The arts at Brown
are alive and thriving! Look here for information on
CAC events
, or use the links at the left to see what is happening around campus.

2013-2014

Excavations Opening | April 4, 2014  + -

Excavations Exhibition Opening

Friday, April 4th @ 5pm

Cohen Gallery 

 

Opening Reception: Friday, April 4, 5-7pm.

 

Lauren Gidwitz ’06, Laini Nemett ’06 and Ellen Uzane Schneiderman ’05 each build,

excavate, and de-construct their own painted work-sites in their shared studio space in

Long Island City that they built themselves. Through various painterly processes, they

create imagined landscapes - places that could not physically exist yet materialize in the

painting space.

 

Lauren Gidwitz’s interests lie in the crossing of paths, in separate and simultaneous

experiences, intertwining memory of physical and psychological spaces. Forms and

viewpoints overlap in layers of paint which are scraped, sanded, and slathered.

Juxtaposing textures of the painted realms keep us at bay as the familiar tows us in.

 

Laini Nemett responds to intimate histories--lived, remembered, or imagined. She mines

the embedded stories within remnants of once-inhabited buildings, and the possibilities of

what (and who) might enter the skeletons of new constructions. Based off her own

cardboard models, her paintings piece together fragments of place to investigate individual

ways we conceive and experience “home”.

 

Ellen Uzane Schneiderman’s works explore a kind of subverted archeological process

where she both creates the dig site and engages in the digging. These handmade paper

works are built by layering colored pulps on top of each other to create an archived

painting directly in the paper. After the paper dries,she denudes parts of the surface to

explore these under layers, revealing sensuous, rigid, and mysterious spaces.

 

For more information about each artist, please see below:

www.laurengidwitz.com

www.laininemett.com

www.ellenuschneiderman.com

 

Opening Reception: Friday, April 4, 5-7pm.

Brown Bag Concert | April 3, 2014  + -

All Brown community members are invited to assemble in Sayles Hall for a free concert series. Enjoy an hour of musical programming featuring Music Department students and maybe even some faculty members. You can stay for one or two pieces or stay for the entire hour. 

*Please note that no food or drink is allowed in Martinos Auditorium.*

To request special services, accommodations or assistance for this event, please contact Ashley Lundh [401.863.3234 - Ashley_Lundh@brown.edu] as far in advance of the event as possible.

 

Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Martinos Auditorium

OPENSIGNAL Presents Spring 2014 Experimental Electronic Music Series - Laetitia Sonami | March 19, 2014 - March 20, 2014  + -

OPENSIGNAL Presents Spring 2014 Experimental Electronic Music Series

 

PROVIDENCE RI [Brown University] — opensignal, an artist collective formed through the Brown University Music Department’s MEME [Multimedia + Electronic Music Experiments] program is organizing an exciting colloquium and concert series surrounding issues of gender and race in electronic music.

 

The second event in the series will feature renowned experimental musician, Laetitia Sonami.  On Wednesday March 19th, Sonami will present a talk in the Granoff Center Martinos Auditorium, 154 Angell Street, at 5pm. On Thursday March 20th, she will present a concert at 8pm in Martinos showcasing two instruments, the Lady’s Glove and her new instrument, the Spring Spyre

 

About opensignal

opensignal is a collective of artists based in Providence RI concerned with the state of gender and race in experimental electronic music and art practices. opensignal operates with generous funding and support from the Brown University Department of Music and MEME program, the Brown University Creative Arts Council Arts Initiative Grant, the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning’s new Mentorship Initiative, and the Pembroke Center’s Steinhaus/Zisson Research Grant.

 

About MEME

MEME (Multimedia & Electronic Music Experiments) is an interdisciplinary program within the Brown University Music Department that focuses on the creative use of emerging technology for real-time interactive performance and installation. MEME@brown is known for art and research that traverse the boundaries between computer music, installation, video, theater and dance. As part of the larger Brown and RISD digital media community, MEME@brown provides expertise and promotes research in real-time electronic music, instrument design, interactive video, motion tracking and other hardware/software. MEME@brown resources include its faculty and staff, undergraduate and graduate course offerings, and fully-equipped state-of-the-art studios, labs and performance venues. MEME@brown promotes collaborative research and creative projects among composers, computer scientists, writers, visual artists, choreographers and others. Local, national and international artists are featured regularly at MEME concerts, symposia, and workshops.

