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Monday January 26th, 2015
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[Jamestown, NY] – Jamestown Public Schools’ Superintendent Tim O. Mains will hold a Community Presentation on School Finances on Monday, January 26th at 7 p.m. in the Jefferson Middle School auditorium. The purpose of the presentation is to inform the community how school districts are funded and how that directly affects the Jamestown Public Schools in the 2015-16 school year. Topics ...
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The next seven-week session of community fitness courses offered by Jamestown Community College’s Total Fitness program and Faculty Student Association begin January 26. Classes include: Water Aerobics, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Mondays and 9:30-10:30 a.m., Saturdays; Pilates, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, and 5:30-6:15 p.m., Thursdays; and Toning, 4:15-5 p.m. Wednesdays. Individual ...
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Tuesday January 27th, 2015
Presented by: Amy Livengood, OTR/L, CEAS II Tuesday, January 27, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Riverwalk Center, 15 South Main Street, Suite 220 Jamestown, NY 14701 Greetings! Do you suffer from finger, hand or wrist pain? Do you think you may have ca
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Wednesday January 28th, 2015
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Peter Lombardi will discuss his book, Jamestown, New York: A Guide to the City and Its Urban Landscape, at 6:30 p.m. on January 28 at Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown Campus. The event, open to the public, will be held in the cyber café in the Hamilton Collegiate Center. Lombardi, deputy director of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, joined the JRC in 2011 to coordinate ...
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Thursday January 29th, 2015
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The Decho Ensemble will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on January 29 in Scharmann Theatre on Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown Campus. The concert is sponsored by JCC’s music program and the college program committee. The ensemble was founded by classical saxophonists Sarah Marchitelli and Jacob Swanson who have performed on concert series, television, ...
FREDONIA -- Author and Angel Intuitive, Susan Dintino, will offer an interactive workshop called Connect with your Angels, as part of the Angels of Hope Healing and Learning Center's Winter Workshop Series. Dintino is certified as an Angel Therapy Practitioner through Doreen Virtue and is a member of Doreen's staff. “I am still affiliated with Doreen Virtue and recently worked with her in ...
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Friday January 30th, 2015
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  FREDONIA – London’s National Theatre and internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre have joined efforts to present a powerful new production, JOHN, as part of the Live in HD Series at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. JOHN will be presented on Fri., Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. This captured live in high definition dance-theatre production filmed during live ...
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The Jamestown Community College Alumni Association will present “Mystery at the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame,” its 27th annual interactive mystery, on January 30 and 31. The mystery begins at 7 p.m. both nights and will be held in the Student Union, located in the Hamilton Collegiate Center on JCC’s Jamestown Campus. During the event, teams of attendees ...
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Saturday January 31st, 2015
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  FREDONIA – Live at the Met, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live, high definition (HD) opera transmissions to theaters around the world, continues its 2014-15 season at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Sat., Jan. 31, at 1 p.m., with Jacques Offenbach’s masterpiece Les Contes D’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann). “We’re ...
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FREDONIA – The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the black comedy “Birdman,” starring Michael Keaton. Nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director, it will be screened on Sat., Jan. 31, and Tues., Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. In “Birdman,” a ...
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The Jamestown Community College Alumni Association will present “Mystery at the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame,” its 27th annual interactive mystery, on January 30 and 31. The mystery begins at 7 p.m. both nights and will be held in the Student Union, located in the Hamilton Collegiate Center on JCC’s Jamestown Campus. During the event, teams of attendees ...
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Andy Warhol: Acquisitions and Jamestown Nexus: Feb. 2-Mar. 21 at JCC
When: Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 thru Thursday, March 21st, 2013

 

Gallery Director Recounts Pop Artist’s Jamestown Connection, Controversy
 

James D. Colby, Director of Exhibitions and Galleries at Jamestown Community College, points out Warhol's Marilyn Monroe screen print and two panels that include 26 newspaper editorials discussing Warhol's 1968 film screening at JCC. This represents a small portion of works included in the upcoming ArtHappening. 

