Public Programming

Current Events

 Song of Myself Multi-Person Reading

Thursday November 13, 4 pm

Stedman Gallery Stage

“O the orator’s joys!”  Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Department of English, Rutgers-Camden, is staging a marathon reading of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” as part of the Sounds of Camden exhibition programming (October 6 – December 18, 2014).  The reading, in 52 sections, will run just under two hours.

 If you would like to lend your barbaric yawp to the event, or for more information, please contact Noreen Scott Garrity at  If you have any original ideas for reading, such as adding musical accompaniment, or perhaps you would like to dress as Walt Whitman, we welcome all creative interpretations. All readers will be provided with text in advance of the event.


What Good Has Come Out of Camden?

Rocky Wilson

Thursday November 20, 6 pm

Stedman Gallery Stage

Through sign language, poetry, music, and dance, Camden resident Rocky Wilson explores the many wild stories the city has to tell.


The Gay Divorcee (film series)

Wednesday November 19, 3 pm

Stedman Gallery

Based on Dwight Taylor and Cole Porter’s play, The Gay Divorcee centers on Mimi (Ginger Rogers), a woman seeking a divorce from her husband. Among the many musical numbers featured are “Night and Day,” the only song from the original Broadway musical included in the film, and “The Continental,” which won the first ever Academy Award for Best Song. Running Time: 107 mins

Released: 12 October 1934

Director: Mark Sandrich

Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Betty Grable, Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton, and Erik Rhodes


Songs We Sing, Camden

Monday December 1, 12:15 pm

Stedman Gallery Stage

Elizabeth Demaray, Site-specific audio installation and performance of human bird calls, 2014

Six major extinction events are chronicled in Earth’s geologic history. These events have occurred over the past 450 million years and typically span periods of tens of thousands of years. We are currently living through the Sixth Great Extinction. Scientists believe that, if we continue at our current rate of ecological destruction, it is likely that we will lose half of all species of plants and animals on our planet by the year 2100. So, this next century will hail the closing of the Cenozoic era and usher in a new era, one characterized by biological impoverishment and silence. Scientists believe that the next era might appropriately be called the Eremozoic Era, the Age of Loneliness. The Songs We Sing, Camden, a site specific audio installation and performance, considers ways to connect our ecological moment with our cognitive/behavioral functions.

Early Recording Engineers & Available Technology

Stefan Orn Arnarson, Exhibition Co-curator

Tuesday December 2, 12:15 pm

Stedman Gallery

 Stefan Orn Arnarson, Sounds of Camden co-curator, Walter K. Gordon Theater & Concert Manager and Instructor of Music in the Department of Fine Arts, Rutgers-Camden introduces the technology available to early recording engineers including Thomas Edison, Emile Berliner, and Victor Talking Machine’s own Harry, Raymond, and Charles Sooy.


Mutiny on the Bounty (film series)

Wednesday December 3, 3 pm

Stedman Gallery

This 1935 MGM movie version won the Oscar for Best Picture. Clark Gable stars as Fletcher Christian, first mate of the infamous HMS Bounty skippered by Captain William Bligh (Charles Laughton), the cruelest taskmaster on the Seven Seas. The movie struck gold at the box office, and, in addition to the Best Picture Oscar, Gable, Laughton, and Franchot Tone as one of the Bounty’s crew were all nominated for Best Actor.  Running time: 132 mins.      

Released: 8 November 1935

Director: Frank Lloyd

Starring: Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin, Eddie Quillan, and Dudley Digges


Captain Blood (film series)

Wednesday December 10, 3 pm

Stedman Gallery

Adapted from the novel by Rafael Sabatini, the film is set during the oppressive reign of King James II. Irish physician Peter Blood (Errol Flynn), arrested for treating a wounded anti-crown rebel, is condemned to slavery in Jamaica. This seemingly outsized swashbuckler was actually a very economical production, using stock footage from several silent films. Captain Blood transformed the 26-year-old Errol Flynn into a star. Long available only in its 99 minute re-issue version, Captain Blood has been restored to its full, glorious 119 minute length.

Released: 28 December 1935

Director: Michael Curtiz

Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Robert Barrat, Lionel Atwill, and Guy Kibbee


Kaplow/Porter Project

Maurice Kaplow and Eric Porter

Thursday December 18, 6 pm

Stedman Gallery Stage

A collaboration of original music composed by Maurice Kaplow reflecting Eric Porter’s personalphotographic vision of the urban environment. Kaplow is the recently retired Principal Conductor of the New York City Ballet. Porter’s images of urban settings are set against original music by Kaplow in this multi-media presentation.


Share Your Voice

On-going/By appointment

Stedman Gallery

The Stedman Gallery welcomes visitors to share their voices – thoughts, feelings, memories of Camden- in our interactive recording booth. These recordings will become part of the Sounds of Camden exhibition and be made available for all visitors to listen to using a separate listening station. You may record in any fashion you choose: prepared (or improvised) statement, poem, song, anonymously (or not). Please call Miranda Powell at 856-225-6202 for more information and to reserve a recording time.

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