Alumni Weekend | October 2 & 3, 2015

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Alumni Weekend! We'll share photos from the event as soon as they are available.

To celebrate the School of the Arts 50th year, please join us on campus for our first-ever Alumni Weekend, where you can reconnect with classmates and faculty, attend panels and discussions on topics relevant to artists, meet potential new collaborators, and have fun.


Friday, October 2

6:30 p.m. FREE Exclusive Preview of The 33, followed by a conversation with director and Film Alumna Patricia Riggen ('03)
Join us for an exclusive pre-screening of The 33, the story of the 2010 Chilean mining disaster where 33 miners were trapped underground for 69 days. Starring Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, and Juliette Binoche, and directed by Film alumna Patricia Riggen ('03), the film is slated for release on November 13.

9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Reception on Dodge Plaza
Following the screening, we will host an informal reception on Dodge Plaza, where you can reconnect with your School of the Arts colleagues and meet new ones.
Saturday, October 2

Saturday, October 3

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Registration in Miller Theatre Lobby and Breakfast on Dodge Plaza

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion in Miller Theatre: "The Role of the Arts in Society in Times of Social Change"
What is the role of art in society, particularly in a time of social unrest? Should art propose solutions to society’s problems, or is it enough merely to reflect our troubled times, to bear witness to what happens and to raise awareness? Conversely, should art be kept free of such responsibilities, serving instead to exemplify a kind of imaginative liberty one might value per se if not even require, offering a sense of release from one’s circumstances, however brief or illusory, without which life might be too hard to bear? As an artist, do you feel closer to one of these two proposed models of art-making? Has your orientation evolved over time? Is it possible that both models are legitimate, each in its way, and if so, can they made to cooperate—does it have to be one or the other?

Panelists: Tory Bailey (Theatre Faculty and Executive Director, Theatre Development Fund), Orhan Pamuk (Writing Faculty), Shelly Silver (Visual Arts Chair), and Claudia Rankine ('93 Writing)
Moderator: Timothy Donnelly ('98 Writing, Writing Chair)

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Lunch on Dodge Plaza and Viewing of Student Work in Dodge Hall

1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Bodies Burning at the Edges walk through with curators Serra Victoria Fels ('16 Visual Arts) and Jonah King ('16 Visual Arts) (Neiman Gallery, 310 Dodge Hall)

1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Readings by current Writing students (501 Dodge Hall)

1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Viewing of 2015 Thesis Films (511 Dodge Hall)

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Discussion with Theatre Faculty and Students (413 Dodge Hall)

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion in Miller Theatre: "Divergence/Convergence"
There's never been a better time to be a creator of content -- unless you're someone who can't stand being called "a creator of content." Our panelists are all artists who work at the intersection of at least two media. We'll ask them about their survival strategies, their decision-making processes, and their assessment of what it takes to break through the clutter of the media landscape to connect with an audience.

Panelists: David Henry Hwang (Theatre Faculty), Jon Kamen (Film Producer and founder of, Ingrid Jungermann (Filmmaker), and Opeyemi Olukemi (Senior Director, Interactive Media, Tribeca Film Institute)
Moderator: Jack Lechner (Film Faculty)

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception at The Italian Academy
Following the day’s panels we will host a festive reception on campus at The Italian Academy (117th and Amsterdam).

8:00 p.m. Laurie Anderson (Visual Arts '75) at the Park Avenue Armory
We have secured tickets to iconic performance artist Laurie Anderson’s show at The Armory. Anderson expands upon her work with storytelling and technology in her latest artwork, creating a site-specific environment that uses telepresence to examine memory, monuments, and prohibited space. Tickets are $45 and can be found under "Additional Items" on page 2 of the Alumni Weekend registration process. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.


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