The Mellon Creative Residencies Program
Fall 2013 Mellon Creative Residents
The Mellon Creative Residencies Program ignites vibrant engagements between students, faculty, and visiting artists through sustained, dynamic residencies, inside the classroom and out. This fall, we're proud to host a unique group of renowned artists, who, together with faculty and students, will explore topics ranging from memory and music to perceptions of difference and culinary history.
Laura Swanson: Self-Portraits and Anti-Self Portraits:
September 30–October 4
Visual artist Laura Swanson will explore the behavior of looking at difference; how bodily difference is visually articulated, objectified, and subsequently understood.
Participating faculty Kristin Lindgren, Writing Program (Haverford); Anne Dalke, English, Gender and Sexuality Studies (Bryn Mawr); John Muse, Visual Studies (Haverford)
Pato Hebert: Building Stories
October 3–8, December 5–10
Visual artist and scholar Pato Hebert will collaborate with students and faculty on original artwork inspired by the themes of autobiography and narrative. The residency will culminate in a large-scale art instillation on campus.
Participating faculty Theresa Tensuan, English (Haverford) Ken Kolton-Fromm, Religion (Haverford) Erica Cho, Film and Media Studies (Swarthmore) Andrew Friedman, History (Haverford)
Michael W Twitty: Three Centuries of Stirring the Pot: African American Foodways
October 6–October 10
Culinary historian and antebellum chef Michael W. Twitty explores culture, and identity through the history of African-American foodways with cooking and scholarship.
Communities of Color on Food Issues: An Outsider's Guide to Doing Honorable Social Justice Work
Panel discussion with Michael Twitty and Tina Johnson of Chester Community Grocery Co-Op
Wednesday, October 9, 4:30 p.m.
Bond Memorial Hall, Swarthmore College
A Celebration of Fall - Michael W. Twitty's Community Dinner
Thursday, October 10, 6:00 p.m.
Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, Swarthmore
Participating faculty Allison Dorsey, History (Swarthmore); Hans-Jakob Werlen, Modern Languages/German (Swarthmore); Sydney Carpenter, Art (Swarthmore)
Brian Dettmer: Elemental Across the Centuries and Media
October 22–October 26, November 11, December 16
Sculptor Brian Dettmer's work examines the physical texts that remain when histories and books slip away into the bits and bytes of the information age. Encyclopedia sets merge to form tall towers and pixilated patterns; books on games reveal new rules and matrices; the ordered chaos of a thesaurus follows a simple, single word through myriad permutations; and repurposed state flags piece together altered visions of political power. Carving, cutting and sanding, Dettmer reshapes books and other authoritative materials to amplify their physicality and question their significance in an accelerated digital world.
Contemporary Book Sculpture and Media Change
Brian Dettmer panel discussion
Monday, November 11, 4:15 p.m.
Outside the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College
Brian Dettmer's Tristam Shandy
Original Book Carving Presentation
Monday, December 16, 4:15 p.m.
Magill Library, Haverford College
Participating faculty Katherine Rowe, English (Bryn Mawr); Laura McGrane, English (Haverford); Markus Baenzinger, Fine Arts (Haverford); Jeremiah Mercurio, Writing Program (Haverford)
Dee Craig: Murals, Memory, and Transformation
October 21–November 18
Renowned muralist from Northern Ireland Dee Craig will engage with students in discussion on the role that public art plays in sometimes contested discourses on war and peace, politics, history and memory, ethnic or racial identity, and justice and rights. The residency will feature an exhibition on the craft of mural making, and include the creation of an original mural made with the collaboration of the Tri-Co and surrounding community.
Murals, Memory, and Transformations
Solomon Asch Center Lecture by Dee Craig
Monday, November 11, 4:15 p.m.
Carpenter 21, Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, Bryn Mawr College
Participating faculty Lee Smithey, Sociology, Peace and Conflict Studies (Swarthmore); Jill Stauffer, Peace, Justice, and Human Rights (Haverford); Madeline Cantor (Bryn Mawr); Maya Nadkarni, Anthropology (Swarthmore); Christopher Fraga, Anthropology (Swarthmore), Marge Murphy, History (Swarthmore), Hee Sook Kim, Art (Haverford)
Youngmoo Kim: Workshops in Engineering and Music
Throughout Fall 2013
Youngmoo Kim, an alumnus of Swarthmore's music and engineering programs now on the Engineering faculty of Drexel University will lead eight workshops during 2013-14 on music, performing arts, and technology. This will be a fabulous opportunity for student artists—musicians, composers, dancers, choreographers, actors, visual artists, filmmakers, poets, etc.—to collaborate imaginatively with student engineers.
Participating faculty E. Carr Everbach, Engineering (Swarthmore), Tom Whitman, Music (Swarthmore), Jerry Levinson, Music (Swarthmore)