Dr. Joey Bargsten, associate professor of Interactive multimedia at FAU Davie, is the recipient of a 2013 Knights Arts Challenge grant ($2,500) for his multimedia opera, MELANCHOLALALAND(TM), expected to make its world premiere in 2014-15. The award was presented last month.
Bargsten is an artist and composer whose Media ExperiMental Ensemble (meme(TM)) has performed throughout South Florida since 2009.
MELANCHOLALALAND(TM) focuses on the off-beat relationships between executives who run Melancuria, Inc.--a global corporation that specializes in anti-melancholia drugs and self-pleasure technologies- and how they deal with mobs of protesters, disgruntled employees, and dissatisfied lovers, among many others. This production will star local singers and dancers in a live mix with video, animation and digital music. Bargsten says this work has as much in common with pop and karaoke as it has with traditional opera.
December 11, 2013
The University Galleries at Florida Atlantic University present "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race," a traveling exhibition produced by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
The exhibition will be on display in the Schmidt Center Gallery, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus, from Saturday, Dec. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 (closed for the holidays from Sunday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Jan. 6). Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, from 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
"Deadly Medicine explores the Holocaust's roots in then-contemporary scientific and pseudo-scientific thought," explains exhibition curator Susan Bachrach. "At the same time, it touches on complex ethical issues we face today, such as how societies acquire and use scientific knowledge and how they balance the rights of the individual with the needs of the larger community."
Through reproductions of photographs and documents, films, and survivor testimony, "Deadly Medicine" traces how the persecution of groups deemed biologically inferior led to the near annihilation of European Jewry in the 20th century. It also challenges viewers to reflect on the present-day interest in genetic manipulation that promotes the possibility of human perfection.
There will be an academic symposium related to the exhibition on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 titled "Eugenics: Race, Public Health and the Science of Nationalism." The symposium will explore the legacies of eugenics from several disciplinary perspectives. Papers will be presented by FAU students and faculty, as well as by invited scholars. The symposium is free and open to the public and more information is available at www.fau.edu/galleries.
"Deadly Medicine" at FAU is generously underwritten by Marilyn and Jay Weinberg and cosponsored by FAU's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education. The traveling exhibition is supported in part by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund, established in 1990. Group and class tours are welcome during public hours as well as at other times scheduled by appointment. To make an appointment for these tours or for a docent-led tour, please call 561-995-6773. Galleries exhibitions are sponsored by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. For more information, call 561-297-2661, email email@example.com or visit www.fau.edu/galleries.
December 9, 2013
Klezmer Company Orchestra (KCO), conducted by Aaron Kula, will join author and oral historian Kitty Oliver, Ph.D., to present "Go Down Moses: Klezmer, Blues, Blacks and Jews," a dramatic storytelling concert, on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. at the Barry and Florence Friedberg Lifelong Learning Auditorium, Boca Raton campus. Kula, director of music performance and education at FAU Libraries, chose the concert's title from "Go Down Moses," a Negro spiritual that captures the relationship between the enslavement of blacks in America and the Jews in Egypt. KCO, the professional ensemble-in- residence at FAU Libraries, will perform a rendition of the spiritual, as well as some other favorites from the libraries' print music collection. Among those are "My Yiddishe Momma," "Eishes Chayil" (Woman of Valour); Ani Maamim (I Believe) and "When the Saints Go Marching In." Oliver, director of The Race and Change Initiative, a multimedia website project at FAU, will sing several songs with KCO, including "Give Me that Old Time Religion," "Summertime" and "Sometimes I Feel like a Motherless Child." The concert is being sponsored by the FAU's Jewish Cultural Society (JCS), which organized in 2008 to advance Jewish cultural traditions and education at FAU and its libraries through philanthropic endeavors. General admission is $18; FAU students will be admitted free with Owl Card; tickets for FAU staff and faculty are minimum $5 donation. Reserve tickets at 561-297-3921, firstname.lastname@example.org orwww.fauf.fau.edu/jcs-events.
