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EIU Tarble Arts Center

Fall 2018






Tanya Aguiñiga, Palapa (detail), 2017, Synthetic hair Image courtesy of the Artist

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Curators Gallery Talk: In the Eye of the Beholder


August 28, 2018
11:30am, Main Gallery

Join us for a walk through of the Tarble’s latest exhibition, In the Eye of the Beholder

FREE and Open to the Public




Educator Open House

Tarble Classroom, Thursday, August 23, 4-6:30pm

Come join us as we celebrate the grand opening of the Tarble’s new classroom, welcome our new Museum Education Manager, Tim Abel, and of course discuss future education opportunities at the Tarble! 

Light refreshments will be served and reservations are required. Please RSVP by August 16 to or call 217-581-ARTS (2787).

FREE and Open to the Public




Artists-In-Dialogue: Lunch with Diana Al-Hadid & Heather Hart

Atrium, Friday, September 7, 11:30am

Join us for an informal round table meal and conversation with Outside/Inside artists Diana Al-Hadid and Heather Hart. We will discuss their works The Tarble Tables: Porch Project and Smokescreen currently on view at the Tarble and their artistic practices beyond these works. 

RSVP required. You are welcome to bring your own lunch or purchase a pre-packaged meal for $10.00. To RSVP email or call 217-581-ARTS (2787) by August 30. 




Curator Gallery Talk: Permanent Collection Gallery

Tuesday, September 11, 11:30am

Join Rehema Barber, Tarble Director and Chief Curator for a walk through of the Tarble’s latest permanent collection installation.

FREE and Open to the Public.



tarble tables

Tarble Talkback: Poetry on the Porch

Tarble Triangle, Wednesday, September 12, 5-6:30pm

Tarble Talkbacks are open-forum opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the Charleston community to share ideas, feedback and sound off. This special edition of our Tarble Talkback series will use Heather Hart’s site-specific sculpture, The Porch Project: The Tarble Tables as a site for poetry, spoken word, and storytelling. Come out and meet new people and hear their stories at The Tarble Tables

FREE and Open to the Public.

 tots 4 tarbleTots 4 Tarble

Tarble Galleries
Friday, September 14, October 12, November 9 and December 14, 10am-11am  

Continuing this fall is a new monthly program for the pre-school set called Tots 4 Tarble. Join us for story time and a hands-on activity led by Tarble docents and EIU Art Education majors. A light healthy snack will be available after the program.  Space is limited and reservations are required to attend and should be made one week in advance of each monthly program.

For more information or to reserve a space for your child or group email or call 217-581-ARTS (2787).

FREE and Open to the Public.




Howardena Pindell, Free, White and 21, 1980, Color video with sound, 12:15 min. (still) | Image courtesy of the Artist & Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.


Reach at Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University—Bloomington

Saturday, September 15, 9:30am-8pm

This day trip will include a guided tour through this innovative show that presents 24 contemporary US-based women artist of color.Out of Easy Reach creates a relevant and dynamic cross-dialogue with the Tarble’s fall exhibit. The trip will also include a studio visit and collaborative project with Molly Evans, who is a textile artist and visiting assistant professor at Indiana University. A box lunch and dinner are included in the price. 

To register for the trip, click here

$70.00 for Tarble Members | $87.50 for Non-members
Registration deadline: September 7th





Tarble Atrium Cinema: Real Women Have Curves (pg-13, 2002)

Atrium,Tuesday, September 18, 6pm

Ana, a first generation Mexican-American teenager, living in the predominately Latino community of East Los Angeles, is on the verge of womanhood. After graduating high school, she receives a full scholarship to Columbia University, but Ana's very traditional parents feel that it’s time for Ana to help provide for the family, not go to college. Uncertain of how her modern ambitions fit with her cultural heritage, Ana agrees to work with her mother at her sister's downtown LA sewing factory over the summer.

FREE for Members & Students | $3.00 suggested donation for all others





Tarble Family Weekend Art Extravaganza 2018  

Atrium and Tarble Galleries
Saturday, September 22, 1-4pm

Enjoy make-and-take art activities for “kids” of all ages. Also view the Tarble’s current exhibitions spanning across Modern and Contemporary Art, which showcase a variety of media and styles.  Kid-friendly refreshments will be available.

