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Brazenly Brown Alumni Master Classes and Public Lectures | February 19, 2015 - April 23, 2015  + -

This semester, the Creative Arts Council launches Brazenly Brown, series of Alumni Master Classes and Public Lectures in the Arts. Up to 10 intensive weekend alumni masters visits will take place throughout the Spring and Fall of 2015.  Visits will include a public talk, followed by a reception at which individuals from Brown and the larger community will have the opportunity to engage with the visitor in one-to-one conversation.  Alumni masters will also engage in a day-long master’s class in which the visitor will work directly with selected students on new and developing projects within the master’s field, giving students close contact with the ideas and approaches of the practitioner.  Finally, each visit will conclude with an intensive critique, bringing the same students back together with the master for feedback on work they've been engaged with in their own practices. 

February 19
6pm, Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium
Ben Lerner ’01 MFA’03
Lerner is a poet, essayist, novelist, and critic, who has authored three books of poetry and two novels.  He has been a Fulbright Scholar, a finalist for the National Book Award, a Howard Foundation Fellow, and a Guggenheim Fellow.

March 13
3pm, Smith Buonanno Hall, Room 106
Christine Vachon ‘83*
Vachon is an Emmy-nominated film producer. Her credits include Still Alice, Kill Your Darlings, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Boys Don’t Cry, Far From Heaven, and I Shot Andy Warhol.
*Presented in conjunction with Women’s History Month

April 2
6pm, Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium
Daniel Alexander Jones AM’93
Jones is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist, whose theatre pieces include Phoenix Fabrik, Bel Canto, Earthbirths, and Cab and Lena. He has received support from The Rockefeller Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and TCG, among others. 

April 23
6pm, Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium
Coco Fusco ‘82
Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who has performed, lectured, exhibited, and curated around the world. Her works have been shown worldwide at venues including the Tate Liverpool, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, and Barcelona’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Please check for a more detailed schedule of Brazenly Brown events. Sponsored by the CAC, Brown University 250th Anniversary and the Office of the President

WHEN THE TOWEL DROPS | March 12, 2015 - April 10, 2015  + -


a solo exhibition from Radha May

Thursday 12 March - through 10 April 
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts

In the summer of 2014, Radha May found herself in Bologna, Italy going through the archives of the Cineteca di Bologna, viewing scene after scene of film clips that had been cut out of publicly viewed cinema between the 1950’s and 1960’s in Italy. She was drawn to the scenes that depicted expressions of female pleasure and provocation. With selections of clips banned from films such as La Notte by Michelangelo Antonioni and Brink of Life by Ingmar Bergman, Radha May has created a provocative 35 millimeter film that explores femininity and female sexuality. 

When The Towel Drops Vol 1 | Italy focuses on the materiality of the piece highlighting the sheer volume of film that was taken out of cinema and out of the public domain. Using a custom designed, motorized mechanism, the 35 millimeter film runs over three floors of the Granoff Center culminating in a single, miniature projection. Accompanying the installation, Radha May has created a publication that includes the official deliberations on the removal of scenes and the justifications for doing so. Many of the scenes in the installation have never been seen in public. Similarly, many of the official records have never been made available to the public. 


Radha May is Elisa Giardina-Papa, Nupur Mathur and Bathsheba Okwenje. She comes from Sicily, Delhi and Kampala. 

Radha May's work explores forgotten and hidden histories, peripheral sites, and feminine myths. Her projects begin with an investigation of things she does not understand but wants to bring closer to her. She uses tools borrowed from anthropologists, historians and journalists to conduct her research. She works in the field, meticulously sifting through historical and social archives making what she finds available to anybody; she also distills the material into fictional and surreal scenarios that complicate assumptions about history, borders and cultural and social formations.



When The Towel Drops, Vol 1 | Italy is made possible by the generous support of: MiBACT - Direzione Generale per il Cinema, Italy; Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, Italy; Fondazione Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale, Italy; Italia Taglia, Italy; Creative Arts Council, Brown University; Italian Studies Department, Brown University; Granoff Center for the Arts, Brown University, Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, Digital + Media, Rhode Island School of Design, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University.

Cinema Ritrovato: Prix de Beauté (Miss Europe, 1930), directed by Augusto Genina, with live piano-vocal accompaniment by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton. | March 17, 2015  + -

Cinema Ritrovato: Prix de Beauté (Miss Europe, 1930), directed by Augusto Genina, with live piano-vocal accompaniment by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Martinos Auditorium

● Prix de Beauté (Miss Europe, 1930), directed by Augusto Genina, with live piano-vocal accompaniment by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton. This rarely seen jazz age classic was the last major film to star the dazzling Louise Brooks, here at the center of a perversely seductive depiction of social decadence. Like many films of the late 1920s, Prix de beauté was made in both silent and sound versions. 

● The program will be introduced by a conversation on “Music and Silent Film” with Antonella Sisto (Post-doctoral fellow in Italian Studies, Brown University), Paul Phillips (director of the Brown University orchestra) and Donald Sosin.

Cinema Ritrovato: "The Miracle" and "Angst" | March 18, 2015  + -

Cinema Ritrovato: "The Miracle" and "Angst"

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Martinos Auditorium

Federico Fellini and Anna Magnani star in 
● "The Miracle," an episode from the 1948 film The Ways of Love (L'Amore), directed by Neorealism master Roberto Rossellini. The film created high controversy around censorship in the US, leading to a Supreme Court decision in 1952 known as the "Miracle Decision", which declared that film is a form of artistic expression protected by the First Amendment. 

