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Tibetan Opera Coming to Emory

March 19th, 2013 No comments

A Tibetan opera, “Sukyi Nyima” meaning “As Radiant As the Sun,” will be performed in conjunction with Tibet Week at Emory (March 25-29, 2013).

Resident artist and Tibetan folksinger Techung will lead a cast of professionals and Emory students in the performance of the opera on Saturday, April 6, at 4 p.m. in Cannon Chapel.

Emory’s performance of Sukyi Nyima is dedicated to Gen Norbu Tsering-la, who passed away on March 14, 2013, in Dharamsala, India.  Gen-la served as the opera master at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) from the late 60s until he retired in 1996.  He trained hundreds of artists during his tenure at the Institute, including our resident artist, Techung.  He will be lovingly remembered as a pivotal figure in preserving Ache Lhamo (Tibetan opera) for future generations.

The event is co-sponsored by the Emory-Tibet Partnership, the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, the Department of Religion at Emory, among others.

Related Links

See links to review and clips from the performance

See video with Jamyang Norbu talking about producing Tibetan operas in Dharamsala, India

Video profile of Techung

Techung and Guang Wang on Performing Traditional Tibetan Sacred Music Together

Techung and Guang Wang in Concert

5th Annual Creativity & Arts Soiree

September 4th, 2012 No comments

The Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts hosts the fifth annual Creativity & Arts Soiree Friday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Everyone is invited to join in this celebration of the arts at Emory.

This year’s Soiree also launches a yearlong celebration of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts 10th Anniversary. Opened in February 2003, the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts is the place where teaching, learning and performance merge to create a vital arts presence for Emory and the community.

A reception and presentation of the Creativity & Arts Awards, recognizing Emory and metro Atlanta community members who have made significant contributions to the arts in Atlanta, begins at 6:45 p.m. in the Chace Upper Lobby of the Schwartz Center.

Award winners include…

  • Community Impact Arts Administrator: Daren Wang
  • Community Impact Artist: Blake Beckham
  • Community Impact Artist: Ariel Fristoe
  • Alumni: Leo Saguiguit
  • Faculty: Dr. Maximilian Aue
  • Staff: Hal Jacobs
  • Healthcare: Maureen Jenci Shelton
  • Undergraduate student: Rebecca Levitan
  • Volunteer: Dr. Jim Hund

Living Mandala Takes Root at Emory

April 27th, 2012 No comments

It all began with a trip to Dharamsala, India, in the summer of 2010.

An Emory Arts delegation comprised of University vice president and secretary Rosemary Magee, visual arts professor Julia Kjelgaard, dance professor Anna Leo, director of education at the Carlos Museum Elizabeth Hornor, associate VP of communications Nancy Seideman, senior editor Hal Jacobs and others met with His Holiness the Karmapa, one of the highest incarnate lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

At his monastery, along with Emory-Tibet Partnership director Geshe Lobsang Negi, an Emory study-abroad class and guests, they learned about the Karmapa’s idea to develop a  Living Mandala as a creative way of inspiring Tibetans and others to appreciate and value the environment. For the Karmapa, the construction is a spiritual practice much like the Tibetan Buddhist practice of the “mandala offering,” whereby the spiritual aspirant offers up the entire universe in purified form to the enlightened beings. (A mandala is a sacred representation of the universe as it appears from the perspective of full enlightenment.)

The seed was planted, leading the Emory Arts delegation to collaborate with others on campus to create a space that would reflect the convergence of spirituality, environmental care, healing, and the arts. Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, dean of the Chapel and Religious Life, offered to host this Living Mandala in the Pitts Garden so as to honor those who have come before us and whose memories continue to live among us.

On seeing the work in progress, Lobsang Nyandak, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Representative to the U.S., said he believes it is the first living mandala in North America.

The garden was kicked off with a public ground laying and a blessing ceremony on March 26, 2012,  led by Geshe Lobsang Negi and monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery. Students and the public, under the direction of University Landscape Architect James Johnson, moved dirt and gravel and tended to plants over the next several days. The final consecration ceremony was held March 29 with the Drepung Loseling monks in attendance.

See Emory news release about 2012 Tibet Week

Short Videos about Emory’s Living Mandala

Photo #1 by Juana Clem McGhee, #2 by Myron McGhee, #3 by Hal Jacobs.

Everett’s “First Life” Imagines the Chemical Origins of Life

March 20th, 2012 No comments

Composer Steve Everett, a professor of music, imagines the origins of life through music — live with the Vega String Quartet and prerecorded — and video, with a little audience participation, in the debut of “First Life,” performed on March 4th in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The multimedia piece also features spoken word by David Lynn, Martha Grover, and others.

The composition was supported by the Center for Chemical Evolution, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA.

First Life [74 minutes, 5 videos]: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

Read Emory Report article (March 1, 2012)

Billy Collins Creativity Conversation

March 13th, 2012 No comments

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, English professor and MARBL curator Kevin Young, and Emory University Vice President and Secretary Rosemary Magee discuss the creative process and the influence of experiences and ideas (January 30, 2012, at Cannon Chapel). Collins, a well-known NPR guest, fills his poetry with insightful observations into everyday life, sometimes exploring difficult themes with thoughtful humor.

The author of eight collections, including “The Trouble with Poetry” (2005), “Ballistics” (2008), and “Horoscopes for the Dead” (2011), Collins has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and was the inaugural recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry. A former New York Public Library “Literary Lion,” he is a distinguished professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York.

