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Wesleyan University's Dance Department presents Winter Dance Concert "FREEDFORM" on December 6 and 7, 2019

Winter Dance Concert "FREEDFORM." Photos by Wesleyan graduate student Jasmine Stack.
Advanced student choreographers Jace Arouet '21, Gabrielle Baba-Conn '22, Zach Farnsworth '21, Abhishek Fakiraswamimath '20, Spenser Stroud '22, and Maren Westgard '22 present recent works, facilitated by Associate Professor of Dance Hari Krishnan.

October

Wesleyan University’s Theater Department presents “The Laramie Project” by ​Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 17, 2019

(Left to right): Beatrix Zander '23 and Matt Grimaldi '21 in "The Laramie Project" at Wesleyan University, Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 17, 2019. Photo by Richard Marinelli.
Wesleyan University​’s ​Theater Department​ presents ​“The Laramie Project” directed by Assistant Professor of the Practice ​Edward Torres​, with set design by ​Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater Andrew Holland, light and media design by Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater ​Calvin Anderson, sound designed by ​Tye Hunt Fitzgerald, ​and twelve ​Wesleyan undergraduate students playing multiple roles.

There will also be a free conversation, "Talk It Out: 'The Laramie Project' - Centering Queer Voices: Documenting Trauma and Resilience" on Thursday, November 7, 2019 with guest artist Leigh Fondakowski, head writer and member of the original production team of the Tectonic Theater Project for "The Laramie Project;" Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Christina Crosby; Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater Calvin Anderson; Nathan Pugh '21, student dramaturg for the Wesleyan production; and Visiting Instructor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Michelle Memran.

Wesleyan University's Davison Art Center presents "Into the Image: Art in Miniature Across the Centuries" October 11 through November 24, 2019

Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669). "Man Drawing from a Cast," ca. 1641. Etching on cream laid paper. First state; shadow behind cast’s head barely distinguishable from shading on side. Plate: 93 x 63 mm (3.7 x 2.5 in.). DAC accession number 1947.D1.217. Gift of George W. Davison (B.A. Wesleyan 1892), 1947. Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University (photo: R. Lee).
The exhibition "Into the Image: Art in Miniature Across the Centuries" curated by Miya Tokumitsu features miniature artworks—drawn entirely from the Davison Art Center collection—including objects made across several centuries, and pieces by Rembrandt van Rijn and Henri Matisse.

43rd annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan University Thursday, October 10 through Monday, October 14, 2019

GRAMMY Award-nominated sarod (19-stringed instrument) master Amjad Ali Khan will be joined by his sarod-playing sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash for "Sarod Trilogy" to conclude the 43rd annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan University on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 3pm in Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, Connecticut. Image by Suvo Das.
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts announces the 43rd annual Navaratri Festival celebrating traditional Indian music and dance, including the Connecticut debut of dancer Dr. Yashoda Thakore, and a performance by GRAMMY Award-nominated musician Amjad Ali Khan. This year, the India Arts Foundation, a long-standing supporter of the Navaratri Festival as well as other arts initiatives in Connecticut founded by Madhu Reddy and other artists, will generously match donations to Wesleyan University in support of the Navaratri Festival up to $50,000.

September

Wesleyan University's Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery presents Brendan Fernandes' "Inaction" October 2 through December 8, 2019

Brendan Fernandes, “Free Fall: For Camera.” 2019. Video still. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.
"Inaction" is a new sculptural and performance-based installation by Brendan Fernandes in collaboration with the architecture and design firm Norman Kelley, co-curated by Associate Director of Visual Arts Benjamin Chaffee and Exhibitions Manager Rosemary Lennox in collaboration with Fernandes, featuring the first U.S. presentation of “Free Fall: For Camera,” a single-channel video developed from a project that honors the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting.

Wesleyan University's College of East Asian Studies Gallery presents “The Imperial Ghost in the Neoliberal Machine (Figuring the CIA)” September 18 through December 8, 2019

A declassified document on former Japanese Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi from the CIA digital archives.
The exhibition features works by artists Minouk Lim, Yoshua Okón, and Royce Ng, organized by Koichiro Osaka—curator, writer, producer and the founding director of Tokyo-based project space Asakusa.

Wesleyan University's Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery presents "Urban Space, Roman Couture, and A Living Past: Views of Pompeii and Pantheon - Marc Erwin Babej and William Wylie" September 10 through October 6, 2019

Marc Erwin Babej, "Mars, apud templum Romanum Martis Ultoris," 2016. Archival digital pigment print. 30 x 40 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
The exhibition “Urban Space, Roman Couture, and A Living Past: Views of Pompeii and Pantheon - Marc Erwin Babej and William Wylie” is curated by Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, Professor of Classical Studies and Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek.

