Don’t let April fool you, it’s packed with artistic activity, from stunning art exhibitions, film screenings and festivals to music performances and lectures.
Be sure to check out the rich variety of films screened at this year’s DisOrient Film Festival, plan an evening at the theater to see the moving drama “God Said This,” or explore the full schedule of free in-person and virtual events at Musicking. of this year’s Conference.
Or celebrate Earth Day on April 22 at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s Earth Day Celebration Weekend; head to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and check out the “On Earth: A Fragile Existence” exhibit, or join your peers and make a positive change for the environment on April 23 for Earth Service Day.
Beginning April 6 and running through May 25, OU Libraries will open a new National Archives exhibit, “Half the People: Advancing Equality for Women.” Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, the exhibit tells, through remarkable stories and powerful imagery, the stories of the brave women who pioneered women’s suffrage.
“On Earth: A Fragile Existence,” an exhibit at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, is a permanent collection that reflects on humanity’s role within our shared global ecology. The variety of works on display raise questions such as what is humanity’s responsibility to our environment, how human and animal interactions shape the ecology we share, and what humans can do to change course.
Bridging education and institutional reform, Sara Siestreem’s “Pearly Gates” focuses on land, ancestry, resources and human relationships through painting installations, videos and woven baskets, exhibited at the art museum until October.
The Visual Arts team presents ‘Im-Pressed’, an exhibition of recent work by over 20 printmaking students, featuring intaglio, screen printing, relief and letterpress processes. A reception will be held April 28 at the Erb Memorial Union’s Adell McMillan Gallery. The exhibition lasts until May 20.
In EMU’s Aperture Gallery, “I Am More Than You See,” an exhibit curated by OU students Malik Lovette and Kayle Lockwood, documents OU students’ experiences with stereotyping.
UO Libraries features “History of Biology,” which traces the study of the living world from ancient to modern times through rare books and ancient manuscripts in UO Special Collections and university archives. This fascinating collection covers the Greeks and Romans, the Arab domination of biology, medieval and Renaissance Europe, the advances of the modern era, the development of the microscope, the discovery of blood circulation, the discovery of cells in plants, the use of structure to classify organisms and the development of taxonomic principles.
Learn something new about the religions and literary traditions of non-Western cultures. “Languages of the East: The Collection of Non-Western Manuscripts” in the Special Collections and University Archives features a selection of manuscripts, texts, and artifacts categorized by language, including Arabic, Persian, Cuneiform , Japanese, Burmese, Chinese, Ethiopian (Ge ‘ez), Russian and Farsi.
“God Said This,” a moving family drama about an American-Japanese family, opens at the Hope Theater on April 15 and runs through April 30. When the family matriarch is diagnosed with a rare cancer, her estranged family members return to their Kentucky hometown to face old demons, shattered dreams, and each other.
Oregon’s highly anticipated annual Asian American film festival DisOrient: “Emergence” returns April 1-10. This highly acclaimed festival presents films that elevate the voices, stories and histories of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in a curated program that includes a diverse selection of feature and short films, Q&A sessions, special events and screenings. Be sure to check the program schedule for dates and times.
On the program on April 11, a screening of “Ni una menos: violence against women and justice in Guatemala”, a documentary directed by Gabriela Martínez, director of the UO department and professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies.
Ducks After Dark will serve up fun and popcorn in the EMU Redwood Auditorium throughout the month, beginning with “Hidden Figures” on April 7, followed by “Westside Story” on April 14; “Scream” on April 21; and “Little Women” on April 28. Students enter for free with a valid UO ID.
Join Emmy-winning producer Gina Matthews for “The Art of the Pitch,” a virtual seminar April 22 on creating an entertaining pitch designed to keep audience members on the edge of their seats. Matthews’ film credits include “What Women Want”, “13 Going on 30”, and “Isn’t it Romantic”.
The Department of Film Studies will welcome music video director, choreographer, performance artist, and filmmaker Diane Martel as Harlan J. Strauss 2022 Guest Filmmaker. Screenings and a discussion with the director are taking place April 27.
Join researcher, writer and artist Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg Leanne Betasamosake Simpson on April 5 for an Imagining Futures virtual talk. Simpson writes about contemporary Indigenous issues and realities in a variety of genres and is known for championing Indigenous ontologies.
The Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents Yuji Hiratsuka: “The Art of Process and Aesthetics of Color Printmaking” on April 7 at Lawrence Hall. Applying a blend of Eastern and Western influences, Hiratsuka captures irony, paradox and satire in people’s daily lives through his intaglio work, which resembles traditional decorative Japanese Ukiyo-e prints with bright colors with stylized and distorted figures.
On April 14, Shawna X, a visual artist known for her dynamic image-making, will present “Processing,” an invited artist talk on the synchronicity between visceral and emotional explorations through traditional expressions and artificial intelligence. Vancouver-based artist Liz Magor will discuss her recent studio work on entertaining contradiction and being “not topical” but relevant on April 28 in her George and Matilda Fowler talk, “I I wasted my life”.
Jodi Magness, Kenan Professor Emeritus for Excellence in the Teaching of Ancient Judaism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will lecture on “More Than Just Mosaics: The Ancient Synagogue of Huqoq in the Galilee of Israel” as part of the Spring 2022 Ancient Jewish Art and Architecture Lecture Series.
Join chemist Lindsay Hinkle live on Zoom and Facebook on April 7 for “Poison Elixirs—When a Solution Isn’t the Solution,” during the Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s monthly Ideas on Tap publicity talk. Learn about the sulfanilamide elixir tragedy that killed more than 100 people and led to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938 to increase FDA authority over drug regulation.
Eriko Daimo and Pius Cheung’s percussion ensemble performs “Heaven and Earth” April 2 at Beall Concert Hall.
Don’t miss the Chamber Music at Beall season finale concert on April 3, featuring ATOS Trio, one of Berlin’s leading piano chamber music ensembles, as they perform works such as the Piano Trio n No. 1 by Beethoven. Op. 1, No. 1, and Piano Trio No. 7, Op. 97, “Archduke”, and Ernst Krenek’s Trio Fantasie, op. 63.
Secondary piano and piano pedagogy teacher Grace Ho will perform Beethoven, featuring Op. 31 piano sonatas, as part of the Faculty Artist Series on April 16.
The Musicking Conference returns April 19-24 with a full schedule of free in-person and virtual events open to the community. Immerse yourself in a variety of panels, master classes, lectures and concerts.
Grammy-nominated Imani Winds returns to Eugene April 29 at Beall Hall in a premiere of “We Cannot Walk Alone,” a groundbreaking work that explores the lived experiences of various Pacific Northwest composers.
Come celebrate the diversity of voices in music and dance at the School of Music and Dance’s “Kaleidoscope” concert-event on April 1
Can’t make it to an event in person? Google Arts & Culture is a great starting point for finding exhibits, collections, audio, video, images and more.
Explore the UO Channel for a variety of live-streamed events, videos from the Art Department’s Guest Artist Lecture Series, guest speakers and more.
—By Sharleen Nelson, University Communications