The Center promotes artistic programming that navigates the boundaries of forms and expression. In so doing, we hope to prompt self-conscious reflection on the part of students and faculty about tradition, innovation, and the roles of maker/performer and audience. Seeking to foster a deeper understanding of the issues, materials, and meanings at play in a given artistic experience, the Center is interested in enriching faculty scholarship and the curriculum through the study of performance, visual culture, and material objects. Toward that end, Center staff members work alongside faculty sponsors and curators, providing logistical, professional, and technical support.
Performances / Residencies
HCAH welcomes suggestions for staging arts events, including performances, short-term (3-5 day) artist residencies, and exhibits. In particular, we seek:
Performances and experiences that are framed by conversations with performers, artists, and critics;
Events that allow for sustained interaction with artists in several different settings, e.g., in the classroom, at the studio, in informal conversation, over several days, or at several points during a semester;
Programs that relate to themes raised in other current Center initiatives, such as a Faculty Humanities Seminar, Working Group, or Curriculum Development Grant.
Haverford's Exhibitions Program invites faculty to consider developing exhibitions of art and/or objects as an enrichment of their teaching and scholarly interests. Guided by the Exhibitions Coordinator, the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities Staff works closely with faculty to mount exhibitions that make best use of the College's spaces, collections, and other resources to extend cultural literacy through the display of visual and material items. Beyond use of Haverford's own collections, HCAH hosts traveling exhibitions, single and group artist shows, as well as visiting curators.
The John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities' Virtual Museum is an online exhibition environment designed to enlarge the Center's platform for visual and performance culture. Exploiting the plastic and expansive nature of the Internet, the web gallery allows the Center to exceed temporal, spatial, and material boundaries that normally define its promotion of art at Haverford, while reaching audiences that stretch beyond its formal borders.
While Virtual Museum presentations will typically showcase work by artists already familiar to the Haverford community from prior on-campus visits and exhibitions, we will also seek to develop the site as a stage for images, installations, and enactments that explore the new frontier of digital, software, and net art.