(Oct. 26, 2010)--The UTSA Department of Art and Art History will host "Breakthrough! Twenty Years After German Unification -- Critical Perspectives of Berlin Artists," an exhibit of paintings, photographs and sculptures by dissident artists from the former East Germany. Free and open to the public, the exhibit runs Oct. 28-Nov. 17 in the UTSA Arts Building gallery on the Main Campus.
>> An opening reception is 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28. A presentation from each featured artist will begin at 7 p.m. Additionally, there will be a panel discussion, "The Berlin Wall and the U.S.-Mexico Border," at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27 at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, 116 Blue Star.
Touring in only five U.S. cities, the exhibit features the work of 10 visual artists from the former East Germany who endured imprisonment, harassment and exile under the Communist regime before the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall and the resultant reunification of Germany one year later.
Angelika Jansen, representative of the San Antonio Dresden Alliance and a member of the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts Advisory Board, fled East Germany in 1964 when she was 20 years old and was instrumental in bringing the exhibit to San Antonio.
"All of these artists suffered for their work and fought for the right to have freedom and artistic expression," said Jansen. "We hope San Antonians come out to meet them, hear their stories and view their work."
Participating artists include photographers Gerald Hahn and Harald Hauswald; painters Peter Herrmann, Thomas Klingenstein, Wolfgang Petrick, Frank Rodel, Inge Schmidt, Reinhard Stangl and Robert Weber; and sculptor Hans Scheib.
The exhibition is presented by Jeff Thinnes, a noted expert in German-American relations, who founded the Breakthrough Art Organization in 2009. The Washington, D.C., nonprofit foundation champions artists who use art as a means to overcome political, social and personal challenges.
"By bringing this program to the U.S to mark the 20th anniversary of a reunited Germany, 'Breakthrough!' aims to remind American audiences of the basic freedoms enshrined in our First Amendment and inspire them to stand against threats to those freedoms," said Thinnes.
The UTSA Art Gallery presents a mix of professionally curated, juried, and student and faculty exhibitions with an emphasis on larger and more complex projects. The UTSA Satellite Space in the Blue Star Arts Complex in downtown San Antonio divides programming between monthly curated exhibitions and presentations organized by UTSA graduate students in studio art and art history.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 1-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, and by appointment. For more information, contact Laura Crist at 210-458-4391.
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As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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