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On Thursday, September 28, 2017 as part of the 41st annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan, author and mridangam virtuoso Douglas Knight ’70 discussed Balasaraswati: Her Art & Life – one book in three editions, for three audiences. The book has appeared in three different editions: an American edition published by Wesleyan University Press in 2010; an English language edition published in India by Westland Books in 2011; and a Tamil translation published by Cre-A Publishers in May 2017. Each edition was intended for a distinct readership, and elicited different responses. He reflected on how the writing, editing, and publishing of these three editions transformed his understanding of the significance of Bala’s story as it “came home.”

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

On Thursday, September 21, 2017 acclaimed artist addressing issues of inequality, equity, and social justice with beauty and precision, Ping Chong, gave a talk at the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall. Since 1972, Ping Chong has created over 100 works for the stage which have been presented at major festivals and theaters worldwide. His work explores the intersections of race, culture, history, art, and technology in the modern world.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017 the Three in 30 gallery tour brought three Wesleyan faculty members—Professor of History Demetrius L. Eudell, Assistant Professor of Sociology Courtney Patterson-Faye, and Associate Professor of English and American Studies Amy Cynthia Tang—into Zilkha Gallery to discuss a selected work from the Black Pulp! exhibition with Guest Curator William Villalongo for ten minutes each.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

On Wednesday, September 9, 2017 Assistant Professor of Art at Wesleyan University, Sasha Rudensky, exhibited 25 of her meticulously observed and constructed images, which present an unsettling view into contemporary life in the New East. For more than a decade, she has repeatedly returned to Russia and the post-Soviet territories with her camera. Her photographs track a lost generation that has come of age during the Vladimir Putin era.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

On Saturday, September 9, 2017 A family-friendly celebration of Middletown’s Main Street and the new Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore, the Main Street Stroll featured music, street performers, specialty workshops, free admission at Kidcity Children’s Museum, and much more.
Inspired by Fete de la Musique (also known as World Music Day), the sixth annual The MASH festival highlights Wesleyan’s student music scene, with multiple stages on campus featuring everything from a cappella ensembles to student, faculty, and alumni bands.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

On Friday, May 5, 2017 at the CFA Theater, Wesleyan Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka and Bates College Associate Professor of Dance Rachel Boggia performed the world premiere of their first choreographed work featuring their shared love of vibratory movement, smooth breath, and cheesy humor; and influences including Ghanaian dance forms, American postmodern dance, fake tap dance, bad jokes, and life experiences.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

On Sunday, April 9, 2017 the Wesleyan Music Department hosted the annual meeting of the Connecticut Percussive Arts Society, featuring an exploration of the world of percussion with Wesleyan ensembles including the West African Drumming Ensemble, Taiko Drumming Ensemble, Korean Drumming Ensemble, and WesWinds, as well as several visiting ensembles from other Connecticut colleges and universities, including Sacred Heart University, Western Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, University of Connecticut, and Bedford Middle School. This Day of Percussion was part of the 16th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

On Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Wesleyan University Crowell Concert Hall, acclaimed percussionist and composer Eli Fountain presented an evening of music alongside a formidable cast of fellow jazz musicians including Warren Smith, Professor of Music Jay Hoggard, Bryan Carrott, Bobby Sanabria, Reggie Nicholson, Lyndon Achee, and Patience Higgins, as part of the 16th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

On Thursday, April 20, 2017 Actors and Actresses rehearsed for the world premiere of Islands, a play by Professor of Theater Ron Jenkins that explores the legacy of colonialism and the relationship between Indonesia and the United States, commissioned by the Center for the Arts.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

 

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 seniors Dylan Beckman, Harrison Carter, Elinor Case-Pethica, and Caren Ye in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History showed their senior thesis works at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

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