Arts Aplenty: movies, music for fall semester – The Emory Wheel


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Between attending classes, getting involved with clubs and maintaining friendships, it can be difficult to find balance at the start of the school year. Nonetheless, attending on-campus events and engaging with Emory University’s art scene is a wallet-friendly, community-building way to relieve stress and have fun. Below is a fraction of events the University has to offer in the upcoming weeks.

Emory Cinematheque: The Cinematic Worlds of David Lynch

Date: Wednesdays, Sept. 6 – Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Goodrich C. White Hall Room 208

Curated by Timothy Holland, assistant professor in the department of film and media, this new screening series explores the bizarre underground world of Lynchian cinema. David Lynch is a staple modern filmmaker known for his avant-garde, surrealist style. The screening will include icons of Lynch’s work such as “Eraserhead” (1977) and lesser-known films like “Lost Highway” (1997).

Emerson Series: Bach & Bluegrass

Date: Sept. 9, 8 p.m.

Location: Cherry Logan Emerson Concert Hall 

Performed by the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta (ECMSA), this mixed-genre program combines classical music with bluegrass, a strings-heavy genre tinged with country sounds popularized in the ’40s. Mark O’Connor, a fiddle player, prolific composer and three-time Grammy Awards-winner, will join ECMSA. Songs performed include Bach’s Partita No. 3 in E Major and O’Connor’s original music.

“You Belong Here: Place, People and Purpose in Latinx Photography” Exhibit

Date: Sept. 9 – Dec. 3

Location: Michael C. Carlos Museum

This exhibit places a variety of art in dialogue with one another, straying from homogeny and embracing nuance, complexity and themes ranging from social issues to domestic life. Pilar Tompkins Rivas, chief curator and deputy director of curatorial and collections at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles, curated the exhibit. Including 16 Latinx artists, this collection “generates an expansive dialogue about visibility and belonging for Latinx people,” according to the exhibit description.

Drawing Deportation: Art and Resistance among Immigrant Children

Date: Sept. 11, 12 p.m.

Location: Robert W. Woodruff Library Jones Room

In an intersection of politics, social work and art, this Emory’s Race & Difference Colloquium Series talk explores the book written by Silvia Rodriguez Vega, assistant professor of chicana and chicano studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Vega analyzes artwork, theater performances and interviews from immigrant children to determine how a marginalized population creates artwork in the face of social and political adversity.

This event requires registration.

Cooke Noontime Series — Variety is the Spice of Life!

Date: Sept. 15, 12 p.m.

Location: Cherry Logan Emerson Concert Hall

Hosted by ECMSA, professional musicians Jasmin Arakawa (piano), James Zellers (flute) and Helen Kim (violin) will perform virtuoso variations by a number of composers. As the title implies, this program includes a vast array of work, including the classical-romantic tunes of 18th century composer Franz Schubert and the “demonic” work of 19th century violinist Niccolò Paganini.

Artist and Influence: Mendi and Keith Obadike

Date: Sept. 16, 4 – 6:30 p.m.

Location: Michael C. Carlos Museum Ackerman Hall | Rose Library

The Rose Library is beginning a new installation in the “Artist and Influence” series inspired by the Camille Billops and James V. Hatch archives, which holds over 1,500 artist interviews. Mendi and Keith Obadike are professors in the department of media and performing arts at Cornell University (N.Y.) and multidisciplinary artists. Miriam J. Petty, associate professor in the radio/television/film department at Northwestern University (Ill.) will interview the couple about their art. After the interview, a reception will be held in the Rose Library.

Vamos to the Carlos

Date: Sept. 17, 12 – 4 p.m.

Location: Michael C. Carlos Museum Ackerman Hall

The Carlos Museum and Georgia Public Broadcasting will host author and illustrator Raúl the Third, known for his “¡Vamos!” book series. This event includes a variety of activities, such as creating your own character inspired by the series, reading other bilingual books and exploring the “You Belong Here” and “Art of the Americas” galleries.

Creativity Conversation with Annalee Traylor

Date: Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts Dance Studio

Join 2023 – 2024 Emory Arts Fellow Annalee Traylor for a creativity conversation about her work as a choreographer. Traylor draws influence from dance, theater and interdisciplinary collaboration for her storytelling. Her work has been featured across the United States and the rest of the world.


Date: Sept. 19, 4 – 5:15 p.m.
Location: Michael C. Carlos Museum Ackerman Hall

Emory art history graduate student Tyler Holman (27G) will give a presentation utilizing a mummy mask and experimental lighting in order to capture the unique sensory experience of encountering a mummified body. The presentation explores the role of the dead in Roman Egypt, in which mummy masks were used to connect the deceased and the living. Along with the lecture, pastries and tea will be provided.

Alexandra Kauffman (she/her) (26C) is from Phoenix, Arizona, and her major is undeclared. At the Wheel, she is the Arts & Entertainment campus desk. Outside of writing for the Wheel, Alexandra can be found reading sci-fi novels and thinking about her cat.

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