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Antioch College hosts closing symposium for 'Rhythm of Structure' exhibition

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio – October 21, 2011 – An exhibition exploring the intersections between mathematics and arts will come to an end with a closing symposium Nov. 4-6 at Antioch College. Rhythm of Structure: Mathematics, Art and Poetic Reflection was originally curated by John Sims ‘90 for the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. It focuses on the visual language of mathematical ideas and process as a way to explore a spectrum of themes from geometric landscapes to the socio-political.

Miami Valley visual artists, poets, dancers, musicians, community members and students are invited to attend the closing symposium. Events begin Friday evening at 7 p.m. and continue throughout the weekend, including a gallery talk, artist talk, mad poetry workshop, film screening, panel discussion and community response. All events are free to the public and reservations are not needed.

Visiting New York poet Kristin Prevallet, along with Yvonne Seon, John Booth, Maria Booth, Bomani Moyenda, Ella Miller Toy, Bing Davis and Kevin Dean, will be featured in the closing symposium.

The community is invited to present poetic responses to the exhibition during the open mic section of the program at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. The Community Response segment will be followed by an after-party reception at the Herndon Gallery.

Symposium schedule

Friday, November 4
7 p.m. | Closing Gallery Talk | “Rhythm of Structure: the Journey” | by Curator John Sims
@ Antioch College, Herndon Gallery

Saturday, November 5
10 a.m. | Oulipo: Mathematical Poetry | Presentation and mad poetry workshop by Kristin Prevallet
@ Antioch College, McGregor Hall, Room 113

11 a.m. | Birth of a Math Artist | by John Sims
@ Antioch College, McGregor Hall, Room 113

2 p.m. | Screening of Rhythm of Structure: Mathematics, Art, and Poetic Reflection
@ The Little Art Theatre, 247 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs

7 p.m. | Community Response | Featuring Kristin Prevallet, John Booth, Maria Booth, Bomani Moyenda, Ella Miller and Yvonne Seon
Open mic responses with available blues music to accompany. After-party reception sponsored by AACW.
@ Antioch College, Herndon Gallery

Sunday, November 6
1 p.m. | Math, Art and Poetry Panel Discussion | John Sims, Bing Davis, Kevin Dean and Kristin Prevallet
@ Antioch College, Herndon Gallery

About the curator

Sims graduated Antioch College with a math degree in 1990. The next year, he organized the inaugural Cross-Cultural Field Program in conjunction with African American Cultural Week. These efforts resulted in the development of the current African American Cultural Works (AACW)—a nonprofit, community-based group that recognizes cultural heritage and celebrates diversity by organizing, promoting and hosting events.

Today, Sims is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist, creating multimedia projects spanning the areas of mathematics, art, text, performance and political-media activism. His main projects are informed by the vocabulary of mathematical structure, the politics of sacred symbols and poetry as ally to the visual arts. As the former coordinator of mathematics at Ringling College Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, he designed a visual mathematics curriculum for artists and visual thinkers. Sims has curated more than 15 mathematical art exhibitions and has lectured and exhibited nationally and internationally, including Hungary, Spain, Israel and Argentina. His work has been featured in Nature, Sculpture, BOMB magazine, FiberArts, NYArts, Science News, CNN, New York Times and the Washington Post. Learn more about Sims at

About the exhibition

Rhythm of Structure: Mathematics, Art and Poetic Reflection is the product of a yearlong series of shows that premiered at the Bowery Poet Club in New York City in 2009. It features major contemporary artists Sol LeWitt, Adrian Piper, Karen Finley, DJ Spooky, Dread Scott, Ken Hiratsuka, John Sims, Paulus Gerdes, John Hiigli, Vandorn Hinnant and many others.

The series of exhibitions and performances connect mathematics to the process of art to the voice of poetry, exploring the multidimensional nature of structure from the geometric to conceptual to social to the metaphysical. Topics range from love to the lotto, from sacred geometry to quilts, and tessellation to mathematical graffiti. To stimulate a dialogue around the use of structure and promote reflection via the poetic lens, poets have been invited to respond to the work forming the basis of a documentary film and catalog, which will be available for purchase at the symposium.

The exhibition, which premiered May 18 at Antioch College, can be viewed through Nov. 6 in Herndon Gallery on the campus. Gallery hours are 1:00-4:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Sunday.

For more information about the closing symposium, contact Sara Black at

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