Tuesday, July 12
The Touch the Sky exhibition will be on display in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Temporary Exhibition Galleries through August 21. It will feature a multimedia display of images of the moon, sun, planets, and stars made by artists since the 19th century. The exhibition comprises historical works from the Art Center’s collection as well as several more contemporary works on loan; artists include Vija Celmins, Chris McCaw, Sharon Harper, David Milan, Mungo Thomson, Lisa Oppenheim, and Trevor Paglen.
The Universal Collection: A Mark Dion Project exhibition will be on display at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center through December 11. Dion is a visual artist known for his “cabinets of curiosities” that incorporate found objects into site-specific installations. The objects will be comprised of items drawn from the collections of the Art Center, Special Collections, and Vassar College Artifacts Project.
Thursday, July 14
The Powerhouse Theater Training Company will perform Soundpainting: This is All Very True at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at 6 pm on Thursdays throughout the month of July. The event will include a series of improvisational performances featuring music, dance, and acting.
A Photographic Diary of Joseph Bertolozzi’s ’81 Tower Music/Musique de la Tour will be on display in the James W. Palmer III Gallery, College Center, through July 28. The exhibition features the photographs of local artist Franc Palaia and video by Joseph Redwood-Martinez ’11, who documented Bertolozzi’s project to create music from sounds collected from the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 2013. An opening reception will be held from 4:30-6:30 pm.
Friday, July 15
A musical workshop of Another Word for Beauty, based on the book by José Rivera, will be performed at the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film, through July 17. Directed by Steve Cosson, with music and lyrics by Héctor Buitrago, the musical tells the tale of the annual beauty pageant at Colombia’s notorious Buen Pastor Prison. Performances are at 8 pm on July 15 and 16 and at 2 and 7 pm on July 17.
The Powerhouse Theater Training Company will perform Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway at the Vassar Barns. Adapted and directed by Mark Lindberg, the show will include performances at 6:30 pm on July 15, 16, and 17.
Thursday, July 21
The Wolves, a play by Sarah DeLappe, directed by Lila Neugebauer, will be on stage at the Powerhouse Theater through July 31. The play is a black comedy about the privilege and pain of nine American high school girls. Performances will be at 8 pm on July 21 and 22, 2 and 8 pm on July 23 and 30, 2 and 7 pm on July 24, 8 pm on July 26-29, and 2 pm on July 31.
Friday, July 22
A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Work-In-Progress), conceived, written, performed, and co-directed by Taylor Mac, will be performed at 8 pm on July 22 and 23 and at noon on July 30. The musical workshop presents the history of popular music in America from the nation’s founding to the present day. The July 30 performance is the project’s first 12-hour/12-decade performance, which includes music from 1836-1956. The July 22 and 23 performances each feature three decades: 1836-1846, 1856-1866, and 1876-1886.
The Powerhouse Theater Training Company will present The Taming of the Shrew at the Vassar Barns. Adapted and directed by Andrew Willis-Woodward, the play will be performed at 6:30 pm on July 22, 23, and 24.
Friday, July 29
Fingersmith, a play based on the novel by Sarah Waters, will be performed at the Susan Stein Shiva Theater. Written by Alexa Junge and directed by Bill Rauch, the Dickensian story tells the tale of London pickpocket Sue Tinder, who partners with a con man to cheat a gullible young heiress out of her fortune. Performances are scheduled for 8 pm on July 29 and 30 and 2 and 7 pm on July 31.
—Photos of Alexa Junge ©Elisabeth Caren; Joseph Bertolozzi ’81 by Franc Palaia; 1908 (Morehouse Comet) by Linda Connor; Taylor Mac, José Rivera, and Sarah DeLappe courtesy of the subjects; Universal Collection ©Vassar College-Karl Rabe.