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Decolonizing the Racialized Female Subject, Keynote Address by Dr. Imani Tafari-Ama | March 6, 2015  + -

Decolonizing the Racialized Female Subject, Keynote Address by Dr. Imani Tafari-Ama

Friday, March 6, 2015 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Studio 1

This is a keynote address for the 2 day Symposium "Decolonizing the Racialized Female Subject: Black and Indigenous Self-Making Under Empire"

Critical Conversations on Palestine/Israel: "After Oslo," Panel Discussion with Hanan Ashrawi | March 5, 2015  + -

Critical Conversations on Palestine/Israel: "After Oslo," Panel Discussion with Hanan Ashrawi

Thursday, March 5, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Martinos Auditorium

The fourth of the series "Critical Conversations on Palestine/Israel".  Co-sponsored by Judaic Studies and the Watson Institute for International Studies 

 Guest speaker: Hanan Ashrawi, who is a Palestinian legislator, activist, and scholar, will present a lecture titled: "After Oslo: On Israel and Palestine". 

After Oslo: Critical Conversations on Palestine / Israel" Panel Discussion on "What is to be Done? | March 5, 2015  + -

After Oslo: Critical Conversations on Palestine / Israel" Panel Discussion on "What is to be Done?

 Thursday, March 5, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Martinos Auditorium


"What is to be Done?"

 The fourth in the series of panel discussions on

"After Oslo: Critical Conversations on Palestine / Israel"

Q&A to follow.

The panel will feature: Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian legislator, activist, and scholar

Stephen Robert '62, Chancellor Emeritus Brown University, co-founder and chairman of the Source of Hope Foundation

Hani Masri, director general of Masarat, the Palestinian Center for Policy Research and Strategic Studies

Ilan Pappé, director Exeter University European Centre for Palestine Studies, co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies

Beshara Doumani, director Middle East Studies | Brown

“The Hunting Ground” Film Screening | March 2, 2015  + -
“The Hunting Ground” Film Screening
7 PM @ Granoff Martinos Auditorium, March 2nd

From the team behind The Invisible War, comes a startling exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice — despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level.

Sponsored by Ivy Film Festival

A Lecture by Simon Castets: Director of The Swiss Institute/ Contemporary Art New York | February 24, 2015  + -

The Student Creative Arts Council presents::

A Lecture by Simon Castets: Director of The Swiss Institute/ Contemporary Art New York

Simon co-curates research project 89plus alongside Hans Ulrich Obrist

Tuesday 02/24 at 6 pm in Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts

Seating on a first come first serve basis

American Dance Legacy Initiative MiniFest | February 23, 2015 - February 28, 2015  + -


Mini-Fest 2015: Imagine - Free to Chase The Rainbow

Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts

February 23-28

in collaboration with Artists and Scientist as Partners (ASaP)

(See for complete list of ASaP events)


February 23-28

Living Rooms Installations

  • Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder and Donald McKayle curated by students from Central Falls High School in collaboration with the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice.
  • Archival exhibits from the ADLI collection of media, photographs and materials
  • Interactive exhibits imagining the arts in the future

Wednesday February 25th - 7pm

Film: Chain Gangs: Slavery by Another Name - This documentary spans eight decades, from 1865 to 1945, revealing the interlocking forces in both the South and the North that enabled this “neoslavery” to begin and persist. - Presented in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Saturday February 28th

Dance for PD® Community Class - 10:00am-11:15am

Led by David Leventhal,founding teacher and Program Director for Dance for PD®, and Rachel Balaban, Regional Coordinator for Dance for PD - Co-Founder, Artists and Scientists as Partners (ASaP) (see complete ASaP Symposium schedule)

ADLI Master Class: - 10:00am-11:30am

A Journey Through Modern Dance, led by Mary Anne Newhall, "dancing historian", dedicated to exploring, enlivening, and preserving early modernist and expressionist roots of dance.

