November 6, 2016

Confluence: program schedule


A wide ranging series of programs associated with rivers, inspired by Alison Saar’s Breach, an exhibition informed by the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927

Check back often for updates about lectures, receptions, films presented by the Lafayette Art Galleries and departments or campus programs in conjunction with Breach.

August 29-January 15,  Skillman Library, Lass Gallery
Exhibition: Florence Under Water: Commemorating the 50TH Anniversary of the Great Flood

September 11-October 30, 2016, The Gallery at St. John’s (community partner)
Water | Rivers | Floods 
opening reception September 11, 12-3 p.m.
St John’s Church, 330 Ferry St., Easton

Fall Semester, William Center Lobby, Williams Visual Arts Lobby, and by email to
The six-word story project, Ernest Hemingway is credited with creating the six-word story, combining poetry and drama into a short form difficult to achieve. A Six-Word Story should provide a movement of conflict, action, and resolution that gives the sense of a complete story transpiring in a moment’s reading. (Description from A suggested, but not required, story topic is water in its many forms. A collaborative project of the Lafayette Art Galleries and the department of English.

September 15, Kirby 104,  4:30
Evie Shockley, poet and essayist, collaborated with Saar on the artist book, “mami wata  (or, how to know a goddess when you see one)” produced at EPI. Cosponsored with English

September 17-December 17, Grossman Gallery
Exhibition: Alison Saar, Breach

September 17, 6-8 p.m., Grossman Gallery
Exhibition preview with Alison Saar, Breach
Partnering with Riverside Festival of the Arts

September 18, 2 p.m., Grossman Gallery
Breach: Left Behind, a dance/visual art collaboration with Alison Saar and Breach exhibit. Presented by Choreographers on Campus

September 18, 3-5 p.m. Grossman Gallery
Reception for Breach artist Alison Saar and Breach: Left Behind dancers

September 21, 4:10 p.m. Gendebien Room, Skillman Library
Lecture: D.C. Jackson discusses the St. Francis Dam disaster of 1928, the subject of his recently published book Heavy Ground,  co-authored with Norris Hundley Jr.

September 22, Landis Cinema, 7 p.m.
Screening of The Great Flood, by Bill Morrison and Bill Frisell, 2014.
Introduction by Katherine Groo, Film and Media Studies

September 25, Landis Cinema, 7 p.m.
Screening of Rivers and Tides, Andy Goldsworthy
Introduction by Benjamin Cohen

October 1, 11 a.m., Grossman Gallery
Breach: Left Behind, a dance/visual art collaboration with Alison Saar and Breach exhibit. Presented by Choreographers on Campus, second performance.

Thursday, October 13,  7 p.m., Landis Cinema, Buck Hall
Screening of Florence: Days of Destruction (1966), a documentary film by Franco Zeffirelli, narrated by Richard Burton
introduction by Diane Ahl

Monday, October 17, 7:30 p.m., Kirby 104
Lecture by John M. Barry, author of Historian John M. Barry, author of Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America, 

October 18,  4:10, Gendebien Room, Skillman Library.
Susan Kart: “Wade in the Water: Beyoncé, Mami Wata and Black Feminist Power”

October 22, Williams Center Main Stage, 8 p.m.
Harmonious Visions,

October 25, 4:10 p.m., Williams Center 108
Alison Saar, Artist’s talk

October 26: noon, Williams Center 108
Brown Bag: Wendy Wilson-Fall: “River Slaves and Ocean Mariners”

October 26,  7 p.m., Nurture Nature Center (community Partner)
Open Mic night, begins the evening with a half hour to an hour of river/flood-themed work, encouraging artists to create original poems, songs or narratives for the event. Alison Saar is a special guest.
Partnering with Nurture Nature Center, Easton

Thursday, October 27, 12:20, Van Wickle 108:
Dru Germanoski: “Persistent Flood Hazards in the Delaware and Mississippi Rivers.”

Thursday, October 27, 7 p.m., Landis Cinema, Buck Hall
Alison Saar: Listening Party. Music, maps, documentary photos about the 1927 Flood

November 2, at 4:15 p.m. in Kirby 104
Bethany Wiggin, “Forgotten Places, Radical Hope, and the Environmental Humanities: Travels on an Industrial River”

November 10, 12:20, location: Hugel 103 
Dave Brandes: “Understanding the 100-yr flood on our changing planet.”

November 14, 4;10, Skillman Library, Gendebien Room
Lecture: The Great Arno Flood, “Florence’s “Bad Boy” of 1966


Pending: additional films, Thursdays, at 7 p.m., Landis Center

posted in Breach program schedule: Rivers | Floods | Levees


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Locations and Hours

Williams Center Gallery
Morris R. Williams Center for the Arts
317 Hamilton Street (main campus)
(610) 330-5361, or email
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 12-5 p.m.
Performance nights 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Richard A. and Rissa W. Grossman Gallery
Williams Visual Arts Building

243 North Third Street
(610) 330-5361, or email
Hours: Tues.-Fri. 11-5 p.m. and by appointment, Sat. 12-5 p.m.

Lass Gallery and Simon Room
David Bishop Skillman Library

(610) 330-5410, or email
Hours: Library hours

All exhibitions and related lectures are free and open to the public.