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Exploring Afghanistan through another lens

November 30, 2022 - 5:08am
It has been a long and unforgettable journey from Afghanistan to Arizona for Sabira Madady and dozens of other young women now furthering their education and finding community at Arizona State University. Madady is one of 64 students who found educational refuge at ASU in December 2021 after fleeing repressive rule reprised in their home country just months earlier. Many times since arriving at ASU, she and others have recounted their harrowing experience leaving the country and community that shaped them before the Taliban takeover. And it is an important story to retell, not the least of which because it raises awareness for the plight of women living in Afghanistan and facing restrictions unimaginable for many in the Western world in terms of dress, conduct and education . RELATED: 61 young Afghan women arrive to begin new life as Sun Devils Yet, Madady also holds space to share fond and...
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Past meets future: Humanities students engage with WWI history through virtual reality

November 14, 2022 - 7:06pm
“Welcome to the front line of the war.” Looking around, students in Victoria Thompson’s HST 130 course, The Historian’s Craft, found themselves in No Man’s Land: the treacherous, muddy tract besieged by shelling that separated the Allied and German trenches during World War I. “Put yourselves in the mindset of a soldier who has just arrived. Think about your motivation for joining up. What do you think about what you see around you?” To help students prepare for an essay assignment based on letters by WWI German soldiers, Thompson arranged to immerse her class in the soldiers’ world. Through the use of Oculus Quest virtual reality (VR) headsets and hand-held controllers, the students had the unique opportunity to engage with WWI history in a simulated environment. Thompson’s course was the first application of VR technology in a humanities course at Arizona State University and an inaugural in-class test of Huddle,...
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'The Gifts of Daso' exhibit reveals African American history, art, culture

November 9, 2022 - 7:34pm
A new art exhibit opening as a special engagement at Arizona State University depicts the richness of culture in the 20th century American South through the eyes of acclaimed folk artist John Daso. “The Gifts of Daso: Let Me Tell You the Story” will be presented Sunday, Nov. 14 as a special engagement in the Harry Wood Gallery at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. The show will feature an opportunity to engage with the artist and join him for a lively gallery talk highlighting his work and career in the arts. “The School of Art is thrilled to exhibit Mr. Daso’s paintings and thankful for his willingness to engage with our students,” said Forrest Solis, associate professor and director of the School of Art at ASU. “Mr. Daso’s paintings are an important contribution to our cultural narrative and we are grateful for the opportunity to learn about his process and...
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ASU in Los Angeles: Curating art to inspire joy

September 22, 2022 - 6:57pm
Editor's note: This story originally appeared in the fall 2022 issue of ASU Thrive magazine. Nearly 15 years ago, Dhyandra Lawson got her start at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Then newly graduated from Occidental College in LA, where she studied art history and visual art, Lawson was in need of a job and eager to get a foot in the door at the museum. So she worked in the museum box office. She took her temporary role seriously, treating every day as something of an interview and an opportunity to make connections with art professionals. Eventually, a full-time position opened on the museum’s development team, where she worked for four years. Lawson was up for a promotion in fundraising when she made the leap to the photography department’s curatorial team in 2012. The transition was a rare opportunity. “At that time, it was hard because they weren’t...
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Heard Museum joins ASU-LACMA fellowship program to address Indigenous representation in the field

September 7, 2022 - 4:07am
The ASU-LACMA Master’s Fellowship in Art History was founded four years ago as a partnership between Arizona State University and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) . The goal of the program? To culturally diversify the leadership of art museums in the United States by supporting the professional growth of staff of color already employed at museums. Last year, the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) came on board; this semester, the Heard Museum has signed on as a new partner. The Heard Museum's first fellow, Roshii Montaño, joins the cohort of individuals already in the three-year degree program, along with three new fellows from LACMA. “To remain a relevant and vital public resource, museums must do better at representing the diverse communities they serve,” said David Roche, Heard Museum CEO. “Not only through exhibitions and programs, but also by the staff who are making creative and financial decisions...
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Exhibit uses art to communicate scientific research to community

