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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Peru via WSU Students Exhibit @ Universe City (Ogden: Oct 22 - 23)

See Peru via WSU Students

Who: Universe City, 2556 Washington Boulevard in Ogden
What: 2 two exhibit: Peru via WSU Art Students
When: 22 October 2010, 5:00-8:00 pm. Art Talk begins at 6:30 pm
23 October 2010, 1:00-5:00 pm
Where: 2556 Washington Boulevard, Ogden

Universe City presents art produced by students in the WSU Study Abroad program, who traveled to Peru this last spring to study the art and architecture of the country. This short exhibit runs Friday, October 22, 5-8pm with an art talk at 6:30 pm; and Saturday, October 23, 1-5pm; and will feature photography, paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture.
The students on the trip included Shawn Barker, Kathy Bradshaw, Alisha Doxey, Venessa Gromek, Jenny Hansen, Shaylee Hoellein, Ann Johnson, Kelsie Kersker, Jordan Okabe, Alex Pommier, Andy Primbs, Ericka Rountree, Emily Ryujin, Danielle Weigandt. They were joined by 12 students from Virginia Commonwealth University to spend 26 days studying the art and architecture of Peru. The professors on the trip included Jim Jacobs from WSU and Javier Tapia, Scott Mills, and Michael Panbechi from VCU.
Professor Jacobs describes the trip: “On May 27th, . . . we flew to Lima, Peru. The day after, we left for Cuzco and the Urubamba, or Sacred Valley. Due to the climate and its strategic location, this valley, south of Machu Picchu, contains some of the most important sites of the Incas. Over four days we visited Pisac, Urubamba, Chinchero, and Ollantaytambo before returning to Cuzco for a couple of days to prepare for the Inca Trail.
“We started the Inca Trail at KM 82 and at first experienced a climate similar to Utah: sunny and dry. The most challenging day was the second as we crossed Dead Woman Pass at nearly 14,000 feet. The next morning we awoke to discover that two of the WSU students, Shawn Barker and Alex Pommier had their boots stolen. With a borrowed pair of running shoes and a worn out pair of extra-large work boots filled with cardboard and socks, they started the third day.
“The third night on the trail we camped above the clouds. The climate was changing; it was more humid. The vegetation was lush and we found orchids along the trail. The fourth day we arrived in Machu Picchu and spent that day and the next exploring the famous site. In the evening we returned to Cuzco by train and bus. Due to the damage caused by the heavy spring rains it was no longer possible to take the train all the way to Cuzco.
“Once back in Cuzco (Quechua for navel of the world) we spent time exploring sites such as, the Coricancha, the most important temple in the Inca empire and the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, noted by some of the early Spanish explores as being greater than any of the structures built by the Romans or the Spanish. The Spanish frequently compared the Incan culture with what they considered to be the other great pagan culture: the Romans.
“While in Cuzco we experienced the Corpus Christi festival, an event where the churches of the area parade statues of their patron saints around the town square. Although Corpus Christi is the celebration of the Eucharist and transubstantiation, it takes place at the same time of the year and in the same location where the Incas displayed the mummified remains of their ancestors. It’s a good example of how some aspects of the Inca culture are still part of everyday life in Peru. “
For more information about this exhibit, contact Jim Jacobs at jjacobs@weber.edu

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