December 6, 2012 | Hornbake NonPrint Media Library Room J | 4:00 PM
Agnès Varda | 2000 | French with English subtitles | 82 min.
Varda's documentary about gleaners, or "pickers" who hunt over refuse collecting food and objects left behind, has come to be regarded as a classic fo the form. As much about Varda herself as her subjects, this film features memorably candid hand-held camerawork as it examines the circumstances of some of France's forgotten people at their work.
Selected and Introduced by French modern studies Graduate Student Cécile Ruel. A brief discussion and free pizza will follow.
This event is free and open to the public with no RSVP required. The series is sponsored by the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the College of Arts and Humanities, the Center for Literature and Comparative Studies, the Department of English, and the Institute for International Programs.
The Inner Landscape: The Paintings and Films of Gao Xingjian
November 6 to December 20, 2013 | University of Maryland Art Gallery, Art-Sociology Building, UMD
The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, presents an exhibition of works by Nobel Prize in Literature winner Gao Xingjian. This exhibition specifically focuses on Gao’s brush-and-ink paintings and films. In conjunction with the exhibition, The Art Gallery will host a reception on Dec. 4 celebrating Mr. Gao and his multifaceted artistic career.
Gallery hours of operation: Tues - Fri: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday: 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Public events related to the visit of Gao Xingjian:
Dec. 3 (Tuesday):
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Gao Xingjian in conversation in Chinese with Professor Jason Kuo (Dept. of Art History and Archaeology). Room 0302-H Hornbake Library, UMD.
2 - 3:30 p.m. Gao in conversation in French with Prof. Caroline Eades (Chair of French Program). Multi-purpose Room, St. Mary’s Hall / the Language House, UMD.
Dec. 4 (Wednesday):
5 - 7:30 p.m. Reception, Art Gallery, Art-Sociology Building, UMD.
6:15 p.m. During the Reception at the Art Gallery, Gao Xingjian will be in conversation with Prof. Jason Kuo, in Chinese, with Q and A to follow.
Dec. 5 (Thursday):
2 - 3:30 p.m. Staged reading and discussion in Chinese and French of plays by Gao Xingjian. Prof. Ester Kim Lee (UMD) with Prof. Claire Conceison, Duke University.
The Cafritz Foundation Theater, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, UMD.
4 - 6 p.m. Reception, hosted by the Asian American Studies Program (AAST). Room 1145, Cole Student Activities Building, UMD.
About the artist: Born in 1940, in Jiangxi Province, China, Gao Xingjian is the first Chinese recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Gao's interest in theater, writing, and all-things-creative was instilled at an early age by his mother, an amateur actress. He began painting at age ten after his uncle gave him a notebook for his birthday, and it was in this book where he first began writing and drawing concurrently. Through the course of Gao Xingjian's prolific career, he has had nearly 30 international exhibitions of his ink paintings, and has illustrated the covers of all his books. For a more complete bio of Gao, please visit this site.
This exhibition was organized by The Art Gallery at the UMD, and curated by Professor Jason C. Kuo (Art History and Archaeology), with the support of the Department of Art History and Archaeology, the Center for East Asian Studies, the Wang Fangyu Endowment for Calligraphy Education, the Program in Chinese, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Program in French, the Department of French and Italian, the Program in Asian American Studies, the Program in Film Studies, the Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies, and the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, all at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Watch for Spring 2013 Events and Screenings!
The fall Graduate Field Committee colloquium, dubbed “Film Lab,” will take as its object of inquiry the possibilities for doing close analysis of films via the resources of digital scholarship. We will begin by establishing baseline of familiarity with some established benchmarks in the field via models of classical film analysis by Raymond Bellour and David Bordwell. Thereafter, the colloquium will consist of the collaborative production of a digital “scholarly” edition of two films, His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1941), and Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929). We will analyze these films using all the resources at our disposal, including segmentation, thematic analysis, and statistical analysis. We will produce a number of different layers of commentary, ranging from written, voice-over commentary, and data visualization.
2:00-4:00 p.m. in Hornbake Nonprint Media Services Library Room H
September 20, October 11, October 25, & November 15 2013
For more information, see the full description here.