The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University will present Big Chief Wears a Golden Crown: Art of the New Orleans Black Masking Indians, an exhibition of ceremonial suits and aprons made by Chiefs of New Orleans Black Masking Indian Tribes that are a traditional aspect of Mardi Gras celebrations. The work will be on view March 25 through April 7 in the CoLab at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. A panel discussion on the garments and their traditional role in the Black Masking Indians community will be presented on April 3 at 5:00 p.m. in the Forum at the Lewis Arts complex and will feature two chiefs and creators of the work, Demond Melancon and Darryl Montana; the panel will be moderated by Professor Joshua Guild and preceded by an artist reception at 4:30 p.m. The exhibit, organized by Professor of Visual Arts Jeff Whetstone, is free and open to the public daily from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Wednesday, March 28, Osama Alomar, a Syrian-born poet and fiction writer and Luc Sante, Whiting Award-winning author, will read from their work as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series of the Program in Creative Writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. The reading, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald G. Drapkin Studio at the Lewis Arts complex, is free and open to the public. PLEASE NOTE the different time and location than previous readings in this series. This reading was originally scheduled for March 7 but was rescheduled due to severe weather.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University will present Interrobang‽, a collaborative senior dance thesis concert showcasing new choreography by five seniors in the program, as well as the performance of repertory and new works by guest choreographers, on Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The four performances will take place in the Hearst Dance Theater, located on the Forum level of the Wallace Dance Building at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus (122 Alexander Street). A prelude to the concert will begin 15 minutes prior to show times on the Plaza at the arts complex and the first piece will start in the Forum and move into the theater. The students will perform existing repertory and new works by acclaimed choreographers Raja Feather Kelly, Zvi Gotheiner, Ohad Naharin, and Christopher Ralph, as well as perform new works by seniors Maia Ezratty, Jacqueline Kopra, Natalie Plonk, India Rogers-Shepp, and a collaboration between senior Selah Hampton and alumnus Ogemdi Ude.
Composer and lyricist César Alvarez and sound artist and musician Jess Rowland have been named Princeton University Arts Fellows for 2018-20 and will begin two years of teaching and community collaboration in September. Alvarez and Rowland were selected from a large, diverse, and multi-talented pool of 395 applicants in dance, music, creative writing, theater, and the visual arts.
Princeton University has named Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and current U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, Director of Princeton’s Program in Creative Writing, as the new chair of the University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. Smith succeeds theater scholar Michael Cadden, Senior Lecturer in the Program in Theater, who has served as chair of the Center since 2012. Smith will begin her new duties as chair on July 1, 2019.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present a series of conversations with choreographers Ralph Lemon, Karen Sherman, and Abigail Zbikowski, the three inaugural Caroline Hearst Choreographers-in-Residence, as they discuss their works-in-progress, creative processes, and reflections on past work. The talks, being held between March 9 and April 20 at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus, are free and open to Princeton students, faculty, and staff.
Irish novelist Sally Rooney will present a reading on Friday, March 9 at 4:30 p.m. in East Pyne 010 on the Princeton University campus. The reading, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University.