Category: Arts

  • Art of all styles, sounds and forms coming to campusMarch 31, 2014

    The annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts will take place on April 24–27 and feature nationally acclaimed performers and visual artists, including Livingston Taylor and the Hungry March Band, along with music, dance, theater, film, and artwork by more than 300 Brandeis students, alumni, and faculty.

  • Inside the archives: The screen siren and the scholarMarch 27, 2014

    Actress Joan Crawford became involved with Brandeis in the mid-1960s, thanks to her friendship with Nathan and Frances Spingold — early supporters of the arts at Brandeis. She began exchanging letters with Brandeis’ founding president Abram Sachar and the two embarked an unlikely friendship.

  • Clinton, Mozart and meMarch 25, 2014

    The founder of the undergraduate composers collective recalls how he found his calling, starting with violin lessons and his first composition at age 11. Shaffer studies classical piano as a member of the Chamber Music Ensemble, performs as a singer-songwriter, sings baritone with a barbershop chorus and serves as music director of ImprovBoston.

  • Council enriches art, music and theater on campusMarch 24, 2014

    The Brandeis Arts Council recently awarded $95,000 to the three departments within the School of Creative Arts for programs, including intensive studio workshops, a dance/theater piece for undergraduate performers and a residency that will allow undergraduate and graduate composers to write music for professional musicians.

  • Congresswoman Clark visits Brandeis to learn about science education initiatives, meet with studentsMarch 21, 2014

    Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark was at Brandeis to learn more about its science education initiatives, meet with students, faculty and senior administrators, and to tour campus, including the Rose Art Museum.

  • Celebrating Moody’s art and legacyMarch 14, 2014

    “Work, Now and Then: Bob Moody Retrospective” exhibit honors longtime Brandeis faculty member who is recognized nationally as a scenic artist and for his commitment to his students.

  • Rose opens five exhibits, debuts digital collectionMarch 5, 2014

    From Erector-set bridges to video humor to a digital catalog of its collection, the Rose Art Museum is offering its visitors the opportunity to travel through the museum’s past and present — both in person and online.

  • And the Oscars go to ... Brandeis Feb. 28, 2014

    The Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections house not one, but two Academy Awards, belonging to composer Victor Young and screenwriter George Froeschel

  • Trio da Kali brings musical tradition of MaliFeb. 21, 2014

    For the past 11 years, internationally renowned musicians such as Senegalese percussionist Lamine Toure, Palestinian oudist Simon Shaheen, and Homayun Sakhi, a rubâb player from Azerbaijan, have been creating beautiful soundscapes during their residencies at Brandeis. When Trio Da Kali comes to campus for their residency, they'll share the music of the griot tradition of Southern Mali.

  • Henry Grossman '58: Behind the lens with the BeatlesFeb. 7, 2014

    Henry Grossman '58 photographed them all. From Eleanor Roosevelt to John F. Kennedy, Marc Chagall to E.E. Cummings, David Ben-Gurion to Henry Kissinger. And that was just as a theater arts student at Brandeis. By the time Grossman graduated, he had a portfolio good enough to land him an assignment that would be the envy of music fans the world over: Shooting the Beatles’ first performance in America 50 years ago.

  • Arthur Miller classic provides 'dream roles' for ensembleFeb. 6, 2014

    When the Brandeis Theater Company brings Arthur Miller’s classic tale of loyalty, betrayal and revenge to the Laurie Theater stage, they’ll bring audiences on a journey. Much like the journey the ensemble has experienced together for nearly three years. Performances will be held Thursday through Sunday at the Laurie Theater.

  • Rose Art Museum lights up with new exhibitionsFeb. 3, 2014

    Last November, Director Chris Bedford announced the commission of an original work of public art on a scale unprecedented in Brandeis history. 'Light of Reason,' a large, site-specific sculpture by Chris Burden, will be constructed in front of the museum in 2014. In a Q&A with Scott Edmiston, director of the Office of the Arts, Bedford shares how the vision took shape.

  • Artist mines experience as member of 'blood generation'Jan. 21, 2014

    Using fabric, photographs, and wood, multi-disciplinary artist Lisa Rosowsky mines her experience as a member of the so-called 'second generation' – one who did not directly suffer or witness the horrors of the Holocaust, but in whom the 'blood memory' of her family's experience lives. Her work will be on exhibit in the Kniznick Gallery beginning Jan. 21.

  • Celebrating MLK's legacyJan. 21, 2014

    The 9th-annual memorial, 'For the Love of a Dream!' included performances by Emmy Award-winning Sean Fielder and the Boston Tap Company, Brandeis’ own Kaos Kids, songstress Erica Barnett, Brandeis Bridge Fellow Malakani Mak, motivational speaker Jermaine Hamilton and talks by the MLK Scholarship students who fundraised for five African American and five Jewish students to travel to Israel together, and the keynote team of Jane and Hubert Sapp.

  • Concert launches Irving Fine centennial celebrationsJan. 9, 2014
  • Magazine promotes wanderlustDec. 20, 2013

    'We hope the magazine transports readers to other places, as well as inspires them to travel themselves and see what the world has to offer them,' says Isaac Steinberg '15, editor in chief of student-run magazine Wander. He recently completed the fifth edition of the magazine.

  • Warhol's non-art masterpiecesDec. 10, 2013
  • Willkommen: Backstage with Brandeis Theater CompanyDec. 9, 2013

    Find out what it takes to put on a production of the beloved musical 'Cabaret.' Watch the students, staff and faculty who make up Brandeis Theater Company in action, and hear their take on putting together their most recent hit.

  • Rakowski has always looked for challenges in musicDec. 2, 2013

    David Rakowski has come a long way since tinkering on the perennially out-of-tune piano in his parents’ Vermont home. This winter, several of his compositions will be recorded or debuted live, making it one of his busier seasons.

  • Remembering Joachim Gaehde, professor emeritus of fine artsNov. 26, 2013

    Joachim Gaehde, a scholar of Carolingian illuminated manuscripts and the "eminence grise" of the department of fine arts, passed away Nov. 24 at the age of 92.

  • Poetic justiceNov. 22, 2013

    For Richard Blanco, known to many as President Barack Obama’s inaugural poet, the story begins much further back than a phone call from the commander in chief. The youngest person, first Latino and first openly gay man to assume the honor, Blanco debuted at Brandeis his new book, 'For All of Us, One Today' (Beacon Press, 2013), which chronicles the life-changing experience.

  • Brandeis Theater Co. kicks off 'Cabaret'Nov. 21, 2013

    The Brandeis Theater Company kicks off its production of 'Cabaret' tonight in the Spingold Theater. The show runs through Sunday. This hit Broadway musical is set in Berlin at the dawn of the 1930s, when American writer Clifford Bradshaw and cabaret dancer Sally Bowles fall in love.

  • Music From China balances contemporary, traditionalNov. 20, 2013

    Contrast. Balance. Yin and yang. That’s how Susan Cheng, founding member of the ensemble Music From China, describes Chinese music. But it’s just as apt a description of the two concerts they’ll perform at Brandeis this week as part of a MusicUnitesUS residency.

  • Brandeis’ model studentsNov. 13, 2013

    Geneva Boyer '15, Aviva Paiste '14 and Ama Darkwa ' 16 have an unusual extracurricular pastime in common: Modeling. When they are not in classes, the three students spend much of their spare time on runways and in front of cameras.

  • Brandeis Theater Co. turns Spingold into 'Cabaret' Nov. 12, 2013

    Weimar Berlin explodes into life — and song — when the Brandeis Theater Company presents 'Cabaret' at Spingold’s Mainstage Theater from Thursday, Nov. 21, to Sunday, Nov. 24.

  • Sculpture by acclaimed artist Chris Burden to illuminate Rose Art MuseumNov. 11, 2013

    Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum has commissioned a major installation by Boston native and critically acclaimed artist Chris Burden.

  • Sit down, please!Nov. 8, 2013

    Sarah Bierman's site-specific art merges with nature and lets the community take a load off. She currently has three installations on campus, all sitting furniture with trees growing out of them.

  • Four questions for a young artistOct. 24, 2013

    Paul Belenky ’14 is a biology and studio art major from Newton, Mass. When he’s not in the studio or the lab, he pursues outdoor adventure in Canada and Alaska.

  • Rare editions of Shakespeare's work in Archives and Special CollectionsOct. 11, 2013
  • J. Bernard Calloway gives advice to act onOct. 8, 2013

    When J. Bernard Calloway MFA’00, advised students at his alma mater last week about the acting life, he pulled no punches. 'Most times in our business, we get rejected,' Calloway told a crowd of third-year MFA acting students in the Spingold Theater studio. That's why he returned to campus: to share the secrets of his success.

  • Documents from Dead Sea Scrolls era show diversity of women’s rolesOct. 7, 2013

    Ancient documents written around the time of the Dead Sea Scrolls paint a lively picture of the positions of power and influence held by some Jewish and Christian women. So says Professor Bernadette J. Brooten, who skillfully wove together evidence from inscriptions, papyri and other sources to show that women in traditional cultures often held very nontraditional roles, in a lecture she presented on Oct. 2 at the Museum of Science.

  • Soli Sorabjee lecture to focus on food and cultureOct. 4, 2013

    The Fall 2013 Soli Sorabjee Lecture in South Asian Studies will feature a discussion led by author Aruna D’Souza on the relationship between food, cooking and colonialism in historic and contemporary India.

  • A reclusive street photographer comes into focusOct. 4, 2013

    In 2007, the contents of a seemingly unremarkable group of storage lockers came up for auction in Chicago. Yet along with the usual newspaper clippings and tchotchkes — and to the surprise of the few who knew the renter, Vivian Maier, a guarded, quirky nanny — the lockers also contained the negatives for tens of thousands of photographs, images of poignant street scenes and striking self-portraits.

  • 'The Seagull' has landed at the Laurie TheaterOct. 3, 2013

    The Brandeis Theater Company kicked off its season with a new translation of Anton Chekhov's 'The Seagull.' The production will be at the Spingold Theater Center's Laurie Theater through Oct. 12.

  • Jack Whitten to participate in symposium on his workOct. 3, 2013

    In a symposium on Oct. 5 titled, 'Jack Whitten: Painting, Politics, Technology,' the artist will discuss his work with a panel of fellow artists and scholars. Whitten's work is currently on view as one of five new exhibits at the Rose Art Museum.

  • Rare film gems to sparkle at NCJF’s mini-festivalOct. 2, 2013

    You won’t see the films 'I Was a Captive of Nazi Germany' or 'Sons of Liberty' on Netflix or Pandora. But you can see both features at The National Center for Jewish Film Mini-Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts Oct. 3-13. Professor of American studies Thomas Doherty, author of the critically acclaimed new book, 'Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-39,' will introduce both films at a screening Oct. 9.

  • Brandeis Theater Company swoops in with 'The Seagull' Oct. 1, 2013

    The Brandeis Theater Company kicks off its 2013-14 season with a new translation of 'The Seagull' that promises to offer a fresh perspective on the 1895 Russian classic. The season will also include productions of the much-loved dark musical 'Cabaret,' a selection from '365 Days/365 Plays' and Arthur Miller's 'A View From the Bridge.'

  • Wasserman screens 'Juche Strong,' 'The Act of Killing' with filmmakersSept. 24, 2013
  • Rose Art Museum opens with five new exhibitsSept. 18, 2013

    The Rose Art Museum held an opening reception Sept. 17, welcoming the community into its galleries to view five new exhibits: 'Image Machine: Andy Warhol and Photography;' 'Light Years: Jack Whitten, 1971-1973;' 'Omer Fast: 5000 Feet is the Best;' 'Collection in Focus: Al Loving;' and 'Minimal and More: 60s and 70s Sculpture from the Collection.'

  • J. Bernard Calloway, MFA '00, to chat with acting studentsSept. 17, 2013
  • Omer Fast's piece on drone warfare launches Rose VideoSept. 16, 2013

    Omer Fast's video, '5000 Feet is the Best,' is one of five new exhibits that will open at the Rose Art Museum Sept. 17. The video also launches Rose Video, an ongoing video series housed in the newly renovated Mildred S. Lee Gallery. The work employs both documentary and cinematic techniques to confront America’s use of drones and their effects.

  • Discuss and celebrate the Dead Sea ScrollsSept. 11, 2013

    On Oct. 20, the Museum of Science exhibition, 'Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times,' co-sponsored by Brandeis University, will close. Between now and then, Brandeis will host several events to discuss and celebrate the mystery, impact and importance of these ancient scrolls, discovered decades ago in a cave overlooking the Dead Sea.

  • Dead Sea scrolls inspire unique music, performanceSept. 10, 2013

    Inspired by the Dead Sea Scrolls, Eric Chasalow's new composition, 'Where it Finds Nothing But the Wind,' will be performed by renowned soprano Tony Arnold and the Dinosaur Music Ensemble Oct. 5. The event is one of many highlights in the fall concert season, which also includes a tribute to Professor Emeritus Harold Shapero and Silk and Bamboo: Music From China.

  • A new beginning at The Rose Art Museum Aug. 26, 2013

    The Rose Art Museum will reopen Sept. 17 with five new exhibitions that explore a range of topics, including American celebrity, the profound cultural and social shifts of the 60s and 70s, and the psychology of contemporary drone warfare.

  • Students catch computer science bug with 3D gamesAug. 2, 2013

    Encounters, a family of immersive, residential programs for teens, brought 400 high school students to campus this summer. One of the newest draws is a 3D Game Design program taught by Tim Hickey, a computer science professor, who hopes it will help create a more diverse generation of computer scientists.

  • Students win Fulbrights to pursue passions abroadJuly 18, 2013

    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program will send seven Brandeis students and young alumni around the world this year to pursue their passions while promoting global understanding. Three of the Fulbrighters will teach English in countries as distant as Thailand and Azerbaijan, and four will conduct research abroad.

  • Mimi Huntington, MFA '87, wins 2013 StageSource Theater Hero AwardJune 7, 2013
  • Peter Van Zandt Lane, at MacDowell Colony, composing balletJune 4, 2013
  • Remembering Emeritus Professor of Music, Harold ShaperoMay 18, 2013

    Classical music composer, pianist and longtime professor of music at Brandeis University, Harold Shapero, died in his sleep on May 17, following complications from pneumonia. He was 93.



  • Medicine Wheel Productions to honor CohenMay 9, 2013
  • Community members' art enlivens the campus May 8, 2013

    From the Great Lawn to Farber Library, from wide-open spaces to nooks and crannies in the trees, works of art dot the campus as a result of the annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts, adding to the environment of creativity, community and celebration.

  • SCRAM promotes student engagement with RoseMay 7, 2013

    The group, which currently has 28 members, aims to expose students to the Rose, to provide students with opportunities for in-depth interaction with the collection and to communicate student interests and opinions about the museum.

  • Photographer donates Israel then-and-now collectionMay 6, 2013

    Photographer Dan Tassel has been collecting and shooting photographs of the Middle East for decades, and recently donated some of what he's amassed to the Robert D. Farber Archives & Special Collections, in the hopes students can put them to use.

  • Ethan Stein, friends win Boston student film festMay 3, 2013

    'Wordsmith,' a short film Ethan Stein '15 produced with friends from high school, won at the Boston Student Film Festival. The film began as part of a still-in-progress feature that was screened in the Wasserman Cinematheque last month, and the short will go on to be screened at other festivals.

  • Festival brings crowds, smiles, songs to campusMay 1, 2013

    Brandeis celebrated four days of music, dance, theater and visual arts with its annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts and Springfest concert. Crowds of visitors joined the campus community in 'imagining the impossible,' this year’s theme, during the festival April 25 to 28.

  • Chinese, Russian language students win multilingual video contestApril 29, 2013
  • 'Visions of an Ancient Dreamer' is a pairing of Greek tragediesApril 26, 2013

    'Visions of an Ancient Dreamer,' a pairing of 'Orestes' and 'Iphigenia and Tauris,' is the culmination of a yearlong collaboration between theater arts and classical studies. Performances will be held in the Spingold Theater Center Thursday through Sunday.

  • Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts aims to reimagine the worldApril 23, 2013

    Now in its 61st year, the festival theme, “Imagine the impossible,” celebrates art that allows us to experience the impossible, the unlikely, and the visionary, with four days of music, dance, theater and visual arts throughout campus from April 25 to 28.

  • Holland Cotter, senior art critic of The New York Times, will speak April 25April 22, 2013
  • Rose Art Museum to host Family Day on Saturday, April 20April 18, 2013
  • 'Late Night with Bernstein' is a festival highlightApril 17, 2013

    Brandeis will remember the namesake of its annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts with a program of Bernstein’s favorite music meshed with stories of his life. It will be hosted by his daughter and performed by the renowned music ensemble Music From Copland House.

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