University of Massachusetts Amherst

Spotlight for January 30, 2009

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Fine Arts Center
20th Annual Friends of the Fine Arts Center Gala & Auction
Saturday, January 31
Hampden Gallery
Timothy Gough
Sunday, February 1 - Thursday, February 26
Hampden Gallery
Kristin Nason: Cold Storage
Sunday, February 1 - Thursday, February 26
Hampden Gallery
Kristin Nason: 16/28: Places/Years
Sunday, February 1 - Thursday, February 26
Arts Council
Single Project Event Grant Deadline
Wednesday, February 4
Center Series
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Wednesday, February 4
University Museum of Contemporary Art
Sheron Rupp: Dialogue With a Collection
Thursday, February 5 - Sunday, March 29
University Museum of Contemporary Art
Miroslaw Balka
Thursday, February 5 - Sunday, May 24
Global Arts
Hot 8 Brass Band
Friday, February 6
Center Series
New Orleans' Own Hot 8 Brass Band
Friday, February 6
Augusta Savage Gallery
Gems in the Valley: A Toast to Nelson Stevens
Monday, February 9 - Friday, March 13

Spotlight for January 30, 2009 > Global Gala--An Evening of International Intrigue
Global Gala--An Evening of International Intrigue
Saturday, January 31, 6:30 p.m. at the Hotel Northampton


The 20th Annual Gala & Auction will whisk you away to four global hot spots. Lose yourself in a cozy London pub, a trendy Tokyo karaoke club, a Buenos Aires tango milonga, or a jumpin' disco--no passorts needed… TICKETS ARE--CALL FOR YOURS NOW! 413-545-2511/800-999-UMAS. Can't be at the event and want to join in the fun--check out our online auction! There's 180 items--from yoga and spa treats to sporting packages to trips to Mexico, London, and Italy! The excitement is building--don't miss out, place your bids now! All proceeds benefit the Fine Arts Center Artist Community Educational Residency Programs.


Celebrating Mardi Gras at the UMass Fine Arts Center
New Orleans' Own Hot 8 Brass Band Comes to Bowker Auditorium


Hot 8 Brass Band

Friday, February 6, 8 PM, Bowker Auditorium

New Orleans' Hot 8 Brass Band captures the rhythm and the pulse of the city's magnificent celebratory street music. Hot 8 performs music of the honored Second Line tradition, infusing the funk and energy that make New Orleans music loved around the world. Longtime featured artists at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Hot 8 Brass Band was recently featured in the Spike Lee documentary, When the Levees Broke. Don’t miss this exciting musical odyssey into the timeless spirit and soul of "The Big Easy."

Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the American Masterpieces initiative, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.

Reserved Seating: $25, $15; Five College/GCC students and Youth 17 and under, $15. Call 800-999-UMAS or 545-2511, or visit our online ticket booth.

The Arts Give Back:
For our furry friends, please bring an item from the Dakin Humane Society’s wish list. Visit their web site for a list of needs.


Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Performs at the FAC Concert Hall
Highly-Regarded Dance Troupe Visits UMass


Recognized worldwide for its exuberant, athletic, and eclectic approach to dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has been an innovative force in contemporary dance for over three decades. This program features the fluid and unpredictable movements of choreographer Doug Varone's latest work, The Constant Shift of Pulse. The intricate and visually powerful piece illuminates purity of movement, as the dancers test the boundaries of an engaging emotional and physical landscape. "Take a deep breath, because Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is going to take your breath away," writes The Washington Post.

Pre-performance talk by HSDC Associate Artistic Director Lucas Crandall from 6:45 – 7:15 PM in Lobby.

Reserved Seating: $40, $30, $15; Five College/GCC students and Youth 17 and under, $15. Call 800-999-UMAS or 545-2511, or visit our online ticket booth.


When the Levees Broke
A Spike Lee Documentary


As the world watched in horror, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005. Like many who watched the unfolding drama on television news, director Spike Lee was shocked not only by the scale of the disaster, but by the slow, inept and disorganized response of the emergency and recovery effort. Lee was moved to document this modern American tragedy, a morality play witnessed by people all around the world. The result is WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS.

The film will be shown in 2 parts on on Sunday, February 1. Run time of each part is approximately 2 hours.

Herter 227
Part I at 2pm
Part II at 5pm
Free and open to the public


Kristen Nason


The title 16/28 refers to the 16 places 28-years-old Umass alumna artist, Kristin Nason has lived. In her artist statement, Nason explains:

"Initially, upon beginning the series, my ideas were focused on change--specifically the changes associated with moving and relocation, and their effects on an individual. However, as I began to work I realized it was more accurately about a lack of change. Place and experience shape me, but I move forward with the majority of my innate tendencies and sensibilities intact. In addition, this series attempts to address the rift between one's experience of place, and the detached objectivity of documents that describe only its physical characteristics."

The use of only black and white film for the self-portraits, as well as the absence of significant variation of facial expression, suggests limited personal change, while the overlaid color satallite maps point to the place where physical location meets personal experience.


Hampden Gallery Presents Timothy Gough
Debut Solo Exhibition: The Resulting Effect



In his debut solo exhibition The Resulting Effect at Hampden Gallery, UMass alumni artist Timothy Gough sculpts with large quantities of a single object, Gough arranges and manipulates these items until their most provocative form is revealed.See the show and your perception of quotidian objects such as nails, staples and ping pong balls may never be the same!

This free exhibit will be on view at Hampden Gallery from February 1 through February 26.


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