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Bright and sparkling on the second floor of The Hood Museum of Art, its latest exhibition, “Gilded: Contemporary Artists Explore Value and Worth” piques interest and demands a closer look. Each of the works in this loan exhibition, all by contemporary artists within the last 10 years, incorporates elements of gold and gold leaf.
On Wednesday, Feb. 14, Saturday Night Live breakout star Marcello Hernandez performed a stand-up comedy set exclusively for Dartmouth students. Organized by Programming Board, the show took place in Collis Common Ground at 8 p.m. with opener Maddie Wiener, comedian and host of the podcast “We’re Having Gay Sex.” Hernandez took the stage at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Music is embedded in our college experiences — whether it be belting out lyrics with friends on a night out or stumbling across a new favorite song that ingrains itself in your mind. Dartmouth’s campus is riddled with musicians — songwriters, producers, instrumentalists, singers and more. However, student musicians sometimes struggle with limited performance opportunities and the need to cater to general audiences rather than being able to explore artistically.
“Constellations,” from British playwright Nick Payne, premiered on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Northern Stage in White River Junction. The unorthodox modern play portrays the life-altering effects of human decisions. The play presents raw and intimate moments chronicling the relationship between a British couple — the beekeeper Roland and physics professor Marianne — set to the music of a live pianist.
On Thursday, Feb. 8, the Hood Museum of Art hosted its Winter Opening Event, celebrating the opening of new exhibitions. Students and the greater Hanover community indulged in live music, enjoyed refreshments and explored the museum.
This article is featured in the 2024 Winter Carnival special issue.
This article is featured in the 2024 Winter Carnival special issue.
In the ever-evolving landscape of aesthetic trends, the year 2024 is witnessing a resurgence of the indie sleaze aesthetic. This movement that once had the 2000s in a chokehold, characterized by its bold, unapologetic maximalism, stands in stark contrast to the minimalistic, “clean girl” aesthetics that dominated last year. After the idolization of figures Matilda Djerf, Hailey Bieber and Sofia Richie Grainge, have we finally gotten sick of slick back buns and pastel colors in favor of vibrancy and self expression? This shift has been most recently seen in the rising popularity of indie sleaze, as well as the broader rise in maximalist trends, pushed by the cultural impact of artists like Zach Bryan and movies such as Emerald Fennell’s “Saltburn.”
The new documentary “32 Sounds” premiered at Dartmouth in the Loew auditorium on Jan. 20, offering students and spectators a new way to experience sound. Though today’s college students never grew up with cassette tapes, record players or CDs, we interact with sound everyday without realizing it — particularly in the age of social media, with viral Tik Tok songs and sound bytes. Nonetheless, we rarely pay unparalleled attention to sound itself. Green’s newest film opened my eyes to the richness that sound adds to everyday life. His film underscores the importance of sound in preserving our most beloved, albeit fleeting, memories.
On Friday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m., sweeping layers of sound and light illuminated heavy round arches and stained glass of Dartmouth’s Rollins Chapel, as world-renowned pianist Frederic Chiu performed his Classical Smackdown Time Travelers series.
A reading of “The Aristocrats,” an original play co-written by Sophie Cohen ’26 and William Herff and co-directed by Cohen and Kate Clark ’25, was presented on stage on Friday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall.
Media that is based in nostalgia has gained popularity in recent years, and the new film “Wonka” is no exception. Directed by Paul King and starring Timothée Chalamet, the film reveals the backstory of the famous chocolatier with a message that speaks to the post-pandemic audiences of today.
If someone doubts the cultural impact of Spotify — a digital music-streaming platform — they need only to open Instagram on Nov. 29 and witness the endless story posts featuring Spotify Wrapped. Packaged in bright designs and fun fonts, Spotify Wrapped is an annual feature provided by Spotify that summarizes a user’s listening habits and preferences over the past year — including a user’s top songs and artists, total listening time and personalized playlists.
On Jan. 16, the Hopkins Center for the Arts, in collaboration with the Hood Museum of Art and the Irving Institute for Energy and Society, hosted five members of the Osage Nation for a panel titled “Osage Nation Leaders and Artists in Conversation.” The panel discussed the artists’ and leaders’ filming “Killers of the Flower Moon” and their hopes for the film following its screening at the Loew Auditorium on Jan. 7.
On Friday, Jan. 26, acclaimed classical pianist Frederic Chiu will present his popular and immersive “Classical Smackdown” series at Rollins Chapel as part of the Hopkins Center for the Arts’ programming. The Smackdown engages audiences in live debate over two iconic composers, according to the Hop website.
A film directed by Mariah Hernandez-Fitch ’23, titled “Ekbeh,” was shown at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 21 in Park City, Utah. “Ekbeh”, which translates “to build” or “to cook,” began as her senior thesis project and centers around family, food and keeping Houma culture alive. The Dartmouth sat down with Hernandez-Fitch to speak about her artistic journey, her Dartmouth experiences and her inspiration for the project.
As the classic image of Totoro against a bright blue backdrop glowed on the screen, I couldn’t help but be reminded that “The Boy and the Heron” was the last movie that Hayao Miyazaki — co-founder and director of Studio Ghibli — would ever create. He told his producer that this film would be his last. Miyazaki won his first Golden Globe at age 83 for “The Boy and the Heron,” on Jan. 7.
After watching “Saltburn,” my first reaction was not one of shock or disgust, but rather disappointment. I remember thinking what a shame it was that from now on, the film would be mentioned in tandem with the likes of “Brideshead Revisited” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” when “Saltburn” is but a glitter-covered, uninspiring imitation of such stories.
New York City and London are two cities renowned for their world class theater. Broadway and the West End hold the crowns for commercial success, but there are countless off-Broadway and additional, professional London theaters that add to their status as theater hubs. I attended the theater FSP in London in the summer of 2022 and lived in New York City in the summer of 2023. Having lived in these two cities, the differences in theater culture could not be more apparent.
From Jan. 11-14, the Hopkins Center for the Arts and the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy hosted performance artist and retired local politician Kristina Wong for five performances of her show, “Kristina Wong for Public Office.” On Jan. 11, Wong also held a conversation discussing the relationship between politics and performance at the Rockefeller Center.