The dead of winter is anything but at Dickinson, as the college’s art, music and theatre & dance departments gear up to welcome distinguished visiting artists to campus and present an invigorating array of exhibitions and performances.
Abstract artist Michael Wille infuses late January with layers of color, and fellow artist-in-residence Feng Weina re-imagines Chinese art traditions in February and March. Musical artist-in-residence Relâche returns to campus this spring to present “strange, twisted, and wonderful” (The New York Times) music, and Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Holland Cotter adds his vigorous voice to the campus conversation when he visits Dickinson to discuss his multifaceted career.
As Dickinson’s studio-art faculty conclude a showstopping joint exhibition, Elsewhere, faculty musicians electrify Rubendall Recital Hall with recitals and concerts. Contributing Faculty in Music Mary Hannigan (flute) and husband Barry Hannigan (piano), for example, celebrate the sounds of spring during their February concert, which closes with a musical work that mimics a cheery blackbird song.
Dickinson’s music and theatre & dance departments break disciplinary boundaries when they kick off an eventful February with an antiwar fable set to the robust music of Igor Stravinsky; they also team up with the classical-studies department in March to stage musical settings of texts from Virgil’s Aeneid. March also sees the College Choir performing with the Hershey Symphony Orchestra—the choir’s first off-campus symphonic performance in decades.
As in years past, Dickinson’s theatre & dance department will present a spring play—this year’s, Our Country's Good, earned the BBC’s Play of the Year award—and the Dance Theatre Group will showcase student-choreographed works. The spring semester also traditionally marks the most important moments in art-history and studio-art majors’ undergraduate careers, as they put forward senior exhibitions. In the class of 2015’s art-history exhibition, Dickinson seniors will usher in the spirit of the '60s with bold vintage prints depicting that era’s sweeping social change.
Published January 15, 2015