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October – November 2014

Oct
20
Mon
Fall break
Oct 20 – Oct 21 all-day

No classes!

Oct
23
Thu
Opening reception for ‘Split & Twisted’ @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Oct 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Split&Twisted 2014 bannerWatkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Split & Twisted, the school’s annual juried graphic design student exhibition, from October 23–November 14 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

Split & Twisted’s opening night reception, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, is free and the public is invited.

All Watkins Graphic Design majors are eligible to submit projects (created since September 2013) in 10 categories: Advertising, Books & Jackets, Identity, Illustration, Illustration Series, Package Design, Poster/Design, Publication Design, Multimedia, and Miscellaneous/Design.

Department of Graphic Design chair Dan Brawner, recognized as a “top instructor” by the international visual communications journal Graphis, will announce the category winners as well as best in show and faculty choice awards.

Watkins Graphic Design students and alumni are consistently among the most honored in the country through their submissions to regional, national and international advertising design competitions, particularly in the student and professional categories of the ADDY Awards (hosted by the American Advertising Federation). At the 2014 Nashville Student ADDYs, Watkins won more top-level awards than any other school competing (just as they did in 2012 and 2013), claiming nine Golds, eight Silvers and three of four Judge’s Choice Award.

Watkins students continue to blanket Nashville and the region with their intelligence, visual wit and creativity through unique opportunities with several beloved Nashville community events. In the past few years, their talents have been chosen to promote signature happenings such as the American Artisan Festival, the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, Music City Hot Chicken Festival, Nashville Sister Cities Program, Nashville Symphony and Nashville Opera performances, and Murfreesboro’s JazzFest, as well as the Nashville Scene’s “Best of Nashville” cover art.

Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

Oct
24
Fri
‘Split & Twisted’ annual juried Graphic Design show @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – Nov 14 @ 2:00 pm

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Split & Twisted, the school’s annual juried graphic design student exhibition, from October 23–November 14 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

All Watkins Graphic Design majors are eligible to submit projects (created since September 2013) in 10 categories: Advertising, Books & Jackets, Identity, Illustration, Illustration Series, Package Design, Poster/Design, Publication Design, Multimedia, and Miscellaneous/Design.

Department of Graphic Design chair Dan Brawner, recognized as a “top instructor” by the international visual communications journal Graphis, will announce the category winners as well as best in show and faculty choice awards.

Split&Twisted 2014 bannerWatkins Graphic Design students and alumni are consistently among the most honored in the country through their submissions to regional, national and international advertising design competitions, particularly in the student and professional categories of the ADDY Awards (hosted by the American Advertising Federation). At the 2014 Nashville Student ADDYs, Watkins won more top-level awards than any other school competing (just as they did in 2012 and 2013), claiming nine Golds, eight Silvers and three of four Judge’s Choice Award.

Watkins students continue to blanket Nashville and the region with their intelligence, visual wit and creativity through unique opportunities with several beloved Nashville community events. In the past few years, their talents have been chosen to promote signature happenings such as the American Artisan Festival, the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, Music City Hot Chicken Festival, Nashville Sister Cities Program, Nashville Symphony and Nashville Opera performances, and Murfreesboro’s JazzFest, as well as the Nashville Scene’s “Best of Nashville” cover art.

Oct
27
Mon
Pushpamala N artist lecture: ‘The Pseudo-Archive’ @ Watkins Theater
Oct 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Pushpamala N image Wweb

Bangalore-based Pushpamala N, a photo- and video-performance artist who uses elements of popular culture to explore place, gender and history, will speak at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film on Monday, October 27. Her lecture, entitled “The Pseudo-Archive,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater, and is free and open to the public.

In her first visit to Nashville, Pushpamala will present her recent work, talking about using different sources and materials, mixing up genres and archives, and questioning classifications. Christine Rogers, assistant professor of photography at Watkins, will introduce her and facilitate Q&A in the Watkins Theater.

They first met in 2013 in Bangalore, when Rogers was on a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship completing research for her project, Photographing Imagined Landscapes: The Switzerland of India. “I was immediately interested in the theatricality of Pushpamala’s work as well as her mining of various photographic histories as a way of understanding the construction of the self and, perhaps more broadly, a construction of national identity,” said Rogers. “She is a charismatic presence on both sides of the lens, and Watkins is very pleased to welcome such an innovative and challenging artist.”

