Ann BasuDISABILITY DISCOURSE: Poet and activist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (right) speaks with Maddie Lemal-Brown ’18 (left) and Sabrina Hunte ’20 (center) after her performance in Kresge Auditorium last night. A “queer disabled nonbinary femme writer and cultural worker of Burger/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent” is how Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha describes herself on her website.
Ann BasuQUEERING THE MUSEUM: Jonathan Katz, founder of the Harvey Milk Institute and visual culture scholar, spoke about censorship of Warhol’s art. In his lecture on Wednesday, Jonathan Katz argued that pop art is an inherently queer form of self-expression, an idea originally censored in a now fully-published interview with Andy Warhol.
Sam HoneggerPORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST: Jude Marx ’18 has a passion for teaching, writing and portrait photography. Much of her work encompasses all three interests. For Marx, portraiture is about collaboration, visibility and empowerment. Jude Marx ’18 is an English and education coordinate major who has worked at Bowdoin and beyond to carry out creative projects, mainly through portraiture and creative writing.
Kayla Snyder Jhene Aiko – “Jukai” (September 22) Jhene Aiko seems to finally be hitting her stride as one of R&B’s truly unique artists. The cool, unmistakable radiance of her voice has always been there, but on her latest album, “Trip,” Aiko has the production to back it up.
Xenia Rubinos’ music is refreshingly bold and authentic. An up-and-coming singer and composer, Rubinos recently released her album “Black Terry Cat.” Brought to campus by WBOR, she performed a sampling of her music at Ladd House this past Saturday. Rubinos emphasizes the creative capacity of individual experiences and self-expression. Her work documents an ongoing exchange between her state of mind and the exterior world. She describes her style as soulful, with a lot of energy and love.
Courtesy of the Bowdoin College Museum of ArtRUSSIAN REVOLUTION: “Did You Volunteer” is a 1920 lithograph by Dmitry Moor, from the collection of Svetlana and Eric Silverman ’85 P ’19. When viewed in a modern context, the Soviet propaganda posters in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s (BCMA) newest exhibit provide not only insight into the rise and fall of the Soviet Union but also a framework for understanding the present.
Sam HoneggerMIDDLE EASTERN MOVIES: Postdoctoral fellow Idriss Jebari hopes to get to know students and spark dialogue through a new film series. Idriss Jebari, an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in History, understands the power of film to expose new perspectives.
Louis MendezA LIFE-LONG PROJECT: Deke Weaver ’85 shared four performances from his series, “The Unreliable Bestiary,” in Kresge Auditorium on Monday. From elephants to monkeys to wolves, Deke Weaver ’85 has set out on a lifelong project to create performances for each letter of the alphabet, with each letter representing a different endangered animal or habitat.
Victoria YuStories in motion: Matt Bollinger speaks about his artwork in Kresge Auditorium last Monday. Bollinger creates fictionalized accounts of his life experiences through multimedia animations, featuring original paintings and music. “The strongest artists are ever more themselves in the work,” the artist said.
Kayla Snyder Earlier this week, Tyler, The Creator tweeted that he originally wrote his single, “See You Again,” for Zayn Malik. At first, it seems odd that the rapper who broke onto the scene talking about having threesomes with a triceratops would be penning lyrics for the former One-D playboy.