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Live in HD: Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin

Grinnell College will stream Russian Composer P. I. Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin at noon Saturday, April 22, as part of the Metropolitan Live in HD movie theater transmissions program.

The opera will be live streamed in the Harris Center Cinema, 1114 10th Ave., Grinnell. There will be no opera talk before the opera.

Eugene Onegin follows an adolescent girl, Tatyana, as she grows from a young romantic to a mature and decisive woman. Adapted from Alexander Pushkin's iconic novel by the same name, the opera is tender, melancholic, romantic, and grand.

Robin Ticciati conducts, and Anna Netrebko and Elena Maximova play the roles of Tatiana and her sister, Olga, respectively.

Eugene Onegin is the ninth in a series of 10 operas to be shown at the Harris Center this season. The remaining opera is Johann Strauss II's Der Rosenkavalier, which will be streamed at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Refreshments will be available for sale in the lobby of the cinema before each opera and during intermission.

Tickets are available at the Pioneer Bookshop and at the door on the day of the show. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, children, and Met Opera members.

The Office of the President has generously funded tickets for Grinnell College faculty, staff, and students, and tickets are available for free at all locations. Family members not employed by the College are required to purchase tickets.

Opera Iowa: The Barber of Seville

The Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2017 Opera Iowa Educational Touring Troupe is pleased to bring a perfect show for children and families to Herrick Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2017.

Disguises and false identities abound as men young and old vie for the hand of the beautiful Rosina in one of the funniest, most familiar, and energetic operas ever composed!

Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is a delightful romp that centers on “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro,” a scheming barber and jack-of-all-trades, who plots with Count Almaviva to release Bartolo’s ward from her gilded cage. From the first notes of one of the world’s most famous overtures to the final curtain, your heart will be racing— but not for the exit!

Opera Iowa is the state's largest and most expansive program in arts education, and one of the most innovative programs of its kind. For more than 30 years Opera Iowa has performed in rural schools, city classrooms, community centers, concert halls and gymnasiums, offering over 800,000 young people and adults a quality arts experience while building new enthusiastic opera audiences for tomorrow.

Destigmatizing Menstruation through Art

Jen Lewis, artist of Beauty in Blood will give a free, public talk titled "Destigmatizing Menstruation through Art" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, Faulconer Gallery.

Lewis’ project, "Beauty in Blood," is a conceptual feminist art project aimed at reducing the stigma of menstruation. She works with her partner, photographer Rob Lewis, to capture and select photographs of her menstrual blood being poured over various clear vessels. By using menstrual blood as her medium, Lewis hopes to normalize menstruation and show that it is a healthy part of life.

"Frankly, I do not think there is any place in modern society for taboo subjects, especially in as far as women are concerned," she says. "Pacifying social taboos only serves to give more power to society than to the self, and as women we have done that for far too long. The time is now to shut down the long-held shame and squeamishness surrounding menstruation.

"My work," she adds, "quashes this taboo, reclaims feminine power, and puts this subject on the pedestal it so rightly deserves. The images I capture force the viewer to think about menstruation in an entirely new way. Capturing the artful quality of this natural occurrence is my way of progressing society's view and conversation around menstruation as well as redefining some traditional fine arts aesthetic notions."

The Faulconer Gallery Artists@Grinnell series and Grinnell College's Sexual Health and Information Center are sponsoring the exhibition.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and admission is free. The Faulconer Gallery is in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell.

 A photograph from the Beauty in Blood project

A photograph from the "Beauty in Blood" project © Jen Lewis and Rob Lewis

 

Bachelor of Arts Exhibition

An exhibition of visual art by third- and fourth-year Grinnell College students opened to the public on Friday, April 7, 2017, in the College’s Faulconer Gallery.

The annual installation known as BAX — Bachelor of Arts exhibition — includes more than 30 visual and performing art works by 19 studio art majors and non-art majors. All those participating have taken advanced studio art courses. The exhibition remains on view through May 7.

Visitors to the BAX exhibition will engage with works that span printmaking, photography, drawing, painting, video, installation, and sculpture. These works incorporate a variety of media from traditional oil on canvas, watercolor, charcoal and ink drawings, and single channel video, to nontraditional materials such as house paint, pigskin, secondhand clothes, and bowling alley wax. Students are encouraged to use media that suit the challenges of the project they have set for themselves.

