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Jan 29, 2013

Benenson Awards in the Arts

The Benenson Awards in the Arts provide funding for fees, travel and other educational expenses for arts-centered projects proposed by undergraduates. In the past, the Benenson Awards have supported projects such as:  the incorporation of technology and art with dance choreography; an interpretation of the Target icon into a multicolor landscape of circular shapes; a 10-15 minute film about the nation's interstate highway system completed with antiquated media; a journalism piece on French culture from the lens of a local bar during the June 2010 World Cup.

Fast Facts
Deadline: March 1, 11:59pm
Purpose: cover expenses of fees, travel, etc. for arts-centered projects
Eligibility: Trinity or Pratt students, including graduating seniors
Time Frame: Summer (or beyond)
Funding: up to $4500
Point of Contact: Dr. Melissa Malouf
Instructions and Application:

Jan 25, 2013

7 Words: A Modern Melodrama

A new composition for string quartet and spoken word will be presented in Duke Chapel at 8pm Tuesday, January 29. The event, which is free and open to the public, initiates the Seven Words series dedicated to the work of French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy. It will be followed by a lecture via teleconference from Nancy on Thursday and a symposium on Friday, both at the Franklin Humanities Institute (see our earlier post for details). The composition is a new take on Joseph Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ that intertwines ancient and contemporary music. It is based on a new poetic text by Nancy that, in keeping with the model from Haydn, announces each "word" (actually a phrase from the Gospels) and then elaborates and reflects on it.

From that text, composer Olivier Dejours has fashioned a melodrama, a form that he is drawn to through his longstanding interest in the relationship between music and language. Active as a conductor as well as a composer, Dejours opposes any idea of confinement by genre or historical era. As artistic director of the ensemble Le Banquet, he organized for the Scène Nationale d’Orléans a series of "confrontations" between the music of Mozart and that of contemporary composers. He and Jean-Christophe Marq, the cellist who will be appearing with him at Duke, are co-founders, along with Sylvie Pascal, of Les Folies du Temps. The three act as a core ensemble, gathering around themselves vocalists and other instrumentalists for performances that bridge historical instruments and sensibilities to modern ones.

All four members of the string quartet from Ensemble Galuppi in France are dedicated, like Dejours, to a rapprochement between the old and the new. All play both modern and period instruments. The two violinists, Gabriel Richard and Elsa Benabdallah, are also permanent members of the Paris Orchestra (and Richard is a return visitor to Duke—he gave a master class here in April 2011 and will return this spring, on March 8, for a trio recital with faculty musicians Jane Hawkins and Fred Raimi). Gilles Deliège, who plays both viola and viola d'amore, is on the faculty of the Tours Conservatory. The cellist, Jean-Christophe Marq, has performed with premier Baroque ensembles such as Il Seminario Musical, Cappricio Stravagante, and La Grande Ecurie and la Chambre du Roy. He doubles on baryton.

Olivier Dejours offers the following program note (translated and edited by Anne-Gaëlle Saliot and Robert Zimmerman).

Jan 24, 2013

7 Words: Music and Philosophy

The intersection of music and philosophy is the focus of a series of events at the end of this month. The 7 Words series begins on Tuesday, January 29 in Duke Memorial Chapel with a performance of original music inspired by Joseph Haydn's composition The Seven Last Words of Christ. A videoconference with the French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy follows on Thursday, and the series ends on Friday with a symposium on contemporary philosophy and music.

All events are free and open to the public.

Jan 24, 2013

Visiting Artists @ Duke, 2013

This spring, Duke's Visiting Artist Program is bringing to campus a rich array of visual artists, diverse in background, subject matter, and technique. There will also be events culminating a two-year series of collaborations between New York-based musicians Wet Ink and Duke graduate students. 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.

Jan 18, 2013

48 Hours in Las Vegas

In the spring of 2012 students in Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program flew to Las Vegas for a crash art project sponsored by Their mission: Seek, capture, and record Sin City in two days. The result is 48 Hours in Las Vegas, a multimedia exhibition that the Triangle area’s Independent Weekly describes as “work that teases out America’s contradictions in long cab rides, interviews and even scenes from a historic Mormon fort, smack dab in the middle of downtown, examining the weird relationships between residents and their iconic city.” 48 Hours in Las Vegas will be on view on Duke’s East Campus through February 17.

Read more about it in Duke Today.

Fredric Jameson Gallery, Friedl Building
Duke University East Campus
1316 Campus Dr., Durham, North Carolina


This project is made possible with support from Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts.

The Center for Documentary Studies, the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, and the Arts of the Moving Image program are the three founding units of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program at Duke University.

Dec 4, 2012

Duke, UNC Join Forces to Study the Past

The architectural history faculties at Duke and the University of North Carolina have long worked together. But the relationship was largely informal, which meant students didn't always realize the resources available to them.

A new consortium aims to formalize that relationship and make the access to those resources more easily available.

Read more on Duke Today.


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