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.
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]
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 MarÃn will share her children’s book “My PapÃ¡ 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 MarÃn’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.