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RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • The largest retrospective of Didier William’s career is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA NOMI). Didier William: Nou Kite Tout Sa Dèyè opened November 2 and is on view through April 16. ART & DESIGN
  • Donald Holder received the Paky Award for Innovation in Lighting, presented as part of the LDI (Live Design International) awards ceremony in Las Vegas on Nov. 19. Holder designed the theatrical lighting for the feature film Spirited, a musical version of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol starring Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell. The movie opened in theaters Nov. 11 and began streaming on Apple TV+ on Nov. 18. THEATER
  • Head of acting Cameron Knight directs “Still,” one of the works in this year’s Marathon of One-Act Plays at Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC. This year’s series features playwrights of color and runs Oct. 16–Nov. 13. THEATER
  • Melissa Dunphy joined librettist Krista Knight to write episode six of “Everything for Dawn,” a new streaming video series by New York-based Experiments in Opera. MUSIC
  • Steffani Jemison released an experimental debut novella, A Rock, A River, A Street, an exploration of the “boundedness of the self, the possibilities of plurality, and the limits of performance,” per publisher Primary Information. Jemison is screening two works in the “New Formations” group exhibition at The Trustees’ deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Massachusetts: “In Succession” and “Escaped Lunatic.” The show runs through March 2023. ART & DESIGN
  • Scott Ordway’s choral opera The Outer Edge of Youth, commissioned by The Thirteen choir and orchestra, was released on CD and began streaming on September 27. Listen to excerpts, and watch the group’s performance in a recent video. MUSIC
  • Frederick Curry is the recipient of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) 2022 Outstanding Leadership Award in the Area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The award honors an individual who has created EDI-centered ideas for programs, projects, or curricula, has demonstrated impact on a local, state, national, or international level, and has inspired this leadership in others. DANCE
  • Jessica Kahkoska is one of two recipients of the National Archives Foundation’s Cokie Roberts Women’s History Fellowship. She will research stories of women during the Nuremberg Trials with the goal of creating a TV series. THEATER
  • Maureen Hurd will perform the world premiere of Joan Tower’s clarinet quartet iteration of her Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman at the Yale School of Music on December 4. She will perform the Tower premiere at a David Shifrin and Friends concert with clarinetists Romie de Guise Langlois, Seunghee Lee, and Nikki Pet. MUSIC
  • Works by late professor emerita Emma Amos, former Tepper Family Endowed Chair in Art & Design Kara Walker, former gallery director Daonne Huff, as well as alumnae Atysha Fordyce and Nell Irvin Painter are on view through December 14 as part of the Collective Yearning: Black Women Artists from the Zimmerli Art Museum show at the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Gallery in Douglass Library. MFA alumna and faculty member Heather Hart participated in a panel discussion about the show. ART & DESIGN

FACULTY VOICES IN THE MEDIA

  • Cameron Knight, part of the Shakespeare and Race Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe in London October 28November 5, is quoted in The Guardian about color-blind casting. The two-day festival includes readings, performances, workshops, and round-table discussions highlighting the importance of race in the consideration of Shakespeare and provides a platform to scholars, actors, writers, theater professionals, and educators of color. THEATER
  • Jeff Friedman is featured in this Discover Jersey Arts video interview about his involvement in bringing disability arts ensemble Kinetic Light to NBPAC. He also touches on the various academic and programming goals for the Integrated Dance Collaboratory (IDC). DANCE
  • Look for Gerry Beegan in this episode of the PBS YouTube series The Bigger Picture with Vincent Brown, which probes iconic American images. Beegan discusses scholar-activist Angela Davis’s “Wanted” poster, saying that Davis’s supporters used the poster as a means of  “making her visible so she couldn’t become invisible through incarceration.” ART & DESIGN
  • Conrad Herwig was interviewed by WBGO news director Doug Doyle about upcoming performances by the Rutgers Jazz Ensemble, his career, and students. Herwig was also interviewed by jazz studies performance student Brandon Mejia, host of the “What Is Latin Music?” program on WBGO. Herwig’s album The Latin Side of Mingus was released on September 30. MUSIC

RECENT NEWS

Oakland Museum of California Opens an Exhibit Highlighting the Life and Career of Angela Davis (Gerry Beegan in Ebony magazine) ART & DESIGN

How to Decolonize a Museum? Try an Ax. (Raphael Montañez Ortiz in The New York Times) ART & DESIGN

Road Trip to Escape, USA (Julie Langsam in Dense Magazine) ART & DESIGN