January Events presented by California Lutheran University

Biomythography: Currency Exchange
Through Thursday, Feb. 1
Curator’s Walk-through: Saturday, Jan. 20, 1 p.m.
William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

This exhibition investigates multiple forms of currency and the ways in which they are encoded in today’s culture. Contemporary artists from Costa Rica, Southern California and elsewhere use multimedia to draw attention to and understand the idea of cultural currency.
Featured artists include Guillermo Bert, Audrey Chan, Christian Salablanca Diaz, Chuck Feesago, Mimian Hsu, Elisa Bergel Melo, Kim Morris, Albert Lopez Jr., Marton Robinson, Javier Estaban Calvo Sandi and Glen Wilson. The exhibit is curated by Chris Christion and Jessica Wimbley.

Admission is free. The gallery, located in William Rolland Stadium, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.

Convergencia / Convergence
Through Thursday, Feb. 1
Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture

Curated by prolific representational artist Hernán Miranda, this exhibition features work by contemporary Paraguayans. Although several of the artists live abroad in Germany, Argentina, France and the United States, all the works are influenced by their mother country. Media include oil, acrylic, charcoal and graphite, and sculptures in bronze and glass, for “a convergence of different languages” in art coming from Paraguay, Miranda explains.

Artists include Gustavo Beckelmann, Osvaldo Camperchioli, Maite Casablanca, Esperanza Gill, Jorge Codas, Michael Oliver, Sila Estigarribia, Hernán Miranda, Roberto Morelli, Corina Paredes, Liliana Segovia, Felix Toranzos, Jorge Von Horoch and Gabriel Brizuela.

Admission is free. The Kwan Fong Gallery, located in Soiland Humanities Center, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at (805) 493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/kwanfong.

History Lecture Series: Collapse
“The Han Dynasty Collapses”
Jan. 10, 7-8:30 p.m.
Grant Brimhall Library Community Room

Given that no civilization lasts forever, how can we identify moments in history when a society, as it had been known for generations, ended?

Over six lectures, Cal Lutheran history professors will explore the collapse of Ancient Egypt, the Persian Empire, the Han Dynasty and the Roman Empire, as well as the Black Death and the end of the European order. At this talk, David Nelson will discuss the civilizational collapse of 226 CE.

Cal Lutheran and the Thousand Oaks Library are sponsoring the free event. The Grant R. Brimhall Library is located at 1401 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. For information, contact Cindy Keitel at ckeitel@callutheran.edu.

Lunchtime Organ Recital Series
Joseph Peeples
Fridays, Jan. 19, Feb. 9, March 9 and April 13,
at 12:30 p.m.
Samuelson Chapel
University organist Joseph Peeples showcases the 2,109-pipe Borg Petersen Memorial Organ in four 30-minute recitals featuring varied works for all audiences. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch.

Admission is free. For information, call Campus Ministry at 805-493-3228 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

Biomythography: Un-Panel Workshop
Thursday, Jan. 25, 4-6 p.m.
Overton Hall
Organized and facilitated by Dorit Cypis and Holly Tempo, this workshop will train participants in creating open dialogues and resolving conflict while addressing themes from the art exhibition “Biomythography: Currency Exchange.”

Cypis is an Israeli-born visual artist and innovative professional mediator. Her work explores themes of history, identity and social relations and has been presented in diverse cultural contexts in the United States and internationally. She is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders International and the co-founder and educator of the North East Youth Council. She earned a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute for the Arts and a Master of Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. In 2014, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rauschenberg Foundation Residency.

Tempo is an associate professor of painting at Otis College of Art and Design who is known for her labor-intensive paintings and site-specific pieces. Her work utilizes urban tropes such as trash, graffiti and cardboard used by the homeless to create shelter. It has been shown extensively in Southern California as well as in India, Spain, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Israel and Central America. Tempo holds an MFA from the Claremont Graduate University.

Admission is free, but space is limited. RSVP by Jan. 10 to rollandgallery@callutheran.edu. For information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or
rollandgallery@callutheran.edu or visit CalLutheran.edu/rolland.

International Film Festival
“Mona Lisa is Missing”
Featuring Q&A with producers Joe and Justine Mestichelli Medeiros
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m.
AMC Dine-In Thousand Oaks 14
The “Mona Lisa” was stolen? Surprisingly, yes – on Aug. 21, 1911. Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian immigrant, took the painting and hid it in his dingy tenement room in Paris for more than two years. How did he do it? Why did he do it? The award-winning 2012 documentary “Mona Lisa Is Missing: The True Story of the Man Who Stole the Masterpiece” answers these questions and more.

The documentary is written and directed by Joe Medeiros, who is considered the leading authority on the theft of the masterpiece, and co-produced with Justine Mestichelli Medeiros. The husband and wife, who live in the Conejo Valley, will be present for a Q&A following the screening.

Cal Lutheran’s Department of Languages and Cultures is sponsoring the free event. This selection in Cal Lutheran’s fifth annual International Film Festival is shown primarily in English with some subtitles. The theater is located at 166 W. Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks.

For information, contact Brittany Corbucci at 805-796-4555 or bcorbucci@callutheran.edu.