For release: Aug. 27, 2012
For press information, contact Kimberly Rogers (901) 678-4164
Artist Sheryl Oring brought her unique style of performance art to the University
of Memphis, and now she will share it with the Democratic National Convention, Sept.
3, 2012. Her U of M project, Alma Mater: University of Memphis, was a collaborative effort between her and U of M alum Dhanraj Emanuel.
The closing reception for Alma Mater will be Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., but it will remain on display
through Sept. 15. The reception will be in the lobby of the Communication and Fine
Arts Building. Alma Mater was made possible through the Student Activity Fee Fund.
Sheryl Oring is known in the artistic community for her special brand of performances,
which provide an outlet for passersby as she asks a predetermined question and then
types the responses. Oring, decked out in vintage 1960s secretarial garb, provides
an ear to those who have comments or questions about social issues or other topics
Alma Mater provides a visual representation of the question “What do you think the University
could be?” The question was posed to students and passers-by during a three-day performance.
The exhibition consists of a multimedia art installation of typed, signed cards, photographic
portraits of students (past and present) and an interpretive video with the voices
of U of M students and the sound of manual typewriters.
Also included in the closing reception are The Daily Helmsman: Voice of the Students and Caseworks: Poem and Object by Jay Etkin. The Helmsman exhibitionfeatures a narrated, still image video that captures 80 years of students’
viewpoints of current events, including demonstrations for racial equality and a variety
of on campus and community happenings. Caseworks is a contemporary exhibition space
in the lobby just outside the Museum’s main space for featured artists.
AMUM hosts innovative temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and culture, as well
as permanent collections. An important component of the College of Communication and
Fine Arts, the museum features exhibitions by Master of Fine Arts candidates and the
annual Juried Student Exhibition.
The Daily Helmsman: Voice of the Students and Alma Mater will be on display through Sept. 15, 2012. Go to memphis.edu/amum for more exhibition
information. For more information about AMUM, call 678-2224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Art Museum is open to the public Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. AMUM
is closed University holidays and between temporary exhibitions. Admission is free.