Displaying works from Art faculty, alumni, and current MCC students.
The Memento Mori is a Medieval Latin Christian philosophy that encourages reflection on mortality, on the inevitability of death and the transience of mortal pleasures and accomplishments. The reflections are typically expressed through the still life, incorporating the human skull with various symbols of time and decay. Contemporary artists continue to explore this tradition with similar imagery. Organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, Undying Traditions: Memento Mori brings together artists from across the United States currently exploring themes of death and earthly pleasure. From intricate painting to sculpture, these artists offer us insights into our collective fascination with death.
How we perceive and interact with the natural landscape informs the prints and paintings of Bill Hosterman and Ed Wong-Ligda. Hosterman’s twisting, fantastical landscapes are entwined with lush vegetation, jagged rock faces, birds, boats, and forests, representing his thoughts on human form and desires, and how both directly affect the land. For Wong-Ligda, landscape elements become characters in a theatrical drama, as he explores the choreography and pacing of their visual interactions in dreamlike expanses. Combined, the artworks of these artists offer an invitation to consider the classical landscape in new ways.
Works by past and present art faculty
Muskegon Community College Honors Orchestra presents “Music of the Russian Composers”. Concert starts at 3:00PM.
West Michigan Concert Winds present “Superheroes & Princesses” with guest artists from the WMS Choir. Concert starts at 7:30PM.
The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show, now in its 14th season, features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humour, and boundless energy. Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of award-winning lrish group Téada, the 2018 tour brings back the amazing Séamus Begley, (TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year) along with the immense vocal talents of Sligo’s Niamh Farrell.
This family-friendly performance features evocatively-sung Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing, while evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2018.
The holiday show was first conceived in 2005 with past tours featuring such stellar guest vocalists as Séamus Begley, Teresa Horgan, Méabh Begley, Lumiere, Karan Casey, Cara Dillon, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Cathie Ryan, and Michael Londra. Mac Diarmada enthuses about the program as a way to bring traditional and often unknown Irish customs to the States. “One of the most heartfelt themes of Irish Christmas is emigration,” says Mac Diarmada. “Music was a way that people stayed close to home.”
A sparkling tradition among holiday events, Irish Christmas in America is a special show to see this season.
The MCC Center for Theater’s production, “Once Upon a Time … Stories of the Season,” features enactments not only of popular holiday stories but original pieces written by students. Show starts at 7:30PM.