Lecture Demonstration: Free to Chase the Rainbow - 12:15-1:30

featuring performances of Donald McKayle’s “Rainbow Repertory Etude” by Dance for PD® participants, Brown students, and Central Falls High School students

Screening of ADLI documentary on Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder - 1:30pm

This documentary features archival footage of the original cast performing Donald McKayle’s signature work about men on a southern chain gang. Also included are recent interviews with Mr. McKayle, original cast members Mary Hinkson, Jaime Rogers, and folksinger Leon Bibb.

Dancing Legacy Repertory Etudes Showing and Closing Reception - 5pm

TRaNsMOGRiFiER | February 23, 2015 - March 3, 2015  + -

The TRaNsMOGRiFiER will be installed in the Cohen Gallery from February 23rd until March 3rd, 2015! Bring things in need of transmogrification and we will do our best to turn all of them into thingsTR. The gallery will be open every day from 8:30am until sundown when we will power up the TRaNsMOGRiFiER (it works better at night). This will be the longest transmogrification attempted, so we’ll be in uncharted territory.


Objects for TRAaNsMOGRiFICATiON may be brought to the gallery M-F between 8:30a - 5p, Saturday and Sunday between 12p-5p.  At 5pm, the Gallery will close, but the TRAaNsMOGRiFICATiON process will be visible into the evening through the Cohen Gallery windows.

Closing reception and final TRAaNsMOGRiFICATiON: March 3, 7pm

Brazenly Brown Alumni Master Classes and Public Lectures | February 19, 2015 - April 24, 2015  + -

This semester, the Creative Arts Council launches Brazenly Brown, series of Alumni Master Classes and Public Lectures in the Arts. Up to 10 intensive weekend alumni masters visits will take place throughout the Spring and Fall of 2015.  Visits will include a public talk, followed by a reception at which individuals from Brown and the larger community will have the opportunity to engage with the visitor in one-to-one conversation.  Alumni masters will also engage in a day-long master’s class in which the visitor will work directly with selected students on new and developing projects within the master’s field, giving students close contact with the ideas and approaches of the practitioner.  Finally, each visit will conclude with an intensive critique, bringing the same students back together with the master for feedback on work they've been engaged with in their own practices. 

February 19
6pm, Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium
Ben Lerner ’01 MFA’03
Lerner is a poet, essayist, novelist, and critic, who has authored three books of poetry and two novels.  He has been a Fulbright Scholar, a finalist for the National Book Award, a Howard Foundation Fellow, and a Guggenheim Fellow.

March 13
3pm, Smith Buonanno Hall, Room 106
Christine Vachon ‘83*
Vachon is an Emmy-nominated film producer. Her credits include Still Alice, Kill Your Darlings, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Boys Don’t Cry, Far From Heaven, and I Shot Andy Warhol.
*Presented in conjunction with Women’s History Month

April 9
6pm, Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium
Daniel Alexander Jones AM’93
Jones is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist, whose theatre pieces include Phoenix Fabrik, Bel Canto, Earthbirths, and Cab and Lena. He has received support from The Rockefeller Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and TCG, among others. 

April 24
6pm, Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium
Coco Fusco ‘82
Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who has performed, lectured, exhibited, and curated around the world. Her works have been shown worldwide at venues including the Tate Liverpool, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, and Barcelona’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Please check for a more detailed schedule of Brazenly Brown events. Sponsored by the CAC, Brown University 250th Anniversary and the Office of the President

PASS Intro to Final Cut Pro | February 19, 2015  + -

PASS Intro to Final Cut Pro

Thursday, February 19, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, MML 

Want to know how to edit video, audio, and effects in Final Cut Pro? This class is your introduction to this industry standard video editing tool. No experience assumed or required. Please register at to reserve your spot. Sponsored by CIS. Location: Granoff Multimedia Lab (room N320).

