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The Global Language of Headwear: Cultural Identity, Rites of Passage, Spirituality

 

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Image: Kayapo/Mekranoti Headdress (Akkapa-ri), Brazil, Mid-20th Century

The expression “keep it under your hat” refers to withholding information or keeping a secret. However, as a piece of apparel—as opposed to a metaphor—a hat is less likely to conceal something than to reveal something important about its wearer.

A hat—from its perch atop the most prominent part of the body—proclaims to the world who we are, where we live, what we believe, and how we fit into the communities of which we are part. More than just a frivolous adornment, a hat is a tool that expresses a person’s identity and personal taste as well as one’s place in the world.  It may also serve as a badge of social rank and as a symbol of faith and values.

Consider those people who, because of appearance, behavior or beliefs, appear to be different from you, but whose personal stories perhaps parallel your own. An awareness of what hats and headdresses represent can foster a keener understanding of others by deepening your knowledge and appreciation of disparate cultures and other walks of life. 

More importantly, hats may act as a bridge, identifying attitudes, sensibilities, and values that are widely shared but often overlooked. Whether elegant in their simplicity, or wildly ostentatious, hats have the ability to transform the wearer. Perhaps by influencing the way each of us perceives our own culture, they invite us to see the larger world and its people with new eyes. As reminders of the personal, spiritual, and social values that we all share, hats may encourage us to recognize the humanity in all of us. 

Stacey Miller bought her first hat in 1979, when she joined a group of Spanish travelers driving from Madrid to India on a four-month overland adventure. A simple cloth skullcap from Istanbul, it seemed a perfect souvenir—inexpensive, easy to stow away, and evocative of the culture. Thirteen hundred hats later, her company, Hat Horizons, is dedicated to promoting awareness and understanding of cultures through headwear.

We would like to thank Dr. Denise Hatcher's SPN-3650: Language and Community Immersion class for providing the Spanish translations for this exhibition: Victor Cuevas, Charley Hanewall, Laura Menchaca, Joana Raices, Katie Schnell, and Irene Vasquez.

The Global Language of Headwear: Cultural Identity, Rites of Passage, and Spirituality was jointly organized by Stacey W. Miller and International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

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 La expresión “mantenerla bajo su sombrero” se refiere a retener información o mantener un secreto. Sin embargo, como prenda de vestir, a diferencia de una metáfora, es menos probable que un sombrero oculte algo que revele algo importante sobre su usuario.

Una Gorra — desde su percha sobre la parte más prominente del cuerpo — proclama al mundo quienes somos, en donde vivimos, en que creemos, y cómo encajamos en la comunidad de la cual somos parte. Más que solo un adorno frívolo, una gorra es una herramienta que expresa la identidad de una persona y el gusto personal así como el lugar de uno en el mundo. También puede servir como una insignia de rango social y como un símbolo de la fe y los valores. 

Considera a las personas que, debido a la apariencia, el comportamiento o creencias, parecen ser diferentes que usted, pero cuyas historias personales tal vez paralelo las tuyas. La conciencia de lo que las gorras y los tocados pueden representar puede fomentar un agudo entendimiento de otros por profundizando su conocimiento y su apreciación de culturas disparates y otros caminos de la vida.

Más importante aún, los sombreros pueden actuar como un puente, identificando actitudes, sensibilidades y valores que son ampliamente compartidos pero que a menudo son ignorados. Ya sean elegantes en su simplicidad o tremendamente ostentosos, los sombreros tienen la capacidad de transformar al usuario. Quizás al influir en la forma en que cada uno de nosotros percibe nuestra propia cultura, nos invitan a ver el mundo en general y su gente con nuevos ojos. Como recordatorios de los valores personales, espirituales y sociales que todos compartimos, los sombreros pueden animarnos a reconocer la humanidad que todos llevamos dentro.

Stacey Miller compró su primer sombrero en 1979, cuando se unió a un grupo de viajeros españoles que conducían desde Madrid a la India en una aventura por tierra de cuatro meses. Un simple casquete de tela de Estambul, parecía un recuerdo perfecto: económico, fácil de guardar y evocador de la cultura. Mil trescientos sombreros después, su empresa, Hat Horizons, se dedica a promover el conocimiento y la comprensión de las culturas a través de los sombreros.

