A select few of the Men - of the past & present - whose work is featured in this edition of The Agenda News
The American Art Museum is exhibiting Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light, thru January 7, 2018. The exhibition features the groundbreaking artist and his spellbinding light compositions for the first time in nearly fifty years. As early as 1919, Wilfred began experimenting with light as his primary artistic medium, developing a new art form of sophisticated kinetic sculptures that project moving images, which he referred to collectively as lumia. His compositions display ever-changing colored forms against a black background. The exhibition is organized by Keely Orgeman, the Alice and Allan Kaplan Assistant Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at Yale University Art Gallery. The coordinating curator in Washington, DC is Virginia Mecklenburg, SAAM’s chief curator.
Image below: Thomas Wilfreds sitting at the Clavilux “Model E,” ca. 1924. Sepia-toned photograph. Thomas Wilfred Papers, Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, New Haven, Conn.
The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden is presenting an installation by artist Al Weiwei titled Trace, thru January 1, 2018. Weiwei is one of China's most provocative living artists, and has spent nearly four decades exploring the relationships between art, society, and individual experience. His work, encompasses sculpture, installation, photography, film, painting, and architecture. Trace “portrays individuals from around the world whom the artist and various human rights groups consider to be activists, prisoners of conscience, and advocates of free speech. Each of 176 portraits comprises thousands of plastic LEGO® bricks, assembled by hand and laid out on the floor. The work foregrounds Ai Weiwei's own experiences of incarceration, interrogation, and surveillance. As part of this installation, Ai Weiwei has created a new 360-degree wallpaper installation entitled The Plain Version of the Animal That Looks Like a Llama but Is Really an Alpaca. At first glance, the pattern looks merely decorative, but a closer inspection reveals surveillance cameras, handcuffs, and Twitter bird logos, which allude to Ai Weiwei's tweets challenging authority.”
Image below: Portrait of Ai Weiwei. Image courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio
The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden is exhibiting contemporary artist Mark Bradford’s Pickett’s Charge, thru November 12, 2018. The Los Angeles-based artist’s monumental new commission was inspired by artist Paul Philippoteaux’s nineteenth-century cycloramain Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania. The cyclorama depicts the final charge of the Battle of Gettysburg, which historians cite as “the critical turning point of the Civil War and, consequently, of American history. Working with a combination of colored paper and reproductions of the original, Bradford collages and transforms the historic Gettysburg imagery into a series of eight powerful, abstract paintings.” The exhibition is curated by Evelyn Hankins.
Image below: Mark Bradford in his Los Angeles studio with details of Pickett's Charge, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Agata Gravante.
The O.B. Hardison poetry series will present the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize to Mike White in the Folger Theatre on November 6.The prize was created in honor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anthony Hecht, and is awarded annually by The Waywiser Press for a poetry collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous book of verse. Prize judge Gjertrud Schnackenberg is the author of six poetry collections, including the book-length poem The Throne of Labdacus. Mike White’s first book, How to Make a Bird with Two Hands, won the Washington Prize in 2012. His poems have been nominated six times for the Pushcart Prize and have appeared in many journals. His book Addendum to a Miracle is the winner of the 12th Hecht Poetry Prize.
Damian Woetzel will host a celebration of the centennial of the launch of legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins’s career at the New York City Ballet (NYCB), in the Terrace Theater on Friday & Saturday, October 20 & 21. Woetzel was formerly the Principal Dancer of the NYCB. The rehearsal-style performance will feature a stellar cast and will “explore the magnificent repertory created by Robbins for ballet and Broadway, from Fancy Free to West Side Story, revealing the work behind the work of one of America's greatest dance visionaries.”
Image below:Damian Woetzel
The National Museum of African Art is exhibiting Jim Chuchu's Invocations, thru June 24, 2018. The museum is the first institution to acquire and display the Kenyan multimedia artist's suite of video projections: Invocation: The Severance of Ties (2015)and Invocation: Release (2015).”
