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IMPORTANT UPDATE ONGOING

The health and wellness of the USF community is always our first priority. In light of the continuing concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus), all university-sponsored events on campus are postponed or cancelled. For the latest information, visit: http://usf.edu/coronavirus.

Find inspiration and let your imagination wander by attending one or more of the over 250 yearly concerts, performances, exhibitions, talks, conferences, masterclasses, and festivals presented by the USF College of The Arts. The events listed below are open to students and the Tampa Bay community. Visit the Arts Box Office for tickets and guest services.

January 2021

Marking Monuments
January 22-March 6, Lee and Victor Leavengood Gallery at USFCAM + online at cam.usf.edu
*Reservations will be required to visit USFCAM; masks and social distancing required on campus.
Check cam.usf.edu for reservation information and opening status.

Engaging with the global dialogues confronting colonialist and racist monuments, markers and memorials in public space, Marking Monuments presents a selection of artists’ installations and interventions that challenge, erase and transform dominant histories, offering reimagined representations for equity in public culture. Marking Monuments includes projects by Ariel René Jackson, Joiri Minaya, Karyn Olivier in collaboration with Trapeta B. Mayson, John Sims, and Monument Lab. Marking Monuments is curated by Sarah Howard, USF Curator of Public Art and Social Practice; and organized by the USF Contemporary Art Museum.

Marking Monuments is made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Stanton Storer Embrace the Arts Foundation, IRA Initiatives for Social Justice Fund, USFCAM Art for Community Engagement (ACE) Fund, the Lee and Victor Leavengood Endowment, and the Florida Department of State. The Monuments, Markers and Memory Symposium series is supported by Florida Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and USF ResearchOne, and made possible through a partnership with Florida Public Archaeology Network; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art; USF Department of Anthropology; USF Contemporary Art Museum; New College Public Archaeology Lab; State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.

Still Here
January 22-March 6, West Gallery at USFCAM + online at cam.usf.edu
Reservations will be required to visit USFCAM; masks and social distancing required on campus. Check cam.usf.edu for reservation information and opening status.
Still Here: The Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives in Context features rarely seen 1939 to 1988 era photographic imagery of the groundbreaking life and photographic practice of Griff Davis. A pioneer international photographer, journalist, U.S. Senior Foreign Service Officer, and photo-documentarian, Mr. Davis’ artistic and iconic photographs capture historical moments and figures, lifestyles, personalities and people across a spectrum of political, socio-economic and artistic sectors at the vortex of the Civil Rights Movement and the Independence Movement of Africa. His multi-media work will be fully displayed in context with thematically complementary contemporary artworks by artists Romare Bearden, Emory Douglas, Jacob A. Lawrence, Deana Lawson, Zanele Muholi, and Hank Willis Thomas.

Still Here is curated by Dorothy M. Davis, President of Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives; Christian Viveros-Fauné, CAM Curator at Large; and Noel Smith, CAM Deputy Director and Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Art; and organized by USFCAM.

Still Here is supported by a USF Understanding and Addressing Blackness and Anti-Black Racism in Our Local, National, and International Communities Research Grant; Susana and Yann Weymouth; Mort and Sara Richter; Major Sponsor The Stanton Storer Embrace the Arts Foundation; and the Florida Department of State.

Still Here Online Opening Celebration + Conversation
January 22, 6:00 pm | Virtual Event, on Zoom, Register Now
Join us for an opening celebration for Still Here: The Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives in Context with exhibition curators Dorothy M. Davis, President of Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives; Christian Viveros-Fauné, CAM Curator at Large; and Noel Smith, CAM Deputy Director and Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Art. Visit cam.usf.edu for details.

