NYSCA in the News

This week, NYSCA grantees announce new seasons, collaborations, and homes — as well as couture costumes and award-winning opera singers to watch.

Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro to be honored by George Eastman Museum

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

“Next weekend, the George Eastman Museum honors…cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro, with the Eastman Award, and will host the artist at three events that should strongly appeal to film fans. First, at 7 p.m., Friday, March 24, Storaro will introduce Francis Coppola’s great epic, Apocalypse Now, in its extended Redux version. Storaro won the Oscar for the legendary project…Second, at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 25, Storaro will receive the Eastman Award, followed by an onstage conversation and a screening of Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy, which Storaro shot beautifully in bright primary comic strip colors…Third, and most…unusual, at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26, Storaro will introduce a free screening (first-come, first-served) of the East Coast premiere of Muhammad: Messenger of God, a controversial Iranian-made epic on the life of the great prophet. It’s a unique opportunity to see a film unavailable in the West, and one that Storaro says contains some of his greatest work.” NYSCA supports the George Eastman Museum through our Museum and Electronic Media & Film Programs.

First look at Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory

The Poughkeepsie Journal

“A hundred years ago, the three-story brick building that stands on N. Cherry Street in the City of Poughkeepsie was world-renowned for making underwear. Now, after years of vacancy, the 22,0000-square-foot property features affordable and market rate housing and three commercial spaces, which open house guests will be able to tour for the first time on March 30. The grand opening of the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory will feature tours of the building and the businesses that now inhabit it, including light snacks in the Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen, coffee from North River Roasters, studio visits with resident artists, information on Spark Media Project/Mill Street Loft programs, and more…On the third floor, visitors will find local art organizations Street Loft and Spark Media Project, which will be merging and utilize the space which, in proximity to city schools, will be used for activities and after school programs” NYSCA supports Spark Media Project through our Electronic Media & Film, Arts Education, and Regional Economic Development Council Programs and Mill Street Loft through our Arts Education and State & Local Partnership Programs.

Lincoln Center Festival Announces 2017 Lineup


“Lincoln Center has announced the lineup for its 2017 summer festival, which will run July 10–30. The 22nd annual Lincoln Center Festival will feature 20 international productions and 43 performances across dance, music, theatre, and film from around the U.S. and the world. ‘One thing that has emerged as a theme this year—because the world has certainly changed since the 2016 Festival—is that our international festival has become about borders and specifically about crossing them,’ commented festival director Nigel Redden in a press statement…this year’s festival will include Israeli filmmaker Amos Gital’s play about the assassination of the Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin: Chronicle of Assassination (July 19), Syrian playwright Mohammad Al Attar’s family drama about a man stopped at a Damascus checkpoint, While I Was Waiting (July 19–22), and Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv’s sold-out production of To the End of the Land by David Grossman (July 24–27). The festival’s theatre lineup also features the U.S. premiere of Opening Skinner’s Box from Britain’s Improbable Theatre. Inspired by Lauren Slater’s 2004 book, the show offers an overview of the 20th century’s most famous psychological experiments. In the world of ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Paris Opera Ballet will come together onstage for a special 50th anniversary presentation of George Balanchine’s 1967 masterpiece, Jewels; $20 lottery tickets will be available with details to be announced at a later date. Performances will run July 20-23 in the David H. Koch Theater.” NYSCA supports Lincoln Center through our Presenting and Music Programs.

Irish literary giant coming to Babel

The Buffalo News

“Like wine, 86-year-old Irish author Edna O’Brien seems to get better with age. O’Brien’s latest novel, ‘The Little Red Chairs,’ is ‘her masterpiece,’ according to Philip Roth, one of the most celebrated American authors and two years her junior, who also proclaimed her ‘the most gifted woman now writing in English.’…It took decades, but eventually O’Brien was celebrated as one of her country’s greatest authors in her native Ireland. In 2015, O’Brien was honored with Ireland’s highest literary accolade, and Irish President Michael D. Higgins publicly apologized for the way she was treated early in her career. O’Brien’s works include novels, short stories, dramas and an autobiography. She makes her first appearance in Buffalo at 8 p.m. Friday in Kleinhans Music Hall. She’ll be speaking as part of Just Buffalo Literary Center’s Babel international author series. A question-and-answer session will follow.” NYSCA supports Just Buffalo through our Literature and Arts Education Programs.

