Hershey Felder, PUCCINI (with Nathan Gunn)

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WORLD PREMIERE

HERSHEY FELDER
PUCCINI
LIVE from FLORENCE

Virtual Live Performance from Italy with

Nathan Gunn, Gianna Corbisiero, Ekaterina Siurina and Charles Castronovo

Sun, March 14, 7 pm*

Tickets* | CLICK HERE

*Tickets include extended on-demand viewing access of the recording through Sunday, March 21!

Filmed, performed and streamed live on location in Lucca Italy, in the home where Giacomo Puccini was born, this world premiere features Hershey Felder and three world-renowned opera stars, including University of Illinois' Nathan Gunn, promises to be a very special event.

Hershey Felder, PUCCINI is the story of a young musician in love with the world of opera, and in particular Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème, Tosca and Madama Butterfly.  When, through a series of unusual circumstances, the young musician meets the musical master himself, secrets are revealed that send the young man soaring.

With special guests, Baritone Nathan Gunn, who recently performed live at Peoria Riverfront Museum during an interview with Ed Sutkowski, as well as Soprano Gianna Corbisiero, Soprano Ekaterina Siurina and Tenor Charles Castronovo, this new Hershey Felder creation, will spur the imagination and move the musical soul.

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ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

HERSEY FELDER

Hershey Felder (Writer & Performer). Named to TIME magazine’s 2016 Top 10 Plays and Musicals, Hershey Felder has played over 6,000 performances of his self-created solo productions at some of the world’s most prestigious theatres, consistently breaking box office records. American Theatre magazine has said, “Hershey Felder is in a category all his own.” His shows include: George Gershwin Alone (Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre, West End’s Duchess Theatre); Monsieur Chopin; Beethoven; Maestro (Leonard Bernstein); Franz Liszt in Musik; Lincoln: An American Story; Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin; Our Great Tchaikovsky; and A Paris Love Story. His compositions and recordings include Aliyah, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; Fairytale, a musical; Les Anges de Paris, Suite for Violin and Piano; Song Settings; Saltimbanques for Piano and Orchestra; Etudes Thematiques for Piano; and An American Story for Actor and Orchestra. Hershey is the adaptor, director and designer for the internationally performed play-with-music The Pianist of Willesden Lane with Steinway artist Mona Golabek; producer and designer for the musical Louis and Keely: ‘Live’ at the Sahara, directed by Taylor Hackford; and writer and director for Flying Solo, featuring opera legend Nathan Gunn. 

Hershey has operated a full-service production company since 2001, and in 2020 created a new brand, Live from Florence, that operates a “theatre at home broadcast company,” based in Florence, Italy. Previous broadcasts have included Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin; Hershey Felder, Beethoven; Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone; Hershey Felder as Claude Debussy in A Paris Love Story; Hershey Felder, Tchaikovsky; Hershey Felder as Sholem Aleichem in Before Fiddler; Hershey Felder, Backstory – The Story Behind the Creation of Berlin, Gershwin & Bernstein; and Cooking French in Florence with Jeff Thickman & Hershey Felder. The Hershey Felder Presents - Live from Florence 2020-21 Season of broadcasts will also include Hershey Felder as Sergei Rachmaninoff in Anna & Sergei. Hershey has been a scholar-in-residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music and is married to Kim Campbell, the first female Prime Minister of Canada.

NATHAN GUNN

South Bend, Indiana native Nathan Gunn is a professor and Swandlund Chair at the University of Illinois where he is co-director of Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, a comprehensive program embracing a broad continuum of opera and musical theatre, as well as the development of new works. At the Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, Gunn developed and founded the first ever Bachelor of Musical Arts in Lyric Theatre curriculum in the nation. The program is part of the School of Music at the University of Illinois and housed in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Gunn recently performed live with his wife, fellow professor and opera singer Julie Jordan Gunn, at the Peoria Riverfront Museum during a virtual live interview hosted by Interesting People's Ed Sutkowski.

Gunn has performed many of opera and musical theatre’s greatest roles on the world’s most prestigious stages, including the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Royal Opera in London, Paris Opéra, Bavarian State Opera Munich, Theater an der Wien Vienna, Teatro Real Madrid, and Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie Brussels. He has been seen and heard on television, radio, video, and live simulcast performances, including the first ever Met in HD broadcast (The Magic Flute), in which he sang Papageno, one of his signature roles. Nathan has reinterpreted other classic roles such as Billy Budd, Figaro, and Don Giovanni, garnering awards including the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording (Billy Budd) and the Metropolitan Opera’s first ever Beverly Sills Award. Gunn has also been widely acclaimed for his ability to cross over into musical theatre, including performances with the New York Philharmonic in Carousel and Camelot, the televised celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday, and collaborations with musical theatre stars including Mandy Patinkin, Kelli O’Hara, Audra McDonald, and Kristin Chenoweth. Gunn’s one-man autobiographical show Flying Solo, produced and written by Hershey Felder, has been lauded as a “riveting autobiographical musical [that] is a stunner both with its touching, relatable, family-centric narrative and Gunn’s entertaining, charismatic performing style.” (Broadway World).

In addition to life as a performer, educator and arts advocate, Gunn is an avid patron of the arts. Nathan and Julie Gunn consistently support pre-college music education and sponsor local cultural events in order to secure the future of the art form. The family resides in Champaign, Illinois.

GIANNA CORBISIERO

Declared “luminous” by Opera News, Gianna Corbisiero has performed the title roles in Tosca, La bohème, La traviata, Pagliacci, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, Carmen, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Falstaff at major opera houses throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, under the baton of conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, and Charles Dutoit. She has performed with Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming, and Marcelo Alvarez. For Bravo Canada she recorded episodes of television’s “Opera Easy,” performing excerpts from La bohème, La traviata, Tosca and Norma, and made her cinema debut singing “O mio babbino caro” in the film Elephant Song, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Corbisiero’s many honors and awards include a special prize from the Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition, Top Prize in the Canadian Music Competition, and First Prize from the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation.

CHARLES CASTRONOVO

Charles Castronovo has been acclaimed internationally as one of the finest lyric tenors of his generation. Castronovo has sung at most of the world’s leading opera houses, including San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera. Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Paris Opera, Bavarian State Opera Munich, Theatre Royale de la Monnaie Brussels, and many others. He starred in the title role of Daniel Catan’s Il Postino opposite Placido Domingo in the work’s World Premiere in Los Angeles, as well as in Paris and Santiago. His repertoire spans from the great Mozart tenor roles in Don Giovanni, Cosí fan tutte and Die Zauberflöte, to Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and Alfredo in La traviata. In recent seasons, Castronovo won wide acclaim for his performances as the title role in Faust, Romeo in Roméo et Juliette, the Duke in Rigoletto, Rodolfo in La bohème and Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress.

Tickets* | CLICK HERE

*Tickets include extended on-demand viewing access of the recording through Sunday, March 21!

  • 101 Treasures of the Peoria Riverfront Museum Collection Opens

    (General - From Saturday, March 6, 2021 until Sunday, May 2, 2021)

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    101 Treasures of the Peoria Riverfront Museum Collection

    Opens March 6

    We are so proud of this first-rate selection. Our curators are privileged to show these important objects of art, science, history, and achievement which we steward for Peoria. —Bill Conger, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions

    Join us as we present for the first time ever from the museum archives, “101 Treasures of the Peoria Riverfront Museum Collection.” Spanning 57-years, this exhibition highlights a selection of the most important artistic works, scientific objects, historic relics and achievement-related stories that define our museum’s permanent collection.

    Once established to provide a place of learning and development, our collection has grown to include more than 15,000 objects that continue to inspire and build confidence in our region and beyond. Featuring specimens from our coveted insect collection, silver from the Lincoln household, bronze sculpture by Auguste Rodin, and previously unseen photographs of Peoria native, Richard Pryor, this exhibition not only explores the depth of various specializations but chronicles a vibrant collecting history to our present year.

    Discover the stories behind the treasures, including works by Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Sol Lewitt, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Pauline Palmer, Frederick Remington, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as historical artifacts from the Lincoln's goblet to John Dillinger's death mask, a Canyon Diablo meteorite and extraordinary minerals and insects from our natural history collection.

    Sponsored by PNC, Prairie Home AllianceVisionary Society.