 

For updated information, you can visit www.cargocollective.com/opensignal or email openopensignal@gmail.com

The Feminist & Women's Media Festival | March 14, 2014 - March 16, 2014  + -

The Feminist & Women's Media Festival is a 3-day series of events consisting of film, video, and TV screenings, a photography installation, media-maker Q&As, and academic symposia. All of this will take place in Providence, RI from March 14-16, 2014: at the Granoff Center at Brown University, and at the Cable Car Cinema in downtown Providence. Our invited guests, filmmakers, and panelists include Nandita Das, Lena Waithe, Cauleen Smith, Rhea Combs, Portia Cobb, Hong-An Truong, Mimi Thi Nguyen, and Nilita Vachani-- with a photography installation featuring works by Nikki Lee. 

In displaying such a broad range of works and modes from different regions and time periods, we hope to stimulate critical conversations within the Brown and Providence communities about the fraught and contradictory associations conjured by the overdetermined notions of feminist and women’s media. 

ALL SCREENINGS AND EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!!

 

Schedule

Thursday, March 13th, 2014: Magic Lantern

Event at Cable Car Cinema

8:00 p.m.Body/Voice: Women’s Experimental Cinema
                Marasmus (Betzy Bromberg Laura Ewig, 1981, 24 min)
                Schmeerguntz (Gunvor Nelson, 1966, 14 min)
                She/Va (Marjorie Keller, 1973, 3 min)
                Roseblood (Sharon Couzin, 1974, 8 min)
                Iris (Maria Lassnig, 1971, 10 min)
                Not a Jealous Bone (Cecelia Condit, 1987, 11 min)
                SHARONY! (Jennet Thomas, 2000, 11 min)
                Aberrant Motion #1 (Cathy Sisler, 1993, 11 min)
                Headache (Aneta Grzeszykowska, 2008, 12 min)

Friday, March 14th, 2014: Industry

Events at Cable Car Cinema

12:00 p.m.: Screening of web series/shorts by Lena Waithe + Q&A with Lena Waithe moderated by Megan Fernandes

4:00 p.m.The Bigamist (Ida Lupino, 1953, 80min, 16mm)

8:00 p.m.The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (Marie Losier, 2011, 72min) 

10:00 p.m.Mommy is Coming (Cheryl Dunye, 2012, 64min)

11:15 p.m.Bound (Andy and Lana Wachowski, 1996, 108min)

Events at Granoff (in Martinos Auditorium)

2:00 p.m.: Ramchand Pakistani (Mehreen Jabbar, 2008, 103min)

3:45 p.m.The Darktown Revue (Oscar Micheaux and Alice B. Russell, 1931,                 18min, 35mm)

4:00 p.m.: Firaaq (Nandita Das, 2008, 101 min, 35mm)

6:00 p.m.: KEYNOTE: Nandita Das + Q&A

7:30 p.m.: Reception to follow keynote

Saturday, March 15th, 2014: Archives

Events at Cable Car Cinema

11:00 a.m: Silent Film Program, Part 1: Gospel and Ethnography
                  Hellbound Train (Eloyce and James Gist, 1930-1933, 50min)
                  Verdict Not Guilty (Eloyce and James Gist, 1929-1930, 7min)
                  Children’s Games, Logging, and Baptism (Zora Neale Hurson,                         1927-1929, approx 3 min)
                  Zora Neale Hurston’s Fieldwork Footage (1928, 7min)

12:15 p.m: Silent Film Program, Part 2: Comedy and Caricature 
                 Laughing Gas (Edwin S. Porter, 1907, 9min)
                 A Florida Enchantment (Sidney Drew, 1914, 63min)

2:30 p.m.: French feminist video program
                 Jean Genet parle d’Angela Davis (Carole Roussopoulos, 1970, 10                    mins, video)
                 Le F.H.A.R. (Carole Roussopoulos, video, 1971, 26 mins)
                 S.C.U.M. Manifesto (Carole Roussopoulos and Delphine Seyrig,                      1976, 26 mins, video)
                 Malédictines, Vidéa (1975, 16 mins, video)

