College of Fine Arts and Communication


Research and Creative Activities

Colloquium 5 — February 8, 2008 — Recital Hall CFA

Beneath the Surface / Poster Exhibition from IranMorteza Momayez Cover Design
Nahid Tootoonchi, Assistant Professor of Art

The work of Iranian graphic designers has been recognized internationally during the past ten years. Most designers have presented their work in the form of posters. The content is diverse and reflects social issues, political concerns, the environment, education, art, conferences, movies, concerts, performances, historical events and more.

Although this new generation of Iranian designers has been exposed to international design and they produce work with contemporary issues, their representational forms are routed in the ancient history of Iran. They borrow the symbols, elements, and literature from the past as a way to communicate. Many use calligraphy, handwriting and typography as well as images based on ancient artifacts. Every poster is a reminder of a historical period, yet they also challenge the present time and transform contemporary issues.

Professor Tootoonchi collected a body of these artists' work, during summer 2007, for a traveling exhibition in the United States to promote and unveil the richness of art and creativity that takes place in present day Iran. She will present these works to promote understanding and to help heal the negativity that exists between the cultures of Iran and the United States.

Researching The Music of Randall Thompson (1899-1984): a Documented Catalogue
Dr. Carl B. Schmidt Professor of Music

Virtually every high school, college, or adult chorister is familiar with at least one if not several choral works by Randall Thompson (1899-1984). Frostiana is ubiquitous on programs to this day, The Last Words of David graces numerous Sunday services, The Testament of Freedom has seen thousands of performances, and the iconic Alleluia, written for the opening of the Berkshire Music Center (now Tanglewood) in 1940, has sold more than two million copies in less than seventy years. It is surprising, therefore, that the man often referred to as “the dean of American twentieth-century choral composers,” and who was a distinguished educator at institutions as diverse as the Curtis Institute of Music and Harvard University, has received so little scholarly attention since his pen fell silent less than twenty-five years ago. My research on a catalogue of Thompson’s music and for his biography has uncovered many new sources that help illuminate his career as a composer and music educator. The talk will discuss the methods being used in this search, some of the most important discoveries, and why this project is of significance to the history of American music.

Heaven In View: Narratives of Women Living with HIV
Sandra Perez Assistant Professor of Dance

The presentation will include a discussion of how the project originated, the collaborators, and a screening of the original dance piece choreographed on Towson University dance majors. There will be a discussion of the narrative/movement workshops that were held in the summer along with video excerpts of the process. The research will be explained, as well as, the subsequent processes developed in guiding the participants’ expression through movement. Highlights will include a brief discussion of Effort in Laban Movement Analysis, theories by Anna Halprin and educational implications of the piece. The presentation will conclude with a screening of the final dance drama on DVD.

A brief talk on recent compositional work, offering some examples of recent pieces and approaches to style and composition.
William Kleinsasser Professor of Music

Several themes will be intertwining: consideration of musical use of computers,; consideration of sonic events in themselves but also as determinants (defining boundaries) of inter-event relationships as objects of design; consideration of multiple simultaneous temporal scales of expression; the balance of invention (surprise, discontinuity, emergence) and convention (repeat, recurrence, recursion, resonance) as a multi-scaled formal principle for coherence; musical references within and beyond a performed musical instrument, compositional moment, and completed composition.

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