    This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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  • Family Favorites on the Giant Screen | The NeverEnding Story

    (Theater - From Friday, April 16, 2021 until Sunday, April 18, 2021)

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    April 16 & 17 | 10:30 AM & 2 PM

    April 18 | 12:30 PM

    Tickets | CLICK HERE

    THE NEVERENDING STORY

    On his way to school, Bastian (Barret Oliver) ducks into a bookstore to avoid bullies. Sneaking away with a book called "The Neverending Story," Bastian begins reading it in the school attic. The novel is about Fantasia, a fantasy land threatened by "The Nothing," a darkness that destroys everything it touches. The kingdom needs the help of a human child to survive. When Bastian reads a description of himself in the book, he begins to wonder if Fantasia is real and needs him to survive. 1984. Rated PG. Runtime: 1h 47m.

    We ask that visitors please wear a face mask and maintain a 6-ft distance between you and others when visiting the museum. Face masks may be removed once you are seated in the theater. The current capacity of the Giant Screen Theater is 50 people.

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  • Staff Picks | “101 Treasures” Facebook LIVE | April 19

    (General - Monday, April 19, 2021)

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    Mondays, Mar 22-Apr 26 | 2 pm

    LIVE on Facebook

    Join a Museum staff once a week for a special Facebook LIVE experience! Each week, learn about an object in our newest exhibition, “101 Treasures of the Peoria Riverfront Museum Collection” from a different member of our team!

    Schedule:
    April 26

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  • LIVE | Space Out! with the Dome Planetarium | Apr 22

    (Planetarium - Thursday, April 22, 2021)

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    LIVE | Space Out! with the Dome Planetarium

    Free Live Bi-Weekly Call with Planetarium Educators

    Thu, Apr 22 | 10 am

    Calling all teachers, classrooms, and students – this is for you!

    Hear the latest news from the Perseverance Rover on Mars, and see fantastic images of the red plant. Our space educators will answer your student’s question LIVE on ZOOM about the exploration of Mars and any other space topics. All ages of students are welcome to participate in a classroom together or a virtual learning setting.

    Advanced Registration Required.

    Register online now - click here.

    SCHEDULE
    May | 6, 20

    Questions? Email Program Manager at hplacko@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org.

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  • Virtual Voyages | Notes of Nashville | National Museum of African American Music

    (General - Thursday, April 22, 2021)

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    OLLI at Bradley is excited to announce our partnership with the Peoria Riverfront Museum to bring you a new online experience: "Virtual Voyages." Experience Notes of Nashville, featuring exclusive, live, behind-the-scenes private tours with renowned experts.

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    National Museum of African American Music

    Thu, Apr 22 | 12 pm

    The National Museum of African American Music is considered one of Nashville's newest hot spots in the heart of Music City. Join Brandon Reid, Education and Development Manager of NMAAM as he discusses how African Americans played a critical role in shaping our country’s heritage and culture. From production to songwriting to performance to consumption, this country’s musical landscape was formed by a distinct group who created, influenced and inspired more than 50 genres and styles of music. The museum was conceived as a way to preserve and celebrate the influence African Americans have had on music. We'll also learn more about how they successfully opened their doors during a pandemic.

    $15 | LIVE Presentation via Zoom

    Register NOW for any or all of the upcoming events at: OLLI Online

    For questions about registration contact OLLI at olli@bradley.edu or call 309.677.3900.

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  • Marc Eliot's Art of Film | The Bridge on the River Kwai

    (General - Friday, April 23, 2021)

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    Fri, Apr 23 | 6:30 PM

    Tickets | CLICK HERE

    Join us for our new weekly film series in the Giant Screen Theater, "Marc Eliot’s Art of Film," with The New York Times Best-Selling Author! Peoria Riverfront Museum is pleased to announce the residency of film critic and historian Marc Eliot, who is the author of more than two dozen books on pop culture and biographies on Hollywood icons. Marc has personally selected each of the films in the "Art of Film" series and provides virtual commentary for each film before and after the film's screening at the museum.

    BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, 1957, A British-American production. Director: David Lean. With William Holden, Alec Guinness, Sessue Hayakawa.

