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Through the Weeping Glass

August 2011

Mütter Museum Film by Alumni the Quay Brothers To Be Screened at MoMA

Through the Weeping GlassPhiladelphia's "disturbingly informative" Mütter Museum, home
to a vast and unique collection of medical oddities, seems a natural setting for a film by visionary animators the Quay Brothers. Timothy Quay BFA '69 (Illustration) and Steven Quay BFA '69 (Film) have a worldwide following for their animated films that The New York Times calls "richly detailed" and "known for their gloomy beauty and haunting weirdness." Their new film, "Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos & Afterbreezes in the Mütter Museum)," was commissioned by the Mütter's home, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and produced by UArts' Exhibitions Coordinator Ed Waisnis. It will premiere Thursday, September 22 at the College, followed by screenings at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles. In a video interview with the museum's director, the twin brothers reminisce about drawing in the museum as part of their college classes.


Top: image from "Behind the Scenes with the Quay Brothers," which documents the making of "Through the Weeping Glass"; above right: image from "Through the Weeping Glass."

2011 Graduate Chosen for Title Role in 'Shrek: the Musical' National Tour  


Lukas PoostRecent graduate Lukas Poost BFA '11 (Musical Theater) [right] won't get to enjoy much of a post-graduation vacation. He's been tapped for the title role of everyone's favorite ogre in the national tour of the hit Broadway show "Shrek: the Musical." The production begins this fall. Poost graduated with honors and in his final year performed "Who I'd Be" from "Shrek: the Musical" as part of his senior showcase.


Announcing UArts Connect, An Online Community for Alumni


This fall, the University of the Arts Alumni Association will launch UArts Connect, a new online alumni community that will allow alumni to update their profiles, connect with friends, view and post alumni notes, post résumés, and register for a permanent UArts forwarding address. Facebook users will be able to link their alumni profile to their Facebook page, making UArts Connect even easier to use. The community is free to all alumni. More information will be sent soon, but alumni can visit to learn more and to update their contact information to receive notification when UArts Connect goes live.


Faculty Member's Photos Celebrating Same-Sex Commitment Honored by ASMP


Del and Harriet, 42 years, from B. Proud's First Comes Love project

The American Society of Media Photographers has selected University of the Arts Photography faculty member Barbara Proud's documentary project "First Comes Love" as one of its Best of 2011. "First Comes Love" is a collection of black and white portraits that celebrates long-term, same-sex relationships. The project was partially funded by a 2009 University of the Arts faculty enrichment grant and a 2010 B.W. Bastian Foundation grant.


Right: Del and Harriet, 42 years. 


Theater Alumna Wins Pew Grant to Explore Women in Comedy


Pew Theater Initiative Grant logo1812 Productions, led by artistic director Jennifer Childs BFA '90 (Acting), has received a 2011 Theater Initiative grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. The $138,000 grant will create the two-year "Women and Comedy Project," combining storytelling, music and clowning. The project will include "generational labs" with groups of female performers organized by age to explore comedic stereotypes, from the diva to the batty old lady. The resulting script aims to upend stereotypes and create a sense of community through shared laughter. Childs is also a senior lecturer in the University's Ira Brind School of Theater Arts. 

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