UW News

April 24, 2019

ArtsUW Roundup: Philip Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox, George Rodriguez’s exhibition opening at MadArt, west coast premiere of ‘Nina Simone: Four Women,’ and more!

This week in the arts, attend an original, gender-expansive adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; see the dancer-illusionists of MOMIX;  experience the Seattle premiere of the chamber opera Hydrogen Jukebox, composed by Philip Glass, with libretto by Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, presented by the students of the UW Vocal Theatre Works program will present the Seattle premiere, and more!

Exhibition Histories, Digital Futures: Researching, Curating, and Publishing 250 Years of the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition

April 25, 4:00 pm | Allen Library

The Royal Academy of Arts in London marked its 250-year anniversary in 2018. Every year without fail, since 1769, the Royal Academy has held an annual summer exhibition earning it the accolade of being the world’s longest-running annual display of art. In this time, more than 40,000 contemporary artists have shown more than 300,000 works. This lecture will reflect on the process of researching, writing, curating and publishing such an extensive exhibition history and its afterlives. As well as co-curating a physical exhibition to mark 250 years of the Royal Academy’s  Summer Exhibition, Sarah Victoria Turner worked with a team at the Paul Mellon Centre in London and over 90 authors to develop an online publication and resource, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: A Chronicle, 1769-2018 (chronicle250.com).

Free | More info

Romeo and Jules

April 17 to 28 | Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse

What if your first love was someone you’d been taught to hate? The School of Drama presents an original, gender-expansive adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Adapted by Geoff Korf and Darby Sherwood, directed by Geoff Korf, UW Drama faculty, Associate Director.

$10 tickets for UW students | More info and tickets

Painted tiles by George Rodriguez and crew for MadArt project

Painted tiles by George Rodriguez and crew for MadArt project

Exhibition Opening Reception: Reflect and Gather

April 25, 5:00 to 7:00 pm | MadArt Studio

MadArt Studio presents Reflect and Gather by Seattle-based ceramicist, George Rodriguez (MFA, Interdisciplinary Visual Arts, 2009). Rodriguez’s practice is rooted in cultural inquiry, in which mythology, color composition, architecture, and distinct ornamentation combine in sculptural form to reflect the varied influences of his own heritage and time abroad. In this exhibition, he expands his object-based practice to include intimate, immersive, installations that embody his distinctive style in new shapes. In addition to the opening reception, Rodriguez will give an artist talk on May 4, and the exhibition will be open through May 18.

Check out the School of Art + Art History + Design’s article Rodriguez at MadArt + More.

Free | More info


April 25 to 27 | Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater

The dancer-illusionists of MOMIX will take you into surreal and fantastic worlds, blending physicality, magic and whimsy to conjure a spectacular, eye-popping visual feast.

$10 tickets for UW students when you show your Husky ID in advance at the ArtsUW Ticket Office or on the night of the show at the Box Office at Meany Hall. | More info and tickets

Philip Glass: Hydrogen Jukebox

April 26 to 27| Meany Studio Theater

The students of the UW Vocal Theatre Works program will present the Seattle premiere of the chamber opera Hydrogen Jukebox, composed by Philip Glass, with libretto by Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Premiered in 1990, this work of music-theatre examines Beat Generation themes of anti-militarism, modern industrial alienation, sexual liberation and environmental degradation, challenging audiences to a contemporary interpretation of Ginsberg’s iconic writing. Come experience this modern classic, engage in a post-show panel discussion where special guests will explore the major themes of the work, and enjoy light refreshments at a reception with our talented student musicians.

$10 tickets | More info and tickets

Nina Simone: Four Women

April 26 to June 2 | Seattle Rep

UW School of Drama’s Head of Directing & Professor of Acting and Directing Valerie Curtis-Newton is the director of the West Coast premiere of “Nina Simone: Four Women” at the Seattle Rep (read article in The Seattle Times).

When “The High Priestess of Soul” Nina Simone heard about the tragic bombing death of four young girls in an Alabama church in 1963, the songstress turned to her music as a means of expressing the country’s agony. “Four Women” and Simone’s other evocative activist anthems sang a truth that the world needed to hear. And it is a truth that remains sung to this day. Through storytelling, debate, and music, “Nina Simone: Four Women” immerses us in the complex harmony of protest.
$16 tickets for students | More info and tickets

Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Photo by Daniela Aravena.

Performance, Conversation, and Exhibition Opening | Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen

April 27, 2:00 to 4:00 pm | Henry Art Gallery

Participate in the opening of Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen (showing from April 27 to September 15) with an improvisational performance by the artist, the creation of a living quipu. Inspired by the ancient Andean writing tradition of “talking knots,” the living quipu will celebrate tactile knowledge and interconnections across the cosmos. This performance is a dynamic form of storytelling in which unspun wool and language weave a vibrant matrix of connections and possibility.

Following the collective performance, unpack ideas and contexts informing the artist’s process in a conversation between Cecilia Vicuña and exhibition co-curators Andrea Andersson and Julia Bryan-Wilson.

Free to UW students, Henry Art Gallery members, or with purchase of museum admission. Space is limited, pre-register | More info and registration

Music of Today: Bonnie Whiting, percussion; Christina Valdés, keyboards

May 1, 7:30 pm | Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater

School of Music faculty Bonnie Whiting, percussion, and Cristina Valdés, keyboards, perform works by faculty composers Joël-François DurandHuck Hodge and more. The University of Washington School of Music and The Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) co-sponsor the Music of Today Series featuring groundbreaking new works and modern classics by faculty and guest composers.

$10 tickets for UW students  | More info