The Art of Invisibility: Encountering Religion and the Secular in Contemporary Art | February 18, 2015 - February 28, 2015  + -

The Art of Invisibility: Encountering Religion and the Secular in Contemporary Art" brings together the work of 7 artists exploring -- in different ways -- the relationship between religion and contemporary art. We know that the categories of “religious” and “secular” are never stable. And yet, they are deployed as though their meanings can be taken for granted. Applying the categories of religious or secular to various objects, groups, and images, moreover, has broad political and social implications. How can contemporary art get us out of this bind and help us to see religion and the secular in new and unexpected ways? Participating artists: Sean Gallagher, Stephen Henderson, Robert Kirschbaum, Bang Luu, John Mendelsohn, Kathryn Myers, and Josh Ruder. 

Anthology | February 12, 2015  + -

Please join us for...An eclectic evening of readings, performances and visual works featuring the graduate students of Brown University & the Rhode Island School of Design:


Hosted by The Creative Arts Council and The Department of Literary Arts

RSVP on our FACEBOOK event page

http:// brownrisdanthology.tumblr.c om/

3rd Annual Staff Art Show | February 9, 2015  + -

After Hours: Annual Staff Appreciation Art Exhibit features work by a few of the many talented staff members at Brown. Staff from across the university engage in creative, thoughtful, and expressive endeavors that are often unseen by coworkers and the greater Brown community. This year, the Creative Arts Council is pleased to present artwork by fifteen staff members in media ranging from sculpture to photography and beyond. Inspired by their surroundings, personal interests, and daily encounters, these works provide a glimpse of the creativity embedded throughout Brown. Kick off BEAR Week by joining us for a public reception on Monday, February 9th at 5pm in the Granoff Center Lower Lobby.

Growing Smart, Smart Growing Community Development, Education, and Cultural Management in the Theatre Festival Model | February 9, 2015  + -

Growing Smart, Smart Growing
Community Development, Education, and Cultural Management in the Theatre Festival Model

A public lecture by Constantin Chiriac, Director and Founder of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival (Romania), followed by a conversation with the audience

Monday, February 9, 5.30pm

Becker Library, Lyman Hall

Constantin Chiriac is a distinguished Romanian theatre and film actor, director of the National Theatre in the city of Sibiu, and founder and director of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival. Since its founding in 1994, following the fall of the communist regime in Romania, the Sibiu Festival has sustained a creative dialogue at an international level, establishing itself as the “the third most important performing arts festival” in Europe, according to the European Commission. The Festival has been a key force in the development of the city of Sibiu as a cultural and artistic center over the past two decades, playing a major role in the selection of Sibiu as a European Capital of Culture in 2007. Since then, Constantin Chiriac has served several times on the European Capital of Culture Selection Committee of the European Union.

In addition to heading the Sibiu Festival, Constantin Chiriac is committed to the reinvigoration of Romanian higher arts education in his capacity as Professor of Theatre Arts at the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu. Recently, he spearheaded the development of a new section of the Sibiu Festival devoted to the promotion of educational exchanges between performing arts students from universities worldwide.

In 2014, the Romanian government appointed Constantin Chriac Ambassador of Romanian Tourism.


Broken World, Steerage: Thinking through blankness, terror, and broken worlds | February 6, 2015  + -

Broken World, Steerage: Thinking through blankness, terror, and broken worlds

There is material from distorted motion capture employed in virtual worlds; considerations of terror and genocide in terms of anguish and the unutterable; phenomenology of blizzards and whiteout; revrev – live reverse reverberation or anticipatory music; and practical-theoretical issues of gamespace/edgespace.

Join Alan Sondheim for a talk and presentation at 7pm on Friday, February 6 in Englander Studio, Granoff Center at Brown University. This event is free and open to the public.

