Northlight Gallery presents 'Beyond the Fence'

January 28, 2011

The ASU">">ASU School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts presents the photographic exhibition, Beyond the Fence March 8 – April 9, 2011. The exhibition’s title references the fence being completed along the U.S./Mexico border, and is the third in a series that examines regional issues. Beyond the Fence is hosted by the Northlight Gallery on the ASU Tempe campus. A public reception at the gallery is scheduled March 8 from 6-8:30 p.m. A public lecture with photographers Emily Matyas and David Taylor is scheduled March 9 at p.m. in Katzin Concert Hall.

Beyond the Fence features the work of four photographers whose images delve into the complexity of the U.S./Mexico border issue. Their images tell a multifaceted story of border patrol agents, drug smugglers, government officials, undocumented workers and families left behind, the clash of traditional values and contemporary culture, and the environmental effects on a delicate, biologically diverse land. Download Full Image

Emily Matyas is a U.S. citizen living in Tempe, Ariz. who has been traveling and photographing in Sonora for more than two decades working with the nonprofit organization Feed the Children. Personal stories accompany her black-and-white images of the children and families this organization serves. Her images honor their documentary origins while becoming metaphors of hope, loss, and determination.

Alejandro Cartagena is a Mexican citizen living in Monterrey, Mexico where he photographed the clash of traditional values and contemporary culture that resulted in sprawling developments that lack basic services, and destroyed the rivers and their ecosystems. His images are designed to call for social reform and responsible governance.

David Rochkind is a U.S. citizen living in Mexico City, Mexico. Rochkind’s photographs focus on the drug war and the debilitating effects of its violence on the people of Mexico by eroding communities and governments. His images portray powerful depictions of corruption, violence, and desperation.

David Taylor is a U.S. citizen living in Las Cruces, N.M. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009 that helped him complete this body of work that documents the complex job of the border patrol. Taylor’s privileged access to border patrol activities resulted in images that depict the daily threats that agents face.

The interweaving of these images by the four photographers intimate the global consequences of the drug war, the economic and social pressures that lead to migration, and the personal devastation in the private lives of communities.

All Beyond the Fence activities are free and open to the public. The Beyond the Fence exhibition">">exhibition is March 8 – April 9, 2011. An artists' reception is March 8, 6–8:30 p.m. Both events are held in the Northlight Gallery, room 101 in Matthews Hall on the southeast corner of Tyler and Forest Malls on the ASU Tempe campus. The public lecture is March 9, 7 p.m. in Katzin Concert Hall in the ASU">">ASU School of Music, 40 E. Gammage Parkway on the ASU Tempe campus.

Northlight Gallery hours: 12:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday; 12:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; closed, Sundays, Mondays, major holidays and summer session.

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ASU School of Art
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Judge Hawkins to speak at alumni luncheon

January 28, 2011

Judge Michael Daly Hawkins (Class of 1970) will address attendees of this year’s annual alumni luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 3. Hawkins currently serves as a senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which is based in San Francisco. 

The lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave in Phoenix. Download Full Image

Hawkins said he will discuss, “What 14 lawyers were doing 100 years ago.” The speech will examine the 1910 Arizona Constitutional Convention and highlight some of the convention’s key delegates, Hawkins said. The speech comes as the 100-year anniversary of the Constitution’s signing was celebrated in December.

After graduating from ASU, Hawkins entered the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as a special courts martial military judge until 1976. From 1977-1980, he served as the United States Attorney for Arizona. Hawkins was also a Special Prosecutor for the Navajo Nation from 1985-1989. Former President Bill Clinton nominated Hawkins to his seat on the Appeals Court in July 1994.

The lunch will also honor Rebecca Tsosie, who will receive the 2011 Outstanding Faculty Award from the Alumni Association.

“I am very, very honored by the Alumni Association award, Executive Director of the Indian Law Program,” Tsosie said. “It means a lot to me because students come first, and they always have for me. I think the world of our ASU students and alums. I can’t imagine a better opportunity to celebrate them and to be a part of this awards ceremony.”

Tsosie teaches Indian law, property, bioethics and critical race theory, as well as seminars in international indigenous rights and in the College’s Tribal Policy, Law, and Government Master of Laws program. Her current research deals with Native rights to genetic resources.

Additionally, the Alumni Association will award a number of scholarships to students during the luncheon.

“The Alumni Association is proud to announce that David Jackson is the recipient of this year’s tuition scholarship,” said Bianca Stoll of the Alumni Association.

The lunch also serves as a rare chance for all alum to reunite, Stoll said.

“In light of recent events affecting our legal community, the annual alumni luncheon provides a unique opportunity for our community to reconnect, and we hope to see alumni from recent, and not so recent classes, in attendance,” Stoll said.

Janie Magruder, Janie.magruder">">
Office of Communications, College of Law