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Bard College at Simon’s Rock Upcoming September Events: Affordable, Year-Round Culture in the Berkshires

August 27, 2010

Contact: Alice Myers
Events Editor and Publicist
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
(413) 528-7443

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces its upcoming events in September. 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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Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - Friday, October 22, 2010 — The Atrium Gallery, Alumni Library
Artist’s Reception & Gallery Talk: Friday, September 3, 2010, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Photographs, Collages and Monoprints by Karen Skelton

The Exhibitions Program of Bard College at Simon’s Rock will open its 2010-2011 season at the Atrium Gallery with an exhibition by Great Barrington-based artist Karen Skelton. An Artist’s Reception & Gallery Talk will take place on Friday, September 3, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The exhibition runs from Wednesday, September 1 to Friday, October 22, 2010.

Skelton first picked up a camera when she arrived in New York City in 1976 to study at the School of Visual Arts and it became a life-long inspiration and creative outlet in her career as an artist, printmaker, and graphic designer. Skelton’s early work for the renowned and influential graphic designer Milton Glaser led her into successful creations of wall paper and fabric design for companies such as F. Schumacher. Breaking out on her own, Skelton founded Potluck Studios, a ceramic-based design company that climbed to international sales and acclaim. Currently Skelton is a partner in LookWrite, a graphic design and publications team based in Great Barrington.

For Skelton, photography can be an end in itself or a means to another image. She often uses the photos as raw material for creating another piece such as a collage, or works with the colors and adds layer, or creates a miniseries based on a theme. Skelton’s foundational belief in photography is that the act of taking a photograph has already transformed the subject entirely. The artist strives to move away from “designing” to a more personal and layered expression, with no need to exclude or choose.

The Atrium Gallery is located within the Alumni Library at Simon’s Rock. The gallery is open during regular library hours while the college is in session: weekdays 8:30 a.m. – midnight and weekends 11:00 a.m. - midnight.

On Facebook: Bard College at Simon's Rock Gallery/Exhibitions
Exhibitions Office: 413.528.7389
Contact: Margaret Cherin, Exhibitions Curator,

Friday, September 10, 2010 to Friday, October 22, 2010 — The Gallery at Liebowitz
Artist’s Reception & Gallery Talk: Friday, September 10, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Charles Thomas O’Neil: Standing on the Peel

The Exhibitions Program of Bard College at Simon’s Rock will open its 2010-2011 season at the Liebowitz Art Gallery with an exhibition by Stockbridge-based artist Charles Thomas O’Neil. Born in New York City in 1966, O’Neil now lives and works in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He received his B.S. in Fine Art and Art History from Skidmore College in 1988. In the summer of 2009 O’Neil’s abstract paintings were showcased alongside the work of early Modernists from the collection of the Berkshire Museum in an exhibition called “Color and Form: The Language of Abstract Art.” In recent years O’Neil has held solo shows with Lemmons Contemporary Art in Tribeca and Linda Durham Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The artist’s work can also be found in many public collections including the Portland Museum of Art, Asiel Corporation, Time-Warner, Inc. and Smith Barney, Inc.

“Standing on the Peel” includes new work on panel and copper. The curator of Color and Form, Helmut Wohl, wrote that O’Neil’s “manner of working is a fluid process, which he refers to as ‘push and pull’, in which shapes and colors emerge in playful combinations and interactions, the result of the possibilities that the space offers as well as those found by the artist as he works.” O’Neil states that his goal is for “the viewer to define what they are looking at - the forms are real enough to provocatively draw the viewer in but amorphous enough to keep one guessing.”

The Liebowitz Art Gallery is located within the Liebowitz building at Simon’s Rock, across from the College’s central campus at the intersection of Hurlburt and Alford Roads. The Art Gallery is open Friday - Sunday 12-5 p.m. and by appointment.

On Facebook: Bard College at Simon's Rock Gallery/Exhibitions
Exhibitions Office: 413.528.7389
Contact: Margaret Cherin, Exhibitions Curator,

Friday, September 10, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. — Leibowitz Studio Theater, Daniel Arts Center
Dance Concert: Hilary Easton’s Light and Shade

On Friday, September 10, 2010 at 7:30 p.m., choreographer Hilary Easton's latest work, Light and Shade, will be performed by dancers Emily Pope-Blackman and Michael Ingle, with original music by Mike Rugnetta and costumes by Madeleine Walach. This evening-length duet is a "meditation on intimacy" which "creates a landscape where dancers and audience are asked to lean in towards each other: to examine closely, to navigate ways of experiencing.”

Hilary Easton, a native New Yorker, has had her choreography presented since 1992 at venues including American Dance Festival, The Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Dance Theater Workshop, The Duke on 42nd Street, PS 122, The Center for Contemporary Arts of Santa Fe, Women and Their Work, The University of Texas, Bennington College, Central Park Summerstage, The Yard, and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors. Her dances have been in the repertories of the Joffrey II, Spectrum Dance Theater, and Montana Transport. She choreographed The Talking Band's 2008 Imminence and their latest work, New Islands Archipelago (May-June, 2010).

Ms. Easton has taught at colleges and universities including Princeton University, Connecticut College, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and the University of Montana. Ms. Easton is a professional developer and educational consultant for numerous arts-education organizations, including The New York Philharmonic Education Department, Lincoln Center Institute, The Educational Outreach Program at the 92nd Street Y, VSA arts, the Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education and Arts Horizons.

As a performer, Ms. Easton danced with many companies and choreographers, including Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane and Company, Monica Levy, Bertram Ross, Ze’eva Cohen and Kinematic. She holds an MFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Alexandra Enders (Elle Magazine) has described Easton’s work as “filled with energy and buoyancy, unexpected twists and turns, sudden gestures and graceful rhythms,” and Jennifer Dunning (The New York Times) has observed that “What makes Ms. Easton’s work so distinctive and so exhilarating is its wit.”

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Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. — Kellogg Music Center
Faculty Recital Series: Anne Legêne, Viola da Gamba (bass and treble viols)

On Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. the Bard College at Simon’s Rock Faculty Recital Series will present Anne Legêne in a performance of music for the viola da gamba.

The concert will feature music by Bassano, Lawes, Marais, Rameau, Buxtehude and Bach. Guest artists will include: Pamela Dellal, voice; Karen Burciaga, treble viol and baroque violin; Jane Hershey and Tobi Szüts, viola da gamba; and Larry Wallach and Mariken Palmboom, organ and harpsichord.

Anne Legêne studied cello with Jean Decroos, principal cellist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands, her native country. She performs a wide range of chamber music, with many of the region's fine musicians, and often with her husband, pianist and harpsichordist Larry Wallach. She is currently finishing a Graduate Performer's Diploma in Early Music at the Longy School in Cambridge, MA, studying viola da gamba with Jane Hershey and baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai. She was a member of the baroque orchestra "Foundling" in Providence, RI, and has played with ensembles "The Italian Connection" and "Les Inégales," the viol consort "Long and Away", The Harvard Choir and Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, and the Berkshire Bach Society. In the summer she teaches at the Early Music Week at World Fellowship Center near Conway, NH.

Anne teaches cello and conducts the chamber orchestra at Bard College at Simon's Rock. She teaches cello in her home studio, and for many years was a cello teacher and orchestra conductor at area Waldorf schools.

Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. — Blodgett House
Poetry and Fiction Series: ZZ Packer

The Bard College at Simon’s Rock Poetry and Fiction Series will open with a reading by ZZ (short for Zuwena) Packer. Her short story collection, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (Riverhead Books, 2003), is a New York Times Notable Book, a PEN/Faulkner finalist, and a selection by John Updike for the Today Show Book Club. Her stories have been read on NPR’s Selected Shorts and published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Story, Ploughshares, Zoetrope and The Best American Short Stories, 2000 and 2004

Her nonfiction has been featured in the The Washington Post Magazine, New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The American Prospect, Essence, O, The Believer and Salon. She is a contributor to The Huffington Post, and has appeared frequently as a commentator on MSNBC and NPR’s Talk of the Nation.

She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. She was recently named one of America’s Best Young novelists by Granta Magazine and one of America’s Young Innovators by Smithsonian Magazine. In June 2010, she was chosen by The New Yorker as one of its "20 Under 40" — young fiction writers whom the magazine's editors believe "are, or will be, key to their generation."

Monday, September 27, 2010 at 7:15 p.m. — Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science and Academic Center
Proseminar Series: Adeline Masquelier

On Monday, September 27, 2010, the Proseminar series of Bard College at Simon's Rock will present anthropologist Adeline Masquelier, who will discuss her research on spirit possession, gender, the body, place, and sexuality in Islamic communities of Niger.

Dr. Masquelier is a professor of anthropology at Tulane University, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She is the author of Prayer Has Spoiled Everything: Possession, Power, and Identity in an Islamic Town of Niger (2001, Duke University Press), Women and Islamic Revival in a West African Town (2009, Indiana University Press), and numerous other publications. Since January 2008, she has served as the Executive editor of the Journal of Religion in Africa.

The event will take place at 7:15 p.m. in Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science and Academic building.

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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.