Ann BasuFLIPPING THE SCRIPT Sam Monkman ’18 takes the stage in “The Laramie Project. Yesterday, Masque & Gown premiered “The Laramie Project,” a production choice that continues the group’s break with the more traditional shows that characterized much of its history.
Although Carmen Papalia lost the use of his vision, he does not identify as blind. “I feel that word doesn’t serve me,” he said. “I often think of myself as a non-visual learner—someone who just made a choice to shift the value from the visual to the non-visual … I’d rather describe myself in relation to my learning style and my approach to learning than refer to a word that kind of means, ‘lack of preparedness or awareness.’ You just have to [search for] synonyms for the word ‘blind,’ and you get a long list of negative associations.” Papalia, a Vancouver-based “social practice artist and disability activist,” delivered a lecture about his work at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) on October 19.
Sam HoneggerCONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM Assistant Professor of Romance Languages Meryem Belkaïd (left) facilitated a question and answer session with award-winning filmmaker Raoul Peck (right) on Tuesday, entitled “Identity, History, and Race.” Peck’s Academy Award nominated documentary film, “I Am Not Your Negro,” was screened in Kresge Auditorium on Monday.
Every rap fan has dreamed it: “What if ______ and ______ made an album together?” But there’s something about the idea of the collab album that just reeks of disappointment. After years of rumors and teases, that Kendrick Lamar/J.
“What happened last October?” Tatana Kellner asked students gathered at the popup show for her printmaking installation “Please Exit, Doors are Closing” on Tuesday in the Edwards Center for Art and Dance. Answer: the 2016 presidential debates, a time during which Kellner was working and reflecting on questions surrounding immigration policy in America.
Chris RitterDECADES OF MEDDIES: Former members of Meddiebempsters perform alongside current members of Bowdoin Chorus. Many alumni returned to campus to sing in the a cappella group’s 80th reunion concert last weekend. The performance of traditional songs prompted concerns about lyrics.
Gwen DavidsonMOVIE-MAKING: Students gain hands-on filmmaking experience in a workshop taught by CLIO Award winning producer Matt Siegel last weekend. Last Saturday, CLIO Award winning producer and director of photography Matt Siegel, along with a few other cinematographers, led an introductory workshop in digital film production for Bowdoin students.
PJ SeelertCULTURAL CURATORS: Brunswick’s Frontier serves internationally inspired meals and hosts film and music events. Frontier brings more than food to the table. Igniting conversation about the world beyond its rustic walls, Frontier, located in Fort Andross, describes itself as a “food, art and cultural destination.” Here, visitors share intimate conversations and globally inspired meals with views of the churning Androscoggin River below.
Courtesy of Matt KellerINSPIRATION AND CURATION: On Tuesday, David Saul Smith’s Lamarche Gallery premiered an exhibition displaying artwork by the 2017 summer residents of Kent Island, a Bowdoin-owned island in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada.
Ann BasuDISABILITY DISCOURSE: Poet and activist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (right) speaks with Maddie Lemal-Brown ’18 (left) and Sabrina Hunte ’20 (center) after her performance in Kresge Auditorium last night. A “queer disabled nonbinary femme writer and cultural worker of Burger/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent” is how Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha describes herself on her website.