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The Art of Invisibility: Encountering Religion and the Secular in Contemporary Art | February 18, 2015 - February 28, 2015  + -


The Art of Invisibility: Encountering Religion and the Secular in Contemporary Art" brings together the work of 7 artists exploring -- in different ways -- the relationship between religion and contemporary art. We know that the categories of “religious” and “secular” are never stable. And yet, they are deployed as though their meanings can be taken for granted. Applying the categories of religious or secular to various objects, groups, and images, moreover, has broad political and social implications. How can contemporary art get us out of this bind and help us to see religion and the secular in new and unexpected ways? Participating artists: Sean Gallagher, Stephen Henderson, Robert Kirschbaum, Bang Luu, John Mendelsohn, Kathryn Myers, and Josh Ruder. 

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

American Dance Legacy Initiative MiniFest | February 23, 2015 - February 28, 2015  + -

AMERICAN DANCE LEGACY INITIATIVE (ADLI)

Mini-Fest 2015: Imagine - Free to Chase The Rainbow

Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts

February 23-28

in collaboration with Artists and Scientist as Partners (ASaP)

(See www.asap-brown.org/imagine for complete list of ASaP events)

SCHEDULE

February 23-28

Living Rooms Installations

  • Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder and Donald McKayle curated by students from Central Falls High School in collaboration with the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice.
  • Archival exhibits from the ADLI collection of media, photographs and materials
  • Interactive exhibits imagining the arts in the future

Wednesday February 25th - 7pm

Film: Chain Gangs: Slavery by Another Name - This documentary spans eight decades, from 1865 to 1945, revealing the interlocking forces in both the South and the North that enabled this “neoslavery” to begin and persist. - Presented in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Saturday February 28th

Dance for PD® Community Class - 10:00am-11:15am

Led by David Leventhal,founding teacher and Program Director for Dance for PD®, and Rachel Balaban, Regional Coordinator for Dance for PD - Co-Founder, Artists and Scientists as Partners (ASaP) (see www.asap-brown.org/imagins complete ASaP Symposium schedule)

ADLI Master Class: - 10:00am-11:30am

A Journey Through Modern Dance, led by Mary Anne Newhall, "dancing historian", dedicated to exploring, enlivening, and preserving early modernist and expressionist roots of dance.

Lecture Demonstration: Free to Chase the Rainbow - 12:15-1:30

featuring performances of Donald McKayle’s “Rainbow Repertory Etude” by Dance for PD® participants, Brown students, and Central Falls High School students

Screening of ADLI documentary on Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder - 1:30pm

This documentary features archival footage of the original cast performing Donald McKayle’s signature work about men on a southern chain gang. Also included are recent interviews with Mr. McKayle, original cast members Mary Hinkson, Jaime Rogers, and folksinger Leon Bibb.

Dancing Legacy Repertory Etudes Showing and Closing Reception - 5pm

TRaNsMOGRiFiER | February 23, 2015 - March 3, 2015  + -

The TRaNsMOGRiFiER will be installed in the Cohen Gallery from February 23rd until March 3rd, 2015! Bring things in need of transmogrification and we will do our best to turn all of them into thingsTR. The gallery will be open every day from 8:30am until sundown when we will power up the TRaNsMOGRiFiER (it works better at night). This will be the longest transmogrification attempted, so we’ll be in uncharted territory.

REMEMBER, IN MANY CASES, TRANSMOGRIFICATION IS IRREVERSIBLE!

Objects for TRAaNsMOGRiFICATiON may be brought to the gallery M-F between 8:30a - 5p, Saturday and Sunday between 12p-5p.  At 5pm, the Gallery will close, but the TRAaNsMOGRiFICATiON process will be visible into the evening through the Cohen Gallery windows.

