Arts Circle Celebration

Arts Circle Celebration

June 4 2016

Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the arts together at the Arts Circle Celebration!




Trisha Brown Dance Company

Trisha Brown is among the most acclaimed choreographers to emerge from the postmodern era. She first came to public attention as part of the Judson Dance Theater in the 1960s, where along with artists like Steve Paxton and Yvonne Rainer, she pushed the limits of what movement could be considered choreography and dance. In doing so then and over a varied 50-year-career, she is widely credited as having shaped modern dance. Also recognized as a visual artist in her own right, Brown’s drawings and hybrid installation/choreographies have been in group and solo exhibitions, as well as major international projects like Documenta and the Venice Biennale. Having retired from leading the company in 2009, the Trisha Brown Dance Company continues to tour internationally, led by dancers and artists that have worked closely with Brown as part of the company for more than 30 years.

Otto Piene

Otto Piene was co-founder of the avant-garde group ZERO (1957-1966) and a pioneer in postwar art, using innovative materials such as smoke, air, sky, and light. Beginning in the late 1960s, Piene was best known for his Sky Art projects. These were collaborations with scientists, engineers, and large groups of volunteers in which inflatable tubes or other monumental balloon-like forms were filled with helium and floated above buildings or landscapes. They became backdrops for artistic events unfolding in the sky over public spaces.

One of his best-known sky art projects, “Olympic Rainbow,” consisted of five colored polythene tubes, each more than 1,500 feet long, which were inflated and released to close the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.

Born in 1928 in Bad Laasphe, Germany, Piene studied at the Academy of Art in Munich and in Düsseldorf. Piene served as a professor of environmental art at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1974 to 1994, as well as the director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) at M.I.T. His works can be found in museum collections around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He died in 2014 in Berlin at the age of 86.

Cello Happening

The Cello Happening is led by Bienen School of Music faculty member Hans Jensen. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards in his native Denmark and internationally. He has been named Outstanding Studio Teacher of the Year by the Illinois chapter of the American String Teachers Association and was granted a U.S. Presidential Scholar Teacher Recognition Award by the U.S. Department of Education. Jensen has performed as a soloist with the Copenhagen Symphony, Danish Radio Orchestra, Irish Radio Orchestra, and Basel Symphony Orchestra. His students have won prizes in numerous national and international competitions. Jensen studied at the Juilliard School with Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins and pursued private studies with Pierre Fournier, also appearing in his master classes.

Jay Alan Yim Das Lila der Bienen (2016)
for cello octet and expanded cello ensemble

Bees see different colors than people do. Human eyes perceive electromagnetic energy whose wavelength ranges from about 400 to 700 nanometers. For us, these are the colors of the spectrum from red to blue-violet. We also experience a color ‹ purple ‹ which we interpret as being in between red and violet, but this is a neurologically-produced color that does not have a corresponding wavelength in the electromagnetic spectrum; the actual wavelength between red and violet appears to us as a shade of green. The range that bees can see is from 300 to 600 nanometers, which means that they see what we call orange, but not red; however, they can see ultraviolet light, which we cannot. (Apparently this is true for both honeybees and bumblebees.) Equally fascinating is that they experience a phantom color in between orange and ultraviolet, which we can barely imagine; scientists call it "bee's purple", which translated into German is 'Das Lila der Bienen' or literally 'the purple of bees'.

(The facts that Northwestern University's official color is purple, that the School of Music was renamed several years ago in honor of former university president Henry Bienen and his wife Leigh, and that Yim's dear colleague Hans Jørgen Jensen's father was a renowned violinist as well as an avid beekeeper were perhaps more than coincidental: Yim chose to regard these datapoints as indications of the aptness of developing the metaphor of visual color as sonic color. And Yin loves bees.)

Yim's piece is a speculative journey to find the sonic color (Klangfarbe) that might correspond to the imaginary hue that bees see, especially when they are foraging amongst fields of flowers for nectar. The ensemble is divided into eight groups, and each group has a special tuning, relating to a low B-flat. The work is structured so that each player has some agency to make behavioral choices, while remaining obligated to be responsive to nearby members of their community. Yim hopes that the resulting sound world is an organic-yet-contingent reflection of the complexity of collective effort in the service of a common good.

Tea Performance

Tea Teach-In is a presentation and facilitated discussion that investigates the connections between Chicago based institutions and the perpetuation of torture and extralegal detention at Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. These relationships will be drawn out through personal narratives of veterans, academics, activists, and community members, Tea will be served throughout. Limited to 50 guests with as many observers as interested. Approximately 60 minutes

Tea Performance is a performance and discussion that explores war, detention, love, and tea. Tea Performances utilize the space created when someone sits, sips, and reflects over a cup of tea to ask questions about one’s relationship to the world: a world that’s filled with dehumanization, war, and destruction; a world that’s filled with moments of beauty, love, and humanity. Limited to 30 guests with as many observers as interested. Approximately 90 minutes

Setting the stage for this event will be 779 cast porcelain cast styrofoam teacups, one for each individual that has been or is held in extralegal detention in Guantanamo since 2001. The cups are a lasting collection of artifacts reflecting a global conflict while also being individual vessels that easily lift out of display and into your hands for a cup of tea.

