Editorial: Week's end

Mar. 22, 2013 @ 06:44 PM

The Nasher Museum of Art offers a compelling distraction from the mayhem of March Madness basketball.

It’s the first weekend of the touring exhibit of Wangechi Mutu’s multimedia art installation – the latest intriguing display from the same museum that brought us vinyl records in contemporary art, “Birth of the Cool” and art during the reign of King Philip III.

Mutu’s exhibit is perhaps most fascinating because, as The Herald-Sun’s Cliff Bellamy reported, the Kenya native uses eclectic materials to explore important social issues, such as gender, race and colonialism in Africa.

For the installation, called “A Fantastic Journey,” she’s even sharing sketchbooks of drawings that provide insight into how she makes her creations, which include “stones” made of wadded plastic grocery bags dangling from twine, a black-and-white video in which she moves around and manipulates a three-layer cake, sculptures, collages and drawings.

“Longtime Mutu fans will be dazzled, and people who have never heard of her will be dazzled,” said Wendy Livingston, the Nasher’s communications director.

Take this journey before it leaves July 21.

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It takes someone unique to present a solo Passion play in which they perform multiple roles of women observing the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Olivia Woodford, a Massachusetts native raised by a Catholic mother and a Congregational father while attending classes at a Lutheran school, has been doing just that for more than 20 years.

“The story is universal,” she told The Herald-Sun’s Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan. “The experience is universal. I don’t have a message about doctrine. I believe that the story itself gives you an experience that will have you reconnect to your tradition in however you hold it.”

She continues her tradition this Holy Week, with shows at 4 p.m. on Sunday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1737 Hillandale Rd. in Durham, 7 p.m. on March 28 at Carrboro United Methodist Church, 200 Hillsborough Rd. in Carrboro and 8 p.m. on March 30 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Dr. in Durham.

For keeping her faith and sharing this one-woman show with local audiences, we’re giving Woodford the Durham Grit Award this week.