Walker Cultural Leaders Series

Beginning in 2011 the academic programs of the Marilyn I. Walker School have celebrated the legacy of Marilyn, her gift and her vision by programming the Walker Cultural Leaders (WCL) Series. The ongoing development and refinement of the WCL program facilitates invitations to recognized cultural leaders, top researchers, visiting artists, scholars, professionals, theatre companies, producing and presenting organizations, associations, and others to contribute to the intellectual and creative life of the School and the Niagara region.

Our guests will engage in professional activities such as public lectures, performances, exhibitions, workshops, laboratories, and demonstrations, and will participate in other pedagogical and creative activities including guest teaching, the professional mentoring of faculty and staff, critiques of student work, and community engagement activities.

In addition to generally intensifying the creative, scholarly and teaching cultures of the School, special emphasis is put on developing knowledge and familiarity of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts as an incubator in the arts and culture sector of Niagara, exploring potential intersections of the School and the surrounding community/region, and promoting inter‐ and trans‐disciplinarity within the School and beyond.

Walker Cultural Leader Program for 2018-19:

Fides Krucker
Public Lecture/Demonstration: Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m.

Fides Krucker is an innovative and creator of vocal music in Canada and abroad. She teaches voice at Humber College and facilitates vocal work for a wide range of artists including, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and Chicago’s Walkabout Theatre.

She has created and produced a number of ground-breaking lyric-theatre pieces with her company, Good Hair Day Productions, including: CP Salon, an R&B love and disability show with Kazumi Tsuruoka (which is now a National Film Board film) and Julie Sits Waiting (Dufort/Walmsley), an electroacoustic opera that has been nominated for five Dora Awards. Her recording of Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs with Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble has just been released and she is directing the premier of Louis Laberge-Cote’s dance piece, The art of degeneration, at the Citadel in Toronto this October. She is currently writing a book about women and voice, with publication forthcoming.

In her lecture and performance, Krucker will explore voice through non-verbal vocalization, offering a unique opportunity for connection through breath and to slow down and connect to the deeply felt, unseen parts of body and mind.

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Alejandro Cartagena
Exhibition: Oct. 4 to Nov. 7
Opening Reception: Oct. 17, 5 to 5:45 p.m.
Artist Talk: Oct. 17, 6 p.m.

Alejandro Cartagena is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in more than 50 group and individual exhibitions in spaces including the Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris and the CCCB in Barcelona. His work is also in the collections of several museums including the San Francisco MOMA, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Portland Museum of Art, the West Collection, the Coppel collection, the FEMSA collection, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the George Eastman Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, among others.

For the past 10 years, Cartagena has produced works that present different ways to think about the interdependence of humans and landscape in the face of urban expansion. During his lecture on Oct. 17, he will address the various projects and books that delve with these issues. as an avid bookmaker, he will also expand on the possibilities of how the phonebook has helped him develop ways in which one can present complex narratives through the book form.

In his provocative new exhibition, Cartagena  explores the intersection  of politics, social media connectivity and celebrity culture by exhibiting photos form one section of the official website of the Mexican presidency, entitled “My picture with the President.” Cartagena asks: are these images of selfies, taken and posted by the Office of President Enrique Peña Nieto, intended to connect the Mexican people with their President – or simply an exercise in vanity as Peña Nieto poses with his ‘fans’?

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Zine-making workshop with Christine Cucciniello
Oct.18
4:30 to 7:30, MWS 229A

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The Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture celebrates book-making!
Join us for a zine-making workshop as part of our 2018 Walker Cultural Leaders Series. 

When: Thursday, October 18, 2018 (4:30 – 7:30 pm)
Where: MIWSFPA 229A (inside the Learning Commons)
What: Zine-Making Workshop, with Christine Cucciniello

A zine is a small, non-commercial, often homemade publication. In this 3-hour-long workshop, zine author Christine Cucciniello will help participants in the creation of a common zine. Please join us for a fun, creative experience. Each participant will receive a copy of the zine.

To reserve a spot, please contact Catherine Parayre at cparayre@brocku.ca