The exhibition is curated by Karen E. Milbourne. The two distinct videos loop in succession and follow the structure of initiation ritual.
National Geographic Museum is exhibiting Wild: Michael (Nick) Nichols, thru January 12, 2018. The esteemed photographer and former National Geographic magazine Editor at Large createsextraordinary images of wildlife and wild places. “Visitors can travel to the remotest reaches of the globe through Nick’s stunning, evocative, and technically-innovative photos of our natural world.” The exhibition is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Newseum is exhibiting “Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe,” thru January 7, 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy.The photo exhibit showcases more than 70 “intimate and iconic images of President John F. Kennedy, first Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and their children, Caroline and John, taken by Kennedy’s personal photographer.”
Lowe’s photographs document Kennedy’s rise to power, from his 1958 Senate re-election campaign to the White House, and feature intimate scenes of the Kennedys at home.
Lowe, who died in May 2001, had stored his negatives of more than 40,000 Kennedy photos in a World Trade Center bank vault.The original negatives of nearly all of the 70 images displayed in “Creating Camelot” were lost forever in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
The only existing images from the lost negatives were on Lowe’s contact sheets and prints, which had been stored in another New York City facility. The Newseum, working closely with the Lowe estate, digitally restored the images to museum quality for the exhibit.
The restoration work “creates a comprehensive digital archive of Lowe’s Kennedy photographs and enables the Newseum to exhibit the photos at a resolution and size at which they have never before been seen.”
Images below: Before (left) and after versions of a photo of President-elect Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, show the results of the Newseum’s digital restoration process. Kennedy gave his acceptance speech in Hyannis Port, Mass., on Nov. 9, 1960.Courtesy of the Estate of Jacques Lowe
Deepak Chopra, the world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine & personal transformation, will speak about TheFutureofWellbeing at the MusicCenter at Strathmore on November 28. He will “discuss practical ways to experience higher consciousness, transformation, and healing & will share new insights from his latest work You Are the Universe. Chopra has authored 85 books, including 25 New York Times bestsellers. Politics & Prosewill sell copies of You Are the Universe. A book signing will follow the presentation.
The Fairfax Choral Society will perform a concert to honor Maestro Douglas Mears, who is retiring, on November 12 at National Presbyterian Church.The concert will feature the Symphonic Chorus, Master Singers, Concert Choir, Organist Eric Plutz, Soprano Natalie Conte and Baritone Matthew Irish. Acclaimed concert pianist, organist, composer and conductor Paul Leavitt has been named Interim Director of the Fairfax Choral Society.
The Kennedy Center began a year-long international celebration of the music of Leonard Bernstein at 100 in September. The iconic American composer, conductor, pianist, educator, and humanitarian (1918–1990) impacted nearly every musical genre...especially Broadway.
Image below: Leonard Bernstein
The Washington Chorus, led by Artistic Director Christopher Bell, will perform a concert titled Bernstein & BelshazzarinThe Kennedy Center Concert Hall on November 8. The concert will feature Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Morten Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, and the epic Belshazzar’s Feast by William Walton.
The NSO, conducted by former NSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin, will perform music by Bernstein & Stravinskyin the Concert Hall November 2-4.In celebration of Leonard Bernstein at 100, the orchestra will perform the composer’s fanfare Slava! A Political Overture and Songfest, a tribute to American perspectives and writers.
The concert will conclude with Stravinsky's ballet score, The Rite of Spring.
Image below:Maestro Leonard Slatkin.
The NSO, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will perform a concert titled Borrowed from Baroque, featuring Beethoven'sEroica Symphony& more, in the Concert Hall, November 9-11. The concert, featuring soprano Corinne Winters, will include Webern's Passacaglia & Dallapiccola's Partita.
Image below: Gianandrea Noseda
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will present Pinchas Zukerman Performs Bachin the Music Center on November 9. The esteemed violinist will perform Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor. The program will include Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (1943) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major.