Mandalas Coming to Emory This Spring

January 11th, 2012 No comments

 

Mark your calendars so you can check out the full range of traditional, contemporary and living mandalas that are coming to Emory this spring (from Jan. 21 to April 15).

The Carlos Museum will feature an exhibition that displays different types of mandalas, including paintings, three-dimensional works, portable mandalas, and ritual objects that are related to mandala ceremonies. Many of the works are from the collection of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, and the show also includes masterpieces from other museums and private collections from around the world.

At the Visual Arts Gallery, an exhibit will bring together contemporary artists who explore the mandala form as artistic expression and as a tool for transformation and balance in the world.  This exploration takes many forms, from redrafting traditional visual depictions to the use of new materials, to the performance body participating in the mandala form. A mandala by New York artist and Morehouse College alumnus Sanford Biggers forms the centerpiece of the gallery, providing a dynamic space for music and dance.

A photographic exhibit of Tibetan monks painting sand mandalas by Myron McGhee, photographer and Juana Clem McGhee, curator, can be found in the Cox Hall Computing Center (Jan. 17 – May 31).

A “Living Mandala” designed by Emory landscape architect James R. Johnson and Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery, with help from Emory students, will be made from perennials in the Pitts Garden at Cannon Chapel.

Coinciding with Emory’s exhibitions (from Feb. 5 to May 6), Oglethorpe University Museum of Art presents 40 original mandalas created by Jung’s patients during the course of their treatment between 1926 and 1945. Viewers will learn about the creative analytical process and the symbols contained within the mandalas. This is the first-ever exhibition of a group of these mandalas by Jung’s patients and is courtesy of the Carl Jung Institute in Kusnacht, Switzerland.

The first public event is a lecture by Dr. Christian Luczantits, curator at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, on Monday, January 23 at 7:30pm.

The Drepung Loseling monks will be constructing a large sand mandala inside the Carlos Museum’s third floor gallery from February 1-11 (Emory’s annual Tibet Week will run from March 26-31). Many other events are planned and are described in more detail via the link below.

More information on mandala events

*Above photo of “Mandala of the B-Bodhisattva II,” 2001, Sanford Biggers with David Ellis, silkscreen on hand-carved colored rubber tiles, formica backing. 16ft x 16ft, courtesy of the artists.

 

Speed Draw for the Arts at Emory

November 20th, 2011 No comments

 

To show the range of artistic energy at Emory, junior Taylor Trew (Art History & Visual Arts major) illustrates some of the main areas of activity across the Emory and Oxford campuses. It would be impossible to capture everything in 2 minutes — for that you should check out the Arts at Emory website.

The project was sponsored by Emory’s “Creativity: Art and Innovation” and Emory College’s Center for Creativity & Arts (October 2011).

Get Creative at the Art Lock-in

September 14th, 2011 No comments

 

The Emory Arts Club is holding an all night “Art Lock-in” (except you won’t actually be locked in) on Saturday, Sept. 17th, at the Visual Arts building from 9 pm to 9am. Arts supplies, workshops, food and coffee will be provided. Live bands will perform. All students are invited.

Talking about Creativity at the Arts Soiree

September 12th, 2011 No comments

 

 

In these YouTube videos from the 2011 Arts Soiree,  Emory College students and Dean Robin Forman talk about the power of creativity in their lives.

The Soiree brought out hundreds of students and faculty to exchange ideas, sample art programs and opportunities at Emory — as well as make music, art and dance in front of the Schwartz Center.

Marshall Duke recognized by Oxford American

August 25th, 2011 No comments

 

The current edition of Oxford American (August 2011) “hunted in colleges throughout the region to find influential educators admired by their students and colleagues, whose classrooms serve as forums for social change, whose homes become their classrooms, and, in some cases, whose assignments become homes.”

It should come as no surprise to anyone at Emory that Marshall Duke, Candler Professor of Psychology, was chosen. According to the article:

Professor Marshall Duke’s classes always start off sweet. This approach is based on an old Talmudic practice, where teachers begin their lessons by putting something sweet on their students’ tongues. “I bring in cookies or lollipops to tend to the basic needs we all have. The notion is that learning is a sweet thing.”


Duke has taught psychology at Emory University for the last forty-one years. Two decades ago, he began offering interdisciplinary courses, a method that was particularly groundbreaking, and has since increased in popularity. “It’s more than a trend, it’s a movement,” he explains. “The disciplines are artificially separated. We are in different buildings but we don’t have to be in different places intellectually.” These classes focus on concepts like “Personality in Theater, Art, Music, Literature, and Dance” or “A Novel Approach to the Study of Human Behavior: The Psychology of Fiction.” This past spring he hosted a course called “Fictional People in Literature and Real Life” with his colleague, Professor Walter Reed of Emory’s Department of English, with whom he’s been planning and trading ideas for ten years. “It is challenging to co-teach. We meet for an hour before the class starts and an hour after class is over.”

Professor Duke’s teaching involves Socratic-style dialogues—he asks maddeningly hard questions like “Is there a relationship between creativity and personality?” “Socrates had it right,” Duke says. “Asking questions is much more important than providing answers. It’s more important for people to live with confusion and come up with ideas on their own than to have answers presented to them. I give puzzles and won’t provide answers for weeks.” In this vein, he once showed his students a YouTube video of Salvador Dalí tearing himself out of an egg with a knife and throwing fake blood. He asked his students if they thought Dalí was crazy. Duke says simply, “It’s a question, you know. Is it art or insanity?”

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