News Category: Arts

Out of the Swing of the Sea

A ten-foot-tall drooping peony, a postcard-sized tornado, a full-scale, rumpled bed – these were among the intriguing drawings on view by artist Meg Alexander, whose solo exhibition in the Ishibashi Gallery featured selections of her work from the past 30 years. Whether depicting an element from the natural world or an everyday household item, each of her pieces is rendered…

Songs of the Season

Soon after returning from the School’s Thanksgiving break, Middlesex has annually celebrated the winter season and its holidays with a special concert that highlights the vocal and instrumental talents of students, faculty, and staff. Directed by Music Department Head Pierson Wetzel and Jazz Ensemble and Chapel Chorus Conductor Pedro Lobato Gomes, the 2022 Holiday Concert included such favorites as “Jingle…

School for Scandal

Sheridan’s classic comedy of manners brought gossip, intrigue, romantic entanglements, and – of course – some scandal to the Kaye Theatre on November 11th and 12th, much to the enjoyment of Middlesex audiences.  Veteran and novice performers in gorgeous period costumes and impressive wigs, backed by a surprising punk rock soundtrack, made this famous farce an entertaining way to close…

A Collaborative Exhibition

Opened on September 13, 2022, the first exhibition of the new academic year – “What Our Bodies Taught Us” – is also the first formal collaboration between visiting artists Angela Drakeford and Samantha Fields. Using embroidery, crochet, personal ephemera, live plant material, and assemblage, their works examine the distinction between art and craft, at the same time questioning similar hierarchies…

Glacial Movements

When artist Fritz Horstman last visited Middlesex in 2018, the Bass Pavilion and the Danoff Center for the Visual Arts were under construction, and his unique work exploring the concepts of time and space had to be shared through photographs. In 2022, however, he could fill the Ishibashi Gallery with more recent pieces in his exhibition Glacial Movements, which opened…

The SpongeBob Musical

It’s always the best day ever for SpongeBob, his BFF Patrick, and pal Sandy Cheeks – until the rumblings of Mount Humongous signal an impending eruption that could destroy their beloved home. Can the trio prevent the disaster? Or will Plankton’s evil (diabolical…lemon-scented!) plan prevail, forcing everyone to follow him to Chumville? With songs written by artists from Cyndi Lauper…

Facing Family History

As the second semester began in January, the Middlesex community again found new artwork to consider in the Ishibashi Gallery. This time, the exhibition – Rocky Cotard: Know Your History – features eight works: six large-scale portraits depicting members of the artist’s family and two paintings that locate the portraits within the broader context of Haitian history. Mr. Cotard’s project…

Almost Maine

Almost Maine was almost staged in “the Fort” – the  still-new black box theatre named for Hugh Fortmiller, who taught drama early on in his 41-year career at Middlesex. As part of the effort to keep COVID-19 at bay, however, the bittersweet comedy written by John Cariani was moved to the more spacious Kaye Theatre, where small groups of masked…

Ephemeral Memories

Until this fall, the Ishibashi Gallery’s walls have been a place to hang or project pieces created by visiting artists and Middlesex students. That changed in October, however, when the walls themselves became the canvas for award-winning artist Daniela Rivera, whose installation, Carried by a Whisper, lined the interior until Thanksgiving. Then, the week of December 6th, a new installation…