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ArtsFest 2017

ArtsFest is a gathering of writers, artists, thinkers and performers. This 16th annual celebration showcases the creative and performing arts and talents of members of the DePauw and Greencastle communities and visiting artists.

ArtsFest 2017: Art & Origins

How do we understand the origin of an idea? What about an institution? A discipline? A person? Every beginning is also a middle. That is, every origin can also be enveloped in a series of longer, older stories. A baby’s birth, after all, is also part of the story of humans, life, the Earth, the Cosmos. Every beginning is also not a beginning. Take the origin of art itself: Before cave paintings and stone sculptures, there was jewelry; before jewelry, there were unnecessarily symmetrical and beautifully rendered stone tools. Even so, we persist, pointing to a particular moment or event as the beginning of one thing or another; these origins anchor narratives that help us better understand our world and ourselves. Art is a fundamental part of this process, helping us make sense of our origins and using those origins to make sense of the world.

 wednesday, oct. 25
7:30 p.m.
Thompson Recital Hall, GCPA
Kelly Writer Series Presents Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz was born in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. She earned a BA from Old Dominion University, where she received a full athletic scholarship. Diaz played professional basketball in Europe and Asia before returning to Old Dominion to earn an MFA.

She is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), which New York Times reviewer Eric McHenry described as an “ambitious … beautiful book.”Her honors and awards include the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. Diaz lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she has worked with the last speakers of Mojave and directed a language revitalization program. 
thursday, oct. 26
11:30 a.m.
Julian Science and Mathematics Center, room 147 (auditorium)
Professional Development Roundtable on Art & Origin: A Panel Discussion 

Can art help us understand origins? Please join an ArtsFest lunch panel with Marthe Chandler (Philosophy, Emerita), Elissa Harbert (School of Music), Michael (Mac) Mackenzie (Art History), and Lydia Marshall (Sociology and Anthropology) to tackle this question. With discussion encompassing Hamilton the musical, European modernist painting, Chinese philosopher Li Zehou, and modern artistic reconstructions of Neanderthals, the event promises to be a lively hour. Elissa will consider why Broadway depictions of the Revolutionary War maintain such broad bipartisan appeal. Mac will unpack modernist artists’ obsession with origins, originality, and authenticity. Marthe will reflect on the close interconnectedness of the development of Chinese art and thought. Lydia will discuss how artistic reconstructions of human ancestors and human evolution reflect modern social and cultural norms.

Lunch is included. RSVP here
7:30 p.m.
GCPA, Kresge auditorium
Green Guest Artist Concert:
Gabriel Alegria and Company Present “Diablo en Brooklyn”

This high-voltage ensemble’s consistently inventive program of traditional Afro-Peruvian music is transformed by Gabriel Alegría’s highly personal synthesis of folkloric rhythms and jazz. For this event, a vivacious company of Afro-Peruvian dancers will join Alegría on the Kresge stage. For more information about this ensemble, visit afroperuviansextet.com.

Purchase tickets.
Friday, oct. 27
11:40 a.m.
Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery
Jiha Moon Gallery Tour

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Jiha Moon harvests cultural elements native to Korea, Japan and China. She then unites those with Western elements to investigate the multi-faceted nature of our current global identity as influenced by popular culture, technology, racial perceptions and folklore. Featuring over fifty works, Moon blurs the lines between Western and Eastern identified iconography such as the characters from the online game Angry Birds© and smart phone Emojis which float alongside Asian tigers and Indian gods, in compositions that appear both familiar and foreign simultaneously.
4 p.m.
GCPA, Great Hall rotunda
Student Art Project
5:30 p.m.
PCCM, Watson Forum
Asian Studies Horror Film Festival: "What's Asian about Asian Horror?" 
Opening Reception 
6:30 p.m.
PCCM, Watson Forum
Asian Studies Horror Film Festival
Film 1 Introduction and Screening
7:30 p.m.
GCPA, Kerr Theatre

 Duzer Du Chapter of Alpha Psi Omega: TBA
 
Learn more about Duzer Du performances, which are free and open to the public, here.
9 p.m.
PCCM, Watson Forum
Asian Studies Horror Film Festival 
Film 2 Introduction and Screening
  Saturday, Oct. 28
6:30 p.m.
PCCM, Watson Fourm 
Asian Studies Horror Film Festival: "What's Asian about Asian Horror?"
Film 1 Introduction and Screening
 9 p.m.
PCCM, Watson Forum
Asian Studies Horror Film Festival
Film 2 Introduction and Screening
sunday, Oct. 29
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 featured work on this performance will be The City, a new piece by American composer Kevin Puts. Co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the Baltimore Symphony and California’s Cabrillo Festival of New Music, it was selected for ArtsFest’s Art & Origins concert after DePauw Orchestra conductor Orcenith Smith heard the west coast premiere at the Cabrillo Festival and was instantly inspired to secure the first college performance of the piece at DePauw.

