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On the road

4 Mar
The Mall

The Mall

7:15AM Saturday, March 2nd: Weary and tired travellers board the buses to Washington, D.C. for the annual Art History field trip. I happened to be part of a Latin American Caribbean Studies capstone course that was hitching a ride with the Art department. While other courses headed into the National Gallery or the Hirshorn, our contingent went to the Art Museum of the Americas to take in a quaint but great little exhibit on Dominican and Haitian art. Afterwards we went to Oyamel, a great Mexican restaurant by the mall and had lunch as a class. We sampled gourmet tacos and dipped churros in chocolate while we discussed what we had seen that day and how we can relate our D.C. trip to our capstone papers. Unique opportunities like these field trips make up the essential fibers of the W&L experience –  allowing us the chance to learn holistically and truly get to know our professors.

 

SSA5

13 Feb
Aerial Dance at SSA

Aerial Dance at SSA

SSA, full name ‘Science, Society, and the Arts’ is our on-campus conference which allows students and faculty to share their various academic projects with the W&L community. this year it will be held March 7th and 8th and classes will be suspended on the 8th so that all students and faculty can attend.

From the SSA Website: Science, Society, and the Arts is a multi-disciplinary conference involving Washington and Lee undergraduates and law students in the presentation of their academic achievements before an audience of their peers and the faculty. Conference participants share their work via oral presentations, traditional academic-conference-style panels, poster sessions, artistic shows, or creative performances. Students, faculty, and staff may also choose to participate in colloquia organized around common readings proposed by interested Washington and Lee community members.

Department Details: Art and Art History

7 Jan
Artsy Colonnade

Artsy Colonnade

The Department of Art and Art History at Washington and Lee University, located in newly-constructed Wilson Hall, offers courses in studio art and the history of art. Its program of study includes majors in each of these areas, and a recent surge of student interest has propelled the department into a place among the five most heavily subscribed academic units in the College.

Studio facilities include two sculpture workrooms, a large computer lab, two darkrooms, and five studio/classrooms. Majors take courses in photography (both digital and traditional darkroom), sculpture, painting, drawing, print-making, and computer graphics. Senior majors share a large studio space in which they work independently on their own projects.

Art history classes are intimate – with caps on lecture courses set at 25 – and plentiful, with all courses taught in state-of-the-art facilities in Wilson Hall. Students have access to computer resources in the building, use a digital library of images and information hosted locally by MDID and nationally by ARTstor that exceeds 1,000,000 images, and work closely with faculty and peers in and out of the classroom.

The Department of Art and Art History supports and works in tandem with the Staniar Gallery. Located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, the Gallery stages a variety of public exhibitions and hosts a lecture series for visiting artists. The Gallery’s schedule and slate of events changes annually, as it brings to campus an array of important and challenging images and image-makers who interact with students, faculty, and the greater Lexington community during their stay at Washington and Lee.

Bye Bye Birdie!

24 Oct

A promotional shot of the cast off’Bye Bye Birdie’ – opening on campus this weekend!

 

 

A Fanciful Film

18 Oct

This week, Brent Green came to Washington and Lee to showcase his film work in both the Stainar Gallery and in the Keller Theater with a live band performance. Brent Green is a filmmaker, both of short films and feature length films. He has been featured at the Sundance film festival and at many other prestigious venues.
Two of his short films are on continual loop in the gallery, with many of the hand-crafted props and characters on display. This films are intense, but the creativity is certainly appreciated- the small, delicate props around the room look as though they could never have the impact that they do on screen.
During the evening show, one short film was shown, and a feature length film followed. I myself am not one for sad movies, but I really love the tragic love story portrayed in “Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then.” I had never seen a film with such special effects or with a house that had a whole side that could swing open (a large prop that the artist built himself). The whole show was a wonder, with a captivating score and a unique story line. I highly recommend his work, and I am so glad he came to W&L. I would have never seen anything like it if his show wasn’t offered!

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Naturalized Woman Cast

18 Oct

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Naturalized Woman cast and crew, with playwright Professor Domnica Radulescu and director Professor Kimberly Jew

Students Perform W&L Professor’s Play Off-Off-Broadway

18 Oct

Over Reading Days, I travelled to New York City to perform in Naturalized Woman, a play about a Romanian refugee woman getting naturalized in America. Professor Domnica Radulescu, French professor and head of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies department, wrote the play based on her own escape from Ceaucescu’s dictatorship. Her play was one of twenty selected from 240 submissions to show at the Thespis Theater Festival at the off-off-Broadway Cabrini Theater. I played “Nina,” whom Professor Radulescu based on herself, and it was an incredible acting experience to work so closely with the playwright and learn about her fascinating life. Our three performances were well-received, and we had lots of New York-area W&L alums in the audience. The New York alum association hosted us at post-show cast party. My favorite part of the trip was our visit to a theater class at LaGuardia Community College in Queens. The class, comprised of recent immigrants and first generation Americans, had read  and strongly identified with Nina’s journey. They were very excited to ask us questions and see us perform scenes. It was a privilege to perform for such an enthusiastic audience.