Image below: Pinchas Zukerman - Photo by Cheryl Mazak.
Washington Performing Arts will present esteemed violinist Joshua Bell, with pianist Alessio Bax, on November 5.The program will feature works by Stravinsky, Grieg and Brahms, plus additional works which will be announced later.
Image below:Joshua Bell
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Zimmerman, will perform Rachmaninoff’sPiano Concerto No. 2, with pianist Claire Huangci, in the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, October 21.The program will also include Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Claire Huangci won first prize at the International Chopin Competition in 2009, as well as in 2010 at the Chopin Competition in Miami.
New Dominion Chorale will perform Songs Celestialat St. Luke Catholic Church in McLean, Va on October 29.The program will include the premiere performance of Thomas Beveridge's Song of Celestial Love; Franz Schubert's Folk Mass ("Deutsche Messe"); Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms; Sergei Rachmaninov's Four Divine Hymns and more. The concert will be accompanied by Paul Skevington, organist.
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, led by Music Director & Conductor Ulysses S. James, will perform Virginia composer Ben Roundtree's Symphony No. 1 - Heroes on Sunday October 22 at the Church of the Epiphany in DC and on Sunday October 29 at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia.The Symphony is based on five of Roundtree’s spiritual and inspirational heroes and mentors. The concert will also include Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's, Violin Concerto, op. 35 in D major with violinist Leonid Sushansky, who is a rising star in the DC area.
Members of PostClassical Ensemble, conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez, with The Washington National Cathedral Choir conducted by Michael McCarthy & commentary by James Loeffler, will perform Music in Wartime: A Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration at Washington National Cathedral on December 7. The soloists participating will be William Sharp, baritone & Alexander Shtarkman, piano. The program will include Hanns Eisler’s Worker’s Choruses & his The Hollywood Songbook (excerpts), plus Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 & Arnold Schoenberg’s The Ode to Napoleon.
Images below: at left - Angel Gil-Ordóñez - Photo by Andre Chung & at right Michael McCarthy
Opera Lafayette, conducted by Artistic Director Ryan Brown, will perform An Evening of Monteverdi, including Il Combattimento di Tancredi et Clorinda and other works by the composer in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on October 24.
Washington Concert Opera (WCO), led by Artistic Director & Conductor Antony Walker, will perform Vincenzo Bellini's La stranieraat The George Washington UniversityLisner Auditorium on November 19. It’s the “tale of a French King’s scandalous divorce from a Danish princess and his subsequent marriage to a mysterious foreign woman (“la straniera”), whom he kept tucked away in a wooded cottage.” The production will feature three rising stars in their WCO debuts—soprano Amanda Woodbury as Alaide, tenor Gerard Schneider as Arturo, mezzo-soprano Corrie Stallings as Isoletta—and the return of a WCO favorite, baritone Javier Arrey, in the role of Valdeburgo.
Image below: The poster for Vincenzo Bellini's La straniera
Woolly Mammoth Theatre will present Felonious Munk’s Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains), directed by Billy Bungeroth, November 11-December 31. The show tells “the hilarious and harrowing story of how one Black man went from six years in a state prison to a six-figure job in corporate America to a new life as an activist and satirist. Performed by Felonious and a cast of Chicago’s sharpest comedians, the latest installment in the long-running partnership between Woolly and The Second City will combine sketch, stand-up, and music to remind us that true freedom comes only from within.”
Image below: Felonious Munk in Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains) - Photo by Scott Suchman
The 20th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor will be presented to David Letterman on Sunday, October 22.The gala performance will feature some of the biggest names in comedy. Over 33 years, Letterman became the longest-running late-night broadcaster in American history. As a writer, performer, and producer, Letterman is one of the most-nominated individuals in Emmy Award® history - he won 10 times! Letterman is also a two-time Peabody Award winner and a Kennedy Center Honoree.