Everything You Can Think of is True: Robert Wilson Drawings

Everything You Can Think of is True, a celebration of acclaimed director, artist, musician, and performer, Robert Wilson is the result of the collaboration between the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School and The Hartt School.

Featured in the exhibition is a collection of small drawings by Robert Wilson. These nine, never-before exhibited artworks were donated to the New Britain Museum of American Art in 2001 by the artist George Deem, and have been generously lent to the Silpe Gallery for this exhibition.

Accompanying the drawings, a study area is available for visitors to sit and view scores by and books about Robert Wilson. A television screen will also show a selection of video clips of Robert Wilson Performances curated by Kyle Grimm, co-director of Hartford New Music Festival.

Several multi-media events and performances will take place in the gallery during the twelve-day exhibition. These events, organized by Ken Steen, Hartt School professor of composition and theory, include lunchtime performances by Hartt School faculty and students; a film screening; and several weekend and evening dance and performance events. All Silpe Gallery performances and events during this exhibition are free and open to the public.

The lunchtime performances and installations present an opportunity for performers and audience members alike to engage with the exhibition of Wilson’s works in a wide variety of contexts. It provides space and time for students and faculty to exhibit and perform work inspired by, or in direct relation or juxtaposition to the works on the walls, or more broadly to Robert Wilson’s extensive catalog of works.

Some of the musical and sonic works are by composers who have collaborated with Mr. Wilson—for example Wilson’s longtime collaborator Philip Glass’ newly composed piece for Robert Black. Other performances will be in direct response to the works on paper in the exhibition, as in Zach Rowden and Robert Black’s improvisations included in “Among Pieces of Glass”. In this case, the drawings and lithographs themselves will serve as musical scores from which the two bassists will draw inspiration and engage in sonic/musical dialog with the visual artworks.

Everything You Can Think of is True celebrates the great Robert Wilson in advance of his on-campus performance scheduled for March 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Hartford’s Lincoln Theater. Tickets are available from the Lincoln Theater box office and website, or by calling 860-768-4228. Single tickets are, as always, free for University of Hartford students, faculty and staff.

On Friday, March 11 other events in Lincoln Theater will include A Direct Encounter discussion from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with Mr. Wilson and University of Hartford students and faculty from a variety of disciplines, moderated by arts writer and theater writer/critic for Variety, Frank Rizzo. This will be followed by the conferring ceremony of the Honorary Doctorate degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, upon Mr. Wilson, by University of Hartford President Walter Harrison.

ROBERT WILSON
Since the late 1960s, Robert Wilson’s productions have decisively shaped the look of theater and opera. Through his signature use of light, his investigations into the structure of a simple movement, and the classical rigor of his scenic and furniture design, Wilson has continuously articulated the force and originality of his vision. Wilson’s close ties and collaborations with leading artists, writers, and musicians continue to fascinate audiences worldwide.

PERFORMANCE CALENDAR:

Friday, February 19, 12:15 p.m.
Zach Rowden
performance installation, solo double bass

Saturday, February 20, 12:15 p.m.
Kyle Grimm, Zach Rowden, Matt Sargent
Code Poems, lap steel/electric guitar and two double basses

Sunday, February 21, 12:15 p.m.
Robert Black
not doing… playing/reciting, talking & playing again
Featuring the Hartford premier of Philip Glass’ The Not Doings of an Insomniac (composed for Robert Black).

Monday, February 22, 12:15 p.m.
Robert Black
not doing… playing/reciting, talking & playing again
Philip Glass’ The Not Doings of an Insomniac (composed for Robert Black).
Performance and discussion

Tuesday, February 23, 12:15 p.m.
Robert Black and Zach Rowden
Two basses, nine works on paper, and room to move…

Wednesday, February 24, 12:15 p.m.
Robert Black
not doing… playing/reciting, talking & playing again
Philip Glass’ The Not Doings of an Insomniac (composed for Robert Black).
Performance and discussion

Thursday, February 25, 12:15 p.m.
Robert Black and Zach Rowden
Among Pieces of Glass
Philip Glass’ The Not Doings of an Insomniac, interspersed with improvisations based on Robert Wilson’s nine works on paper.

Friday, February 26, 7 p.m.
Tide: walls of sound & extreme sonic fragility
Recent works by Matt Sargent

Soft Song (for solo cello) (2006)
Christopher Beroes-Haigis (cello)
Tide (10+1 basses) (2015)
Zach Rowden (bass)
More Snow To Fall (2015)
Trevor Saint (glockenspiel)Tide (10+1 cellos) (2015)
Christopher Beroes-Haigis (cello)

Monday, February 29, 12:15 p.m.
Ken Steen
Leap Day Sound Installation
hat – chair – bulb – raven – blue: homage to RW

Monday, February 29, 7 p.m.
Miki Orihara
Prologue
Choreography by Miki Orihara
Dance performance with video

Music by Mica Nozawa and Janis Ian
Costume by Mitsuno Yoko
Costume Supervised by Karen Young
Video by Tobin Del Cuore
Original Lighting Design by Clifton Taylor
Premiere: 2014
”I Hear You Sing Again” is written by Woody Guthrie and Janis Ian, and published by Woody Guthrie Publishing and Rude Girl Pub. It is used with the generous permission of Janis Ian.
Dance by Miki Orihara

Presentation/discussion of student composer/choreographer projects

Tuesday, March 1, 12:15 p.m.
Adam Lenz
A Place to Come and Escape from the World
Closing sound installation

Tuesday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Absolute Wilson
Screening and discussion
The film chronicles the epic life, times and creative genius of Robert Wilson, intimately revealing for the first time one of the most controversial, rule-breaking and downright mysterious artists of our era. (105 minutes.)

ROBERT WILSON PERFORMANCE:

Thursday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.
An evening with Robert Wilson
Lincoln Theater

1 HAVE YOU BEEN HERE BEFORE
2 NO THIS IS THE FIRST TIME

In an exceptional performance of nearly three hours, director and artist Robert Wilson invites us into his astonishing aesthetic universe. Combining hundreds of striking images from through his prolific career, Wilson provides an intimate self‐portrait of his creative process. Mr. Wilson references his landmark original works for the stage such as Deafman Glance, A Letter for Queen Victoria, Einstein on the Beach (created with composer Philip Glass), The CIVIL warS, and The Black Rider, as well as his acclaimed work for the operatic and theatrical repertoire, including his luminous stagings of Madama Butterfly, Wagner’s Ring Cycle, The Magic Flute, Ibsen’s Peer Gynt and Heiner Mueller’s Quartett. At the conclusion of the performance, the audience is invited to explore Mr. Wilson’s ideas further during an informal question‐and‐answer period.

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