Tag Archives: Center for the Arts

Artful Lunch Series—Sharifa Lookman ’17

A message from Randi Plake in the Office of University Communications:

One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for a presentation by Sharifa Lookman ’17 about her favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection. Bring your bag lunch and enjoy homemade cookies and conversation following the talk.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 23rd
Time: 12:10 p.m.
Place: Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room, 301 High Street

“Tula Telfair: Invented Landscapes”—Michael S. Roth Interviews Henry Adams

tula-telfair-landscapesFrom the CFA:

Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth ’78 interviews Henry Adams, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University and Menakka, and Essel Bailey ’66, Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the College of the Environment at Wesleyan, about Professor of Art Tula Telfair‘s new book, “Tula Telfair: Invented Landscapes.” Ms. Telfair’s hyper-realistic landscape paintings are at once awe-inspiring and extremely personal. Featured essays by Mr. Adams and Mr. Roth explore the technical and aesthetic aspects of Ms. Telfair’s work, her personal history, and the interplay between realism and invention.

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts and the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program.

Date: Wednesday, October 19
Time: 6-7:30 PM
PlaceRing Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall)
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Omar Fraire – “Quotation_Synergies”

What exactly is this? What does this quotation mean? An intriguing submission from the CFA:

“To crack a nut is truly no feat, so no one would ever dare to collect an audience in order to entertain it with nut-cracking. But if all the same one does do that and succeeds in entertaining the public, then it cannot be a matter of simple nut-cracking. Or it is a matter of nut-cracking, but it turns out that we have overlooked the art of cracking nuts because we were too skilled in it and that this newcomer to it first shows us its real nature, even finding it useful in making his effects to be rather less expert in nut-cracking than most of us.”

Date: Tuesday, October 18
Time: 9-10:30 PM
Place: World Music Hall
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Artful Lunch Series – Michael Meere

From the CFA:

Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for a presentation by Wesleyan University’s Assistant Professor of French Michael Meere about his favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection. Bring your bag lunch and enjoy homemade cookies and conversation following the talk.

Date: Thursday, October 13
Time: 12:10-1 PM
PlaceDavison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room, 301 High Street, Middletown

Opening Reception—“FLYING CARPETS: new paintings by David Schorr”


From CFA:

Professor of Art David Schorr‘s solo exhibition and site-specific installation “FLYING CARPETS” revisits his childhood days spent playing on his grandmother’s Persian rugs. In the paintings, gouache with silverpoint drawing on linen, he recreates the richly-colored world of his young imagination, contrasting familiar toys from the mid 20th century with images that hint at the exotic and expansive world beyond his home. The artist brings the actual subjects of the paintings in a site-specific installation. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog designed by David Schorr, featuring an essay by poet Jonathan Galassi. During the Opening Reception there will be a Gallery Talk by Professor of Art David Schorr at 5pm.

Date: Tuesday, November 1
Time: 4:30-6:30 pm
Place: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace
Cost: $35 general public; $32 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students

West End String Quartet

From the CFA:

The West End String Quartet features Wesleyan chamber music instructors Sarah Washburn on violin, Anne Berry on cello, and John Biatowas on viola. The group will perform music for string trio and piano quartet with pianist Ira Braus from The Hartt School of Music, including Robert Schumann’s sublime Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47; Max Reger’s Trio No. 2 in d minor, Op. 141b; and the world premiere of String Trio in g minor by Wesleyan’s John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce.

Date: Sunday, October 9
Time: 3-4:30 PM
Place: Russell House (350 High St.)

Art Talk by Rosalyn Deutsche: “We don’t need another hero”

cfaFrom the Center for the Arts:

Rosalyn Deutsche is an art historian and critic who teaches modern and contemporary art at Barnard College in New York City. She earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has written extensively and lectured internationally on such interdisciplinary topics as art and urbanism, art and the public sphere, art and war, art and psychoanalysis, and feminist theories of subjectivity in representation. Her essays have appeared in Grey Room, October, Artforum, Art in America, and Society and Space, among other journals, in many exhibition catalogues and anthologies, and in numerous translations. Ms. Deutsche is the author of “Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics” and “Hiroshima After Iraq: Three Studies on Art and War.”

This talk is presented in conjuction with the exhibition “here is new york: a democracy of photographs,” featured in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery through October 9, 2016. Co-sponsored by the Samuel Silipo ’85 Distinguished Visitor’s Fund and the Department of Art and Art History.

Date: Wednesday, October 5
Time: 5:30-7PM
Place: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall), 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown

Camille A. Brown & Dancers – “BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play”

cfa-black-girl-linguistic-playFrom the CFA:

Acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown returns to Wesleyan with the Connecticut premiere of “BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play” (2015), which uses the rhythmic play of African-American dance vernacular–double dutch, steppin’, tap, Juba, ring shout, social dancing, and gesture–and privileges the black girl gaze to create a nuanced spectrum of black womanhood. With live music by pianist Scott Patterson and bassist Tracy Wormworth.

Date: Friday, October 7
Time: 8-9:30 PM
Place: CFA Theater
Cost$28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students

What to Expect at The MASH 2016

this afternoon, listen to some SWEET JAMS in the OUTDOORS here at wesleyan. go to the MASH.

the mash 2016 event flyer

While MRoth’s band is not playing this year, Wesleyan’s only administratively-sanctioned outdoor (occasionally indoor) music festival is happening this afternoon and features several students and alumni alike. A couple weeks ago, I told you about what the music scene here is like. Today, you get to ~experience it,~ this time courtesy of the Center for the Arts.

The fourth annual MASH is today, Sept. 9, from 2 – 7:30 p.m. 21 student bands and one very special alumni band are holding down the all-day festival this year. So now, instead of just stewing outside in the humid Connecticut air this afternoon, you can stew outside while listening to some cool music. We’ll also be broadcasting some of the performances ~live~ on Facebook, if it turns out that you can’t make it.

For the first three hours, there are three stages — one in front of Olin Memorial Library, one on the North College Lawn, and one in the CFA. For these three hours, you will have to choose where you want to go. After that’s done, everyone migrates to the main stage at the foot of Foss Hill, where The Highlanders, Jal & Locus, Chef, and El Niño close out the night.

The CFA’s event page and the facebook event have some pretty good information, and I have collected most of it here for you. It’s all organized by stage so that you can pick where to go in the first three-hour block. Everything in quotes is how the bands describe themselves, either to Wesleying or to the CFA. For my list of all the acts playing and links to their music, click through: