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.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance presents the 2015 Spring Dance Festival, a dance concert showcasing more than 50 students performing repertory by distinguished, internationally renowned choreographers Jodie Gates, Zvi Gotheiner, Susan Marshall, and Stephen Petronio, and premieres of new works by Marjani Forté and David Neumann. The Festival will be presented on Friday, February 20, at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 21, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 22, at 1:00 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton.
The 2013-14 Report of the Treasurer has been published, and it features an exciting focus on the creative life of Princeton University. Included are photographs, quotes from faculty, and student profiles highlighting activity in the Lewis Center for the Arts along with the Department of Music, the Princeton University Art Museum, and student groups.
Theatre critic and scholar Fintan O’Toole will present the Robert Fagles Memorial Lecture entitled, “Unspeakable Horror: How Ireland Fought the Great War,” on Friday, February 13 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street. Part of the 2014-15 Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University, the event is free and open to the public.
On Wednesday, February 11, poet Evie Shockley and novelist Meg Wolitzer will read from their works 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. at the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center, is free and open to the public.
Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts announces the poets who will be featured in the 2015 Princeton Poetry Festival, a two-day biennial event presented through the Center’s Performance Central Series. Poets from around the world will read from their work and hold panel discussions. The Festival will take place March 13 and 14 in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on the Princeton campus. Organized by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Princeton professor Paul Muldoon, the Festival will open with the New Jersey State Finals of Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry performance competition for high school students.
College Factual has compiled a list of the top places in the U.S. to earn a degree in fine and studio arts. The Program in Visual Arts at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University has been honored with spot number 6 out of 10 colleges.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts will present “MEDIA STUDIES,” an exhibition of new student work from fall 2014 visual arts classes in a wide array of mechanical and electronic media. The work was curated from a dozen courses in experimental and documentary film production, analog and digital photography, typography, graphic design and desktop publishing, and consumer media and DIY culture. Most of the work will be on view in the Lucas Gallery from February 2 through 10, with documentary films screened on February 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater. Both venues are located at 185 Nassau Street. An opening reception will be held on February 4 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Both the exhibition and screening are free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater will present David Rabe’s Vietnam era drama The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel on January 8, 9 and 10 at 8:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ‘53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. Directed by Tim Vasen, the Director of the Program in Theater, and featuring theater program seniors Patrick Rounds and Blake Edwards, the play examines the Vietnam War and the experience of basic training through the eyes of young soldier Pavlo Hummel.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater will present MADMAN, a dramatic reading of Nikolai Gogol’s “Diary of a Madman” as performed by the actor Jake Robertson or more briefly titled, MADMAN/Robertson. This new one-man theatrical adaptation of the classic Russian short story with a twist, featuring senior theater certificate student Jake Robertson and directed by faculty member R.N. Sandberg, explores the act of performing itself as Robertson assumes all the characters in story. Performances will take place in the Class of 1970 Theater at Whitman College on January 8th at 8:00 p.m., January 9th at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., and January 10th at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Ze'eva Cohen: Creating A Life In Dance, a new documentary film on Ze’eva’s career as a dancer and choreographer and founder of the Dance Program at Princeton, was accepted to the Dance On Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center. The film will be screened at Lincoln Center on February 3 at 3:00 p.m. A screening of the film at Princeton is planned for March.