Posts by Doug Hubley
Why does an open piece of land seem so much smaller than the building occupying the same footprint? How did New Commons fit on that little scrap of ground next to the football field? Shouldn’t space that’s cut up by walls and ceilings seem smaller than an open lot, rather than larger? Such thoughts appeared on the open lot of our consciousness as we stood in the new pavilion-like addition to Roger Williams Hall. Surrounded by contractors’ giant tool boxes and stacks of building materials, we took in the views, to north and south, defined by the new entrances.
In case you think that all the heavy lifting in the cause of social justice is over and done with, the Rev. James Lawson has news for you. “I am absolutely convinced” that the 21st century will be the time for a social justice movement that overshadows the transformative campaigns of the previous century, Lawson told a Bates College audience gathered on Jan. 17 to celebrate the life and work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
As part of an ongoing exploration of ways to connect to community audiences and enhance the campus environment for the arts, Bates College holds an “Arts Summit” Jan. 24-25 that includes events open to the public at no cost.
You can’t judge a book by the cover, as Willie Dixon wrote. But you can, as Campus Construction Update wrote (perhaps less memorably) judge the progress of a construction project by its outer surfaces.
One of them described by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as “the greatest teacher of nonviolence in America,” leaders representing two generations of social activism offer keynote addresses during the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances at Bates College on Monday, Jan. 17.
Curated by William Low of the Bates College Museum of Art, the BCMA exhibition Selections From the Collection of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art explores the collections of an institution recognized for its holdings in modern and contemporary art, and its strengths in artists associated with Maine.
Curated by Dan Mills, director of the Bates College Museum of Art, the BCMA exhibition Dialogue, a video series features four prominent contemporary artists: Christian Marclay of New York, Roy Villevoye and Jan Dietvorst of Amsterdam and Rachel Perry Welty of Boston.
Displaying more than 40 rare books from the Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bound to Art is part of an 18-month celebration of the facility’s 25th anniversary. The college’s book collection ranges from incunabula of printing’s infancy to the finely printed works of today’s flourishing book arts movement.
Stunning examples of the book illustrator’s art, including rare Abstract Expressionist silkscreens and life-size bird prints by John James Audubon. A video series exploring the notion of dialogue. Paintings by Will Barnet, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Marguerite Zorach and other acclaimed artists associated with Maine. These are a few of the temptations the Bates College Museum of Art offers in exhibitions opening with a 6 p.m. reception on Friday, Jan. 14, and ending March 25.
Construction workers in Hedge Hall got an early Christmas present Dec. 16 with the installation of one of the permanent stairways. After months of lugging themselves and their equipment up and down ladders and vertigo-inducing open-sided stairs, the workers can now change altitude in comfort and dignity. “It will make a huge difference,” says project manager Paul Farnsworth.