    Kwai ranks 36th on the AFI (American Film Institute) list of the greatest films ever made, and with good reason. It combines all the elements of a big-screen ‘50s spectacle, with an intimacy its British filmmaker David Lean was known for, prior to coming to American to make movies for Columbia Pictures. This was one of the “Big Three” he made in the States, two for Columbia and Harry Cohn, it’s founder – Kwai and 5 years later, Lawrence of Arabia. After Cohn’s death, Lean finished his trilogy of epics with Dr. Zhivago, at MGM. Kwai, filmed only 12 years after the end of World War 2, remains one of the most virulent anti-war films ever made. Adapted from a French novel written by Pierre Boule that based on a true-life incident during the war, in which captured British POWs were forced to build a bridge to provide a vital supply link between Japan and Burma. Once completed, the Japanese planned to continue their invasion of China from the south. These true events were highly dramatized and exaggerated with many factual changes made in the novel, and again in Lean’s film. No Americans officers were held with British officers, the Colonel who headed the bridge construction was not killed, and the bridge was not blown up. This is why movies are not the place to look for history, but to admire stylistically, which is why I chose Kwai, to show off the art of film. When Harry Cohn saw the first rough cut, he insisted an American character needed to be added to insure box-office success in America. He had one of the most popular Hollywood actors, William Holden, under contract, and cast him as the American hero. Cohn also wanted a woman in the film, which is why, in the middle of a POW war picture, a beautiful woman (Ann Sears) shows up as Holden’s love interest (this subplot was written by Michael Wilson). With one of the most rousing climaxes ever filmed, with only one chance to film the bridge being blown up, Lean managed to bring all the threads of the story into one unified, brilliant sequence. The winner of 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture (Columbia, Harry Cohn), Best Actor (Alec Guinness, in his first American film), Best Screenplay (originally given to Pierre Boule, as both Carl Foreman, whose previous credits include the script for High Noon, and Michael Wilson, the real screenwriters were blacklisted. Boule didn’t speak a word of English). It took nearly 30 years for the Academy to correct this error and Foreman received his Oscar posthumously. Kwai stands tall as one of the dwindling number of “Big Pictures” the studios were still making in the Fifties. Powerful, moving, provocative and compelling, it is not to be missed, in 70 millimeters on the museum’s giant screen.

    - Marc Eliot

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  • Family Favorites on the Giant Screen | Trolls

    (Theater - From Friday, April 23, 2021 until Sunday, April 25, 2021)

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    April 23 & 24 | 10:30 AM & 2 PM

    April 25 | 12:30 PM

    Tickets | CLICK HERE

    TROLLS

    After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Their mission is full of adventure and mishaps, as this mismatched duo try to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done. 2016. Rated PG. Runtime: 1h 33m.

    We ask that visitors please wear a face mask and maintain a 6-ft distance between you and others when visiting the museum. Face masks may be removed once you are seated in the theater. The current capacity of the Giant Screen Theater is 50 people.

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  • Space Family Night | Happy Birthday Hubble!

    (Planetarium - Saturday, April 24, 2021)

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    Space Family Night | Happy Birthday Hubble!

    Sat, Apr 24 | 6:30 pm

    Virtual ZOOM Call

    NASA is set to launch two new robots to the Red this summer: the rover Perseverance and the helicopter Ingenuity. Learn about the new mission, the exciting missions that came before, and how you can follow the launch and landings at home. Advanced Registration Required.

    Free with Advanced Registration.

    Register Online Now - click here.

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  • Staff Picks | “101 Treasures” Facebook LIVE | April 26

    (Exhibit - Monday, April 26, 2021)

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    Staff Picks | “101 Treasures” Facebook LIVE

    Mondays, Mar 22-Apr 26 | 2 pm

    LIVE on Facebook

    Join a Museum staff once a week for a special Facebook LIVE experience! Each week, learn about an object in our newest exhibition, “101 Treasures of the Peoria Riverfront Museum Collection” from a different member of our team!

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  • Marc Eliot's Art of Film | Camille Claudel

    (Theater - Friday, April 30, 2021)

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    Fri, Apr 30 | 6:30 PM

    Tickets | CLICK HERE

    Join us for our new weekly film series in the Giant Screen Theater, "Marc Eliot’s Art of Film," with The New York Times Best-Selling Author! Peoria Riverfront Museum is pleased to announce the residency of film critic and historian Marc Eliot, who is the author of more than two dozen books on pop culture and biographies on Hollywood icons. Marc has personally selected each of the films in the "Art of Film" series and provides virtual commentary for each film before and after the film's screening at the museum.

