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Thursday, December 8, 2016
"Battle Bikinis vs Breastplates: A Study of Sexism in Comic Costumes,” Slide Room Gallery (Daniel 221)

"Battle Bikinis vs Breastplates: A Study of Sexism in Comic Costumes” is a re-imagination of the superheroines who have been defined by major wardrobe malfunctions. From overtly-sexualized cutouts, to entirely impractical battle gear, the costumes of these characters have manifested questionable design choices for decades. Not all of these women started out wearing so little, but all of them have visited that section of the closet at least once, and all have been chosen here for their notorious wardrobes and their resultant pop culture status as cheesecake characters. The costume redesigns shown here take practicality, gender equity and sensitivity to character into account, while still remaining visually dynamic. "Battle Bikinis vs Breastplates: A Study of Sexism in Comic Costumes” is an attempt to reinterpret inappropriate, demeaning, and impractical garb into something new, something more respectful, but still true to the characters, and still something that screams superhero cape couture.

Bodies of Light (Whetsell Exhibit), Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery
Artworks by Meagan Burns illustrate critical perspectives on social structures in relation to the natural world. She incorporates the products of everyday human life with found detritus from outdoor wanderings. The juxtaposition of these disparate materials highlights our relationship to the world around us and brings together aesthetic qualities unique to both the natural and the synthetic.
As an English major, she returns again and again to the concepts presented by writers, such as Emerson and Thoreau, of the Transcendentalist movement and the Romantic era. The way in which they look to nature to understand their surroundings, and themselves, has greatly impacted her world and the way she interprets it. The natural world, according to Emerson, can explain the human condition. Burns’ artworks reflect how humanity, while still an entity of the natural world, utilizes materialism as a medium of an explanation of themselves. In doing so, she attempts to show just as Emerson did in his poem “The Prairies”,  that mankind not only exemplifies nature, but contributes back to its progressions and processes over time.
For example, she makes installations from clear packaging tape and elements found from the earth, such as moss and twigs. In a certain piece, she combines these elements to create a composition of the human condition, meanwhile juxtaposing the two materials.
Recently Acquired Asian Art, Sandor Teszler Library Gallery

The Sandor Teszler Library Gallery features selected works of Asian art from the permanent collection through December 15th, 2016.   “Recently Acquired Asian Art” includes Chinese ink rubbings, Japanese prints, and ceramic pieces, among various other items.  This exhibit is free and open to the public.

11:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Academic Dept. Chairs Meeting, Holcombe Room
Meeting of Academic Department Chairs to discuss issues of common concern.
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Puppies on the Lawn!
Paws for a Cause will have puppies from the Spartanburg Humane Society THURSDAY, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., for people to come play with! Please take a quick study break, play with puppies, and help us continue to raise money for treatments against the deadly heartworm disease! Prices will be: $3 for 5 minutes, $5 for 10 minutes, and $7 for 15 minutes! If you are not able to come, but would still like to help us raise money for treatments, please visit: www.gofundme.com/wocopawsgiving
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Register for Terrier Black Book, Zachs
Looking for a part-time job? Need help developing a great resume? Terrier Black Book is your one-stop-shop for job postings, internships, professional development, career events and more! Stop by Zach's Food Court TODAY from 11a.m. - 1p.m. to create an account and receive some FREE Space swag.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Faculty/Staff "Only" Yoga, Richardson Dance Studio
12:30 PM - 12:45 PM
Meditation Moments, Mickel Chapel
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
High-Intensity Interval Training, Richardson Dance Studio
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Zumba Fitness Class, Richardson Dance Studio
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Ab-Lab Fitness Class, Richardson Dance Studio
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Yoga Fitness Class, Richardson Dance Studio