Flaten Art Museum Exhibition: Black Sun: Rini Yun Keagy with Miljohn Ruperto
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Friday, February 17, 2017 - Sunday, April 16
Center for Art and Dance, Flaten Museum
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St. Olaf College's Flaten Art Museum is hosting an exhibition titled Black Sun: Rini Yun Keagy with Miljohn Ruperto from February 17 to April 16.

This show considers human life, the earth, and its objects through an investigation of the soil-dwelling pathogenic fungus Coccidioides immitis and its associated disease, valley fever, in California’s Central Valley. The exhibition’s focus is Ordinal (SW/NE), the 2017 experimental documentary film directed and produced by filmmaker Rini Yun Keagy in collaboration with visual artist Miljohn Ruperto.

The artists transform elements of the film into a rich sensory environment. The gallery is occupied by film stills, live-action video, animated sequences, soundscapes, and physical objects used in the film’s creation. The collaborators’ wide-ranging influences span diverse eras, cultures, and ways of ordering the world. Forging links among ancient Assyrian cosmology and mythology, contemporary research into the spread of valley fever, the novel and film The Grapes of Wrath and the Depression-era dust bowl, and the films The Exorcist I and II, the exhibition and film explore relationships among land use, global climate change, human health, and non-human life.

This exhibition is generously supported by the Glen H. and Shirley Beito Gronlund Annual Exhibition Series Fund.

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