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Upcoming Events

Perils, Pitfalls and Joys: Visual Art and the Communication of Complex Data | September 18, 2014 - November 20, 2014  + -

A lecture series featuring Dr. Peter Snyder (Professor of Neurology, Alpert Medical School), Dr James Head (Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Distinguished Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences), and artist/illustrator David Macaulay (How Things Work).  All lectures will begin at 6pm in the Martinos Auditorium, and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Snyder, Head, Macaulay, and other members of the Brown community.

September 18, 6pm 
presented by Dr. Peter Snyder 
The inherent risks of communication complex scientific information through visual means that are also unquestionably artistic.  The blur of roles between scientist and artist and the risks of crossing these boundaries.

October 28, 6pm 
  presented by Dr. James Head
The difficulty of communicating intensely complex information in meaningful ways, and the role of scientist as storyteller.  The responsibility of science to translate new knowledge in ways that are both informative and also engaging to the educated lay public. 

November 20, 6pm  
JOYS presented by David Macaulay
The artist as partner with scientists and engineers to convey intricate and difficult systems and ideas.  Synergy between art and science.  Sources of inspiration for artists and scientists alike, and the explosion of knowledge and invention in our lifetime.

Youth Arts Summit | November 22, 2014  + -

On Saturday November 22, 2014, a group of teen and young adult artists who participate in our community’s rich youth arts programs will bring their work, ideas and energy up the hill and into the Granoff Center. Though performances, exhibitions and conversation the youth will imagine how Brown and Providence might look in 2034 – when they are the creative leaders in our community.

The Youth Arts Summit is sponsored by the Brown 250, the Creative Arts Council and the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies as a way to celebrate Providence-based youth arts organizations that have been formed by or led by Brown graduates.

Coordinating among Brown’s Granoff Creative Arts Center (CAC) The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies (TAPS), and Brown/Trinity MFA programs, the daylong public arts event is a celebration of Brown's distinctive group of creative alumni, faculty and students who work in Providence, have contributed to the vibrant art and culture of our city, and have dedicated themselves to social change through arts and education.

Youth will come from the following organizations: Community MusicWorks, founded by Sebastian Ruth (‘97), New Urban Arts, founded by Tyler Denmead (‘97), Youth in Action, until just recently directed by Adeola Orreola (‘02) and AS220 Youth, founded by Sam Seidel (’02) and now directed by Anne Kugler (’90). Besides these organizations, we will also feature dancers from Central Falls who work with Professor Julie Strandberg, actors from Trinity Rep’s Young actors programs, performers in the Tenderloin Opera Company, directed by Professor Erik Ehn, and young artists from Everett Company who are creating a new piece with Brown University this fall. Jori Ketten ('02) will facilitate the Summit. She is founder of 186 Carpenter and directs the Media Lab at Community MusicWorks,  where she helps young people reflect on their learning through photography and video projects.


THE “NEW GROUP” invites artists, scholars, students and faculty to participate in CUT/THROAT CREATIVITY: STRUCTURING THE NEW, a symposium designed to stimulate multidisciplinary conversation and consideration of how cultural identity and artistic practice converge to produce innovative work. What constitutes innovative work in today’s age of immanent reproducibility? How does innovation cross or differ across disciplinary boundaries or require multi/interdisciplinary methodological approaches? What makes the pursuit of innovation or newness a worthwhile one? We hope to bring the Brown community into discussion with several contemporary artists and critics in order to get at questions such as these (and more)!


The first half of CUT/THROAT CREATIVITY, on Monday, November 24th, will involve a panel discussion with SIMONE LEIGH(sculptor and multimedia artist), RASHIDA BUMBRAY (curator and choreographer), DOUG JONES (Assistant Professor of English, Rutgers University), and LAUREN WITTELS (Senior Director, Luhring Augustine Gallery).


The second half of CUT/THROAT CREATIVITY, on Tuesday, November 25th, will be hosted in conjunction with the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts and the 2014 Agnes Gund Presidential Lecture. This year’s lecture will feature a conversation between the iconic artist GLENN LIGON and HUEY COPELAND (Associate Professor of Art History, Northwestern University).


