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Oct 11, 2012

The Science of the Art Auction

By Aline Grüneisen

This Saturday, October 13th from 6-10pm, Duke professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics Dan Ariely will give a lecture on the art of auctioning at a fundraising gala for The Carrack Modern Art, a gallery in downtown Durham. In a demonstration using actual art pieces for sale, he will show various forms of auctioning, each with its own way of eliciting prices that is more or less favorable to the buyer or the seller.

The Carrack's "Community Color" fundraiser is a perfect fit for Ariely, who is always looking for opportunities to connect both with artists and with the broader community. Duke, he says, is "geographically a part of Durham, but much of the community has no idea what we are doing or how. Events like 'Community Color' will get the community engaged in what is going on" around campus.

Carrack gallery director Laura Ritchie agrees that "there is a general disconnect between Duke and the Durham community." Quite a few Duke artists have appeared at her gallery, including undergraduates Marissa Bergmann, Alexandra Young, Sarah Goetz, and Joshua James Lim, as well as Joel Wanek, Peter Lisignoli, and Annabel Manning from the MFAEDA program. But so far it's just the students who are crossing over. "We'd really like to broaden our reach and invite more of the Duke community into our space," Ritchie says.

At The Carrack Modern Art during the "Community Color" fundraiser.

Sep 24, 2012

Student Photographers Raise Money for Clean Water

(from Duke Today)

Former students of Antonio Bogaert's Practice in Photography course are using their camera skills to support, a nonprofit organization promoting global access to clean water.

"Although technical aspects of photography are covered in this course, the main focus is on the use of photography as a means of sparking the imagination, helping make a stronger connection to the visual fabric of our daily lives and surroundings, increasing our understanding, appreciation, and relation to it, and creating images with deeper personal meaning," Bogaert wrote in the course description. "These practices are also helpful in reducing stress and gaining inspiration for other areas of life."

The photos are gracing the first floor of the Allen building through December 6th and are serving a dual purpose as a fundraiser. Small prints are $50 and large prints are $200, with checks payable to Duke University. Students are donating all proceeds to To purchase, contact Danette Clark in the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts ( or 919-684-0540).

Sep 18, 2012

Charlotte Caspers: Originals and Copies & Art+ Where Art & Math Intersect


Charlotte Caspers in her studio.
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Charlotte Caspers: Originals and Copies
September 24-30, 2012
Corridor Gallery
East Duke Building
East Campus, Duke University

Dutch artist and art historian Charlotte Caspers is visiting North Carolina in September and October 2012, thanks to a joint grant from the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) and the Visiting Artist program of the Duke University Council for the Arts. During most of September her focus is on the reconstruction of a missing panel of an altarpiece by Ghissi (Italian, 14th century), of which NCMA has three panels in its own collection, and on which it plans to hold a special exhibition in 2013, featuring a reunion with the other known panels of the altarpiece (now in New York, Chicago, and Portland).

In October, she will hold several workshops on art reconstruction, and on painting techniques from the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance. She will then also work on a research project with Ingrid Daubechies, Department of Math, on differences between original paintings and copies of existing paintings.

This exhibition displays several original paintings of household objects (stuffed and ceramic animals) and copies of the paintings, part of the research project with Daubechies.



Charlotte Caspers and Ingrid Daubechies
Thursday, September 27, 2012
5:30 PM
Friedl 107
East Campus, Duke University

“Mathematics Revealing Art” - Discerning the hand of the master? Can a mathematical analysis of a high-resolution digital version of a painting allow researchers to deduce reliably whether a painting is original or not? See

Ingrid Daubechies is an applied mathematician, who holds a James B. Duke Chair of Professor of Mathematics at Duke University. She is interested in developing mathematical tools that help scientists and engineers find and use structure and patterns in complex data. She is most known for her work on wavelets; some of the mathematical constructs she developed are now part of the JPEG2000 image compression standard used in many internet applications as well as in digital movies in the United States and Europe.

Charlotte Caspers is a Dutch artist and art historian. During her graduate education, in painting restoration techniques, she concentrated her attention especially on historically accurate painting materials and techniques. She is also an independent creative artist in her own right, using the expertise acquired during her studies in her own paintings. Her creative work is characterized by rich but delicate textures. The eye of the beholder finds details that anchor and delight, and that invite to further scrutiny. Superb craftsmanship and a careful, confident use of the materials provide the paintings with an extra poetic layer that enhances the subject. Charlotte herself considers it the highest possible compliment if spectators find that looking at her paintings brings them joy. In her own art, Caspers’ stated goal is to make jewelry for our walls that will provide extra luster to life.

In addition to her career as an independent artist, Caspers has undertaken projects in art reconstruction for museums, companies, and individual patrons. She has collaborated on research projects involving art reconstruction with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center in ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Rijksmuseum in Twenthe en de Selexyz Library in Maastricht (all in the Netherlands) as well as the Tate in London (UK) and the St-Bavo Cathedral in Ghent (Belgium).

Sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, with the generous support of the Visiting Artist Program of the Duke University Council for the Arts.

Reprinted with permission of NewsByte, an on-line publication of the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies.  For more information contact John Taormina, Director, Visual Media Center, at

Sep 17, 2012

Duke Symphony Orchestra will highlight student musicians


Duke Symphony Orchestra
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Three violin students have been tapped as soloists for Mozart's Concerto in D Major in the October 3 concert.  Read more about DSO director Harry Davidson's experiment-in-progress.

Other works on the program include Haydn’s Symphony No. 103 in E-Flat Major, “Drum Roll” and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 97, “Rhenish.” The concert will be held at 8 pm, in Page Auditorium on Duke University West Campus. Admission is free.  More information at 919-660-3333 or

Sep 11, 2012

Duke Graduate Students' Works Recorded By The Bad Plus Scheduled for Release September 17, 2012


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The Duke University Department of Music proudly presents recordings by Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson, and Dave King of The Bad Plus of four new compositions by Duke doctoral students in composition.  This collaboration, the first of its kind by this world-renowned jazz trio best known for their inventive compositions, grew out of a yearlong residency at Duke University. This project received support from the Music Department, Duke Performances and the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts.  The residency by The Bad Plus received support from the Council for the Arts Visiting Artist Program.

The recordings are scheduled to be released on September 17, 2012 to coincide with The Bad Plus’ return to Durham for a pair of concerts presented by Duke Performances at Motorco Music Hall on September 21 and 22, 2012.

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Sep 4, 2012

Duke Dance Assistant Professor Woods receives Artist Fellowship.


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Duke Dance Program assistant professor Andrea Woods has been awarded a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship. Woods was one of eighteen artists selected by a panel of artists and arts professionals to receive a $10,000 fellowship to support creative development and the creation of new work.

Read the Press Release

Learn more about the artist here: Andrea Woods


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