Alfred University News

This Week in the Arts February 24 - March 3, 2023

Public events in the School of Art & Design + Performing Arts Division. All events are free and open to the public.

Turner Gallery LogoFriday, February 24, 6-8pm  Robert C. Turner Gallery Opening Receptions Main Space: Gazebo under maintenance, Catwalk: The Road Goes on Forever and the Party Never Ends

Career WorkshopWednesday, March 1, 12pm Career Development Center (CDC), 3rd Floor of Alumni Hall. The CDC is hosting a professional practices workshop in the context of attending conferences. Led by Madelynn Cullings, Alfred University's Arts Career Counselor-this workshop will engage students who are interested in how to network and navigate professional, academic, and industry conferences. Through this informative workshop students will emerge with newfound confidence and be equipped with the knowledge to make the most of their conference experiences. 

Perhaps HomeWednesday, March 1, 7pm Binns-Merrill Hall 106 Wednesday Arts Speaker Series: Perhaps Home is Not a Place: A Conversation with Sharon Norwood and Carmen Lizard. Join artists Sharon Norwood and Carmen Lizardo as they discuss ideas of home, their use of the figure, and how art can connect us to place. Norwood and Lizardo's work can be seen as part of the exhibition, "Perhaps Home is Not a Place", currently at Fosdick-Nelson Gallery from February 17th to March 22nd. 

Thursday, March 2, 12:15pm  Nevins Theater. Bergren Forum: Heidi Jensen,  “Gangsters and Moon Men: Musicological Meanderings with 'Mack the Knife'”. The song “Mack the Knife” has become a standard within the popular music canon.  Notably performed by such artists as Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald, the tune has come to represent the playful allure of criminality from a safe distance.  Yet, the origins of the song “Die Moritat vom Mackie Messer,” and of Mackie—as the protagonist of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper—were meant as something otherwise.  Join Heidi Jensen, Visiting Asst. Prof. Of Music, on a musicological and transmedia journey out of Weimar and into the dark alleys of the American cultural dialogue, as she explores the ways in which Mack insists, persists, and resists normative social structures.  From Mack's origins as a figure of Epic Theater, to his commercial appropriation by the MacDonalds Corporation, the character has exploited popular culture’s fascination with subversion and dissent—rebelling against social expectations while simultaneously fulfilling them.  Mack allows listeners to explore the possibilities of the gangster, and in doing so, to also reimagine themselves. 

Friday, March 3, 4:30pm ZOOM Next Steps: A conversation with Jada Patterson, Aida Lizalde, and Arleene Correa-Valencia. As part of the programming connected with the "Perhaps Home is Not a Place" exhibition in the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, emerging artists Jada Patterson, Aida Lizalde, and Arleene Correa-Valencia will discuss their current art opportunities.