    CAMILLE CLAUDEL, 1988, Gaumont. French. Director: Bruno Nuytten. With Isabelle Adjani, Gerard Depardieu.

    A huge, sprawling, 70mm biography of the woman who fell hopelessly in love with Auguste Rodin, a love that drove her insane. This is the film that made Adjani a star in America (she was already the biggest female star in France, following Brigitte Bardot), and earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination. The film was also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film by the Academy that year.

    - Marc Eliot

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  • LIVE | Space Out! with the Dome Planetarium | May 6

    (Planetarium - Thursday, May 6, 2021)

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    LIVE | Space Out! with the Dome Planetarium

    Free Live Bi-Weekly Call with Planetarium Educators

    Thu, May 6 | 10 am

    Calling all teachers, classrooms, and students – this is for you!

    Hear the latest news from the Perseverance Rover on Mars, and see fantastic images of the red plant. Our space educators will answer your student’s question LIVE on ZOOM about the exploration of Mars and any other space topics. All ages of students are welcome to participate in a classroom together or a virtual learning setting.

    Advanced Registration Required.

    Register online now - click here.

    SCHEDULE

    May | 20

    Questions? Email Program Manager at hplacko@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org.

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  • Marc Eliot's Art of Film | On the Waterfront

    (Theater - Friday, May 7, 2021)

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    Fri, May 7 | 6:30 PM

    Tickets | CLICK HERE

    Join us for our new weekly film series in the Giant Screen Theater, "Marc Eliot’s Art of Film," with The New York Times Best-Selling Author! Peoria Riverfront Museum is pleased to announce the residency of film critic and historian Marc Eliot, who is the author of more than two dozen books on pop culture and biographies on Hollywood icons.Marc has personally selected each of the films in the "Art of Film" series and provides virtual commentary for each film before and after the film's screening at the museum.

    ON THE WATERFRONT, 1954, Columbia Pictures. Director: Elia Kazan. Screenplay: Budd Schulberg. Score: Leonard Bernstein.

    With Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger. This is the one of the brightest gems of the studio era, with a Method-trained cast straight out of the famed Actors Studio. Waterfront established Brando as the preeminent screen actor of his time, perhaps of all time, and everyone in the film gave the best performance of their careers. The film may be seen on one level as Kazan’s self-justification for being a friendly witness before The House Un-American Activities and naming names, before the making of Waterfront, but it is so much more. In this modern retelling of the Crucifixion, Kazan reaches far beyond the body politic to contemplate the relationships between morality, loyalty, sacrifice and redemption. The winner of 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Brando), Best Supporting Actress (Eva Marie Saint, in her film debut), and Best Screenplay (Budd Schulberg), On the Waterfront is American cinema at its finest. Even if you have already seen this film, to experience it again on the big screen, in its rarely seen original correct\proportion, is to witness first-hand one of the crowning achievements of the art of Film.

    - Marc Eliot

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  • Art Club | "Seen but not Felt"

    (General - Tuesday, May 11, 2021)

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    "Seen but not Felt" Exhibition at Bradley University Galleries 

    Presented by Exhibition Curators and contributing artists Erin Buczynski and Hattie Lee, and contributing artists Heather Brammier and Nina Gospodin

    Tue, May 11 | 1 pm

    Join us for virtual Art Club! Art Club is a monthly meeting of people who love art. Each month we hear about a different artist or topic. We encourage artists to come talk about their own work, a style they love, or another artist they admire. Enjoy a casual discussion with PowerPoint slides. Participants are encouraged, though not required, to ask questions and discuss pieces of art presented.

    This month, artists and curators will be presenting the exhibition "Seen but not Felt" while you enjoy coffee and treats at your home.

    Program Link | https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88183793721?pwd=di85S2JMcDZPOEtkZlo2UzJxS3RiZz09

    Meeting ID: 881 8379 3721
    Passcode: 295237

    Because of Covid precautions, Bradley University Galleries are bringing exhibitions to the public virtually. However, the exhibitions themselves are very real! Director of University Galleries Erin Buczynski is staging all exhibitions in the gallery space, so that the artwork can be experienced as authentically as possible, though only through documentation. Unable to invite visitors to campus to view the artwork, curators Erin Buczynski and Hattie Lee devised an exhibition concept that responds to the limitations of this moment. Seen but not Felt fills the void left when visitors are not allowed in the gallery. The artwork inhabits the floor plane, stretching from wall to wall and up to windows.