Closing reception and final TRAaNsMOGRiFICATiON: March 3, 7pm

A Lecture by Simon Castets: Director of The Swiss Institute/ Contemporary Art New York | February 24, 2015  + -

The Student Creative Arts Council presents::

A Lecture by Simon Castets: Director of The Swiss Institute/ Contemporary Art New York

Simon co-curates research project 89plus alongside Hans Ulrich Obrist

http://89plus.com/
http://swissinstitute.net/

Tuesday 02/24 at 6 pm in Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts

Seating on a first come first serve basis

“The Hunting Ground” Film Screening | March 2, 2015  + -
“The Hunting Ground” Film Screening
7 PM @ Granoff Martinos Auditorium, March 2nd

From the team behind The Invisible War, comes a startling exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice — despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level. http://www.thehuntinggroundfilm.com/

Sponsored by Ivy Film Festival


Critical Conversations on Palestine/Israel: "After Oslo," Panel Discussion with Hanan Ashrawi | March 5, 2015  + -

Critical Conversations on Palestine/Israel: "After Oslo," Panel Discussion with Hanan Ashrawi

Thursday, March 5, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Martinos Auditorium

The fourth of the series "Critical Conversations on Palestine/Israel".  Co-sponsored by Judaic Studies and the Watson Institute for International Studies 

 Guest speaker: Hanan Ashrawi, who is a Palestinian legislator, activist, and scholar, will present a lecture titled: "After Oslo: On Israel and Palestine". 


After Oslo: Critical Conversations on Palestine / Israel" Panel Discussion on "What is to be Done? | March 5, 2015  + -

After Oslo: Critical Conversations on Palestine / Israel" Panel Discussion on "What is to be Done?

 Thursday, March 5, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Martinos Auditorium

 

"What is to be Done?"

 The fourth in the series of panel discussions on

"After Oslo: Critical Conversations on Palestine / Israel"

Q&A to follow.

The panel will feature: Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian legislator, activist, and scholar

Stephen Robert '62, Chancellor Emeritus Brown University, co-founder and chairman of the Source of Hope Foundation

Hani Masri, director general of Masarat, the Palestinian Center for Policy Research and Strategic Studies

Ilan Pappé, director Exeter University European Centre for Palestine Studies, co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies

Beshara Doumani, director Middle East Studies | Brown

Decolonizing the Racialized Female Subject, Keynote Address by Dr. Imani Tafari-Ama | March 6, 2015  + -

Decolonizing the Racialized Female Subject, Keynote Address by Dr. Imani Tafari-Ama

Friday, March 6, 2015 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Studio 1

This is a keynote address for the 2 day Symposium "Decolonizing the Racialized Female Subject: Black and Indigenous Self-Making Under Empire"

Decolonizing the Racialized Female Subject Guest Panel | March 7, 2015  + -

Decolonizing the Racialized Female Subject Guest Panel

Saturday, March 7, 2015 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Studio 1

Decolonizing the Racialized Female Subject Symposium Panel including: Dr. Josie Saldana, Dr. Imani Tafari-Ama, Dr. Kim Tallbear, Dr. Tiffany King, Dr. Amie Breeze Harper.

Neil Harbisson Public Lecture | March 9, 2015  + -

Student Creative Arts Council is honored to welcome Neil Harbisson.

Neil Harbisson sees in black and white but hears in color, via an antenna implanted in his skull. A sonochromatic cyborg artist, Harbisson utilizes and explores the connection between his brain and its cybernetic capabilities to create paintings, sound portraits, and performance pieces. 

He co-founded the Cyborg Foundation, which helps people become cyborgs (extend their senses through cybernetics), defends cyborg rights, and promotes the use of cybernetics in art. 


Reserve your free tickets here:
https:// www.eventbrite.com/e/the-lecture-series-neil-harbisson-tickets-15657660484

 

THIS LECTURE IS SOLD OUT.

