ArtSci Roundup: Small Island Big Song: Our Island, Photograph 51 and More

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arts and entertainment

January 20, 2022

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Small Island Big Song: Our Island

January 29, 7:30 p.m. | The Great Hall and online

In partnership with the UW Taiwan Studies Arts & Culture Program, Seattle City Hall is thrilled and honored to be the first leg of Small Island Big Song’s 2022 US and European Tour. The event will also celebrate the release of their brand new collaborative album, our island (release end of January 2022).

Eight musicians and singers from Taiwan, Australia, Madagascar, Mauritius, the Marshall Islands and Papua New Guinea join us on the Great Hall stage for an extraordinary multimedia project of music, spoken word and imagery . Despite the geographic distance of their islands, they share a unified voice of the sea; from ocean beats to soulful island ballads, the artists establish a musical dialogue from a region at the forefront of significant cultural and environmental challenges.

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Simone Dinerstein

January 27, 7:30 p.m. | Wicked room

Grammy nominated Simone Dinerstein is an inventive pianist “of remarkably original ideas and irrefutable integrity” (The Washington Post), known for projects that express her diverse musical interests. His last recording, An American mosaic, presents a cycle of 15 movements for solo piano composed by Richard Danielpour. Inspired by Bach’s recordings of Dinnerstein, the composer created the work to bring comfort to all who have gone through these difficult times. This overwhelming composition is accompanied by the work of Danielpour Three transcriptions of Bach, written as a thank you to the pianist. Dinnerstein, in turn, has commissioned new works from Joseph C. Phillips Jr., and will perform his 2016 piece never been before, with poems by Langston Hughes.

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2022 Critical Issues Lecture Series: Andrea Chung

January 28, 12:00 p.m. | In line

The 2022 Critical Issues Lecture Series is organized by the School of Art + Art History + Design in collaboration with the Henry Art Gallery. The general public is invited to join the Fine Arts graduates to discuss and question contemporary art. In addition to public lectures, undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in ART 361/561 interface with speakers in additional sessions.

This week’s speaker, 0rphan Drift, has explored the frontiers of computer and human vision, since its inception in London in 1994. The collective as an avatar has taken various forms over the course of his career, sometimes changing personnel and of artistic strategies according to the changing demands of the times.

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Imani Winds & Catalyst Quartet: (im)migration: music for change

January 26, 7:30 p.m. | Wicked room

Grammy nominated Imani winds joined Catalyst Quartet present a bold combination of chamber music for winds and strings with (im)migration: music for change. Renowned for their dynamic performances and innovative repertoire, Imani Winds leads a wind quintet revolution while Catalyst Quartet features alumni from the internationally renowned Sphinx organization. Performing individually and together, their program shines a light on migration experiences, built around Sergeant McCauley, a new commission from violinist and composer Jessie Montgomery.

Photography 51

February 2 to 6 | Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse

In 1951, chemist Rosalind Franklin worked tirelessly in her laboratory at King’s College London, one step closer to a major discovery that could unravel the mysteries of the DNA molecule. Undermined by her colleague Maurice Wilkins, she struggles to compete with rival team Watson and Crick as the pressure mounts to deliver results. “Rich, complex and moving” by Anna Zeigler (The ChicagoTribune) honors the monumental contribution of a scientist with two X chromosomes that history nearly left behind. Second year MFA Director Amanda Rountree does it UW Drama stage debut.

Diana Al-Hadid: Archives of Desires

In progress | Henry Art Gallery

Diana Al HadidThe work of explores the interplay between the female body and the canon of European art; Syrian, Muslim and immigrant stories and mythologies; and architectural icons and the natural world. Born in 1981 in Aleppo, Syria, and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Al-Hadid creates works of art that demonstrate her interest in fusing cultures and translating disparate narratives. This monographic exhibition at Henry Art Gallery will consist of a selection of 13 sculptural works produced between 2010 and 2021 brought together for the first time in an interpretative ensemble. Together, the sculptures identify the artist’s investigation of historical, mythological and biblical accounts of women as a fundamental line of her practice.

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Tag(s): ArtsUW • Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture • College of Arts & Sciences • Henry Art Gallery • Meany Center for the Performing Arts • Meany Hall for the Performing Arts • School of Art + Art History + Design • School of Drama


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