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With every social movement, an art movement has not been far behind. Suprematism coincided with the years preceding the Bolshevik Revolution; Dada arose from the chaos of the Great Depression and World War I. While these social events have impacted art, the art typically remains representative.
He has been compared to popular comedians like Margaret Cho and Dave Chappelle. He hosted a show on FX for more than a year. But unless you are tuned into San Francisco’s comedy scene, you may never have heard of W. Kamau Bell, who opens the Hopkins Center’s fall season tonight.
From playing street performances in Provincetown, Massachusetts, to attending screenings at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Dartmouth students engaged in various summer arts activities.
Robert Christgau ’62 is the definitive music critic for rock ’n’ roll. He began his career as a music columnist for Esquire in 1967 and was a music editor at The Village Voice for 10 years. He is best known for publishing “capsule reviews,” or short album reviews, in his “Consumer Guide” columns from 1969 to the present.
“How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,/Seem to me all the uses of this world!”
Arts and entertainment editor Caela Murphy talked to three Dartmouth students about finding and developing their artistic passions and how Dartmouth has shaped their interests — from digital arts to jazz.
The Hopkins Center for the Arts begins a packed year on Thursday with its “Exploring the Arts at Dartmouth” marketplace, a teaser of the student ensembles, award-winning theater performances, dance troupes, world-renowned vocalists and films it will host this year.
In 2003, James Frey published “A Million Little Pieces,” a gruesome memoir chronicling his rehabilitation from drug and alcohol abuse. It was picked up by Oprah’s Book Club, and held the New York Times bestseller spot for 15 weeks. It was later deemed a literary fraud, accused of embellishment and fabrication. “Confessions of a Ivy League Frat Boy,” written by Andrew Lohse ’12, could perhaps share this fate.
Completing a slate that included performances from the New York Theatre Workshop, Andrew Bird and the Hands of Glory, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and a documentary screening by filmmaker Ken Burns, the Hopkins Center’s summer programming will draw to a close in the coming weeks as the academic quarter ends. Reflecting back on the term, students, staff and faculty identified a number of highlights across disciplines offered at the Center.
Watching Richard Linklater’s watershed film “Boyhood” (2014) feels like opening a long-forgotten, cobwebbed trunk full of old photos, Pokémon cards and Nintendo games you discovered in your attic. Following the growth of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from age 6 to 18, the film captures the midnight Harry Potter book releases, the Britney Spears songs and the Razr phones vital to the childhoods of Generation Y. On the way, the film wins viewers over with its honest, moving depiction of the trials and tribulations of growing up.
From July 12 to August 10, a bronze boy wept in the Hood Museum of Art.
A sliver of sunlight gleamed off “Arabesque,” created by Michael Kraatz and Susan Russell of Canaan. The stained glass reflected the reds and greens of the nearby ceramic plants. A small patch of purple flowers had sprung up next to the sculpture, their bright petals contrasting against the rusted steel framing the glass. A small group of bees buzzed around the overturned bird house sculpture a few yards away, made by Campton’s Phil Lonergan.
Tucked between the Black Family Visual Arts Center and the Hopkins Center, the Maffei Arts Plaza was once nothing more than a parking lot and Brewster Hall, a residential space that housed international students. The space is now a hub of public art, where some of the most prestigious art at Dartmouth is displayed. While the College has said farewell to Louise Bourgeois’s “Crouching Spider” and the five Allan Houser sculptures now on display will also leave in May 2015, the plaza maintains one permanent work of art: Ellsworth Kelly’s “Dartmouth Panels.” Five brightly colored, aluminum rectangles will continue to hold their place along the outside wall of Spaulding Auditorium, watching over the plaza as the other works continue to change.
It was sobering experience to sit in a quiet theater and watch as Philip Seymour Hoffman became the beleaguered, chain smoking spy Günther Bachmann in Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man” (2014). This film was Hoffman’s final leading role before his tragic death earlier this year, the result of a cocktail of heroin, cocaine and prescription medications. A haunted yet brilliant actor who brought some of film’s most iconic characters to life, such as Truman Capote in “Capote”(2005) and Caden Cotard in “Synecdoche, New York” (2008), Hoffman struggled with drug abuse and alcoholism throughout his life. “A Most Wanted Man” is Hoffman’s swan song, and in its eerie proximity to his own life, the film provides a window into the freighted, enervated and tailspinning psyche of one of our generation’s greatest talents.
Taking its name from the weapon that David uses to face the giant Goliath, “SlingShot” — a new documentary directed by Paul Lazarus ’76 — follows the story of inventor Dean Kamen, who invented the Slingshot water purifier to tackle the lack of clean drinking water across the globe.
In Joe Overstreet’s painting “The New Aunt Jemima,” a 7-foot-tall woman usually seen on syrup bottles is portrayed atop a structure mimicking the pancake-mix box .The image shows Aunt Jemima smiling as she blasts a machine gun, pancakes flying like shrapnel. The Earth is painted at her feet as Overstreet reclaims the image of Aunt Jemima, whose minstrel show roots trace back to darker days of American race relations.
Jordana Composto ’16 rushed into her audition, slightly late. She was suffering from a bout of laryngitis, and as she heard the voices of her competitors, she grew even more nervous. She had a shot at her dream: performing for the Amore Opera Company’s production of Georges Bizet’s world-famous opera “Carmen.”
Most of you know Zach Braff as the goofy, daydreaming doctor from “Scrubs,” capable of transitioning from playing the eagle-playing goof to a teary-eyed sentimentalist in a heartbeat. He brought this sad clown effect to Andrew Largeman, the despondent lead character of his 2004 self-directed indie hit “Garden State.” His second feature “Wish I Was Here” (2014) — which he directed as well as stars in — exists in the same angsty universe, enlivened only by its own dark humor and bizarre coterie of characters.
Summer is full of music festivals and outdoor concerts, although you may have forgotten this living in the Hanover bubble this term. However, there are some fantastic concerts near campus in the next two months that’ll have you scrambling for tickets. Take the opportunity to get off campus, make a weekend out of it with friends and enjoy some great music! Here are some of the best concerts in August and September that you should be sure to mark on your calendars.
Last year at the College, students saw original Picasso paintings, watched nationally acclaimed dance groups perform and explored new public art displays around campus.