IRQ3 INTERRUPT3 | March 12, 2015 - March 15, 2015  + -

IRQ3 INTERRUPT3


A Discussion Forum and Studio for New Forms of Language Art


Highlighting text and/or/as image, art and/or/as language and with a particular investment in digitally mediated language art, Interrupt3—the third of its kind—will take place, chiefly, in the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University, March 12-15, 2015. From Thursday evening through Saturday, there will be six plenaries featuring fifteen Featured Presenters, and six Interrupt (IRQ) Discussions with as many as twenty-six IRQ Presenters, plus two additional Featured Presenters to provoke two of these IRQ Discussions. Currently confirmed featured presenters: Bill Seaman, Brian Droitcour, Brian House, Clement Valla, Christopher Funkhouser, Helen Mirra, James Hoff, Jason Nelson (by remote presence), Johanna Drucker, Kenneth Goldsmith, Paul Soulellis, Rhada May, Research Service, Special America, Tom Ockerse. Coordinated with these gatherings, there will be an exhibition From Line to Constellation in the Cohen Gallery of the Granoff Center curated by Francesca Capone; an installation and performance by Jen Bervin; related video presentations on four public screens; a live collaborative studio/exhibition led by four visiting resident artists, David Court, Kristen Mueller, Benjamin Shaykin and Sophia Le Fraga; an exhibition and series of web based works entitled Maximum Sideline: Interrupt Postscript at Proxy, a curatorial platform currently located in a downtown storefront in Providence; and a residency led by Alan Sondheim in Studio 4 utilizing Brown’s legacy ‘Cave’ immersive audiovisual environment. On Sunday morning, time will be reserved for an ad hoc, studio-curated, follow-up IRQ Discussion and, later, an evening of performances at the Machines with Magnets venue in nearby Pawtucket.  Interrupt3 is generously supported with Arts Initiative funds administered by Brown’s Creative Arts Council, and the further support of the Literary Arts Department. It is co-organized by Francesca Capone, John Cayley, and other members of the Brown and RISD community associated with Digital Language Arts.

http://interrupt.xyz

Freedom Project | March 13, 2015  + -

Friday, March 13, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Studio 1

Everett Company culminates its three-year research and creation process for the development of the Freedom Project, a multi-disciplinary documentary theater production that shares the stories of people who have been marginalized by America’s criminal justice system. The project examines and critiques that system through the juxtapositions of personal stories with jarring statistics that reveal gross racial and socio-economic disparities in the way the law is applied, especially in regard to the War on Drugs.

Everett approaches this challenging topic with humor and humanity, and emphasizes the creativity and spirit of perseverance that can surface when people confront extreme adversity. The work utilizes the disciplines of theater, dance and filmmaking to draw out multiple perspectives on this complex topic. Visceral choreography and poetic visual imagery deepen the experience as Everett explores the effects of mass incarceration on some of our most vulnerable communities.

Brown University is a development and producing partner in the creation of Freedom Project. They join Everett in producing a series of public workshops, forums, street actions, and in-progress previews that will continue to be held at both Brown and Everett Stage. These events draw a wide segment of the community into an ongoing dialogue about incarceration and help shape the final performance.

After its premiere in March at Brown University’s Granoff Center for the Arts, The Freedom Project will then be available for touring through 2017.

Cinema Ritrovato:"Charlot at 100: 1914-2014." Four recently restored Chaplin shorts | March 16, 2015  + -

Cinema Ritrovato:"Charlot at 100: 1914-2014." Four recently restored Chaplin shorts

Monday, March 16, 2015 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Martinos Auditorium

● Kid Auto Race at Venice, Cal (1914)
● The Rink (1916)
● Easy Street (1917) 
● The Immigrant (1917).


The program will be introduced by Guy Borlée, coordinator of the Cinema ritrovato film festival and Phil Rosen (Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University) and will include a special screening of "Chaplin, A Body of Work," a short film by Brown students Beatrix Chu, Andrew Deck, Tarek Shoukri and Mc Kenna Webster, made in Bologna at the 2014 Cinema Ritrovato festival.

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).

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).