Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Dialogues Across Culture: reflecting on international exchange

Dialogues Across Culture: A Model for Building Enduring Partnerships

a free, two-day symposium presented by

MAPP International Productions and The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium in partnership with the Museum for African Art, The Center for African Education at Teachers College and the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University

Friday, October 28 (7pm-9pm)
Saturday, October 29 (11am-4pm) 

This symposium is designed to open up conversations around international cultural exchange, to share lessons learned through case studies, to introduce some of the projects and artists with whom the Consortium has partnered, and to promote and build understanding and connections among artists, arts organizations, and public communities in the United States and the African continent.
Activities of the symposium include informal performances by choreographers Faustin Linyekula, from Democratic Republic of Congo, and Maria Helena Pinto from Mozambique; interviews with the choreographers; and presentations and discussions with members of the Consortium, MAPP, the Museum for African Art, and Columbia University faculty.
Friday, October 28 (7pm-9pm)

Performances followed by a reception

This event will take place at The Milbank Chapel at Teachers College, Columbia University. Enter on 120th Street midway between Broadway and Amsterdam (State-issued ID required for entry)

Saturday, October 29 (11am to 4pm)

Plenary session, interviews with artists, project presentations and discussions including: 

Investing in Curatorial Research

Dana Elmquist, Producer of Theater Programs at the Museum for African Art (NY)

Lisa Binder, Visual Art Curator, the Museum for African Art (NY)

Ken Foster, Executive Director, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco)


Advancing the Creativity of the Artist

Faustin Linyekula, Artist (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Ralph Lemon, Artist (NY)

Randy Gener, American Theater magazine (NY)

 
Connecting Artists and Communities

Maria Helena Pinto, Artist (Mozambique)

Laura Faure, Director, Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME)


Building and Sharing Knowledge

Zoe Strother, Professor of African Art at Columbia University (NY)

Ann-Marie Bouttiaux, Royal Museum for Central Africa (Brussels)

Joan Frosch, Director, World Arts & Culture at University of Florida (Gainesville)

This event will take place at The Institute of African Studies, Columbia University
606 West 122nd Street (State-issued ID required for entry)

Admission for both days is free. Reservations required.

To RSVP for the October 28th event, click here.

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