As part of the American Repertory Theatre's Caligari double feature, Martin Marks, associate professor in the music and theater arts section, will provide live accompaniment for special screenings of the 1919 German silent film classic version of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The movie/concert will follow performances of John Moran's new opera of the same name, staged through March 22 at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge. Professor Marks, MIT's resident film music scholar and an authority on silent-film music, is author of Music and the Silent Film, which was recently published by Oxford University Press. He is currently working on a follow-up volume, Music of the Early Sound Film, 1925-55.
Assistant Professor of Architecture Wellington Reiter's proposal for Boston's Northern Avenue Bridge was included in Living Bridges, a show at London's Royal Academy. The exhibition, which recently closed, was both a history of inhabited bridges and a competition to design one over the Thames. The Boston Globe's Christine Temin rated Professor Reiter's scheme "among the finest of the contemporary proposals."
WGBH-TV's "Greater Boston Arts," a new program on Boston culture, recently showcased Artist in Residence Arthur Ganson's kinetic sculptures from the MIT Museum's new permanent installation, Gestural Engineering: The Sculpture of Arthur Ganson. They also visited the List Visual Arts Center to interview Joseph Kosuth and highlight his exhibition, Re-Defining the Context of Art: 1968-97.
The Museum was also the subject of a major color feature in a recent issue of The Boston Globe, headlined "High-Tech High Jinks." Article author William A. Davis noted that the Museum is a "great place for an entertaining and inexpensive family excursion." Mr. Davis especially extolled the humor inherent in several of the exhibitions, pointing to Ganson's exhibit of kinetic sculptures, Gestural Engineering ("demonstrates scientific principles just for the pure fun of it"), and The MIT Hall of Hacks ("laughter is also pretty much guaranteed").
The cast of Musical Theatre Guild's production of On The Town performed live on the February 8 broadcast of "Standing Room Only," a weekly WERS-FM radio program devoted to musical theater. The WERS host/interviewer was astonished to find that MIT offers a theater major, and even more surprised when the studio performers announced their majors: mechanical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering and computer science, biology, math and hydrology.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 5, 1997.