Alan Sondheim is a cross-disciplinary artist, writer, and theorist. He recently completed a successful residency at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York; while there he worked with a number of collaborators on performances and sound pieces dealing with pain and annihilation. He also created a series of texts and 3d printing models of ‘dead or wounded avatars.’ He recently completed a residency at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and in 2011-2012 was a resident at Eyebeam Art and Technology in New York. In 2012 he had a book published through West Virginia University Press, Writing Under, and last year he released two cds of experimental improvisation. - See his blog:


Of[f] Course: The 7th Annual Brown | RISD Dual Degree Exhibition | January 22, 2015 - February 11, 2015  + -


Of[f] Course: The 7th Annual Brown | RISD Dual Degree Exhibition | January 22, 2015 - February 11, 2015
Students in the five-year Brown | RISD Dual Degree Program forge their education from the fire of two schools. Consequently, Dual Degree students navigate various expectations for their time, routine, and studies. This year's show explores the consequences of deviating from these expectations; of course, to veer off course. You are invited to attend Of[f] Course: The 7th Annual Brown | RISD Dual Degree Exhibition, which runs from January 22 to February 11.
Established in 2008, the Brown | RISD Dual Degree Program allows students to pursue a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. Each year, students organize an exhibition featuring their work. Work from previous exhibitions can be viewed at:

Opening reception: Studio 1 6:30pm, January 22nd.

DAVID TUDOR’S - RAINFOREST IV | December 10, 2014 - December 11, 2014  + -


The pioneering electronic music group Composers Inside Electronics (CIE) presents the famed collaborative work Rainforest IV conceived by David Tudor in 1973. This electro-acoustic environment integrates over twenty resonating sound sculptures into an evolving sonic and visual experience.  Each composer designs and constructs sculptures which function as instrumental loudspeakers under his or her control, and each independently produces sound material to display the sculptures’ resonant characteristics. The work has been performed over 150 times and installed in over 40 sites throughout the U.S. and Europe, including museums, universities, TV studios, and other venues.  Performances are continuous without intermission, and the appreciation of Rainforest IV depends upon individual exploration.  The audience is invited to move freely among the sculptures. The performers are: Steve Bull, Peter Bussigel, John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein, Thom Holmes, Jed Miner, Stephan Moore, Caroline Park, and Matt Rogalsky.  


In addition to performances on December 10th and 11th  (Studio 1, 3pm - 9pm), there will be a public lecture: Composers Inside Electronics Talk with John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein and Matt Rogalsky on Wednesday, December 10th at 10:30am in Studio 2.  

Control Voltage | December 8, 2014  + -

Control Voltage

Martinos Auditorium


New works by students in Seminar in Electronic Music: Advanced Studio Composition

Benjamin Barsky
Lukas Bentel
Peter Bowden
Samantha Dallas
Nicholas DeMarco
Ryan Glassman
Nathaniel Harris
Akiko Hatakeyama
Congyuan Luo
Henry MacConnel
Grant Meyer
Luke Moldof
Daniel Putnam
Benjamin Shack Sackler

Caroline Park, "CONSTRUCTION" dissertation performance | December 4, 2014  + -

Thursday, December 4, 5th and 6th, 2014 @ 6:00pm - 6:30pm, Studio 1


Caroline Park, "CONSTRUCTION" dissertation performance

 If we could create architecture from a slice of time-stretched sound, how would we navigate such a space? How might we interpret the constraints of a blueprint to make such architecture, and what would our constructions reflect? 

 CONSTRUCTION is the real-time creation and observation/probing of space-time via sound, light, movement, and emptiness. Each CONSTRUCTION is a temporal, architectural iteration from the same blueprint — each one similar to the others, yet each unique in its own organic variability. Architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable stated: “Space is meaningless without scale, containment, boundaries and direction.” How do we reflect on meaning if scale, containment, boundaries and direction continue to shift; how do we reflect on permanence if architecture is ever-changing?

 Free but ticket required.  Limited to 30 people per performance.

 NOTE: Seating is on cushions/floor; no shoe policy (there will be a shoe area near the doorway).


