Striking images of Holocaust victims overlaid with paint and text stare back at viewers as they encounter the pieces in the exhibition One Day, One Woman, One Child — which will be in the Longyear Museum of Anthropology until this Friday. Read more
The showing, which is free and open to the public, will feature a lecture by Michael at 4:30 p.m. October 23 in Golden Auditorium in Little Hall. A reception will follow.
This is the seventh exhibition in Michael’s Dimensional Drawing Project, which began nine years ago at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica.
For this exhibition, Michael will collaborate with Colgate students to create a site-specific installation intended to expand definitions of drawing and to understand drawing’s relationship to other marking systems such as musical notation, calligraphy, and choreography.
At the close of the exhibition in January 2014, a musical composition inspired by the works will be performed in the Clifford Art Gallery. Michael will also premiere his new video installation, “Shadows-Speak,” which appears as a subtle play of light and shadow dancing to the taps of a typewriter’s keys.
A Swinging ‘Gates alumna has added an Emmy to her list of accomplishments.
Audrey Morrissey ’89 received the award in September for her work as one of five executive producers of The Voice, a television show in its fifth season on NBC. The show’s producers were given the award for outstanding reality program that uses a competition format.
“Having produced music-based award shows for most of my career, I know the army of talented and dedicated people it takes to mount award-show scale performances week after week. Receiving an award from your peers recognizing the tireless efforts of the team is incredibly humbling and gratifying,” Morrissey said.
The job presents challenges that include thinking of how to keep things fresh without losing the show’s core values, staying on schedule, and finding the right song for each contestant, a critical project that keeps the music department busy for weeks, Morrissey said.
“I think people would be very surprised to know how much time and effort goes into choosing the right song for the contestants to sing each week,” she said.
Her first job after graduation was with MTV, which she landed when her friend and fellow Swinging ‘Gates member Jennifer Dowd ’87 referred her to Douglas Wilson ’88.
Elizabeth Marlowe, assistant professor of art and art history, started with some big questions at a recent colloquium: “What can we learn from a work of ancient art? Will it teach us new things or reinforce what we already know?”
In addressing those questions, Marlowe highlighted the lack of attention paid to the origins of art pieces that have inhabited museums for more than a century, and how that can completely change how we view the artwork.
From Lawrence Hall to Hamilton Central School to a high school in New Jersey, the distinctive black-and-white cover of George Saunders’s Tenth of December seemed to be everywhere this summer — the visual cue to the inaugural Colgate Reads program.
Colgate Reads was simple: read a story, discuss the story. Approximately 2,150 people joined in to read the title story of Saunders’s new collection, surpassing the goal of 2,013 participants. Read more
(Note: These are prepared remarks by Mary Ann Calo, Batza Professor of Art and Art History; Director, Division of Arts and Humanities, given at Colgate’s 193rd convocation.)
Greetings to President Herbst, Dean Hicks, my colleagues on the faculty, and of course a warm welcome to the class of 2017, our transfer students and their families.
It is a great honor to stand before you tonight and I want to thank the President and the Dean for this opportunity. You have already spent many hours in conversation with advisors and peers and received extensive orientation to various aspects of life at Colgate. The semester starts tomorrow and my job is to welcome you to our scholarly community—specifically to the classroom and the intellectual adventure you are about to begin. Read more
It was standing-room only at the Colgate Inn on Thursday evening, June 27, when architect David Adjaye revealed to the Hamilton community his firm’s design for the university’s proposed Center for Art and Culture (CAC).
Adjaye began by describing elements in the surrounding area that his team considered in designing the center. In addition to the surrounding landscape and its geology, he said that agrarian structures as well as “the idea of striafied, articulated volumes” like the historic Hamilton Village Hall with its windowed cupola became inspirations. “All of this has come together to inform how we look at making a high-quality, sustainable, and environmentally responsive building that also creates a fantastic environment for art.” Read more
In an important example of international, cultural, and educational collaboration, Colgate University will give 119 indigenous artworks to Curtin University in Western Australia. The works, a significant part of the heritage and history of the region, were created by Noongar children who were part of Australia’s “Stolen Generations.” Read more
The Revolutions per Minute (RPM) sound art exhibition wraps up tonight with student projects to be displayed from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the former Crowe’s Pharmacy in the village of Hamilton.