Marking Monuments Online Symposium
January 23, 11:00 am | Virtual Event, on Zoom, Register Now
As part of USFCAM’s exhibition Marking Monuments, contemporary artists and leading practitioners in the public art field will discuss their artistic practice and creative strategies to challenge, erase and transform the dominant histories and symbols to offer reimagined representations for equity in the public realm. Panelists: Ariel René Jackson, Karyn Olivier, Joiri Minaya, John Sims, and Patricia Enuji Kim of Monument Lab; Moderator: Sarah Howard, USF Curator of Public Art and Social Practice. 

This panel is the first in a four-part symposium series, Monuments, Markers and Memory, that focuses on the critical exploration of power, politics and activism around public monuments and memorials. The Monuments, Markers and Memory symposium series is made possible through a partnership between the Florida Public Archaeology Network; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art; USF Department of Anthropology; USF Contemporary Art Museum; New College Public Archaeology Lab; and State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, and is supported by Florida Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and USF ResearchOne. Visit cam.usf.edu for details.

Steinway Piano Series
January 24, 4:00 pm, on YouTube
Will feature Pascal Rogé, John O'Conor, and Rebecca Penneys performing works by Field, Chopin, Brahms, Scriabin, Satie, Fauré, Debussy, and Ravel

Robison and Guests
January 31, 3:00 pm, on YouTube
USF musicology professor John O. Robison and members of the Bay Baroque Ensemble (Patrick Baran, violin and Keri Grosso, harpsichord) present a varied program of early music from the late Renaissance through the Baroque era on historical instruments. The program includes solo lute pieces from England and Germany, plus three trio sonatas by masters of the German Baroque: Sonata for oboe, violin and continuo by Telemann, Sonata for violin, viola da gamba and continuo by Buxtehude, and a Sonata for recorder, violin, and continuo by Quantz.

"Ruined" Staged Reading
January 31 and February 1, 7:30 pm, link forthcoming
TheatreUSF student Tiana Callender directs a staged reading of "Ruined," by Lynn Nottage
Embrace the power of the spoken word as you listen to the stories of people navigating the joys and challenges of life. Be in on the selection process and "hear" the play you may "see" next year.

"Ruined" is a Pulitzer Prize–winning play by Lynn Nottage that takes place in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Sophie and Salima, women who have survived being raped by soldiers, are brought by Christian, a traveling salesman, to work at Mama Nadi's bar and brothel.

February 2021

Figures in Quarantine
February 2-11, Carolyn M. Wilson Gallery, M-Th 11:00 am-3:00 pm
*Only USF students, faculty, or staff permitted in the gallery during USF's Phase II. Make a reservation by calling (813) 974-2360.
Figures in Quarantine stands as a model for the sources and inspirations that students have
used to represent the human figure during forced social isolation. Through a range of two and
three-dimensional media, small and large-scale artworks, and executed by MFA and BFA
students at USF, this exhibition embodies the livelihood, emotions, and experiences artists have
while working and living amidst a pandemic era.

An Evening with Dorothy M. Davis; The Photography and Life of Griffith J. Davis
February 11, 6:30 pm, Virtual Event, Register Now
Presented by USFCAM, in partnership with the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library (THPL).

Dorothy M. Davis, President of Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives, will present an illustrated talk focusing on the impact of the photography and legacy of her father Griffith J. Davis (1923-1993), pioneering Black photojournalist, filmmaker, and US Senior Foreign Service Officer. Plus: live Q&A! The online session will be moderated by Dr. Antoinette Jackson, chair of the USF Anthropology Department. Visit cam.usf.edu for details.

Kennedy Family Visiting Artist Josephine Halvorson
February 11, 7:00 pm, Virtual Event, link forthcoming
Kennedy Family Visiting Artist Josephine Halvorson will speak about her artwork. Transcribing her perceptions in real time, Halvorson connects with the world around her through the medium of paint. Her work describes the appearance of a subject at-hand, while also expressing that which is invisible yet nonetheless felt: locale, time, history, and emotion. Halvorson’s artistic practice foregrounds attention and experience, taking the form of painting and also sculpture, printmaking and drawing.

USF Wind Ensemble Live Stream
February 12, 3:30 pm, on YouTube

Still Here Online Curators’ Tour
February 16, 3:00 pm, Virtual Event, on Zoom and Facebook Live, link forthcoming
USFCAM Curators Christian Viveros-Fauné and Noel Smith will give a guided tour of Still Here: The Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives in Context. Visit cam.usf.edu for details.

Kennedy Family Visiting Artist Kyunghee Pyun
February 18, 7:00 pm, Virtual Event, link forthcoming
Artist Kyunghee Pyun will give a virtual lecture about her work. Dr. Pyun is a specialist of Asian art, Asian American studies, and European medieval art. She has published on topics related to Asian American visual culture and the reception of Asian art in Europe and North America. 

USF Jazz Ensemble I
February 19, Time TBD, link forthcoming

USF Student-Choreographed Dance Concert
February 19 & 20, 7:30 pm, link forthcoming
Our amazing DanceUSF students REVEAL their own original choreographic work streamed directly to you in this virtual version of our student choreographed concert! From ballet to modern and everything in between this eclectic concert is not to me missed. Come support the talented students of DanceUSF in this annual performance.

Steinway Piano Series
February 21, 4:00 pm, on YouTube
The Steinway Piano Series is pleased to present our 2021 spring season through online streamed concerts. Each will feature four Steinway Series guests from past seasons. Artists will record performances at their homes that will be aired exclusively for our audiences at the 4:00pm Sunday concert time.

Marking Monuments Curator’s Tour
February 25, 6:00 pm, Virtual Event, on Zoom and Facebook Live, link forthcoming
Sarah Howard, USF Curator of Public Art and Social Practice, will lead an online tour of the exhibition Marking Monuments and discuss the power of monuments to construct history and reflect collective memories of the past, present and future. Visit cam.usf.edu for details.

Kennedy Family Artist in Residence James Hyde
February 25, 7:00 pm, Virtual Event, link forthcoming
Kennedy Family Artist in Residence James Hyde will give a virtual lecture about his work.

BRIT – Magnetic North
February 26-March 7, Time TBD
PIBLOKTO -Three interlocking stories of Arctic exploration -a unique performance experience created specifically for zoom. Written and directed by TheatreUSF returning British InternationalTheatre guest artist Helen Tennison (The Crucible, Orlando) this is an original show created with TheatreUSF students. EMBRACING the feeling of 2020 from across the pond in completely virtual environments!Three stories of the Arctic question our human ability to create a world of equality in harmony with the environment. In 1909, inspired by the true story of Matthew Henson, we follow a determined explorer as they overcome all the odds. It’s 1982 the oil industry is booming, it’s party time and there is money to be made in the Arctic. Enter wheelers, dealers and a pesky Greenpeace hippy. In 2021 a small group of scientists are forced to confront their different values whilst confined to their research station. As violent snow storms threaten our protagonists, the link between each story is REVEALED.

 

Ongoing Events

Absentee Authority and Ritual/Natural/Virtual 3
January 11-21, Carolyn M. Wilson Gallery, M-Th 11:00 am-3:00 pm
*Only USF students, faculty, or staff permitted in the gallery during USF's Phase II. Make a reservation by calling (813) 974-2360.
Absentee Authority references the point where "deconstructive analyses and identity politics" converge. The work of Laura Perez Insua, JD Hardy, Lisa McCarthy, Tatiana Mesa Pajan, and Carola Miles illuminates this paradox. Using line, color, light and metal to navigate the place where trauma can be present with an absent subject. Or where the subject returns to the scene of a vacant trauma.

Ritual/Natural/Virtual 3: Through repetitive mark-making, meditative construction, vivid, sensual imagery, and repurposed high tech equipment, Luke Myers, Molly Duff and Willow Wells continue to examine the intersection of the ancient and the ultramodern.