BAX was organized by the Department of Art’s Student Educational Policy Committee (SEPC) in conjunction with Faulconer Gallery staff.  Members of the SEPC coordinate all aspects of BAX, from logistics of planning and executing the exhibition, issuing a call for submissions, designing posters, reviewing submissions, engaging a juror, and helping to install the accepted works. Milton Severe ’87, director of exhibition design, brings everything together in just five days for a professionally installed show.

University of Iowa Grant Wood Fellow and Grinnell College Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Tameka "Meka Jean" Jenean Norris served as juror for BAX, awarding a number of cash prizes from several endowed funds.

The BAX 2017 prize award winners are:

Henely Best in Show $450
Olivia Caro ’17 and Serena Hocharoen ’17, The Soft Space: A Pop-Up Zine Library
Tammy Zywicki Memorial Prize for Photography $250
Halley Freger ’17, Honest Makeup Tutorial for Millennials and Talons
Louis Glenn Zirkle Memorial Prize for Sculpture $250
Min Ji Kim ’18, Transcendence of Material
Juror’s Merit Henely Awards $300 each
  1. Zac Brennan ’20, Nathan Calvin ’18, Professor Mark Laver, Zack Stewart ’17, Vignettes
  2. Serena Hocharoen ’17 and Hazel Batrezchavez ’17, Intersection
  3. Alex Neckopulos ’17, Society
  4. Sarah Hubbard ’17 and Josh Anthony ’17, With Winged Words
Office of Student Affairs Purchase Prize  $250 each
  1. Zack Stewart ’17, Saint (Ah Um)
  2. Linnea Schurig ’17, Underneath
SGA Purchase Prize  $250 each
  1. Hazel Batrezchavez ’17, 2nd Generation Sadness
  2. Serena Hocharoen ’17, HOME

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and admission is free. The Faulconer Gallery is in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell.

Indian Folk Singers

​Prahlad Singh Tipanya and his ensemble sing the poetry of Kabir, the great iconoclastic mystic of fifteenth-century North India, in the vigorous and joyful folk style of Madhya Pradesh’s Malwa region.

The free concert is open to the public and will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, Sebring-Lewis Concert Hall.

A question and answer session with the musicians will follow.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, South Asian Student Organization, Department of Music, Center for the Humanities, Student Government Association, and Institute for Global Engagement.

Ana-Cha Art Collective Showcase In Smith Gallery

Ana-Cha Art Collective will showcase their work April 6–14 in Smith Gallery in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center.

The opening reception will be at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the gallery.

Ana-Cha is a collective of artists, film-makers, and scholars, together exploring the politics in and of art, says Hanky Song ’17. "Through the eruption of collective creative power, we aim to deconstruct existing modes of representation constructed within phallocentric & Eurocentric logic, and materialize alternative ways of seeing and knowing through our own marginalized subjectivities.

"We recognize the intimate relations between art, knowledge, and power, and how our forms of art-making are informed by sociohistorical processes shaping how meanings and pleasures are reproduced in our engagement with art. Through our meetings, we encourage and challenge each other to examine the ideological and epistemological work that inform our own creative practices."

The exhibit is free and open to the public.
 

View Vietnam War Photos by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

A controversial war a world away captivated Grinnell College student photographer Robert Hodierne ’68, who left campus 50 years ago after his junior year to chronicle combat firsthand. More than 50 black-and-white photographs from the award-winning photojournalist’s extensive Vietnam War collection will be open to the public at Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery from April 7 through June 4, 2017.

The exhibition, “Robert Hodierne: Vietnam War Photographs,” is organized and circulated by the University of Richmond Museums in Richmond, Virginia, where Hodierne teaches documentary film and still photography. He also serves as associate professor of journalism and chairs the journalism department at the University of Richmond.

While many of Hodierne’s photographs have been published in major print publications and used in documentaries in the U.S. and Europe, most of the images in the Faulconer Gallery exhibition have never been published.

Hodierne made his first trip to Vietnam as a freelance photographer in 1966. He was the youngest, fully accredited foreign journalist to cover the war. He returned to Grinnell in 1967 to complete his studies. Back at Grinnell he took iconic photos of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s October campus visit that are part of the College’s archives.

After graduating from Grinnell in 1968 with a degree in political science, Hodierne returned to Vietnam in 1969 as a soldier assigned to Pacific Stars & Stripes in Saigon.

During his two tours, Hodierne photographed combat from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the border with North Vietnam, to the Mekong Delta in the south, and the jungle-covered mountains and rice paddies in between. His photographs appeared in all major U.S. and European magazines. The 1968 Popular Photography Annual includes a portfolio of his work. His photos also are featured in the Time-Life series of Vietnam books.

The photographs reflect Hodierne’s concern for the ordinary soldier as seen in the haunting faces. “I want college kids to look at these faces and see themselves. They are the same age as the soldiers. I hope they never have to experience what these young men experienced but I want them to think about it,” Hodierne said. “My mission is to have Americans understand what we ask these young people to do when they go to war. It’s not an antiwar message but an unsanitized awareness.”

For example, the lead image in the Faulconer Gallery exhibition is of a young soldier hoisting a machine gun with  a village in flames in the background. “His look is one to remember,” Hodierne said of that soldier. “Everyone reads something different into it. Is he afraid? Is he angry? Is he sorrowful? It really is in the eyes of the beholder.”

In his 40-year career as a journalist, Hodierne has worked as a writer, editor and photographer for newspapers, wire services, magazines, radio, television, and the Internet. During the war in Iraq, he served as the No. 2 manager in a 100-person newsroom, producing weekly military newspapers plus the monthly Armed Forces Journal and associated websites.

Hodierne, who received an Alumni Award from Grinnell College in 2008, has served as a Pulitzer juror. He was a member of a team at the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer that won the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Meritorious Public Service in 1981 for a series on Brown Lung Disease that afflicts textile workers. He also produced and directed a PBS documentary about a Marine platoon during an Afghanistan tour, was the senior producer of Wounded Warriors, a documentary about medical care for service members, and executive producer of The Making of a Marine Officer, which aired on Gannett television stations across the country.

Learn more Hodierne’s war photography collection

Faulconer Gallery events, which are free and open to the public, and related to the Hodierne photography exhibition, include:

20 Minutes @ 11
Tuesday, April 11, 11 a.m.
Hai-Dang Phan, assistant professor of English at Grinnell College and a National Endowment for the Arts 2017 creative writing fellow, will respond to the Hodierne photographs and help the audience consider them through an interdisciplinary lens. Phan was born in Vietnam and raised in Wisconsin after his parents immigrated to the United States. 
Gallery Talk: “Young and Hungry: A Freelance Photographer in Vietnam”
Thursday, April 27, 4 p.m.
Photojournalist Hodierne will talk about what took him to Vietnam in 1966 and again in 1969, and his experiences photographing every major American military unit in the war. He will connect these early experiences with his career as a photojournalist working amid conflicts around the world.
Reception to follow at 5 p.m.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and admission is free. The Faulconer Gallery is in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell.

2017 Grinnell Singers Tour Itinerary

Sunday, March 12, 2017, 2 p.m.

Sebring-Lewis Hall
The Passion of Christ, by Heinrich Graun
The Grinnell Singers, with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra
Simon Carrington, conductor
Maria Jette, soprano
Nerea Berraondo, mezzo-soprano
Roy Heilman, tenor
Thomas Meglioranza ’92, baritone

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

The Passion of Christ, by Heinrich Graun
with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra
Simon Carrington, conductor
Maria Jette, soprano
Nerea Berraondo, mezzo-soprano
Roy Heilman, tenor
Thomas Meglioranza ’92, baritone
Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University
1531 Hewitt Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and public radio members, and $10 for students. Tickets are available at lyrabaroque.org.

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 4 p.m.

The Passion of Christ, by Henirich Graun
with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra
Simon Carrington, conductor
Maria Jette, soprano
Nerea Berraondo, mezzo-soprano
Roy Heilman, tenor
Thomas Meglioranza ’92, baritone
Christ United Methodist Church
400 5th Avenue S. W.
Rochester, MN 55902

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and public radio members, and $10 for students. Tickets are available at lyrabaroque.org.

Monday, March 20, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

The Grinnell Singers
John Rommereim, director
St. John Cantius Church
825 N. Carpenter St.
Chicago, Illinois 60642-5499
312-243-7373
Fr. Scott Haynes music@cantius

Tuesday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.

St. Joseph Chapel
School Sisters of St. Francis
1515 S. Layton Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53215

Wednesday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.