    The population that can actually view the artwork is an important one, the students in the Department of Art & Design. From the second floor gallery overlook, students have the ideal vantage point. The gallery skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows illuminate the collaged, undulating surfaces. What was a ground plane has become a picture plane filled with lush textures, objects, and imagery.

    From curator Hattie Lee: Seen but Not Felt is an exhibition borne out of the impact Covid-19 has had on our society, which becomes reflected in our public spaces; empty galleries with paintings on the walls, but void of visitors to roam the floor and appreciate them, artwork seen through computer screens or windows without the physical space being activated by human presence to complement the artwork. What does it look like to create an exhibition of art pieces that are made to exist on the floor- a space usually open and maneuverable, but not available for usual function anymore? Seen but Not Felt is a collaboration of artists across multiple mediums, to create an installation in the Heuser Art Center Gallery that is designed to be seen from windows or on a screen. The space functions in a new way, just as we are all learning how to navigate space differently.

    Congratulations to participating artists: Heather Brammeier, Loreeta Brammeier, Erin Buczynski, Alexandra Dupont, Heather Ford, Nina Gospodin, Nichole Gronvold-Roller, Mie Kongo, Hattie Lee, Nicholas Nyland, Dylan Paschke, Lisa Nelson Raabe, Sydney Ryan, and Trish Williams.

    URL: https://art.bradley.edu/bug/

    For more info or upcoming dates - click here.

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  • Virtual Senior Morning Lecture | "American Verses"

    (Exhibit - Wednesday, May 12, 2021)

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    Senior Morning | "American Verses"

    Wed, May 12 | 10:30 am

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    Join us for our bi-monthly free Senior Morning Lecture Series! This special educational program began more than 30 years ago at our predecessor museum, Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences. Advanced registration required, limited connections.

    This month our presentation is by Associate Curator, Ashley Holland with the Art Bridges Foundation. Learn about our new exhibition "American Verses" on loan from Art Bridges.

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    Ashley grew up going to museums, so she knows the importance of exposure to art on young minds and enjoys working with the Art Bridges team and museum partners to promote “access for all.” She loves all the works in the Art Bridges collection, but her favorite is Grandmother Gestating Father and the Washita River Runs Ribbon-Like by Kiowa-Caddo artist, T.C. Cannon. She enjoys spending time at home reading with her husband, Ryan, and their fur kids Archie, Lola, and Nala. Most of Ashley’s bucket list is travel related, but she recently crossed “swimming with manatees” off that list.

    Register in advance - Click Here.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    The Senior Morning Lecture Series takes place on the second Wednesday of every OTHER month and is free for seniors.

    Peoria Riverfront Museum gratefully acknowledges our Senior Morning Lecture Series & Senior Free Days sponsor, Kim Blickenstaff.

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  • Marc Eliot's Art of Film | The Blue Angel

    (General - Friday, May 14, 2021)

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    Fri, May 14 | 6:30 PM

    Tickets | CLICK HERE

    Join us for our new weekly film series in the Giant Screen Theater, "Marc Eliot’s Art of Film," with The New York Times Best-Selling Author! Peoria Riverfront Museum is pleased to announce the residency of film critic and historian Marc Eliot, who is the author of more than two dozen books on pop culture and biographies on Hollywood icons. Marc has personally selected each of the films in the "Art of Film" series and provides virtual commentary for each film before and after the film's screening at the museum.

    THE BLUE ANGEL, 1930. Director: Joseph Von Sternberg. With Marlene Dietrich and Emil Jannings.

