The End of an Era

Were you on campus for the first and only ArtsFest in 2006 when the Chinese landscape paintings by Zang Hongtu were hung in the center of the Packer Memorial Chapel?
Photo by Theo Anderson

Photo by Theo Anderson

 How about the outdoor performance of Koji Kakinuma in 2007?

What about the 2009 partnership with the South Side Initiative and the Bethlehem Biopsy project with Britain’s Christian Nold? Were you lucky enough to have worked on any outsider art projects with Mr. Imagination? What about seeing some [ahem] interesting art exhibits in the galleries? Been to any odd ceremonies? Do you know of any alum who took the Raw Vision or any of the iterations of “Ecce Elvis: Elvis Studies as a Postmodernist Paradigm for the Academic Study of Religions” courses?
Students today may have come across the Secret Art Enclave if they’ve wandered in the woods of South Mountain.

They might have also seen or helped build the Chinese Bridge (above), or the Chinese Pavilion on the Greenway. Over the years, dozens of guest artists, lecturers and artists in residence have engaged students and the community through the visionary leadership of one faculty member.

It’s the end of an era. Yes, that’s a sentence that should be read with as much dramatic flair as possible. For many readers, too much institutional time has passed between some of the more infamous events born from the vision of one professor. For others readers, perhaps not enough.

The founder of the program which eventually became the idea generator for this weekly newsletter is “fading into the mist.” Dr. Norman Girardot’s no-cheese-tray retirement event will take place tomorrow, December 5 from 3:30-6:30 PM, in Zoellner Arts Center, Lower Gallery. There will be testimony from members of the Religion Studies Department and other partners in crime. Find out some of the legendary stories of one infamous faculty member.
(Pictured: Silagh White and Norman Girardot as they were…. back in the day)