The End of The Semester

by: Darian Moore

Going into this class I did not really know what to expect, but I needed to meet my requirements for school, so I took it. Being a freshman I had never been to the Krannert Center or any events like the ones I attended. I did not expect to be so interested in this class. My eyes were opened to ways of life I had never thought about. Seeing the performances opened my eyes to everything that goes on behind a performance.

Although I was already very interested in Music I never expected to be interested in music in these forms. I was introduced to so many things and different medias of art I never put much thought in to. This class helped me expand my knowledge and learn new things which is something I love and have a high appreaciation for.

The Fluid Performance of Chungliang Al Huang and the Jupiter Spring Quartet

A welcome sign at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, where this performance was held.
My ticket for the performance

     For the performance of the Jupiter Spring Quartet with Chungliang Al Huang, I really was not sure what to expect at all. I had been to a few classical performances before but nothing paired with a visual or dance component.  The audio along with the visual aspect together was a new experience. I did not feel like my brain was overloaded with trying to process the information. Before the Taiji and dancing was introduced, it felt like the music was telling a story. Jupiter Spring left it up to the listener to interpret what was being said. Once Chungliang came onstage and began to do Taiji,he began to tell a more solid story with his actions. This along with the music made for a very interesting performance.

     This showcase had parts featuring just music from the quartet, music and Taiji, music and formal dance and music with group dance. The combination that I enjoyed the most though, would have had to be the strings along with the formal dancing. It was a very eye catching, sharp and calculated performance. Both the style of dance and music was a stark contrast to the rest of the production, which was more fluid and slow in movement and style. The energy shifted in the theatre once this part started and I think it gave a much needed change of pace. I also believed that this was the most interesting part as well. In the beginning of the section, the duo began by doing the tango. The tango is regarded by many as a dance that expresses sensuality so I thought that it was an interesting choice for the Jupiter Spring Quartet to pair this dance and the accompanying music with a pair of two men. There seemed to be no gender roles as both men went back and forth following and leading. I believe there was a good balance between what is widely known as ballroom tango and the shock value of having men perform the dance as partners. There was a break in the heteronormativity that is common in ballroom dance. I think that placing this in the middle of the entire presentation was the right thing to do, as it served as a sort of climax before Chungliang and others came back out with natural, fluent movement.

     The director did a very good job with setting up the order of the performances. The tone shifted with every performance both onstage and within the audience and I believe that it fit exactly what the director was trying to portray.  There was a slow build up that led to the climax and then the action fell back down until the end came. The music was able to tell a story on its own as well as when paired with Taiji and dancing. All around it was a very interesting performance and it kept the audiences’ attention.

-Alysia Glover

My ticket alongside a to-scale model of the Krannert Center.

My New Experiences with the Arts

Written by Bill Xun

I had an awesome experience with FAA110 this semester. I had previously only seen one show at Krannert before, and it was a symphony orchestra. Though this class, I found out and got to experience so many different types of the arts, from puppets to quartets to different art exhibits across campus. I went to nine events in total:

Krannert’s 50th Anniversary!! 

Photo by Bill Xun

Breaking Limbs at the Krannert Art Museum

Photo by Bill Xun

Marcus Tardelli: Master Guitarist

Photo by Bill Xun

Describing A City With Art

Taken by Bill Xun

Comedy at the Krannert Center

Taken by Bill Xun

A Night at the Opera — La Bohème

Taken by Bill Xun

Emotions through Strings

Taken by Bill Xun

A Fully Immersive Puppet Show

Taken by Bill Xun

An Afternoon of Strings

This semester definitely opened my eyes to new types of art that I’ve never even thought about seeing before. I found out so many cool types of events that I’d never thought I would enjoy, like puppets, and even some performance art. I will definitely be on the lookout for new events on campus and off campus in the future. There are already lots of events at the Krannert Center that I  am for sure going to next semester. I loved the discussions we had in class, about some background info on the performance we were going to see, or talking about our opinions and hearing everyone’s unique thoughts and creative thinking. Thanks to Dr. Collins and Dr. Robinson for an amazing semester and guiding the class towards a huge variety of different arts.

A Transformation Through Dance

Written by Andrew Duran,

A ticket to transformation

Going into this performance, I was pretty pumped to enter the world of dance since it is a true passion of mine. I didn’t know much about this performance but it was something that I was excited to figure out as the night went on.  Continue reading “A Transformation Through Dance”

A Museum of Blues

No morning blues this trip to the museum.

Written by Emily Reeter

I had another opportunity this week to trek around the Krannert Art Museum.  I got to explore the “Blue and White Ceramics: An Enduring Global Obsession”.  Immediately as I walked into this eggshell white room, I was overwhelmed by the array of different ceramics but all in this rich, beautiful Mediterranean blue.

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The Windy City

Many people think that Chicago got its name due to the weather, but that is not right. Chicago, “The Windy City” was initially used by the Cincinnati Press and then later used by Chicago Tribune in 1876. I was raised in Chicago, and the history is never ending.

Written by Maty Patino

Photo by Maty Patino

History is so pleasing, but even more when it has to do with place or person you truly care about, in this case Chicago. There is so many amazing people who come from the city of Chicago. This city is full of art and artists. Any way you turn, there is art. Art in murals, art hanging, art as a building.

Photo by Maty Patino

People themselves are because everyone is so different and unique. Everyone has such a different style that it makes each and one of us a piece of art created by the biology of the universe. Each individual provides the world with something. Whether it is the art itself such as buildings, paintings, drawings, landscaping, or even love in which you just feel.

Photo by Maty Patino

Thinking about Chicago can make some of us feel melancholy. But, looking for something related to our city can always make us feel better. As I walked through the Krannert Art Museum, I realized how much of the history I did not know. Moreover, I started to reminisce my days in Chicago and how much I missed it. I started to think about my way to downtown, and how the city itself is art, whether it’s the graffiti, the huge Moose Bubblegum Bubble by Jacob Watts or the Willis Tower.

Thank you to the Krannert Art Museum for filling our hearts with joy as we see the art that they hold by our beloved city artists.

Photo by Maty Patino

Describing A City With Art

A collection of diverse pieces of art representing Chicago at the Krannert Art Museum

Written by Bill Xun

Taken by Bill Xun

Between The Buildings: Art From Chicago, 1930s to 1980s is currently on display at the Krannert Art Museum. It’s amazing to see each artist’s individual perspectives and how they choose to represent the city that they live in. Some choose to use photos; others use sculptures, paintings, and all sorts of abstract art. Collectively, the entire exhibition gives viewers a summary of Chicago as a whole through a collection of pieces.

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Expression of Chicago

Written By Tim Gao

Photo By Tim Gao

Highlighting the artworks from Chicago-based artists, the exhibition, Between the buildings, unfolds the stories and spirits buried in history. The historical background of Between the buildings is interesting. In last century Chicago, many artists working in isolation, producing creativity, diversity, and personal aesthetics. However, the artists could hardly find opportunities to exhibit their works. Thus they collectively exhibit with students in art schools, forming the idea of Chicago School.

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The Colors of Chicago

Written by Andrew Duran,

Image by Andrew Duran

Being raised in the city of Chicago, you begin to pick up on the colors that the city begins to depict. The sound of late night trains screeching to a stop and the feeling of a current bouncing in between two large buildings is unique to the city.

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