JAMESTOWN, NY- The screening of Andy Warhol’s ‘experimental’ film in Jamestown on Jan. 18, 1968 shocked many in the audience that night and created a flurry of controversy. The hour long-film, which “flickered and jerked and showed semi nude models,” was considered “vulgar, hideous and foul matter,” according to JCC founder and trustee Sarita Weeks. Adding insult to injury, he spoke few words that night to an audience gathered to hear him speak.

The Community Debates Andy Warhol
The ensuing controversy and war of words included a public banter of 26 newspaper editorials for and against the burgeoning pop artist’s work, and according to Week’s Gallery Director, James Colby provided a glimpse into the multiplicity of the Jamestown community.

“What is so interesting to me about this whole thing is how it represents the diversity of Jamestown,” said Colby as he prepared for the event, entitled Andy Warhol: Acquisitions and Jamestown Nexus, which opens on February 2 at JCC.

The exhibit will include original artworks, artifacts, films and digital projections, which explain Warhol’s career, and the pop artist’s Jamestown connections and controversy. Works and images are on loan from the Andy Warhol Museum and Andy Warhol Foundation.

The Day Andy Warhol Came to Jamestown
Viewers will be able to see archives of those searing editorials, as well as a copy of the Jan. 2011 article from WORD magazine entitled, “The Day Andy Warhol Came to Jamestown,” which is a first hand account of events of that night according to the reflections of Dr. Robert Hagstrom, former cultural events committee member at the college.

Concerning the conservative versus progressive viewpoints, Colby says, “To me it was a model of disagreeing but still getting along.” 

Lois Strickler, who would move to Jamestown after meeting the budding artist at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, collected many articles about Warhol. Those items, donated by Strickler and other sources will be digitally projected for the exhibit.

The Jamestown connection was put on center stage when Robert Scharmann and JCC’s cultural events committee invited Warhol to screen films and speak. Dr. Hagstrom would say “The committee was not a conservative think tank…He (Warhol) was a controversial artist… so we invited him.”

Colby states, “So, we have someone that took the conservative approach, like Sarita. She has contributed a ton to the college, why would we ever want to disconnect from her?” 

Colby asserts that it is essential to reflect on Sarita’s experiences, worldview and her contributions to JCC to understand the context of her remarks. “She translated classical archives at Yale while working on her Ph.D. in theatre… championed opera, global artifacts and Victorian etiquette,” Colby writes. “Sarita never embraced modern or avante-garde movements…few individuals, whether expert, amateur or student appreciate every art period.”

“And then we have another conservative (Strickler), but in terms of her art and training was progressive and wants to (embrace Warhol) and the college supported her,” says Colby. The Stricklers befriended Warhol and entertained him during his stay in Jamestown. Warhol gave Lois his iconic print of Marilyn Monroe, signing “Andy Warhol love and kisses 69,” which also on display at Weeks gallery

Tongue in cheek, the gallery director states, “I can envision a reality TV show filming Warhol dining with the Stricklers at the Town Club, juxtaposed with Sarita staying up late to write her critical editorial.”
With retrospection, Colby asserts, “the idea for a college is to embrace it all and then let people (or time) decide who becomes famous or what their value is. Because the college opened up to all of that, look how much richer it is. It’s not a narrow minded collection, it’s diverse.”

More Than Just Pop Art
Another point Colby wishes to drive home is that the work of Warhol is much more than the pop art he is famous for. He was, the gallery director states, “one of the century’s most sought after portrait artists.” Colby writes, “as a fan of Queen Elizabeth, Sarita may have bonded with Warhol if she had viewed the Queen’s proper, regal portrait. Warhol also portrayed Mao Zedong, John F. and Jackie Kennedy, Truman Capote, Liza Minnelli, Jimmy Carter, Mohammed Ali, Dorothy Hamill and other superstars.”

Like him or hate him, Warhol’s influence cannot be underestimated. Colby contends, “he totally changed the advertising and fine art industry; he changed the record industry,” adding that Warhol hired people to do album covers in ways that were never done before. “His greatest impact may have been on television and movies.”

“That’s what we are trying to do with the show is to demonstrate his influence and diversity as an artist.”

Tickets for the ArtHappening are available at campusstore.suny.jcc.edu and are also available at the JCC box office, located in the campus store, by calling 716-338-1187 or at the door. 

 

CONTRIBUTOR: Patricia Pihl
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