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Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts 
Calendar Listings for October 2012

Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts
283 Washington Terrace
Middletown, CT 06459
Email: boxoffice@wesleyan.edu
Phone: 860-685-3355

Type: Artist Talk/Gallery Exhibition Reception
Title of Event: Through Children’s Eyes: Hiroshima Opening
Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery
Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 12pm
Fee: FREE! Phone: 860-685-2330
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/mansfield

Description:

Gallery Talk: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 12pm; a luncheon buffet will be served.

In 1947, the children of All Soul's Church in Washington, D.C. sent school supplies to children in Hiroshima, Japan as a gesture of compassion and friendship. The children of Honkawa Elementary School sent back pictures they had drawn with the art supplies to their friends at All Soul's Church as an expression of thanks for the gift. The pictures are bright and cheerful scenes of their everyday lives. They betray none of the post-World War II hardships the Japanese children were enduring, and are a testament to the power of cross-cultural exchange and goodwill.

Type: Class
Title of Event: Short Course Picturing America Begins
Location: Davison Art Center
Date: Wednesday, October 3, 10, and 17, 2012, 6pm-7:30pm
Fee: $70 for three sessions
Phone: 860-685-2500
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/dac

Description:

Join the Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning and the Friends of the Davison Art Center for a short course on highlights of twentieth-century American photography.

Sessions will discuss Alfred Stieglitz's promotion of art photography, the f/64 group, and street photography by Gary Winogrand and others. Taught by Davison Art Center Curator Clare Rogan, the course will meet at the Davison Art Center to view selected photographs in the collection. To register for this course, contact the Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning at www.wesleyan.edu/will.

Type: Dance
Title of Event: Jawole Willa Jo Zollar & Nora Chipaumire’s visible
Location: CFA Theater
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 8pm
Fee: $23 General Public; $19 Senior Citizens, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff, and Non-Wesleyan Students; $6 Wesleyan Students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Pre-performance talk by Wesleyan Associate Professor of Dance Nicole Stanton at 7:30pm in CFA Hall.

"[visible] explores being a foreigner in America, where ideas of liberty and the pursuit of happiness don't tell the whole story." --The New York Times

Choreographed by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (the trailblazing founder of Urban Bush Women) and Nora Chipaumire (2007 recipient of Wesleyan's Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award), visible (2011) is a bold performance work that explores journeys, myths, dreams and memories of the known world, and an imagined future in an unknown land. The international cast of featured dancers for the New England premiere of visible includes Souleymane Badolo (Burkina Faso), Catherine Denecy (Guadaloupe), Marguerite Hemmings (Jamaica), Judith Jacobs (Holland), John Perpener (Washington, D.C.), and Kota Yamazaki (Japan). A Breaking Ground Dance Series presented by the Dance Department and the Center for the Arts. Made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Co-sponsored by the Center for African American Studies.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Neely Bruce & Constance Gee: New & Recent Music for Viola and Piano
Location: The Russell House
Date: Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 3pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Wesleyan Professor of Music and pianist Neely Bruce and violist Constance Gee (Assistant Professor of Viola at the University of South Carolina) will perform Mozart's Sonata in F Major arranged by Henry Brant, Mr. Bruce's Grand Duo, David Jaffe's Cluck, Old Hen Variations for Solo Viola, and Paul Hindemith's first Viola Sonata.

Type: Talk
Title of Event: 36th annual Navaratri Festival – Colloquium: The Wesleyan Legacy of T. Viswanathan (1927-2002)
Location: CFA Hall
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 4:15pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/navaratri

Description:

The internationally renowned musician and teacher T. Viswanathan taught at Wesleyan from 1975 to 2002 and founded Wesleyan's Navaratri Festival. A panel of his students will discuss aspects of his profound legacy at Wesleyan to commemorate the tenth anniversary of his passing. Wesleyan Music Department faculty members

B. Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson will be joined by Josepha Cormack Viswanathan Ph.D. '92 and Douglas Knight '70. A reception will follow.

