Arts focus on technology:
visiting artists to share innovative techniques and sound
(Teresa Dowell-Vest) warns Marisol (Eldis Diaz) of the impending
global apocalypse in the Drama Department's production of
Jose Rivera's "Marisol." The play ran in the Culbreth
Theatre from Sept. 30-Oct. 9.
video painters to computer musicians, "e-artists" booked
for a year-long celebration of technology in the arts at U.Va.
are sharing some cutting-edge techniques that are transforming
traditional artistic processes. The visiting artists will work
with students and faculty, as well as
put on exhibits and performances.
a continuing effort to strengthen ties among the arts, the McIntire
Department of Music, the McIntire
Department of Art, the Department
of Drama and the Bayly
Art Museum have joined in the collaborative effort with arts
enhancement support from the Office of the Vice President and
Enhancement Funding, started in 1995 to increase awareness and
student participation in cultural events, has helped stimulate
a renaissance in the arts on Grounds while advancing arts progress.
"The Provost's Arts Enhancement Funds are essential to the
Bayly Art Museum for three reasons," said museum director
Jill Hartz. "They stimulate our thinking outside the box
and encourage us to venture into new public program territory.
Second, these funds enable us to mount an exhibitions program
that brings exciting new artists as well as major works of art
to the museum, which strengthens both our academic resource commitment
and our mission to serve the general public. Finally, they inspire
others -- individuals as well as corporations and foundations
-- to support our programs."
Enhancement Funds have made a world of difference to the Music
Department, quite literally enabling us to bring performers from
a variety of cultures, and performers exploring futuristic sounds
as well as [those] who draw on traditional practices," said
Judith Shatin, chair of the Music Department and director of the
Virginia Center for Computer Music.
Lawrence Goedde, Art Department chair: "Arts Enhancement
Funds enable us to bring significant visual artists into the department
to work with students, critique their art and provide them with
access to the larger art world."
Daniel Reeves' digital painting, "Feb 55," (1995)
and other work are currently on display at the Bayly Art Museum
through Dec. 22. The exhibit, titled "Above Memory and
Transformation," is being held in conjunction with the
Virginia Film Festival.
exhibition of video and multimedia artist Daniel Reeves, "Above
Memory and Transformation," opened at the Bayly Art Museum
Oct. 9 and runs through Dec. 22. Reeves' technically layered works,
that explore and resolve his personal experience with violence
in a multisensory experience, are exhibited in collaboration with
the Virginia Film
Festival, "TechnoVisions," taking place through
Oct. 24. The festival also will premiere two of his films along
with his video art.
in residency in the Art Department, Reeves will work with advanced
digital media students to produce an artist's book combining his
images and text. Reeves also will participate in a collaborative
event in the spring, "Hindsight-Foresight: Art for the New
Millennium," which will include eight to 10 internationally
known artists working with community groups on environmental art
projects. Other participants include Ann Hamilton, Agnes Denes,
Suzanne Helmuth, Mel Chin, Dennis Oppenheim, Bill Viola, Jock
Reynolds, Michael Mercil, Zucco Possi, Martha Jackson-Jarvis and
U.Va.'s Bill Bennett and Rosemarie Fiore.
print by Randy Bolton, who will be a visiting artist in the
Art Department for the month of November.
innovative artist coming to the Grounds, Randy Bolton will exhibit
his digital print works at the Fayerweather Gallery in November.
Bolton uses images reminiscent of children's storybook illustrations,
but turning the safe and innocent familiarity of those images
into what he describes as "metaphors of a troubled world
that is threatened by forces beyond our true comprehension and
a week-long residency, Bolton will work with advanced printmaking
students in the Art Department. Employing a host of techniques
-- visual software, 19th century color separations, a 16th century
etching press and a 20th century inkjet printer -- students will
assist Bolton in the creation of a color polymer photogravure.
McIntire Department of Music's "TechnoSonics" program
will bring together Nov. 11-13 several musicians and composers
who combine electronic equipment with traditional instruments.
The first performance will feature F. Gerard Errante, an internationally
acclaimed clarinetist, playing
Shatin's "Sea of Reeds" for clarinet and live electronics
on Nov. 11.
Mari Kimura will be at U.Va. Nov. 12 and 13.
Mari Kimura, who uses interactive computer music along with violin,
will join Shatin and U.Va. colleague and fellow composer Alicyn
Warren for a colloquium on Nov. 12. Kimura, who teachers at the
Julliard School of Music, will perform her own works, as well
as others composed for her Nov. 13.
playing the same evening will be composer and performer Bruce
Mahin. One of the works he will perform is an original piece,
"Galileo," for electronic wind instrument, interactive
computer and synthesizer. The work was inspired by the life of
Galileo and his enterprise of exploration and discovery.
