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October 2, 2019

ArtsUW Roundup: New Burke Opening, Marianne Stecher lectures for Scandinavian 30, Composite Gestures closing soon, and more

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This week in the arts, attend a Chamber Dance Company concert, view photographs from the Henry’s collections, reflect on the race of contemporary ballet, and more.

Katja Petrowskaja: A Family Story Between Memory and Forgetting

October 7, 6 – 8 pm | Communications Building

In conversation with Assistant Professor Sasha Senderovich (Slavic, Jewish Studies), Katja Petrowskaja will discuss her 2013 literary memoir, recently translated from German into English. In the stories of her travels to Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Poland, and the United States, Petrowskaja reflects on a fragmented and traumatized century and brings to light family figures who threaten to drift into obscurity.

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Scandinavian 30: Marianne Stecher 

October 10, 7 – 7:30 pm | Nordic Museum

Join UW Scandinavian Professor Marianne Stecher for a snappy thirty-minute talk about how the famous writer Han Christian Andersen looked into the future and imagined life after the 1850s. Andersen was inspired by the latest science, technology and forms of transportation.  Andersen’s futuristic fairy tales, a kind of science fiction, are both prophetic and fanciful –  and not well known by many!

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2019 Chamber Dance Company Concert, Falling

October 10, 11, and 12, 7:30 pm, October 13, 2 pm| Meany Center

José Limón based his technique on the natural rhythms of and dynamism between fall and recovery, underlining the idea that movement itself can create emotion and meaning. This season’s repertoire includes choreography by Limón, Brian Brooks, Talley Beatty and Mark Morris that explores the despair, thrill and humor intrinsic in the act of falling.

Tickets are $10 – $22 | More info

Re/frame: Reflective Photographs from the Collection

October 10, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm | Henry Art Gallery

Re/frame is a recurring program that delves into the Henry’s extensive collection, highlighting a different group of objects each month. This month, we reference Carrie Yamaoka’s use of photographic processes in recto/verso to view and discuss a selection of daguerreotypes, tintypes, and even an opalotype. Reflect on these images, on who they represent and who they don’t, and on the science and artistry that forever changed how we capture the world around us.

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School of Art + Art History + Design Faculty Lectures

Six faculty members will each give presentations during autumn quarter as part of the promotion process. They are listed below in order of date. All lectures take place in the Art Building.

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Into the Line of Sight
Axel Roesler
, Associate Professor, Interaction Design
October 10, 5 pm | Room 227/229

Painting’s Dreams at the End of the World
Stuart Lingo, Associate Professor, Art History
October 24, 5pm | Room 227/229

Making Meaning: Digital Forms, Tactile Processes
Timea Tihanyi, Senior Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Visual Arts
October 30, 6pm | Room 227/229

THEME lecture: The Jewish Westside Story

October 11, 3:30 – 5 pm | School of Music

Many people do not realize that this famous musical was originally about warring Catholics vs. Jews on Manhattan’s East Side. School of Music Guest Speaker Elizabeth Wells will explore the Jewish vestiges that remain in the mambo-inflected musical and what that tells us about American culture at mid-century.

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Closing Exhibition: Composite Gestures

October 12, 1 – 5 pm | Jacob Lawrence Gallery

Don’t miss the last day to view Composite Gestures, an exhibition that features the recent work of three faculty members in the Division of Design. Together, their work invites viewers to explore the impact of design on everyday life through key areas of industrial design, publication design, and interaction design.

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The Race of Contemporary Ballet

October 14, 2:30 pm | Meany Hall

What’s at stake when Africanist aesthetics are driving creative assembly of contemporary ballet, but few Black dancers are allowed to take roles in these works, or are afforded the opportunity to choreograph in the most well-resourced institutions of dance? Join Department of Dance guest speaker Thomas F. DeFrantz for a lecture and discussion about cultural appropriation and interpellating Africanist aesthetics in dance.

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New Burke Opening Weekend: October 12th – 14th

Ticket sales are open for the New Burke Museum Grand Opening Weekend! The new Burke Yard outdoor space will be transformed into a festival with multicultural music and dance performances, family-friendly activities, and food trucks.

Off The Rez food truck will open it’s first brick-and-mortar location in the new Burke café space.

Tickets are $0 – $22 | More info