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Thursday Evening Salon Series

Sip a glass of wine or a soft drink and relax in a comfortable social setting while discussing current topics in the arts, humanities, and the social sciences. Your hosts will include artists, art historians, curators, philosophers, writers, musicians, stage designers, and more. Eclectic in content and social in nature, the Salon Series provides an opportunity for everyone – regardless of educational or professional background – to gather and learn more about the world of art and artists and how it impacts other disciplines.




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What Happens in Vegas…
 
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Mark S. Hoebee, Artistic Director, Paper Mill Playhouse
1/16/2014
7:30PM - 9:00PM
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Take a peek behind the curtain of Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of the Broadway bound world premiere of Honeymoon in Vegas. Join Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee as he presents the design for the set. His presentation will explore how cast, choreography and plot, paired with the director’s and designer’s concept, all influence the final product.
Where is the Community in Socially Engaged Art?
 
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Presented by Carin Kuoni, Director of Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School
1/23/2014
7:30PM - 9:00PM
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Join Curator Carin Kuoni as she introduces core examples of the emerging field of socially engaged art. From Rick Lowe’s Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas to Theaster Gates’ Dorchester Projects in Chicago, Illinois, she will examine how these art practices have not only changed the way art is made, but how it interacts with audiences.
Joyce Kozloff: Past, Present & Future
 
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Presented by Joyce Kozloff, Artist featured in Women Choose Women Again
2/6/2014
7:30PM - 9:00PM
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Joyce Kozloff’s identity as an artist has evolved throughout her 44 year career. She has defined herself as a feminist artist, a decorative artist, a public artist and a cartographic artist. Each of her identities has remained with her, reappearing at different times in new and unexpected manifestations. Kozloff will address her need to push forward and explore as an artist, coupled with a desire to incorporate and extend her past.
The Indie Revolution in Games
 
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Presented by Colleen Macklin, Associate Professor, Parsons The New School for Design
2/20/2014
7:30PM - 9:00PM
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Whether you are a “gamer” or not – come learn about the latest in the creative and cultural movement of videogames! Independent game designers are expanding what videogames can be, do and say. From the worldwide success of Minecraft to the surreal world of Kentucky Route Zero, we’ll explore what is happening and what to expect from an art form whose time has come.
Government, Money & Art
 
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Presented by Dan Bischoff, Art Critic for The Star-Ledger
3/6/2014
7:30PM - 9:00PM
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The 2008 financial collapse impacted funding to museums nationwide. In this timely presentation, art critic Dan Bischoff will discuss the history and purpose of public funding for the visual arts and its relationship with society’s sense of unity and purpose. He will address how lack of funding has impacted artists and highlight the work contemporary artists are producing to restore harmony in their communities.
“Flappers” & “Sheiks”: Fashion in the Twenties
 
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Presented by Nancy Deihl, Director of M.A. Program in Costume Studies, New York University
3/20/2014
7:30PM - 9:00PM
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The exuberant spirit and energy of “The Roaring ‘20s” was expressed through its cutting-edge fashion trends. Popular dance, travel and leisure all influenced the way people dressed. Daring youth-driven styles included bobbed haircuts and shorter hemlines for women and collegiate sportswear for men. This presentation will explore the vibrant, colorful fashion of the 1920s—a period that continues to inspire today.
A View from the Podium
 
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Presented by Jeffrey Grogan, Music Director and Conductor, The New Jersey Youth Symphony
4/3/2014
7:30PM - 9:00PM
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Jeffrey Grogan, Education & Community Engagement conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, will discuss a conductor's responsibilities and how a conductor presents ideas to an orchestra without saying a word. This presentation will demonstrate the power of music using selected works of the classical music repertoire and invite audience members to try conducting!
Burnt Shadows: Visions of the Post-Apocalypse
 
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Presented by Richard Miller, Professor of English, Rutgers University
4/17/2014
7:30PM - 9:00PM
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When the atomic bombs exploded in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the flash burn effect left the impression of shadows burnt into surfaces behind objects in direct line of the heat radiation. In this talk, Professor Miller will discuss how the image of “burnt shadows” is redeployed in Alan Moore's Watchmen series and in Kamila Shamsie's novel, Burnt Shadows, to evoke the contemporary threat of nuclear annihilation.