To some visitors, Chautauqua looks the same as it did the day it was born, a mind-boggling idea to someone who has ever slept in a tent. But change comes hard to Chautauquans steeped in generations-old tradition. And change it must.
At its annual August meeting on Saturday, Aug. 24, Chautauqua Institution’s board of trustees will consider adoption of proposed changes to Chautauqua’s Architectural and Land Use (ALU) Regulations. The revisions are the result of a lengthy review process by a study group assembled by board chairman George Snyder that included a series of public input sessions and community presentations held during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, as well as drafts published online for public review this past fall and spring.
David East, a visiting ceramist at Chautauqua Institution’s School of Art, grew up in a ranch-style home in the suburbs, and that house design has proliferated his work ever since. East uses ceramics, sometimes coupled with plastic figurines and wooden tables, to talk about Americana and its legacy.
Julie Langsam’s latest series features paintings of the floor plans of famous buildings, realized as a combination of colored rectangles that look like an updated Piet Mondrian piece.
Ryder Henry keeps an entire city in his house. He calls it “4 Lydia,” the street address of his home in Uniontown, Pa., where he decided to build a large model city out of corrugated cardboard and paperboard.
On a number of occasions, Jared Jacobsen, Chautauqua organist and worship and sacred music coordinator, and Marlie Bendiksen, Chautauqua Institution Archives associate, have instructed and delighted Chautauqua audiences on the subject of hymns — a little bit of history, a little bit of song.
This year will be a little more of the same and a little bit different. Titled “History of the Sacred Song Service,” their Chautauqua Heritage Lecture Series presentation will begin today at 3:30 p.m. in the Hall of Christ. They invite audience participation.
Given presentations by Jacobsen and Bendikesen in years past, the series’ attention to Chautauqua’s Sacred Song Service is the next logical thing to do, Bendiksen said.
George Cooper | Staff Writer The Athenaeum at Cayalá, Guatamala, is a civic building with classical proportion and Chautauqua inspiration.