News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Museums

October 31, 2013

The Swope presents poetry on borders, river-inspired artwork

TERRE HAUTE — The Swope Art Museum will present a night of poetry readings and introduce a new exhibition as part of its free “First Friday: Borderlands” event, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday.

Indiana State Poet Laureate Karen Kovacik will read poetry from “The Borderlands Project” at 7 p.m., with an opportunity to meet Kovacik at 8. The readings explore the theme of “Borders: A Regional Survey,” an exhibition on view at the Swope through January of 2014. The presentation is the last in a series of public readings, each located on one of Indiana’s four borders.

Kovacik selected the poems presented in “The Borderlands Project” from those submitted by poets from Indiana and its neighboring states. The western Borderland readings bring together Hoosier and Illinois writers to share works about immigration, migration, borders and home.

Along with Kovacik, featured poets will include Olga Abella, Matthew Brennan, Josh Brewer, Dan Carpenter, Zann Carter, Caleb Curtiss, Darla Crist, Steve Davenport, Janice N. Harrington, Joseph Heithaus, Terry Kirts, Jayne Marek, Kevin McKelvey, Michael Meyerhofer, Tracy Mishkin, Thomas Alan Orr, Richard Pflum, Ruben Quesada, Jody Rich, Chi Sherman, David Vancil and Susan Yount.

“Immigrants and migrants have had a profound effect, not only on American history but on our literature,” said Kovacik, who is also a professor of English at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. “Think of Emma Lazarus’ poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty, Langston Hughes’ ‘Let America Be America Again’ or Rita Dove’s Pulitzer Prize-winning sequence, ‘Thomas and Beulah,’ inspired by the northern migration of her African-American grandparents.”

This is also the first chance to view the exhibition “Flotsam and Jetsam,” which runs Friday through Jan. 25.

The phrase “flotsam and jetsam” originally meant the floating debris of a wrecked boat or its jettisoned cargo, but it has become a more general term to describe unimportant materials and trash. The three Indiana artists in this exhibition have transformed debased materials into three distinct works of art. Sayaka Ganze of Fort Wayne assembled a bird from thrift-store plastics; Rob Millard-Mendez of Evansville sculpted a boat and river from secondhand objects and driftwood; and Michael Tingley of Terre Haute uses the culturally pervasive television to present a pseudo-archeological display of objects he found in the river.

The Swope Art Museum, at 25 S. Seventh St., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sundays, Mondays and national holidays. Admission is free. Call 812-238-1676 or visit www.swope.org for more information.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Museums
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Joy Fills Streets of Cleveland As LeBron Returns Texas Shooting Suspect Collapses in Court Raw: Rebel Leader Weds in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Israel, Gaza Exchange Rocket Fire Police: Prostitute Linked to 2nd Death Ana Ortiz on 'Devious Maids' Finale Arizona Mom of Missing Baby Released From Prison WH: LeBron's Move a 'Powerful Statement' Proposed Bill to Regulate NY Costumed Characters Man Flees Police in World Cup Scalping Scheme Raw: Australia Hosts Annual Beer Can Regatta Death Toll Tops 100 As Israel Offense Continues Diaz and Segel Strip Off for 'Sex Tape' More Immigrants Detained Along Rio Grande Chimp-attack Victim Lobbies Congress Robot Writes Jewish Torah Scroll Argentina to Face Germany in World Cup Final Children Face Deportation Without Attorneys Raw: Protesters, Israeli Security Forces Clash LeBron James Says He's Returning to Cavaliers
NDN Video
Cleveland welcomes home LeBron Houston Killer Collapses in Court When Read Capital Murder Charges for Allegedly Killing Family of Six Worst Valet Ever Wrecks $500K Lamborghini Glee Star Becca Tobin's Boyfriend Matt Bendik Found Dead in Hotel Aerial fish restocking in Utah ScarJo Channels Marilyn Monroe Obama Responds to Hecklers on Immigration Tiny Hamsters Who Ate Burritos are Back for a Tiny Hedgehog's Party Watch Kelly Ripa Get Soaked! 'Referee' Hands Out Yellow Cards for Social Faux Pas in NYC 2014 Emmy Nominees: 8 Snub Shockers Emma Watson Is Va-Va-Voom in Valentino 7 Infamous Sports Blowouts Argentina tops Holland in World Cup semifinals News flush: Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash Emmy Nominations: What to Watch For 'Game of Thrones' Leads 66th Emmy Awards Nominations Photographic 'Proof' That LeBron Is Leaving Miami - @TheBuzzeronFOX Elephant Pool Party at The Oregon Zoo Must-See! Berry and Fallon Form Human Hamster Wheel
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity