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Exhibit donated by agriculture scientist to Linfield

Linfield will soon be opening its latest exhibit, “Of Earth, Of Fire,” a pre-Columbian ceramic exhibit from Elvin A. Duerst, an agricultural scientist, who donated his work to Linfield College in 2007.

“The collection was donated after Duerst passed away by his family, and what is on display is about [two-thirds] of it,” Keni Sturgeon, adjunct professor of anthropology and sociology said. “We created the exhibit that is on display using and focusing on his collection of objects.”

The exhibit will feature indigenous visual art of the Caribbean, North, South and Central America from the 16th Century. The ceramics from this era have helped anthropologists read the culture of such native cultures, including philosophies, aesthetics, religions, world views and cosmologies.

Three students from the anthropology department in 2009 conducted some of the research on the artifacts for a class final, which are now currently being displayed in the exhibit.

In 1937, Elvin A. Duerst graduated from Oregon State College, now known as Oregon State University, with a degree in agriculture economics.

After college, he worked for Montana Extension Service as a county agent in 1940. He later pursued a career as an international agricultural economist for the United Nations.

He passed away in the McMinnville community in 2003.

Many pieces of Duerst’s work and research related to his investigations can be found in the archives at the Oregon State University Library at Oregon State University, including publications, research data, reports, photographs, scrapbooks, maps and administrative flow charts.

The is also information regarding his include biographical information, records of his years as a student at Oregon State College and when he received his master’s at University of Illonios.

The archives also hold Duerst’s personal artifacts, correspondence and materials from his art collection.

There are about 400 photographs, 14 volumes, in the archives of Duerst’s investigative work to China, Latin America Duerst did a lot of investigations on the agricultural development of many countries, including Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, El Salvador and other countries in Central America.

For more information about Duerst and the archives at Oregon State University contact Oregon State University Libraries Archives at archives@oregonstate.edu.

The exhibit will open on Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the Linfield College Anthropology Museum in Walker Hall.

On the same day, a reception will be held at noon for the opening of the exhibit.

The exhibit will be open to the public, hours of the museum is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

And for more infotainment regarding “Of Earth, Of Fire” exhibit at Linfield contact Sturgeon at ksturge@linfield.edu.

Mariah Gonzales / Culture editor

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The work of Elvin A. Duerst, an agriculture scientist for the United Nations, will be displayed in the “Of Earth, Of Fire” exhibit opening Oct. 22 in the Anthropology Museum in Walker Hall.

Photo courtesy of oregonstate.edu

Exhibition displays array of student work

Every type of art from paintings, to sculptures to video was presented in Linfield’s Gallery on Dec. 3 for Linfield’s 2011 Annual Juried Exhibition.

The event displayed students’ works and included three guest jurors: Liz Obert, associate professor of art; Avantika Bawa, an assistant professor at Washington State in Vancouver; and Susan Agre-Kippenhan, dean of faculty and vice president for Academic Affairs.

It was up to the three jurors to deliberate and decide which art pieces would be selected and placed into the gallery. Pieces that were not chosen were placed in the 2011 Annual Salon des Refuses in the Linfield Studio Gallery.

Many factors go into choosing pieces to place in the gallery.

“I look at what appeals to me, how well it’s put together and the content of what I think it’s about,” Obert said. “There’s a lot of subjectivity with three jurors.”

The judges had many different pieces to choose from, making it difficult to pick which pieces would be selected and which would not, as well as which pieces deserved first, second or third place and honorable mentions.

First through third place were awarded cash prizes and trophies, and honorable mentions received blue ribbons.

“The show as a whole was a great group of artwork,” Cristopher Moss, gallery director and curator, said. The event contained “every spectrum of the art,” which gave the gallery a more diverse look throughout the event.

“[The event] brings community together,” Moss said, which was shown by the broad spectrum of students which entered their artwork.

The honorable mention went to artist Amy Hardy, a senior enrolled in Linfield’s nursing program at the Portland campus. Hardy emailed Moss explaining she wished to enter the contest, however, was unable to drive down and enter her work. Moss drove to Portland and picked up her paintings for her, explaining that it was a “great opportunity” to be involved in.

Out of the 22 selected artists, first place winner was junior Ziyun Liang, who won $175, second place winner was senior Emily Anderson, who won $75, and third place winner was freshman Hoi Ling Cheng, who won $35.

Honorable mentions were awarded to senior Amy Hardy and sophomore Julie Sadino, while the gallery choice that Moss was able to choose went to senior Alison Pate.

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‘CowParade’ links cultural and economic history

Students and professors gathered for a presentation about the worldwide art exhibit, CowParade, on Oct. 16 in TJ Day Hall.

CowParade is an art exhibit that consists of a group of life-size fiberglass cow statues.

Corporations sponsor local artists to paint these statues.  The finished statues range from cow-shaped advertising space to symbolic representations of pastoral history or references to local legends.

