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ArtsFest 2016

Art & Utopia

ArtsFest is a gathering of writers, artists, thinkers and performers. This 15th annual celebration showcases the creative and performing arts and talents of members of the DePauw and Greencastle communities and visiting artists.

Peeler Art Center Greencastle Student Art Show

Join Peeler Art Center during ArtsFest in celebrating a special exhibit of Greencastle student artwork created by K-12 students. Email Alexandra Chamberlain with questions. 
 Wednesday, oct. 26
7:30 p.m.
Thompson Recital Hall, GCPA
Kelly Writer Series Presents Lili Wright 

Wright spent ten years as a journalist in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Utah and Mexico. Her work has appeared in newspapers nationwide including, The New York Times and the Baltimore Sun. A graduate of Columbia University’s M.F.A. program in nonfiction, she teaches creative writing and journalism at DePauw.

Wright is author of a travel memoir, Learning to Float. Her novel Dancing with the Tiger was recently published by Random House. In a New York Times book review, Tayari Jones writes, "In her energetic debut novel, the sprawling literary thriller Dancing with the Tiger, Lili Wright straddles borders and genres." She continues,"This novel has much in common with Anna’s favorite drink, the margarita, said to be the brainchild of an American Mexiphile: It’s salty-sweet, refreshing and more powerful than you think."

thursday, oct. 27
11:30 a.m.
Julian Science and Mathematics Center, room 147 (auditorium)
Professional Development Roundtable in Conjunction with ArfsFest: A Panel Discussion of Art & Utopia 

RSVP here.

Join us for lunch, a tour of impossible places, and a preview of ArtsFest. The Avatars of Enlightenment, known in their earthly guise as members of the English, History, and Philosophy Departments, will frame ArtsFest by surveying utopian and dystopian experiments. How does the urge to make a better world manifest itself in history and the imagination?

Rich Cameron will discuss utopianism as it took shape in Plato's Republic and the ancient Greek mind. Istvan Csicsery-Ronay will turn to the contemporary imagination of utopia and dystopia in science fiction. David Gellman will look back to the intentional communities of nineteenth-century America, including those in Indiana, and Karin Wimbley will consider the ways that utopia and dystopia have served as lenses for feminist thought. As Kosmic Moderator, Harry Brown will reveal the grand design, pointing to connections between these traditions and upcoming ArtsFest events.  
4 p.m.
PCCM, Watson Forum
DePauw Debate Team:
Resolved: DePauw is a Healthy and Vibrant Community.

Liam Byrnes and Adam Karadsheh will affirm the resolution; Megan Ozog and Jessica Miller will negate.
6:30 p.m.
Putnam County Public Library
 Film Screening:  How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change

Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (Gasland) travels the globe to meet with global climate change "warriors" who are committed to reversing the tide of global warming. Funny and tragic, inspiring and enlightening, the film examines the intricately woven forces that threaten the stability of the planet and the lives of its inhabitants. 

The film launches Putnam County Public Library's environmental series, Act Local, Think Global.
Friday, oct. 28
4 p.m.
GCPA, Great Hall rotunda
Student Mural Project

Join the celebration of the unveiling of murals painted by DePauw student artists depicting a utopian and distopian DePauw. Performances by DePauwCapella and DePitches among others.
7:30 p.m.
GCPA, Kerr Theatre
 Duzer Du Chapter of Alpha Psi Omega Presents The War of the Worlds
  sunday, oct. 30
12:30-2:30 p.m.
GCPA, Great Hall
 Art Attack for Children
3 p.m.
GCPA, Kresge auditorium
DePauw University Orchestra
Orcenith Smith, conductor

The focus of the DePauw University Orchestra's concert for ArtsFest 2016: "Art and Utopia" will be on creating another world of sound through performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1. In the Mahler family, Gustav was the second of 14 children. Many of his siblings did not survive. His father often browbeat his mother, and his Jewish heritage counted against him at many turns in his life. Ultimately finding a highly respected career as an opera conductor, he turned to writing symphonies during his summers in the Alps. It was here, in these symphonic soundscapes, that he found escape. 

As Mahler stated, "composing a symphony means, to me, building a new world with every available technical means." For him, as well, this world of nature and the sounds of his heritage were juxtaposed in a symphonic world of good vs. evil. His first vision of symphonic utopia finds its voice in his Symphony No. 1.

General admission: $5. Purchase tickets here.
Tickets for seniors, youth and all students are free. 
  monday, oct. 31
11:40 a.m.
Peeler Art Center, University Gallery, lower level
Where Do We Migrate To? Gallery Talk/Tour
with Assistant Curator Alexandra Chamberlain
tuesday, nov. 1
11:30 a.m.
Julian Science and Mathematics Center, room 147
Where Does That Flower Bloom: An Artist's Talk by Conner Gordon

When it comes to environmental degradation, a utopia can become dystopian with the reveal of new information. Such is one of the messages of Where Does That Flower Bloom, an interdisciplinary project that uses photography and poetry to examine the legacy of familial cancer narratives on Winona Lake, Ind.

