The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater presents Spring Awakening, the Tony Award-winning rock musical celebrating youth and rebellion directed by Princeton senior Julia Hammer and featuring senior John Somers Fairchild as Moritz. The musical follows the universal journey from childhood to adulthood through a group of young people growing up in the repressive world of late 19th-century Germany as they face the inner and outer tumult of sexuality. Performances will be held on March 6, 7, 12 and 13 at 8:00 p.m. and March 8 at 2:00 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater will present Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama How I Learned to Drive on March 6, 7, 8, 12, and 13 at 8:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. How I Learned to Drive is a warm, tragic, funny, and strikingly perceptive memory play in which a young woman named Li’l Bit looks back on her warped experience with love and struggles to forgive in the face of her past sexual trauma. This production will be directed by faculty member R.N. Sandberg and will feature senior Caroline Hertz as Li’l Bit. A talkback will follow the March 12 performance. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and will be available through University Ticketing and at the door prior to each performance.
Program in Creative Writing senior certificate student Yessica Martinez has been named one of two recipients of the Henry Richardson Labouisse '26 Prize to spend a year pursuing international civic engagement projects after graduation. The $30,000 prize will support a project by Yessica Martinez in Colombia and Princeton senior Damaris Miller in Nepal and India.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University will host S-T-O-R-E-D, a pop-up shop by senior Ben Denzer, from March 2 through 6. The shop will be open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A reception will be held on March 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The art is for sale.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University will present “Self-preservation,” an installation by senior Wendy Li examining how memories are created, erased, manipulated and forgotten. Installed in the format of a museum exhibition, the work and objects document the artist’s process of remembering and of constructing history and identity from images and documents. The work will be on view March 2 through 6 from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Room 301 at 185 Nassau Street. A reception will be held on March 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Though pursuing different paths, four Program in Dance students are united in their love of dance and their desire to share this passion with an audience when the curtain rises on the Spring Dance Festival this weekend, February 20-22.
Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University will screen The NEST Collective’s recent film, Stories of our Lives, a film about the queer community in Kenya. The screening will be followed by a talk with the film’s director and screenwriter Jim Chuchu and executive producer George Gachara, part of the John Sacret-Young ’69 Lecture Series. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 25 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 Princeton Atelier at the Lewis Center for the Arts, in conjunction with the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, presents “Artists Making Cities: A Panel Discussion and Workshops on Creative Placemaking” on February 24. A panel discussion by three artists working in different ways to revitalize cities will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at Betts Auditorium in the School of Architecture on the Princeton campus. Workshops with the artists will follow from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 185 Nassau Street. Both events are free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University will present Over-Looked, an exhibition of collaged paintings by senior Elise Rise. The project examines the body within rapidly changing ideas of gender, sexuality and voyeurism. The work will be on view February 23 through 27 in the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau Street. A reception will be held on February 26 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts will welcome Oscar-nominated alumnus Andrew Jarecki ’85 back to campus for a screening and discussion of his new HBO documentary series, The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, on Friday, February 20, at 6:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The event begins with a reception and is free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University has announced the selection of four Mary MacKall Gwinn Hodder Fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year. Writer Phil Klay, choreographer Beth Gill, scenic designer and performance artist Matt Saunders, and poet Natalie Diaz are this year’s recipients of the Hodder, created to provide artists and humanists in the early stages of their careers an opportunity to undertake significant new work.
Princeton University seniors Yessica Martinez and Jake Robertson have been named co-winners of the University's 2015 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University will present “BENCH,” a multimedia project and exhibition by senior Christopher St. John. The project studies the effects of projection, seating and spaces within a contemporary gallery. The work will be on exhibit February 16 through 20, however showings that include all elements of the installation will be offered on February 16, 17, 19 and 20 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. A reception will be held on February 19 from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. The exhibition and showings will be in the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau Street and are free and open to the public.
Poet Marie Howe and five seniors in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University will read from their work on Friday, February 20 at Labyrinth Books. The reading is part of the Emerging Writers Reading Series, which showcases senior thesis students of the Program in Creative Writing with established writers as special guests. Featuring student writers Evan Coles, Cosette Gonzales, Filipa Ioannou, Yessica Martinez, and Milena Phan, the reading begins at 6:00 p.m and is free and open to the public. Labyrinth Books is located at 122 Nassau Street.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present a conversation with popular American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland on February 16 at 4:30 p.m. in McCosh 50 (room 50 in McCosh Hall) on the Princeton University campus. The ballet superstar will discuss her professional career, her struggles as an African American in the ballet world, and her preparations to dance Swan Lake in American Ballet Theater’s spring season. Princeton’s Center for African American Studies and Princeton University Ballet are cosponsoring the conversation. The event, the third and final in the 2015 Masters of Dance Series, is free and open to the public, however tickets are required.