6:30 p.m.: Short experimental films by Portia Cobb

8:00 p.m.Mi broni ba (Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2009, 22min)
                Kwaku Ananse (Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2013, 25min)
                Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful (Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2012, 5 mins)
                Pumzi (Wanuri Kahiu, 2009, 21min)

9.30 p.m.Cauleen Smithselected works
                The Way Out is the Way Two – Wifi (Cauleen Smith, 2012, 1.15min)
                The Changing Same (Cauleen Smith, 2001, 9.25min)
                The Green Dress (Cauleen Smith, 2005, 14.30min).

10:30 p.m.In My Genes (Lupita Nyong’o, 2009, 77min)

Events at Granoff (in Martinos Auditorium)

2:30 p.m.: Screening of Compensation (Zeinabu Irene Davis, 1999, 95min)

4:30 p.m.“Archives and Race” panel // Moderator: Karen Baxter
                Panelists:
                Rhea Combs
                Cauleen Smith
                Portia Cobb

6:00 p.m.: Reception following panel

Sunday March 16th, 2014: Borders

Events at Cable Car Cinema

11:00 a.m.The “Depression” screening:
                Chocolate Cake (JoAnn Elam, date unknown, 4mins)
                Daytime Television (JoAnn Elam, date unknown, 4mins)
                Apologies (Anne Charlotte Robertson, 1986, 17min)
                Five Year Diary, Reel 23: A Breakdown After the Mental Hospital                     (Anne Charlotte Robertson, 1982, 27min)
                The Blazing World (Jessica Bardsley, 2013, 18min)
                Land of Mourning Calm (Jessica Bardsley, 2010, 13min)
                A Past of Plank and Nail (Jessica Bardsley, 2013, 6.5min)

2:00 p.m.The “Feminism?” Project (Amber Hawk-Swanson, 2006, 46min)

4:00 p.m.Suspense (Lois Weber, 1913, 10min) + The Red Lantern (Capellani                   and Nazimova, 1919, 70min)

6:00 p.m.I Am (Sonali Gulati, 2011, 71 minutes) + Jasad and the Queen of Contradictions (Amanda Homsi-Ottoson, 2009, 40 minutes)

8:00 p.m.Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years (Dagmar Schultz, 2012, 81min)

Events at Granoff (in Martinos Auditorium)

11:00 a.m“Borders” panel // Moderator: Eng-Beng Lim
                Panelists:
                Hong-An Truong
                Mimi Nguyen
                Nilita Vachani

2:00 p.m.When Mother Comes Home for Christmas (Nilita Vachani, 1996, 106                  mins) + Hong-An Truong shorts, Adaptation Fever


Les Miserables in Concert | March 10, 2014 - March 13, 2014  + -

Les Misérables at Brown? What?! 

This semester, a group of students is partaking in a GISP entitled, Les Misérables: In Text and Production. As part of this course, we have adopted the mammoth task of culminating our findings by producing a series of concert performances of the musical in Granoff Martinos Auditorium, March 10-13. 

Les Misérables is considered by many to be one of the greatest musicals ever conceived. The story originated as a powerful novel by Victor Hugo, which has since transcended many art forms, from film to theatre. It’s a story that speaks to all of us - and you, too, we hope.

 

Monday, March 10, 2014 8:00 PM - Thu, March 13, 2014 11:00 PM

Martinos Auditorium

Creative Mind Lecture | March 10, 2014  + -

The Creative Mind Lectures are a series of talks devoted to the celebration of creative thought across many disciplines, including art, science, and technology.

Spend your Monday night at our second lecture event this semester, a two-part bite-sized affair presenting:

V I C T O R I A _ R E E D of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), who sleuths art for a living. Victoria researches provenance—a vast and complex field that includes where artworks have been, who’s owned them, and when, where, why, and how they’ve changed hands. Her talk will be about her favorite art mysteries, and about the "cases" she’s solved.

