Flaten Art Museum Opening: Black Sun: Rini Yun Keagy with Miljohn Ruperto
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Friday, February 17, 2017
at 7:00 PM
Dittmann Center, Flaten Museum
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Jane Becker Nelson


Join filmmaker Rini Yun Keagy and curator Jane Becker Nelson as they introduce the Flaten Art Museum exhibition Black Sun: Rini Yun Keagy with Miljohn Ruperto.

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. Special thanks to the Museum of Antiquities, University of Saskatchewan. The film is produced in part with support from Jerome Foundation Film, Video and Digital Production grant 2016, Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant 2016–17, Carleton College Arts and Technology curricular initiative grant 2015, REDCAT, and Todd Madigan Gallery at California State University Bakersfield.

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