Press Release: October 2005 Public Programs

The City University of New York Graduate Center announces the following public programs to be held during the month of October at The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street.

Through November 5

Istvan Farkas: Hungarian Modernist

(art exhibition) Tuesdays—Thursdays, 12-6 pm

The Art Gallery of The Graduate Center will present the first full scale retrospective to be shown in the United States of the work of István Farkas (1887-1944). A modernist who was a prominent École de Paris painter between the two world wars, Farkas returned to his native Hungary where his mysterious works ultimately presaged his own death at Auschwitz.  Encompassing an extraordinary group of 50 paintings, watercolors, and drawings, the exhibition will be presented through November 5, 2005.  The Gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12 to 6 pm. Free


Saturday, October 1

Prelude'05: At the Forefront of Contemporary NYC Theatre

(also September 28, 29, & 30)

Prelude'05 is a mini-festival and symposium celebrating the very best new and unconventional theatre being made by NYC-based theatre artists and companies. The program will feature 20 short performances, readings, and process workshops, with a focus on works in progress for the upcoming 2005-2006 season, including work by Big Dance Theatre, Big Art Group, Builders Association, Erin Courtney, Lisa D'Amour, Division 13, John Jesurun, Madelyn Kent, Pavol Liska, Joanne P. Adler/Mabou Mines Suite, Richard Maxwell, Jay Scheib, Radiohole, Mac Wellman, New York Theatre Workshop, and P.S. 122. Prelude'05 gives audiences the rare chance to see the work of many of today's most exciting companies in one place, and to experience the developmental processes of companies and artists at the forefront of contemporary NYC theatre. Presented by  the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.  For ticketing, please contact TheaterMania at http://www.theatermania.com , (212) 352-3101, or toll free (866) 811-4111.  Free


Monday, October 3

From Tradition to Modernity: Jewish-Liturgical Music in the Western Diaspora
Synagogue Music in the Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Centuries
 (seminar) 6-7:30 pm

The second in this three-part interdisciplinary seminar – which uses lectures, discussions, and audio-visual examples to trace the history and development of Jewish-liturgical music from the Middle Ages to the 21st century – will survey of the changes in traditional liturgical music and explore the roles of the choir, organ, and cantor.  Taught by musicologist, organist, and author Tina Fruehauf. Presented in partnership with the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation and the Center for Jewish Studies. (Also October 17.)  $20
 

Wednesday, October 5


Paintings of New York: 1800-1950
(lecture) 6:30 p.m.

This illustrated lecture traces the development of artistic interest in depicting New York City and touches upon the changing tone and fabric of the city in the years between 1800 and 1950. Examining the major artistic themes and the aesthetic motivations that led artists to picture New York during this period, it will include discussions of the works of Winslow Homer, James H. Cafferty, Asher B. Durand, Henry Inman, Ferdinand Lungren, Childe Hassam, Ernest Lawson, John Sloan, George Bellows, Edward Hopper, Isabel Bishop, and Reginald Marsh. Lecture given by Bruce Weber, an alumnus of the Ph.D. Program in Art History who is director of research and exhibitions at Berry-Hill Galleries.  Free


Thursday, October 6

Splendid Serendipity with Rubén Celiberti
(performance) 8 pm

The new show by tango singer and dancer Rubén Celiberti is an eclectic program full of surprises. Argentina's leading showman presents a dazzling repertory rich in art and color. Voice, piano, and ballet come together in the tango of Buenos Aires, the music of the Renaissance, and 20th-century Italian and French songs. Presented in partnership with the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies.  $25


Tuesday, October 11

Carte Blanche French-American Theatre Dialogues

Richard Foreman & Bernard Sobel
(discussion) 5:30 p.m.

A conversation with legendary New York avant-garde director Richard Foreman (Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, New York) and director Bernard Sobel (Theatre de Gennevilliers, Paris) on their more than twenty years of collaboration. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center as part of ACT French: A Season of New Theater from France. Free

The Age of Anxiety—Haynes Johnson
(book talk) 7-9 p.m.

In his new book, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Haynes Johnson revisits the 1950s, the "age of anxiety" during which Senator Joseph McCarthy and his anti-communist crusade dominated the American scene, terrified politicians, and destroyed the lives of thousands of citizens. Johnson views that time of crisis through a contemporary lens, comparing it to the crisis of our own time, and shows how fear is again affecting American behavior and attitudes as well as the safety of our civil liberties. Join the author for a fascinating discussion of his book. $15, $10 students & seniors


Friday, October 14

The Death of Feminism—Phyllis Chesler
(book talk) 7-9 p.m.

