuring mezzo-soprano Olga Perez-Flora Professor of Voice, Muskingum University

Westerville Symphony performs Misa Cubana by José María Vitier
April 24 at 5 p.m.
The Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville
Peter Stafford Wilson, Conductor; Otterbein University Chorus, Gayle Walker, Conductor

Celebration of Cuba: Community Gathering with Art, Music and Refreshments
April 29 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E Broad St, Columbus
Featuring art by Juan Si González and music by the Redbird Faculty Jazz Combo

Chile: Past Events

Chilean Art at the Frank Museum of Art • Fall 2015

  • Exhibition: Te Busco: Poetic and Visual Collaborations of Pablo Neruda, Nemesio Antúnez, and Roser Bru
  • Discussion: Neruda, Antúnez, and Bru: Between Printmaking and Poetry
  • Discussion: Writing About Art with Isabel Cauas and Terry Hermsen
  • Discussion: Discovering Chile in the 21st Century with Isabel Cauas and Terry Hermsen

Chilean in Poetry and Through the Lens • Fall 2015

  • Poetry from Patagonia: The Most Beautiful Cemetery in Chile with Chilean poet Christian Formoso
  • Yo y No Yo: The Role of the “I” in Chilean Poetry with Christian Formoso & Terry Hermsen
  • On Chilean film with Latin American Scholar, Professor Fernando Blanco, Bucknell University
  • The Chilean Lens: Latin America and the World as Seen Through a Chilean Telescope with Christian Formoso, Fernando Blanco and Carmen Galarce

Chilean Film Series • Fall 2015
Opening Doors to the World hosted a film series featuring recent films from Chile, including MachucaNoMissing and Nostalgia for the Lights.


/ Contact

Janice Glowski

Museum & Galleries Director
Art Historian
Department of Art

p / 614.823.1185


e / jglowski@otterbein.edu

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