Pushpamala will be in the United States for the opening of Prospect New Orleans, the largest biennial of international contemporary art in the country (Oct. 25-Jan. 25, 2015), where she and collaborator Clare Arni will present work from their project Native Women of South India: Manners & Customs (2000-2004).

As subject of her own compositions, Pushpamala adopts various popular personas and ironic roles in theatrical compositions, leading her work to be described as performance photography. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, receiving acclaim for “The Ethnographic Series” (part of the Native Women of South India project), which explores photography as a tool of ethnographic documentation and humorously challenges the authenticity of the photographic image.

Other projects have mined the genres of cinema, popular culture, mythology and historical references, often using humor and wit as a method of exposing cultural and gender stereotyping while exploring the complex terrain of contemporary urban life in India.

Born in Bangalore and formally trained as a sculptor (BFA and MFA from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India), Pushpamala eventually shifted to photography to explore her interest in narrative figuration. Since 1983, her work has been seen in nearly 100 exhibitions, with solo shows in Mumbai, New Delhi, New York, Milan, Paris, Salzburg and Gyor, Hungary.

Nov
1
Sat
WAG’s November show: “Desire Trap/pings” @ WAG (Watkins Arcade Gallery)
Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
"Loose Gate"

“Loose Gate”

Hybrid forms and processes locate desire between the cool, fetishized ironies of glam culture and sincere ritual; between consumer aesthetic and human touch; between cereal box and retablo (altarpiece).

David Anderson’s installation, Desire Trap/pings combines hyper color, invented graphic forms, and grungy, tactile, shimmering surfaces to suggest a space analogous to a near future church of Philip K. Dick’s (and David Anderson’s) imagination.

Nov
7
Fri
Screening of Prashant Bhargava’s “Patang” @ Watkins Theater
Nov 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm

Patang-PrashantBhargava eviteThe Film School at Watkins and OZ Arts Nashville will present a special screening and presentation by Prashant Bhargava, an award-winning filmmaker and designer known for his intricately layered and lush visuals, November 7 & 8 in the Watkins Theater.

On Friday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m., Watkins will screen Bhargava’s 2012 feature debut Patang (The Kite, 95 minutes). Weaving the stories of six people during India’s largest kite festival, Patang, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, earned a four-star review from Roger Ebert and was named a New York Times Critics Pick.

On Saturday, November 8 at 11 a.m., Bhargava will speak about his career, which includes pioneering work as a commercial director and motion designer as well as a filmmaker with narrative, documentary and experimental credits. Richard Gershman, chair of the Film School, will introduce him and facilitate the Q&A session.

The screening and lecture are free, but reservations are encouraged: [email protected].

Bhargava’s visit to Watkins is in conjunction with OZ Arts Nashville’s presentation of Vijay Iyer: Music of Transformation, within which a new film by Bhargava is included. In collaboration with composer/pianist Iyer (a 2013 MacArthur Fellow), Bhargava’s film Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi, will be screened simultaneously to Iyer’s orchestral music, performed live by the International Contemporary Ensemble and conducted by David Fulmer. Based on Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Radhe Radhe is a journey of desire and devotion during the colorful and chaotic celebrations of Holi in Mathura, India. Music of Transformation plays two performances at OZ: November 8 at 8 p.m. and November 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased via OZNashville.com

About Prashant Bhargava

Described by producer Anthony Bregman as “visionary and soulful” and “masterful” by Roger Ebert, Prashant Bhargava is a director and designer whose work is recognized worldwide for its original storytelling and honest craft. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Bhargava is one of the first South Asians to emerge from the hip-hop movement as a graffiti artist. His filmmaking (his first film, the short Sangam, debuted at Sundance) builds from his pioneering work as a commercial director and motion designer.

Known for his intricately layered and lush visuals, Bhargava spearheaded over 100 campaigns for HBO (including The Wire, Def Poetry Jam, Rome and OZ) and films such as Born into Brothels, John Frankenhiemer’s Path to War, Mira Nair’s Hysterical Blindness, Raoul Peck’s Lumumba, and Denzel Washington’s Antwone Fisher. Bhargava designed effects sequences for Alex Rivera’s feature Sleep Dealer and directed music videos and promos for musical acts Cornershop, Talib Kweli and Missy Elliot. Notable clients include Accenture, NBC, Woolrich, PBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Volvo and OMango and collaborations include design and production studios such as R/GA, Click 3x and Edgeworx.

