Smith senior Tara Sacerdote's video installation kde domov muj came to be while she was studying in Prague, Czech Republic. The work engages four major themes: memory, history, intimacy and belonging. It incorporates four Chez wome's personal reflections on their relationships to land and the ways in which these connections were and continue to be shaped by legacies of Communism. Their distinct perspectives complicate notions of history writ large, shifting away from generalized story and towards human-sized, personal narratives. kde domov muj is derived from the lyrics of the Czech national anthem of the same name. It translates to ask "Where is my home?" Exhibit on view February 24-March 2.
Egbert Bakker, Professor of Classics at Yale University, will present on the theme of the multiple possible endings to the Odyssey, both Homer's surviving version and other versions known from the epic cycle.
Prof. Bakker writes on oral poetry, poetic performance, the linguistic articulation of narrative, and the differences between speaking and writing.
|Birth of a Dream Weaver: The Pleasure and Perils of Writing|
Kenyan Ngugi wa Thiong’o, novelist, human rights activist, and theorist of post-colonial literature is one the founding fathers of Modern African Literature and most influential writers in the world today. He is the author of many novels, memoirs, and plays including Weep Not, Child, Petals of Blood, I Will Marry When I want, Detained: A Writer’s Diary, and Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer’s Awakening.
|Coral Reef Restoration and the Value of Environmentally Engaged Artmaking|
Environmental artist Hope Ginsberg will present "Art and Environment in the Swirl: Coral Reef Restoration and the Value of Environmentally Engaged Artmaking." Part of the Environment and Sustainability: Notes From the Field lecture series sponsored by CEEDS. Lunch provided on a first come, first served basis.
A Kahn Institute Artist Talk with Hope Ginsburg
Visual artist, educator, and marine invertebrate enthusiast Hope Ginsburg will present recent works at the intersection of performance art and video and the past projects that underpin them. Focus will be on the "Land Dive Team" body of work, which combines scuba and meditation to train attention on the environment, and was premiered last year at MASS MoCA; and "Swirling," a collaborative work in progress involving coral restoration. Beyond an exploration of the questions these projects pose, Ginsburg will connect threads between her investigations in art, ecology and pedagogy. Ginsburg's presentation is in conjunction with the Kahn Institute yearlong project Destroy then Restore: Transforming our Lands and Waters.
by Sarah DeLappe
directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer
Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.
February 23, 24, March 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre
Part of the Five College Queer Gender and Sexuailty Conference. Taína Asili is a New York based Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, bandleader and activist carrying on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice. Her newest artistic work is an energetic fusion of powerful vocals laid over Afro-Latin, reggae, and rock sounds.
9th Annual Five College Queer Gender & Sexuality Conference
March 2 and 3 at Hampshire College
Starts 12:30pm Friday March 2nd
The Five College Queer Gender and Sexuality Conference provides a supportive environment in which to explore a wide range of topic, such as race, genders, sexualities, ability, class, kink, religion, and survival strategies, in a specifically queer context. Presenters include Five College students, faculty, and staff; off-campus educators; and nationally known performers, activists, speakers, and scholars. The conference is meant to be a safer space for engaging, learning, and fostering community.
The Hampshire College Music Program and the members of American Strings (HACU 205)
present an evening concert featuring
Bruce Molsky and Allison de Groot
Thursday, March 1, 2018
8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)
Music Recital Hall
Music and Dance Building
Master class/lecture (all are welcome to attend): 2:00 to 3:20 pm
Reception from 3:20 to 4:00 pm to meet the artists
Fiddle, banjo, or guitar in hand, Bruce Molsky is an outstanding exponent of old time traditional music. Molsky’s influences range from the Appalachian soul of the late great fiddler, Tommy Jarrell, to Delta blues and from the haunting modes of Irish music to the rhythmically nimble music of Eastern Europe. Molsky blends these sounds and styles and puts his own spin on them, producing instrumental tunes that are both old and new, traditional and fresh, and he makes it seem effortless. Hailing from Winnipeg, Allison de Groot is a member of Molsky's Mountain drifters and other bands. Her technical skills and creative approach push the boundaries of banjo playing but are firmly rooted in the old time tradition.
