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.
Two current Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts faculty members received 2018-19 Rome Prizes from The American Academy in Rome. Writer Kirstin Valdez Quade, a member of the Program in Creative Writing faculty, and guest artist and puppeteer Basil Twist, who is currently teaching a Princeton Atelier course, are among the 29 winners announced at a ceremony on April 12 at in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium at Cooper Union in New York.
Three artists associated with the Lewis Center for the Art at Princeton University were recently awarded 2018 Guggenheim Fellowships. Poet, Princeton alumnus, and Lecturer in Creative Writing Monica Youn; dance artist and frequent Lecturer in Dance John Heginbotham; and choreographer and 2014-2015 Hodder Fellow Nora Chipaumire were among 173 Fellows named on April 4 by the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s 94th competition.
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.
On Wednesday, April 18, critically acclaimed poet and Princeton alumnus Jane Hirshfield will read with award-winning novelist and activist Walter Mosley as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series of the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. The reading, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex, is free and open to the public.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the re-appointment of Tracy K. Smith as the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2018-2019. In her second term, Smith will continue the outreach efforts begun in her first term to engage rural communities and small towns across America with poetry. Smith will report on her outreach activities and introduce expanded plans for her second term on April 19th at the Library of Congress at an event entitled “Staying Human: Poetry in the Age of Technology.” In the Coolidge Auditorium, Smith will read poems and participate in a discussion with Ron Charles, editor of the Washington Post’s Book World and host of the Library of Congress’ “Life of a Poet” series.
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 Theater at Princeton University will present I Am in Fifth Grade, You Are in Kindergarten, an evening of two short plays with music in honor of playwright María Irene Fornés. The evening includes FNU LNU by Mac Wellman, a fellow avant garde playwright of Fornés, and the world premiere of The Book of Miaou-Wow-Wow: Don’t Drink Everything Your Mother Pours You by Migdalia Cruz, a longtime friend and student of Fornés. Both plays are directed by faculty member Elena Araoz. Performances will be presented April 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 8:00 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center with the audience seated on stage.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present María Irene Fornés landmark play Fefu and Her Friends, featuring seniors Alex Vogelsang and Lydia Watt and directed by faculty member R.N. Sandberg. The play is being presented in conjunction with the Latinx Theatre Commons’ María Irene Fornés Institute Symposium, a national convening hosted at Princeton. Performances will be held at 8:00 p.m. on April 12 and 13 and at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on April 14 and 15 in the Maclean House on the Princeton University campus. The show is free and open to the public but seating for this site-specific production is limited and advance reservations are encouraged.
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.
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.
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.
On Wednesday, March 7, 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.
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.