For the final session of "Extraordinary Processes," a seminar offered jointly by the Program in Visual Arts and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, students gathered in the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau Street to test the strength of bridges they made out of ash lumber. Created by Visual Arts Program Director Joe Scanlan and Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sigrid Adriaenssens, the course nudged students beyond their comfort zones at the boundary of art and engineering.
The Princeton Garden Theatre in partnership with the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University presents a special screening of the independent feature film, Tumbledown, Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A with filmmakers and Princeton alumni Sean Mewshaw ’97 and Desi Van Til ’99 and moderated by Princeton University Professor of English and Comparative Literature Maria DiBattista. The Garden Theatre is located at 160 Nassau Street in Princeton. The screening will be preceded by a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, however advance reservations are encouraged.
Students in the fall 2015 course “The Arts of Urban Transition” have spent the past semester using texts and methods from history, theater and dance to examine artists and works of art as agents of change in New York City and Detroit. Taught by historian Aaron Shkuda, Professor of Dance Judith Hamera, and Princeton Arts Fellow Aaron Landsman, the course explored such topics as artist relationships and the impact of urban arts initiatives.
Theatre critic and scholar Fintan O’Toole will present the 2016 Robert Fagles Memorial Lecture entitled, “Carnival and Ruin: Looting in the 1916 Rising,” on Friday, February 12 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street. Part of the 2015-16 Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University, the event is free and open to the public.
Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Theater will present new musical theater works by student lyricists and composers from the fall semester course “Introduction to Musical Theatre Writing,” taught by Robert Lee, Randall Eng, and Stacy Wolf on Saturday, February 6 at 5 p.m. in Rocky Common Room on Princeton University campus.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Elektra by Sophocles, the classic, dark, bloody tale of familial vengeance from ancient Greece, explored anew by guest director Alexandru Mihail and senior Evelyn Giovine in the title role. Performances will take place on February 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13 at 8:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio located at 185 Nassau Street.
Audiences are invited to join Princeton University students to screen recent independent films and meet the filmmakers as part of the Visual Arts Program course “World on a Wire: 12 Films, 12 Filmmakers.” One film will be screened each Thursday evening starting February 11 and continuing through the end of April. All the films have been produced within the last 18 months and each of the filmmakers will be on hand to discuss their work and answer questions from the audience.
The Lewis Center for the Arts has awarded Hodder Fellowships to fiction writer NoViolet Bulawayo, poet Jenny Johnson, playwright Jiehae Park, filmmaker Joshua Sanchez, and choreographer Karen Sherman.
Award-winning poet Claudia Rankine will read from her work on Wednesday, February 10, as part of the Althea Ward Clark W'21 Reading Series of the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts. After the reading, Tracy K. Smith, director of the Program in Creative Writing, will join Claudia Rankine for an onstage conversation. The event, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center, is free and open to the public.
Professor of Creative Writing Edmund White has been named New York’s 11th State Author by Governor Andrew Cuomo, along with former Creative Writing faculty member Yusef Komunyakaa as the State Poet.
It is with great sadness that the Lewis Center for the Arts shares the devastating news of the sudden passing of our colleague Timothy K. Vasen, Director of the Program in Theater. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 3, at 2:00 p.m. at 185 Nassau Street on the Princeton campus.
Congratulations to Katherine Clifton '15 and Cameron Platt '16, two of the four Princeton students (and the 32 students nationwide) who have been named recipients of the Rhodes Scholarships to study at Oxford.
The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University is now accepting applications from promising artists in all artistic disciplines for two opportunities, the Hodder Fellowship and the Princeton Arts Fellowship. Details and an online application are posted at arts.princeton.edu/fellowships. Applications are due by September 14, 2015.
Demetrius Oliver: Canicular, a new publication showcasing the work of Lecturer in Visual Arts Demetrius Oliver, is now available. The book documents Oliver's 2014 installation at The Print Center in Philadelphia, in which he transformed the gallery spaces into an observatory.