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November 25, 2019

ArtsUW Roundup: Professor Chadwick Allen presents Earthworks Rising, annual School of Music CarolFest, and more

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This week in the arts, Three Sisters closes, Professor Shannon Dudley bridges campus and community, Burke Open Doors allows chatting with researchers, and more!

Exhibition: In Plain Sight

November 23 – April 26, 2020 | Henry Art Gallery

This group exhibition engages artists whose work addresses narratives, communities, and histories that are typically hidden or invisible in our public space (both conceptually and literally defined). The presenting artists approach the exhibition’s theme from a range of directions, varying across all media as well as aesthetic and conceptual contexts.

Admission to the Henry is free with your Husky ID | More Info

Earthworks Rising: Mound Building in Native Art & Literature

December 3, 7:00 pm | Kane Hall

In this Katz Distinguished Lecture, Chadwick Allen draws from his new book manuscript, Earthworks Rising: Mound Building in Native Art, Literature, and Performance, in which he investigates how Native writers and artists engage ancient earthworks in contemporary productions. What emerges is a counter-tradition that centers Indigenous worldviews and privileges Indigenous research methodologies—a paradigm we might call Indigenous humanities.

Allen, Professor and Co-director of the Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, will address myths of Mound Builders in the nineteenth century and their lingering influence today.  What accounts for this ongoing appeal within dominant discourses? And how have Indigenous intellectuals worked to imagine their way outside the myth to represent the complexity and multiple functions of the diverse earthen structures actually built by their ancestors?

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December 4, 7:30 pm | Meany Hall

This popular annual program by the Chamber Singers, University Chorale, University Singers, Treble Choir, Gospel Choir, and UW Glee Club features seven conductors, six choral ensembles, five hundred singers, four graduate conductors, three choral faculty, two hours of great music, and one impressive grand finale.

Tickets are $10 | More info

Closing soon: Three Sisters

Final shows: December 4 – December 8 | Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre

Catch the last School of Drama performance for Autumn quarter! In a room in a house in a provincial town, three sisters, Olga, Masha, and Irina, wait for their lives to begin. This is the deceptively simple premise of Chekhov’s tragicomic masterpiece, Three Sisters, the third of his “three great plays.” UW Drama faculty member Jeffrey Fracé, an expert in devised performance who spent 10 years as an Associate Artist of Anne Bogart’s SITI company, brings us a pared-down reimagining of this sublime study of human longing.

Tickets are $5 – $20 | More Info

UW Symphony with faculty and guest conductor

December 6, 7:30 pm | Meany Hall

David Alexander Rahbee conducts the University Symphony in Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante Op. 84, with faculty guests Mary Lynch, oboe, Seth Krimsky, bassoon, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, cello, and Rachel Lee Priday, violin. Guest conductor Michael Jinbo conducts the orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Op. 74, B minor, “Pathétique.”

Tickets are $10 – $15 | More info

THEME Lecture: Bridging Campus and Community Through Participatory Arts

December 6, 7:30 pm | School of Music Fishbowl

Join Professor of Ethnomusicology Shannon Dudley in a review the work of the UW Ethnomusicology program’s Community Artists in Residence over the past decade. This lecture will focus especially (though not exclusively) on the methodologies and achievements of “artivists” (arts activists) in the genres of Mexican son jarocho and Puerto Rican bomba.

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Burke Open Doors

Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm | Burke Museum

Get closer to the daily work happening in the Burke Museum’s visible collections storage, labs and workrooms on the weekends. Every Saturday and Sunday, chat with research staff and volunteers working with collections, and find out how collections answer questions about our world.

Admission to the Burke is free with Husky ID | More Info