In her new book, feminist icon, political activist, and bestselling author Phyllis Chesler examines the current crisis in feminism that is silencing many women and stripping them of power, and which is ignoring the important issue of Islamic gender apartheid.  She calls for an overhaul of the women's movement that will restore it to its pro-individualist roots.  Chessler—who is emerita professor of psychology and women's studies and author of Women and Madness and The New Anti-Semitism, among other books—will look at the future of feminism in this discussion and book signing. $20, $10 seniors & students

John Lennon: The New York Years—with Author/Photographer Bob Gruen
(book talk) 8-10 p.m.

The publication of John Lennon: The New York Years will mark Lennon's 65th birthday and the 25th anniversary of his death. Bob Gruen, Lennon's personal photographer offers a behind-the-scenes look at the former Beatle, innovator, and peace activist. (A companion photo exhibit will be shown on the main floor of The Graduate Center from October 15 through November 15.)  Bob Gruen, photographer of the rock scene, has worked with The Clash, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and many others. $15, $10 students & seniors


Sunday, October 16

Family History Fair
(workshops and exhibits) 12-5 p.m.

More than 80 million Americans presently are searching for information about their ancestors.  At the Family History Fair, genealogy enthusiasts will learn how to use computer resources, ship passenger lists, photographs, family artifacts, census records, ethnic resources, and cemetery research to explore their family histories. Workshops on how to preserve family photos and documents and organize ancestral research, as well as free one-on-one assistance from professional genealogists will be available.  Cosponsored by the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York during New York Archives Week and Family History Month. Free


Monday, October 17

Feminism and Fiction: Celebrating 35 Years of Women's Writing (1970-2005)
35th-Anniversary Celebration of The Feminist Press at CUNY
(celebration & panel discussion) 3:30 p.m.

Thirty-five years ago, The Feminist Press at CUNY launched its historic rediscovery of "lost" classics by women writers. At this celebration of the press’s achievements, award-winning authors, critics, and scholars—including Gloria Steinem, Grace Paley, Marilyn French, Meena Alexander, and Tuzyline Jita Allan—will discuss women, fiction, feminism, and publishing.  Cosponsored by The Feminist Press. $20, free to students and Gala ticket-holders. Contact 212-817-8215 to learn more about The Feminist Press or to purchase tickets to the 35th Anniversary Gala the same evening.

School Food: What's Cooking?
(discussion) 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The topic of school lunch has become a veritable hot potato in culinary, educational, agricultural, and health circles as well as in the legislative halls. This discussion brings together initiative leaders working in publicly and privately-funded programs in schools and colleges in New York and elsewhere, including Hilary Baum, Baum Forum; Ann Cooper, Chef's Culinary Consulting; Antonia Demas, Food Studies Institute; Fern Gale Estrow, nutrition consultant; educator; Lynn Fredericks, Family Cook Productions; Erika Lesser, Slow Food USA; Toni Liquori, Foodchange and the SchoolFood Plus Initiative; and others.  $10, free to Students

From Tradition to Modernity: Jewish-Liturgical Music in the Western Diaspora

After the Holocaust: Jews and Music in Europe
(seminar) 6-7:30 pm

The third in this three-part interdisciplinary seminar—which uses lectures, discussions, and audio-visual examples to trace the history and development of Jewish-liturgical music from the Middle Ages to the 21st century—will explore the role of Jewish music in post-war Europe and its further development in Israel and the United States. Taught by musicologist, organist, and author Tina Fruehauf.  Presented in partnership with the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation and the Center for Jewish Studies. (Also October 3.)  $20

Flyer (play reading) 6 p.m.
Staged reading of a play by Kate Aspengren. Should women be astronauts?  The play leapfrogs through time and includes testimony from 1962 Congressional hearings on the subject.  Presented by Break A Leg Productions.  Free


Tuesday, October 18

Butoh: Dance Demonstration and Discussion  6:30 p.m.
Held in conjunction with the second biennial CAVE New York Butoh Festival (October 4-26), this evening will provide an introduction to and an in-depth dialogue on butoh, the avant-garde dance form that emerged in post-World War II Japan.  Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.  Free

Evidence of Harm—David Kirby
(book talk) 7-9 p.m.

Evidence of Harm explores the heated controversy over the role of mercury in causing what many parents, physicians, public officials, and educators are calling an "epidemic" of children afflicted with autism. Author and journalist David Kirby (a frequent contributor to The New York Times on health topics), discusses his book and the possible connection between childhood vaccinations and the rise in autism rates. $10, free to students


Wednesday, October 19

The Message of the Markets—Ron Insana
(breakfast seminar) 8:30 a.m.

Ron Insana, newsman and author, brings expertise and insight to questions of business and finance to this talk. As anchorman of CNBC's Street Signs, he recently won an exclusive interview with President Bush to discuss the economy, Social Security reform, and energy policy.  Insana is a regular contributor to “The Today Show,” “The Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Imus in the Morning,” and “Market Wrap” on MSNBC.  He writes a monthly column for USA TODAY, "Talking Business with Ron Insana," and hosts the nationally syndicated radio program, “The Ron Insana Show,” for Westwood One. His most recent book is Trend Watching: How to Avoid Wall Street's Next Fads, Manias and Bubbles.  $25, $10 students; includes breakfast

The Controversy over the Gold Train
(lecture) 6:15 p.m.

