Events

Jackie Harder: Simply Elemental Outdoor Art Installation

Monday, August 1 – Friday, September 30, 2016

Hahn Horticulture Garden, Virginia Tech

This event will celebrate the exhibit of a one-of-a-kind collection of works by regional artists. Thoughtfully placed pieces chosen for their impact in a natural setting will be installed throughout the Hahn Horticulture Garden.

Free

 

Susan Jamison: Enchantment

Thursday, September 1 – Saturday, October 8, 2016

Ruth C. Horton Gallery, Moss Arts Center

Drawing from a rich trove of sources ranging from Renaissance portraiture to naturalist illustration, Jamison’s egg tempera paintings incorporate personal narratives, myths, folk tales, and dreams to portray a vision of the archetypal woman as magical, innocently sensual, and strong, yet potentially vulnerable. In her paintings threads connect but also bind, needles threaten, and darkened veins envelop her maidens’ heads as if mapping their bodies and souls. Jamison’s paintings seem like parables that probe what it means to be female in both interior and exterior worlds. Jamison lives and works in Roanoke, Virginia.

Free

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle

Thursday, September 8 – Monday November 28, 2016

Francis T. Eck Exhibition Corridor, Moss Arts Center

In a series of works on paper, wood panel, and photo transparencies, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle explores what she describes as the “historical present,” which speaks to the residue of history and how it affects our contemporary world perspectives. Her focus is primarily on the Black female body and how perceptions of it have been distorted within the visual cultures of the past and present. With fluid and imaginative renderings in India ink and acrylic paint, she draws directly onto colonial images of West African women, interrupting colonial narratives and creating a hypermythic territory that critiques the history of racism—its impact on female identity and its consequences in the world in which we live. Hinkle lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Free

 

Amy Cutler

Thursday, September 15 – Saturday, December 10, 2016

Miles C. Horton Jr. Gallery, Moss Arts Center

Amy Cutler’s exquisitely detailed drawings, prints, and gouache-on-paper paintings are informed by many sources, including folk art, Persian miniatures, medieval art, Japanese ukiyo-e prints, and the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Cutler’s works weave utterly fantastical stories by women engaged in the most surreal and unlikely tasks. Immensely intriguing, these works delineate the many absurdities and challenges that often characterize women’s lives—their prescribed roles, their fears, and their dreams—while also presenting a fictional utopia of strong and self-reliant women. Cutler lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Free

 

Annie Stevens, percussion; Brian Thorsett, tenor; John Irrera, violin: Surge

Sunday, September 25, 2016, 3 PM

Recital Salon, Squires Student Center

Faculty and visiting artists perform new works focusing on nature’s power and majesty combining forces for voice, violin, and percussion.

Free

 

Clybourne Park

Directed by Susanna Rinehart

Tuesday, September 27 – Thursday, October 6, 2016, various times

Studio Theatre, Squires Student Center

Bruce Norris’ excruciatingly funny and squirm-inducing satire “Clybourne Park” explores the fault line between race and property in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play.

$12 general | $10 senior/student

Amy Fox, screenwriter of the film EQUITY

Friday, September 30, 2016, 9PM

Lryic Theatre, Blacksburg, VA

Amy Fox, screenwriter of the film EQUITY, will discuss her experience as a professional screenwriter. The talk will begin at 9:00 p.m., immediately following the 7:00 p.m. showing of EQUITY on Friday, September 30. Admission to the talk is free. Regular admission prices apply to the film. The start time for the second screening on Friday has been pushed back to 9:30 p.m. to accommodate the talk.

Corey Crider, baritone | Tracy Cowden, piano

Monday, October 10, 2016, 7:30 PM

Recital Salon, Squires Student Center

Hear the words of two of the most beloved authors in the English language – robert Lousi Stevenson and William Shakespeare – set to music by the composers they inspired.

$15 general | $12 senior | $7 student

Jay Crone, trombone; Elizabeth Bachelder, piano

John Henry’s Big (Man vs. Machine)

Monday, October 17, 2016, 7:30 PM

Recital Salon, Squires Student Center

Legendary figure John Henry was the inspiration for Adolphus Hailstork’s composition: a tour-de-force for trombone and piano that is a riveting portral of the steely strength and stamina of John Henry, a former slave who helped build the American railroads and ultimately outperformed a steam engine.

Free

Brad Tatum, natural horn; Pamela Trent, fortepiano

Monday, October 24, 2016, 7:30 PM

Recital Salon, Squires Student Center

Made up of just a long coiled tube, a mouthpiece, and a flared bell, the natural horn was popular until around 1820. Come hear how this horn was played prior to the emergence of the valved horn in the early 19th century, as Brad Tatum displays his technique in a beautifully performed program with Pamela Trent at a fortepiano, built in the late 18th century Viennese style.

$15 general | $12 senior | $7 student

 

LYNN HERSHMAN LEESON

Thursday, October 20- Saturday, December 10, 2016

Ruth C. Horton Gallery

Lynn Hershman Leeson is internationally recognized as one of the first and most influential artists to use media and new technologies in her art. Her work examines the relationship between humans and technology with a focus on the construction of identity, interactivity, artificial intelligence, voyeurism, surveillance, and the relationship of the real to the virtual. A number of her works have revolved around invented female persona, alter egos, or avatars as a means to probe identity and its increasingly fluid and mercurial manifestations. Her work has recently expanded across gender lines to focus on what it means to be human in an increasingly cyber world and an era of bio- and genetic engineering. Leeson lives and works in San Francisco and New York City.

Free

 

!Women Art Revolution, A Film by Lynn Hershman Leeson

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 7 PM

The Lyric Theatre

Lynn Hershman Leeson’s groundbreaking film presents interviews with visionary artists, historians, curators, and critics documenting one of the most significant art movements of the late 20th century—the recognition of female artists and the evolution of the feminist art movement.

Free

 

Artists Lecture: Lynn Hershman Leeson

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016, 7:30 PM

Street and Davis Performance Hall, Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

Free

 

Lynda Barry: What It Is

Friday, October 28, 2016, 7:30 PM

Street and Davis Performance Hall’s Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, Moss Arts Center 

Expand and challenge your personal values about artistic expression with this talk by author and cartoonist Lynda Barry.

$25 general | $10 students

Meet the Artist: Lynda Barry

Friday, October 28, 2016, After the performance

Grand Lobby, Moss Arts Center

Free

 

Samantha Fish

Friday, November 18, 2016, 8PM

The Lyric Theatre

Growing up in Kansas City in a musical family, Samantha’s first instrument was the drums before she switched to guitar. As she listened to her musical heroes, Fish began to explore their own influences by going back in time. “I saw Ronnie Baker Brooks, Tab Benoit and Mike Zito (in Kansas City). That was when I knew something was happening (musically) because I almost had to leave their shows early to go home and play my guitar.’ as told in a 2011 interview with online magazine Deep Roots. Over the years, she’s cultivated her own sound by blending her influences ranging from Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, R.L. Burnside and Stevie Ray Vaughan as well as her musical peers.

$15 – $30

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