Saturday, February 6
The American Stories 1800-1950 exhibition will be on display in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Temporary Exhibition Galleries through April 17. The exhibition will showcase American paintings from the Art Center’s vault, including those from John Singleton Copley, Benjamin West, Sanford Robinson Gifford, George Inness, William Merritt Chase, Maxfield Parrish, Arthur B. Davies, Robert Henri, Ernest Lawson, Arthur Dove, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Ben Shahn. A lecture on the exhibition will begin at 5 pm in the Taylor Hall Auditorium.
The Fluid Ecologies: Hispanic Caribbean Art from the Permanent Collection exhibition will be on display in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Project Gallery through May 8. It features works on paper by nine 20th-century artists, including Wifredo Lam (Cuban, 1902-1982), Marisol Escobar (American, b. France, 1930), Rafael Ferrer (Puerto Rican, b. 1933), Luis Fernando Roldán (Colombian, b. 1955), and José Bedia (Cuban, b. 1959).
The Notes in Passing exhibition will be on display in the James W. Palmer III Gallery, College Center, through February 14. The exhibition will feature the work of photographer Julie Mihaly.
The Cappella Festiva Treble Choir will perform in a joint concert with the Vassar College Women’s Chorus at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall, at 2 pm. The music of Jim Papoulis, Eleanor Daley, and Carson Cooman will be featured, and a new work by Moira Smiley will be premiered.
The Vassar College Orchestra and the Mahagonny Ensemble will perform at 8 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall. Featured pieces include music by Norman Dello Joio, Charles Ives, Prokofiev, and a première by Robinson McClellan ’99.
The women’s squash team will compete in the Seven Sisters Championships at the Kenyon Hall Squash Courts at 10 am. The men’s and women’s basketball teams will play Rochester Institute of Technology in the Athletics and Fitness Center Gymnasium. The women’s game will begin at 2 pm, followed by the men’s game at 4 pm.
Sunday, February 7
The Attacca Quartet will perform at 3 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall. The prize-winning, internationally acclaimed young ensemble will play works by Haydn, Richard Wilson, and John Adams.
Monday, February 8
Acclaimed writer, art historian and photographer Teju Cole will give this year's Writer-in-Residence reading at 6 pm in the Sanders Classroom Building, Spitzer Auditorium, Room 212. Cole is the author of the novella, Every Day is for the Thief, which was named a book of the year by the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, NPR, and the Telegraph. His novel, Open City, won numerous awards including the PEN/Hemingway Award.
Tuesday, February 9
Author Piper Kerman, whose memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison inspired the award-winning Netflix television series of the same name, will deliver the annual Alex Krieger ’95 Memorial Lecture. The lecture will take place at 8 pm in the Students’ Building, Second Floor, College Center Multi-Purpose Room.
Wednesday, February 10
The Modfest 2016 presentation “Music, Words, Dance, and Images” will take place at 3:30 pm in the Villard Room, College Center. It will feature dances by students of Alessia Santoro; chamber music by students of Eduardo Navega; readings of originals by students of Jean Kane, Paul Kane, and Michael Joyce; a display of work by students from Phocus; and jazz music by students of Peter Tomlinson. Refreshments will be served.
The men’s volleyball team will play Stevens Institute of Technology at 6 pm in the Kenyon Hall Gymnasium.
Friday, February 12
The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre will perform at 7 pm at the Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall. The program will feature selections from Sean Curran’s Social Discourse to a score by Thom Yorke and new choreography by faculty members and students. For tickets, email email@example.com, with “Modfest” in the subject line.
Saturday, February 13
The men’s tennis team will play Clark University at 1 pm at the Joss Tennis Courts.
Tuesday, February 16
The Amazing African American Quilt History as Prelude lecture by Kyra E. Hicks at 5:30 pm in the Taylor Hall Auditorium will explore political, religious, family, and romantic themes in quilts.
Wednesday, February 17
The men’s and women’s basketball teams will play Bard College in the Athletics and Fitness Center Gymnasium. The women’s game will begin at 6 pm, followed by the men’s game at 8 pm.
Thursday, February 18
The Spark! A Feel for Science exhibit will be on display in the James W. Palmer III Gallery, College Center, through March 6. It will feature some of Vassar’s antique and modern science equipment and explore the “creative leap” involved with devices invented solely for answering particular scientific questions. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7 pm.
Friday, February 19
The No Such Convention (NSCon) will take place at 5 pm in the North Atrium, College Center, through February 21. It is a small, family-friendly fan convention and will offer a variety of interests, including board and video games, panels and workshops, musical performances, cosplay, and live-action roleplay.
Saturday, February 20
The men’s tennis team will play Skidmore College at 1 pm at the Joss Tennis Courts.
Wednesday, February 24
The men’s lacrosse team will play Western Connecticut State University at 4:30 pm at the Weinberg Turf Field, Prentiss Sports Complex. The men’s and women’s basketball teams will compete in the Liberty League Championships in the Athletics and Fitness Center Gymnasium. The women’s team will play at 6 pm, followed by the men’s team at 8 pm.
Friday, February 26
The Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble will play a concert at 8 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall. The group consists of woodwind, brass, and percussion and features various works of the wind and band repertoire.
Saturday, February 27
The Alash ensemble will perform at 8 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall. The concert will feature Tuvan music infused with western elements.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams will compete in the Liberty League Championships in the Athletics and Fitness Center Gymnasium. The women’s team will play at 2 pm, followed by the men’s team at 4 pm.
Sunday, February 28
Faculty member Anna Polonsky and her husband, Orion Weiss, will present works by Barber, Debussy, Mozart, and others in a four-hand piano concert. The event will take place at 3 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall.
-Puddler’s Sunday by Ben Shahn; Piper Kerman, Attacca String Quartet, and Kyra E. Hicks courtesy of the subjects; VRDT ©Vassar College-Mitchell Davis ’19; Vassar Wind Ensemble ©Vassar College-Sam Rosen-Amy ’08; photo of Teju Cole by Tim Knox.