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Bard College at Simon’s Rock March Line-Up: Affordable, Year-Round Culture in the Berkshires

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces its event line-up for the month of March. All events listed are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted. From visual and performing arts to lectures and readings, the Simon’s Rock campus offers residents numerous opportunities to delve into cultural events—free of charge. For more event information, or parking instructions, visit the College’s frequently updated online calendar.

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Friday, March 5, 2010 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Fisher Science and Academic Center
Interactive Lab Workshops for middle and high school girls

As part of the International Women's Day Conference: "Women in the Sciences Making a Difference,” the college will hold interactive lab workshops. Female members of Bard College at Simon’s Rock’s math and science faculty will lead workshops, which will include demonstrations in biology, chemistry, computer science, and math. A pizza reception will follow.

More information
Email iwd@simons-rock.edu or call 413-528-7394

Friday, March 5, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. — The Atrium Gallery in the Alumni Library
Opening Reception for Stephanie Cohen: Figures, Fruit, & Flowers

Former attorney and dancer/choreographer Stephanie Cohen is a self-taught artist who has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Massachusetts and New York City. The exhibition continues through March 19, 2010.

The Atrium Gallery in the Alumni Library
Hours: Weekdays 8:30-midnight, Weekends 11:00 – midnight
On Facebook: Bard College at Simon's Rock Gallery/Exhibitions
Exhibitions Office: 413.528.7389
Contact: Margaret Cherin, Exhibitions Curator, mcherin@simons-rock.edu

Saturday, March 6, 2010 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. • Daniel Arts Center
International Women's Day Conference: "Women in the Sciences Making a Difference"

Opening the event will be Berkshire County native Adelene Perkins, CEO of a multi-million dollar Boston-based biotechnology firm specializing in developing oncology medications. Perkins, who combined her Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering with a Harvard MBA in business, will use her own story, beginning with her early math and science education at Taconic High School in Pittsfield, to underline the importance of STEM education in propelling women into fields where they really can make a difference.

The keynote will be followed by two roundtable discussions:

  • “We Can! Educating Girls in STEM,” with Dr. Yvonne Spicer, Vice President of Advocacy and Educational Partnership at the National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science Boston; and Ann Pollina, Head of Westover School, founder of the Westover/RPI WISE Program and founding board member of a new Rwandan STEM school for girls. Jane Burke, founding director of the Flying Cloud Institute and the Young Women in Science Program at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, will moderate.
  • “We Do! Women’s Impact on the STEM Fields,” with Professor of biology at Smith College, Virginia Hayssen, who is the author of a major study of Smith College women science faculty; and Dr. Demet Gural, Vice President for Programs at Pathfinder International, an international organization dedicated to improving reproductive and health services for women in developing countries. Joy Lapseritis, professor of marine biology at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, will moderate.

The afternoon will conclude with an illustrated lecture by Dr. Zafra Lerman, distinguished professor of science and public policy and director of the Institute for Science Education and Science Communications (ISESC) at Columbia College in Chicago. Dr. Lerman, a chemist, is also a dedicated human rights activist. She has chaired the American Chemical Society Subcommittee on Scientific Freedom and Human Rights since 1986, and has worked tirelessly on behalf of the human rights of scientists in the former Soviet Union, Cuba, and the Middle East. The recipient of numerous awards for her work in science education and human rights, Dr. Lerman has focused her efforts more recently on bringing together the science community of twelve Middle Eastern nations for annual conferences aimed at enabling scientists to work together to identify collaborative solutions to critical regional problems, ultimately working towards world peace.

An Interactive Lab Workshop aimed specifically at local middle school and high school girls will be held on Friday, March 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Fisher Science & Academic Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

More information.
email iwd@simons-rock.edu or call 413-528-7394

Saturday, March 13, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. until Sunday, March 14, 6:30 a.m.— (adjacent to the Liebowtiz Gallery)
Visual Installation: Kristin Jones’ New Work: Behold

Bridges Visiting Artist Kristin Jones presents Behold, a visual installation and nightlong vigil. Viewers will gather at the southwest exterior corner of the Liebowitz building, across from the College’s central campus at the intersection of Hurlburt and Alford Roads, throughout the course of the evening.

Behold will be a nightlong vigil, “an opportunity for the public to join in a collective moment of suspended contemplation on time,” states Jones, a New York-based visual artist best known for her large-scale work for the public domain, including Tevereterno for the Tiber River in Rome; Oculus for the World Trade Center subway station and Metronome for Union Square in New York.

Focusing upon a single, dramatically lit, grand oak on the Simon’s Rock campus, Behold will begin just before sunset and conclude just after sunrise. Viewers will be invited to participate in the event, to pause and observe the nightfall and eventual dawn around the iconic tree, which will be illuminated by a circle of brilliant, warm light.

An onsite camera will capture an image every thirty seconds, to be woven into a time-lapse film that will, Jones says, “reveal, through the acceleration of time, the passage of light and dark across the ancient, still form, witness to generations of light and dark, seasons and change.”

Jones will also give a public talk and visual presentation of her work at the Lecture Center on Monday, March 15, at 6:00 p.m.
More information on the artist.

Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. — Kellogg Music Center
Faculty Recital: Viola and Piano: Ron Carbone and Anne Chamberlain

Bard College at Simon’s Rock faculty member Anne Chamberlain and guest artist Ron Carbone will perform works by Bach, Ernest Bloch, Brahms, Rebecca Clark, and Michail Glinka.