Dahl Chapel and Auditorium
Monmouth College
810 East Broadway
Monmouth, Illinois 61462

 

Artists Ligia Bouton, Joan Linder at Faulconer Gallery

 In March the Faulconer Gallery will feature talks by artists Ligia Bouton and Joan Linder ’92.

Bouton will speak on Thursday, March 2, and Linder on Thursday, March 9. Both events, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m. in the Faulconer Gallery in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Bouton spent her childhood in London and studied at both Vassar College and the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Her creative work combines sculpture and drawing with performance, digital video and photography. Each project wrestles with the intersection of functionality and narrative, drawing on sources from art history, classical and contemporary literature and science.

Her projects have been installed in New York at Bill Maynes Gallery and Denise Bibro Fine Art, in Colorado at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and in New Jersey at City Without Walls. Her video work has been included in national and international festivals, including The Female Avant Garde Festival in Prague.

Grinnell College owns a large drawing and a glass wall sculpture by Bouton. Both are on view in the Print and Drawing Study Room in Burling Library, 1111 Sixth Ave., Grinnell. The room is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday and by appointment.

Linder uses drawing to uncover how history can be buried: as artifacts in the ground, and as documents in the archive. Her work is currently on view in the exhibition "Operation Sunshine" at the Faulconer Gallery (through March 19). Linder will be a visiting artist at Grinnell from March 6 through 10, sponsored by Artists@Grinnell.

In her public talk on March 9, Linder will discuss how her art explores brownfields and toxic waste sites near Niagara Falls, and delves into the related documents. A reception will follow in the rotunda of the Bucksbaum Center. Her talk is part of the Symposium on Technology and Human Rights, sponsored by the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights.

In addition, Linder invites individuals to observe her creative process and interact with her during Drawing in the Gallery events from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, and from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8. While in the gallery, she will be hand-copying documents for her Toxic Archive.

Linder is a native of suburban New York, and now lives and works in Brooklyn and Buffalo, New York. She is department chair and an associate professor of drawing at the University of Buffalo. Her work focuses on drawings that transform mundane subjects into rich images, delving into themes such as the politics of war and sexual identity and power.

Her work has been displayed throughout the United States and in countries around the world, including Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Japan and South Korea. She is currently represented by Mixed Green Gallery in New York City.

The Faulconer Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with the exception of major holidays. The gallery presents exhibitions of regional, national and international significance. In addition, the gallery serves the educational mission of the College while also giving students and the general public the chance to interact with a diverse range of artistic exhibitions, from easel paintings and installation art to drawings and video.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations.

The College welcomes the presence of minors at all age-appropriate public events and for informal visits, with the understanding that a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult assumes full responsibility for their child’s safety and behavior during such visits or events. In these cases, the College expects that an adult responsible for the visiting child takes measures to ensure the child’s safety and sees that the child complies with directions of college personnel. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus.

Live in HD: Verdi's La Traviata

Grinnell College will stream Verdi's La Traviata at noon on Saturday, March 11, 2017, as part of the "Metropolitan Live in HD" movie theatre transmissions program.

The opera will be shown in the Harris Center Cinema, 1114 10th Ave., Grinnell.  Jennifer Brown, associate professor of music, will present the opera talk at 11:30 a.m.

La Traviata follows tragic heroine and courtesan Violetta Valery as she falls in love with Alfredo Germont, despite knowing that she will die soon. When Germont's father forces Valéry to leave him, Germont is left confused and seeks vengeance. The music, profound and heartfelt, has captured audiences around the world.

Nicola Luisiotti conducts, and Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano star as Violetta Valery and Alfredo Germont, respectively.

Refreshments will be available for sale in the lobby of the cinema before each opera and during intermission.

Tickets are available at the Pioneer Bookshop and at the door on the day of the show. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, children, and Met Opera members.

The Office of the President has generously funded tickets for Grinnell College faculty, staff, and students, and tickets are available for free at all locations. Family members not employed by the College are required to purchase tickets.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. The Harris Center Cinema is equipped with an induction hearing loop system, which enables individuals with hearing aids set to T-Coil to hear the program. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations.

The College welcomes the presence of minors at all age-appropriate public events and for informal visits, with the understanding that a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult assumes full responsibility for their child’s safety and behavior during such visits or events. In these cases, the College expects that an adult responsible for the visiting child takes measures to ensure the child’s safety and sees that the child complies with directions of College personnel. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus.