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Modfest, now in its twelfth year, is a celebration of 20th and 21st century arts with a series of free programs and performances, January 23-February 7, 2014

Shed the winter doldrums with Modfest —Vassar College's exploration of the arts in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Now in its twelfth year, Modfest is a series of free performances and programs in dance, drama, visual art, film, literature, poetry, and music taking place January 23 to February 7. Participants in Modfest 2014 include guest artists, Vassar students, faculty, alumnae/i, as well as students from Poughkeepsie area schools. 

This year’s lineup includes many exciting offerings (see the end of this release for a full list). Some highlights:

• A concert, “Poetic Realizations,” featuring compositions by Vassar music faculty members Susan Botti and Richard Wilson. The pieces derive their themes      from Virgil’s Aeneid, the works of noted American poet and Pushcart Prize winner Linda Gregerson and poems by Adam Zagajewski, one of the major figures of the Polish New Wave literary movement.

• The opening of the exhibition Malick Sidibé: Chemises at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center; the show features portraits and party photographs taken by the celebrated West African photographer in newly-independent Mali in the 1960s.

• Vassar alumnus and accomplished film and video game composer Jamie Christopherson will be on hand for the premiere of a new work he has written for the college’s Mahagonny Instrumental Ensemble.

• Emerging artists will also be showcased through the exhibition, Teen Visions ’14, at the Palmer Gallery. Teen Visions features paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs by Hudson Valley youth ages 11-19.

• A dramatic reading of Beyond the Wall, a play about soldiers’ lives after war, co-written by Jack Eubanks, a member of Vassar’s class of 2017. Eubanks is a veteran of the Marines and is attending Vassar as part of the Veteran Posse Scholars program.

Modfest founder and Vassar alumna Adene Wilson says the festival offers something for everyone. “A key reason we started Modfest was to highlight the enormous amount of arts activity on campus and provide a microcosm of what goes on year-round at Vassar,” notes Wilson. “No matter what you might be interested in, it’s here: music, fine art, photography, dance, drama, spoken word. This is a perfect opportunity for Hudson Valley residents to visit Vassar and experience the arts.”

All events are free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary, unless otherwise noted. All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Note that all events are subject to change. For additional information, call (845) 437-5370 or visit http://arts.vassar.edu.

ABOUT MODFEST  [A detailed event schedule is below]


Modfest was begun in 2003 to draw attention to and make connections among the range of artistic activities on the Vassar campus, placing special emphasis on contemporary arts. Programming is designed each year to showcase various college departments and the interrelationships between music, dance, film, literature, poetry, and visual arts in the 20th and 21st centuries. Vassar music graduate Adene Wilson founded Modfest with her husband Richard Wilson, composer and Vassar professor of music. Adene Wilson continues to direct the festival.

Modfest 2014 is organized by the Vassar College Department of Music in collaboration with the Departments of Art, Chinese and Japanese, Dance, Drama, English, Film, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Russian Studies, and the programs in Africana Studies, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, and the Vassar College Bookstore.



A campus-wide celebration, Modfest events will be held at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Kenyon Hall, Main Building, James W. Palmer III Gallery, Skinner Hall of Music, and the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film.

Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (http://www.vassar.edu).

Vassar College is located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, and directions to the campus can be found at http://www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 
JANUARY 23 – FEBRUARY 7, 2014

All events are free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary, unless otherwise noted. All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Note that all events are subject to change.

For additional information, call (845) 437-5370 or visit arts.vassar.edu


Ongoing Exhibits at Vassar during MODFEST

Teen Visions 2014.

January 23 through February 13

An exhibition featuring traditional and digital photography, paintings, drawings, and mixed media created by students ages 11 to 19 in the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft in Poughkeepsie.

James W. Palmer III Gallery, College Center, Main Building

Malick Sidibé: Chemises

January 24 – March 30, 2014

Malick Sidibé is a West African photographer celebrated internationally for his portraits and candid photographs from the early 1950s to the mid-1970s that bear witness to the social, cultural, and political transformation of Mali, which gained its independence from France in 1960. The youth culture of music, dancing, and fashion exploded in this once-conservative nation and Sidibé’s ubiquitous lens chronicled this rapid shift. Photographing in nightclubs and at parties in the capital city of Bamako, Sidibé developed a uniquely loose and improvisational style that reflected the liveliness of the events and his stylish subjects.

This exhibition includes various forms of Sidibé’s output including 2 party photographs from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center collection, 53 recent enlargements of studio portraits, 50 small vintage prints displayed in hand-painted frames, and numerous small proof prints of party scenes mounted on colored office folders, the chemises of the exhibition’s title. This show was organized by diChroma Photography in collaboration with the DePaul Museum of Art.

(See January 24 listing for exhibition special event.)

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

The Architect's Library: A Collection of Notable Books on Architecture at Vassar College.  On view second semester, beginning January 22, in the Thompson Library, the Art Library, and the FLLAC.  Exhibition catalogue edited by Mary Conover Mellon Professor in the History of Architecture Nicholas Adams.

Thompson Memorial Library

Music Library Display

January 22-February 8

The Vassar College Music Library presents a display highlighting Modfest musicians, curated by Sarah Canino, music librarian.  Open daily.

Skinner Hall of Music, First Floor

 

JANUARY

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23

5:00–9:00pm

Late Night at the Lehman Loeb.

Lounge Night and Coffeehouse.  Late Night Coffeehouse brought to you by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Student Committee.  Lounge music in a coffeehouse atmosphere during this evening's Late Night.  Late Night at the Lehman Loeb is made possible by the generous support of the Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

4:30pm  

Teen Visions.

Opening reception of an exhibit of original artwork, featuring a wide variety of

paintings, drawings, mixed-media, photography, and sculpture by students ages 11 to 19 of The Art Institute of Mill Street Loft.

James W. Palmer III Gallery, College Center Main Building

6:30pm           


Presentation. Teen Art, Music, Dance and the Spoken Word.

Features middle and high school students from arts programs in the Mid-Hudson Valley: Mill Street Loft’s LitClub, an outreach program for girls in the Poughkeepsie Middle School, the Vivace ensemble of the Stringendo Orchestra School of the Hudson Valley, and dancers from the New York Academy of Ballet.

Villard Room, College Center, Main Building

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24

5:30 pm

Exhibition Special Event: Lecture and Reception for Malick Sidibé: Chemises.

The evening begins with a lecture on Sidibé's work by Michelle Lamunière, specialist in fine photography at Skinner, auctioneers and appraisers in Boston, and author of You Look Beautiful Like That: The Photographs of Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé (Yale, 2001). Lamunière has published widely on portrait photography in West Africa. Prior to her work at Skinner, she was the Assistant Curator of Photography at the Fogg Museum/Harvard Art Museums. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from Boston University, holds an M.A. in Art History from the University of Oregon, and has a B.A. in Art History and French from Vassar College. A reception and exhibition viewing follows in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.

Taylor Hall, Room 102

9:00pm

Concert. Vassar Jazz Combos.  

The student ensembles present a colorful variety of jazz styles. James Osborn, director of the jazz groups.

Villard Room, Main Building

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25

8:00pm

Concert: Poetic Realizations.

This program consists of works by Susan Botti and Richard Wilson.  Botti’s “The Journey without Her” and “Dido Refuses to Speak,” from Gates of Silence, derive their theme from Virgil’s Aeneid.  The first is for piano trio; the second is for soprano and piano trio and will be sung by the composer. It is a setting of poetry by the noted American poet and Pushcart Prize winner Linda Gregerson.

Wilson’s The Cello Has Many Secrets is a new scoring for ten players of his work from 2008 for cello, mezzo-soprano and orchestra. The three poems set are by Adam Zagajewski, one of the major figures of the Polish New Wave literary movement. Soloists will be Vassar faculty members Sophie Shao and Mary Nessinger.

Skinner Hall of Music

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26

2:30 pm

Film Screening: Dolce vita africana.

This 2008 documentary (Tigerlily Films) by Cosima Spender on Malick Sidibé's life and work will be shown in conjunction with the Chemises exhibition of Sidibé's photographs at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. There will be an introduction to the film by Professor of History Ismail Rashid, and an opportunity to view the exhibit during gallery hours, 1–5 pm.

Taylor Hall, Room 203

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29

4:00pm


Readings. Translation as an Art.

Readings of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Hebrew, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish texts in their original tongue and in translation by Vassar students. Hosted by Susan Correll, director of international programs and associate dean of studies. Translations and performances have been prepared with the help of the language fellows from the participating departments. Presented by the departments and programs of foreign language study at Vassar. Coordinated by Lioba Ungurianu, adjunct assistant professor of German.

Villard Room, Main Building

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30

5:00–9:00pm

Late Night at the Lehman Loeb. Seventh Anniversary Celebration.