Type: Lecture
Title of Event: Weston Naef: Drawing with Light—Experimental Photography Today
Location: The Russell House
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 5pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

In 1984, Weston Naef became founding curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, an action that took the art world by surprise, and forever changed the position of photographs in art museums around the world. For twenty-five years before his retirement from the Getty in 2009, he guided the growth of the Museum's photograph collection, directing more than 100 exhibitions and 50 publications. He is the author of numerous books, including Era of Exploration: The Rise of Landscape Photography in the American West: 1860-1885 (with James N. Wood), and Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs (with Christine Hult-Lewis). This lecture at Wesleyan will discuss contemporary photographers who are using traditional materials in new ways.

Type: Music
Title of Event: 36th annual Navaratri Festival – B. Balasubrahmaniyan Concert: Vocal Music of South India
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Date: Friday, October 19, 2012 at 8pm
Fee: $12 General Public; $10 Senior Citizens, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff, and Non-Wesleyan Students; $6 Wesleyan Students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/navaratri

Description:

Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm by Wesleyan Ph.D. Candidate Joseph Getter.

Vocalist B. Balasubrahmaniyan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, is joined by Artist in Residence David Nelson on mridangam and violinist L. Ramakrishnan in a concert dedicated to the memory of T. Viswanathan. The concert will open with a performance by their students.

Type: Art Talk
Title of Event: WESeminar: Wesleyan Alums in Performance Art
Location: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 2pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Join a talk with Wesleyan alums working in performance art. Panelists include Aki Sasamoto '04 and Arturo Vidich '03. Lecture by RoseLee Goldberg.

Type: Music
Title of Event: 36th annual Navaratri Festival – T.V. Sankaranarayanan Concert
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 7pm
Fee: $15 General Public; $12 Senior Citizens, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff, and Non-Wesleyan Students; $6 Wesleyan Students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/navaratri

Description:

T.V. Sankaranarayanan is one of the most sought-after and widely acclaimed Carnatic vocalists. Performed with his rich and vibrant tone, his singing recaptures the beautiful phrases and brikas (ornaments similar to trills) of his uncle and guru, Madurai Mani Iyer. Mr. Sankaranarayanan is particularly noted for his emotional expressiveness and technical virtuosity.

Type: Religious Ceremony
Title of Event: 36th annual Navaratri Festival – Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Location: World Music Hall
Date: Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 11am
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/navaratri

Description:

This religious service, led by A. V. Srinivasan, marks the most auspicious day of the year for beginning new endeavors. The audience may participate and bring instruments, manuscripts and other items for blessing.

Type: Dance
Title of Event: 36th annual Navaratri Festival – Rama Vaidyanathan Dance
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Date: Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 3pm
Fee: $15 General Public; $12 Senior Citizens, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff, and Non-Wesleyan Students; $6 Wesleyan Students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/navaratri

Description:

For the past twenty years, Rama Vaidyanathan has been considered one of the finest interpreters of the South Indian dance form bharata natyam, having trained intensively under the legendary dancer Yamini Krishnamurty and the eminent Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan. The New York Times described Rama's New York debut last October as "keenly focused," "vivid" and "exciting."

Type: Film
Title of Event: Film Series: The Films of Jesper Just
Location: Powell Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 7pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Commissioned by Performa to create his first performance for the Performa 05 biennial, Danish artist Jesper Just used three-dimensional technology to create True Love is Yet to Come (2005), an opera exploring the subject of love through an intriguing all-male cast whose emotional nakedness is underscored by pop music and a noir sensibility. This program will showcase the documentation of the performance of True Love alongside Mr. Just's No Man is an Island (2002) and Bliss and Heaven (2004).

Type: Dance
Title of Event: Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Location: Patricelli '92 Theater
Date: Thursday, October 25 through Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 8pm
Fee: $5 General Public, Senior Citizens, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff, and Non-Wesleyan Students; $6 Wesleyan Students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A collection of new works presented by senior choreographers as part of their culminating project for the dance major.

Ongoing Exhibitions at Wesleyan

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: “Performance Now”
Location: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Dates: Friday, September 7 through Sunday, December 9, 2012; Closed November 21 through November 26, 2012
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-5pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/zilkha

Description:

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 5pm-7pm; Gallery Talk at 5:30pm by Guest Curator RoseLee Goldberg.

