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.
Acclaimed composer, virtuosic violist, and Princeton Atelier guest artist Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin gives a concert performance with guest artists on Tuesday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum at the Lewis Arts complex. Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Princeton Atelier, the concert is free and open to the public.
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.
During a four-day Festival of the Arts, Oct. 5-8, Princeton University celebrated the opening of the new Lewis Arts complex with a bonanza of events, open to the public. More than 100 events across arts genres took place in more than 30 venues of every shape and size, from the expansive University Chapel to a tiny “Theatre for One” mobile unit, from a high-tech black box theater to a sun-drenched outdoor plaza.
On Wednesday, October 11, award-winning fiction writer Rachel Cusk and acclaimed poet and Princeton alumnus Nathaniel Mackey, Class of 1969, will read from their work as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series of the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts. The reading, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center, is free and open to the public.
Join DC Entertainment publisher Jim Lee, Princeton Class of 1986, as he talks about his 30-year career in the comics industry and sketches favorite characters live on the big screen in an engaging conversation on Sunday, October 8 at 3:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street.
Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts presents F. Scott Fitzgerald: New in Bookstores & Now Playing, a discussion of recent work in print and on screen showcasing the legacy of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Princeton Class of 1917, with noted biographer and Princeton alumnus A. Scott Berg '71 and author and editor Anne Margaret Daniel *99, who received her Ph.D. from Princeton. The talk is on October 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street and is free and open to the public. The event is presented as part of A Festival of the Arts at Princeton University to celebrate the opening of the new Lewis Center for the Arts complex on the Princeton campus, October 5 through 8.
The 2017 Princeton Poetry Festival, a two-day biennial event, kicks off Princeton University's Lewis Center for the Arts and Department of Music's celebration of the opening of the new Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts complex on October 5 and 6 in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. The poetry festival is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. This international poetry festival, which is free and open to the public, is a unique event which will showcase poets from Canada, China, Cuba, Iceland, Macedonia, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, Serbia, and the U.S. in a series of readings and panel discussions organized by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Princeton faculty member, and founding chair of the Lewis Center, Paul Muldoon, and is part of the Lewis Center’s Performance Central series.
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.
On Wednesday, September 20, award-winning fiction writer and memoirist, and new Princeton faculty member Yiyun Li, and poet, novelist, and 2017-19 Princeton Arts Fellow Erika L. Sánchez will read from their work as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series of the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts. The reading, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center, is free and open to the public.
Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and Department of Music will celebrate the opening of the new Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts complex with a multi-day Festival of the Arts October 5 through 8 on the Princeton campus. The Festival, which is open to the public, will feature over 100 concerts, plays, readings, dance performances, art exhibitions, multidisciplinary presentations, film screenings, community workshops, and site-specific events at venues across the campus, most of which will be free.
Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts named sculptor Martha Friedman as the new director of the University’s Program in Visual Arts. Friedman has been a member of the Program in Visual Arts faculty since 2009 and became a full-time lecturer in 2011. With her directorship commencing July 1, she will be appointed at the rank of Senior Lecturer.