Spectrum to kick off with self-portraits and silent movies

Ryan Teitman

The Fall Spectrum arts series will begin next week with silent movies accompanied by piano music, just as they would have been in their heyday and an exhibition of artists' self-portraits.


All Spectrum events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


The exhibition “Mirrored: Artists'Self Portraits” will be on display in the KOA Art Gallery from Sept. 10 through Oct. 25. A reception will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 in the KOA Electronics Lobby of Blaisdell Hall.


The portraits have been selected from the extensive collection of Gerald Mead, a noted Buffalo collector and educator. The exhibition consists of artworks in various media and stylistic approaches. Since the works either depict or refer to the artist who created them, they can broadly be described as self-portraits.


Hours in the KOA Gallery are from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.


At noon on Tuesday, Sept. 11, pianist Donald Sosin will perform accompaniment to a program of hilarious comedy shorts from the Golden Age of Silent Film screened in high definition in the Bromeley Family Theater. Sosin is one of the foremost composers and performers of silent film music working today.


This is Sosin's second appearance at Pitt-Bradford. In 2016, he performed alongside clips of silent films, made with an entirely black cast, that re-emerged into the public light in 2014.


On Oct. 8, poet Ryan Teitman will read at 7:30 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. Teitman is the author of the poetry collection “Litany for the City.” His poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, the Southern Review and The Threepenny Review.


Later in October, the Buffalo Gamelan Ensemble will bring the centuries-old musical tradition of Javanese gamelan to the Studio Theater in Blaisdell Hall at noon Oct. 18. Gamelan music is performed on gorgeous, handmade instruments and features vibrant rhythms and complex, shimmering textures.


The Pitt-Bradford Division of Communication and the Arts will present a student production of Shakespeare's timeless and timely political thriller, “Julius Caesar,” directed by Dr. Kevin Ewert, professor of theater.


Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 18. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $2 for students. They may be purchased in advance by calling the Bromeley Family Theater box office at (814)362-5113 or visiting




From Dec. 3-14, Pitt-Bradford and Penn State University will show a collaborative art exhibit called “Pitt-Penn Overlap: Full Circle Collaboration.”


Conversations that question and challenge students in the digital arts, studio arts, arts education, and gender and sexuality courses will be filmed in an immersive 360 degrees and shown through virtual reality experiences. In addition, students will weave together ideas to formally create and install a visual tapestry that illustrates their own personal ideas and experiences.


The final Spectrum performance of the fall semester will be a concert by the Vocal Arts Ensembleat noon Dec. 4 in the Studio Theater. Students, under the direction of Dr. Joshua Groffman, will sing a selection of seasonal music.