Ronald Carbone, violist, enjoys a diverse musical life encompassing chamber music, recording and solo performances. He is principal violist of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s as well an associate member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. For ten years he was an ensemble member of Spectrum Concerts,Berlin and the Composers String Quartet. He is also on the faculty of Vassar College and the Chamber Music Conference at Bennington College. He currently has recordings on Naxos, CRI, Albany, and Reference-Records, Labels. Mr. Carbone was a member of the Portsmouth Chamber Ensemble, the Lexington Trio and the Griffes string Quartet, recipients of the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music, Inc. award and two Artists International awards. He was also a member of the Atlanta Orchestra Symphony and Barcelona City Orchestra.

Anne Chamberlain, pianist, has concertized extensively as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United State and Europe. Her numerous performances have included concerts at Alice Tully Hall and Town Hall in New York City, as well as appearances at other major halls, music festivals and universities, where she has premiered many works by her contemporaries. The Portland (Maine) Concert Association awarded Ms. Chamberlain the John Knowles Paine Award in recognition of her performances of American music of the late 20th Century. In recent years she has performed in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, coaching and accompanying singers from the Viet Nam National Opera Company and giving chamber music concerts with leading instrumentalists in the Ha Noi community. With these musicians she appeared on VNTV, and Ha Noi FM radio.

Monday, March 15, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. — Lecture Center
Lecture and Visual Presentation: Artist Kristin Jones

Bridges Visiting Artist Kristin Jones will give a public talk and visual presentation of her most recent work, Behold.
More information on the artist.

Monday, March 15, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. — Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science and Academic Center
Lecture: Micro-Financing

Tony Sheldon, a lecturer in economic development and Executive Director of the Program on Social Enterprise at the Yale School of Management, will speak on micro-financing. He is the also founder and principal of Bering Consulting, which since 1990 has worked with microfinance institutions in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe, mainly in the areas of financial management and business planning.

Presented by Kiva at Simon’s Rock. A non-profit organization, Kiva is the world's first online micro-lending platform. Its mission is to connect people globally and alleviate poverty through lending.

Ongoing Exhibitions:

Through Sunday, March 21, 2010 — The Gallery at Liebowitz
Exhibition: Garden Belle & Boil: Ann Daly & Melissa Gywn

Gwyn's painting and Daly's interdisciplinary art practices vary widely in approach and media, yet there are shared interests in the traditionally feminized and hence denigrated 'lesser arts' of landscape, garden, decoration and ornament. Both artists utilize exaggeration or excess as visual tropes and foster dialog with the legacies of surrealism and Duchamp through a feminist vantage. The exhibition was conceptualized around the notion that these associations along with intersecting and contrasting engagements would be held in play through the pairing of their current projects. Gwyn and Daly met while graduate students at Yale and have maintained a dialog over time.

Melissa Gwyn’s work was recently featured in a traveling group exhibition organized by the Tang Museum at Skidmore College. She’s has had one person shows at Feigen Contemporary, Stux Gallery, White Columns in New York, the Kohler Art Center in Wisconsin, and group shows in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, London and Japan. Her work has been reviewed in Art Forum, Time Out, Village Voice, Art News, New York Times, Arts Magazine, Chemistry World and other publications. Gwyn currently teaches at the University of California at Santa Cruz. For this show Gwyn is exhibiting two oil paintings in addition to twelve watercolor and gouache sketches she created while traveling in Nepal and Indonesia. These works, begun in 2006 and most completed in 2010 represent a departure from her oil practice. In these paintings Gwyn comes to terms with the relative permanence of the mark in water medium, a contrast from the greasy malleability of oil paint. In each abstract sketch, flows of watery puddles merge with broken bits and skins of pigment and renderings of agglomerating organic life.

Ann Daly is the recent recipient of a John Anson Kittredge Fund grant supporting work on Anti-monuments: Versailles (A Stereoscopic Vision, A-view, A-wry) and Anti-monuments: In and around Felipe's Country Haunt (re-staging Grandpa's Garden). Daly is an alum of the Yale School of Art and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. She lives and works in Queens, New York and has exhibited in the U.S, Canada, Germany, France, and Sweden. Earlier portions of Anti-monuments were published in Cabinet Magazine and as part of Jochen Gerz’s Anthology of Art (exhibitions, catalog, book and web project). Her work has been written about or reviewed in Artforum, Cabinet Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Artpress International, PAJ/Performing Arts Journal, World Art, The Village Voice, Multiplier, The Art Journal, The New York Times, and other publications. Her work was included in Catsou Roberts' Narrative Urge exhibitions in New York (Lombard-Fried Fine Arts) and Sweden (Uppsala Konstmuseum), and she is the recipient of a grant from Art Matters (NY).

The Gallery at Liebowitz is open Friday – Sunday, noon – 5:00 p.m. or by appointment.

On Facebook: Bard College at Simon's Rock Gallery/Exhibitions
Exhibitions at Simon's Rock
Exhibitions Office: 413.528.7389
Contact: Margaret Cherin, Exhibitions Curator, mcherin@simons-rock.edu

For more event information, please visit the Events page. Event dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit the website for the most up-to-date information.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the nation’s only college designed expressly to educate bright, highly motivated students after the tenth or eleventh grade. Founded in 1966 as the nation’s first and only early college, Simon’s Rock joined the Bard College system in 1979. It maintains its own campus in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (the heart of the culture-rich Berkshires), and unique identity as a supportive intellectual home for early college students. Bard College at Simon’s Rock enrolls approximately 450 full-time students, and grants both Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 40 academic concentrations.