Themester to present beauty discussions and exhibits this week



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Chinese calligrapher James Yang listens intently to Jason Jackson discuss his trips to China at the First Nations Educational and Cultural Center. Yang will be working with Mathers Museum of World Cultures on Tuesday for a calligraphy presentation.  Bailey Cline Buy Photos

Astrological images, Chinese calligraphy and fashion illustrations are all on this week’s Themester calendar, according to a press release from the College of Arts and Sciences. Because Themester structured its fall semester around ideas of beauty, all events will explore how different aspects of different societies relate to this theme.

This week’s programming begins with a Chinese calligraphy demonstration and discussion led by calligrapher James Yang. According to the Mathers Museum of World Cultures’ website, Yang will teach participants how to practice his trade using the four treasures of the brush, ink stick, inkstone and rice paper.

The demonstration will last from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Mathers Museum. A subsequent discussion will continue the event from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In another look at beauty, the Herman B Wells Library will introduce the exhibit “The Illustrated Woman: Fashion Images from the Sage Collection” with a reception at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The exhibited images will serve as a visual representation of fashion’s evolving beauty standards, according to the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design’s website.

[Themester discussion addresses beauty standards | IDS]

The exhibit’s curator Kelly Richardson will lead a discussion about the images at 4 p.m. in Hazelbaker Hall. The display will be available for viewing in the library’s Scholars’ Commons through Dec. 9.

Other Themester events this week will include two more discussions. One will be led by a Miami tribe of Oklahoma bead artist at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Mathers 
Museum.

Another will be led by the second chief of the Shawnee tribe at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology.

Themester will conclude the week with “Coloring the Universe: An Insider’s View to How Astronomical Images are Made” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Cyberinfrastructure 
Building.

[Themester presentation studies relationship between science and art | IDS]

Astronomer Travis Rector will lead a discussion about the production of space images, according to Themester’s website. As part of the event, Rector will share his own work producing space images.

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