Fine Arts Preview: March 13 to 20 Posted on March 13th, 2023 by

This week features the performance of the Charles Gorczynski Tango Quartet, the voice recital of faculty member Robin Helgen, and the continuation of the Schaefer Art Gallery and Hillstrom Museum exhibits.

Robin Helgen, Faculty Voice Recital
March 19 | 3:30 p.m.
Björling Recital Hall

Robin Joy Helgen is an active soloist and vocal instructor based in the Twin Cities. She has a BA in Music Education from Bethel University and M. Mus in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. Her performing includes the professional choruses of the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus with Helmuth Rilling, the Minnesota Opera singing in over 20 productions and currently with The Ensemble Singers of VocalEssence conducted by Philip Brunelle. The Gustavus Department of Music is proud to present voice faculty Robin Helgen for a spring recital.

Gustavus Artist Series: Charles Gorczynski Tango Quartet
March 19 |6:00 p.m.
Björling Recital Hall

Bandoneonist and composer Charles Gorczynski works in contemporary tango and music production. He is the director of Minneapolis-based Twin Cities Tango Collective, the bandleader of Redwood Tango Ensemble and Charles Gorczynski Tango Quartet, and has worked as bandoneonist for dozens of tango projects including Mariano Barreiro Tango Trio, Alejandro Ziegler Cuarteto, Maldito Tango Duo, Maxi Larrea Trio, and Los Tangueros Del Oeste. He has toured North America and Europe extensively to support original tango music releases, most recently releasing the album “We Become The Night Sky” recorded by 12-piece tango ensemble based in San Francisco. As a life-long producer, Charles is a Latin Grammy-nominated mixing engineer and owner of the Minneapolis-based studio/label Caverns, focused on producing and releasing high quality and future-driven new tango work. The Gustavus Fine Arts Office is proud to present Charles Gorczynski Tango Quartet, in their recital.

MSU Prints: John Winkler and Students
Closes on March 31
Schaefer Art Gallery

The Schaefer Arts Gallery presents MSU Prints: John Winkler and students exhibit. Josh Winkler, Associate Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato explores how: “the difficult narratives of Euro-American westward expansion and the destruction of forests and waterways continue to teach lessons on sustainability, the importance of our natural resources, and cultural discrimination. My work encourages people to think about their relationship to the environment, history, and the present moment.”

Improvised Structures: Recent Sculptural Works by Nicolas Darcourt
Closes on April 23, 2023
Hillstrom Musem of Art

Nicolas Darcourt teaches ceramics in the Art and Art History Department at Gustavus Adolphus College.  His ceramic works use press-molded objects and hand-built shapes to focus on a mix of architectural ornament, exposed layers of earth, engineered forms, monument, and manufactured byproduct.  These coalesce into accumulations which express abstract notions of the confluence of memory, geography, and society.

Elizabeth Catlett in the Hillstrom Museum of Art
Closes on April 23, 2023
Hillstrom Musem of Art

African American artist Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012) is considered through recently acquired works and through new poetry by exhibition collaborator Philip Bryant, a faculty member in the African/African Diaspora Studies Program and the English Department of Gustavus Adolphus College.  Catlett’s artworks and Bryant’s poetry are supplemented by paintings by Catlett’s contemporaries Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) and Eldzier Corter (1916-2015), lent by the Art Bridges Foundation of Bentonville, Arkansas.


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