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.
The Visual Arts Program in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University will present an exhibition of recent work in a wide range of media by 19 graduating seniors in the Program. The exhibition, titled The Big Time Senior Wrap-Up Kick-Off Blowout Expo ’18, will highlight work by students completed as part of their senior thesis projects and will be on view from Thursday, May 17 to Wednesday, June 6 in the Hurley Gallery in the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus. An opening reception at the gallery will be held on May 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Princeton Atelier will present Rising Waters: Climate Change Games, an end-of-semester exhibition of early-stage interactive video games inspired by investigations into climate change created by students in a spring Atelier course taught by award-winning new media artist and game designer Matt Parker. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the CoLab at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. This culminating presentation will take the form of an open interactive exhibition where visitors can try out five new games.
The Program in Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University will present a Junior + Senior Film Screening featuring three new short films by students in the Program: Fishing the Short Run by senior Pat Rooney, Ibeji by senior Mariah Wilson, and Perfidia Activist by junior David Lopera. The screening on Monday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Frist Film/Performance Theatre at Frist Campus Center will be repeated on May 10 at 11:00 p.m. at the Garden Theater at 160 Nassau Street. Both screenings are free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts announces more than $115,000 in awards to support the summer projects and research of 45 Princeton undergraduates, chosen from 85 applicants. 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 in the arts.
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.
Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins will screen and discuss his feature film, Song of Granite, a portrayal of the life of sean nós singer Joe Heaney and his music, on Friday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m. at the Princeton Garden Theater, 160 Nassau Street. An audience discussion with the filmmaker will follow the screening. The event, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the Fund for Irish Studies at Princeton University. Guests should note that this event is earlier in the day than usual for Fund for Irish Studies Series events.
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 at Princeton University will present Performance Lab, showcasing nine new works created by thirteen Princeton students, on Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hearst Dance Theater at the new Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. Each performance will be followed by a talkback. The event is free and open to the public.
The Visual Arts Program at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts will present a screening of 27 short student films created in the fall semester courses “Documentary Filmmaking” taught by Jason Fox, “Short Comedy Filmmaking” taught by Yaara Sumeruk, and "Digital Animation" taught by Tim Szetela. The screening, which is free and open to the public, will be presented on Wednesday, February 14 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.
The renowned internationally touring Black Maria Film Festival will screen seven short works at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Art on Monday, February 26 at 4:30 p.m. Introduced by Festival Director Jane Steuerwald, the screening of short documentary, narrative, and animated films 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.
This fall semester, eight Princeton undergraduates are exploring the art of the photographic portrait through historical and contemporary perspectives, as well as producing their own projects in the course “Portraiture: The Practice of Representation."