Don’t let April fool you, it’s packed with artistic activity, from stunning art exhibitions, film screenings and festivals to music performances and lectures.

Be sure to check out the rich variety of films screened at this year’s DisOrient Film Festival, plan an evening at the theater to see the moving drama “God Said This,” or explore the full schedule of free in-person and virtual events at Musicking. of this year’s Conference.

Or celebrate Earth Day on April 22 at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s Earth Day Celebration Weekend; head to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and check out the “On Earth: A Fragile Existence” exhibit, or join your peers and make a positive change for the environment on April 23 for earth service day.


Starting April 6 and running through May 25, UO Libraries will open a new National Archives exhibit, “Half the People: Advancing Equality for Women.” Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, the exhibit tells, through remarkable stories and powerful imagery, the stories of the brave women who pioneered women’s suffrage.

On Earth: a fragile existence,” an exhibit at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, is a permanent collection that reflects on humanity’s role within our shared global ecology. The variety of works on display raise questions such as what is humanity’s responsibility to our environment, how human and animal interactions shape the ecology we share, and what humans can do to change course.

Bridging the gap between education and institutional reform, the “Pearl doors“focuses on land, ancestry, resources and human relationships through a painting installation, video and woven baskets, on display at the art museum through October.

The visual arts team presents “I’m in a hurry», an exhibition of the recent works of more than 20 printmaking students, featuring processes of intaglio, screen printing, relief and typography. A reception will be held April 28 at the Erb Memorial Union’s Adell McMillan Gallery. The exhibition lasts until May 20.

In EMU’s Aperture Gallery, “I am more than you seean exhibit curated by UO students Malik Lovette and Kayle Lockwood, documents UO students’ experiences with stereotyping.

UO Libraries presents the “history of biologywhich traces the study of the living world from antiquity to modern times through rare books and ancient manuscripts in UO Special Collections and University Archives. This fascinating collection covers the Greeks and Romans, the Arab domination of biology, medieval and Renaissance Europe, the advances of the modern era, the development of the microscope, the discovery of blood circulation, the discovery of cells in plants, the use of structure to classify organisms and the development of taxonomic principles.

Learn something new about the religions and literary traditions of non-Western cultures. “Eastern languages: the collection of non-Western manuscriptsin Special Collections and University Archives features a selection of manuscripts, texts, and artifacts categorized by language, including Arabic, Persian, Cuneiform, Japanese, Burmese, Chinese, Ethiopian ( ge’ez), Russian and Farsi.


God said this,” a moving family drama about an American-Japanese family, opens at the Hope Theater on April 15 and runs through April 30. When the family matriarch is diagnosed with a rare cancer, her estranged family members return to their Kentucky hometown to face old demons. , shattered dreams and each other.

Movie theater

Poster for 'The Race Epidemic'The long-awaited annual meeting DisOrient Oregon Asian American Film Festival: “Emergence” returns from April 1 to 10. This highly acclaimed festival presents films that elevate the voices, stories and histories of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in a curated program that includes a diverse selection of feature and short films, Q&A sessions, special events and screenings. Be sure to check out the Program schedule for dates and times.

On the program on April 11, a screening of “Ni una menos: Violence against women and justice in Guatemala”, a documentary directed by Gabriela Martínez, director of the UO department and professor of women’s studies, gender and sexuality.

Ducks After Dark will be serving up fun and popcorn in the EMU Redwood Auditorium throughout the month, starting with “hidden numberson April 7, followed by “Westside Story” on April 14; “Scream” on April 21; and “Little Women” on April 28. Students enter for free with a valid UO ID.

Join Emmy Award-winning producer Gina Matthews for “The art of the fielda virtual seminar on April 22 on crafting an entertaining pitch designed to keep audience members on the edge of their seats. Matthews’ film credits include “What Women Want”, “13 Going on 30”, and “Isn’t it Romantic”.

The Department of Film Studies will welcome music video director, choreographer, performance artist and filmmaker Diane Martel for the 2022 edition Harlan J. Strauss Guest Filmmaker. Screenings and a discussion with the director take place on April 27.


Join researcher, writer and artist Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg Leanne Betasamosake Simpson on April 5 for an Imagining Futures virtual conference. Simpson writes about contemporary Indigenous issues and realities in a variety of genres and is known for championing Indigenous ontologies.

The Visiting Artist Lecture Series features Yuji Hiratsuka: “The Art of the Process and Aesthetics of Color Engravingon April 7 at Lawrence Hall. Applying a blend of Eastern and Western influences, Hiratsuka captures irony, paradox and satire in people’s daily lives through his intaglio work, which resembles traditional decorative Japanese Ukiyo-e prints with bright colors with stylized and distorted figures.

On April 14, Shawna X, a visual artist known for her dynamic image creation, will present “Processing», a guest-artist talk on the synchronicity between visceral and emotional explorations through expressions of traditional and artificial intelligence. Vancouver artist Liz Magor will discuss her recent studio work on entertaining contradiction and being “not topical” but relevant on April 28 in her George and Matilda Fowler talk, “I ruined my life.”

Jodi Magness, Kenan Professor Emeritus for Excellence in the Teaching of Ancient Judaism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will lecture on “More Than Just Mosaics: The Ancient Synagogue of Huqoq in Israel’s Galileeas part of the Spring 2022 Lecture Series on Ancient Jewish Art and Architecture.

Join chemist Lindsay Hinkle live on Zoom and Facebook on April 7 forPoison Elixirs—When a Solution Isn’t the Solutionat the Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s monthly Ideas on Tap publicity talk. Learn about the sulfanilamide elixir tragedy that killed more than 100 people and led to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938 to increase FDA authority over drug regulation.

The music

The percussion ensemble of Eriko Daimo and Pius Cheung presents “heaven and earthon April 2 at the Beall Concert Hall.

Don’t miss Chamber Music at Beall’s final concert of the season on April 3, featuring ATOS Trio, one of Berlin’s leading piano chamber ensembles, as they perform works such as Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 1. Op. 1, No. 1, and Piano Trio No. 7, Op. 97, “Archduke”, and Ernst Krenek’s Trio Fantasie, op. 63.

Secondary piano and piano pedagogy teacher Grace Ho will perform Beethoven, featuring Op. 31 piano sonatas, as part of the Faculty Artist Series April 16.

Imani Windsthe Musicking Conference returns April 19-24 with a full schedule of free in-person and virtual events open to the community. Immerse yourself in a variety of panels, master classes, lectures and concerts.

Grammy-nominated Imani Winds returns to Eugene April 29 at Beall Hall in a premiere of “We can’t walk alonea groundbreaking work that explores the lived experiences of various Pacific Northwest composers.

To dance

Come celebrate a diversity of voices in music and dance at the School of Music and Dance’s concert event »Kaleidoscope” the 1st of April

Streaming Resources

Can’t make it to an event in person? Google Arts & Culture is a great starting point for finding exhibits, collections, audio, video, images and more.

Explore it OU Channel for a variety of live-streamed events, videos from the Art Department’s Guest Artist Lecture Series, guest speakers and more.

—By Sharleen Nelson, University Communications