"This Arts Enhancement Fund has been invaluable to us as
it allows our students to connect year-in, year-out with the professional
world of theater," said Robert Chapel, chair of the Drama
Department. "Our guest artists have spent a varied amount
of time with us -- from one weekend to six weeks, depending on
what they are working on. In all cases, they work with our students
-- from analyzing their work to actually working side by side
with them on our shows."
Weiss, retired U.Va. faculty member and the force behind the building
of Culbreth Theatre, returned to design the sets for the season's
opening production, "Marisol." He now works as a designer
and theater building/design consultant.
Documentary film and video artist Susan Lutz will conduct seminars
in February with photography, anthropology and independent film
students during her residency. Lutz uses memories and rituals
associated with preparing a Southern Sunday dinner as the thesis
of her most recent work, aptly titled "Sunday Dinner."
Students will be able to participate in the filming of "Sunday
the Drama Department, guest director Doug Sprigg, an expert in
Shakespeare and Chekhov, will direct graduate and undergraduate
actors in "Uncle Vanya." Alumnus and New York scenic
designer William Clark will arrive in April to work with students
to design the sets for "A Streetcar Named Desire."
Music Department will present the University of Richmond's Virginia
Currents, who will perform works by U.Va.'s Warren, Shatin and
five other Virginia composers. The Paul Dresher Ensemble, known
for its experimental opera, chamber composition, and live instrumental
electro-acoustic chamber music, also will perform in the spring.
1999 2000 Arts Enhancement Events
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
"TechnoSonicsē - F. Gerard Errante, clarinet Old Cabell
Hall Auditorium, 8:15 p.m. $10/$5/5ARTS$
"TechnoSonicē Colloquium - with Judith Shatin and Alicyn
Warren of U.Va.'s Virginia Center for Computer Music and violinst
Mari Kimura, who teaches violin at New York University and computer
music performance at the Julliard School. Old Cabell Hall Auditorium,
3:30 p.m. Free
Workshop with Mari Kimura Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, 2 p.m.
"TechnoSonicsē concert featuring Mari Kimura and composer
and performer Bruce Mahin Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, 8:15 p.m.
Martchev, Faculty Bassoon Recital Old Cabell Hall Auditorium,
3:30 p.m. $10/$5/5ARTS$ A Performance Enhancement Event
Virginia Currents ensemble Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, 8:15
p.m. $10/$5/5ARTS$ "New Works by Virginia Composersē
Paul Dresher Ensemble Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, 8:15 p.m.
DEPARTMENT OF ART
Bolton, innovative digital artist Fayerweather Gallery Exhibition
and residency Fayerweather Gallery M-F, 9 a.m. 5 p.m.
House Fayerweather Hall, 6 8 p.m.
Bolton: lecture Campbell Hall 160, 4 p.m. Opening reception
of Bolton's work Fayerweather Gallery, 5:30 p.m.
Lecture: Ann Hamilton, U.S. representative to the Venice Bienniale.
Susan Lutz, visual artist Fayerweather Gallery
reception of Lutz' work Fayerweather Gallery, 5:30 p.m.
Lecture: John Ford, known for exploring the relationship of
time and memory in his sculpture installations and etchings.
New York-based artist Stephen Westfall, equally well known as
a painter and as a writer and critic of contemporary art.
Oct. 7 Dec. 22
media artist Daniel Reeves: "Above Memory and Transformation"
n Oct. 28 Environmental and installation artist Michael Mercil:
"Imagining the Democratic Landscape" Campbell Hall
153, 5:30 p.m.
April 8 - June 18
Pati Hill: "Tonal Prints"
Spring and summer
"Hindsight-Foresight: Art for the New Millenniumē Eight to
10 internationally known artists will create pieces using new
technologies, while examining the role of the artist in the 21st
century. The artists will work with community groups on site-specific
projects. Participants include Daniel Reeves, Ann Hamilton, Agnes
Denes, Suzanne Helmuth, Mel Chin, Dennis Oppenheim, Bill Viola,
Jock Reynolds, Michael Mercil, Zucco Possi, Martha Jackson-Jarvis
and U.Va.'s Bill Bennett and Rosemarie Fiore.
Feb. 17-19 & 23-26
Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" Directed by Doug Sprigg
17-19 & 23-26
"A Streetcar Named Desire" Set design by visiting
New York scenic designer William Clark