The New York Times praised the List Visual Arts Center's "ambitious and carefully wrought" Mirror Images: Women, Surrealism and Self-Representation, in a lengthy review which concludes, "Bigger and splashier exhibitions devoted to this subject will surely be coming along, but they will all probably in some way take off from this one." The show is on view through June 28.
Junior Eto Otitigbe has been named the 1997-98 Cordover Scholar in the Arts. The award, given to someone who has financial need and is active in the arts, was established in 1996-97 by Ronald H. Cordover, who graduated from MIT in 1964 with a degree in electrical engineering. Mr. Otitigbe won third prize in the first annual Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts in 1996, received the 1997 List Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, inaugurated an annual poetry slam for students from the area, helped bring the Last Poets to MIT, initiated field trips to Boston-area artistic and cultural events of special interest to the black community, and won the 1998 Dr. Martin Luther King Student Leadership Award. "Could any of us ask for a better model of how the arts inform the lives of the students at MIT?" asked Associate Provost for the Arts Alan Brody.
Open City, a new Boston theater company, had MIT connections even before its first show opened--Myles Crowley, administrative assistant in the News Office, and Thomas R. Consi, research engineer in ocean engineering, are two of its seven founders. Since last fall, the MIT connections have grown: Sarah Cohen, a sophomore in biology and Shakespeare Ensemble member, volunteered with setting up the theater's space. Kristin "Nummi" Nummerdor (SB '94) designed the company's brochure, and EECS graduate student Eddie Kohler, a Dramashop member, created posters. Michael Kreutz, administrative assistant in economics, lent his talents to Open City's first show as musical director and accompanist, and Charlotte Peed, a senior secretary in architecture, appears as Kitty in the theater's current production of Six Degrees of Separation, the tragicomedy by John Guare, running May 13-June 13 at the Paramount Penthouse, 58 Berkeley St., Boston.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 13, 1998.