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Guest lecturer challenges Blinn students to experience, question art

Presentation addresses themes in College’s production of “Art,” running Feb. 27 – March 1

February 27, 2014

Jennifer KorolenkoAlmost anything can become art.

Jennifer Korolenko, curator of education and public programs for the Forsyth Gallery at Texas A&M University, discussed the varied forms – and interpretations – art can take Thursday just hours before the Blinn College Theatre Program’s first production of “Art,” a play that tackles this very subject.

Korolenko’s presentation was part of the program’s noon lecture series, which enhances the play-going experience with a discussion on the performance’s major themes.

“So what is art?” Korolenko asked. “Art can be anything. It can be Bob Ross’s landscapes. It can be this water bottle. It’s all determined within the context.

“The challenge with modern art is that it needs to be explained. Art is about expression and entertainment; it doesn’t have to be a highbrow experience. You can just look at it and appreciate it.”

“Art,” a 1998 Tony Award winner written by Yasmina Reza, raises questions about art and friendship. When Serge buys a large, expensive painting, he expects his friends to admire it, but his friends don’t agree that the piece is worthy of being considered “art.”

Blinn will present the comedy Feb. 27 – March 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Barbara L. Pearson Banquet Room in the College’s Student Center (map). Performances are free and open to the public.

Blinn’s Theatre Arts Program hosts at least eight performances each year in Bryan and Brenham and offers a quality educational foundation through study, application and experience. For more information, visit: www.blinn.edu/finearts/theatre.html.