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Modfest 2020

LocationMultiple campus venues

Celebrating its 18th season, Modfest 2020 is Vassar College’s annual exploration of the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. This year’s theme, “reflect to project,” looks backward to move forward. Explore the arts through the Grammy Award-nominated vocal ensemble New York Polyphony, Jeff Snyder’s laptop orchestra, Tony Award-winning actress Celia Keenan-Bolger, members of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and spectacular faculty and students in stunning performances and lectures.


  • Thursday, January 30 at 7:00pm: REFLECT & PROJECT: Vassar Choral Ensembles. An opening concert and reception of Modfest 2020 with a performance by the Vassar Chamber Singers, Choir, and Women’s Chorus at Skinner Hall of Music with a reception to follow in the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences.
  • Friday, January 31 at 7:00pm: Film Screening: Black to Techno & Space Jam at The Rosenwald Film Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film. The evening will begin with a brief introduction by Visiting Professor of Film and Vassar alumnus, Jackson Kroopf ’10.
  • Saturday, February 1 at 1:30pm: Project: Community Arts Panel. A panel and conversation that will engage current practices and future hopes for community engagement and the arts, featuring Chris Silva, Executive Director, Bardavon, and other members of Vassar and local organizations. Thekla Hall (Room 400) in Skinner Hall of Music.
  • Saturday, February 1 at 3:00pm: Reflect: An Artist’s Life, Onstage and Off featuring Tony Award-winner Celia Keenan-Bolger sharing stories about Broadway, acting, and art. This event is sponsored by The Capotorto-Mulas Family Lecture Fund. The Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film. Reservations required, email: or call (845) 437-5599.
  • Sunday, February 2 at 3:00pm: Honorary Adene and Richard Wilson Concert held at Skinner Music Hall. Featuring Vassar College faculty members Danielle Farina, viola, Anna Elashvili, violin, Frank Cassara, percussion, Trevor Babb, guitar, Marija Ilic, piano, and the Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble New York Polyphony.
  • Wednesday, February 5 at 1:30pm: Open Rehearsal for Opposite Earth. Join visiting artist Jeff Snyder for an open rehearsal of this piece, which will be performed with students and faculty during his lecture on February 6. A collaboration between Modfest and THinCs (The Humanities in Cognitive Science). Skinner Music Hall
  • Thursday, February 6 at 6:00pm: Build, Destroy, Build: Spontaneous Creation of Structure. Jeff Snyder, composer, improviser, and instrument-designer, who also directs Princeton’s Laptop Orchestra, PLOrk, will give a lecture and performance about his interdisciplinary research and practice.  Skinner Music Hall
  • Friday, February 7 at 7:00pm: Dance Performance – Vassar Repertory Dance TheatreA performance of works selected from the current repertory. This is a free but ticketed event—reservations for general seating are required and are available online at For additional information, please email: or call (845) 437-5541. Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall
  • Saturday, February 8 at 4:00pm Future Voices: Choral Concert featuring Cappella Festiva, Treble Choir, and Cor Capriccio Children’s Choir. Matt Zydel and Elizabeth Clifton, conductors. Skinner Hall of Music
  • Saturday, February 8 at 5:30pm Exhibition Opening Lecture and Reception for Louise Bourgeois: Ode to Forgetting. Art historian Donald Kuspit will give a lecture titled “The Benefit of Art According to Louise Bourgeois: ‘Art is a Guarantee of Sanity.’” Taylor Hall, Room 102. Reception at 6:30pm in the Loeb Art Center.
  • Saturday, February 8 at 7:00pm Future Voices: Orchestra & Song. The Vassar College Orchestra performs works by Barber, Dello Joio, and Hagood. Students from the Music Department perform songs from the great American songbook that reflect on the past and hope for the future. David Alpher, piano and Jennie Litt, director. Skinner Hall of Music.
  • Sunday, February 9 at 3:00pm: Chamber Music from the Hudson Valley PhilharmonicTo honor the Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s 60th anniversary season, Modfest presents members of the orchestra in a concert of chamber works at Skinner Hall of Music.


  • January 16–April 12, 2020 Metal, Acid, Line: Etchings from the Loeb. Spanning time and geography, this exhibition features more than a dozen etchings and was co-curated with Christina Tenaglia (Department of Art) in conjunction with Art 209, a studio course that teaches the fundamentals of intaglio printing.
  • January 21-February 16, 2020 the James W. Palmer ’90 Gallery, College Center presents Self-taught and Outsider Art from a Private “Teaching Collection”. There will be a reception on January 30, 5:00pm-7:00pm.
  • January 24–April 5, 2020 the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center presents Louise Bourgeois: Ode to Forgetting, from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation.
  • February 6 and February 8, 2020 from 5:00-9:00pm. Rick Jones and the Vassar Light Collective present soundscapes with projections in two locations on campus: We are Still in Eden at the Vassar Chapel (Feb 6) and Inner Space / Outer Space at the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences (Feb 8)


For more detailed information and background on Modfest events, visit

All events are free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary unless otherwise noted. For more information about ticketed events, please email: or call (845) 437-5599.

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For additional information, call (845) 437-7294 or visit People with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.