Archive for May, 2012

The Second Coming: “Professor Diablo’s True Revue II” at the Casbah, Tuesday, June 26

The Second Coming: "Professor Diablo's True Revue II" at the Casbah, Tuesday, June 26

The Center for Documentary Studies, in partnership with The Hinge, is thrilled to present the second installment of Professor Diablo’s True Revue, an evening of art and performance at the Durham, North Carolina, club Casbah featuring writers, musicians, visual artists, and others who make extensive use of documentary fieldwork and research in the creation of their art. The inaugural performance […]


“Documenting Medicine”: Duke Physician Residents and Fellows to Present Documentary Projects at CDS, Wednesday, June 6

"Documenting Medicine": Duke Physician Residents and Fellows to Present Documentary Projects at CDS, Wednesday, June 6

Ten Duke physician residents representing nine different departments enrolled in the Documenting Medicine program this year will present their final projects in a ceremony at the Center for Documentary Studies. The event is free and open to the public. Wednesday, June 6, 5–8 p.m. Center for Documentary Studies 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina  The residents’ […]


Public Auction and Party, Thursday, June 21: One-of-a-Kind Prints From “Full Color Depression”

Public Auction and Party, Thursday, June 21: One-of-a-Kind Prints From "Full Color Depression"

Curator Bruce Jackson is donating the eight 24 x 30 inch and twenty-seven 30 x 24 inch digital pigment fiber prints from the Center for Documentary Studies exhibit Full Color Depression: First Kodachromes from America’s Heartland to CDS, which will auction them to the public at an event on June 21 (music, food, drinks!). Using files made […]


Now Available To Read Online: Summer 2012 “Document,” the CDS Quarterly Newsletter

Now Available To Read Online: Summer 2012 “Document,” the CDS Quarterly Newsletter

Document is a quarterly publication that features some of the best documentary work supported and produced by the Center for Documentary Studies. The summer 2012 issue of Document is now available to read online, featuring an in-depth look into the six stories coming from the documentary radio project Groundwork; the announcement of the CDS Filmmaker Award along […]


Nasher Museum of Art at Duke Offers Discount on Tickets to the Alexander Calder Exhibit, Through June 17

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke Offers Discount on Tickets to the Alexander Calder Exhibit, Through June 17

Alexander Calder’s (1898–1976) legacy is that of contemporary sculptor and inventor of the mobile. An exhibition at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University offers a fresh perspective on Calder’s work and his influence on a new generation of artists. The Nasher Museum is the fourth and final venue for the exhibition, which will be […]


Listen: Student Work from the Short Audio Documentary Class Is Available Online

Listen: Student Work from the Short Audio Documentary Class Is Available Online

Thirty-six audio pieces from undergraduate students in this spring’s Short Audio Documentary course, taught by CDS audio program director John Biewen, are now available online. Each student produced four short docs during the semester; for the spring 2012 class, the themes of the pieces are: Identity: A theme agreed upon by the class for their […]


The Jazz Loft Project Exhibition Makes Its West Coast Debut at the Museum of Photographic Arts

The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in New York City, 1957-1965, an award-winning exhibition of photographs and recordings of some of the jazz world’s greatest musicians and underground jam session artists, will make its fourth stop at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego; the show opens May 19 and runs through October 7, 2012. The […]


NPR Highlights Photographs from Guantanamo Bay by CDS Instructor Christopher Sims

NPR Highlights Photographs from Guantanamo Bay by CDS Instructor Christopher Sims

NPR’s popular photography blog, “The Picture Show,” recently featured five photographers included in the Oxford American magazine’s “Visual South Issue,” which identified the “most talented and thrilling up-and-coming artists in the South.” The first installment of NPR’s series, “Unseen Scenes of Guantanamo,” focused on Center for Documentary Studies instructor Christopher Sims’s photography project at the remote […]


