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January 27, 2023

ArtSci Roundup: Doce Sones para Doce Poetas / Twelve Songs for Twelve Poets, Thick as Mud exhibition opening, and more

Attend lectures, performances, and more!

January 18 – February 15, 7:30 PM |History Lecture Series: Medieval Made Modern, Kane Hall

The medieval period has always occupied a paradoxical position in our cultural memory. An age of fantasy unimaginably distant from historical reality, it is also an era onto which writers and artists—and now moviemakers and gamers—have long projected their fears and desires. Why do cultures remake certain figures from the past—but not others–in their own image?

Join Professor Emerita Robin Stacey for this five-lecture series where she looks at the present’s relationship with the past through the lens of the making and remaking of important historical figures—some real, some fictional, and some the creatures of myth.

Free | More info.

New Exhibition: Thick as Mud (February 4 – May 7), Henry Art Gallery

February 3, 7 – 9 pm | Public Opening

Thick as Mud explores how mud animates relationships between people and place, with works by an international roster of artists. Across multiple geographies and a range of aesthetic approaches—from figurative clay sculpture to audio recordings of the swamp—these artists engage mud as a material or subject that shapes personal and collective histories, memory, and imagination.

Free | More info.

February 1, 7 – 9 PM | Doce Sones para Doce Poetas / Twelve Songs for Twelve Poets, Music Building – Brechemin Auditorium

A selection of 12 poems by poets from Latin America, Spain, US Hispanics and a Sephardic poet from Greece, set to music and sung by renowned Spanish musician and ethnomusicologist Paco Díez, and translated and read in English by Tony Geist.

Sponsored by Spanish & Portuguese Studies, the Dean of Arts, the Simpson Center for the Humanities, the President of University of Washington, and the Cervantes Institute.

Free | More info.

February 3, 7:30 PM | UW Symphony with Carrie Shaw, soprano, Meany Hall

David Alexander Rahbee leads the University Symphony in a program of music by Debussy, Dukas, Ligeti, Reynaldo Hahn, and Haydn. With faculty artist Carrie Shaw, coloratura soprano on Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre, from Le Grand Macabre.

$10 tickets | Tickets and more info.

February 4 and 5 | Film Screening: DIS Collective, Henry Art Gallery Auditorium

Attend a film screening curated by DIS Collective as the final programming of Donna Huanca: MAGMA SLIT, which closes Sunday, February 5. The screening is also held in conjunction with the opening weekend of the Thick as Mud.

DIS is a New York-based collective composed of Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase, Marco Roso, and David Toro. Its cultural interventions are manifest across a range of media and platforms, from site-specific museum and gallery exhibitions to ongoing online projects. Across its various endeavors, DIS explores the tension between popular culture and institutional critique, while facilitating projects for the most public and democratic of all forums—the Internet. DIS has recently shown work at Frieze Art Fair, New Museum Triennial, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, MoMA, and more.

Free | More info.

School of Music Concerts

January 31 | Concerto Competition: Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Brechemin Auditorium

February 3 | Guitar Studio Recital, Brechemin Auditorium


February 8 | Black Patience: Performance and the Racial Politics of Time – lecture by Julius Fleming |A Minoritarian Performance Research Cluster Event 

February 9 – 11 | Ragamala Dance Company – Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy’s Fires of Varanasi: Dance of the Eternal Pilgrim

February 11 | Remembering and Reimagining Environmental Histories and Futures: a writing workshop with Rasheena Fountain

Have an event that you would like to see featured in the ArtSci Roundup? Connect with Lauren Zondag (zondagld@uw.edu).