D A N I E L _ B Y E R S Daniel Byers is a photographer for National Geographic, an adventurer at heart, and a Brown alum. He also produces films about environmental and health issues. Daniel's here to talk about the importance of curiosity-driven exploration, and photography as a medium for conscientious story-telling.

The event will follow the format of two 20-minute lectures and an audience Q and A.

March 10th at 6pm in Studio 2

Bridging the Great Divide: Politics, Polarization & Progress in the 21st Century America | March 8, 2014  + -

Has the pendulum swung so far that partisan politics impedes the stability of the United States? How does this dynamic on the national scale impact the states -- and impact the political engagement and thoughtfulness of the populace? This discussion is one of several being presented this weekend as part of President Paxson's inaugural President's Colloquium on the Virtues of a Liberal Education. Participants include Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee '75, P'14 '17; Delaware Governor Jack Markell '82; and Mara Liasson '77, National Political Correspondent, NPR Journalist.

 

Saturday, March 8, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Martinos Auditorium

The Story of You by Brian Kelly | March 6, 2014  + -

Stories from a dam with no water, behind the bar, offshore, on deck, across the table, from the side of the road, under the influence, with imaginary flashbulbs. On the Mississippi. I am. Nowhere. Full pitch full blast drifting open.

 

The Creative Arts Council presents a multi-media performance by Brian Kelly, Brown class of '79. Since leaving Brown, Brian became part of the highly publicized art and alternative music worlds of New York in the 1980’s and 90’s. For many years he worked with Julian Schnabel, managing production of his sculpture, painting and film projects.   Brian's most recent work, The Story of You, is a series of monologues written and performed by Brian.  It will be presented on March 6th at 6:30pm in the Granoff Center, Studio 1, before going on to be presented on Saturday and Sunday evenings in May at the HB Theater in New York.

 

 

Two new dance works: "After the Multiplex" and "The Process of Devouring" | March 3, 2014 - April 5, 2014  + -

You're invited to the premiere of two new dance works, "After the Multiplex" and "The Process of Devouring," choreographed by Sarah Friedland and Nadia Hannan respectively. They are presented as a component of Sarah's Modern Culture and Media honors thesis and a continuation of Nadia's Performance Studies capstone.

 
April 3-5 at 8 p.m. // Ashamu Dance Studio

Please join us for a talk-back after the Saturday night performance.

Tickets are free but should be reserved ahead of time:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/after-devouring-an-evening-of-dance-by-sarah-friedland-and-nadia-hannan-tickets-10917854597

Please arrive five minutes prior to the start of the show to claim your seats. All unfilled seats will be opened up to a waiting list at that time.


This performance is sponsored by a grant from the Brown University Creative Arts Council and made possible with the support of Brown University Department of Theater Arts and Performance Studies, Modern Culture and Media, and Body and Sole.


“After the Multiplex,” choreographed by Sarah Friedland, imagines the potential affects and residues of gestures from genre films that play out--dance--in the bodies and lives of viewers long after leaving a cinema multiplex. The piece will imagine the space of the stage as a foyer of a cinema multiplex into which the viewing bodies of several films--a Western, a horror film, and a chick flick--flow after their screenings have ended. "After the Multiplex" features sound design by Greg Nissan and lighting design by Isaac Berkowitz.


“The Process of Devouring,” choreographed by Nadia Hannan, draws on Jean-Francois Millet’s painting The Angelus and one of Salvador Dali’s work in response to it, Aurore, midi, après-midi et crépuscule. The piece explores the themes present in the paintings and the literature surrounding them including the sometimes violent transition from stillness to motion, the animalistic nature of the human, concepts of masculinity and femininity, and the bodies’ relationships to each other and their surroundings.
Dance, Memory and the Oral Tradition (Lecture/Demonstration @ MiniFest, American Dance Legacy Initiative) | March 1, 2014  + -

featuring dancers with Parkinson's Disease and students from Central Falls High School
Saturday March 1st - 12:00pm
Granoff Studio One
Free and open to the public

Part performance and part discussion, "Dance, Memory, and the Oral Tradition” will include presentations by persons with Parkinson's Disease and by students from Central Falls High School. In addition, Cathy Young, former dancer with Danny Buraczeski’s dance company, JAZZDANCE, will share how Buraczeski’s legacy is being preserved through ADLI’s Repertory Etudes Project. Rounding out the program, Jeff Friedman, a dancer, choreographer, reconstructor, documentarian, and scholar, will demonstrate the use of oral history to preserve the memories of dancers.