Wesleyan University's Davison Art Center presents "Entering Edo: A World of Pleasure" and "Find Me Unafraid" September 5-26, 2019

Lewis Wickes Hine (American, 1874–1940). "10 Yr. Old Picker on Gildersleeve Tobacco Farm," 1917. Gelatin silver print. Gift of Elizabeth Bobrick and Andrew Szegedy-Maszak (Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek and Professor of Classical Studies) in honor of Laurie and Peter Frenzel (former Professor of German Studies and FDAC President), 2015.14.1. DAC Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University (copy photo: J. Giammatteo).
For "Entering Edo: A World of Pleasure," Wesleyan students enrolled in Assistant Professor of Art History and East Asian Studies Talia J. Andrei's "Curatorial Workshop: Images for the Floating World" selected fifteen Japanese ukiyo-e color woodcuts from the nineteenth century in the Davison Art Center collection. In the installation "Find Me Unafraid," the Davison Art Center, curated by Miya Tokumitsu, shows three works from the collection that speak to the themes raised in the book "Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum" by Kennedy Odede '12 and Jessica Posner '09.

June

Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts summer series to feature free outdoor concert and street-theater style performance art

New Haven's experimental soul ensemble Phat A$tronaut will perform at Wesleyan on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 7pm.
Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts summer events include free outdoor concert featuring New Haven's Phat A$tronaut; free street-theater style performance art with Bread and Puppet Theater's "The Diagonal Life Circus;" "Creative Connections," a gathering of students and local creatives; free noontime talks by Douglas Lyons, Christopher Chenier, Bread and Puppet Theater, and Susan Russell.

May

Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts to receive National Endowment for the Arts grant to support performance, residency by Netta Yerushalmy in October 2019

Netta Yerushalmy: "Paramodernities." Photo by Maria Baranova.
$15,000 grant part of NEA announcement of 977 grants and $23.9 million in funding nationwide.

Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts Appoints General Manager Drew Gray

Prior to joining the Center for the Arts, Mr. Gray worked as an Associate Producer at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven.

April

Wesleyan University’s Davison Art Center presents "For Effect: Emphatic Bodies from the Renaissance to the Industrial Age" April 5 through May 26, 2019

Jacques Callot (French, 1592–1635). "The Two Pantaloons (Les Deux Pantalons)," 1616. Etching. Second of two states. DAC accession number 1971.18.1. Friends of the Davison Art Center, Theater Department, and purchase funds, 1971. Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University (photo: M. Johnston).
The exhibition For Effect presents bodies exaggerated by their accoutrements, pose, and anatomical proportion from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.

February

Wesleyan University’s Davison Art Center presents “Bestiary” February 8 through March 7, 2019

Exhibition curated by Miya Tokumitsu takes its inspiration from medieval compendia of wondrous creatures, both natural and fantastic.

January

Wesleyan University's College of East Asian Studies Gallery presents “Sound of Korea” January 31 through May 25, 2019

Young-Il Kim, "Gaejanigol Vally in Jingogae," 2018. Archival pigment print. 60 x 79 inches.
Exhibition curated by Phoebe Junghee Shin features landscape photography, videos by artist Young-Il Kim.

Wesleyan University's Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery presents "Audible Bacillus" January 29 through March 3, 2019

Ed Atkins, "Warm, Warm, Warm Spring Mouths," 2013. Still from HD film with with 5.1 surround sound, 12 mins 50 secs. Courtesy the artist and Cabinet, London.
Exhibition curated by Benjamin Chaffee features over a dozen artists working in a range of practices and media including video, sculpture, poetry, and etching; fossils; and a performance by Los Angeles-based experimental music group lucky dragons

2018

Ford Foundation Grant to Support Wesleyan University’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance

$150,000 grant to support efforts to advance diversity among participants and amplify graduate program's impact on the field of performance.

Wesleyan University's Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery presents “A Body in Fukushima: Recent Work” January 25 through February 15, 2018

"Eiko in Fukushima, Tomioka Municipial Sanitation Plant, 26 June 2017, No 257," Photo by William Johnston.
Exhibition to feature haunting videos and photographs from 2016 and 2017 trips to Japan, and performance from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2017

October

Wesleyan University to Offer Residency in April 2018 for Artists Impacted by 2017 Hurricanes

Proposals from artists in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands due on Friday, November 17, 2017

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Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts announces highlights of 2016-2017 season

A Compagnia de' Colombari Production: "texts&beheadings/ElizabethR" by Karin Coonrod. Photo by Teresa Wood.

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