This lecture, by Ronald W. Zweig, will discuss the historical background of, and the events associated with, the "Hungarian Gold Train," which transported property belonging to Hungarian Jewish victims of the Holocaust into Austria in March 1945.  Zweig is Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University and author, The Gold Train: The Destruction of the Jews and the Second World War's Most Terrible Robbery.  Free

The Encyclopedia of New York State
(panel discussion) 6:30 p.m.

The Encyclopedia of New York State is the first comprehensive encyclopedia on New York State ever published. Its almost 2,000 pages include 4,600 entries by over 1,200 authors. This event features a panel discussion on the editorial challenges of creating the encyclopedia, and the complexities involved in viewing New York City within a statewide context. With Peter Eisenstadt, editor-in-chief, and a panel of editors on the project.  Free


Thursday, October 20

The Poetry of Rita Dove

(poetry reading)  7-8:30 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove will read from her new collection, American Smooth. Rita Dove is the author of Thomas and Beulah, among many other books and Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia. Cosponsored by the Academy of American Poets; the Ph.D. Program in English, and the Center for the Humanities. $12, free to students


Friday, October 21

Everything You Know Is Wrong II:

The Disinformation Company Returns to CUNY  7-9 p.m.

Here is another evening of performance and provocation with The Disinformation Company, hosted by their own "wicked warlock," Richard Metzger. The event will feature an array of special guests, including "wrecker of civilization"/cultural engineer Genesis P-Orridge, glass and steel architect and plant communicator Duncan Laurie, visionary artist Paul Laffoley, and extreme performance artist Kembra Pfahler. $15, $10 students

The Poetry of Andrea Cote
(reading) 7 p.m.

The poetry of Andrea Cote, renowned Colombian poet, has been described as "imaginative and suggestive . . . with a mature balance between traditional poetry and modern poetry." Cote was the winner of the 2005 international poetry prize "Puentes de Struga," sponsored by UNESCO.  She will read in Spanish.  Presented in partnership with Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies.  $10


Monday, October 24

Albert Einstein and Religion
(lecture) 6 p.m.

Corey S. Powell, senior editor, Discover magazine, and author, God in the Equation: How Einstein Became the Prophet of the New Religious Era, speaks about the father of relativity and his impact on religious debates.  Free

Carte Blanche French-American Theatre Dialogues

Claude Regy
(discussion) 6:30 p.m.

Dedicated to French and foreign contemporary theatre for forty years, legendary French director Claude Regy (Les Ateliers Contemporains, Paris) will discuss his recent work on playwright Sarah Kane’s theatre, On Sarah Kane: In Search of a Theatricality Inherent to Language, and his production at BAM of 4.48 Psychose, starring Isabelle Huppert. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center as part of ACT French: A Season of New Theater from France.   Free


Wednesday, October 26

Fledgling—Octavia E. Butler
Octavia E. Butler discusses her new book, Fledgling, which tells the story of the first vampire genetically engineered to have Black skin so that she can better function in society. A vampire novel unlike any other, Fledgling is an incisive social commentary that tests the limits of "otherness" and questions what it means to be truly human. Join the author for a conversation about her new book.  Butler is the author of eleven novels, including Kindred, Dawn, Parable of the Sower, and Parable of the Talents and a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.  $10, $5 students & seniors


Thursday, October 27

The American Theatre Wings Working in the Theatre Seminar (discussion) 11:45 am

For 30 years, the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, has gathered the top professionals in the New York theatre scene—actors, directors, producers, authors, choreographers, and designers—to participate in its ongoing series of lively panel discussions on the art and business of theatre, an expansive and entertaining look into the creative process of theatre.  Seminars will be broadcast on CUNY-TV.  To be admitted, arrive by 11:45am.  $10


Friday, October 28

Former Prisoners Writing Their Lives
(discussion) 4-6 p.m.

Established in 1990 to explore issues that characterize women's lives, Women Writing Women's Lives (WWWL) is a seminar comprised of a group of writers both with and without academic affiliations. It has produced several award-winning biographies and continues to reshape the ways in which we examine the lives of women. This 15th anniversary celebration of WWWL will feature talks by two previously incarcerated women writers. Presented in partnership with Women Writing Women's Lives, The Center for the Humanities, and The Graduate Center’s Certificate Program in Women's Studies. Free


Monday, October 31

Voodoo Science in the Age of Intelligent Design
(lecture) 6 p.m.

A talk by Robert L. Park, professor of physics at the University of Maryland and author of Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud.  Presented by Science and the Arts at The Graduate Center.  Free

Submitted on: OCT 1, 2005

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