Community Art Project begins at ASU Art Museum

November 5, 2008

ASU Art Museum is pleased to announce the CEC ArtsLink residency of Milan-based, Albanian-born artist Anila Rubiku as part of its Social Studies initiative from Oct. 28-Nov. 17.

ASU Art Museum is excited to have artist Anila Rubiku currently in residence. Rubiku, often with assistance from members from local communities, works primarily with sewn paper and large-scale structures that depict the human body and explore urban architectural spaces. She has shown her work throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East and in the U.S., and has done numerous collaborative community projects around the world with diverse groups that include Ethiopian women in Tel Aviv and students of the Design & Architecture University in Taipei. Rubiku is interested in bringing knowledge of American art and architectural centers and community organization practices back to Albania to inform an urban revitalization project she will undertake with architectural students from Tirana University. Download Full Image

Rubiku’s current project at ASU Art Museum is a story told in stitched leather. Each individually stitched section will be joined together to form a large wall-sized work. “The pieces come together to tell a story,” explains Rubiku. “This is how I see Arizona; it’s so large and growing so much. This is because of the human element; we build houses because families need them. As families grow our urban development also must grow with them. This story is also formed by the desert, and the shapes and elements of the desert become a sort of erotic and humorous symbol for procreation and growth in both the human sense and with respect to urban building.”

Rubiku is also pleased to announce the U.S. premiere of her video installation at Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s national historic landmark home and studio in Scottsdale, in a collaboration with ASU Art Museum, on November 14, 2008, from 7pm – 9pm. Titled One Night Only, the video installation continues the artist’s conversation on urban and human development. “Both the Museum work and the video installation are about architecture,” says Rubiku. “People make families and initially start a city because they need someplace for their families. As the cities grow they start becoming more planned, but they are still planned in response to human needs. These two different media are just two different ways of exploring this same theme.”  One Night Only includes a paper construction of the most rapidly growing cities of the last ten years with video projection, and has been shown before only in Tel Aviv. Rubiku’s works are recommended for mature audiences; the viewing at Taliesin West is free but does not include tours of the facility. Taliesin West is located at 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. at Cactus Rd. For information about tours call 480-680-2700 ext. 494.

As part of its mission as a university museum, ASU Art Museum is committed to showing artists’ work first and is proud to offer artists the opportunity to grow creatively and experiment with new forms. The Social Studies initiative provides opportunities for artists working in various media to interact creatively and collaboratively with students, other artists, faculty and community members. The social interaction of the Museum-as-artist’s-studio setting encourages participants to explore new avenues of creativity and ultimately enhance their understanding of their world and each other.

ArtsLink Fellow Anila Rubiku’s residency is generously funded by CEC ArtsLink, NY. For additional information regarding CEC ArtsLink please visit:">"> The ASU Art Museum would like to acknowledge the following for their additional in-kind assistance with the residency: Taliesin West;;">">; Comfort Inn of Tempe:;">">www.c... Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau:;">">; Moroso:">">

Cartune Xprez comes to ASU

November 5, 2008

ASU's Society for Art Video, the Student Organization Resource Center and the Graduate & Professional Student Association.

The multimedia video show, Cartune Xprez visits the ASU Tempe campus Nov. 12. The freshest incarnation of Cartune Xprez highlights the multimedia dance duo Hooliganship, featuring Peter Burr and Christopher Doulgeris, who currently are touring the country. They present a 70-minute program of short animated videos that celebrates the wilderness of imagination through motion pictures. Alongside this cartoon theater, Hooliganship performs their most recent piece, Realer, where audience members wear a pair of 3D glasses to watch a televised parade gone awry. Cartune Xprez Photo by Cory Weeks Download Full Image

Hilary Harp, assistant professor in the ASU Herberger College School of Art and faculty sponsor for ASU’s Society for Art Video, spoke about the significance of this show to Intermedia students.

Cartune Xprez is an outstanding touring animation festival showing some of the best experimental animation being made today," she said. "It’s a rare opportunity to see exceptional animation art in Phoenix.”

Additional featured Cartune Xprez artists include Bruce Bickford, Eric Dyer, Shana Moulton, Takeshi Murata, Paper Rad and more.

Murdock Lecture Hall, room 201, 450 E. Orange St., ASU Tempe campus.

Nov. 12, 7 p.m.


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Hilary Harp
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ASU Herberger College School of Art 

The School of Art is a division of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Its printmaking, photography and art education programs are nationally ranked in the top 10, and its Master of Fine Arts program is ranked eighth among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. The school includes four student galleries for solo and group shows by graduate and undergraduate art and photography students: Gallery 100, Harry Wood, Northlight and Step. To learn more about the School of Art, visit

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