The curtain rises on the fall arts scene on campus


Fall is upon us and the campus arts scene is in full swing with plenty of opportunities for in-person and remote events.

Explore comic book journalism, magic, and the Art Nouveau style at exhibitions currently on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, and UO Libraries, respectively. Throughout the month, Ducks After Dark once again welcomes students with weekly film screenings in the Redwood Hall of the Erb Memorial Union. Find out what’s happening to celebrate LGBTQIA History Month and National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through mid-October.


The first major retrospective devoted to an influential genre of visual storytelling ‘The Art of News: Comic Book Journalism’, on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, highlights original works of art and artefacts representing more 30 years of reporting from New York Times Best-selling author-artist Joe Sacco, a fundamental figure in the field and a UO graduate.

Do not miss “Salvador Dalí: illustrator, engraver, storyteller”, an exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art of a selection of works by the central figure of the Parisian surrealist movement of the early 1930s. artist “The Divine Comedy” and “The Twelve Tribes of Israel” in the John and Ethel MacKinnon Gallery.


Do you like to sing in a group? Step out on October 2 and audition to be a part of UO’s non-sexist a cappella group, Mind the Gap.

Internationally renowned organist Wolfgang Rubsam, along with his former student, recording artist Julia Brown, will be in residence at the UO School of Music and Dance for the John D. Hamilton Visiting Artist Series for Organ and Harpsichord. 2021, from October 11 to 15.

Arts and crafts

Free Friday is back! Get started with fall crafts on October 1 from noon to 2 p.m. at the outdoor studio at the Craft Center. DIY kit includes fabric with picture, hoop, embroidery needle, thread and instructions, everything you need to make sunflower embroidery. The Freebie Fridays continue throughout the month: reduce stress with coloring on October 8; create a collage on October 15; make a macrame keychain on October 22; and just in time for Halloween, origami pumpkins on October 29.


The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is inaugurating its exhibition “Magic in Medieval Europe” on October 23. Discover all about magic through haunting stories, objects and images. Discover the roots of everyday superstitions and conjurations and delve into the phenomenon of magical thinking, past and present.

UO Libraries present the digital exhibit “The Artistic Genius of Will H. Bradley”. Well known for his Art Nouveau style, the illustrator was nicknamed the “dean of American designers” and was the highest paid American artist of the turn of the 20th century.

Self-portrait of David Call

David Call uses the recurring image of a birdhouse with wings and an eye in the palm of his hand to represent both freedom from deafness and its safety for deaf people. His curved finger holds the linocut cutting tool. This gesture symbolizes deafness in Nepal, where the fingers of the hand represent the five senses.

See the Knight Library exhibit “Art of Resistance and Deaf Affirmation: Linocut Prints by Artist David Call” in the Special Collections and Academic Archives of the Knight Library. Call’s work tells of the oppressive experiences of his own life as a deaf person, the truth about how Deaf people view the world, and reframe how Deaf people are viewed by the mainstream culture.

OU Libraries present “Our Impact through Images,” a new exhibit that celebrates the diverse communities that have enriched the history of the OU campus. Images in the library’s Special Collections and University Archives illustrate the life of African-American, Asian-American, Native American, Arab-American, LGBTQ, and Latinx communities. The exhibition is located on the first floor of the Knight Library.

The special collections and university archives will open their doors to the public on October 26 for an open house from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate the renovation of the reading room and discover the collections selected by the staff.

Lawrence Hall’s Design Library features pop-up exhibitions from fall 2021, with curated selections of works. “Experiences: A Sampler of Artists’ Books + Zine” on October 13 features unusual book designs as well as recent ezine acquisitions. On October 29, “UO Legacies: Books + Designs by Alum” features work from past UO courses, ranging from typography to the advanced architectural design studio at the College of Design.


The University Theater has announced its 2021-22 season, which will kick off in November with Dicken’s classic holiday drama “A Christmas Carol,” followed in January by “Personal History,” a drama about American life from the perspective of ‘an African-American couple from Chicago. The Broadway hit “Once” premieres in February and “God Said This,” a stereotypical drama about submissive Japanese American women, in April. The season ends in May with Noel Coward’s classic comedy “Hay Fever”.

Movie theater

Scene from 'Rocky Horror Picture Show'Grab the popcorn and head to the EMU Redwood Room for a month of great free movies hosted by Ducks After Dark. Starting October 7, it’s “Raya and the Last Dragon,” a Disney animated film about a lone warrior tasked with hunting down the last dragon in existence to help save the world from monsters. On October 14, “Birds of Prey,” the DC Comics team-based superhero film starring Margot Robbie as former Joker protege Harley Quinn, who teams up with three mortal women. against a count of narcissistic crime. Things get dark and silent on October 21 with “A Quiet Place Part II,” in which a family must navigate and survive in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind aliens with a keen sense of hearing. Finally, back in time with Brad and Janet, Rocky, Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his macabre gang in the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, arriving just in time for Halloween on October 28th. All events are free for UO students with a valid UO ID.


Join speaker Abigail Fine, UO professor of musicology and Oregon Humanities Center 2020-21 faculty researcher, for “Beethoven or Bust: How Do Canons Form and Why Do They Last.” It will focus on 19th-century German and Austrian musical culture, which saw the rise of national figureheads, new middle-class listening habits, new heartfelt relationships with long-lost artists, and philosophies of the musical “work” as “timeless”. , floating above the historical context of its creation.

Libby Wadsworth printOn October 2, printmaker and photographer Libby Wadsworth will give a talk about her exhibition “Always InFormation”, currently on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

What comes out of the witch bottles? Where do Halloween candy come from? Is this unicorn horn real? On October 6, UO English teacher and folklorist Martha Bayless will address these and other thorny questions in her presentation of “Medieval Magic — Hen and Now”. Explore medieval magic and learn about some modern day examples in this popular monthly discussion on the Ideas on Tap ad on Zoom and Facebook.

Lectures in the Fall 2021 Guest Artist Lecture Series include Amy Brener’s “Omni-Kits and Flexi-Shields” on October 7; Catherine Haggarty “You Know More Than You Can Say” October 14; Dianna Frid: “It Takes Time”, October 21; and Lumi Tan: “Critical Conversations,” October 28.

Streaming resources

The Internet is a great source for finding exhibits, collections, audio, video, and pictures for online entertainment.

Hands forming heart shapeLearn, commemorate and discover resources to celebrate LGBTQIA History Month.

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month online. View exhibits and collections, watch and listen to video and audio presentations on Hispanic history, culture and popular life, music, poetry and literature, politics and government, and sports from the Library of Congress , the Smithsonian Institute and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Explore the UO Channel for a variety of live events, videos from the Art Department’s Guest Artist Lecture Series, guest speakers and more.

—By Sharleen Nelson, University Communications


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