Two Performing and Fine Arts Professors Awarded a PSC-CUNY Research Award

The Dept. of Performing and Fine Arts recognizes the creative achievements of two of its faculty.

The Dept. of Performing and Fine Arts recognizes the creative achievements of two of its faculty.

Dr. George Lam (Assistant Professor of Music) has been awarded a PSC-CUNY Research Award to support a new chamber music work titled The Emigrants for viola, cello, percussion and digital playback, commissioned by the chamber ensemble New Morse Code. The Emigrants will be a documentary work based on recorded oral history interviews with various residents of New York City's borough of Queens, one of the most ethnically diverse urban areas in the world. The Emigrants will explore how the experience of an immigrant-as-emigrant has come to shape their identity in the United States, and why they have chosen to stay. The new work will combine recorded oral history with music inspired by the rhythms of the recorded speech. The PSC-CUNY Research Award will support the purchase of audio recording equipment to produce the high-quality oral history recordings that will serve both the research for the piece and as part of the live performance.

Maki Hajikano (Associate Professor of Fine Arts) receives a PSC-CUNY Research Award that will support her new series of artwork entitled "Art In A Transient World." She has been investigating the intricate relationships between Japanese cultural characteristics and their visual representation. The ephemeral concept that "Transient World" echoes, and which is embraced in Japanese classical literature and art, predominates and is purposively reflected in this new series. Various materials including glass are utilized in order to construct complex visual layers. The research award will enable Maki to obtain the necessary and basic equipment essential for the glass-casting process that is also an integral part of her concept.