Arts

Students see collection through curator’s eyes

Daniel Strong wants you to see art through the eyes of a museum curator. Strong, who is the Associate Director of Grinnell’s Faulconer Gallery, curated the four simultaneous exhibitions that are now on display at Faulconer and spoke about the process last Tuesday. Strong explained how curators examine individual artists’ collections in galleries and how…

Javanese gamelan drums up new students

Sitting in Room 257 in Bucksbaum, where instrument-lined walls tell the story of music from every land, the members of Javanese Gamelan Ensemble are tapping, smacking, beating and swaying to the most alternative music west of the Mississippi. As first-years carefully concentrate on their mallets, the more experienced members confidently lay down heavy beats. The…

Concert brings alum, rock

This past Saturday prior to waltz, several Minneapolis bands played a show in Gardner for those uninterested in or bored with waltz pre-parties but still with a little leftover Alice in their systems. Food Pyramid is an experimental band featuring Chris Farstad [’09] on the drums. As yet unsigned to any record label, the band’s…

New sound for the last show

Next Friday, Chicago-based band Blane Fonda will be performing in Gardner at 8 p.m. Having formed little over a year ago from two other Chicago bands, Blane Fonda offers an upbeat but melodramatic take on a fusion of sounds, melodies and rhythms that will arouse the crowd in more ways than one. “We all listen…

Paul Harding discusses writing and winning

Paul Harding is a writer from the Boston, MA area, who recently won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his first novel “Tinkers.” He is a graduate and visiting professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has also taught at Harvard University. This past semester he has been a visiting professor teaching a short…

Baharatnatyan dance promotes peace

Nehha Bhatnagar dances Thursday in the Flanagan Studio Theater. Her performance worked to portray peace-building and diplomacy, and was brought to Grinnell by the Department of Theater & Dance and the Office of International Student Affairs. Bhatnagar is a professional Bharatnatyam dancer, which is a form of dance from South India. She has studied also…

Queer theory meets Russian history with “Maggots and Men”

The last Cultural Films Committee Event of the year features two things many Grinnellians have little to no experience with—Transgender Cinema and Russia’s 1921 Kronstadt Rebellion. “Maggots and Men,” directed by Cary Cronenwett, features over 100 trans actors reenacting a relatively unknown uprising by Soviet sailors, civilians and soldiers on the island of Kotlin in…