Pop culture, entertainment & all things Fresno

Art exhibition: ‘Turning Pages’ opens at Fresno State


A new exhibition, “Turning Pages:  Intersections of Books & Technology,” opened today at the Henry Madden Library at Fresno State. It provides a glimpse into some of the ways in which technology has radicalized books and bookmaking:

Technologies new, old, and reinterpreted have altered the paradigm of the book since its inception. From creation and content to format itself, the collective notion of the book, a benign object, is continually changing … With examples from both special collections, as well as book art from five world-renowned artists, you are invited to explore the convergence of books and technology—from advances in printing to the digital arena to new and exciting forms of art.

Exhibition artists include Thomas Allen, Su Blackwell, Brian Dettmer, Pamela Paulsrud and Mike Stilkey. An opening reception will be held 6 p.m. Friday and transition into a 7 p.m. presentation by Stilkey, a Los Angeles-based book artist.

The exhibition, which continues through May 30 in the Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery, is sponsored by the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature and the Special Collections Research Center in the Madden Library. The special collections division has teamed up with Fresno State’s  Center for Creativity and the Arts to collaborate on the year’s chosen theme of Data and Technology.

Tonight: environmental artist at museum

Fresno State’s Center for Creativity and the Arts has brought in well-known environmental artist Patrick Dougherty for a short-term residency. He’s in the process of constructing an installation outdoors near the Conley Art Building on campus. The Fresno Art Museum is involved as well, with photographs of the artist’s international work currently on exhibition.

Dougherty will speak in the museum’s Bonner Auditorium 6 p.m. tonight for a discussion about his life and work.

From the museum:

Dougherty’s sculptures are immense constructions that require an orchestrated team of volunteers and professionals to complete. Visitors are encouraged and welcome to observe Dougherty at work on the Fresno State installation during construction between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. until completion of the project on Nov. 28.

You can view some of his completed constructions at Dougherty’s website. Pictured above: the artist’s “Close Ties,” a 2006 installation in Dingwall, Scotland.

Donald’s weekend picks

1. DRUM NIRVANA:  The Los Angeles-based TAIKOPROJECT is a big deal in the world of Japanese drumming groups. The ensemble has performed at the Academy Awards, the Grammys and the TV show “The Voice.” I was impressed when it performed at Fresno’s Shaghoian Hall in 2010. Now the group is back Saturday as the  highlight of the 25th anniversary concert of Fresno Gumyo Taiko in Fresno High School’s Royce Hall. This will be a great chance to sample TAIKOPROJECT’s theatrical approach that includes storytelling, music, hip-hop choreography, multi-media and dance. [Details]

Read more

Thursday: Guadalupe Rivera Marin at Fresno State


Consider her the child of artistic royalty. Guadalupe Rivera Marin, the daughter of the great Mexican artist Diego Rivera, visits Fresno State for a free public event 7 p.m. Thursday. She will discuss growing up in Mexico with her father, whom she describes as a larger-than-life figure who created unforgettable images of working people, industrial machines and life in Mexico. From Fresno State’s press office:

Rivera Marín will share her children’s book “My Papá Diego and Me: Memories of My Father and His Art.” The bilingual presentation will be illustrated with rare family portraits and 14 reproductions of her father’s artistry that hold a special place in her memory, while offering readers snapshots of her childhood.

The free public event is scheduled at the Satellite Student Union. A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of Rivera Marín’s books will be available for purchase.

The event is part of Fresno State’s Center for Creativity and the Arts‘ year-long series examining Immigration, migration and labor from various artistic perspectives.