Aaron Hughes is an artist, activists/organizer, teacher, and Iraq War veteran, whose work seeks out poetics, connections, and moments of beauty, in order to construct new languages and meanings out of personal and collective traumas. He uses these new languages and meanings to create projects that deconstruct systems of dehumanization and oppression.

He works with a variety of art, veteran, and activist organizations and projects including: Warrior Writers Project, Dirty Canteen, National Veterans Art Museum, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, and Center for Artistic Activism. He has shown his work throughout the United States and internationally in museums and galleries that include: Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Maruki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; School of Visual Arts Museum, New York, NY; Open Engagement, Portland, OR; Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon; Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; among other locations. He received The Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists for his work on the Tea Project.

Together with collaborators, Amber Ginsburg creates site-generated projects and social sculpture that insert historical scenarios into present day situations. Her background in craft orients her projects towards the continuities and ruptures in material, social, and utopic histories. She teaches in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.

Her research-based multimedia installations have been shown in museums and galleries including: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN; The Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburg, PA; World Ceramic Biennale, Korea; KunstTREFFpunkt, Darmstadt, Germany; Artsonje, Seoul, Korea; Raid Projects, Los Angeles, CA and the Bristol Biennial, England.

Foley Artist Sound Performance

Kevin Shultz has been working in post-production for 20 years. He spent the first half of his career producing and recording sound for television and radio commercials and has spent the latter half specializing as a foley recording engineer. His impressive credit list combined with his reputation as a top-shelf engineer has led Kevin to become known as a seasoned professional in the Toronto post-production scene.

Sandra Fox is a resident Foley artist at Footsteps post-production sound inc. in Uxbridge, Ontario where she has been studying her art under some of the best in the business. She has emerged as an artist to work on various feature films, television shows, and web-series while also working with the Canadian Film Centre’s Short Dramatic Film Program and TIFF’s youth summer camps. She has performed live Foley for various productions, including live readings of ‘The Twilight Zone’ with the Borelians Community Theatre and the Public Utility Company’s production of Stephen Massicotte’s play, ‘Mary’s Wedding’.

Goro Koyama is an internationally acclaimed foley artist whose credits include: The Intern, Black Mass, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, The Help and the popular History TV series Vikings. He was born in Saitama, Japan and moved to Canada in 1991. He has won a number of sound awards including Golden Reel Awards, Canadian Screen Awards, and Prime Time Emmy Awards. He also toured as a live foley artist for Guy Maddin’s Brand Upon the Brain.

The Actors Gymnasium

The Actors Gymnasium, an Illinois non-profit organization, is dedicated to bringing a new physicality to the American Theatre. Encouraging ground-breaking theatrical exploration, The Actors Gymnasium- Teaches circus arts, physical theatre and multi-disciplinary performance to children and adults; Produces original, daring works of circus-theatre; and Serves as a talent resource, providing performance opportunities for our students and innovative professional event entertainment for a wider audience.

Charlotte Moorman

Charlotte Moorman (1933–1991) was a groundbreaking, rule-bending artist, musician, and advocate for the experimental art of her time. Trained as a classical cellist, she both performed and championed the works of visual artists, composers, and choreographers who were redefining art—collapsing the boundaries between media, and renegotiating the relationships between artist and audience.

Lake Cream: Northwestern MFA Thesis Exhibition 2016

This exhibition presents work by: Lilli Carré, Max Guy, Erin Hayden, Dan Miller, and David Sprecher. A selection of Art Theory and Practice graduate students will be speaking about their work from 1:00PM – 4:00 PM:
1:00pm Max Guy Artist Talk: Max Guy will discuss time, entropy and the aesthetic interests that informed his pieces. He has worked in collage, print, photography and installation to contemplate existence within a society of mass mediation and technology. Max will also address the art work of Ellsworth Kelly, Rammellzee, Henri Matisse and Japan's Edo period in the context of his own work and day to day experiences.
2:00pm Erin Hayden in Conversation with Danny Snelson: Erin Hayden will discuss her work with Danny Snelson, Mellon postdoc in the Digital Humanities, jointly appointed in the Kaplan Humanities Institute and the English Department. They will discuss the intersections of their artistic research and complexities of the digital mediums as tools for source material as well as being spaces for art and poetry to exist.
3:00pm David Sprecher Reading: David Sprecher will read selections from his virtual exhibition 'Plumb'

Thank You

The Arts Circle Celebration is made possible by the Arts Circle Committee in collaboration with the School of Communication, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Bienen School of Music, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, University Libraries, Department of Art Theory & Practice, Department of Performance Studies, Department of Theatre, Department of Radio/Television/Film, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Division of Student Affairs, and Norris University Center. Thanks also to the Offices of the President and Provost for their support of this multidisciplinary partnership in the arts.

Photos credits: event photography by Jim Prisching. Leaning Duets © John Mallison 2010. Otto Piene’s inflatable sculpture Grand Rapids Carousel, 15th Annual New York Avant Garde Festival, Passenger Ship Terminal, 1980. Courtesy of the artist. Courtesy of Laura Nielsen. Beatriz Meseguer. Courtesy of Footsteps Studios. Courtesy of The Actors Gymnasium. Charlotte Moorman performs Nam June Paik’s TV Bed, Bochum Art Week, Bochum, West Germany, August 28–September 3, 1973. © Hartmut Beifuss.