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Apr 24, 2013

Historian Wesley C. Hogan named Director of Center for Documentary Studies at Duke


Wesley Hogan is a noted documentary historian of the civil rights movement.
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Durham, NC - Wesley C. Hogan, a historian widely honored for her documentary work on the civil rights movement, has been named the new director of the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University.

She begins her appointment on July 1. Hogan will be only the third director of CDS, which was founded in 1989 as the first university-affiliated institution in the United States dedicated solely to the legacy and continuing practice of the documentary arts tradition.

Read full story in Duke Today.

Apr 23, 2013

Graduation with Distinction in the Arts

The Graduation with Distinction program in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences allows students to pursue individual research and creative projects at the culmination of their undergraduate studies. The projects can be within their major or outside of it. This year, as always, there is a diverse array of distinction projects in the arts, including original creative work in many genres as well as productions and performances and works of scholarship.

Projects are listed below by department or program. Click on a link to jump to the appropriate section:


There are two end-of-year exhibitions that will feature many of these works.

Apr 22, 2013

Film and Music Collaborations Concert with Wet Ink Ensemble


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On April 30 the series Encounters: with the music of our time presents the Wet Ink Ensemble and guests in concert. The event will feature film and music collaborations between Duke graduate student composers—Vladimir Smirnoff, David K. Garner, D. Edward Davis, Tim Hambourger, and Jamie Keesecker—and film/media artists Marika Borgeson, Lisa McCarty, Peter Lisignoli, Jolene Mock, and Annabelle Manning.  There will also be new works by Duke graduate student composers Bryan Christian and Jamie Keesecker.  The event is part of the 2011-13 Wet Ink residency sponsored by the Department of Music and a Visiting Artists grant from the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts.

Founded in 1998, Wet Ink has presented over 80 concerts featuring a wide range of artists, both established and emerging. Their repertoire ranges from scores of rigorous notational complexity to indeterminate and improvisational music, from the American experimental tradition to the contemporary European avant-garde, and from acoustic to amplified to electronic works and works for homemade instruments.

For more information contact Elizabeth Thompson in the Music Department.

Sponsored by Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, Master of Fine Arts in Experimental & Documentary Arts (MFAEDA) and Art, Art History & Visual Studies.







Apr 22, 2013

CANE, a responsive environment dancework


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Presented by SLIPPAGE and Wideman-Davis Dance

Conceived and Directed by Thomas F. DeFrantz, Duke Professor of African and African American Studies, Dance, and Theater Studies.

Inspired by Jean Toomer's experimental 1923 text of the Harlem Renaissance, CANE explores memories of African American sharecropping held by a technologically-devised canefield.  Created by technologists, dancers, and visual artists, CANE suggests possibilities of shimmering mediated histories mixed in real-time via a specially-constructed responsive environment.

The sound environment for this work manipulated audio files from the Library of Congress archive of Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938.  Processed through Supercollider and Max to respond to their own recurrences, these voices of memory became actors to interact with the live performers and prepared soundscape for the work. A Wii-mote that interacted with Isadora software allows for the manipulation of visual materials in response to physical gestures by the audience engaged with the interface. 

SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology premiered CANE, a responsive environment dancework, at Sheafer Laboratory Theater on the Duke Campus on April 20, 2013.  Performances will continue through April 28, 2013.  Dates and times are 8pm on April, 24, 25, 26, 27; 2pm on April 27, 28.

More information on the performance can be found at

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Apr 19, 2013

A concert in honor of Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio


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On Friday, April 19, Duke University and UNC music students and faculty, including Terry Ellen Rhodes, soprano; Fred Raimi, cello; Jane Hawkins, piano (Chair Duke Music Department, and Professor of the Practice of Music) will present a concert in honor of Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio.  The performance will take place at 7pm in Bone Hall, Mary Duke Biddle Music Building on Duke University East Campus. A reception will follow the concert.  Free and open to the public. 

For more information see the Arts Journal story on Le Clézio's visit to Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill.

Apr 9, 2013

"Lear" by Young Jean Lee


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Don’t miss the final weekend of fiercely talented contemporary New York playwright Young Jean Lee’s freaky, postmodern take on Shakespeare’s greatest play, King Lear.  Directed by Jody McAuliffe, Theater Studies faculty.  As Lee describes her highly original version: “the kids are in the palace, they’ve just kicked the fathers out into the storm; they pretend they’re fine, then realize they’re not.” 

What:  Lear by Young Jean Lee

When:  April 11-13 at 8pm and April 14 at 2pm

Where:  Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, West Campus 

How much:  $10 general admission; $5 students and sr. citizens

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