The Lecture Demonstration is part of the ADLI MiniFest 2014 program. http://adli.us/
ADLI Mini-Fest is part of Widening the Circle: Intersections of Art, Science and Community, presented by FirstWorks and American Dance Legacy Initiative, in collaboration with Artists and Scientists as Partners, Brown University, and Mark Morris Dance Group.

Location: Granoff Studio One

Master Class with Cathy Young (MiniFest-American Dance Legacy Initiative) | March 1, 2014  + -

 

Cathy Young is nationally recognized as a master teacher and has taught classes at more than 30 colleges around the country, as well as at the Bates Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival and the International Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a performer, Young has danced with a number of companies, including Zenon Dance Company and Danny Buraczeski’s JAZZDANCE, and has toured extensively throughout the US and Europe. For the past 20 years, Young has focused on creating her own work, a dynamic mix of styles and dance forms, for her own company Cathy Young Dance, and she has been commissioned by major companies around the world. She was previously department chair at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania and now proudly serves as director of the Dance Division for The Boston Conservatory.

Young’s classes celebrate jazz dance as a dynamic, expressive, complex, and continuously evolving form. Because jazz dance is inspired by vernacular dance and music, her classes explore movement that has its roots in African-American dances such as the Cakewalk, the Charleston, the Lindy Hop and hip hop as well as the Mambo and Salsa of Latin America. Young integrates the complexity of elements from current and classical jazz movement techniques with somatics. Her warm-up is organic and "body-friendly," yet also physically rigorous. The movement explores a wide range of jazz styles with a focus on elements such as isolation, swing, pulse, and rhythmic variations. All levels of dancers are welcome.

The Master Class is part of the ADLI MiniFest 2014 program. http://adli.us/
ADLI Mini-Fest is part of Widening the Circle: Intersections of Art, Science and Community, presented by FirstWorks and American Dance Legacy Initiative, in collaboration with Artists and Scientists as Partners, Brown University, and Mark Morris Dance Group.

Location: Granoff Studio One, Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
American Dance Legacy Initiative MiniFest Concert | February 28, 2014 - March 1, 2014  + -

Granoff Studio One, Saturday, February 28th and March 1, 2014 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
$5 (student), $15 (general)

American Dance Legacy Initiative’s Mini-Fest Dance Concert celebrates independent women of Rhode Island. The local and guest artists featured in the performance embody Rhode Island's trademark trailblazing spirit. Anchoring the program is Dancing Legacy, the performing and teaching ensemble of American Dance Legacy Initiative, in works covering three decades of American dance. The Mini-Fest Concert also features Dance Extension, Brown University’s modern repertory company. Performers and choreographers include Brown seniors, Sarah Friedland and Nadia Hannan, Brown ‘92 alumna Laura Bennett, adjunct faculty member Stephanie Turner, and guest artist B.J. Sullivan from North Carolina.

Highlights of the concert are Buraczeski Etude, a distillation of the repertory and style of jazz master Danny Buraczeski, Anne-Alex Packard’s whimsical and humorous Angels in the Attic, and Donna Jewell’s seminal work, Madame Sand, inspired by the life of writer George Sand and the music of Frederic Chopin. B.J. Sullivan, whose work has been described as unique, fluid, and physical, will perform an excerpt from The Pressure Series, which considers the transition from a life focused on self into one consumed by nurturing and caregiving and the struggles of balancing career and home. Stephanie Turner, independent choreographer/performer and director of the Movement Exchange, will contribute a new work, Loose Seam, to live music. 

These concerts are part of the ADLI MiniFest 2014 program. http://adli.us/
ADLI Mini-Fest is part of Widening the Circle: Intersections of Art, Science and Community, presented by FirstWorks and American Dance Legacy Initiative, in collaboration with Artists and Scientists as Partners, Brown University, and Mark Morris Dance Group.

