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Modfest 2020


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Thu, Jan 30, 7:00pm Reflect & Project: Vassar Choral Ensembles

Join us for the opening concert and reception of Modfest 2020 with a performance by the Vassar Chamber Singers, Choir, and Women’s Chorus.

 Skinner Music Hall with a reception to follow in the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences.
Fri, Jan 31, 7:00pm Film Screening: Black to Techno & Space Jam

In the age of #MeToo cancel culture and remakes, movie-going audiences are forced to reconsider how new information alters our relationship to iconic cultural moments of the past. Two films sit at these crossroads: Jenn Nkiru’s Black to Techno (2018) - a short film that  traces the rich, black, Detroit origins of techno and Space Jam (dir. Joe Pytka, 1996), a film currently being remade starring Lebron James, who in stark contrast to his predecessor Michael Jordan, has changed how athlete’s relate to the public and politics. The evening will begin with a brief introduction by Visiting Professor of Film and Vassar alumnus, Jackson Kroopf ‘10.

The Rosenwald Film Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film.

Sat, Feb 1, 10:00am Workshop: Sound Design for the Theater With Fitz Patton ’88

With over 500 shows to his credit, Tony award winner Fitz Patton offers a composition workshop focused on Sound Design for the Theater. Students must register for the workshop through this link, as space is limited.

1/30 Note location change: Classroom 303, Skinner Hall of Music

Sat, Feb 1, 1:30pm Project: Community Arts Panel

A panel and conversation that will engage current practices and future hopes for community engagement and the arts, featuring Chris Silva, Executive Director, Bardavon, and other members of Vassar and local organizations.

Thekla Hall (Room 400) in Skinner Hall of Music.

Sat, Feb 1, 3:00pm Reflect: An Artist’s Life, Onstage and Off

Tony Award winner Celia Keenan-Bolger shares stories about Broadway, acting, and art, as well as the importance of developing a well-rounded life that includes family, friendship, and activism. This event is sponsored by The Capotorto-Mulas Family Lecture Fund.

The Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film.

Reservations required, email: or (845) 437-5599

Sun, Feb 2, 3:00pm Honorary Adene and Richard Wilson Concert

Featuring Vassar College faculty members Danielle Farina, viola, Anna Elashvili, violin, Frank Cassara, percussion, Trevor Babb, guitar, Marija Ilic, piano, and the Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble, New York Polyphony. Skinner Hall of Music.

Wed, Feb 5, 1:30pm Open Rehearsal for Opposite Earth

Join visiting artist, Jeff Snyder, for an open rehearsal of this piece, which will be performed with students and faculty during his lecture on February 6. A collaboration between Modfest and THinCs (The Humanities in Cognitive Science). 

Skinner Hall of Music

Thu, Feb 6, 6:00pm Build, Destroy, Build: Spontaneous Creation of Structure

Build, Destroy, Build: Spontaneous Creation of Structure. Jeff Snyder, composer, improviser and instrument-designer, who also directs the Princeton’s Laptop Orchestra, PLOrk, will give a lecture and performance about his interdisciplinary research and practice. 

Skinner Hall of Music

Fri, Feb 7, 7:00pm Dance Performance – Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre

A performance of works selected from the current repertory. This is a free but ticketed event - reservations for general seating are required and are available online at For additional information please email: or call (845) 437-5541.

Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall.

Sat, Feb 8, 4:00pm Future Voices: Choral Concert

Cappella Festiva Treble Choir and Cor Capriccio Children’s Choir. Matt Zydell and Elizabeth Clifton, conductors.

Skinner Hall of Music

Sat, Feb 8, 5:30pm Exhibition Opening Lecture and Reception for Louise Bourgeois: Ode to Forgetting

Art historian Donald Kuspit will give a lecture titled “The Benefit of Art According to Louise Bourgeois: ‘Art is a Guarantee of Sanity.’” Taylor Hall, Room 102. Reception at 6:30pm in the Loeb Art Center.

Sat, Feb 8, 7:00pm Future Voices: Orchestra & Song

The Vassar College Orchestra performs works by Barber, Dello Joio, and Hagood. Students from the Music Department perform songs from the great American songbook that reflect on the past and hope for the future. David Alpher, piano and Jennie Litt, director.

Skinner Hall of Music.

Sun, Feb 9, 3:00pm Chamber Music from the Hudson Valley Philharmonic

To honor the Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s 60th anniversary season, Modfest presents members of the orchestra in a concert of chamber works at Skinner Hall of Music.

January 16–April 12, 2020 Metal, Acid, Line: Etchings from the Loeb

Spanning time and geography, this exhibition features more than a dozen etchings and was co-curated with Christina Tenaglia (Department of Art) in conjunction with Art 209, a studio course that teaches the fundamentals of intaglio printing.

January 21–February 16, 2020 Self-taught and Outsider Art from the private collection of Arthur F. Jones

There will be a reception on January 30, 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Arthur F. Jones, an art history professor, collector and also an artist, spent most of his career in places where major art museums were lacking. The works included in this exhibition are all from Jones’ teaching collection and reflect his long-held interest in art made by individuals not formally trained, but who are nonetheless highly motivated to express themselves visually. James W. Palmer ’90 Gallery, College Center.

January 24–April 5, 2020 Louise Bourgeois: Ode to Forgetting

The exhibition brings together an array of late prints by a world-renowned artist who often returned to themes of memory, time, and relationships. The exhibition was organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Washington State University, in collaboration with the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Support is provided by the Friends of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Fund and the Horace Goldsmith Exhibition Fund.

Thursday, February 6 - 5:00–9:00pm We Are Still in Eden

A projection and soundscape exploring the primal sanctuary of nature. Presented by Rick Jones/Vassar Light Collective. The Vassar Chapel.

Saturday February 8 - 5:00–9:00pm Inner Space / Outer Space

An interactive projection and soundscape. Presented by Rick Jones/Vassar Light Collective.

The Bridge for Laboratory Sciences.

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