December 5, 2013
BOCA RATON, FL (November 21, 2013) - The Department of Music in Florida Atlantic University's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present several holiday concerts. Handel's "Messiah" will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. More than 270 years since it premiered, the "Messiah" remains one of the most popular holiday musical traditions ever. The concert will be presented by FAU student and alumni choral groups. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by visiting www.fauevents.com, by calling 1-800-564-9539, or at the Box Office in the Student Union on FAU's Boca Raton campus.
Then on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m., the Department of Music continues its holiday tradition in presenting its annual Madrigal Dinner. The dinners will take place at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. The event reflects a Renaissance evening full of pageantry and entertainment, including a court jester, wandering minstrels and other characters, as well as delicious succulent food and extraordinary music.
The dinner is modeled after the feasts of the Renaissance when Lords and Ladies of large manors would prepare huge holiday celebrations. Following a cocktail hour, guests will be invited into the dining room and seated at their tables. The king and queen will then enter the room leading a procession of their noble guests, which will include FAU's madrigal singers, costumed true to the period. A full-course meal will be served with instrumental fanfares announcing meal courses and events. Following dinner, a concert of seasonal and madrigal music will entertain guests. Guests are invited to dress in period costumes.
Tickets for this event are $100 and include a $65 tax-deductible donation to the Department of Music. Reservations for the dinner can be made by calling 561-297-2337 or visiting fauf.fau.edu/madrigal. The Madrigal Dinner is sponsored by Madelyn Savarick.
Finally, on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m., Sean Murray will lead FAU's tuba and euphonium players in a Tuba Christmas celebration. This will take place at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. This tradition was started by Indiana University professor Harvey G. Phillips, and this will be the third annual presentation for FAU. This is an outdoor free event and audience members should bring chairs or blankets. For more information, call 561-297-3853 or visit www.fau.edu/sota.
All music concerts at FAU are sponsored by Wells Fargo and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
November 21, 2013
A new FAU Libraries mobile-optimized website, which provides access to such helpful resources as "SearchWiSE," "select mobile databases," "ask a librarian" and "view/renew books," is available through FAU Mobile, a free mobile app that can be installed on iOS and Android devices. Other phones with a web browser can view FAU Mobile at http://m.fau.edu. The FAU Libraries mobile-optimized website was made possible through a Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN) grant.
November 5, 2013
The University Galleries in Florida Atlantic University's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present a site-specific installation by Miami-based artist, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle as the first in a series of "southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art" exhibitions from Saturday, Nov. 2 through Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Carlisle's installation will be presented in the Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space, a large hallway space in the Performing Arts Building, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. There will be an opening lecture with the artist on Friday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the lecture hall adjacent to the exhibition space. The exhibition and the opening are free and open to the public. Born in Florida, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle graduated from the University of West Florida and then went on to attain a M.F.A. degree at San Francisco Art Institute. Carlisle's work has been shown both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at Miami Art Museum and University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, as well as Sarai Media Lab in Dehli, India. In 2013, Carlisle was awarded residency at OxBow Artist Residency, an affiliate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Saugatuck, Mich., and was also a local resident at Cannonball, a leading nonprofit arts organization in Miami. Her work is also a part of the Margulies Collection. Felecia Chizuko Carlisle currently lives and works in Miami and is represented by Emerson Dorsch.
For more information, call 561-297-2661, email email@example.com or visit www.fau.edu/galleries.
October 29, 2013
This free exhibit will be held from Monday, Oct. 21 through Friday, Dec. 13 in the Student Resources (SR) Atrium at FAU's John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter. A 'Meet the Artist' reception will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.For more information, contact Kathryn Yates at 561-799-8105 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FAU Jupiter will showcase a selection of oil paintings by local artist John Rachell as part of the Art in the Atrium series. The exhibit, "Le Grand Jardin," depicts lush tropical greenery in a series of large oil paintings. This free exhibit runs Monday, Oct. 21 through Friday, Dec. 13, with a "Meet the Artist" reception on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Student Resource (SR) building at FAU's MacArthur Campus in Jupiter. The SR Atrium is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-799-8105.
October 11, 2013