USU presenting Jose Torres-Tama performance arts event

The Caine School of the Arts at Utah State University plans a year-long series under the title “Crossing Boundaries.” The series opens with performance artist Jose Torres-Tama Monday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. in the Morgan Theatre of the Chase Fine Arts Center at USU (approximately 1110 E. 610 North, Logan) and is presented by the Department of Art and the Caine School of the Arts. Torres-Tama’s performance, “Cone of Uncertainty,” is free and open to the public. Torres-Tama uses fire and costuming to explore themes of self and both social and political identities. He has been featured on NPR’s Latino USA and has travelled extensively performing and giving academic lectures and workshops. Based in New Orleans, Torres-Tama uses his experience with hurricane Katrina to create a greater knowledge of the world at large. In addition to the performance, a selection of Torres-Tama’s work is on exhibit Aug. 31-Sept. 26 in the newly remodeled gallery, Studio 102, located in Fine Arts Visual Room 102 on the USU campus. The exhibition, “Contemporary Voices in Visual Narrative,” features additional artists and celebrates the beginning of the year-long Tanner Project. “‘Contemporary Voices in Visual Narrative,’ curated by assistant professor Eileen Doktorski, brings together seven artists who are innovative in the realm of narrative art,” said exhibition coordinator Scott Foster. “Their diverse works convey messages that are both timely and personal. Collectively, these works share themes of captivity and isolation. They invite viewers to consider the images and modes of presentation. Visitors who bring thought and imagination to the process of deciphering each work will be rewarded by the content revealed.” The 2009-2010 Tanner Project “Crossing Boundaries” is a year-long series of art exhibits, theater performances and national and international artists and scholars in presentations at USU. “Contemporary Voices in Visual Narrative” is a hosted by the Caine School of the Arts and is supported by the Tanner Foundation, the Utah Arts Council and the Utah Humanities Council. Artists with work in the exhibition include Donna Anderson Kam, drawing, San Francisco, Calif.; John Feodorov, sculptural installation and painting, Seattle, Wash.; Joan Fitzsimmons, photography/collage, Hamden, Conn.; Jacek Malinowski, video, Warsaw, Poland; Wendy Red Star, photography, Portland, Ore.; Shawn Richards, painting, Raleigh, N.C.; and Jose Torres-Tama, performance, New Orleans, La.

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