Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 4, 5:30–7 p.m.; Artist’s Talk, 6 p.m.
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Sammy Polinsky, I Need to Be Seen, Photo installation, 2019.
Goodyear Gallery, Goodyear Building (Cedar St. entrance)
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 3-5 p.m.; Saturday, 2-5 p.m.
The Department of Art & Art History presents work by Dickinson’s 2019-20 post-baccalaureate-in-residence, Sammy Polinsky ’19.
March 3, 7 p.m.
Film Screening and Q&A With Roberto Saviano
Roberto Saviano. Photo courtesy of Riccardo Ghilardi.
Dickinson presents the first two episodes of Gomorrah (2014), the TV series based on the writings of Stellfox Award-winner Roberto Saviano. Gomorrah is adapted from Saviano’s most famous book, published in 2006 and translated into 52 languages. A Q&A with Saviano will follow the screening. See associated lecture below.
March 4, 7 p.m.
Stellfox Lecture: Roberto Saviano
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium
Through the Harold and Ethel L. Stellfox Visiting Scholars and Writers Program, writer-activist Roberto Saviano serves an on-campus residency March 2-5, which includes a public reading, classroom visits and small-group interactions. During the lecture, the Stellfox Award-winner will read and discuss excerpts from Gomorrah (2006) and Piranhas (2016). An on-campus book signing will also take place (date and place TBA).
Saviano is an advocate for social justice, inclusivity, and human rights. Since 2006, he’s been living under armed guard, after receiving death threats from the Neapolitan Mafia. He continues his fight against crime through his books, public lectures, articles and television appearances.
Nomi Dave - Big Mouth: Radio Feminism in Guinea
Weiss 235, Weiss Center for the Arts
During the past two decades in the Republic of Guinea, the airwaves have been ablaze with new forms of political commentary on private radio stations. The best-known of these programs, “Les Grandes Gueules,” or “Big Mouths,” is cohosted by journalist/feminist-activist Moussa Yéro Bah. While the program has introduced new levels of political debate and dissent in Guinea, Ms. Bah has also made it instrumental to her advocacy for survivors of sexual violence. By calling out perpetrators and indifferent officials on air, she and her colleagues are reinventing older practices of public shaming to use voice as a productive force in Guinean sexual politics today. Yet for this work, they also face accusations and legal claims that their words are uncontrolled and dangerous and must be stopped.
Nomi Dave, a University of Virginia music professor and former human-rights lawyer, explores how recent feminists in Guinea have exposed and protested sexual violence using radio broadcasts, a medium that both intensifies and complicates notions of vocal authority and power.
While voice and silence are often used as metaphors in discussions of sexual violence, Dave explores their material dimensions to consider how radio intensifies and complicates ideas of vocal authority and power in Guinea. In the context of Guinea’s current protest movements, as well as state attempts to silence its critics, new battles are being fought over how public voices are mediated and heard. Radio feminists in Guinea are revealing the public secret of sexual violence, and in doing so, are attempting to create new publics through the possibilities and limits of sound technology. Building on the work of Veena Das, Dave considers how the world is not only unmade by sexual violence, but also remade through the efforts of communities of women and their allies.
This presentation is sponsored by the Truman and Beth Bullard Music and Culture Series.
A Tribute to Eric Rosenblith (1920-2010)
Rubendall Recital Hall, Weiss Center for the Arts
Heng-Jin Park, founder and artistic director of Halcyon Music Festival, is renowned for her versatility as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue and music director. She has been heralded as a “pianist of unusual artistry and musical imagination” by The Washington Post. Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe described Park as “a centered musician with uncommon control over the sonorous possibilities of her instrument; she plays boldly with a full spectrum of colors.”
Park made her solo debut with the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall at age 15. She has had return engagements with the Boston Pops, and has also made solo appearances with A Far Cry, Boston Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic, the French Symphony Orchestra and many others. Park has given solo recitals in Boston’s Jordan Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, Ambassador Hall in California and the Gardner Museum in Boston, as well as concerts in Canada, France, Switzerland and Korea. Park has been featured in the Celebrity Series of Boston.
Park is the founding member and current pianist of the Boston Trio. In this capacity, she’s performed internationally in some of the most respected concert series and venues, including Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall and Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, among many others. She enjoys an international reputation as a pedagogue of both piano and chamber music, and was artist-in-residence from 2009 to 2016 at Harvard University, where she received the university’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching award numerous times. Park is also an affiliated artist at MIT and a faculty member of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. She has taught at Tanglewood Music Center and the Walnut Hill School, and she gives frequent master classes worldwide.
Blanka Bednarz is an associate professor of music at Dickinson and concertmaster of Sinfonietta Polonia who performs in the USA, U.K., Poland, Germany, Sweden, Italy, China, Finland and Lithuania. She can be heard on Capstone Records, Acte Prealable and Musica Omnia. View her full bio on her official website.
“[Heng-Jin Park is] a centered musician with uncommon control over the sonorous possibilities of her instrument; she plays boldly with a full spectrum of colors." —The Boston Globe
“Blanka Bednarz is clearly a remarkable violinist.” —Daniel Morrison, Fanfare magazine
Cancelled: The Jane L. and Robert H. Weiner Lecture in the Arts: Carrie Moyer, Artist
Carrie Moyer, String Theory + Daisy Chains, 2016.
Artist-writer Carrie Moyer’s work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and Europe; recent museum shows include the 2017 Whitney Biennial and a traveling survey, Carrie Moyer: Pirate Jenny. A recipient of awards from the Guggenheim and Joan Mitchell foundations, Moyer cofounded the lesbian public-art project Dyke Action Machine!. Her writing has appeared in Art in America, Brooklyn Rail, Artforum and Modern Painters. She is a professor and director of Hunter College’s MFA program. This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Art & Art History.
Learn about past Weiner lecturers:
- Dan Weiss, art historian, museum administrator (2019)
- Lalla Essaydi, photographer and painter (2018)
- Eugene Wang, art historian (2017)
- Mary Miss, environmental artist (2016)
- Holland Cotter, art critic (2015)
- Judith Schaechter, stained-glass artist (2014)
Rubendall Recital Hall, Weiss Center for the Arts
This concert features students in Dickinson’s performance studies and chamber music programs.
All events are open to the public and are free, unless otherwise noted. Events listed in the Calendar of Arts are subject to change. Please contact the appropriate department prior to an event to confirm that it will take place as listed.