Artist-Up-Close: A Conversation with Mark Morris | February 26, 2014  + -

Artist-Up-Close: A Conversation with Mark Morris 

Martinos Auditorium, 2/26 at 5pm

 

Widening the Circle: Intersections of Art, Science and Community (Feb. 21-March 8)

Widening the Circle: Intersections of Art, Science and Community is a series of master classes, lecture demonstrations, performances, and seminars.  TheWidening the Circle series includes three distinct yet interconnected programs: a Mark Morris Dance Group residency featuring a range of activities surrounding the choreographer hailed as "the Mozart of modern dance," a Symposium looking at the arts within a holistic healing approach, and a Mini-Fest exploring public engagement with arts and culture. Widening the Circle is presented by FirstWorks and American Dance Legacy Initiative, in collaboration with Artists and Scientists as Partners, Brown University, and Mark Morris Dance Group. This series includes an Artist-Up-Close: A Conversation with Mark Morris moderated by Debra Cash, critic and scholar-in-residence, Bates Dance Festival, Wednesday February 26 – 5:00pm at Granoff Center Martinos Auditorium, 154 Angell Street, Providence. This event is Free and open to the public. For more information on Widening the Circle events, go tohttp://wideningthecircle.weebly.com/


Performance as Research: artistic, scientific and humanistic intersections in the academy | February 21, 2014 - April 19, 2014  + -

The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies (TAPS) announces a semester-long dialogue on Performance as Research: artistic, scientific and humanistic intersections in the academy featuring Margaret Wertheim, Science Writer and Founder of the Institute for Figuring, Choreographer Mark Morris and other renowned scholars and artists from Providence and around the country.



Throughout Spring 2014, TAPS will hosts artists and scholars at Brown who will help build dialogue among thinkers and makers across disciplines – disclosing, affirming and expanding on the capacities of art and performance to create and archive new knowledge, in direct integration with the sciences and the full range of humanities. Members of our community – across multiple artistic, scientific and humanistic disciplines - are invited to examine usually overlooked but vital facets of the role of theatre and performance in the academy. TAPS Department Chair Erik Ehn says:



Ethics, math, biology – all come into play when we set up stages built to quicken empathy and fuel the social construction of nuanced meaning. The performing arts provide similes and illustrations of refined disciplinary concepts, but they are also a means of thinking, discovering, assessing and documenting knowledge that lives well beyond conventional understandings of art for its own sake. The performing arts in the academy is a place where, in the creation and presentation of a performance with stakeholders across multiple disciplines, we create a space of “thoughtful and practical imagining” that lives outside the participants' signature languages or ways of communicating.



Through conversations, exhibits, performances and workshops, visiting artists, along with students and scholars at Brown will explore the department's interest in and ideas around Design for Performance. Design, as much as any other aspect of performance-craft, bodies forth our shared ideas of what it means to live, fully, responsible to each other. A series of linked events through the term invite wide-ranging contemplation of design in our various disciplines, and how our senses of space share faith in a plural, civic presence.



For a full list of events and information on this series, and to register for workshops, please go to: www.brown.edu/go/tapsdesigns2014



Widening the Circle: Intersections of Art, Science and Community (Feb. 21-March 8)

Widening the Circle: Intersections of Art, Science and Community is a series of master classes, lecture demonstrations, performances, and seminars.  TheWidening the Circle series includes three distinct yet interconnected programs: a Mark Morris Dance Group residency featuring a range of activities surrounding the choreographer hailed as "the Mozart of modern dance," a Symposium looking at the arts within a holistic healing approach, and a Mini-Fest exploring public engagement with arts and culture. Widening the Circle is presented by FirstWorks and American Dance Legacy Initiative, in collaboration with Artists and Scientists as Partners, Brown University, and Mark Morris Dance Group. This series includes an Artist-Up-Close: A Conversation with Mark Morris moderated by Debra Cash, critic and scholar-in-residence, Bates Dance Festival, Wednesday February 26 – 5:00pm at Granoff Center Martinos Auditorium, 154 Angell Street, Providence. This event is Free and open to the public. For more information on Widening the Circle events, go tohttp://wideningthecircle.weebly.com/




