Upcoming Programs, Partnerships, Initiatives and Announcements
FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM and ADVISORY BOARD UPDATES:
Institute Advisory Board member, award-winning artist, Kerry James Marshall appointed to President Barack Obama's Committee for the Arts and Humanities!
President Obama recently appointed seven new members to his Committee on the Arts and Humanities. The committee consists of over 30 members from the private and public sectors.
Marshall joins newly appointed members: Stephanie Cutter (Partner and co-founder of Precision Strategies and a host of CNN's Crossfire); Janet Keller (Founder, Keller Consultants); Kalpen Suresh Modi (actor, writer, producer); Carolyn "Kim" Taylor (Trustee, Boston Symphony Orchestra); Andrew J. Weinstein (Managing Partner, Weinstein Law Firm) and John Lloyd Young (actor and singer). New members will be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Kagan at a ceremony later this year (date TBA).
White House press release
Chicago Tribune article
First lady Michelle Obama is honorary chair of the committee, which works to bridge the interests of federal agencies and the private sector and supports projects that increase participation in the arts and humanities.
Marshall was also honored on November 5th by Ebony Magazine as one of their Power 100 in 2013. Kerry was honored alongside celebraties such as: Queen Latifa, Jamie Foxx, Harry Belafonte, Jay Z, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker and many, many more for being a Cultural Influence.
Book Release: solo/black/woman
edited by Institute Fellow E. Patrick Johnson and Institute Program Partner Ramon H. Rivera-Servera.
The collection solo/black/woman features seven solo performances by emerging and established feminist performance artists from the past three decades. The scripts are accompanied by interviews and critical essays, as well as a DVD showcasing the performances. The performers range from Robbie McCauley and Rhodessa Jones (including an essay by Institute Fellow Lisa Biggs), who were at the leading edge of the solo monologue boom of the 1980s, to new talents such as Stacey Robinson and Institute Fellow Misty DeBerry.
Order your copy today!
Institute/Goodman Theatre Fellow Nambi E. Kelley's play For My Brothers, Whenever I May Find Them will be featured as part of Step Up Productions' HoliDaze performance at Anthenaeum Theatre on November 30 through December 22.
Institute Distinguished Advisory, Contemporary Artist Jim Hodges exhibition Give More Than You Take, featuring over 80 works produced from 1987 to now, received its premiere opening at the Dallas Museum of Art on October 6th.
Rick Britell reviewed the exhibition for Dallas News. Bittell says "Jim Hodges takes sting out of Contemporary Art"
Institute Fellow Lynsey Addario is featured in National Geographic's Women of Vision exhibition celebrating women photographers.
Addario joins photographers Stephanie Sinclair, Lynn Johnson, Beverly Joubert, Jodi Cobb, Carolyn Drake, Amy Toensing, Maggie Steber, Diane Cook, Erika Larsen and Kitra Cahana in this dynamic exhibition on view October 10, 2013-March 5, 2014 at the National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C.
For more information
Addario and Kitra Cahana were recently interviewed by WVT
F Public Radio in Washington D.C. about the Women of Vision exhibition currently on view at the National Geographic Museum.
Institute/Goodman Theatre Fellow, Pulitizer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage has been named 2013 Person of the Year by the National Theatre Convention!
Nottage has also been named Eclipse Theatre's 2014 Season Playwright!
Programs, Partnerships and Initiatives
Beneath Her Feet, Chicago Book Launch and Benefit with Institute Fellow Jean Friedman-Rudovsky
Jean Friedman-Rudovsky's Beneath Her Feet builds upon her 2010 Fellowship with the Institute through which she created and wrote Groundshifters, a five-part documentary radio series produced by Steve Bynum (Executive Producer) and Institute Executive Director Jane M. Saks (Series Producer and Creative Advisor) as part of the Institute's Gender, Human Rights, Leadership and Media radio series produced in collaboration with WBEZ's Worldview and Chicago Public Radio. The series first aired on Worldview in September 2011.
The book picks up where Groundshifters left off, going deeper into several of the lives of the women profiled in the radio series. Then she goes wider, taking her reporting to seven other communities throughout the Global South, including Indian untouchables, Thai sex workers, Sierra Leonean former girl soldiers, Bolivian child workers and more. Each chapter challenges us to question our assumption that these women are locked in a predetermined tragic fate. The idea that empowering women in impoverished countries could change the world isn't new. But Friedman-Rudovsky shows what this looks like on the ground. Her book is a demonstration of how marginalized women, when planted firmly on the ground beneath their feet, are their own best strategy for change in their communities.
Come out and meet the author and support the launch of Beneath Her Feet.
Tuesday, December 3
7:00pm: Author presentation with an introduction and remarks by Institute Executive Director Jane M. Saks and Steve Bynum, Executive Producer, WBEZ's Wordlview, Chicago Public Radio
Webster's Wine Bar
1480 W. Webster Ave
Free Entry, Cash Bar, Hor d'oeurves, Silent Auction
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READ Jean's recent article about Sierra Leone's former girl soldiers recently published in
Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth screening at African Diaspora International Film Festival (New York.
Pratibha Parmar's award-winning film, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, will be presented as the Gala screening at the African Diaspora International Film Festival in New York.
Columbia University-Cowin Center
525 W. 120th Street
The ADIFF runs from November 29-December 15.
The Institute is a proud sponsor of Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth, a feature documentary film by Pratibha Parmar, about the life and art of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple.