Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Friday, December 7, 2012 - 6:00pm to Saturday, December 22, 2012 - 5:00pm

    Vesperae: A Caffeinated Installation
    Cafe du Monde coffee tins, alloy aluminum fittings and hardware,
    Kodak Kodachrome images, digital projector, DVD 
    Inspired by Café du Monde chicory coffee and coffee house, this installation draws upon coffee as object of connectivity and serves as a sensual reminder of its communal andritualistic roles. Repurposed coffee tins areconfigured to resemble a honeycomb. Digitized slide images projected through bottomless cans make cell-like compositions on the plastic lids reminiscent of stained glass. Amateur images convey a time, place and people — universal themes of comfort, ritual and home. The Latin title refers to Roman Catholic vespers or evensong. 
    A lifetime of chicory coffee consumption, a career in advertising, and a fascination with containers led to the creation of Vesperae. Inspired by Café du Monde chicory coffee andcoffee house, this installation draws upon coffee as object of connectivity and serves as a sensual reminder of its communal and ritualistic roles. Afternoon coffee is a New Orleans tradition and a link to my Sicilian and Acadian ancestors who settled in Orleans and Ascension parishes. [Pictured: My grandmother and great aunt on a porch swing on rue Ponce de Leon.] For me, the aroma, color and flavor of a creamy cup of coffee is a caffeinated comfort whether away from home, or in a familiar spot. As sociologist JurgenHabermas suggested, 18th century coffeehouses of Europe sparked dialogue and the exchange of views. That same level of engagement is possible in cafés and on porches today. Notably, Cafe du Monde was the first business to reopen after hurricane Katrina. 
    BIO ON ARTIST: Cristina Speligene explores southern iconography and postmodern themes in her visual art and music. The New Orleans native moved to Tulsa in 2011 after two decades in Greenwich Village, New York. Cristina holds an MFA in Design Technology and a BFAin Communication Graphics and has held art director positions in the advertising, publishing and music industries. She is Founder and Principal of Fearless Design, Inc.and teaches at Tulsa University in the Communications and Art departments. 
    Vesperae: Exhibition History 
    • Aronson Gallery NYC 2010
    • Tenri Cultural Institute NYC 2010 
    Note: This exhibition featured original New Orleans funeral-inspired music composed 
    and performed by accordionist Dr. William Schimmel during the Accordion Seminars. 
  • Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm

    IDENTIFY YOURSELF – curated by Mia Wright  

    Description: Who are you? What makes you YOU? The only thing closer and more vital to human beings than our heartbeat is our identity. Identify Yourself is an interactive journey through the vast terrain of individual and collective selfhood. On December 8th, 2012, Tulsa's finest poets and performing artists will breathe life-fire on the Living Arts state through their original works, exploring the complex theme of identity. Gender, race, physical appearance, name, spiritual belief/practice, familial ties, sexual orientation, and occupation are among the identity manifestations covered. Audience members will be challenged to consider, to articulate, to celebrate, to more fully embrace their own answers to the timeless question: "Who are you?" 



    ACT I – Declaration & Exploration
    LC Harding
    ]enny Sullivan
    David Reece
    Phil Boswell
    Tony B
    Hip-Hop is My Religion (Nick Tesl@ and Lou Hess)
    Deborah Hunter
    Ronnie K. Stephens
    Claire Collins

    ACT II Revision & Peace
    Chris Mantle
    Anissia West
    Chris Alexander
    Nate Parker 
    Rico Monroe
    Toneille Bent
    Bill Z
    Tony H
    Written Quincey 

    About the curator: Mia Wright is a Tulsa native. Her poems have appeared in This Land, Word Riot, Watershed and countless restaurant napkins. She is a mother, an educator, a coffee snob and the author of two self-published chapbooks - Black Pussy and The Prayers of Calcitrant. 

    Cost: $5 for members, $7 for non-members

    Click here for more information.