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On Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Saint Louis-based multimedia artist Kahlil Robert Irving exhibited a recent body of work in his first solo exhibition in New England, including several pieces commissioned by the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan. Working across a variety of material production methods, Irving examines the evolving relationship between symbols and power by bringing attention to the oppressive legacies of colonialism present in contemporary culture. His practice purposely challenges constructs around decorative arts, monuments, and the history of how race has been reinforced in America.
Associate Professor of Science in Society, African American Studies, and Sociology Anthony Hatch, who has written an essay for the exhibition, engaged Kahlil Robert Irving in a gallery talk about his work at 5pm during the opening reception.

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

On Friday, September 21, 2018 crackling with high-energy physicality, Point of Interest (2016) featured a series of solos, duets, and quintets set to Raphael Xavier’s soundscape of beats, spoken word poetry, and musical rhythms. Philadelphia-based Raphael Xavier is a self-taught hip hop dancer and breaking artist originally from Wilmington, Delaware. A photographer, musician, and former company member with Rennie Harris Puremovement, he is an innovative movement conceptualist who has helped expand the boundaries of dance since 1983.
Following the 50 minute performance there was a 30 minute talkback with the artist moderated by Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Joya Powell.
There was a free masterclass with Raphael Xavier on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 11am in the Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, located at 247 Pine Street. Open to all, no reservations were required.

Photos by Richard Marinelli. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

 

Fall Photos: The MASH

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Saturday, September 8, 2018 inspired by Fête de la Musique (also known as Make Music Day), the seventh annual The MASH festival highlighted Wesleyan’s student music scene, with multiple stages on campus featuring everything from a cappella ensembles to student and faculty bands.

Photos by Richard Marinelli. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

On Friday, August 31, 2018 first year students in the Class of 2022 partnered with choreographer Heidi Latsky to create her installation ON DISPLAY on Andrus Field. Followed by a fire dancing performance by the student group Prometheus.
A deconstructed art exhibition/fashion show, ON DISPLAY is a commentary on the body as spectacle and on society’s obsession with body image. At its most concrete, ON DISPLAY is a human sculpture gallery bound by simple performance rules. More deeply, ON DISPLAY dares us to explore the idea of the gaze through a meditative, playful, embodied inquiry. In the installation, we are challenged to be in our simplest state, to commit to the exercise without judgement, to trust both our individuality and the group, and to experience profoundly the act of seeing and being seen.

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

On Thursday, Match 2, 2017 T.S. Monk was joined by Theo Hill on piano, Willie Williams on tenor saxophone, Randall Haywood on trumpet, April May Webb on vocals, Patience Higgins on alto saxophone and flute, and Christopher Berger on bass to perform a concert celebrating 100 years of his father, pianist Thelonious Monk.

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

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at a panel led by John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce, Chair and Professor of East Asian Studies, and Professor of Government and Environmental Studies Mary Alice Haddad, Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies and Government Joan Cho, University of Connecticut Professor of History Alexis Dudden, and invited scholars from Yale University discussed the current political conflict and U.S. and North Korean policy, as well as South Korean urban culture.

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

On Monday, April 16, 2018 the Wesleyan University Orchestra under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina performed the world premiere of Guggenheim Fellow composer and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim’s One Sky II (2018). The concert was opened by Wesleyan’s Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble and cross-cultural performances by faculty and students from Korea, China, Japan, Iran, and the United States; and followed by a Q&A with the audience about their musical experiences.

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

On Sunday, April 15, 2018 The GRAMMY Award-winning Kronos Quartet returned to Wesleyan to perform a wide-ranging program of music from around the world, featuring adventurous string quartets either written for or arranged for the legendary group, including the world premiere of Jacob Garchik’s arrangement of the John Coltrane tune “Alabama.”

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

On Saturday, April 7, 2018 The Dance Department honored Susan Lourie’s 40 years of teaching at Wesleyan with a tribute performance featuring invited alumni, guests, and current faculty and students. The performance was preceded by informal movement-based activities and performance by alumni along with Susan Lourie in the Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio.

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

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