Queremos agradecer a algunos estudiantes de la clase SPN-3650: Language and Community Immersion de la Profesora Denise Hatcher por traducir al español esta exposición.  Los estudiantes que tradujeron son: Victor Cuevas, Charley Hanewall, Laura Menchaca, Joana Raices, Katie Schnell, e Irene Vásquez.

 

Art in the Time of Coronavirus

 

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All We Ever Have Is Now

Image: "All We Ever Have Is Now," Jason DeLancey, mixed media collage on paper

Art is a form of creativity & meditation, gratitude & reflection, communication & advocacy. Art in the Time of Coronavirus features artwork by more than 30 professional and amateur artists from the Fox River Valley and the Greater Chicagoland area.

This exhibition includes photographs, ceramics, textiles, paintings, sculpture and works on paper made in the spring and early summer of 2020. This group show illustrates a range of responses to a time when many of us were asked to shelter-in-place. A period marked by uncertainty, isolation, and unpredictability, but also a time when we had more time.

Artists in Art in the Time of Coronavirus used quarantine as an opportunity to create meditative marks (Zanic, Grendze), produce provocative graphics (DeLancey, Trier), and generate vibrant designs (Accardo, Lynne, Coan). Other artists documented this historical moment by creating portraits of loved ones (Nelson, Youngdahl), expressing anxiety caused by the pandemic (Paso, Rusch, Tevonian) and focusing on the beauty of the everyday (Lebin, Springer, Reninger).

The Schingoethe Center would like to thank all the artists that contributed to this exhibition. We would also like to thank Karina Riscos (AU '19) for providing the Spanish translations for this exhibition.

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El arte es una forma de creatividad y meditación, gratitud y reflexión, comunicación y defensa. Art in the Time of Coronavirus, presenta obras de arte de más de 30 artistas profesionales y aficionados del Fox River Valley y el área metropolitana, de Chicago.

Esta exposición incluye fotografías, cerámica, textiles, pinturas, esculturas y obras en papel, realizadas en la primavera y principios del verano de 2020. Esta muestra colectiva, ilustra una variedad de respuestas a una época, en la que a muchos de nosotros se nos pidió, que nos refugiáramos en el lugar. Un período marcado por la incertidumbre, el aislamiento y la imprevisibilidad, pero también un momento en el que tuvimos más tiempo.

Artistas en Art in the Time of Coronavirus, utilizaron la cuarentena como una oportunidad para crear marcas meditativas (Zanic, Grendze), producir gráficos provocativos (DeLancey, Trier) y generar diseños vibrantes (Accardo, Lynne, Coan). Otros artistas documentaron este momento histórico creando retratos de seres queridos (Nelson, Youngdahl), expresando la ansiedad causada por la pandemia (Paso, Rusch, Tevonian) y enfocándose en la belleza de lo cotidiano (Lebin, Springer, Reninger).

El Centro Schingoethe, desea agradecer a todos los artistas que contribuyeron a esta exposición. También nos gustaría agradecer a Karina Riscos (AU '19), por proporcionar las traducciones al español, de esta exposición

 

Votes for Women:

A Portrait of Persistence

 

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Voting for Women

Image:

Equality Is the Sacred Law of Humanity, c. 1903–1915
Lithograph by Egbert C. Jacobson Courtesy of Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

The story of women's suffrage is a story of voting rights, of inclusion in and exclusion from the franchise, and of our civic development as a nation. Join the Smithsonian in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment with Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence. This poster exhibition will explore the complexity of the women's suffrage movement and the relevance of this history to Americans' lives today.

The crusade for women's suffrage is one of the longest reform movements in American history. Between 1832 and 1920, women citizens organized for the right to vote, agitating first in their states or territories and also, simultaneously, through petitioning for a federal amendment. Based on the National Portrait Gallery exhibition of the same name, Votes for Women will broaden visitors' understanding of the suffrage movement in the United States. The poster exhibition will address women's political activism, explore the racism that challenged universal suffrage, and document the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment which prohibits the government from denying U.S. citizens the right to vote on the basis of gender. It will also touch upon the suffrage movement's relevance to current conversations on voting and voting rights across America.