Loyola University Chicago is proud to present is proud to present Trifecta, which will open February 25. This gallery features original artwork by new faculty members and accomplished artists, Noritaka Minami, Betsy Odom, and Rafael E. Vera. These three artists have given the Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) and inside look at their work, what inspires them, and what to expect in the upcoming gallery. Click the names below to access their full interviews!
Noritaka Minami is a Chicago-based artist who works as an Assistant Professor of Photography at Loyola. After graduating from the University of California, Berkley and earning a degree in Art Practice and Asian American Studies, he began working and teaching photography across the U.S, including Harvard University, Wellesley College, UC Berkley, and UC Irvine.
Betsy Odom works with materials to create art which reflect her personal experiences or society’s hidden agendas. Her talents lie in creating serious pieces while integrating humor through various forms of media, including leather tooling, woodworking, airbrushing, ceramics, and metalworking.
Rafael E. Vera is an accomplished artist with a degree from the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was also a recipient of the Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship Award. Much of his work incorporates two and three-dimensional elements and emphasizes the importance of the idea that absence of material can create a piece of art that makes one question the transitionary phase.
With the month of February comes many empowering movements focused on loving yourself. No, I don’t mean “Love Yourself” the popular Bieber song. I mean you! Love yourself!
No matter your skin color, gender, race, etc., people always find flaws in themselves, and oftentimes knock themselves down for it. Because someone does not fit into society’s “perfect” person, eating disorders develop, darker skinned people choose to bleach their skin, and people who identify as gay hide their sexuality just to fit in. But the truth is, nobody fits into society’s “perfect” mold.
And with the concept of loving yourself comes two wonderful plays this month. The first being This is My Body presented here at Loyola today and tomorrow (currently sold out), the second being the documentary play Body/Courage.
Body/Courage tells stories of women across the world and “explores what it means to grow up in an unpopular body, how disability impacts self-image, and how the mirror does not reflect our inner truth”. Danielle Pinnock started out on the project focusing on body image and personal attractiveness, but it has transformed into a compilation of stories about the issues one faces in figuring out how to love themselves.
Body/Courage performances are at the Rivendell Theatre, running now through February 28. To view performance dates and times, packages, and to purchase tickets, follow the link here! To learn more about Body/Courage and Danielle Pinnock, you can also view the blog for the play.
The key to some stories is in the title. Such is the case for Mark Twain’s novel, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today. The subtitle of the story Mark Twain penned in 1873 remains an apt description today: it not only depicts a period in American history known for greed and corruption, but certain elements bear a striking resemblance to modern America as well.
Paul Edwards’ stage adaptation, renamed The Gilded Age: A Story of Today, is making its world premiere at Chicago’s City Lit Theater. The play follows the story of Laura Hawkins, a Tennessee beauty turned high-society lobbyist who will do whatever it takes to make her adopted family rich through a congressional land deal. Although some elements of the play, such as a steamboat race, are distinct markings of Twain’s time, others, such as Laura’s scandalous life and the questionable dealings among the lawmakers that surround her, call to mind our own. A satirical tour of Twain’s America with disquieting undertones, The Gilded Age is a timeless reflection on the unfavorable parts of how society, past and present, operates.
The Gilded Age will run Fridays and Saturdays through February 21. Tickets are $29, and can be purchased here.