Thank You to Our Front Desk Crew

Thank You to Our Front Desk Crew

The Center for Documentary Studies offers our profound thanks and best wishes to our front desk work study crew, many of whom are graduating in the spring of 2012. As the first point-of-contact at the Center, our front desk team—including, from left to right, Alistar Erickson-Ludwig, Erica Nagi, David Horton, Emily Stecher, and Taylor Steindel […]


Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates, Spring 2012: Final Project Presentations, Friday, May 18, Nasher Museum of Art

Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates, Spring 2012: Final Project Presentations, Friday, May 18, Nasher Museum of Art

Ten continuing education students in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program at the Center for Documentary Studies will present their final projects and receive their certificates starting at 6 p.m. on May 18 at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow […]


Interview with Stanley Nelson, 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Tribute Honoree

Interview with Stanley Nelson, 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Tribute Honoree

The 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival recently honored filmmaker Stanley Nelson with its annual Full Frame Tribute for his significant contribution to the documentary form. Nelson’s work includes the critically acclaimed films Freedom Riders, A Place of Our Own, Wounded Knee, and The Murder of Emmett Till, among many others, all constructed “from the […]


“Anytown USA”: Screening of Student Documentary Video Projects on Star, North Carolina Thursday, May 24

“Anytown USA”: Screening of Student Documentary Video Projects on Star, North Carolina Thursday, May 24

Anytown, USA is a documentary video production and editing class at the Center for Documentary Studies, in which continuing education students produce and edit videos related to a small town in North Carolina. This year’s class, taught by filmmaker Randolph Benson, focused on the town of Star, and each of the eleven students created a […]


Watch: New Music Video from Jane’s Addiction Features Footage from CDS Instructor Nancy Kalow’s Award-Winning Documentary

Watch: New Music Video from Jane’s Addiction Features Footage from CDS Instructor Nancy Kalow's Award-Winning Documentary

Legendary rock band Jane’s Addiction is using extensive footage from longtime CDS instructor Nancy Kalow’s 1988 documentary, Sadobabies, as a “lyric video” while touring for their newest album. A slightly altered version of the video, interspersed with live footage of the band performing their song “Twisted Tales,” has recently been posted online. Sadobabies: Runaways in […]


“Beyond the Front Porch 2012” Opens at CDS Monday, May 7

"Beyond the Front Porch 2012" Opens at CDS Monday, May 7

Nineteen graduating seniors who have completed the Certificate in Documentary Studies at Duke University will showcase their final projects in Beyond the Front Porch 2012, an exhibit opening at the Center for Documentary Studies on May 7. At an open house celebration at CDS on April 29, the students presented their projects and received their certificates. […]


MFA Wang Dang Doodle: End-of-Year Celebration and Student Presentations, Monday, May 7

MFA Wang Dang Doodle: End-of-Year Celebration and Student Presentations, Monday, May 7

The Triangle’s Independent Weekly called the launch of Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts (MFAEDA) program “one of the great art stories this year.” Come see for yourself at an end-of-semester celebration featuring an evening of student works from the 2011–12 academic year. Members of the inaugural class will present two-dimensional and installation works, […]


First Book Prize in Photography Winner Benjamin Lowy’s “Iraq | Perspectives” Now Available as Enhanced E-Book

First Book Prize in Photography Winner Benjamin Lowy's "Iraq | Perspectives" Now Available as Enhanced E-Book

Iraq | Perspectives by 2010 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography winner Benjamin Lowy is now available as an enhanced e-book on iTunes. Lowy’s audio commentary brings his arresting color photographs of the war in Iraq to life. Those images—taken through Humvee windows and military-issue night vision goggles—and Lowy’s stories capture the desolation of a war-ravaged country as well […]


2012 Julia Harper Day Award Winner: Logan Hasson

2012 Julia Harper Day Award Winner: Logan Hasson

The Julia Harper Day Award was created by the Center for Documentary Studies in 1992 in memory of the young woman who was the Center’s first staff member, a writer and photographer of real accomplishment. This $500 award goes to a graduating Duke University senior who has demonstrated excellence in documentary studies and contributed significantly […]