Play: The Great Immensity, a musical play about climate change by the investigative theater company The Civilians. Andrea Grody ’11 is the music director. The show is written and directed by Steven Cosson and songs are by Michael Friedman.
Dates and location: Through May 1, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, N.Y.
The music director: As a student at Princeton, Grody was music director of the work-in-progress production of The Great Immensity at the Berlind Theatre. Today she is a musical-theater artist in New York City. The musical she wrote, Strange Faces, about young people with Asperger’s syndrome, received readings last summer. Continue reading
The exhibition: “History’s Shadow,” photographs of X-rays of sculptural antiquities, by David Maisel ’84.
Dates and location: April 3 through May 10, at Yancey Richardson Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street, New York City.
The artist: Maisel is a San Francisco-based photographer. His photographs, multi-media projects, and public installations are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, among others.
The show, from the press release: “The exhibitionʼs title comes from a project of the same name, inspired by the artistʼs residency at the Getty Research Institute, during which time he re-photographed X-rays of sculptural antiquities culled from the museumʼs conservation archives. According to Maisel, ‘Historyʼs Shadow’ refers ‘both to the literal images that the X-rays create as they are re-photographed, and to the metaphorical content informed by the past from which these objects derive.’” In addition to “History’s Shadow,” the exhibition includes works from Maisel’s “Library of Dust” series, in which he photographed copper canisters containing cremated remains of patients from a psychiatric hospital.
New book: L.A. [Ten], Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture, 1970s-1990s, with Stephen Phillips *08 (Lars Müller Publishers)
The editor: An architect and historian, Phillips is an associate professor of architecture at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and founding director of the Cal Poly L.A. Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design.
The book: In this collection of oral history interviews, a group of architects discuss their lives, work, and the cultural history of L.A. architecture. They were known as the “L.A. Ten” — a loosely affiliated group of architects who influenced Los Angeles architecture. Among them are Neil Denari, Ming Fung, Craig Hodgetts, Wes Jones, Eric Owen Moss, and Michael Rotondi. Phillips and others conducted the interviews. Continue reading
New play: Appropriate, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins ’06, directed by Liesl Tommy
Dates and location: Through April 13, at Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street, New York, N.Y.
The playwright: The Brooklyn-based Jacobs-Jenkins is a playwright-in-residence at Signature Theatre Company in New York City. He has won the 2013 Sundance Theatre Institute Tennessee Williams Award, among other honors. His 2010 play Neighbors explored race. Continue reading
Carlos Jiménez Cahua ’08 (Photo: Courtesy Carlos Jiménez Cahua ’08)
On view: “Neoplasms and Pleonasms,” an art exhibition by Carlos Jiménez Cahua ’08.
Dates and location:
Jan. 3 through March 1, at Samsøn gallery
, at 450 Harrison Avenue/29 Thayer Street, Boston, Mass.
The artist: Cahua’s work has been included in solo and group exhibitions, including at Anastasia Photo in New York, Torrance Shipman in Brooklyn, the Mills Gallery in Boston, and Open Space in Baltimore. His work will be exhibited in the forthcoming East Wing Biennial at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Born in Lima, Peru, Cahua earned an M.F.A. at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.
New dance: Aubade, a new dance/theater piece by postmodern choreographer and dancer Douglas Dunn ’64, performed by his dance company and dance students from Montclair State College of the Arts.
Dates and location: Jan. 24 (7:30 p.m.), Jan. 25 (8 p.m.), Jan. 26 (3 p.m.), Jan. 30 (7:30 p.m.), Jan. 31 (7:30 p.m.), Feb. 1 (7 p.m.) at Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, Montclair, N.J.
Dunn discovered dance at Princeton, later joined choreographer Merce Cunningham’s company, and in 1978 founded his own company. In a New York Times story
Gia Kourlas wrote, “Dunn, who thrives on contradictions, is a bewitching mix of pragmatic sensibility and dreaminess; the same can be said of his dances, in which he balances formal choreographic concerns with fearless whimsy.” He is a “prolific choreographer whose incisive dances marry rigor with an absurdist edge.”