August 17, 2022 - 3:00am
Dyadic communication. Synaptogenesis. Repetitive behavior modification. All very important lines of scientific inquiry that are all being studied in the heart of downtown Phoenix on the 30-acre medical education and research campus known as the Phoenix Bioscience Core (PBC), where innovative minds are engaged in an endeavor to enhance the health of the surrounding community. But to the average Phoenix resident, such concepts can seem vague at best and completely foreign at worst, when in reality they each refer to research having to do with cancer, traumatic brain injury and dementia — concepts that are not only easy to grasp but that have likely touched many of their lives. In the Artist + Researcher Exhibition , the first project to come out of the recently formed PBC Arts Committee , nine pairs of local artists and researchers from all three of the state’s public universities collaborated on visual art pieces...
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8 ASU undergrads headed to DC for Smithsonian's Latino Museum Studies Program

July 10, 2022 - 6:36pm
Thanks to a new partnership between Arizona State University and the Smithsonian’s Latino Museum Studies Program , museum studies major Ruby Maderafont will spend the first 10 weeks of their junior year in Washington, D.C., helping to develop digital experiences for all for the National Museum of the American Latino. Maderafont, a student in Barrett, The Honors College who plans to work as a curator after college, said that most of what they’ve learned so far about museum operations and how Latino representation is addressed in museum spaces is “from an outside view, as a visitor and as a student reading scholarly articles in my coursework.” The opportunity to gain hands-on, intensive experience with the museum studies program will “propel my career in the museum field and simply be a dream come true,” they said. Maderafont is one of eight Herberger Institute undergrads who will spend 10 weeks in Washington,...
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Mark Klett: Artist shows new views from the top of Tempe

June 22, 2022 - 4:42am
Editor’s note: This story first appeared in ASU Thrive’s special photography issue, celebrating a day in the life of inspiring people across the ASU community. Hohokam people have cherished the high point now known as Hayden Butte for generations. Also known as “A” Mountain, the vantage point has been a recurring spot for artist Mark Klett, a Regents Professor at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and a Distinguished Global Futures Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory. Sourcing a historical image as a reference point, he has made new photos to capture the view in progressive works. Klett is a founder of the Rephotographic Survey Project, and has worked on a several other rephotography projects in the past three decades, including the Third View, Yosemite in Time, After the Ruins (San Francisco) and Reconstructing the View (Grand Canyon). Before turning to photography he worked as...
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Samuel Peña, Zach Montana, Cameron Jeong, Milena Santiago: Space to create

June 21, 2022 - 6:53pm
Editor’s note: This story first appeared in ASU Thrive’s special photography issue, celebrating a day in the life of inspiring people across the ASU community. Fusion on First is a 16-story, 283,000-square-foot tech-driven project that immerses Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts students in the heart of the arts district along the light rail. Designed by the internationally recognized architecture firm, Studio Ma, the building includes sustainability features, and houses studios, classrooms, offices, and exhibition and event space all under the same roof to create a complete focus for creativity. Learn about some of the talented students who chose to study, practice and live in Fusion on First during this snapshot of a typical day in their lives. Video of TikToker Posts Dad’s 43 Year Old Song, It Goes Viral, They Appear on Kimmel! In the photo above, Zach Montana, a junior during the spring semester majoring in popular...
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ASU alumna creates resource to find Black-owned galleries

June 16, 2022 - 9:40pm
While working in Washington, D.C., April Hobby was surrounded by impressive museum art galleries like the Smithsonian and National Gallery of Art. She wanted to see what else was out there — especially Black-owned art galleries — but wasn’t sure where to start. Now, she’s helping others find these galleries. Originally from Southern California, Hobby joined Arizona State University as a student in the Herberger Institute’s School of Art. While at ASU, she had experience in art galleries on campus and saw plenty of behind-the-scenes setups of exhibitions. She graduated with an art history degree in 2014 and later went on to pursue a Master of Education in higher and postsecondary education from ASU in 2016, but maintained her interest in the arts when she moved to Maryland after graduation. In February 2021, she founded The Black Curation , a website that focuses on highlighting Black-owned art galleries and art...
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