• The work of Karen Graffeo, Art, will be presented, along with the work of Romanian and additional American artists, at Birmingham’s Space One Eleven (SOE) (2407 2nd Avenue North) in an exhibition titled “Negotiated Identities/Saints and Tears.” SOE will host an art exchange between artists living in the American Deep South and artists living in Romania. Collaborations using visual artifacts from both cultures address the importance of historical memory for building the personal self. The visual iconography of the political self versus the need for autonomy and the dignity of privacy is the exhibition’s primary thematic concept. “Negotiated Identities/Saints and Tears” examines how identities in Romania were negotiated before, during and after communism. The exhibition also explores similar identity issues negotiated by authoritarianism and trends in the religion and politics of contemporary American society. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, May 1, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and the exhibition will be on view from Tuesday, May 5-Friday, May 22. SOE’s gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. or by appointment. This event is free and open to the public.
• Jim Murphy, English and Foreign Languages, has published a poem titled “Ancient, Immaterial” in the Spring 2015 issue of The Birmingham Poetry Review, UAB’s national poetry magazine.
• Catherine Walsh, Art, attended the Renaissance Society of America annual conference, held March 25-28 at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, in Berlin, Germany. Walsh’s paper, “Landscapes in the Figure: Generative Damage in Giambologna’s Appennino,” was part of the session Wilderness: Creativity and Disorientation in Renaissance Landscape Representations.