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Inaugural Arts Festival

The Inaugural Arts Festival features visual and performing arts and is highlighted by Emory and Oxford artists and Emory collections.

Thursday, April 1

Noon-2:00 p.m., Cox Hall, Clock Tower

Poetry Matters

An open-mic reading by and for Emory students, faculty, administration, and staff.  Sponsored by the Poetry Council of Emory University and the Stipe Society.  To sign up to read, please email poetry_matters@learnlink.emory.edu with your preferred time or go to the Poetry Matters conference on Learnlink (under "Emory Announcements") or call 404-727-6223. 

2:15-2:30 p.m. , Schatten Gallery, Woodruff Library

Faculty-guided tour of Boundless: A Collection of Photographs and Memorabilia Tracing the History of the Emory Dance Program

(closes May 15, 2004 )

Through the presentation of selections from the Emory Dance Program's large collection of photographs, documents, costumes, posters and other ephemera, this exhibition traces the importance of the development of dance at Emory and hence the growing appreciation for the arts and role it plays in enhancing the lives of Emory's students and the community.

2:30-3:45 p.m., Dance Studio, Schwartz Center

Dance in the Making: Dance Open Classroom

Emory's advanced choreography students taught by professor George Staib   

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Open Rehearsals for Lenaia Festival of Student Play Readings and Open Rehearsal for Theater Emory's upcoming world premiere play, Life Goes On: A Silent Play in Black and White

Guests may drop in to one or more open rehearsals as theater docents will be on hand in both locations to provide orientation and to usher guests to their seats.

Theater Lab, Schwartz Center

Lenaia Festival of Student Play Readings Open Rehearsal, rehearsal of Emory and Oxford college student play festival works in preparation for the weekend's staged and semi-staged readings by students and professional guests.

Mary Gray Munroe Theater, Dobbs University Center

Open Rehearsal for Theater Emory production of Life Goes On: A Silent Play in Black and White, Emory faculty, professional guest, and student actors. Playwright, actor, and director John Ammerman, member of Theater Emory and Associate Professor of Theater Studies at Emory, has developed this world premiere in the style of a black and white silent film including live musical accompaniment. The play follows the story of one Detroit family's experience with the 1929 stock market crash. Ammerman draws upon the dramatic and comic qualities of the silent films of the 1920s for inspiration in this production.

7:00-8:00 p.m. , Reception Hall, Michael C. Carlos Museum

Love, Sex, and Transformation: An Evening of Ovid in Music, Art, and Verse

Note: Once the program begins, guests will be admitted at house manager's discretion during breaks in the program.

The Carlos Museum, the Friends of the Emory University Libraries, and the Departments of Classics, Music, and English present this program for inauguration guests and the community. The program includes Emory alumnus Kim Lorch performing Benjamin Britten's Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for solo oboe. The Metamorphosen Quartet will perform movements from György Legiti's String Quartet No. 1 - The Metamorphoses Nocturnes. Emory faculty members Garth Tissol and Peter Bing, Classics Department, and Ronald Schuchard, English Department, will read original texts and modern translations of the Roman poet's work, which has continued to inspire artists for centuries.

Among the contemporary poets whose translations of Ovid will be featured are Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, and Michael Longley, whose archives are held in Woodruff Library's Special Collections. Selections from the manuscripts of these poets' translations and works from the Carlos Collection of Greek Art that feature images of transformation will be on view in the Reception Hall for the evening.

8:30-10:30 p.m., doors open at 7:45, Schwartz Center, Emerson Concert Hall

Barenaked Voices: First Annual Emory Student A Cappella Celebration

Emory's student a cappella and choral groups and faculty-directed chorus and choir will appear together for the first time in a celebration of voice! Featured in this festival are Emory's newest co-ed a cappella group, Asian Hispanic African Native American (AHANA) A Cappella Emory's newest co-ed; our oldest co-ed group, Aural Pleasure; Emory Concert Choir; Emory University Chorus; Kol Hanescher, a cappella group with Jewish members; the all-male No Strings Attached; the all-female group, The Gathering; and the Voices of Inner Strength, a gospel choir. Eric Nelson, Emory Department of Music Associate Professor and Choral Director, is serving as artistic director for the concert. 

For Barenaked Voices tickets (limit two), visit the box office at the Schwartz Center Wednesday, March 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or Thursday, April 1, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. To order by phone ($3.50 phone order processing fee applies) beginning Monday, March 29, call 404-727-5050.

10:30-midnight, Schwartz Center, exhibition in Upper Level West Hall and Ginden Arts Commons; reception in Chace Upper Lobby and Ginden Arts Commons

Creative Process—Selected Works by Faculty and Students of the Visual Arts Program 
(closes May 11)

The dessert reception will feature an array of chocolate and white chocolate desserts.

Saturday, April 3

8:00 p.m., Schwartz Center

Wayne Shorter Quartet

A Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series event featuring the acclaimed jazz quartet led by the eight-time Grammy-winning saxophonist. Tickets required.  ($45 general public; faculty/staff/alumni, WABE and ArtsCard members, non-Emory students, and patrons over 65, $36; and Emory students, $10)  Contact: Arts at Emory, 404.727.5050.


Michael C. Carlos Museum Special Exhibitions

Spirited Vessels: Ritual and Creation in African Ceramics

(closing April 18, 2004 )

Spirited Vessels pays tribute to the multivalent quality of African ceramics as aesthetic, utilitarian, prestige, and ritual ware. The exhibition features late nineteenth and twentieth century pottery and clay figurative sculptures from Mali , BurkinaFaso, Ghana, Nigeria , Cameroon , Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Uganda, Mozambique, and South Africa . The artworks are drawn from the Michael C. Carlos Museum's permanent collection of African art, as well as several other Southeastern art museums, and prominent private collections. The vast majority of pottery in the exhibition was made by the skilled hands of women and without the benefit of the mechanical potter's wheel.

Mathematics and Science Center Atrium, Visual Arts - Exhibition
From Outer Banks to Outer Space: Silk Batiks by Mary Edna Fraser
(January 28 through April 4)

A brilliant, colorful exhibition of works by internationally-recognized artist Mary Edna Fraser fills the atrium of the Mathematics and Science Center with dozens of floating, large-scale batiks on silk. Her work celebrates a global vision of the environment--from the outer reaches of the earth's coastlines to the outer reaches of our own universe. Using aerial satellite photographs, maps and charts, Fraser offers a pioneering blend of science and art that transforms the interior of one of Emory's newest buildings into a limitless sphere of earth, air, water, galaxies, planets, and stars. Fraser's work has been collected and exhibited worldwide. She was the first to be honored with a one-woman exhibition, which occured from 1994 to 1995, at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Her work has been exhibited at the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and art museums and university galleries around the country. Her ten-year collaboration with a marine geologist recently culminated in the critically-acclaimed book, "A Celebration of the World's Barrier Islands" (Columbia University Press, 2003).

For more ongoing exhibitions and events, visit Arts at Emory.


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