Both events will be held free of charge, in the Granoff Center’s Martinos Auditorium at 6pm and 5pm, respectively.

Glenn Ligon, Agnes Gund Presidential Lecture | November 25, 2014  + -

GLENN LIGON: 2014 Agnes Gund Presidential Lecture
Tuesday, November 25, 5pm, Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium


American conceptual artist Glenn Ligon will be in conversation with Huey Copeland for the 2014 Agnes Gund Presidential Lecture, which brings contemporary artists to campus to discuss their work. 

Reserve a seat at: 
Doors open at 4:30pm. Any reservations unclaimed by 4:45pm will be released to the wait list. 

The 2014 Gund Lecture is presented in conjunction with "Cut/Throat Creativity: Structuring the New" a symposium presented by The "NEW" Group. Monday, November 24 at 6pm in the Granoff Center, featuring Rashida Bumbray, Simone Leigh, Doug Jones, and Lauren Wittels. For information:

Caroline Park, "CONSTRUCTION" dissertation performance | December 4, 2014  + -

Thursday, December 4, 5th and 6th, 2014 @ 6:00pm - 6:30pm, Studio 1


Caroline Park, "CONSTRUCTION" dissertation performance

 If we could create architecture from a slice of time-stretched sound, how would we navigate such a space? How might we interpret the constraints of a blueprint to make such architecture, and what would our constructions reflect? 

 CONSTRUCTION is the real-time creation and observation/probing of space-time via sound, light, movement, and emptiness. Each CONSTRUCTION is a temporal, architectural iteration from the same blueprint — each one similar to the others, yet each unique in its own organic variability. Architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable stated: “Space is meaningless without scale, containment, boundaries and direction.” How do we reflect on meaning if scale, containment, boundaries and direction continue to shift; how do we reflect on permanence if architecture is ever-changing?

 Free but ticket required.  Limited to 30 people per performance.

 NOTE: Seating is on cushions/floor; no shoe policy (there will be a shoe area near the doorway).


Caroline Park is a composer, musician, and artist working within the minimum in experimental electronic music. Her 2013 digital release "field" was described as music existing "in an abstract zone, where space bends and algorithms are allowed bountiful time to work their fractal, generative beauty" (Disquiet). As a composer-performer, Caroline regularly performs in a duo with Asha Tamirisa, and also in a quartet, BUMPR, with Stephan Moore, Peter Bussigel, and Timothy Rovinelli.  Performances have occurred at AS220, Machines With Magnets, RISD Museum, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Middle Oak Parking Garage, Jordan Hall, Goethe-Institut Boston, Boston Center for the Arts, Cafe Fixe, Third Life Studio, Studio Soto, Spectrum, Silent Barn, New Museum, The Invisible Dog, the Stone, 295 Douglass, 16 Beaver, ISSUE Project Room, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and the Central Conservatory of Music, in concerts presented/curated by OPENSIGNAL, SEAMUS, CTRL+ALT+REPEAT, R.K. Projects, Non-Event, SICPP, Opensound, Boston CyberArts, Pauline Oliveros, ((audience)), Saint Louis Symphony, and Musicacoustica Beijing. Her solo discography can be found on Private Chronology, Bathetic Records, Visceral Media Records, Pure Potentiality Records, and Absence of Wax. Caroline is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, an artist collective focusing on the representation of gender and race within experimental electronic music. More info at

 Collaborators: Peter Bussigel, Derek Fukumori, Jessie LaFargue, Luke Moldof, Stephan Moore, Tim Rovinelli, Nina Ruelle, Cecilia Salama, Asha Tamirisa, Allie Trionfetti, Kimberly Young

 Sponsored by the Department of Music and the Creative Arts Council.

Control Voltage | December 8, 2014  + -

Control Voltage

Martinos Auditorium


New works by students in Seminar in Electronic Music: Advanced Studio Composition

Benjamin Barsky
Lukas Bentel
Peter Bowden
Samantha Dallas
Nicholas DeMarco
Ryan Glassman
Nathaniel Harris
Akiko Hatakeyama
Congyuan Luo
Henry MacConnel
Grant Meyer
Luke Moldof
Daniel Putnam
Benjamin Shack Sackler