Princeton ArtWalk May 3

The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University will join with ten other local arts venues to provide free programming for the next Princeton ArtWalk on May 3 from 5-8 p.m. at the Lewis Center, 185 Nassau Street in Princeton.

Two exhibitions will be on view at the Center.  Lex Brown’s multimedia installation in the Lucas Gallery, “Inside that thing that is and is and isn’t,” explores through video, photography, sculpture and live performance the processes by which the perceived becomes permanent.Drawings and sculpture by Lauren VanZandt-Escobar in “What Stays” will be exhibited in Room 301 of the Center.  An opening reception for both artists, seniors in the Program in Visual Arts, will be held from 7-9 p.m.

Two seniors pursuing the Visual Arts film/video track will screen their films in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Oren Samet-Marram will present his film, “Out of the Mellah” documenting the disappearing Jewish community in Morocco.  Luciana Chamarro will screen her film, “Re-membering,” which explores how recollections of the Nicaraguan civil war of the 1980s have shaped the current narrative of the people of San Juan del Norte.  Both students will introduce their films.

From 5 to 6:30 p.m. visitors are invited to view an advanced dance class in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio.  Senior Lecturer in Dance Rebecca Lazier will open her class in “Contemporary Dance: Advanced Techniques and Choreography,” in which students are working on advanced modern dance technique and repertory and new dance work they are creating.

The exhibitions, screenings, and dance demonstration are free.  Refreshments will also be provided throughout the evening.

After the ArtWalk, visitors are invited to return to the Lewis Center’s Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 8:00 p.m. for Roll!, a new play by Jeff Kuperman, a senior in the Program in Theater.  Inspired by Albert Camus’ famous absurdist essay, The Myth of Sisyphus, Kuperman’s piece, which he also directs, follows an actor who loses a cushy TV role following a sustained bout of vertigo. The actor struggles to find new balance, physically and emotionally, by pursuing a relationship with a burlesque dancer who cooks full-course meals in her sleep. The show features interactive video, also created by Kuperman, and athletic choreography that has its characters walking on walls and spinning on their heads.  Tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors, and can be purchased through University Ticketing at 609.258.9220 or at the door.

The other venues in the ArtWalk’s self-guided evening of visual arts activities in the downtown and on the University campus include the Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton University Art Museum, the Bernstein Gallery at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Cranbury Station Gallery, Firestone Library, Historical Society of Princeton, Morven Museum and Garden, Labyrinth Books, Princeton Public Library, and Small World Coffee.

Continuously updated information on the ArtWalk can be found at www.facebook.com/princetonartwalk.