The exhibition, part of the Shelley and Donald Rubin Exhibition Series, features works by 16 established and emerging artists: Jesoviel Abstengo-Chaviano, Alejandro Aguilera, Carlos Cárdenas, Yunier Hernández Figueroa, Duniesky Martín, Frank Ernesto Martínez González, Bernardo Navarro Tomas, Juan Padrón, Douglas Pérez Castro, Arlés del Rio, Perfecto Romero, Reynerio Tamayo, José Angel Toirac, Harold Vázquez Ley, Villalvilla, and Quisqueya Henríquez. Mr. Rubin is a 1956 alumnus of Oglethorpe University.
The exhibition is curated by Rachel Perera Weingeist, director and curator of The 8th Floor in New York, and Elizabeth Peterson, director of the OU Museum of Art, with an exhibition essay by Orlando Hernández, a Havana-based curator. The original exhibition concept was the result of a long collaboration between Weingeist and Hernández that culminated in the summer of 2013 at The 8th Floor Gallery in New York.
“Baseball is today, without distinction of classes, age and sex,
the preferred diversion of all [Cubans].”
– El Sport (Havana), Sept. 2, 1886
The arrival of baseball in Cuba coincided with the emergence of the independence movement in 1868. The sport quickly became a collective emblem of national identity. A love for baseball connects Cubans across race, religion, politics and geography. Pop-flys, stolen bases, and home runs provide meaningful and accessible imagery for Cuban artists. Responding not only to the sport as national pastime, their work has further sought to convey larger complexities within Cuban society. Stealing Base presents the work of a diverse range of contemporary artists, living in Cuba and in the U.S., who have found potency in the imagery of the sport.
“Without question, baseball is a great generator of meanings,” writes Orlando Hernández in his exhibition essay. “The game can and should be used as a grand metaphor to express or to understand not only art but the very reality in which we live.”
“Baseball has played an important role in the impugning, critical, and revolutionary spirit that Cuban artists have demonstrated when faced with acts of dogmatism, official intolerance, and censorship,” Hernández concludes. “Thanks to these brave artists, we realize that the game is not over yet.”
A series of events celebrating baseball and Cuban culture will accompany the exhibition:
OUMA is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 12 noon – 5 p.m. General admission is $5 or free with a Petrel Pass and for OUMA members and children 12 and under.
The Latin American Association was established in 1972 with the mission to help Latino families achieve their aspirations for their academic, social and economic advancement. This is accomplished through direct programs and integrated community partnerships that focus on youth academic achievement, education and prevention and services to families with urgent needs. Vicky Herbener ’14 is helping the association to fulfill those goals.
Vicky, an international studies major, wanted to intern with the Latin American Association because of her interest in helping immigrants to make a better life. There, she teaches English, Spanish and computer classes, plus she assists the program director with creating lesson plans. Her other duties include helping with marketing and fundraising. Vicky’s favorite part of her internship is seeing the results — the satisfaction of the people who once needed help.
An LAA internship requires skills in writing, translating and the ability to interact effectively with different types of people. Vicky felt she was prepared thanks to her Oglethorpe education. “It’s important to translate a phrase into Spanish with the same meaning, she said, ” and because I translated so much at Oglethorpe, I felt prepared.”
Vicky advises students who are applying for internships to not to be afraid to apply for the ones you want, even those that may seem out of reach. “Don’t worry about if you have enough experience for it or not,” Vicky says. “Apply anyway, because you never know unless you try.”
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta opens to the public on June 23, 2014, and one recent Oglethorpe graduate, Cedric Floyd ’13, has been proud to be a part of it, and recognizes the historic significance.
First envisioned by legendary civil rights leaders Evelyn Lowry and former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights was launched from idea toward reality by former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin in 2003. The Center aims to “empower people to take the protection of every human’s rights personally through sharing the stories of courage and struggle.” Plus, it’s unique because it’s one of the only cultural attractions in the world to connect the American Civil Rights Movement to the Global Human Rights Movement. Those two intertwining movements captivated Cedric and drove him to seek out an internship with the Center.
Early on, Cedric performed administrative tasks, which he says helped him to better understand nonprofits and how they work. This experience allowed him to realize the difference between an initial idea and the business reality—how an idea or proposal is executed.
Cedric was inspired to voice his idea to capture a “pre-history” of the NCCHR and to pitch that he was the right person to do it. His proposal was accepted and Cedric was tapped to write the museum’s pre-history.
“I am covering the beginning in 2003 to the approval of the mayor to opening day. I would like to write about the challenges of the museum, the varying opinions of whether this museum would work or not, and the influence on people day by day.” The story of obstacles conquered in order to open the museum was discussed during an orientation. Cedric decided to voice the importance of writing about the pre-history of the museum because he felt visitors needed to know the effort it took in order to establish the NCCHR. “The best moment during my internship was asking to write the pre-history of the center and receiving the approval.”
Cedric also enjoys working alongside his NCCHR coworkers and credits his Oglethorpe education with helping him to feel at ease working alongside diverse groups of people. “Before Oglethorpe, I didn’t understand how people from different backgrounds could come together for a certain purpose,” he said. “While I was at Oglethorpe, I saw firsthand how many different people worked side by side in a harmonious community.” He continued, “When you meet someone from Oglethorpe, either a freshman or alum in their fifties, they all have their own imaginative spark and (their own) way to see the world.”
Opening day for the National Center of Civil and Human Rights is June 23. Learn more.
It’s likely that few of us realize how lucky we are to be able to go to school, drink our coffee in the morning, make plans for weekends, work, and dream of our future. In Guatemala, however, more than half of the population lives below the poverty line and many children, especially those from indigenous families, are deprived of education. While we complain about our homework or our jobs, Guatemalan children are working to support their families.
On April 17th, the Oglethorpe Rotaract Club, a student organization sponsored by local Rotary Clubs that focuses on service, networking, and fellowship, hosted a fundraising event to support the education of 15 children in Guatemala. We organized a “Southern International Barbecue” on the quad, where in exchange for purchasing tickets, students, faculty, and Rotarians from around Atlanta enjoyed barbecue from three different cultures: Southern U.S., Russia, and India. In addition, they were treated to performances by Japanese soprano Kyoko Tange and an American guitar player, Patrick McCullough.
The Oglethorpe Rotaract Club is grateful to announce that we exceeded our expectations and succeeded in fundraising enough to sponsor one year’s worth of education for 30 students in Guatemala. Special thanks go to Oglethorpe University, Rotary North Atlanta, Rotary Buckhead, Rotary Brookhaven, and Rotary Northlake, plus the students and faculty who supported our cause!
Just a little more than a week later, the Oglethorpe Rotaract Club was presented with the Presidential Citation and Zone Award at the Rotary’s District Conference, held in Sandestin, Fla. “President Bill Knight and all of our club members want to congratulate you and your members for an outstanding year,” wrote Buckhead Rotary’s Nick Spates. “Your leadership and dedication to the Rotary ideals were put into action through your membership and outstanding results came from all your efforts….Thank you for your service to Rotary and mankind.”
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of others.”
– Charles Dickens (Rotaract motto)