    This remarkable film made Marlene Dietrich a star in America. Her co-star, Emil Jannings, won the first Best Actor Oscar (for “The Last Command”), and, while he had a relatively brief career in Hollywood, his work remains an outstanding example of Expressionist acting. The entire film is heavily influenced stylistically by German Expressionism, but its story is universal, that of a stodgy, if well-respected man of society succumbing to the charms of a beautiful, if immoral woman with disastrous results. This is the film that set the standard for the “femme fatale” the Hollywood system thrived on, and, in its pre-code production, allowed Dietrich to fully express what it was about her that drove all men (and many women) crazy. Iconic in every way, this is one of the most important films to come out of the studio system (Paramount). Sternberg and Dietrich made 7 films together, of which this was the first. He was hopelessly in love with her from the beginning, making the film a remarkably personal statement. The story of Unrat and Lola is really the story of Sternberg and Dietrich.

    - Marc Eliot

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  • LIVE | Space Out! with the Dome Planetarium | May 20

    (Planetarium - Thursday, May 20, 2021)

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    LIVE | Space Out! with the Dome Planetarium

    Free Live Bi-Weekly Call with Planetarium Educators

    Thu, May 20 | 10 am

    Calling all teachers, classrooms, and students – this is for you!

    Hear the latest news from the Perseverance Rover on Mars, and see fantastic images of the red plant. Our space educators will answer your student’s question LIVE on ZOOM about the exploration of Mars and any other space topics. All ages of students are welcome to participate in a classroom together or a virtual learning setting.

    Advanced Registration Required.

    Register online now - click here.

    Questions? Email Program Manager at hplacko@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org.

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  • Marc Eliot's Art of Film | Play Misty for Me

    (General - Friday, May 21, 2021)

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    Fri, May 21 | 6:30 PM

    Tickets | CLICK HERE

    Join us for our new weekly film series in the Giant Screen Theater, "Marc Eliot’s Art of Film," with The New York Times Best-Selling Author! Peoria Riverfront Museum is pleased to announce the residency of film critic and historian Marc Eliot, who is the author of more than two dozen books on pop culture and biographies on Hollywood icons. Marc has personally selected each of the films in the "Art of Film" series and provides virtual commentary for each film before and after the film's screening at the museum.

    PLAY MISTY FOR ME, 1971. Director: Clint Eastwood, Screenplay by Jo Heims, Dean Riesner.

    This is the first film to be directed by Clint Eastwood, who also stars in it. Seeking to change his “Dirty Harry” image, Eastwood plays a local late-night DJ who, unwisely, begins an affair with a female fan who calls in to request he play “Misty” for her. Working closely with his directorial mentor, Hollywood veteran Don Siegel, Eastwood created a zeitgeist film with strong thematic ties to the War in Vietnam. The film is scheduled for release on Blu-Ray soon, and I am the host of the DVD in a section I filmed last year, during which I talk extensively about Eastwood’s career, and how this film fits into the oeuvre of his directorial career. Should not be missed by Eastwood fans, or those interested in the more personal American films of the ‘70s.

    - Marc Eliot

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  • Space Family Night | Eclipses In Peoria!

    (Planetarium - Saturday, May 22, 2021)

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    Space Family Night | Upcoming Eclipses in Peoria!

    Sat, May 22 | 6:30 pm

    Virtual ZOOM Call

    NASA is set to launch two new robots to the Red this summer: the rover Perseverance and the helicopter Ingenuity. Learn about the new mission, the exciting missions that came before, and how you can follow the launch and landings at home. Advanced Registration Required.

    Free with Advanced Registration.

    Register Online Now - click here.

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  • Marc Eliot's Art of Film | In the French Style

    (General - Friday, May 28, 2021)

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    Fri, May 28 | 6:30 PM

    Tickets | CLICK HERE

    Join us for our new weekly film series in the Giant Screen Theater, "Marc Eliot’s Art of Film," with The New York Times Best-Selling Author! Peoria Riverfront Museum is pleased to announce the residency of film critic and historian Marc Eliot, who is the author of more than two dozen books on pop culture and biographies on Hollywood icons. Marc has personally selected each of the films in the "Art of Film" series and provides virtual commentary for each film before and after the film's screening at the museum.

    IN THE FRENCH STYLE, 1963. USA/French. In English. Directed by Robert Parrish, written by Irwin Shaw. Starring Jean Seberg, Stanley Baker.

    Based on one of Irwin Shaw’s short stories, this film deals with a young woman’s struggle to reject the mores of her (and her previous) generation, when she moves to Paris to find personal and social liberation. An overlooked film when it was first released, with a highly provocative performance by controversial actress Jean Seberg, whose life was, tragically, cut short by suicide at the age of 40.

