The Arts

Past Events

Painting: A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat, 1884
May 7 through May 8

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by James Lapine. In collaboration with the Departments of Drama and Music. A senior project production directed by Christopher Grabowski and Drew Minter. Reservations required.
Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 at 4:30 p.m.

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Detail of a painting of a Tibetan deity by Tsherin Sherpa

Celebrate the opening of Mastery and Merit: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection of Tibetan Art and Beyond the Threshold: Tibetan Contemporary Art with a reception followed by a panel of speakers.

A painting of white swans on a blue lake with the words "Vassar Haiti Project Invites you to the 10th Annual Art and Soul Gala Thursday, April 28.

This virtual event will raise funds for the staffing, supplies, and operation of a medical clinic in Haiti for a full year. This year’s honorees include Grammy Award-winning music producer Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis and the Rotarians of the Hudson Valley. Please register to receive event link.

Music, Spring 2022
Apr 22, 6:00 p.m.

Christine Howlett, conductor

This event will be live streamed

Two dancers dressed in black perform choreography by Kirven Boyd
Apr 14, 7:00 p.m. through Apr 16, 7:00 p.m.

VRDT performs new works by Guest Choreographers Desmond Richardson and Kirven Douthit-Boyd, classical ballet by Marius Petipa, Untitled by Guest Choreographer Jennifer Archibald, new student works, and faculty works selected from the current repertoire. This is a free but ticketed event. 

Beijing Opera
Apr 9, 4:30 p.m.

Beijing opera is a colorful, spectacular performance art that dazzles and fascinates. Reservations required.

Music, Spring 2022
Apr 7, 12:00 p.m. through Apr 28

A 20- to 30-minute lunchtime recital series by members of the Vassar College Chamber Music Program every Thursday in April.

Abstract black and white photo by Christina Seely

Christina Seely’s multidisciplinary photographic practice stretches into the fields of science, design, installation, and sound. This talk includes a screening of her short film Dissonance, filmed in summer 2019 on a rapidly melting Greenland ice sheet while traveling with the Institute of Arctic Studies.

Music Professor Brian Mann teaching students

Brian Mann and Friends: An afternoon of jazz featuring Brian Mann, piano, Pat O'Leary, double bass, Craig Wuepper, drums, with special guests appearances by faculty and friends.

This event will be live streamed

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Very limited seating—campus guests only. 
A staged reading followed by a reception.
Congratulations to the 2022 award recipients: Gabriella Kimbrough ’22, for her play True Crime, and Louis Blachman ’23, for his play Four Seasons Total Landscaping.

 

Steerman Festival
Mar 24 through Apr 3

Two weeks of productions of new plays written by Drama Department students. Campus community only, please.

Painting of a woman holding up a camouflage-pattern coat by Susan Lichtman

Lichtman, a figurative painter of domestic spaces, will discuss her work. She is the Charles Bloom Professor of the Arts of Design at Brandeis University.

Mar 22 through May 11

A rotating exhibit at the Palmer Gallery featuring student work from classes in Drawing Iⅈ Painting Iⅈ Photography; Printmaking; Sculpture Iⅈ and Video. 

Actress Selina Jones as Medea in the Khameleon Productions film of Euripides's Medea
Mar 21, 5:30 p.m.

Shivaike Shah, Visiting Artist and Producer/Founder of Khameleon Productions (UK), will discuss the making of Khameleon’s upcoming short film on the figure of Medea, based on Khameleon’s stage production of Euripides’s Medea at Oxford in 2018, which reimagined the ancient Greek tragedy with an all-global majority cast and crew. Campus community only, please.

A picture of ice formations from the film "Supersymmetry"

This 29-minute film explores how climate change destroys not only a physical place, but also a psychic territory within us. Presented during “Late Night at the Loeb” in conjunction with the exhibition Cryosphere: Humans and Climate in Art from the Loeb. Consecutive screenings from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

A picture of ice formations from the film "Supersymmetry"

This 29-minute film explores how climate change destroys not only a physical place, but also a psychic territory within us. Presented during “Late Night at the Loeb” in conjunction with the exhibition Cryosphere: Humans and Climate in Art from the Loeb. Consecutive screenings from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Ashley Jackson

Featuring guest artists Ashley Jackson, harp, Marsha Thompson, soprano, Kyle Walker, piano, and faculty members Thomas Sauer, piano, and Ian Tyson, clarinet.

This event will be live streamed

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A celebration of the American Impressions exhibition at the Loeb Art Center that will include conversations between curators and faculty members as well as music and poetry performed by Vassar students. Registration required.

This event will be live streamed

Decoda Ensemble

Featuring premieres of “Drastic Measures” and “Bagatelle for Solo Harpsichord” by Richard Wilson and music of Susan Botti and Jonathan Chenette. Performed by the Decoda Ensemble, Claire Chenette and Joel Evans, oboes, Anna Elashvili, violin, Marija Ilić, harpsichord, and Thomas Sauer, piano. Free tickets must be reserved.

This is an in-person event that will also be streamed live

Battery Dance Company

A performance of works selected from the current repertory by faculty, students, and guest choreographers, including a special appearance by the Battery Dance Company. Tickets are free but must be reserved.

Vocalist Jacquelyn Matava and pianist Samuel Gaskin
Feb 2, 5:00 p.m.

A voice recital featuring award-winning duo Jacquelyn Matava ’09, mezzo-soprano, and pianist Samuel Gaskin. Registration required.

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During this webinar event, students and faculty from the Drama and Music Departments’ upcoming production of Sunday in the Park with George will share their creative process of interpreting this iconic show. Registration required.

Zoom webinar

Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble

Join this exciting professional ensemble in a presentation of solo and vocal choral music that celebrates artistic excellence and racial, ethnic, and gender diversity. Registration required.

This is an in-person event that will also be streamed live

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Jan 27 through Feb 5

Vassar College’s annual exploration of the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries returns with a dynamic collection of both in-person and online events!