November 2, 2016

‘Altered States’ Opens Nov. 9


A new collaborative art exhibition opens Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Guilford College Art Gallery, Hege Library. “Altered States: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition” presents 36 artists’ perspectives on the current social and political situation in Myanmar and explores the country’s art, culture, education and politics.

Eric Mortensen, associate professor of religious studies and coordinator of international studies, will present a talk in the gallery at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, titled “The Changing Colors of Myanmar.”

Eric will address some of the complex dynamics surrounding the radical transitions taking place in Myanmar today, including socio-political transition from military dictatorship to democracy, easing of some and acute tightening of other inter-ethnic and inter-religious tensions, and innovations in the arts.

He will be joined by two Guilford College students from Myanmar, Mo Mo San ’17 and Brian James ’18, who will share their personal insights on some “cool cultural practices of Myanmar.”

This event kicks off “Guilford College PEACE Week 2016” sponsored by Amnesty International Guilford Chapter. Traditional Myanmar refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public.