Caroline Park is a composer, musician, and artist working within the minimum in experimental electronic music. Her 2013 digital release "field" was described as music existing "in an abstract zone, where space bends and algorithms are allowed bountiful time to work their fractal, generative beauty" (Disquiet). As a composer-performer, Caroline regularly performs in a duo with Asha Tamirisa, and also in a quartet, BUMPR, with Stephan Moore, Peter Bussigel, and Timothy Rovinelli.  Performances have occurred at AS220, Machines With Magnets, RISD Museum, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Middle Oak Parking Garage, Jordan Hall, Goethe-Institut Boston, Boston Center for the Arts, Cafe Fixe, Third Life Studio, Studio Soto, Spectrum, Silent Barn, New Museum, The Invisible Dog, the Stone, 295 Douglass, 16 Beaver, ISSUE Project Room, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and the Central Conservatory of Music, in concerts presented/curated by OPENSIGNAL, SEAMUS, CTRL+ALT+REPEAT, R.K. Projects, Non-Event, SICPP, Opensound, Boston CyberArts, Pauline Oliveros, ((audience)), Saint Louis Symphony, and Musicacoustica Beijing. Her solo discography can be found on Private Chronology, Bathetic Records, Visceral Media Records, Pure Potentiality Records, and Absence of Wax. Caroline is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, an artist collective focusing on the representation of gender and race within experimental electronic music. More info at

 Collaborators: Peter Bussigel, Derek Fukumori, Jessie LaFargue, Luke Moldof, Stephan Moore, Tim Rovinelli, Nina Ruelle, Cecilia Salama, Asha Tamirisa, Allie Trionfetti, Kimberly Young

 Sponsored by the Department of Music and the Creative Arts Council.

Glenn Ligon, Agnes Gund Presidential Lecture | November 25, 2014  + -

GLENN LIGON: 2014 Agnes Gund Presidential Lecture
Tuesday, November 25, 5pm, Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium


American conceptual artist Glenn Ligon will be in conversation with Huey Copeland for the 2014 Agnes Gund Presidential Lecture, which brings contemporary artists to campus to discuss their work. 

Reserve a seat at: 
Doors open at 4:30pm. Any reservations unclaimed by 4:45pm will be released to the wait list. 

The 2014 Gund Lecture is presented in conjunction with "Cut/Throat Creativity: Structuring the New" a symposium presented by The "NEW" Group. Monday, November 24 at 6pm in the Granoff Center, featuring Rashida Bumbray, Simone Leigh, Doug Jones, and Lauren Wittels. For information:


THE “NEW GROUP” invites artists, scholars, students and faculty to participate in CUT/THROAT CREATIVITY: STRUCTURING THE NEW, a symposium designed to stimulate multidisciplinary conversation and consideration of how cultural identity and artistic practice converge to produce innovative work. What constitutes innovative work in today’s age of immanent reproducibility? How does innovation cross or differ across disciplinary boundaries or require multi/interdisciplinary methodological approaches? What makes the pursuit of innovation or newness a worthwhile one? We hope to bring the Brown community into discussion with several contemporary artists and critics in order to get at questions such as these (and more)!


The first half of CUT/THROAT CREATIVITY, on Monday, November 24th, will involve a panel discussion with SIMONE LEIGH(sculptor and multimedia artist), RASHIDA BUMBRAY (curator and choreographer), DOUG JONES (Assistant Professor of English, Rutgers University), and LAUREN WITTELS (Senior Director, Luhring Augustine Gallery).


The second half of CUT/THROAT CREATIVITY, on Tuesday, November 25th, will be hosted in conjunction with the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts and the 2014 Agnes Gund Presidential Lecture. This year’s lecture will feature a conversation between the iconic artist GLENN LIGON and HUEY COPELAND (Associate Professor of Art History, Northwestern University).


Both events will be held free of charge, in the Granoff Center’s Martinos Auditorium at 6pm and 5pm, respectively.