October 18, 2019

Listen live: Citations Needed and Journey West

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University

At left: View of Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, Reunite, 2019. Vinyl. At right: Adam Johnson and Nima Shirazi; Shannon Gleeson; Journey West.

In conjunction with the exhibition how the light gets in, the podcast Citations Needed will record an episode live at the Johnson Museum of Art on October 26. Hosts Adam Johnson and Nima Shirazi will be joined by Cornell's Shannon Gleeson to discuss "How the Media Helps Stir Up Anti-Immigration Fervor," tracing the histories of tying immigrants to drugs and crime, and of fearmongering about open borders. The podcast will be followed by a performance of global traditional music by Journey West. Admission to this event and to the Johnson Museum is free.

Citations Needed is a podcast about the intersection of media, PR, and power. Adam Johnson is a media analyst for The Appeal, having previously worked as a columnist for FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting). His work has been featured in TruthDig, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Nation. Nima Shirazi is a communications strategist whose media analysis and political commentary has appeared in Salon, Truthout, Mic, and Al Jazeera English. He is a member of the Gulf/2000 Project, an academic forum and online resource service sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and serves on the Board of Directors for Proteus Fund.

Shannon Gleeson is an associate professor of labor relations, law, and history at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations (IRL). She was previously on the faculty of the Latin American & Latino Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her books include Precarious Claims: The Promise and Failure of Workplace Protections in the United States (University of California Press, 2016), The Nation and Its Peoples: Citizens, Denizens, Migrants (Routledge, 2014, edited with John Park), and Conflicting Commitments: The Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston (Cornell University Press, 2012). She is engaged in various collaborative projects that examine the implementation of immigrant worker rights.

Founded 2011 in Ithaca, Journey West plays global traditional genres, with a focus on Middle Eastern and Eastern European musics, with a program that chronicles the migration of melody through an interactive performance. The group donates a portion of their income to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Barenboim-Said Foundation to help migrants and the disadvantaged. Members of Journey West are Max Buckholtz (director/violin), Imad Al Taha (violin), Martin Shamoonpour (percussion, nay), Mark Karlsen (saxophone, clarinet, flute), Dara Anissi (guitar, mandolin), and Chad Lieberman (bass, accordion), and will be joined for this performance by guest Turkish vocalist Gizem Kilic.

how the light gets in is an exhibition (on view now through December 8) about the movement of people across the globe and the welcome cracks that develop in our notions of borders and nation states, curated by Andrea Inselmann, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Johnson Museum. It brings together an international group of 58 artists and artist teams and collectives, ranging in age from their twenties to their nineties and representing 29 countries of birth and residence. Their work, which includes drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, and video, engages with themes of migration, immigration, displacement, and exile.

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University has a permanent collection of more than 35,000 works of art from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. The museum building was designed by I. M. Pei and opened in 1973, funded by Cornell alumnus Herbert F. Johnson, late president and chairman of S C Johnson.

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