News Category: Arts

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…

A Seasonal Celebration

After a year’s absence, a favorite tradition returned on December 4th and 5th: the  Holiday Concert, celebrating the winter season and holidays with a wonderful variety of choral and instrumental pieces. This year’s program included popular selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, familiar jazz standards, and songs of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. The concert’s centerpiece, composed by Benjamin Britten, was “A…

The 39 Steps

It’s a murder mystery wrapped in a spy thriller inside a parody – and that is just what was needed on November 12th and 13th, near the end of a busy fall on campus. Retaining elements of both the novel and the Hitchcock film of the same name, the stage play adaptation of The 39 Steps takes the story in…

Transforming Landscapes

For award-winning artist Daniela Rivera, speaking about her work in front of the school community on October 2 was familiar and a bit frightening. Back in 2007, she was a Middlesex faculty member who taught visual art and, she recalled, likely made a nervous assembly announcement or two in the Old Wood Theatre. Having moved on in 2008 to accept…