Beat on the Street: Second Lines, Mardi Gras and the Photography of Gary Samson
Escape the grey and white of the winter landscape into a world of color and celebration at the University of New Hampshire Museum in Dimond Library in Durham.
The documentary film Bury the Hatchet will be shown on Wednesday, February 12 at 3 p.m. in Theatre One in the Memorial Union Building at UNH Durham. Folklorist Burt Feintuch will lead a post-screening discussion with Chief Alfred Doucette of the Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indian tribe. Chief Doucette, who is featured in the film, will share samples of his handmade feather and beadwork suits. Learn more about the film at www.burythehatchetfilm.com.
A reception with photographer Gary Samson, Chief Doucette and Burt Feintuch will be held on Wednesday, February 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
New Orleans is known for its Mardi Gras "krewe" celebrations with floats, beads, music, and food during its annual world-renowned
Gary Samson is Chair of the Photography Department at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. His work as a filmmaker and photographer have taken him to locations around the globe. Samson's photos are in the permanent collections of the Currier Museum of Art, the UNH Museum, the State of New Hampshire, the National Archives, and numerous private collections.
The University Museum will display Samson's photos from
Monday, February 10 through Friday, March 28.
The exhibition will be open Monday through Friday from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays when the Library is open from noon to 4 p.m.
For more information, contact Dale Valena at 862-1081 or
The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to theatre KAPOW for a series of play readings at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester. The ARTiculate Playreading Series will feature new or rarely produced plays that relate to special exhibitions at the Currier or objects or artists in the museum's permanent collection. The readings will be followed by facilitated discussions of the topics explored in each play.
The series began in September and continues in March with a reading of Red, winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play, on Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m. This winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play will be read in relation to Untitled (Red over Brown), 1967 by Mark Rothko, which is in the Currier's permanent collection. Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York's famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, RED is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. The playreading will be followed by a facilitated discussion.
Each play reading is free with museum admission and includes a discussion led by an expert in the fields of dramatic literature or visual arts to give the audience a chance to reflect on the play and the themes and issues it presents. Visitors are then welcome to explore the galleries to view the related artwork. Admission at the Currier is $12 for adults. Free passes may be obtained in advance at more than 90 New Hampshire public libraries.
To learn more, visit theatreKAPOW's website.
What does Islam have to do with us? How do the connected histories of Muslim and Judeo-Christian cultures help explain the current political and religious divides? The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the Kingston Community Library for a dynamic, multi-part series exploring Islamic history and culture and the connections between the Middle East and the West.
Titled Bridging Cultures: Understanding the Middle East & What it Means Today, the series will include lectures, film and book discussions, teacher professional development and a presentation to high school students in Sanborn Regional High School. Ambitious anywhere, this project brings to New Hampshire citizens multiple opportunities to learn about a topic of global significance guided by nationally- and internationally-known scholars. In addition to the New Hampshire Humanities Council grant, parts of the series are supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Let's Talk About It book talk grant and the Prince Alaweed Bin Talal Center for Christian Muslim Understanding at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Dr. Ethel Sarah Wolper, Associate Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern History at the University of New Hampshire, serves as the project humanities expert.
The project began in October and continues on March 13 at 7 p.m. when teachers, students and the public will have a number of opportunities to hear NEH Bridging Cultures Arab history education consultant Susan L. Douglass at the Sanborn Regional High School. The final lecture will be presented by Ali Asani, Harvard University Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, on April 9, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the library.
To learn more about this project and future events, visit the library's website.