There's quite the hubbub going on over at UNM. Something about cuts to faculty pay, votes of no confidence in the administration, the eliminating of ethnic student support services and a rumored rash of pantsing incidents in Hokona Hall. It seems like the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves that UNM is, aside from a hotbed of indignant controversy, a veritable machine of art. You may not be a Lobo (I'm not, and I'm OK), and you don't have to be to take advantage of our local uni's offerings.
Another Jewish Voice, a self-described "grassroots alliance of progressive New Mexico Jews," presents Jerusalem Dispossessed, a photographic exhibit that examines the impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the peoples of Jerusalem. The show's opening takes place on Sunday, March 8, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the UNM Sub Atrium and runs through Friday, March 13.
As part of its African art lecture series Visual Cultures of the African World: Tradition, Transculturation, and Post-Colonialism, UNM's Department of Art and Art History presents Whirling Return of the Ancestors and Gods: Yoruba Performance Arts, a lecture by Henry J. Drewal and Evuje Bascom. The talk will be held at the UNM Art Museum on Thursday, March 5, at 5:30 p.m.
Also at the Art Museum on Tuesday, March 10, the Documentary Film Series screens “Outside In: The Transformative Vision of Jerry Uelsmann.” This 30-minute HD documentary by Daniel Reeves looks at the work of surrealist photographer Uelsmann, and Reeves will be on hand for a Q&A after the film. For more information on both the lecture and documentary series, go to unm.edu/
And for something entirely different, Greek Row Tragedy, an adaptation of The Bacchae of Euripedes by MFA student Mars Mráz premieres at UNM's Rodey Theatre. This particular adaptation features hip-hop, a ritual sacrifice and a chorus of sorority girls. And it opens during Greek Week, which I'm fairly certain also involves ritual sacrifice. Greek Row Tragedy runs March 5 through March 14, with Thursday through Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m. and one Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $15, $10 faculty and seniors, $8 UNM staff and all students and are available at the UNM Ticket Offices, by calling 925-5858 or online at unmtickets.com.