Perfect for ArtsFest, the work centers on the historic development of the City of Baltimore with images by videographer James Bartolomeo. “What makes the work so important and so powerful to experience is that it takes on the tone of the city’s recent civil unrest,” says Smith. “As the piece unfolds, the turmoil desperately climaxes into fitful silence, followed by a developing vision of reconciliation.”

General admission: $5. Purchase tickets here.
Tickets for seniors, youth and all students are free. 
TBA The Performing Arts Series presents a Storytelling event
  monday, oct. 30
4:15 p.m.
Peeler Art Center, lobby
Coffee with a Curator: Art & Origins,
Objects from the University Collection
tuesday, OCT. 31
11:40 a.m.
Peeler Art Center, upper gallery
Tibet Exhibition Tour: Origin, Supernatural and Religious Traditions

6-8 p.m. 
Peeler Art Center, lobby
Halloween Gallery Scavenger Hunt

Join Peeler Art Center staff for a night of fun – and maybe just a few treats – for the whole family. During trick or treating hours, Peeler Art Center galleries will be open for family members to partake in a scavenger hunt through the artwork on display. Free and open to the public, this event is part of ArtsFest 2017: Art & Origins.
McKim Observatory  Stargazing
  wednesday, nov. 1
10:20 a.m.
GCPA, Thompson Recital Hall 
 School of Music Student Recital Hour
 Curated by School of Music students
11:30 a.m.


Faculty Forum in Conjunction with ArtsFest
Professor Samuel Autman: “The Necessity of the Personal Essay in a Digital Age”

In June 1990, when English Professor Samuel Autman was a reporter for the Tulsa World, he wrote a column about being reunited with his father after nearly twenty years. Reader response was so poignant, that piece became the seed of his life as a personal essayist. In this talk, Professor Autman will discuss why in the 21st Century first person narratives are needed more than ever.

Lunch is included. RSVP here.
7 p.m.
Ashley Square Cinemas
Film Studies Presents Fences

Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance) makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son's (Jovan Adepo) chance to meet a college football recruiter. From August Wilson's Tony Award-winning play. Co-sponsored by DePauw’s Association of African American Students (AAAS).

Visit the Film Studies Film Series and Events webpage for a complete listing of screenings. Admission to all films is free of charge.

thursday, nov. 2
11:30 a.m.
Stewart Plaza 
In case of inclement weather,
GPCA, Great Hall rotunda
Ed Mosher, flint knapper

What counts as art?  Can an object be useful and still be art?  Stop by to chat with expert flint knapper Ed Mosher as he recreates beautiful and intricate stone tools from our ancient past.
7 p.m.
Peeler Art Center, auditorium

Film Screening: Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery 

Wolfgang Beltracchi and his wife Helene are the German couple who made headlines in 2010 after being arrested for pulling off one of the biggest art hoaxes in modern history. They collected millions of dollars from the sale of an estimated 300 bogus paintings that they passed off as found works by great European artists – the majority Expressionists and Surrealists – from the early 20th century.
 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Inn at DePauw, Fluttering Duck
Jazz at the Duck

Traditional Jazz Orchestra with
Jeff Helgesen, cornet
Randy Salman, clarinet
Morgan Powell, trombone
Mike Miller, banjo/guitar
John Tubbs, bass

TJO plays hot music from the early 20th century when jazz was young – the music of King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller and other popular composers from the period. 
friday, nov. 3
7 p.m.
GCPA, Great Hall
Company Unspoken

Student-led contemporary dance group, Company Unspoken, will preview the opening piece of their upcoming performance, 98 Seconds. While the main-stage production planned for Dec. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Moore Theatre will explore the path to recovery after sexual assault, Company Unspoken does not expect this preview to contain triggering content, imagery or messages. 
7:30 p.m.
GCPA, Thompson Recital Hall
Faculty Select: May Phang, piano 

General admission: $10. Purchase tickets here
Tickets for seniors, youth and all students are free.
8 p.m.
Music on the Square
Downtown Greencastle

First Friday
Greencastle Arts Council
saturday, nov. 4
5 p.m.
GCPA, Kresge auditorium 
DePauw Percussion Ensemble

Free and open to the public
7:30 p.m.
Music on the Square
Downtown Greencastle
Tad Robinson

Tad Robinson and his band will perform a concert of blues and soul originals and covers performed in an intimate setting. Tad Robinson is a highly acclaimed and award-winning singer and harmonica player who records with Severin Records and plays at clubs and festivals not only in the United States, but in international venues worldwide. General admission to the concert is free and open to the public.
sunday, nov. 5
 3 p.m.
GCPA, Kresge auditorium
DePauw University Choirs
Kristina Boerger, director of choirs


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