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FALL 2016


All events are free and open to public unless otherwise noted.


Fall ‘16 ATB Artist-in-residence

September 1 – 23, 2016

On view starting September 23, 2016
Lawn by Linden Lane, Main Campus Entrance

Arts Transcending Borders (ATB), in association with the Cantor Art Gallery, Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Visual Arts, welcomes environmental artist Patrick Dougherty as Fall ’16 artist-in-residence. For the past 30 years, Dougherty has combined elemental building techniques and a deep knowledge of nature to create his organic sculptures. As part of his residency, he will be creating a “Stickwork” sculpture with the help of volunteers on the lawn by Linden Lane. More >>

ARTIST TALK: Patrick Dougherty 
Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 5 pm
Rehm Library, Smith Hall

Environmental artist and ATB Fall ’16 artist-in-residence Patrick Dougherty takes a moment from his Stickwork sculpture project on campus to talk about his artistic practice.

Co-sponsored with the Tower Hill Botanic Garden


STICKWORK: Patrick Dougherty
Opening Celebration & Artist Reception

Friday, September 23, 2016, 3 pm
Lawn by Linden Lane 

Come celebrate the unveiling of renowned environmental artist Patrick Dougherty’s latest Stickwork sculpture, created with the help of over 300 volunteers from our communities on and off-campus during his Holy Cross residency (with remarks from the artist).  

Rain location: Cantor Art Gallery Lobby


STICK SPACE: Hands-on Art Project for All 
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm and 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Lawn by Linden Lane 

Be inspired by Patrick Dougherty’s whimsical Stickwork sculpture! In this hands-on workshop, create something to take home in response to Dougherty’s monumental sculpture of woven sticks and twigs.
Led by Visual Arts faculty Susan Schmidt and her students; all ages.
Reservations not required.

Inclement weather location: Stein Hall Entrance Lobby

Co-sponsored with the Cantor Art Gallery


Beyond 'East vs. West': Challenging Assumptions
Panel discussion in conjunction with Othello in the Seraglio
Monday, October 24, 2016, 7:30 pm
Seelos Theater

With Faisal Baluch, Political Science
Sahar Bazzaz, History
Ed Isser, Theatre
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, composer and founder of Dünya Musicians' Collective 
and moderated by Cynthia Hooper, History



An Ottoman Tableau of Faith
Lecture-demonstration by Dünya Musicians’ Collective
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 5 pm
Mary Chapel

With Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, voice, ud, ney 
Robert Labaree, voice, çeng 
Burcu Güleç, voice 
Beth Bahia Cohen, bowed tanbur 
George Lernis, percussion
Bertram Lehmann, percussion

The DÜNYA collective will present an historical tableaux of different religious musical practices in Islam, Christianity and Judaism, especially centered in Ottoman Istanbul. The many layers of communal interaction in the city created deep historical and musical influences between these religious traditions.

Co-sponsored with the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture

Musical Border Crossings
A lunch-time lecture-demonstration with excerpts from Othello in the Seraglio
Thursday, October 27, 2016, 12 pm
Brooks Concert Hall

Composer Mehmet Ali Sanlikol and members of the Dünya Musicians’ Collective offer a glimpse into the diverse musical influences and styles in Othello in the Seraglio, with performances on October 27 & 28.  




Othello in the Seraglio: The Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch
October 27-28, 2016, 8 pm
Brooks Concert Hall


STANDING ROOM ONLY: Current reservations will be held until 7:45 pm on the day of the concert. At that point, it will be first come, first served.

A coffeehouse opera

Music by Mehmet Ali Sanlikol
Script by Robert Labaree
Directed by Brian Fairley

Original music, with music from 16th- and 17th-century European and Turkish sources arranged, and additional Turkish poetry, by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol

Sanlıkol’s “music is colorful, fanciful, full of rhythmic life, and full of feeling. The multiculturalism is…sophisticated, informed, internalized.”  

-- Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe

“Brings timeless enchantment to this age-old tragedy…Gorgeous music.”

-- Boston Musical Intelligencer

With eleven musicians and a storyteller, Othello in the Seraglio: The Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch, is scaled to the intimate, informal setting of a coffeehouse in seventeenth century Istanbul (Constantinople). In the days before tea became the preferred Turkish beverage, this was a setting in which a professional storyteller (meddah) entertained a cosmopolitan audience of men while they smoked and sipped coffee, a newly-fashionable stimulant imported from Yemen. The storyteller spins out a well-known tale, an historically-based legend of love and jealousy, intensified by the crossing of boundaries between the free and the enslaved, white and black, Muslim and non-Muslim. More>>




All events are free and open to public unless otherwise noted.

Film Screening and actor Q&A: A HUEY P. NEWTON STORY (2001)
Monday, February 22, 2016

7 pm, NEW LOCATION: Hogan 519 
Post-screening discussion with actor Roger Guenveur Smith and Scott Malia, Assistant Professor, Theatre

Adapted for the screen from Roger Guenveur Smith’s Obie-award winning play of the same name, the film sheds light on the controversial life and times of the co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense,  drawing on his unpublished manuscripts, recorded interviews and correspondences. “As one of the most volatile participants in the era of the Civil Rights Movement, Newton can be seen as a microcosm for issues as diverse as community service and violent actions taken in the name of justice. All the complications, ambiguities, and moral quandaries bound up in America’s ongoing struggle with racism are captured in this virtuoso performance.” – Peabody Awards
More >>


Roger Guenveur Smith's RODNEY KING
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
7 pm, Seelos Theatre
Post-show discussion
 with the actor and Michael West, Associate Professor of History
Meet the Artist reception to follow in the Seelos Theater Lobby

History, poetry and tragedy collide when stage and screen actor Roger Guenveur Smith (American Gangster, Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing) tackles the thorny odyssey of Rodney King—deemed “the first reality TV star”—from the harsh initial glare of the national spotlight as the victim of police brutality to his involuntary martyrdom that ignited the 1992 L.A. riots to his lonely death at the bottom of a swimming pool. In this riveting performance, Smith offers a meditation on a flawed, goodhearted everyman and reveals America’s endlessly complicated relationship with its racial past and present. More>>

2015 Bessie Award: Outstanding Production
This play contains representation of violence and strong language.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.


Excerpts from Ce que le jour doit à la nuit (“What the day owes to the night”)
Monday, March 14, 2016
7 pm, Hogan Campus Center Ballroom

Stirred by a late discovery of family roots in Algeria, young French choreographer Hervé Koubi embarked on a journey, traversing the Mediterranean, to create an all-male company of twelve Algerian and Brukinabé dancers, mostly with a street dance background. Following their “astounding American debut” (The Washington Post)  in 2013,  Compagnie Hervé Koubi returns to the US with Ce que le jour doit à la nuit (“What the day owes to the night”) that fuses contemporary dance with martial arts, urban dance and capoeira, inspired by the eponymous novel by Yasmina Khadra. Come see excerpts from this breathtaking work and stay to enjoy an exchange and conversation with Koubi and the company members. More>>

In conjunction with the French Program’s Semaine de la Francophonie celebrations

Alexa Horochowski: Club Disminución
An installation of sculpture and video
March 14 – April 16, 2016
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery

Artist Alex Horochowski immigrated to the United States as a child with her family from the Argentinian Patagonia. The exhibition Club Disminución, first seen at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2014, will be reimagined for the Cantor Art Gallery and include an immersive video experience and sculptural works inspired by Horochowski’s residency at Casa Poli in Coliumo, Chile in 2012/2013.

Casa Poli, a minimalist cement structure perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, offers views of the ocean that connect it directly with the landscape. Here Horochowski pursued her interest in the physicality of form, using natural flotsam as source material, distilled into distinctive objects that are “charged with elements of the alien or unknown.”  Her sculpture, video, and large-scale digital prints work in concert to depict the human struggle to create “lasting symbols of culture” amidst the indifference of the Natural world.

Alexa Horochowski: Club Disminución at the Cantor Art Gallery is co-sponsored by Arts Transcending Borders.

The Art of War:  Vietnam
A Roundtable discussion and demonstration, moderated by Stephanie Yuhl  
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 
7 pm, Rehm Library 

You are invited to an informal discussion about the process of translating histories of war to performance in anticipation of the work-in-progress performance of Shirish Korde’s Questions for the Moon on March 31 at 8 pm in Brooks Concert Hall. A group of people who have shaped the piece will talk about the process and choices involved when adapting the historical account of north Vietnamese women who took up arms in 1965.  We will hear from composer, Shirish Korde, historian, Karen Turner, musician who knew some of the women in the story, Van Anh Vo, videographer, Raphael Shirley, and filmmaker, Holy Cross alumnus M.T. Barry’ 14.  Larger questions about war, history and art will be addressed through discussions with the audience.  Vietnamese snacks will be offered after the discussion. 

Co-sponsored with the departments of Music and History; Asian Studies Program; McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture 

Work-in-progress performance
Thursday, March 31, 2016
8 pm, Brooks Concert Hall

Questions for the Moon, a multi-media song cycle is a collaboration between composer Shirish Korde and historian, Karen Turner.  Inspired by stories of the many North Vietnamese women who answered Ho Chi Minh’s call in 1965 for youth volunteers to fight American forces, this music-theater work is a mediation on the boundaries crossed and the potent forces unleashed in wartime.

Texts and images for Questions for the Moon are drawn from Karen Turner’s documentary: Hidden Warriors: Women on the Ho Chi Minh Trail and 18th Century Vietnamese poet Ho Xuan Huong.  The world music infused score by Shirish Korde will feature Vietnamese performer/composer Van-Anh Vo, Wu-Tong, a dramatic vocalist and performer who is a featured soloist with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and the dramatic lyric soprano Sonja Tegbland plus a chamber ensemble of five musicians.

Video projections for this production are based on archival footage from Karen Turner’s documentary film Hidden Warriors, and designed especially for this production by internationally renowned visual artist Raphael Shirley.

Co-sponsored with the Department of Music and Asian Studies Program

Ruminations on the Post-Anthropocene: A Panel Discussion
Monday, April 11, 2016
5 -6 pm, Hogan 519 

In this cross-disciplinary conversation, artist Alexa Horochowski and Holy Cross faculty from Biology, Political Science, Sociology  and Visual Arts reflect on the interrelatedness of natural environment, globalization, culture, and matter in relation to the artist’s hybrid works currently on view at the Cantor Art Gallery (Club Disminución, March 15 – April 16, 2016).  

With Alexa Horochowski, St. Cloud State University, and Holy Cross faculty:  Daina Harvey, assistant professor of sociology; Justin McAlister, assistant professor of biology; Maria Rodrigues, associate professor of political science; and moderator: Cristi Rinklin, associate professor of visual arts.

Co-sponsored with the Cantor Art Gallery 

Lecture: Transcending the Humanities-Sciences Border: New Approaches to the Study of Religion and Ethics
Edward Slingerland 
Professor of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, and author of Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity 
Friday, April 15, 2016 
3:30 pm, Rehm Library 

In this talk, Edward Slingerland draws upon the case example of early Chinese thought to demonstrate how a “consilient” approach—one that transcends the border between the sciences and the humanities—to the study of religion and ethics can help us make progress on problems that have long concerned us. New content knowledge and new methodologies drawn from the cognitive and evolutionary sciences can help us hone in on plausible interpretative strategies and give us new tools to interrogate our texts and evaluate different models of ethics. At the same time, the sciences are badly in need of the sort of linguistic, historical and cultural expertise that is the specialty of humanities scholars. A new “second wave” of consilience recognizes the science-humanities cooperation is a two-way street, and points the way toward a future of genuinely productive and collaborative interdisciplinary research.
Friday, April 15, 2016 
8 pm, Brooks Concert Hall

Performance: Amit Kavthekar, tabla and Jan Müller-Szeraws , cello
Discussion: Edward Slingerland, Jan Müller-Szeraws and May Sim 

“Ragas, Bach and Wuwei” features music for solo cello by J. S. Bach and Holy Cross composer Shirish Korde,and a performance by cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws, and tabla player Amit Kavthekar.  The concert will include discussions on the Daoist concept of effortlessness (wuwei) by Jan Müller-Szeraws, May Sim (Philosophy Department) and renowned guest speaker Edward Slingerland, Professor of Asian Studies (Associate member of Philosophy & Psychology) at the University of British Columbia and author of Trying Not To Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity.

Co-sponsored by Asian Studies, Arts Transcending Borders, McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, Department of Music and Department of Philosophy

A Jookin’ Jam Session with Lil Buck, Cristina Pato  & Friends  
Friday, April 29, 2016
8 pm, Dinand Library (Main Reading Room)

Free and open to the public. (General admission, limited seating)
We expect a capacity audience for this event. RSVP recommended. 
Due to inclement weather, this performance will be held in Dinand Library, Main Reading Room. 

 “… a tremendous virtuoso, with a lovely, light wit”
– The New Yorker

The College's Become More: Campaign for the Future of Holy Cross kicks off  with an evening of celebration headlined by the international jookin phenomenon Lil Buck, who came to international attention when ballet star turned director Damian Woetzel paired the young dancer with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The performance, captured on video by Spike Jonze, went viral, with over 3 million views to date.  Lil Buck has gone on to perform with New York City Ballet and in Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: One, the Spike Jonze film Her, Benjamin Millepied’s NOWNESS videos. In the latest of a series of unique performances created by Damian Woetzel,  Lil Buck is joined by a stellar cast of musicians, marking the welcome return of Fall ’15 ATB artist-in-residence, Galician gaita player Cristina Pato. More>>

Co-sponsored with the Office of Advancement and in conjunction with the 2016 Academic Conference

FALL 2015

Participatory Session with Troika Ranch
as part of “Is the Internet a Realm of Creativity & Freedom or Corporatization and Control?” 
Friday, September 18, 2015│11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Hoval (Rain location: The Pit, O’Kane 37)

Get out of your seat and participate in an exercise with ATB Fall 2015 artists-in-residence Troika Ranch that will help illuminate how creating a community in physical space mirrors and differs from experiences in a virtual space. 

Co-sponsored by the Charles Carroll Program and the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture

Film Screening: The Grief of Others
Followed by Q&A with Patrick Wang, screenwriter and director, and Leah Hager Cohen, author 
Wednesday, October 21, 2015│3 pm and 7 pm 
Seelos Theater


Adapted and directed by Patrick Wang 
Based on the critically-acclaimed novel by Leah Hager Cohen

“A richly meditative, beautifully rendered work of art about loss and how it connects us.”

-- Tim Sika, San Francisco Film Critics Circle

Saturday, November 7, 2015 6 pm
Cantor Art Gallery 
Free and open to the public. (UPDATE) ALL SEATS HAVE BEEN RESERVED! 

As part of a weekend (Nov. 7-8) that also features his Grammy-winning A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) in concert at the College of the Holy Cross, multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter, bandleader and composer Terence Blanchard joins Daina Cheyenne Harvey, assistant professor of sociology and curator of the Katrina Then and Now: Artists as Witness exhibition, in a conversation about his hometown New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina and the artistic response in the aftermath of the disaster. 

A Tale of God’s Will: A Requiem for Katrina
Berklee Jazz in Film Orchestra
Edward Cumming, conductor 

Sunday, November 8, 2015 │ 3 pm 
Brooks Concert Hall
Celebrated jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard brings his Grammy-winning project A Tale of God’s Will: A Requiem for Katrina to Holy Cross to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Originally conceived as the score to Spike Lee’s HBO documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, the expanded suite offers a poignant meditation on the devastation in the aftermath of the Hurricane. The Blanchard Quintet is joined on this occasion by the Berklee Jazz in Film Orchestra (Dir. Eric Gould, Chair of Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music), conducted by Edward Cumming. 
"…a purposeful convergence of his film-composer and jazz-musician identities….The result is a melancholy suite that feels both intensely personal and broadly cinematic. " — The New York Times
In conjunction with the Cantor Art Gallery’s Katrina Then and Now: Artists as Witness exhibition 
Part II: The Rebirth of Art | October 22 – December 18
Free, but reservations are required.  (Open seating)
Reserve your seats now! -- (UPDATE) STANDING ROOM ONLY!
Please note that capacity is limited, and reservations unclaimed by 2:45 p.m. will be released.

Troika Ranch’s SWARM 
November 5-7 and 12-14, 20157 and 9 pm 
Fenwick Theatre
$7 HC community, $10 general public
Box office: (508) 793-2496 or purchase online here. 
Space is limited, advance purchase is recommended.

SWARM is an immersive, multimedia installation/performance that uses simple visual and aural stimuli to call the audience and performers into collective action. Principles of emergence – the underlying system that governs the flocking of birds, evolution, and other natural phenomena – are the means by which an audience actively reveal a “media opera” consisting of live and computer media – movement, text, music, and video imagery. The crux of SWARM is that only through coordination, conversation, and collective action can the audience – the “swarm” – reveal the fullest and most complete dramatic arc of the piece.

SWARM is an experience greater than the sum of its individual contributors.

Co-produced with the Department of Theatre