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artist rendering of M street studios

M Street Arts Complex

Photo: Granville Commercial Realty

Modernist Technologies and Art Hop

Evening, Thursday, June 6, 2024

Modernist Technologies is a multimodal exhibition that includes artworks from students of the Deptment of Art, Design and Art History, and students of Digital Humanities.  Here we stage paintings from graduate students alongside augmented reality art installations and digital humanities project installations that speak to the theme of Woolf, Moderity, Technology. This exhibition will feature a collection of graduate art students paintings, a video projection of the digital humanities projects, video monitors attached to ipads for students to display their digital humanities projects, and artworks from graduate students and Laura Huisingna’s and Glenn Terpstra’s augmented reality installations.  The M Street Graduate Art Studios are located in the M Street Arts Complex, at the epicenter of first Thursday night downtown Art Hop.  The Woolf Pack is invited to start at the Graduate Art Studios and then wander Art Hop downtown, seeing if they can find all the galleries listed in the Woolf Scavenger Hunt.  

Thursday, June 6 buses will leave from Fresno State at 5:30pm and we will make our way over to the M Street Gallery. The bus will leave at 9:00pm, giving plenty of time to enjoy the Grad student Exhibition and experience Fresno’s iconic Art Hop.

snapshot of techne exhibit

Instellation by Ane Thon Knutsen

Kew Gardens: The Poetics of Technê

Evening, Friday, June 7, 2024

The Poetics of Technê reception will take place from 6:00-9:30pm in the Fresno State Library on June 7, 2024.  The Poetics of Technê will display the work of Dr. Ane Thon Knutsen (1984). Dr. Ane Thon Knutsen is a Norwegian artist and designer specialized in letterpress. Knutsen will exhibit an adaptation of the short story “Kew Gardens", typeset, hand printed and published by Virginia Woolf in 1919. 

Reception includes keynote address by Jane Goldman, international Virginia Woolf Scholar from University of Glasgow, artist talk by Ane Thon Knutsen, and poetry reading with Mai Der Vang, Assistant Professor of Poetry at Fresno State, and Brynn Saito, Associate Professor of Poetry at Fresno State.

photo of east dining hall visitors, with speaker at podium

Fresno State East Dining Hall

Photo: Benjamin Kirk/Fresno State

Saturday Night Banquet

Evening, Saturday, June 8, 2024

E.M. Forster once suggested to readers to look out for passages about eating in Virginia Woolf’s works, “food with her was not a literary device put in to make the book seem real. She put it in because she tasted it.” Our hope for the 33rd Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf is to host a banquet that will serve a meal worthy of Virginia Woolf’s praise. Afterall, “one cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well,” (Woolf, A Room of One’s Own). Saturday night starting at 7:30pm, we will join together for the annual banquet that follows the conference day. Members of the society will gather to enjoy dinner in the spirit of camaraderie.

The dinner will be held in the East Dining Hall following the Saturday keynote address from Paul Saint Amour, and will feature a performance by the Woolf Society Players. Banquet will conclude at 10:30pm.