Interview with "Comic Book Apocalypse" Curator

Arts Council meeting featuring Art Gallery Talk with Curator Charles Hatfield and pop culture historian Mark Evanier.

Our own Jim Sweeters, Director of the CSUN Art Galleries was mentioned in an August 23, 2015 article in The Comics Reporter about the last semester's Jack Kirby exhibition, "Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby."

Click here for full article.

Exhibition curator and Art Department faculty member Charles Hatfield is interviewed at length about the challenges of curating this amazing event.

Up to 70% off VPAC Opening Night: Diavolo-New West-Rountree

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Thanks to VPAC Executive Director, Thor Steingraber, members of the Arts Council for CSUN can purchase tickets for the Opening Night of VPAC's 2015-2016 Season for up to 70% off the regular ticket price!

Contact the box office for more information at: 818-677-3000

You must be a paid member to qualify for this offer.
Not a member? The money you save on a single ticket could pay for your membership! Become a member today!

For performance information, visit the VPAC website.

For 20 years, Diavolo has been Los Angeles’ wild child, a company of daredevil dancers leaping and cavorting on pitching wheels, Goliath walls and other playground equipment from a super-sized Wonderland.
– Los Angeles Times

[Diavolo] is more jaw dropping than Cirque du Soleil.
– Portland Monthly

Diavolo weaves together an impressive selection of works that reflect a clever use of architectural engineering and the playful yet powerful athleticism of its performers.  
– Ottawa Citizen

[Diavolo] define[s] the art of this city…To say Diavolo is exciting is redundant. 
– Los Angeles Times

Maybe art -concert dance - can help brace us against whatever war, pestilence, storm and injustice have in store. 
– Los Angeles Times

…the work is nothing short
of dazzling.

– Fjord Review

World class: exacting choreography. Elegance, power, beauty with the thrill of danger, a special way of dancing…
– Hannoversche Allgemeine, Germany

[Diavolo] proves brilliant at making precisely coordinated feats look improvisational, even reckless.
– Los Angeles Times

Saturday, September 19 at 8pm

Valley Performing Arts Center and The Ford Signature Series 
Present Diavolo | Architecture in Motion - L'Espace du Temps 

Jacques Heim, Artistic Director
with New West Symphony 
Christopher Rountree, Conductor   

U.S.  Premiere of
L'Espace du Temps
in its entirety

Fierce, athletic, and unconventional...VPAC's new dance season  is an eclectic mix handpicked for L.A. First up is Diavolo, with a  program conceived by choreographer Jacques Heim, employing his troupe of  artists to deliver a work of "elegance, power, and beauty with the thrill  of danger." Fueling the fire is the New West Symphony, under the baton  of young L.A. conductor Christopher Rountree; it's world-class dance with a  decidedly local energy.

L'Espace du Temps, a trilogy of dance works - Foreign Bodies, Fearful Symmetries, Fluid Infinities - is a meditation on the space of time from creation to evolution and finally to an unknown destination. It begins with three questions: "Where do we come from?" "Where are we going?" and "How did everything begin?" From these questions, the trilogy evokes familiar and foreign worlds by exploring the relationship between the shifting architecture of the human experience and the ever-changing processes that lie within and without. Music by Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Adams and Philip Glass.

About Diavolo

Diavolo L'Espace du Temps is part of the Ford Signature Series, a program of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The Ford Signature Series is made possible through the generous support of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Original program created with support from former Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Now in its third year, the Signature Series pairs LA County artists with world-renowned performers in a one-of-a-kind presentation. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation, which supports programs at the Ford Theatres in Hollywood and throughout Los Angeles County.

Diavolo  performs a distinct style of architecture in motion that uses abstract  and recognized structures to explore the relationship between the danger  of our environment and the fragility of the human body. Diavolo  is a fusion of many different movement vocabularies such as everyday  movement, ballet, contemporary, acrobatics, gymnastics, martial arts,  and hip-hop. There is no narrative, but strong themes pervade the work  such as human struggle, fear, danger, survival, chaos, order,  deconstruction, reconstruction, destiny, destination, faith, and love.

ABOUT New West Symphony

Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony is a professional orchestra that  draws its players from the rich talent pool of professional Los  Angeles-area musicians. The  Symphony is the resident company of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center,  the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.

ABOUT christopher rountree

Rountree, 31, is the founder, conductor and creative director of the pathbreaking L.A. chamber orchestra wild Up. The group has been called "Searing. Penetrating. And Thrilling" by NPR's Performance Today and named "Best Classical Music of 2012" by the Los Angeles Times.

Arts Council-Sponsored Play Wins Award, Extends

Congratulations to CSUN Theatre student and playwright Sean Boring! His play, Thumb Wars received the "Encore! Producer's Award" from the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival which brings with it the opportunity to extend the run of the play into the summer. New dates and times to be announced soon.

Thumb Wars is a comedic story of the he-said/she-said misinterpretations that result from having relationships via device, or "dating with your thumbs." The fast-paced writing, charismatic cast and emoji-filled (much to one character's chagrin) projections made this show a winner.

Sean was one of dozens of applicants for the Arts Council's first "Matadors Community Credit Union Award for Student Projects". His award funds ($1,000) allowed him to pay for all costs associated with producing a play for the Festival; space rental, staffing, props, etc. 

The Arts Council is proud to be a sponsor of this production and is looking forward to seeing more great work from Sean in the future.

Click here to see the program.

First Meeting of the Fall 2015 Semester: August 24th

We hope you'll join the many members of the CSUN Arts Council as we kick off this semester of speakers, events, tours, exhibitions and performances.

First meeting: Monday, August 24, 2015 at 9am at the Northridge United Methodist Church, at Reseda and Superior. Speaker TBD.

We meet every Monday morning from 9am to 11am while school is in session, just 2 blocks north of the CSUN campus. Each week we are joined by a speaker from one of the three arts departments at CSUN - theatre, music and art. Periodically we meet in the art gallery on campus to tour new exhibitions. 

In addition to our meetings, Arts Council members volunteer in the Art Gallery and as ushers for on-campus performances. We also plan tours to local exhibitions and events. Past tours have included The J. Paul Getty museums, LACMA, The Huntington Museum and Gardens and the Weisman Foundation.

To receive membership information, email us at artscouncil@csun.edu

If you are an artist or have a love of the arts, please join us. I think you’ll be surprised by the vibrancy and creativity happening right here in our neighborhood, by faculty, students and members alike. It would be great to see you there.