Arts

Artist manipulates famous works into critiques

By Esther Howe & Lauren Teixeira  Jiri Anderle’s prints are creepy. Disembodied faces emerge distorted and pained, stretched and hollow across the pages of his prints. Bulbous forms ricochet across his compositions, shaped like limbs, organs, or some combination of the two. Marfa Prokhorova ’12, the Faulconer Gallery Intern last fall, suggests that these prints express…

Professor explores the intricacies of shorthand

By Tessa Cheek To say that “Kind Favor, Kind Letter,” one of the exhibits opening today, Friday, Jan. 28 in Faulconer Gallery, is light, or even that it is brave—bravely springy for the season, brave in its loveliness—is perhaps to miss one of its fundamental features. In its heights, its delicacies and its sheer interconnectedness,…

Artist ignites Faulconer with smoke paintings

By Christopher Squier  The Faulconer Gallery will be haunted by ghosts from South Africa with its newest exhibit, Diane Victor’s “Of Fables and Follies.” South African artist Victor begins a stay at Grinnell as artist-in-residence with the opening today, of her collection of drawings made in smoke, ashes and dust opening today. Victor, who was…

Blending the perverse with the everyday

“Rear Window” is probably Alfred Hitchcock’s most popular film, and its popularity is well deserved—one could argue that it is his masterpiece. It isn’t as seamlessly crafted as “Notorious,” or as provocative as “Psycho,” or as singular and dreamlike as “Vertigo,” my personal favorite. But “Rear Window” remains the film that best synthesizes Hitchcock’s defining…

Professors explore parenting with PhDs

By Drew Ohringer While students interact with professors everyday, many of us still struggle to imagine their life outside of the classroom. Ralph Savarese, English, offers a window into the experience of professors as fathers with the anthology “Papa, PhD.” Savarese co-edited the book, which features contributions from three other Grinnell fathers/professors. Their strange, funny…

Spalding debuts, fulfills expectations

On Wednesday, Dec. 8, Esperanza Spalding made her long anticipated Grinnell College debut to a packed Herrick Chapel. Spalding was originally scheduled to come on Sept. 17 but was forced to reschedule. If the crowd was any way to measure her performance, she was worth the wait. Spalding, who is one of the youngest professors…