CowParade began in Zurich, Switzerland, to promote business in 1998 and quickly spread to Chicago in 1999 and New York City in 2000.

CowParade events have been hosted in more than 50 cities worldwide.

Dr. Sarah Wagner-McCoy, an assistant professor at Reed College, linked CowParade to Irish national pride, the Great Chicago Fire and Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle,” and explores connections between these seemingly bland, inoffensive cow statues to the deeper cultural meanings that sit behind the public’s opinion of the statues.

The vandalism of the statues in Dublin was one of the topics that Wagner-McCoy focused on.

“The vandalism was surprising,” Wagner-McCoy said. “In other cities, the public loved the cows so much that they would defend them if anyone tried to vandalize them, but in Dublin, the cows were smashed, stolen, beheaded and covered in graffiti, even after the exhibit was officially over and the cows were moved to less public places.”

Wagner-McCoy’s explanation of this phenomenon went back to the British colonization of Ireland and the destruction of statues that Irish rebels saw as symbols of British rule.

She contrasted the vandalism in Dublin with the popularity of cows in Chicago, where the legend of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow is celebrated in songs, reenactments and even a movie.

Wagner-McCoy said that her interest in CowParade first came from working with children in New York.

“It was the summer that CowParade came to New York City, and the kids just loved them,” Wagner-McCoy said. “We took field trips to see them and had activities based around them. There was one activity where the kids made their own little cows out of paper.”

The second time she encountered CowParade, Wagner-McCoy said she was in Dublin when the exhibit returned to the city.

“The teenagers got to paint one of the cows as a group, but they just were not interested,” Wagner-McCoy said. “It was basically a ‘No’ cow. They had these stickers with the red circles with diagonal slashes through them, saying no to drugs, marijuana, guns, all these things that they thought the kids would do, and the kids were supposed to paste these stickers onto this cow statue. It was incredibly insulting.”

The weird contrast between the children’s reactions to the cows in New York City and in Dublin intrigued Wagner-McCoy, she said.

“Pastoral images are everywhere,” Wagner-McCoy said. “It seems like a shallow hype, but it’s also very complex.”

The event was sponsored by the English Department.

Sharon Gollery/Culture editor
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Student portrays modern, traditional Irish music in exhibit

Patti Bonofiglio, secretary/receptionist for Academic   Advising & Learning Support Services, views a traditional Irish drum in the exhibit on Oct. 19 in Walker Hall.  Sarah Hansen/Photo editor

Patti Bonofiglio, secretary/receptionist for Academic Advising & Learning Support Services, views a traditional Irish drum in the exhibit on Oct. 19 in Walker Hall. Sarah Hansen/Photo editor

Senior Barrett Dahl presented an Irish music anthropology exhibit in Walker Hall on Oct. 19.
The exhibit, titled “An Ceoil na Éireann: The Generation Dichotomy of Music in Galway Ireland,” presents the culture of Irish music.
“Music is an expression of culture, and it is really rooted in [Irish] culture,” Dahl said.
The exhibit is her idea for her senior thesis.
Dahl studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, which, Dahl said, has a popular young adult scene in music. During her study in Ireland, Dahl visited different musical areas and studied the culture of music.
The exhibit features photos of various singers, both of traditional Irish music and of hybridized music, which is music that fuses both traditional and current styles.
One artifact in the exhibit is a traditional Irish drum.
The exhibit also includes a video featuring a concert in Ireland and pictures of various other concerts and their audiences.
The exhibit portrays the difference in Irish music from the traditional sense and what is considered more modern. It also demonstrates how people from different generations perceive music and its heritage.
“It’s not the typical exhibit you see at the museum,” Dahl said. “It’s a contemporary issue that people should be more aware of and take a look at what we are changing.”
The exhibit introduces onlookers to the culture of Ireland by playing traditional and current Irish music in the background, alternating between the two styles throughout the tour.
“I wanted to better understand the sentiments of the different generations over the hybridization of traditional Irish music …with infusion of modern rock, pop, jazz and other genres,” a panel on Dahl’s exhibit read.
Dahl’s exhibit leads onlookers through her experience in Ireland to the older generation’s view of music to the younger generation.
“I thought it was really interesting,” junior Bouquet Harger said. “I liked the video and the music playing throughout.”
The exhibit presented a great deal of culture.
“I thought it was interesting and informative — the traditional and popularized,” senior Craig Geffre said.
As the last panel put it, “The history of Ireland is largely told through the singing of stories, and if the songs are forgotten, so are the stories.”
Dahl’s exhibit is located in the Anthropology Museum in Walker Hall and will be open until the end of the semester.
The exhibit is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information about the exhibit, contact Dahl at bdahl@linfield.edu or Keni Sturgeon, adjunct professor of anthropology at kenis@missionmill.org.

Tim Marl/Staff reporter
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