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The Visual Arts Program of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University will present “Mothers,” an exhibition by senior Zahava Presser of a series of paintings, prints, video and audio exploring the evolution of two great-grandmothers’ stories through family lore. The work will be on view March 6 through March 10 in Room 301 at 185 Nassau Street. A reception with the artist will be held on March 9 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Four filmmakers will screen clips and discuss their work and careers in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Visiting Filmmakers Lecture Series presented by the Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University. The guests include Julia Solomonoff on February 20, Afia Nathaniel on February 24, Moon Molson on February 27, and Asmara Marek on March 6. All four lectures will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ‘32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street in Princeton. The series is free and open to the public.

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The renowned internationally touring Black Maria Film Festival will screen nine short works at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Art on Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. Introduced by Festival Director Jane Steuerwald and coordinated by Professor of Visual Arts and filmmaker Su Friedrich, the screening will take place in the James M. Stewart ‘32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street in Princeton. The event is free and open to the public.

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The Visual Arts Program at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts will present a screening of 17 short student films created in the fall semester courses “From Script to Screen” taught by Princeton Arts Fellow Afia Nathaniel; “Documentary Filmmaking” taught by Lynne Sachs; and “How to Make a Film” taught by Yaara Sumeruk. The screening, which is free and open to the public, will be presented on Wednesday, February 15 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, located on the first floor of 185 Nassau Street. A reception will follow the screening.

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The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Princeton Atelier will present an immersive, interactive performance, The Story is the Body, exploring the concept of Time that combines both film and the avant-garde dance form Butoh. The evening-length piece was created by award-winning filmmaker and Princeton alum Josephine Decker and Vangeline, artistic director of the Butoh dance company Vangeline Theater, along with Princeton students, as a part of the fall course “Filmmaking and Dance – Butoh and Technology.” The performance will take place on Monday, December 12 and Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged.

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The Visual Arts Program of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University will present a screening of several short experimental films and video installations by Christopher Harris followed by a discussion with the filmmaker on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. Harris is a guest to Lynne Sach’s fall course, “Documentary Filmmaking,” and is sponsored by the John Sacret Young ’69 Film Studies Fund and the Lewis Center’s Committee on Race and the Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

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Juniors and seniors in the Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts will open their studios to share and discuss their work-in-progress on Tuesday, November 15, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Lewis Center, 185 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public. The evening of open studios will feature work by students in a wide range of media including photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, graphic design, scenic design, and film. The student artists, from the classes of 2017 and 2018, will be present to discuss their work.

Thumbnail for Screening of <em>Shirley: Visions of Reality</em>, a film by Gustav Deutsch, as part of Cinema Today film series

The Program in Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and the Princeton Garden Theatre will present a special screening of Gustav Deutsch’s Shirley: Visions of Reality, based on painter Edward Hopper’s work, as a part of the new collaborative film series Cinema Today. Followed by an in-person discussion with director Deutsch and the film’s scenic artist Hanna Schimek, the screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 at the Garden Theatre.

Thumbnail for Screening of a film of The Wooster Group’s <em>Brace Up!</em> at Princeton

The Wooster Group, a New York City-based company of artists that tours both nationally and internationally, will screen a film of their production, Brace Up!, as part of the fall course “The Human Comedy of Anton Chekhov Off and On Stage (In English Translation),” co-taught by Princeton University Professors R. N. Sandberg and Olga P. Hasty. This screening of Brace Up!, which is The Wooster Group’s interpretation of Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, is presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Department of Comparative Literature, The Council of the Humanities Class of 1970 Fund, and the Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Followed by a discussion with members of The Wooster Group, the event will take place on Tuesday, October 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The screening is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for Film and television producer Debra Martin Chase at Princeton University

Founder of Martin Chase Productions and executive producer of films such as The Princess Diaries and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Debra Martin Chase will discuss her work as a television and film producer in a conversation with students as part of Theater Professor Stacy Wolf ‘s fall course “Isn’t It Romantic: The Broadway Musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim.” The discussion will take place on Tuesday, October 4 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street. Presented by the Lewis Center’s new Program in Music Theater and cosponsored by Princeton’s Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, the event is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for Film Historian and Theorist Michael B. Gillespie a Visiting Associate Professor in Visual Arts Program this Fall

Film historian and theorist Michael B. Gillespie will join Princeton University’s Program in Visual Arts faculty as a visiting associate professor in the fall, along with filmmakers Afia Serena Nathaniel, Lynne Sachs and Yaara Sumeruk, as Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts continues to expand its courses and programming in filmmaking and film studies. The Center will also co-present a special film series with Princeton Garden Theatre, "Cinema Today," which will feature screenings and talks by some of the most intriguing film directors working today.

The Lewis Center for the Arts announces the award of more than $105,000 to support the summer projects and research of 53 Princeton students, including substantial individual awards through the Alex Adam ’07 Award, the Mallach Senior Thesis Fund, the Sam Hutton Fund for the Creative Arts, and the Carpenter Family Fund for Comparative Literature. The awards were made through a competitive application process that received 90 proposals requesting just under $400,000 in funding. For many recipients the funding provides the resources to conduct research, undertake training, and pursue other opportunities critical to achieving their senior thesis project goals.

The Program in Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University will present an exhibition of recent work in a wide range of media by graduating seniors in the Program. The exhibition, Senior All-Star Show, will highlight work by students completed as part of their senior thesis projects and will be on view from Thursday, May 12 to Tuesday, May 31 in the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau Street. The exhibition is free and open to the public.