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'Angels' watching over me

Jan Tindale’s “The Rant” is among the saturday, ongoing pieces on display in “Angels and Altars.”

Carmen Forman November 9th, 2011

On Saturday, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will combine art and theater that will make visitors see angels.

Ardmore artist Jan Tindale will open her 3-D exhibit, “Angels and Altars,” at 7 p.m. in the USAO Art Gallery, 1727 W. Alabama in Chickasha. At 8 p.m. the drama department will stage the final performance of the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.”

Tindale’s exhibit is a culmination of her experiences as a woman. Its pieces depict her seeing the world through various feminine roles, such as a mother, daughter and wife. Winged beings that appeared to her throughout her life have inspired the artwork as well, through symbols including eggs, wings and hands. 

Tindale also served as a thematic collaborator for the accompanying play’s set design.

“USAO is known for (its) interdisciplinary (approach), and so you’ll almost never find us not finding connections between pieces,” said college spokesman Randy Talley. “We always find connected work, and when those connections are really easy and obvious, like drama and art, that one’s easy.”

“Angels in America” is based on the New York City AIDS rampage of the 1980s. The play carries themes of love, politics, religion and justice, all set to the background of living life with a devastating disease.

Tindale’s exhibit remains on display through Dec. 9. For more information, call 574-1239 or visit —Carmen Forman

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