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The Havana Cuba All-StarsThe Asere Friendship Tour
Saturday, September 24 @ 8 pm
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The Milk Carton KidsThursday, October 27 @ 8 PM
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Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter"a solo tour-de-force"
Friday, November 4 @ 8 pm
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African TaleDallas Children's Theater
Thursday, November 17 @ 6:30 pm
An Evening with Pat Methenyw/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock
Tuesday, January 24 @ 8 PM
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National Symphony Orchestra of Ukrainewith guest piano virtuoso Alexei Grynyuk
Friday, February 24 @ 8 pm
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The Five Irish TenorsDirect from Dublin, Ireland
Sunday, March 19 @ 7 PM
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Turtle Island Quartet with Cyrus ChestnutJelly, Rags & Monk
Saturday, April 22 @ 8 pm
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Harmonic Laboratory

Multiple Media

DUKE HALL GALLERY

SEP 3-OCT 14


Harmonic Laboratory, an interdisciplinary artist collective, is redefining what performance art means by creating collaborative, multimedia-rich projects that merge the arts and sciences. Artists from Harmonic Laboratory will give lectures in dance, music composition, and digital art while at JMU. More

SEP 5-OCT 22


With the Impressionist movement of the late 19th century came new ways to understand and depict the world. Artists explored these new theories throughout the early 20th century, creating images of a vibrant and transitory world. Join us for an artistic exploration that traces this journey as seen in paintings from JMU’s permanent collection. More

Playing Pictures: Graphic Notation in the 20th Century

Reception: September 13, 11 am-1 pm

INSTITUTE FOR VISUAL STUDIES

SEP 13-NOV 4


In the 1950s, composers including John Cage, Cathy Berberian and George Crumb felt increasingly restricted by both compositional standards and tradition. Inspired by visual sources such as calligraphy and comic books, they created a new American musical genre known as graphic notation. This exhibition offers a range of scores that connect music and the visual arts. More

OCT 24-DEC 9


This exhibition features works by Surabhi Ghosh, Rowland Ricketts and Michael Andrews. Ghosh is assistant professor/program coordinator of the Fibres and Materials Practices program in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. Ricketts is assistant professor of textiles at Indiana University’s Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, and Andrews is assistant professor in the Fiber and Material Studies program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. More

OCT 31-DEC 9


Before books were printed, they were patiently copied by hand. Frequently written on expensive vellum pages and lavishly decorated, they were considered works of art. This exhibit features medieval manuscript leaves from JMU’s permanent collection, exploring the craft of bookmaking and illuminating the word itself. More

The Object of Play

INSTITUTE FOR VISUAL STUDIES

NOV 29-DEC 16


The exhibition presents the students’ semester projects from the IVS class, The Object of Play, where students explored ideas of “play” from philosophical, religious and artistic perspectives. More

Faculty Exhibition

Multiple Media

DUKE HALL GALLERY

JAN 9-FEB 10


Award-winning faculty members from JMU’s School of Art, Design and Art History will display their work in an exhibition that includes two- and three-dimensional design pieces, as well as books, periodicals and other writings. More

JAN 17-FEB 24


Love watching Abby on NCIS? Then this exhibit is a must! Madison Art Collection faculty and students explore scientific applications in museum studies as they sleuth their way to the truth. More

Drawing on the Left: Ben Shahn and the Art of Human Rights

Encore Artist
Mixed Media
Reception: February 20

DUKE HALL GALLERY

FEB 20-APR 5


Born into a Lithuanian-Jewish family, Ben Shahn (1898-1969) is an American social realist artist and left-wing political activist who devoted his life to fighting injustice and promoting the human rights of underprivileged people. This exhibition will feature prints, drawings, photographs and paintings from the 1930s through the 1960s that focus on issues of poverty and unemployment, racial and ethnic discrimination, the Civil Rights movement, and the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, among others. More

MAR 13-APR 27


A Nigerian proverb says, “In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams.” These words of wisdom are illustrated in West African masking traditions that span the distance between the worlds of mankind and nature, as well as life and death. More

Painting the Valley: Works by Andrei Kushnir

Reception: May 1

DUKE HALL GALLERY

MAY 1-JUN 23


Andrei Kushnir is a Washington, D.C.-based artist who has been painting American landscapes outdoors, en plein air, for more than 30 years. This exhibition is the result of Kushnir’s decade-long project that began in 2004 to explore the natural and cultural landscapes of the Shenandoah Valley. His paintings depict popular landmarks as well as lesser-known places treasured by local residents, and represent a broad sampling of the Valley’s communities, roads, farmlands, forests, mountains and waterways. More

HIGHLIGHTS


  • American Shakespeare Center Wins Forbes Center's 2016 Circle of Excellence in the Arts Award



  • The Havana Cuba All-Stars bring the music of their rich culture to America for the first time!



  • Renowned British actor Julian Sands delivers a solo tour-de-force in "A Celebration of Harold Pinter" 



  • Experience masterful musicianship by the Grammy-nominated National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine!