Arts Spectrum

Arts Spectrum is a quarterly newsletter published by the Office for the Arts focusing on a wide range of issues, people, and events in the arts both on and off campus. Information on OFA programs and features about student performers and exhibitions appear regularly. It is distributed to all undergraduate houses, other campus sites, and by mail.

Spring 2009

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet: Kicking off the ARTS FIRST festivities, John Ashbery ’49—Pulitzer Prize- winning poet—will receive the 2009 Harvard Arts Medal on Thursday, April 30. President Drew Gilpin Faust will present the medal as part of an event hosted by the Learning from Performers Program at 5 pm in the New College Theatre. Preceding the ceremony,moderator John Lithgow ‘67 will conduct a conversation with Ashbery.(Read more...)

Art that Pops: A new installation by William Pope.L transforms Carpenter Center into a playground for challenging ideas: William Pope.L's installation Corbu Pops opened at the Carpenter Center on Thursday, Feb. 19th. The installation takes its name from the three-dozen, 30-pound "Popsicle" sculptures Pope.L designed in the style of the Carpenter's architecture. Integral to the show's central message about racism, the towering hand-held pops will be covered with a black viscous liquid. A dozen Harvard students participated in a live performance with the pops to a score of Dadaist-style sound poems, giving a theatrical component to the installation. A video of the performance is incorporated into the exhibit, which continues through April 5. (Read more...)

Roy Haynes, a Rhythmic Wonder of Jazz, to Be Feted This Spring: “One of the seven wonders of modern jazz” according to Billboard magazine, drummer Roy Haynes will be honored as 2009 Jazz Master in Residence at Harvard University on April 15-18. This is the 32nd year the Office for the Arts has collaborated with the Harvard Jazz Bands to honor distinguished artists in jazz. A working musician since 1942, Haynes’ unrelenting sense of swing has graced the bands of a who’s-who list of jazz innovators. (Read more...)

'Rite of Spring' Infuses Spring Dance Offerings: In January, Jaime Blanc, an award-winning choreographer and teacher from Mexico, inspired students in the Harvard Dance Program. Blanc taught technique classes, auditioned students, and set excerpts of his version of The Rite of Spring for “Dancers’ Viewpointe 9” in April. (Read more...)

Using Clay to Turn Conversation Into Action: Aspiring and accomplished potters, sculptors, and glaze painters are welcome to participate in spring courses, workshops, and independent study options at the Ceramics Program, 219 Western Ave., Allston, and at its satellite, Quincy House Ceramics Studio. (Read More...)


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