Author Archives: Logan Lape

Counting Down

It’s that time of the semester again; that time when the deadlines creep faster than we all can comprehend. Graduation in 2.5 months? Absurd! In spirit of the whiteboard countdowns that seem to crop up from time to time, I thought a nice post with a collection of dynamic countdowns could be a good bookmark for the coming weeks.’S BFA SHOW&size=giant&mo=03&da=10&yr=2011’S BFA SHOW&size=giant&mo=03&da=24&yr=2011’S BFA SHOW&size=giant&mo=04&da=07&yr=2011 FAY’S BFA SHOW&size=giant&mo=04&da=14&yr=2011’S BFA SHOW&size=giant&mo=04&da=21&yr=2011

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Random Exhibition Title Generator

I’ve recently been past along a link to Rebecca Uchill’s Random Exhibition Title Generator, and thought that with the upcoming five BFA Exhibition’s this semester, it may come in handy to a few. If you aren’t one of those few, it is definitely worth checking out for a chuckle.

Look forward to my show in April, now tentatively titled Arbitrary Gaming? The Politics of Too Many Dinner Parties.


Hazards of Love, Origin of Love, and LOVE

Recently someone passed along a flyer to me for an upcoming show in Reno. An adaptation of The Decemberists’ Hazards of Love. “A progressive rock opera melodrama resplendent in myth, passion and archetype.”
Needless to say, I was intrigued.
Two showings have passed, but three remain. November 18th and 19th at 8:00pm, doors at 7:00pm and November 21st 3:00pm, doors at 2:00pm. The show is to be performed on Th Great Escape Stage at 1575 South Virginia in The Sports West Complex (directions).
The Decemberists, an experimental folk-rock band, released “Hazards of Love” in 2009, and it seemed a natural fit for the stage because the songs tie together to tell the story of a woman, Margaret, who falls in love with a shape-shifting forest creature named William. The dramatic arc involves not only their romance but problems the lovers face with the creature’s jealous mother and another evil being. 
Marlene chose to present the story by having dancers act out the action while a live band plays and sings the songs from the album. Both the dancers and eight-piece band will be visible to the audience. 
“What this is,” she said, “is really performance art with a rock ‘n’ roll kind of foundation.

Full story on Reno Metromix here and event details here.

Below is an animated video created by students at St. Martin’s College of Art for a song from the Hazard’s of Love album (and presumably, the Rock Opera): The Rake’s Song.

Fitting in with rock n’ roll, love and animation is a clip from a wonderful rock musical I watched again earlier this month, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Below is the song The Origin of Love from the film:

But wait, there’s more! We have below a small preview of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil showing at the Mirage in Las Vegas.

Cheers from this month’s Student Blogger,

The Student Gallery is T-Shirt Crazy

What better way kick off a brand new school year than with a brand new shirt? The Student Gallery is looking for your help to make that that possible. Check out the call for entries for the upcoming t-shirt design show, Plastisol. Don’t let the image fool you though, the show is not at all limited to screen printed shirts! Any way you can put it on fabric, we’re willing to take a look at it.
Oh and did we mention that submissions are free?

New Field Trip Course

Hey all,

Lots of people have been asking, so I thought I would share the info about the new field trip course for the fall. As a bonus, this course will count towards the new Humanities and Art History minor!

The class is designed to help all kinds of students feel more comfortable around, and talk knowledgeably about, many kinds of art. We need some Fine Arts students in the class to think and talk, too! This class is a short course (6 weeks) and meets on Fridays and Saturdays (see schedule below), so it will work well for students who have full schedules already.

ARTH 112, Art Literacy (3 credits):
This introductory course can function as a stand-alone, entry-level presentation of art viewing skills accessible to both art majors and non-art majors. This class will present different set of introductory topics than ARTH301 AND ARTH302. There are no prerequisites.

Course Description: Art Literacy is a set of communication skills that broadens a person’s understanding of his/her world. This class will introduce the student to the basic skills needed for viewing and interpreting art, for writing and talking to others about art, and for putting art in a broader cultural and historical context. The course will be conducted through a series of five short field trips to museums, archaeological sites, and galleries in San Francisco, Reno, and Carson City over a six-week period. Some reading and reflective writing will enhance the student’s art viewing experience.
Course Fee: $150.

Course Schedule:
Students are required to attend 4 Tahoe Gallery openings on Thursday nights and write reflections.
Fri., Aug. 27 10-11:15am First Class meeting
Fri., Sept. 3 10-11:15am Class meeting
Fri., Sept. 10 10-11:15am Class meeting
Sat., Sept.11 All-day Field Trip (Reno)
Fri., Sept. 17 10-11:15am Class meeting
Sat., Sept.18 All-day Field Trip (Grimes Point Archaeological Site)
Fri., Sept. 24 10-11:15am Class meeting
Sat. Sept. 25 All-day Field Trip (San Francisco)
Fri., Oct. 1 10-11:15am Class meeting
Fri., Oct. 8 10-11:15am Class meeting
Sat. Oct. 9 All-day Field Trip (Carson City)
Fri., Oct. 15 10-11:15am Class meeting
Sat. Oct. 15 All-day Field Trip (San Francisco)
Fri., Oct. 22 10-11:15am Final Class Wrap-up

Jeanne-Claude has Gone

Jeanne-Claude, Christo’s Collaborator on Environmental Canvas, Is Dead at 74

Published: November 19, 2009

“Jeanne-Claude, who collaborated with her husband, Christo, on dozens of environmental art projects, notably the wrapping of the Pont Neuf in Paris and the Reichstag in Berlin and the installation of 7,503 vinyl gates with saffron-colored nylon panels in Central Park, died Wednesday in Manhattan, where she lived. She was 74.”

Read the article (including a wonderful slideshow) at the New York Times.


Learn more!

Hi friends—since we are in the middle of advising week, here is a description of the two Art History electives I am offering in the Spring. Email me if you have more questions!

ARTH 302, Survey of Modern Art (MW, 4-5:15)

This is a visual history class that covers 20th century art, which includes Impressionism, Surrealism, Cubism, and well-known artists such as Van Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso, Jackson Pollack, and Andy Warhol. It is a great way to learn about 20th century history and become more culturally literate. Students will take three tests, write two short (5-6 page) papers, and read approx. 40 pages per week.

ARTH 480, Special Topics: American Modernism (TTh, 1-2:15)

This seminar focuses on a small group of American Artists in New York City in the 1920’s, ‘30’s, and early ‘40’s. We will discuss the rise of early Photography (Alfred Stieglitz and Ansel Adams) the beginnings of Abstraction (Kandinsky, Duchamp, O’Keeffe), the crucial Armory Show of 1913, and the concept of the Avant-garde in America. As a focused seminar, we’ll read writing from the time period by these artists and their critics as well as texts written by modern scholars about their artwork. Students will take three tests, write two short (5-6 page) papers, and read approx. 60 pages per week. This class is not suggested for Freshmen.

Love, Erika

New English Language access to the Louvre’s collections!

Very exciting new online research resource for Art Historians!

NEW YORK, NY.- The Musée du Louvre today announced that it will launch an English version of its online collections database, Atlas, on July 30, 2009. This interactive research tool will allow visitors to access information on 22,000 artworks from the Louvre, view high-resolution images of masterpieces, and locate exhibited works and galleries throughout the Museum.

The whole article on

and the link directly to the Louvre’s new site:
The Louvre in English