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


March 27, 2009

Contact:    Alice Myers
                 Events Editor and Publicist
                 Bard College at Simon’s Rock
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Bard College at Simon’s Rock April 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 April. 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 moves into high gear, offering 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 at

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. – Kilpatrick Athletic Center Gymnasium
Monthly lunchtime lecture series: Jan Rizzuti

This first presentation in the Kilpatrick Athletic Center’s monthly lunchtime lecture series will feature Jan Rizzuti, Director of Quantitative Literacy at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.  Her lecture is titled, “How Big is One Trillion? — Quantitative Literacy for Today’s World.” Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

This lecture series will take place the first Wednesday of each month from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on April 1, May 6, June 3, September 2, October 7, and November 4.  They will be free to all KAC members, staff, faculty and students of the College and $5.00 for non-members.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009, 7:00 p.m. – McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center
W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Lecture: Faith Ringgold

The W. E. B. Du Bois Memorial Lecture speaker, Faith Ringgold, will present "More than 50 Years." In this survey lecture Ringgold begins in the early 1960's with political imagery and first hand accounts about the civil rights movement in the “American People Series.”  Her inspiring, humorous and human stories will illustrate her life's work as an artist, activist, author, teacher and parent through the evolution of a body of work that includes more than 100 paintings.  Images from the “Women on a Bridge Series” (1988), “The French Collection” (1991), the “American Collection” (1997), and the “Coming to Jones Rd Series” (2000) will be highlighted.

Faith Ringgold began her artistic career more than 35 years ago as a painter. Today, she is best known for her painted story quilts—art that combines painting, quilted fabric and storytelling. She has exhibited in major museums in the USA, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She is in the permanent collection of many museums including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art. Her first book, Tar Beach was a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, among over thirty other honors. She has written and illustrated fourteen children's books. She has received more than 75 awards, fellowships, citations and honors, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship for painting, two National for the Arts Awards, The La Napoule Foundation Award for Painting, France, and seventeen honorary doctorates, one of which is from her alma mater College of New York.  She is a professor emeritus at the University of California in San Diego, California, where she taught art from 1987 until 2002.

Thursday, April 16, 2009, 5:00 p. m. – Blodgett House
Faculty member Bill Dunbar: “Maximizing Utility: a Case Study in Writing Mathematical Proofs”

Bard College at Simon’s Rock faculty member Bill Dunbar will discuss a fundamental theorem in three-dimensional hyperbolic geometry, proven in 1970, but with a flaw in the proof.  Dunbar was recently involved in a project to patch the proof.  He will focus on one episode, which occurred while readying the paper for submission to a journal and concerns polygons in the hyperbolic plane, and their behavior under some simple deformations. During his presentation, Dunbar will communicate some interesting ideas, having both mathematical and philosophical consequences.

Bill Dunbar earned his doctorate in Mathematics at Princeton University and has taught at Rice University, the University of Michigan, and Pennsylvania State University at Erie.  He was a visiting researcher at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil) and Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

Opening: Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 7:30 p.m. —Liebowitz Studio Theater, Daniel Arts Center

Thursday, April 23, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 24, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 25, 2009, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, 2009, 2:00 p.m.

Moonchildren is directed by faculty member and actor Karen Allen. Set in an “urban commune” apartment shared by seven students at an Eastern college in 1965-66, the play explores the humor and pathos, the complexities and insecurities of being a college senior during the war in Vietnam and the turbulent shifting landscape of the 60’s in America.  The characters struggle and play with their relationships to each other and with the meaning of life, getting an education, of love, of death and the uncertainty of what the future holds for them as they move out into the world.

Friday, April 24, 2009 • 7:30 p.m.— Kellogg Music Center
Concert: Madrigal Singers-Early Music Collegium

The Madrigal Singers and Early Music Collegium, present their annual spring concert. Directed by Jack Brown, The Madrigal Singers or Anonymous Ten is an auditioned group of ten young women who will be performing music from five centuries, including works by Monteverdi, Marenzio, and Gyorgy Ligeti. They will also be performing a number of 16th Century German works with the Bard College at Simon's Rock Collegium, which is directed by Lucy Bardo.

Sunday, April 26, 2009, 4:00 pm — Kellogg Music Center
Faculty Recital: Baroque Music on Period instruments

The Bard College at Simon’s Rock music program presents a faculty recital, “Baroque Music on Period Instruments,” with Lucy Bardo, viola da gamba, Larry Wallach, harpsichord, and guest artist Stephen Hammer on baroque oboe. Admission is free.

Lucy Bardo is a founding member of the renaissance band, Calliope, as well as being a regular member of the New York Consort of Viols. A native of Wyoming, Bardo received music degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University with additional study in Salzburg and Hamburg. Past credits include extensive touring with the Waverly Consort as well as guest appearances with Aston Magna, New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonica and Philharmonia Virtuosi. She has recorded for Nonesuch, Columbia, Vanguard and Musical Heritage labels.

Stephen Hammer (oboe and recorder) is one of America's leading players of Baroque woodwinds. A founding member and frequent soloist with the Bach Ensemble, he is also principal oboist of the Boston Handel and Haydn Society, Concert Royal, and the New York Collegium. His solo, chamber, and ensemble recordings appear on Decca L'Oiseau-lyre and other labels. He teaches at Bard College and the Longy School of Music, has served on the faculties of the New England Conservatory, Boston University, the Mannes College of Music, and Indiana University, and has lectured regularly at other schools of music and the Aston Magna Academies for Music and the Humanities.

Larry Wallach is a keyboard player, musicologist, and composer and holds the Livingston Hall Chair in Music at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.  He also teaches composition at Bard College. 

Larry Wallach has been an active performer of chamber music with harpsichord and piano, and of twentieth century music. He appeared as with Kenneth Cooper in Bach’s double-harpsichord concerto and in The Well-Tempered Clavier, part I, as accompanist to recorder virtuoso Bernard Krainis, and as keyboard player for the Berkshire Bach Society’s choral programs.  He has collaborated with violinist Nancy Bracken of the Boston Symphony, with violinist/violist Ronald Gorevic, with gambist Lucy Bardo, and with his wife, cellist Anne Legêne, performing on both modern and baroque instruments.  He has appeared with the Avanti Quintet, the New York Consort of Viols, and performed chamber music with Lucy Bardo, Stephen Hammer, and Alex Ogle.

Artist’s Reception: April 30, 2009, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. —Atrium Gallery at the Alumni Library 
Exhibition:  Lee Rogers: Museum – the Observed Landscape

A reception for artist Lee Rogers will be held from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. Rogers’ exhibition, “Museum – the Observed Landscape,” will showcase his recent work on the themes of museum space, museum visitors, and “cityscapes.” This exhibition will be on display from Monday, April 13, through Saturday, May 16, 2009.

The Atrium Gallery is located within Bard College at Simon’s Rock Alumni Library.  The gallery is open daily from 8:30 am to midnight, while the College is in session.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Monday, March 02, 2009 - Friday, April 03, 2009 –The Atrium Gallery at the Alumni Library
Exhibition:  Melanie Mowinski: Walking with Trees
The exhibition, “Melanie Mowinski: Walking with Trees” showcases the artist’s books and works on paper. Inspired by Henry David Thoreau, the artist’s goal is to “find a balance between nature and civilization, by bringing the wilderness and wildness to inside spaces.
The Atrium Gallery is located within Bard College at Simon’s Rock Alumni Library.  The gallery is open daily from 8:30 am to midnight, while the College is in session

Saturday, March 28, 2009 – Saturday, May 16, 2009—The Gallery at Liebowitz
Exhibition:  Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Selected Works

The 2009 Bridges Visiting Artists Program presents Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, internationally celebrated artists whose work blends photography, sculptural constructions, theater, and painting.  Their surreal, sensory, and intriguing art explores the modern relationship between technology, nature, and human beings. A common theme is “landscapes scarred by technology and over-use.”

In 2000, Robert ParkeHarrison’s book, The Architect's Brother, was named one of the “Ten Best Photography Books of the Year” by the New York Times.

The Gallery at Liebowitz is located within Bard College at Simon’s Rock Liebowitz building, across from the College’s central campus at the intersection of Hurlburt and Alford Roads. Please note limited gallery hours:  Thursday - Sunday 12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

For more event information, or for parking and directions, please visit:  Event date, 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.