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Arts & Culture

The “State of Urgency” exhibition can be viewed through a west-facing glass window in the Cohen Gallery of the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.

Brown Arts Initiative’s ‘Remaking the Real’ Festival reimagined in hybrid format

October 1, 2020 0 comments

The Brown Arts Initiative invited students to join in “Remaking the REAL,” this past week, engaging artists, media makers and art and media theorists in conversations related to images and narratives of reality. 

Sydney Skybetter, a contemporary dance choreographer, is teaching ARTS1000: “🎵 I’m So Alone 🎵: The Art of Surveilled Bodies Amidst a Global Epidemiological Cluster#@%$,” which covers the current realities of COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement and political unrest.

Fall 2020 ARTS1000 workshop facilitates discussions on artistic practice in a COVID-19 reality

September 30, 2020 0 comments

Students are exploring the current realities of COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement and political unrest in ARTS1000: “🎵 I’m So Alone 🎵: The Art of Surveilled Bodies Amidst a Global Epidemiological Cluster#@%$,” an interdisciplinary arts workshop offered by the Brown Arts Initiative this fall. 

Outside of buildings at the Rhode Island School of Design, groups of students draw, sketch and paint while sitting six feet apart from each other.

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RISD holds some classes outside amid pandemic

September 29, 2020 0 comments

Outside of buildings at the Rhode Island School of Design, large white tents are spread across various corners of campus. Under these tents, groups of students are seen drawing, sketching and painting while sitting six feet apart from each other.

The Social Dilemma, which has gained popularity on Netflix, was released on the site Sept. 9.

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‘The Social Dilemma’ unveils dangers behind social media but offers blank solutions

September 29, 2020 0 comments

“Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse.” Director Jeff Orlowski opens his documentary, “The Social Dilemma,” with this ominous quote from Sophocles, reminding audiences of the downside of powerful social media tools. 

A panel of University community members met to discuss the bronze, life-size replica of the original marble Caesar Augustus statue and the spirit of “colonial imperialism” it embodies. Suggestions ranged from removing the statue completely to replacing it with indigenous art.

Town hall explores function, history of Brown’s statues and monuments

September 28, 2020 6 comments

Brown students, faculty and alums logged onto Zoom to attend a town hall on the meaning and implications of the statues and monuments that decorate Brown’s campus.

Disney fumbles live-action adaptation of Mulan

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Disney fumbles live-action adaptation of Mulan

September 23, 2020 0 comments

In Disney’s 2020 attempt to resuscitate the 1998 animated film, much of the nostalgic charm of the original “Mulan” is deadened for the sake of aesthetic value and purported maturation — not to mention political controversy beyond the screen. 

The Award-winning A24 Documentary “Boys State,” which follows high school students participating in the Texas Boys State conference, will be screened by the University on Oct. 9.

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Documentary ‘Boys State’ exposes ideological failures in the American political system

September 21, 2020 0 comments

“Boys State,” directed by filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, swept 2020 festival circuits and won the U.S. Documentary Competition Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

List Art Center, where many VISA courses normally take place, is now empty, while the courses are changed to both online and hybrid models to meet students' needs.

Students respond to taking hybrid, remote visual art classes

September 20, 2020 0 comments

Upon hearing the University’s announcement that classes would operate mostly online, Rebecca Ho ’21, visual art and biology concentrator and co-head Herald photo editor, was worried that she would not be able to complete her visual art concentration requirements.

Temma Schaechter ’21 sings emotional, healing songs at livestreamed concert

Temma Schaechter ’21 sings emotional, healing songs at livestreamed concert

September 17, 2020 0 comments

On Thursday, Sept. 17, the Brown Arts Initiative welcomed students to a livestreamed “Living Room Concert” by Temma Schaechter ’21, a musician and aspiring psychologist who performed a series of original songs accompanied by a discussion of emotional processing through music.

‘Tenet’ revives flatlining film industry amid pandemic times with exhilarating, mind-bending spectacle

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‘Tenet’ revives flatlining film industry amid pandemic times with exhilarating, mind-bending spectacle

September 16, 2020 0 comments

Morale is low in the entertainment industry. With Disney’s live-action adaptation of the 1988 animated classic Mulan all-but-abandoned on streaming services and the forthcoming Bond film delayed for months, the COVID-19 pandemic has sunk the film industry to new lows.