Shannon Scrofano, Scenic Designer at CalArts (March 10-14)

Shannon Scrofano's theatrical designs demonstrate how live performance can reshape the ways audiences and performers perceive the civic space, by creating work in the community itself. She does not design a facsimile of the environment on a traditional stage, but designs around the living environment. In her recent work that takes place in the Skid Row section of Los Angeles, the physical life of the performance “navigates fluidly amidst Skid Row's ecosystem.” Her designs help the actors (many of them from the community discover the truths of place. For more information on Shannon Scrofano’s residency go towww.brown.edu/go/tapsdesigns2014



Margaret Wertheim, Science Writer, Sculptor (April 14-18)

Margaret Wertheim's Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef is an art work and scientific research process that is continually in creation with thousands of women who fabricate parts of an ever-evolving yarn and plastic coral reef. At Brown, Wertheim will show how the exhibition and creation of the coral reef functions as research, a scholarly panel or conference. Though these clearly function in different ways, Wertheim's work and her discoveries have revealed a gravity, complexity, and specificity of concepts around hyperbolic space for the benefit of scientists, environmentalists, crocheters, and the public. Wertheim will present a talk Reefs, Rubbish and Reason: Bringing art and science together in the age of global warming at Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center on April 14 at 5pm. She will also lead a series of workshops on her Coral Reef project and on her current interest in the pedagogical impacts of STEM to STEAM initiatives in k-12 education. For more information, and to register for workshops please go to: www.brown.edu/go/tapsdesigns2014



PearlDamour (Feb. 21 and April 15) and Everett (Feb. 22 and April 19)

Two companies in residence at Brown are embarking on projects tackling specific contemporary social issues. Both companies are constructing the pieces with students, community members, artists and scholars from multiple disciplines and perspectives, with the result being a process and performance in which there are new discoveries, but importantly, the artists develop new ways of communicating the discoveries to a broad audience. For PearlDamour's MILTON, their essential question is: in today’s changing world, is it possible to locate a definition for what it means to be an American? In what ways do people feel a personal connection to a shared American community? For Everett's FREEDOM PROJECT, they will look at racial and socio-economic disparities that influence the criminal justice system in Rhode Island. Both artistic companies are using a “Research to Performance” method in the creation of the pieces.Their aim is also pedagogical: making the evolution and process live and visible is intrinsic to the dialogue around the performances. For information on showings and exhibits go to: www.brown.edu/go/tapsdesigns2014



Our partners at Brown University:

Curt Columbus, Artistic Director, Trinity Repertory Company; Erik Ehn, Chair, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies; Richard Fishman, Director, Creative Arts Council; Caroline Karp, Lecturer, Environmental Studies; Michael McGarty, Scenic Designer, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies; Julie Strandberg,Director of Dance, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies; Kathy Takayama, Director, Sheridan Center; Annie Valk, Associate Director, Center for Public Humanities



Our Sponsors: TAPS, Creative Arts Council, MEME, MCM, Sheridan Center, Visual Art, Biology, Engineering, Science and Technology Studies, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Office of the President, Humanities Initiative, Dean of Faculty

The Days Between | February 20, 2014 - February 22, 2014  + -

The Days Between

Thursday, February 20th - 22nd @ 8pm in Studio 1

The Days Between is a new opera by Ben Kutner '14, directed by Zach Rufa '14.  The death of a dictator will throw a nation into disarray. "The Days Between" follows four national figures as they weather the power vacuum after their leader's death - each attempting to ride out on top. Based loosely on the recent events of the Arab Spring, the opera was written in Summer 2013 and is receiving its premiere production in February 2014 in Brown's Granoff Center.


Chinese Women's Media Festival | February 19, 2014 - February 20, 2014  + -

Chinese Women's Media Festival

Wednesday, February 19th and 20th

Martinos Auditorium

Award-winning Hong Kong director Tammy Cheung will be on campus for screenings of two of her films, "Speaking Up" and "Village Middle School," followed by Q&A -- Feb. 19, 6pm in the Granoff Center Martinos Auditorium. Tammy Cheung returns on Feb. 20, first to speak about her unique career path, "from prison guard to documentary director," at 12pm in Salomon 203, then to attend another screening, "Cheung Chau Diary," a film by several young directors -- 6pm in the Martinos Auditorium. Tammy will be available for Q&A after this screening as well. 