● To follow, a screening of Angst (La Paura, 1954), the last film made in 1954 by Roberto Rossellini with Ingrid Bergman, before their separation. Both films were recently restored at the Cineteca of Bologna as part of the Rossellini Project. 

● The program will be introduced by a conversation on “Gender and Censorship” with the artist collective Radha May (Elisa Giardina Papa, Nupur Mathur and Bathsheba Okwenje) and Suzanne Stewart Steinberg (Director of the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women).

Major Transgression! Poetry from Poland | March 18, 2015  + -

We are happy to announce Major Transgression! Poetry from Poland event on March 18th and 19th. 

Celebrating contemporary poetry and experimental prose from Poland and offering open collaborative translation workshops, this two-day poetry and translation festival brings together five major Polish poets and translators: Ewa Chruściel, Julia Fiedorczuk, Tadeusz Pióro, Agnieszka Taborska, and Adam Wiedemann. During two translation workshops, the invited poets will collaborate with students to create English versions of selected poems. Contact or for details.  

The event is organized and sponsored by Creative Art Council at Brown and the departments of Slavic Studies and Literary Arts.


March 18, 2015

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Translation Workshop led by Julia Fiedorczuk

English Department, 70 Brown Street (Fones Alley entrance), room 130


7:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Poetry Reading: Julia Fiedorczuk, Adam Wiedemann

McCormack Family Theater 70 Brown Street (Fones Alley entrance)


March 19, 2015

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Translation Workshop led by Tadeusz Pióro

English Department, 70 Brown Street (Fones Alley entrance), room 130


7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Poetry Reading: Ewa Chruściel, Tadeusz Pióro, Agnieszka Taborska

McCormack Family Theater 70 Brown Street (Fones Alley entrance)


Cinema Ritrovato: Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion | March 19, 2015  + -

Cinema Ritrovato: Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion

Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Martinos Auditorium 

● Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion (Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto, Academy Award for best foreign language film and Grand Prix of the Jury at the Cannes festival, 1970). A recently restored, rarely seen Oscar-winning classic, "a suspense melodrama with the moral concerns of angry satire" (New York Times), directed by Elio Petri, starring Gian Maria Volonté. 

● The film will be introduced by a conversation on “Film, Crime and Politics in Italy, 1968-2014” with Giacomo Manzoli (University of Bologna), Marco Natoli (UMass Boston), Mauro Resmini (University of Maryland) and Massimo Riva (Brown University).

Cinema Ritrovato: Marriage Italian Style | March 20, 2015  + -

Cinema Ritrovato: Marriage Italian Style

Friday, March 20, 2015 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Martinos Auditorium

● Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni star in Marriage Italian Style (Matrimonio all’italiana, 1965). Sophia Loren received an Oscar nomination for best actress in a leading role for her interpretation in this classic Italian comedy, directed by legendary director Vittorio De Sica. 

● The film will be introduced by a conversation and followed by a Q & A with Giacomo Manzoli (University of Bologna) and Massimo Riva (Brown University).

Brazenly Brown: Daniel Alexander Jones | April 9, 2015  + -

 Thursday, April 9th, 2015  -  6p

NOTES FROM AN INTEGRATOR'S MANUAL (free and open to the public)

Brazenly Brown, A Lecture by Daniel Alexander Jones AM'93 

Martinos Auditorium


Friday, April 10th, 2015  - 4p-6p


Brazenly Brown Master Class (by invitation only)

with Daniel Alexander Jones AM '93


 Saturday April 11th, 2015  -  8pm

JOMAMA JONES: RADIATE (free and open to the public)

Part concert, part revival featuring the triumphant return of legendary expatriate performer Jomama Jones, a mythical R&B diva who left the US after a string of hits in the 80s, back from the darkness as a lone star with a singular purpose – to awaken the comeback in us all, through her music and live performance.  She shares songs of resilience and regeneration recounting her rise to the stratosphere, her self-imposed exile from the US and surprising observations of the America to which she has returned.

Jones is accompanied by her collaborator and musical director, Bobby Halvorson, her backing vocalists, the Sweet Peaches - the extraordinary Helga Davis and Laura Jean Anderson, and a knockout band.  "RADIATE glows..." said the New York Times, "making it hard to resist this sequined earth-mother's soulful embrace."

Rites and Reason Theatre


Daniel Alexander Jones is an award-winning performer, writer, and director. American Theatre Magazine named him "one of fifteen artists whose work will be transforming American stages for decadesto come." His work includes plays (Bel Canto, Earthbirths, Phoenix Fabrik), performance pieces (Blood:Shock:Boogie, The Book of Daniel, Cab and Lena) and devised work (Qualities of Light,Clayangels). With composer Bobby Halvorson, Jones has released three recordings, performed at Joe's Pub and Symphony Space, and in the critically acclaimed show Jomama Jones * Radiate at Soho Rep. Jones holds degrees in Africana studies from Vassar College and in Theatre from Brown University's Graduate School. He taught in MFA programs at the University of Texas at Austin and Goddard College. Jones is a Creative Capital grantee, a MAP Fund grantee, and a Howard Foundation Fellowship recipient. He's an alumnus of New Dramatists, a Playwrights' Center Core Member, and a Pillsbury House Theatre company member. He was a 2011-2012 Fellow at the Ellen Stone Belic in Chicago. He received the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts for Theatre in 2006.