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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

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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.

Youth Arts Summit | November 22, 2014  + -

On Saturday November 22, 2014, a group of teen and young adult artists who participate in our community’s rich youth arts programs will bring their work, ideas and energy up the hill and into the Granoff Center. Though performances, exhibitions and conversation the youth will imagine how Brown and Providence might look in 2034 – when they are the creative leaders in our community.

The Youth Arts Summit is sponsored by the Brown 250, the Creative Arts Council and the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies as a way to celebrate Providence-based youth arts organizations that have been formed by or led by Brown graduates.

Coordinating among Brown’s Granoff Creative Arts Center (CAC) The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies (TAPS), and Brown/Trinity MFA programs, the daylong public arts event is a celebration of Brown's distinctive group of creative alumni, faculty and students who work in Providence, have contributed to the vibrant art and culture of our city, and have dedicated themselves to social change through arts and education.

Youth will come from the following organizations: Community MusicWorks, founded by Sebastian Ruth (‘97), New Urban Arts, founded by Tyler Denmead (‘97), Youth in Action, until just recently directed by Adeola Orreola (‘02) and AS220 Youth, founded by Sam Seidel (’02) and now directed by Anne Kugler (’90). Besides these organizations, we will also feature dancers from Central Falls who work with Professor Julie Strandberg, actors from Trinity Rep’s Young actors programs, performers in the Tenderloin Opera Company, directed by Professor Erik Ehn, and young artists from Everett Company who are creating a new piece with Brown University this fall. Jori Ketten ('02) will facilitate the Summit. She is founder of 186 Carpenter and directs the Media Lab at Community MusicWorks,  where she helps young people reflect on their learning through photography and video projects.

The Freedom Project Showing | November 15, 2014  + -

Saturday, November 15, 2014 4:00 PM

 Everett Company has started the second year of a three-year research and creation process for the development of our new touring piece. Freedom Project will be a multi-disciplinary documentary theater production that shares the stories of people who have been marginalized by America’s criminal justice system. The project examines and critiques that system through the juxtapositions of personal stories with jarring statistics that reveal gross racial and socio-economic disparities in the way the law is applied, especially in regard to the War on Drugs.

Everett approaches this challenging topic with humor and humanity, and emphasizes the creativity and spirit of perseverance that can surface when people confront extreme adversity. The work utilizes the disciplines of theater, dance and filmmaking to draw out multiple perspectives on this complex topic. Visceral choreography and poetic visual imagery deepen the experience as Everett explores the effects of mass incarceration on some of our most vulnerable communities.

Brown University is a development and producing partner in the creation of Freedom Project. They join Everett in producing a series of public workshops, forums, street actions, and in-progress previews that will continue to be held at both Brown and Everett Stage. These events draw a wide segment of the community into an ongoing dialogue about incarceration and help shape the final performance. Freedom Project will premiere in the spring of 2015 at Brown University’s Granoff Center for the Arts and will then be available for touring through 2017.


My Name is Rachel Corrie | November 13, 2014  + -

Thursday, November 13, 2014 7:30 PM

 Ashley Malloy will perform a solo performance of My Name is Rachel Corrie. Ashley is using her performances as a vehicle to raise awareness of and support for The Freedom Theatre in Jenin, where young people living under occupation can transform their frustrations into creative energy. Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, acting students create dynamic, challenging and relevant pieces of theatre intended to engender critical thought and non-violent, purposeful action in the struggle for Palestinian self-determination.


My Name is Rachel Corrie is based on the diary entries and e-mails from Corrie herself, who was killed in March of 2003 while in the West Bank. She was an American Peace Activist, working with a group called the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). According to the accounts of her family and some witnesses, she was crushed to death by an Israel Defense Force armored bulldozer in Rafah, located in the southern Gaza strip. She was protesting the demolition of a family’s house by the IDF on the Gaza Strip, acting as a human shield.


Complementing this solo performance will be a performance of Wrestling Jerusalem by Aaron Davidson, taking place in February 2015.

Place Matters: Design for Population Health | November 11, 2014  + -

Place Matters: Design for Population Health

Tuesday, November 11th @ 4pm

Martinos Auditorium


Rhode Island School of Design Division of Graduate Studies and the Brown University School of Public Health present: Place Matters: Design for Population Health, Designing neighborhoods to reduce risk and build resilience in urban communities.


Join us for a public forum challenging community members, public health researchers and practitioners, artists, designers and policy makers to build new frameworks for lasting change in the health of individuals and the quality of urban neighborhoods. Lecture by Richard J Jackson, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at UCLA followed by a panel discussion.

Lava Fossil | November 3, 2014  + -

Monday, November 3, 2014 7:30 PM


LAVA FOSSIL is Beth Nixon’s solo suitcase theater show about a dad, a crab, a dentist and where things go when they are gone. Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian ’02

The Brown Difference - 250th Years in 12 Minutes | October 25, 2014  + -

The Brown Difference - 250th Years in 12 Minutes

Saturday, October 25th @ 10am 

Martinos Auditorium 

'The Brown Difference: 250 Years in Twelve Minutes' will feature: 

Oren Jacoby ’77, P'17

Betsy West ’73, P’14

Moderator - Neil Safier, Director of the John Carter Brown Library

A screening of the short film celebrating Brown’s big anniversary, followed by a discussion with alumni filmmakers Jacoby and West.   Behind the scenes stories, memorable outtakes, and the challenge of capturing and condensing Brown’s illustrious history on film.

Global Health Colloquium – Innovation in Tackling Global Health Care Challenges: The Role of Brown University and its Partners | October 24, 2014  + -

Global Health Colloquium – Innovation in Tackling Global Health Care Challenges: The Role of Brown University and its Partners

Friday, October 24th @ 9am 

Martinos Auditorium 

In recognition of the 250th anniversary of Brown University, a global health colloquium will take place, featuring the contributions of the Brown University community and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in addressing global health challenges over the years. Consistent with the 250th celebration goals, this colloquium will highlight Brown’s impact and service to a global community, honor alumni of Brown who have made significant contributions to decreasing health disparities, and showcase the scholarship and innovation of the next generation of Brown scholars and future leaders in global health.

Freedom Project - Brain Cafe | October 23, 2014  + -

Freedom Project - Brain Cafe

Thursday, October 23rd @ 7pm

Studio 1

Everett Company’s Freedom Project continues the dialogue taking place at Brown and around the country on race, equity and incarceration; presented through the lens of local stories.

Join Everett in conversations with students and faculty including Erik Ehn and Tricia Rose, as they research and create their new piece premiering in March at Brown. Additional performances and workshops continue November 14 and March 8-15 (residency and premiere).