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Modfest, Vassar’s Annual Arts Festival, Explores Movement in the Arts and Celebrates its 17th Year

Modfest, Vassar College’s annual exploration of the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries, celebrates its 17th season with the theme, “In Motion” and, fittingly, will expand beyond the Vassar campus to present a production in historic downtown Poughkeepsie.

Modfest will run January 31-February 10, 2019.

Throughout these two weeks, artists will explore movement in its many forms: from simply discovering what moves, to reflecting on the meaning of motion, to actively being present in the moment. From chaotic string textures that conjure the natural imagery of the tornado season as told by Joshua Roman and the JACK Quartet, to music and the moving image, to the premiere of Richard Wilson’s String Quartet No. 6, Modfest celebrates the diverse ways in which art reflects and moves through our constantly changing world.

This year’s festival marks the first time Modfest is moving off-campus. We are excited to present Ensemble Mik Nawooj in the newly-renovated Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn. Formerly storage for horse-drawn & electric trolleys during the 19th & early-20th centuries, this historic Main Street building will support music, art, and other cultural programming.

Featuring award-winning guest artists, faculty members, and students, Modfest 2019 continues the beloved tradition of music, visual art, dance, film, workshops, and lectures.

MODFEST EVENTS
Ongoing Exhibits

Music Library Online Exhibit
Sarah Canino, music librarian, curates Modfest’s second online exhibit highlighting this year’s composers and musician. Visit http://libguides.vassar.edu/modfest2019.

Freehand: Drawings by Inez Nathaniel Walker
February 1 – April 14, 2019

Inez Nathaniel Walker (1907–1990) made her first drawings while she was serving a sentence for killing a man who had abused her. While in prison she began creating remarkable portraits of her fellow inmates whom she called “bad girls.” Her richly patterned works combine meticulous detail and playful simplicity, forming expressive depictions of her subjects’ personalities and physical attributes. Freehand gathers together works by Walker from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s permanent collection, donated by Pat O’Brien Parsons ’51, along with a number of key loans from private and public collections to present the artist’s first one-person museum exhibition.

Flip Side 2: Creative Practice by Members of the Vassar College Community

January 24 - March 6, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 24, 2019, 5 - 7 pm
Palmer Gallery, College Center, Main Building

Featuring painting, drawing, photography and sculpture by Chad Fust, Karen Gallagher, Pamela Hall, Emilie Houssart, Steve Kenney, Amy Laughlin, George Laws, Jeff Macaluso, Christopher Silverman, & Angela Smith.

EVENTS

Thursday, January 31 - 6:30pm
Opening Night in the Loeb

Join us for the opening reception of Modfest 2019 with a performance by the Vassar College Women’s Chorus featuring “Its Motion Keeps” by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw.
Frances Lehman Loeb Arts Center

Friday, Feb 1 - 7:00pm
Film Screening: Baby Driver

A talented, young getaway driver relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom. With introduction by Vassar Assistant Professor, Tahirih Motazedian.
The Rosenwald Film Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Saturday, Feb 2 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
Viewpoints: Gesture, Music, & Performance

Join us for an interdisciplinary workshop that will explore how the vocabulary of Viewpoints can be applied to music and performance. This workshop is open to current Vassar students and will be led by Senior Lecturer in Music, Drew Minter, and Interdisciplinary Arts Coordinator, Tom Pacio.
Ely Hall, Aula

Saturday, Feb 2 - 8:00pm
Third Honorary Adene and Richard Wilson Concert

The award winning Attacca Quartet presents the world premiere of String Quartet No. 6 by Richard Wilson and Gabriella Smith’s Carrot Revolution. Smith’s innovative work was shaped by diverse influences including Bach, Joni Mitchell, Ligeti, Simon & Garfunkel, and traditions of bluegrass and Georgian folk music. Faculty and guest performers include Susan Botti, soprano, and Sophie Shao, cello. 
Skinner Hall of Music

Sunday, February 3 - 3:00pm
Cabaret “In Motion” Pictures

Students from the Music Department perform songs from the golden age of the silver screen. David Alpher, piano and Jennie Litt, director.
Skinner Hall of Music

Wednesday, February 6 - 8:00pm
Wiley, Windy—Roll and Fall

Looking to invocations of weather in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, multidisciplinary artist Saski Plum Globig ’19 will stage a video and movement installation probing the boundaries of randomness and intention, chance and fate. Popular music and found-soundscapes will interrupt each other, dance will interrupt the everyday body, and caution will be thrown to the winds of extreme and quiet weather.
Old Bookstore, College Center

Thursday, February 7 - 8:00pm
Lecture: Music and Silent Film

Ben Model is one of the nation's leading silent film accompanists, performing on both piano and theatre organ. Over the past 35 years he has created and performed several hundred live scores for silent films on piano and theatre organ. Ben is a resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theatre.
Skinner Hall of Music

Friday, February 8 - 7:00pm
Dance Performance: Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre performs works selected from the current repertory by faculty, students and guest choreographers.

Reservations will be available online beginning January 21. This is a free but ticketed event. General seating. Reservations are required at https://vassardance.tix.com. For additional information please email: dance@vassar.edu or call (845) 437-5541.
Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall

Saturday, February 9 - 4:00pm
Panel Discussion:  Method Sampling and a New Aesthetic

Join Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN) with Assistant Professor Justin Patch, moderator, for a conversation about “new concert music” created by sampling principles of hip-hop and classical music genres.
Skinner Hall of Music

Saturday, February 9 - 8:00pm
Performance:  Ensemble Mik Nawooj at the Trolley Barn

Innovative hip-hop orchestra, Ensemble Mik Nawooj) is led by classically trained composer/pianist, JooWan Kim, with MCs/ lyricists Do D.A.T. and Sandman, with soprano, winds, strings, funky drums, and piano. Described as rigorous, nuanced, and accessible, EMN injects classical compositional techniques into hip-hop favorites and original music.
Poughkeepsie Trolley Barn

Reservations will be available online beginning January 23. This is a free ticketed event. General seating. Reservations are required at https://vassarmusic.tix.com. For more information, please email boxoffice@vassar.edu or call (845) 437-5599.

Sunday, February 10 - 3:00pm
Joshua Roman & JACK Quartet

Cellist Joshua Roman and the acclaimed JACK Quartet perform Roman’s “Tornado Quintet.” Roman is a native of Oklahoma, where the gentle beauty of spring is routinely dismantled by the awesome and destructive power of tornadoes. This piece paints a musical portrait of his childhood storm experiences, using chaotic string textures to conjure up the stunning and terrifying natural imagery of tornado season.
Skinner Hall of Music

All events are free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary unless otherwise noted. For more information about ticketed events, please email: boxoffice@vassar.edu or call (845) 437-5599.

Directions to the Vassar campus, located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, are available at https://www.vassar.edu/visit/how-to-get-here/.


For additional information, call (845) 437-7294 or visit https://arts.vassar.edu.  People with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, January 11, 2019