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Ranis' Work Part of USA Today's 'Must-see' Exhibits

Work by Associate Professor of Art Marek Ranis is part of an international exhibition in the Anchorage Museum in Alaska. The contemporary art exhibition "View From Up Here: The Arctic at the Center of the World" presents photographs, film, installations and sculpture by 14 artists who come from Canada, Europe and the United States. It was named by USA Today as one of the 12 "must-see" exhibits of the summer.

Ranis contributed "Like Shishmaref," a 16-minute film that juxtaposes video of the eroded coasts of the Alaskan Inupiaq village of Shishmaref and the North Carolina Outer Banks.

"Like Shishmaref" is the most recent creative work in Arctic Utopia; it is a collaborative project with the Alaskan poet Joan Naviyuk Kane that includes a multimedia installation, the film and a play.

Wells Fargo Gift Supports Dance Project

The Wells Fargo Foundation is sponsoring a unique project led by the UNC Charlotte Department of Dance. "Tracing Modern Dance" is centered on the reconstruction of "Tracer," a lost work by modern dance choreographer Paul Taylor. This project will include the first-ever reconstruction residency by the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company and the first local performances of the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 15 years.

"Tracing Modern Dance" is the culmination of an 18-month research project by Associate Professor of Dance Kim Jones. Renowned modern dance choreographer Paul Taylor gave Jones the unique opportunity to reconstruct a seminal early work not performed or seen in more than 50 years. "Tracer," choreographed by Taylor in 1962 with set and costumes by the artist Robert Rauschenberg, does not benefit from the existence of video or audio rehearsal or performance records. Jones will complete her scholarly reconstruction in September during a three-week residency at UNC Charlotte with the Taylor 2 Dance Company. The residency will culminate in the "re-premiere" of the reconstructed "Tracer" in a public performance on Friday, Sept. 30.

UNC Charlotte students will learn "Tracer" and continue to perform the piece in local high schools throughout the coming school year.