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Grinnell Artists: Lydia James ’19

Zane Silk silkzane@grinnell.edu When I walked into the Bucksbaum sculpture studio, Lydia James ’19 was sitting cross-legged on a table, her art spread out in a circle around her. As I looked at the bright watercolors and vivid prints, the textured sculptures and embroidered fabrics, I barely glanced at an unassuming pile of black sketchbooks…

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Cinematic arts professor talks Latin American cinema

Louise Carhart carhartl17@grinnell.edu Last Wednesday, Feb. 22, Professor Kathleen Newman, an associate professor of cinematic arts at the University of Iowa, gave a talk on cinema and the growing international participation in the creation of culture. Newman’s work examines the globalization of culture, as our world continues to export media across borders and oceans. Her…

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Artist Walter Thompson brings soundpainting to campus

Teresa Fleming flemingt17@grinnell.edu Over the past few weeks, Grinnell students from a broad range of disciplines have developed their fluency in Soundpainting, a system of gestures devised by visiting artist Walter Thompson. Thompson drew on his experience as a composer to create a system of signs that would allow him to direct more improvisational pieces….

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The Skins, Elysia Crampton and Rabit to grace Gardner this weekend

Halley Freger fregerha17@grinnell.edu Grinnell Concerts is bringing us another music-packed weekend with the last two shows before spring break. On Friday, Brooklyn-based band The Skins will share their eclectic sound. On Saturday, Elysia Crampton and Rabit will switch things up with their experimental, electronic music. Both shows are at 9 p.m. in Gardner Lounge. Last…

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Grinnell Artists: Tim Dooley ’17

By Andrea Baumgartel baumgart1@grinnell.edu On a cloudy Wednesday afternoon, as I stepped into Bucksbaum studio 128B, I found Tim Dooley ‘17 in a continuous mental and physical rumination over his artwork. Much like his deeply conceptual, cerebral prints, the creative process of the fourth-year Studio Art major, SEPC member and visual artist is equally abstract….

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Spoon Carver to visit campus and hold workshop Saturday

By Teresa Fleming flemingt17@grinnell.edu Students will spend a full day learning how to carve spoons in the latest in a series of wooden cutlery workshops that have been sponsored by the College this Saturday, Feb. 18. The workshop, which focuses on local materials and traditional knife strokes, will be hosted by expert woodworker Fred Livesay….

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French actor debuts film at Strand Theatre downtown

By Teresa Fleming flemingt17@grinnell.edu It’s a rarity for a French film to hold its world premiere in rural Iowa, but last Wednesday, Feb. 15, students, faculty and community members crowded into the Strand Theater for the first public screening of “Souffler plus fort que la mer,” or “To breathe more strongly than the sea.” The…

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Díaz talks activism, freedom and finding your place

By Mira Braneck & Louise Carhart  braneckm@grinnell.edu & carhartl17@grinnell.edu Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz visited Grinnell this past Monday, Feb. 13, leading several Q&A sessions with students, as well as a reading in JRC. Diverging from the usual Writers@Grinnell model, Diaz branched out from creative writing in his discussions to topics like resistance, diversity, civic…