Since his emergence on the creative jazz scene in the late 1960s, Joe McPhee has been a deeply emotional composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a thoughtful conceptualist and theoretician. McPhee’s first recordings as leader, Underground Railroad, Nation Time and Trinity appeared on the CjR label. Swiss entrepreneur Werner X. Uehlinger was so impressed with McPhee he decided to form the Hat Hut label in 1974 as a vehicle to release his work. During the 1990’s, McPhee began to attract wider attention and has been performing and recording prodigiously as both leader and collaborator, appearing on such labels as CIMP, Okkadisk, Music & Arts, and Victo. McPhee has performed and recorded in solo and duo as well as a variety of other contexts. In addition to his extensive work with Chris Corsano, McPhee has extensive experience performing with Ken Vandermark, Peter Brotzman and Trio X with Dominic Duval and Jay Rosen.
"McPhee is a stellar improviser, relishing his sound materials so caringly and for so long,” writes Hank Shteamer. "[He's] the kind of player that invites you to really step outside of whatever mix you are in and think and feel for a while."
Voted on of the 100 greatest drummers of alternative music by Spin Magazine (2013), drummer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Corsano creates ferociously dense improvisational sound scapes, augmenting his drum kit with found objects, household devices, and other auxiliary percussion. Working at the nexus of free jazz and rock, He has performed and recorded with luminaries such as Bjork, Thurston Moore, Nels Cline, Evan Parker, C. Spencer Yeh, Jim O’Rourke, Wally Shoup, Bill Orcutt, Paul Dunmall, Sir Richard Bishop, Six Organs of Admittance, and more. Since 1998, he has toured and recorded extensively with saxophonist Paul Flaherty. His 2012 solo outing Cut (Hot Cars Warp) was described by Tiny Mix Tapes as “[ceasing] to be about the drums as we normally think of them, instead being a personally expressive vehicle that can mass rhythms or present a variety of singing and scraping tones... deftly attuned to emotion and curiosity.”
In 2012, McPhee and Corsano released Scraps and Shadows (Roaratorio), a collection of seven duets dedicated to musicians influential to the two performers, including Fred Anderson, Paul Flaherty, Han Bennink and Jim Pepper.
Color in Containment
11th Annual Curatorial Fellowship / March 22 – April 29, 2018
Opening reception: March 22 from 5-7 p.m.
Color in Containment examines the use of color within a group of works to ask a difficult question: can color be controlled? Should it be? The exhibition, including pieces by Patrick Hughes, Andy Warhol, and Pipilotti Rist, among others, imagines vibrant works of art from the UMCA permanent collection as specimens under glass, inviting viewers to make their own discoveries about the necessity or futility of containing color.
Whether blossoming across a white page or glinting from within a dark ground, color is a powerful visual force, which a work of art makes a necessary effort to contain. However, in the context of an exhibition, no work of art is an entity unto itself. In a room full of works color bounces. It spills forth and shrinks back. Delicate colors can be washed out and garish color can bully its neighbors in the exhibition space. Beyond the literal frame that contains a print, painting, or photograph there is the frame of the exhibition, which must be equally prepared to point color in the right direction or deal with the resulting chaos. Co-curated by M.F.A. Studio Arts, 2019, candidate Margaret Wilsonand
M.A. Art History, 2019, candidate Alison Ritacco, Color in Containment invites its audience to interpret these images and exhibition space with a phenomenological curiosity. The exhibition abandons the question of what color means, and instead explores the question of what color does.
The University Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual Curatorial Fellowship exhibition — now in its eleventh year — is the culmination of a year-long independent project. It is a collaboration between the art history and studio arts graduate programs. The Fellowship is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the intellectual and practical tasks of curation in a museum setting. Over the years it has provided students with hands on experience and highly valuable skills in the job market.
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