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”"

Keynote: Henry Adams, Andrew Wyeth’s “Christina’s World” and King Vidor’s The Big Parade

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

Join Wyeth expert Dr. Henry Adams (Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University) for an examination of the surprising relationship between Andrew Wyeth's "Christina's World" and King Vidor's classic silent film The Big Parade (1925). The lecture will be preceded by… Continue Reading "Keynote: Henry Adams, Andrew Wyeth’s “Christina’s World” and King Vidor’s The Big Parade"

Elizabeth Olbert, “Outdoor Art Workshop”

Prescott Field, University of Maine at Farmington Front St., Farmington, ME

Dr. Elizabeth Olbert (faculty at UMF) will lead a conversation on the limits of realism and Andrew Wyeth's representations of working-class Mainers before guiding participants through a multimedia art workshop. Artists and non-artists are welcome, and all art materials will be provided. Refreshments will… Continue Reading "Elizabeth Olbert, “Outdoor Art Workshop”"

Dawn Nye, “Facing Away Photography Workshop”

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

Join Dawn Nye (Associate Professor of Art and New Media at UMF) for a free photography workshop that will feature: basics of composition, strategies to involve narrative in visual media, and hands-on practice. This workshop is for all levels and will allow participants to… Continue Reading "Dawn Nye, “Facing Away Photography Workshop”"

The New Commons Film Series: THE BIG PARADE

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

The New Commons Film Series resumes with a screening of King Vidor's 1925 silent classic THE BIG PARADE. This event is a follow-up to Henry Adams' keynote on September 17 exploring the significant links between the work of Andrew Wyeth and this film.

David Bowie, “Life on Mars?”

The New Commons Project's October 2021 events will explore David Bowie's classic "Life on Mars?" (released on his 1971 album, Hunky Dory).

Martha Mooke, “Mission: Imagination”

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

Electro-acoustic violist and David Bowie collaborator Martha Mooke explores and interprets David Bowie’s "search for unconscious intelligence", inspired by his creative process of combining disassociated ideas to spark the creative muse.

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.