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Thursday, September 24, 2009

An artistic beginning

Wow, what a great way to kick off Emory Homecoming Weekend!

I just came from the Alumni Art Exhibit and Concert, and while I do not consider myself particularly cultured, even I completely appreciated the beautiful art and music at this event.

I have had the pleasure of working with Susan Stubbs Robert 67Ox 69C on her 40-year reunion this year, and I casually mentioned that I really wanted something unique to kick off Homecoming Weekend. Before I knew it, she had arranged to exhibit some of her amazing artwork at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, and had added on a classical concert at the same time!

The exhibit (above) is installed in the Upper Lobby at the Schwartz Center, and is titled “Art History,” and focuses on us seeing classic works with a new eye. Below is a bit of the artist statement about the exhibit, which explains it better than I ever could.

Suzy will share her rediscovery of the rich and brilliant arc of the history of art, and her journey to the creation of derivative images from these classical motifs. Her unique grid display arrangements arose from the effort to see something new and fresh in images which our collective minds have long ago memorized.

Tonight, William Ransom, Emerson Professor of Piano, kicked off the evening with a performance of two time-tested masterpieces - Ballade #1 in G Minor, Op. 23 by Chopin and Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin. But tonight, much the same way we viewed the art with a fresh eye, we also heard the music with a fresh ear, remaining open minded for some new interpretation.

If the rest of Homecoming Weekend is as exciting as our debut, we'll be in for a wonderful time!

-- Gloria Grevas, director of Emory Homecoming Weekend and Reunions, EAA

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