Please come celebrate Seven Years of Late Night.  Enjoy Anniversary cake and coffee.

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center



6:00pm

Modfest Presentation at Late Night at the Lehman Loeb: Mali Disco Night.

Come dressed disco!

An evening of music and literature with sounds from the Mali discos of the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s includes a presentation at 6:45 by Post-Doctoral Fellow of Music Justin Patch. At 7:15 students of Patricia-Pia Célérier, associate professor of French, present readings in French and English about Mali and its disco culture during these decades.

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

FRIDAY, January 31

4:30pm

Open Class/Presentation.  

Jamie Christopherson ‘97, award-winning composer of music for film, video games, television and documentaries, will discuss his career making music for the new media.

Music Library Classroom, Skinner Hall of Music

8:00pm

Cabaret Night.

A sampling of the Great American Songbook: Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Berlin, Rodgers, Sondheim, and others. Featuring students from the Vassar College Music Department. At the piano will be David Alpher.

Rose Parlor, Main Building

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1

11:00am

Open Rehearsal. Mahagonny Ensembles.

Conducted by Julia Boscov-Ellen ‘15 and Samuel Plotkin ‘15. Composers Diana Hill ‘07 and Jamie Christopherson ‘97 coach the student-run contemporary groups in the preparation of their new works. Following the rehearsal, there will be a lunch with an opportunity to speak with the composers in room 303 of Skinner Hall.

Skinner Hall of Music

8:00pm

Concert by the Vassar Ensembles.

The Vassar College Orchestra performs works by Charles Ives and Lennie Niehaus; the Vassar College Women’s Chorus presents a program of works by Jocelyn Hagan, David Lang, Arvo Pärt, Judith Shatin, and Eleanor Daley; and the Mahagonny Ensemble performs new works by alumnae/i composers Diana Hill ’07 and Jamie Christopherson ’97. Eduardo Navega, Christine Howlett, Julia Boscov-Ellen ’15 and Samuel Plotkin ‘15, conductors.

Skinner Hall of Music

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2

3:00pm

Concert:  Light in Winter.  

Cappella Festiva Chamber and Treble Choirs present Kodaly's Ave Maria, Chilcott's Peace Mass, Roueché's Lux Aeterna, and Lauridsen's Mid-Winter Songs.  Christine Howlett, associate professor of music and Susan Bialek ‘86, conductors, James Fitzwilliam, piano.  

 Skinner Hall of Music  

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3

7:00pm

Drama Reading. Beyond the Wall. Written by Jack Eubanks '17 with co-writers Alexandre Buffington and Alivia Tagliaferri. Based on the book Beyond the Wall: The Journey Home by Alivia Tagliaferri.

The Streep Studio

Room 110 inside the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4

7:00pm

Drama Reading. Beyond the Wall.

For description, see February 3.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5

3:30pm

Presentation. Music, Words and Images.

Chamber music and readings of original prose and poetry by students from classes of Eduardo Navega, lecturer in music and director of the program in chamber music, Michael Joyce and Amitava Kumar, professors of English. A display organized by Alden Rose ’14, Emily Whicheloe ’14 and Oliver Tell ’14 will present work by students from Phocus, Vassar College’s photography club. There will be a reception with time to view the exhibit.

Villard Room, Main Building

5:30pm

Film.

Broadway and film award winning producer Ron Simons of SimonSays Entertainment ("Night Catches Us," "Gun Hill Road," "Blue Caprice," and "Mother of George") will be screening one of the company's films. This will be followed by a Q&A.

Rosenwald Film Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film, room 109.

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6

5:00–9:00pm

Late Night at the Lehman Loeb.

For description, see January 23

7:00pm

Modfest Presentation at Late Night at the Lehman Loeb.

Chamber music and readings of original prose and poetry by Vassar students from classes of Eduardo Navega, lecturer in music and director of the program in chamber music, and Amitava Kumar, professor of English.

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7

5:30pm

Presentation. A Screening of Original Short Films.

Vassar Filmmakers Club and the Film Majors’ Committee present a selection of student short films from the Vassar film community. Student filmmakers will be present for a Q&A afterward. Hosted by Vassar Filmmakers Club and the Film Majors’ Committee. Organized by Adam Buchsbaum ‘14.

Rosenwald Theatre, Room 109, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

8:00pm

Dance Performance.

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre performs works from their current repertory.

The Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, December 23, 2013