The University of Colorado's Department of Religious Studies, CU Libraries and Archives, CU Art Museum, Center for Humanities and the Arts (CHA), Center for Western Civilization, Thought, and Policy (CWCTP), along with the Louis P. Singer Fund for Jewish History and several departments is proud to announce the winners of the inaugural Archive Transformed: A CU Boulder Artist/Scholar Collborative Residency.
No Boundaries: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers
Gesel Mason, Assistant Professor of Dance and Artistic Director of Gesel Mason
Performance Projects, will bring together herself and three collaborators (Daniel Beahm [Digabyte Production Company], Dr. Marcos Steuernagel [Assistant Professor of Theatre, Department of Theatre & Dance, University of Colorado Boulder], and Dr. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin [Theatre and Film Studies and the Institute for African American Studies, University of Georgia]) to work on the project which aims to perform, document, preserve, and disseminate dances by 10 prominent and influential African American choreographers via a digital humanities archive. The online platform will allow the user to navigate the material through an archive of the work of prominent African American choreographers with Mason’s body serving as the archive.
LA Archivera: The Sonic Archive of Emily Sene
Jewlia Eisenberg and Jeremiah Lockwood are both scholars and musicians who will work with LA Archivera, the archive where the work of Emily Sene, who collected music from Jewish immigrants from Turkey in Los Angeles, is held. The archive documents and illuminates the experience of Sephardic Jewish immigrants to California through music. Eisenberg and Lockwood’s collaboration, in conjunction with scholarly support from CU Boulder historians David Shneer and Phoebe Young, will expose Sene’s work through the study and performance of songs from her collection.
The Beregovski Archive
Alicia Svigals, internationally acclaimed llezmer violinist and composer and Yonatan Malin, Associate Professor of Music Theory and Jewish Studies at CU Boulder, will work with the archived recordings and transcriptions of Moshe Beregovski, made in Ukraine from 1929 to 1949, in an effort to understand the deep and ecstatic music of Jewish Eastern Europe in the centuries leading up to World War II. In addition to developing a rigorous understanding of modal features of the instrumental music collected by Beregovski, they will improvise, compose, and share their work through innovative forms of scholarship, workshops, and concerts and bring together local musicians for a performance at the conclusion of the residency.
America’s Chosen Spirit
University of Kentucky Associate Professor Janice Fernheimer and New York Times best-selling author and illustrator JT Waldman are working to build a transmedia project that raises awareness of the longtime presence and participation of outsiders like women, Jews, African Americans, and immigrants in the development of Kentucky’s bourbon heritage. The project is a webcomic inspired by oral histories and local folklore with links to online archives that provide audiences a trove of related materials including primary sources.
This residency is the first of its kind that brings together artists and scholars to take archival material, broadly conceived, and transform it or re-imagine it to create new knowledge. The opening night event, Art is My Weapon: The Radical Musical Life of Lin Jaldati, gave birth to the residency.
Singer Fund for Jewish History
Research and Innovation Office
Center for Humanities and the Arts
The Graduate Council for Arts and Humanities
Arts and Sciences Fund for Excellence
Center for Western Civilization, Thought, and Policy
Arts and Humanities Outreach Grant
The College of Music
The Departments of:
Art and Art History
German and Slavic Languages and Literatures
Theater and Dance
CU Art Museum