    - Marc Eliot

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  • Virtual Art Club via Zoom | Featuring artist Jam Rohr

    (General - Tuesday, June 8, 2021)

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    Virtual Art Club via Zoom

    Featuring artist, Jam Rohr

    Tue, Jun 8 | 1 pm

    Join us for virtual Art Club! Art Club is a monthly meeting of people who love art. Each month we hear about a different artist or topic. We encourage artists to come talk about their own work, a style they love, or another artist they admire. Enjoy a casual discussion with PowerPoint slides. Participants are encouraged, though not required, to ask questions and discuss pieces of art presented.

    This month, artist Jam Rohr will be presenting their own work while you enjoy coffee and treats at your home.

    Program Link | https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84998025848?pwd=SmlGdmJzcW9naWZ6QUxWaWtIZ0lIdz09

    Meeting ID: 849 9802 5848
    Passcode: 223733

    Jam Rohr is a sculptor located in Peoria, IL. She owns Black Dog Metal Arts LLC with her husband, Danny Rohr, and also owns Up Beet Jams Inc. where she cooks vegan food for the public. Jam received her BA in Painting with a minor in Psychology from Illinois State University in 2014, her MA in Studio Arts from Eastern Illinois University in 2015, and her MFA in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 2018. She is involved in the international iron community as she has served on the steering committee for the National Conference for Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices in 2019 and 2021, spoke on a panel at the International Conference for Contemporary Cast Iron Art in 2018, hosts public iron pours for artists from across the country in Peoria regularly, and travels the country to cast iron with her husband. Her work has been included in several publications including Studio Visit Magazine, Expose Art Magazine, and the Studio Break Podcast. She has shown her work nationally including Las Vegas, NM, Memphis, TN, Birmingham, AL, Scranton, PA, Jackson, MS, and more.

    To see Jam's work and learn more about her thoughts check out www.jamrohr.art or find her on Instagram @jam_rohr.

    For more info or upcoming dates - click here.

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  • Virtual Art Club via Zoom | Featuring artist Allison Walsh

    (General - Tuesday, August 10, 2021)

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    Virtual Art Club via Zoom

    Featuring artist, Allison Walsh

    Tue, Aug 10 | 1 pm

    Join us for virtual Art Club! Art Club is a monthly meeting of people who love art. Each month we hear about a different artist or topic. We encourage artists to come talk about their own work, a style they love, or another artist they admire. Enjoy a casual discussion with PowerPoint slides. Participants are encouraged, though not required, to ask questions and discuss pieces of art presented.

    This month, artist Allison Walsh will be presenting their own work while you enjoy coffee and treats at your home.

    Program Link | https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86105069619?pwd=cnZ2c1loYVJFaUduZk80UmVXWTAxUT09

    Meeting ID: 861 0506 9619
    Passcode: 621081

    Allison Walsh is an independent documentary filmmaker, freelance videographer, and fine artist, who is committed to local political advocacy and documenting social issues in the Midwest. Walsh’s films have screened around the world including Paris, France (Paris Art and Movie Awards), Sayulita, Mexico (Festival Sayulita), Barcelona, Spain (BSF2019), and Chicago, Illinois (Pride Film Fest, Femme Filmmakers Showcase). Walsh is the founder and program director of the Big Picture Film Festival, an international film festival in Peoria, IL (2018-2019). She is a recipient of the Kartemquin Emerging Storytellers Fund (2019), Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Program (2019), and the Acorn Equality Grant (2018), awarded to work that positively impacts the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons and allies. She has been invited to speak about her films at Western Illinois University and the El Paso Museum of History.

    Walsh holds a degree from Bradley University where she studied Painting, Spanish, and Philosophy. She is a graduate of the internship program at Kartemquin Films in Chicago. During her time at Kartemquin, she worked on the documentary film Dilemma of Desire (SXSW, 2020), led by the Emmy and Peabody award-winning director Maria Finitzo, and City So Real (Sundance, 2020), led by the Oscar-nominated director Steve James. Her current film, Teaching About Religion (working title), is in post-production.

    My website is AllisonWalshArtist.com

    For more info or upcoming dates - click here.

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