Bhargava studied computer science at Cornell University and theatrical directing at the Barrow Group and at the Actors Studio (MFA program). He has lectured at New York University, Cornell University, Amherst College, UNC Chapel Hill, Stonybrook, Indiana University, University of Chicago and CEDIM. Bhargava was a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College and a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow in both 1997 and 2012. For more information, visit www.prashant.tv.

Nov
8
Sat
Lecture by filmmaker/designer Prashant Bhargava @ Watkins Theater
Nov 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Film School at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film and OZ Arts Nashville will present a special screening and presentation by Prashant Bhargava, an award-winning filmmaker and designer known for his intricately layered and lush visuals, November 7 & 8 in the Watkins Theater.

On Friday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m., Watkins will screen Bhargava’s 2012 feature debut Patang (The Kite, 95 minutes). Weaving the stories of six people during India’s largest kite festival, Patang, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, earned a four-star review from Roger Ebert and was named a New York Times Critics Pick.

On Saturday, November 8 at 11 a.m., Bhargava will speak about his career, which includes pioneering work as a commercial director and motion designer as well as a filmmaker with narrative, documentary and experimental credits. Richard Gershman, chair of the Film School at Watkins, will introduce him and facilitate the Q&A session.

The screening and lecture are free, but reservations are encouraged: [email protected]

Bhargava’s visit to Watkins is in conjunction with OZ Arts Nashville’s presentation of Vijay Iyer: Music of Transformation, within which a new film by Bhargava is included. In collaboration with composer/pianist Iyer (a 2013 MacArthur Fellow), Bhargava’s film Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi, will be screened simultaneously to Iyer’s orchestral music, performed live by the International Contemporary Ensemble and conducted by David Fulmer. Based on Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Radhe Radhe is a journey of desire and devotion during the colorful and chaotic celebrations of Holi in Mathura, India. Music of Transformation plays two performances at OZ: November 8 at 8 p.m. and November 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased via OZNashville.com

About Prashant Bhargava

Described by producer Anthony Bregman as “visionary and soulful” and “masterful” by Roger Ebert, Prashant Bhargava is a director and designer whose work is recognized worldwide for its original storytelling and honest craft. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Bhargava is one of the first South Asians to emerge from the hip-hop movement as a graffiti artist. His filmmaking (his first film, the short Sangam, debuted at Sundance) builds from his pioneering work as a commercial director and motion designer.

Known for his intricately layered and lush visuals, Bhargava spearheaded over 100 campaigns for HBO (including The Wire, Def Poetry Jam, Rome and OZ) and films such as Born into Brothels, John Frankenhiemer’s Path to War, Mira Nair’s Hysterical Blindness, Raoul Peck’s Lumumba, and Denzel Washington’s Antwone Fisher. Bhargava designed effects sequences for Alex Rivera’s feature Sleep Dealer and directed music videos and promos for musical acts Cornershop, Talib Kweli and Missy Elliot. Notable clients include Accenture, NBC, Woolrich, PBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Volvo and OMango and collaborations include design and production studios such as R/GA, Click 3x and Edgeworx.

Following Sangam – which received awards at the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival and Short Shorts Asia – he directed Ammaji, a documentary portrait of his grandmother, Backwaters, an experimental Super 8 short, and Kashmir, a film and live music performance with electronic band Dawn of Midi.

Bhargava’s feature length directorial debut, Patang (The Kite) received rave reviews, including four stars from Roger Ebert who named it one of 2012’s best. An anthem to the old city of Ahmedabad, it weaves the stories of six people during India’s largest kit festival. Patang, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and ran in the main competition at the Tribeca Film Festival, won Best Feature Narrative at the Hawaii Film Festival, Best World Narrative at the Indy Film Festival, a Special Jury Award at the Osians Film Festival in New Delhi, Best Feature Narrative at the DC APA Film Festival, and Best Film at the SAIFF’s Rising Star Film Awards; Bhargava was also named Best Director. Defying convention in its process and cinematic language, Patang united a community torn apart by religious conflict and natural disaster, starring two of India’s finest actors, Seema Biswas and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

His latest work, Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi, is a journey of desire and devotion during the colorful and choatic celebrations of Holi in Mathura, India. Created in collaboration with celebrated composer and pianist Vijay Iyer, the performance is presented as a film projected in conjunction with a live orchestra, and was described by NPR as “one of the most brilliant and exciting commemorations of the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.”

Bhargava studied computer science at Cornell University and theatrical directing at the Barrow Group and at the Actors Studio (MFA program). He has lectured at New York University, Cornell University, Amherst College, UNC Chapel Hill, Stonybrook, Indiana University, University of Chicago and CEDIM. Bhargava was a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College and a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow in both 1997 and 2012.

 

Nov
20
Thu
Watkins Alumni Exhibition Series No. 1 @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Nov 20 @ 10:00 am – Dec 12 @ 2:00 pm
Patricia Earnhardt, film still from "Accepted"

Patricia Earnhardt, film still from “Accepted”

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Watkins Alumni Exhibition Series No. 1, featuring new work by 10 alumni in Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Photography and opening Thursday, November 20, with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus. The exhibition will run through December 12.

Participating artists in Watkins Alumni Exhibition Series No. 1 are Jeremy Adams (Film, 2003), Alicia W. Binkley (Graphic Design, 2008), Chris Doubler (Fine Art, 2006), Patricia Earnhardt (Fine Art, 2008), Jennifer Georgescu (Photography, 2008), Derek Gibson (Fine Art, 2004), Pam Jolly Haile (Fine Art, 2013), Joshua Brent Montgomery (Film, 2008), Jaime Raybin (Fine Art, 2006) and Trent Thibodeaux (Graphic Design, 2006).

Organized by the newly formed Watkins Alumni Committee, the exhibition is the first in an ongoing series that intends to demonstrate the diverse and continued explorations of art across departments among the alumni community.

The exhibition and reception are free and the public is invited. Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot. For more information, visit Watkins.edu or call 615.383.4848.

Brent Montgomery, "Shine"

Joshua Brent Montgomery, “Shine”

Regular Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. (Watkins will be closed Nov. 27-28 for Thanksgiving.)

About the Watkins Alumni Committee

Jeremy Adams - Pacific Stranger

Jeremy Adams, “Pacific Stranger”

The Watkins Alumni Committee preserves the spirit of the Watkins community for alumni, locally and nationally, beyond graduation by cultivating opportunities for professional growth and support as well as social connectivity. As artists and makers, we promote the value of the arts beyond the walls of Watkins through collaborations with community organizations and local businesses, advocating for arts access and art education, and developing a culture of philanthropy in the arts. For more information, contact committee chair Abby Whisenant (Photography, 2006) at [email protected]

Opening reception for Watkins Alumni Exhibition Series No. 1 @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Nov 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Jaime Raybin, "For Owen"

Jaime Raybin, “For Owen”

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Watkins Alumni Exhibition Series No. 1, featuring new work by 10 alumni in Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Photography and opening Thursday, November 20, with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus. The exhibition will run through December 12.

Participating artists in Watkins Alumni Exhibition Series No. 1 are Jeremy Adams (Film, 2003), Alicia W. Binkley (Graphic Design, 2008), Chris Doubler (Fine Art, 2006), Patricia Earnhardt (Fine Art, 2008), Jennifer Georgescu (Photography, 2008), Derek Gibson (Fine Art, 2004), Pam Jolly Haile (Fine Art, 2013), Joshua Brent Montgomery (Film, 2008), Jaime Raybin (Fine Art, 2006) and Trent Thibodeaux (Graphic Design, 2006

Organized by the newly formed Watkins Alumni Committee, the exhibition is the first in an ongoing series that intends to demonstrate the diverse and continued explorations of art across departments among the alumni community.

The exhibition and reception are free and the public is invited. Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot.

Joshua Brent Montgomery, "Scared Boy in Field"

Joshua Brent Montgomery, “Scared Boy in Field”

Regular Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. (Watkins will be closed Nov. 27-28 for Thanksgiving.)

About the Watkins Alumni Committee

The Watkins Alumni Committee preserves the spirit of the Watkins community for alumni, locally and nationally, beyond graduation by cultivating opportunities for professional growth and support as well as social connectivity. As artists and makers, we promote the value of the arts beyond the walls of Watkins through collaborations with community organizations and local businesses, advocating for arts access and art education, and developing a culture of philanthropy in the arts. For more information, contact committee chair Abby Whisenant (Photography, 2006) at [email protected]

 

Nov
26
Wed
Thanksgiving holiday
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day

Building closed/no classes Wednesday-Thursday, November 26-27.

NOTE: Building will be open Friday, November 28, and through the weekend.