Princeton University's Lewis Center for the Arts is planning another exciting season of theater and dance performances, exhibitions, readings, film screenings, concerts, guest artist visits and lectures for 2018-19.
In the spring course "The Port of New Orleans: Culture and Climate Change," Professor of Visual Arts Jeff Whetstone led students on an exploration of the city of New Orleans' cultural and scientific communities in respect to climate change. The course — crossing disciplines of visual arts, environmental studies, and urban studies — focused on how the climate problems of tomorrow imperil New Orleans today and how people and culture can both affect change. Over spring break, Whetstone led students on a trip to the city visiting sites of artistic and scientific intervention. "Flow: Futures of New Orleans," an exhibition of models, media, and other works created by students in response to the research data, will be on display from May 18 through 25 in the CoLab at the Lewis Arts complex.
Princeton Arts Fellow Erika Sánchez will host a reading by poets Natalie Diaz, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Christopher Soto in celebration of the launch of Nepantla, An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books, May 2018) on Tuesday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. at Princeton University. The reading will take place in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus and will be preceded by a reception and book sale in the Forum just outside the theater entrance starting at 4:00 p.m. Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts and co-organized by Erika Sánchez and Christopher Soto in collaboration with Lambda Literary, and cosponsored by Labyrinth Books in Princeton, the event is free and open to the public.
Critically acclaimed actor, producer, and Princeton University alumnus Mark Feuerstein, Class of 1993, will speak about his life and career on stage and screen in a conversation with Lewis Center for the Arts Chair Michael Cadden. The conversation will take place on Monday, April 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Wallace Theater in the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, is cosponsored by Princeton’s Center for Jewish Life-Princeton Hillel and will be preceded by a reception at 6:45 p.m.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will host the Latinx Theatre Commons’ María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium on April 14 from 9:00 a.m. through the evening at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. The symposium is an intergenerational “community gathering” of artists, academics, students, and others for a day of vigorous, Fornés-inspired creativity, conversation, and conviviality focused on one of the most influential yet perhaps least widely known playwrights. Most of the day’s activities are free and open to the public with a few sessions requiring registration. The events on April 14 are part of a larger scope of activities in Princeton and New York City April 12 through 22 related to the playwright, who is a nine-time Obie award winner, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and teacher to some of theater’s most exciting contemporary voices, including Migdalia Cruz, Paula Vogel and Nilo Cruz.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University will present a panel discussion on April 3 at 5:00 p.m. in the Forum at the Lewis Arts complex featuring Big Chief Demond Melancon of the Young Seminole Hunters and Big Chief Darryl Montana of the Yellow Pocahontas Hunters. The discussion will focus on the tradition of creating the elaborate ceremonial suits and aprons on display in the exhibition Big Chief Wears a Golden Crown: Art of the New Orleans Black Masking Indians. The work in the exhibition, created by the two chiefs and other artists, are a traditional aspect of Mardi Gras celebrations. The panel, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by Princeton Associate Professor of History and African American Studies Joshua Guild and preceded by an artist reception at 4:30 p.m.
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.
Irish theater critic and scholar Fintan O’Toole will present the 2018 Robert Fagles Memorial Lecture, entitled “Brexit, Ireland and the Rise of English Nationalism,” on Friday, March 2 at 4:30 p.m. in East Pyne Room 010 on the Princeton University campus. Part of the 2017-18 Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University, this event is free and open to the public.
Award-winning director, playwright, and stage and film actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson will direct a reading of August Wilson’s play Seven Guitars and discuss diversity in American theater in a conversation with Assistant Professor of Theater Brian Herrera as part of a week-long residency at Princeton University. The conversation will be held on February 27 at 1:30 p.m. in the Godfrey Kerr Studio and the play reading on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald G. Drapkin Studio, both venues at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus. These events are free and open to the public.
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon will present a reading from his recent poetry collections joined by acclaimed singer Iarla Ó Lionáird and composer Dan Trueman, in celebration of Muldoon’s latest volume Lamenations and the three artists’ collaboration with Eighth Blackbird, Olagón: a Cantata in Doublespeak. The reading, presented by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies, will take on place on Friday, February 23 at 4:30 p.m. in the Wallace Theater located at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. This event is free and open to the public. Performances of Olagón are being presented on February 22 through 24.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Princeton Atelier will present a staged reading of original musical theater works that are inspired by the history revealed through the Princeton & Slavery Project on Saturday, January 13 with performances at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the Faculty Room of Nassau Hall on the Princeton campus. The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and advance tickets are recommended.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater in collaboration with the Arts Council of Princeton will present a performance of work created by Princeton students from Assistant Professor in Theater Brian Herrera’s fall course, “Autobiographical Storytelling: Princeton, Slavery, and Me.” In this performance students will use an array of storytelling modes to bring to life the historical materials unearthed by the Princeton & Slavery Project. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts at 102 Witherspoon Street in Princeton. The event is free, but reservations are encouraged.
The Arts Council of Princeton presents the final presentation of Assistant Professor of Theater Brian Herrera’s "Autobiographical Storytelling: Princeton, Slavery, and Me” fall course offered through Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. The theater/creative writing course focuses on the stories we do (and don’t) tell about ourselves, as well as the stories we do (and don’t) tell about Princeton University. The workshop course engaged students directly with the historical materials unearthed by the "Princeton and Slavery Project” as they rehearsed the writing and performance skills necessary to remake the raw material drawn from lived experience into compelling autobiographical storytelling. Working in an array of storytelling modes, the students will share stories about how the history of slavery at Princeton University guides, informs, or challenges our ethical and moral understandings of the stories we choose to tell about ourselves. The final course presentation will be on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts at 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. The event is free and open to the public but advance registration is recommended.
The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, in partnership with Princeton Garden Theatre and Labyrinth Books, will present “John Sacret Young and Pieces of Glass – An Artoire,” a visual presentation and conversation with Princeton Professor of Visual Arts Joe Scanlan focusing on Young’s latest memoir, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts in partnership with Princeton Garden Theatre and Labyrinth Books. The event will take place on Monday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau Street in Princeton. The event is free and open to the public but ticketed; advance reservations are encouraged.
On Wednesday, September 20, the Visual Arts Program of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and Princeton Garden Theatre will present a screening of Spike Lee's Passing Strange: The Movie, a film version of the award-winning rock musical‚ at the Garden Theatre. Starting at 7:30 p.m.‚ the film will be followed with a Q&A with Stew‚ the star and co-writer of the hit Broadway show.