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Visiting Artists @ Duke

May 10, 2010

Visiting Artists @ Duke

Duke University Vice Provost Office for the Arts and the Council for the Arts are pleased to announce the 2010-2011 Visiting Artist Grant awards.

The goal of the Visiting Artist Program is to support projects that will enrich the life of the university and broader community, augment the curricular efforts of a range of departments and programs, facilitate the interaction of artists and scholars, foster the reputation of Duke University as a place where the arts are vital and diverse, and contribute to the arts as a whole.


Xaviera Simmons

September 2010

A nine-day residency with multi-media artist Xaviera Simmons, a participating artist in The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, the first museum exhibition to explore the culture of vinyl records within the history of contemporary art, August 26, 2010 - February 6, 2011, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; Simmons' presence will create excitement around the work she created specifically for The Record. Simmons will also participate in educational initiatives with Duke faculty and students, and host a Duke and Durham communities "Listening Party." Her previous work includes How To Break Your Own Heart, a six-month installation of vintage jazz album covers and video, live music and DJing.

Contact: Wendy Hower Livingston, Nasher Museum of Art


Sujata Mohapatra

October 20-November 20, 2010

A four-week dance residency with Odissi dancer and choreographer Sujata Mohapatra, principal dancer at Srjan, the primary Odissi dance institution in India and the foremost instructor of Odissi dance, one of the oldest classical dance forms of India. This residency will provide Duke students, faculty and community members with an experience with a classical dance form that is not commonly trained or performed in diasporic communities. The residency by Mohapatra will include lecture demonstrations, discussions, dance classes, performances, class visits, interviews, and documentation of the residency.

Contact: Purnima Shah, Duke Dance Program

The Theme Is Blackness: A Festival of Contemporary Playwrights

November 2010

This two-week celebration of American Black playwrights will address key issues in African American studies, and arts. Featured playwrights Lydia Diamond and Ed Bullins will teach and work with Duke students during the festival. This unique event will be in conjunction with the Durham-based Man Bites Dog Theater and The Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, and culminate in the production of a series of one-act plays by each playwright.

Contact: Jennifer Brody, African and African American Studies; Jay O'Berski, Department of Theater Studies


Piffaro, The Renaissance Band

November 18-20, 2010

The residency by Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, renowned specialists in the performance of early music, will feature a performance of Claudio Monteverdi's 1610 Vespro della Beata Vergine. The "Monteverdi Vespers," as the work is commonly called, celebrates its 400th anniversary this year, and remains one of the uncontested masterpieces of Baroque music. The performance will be the keystone of the 2010 Duke Festival for Medieval and Renaissance Music and feature singers and instrumentalists from the studentrun Duke Collegium. Piffaro will work with members of Duke Collegium in rehearsals to prepare them for performance and also take part in the final concert.

Contact: Thomas Brothers or Kerry McCarthy, Department of Music

Amy Caron

Fall 2010

New-genre interdisciplinary artist Amy Caron will participate in a semester-long residency that will include the installation and presentation of Waves of Mu, a work that experientially explores mirror neurons, one of the most important recent discoveries in the neuroscience field. A pioneer of art that probes current scientific issues, Caron will guest lecturer and teach undergraduate courses, interact and lead discussions with first-year medical students and undergraduate neuroscience majors; mentor visual arts students, and begin research and development on a new installation about algae and biofuel.

Contact: Michael Platt, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience; Hans J. Van Miegroet, Deptartment of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies


The Bad Plus

Fall 2010 & March 2011

The multi-visit residency with innovative jazz trio The Bad Plus, a collective made up of bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King, will include the commission and world premiere of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring arranged for piano, drums, and bass. The residency will also include two public conversations on the intersection of jazz, contemporary classical music, and independent rock; class visits in both humanities and performing arts departments; blog posts on Do The Math, Iverson's much-trafficked site, and in-studio recording of new music by Duke graduate composers, performed by The Bad Plus.

Contact: Ken Rumble, Duke Performances

Mabou Mines

February 15-26, 2011

New York-based experimental theater collective Mabou Mines will be in residence for two-weeks to workshop and develop an adaptation of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. Their residency will culminate in two public readings in Sheafer Theater. The residency will include a screening of Mabou Mines DollHouse, and opportunities for students to observe the workshop process. The eight-member company will also attend humanities classes and participate in public events that allow for interaction with the larger Duke and Durham theater/drama communities. Mabou Mines' Artistic Director Lee Breuer taught Jody McAuliffe of the Theater Studies faculty and Eamonn Farrell of Mabou Mines is a Duke alumnus (T'00).

Contact: Miriam Sauls, Theater Studies Department


Makoto Fujimura

March-April 2011

The residency by Japanese-American artist Makoto Fujimura will focus on the role of the arts in restoration in the aftermath of trauma. The residency will offer opportunities for interaction of different artistic traditions, exploration of the improvisatory dimensions of art making and reception, and how these interface with the questions and issues raised by religious faith.

Contact: Jeremy Begbie, Duke Divinity School


The Visiting Artist Program of Duke University receives funding from The Duke Endowment. For more information contact the Vice Provost Office for the Arts, 919.684-0540.

Photo credits: Ed Bullins (Lou Jones), Piffaro, The Renaissance Band (Andrew Pinkham), Amy Caron (Trish Empey), The Bad Plus (Michael Dvorak), Mabou Mines (Richard Termine).



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