“[It’s meant to] allow everyone to listen to how others interpreted the sound art, how they experienced this exhibit and created their own work,” said Wenhua Shi, assistant professor of art and art history at Colgate, who co-curated the exhibition with Dajuin Yao, artist and director of Open Media Lab at the China Academy of Art. Read more
The newly acquired paintings are from the Max Oberlander collection, and include works by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Brouwer, Ryckaert, and van Ostade.
The exhibition, which also draws on the Picker’s permanent collection of works from the 15th to 17th centuries, seeks to place the new acquisitions in the broader context of how we understand art by the Old Masters, according to Oliver.
The exhibition is the culmination of her extensive research on objects in the Picker’s collection that were produced before 1800. Read more
With music, wit, and a little absurdity, Colgate University Theater opened its Threepenny Opera production in Brehmer Theater on Wednesday. The show, which runs through the weekend, is the story of criminal/hero MacHeath (Joshua Jackson ’13) and his marriage to Polly Peachum (Katie Sotos ’15), the daughter of greedy businessman Mr. Peachum (Denny Gonzalez ’13). Mr. Peachum and Mrs. Peachum (Elyse McGrath ’15) are not happy with MacHeath as a son-in-law and set out to have him hanged.
In February, three students in Professor Zhou Tian’s composition class had a rare opportunity — a reading and performance of their works by a renowned professional ensemble.
As birds chirp cheerful songs, a Chinese character duplicates and forms fractal shapes. In sharp contrast, city vibrations serve as the soundtrack for bustling scenes from Shanghai and Hangzhou. Although Revolutions per Minute (RPM) is a sound art exhibition, visitors will travel beyond sight and sound. Read more
When the Zen-style rock garden was created outside the Ho Science Center, as subtle homage to the heritage and beliefs of Robert H.N. Ho ’56, no one anticipated that it would one day be part of the first exhibition of Chinese sound art in the world.
Garden of Buddhahood, by Dajuin Yao, features 45 Buddhist chanting lamps with recordings of chanting and continuously changing hues. Yao, a pioneer in the sound art genre, co-curated the exhibition with Wenhua Shi, assistant professor of art and art history at Colgate. Read more
While smog in China continues to make news, one of that nation’s newest composers is providing American audiences with a breath of fresh air. Read more
Weatherproof speakers, iPads and iPods, video projectors and monitors, headphones, a telescope, and 64 chanting machines are among the equipment being set up on campus and in the village of Hamilton, as artists and technicians prepare for Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), the first survey exhibition of Chinese sound art to be shown inside or outside of China.
Local legacies: Colgate’s location in the lands of the Iroquois provides unique and rich opportunitiesFebruary 25, 2013
Long, long ago, there was no land, only water. Powerful beings lived in a place called the Sky World. One day, a woman who was expecting a baby fell through a hole in the sky at the base of the Tree of Life. She grabbed a handful of seeds at the tree’s roots as she fell. A flock of geese saw this Skywoman falling. They caught her and placed her on the back of a giant turtle. With the handful of soil and seeds, she danced the earth into being.
How Turtle Island, or North America, came to be is the creation story of the peoples who settled the region surrounding Colgate more than 10,000 years ago: the Iroquois, or as they call themselves today, the Haudenosaunee (“People of the Longhouse”).
Read how Colgate’s location in the land of the Haudenosaunee provides unique and rich opportunities for Colgate students — and how the university has become a resource contributing to overall knowledge about the Iroquois as well — in Local Legacies, featured in the winter 2013 Colgate Scene.
Provost Doug Hicks shared his expertise on the connection between religious leadership and social change on Wednesday night in the Ho Tung Visualization Lab. Hicks focused on two monumental figures: Jesus Christ and Martin Luther King Jr., both of whom are featured portraits in the Great Minds Collection. The 29 large-scale, contemporary portraits — created by artist Robin Morris and on loan from Dick Resnick ’61, P’90 — inspired Colgate’s lecture series that began in the fall.
Douglas A. Hicks, provost and dean of the faculty, announced the selection of Anja Chávez as director of university museums for Colgate University, effective May 1. She will direct the Picker Art Gallery and Longyear Museum of Anthropology, as well as the university’s envisioned Center for Art and Culture. Read more