Art Exhibit: “Reimagining the Real”

Emery Community Arts Center, University of Maine at Farmington Academy Street, Farmington, ME

This exhibition (co-sponsored with the Emery Community Arts Center) features artworks that engage the legacy of realism in the 21st century, continuing, complicating, or contesting this tradition. Accounts of western art history often emphasize the political significance of realism’s commitment to depicting “ordinary life”… Continue Reading "Art Exhibit: “Reimagining the Real”"

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Jordan Peele's Oscar-nominated 2017 horror film that critiques racism in America, Get Out, will provide the foundation for New Commons Project events in late October and early November 2021.

Aaron Wyanski, “Get Out and Horror Soundtracks”

TBA ME

Join Dr. Aaron Wyanski (composer, pianist, and Assistant Professor of Music Composition at UMF) for a critical exploration of soundtracks of horror films over the last century, with particular discussion of Michael Abels' soundtrack to Get Out.

Keynote: Kevin Wynter, “The Final Brother: On Horror and Black Survivability”

Emery Community Arts Center, University of Maine at Farmington Academy Street, Farmington, ME

Do Black people always die first in horror movies? Is it possible to be Black and successfully survive a horror film? This talk examines the status of Black representations in the horror genre from Blaxploitation cinema to the horror parodies of the late 90s/early… Continue Reading "Keynote: Kevin Wynter, “The Final Brother: On Horror and Black Survivability”"

Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller's dramatic deconstruction of the American Dream, Death of a Salesman (1949), will take center stage in the New Commons Project in late November and early December 2021.

Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis

New Commons Project programming for January 2022 focuses on Marjane Satrapi's landmark graphic novel about growing up during the Iranian Revolution of the 1970s, Persepolis.

Emily Dickinson, Poems

Emily Dickinson's foundational body of poetic works will be the focus of New Commons Project events in February 2022.