Faculty Lecture: Creativity and Innovation in Teaching & Learning | February 11, 2014  + -

BEAR DAY WEEK!

You know it takes more than just a day to honor Brown staff for their performance and continuing loyalty to the University! Check out the special offers, events, tours, and discounts during BEAR Day week below. The fun begins on January 22 and continues until February 15.

Join Professor of Visual Art RIchard Fishman for a special lecture, Creativity and Innovation in Teaching and Learning, in the Granoff Center's Martinos Auditorium at 154 Angell Street at 4:00pm. No registration necessary.


BMP, IFF & NBCUniversal presents ADVANCED SCREENING of Endless Love | February 10, 2014  + -

BMP, IFF & NBCUniversal presents ADVANCED SCREENING of Endless Love

Monday, February 10th @ 7pm

Martinos Auditorium

 

Please As we approach Valentine's Day, Brown University Motion PicturesIvy Film Festival & NBCUniversal bring to you an EARLY SCREENING of ENDLESS LOVE...

 

ENDLESS LOVE stars Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) in the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.

 

* TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTAzn4W48gc

 

* TICKETS: get your free ticket at: http://granoffendless.eventbrite.com

 

* FREEBIES: NBC Universal will also be giving away FREE promotional t-shirts and posters at the door!

 

Directed by Shana Feste (Country Strong), the romantic drama co-stars Robert Patrick, Bruce Greenwood, Rhys Wakefield, Dayo Okeniyi, Emma Rigby and Joely Richardson. Scott Stuber and Pamela Abdy (Identity Thief) of Bluegrass Films are joined by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl) of Fake Empire to produce the film from writers Feste and Joshua Safran (Gossip Girl).  www.endlesslovemovie.com

 

Brought to you by: Brown Motion Pictures; Ivy Film Festival; NBC Universal

Film screening: Leviathan | February 9, 2014  + -

Film screening: Leviathan

Sunday, February 9th @ 4:30pm in Martinos Auditorium

The John Carter Brown Library presents a screening of Leviathan, as part of a pre-event kickoff to the Annual JCB Galletti Lecture series. Filmed off the coast of New Bedford, Mass., the documentary takes a non-traditional approach to portraying the commercial fishing industry. The film is unique because there is no dialogue, instead focusing on the machinery, crew, marine life, and sea. A discussion with director Lucien Castaing-Taylor will follow the screening. 

2011-2012

Interactive Exhibits and Installations (MiniFest, American Dance Legacy Initiative) | February 26, 2014 - March 1, 2014  + -

 

Curated by Brown Public Humanities graduate students and Dancing Legacy Apprentices
February 26-27 - 10am-4pm, February 28 & March 1 - 10am-10pm
Granoff Living Room Galleries

The Mini-Fest installations take full advantage of the Granoff Center, Brown University's interdisciplinary arts center dedicated to fostering innovation, research, collaboration, creativity, and education among the arts, humanities, and sciences. The building was designed by the New York-based architecture firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The exhibits will be situated throughout the building and provide new perspectives on viewing and experiencing dance.

Two of the installations are inspired by the work of American jazz master, Danny Buraczeski, curated by students from Central Falls High School under the direction of their master teacher Deanna Camputaro and Paul Margrave, a Brown University Public Humanities graduate student. By combining photographs, video, text and choreography, the students share their personal connection to Danny Buraczeski and his repertory. Two exhibits explore “Dance, Memory, and the Oral Tradition” showcasing ADLI’s archives and programming. The final exhibit is presented in partnership with ASaP: Artists and Scientists as Partners.

The Exhibits and Installations are part of the ADLI MiniFest 2014 program. http://adli.us/
ADLI Mini-Fest is part of Widening the Circle: Intersections of Art, Science and Community, presented by FirstWorks and American Dance Legacy Initiative, in collaboration with Artists and Scientists as Partners, Brown University, and Mark Morris Dance Group.