Underwritten by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities has begun to develop a program for faculty across the three divisions to design and implement arts residencies in conjunction with their curricular and scholarly agendas. The Center seeks particularly to stimulate creation and enhancement of courses and broader curricular missions by supporting extended, multi-dimensional arts residencies that combine pedagogy, public presentation, and informal exchange among artists, faculty, students, and the wider campus and area communities. This program thus augments the Center's ongoing aim of stimulating thinking about how art in all media inflects and illuminates the wide variety of subjects considered throughout our curriculum.
By "artist" we mean not only practitioners of traditional media—fine arts; music; creative writing; filmmaking—but also a spectrum of creators, including innovative practitioners of scientific narrative and imaging, creative non-fiction writers, performance artists, multimedia practitioners, illustrators, architects, philosophical fantasists, sonic fabulists, environmental bricoleurs, explorers of virtual media and spaces, "outsider" image-makers, adventurous curators, and others working at the frontiers of what we think of as "art."
Rather than working from a single model, the Center hopes to cultivate in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities a diverse assortment of approaches to these residencies, which we envision varying in duration, frequency, focus, and methodology. Recognizing that residencies which unfold along a number of trajectories require careful preparation, the Mellon grant provides particularly for a period of planning during which faculty can, in collaboration with the artist(s), develop a residency's structure, goals, and logistical strategies.
We also hope to encourage varying models of collaboration, which might take place across departments (note: such partnerships can involve Fine Arts and/or Music faculty, but cannot be limited to either department alone), divisions, and even campuses (e.g., linking HC and BMC faculty). Possible uses of the grant's resources for planning these extended residencies include:
- Invitations to artists for short campus visits, during which they'll engage faculty and students in discussing how the work they do can be integrated into courses, departmental curricula, and/or the wider intellectual and cultural landscape of the campus;
- Visits by faculty to speak with artists about their work and possibilities for its presentation in various HC venues;
- Visits by faculty to exhibitions, performances, studios, archives, etc. in order to see how an artist and his/her work actually functions in various public and institutional spaces.
The planning grant has been completed as of June 30, 2011. The John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities will be working with Bryn Mawr College and Swarthmore to launch a multi-year implementation grant from the Mellon Foundation beginning in September 2012.
Projects Funded under the Mellon Creative Residencies Planning Grant (2008-2011) Contract All | Expand All
Public Lecture, Wednesday, April 13th & Performance
Saturday, April 16th: Using samplers, analogue keyboards, field recordings, and guitars, Matmos--a.k.a. M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel--make atmospheric, idiosyncratic electronica.
Friday, February 25, Stokes Auditorium, 2:00PM: Join us for a symposium that will introduce students and faculty across the disciplines to the vitality and richness of disability arts and culture. The symposium brings together noted scholars and artists to speak to disability as it informs the practice of art.
October 6, 2010 Haverford College and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts students remodeled the Dufala Brothers' Chainlink Rancher.
Hank Willis Thomas
May 2, 2011 Organized by Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and Comparative Literature John Muse, artist Hank Willis Thomas came to campus to discuss a possible future collaboration on an exhibit
Thurs. April 22, 7:30 PM "Location and Memoir" presents a public reading of Rankine's new play Pre-Exisiting Conditions, followed by four experimental workshop-conversations with Haverford faculty, students, and staff. To attend one of the workshops, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
On Thursday, April 8th at 4:30 PM, the John B. Hurford ’60 Humanities Center presents Inna Faliks, piano, in MacCrate Recital Hall, Union. This event is free and open to the public.
Friday, April 9, 10 AM - Stokes 102: A colloquium on exhibition-making, to be led by four distinguished curators based in diverse institutional locations—liberal arts college, research university, civic museum, alternative/ artist-run space. Each participant will present a manifesto of curatorial practice.
Politics, Africa, and Performance: The Social, Political, and Spatial Impact of Visual and Performance Arts in African ContextsOct. 20 & 21, 2009: "Politics, Africa, and Performance" brings together writers, scholars, performers, and activists in a two-day discussion focusing on the ways in which the visual and performing arts provide crucial links between lived experience and political power.
Underwritten by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, the Hurford Humanities Center has begun to develop a program for faculty across the three divisions to design and implement extended, multi-dimensional arts residencies in conjunction with their curricular and scholarly agendas. Learn more about this new source of funding Friday, April 24, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in Stokes 102 (lunch provided). If possible, please RSVP by Wednesday April 22nd to email@example.com.