Well, ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year again, when the leaves turn brown and artists and scholars from all over the world travel to Trinity to participate in the Stieren Arts Enrichment Series. Whether you are interested in independent art films or Broadway choreography, Latin American art or contemplating the difference between music and sound, this year’s Stieren line-up has something for you.
Kicking off this year’s series is art historian and curator James Oles, whose lecture is titled “Cézannisme in Latin America: The Impact of Paul Cézanne on Diego Rivera and Jesàºs Rafael Soto.” Although he spends the majority of the year in Mexico City, Oles is also an adjunct curator of Latin American art at the Davis Museum and teaches each spring at Wellesley College, where he once taught Kathryn O’Rourke, assistant professor of art history.
“Oles’ main area of expertise is Mexican art in the 20th century, particularly muralism and photography,” O’Rourke said. “He is probably the first person to start to look at relationships between Mexican and American artists in the 1920s and “˜30s, particularly the experience of American artists going to Mexico.”
Oles’ talk will focus on Cézanne, Rivera and Soto, three artists whose names are rarely used in the same sentence.
“It will be a really interesting opportunity to learn about this inter-hemispheric, transatlantic exchange of ideas and influences,” O’Rourke said. “Oles gives some of the very best talks I’ve ever heard and he integrates his images and texts better than almost anyone I’ve ever seen.”
Oles will speak at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, in Northrup Hall room 040.
The following night, philosopher of music Andy Hamilton will make his Trinity debut as he gives his talk entitled “Art and Entertainment: Louis Armstrong, Charles Dickens, and Howard Hawks.” Hamilton teaches the aesthetics of jazz, philosophy and history at Durham University and is a jazz pianist.
“You can’t do philosophy of the arts without having a deep understanding of the arts and while that doesn’t have to come from the practitioner side, certainly someone who participates in the arts has a solid basis from which to embark on philosophical questions,” said Andrew Kania, assistant professor of philosophy. “Hamilton has written a lot on improvisation and the difference between live performances and recordings and that’s the stuff that really interests me.”
In his talk, Hamilton will argue that modern modes of entertainment, such as circuses or music halls, were not defined until the 18th or 19th century, but that their roots were found in classical, medieval and Renaissance periods. Hamilton can be heard at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Chapman Center Great Hall.
Kelly Reichardt, director, screenwriter and editor of films such as “Wendy and Lucy,” “Meek’s Cutoff” and most recently, “Nightmoves,” will also grace Trinity with her presence as she gives her lecture titled, “Landscape, Light, and Motion.” “Nightmoves,” which just screened at the Venice Film Festival, starred figures such as Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg and Peter Sarsgaard.
“Reichardt’s films don’t have intense action-driven plots, but they are very atmospheric, so the films are built on careful location-scouting and thoughtful photography of these locations in such a way that they help to characterize the story and the people in it,” said Patrick Keating, assistant professor of communication. “I first heard about Reichardt after “˜Wendy and Lucy,’ which appeared on more critics’ top-10 lists than almost any other films of its year, so I thought it was an interesting film to check out, and I was very impressed. When I saw “˜Meek’s Cutoff,’ it was confirmed that I thought she was very good.”
Reichardt will give her talk at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Chapman Center Auditorium.
The Stieren series also showcases director and choreographer Chet Walker, who will debate “The Fosse Legacy” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, in the Stieren Theater. Walker will also direct Trinity’s production of “Pippin,” which runs Nov. 15-17 and Nov. 20-23.
Finally, the Gramophone Award-winning chamber music ensemble Fretwork will perform “Dowland’s Lachrimae” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall.