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Perusing the galleries of an art museum, we often view artworks as portals into history. Less often do we contemplate the history of the physical piece in front of us. What we see is often enhanced by the quiet yet immensely difficult work of art conservators. On May 2, Princeton University Art Museum’s conservator, Bart J.C. Devolder, delivered this year’s Friends Annual Mary Pitcairn Keating Lecture: “A New Day for Art Conservation at the Art Museum.” During his talk, Devolder outlined the past, present, and future of conservation at the museum, shedding light on his own role in this trajectory.
Maestro Gustavo Dudamel of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela concluded his season as the University’s first-ever Artist-in-Residence in front of a packed auditorium Saturday.
“Lemonade” Screening (April 22) at McCormick 101. As part of the University Center for Human Values’ Film Forum series Trans Citizen, there will be a screening of the movie “Lemonade” this Monday evening. Directed by Ioana Uricaru, “Lemonade” tells the story of a Romanian woman who moves to the United States after marrying an American man she recently met.
diSiac Dance Company opened its spring show with dancers moving in semi-darkness to the understated beat of Jaden Smith’s “Ghost.” The production played off of the strength of simplicity, beginning with marketing that got straight to the point about how good the group really is: “drip” was this season’s theme. No other narrative or overarching topic was needed to bind together the whole production as it sped by.
Nostalgia (April 15–26) at Hagan Studio. The senior visual arts thesis entitled Nostalgia by Susan Liu ’19 will be on display at Hagan Studio from April 15–26. The show focuses on “nostalgia” through a historical lens. Liu uses “multiple sensory modalities” to explore this topic of nostalgia.
Hollywood blockbuster “Green Book” immediately sparked controversy following its Best Picture win at the 2019 Academy Awards. The film tracks a budding friendship between black musician Don Shirley, played by Mahershala Ali, and white Italian American driver Tony Lip, played by Viggo Mortensen. And though it is a heart-warming story good enough to win the Oscar, Don Shirley’s real-life family has levied accusations against the makers of the film, claiming that they were never consulted and that the relationship portrayed between Shirley and Lip is fictional.
While the weather outside may finally be changing for the better, there are still many exciting things going on in Princeton indoors. Below we’ve picked out some of the best ones you should attend.
Juggling, belly dancing, stepping, saxophone playing, and puppetry all came together at the Berlind Theatre this past weekend in a lively production of “The Odyssey” — a musical adaptation of Homer’s famous epic poem. The production, Victoria Davidjohn ’19 and Annabel Barry’s ’19 theater thesis, completed a four-show run with sold-out performances and over 40 Princeton students sharing the stage.
A young woman slow dances with a phantom in a haunted hotel. Two shy ghosts try futilely to scare away the living intruders in their home. A sinister love potion sends a honeymoon into disarray. Más Flow’s ¡Qué Horror! took its theme in every conceivable direction, attempting to balance steaminess, humor, and pain along the way.
Six14 Christian Dance Company: Seasons (March 28–29) at Frist Campus Center. Six14, Princeton’s premier Christian dance company, will be presenting their annual show this week. The show is inspired by Ecclesiastes 3:4, “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” A variety of dance styles from contemporary to praise dance will be featured.
Nadia Vulvokav — played by the flame-haired Natasha Lyonne — is a lonely, cynical, and even sardonic video game programmer on the brink of wanting to end it all. In the opening scene, she stares at herself in the bathroom mirror as an invasive knock pounds into the ears and minds of the viewers. Nadia might hear the knock too, but her gaze, pointed directly at the camera, feels empty and distracted. Nadia is not having the time of her life at her 36th birthday party, and she wants us to know it. She lives a reckless life, taking whatever joint is offered her and sleeping with whomever might cross her path. “Staring down the barrel of mortality always beats fun,” Nadia jokes, not knowing that she will be fatally hit by a cab that same night while drunkenly searching for her cat, Oatmeal.
Things to Do in Princeton this Week: Senior Thesis Edition (Mar. 10–16)
As spaces on this campus go, Richardson Auditorium strikes me as possibly the most underappreciated gem our university has to offer. When donating the money to construct Alexander Hall, Harriet Crocker Alexander envisioned the space to be a “cultural temple,” with depictions of the likes of Shakespeare, Dante and Galileo surrounding the auditorium.
Langar: A Community Meal (Mar. 7) at Murray Dodge Hall. Langar refers to the practice in Sikhism of providing a free meal to visitors, regardless of background. The student organization Sikhs of Princeton invites all students to Murray Dodge for a warm, free, vegetarian meal this Thursday.
Read on for the Prospect’s round-up of the best cultural and artistic events this week!
William Keiser ’19 and James Jared’s ’19 dance thesis show real lies is jam-packed with the kinds of youthful emotions college students love to both remember forever and forget the next morning.
Questlove reclined comfortably in his seat on the McCarter Theatre’s stage on Friday evening. He is an artist who can feel at home in any space, and his multifaceted career is a testament to this ease. Questlove, who initially earned fame as the drummer for his band The Roots, has since explored everything from music production to writing to the culinary arts. Fittingly, McCarter advertised his visit as, “Living a Creative Life: A Conversation between Questlove and Imani Perry.” Questlove’s whole life appears concerned with conversation: an experiential back-and-forth. Onstage, he never skated around a question, but listened and responded earnestly. Questlove accepted a hefty honorary degree from the University’s Class of 2019 on Friday night, but his gift to the audience was refreshingly intangible.
Samay by Naacho South Asian Dance Company (Feb. 21–23) at Frist Campus Center. Naacho South Asian Dance Company invites audience members to travel through time by watching their annual performance this weekend. A group that prides themselves on “popping, locking, and dropping with a dash of South Asian spice,” the show is bound to be hours well spent for those who come to see it.