Completed as an Honor Scholar thesis in the spring of 2016, Where Does That Flower Bloom examines how environmental inquiry blends with personal memory to inform understandings of a simultaneously utopian and dystopian childhood landscape, as well as the loss that it represents.
 7 p.m.
GCPA, Great Hall 
Company Unspoken

Student-led dance group, Company Unspoken, will perform their first piece of the semester based on the book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Through contemporary dance, they explore the realities of a dystopian society that mixes science, technology and politics in dangerous ways to control the lives of its citizens.
7:30 p.m.
Peeler Art Center, auditorium
"Don Quijote's Untimeliness and the Time of Utopia"
with Professor Sonia Velazquez, IU, Bloomington

Presented by the Modern Languages Department and World Literature Program in commemoration of the quatercentenary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes.
  wednesday, nov. 2
10:20 a.m.
GCPA, Thompson Recital Hall 
 School of Music Student Recital Hour
 Curated by Alec Barker '18
11:30 a.m.
Union Building, ballroom

In conjunction with ArtsFest: Faculty Forum with Tim Good, "Activist Performance - Causing Trouble Where Trouble Needs to be Caused" 
7:00 p.m.
GCPA, Kresge auditorium
Film Studies and the Performing Arts Series Present Metropolis

Dr. John Schwandt returns to DePauw to perform a live musical accompaniment to the classic silent film Metropolis. Schwandt is an acclaimed silent film accompanist and music scholar, as well as director of the American Organ Institute. Dr. Schwandt will perform on Kresge auditorium’s forty stop pipe organ designed and built by Wolff & Associates of Laval, Quebec Canada. Metropolis is a futurist science fiction film directed in 1927 by Fritz Lang.
thursday, nov. 3
11:40 a.m.
Peeler Art Center, Visual Art Gallery
Utopian Visions: Printmaking in Postwar Japan
7:30 p.m.
GCPA, Thompson Recital Hall

Faculty Select Series: DePauw Chamber Players 

Probing the utopian/dystopian theme of ArtFest 2016, the DePauw Chamber Players present an evening of music centered around Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2, an intense emotional whirlwind of a work written during the height of World War II. This piece will be paired with Toru Takamitsu's Between Tides, based, as the name suggests, on the rise and fall of the ocean’s tides.

General admission: $10. Purchase tickets here.
Tickets for seniors, youth and all students are free. 
8:30 p.m.
Union Building, ballroom
 A Day in the Life featuring The Living Theatre and the Greencastle community
friday, nov. 4
4:15 p.m.
PCCM, Watson Forum
Gender Roles in Dystopian Cinema
A talk (with short clips/short films) with DePauw Film Studies Professor Matthew Herbertz 
8 p.m.
Music on the Square
First Friday: Open Mic Night
Greencastle Arts Council
saturday, nov. 5
7:30 p.m.
GCPA, Thompson Recital Hall
DePauw Percussion Ensemble 
Ming-Hui Kuo, director

In response to the ArtsFest 2016 theme of “Art and Utopia,” the DePauw Percussion Ensemble celebrates music as the international language of one peaceful world. Musicians have been performing together and communicating through music without language barriers for thousands of years—especially since the 20th century advent of global media.

For this program, the ensemble presents revolutionary thinker John Cage’s Third Construction, a composition born during a period of war, in 1941, that has since become a classic work of the percussion repertoire with its global array of instruments and micro-macrocosmic rhythmic structure in which the whole is reflected in the individual parts.

Admission is free.
sunday, nov. 6
 3 p.m.
GCPA, Kresge auditorium
DePauw University Choirs
Kristina Boerger, director of choirs

The very foundation of the choral instrument in the West was utopian at its impulse. It began with individuals’ attempts to unite their voices in a perfection sufficient to reach the ear of God, to articulate and carry their strongest aspirations for the good.

In this concert, the DePauw vocal ensembles will feature offerings from the sacred tradition at choral music’s origins, counterpoised by Giles Swayne’s Missa Tiburtina, a declaration of unbelief in a dystopian world. A secular vision of utopia will be heard in Julie Dolphin’s setting of “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by William Butler Yeats. A hymn from the repertoire of Corsican traditional polyphony will recount the monastic life of San Bertoli, who cloistered himself in a utopian community; that musical style’s structure is in itself an evocation of utopian living, requiring the singers’ exquisite listening and responding to one another.

General admission: $5. Purchase tickets here.
Tickets for seniors, youth and all students are free.