Couture Designers Made the Costumes for This New Ballet

New York Magazine

“[Choreographer Blanca Li’s] Goddesses & Demonesses, appearing at New York City Center for a limited engagement (March 30 to April 1) is costumed by fashion nobility —the likes of Azzedine Alaïa, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Sophie Theallet, and Stella McCartney. To top it off, the show also features Swarovski-encrusted masks crafted by Erik Halley, an accessories designer who has worked with everyone from Dior to Yamamoto. Goddess & Demonesses is a pas de deux, mixing the vocabularies of modern dance, flamenco, and ballet, which Li choreographed for herself and Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Maria Alexandrova as an invocation of femininity inspired by Greek mythology.” NYSCA supports City Center through our Dance and Presenting Programs.

2017 Winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions are Announced

Broadway World

“After a months-long series of competitions at the district, regional, and national levels, a panel of expert judges named six young singers as the winners of the nation’s most prestigious vocal competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Each winner receives a $15,000 cash prize and the prestige and exposure that come with winning the competition that launched the careers of many of opera’s biggest stars. This year’s winners are Samantha Hankey, 24, mezzo-soprano (Eastern Region: Marshfield, MA); Kirsten MacKinnon, 26, soprano (Middle Atlantic Region: Vancouver, BC, Canada); Aryeh NussbaumCohen, 23, countertenor (Eastern Region: Brooklyn, NY); Richard Smagur, 26, tenor (Central Region: Clarkesville, GA); Kyle van Schoonhoven, 28, tenor (Central Region: Lockport, NY); and Vanessa Vasquez, 26, soprano (Middle Atlantic Region: Scottsdale, AZ). The Met Auditions, currently in their 64th year, were the public’s first introduction to many of today’s best-known stars …Over 100 singers who participated in the National Council process early in their careers are on the Met’s roster in the current season.” NYSCA supports the Metropolitan Opera through our Music Program.

This Museum is Celebrating 50 Years of Diverse Queer Experience


“The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, in an effort to keep up with the times, recently completed a 2,300-square-foot expansion, doubling its exhibition space, and hired Gonzalo Casals, the former Deputy Executive Director of El Museo del Barrio as [its] new director. Casals is charged with re-energizing the museum’s mission to not only, ‘educate, inform, inspire, entertain and challenge all who enter our doors,’ but to also focus on diversity in the gay community. The museum’s new exhibition, Expanded Visions: Fifty Years of Collecting, a survey of the museum’s more than 30,000 objects, captures the history of the changing museum and community… The show is organized by themes, which extend back a few centuries to show that queer people have always existed… ‘What I think is really interesting is the way the curators hung the show,’ explains Casals. ‘Rather than do sections by identity or sexual expression, they identified common themes like togetherness, friendship, and relationships, so on every wall, you are confronted with our community’s diversity.’… The exhibition also includes works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Nan Goldin, and Catherine Opie, offering a cross generational showing of contemporary gay art.” NYSCA supports the Leslie-Lohman Museum through our Museum and Visual Arts Programs.

Fiasco Theater Named Roundabout’s Company in Residence


“Roundabout Theatre Company has announced its new artistic plans for 2017, including its inaugural directing fellow, associate artist, and a new company in residence. After collaborating with Fiasco Theater on their acclaimed [pared]-down production of Into the Woods in 2015, Roundabout has named Fiasco their company in residence. The organization will provide Fiasco with an artistic home and full use of company resources to continue developing their work. Jenny Rachel Weiner, who recently concluded her year as a Roundabout resident playwright and whose play Kingdom Come debuted in the company’s Black Box Theatre, has joined the company as an associate artist for 2017. She joins current associate artists Mark Brokaw, Doug Hughes, Bill Irwin, Pam MacKinnon, Joe Mantello, Kathleen Marshall, and Theresa Rebeck…RTC has also named Whitney White as its inaugural directing fellow.”  NYSCA supports RTC through our Theatre and Arts Education Programs.


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