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Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts
at Texas A&M University

Our Next Show:


ETHEL’S Documerica

Click here for a National Archives video of the Documerica Photography Project

Documerica Breckenridge, Photo Credit: Noelle Jones

Documerica-Breckenridge – Photo Credit: Noelle Jones


In 1971, a hundred photographers commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Project Documerica fanned out across the country to capture America’s sometimes fabled, sometimes fraught relationship to its land. The result was an archive of thousands of photographs amassed over nearly a decade, an enormous artistic project that had been largely forgotten until recent digitalization. The imagery of Project Documerica is the inspiration for ETHEL’s Documerica, which taps the archive’s rich evocation of time and place and brings its visual and emotional impact into dialogue with the 21st century.


Photo Credit: Erin Patrice O’Brien

Acclaimed as “unfailingly vital” (The New York Times), “brilliant,” “downtown’s reigning string quartet” (The New Yorker), and “one of the most exciting quartets around” (The Strad), ETHEL invigorates the contemporary music scene with exuberance, intensity, imaginative programming, and exceptional artistry. At the heart of ETHEL is a quest for a common creative expression that is forged in the celebration of community. As cultural and musical “pollinators,” the quartet invigorates today’s indie-classic scene through genre and culture-crossing initiatives, inventive repertoire, and innovative community engagement activities. ETHEL advances the work of a diverse community of artists through commissions, collaborations, and recordings.

 Founded in 1998 and based in New York City, ETHEL is comprised of Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), Kip Jones (violin), and Corin Lee (violin).


Thursday | September 22, 2016 | 7pm, Rudder Theatre


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The AVPA is starting it’s own listserv database to better inform you about upcoming events through a regular newsletter.  You will find information on the performers and lecturers, find out more about the different art forms, and learn more behind the scene information on what we offer the Texas A&M community and BCS area.  To join the AVPA Listserv, please send an email to listserv@listserv.tamu.edu and in the BODY put:  SUBSCRIBE avpa firstname lastname.