Cornerstone Arts Week, an annual event that recognizes the arts and presents weeklong exhibits, performances, lectures, films, and discussions related to specific subjects, is taking place Jan. 26 to 31 at the Cornerstone Arts Center.
This year, the theme is “What’s My Line?,” which examines what a “line” is through various mediums.
“This year’s Arts Week is different because its theme is a more formal construct and is more diverse in its approach to a line,” said Jessica Hunter-Larsen, curator of IDEA.
The opening reception and IDEA cabaret is on Jan. 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. In addition to a performance by the dance/choreography pair HIJACK, artists Abbie Miller, Senga Nengudi, and Anne Wilson will speak at the IDEA Space for the event.
The IDEA Space and Coburn Gallery are featuring an exhibit titled Extending the Line. It delves into the mathematic, kinesthetic, and poetic facets of a line in various dimensions. This exhibit will be on display from Jan. 26 to March 7.
The next Tuesday, Jan. 27, there will be a lecture from the members HIJACK from 3 to 4:30 p.m. In it, they will reflect on their creative process and the ways in which they create movement in response to visual art. This lecture will be held in the Film Screening Room in the Cornerstone Arts Center.
Following this lecture, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., there is an open exhibit in the Coburn Gallery featuring the artwork of Jean Gumpper and Jeanne Steiner. Their prints and fiber arts explore the idea of a line in two and three dimensions.
On Wednesday, January 28, there is an opportunity to view HIJACK’s performance as a reaction to Extending the Line at 5:30 p.m.
After this performance, the keynote speaker, Robert Pinsky, will discuss the relationship between line and literature in the Richard F. Celeste South Theatre. A Selected Poet Laureate in 1997, Pinsky is a well-respected poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator.
To culminate the weeks’ events, “Line,” a play by Israel Horovitz and directed by Andrew Manley, will be performed on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31, at 8pm. The play is a one-act drama that recounts five characters’ efforts to come to the front of a ‘line.’
All events are free and open to the public.