FREE and Open to the Public.



 written on the body


Tarble Reads: Written on the Body, by Jeanette Winterson (Led by Dr. Jeannie Ludlow, Associate Professor of English)

Tuesday, October 2, 5pm

Says Jim Shepard of the New York Times: "Written on the Body is an ambitious work, at once a love story and a philosophical meditation on the body as both physical entity and objective correlative of our innermost selves, our bodies as our embodiment. The narrator, unnamed, sex undeclared, chronicles the arc of an affair with a married woman named Louise. The result is a work that is consistently revelatory about the phenomenon of love.” Join us for an in-depth discussion with Associate Professor of English, Dr. Jeannie Ludlow.

FREE and Open to the Public


 Bethan Collins

Public Lecture: Bethany Collins

Thursday, October 11, 5pm

Join us as artist, Bethany Collins, featured in the exhibition In the Eye of the Beholder, as she discusses her work and practice in an insightful public lecture.

FREE and Open to the Public 


 Women without men

Tarble Atrium Cinema: Women Without Men (PG, 2009)

Tuesday, October 16, 6pm

 Shirin Neshat’s feature length debut juxtaposes Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état against the destinies of four Iranian women. While the streets of Tehran overflow with people protesting the overthrow of the prime minister, four seemingly disparate women have more pressing concerns: Farrokhlagha's husband thinks he should be allowed to marry multiple women; Munis toils under the ever-watchful eye of her brother; Faezeh has physical and emotional difficulties; and Zarin is an unwilling prostitute. Courageously, these four women pursue solutions to the dilemmas that their lives present them to eventually find freedom, comfort, and friendship. Run time 99 minutes.

FREE for Members and Students
$3.00 for non-Members



Tarble After Hours, College Night

Atrium and Main Galleries
Thursday, October 25 , 6-9pm

The Tarble will be open late for our EIU students to hang out with friends, explore the Tarble’s major exhibition, In the Eye of the Beholder or its new permanent collection installation, make art inspired by the evening’s events, grab a light bite and listen to a live DJ. Drop in and enjoy the Tarble After Hours!

FREE and Open to all EIU Students.



Ugly Art Paint N' Sip

Thursday, November 8, 6-8pm

Sometimes art isn’t beautiful. Sometimes art tackles some pretty ugly topics. This night is all about challenging beauty and accepting comfort in all narratives. We will have a pointed and engaging talk about some of the work In The Eye of The Beholder and end the night with a paint n’ sip style project.

This will be a 21+event and no prior painting experience needed.
$30.00 for Tarble Members | $37.50 for Non-members
Registration deadline: November 2


 ZoëErin J. Gilbert

Artist-in-Dialogue: Zoë Buckman and Erin J. Gilbert

Tuesday, October 30, 5pm

Join us as artist, Zoe Buckman, featured in the exhibition In the Eye of the Beholder, in conversation with co-Curator Erin J. Gilbert discusses her work and practice in an insightful public forum.

FREE and Open to the Public 


 Camille CompoMaureen Connor

Camille Compo Memorial Women’s Studies Endowed Speaker Series: Maureen Connor and Laia Abril

Wednesday, November 14, 5:30pm
Tarble Atrium

Laia Abril is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, text, video, and sound. Her work focuses on telling intimate stories which raise uneasy and hidden realities related to sexuality, eating disorders, and gender equality. She was a resident at FABRICA, the Benetton Research Centre in Treviso, Italy, where she worked as a creative editor and staff photographer at COLORS magazine. 

