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The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) celebrated its 14th commencement at Woodbourne Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison for men in Woodbourne, New York, on Saturday, June 11. BPI awarded associate in arts degrees to 30 students. This year’s BPI commencement speaker was Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who represents the Eighth Congressional District of New York. Bard College President Leon Botstein gave the charge to the graduates, and Rabbi Andy Bachman, director of Jewish content and community ritual at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y, delivered the invocation and benediction. Another BPI graduate, who had been released from prison in October, received his bachelor of arts degree during Bard College’s 156th commencement held in May on Bard’s Annandale-on-Hudson campus.
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A Letter to the Bard Community from President Leon Botstein
It is with great sadness that I inform the community of the death of Peter Hutton, Charles Franklin Kellogg and Grace E. Ramsey Kellogg Professor of the Arts, on June 25 at the age of 71.
Peter began teaching at Bard in 1985 and chaired the Film and Electronic Arts Program for twenty-seven years. He also taught in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.
Peter was born in Detroit on August 24, 1944. He received B.F.A and M.F.A. degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute, and travelled the world as a merchant seaman, creating intimate studies of place from the Yangtze River to the Polish industrial city of Lodz, and from the coast of Iceland to a ship graveyard on the Bangladeshi shore. Anthology Film Archives presented a retrospective of his work in 1989, and the Museum of Modern Art presented a comprehensive, eighteen-film retrospective in 2008. His films have also been featured in the Biennial Exhibitions of the Whitney Museum of American Art for many years. He was named a Guggenheim Fellow and Rockefeller Fellow in the early 1990s and received grants from the New York Artist Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts for his work on the Hudson River.
Peter was one of the most gracious, talented, original, and generous colleagues I have ever known. His contribution to the College was transformative. My deepest condolences to his daughter, Manon Hutton-DeWys ’06, of whom he was justly proud, and her husband, Donald McClelland; and his widow, Carolina Gonzalez-Hutton. He is also survived by his twin sister, Wendy Hutton, and brother, William Hutton.
A funeral service will take place on Tuesday, June 28, beginning with a quiet gathering at 5:00 p.m. at the Avery Center for the Arts, followed by a silent procession to Blithewood, where the service will be held on the West Portico, weather permitting, or in the Blithewood Foyer, if necessary. A reception at the president’s house will immediately follow the service.
If you choose to honor Peter and his legacy at Bard, donations may be made to Bard College for the Peter Hutton Film Fund. Please do not send flowers.
Read Professor Hutton's obituary in the New York Times, "Peter Hutton, Filmmaker With Austerely Romantic Worldview, Dies at 71."
Young musicians from across the United States gathered this week in Aspen for the first of two regional orchestra camps to be held this summer as part of the National Take a Stand Festival. The Aspen gathering takes place June 24–29 and includes 85 students from 11 states, representing 20 El Sistema–inspired music programs. The second gathering will take place at Bard College August 16–20. The National Take a Stand Festival is a partnership between Bard College, the Longy School of Music of Bard College, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Aspen Music Festival and School, Venezuela’s FundaMusical, and El Sistema USA. The Festival is a three-year project that began in 2015 with the creation of an International Teaching Faculty, who will serve as master teachers at the two regional camps in Aspen and Annandale, culminating in a seven-day national youth orchestra camp in the summer of 2017 in Los Angeles, featuring a final performance led by Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. Learn more
This weekend, the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College will launch two new exhibitions: Invisible Adversaries and Tony Oursler: The Imponderable Archive. Imponderable offers the first comprehensive showing of the remarkable objects collected by American artist Tony Oursler, tracking the history of the paranormal dating back to the early 18th century. Invisible Adversaries celebrates 10 years of the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College with a selection of works around the theme of a woman’s struggle to retain her sense of self against hostile alien forces. Curated by Lauren Cornell and Tom Eccles, the exhibition includes more than 50 artists drawn from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, major installations, and new commissions. These two exhibitions are accompanied by Reading Context, an opportunity to study selected works of art alongside their archival materials, taking place in the new Collection Teaching Gallery. The opening reception for new exhibitions will take place on Saturday, June 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. More on the CCS Bard website
The seventh Hyman P. Minsky Summer Seminar was held at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College from June 10 to 18. The annual Summer Seminar provides a rigorous discussion of both the theoretical and applied aspects of Minsky’s economics, with an examination of meaningful prescriptive policies relevant to the current economic and financial crisis. Organized by Jan Kregel, Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, and L. Randall Wray, the Seminar program is geared toward graduate students and those at the beginning of their academic or professional careers. The teaching staff includes well-known economists concentrating on and expanding Minsky’s work. The Seminar is organized by the Levy Economics Institute with support from the Ford Foundation.
The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation has unveiled its biennial list of 2015 grantees. Among them are two Bard MFA faculty members, Pam Lins and A. L. Steiner, and three MFA alumni/ae: Jared Buckhiester '13, Rochelle Goldberg '15, and Kelly Kaczynski '03. More on Arforum
Bard SummerScape 2016 launches on July 1 with the world premiere of Fantasque, a major new commission for dance and puppetry that marks the first collaboration between two significant creative artists. Set to the music of Respighi and Rossini, Bard’s new ballet for audiences of all ages pairs original choreography from Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award–winner John Heginbotham with puppetry and design by Amy Trompetter, longstanding doyenne of the puppet theater world. Fantasque will be presented in three performances on July 1–3, in the Sosnoff Theater in Bard's Fisher Center.
Early music instrumentalists are tuning up for the Aston Magna Music Festival’s 44th season, “Love and Lamentation,” featuring four Friday evening concerts at Bard College, June 16 through July 8 at 8 p.m. in the László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Hall. A pre-concert talk takes place before each concert at 7 p.m.
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