In her groundbreaking book “Performance Art: From Futurism To The Present” (1979 and 2011), art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg shows that performance is central to the history of 20th century art and that it is a driving force in shaping contemporary art today. In 2005, she launched Performa 05, the first biennial of visual art performance, and predicted that performance would become "the medium of the 21st century." Indeed, its time has come. “Performance Now” is an exhibition that will debut at Wesleyan, and show how performance has come to be at the center of the discussion on the latest developments in contemporary art and culture. Bringing together some of the most significant artists working today, this exhibition surveys the most critical and experimental currents in performance over the last ten years from around the globe. Segments of the exhibition featuring video, film and photography, by artists including Marina Abramovi?, William Kentridge, Clifford Owens and Laurie Simmons, will be showcased in Zilkha Gallery. The exhibition also extends to a film series, selected by Performa film curator Lana Wilson '05.

“Performance Now” is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. “Performance Now” is a traveling exhibition produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, and Performa, New York. The curator for the exhibition is RoseLee Goldberg, Artistic Director and founder of Performa. The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, by grants from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the ICI Board of Trustees; and donors to ICI's Access Fund.

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: “Through Children’s Eyes: Hiroshima”
Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery
Dates: Wednesday, October 3 through Friday, December 7, 2012; Closed Saturday, October 13 through Tuesday, October 16, and Saturday, November 17 through Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, Noon-4pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-2330
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/mansfield/exhibitions

Description:

Opening and Gallery Talk: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at Noon; a luncheon buffet will be served.

In 1947, the children of All Soul's Church in Washington, D.C. sent school supplies to children in Hiroshima, Japan as a gesture of compassion and friendship. The children of Honkawa Elementary School sent back pictures they had drawn with the art supplies to their friends at All Soul's Church as an expression of thanks for the gift. The pictures are bright and cheerful scenes of their everyday lives. They betray none of the post-World War II hardships the Japanese children were enduring, and are a testament to the power of cross-cultural exchange and goodwill.

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: “Andrew Raftery: Open House”
Location: Davison Art Center, 301 High Street, Middletown, CT
Dates: Friday, September 14 through Sunday, December 9, 2012; Closed Friday, October 12 through Tuesday, October 16, and Monday, November 19 through Monday, November 26, 2012
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-4pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-2500
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/dac

Description:

Talk by artist Andrew Raftery: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 5pm in the CFA Hall; reception to follow in Davison Art Center.

With swelling lines and precise flecks, Andrew Raftery uses the age-old technique of copper-plate engraving to create thoroughly contemporary scenes. In his series of five prints, “Open House,” the artist depicts a range of couples and families viewing a house for sale. These prints are striking for both the exacting process through which they were created--it took Mr. Raftery over six years to conceptualize and complete the series--and their subject matter, which avoids the dramatic in favor of a detailed interpretation of everyday life. The exhibition includes architectural models, figure models, and over fifty working drawings. The result is an exquisitely detailed commentary on contemporary definitions of home, family, and interpersonal relations.

The exhibition and accompanying catalog were organized by the Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, and funded in part by the Kalkin Family Exhibitions Endowment Fund and the Walter Cerf Exhibitions Endowment. Support for this exhibition at Wesleyan comes from the Lemberg Fund.

About the Center for the Arts

Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts is an eleven-building complex on the Wesleyan campus that houses the departments of art and art history, dance, film studies, music, and theater. Opened in 1973, the CFA serves as a cultural center for the region, the state and New England. The Center includes the 400-seat Theater, the 260-seat Hall, the World Music Hall (a non-Western performance space), the 414-seat Crowell Concert Hall and the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.

The Center for the Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of its many generous funders and collaborators, including the Center for Creative Research, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Middletown Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New England Foundation for the Arts, as well as media sponsors the Hartford and New Haven Advocates, WESU 88.1FM, and WNPR.

For more information about Center for the Arts performances and events, please call (860) 685-3355, or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.

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