Abril's projects are produced across platforms as installations, books, web docs, and films. Her work has been shown internationally in the United States, Canada, the UK, China, Poland, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, France, Italy, and Spain. Abril's works are held in private collections and museums, such as Musée de l'Elysée and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland and MNAC in Barcelona. She has received grants and award nominations from the Magnum Foundation, ICP-Infinity awards, Foam Paul Huf, CatchLight, Visionary Award and selected as a juror's choice award at Santa Fe Center and Plat(f)orm Fotomuseum Winterthur. More recently she has been awarded the Revelación Photo España Award, Fotopress Grant and Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro for A History of Misogyny, chapter one: On Abortion exhibited at Les Rencontres d'Arles (2016). Abril has published several books--Thinspiration (self-published, 2012), Tediousphilia (Musée de l'Elysée, 2014), and the highly acclaimed The Epilogue (Dewi Lewis, 2014), which was shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture First Book Award, and referred to as "a masterpiece of a photobook" by critic Jörg Colberg.

After completing her five-year project On Eating Disorders, Abril has embarked on the new long-term project, A History of Misogyny. Its first chapter On Abortion was published by Dewi Lewis in 2017; she is currently developing a second chapter, On Rape Culture, for which just received the Visionary Award Grant

Maureen Connor is an artist and educator working since the 1970s. Her work combines elements of installation, video, interior design, activism, human resources, feminism, pedagogy and social justice. Recognized for her feminist work from the 1980s and '90s, Connor has been included in numerous publications and exhibited widely in national and international venues. She began teaching at Queens College, CUNY in 1990, and is now Emerita Professor of Art. Since 2000, Connor has been developing Personnel, a series of investigations and interventions concerned with bringing more democracy to the workplace. In 2010, she co-founded Social Practice Queens, an MFA in Socially Engaged Art at Queens College in collaboration with the Queens Museum. She co-founded The Institute for Wishful Thinking (IWT) a collective that produces interventions exploring the attitudes and needs of individuals and institutions and offers support by soliciting wishes in 2008. Since 2012, she has been co-facilitating the Pedagogy Group, a group of art educators who meet to share syllabi and readings and to consider how to embody progressive politics in art education. Connor's work has been exhibited as a solo artist and within the collective IWT at Austrian Cultural Forum, NY; Columbia, South Carolina's annual film festival; Indie Grits; the Harlem Biennial; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Momenta Art, Brooklyn; Museum of Modern Art, New York; MAK, Vienna; Periferic 8 Biennial, lasi, Romania; Porticus, Frankfurt; ICA, Philadelphia; Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Whitney Biennial, among others. Maureen Conner lives and works in New York City. 

FREE and Open to the Public.


 the bread winner

Tarble Atrium Cinema: The Breadwinner (pg-13, 2017)

Tuesday, November 27, 6pm

The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year old girl living in Afghanistan during 2001, under the rule of the Taliban. To support her family, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy, after her father’s wrongful arrest. Working alongside an old friend, she soon discovers a free, yet dangerous world open to boys and men. Parvana, draws on the bravery of the characters she creates in her stories, and embarks upon a heroic journey to find her father and reunite her family. The Breadwinner was a 2018 Academy Award Nominee for Best Animated Feature Film Runtime is 94 minutes.

FREE for Members and Students | $3.00 suggested donation for all others


 Miranda Lash

Visiting Scholar: Miranda Lash

Thursday, November 29, 5:30pm

Join us as visiting scholar Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum, discusses her work in the art world. Miranda Lash is the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum. She has curated over twenty exhibitions, including the large-scale traveling retrospective exhibition Mel Chin: Rematch and the site-specific installations and exhibitions Rashaad Newsome: King of Arms; Katie Holten: Drawn to the Edge; and Swoon: Thalassa. Lash received her BA in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University, and her MA in Art History from Williams College.

FREE and Open to the Public.


waren vs. meloncholy

Tarble Reads: Warsan Versus Melancholy (The Seven Stages of Being Lonely)
by Warsan Shire

Tuesday, December 4, 5pm

As a companion program to In the Eye of the Beholder, we’re reading, or rather listening to a selection from Warsan Shire’s digital album of poetry called, warsan versus melancholy (the seven stages of being lonely).  Shire’s work was most notably adapted for Beyonce’s film Lemonade (2016), which explores the journey of love in a woman’s life.  Join us for a reading of Shire’s digital album juxtaposed against selections from Beyonce’s film for a powerful and dynamic discussion.

FREE and Open to the Public


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