Inauguration week packed with arts events
April 13 marks the beginning of the first annual Arts Week -- a week-long celebration of fine and performing arts events on the New Paltz campus.
Kurt Daw, dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, said that Arts Week was created this year in conjunction with both the closing of the 175th anniversary at SUNY New Paltz and the official inauguration ceremony of the college's new President, Steven G. Poskanzer.
"The School of Fine and Performing Arts is pleased that this distinguished group of premiere artists of our time have accepted our invitation to contribute to Arts Week," said Daw. "Their stature helps us celebrate the inauguration and the 175th as important milestones in our development as a university."
Packed with events, Arts Week begins on Tuesday evening, April 13, with an art history symposium featuring Jeffrey Wolin, the photographer who created "Written in Memory: Portraits of the Holocaust," on view at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. That same evening, Combo Electro-acoustica, a quartet of veteran musicians combining acoustic and electric instruments with the world of electronica, will perform an outdoor concert in the courtyard.
Wednesday evening features the Student Art Alliance Art Lecture with Lisa Gralnick ('80), a metalsmith who has created black acrylic jewelry, wearable reliquary pieces, and intricately fabricated rings in gold. Then, beginning at 8 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, there will be a grand dance performance, featuring live music and a number of different dancers and choreographers.
Thursday is the crux of Arts Week, with events beginning at 11 a.m. and running throughout the day and into the evening. The Student Art Alliance Auction will be on preview in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in the morning, and there will be a presentation, "Art History on Display: Why Do Universities Have Museums," in the evening, hosted by Kim Rorschach and Dana Feitler, director of the Smart Art Museum, University of Chicago.
On Friday, after the inauguration celebration, legendary trombonist Roswell Rudd will blend with musician Mamadou Diabate to create a rhythmic synthesis of West African music and American blues in this live performance of MALIcool.
Arts Week wraps up on Saturday with the Student Art Alliance Art Auction and Reception, which includes both a silent and live auction of student, faculty and prominent alumni art work. For a complete list of Arts Week events, visit the Inauguration Web site at www.newpaltz.edu/inauguration.
MARCH 29, 2004
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