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Posted July 22, 2011 by Burr Anderson:

Strohl Gallery Cleaves Itself

By day, what we can term Strohl I presents itself as a showplace for contemporary art, almost all of which is (as in the case of most such facilities) inside the gallery.

But in the darkness of night Strohl I ceases to be, and those who go near this location see vertical, multicolored lighting running up and down the columns of the building’s porch. This is Strohl II, a light display center.

Night time at Chautauqua, perhaps more than when the sun is up and around, possesses its own romantic harmony and subtlety. There is a magic flowing back and forth between lake and the trees and the streets at night, and this charm ranges from big (the Amphitheater’s multitude of bulbs) to restrained (the punctuation of the Bell Tower clock with lights). It is easy to be captivated.

Recent additions to the nocturnal Grounds leave us with various degrees of frustration, e.g., the excessive illumination over the renovated restrooms behind the library. The creation of Strohl II is another misstep in this direction. If the current trend is to create a new “brand” for the Institution, someone needs to define more clearly what this new brand will be. If Strohl is supposed to be an art gallery, then the statement it wants to make should emanate from the interior. Otherwise we will have a second message that says not “pay attention to me” but instead “PAY ATTENTION TO ME!”

Posted May 27, 2011 by Burr Anderson:

How long is that concerto?

The Institution webpage for the symphony concerts now gives the length in minutes of each piece that is to be performed during the season.

Putting aside the need for notice that these are approximations (what if the orchestra runs over the 9 minutes?), this is a new perspective on the Amphitheater experience.  In fact, it bodes ill, or well, for the Chautauqua Experience in general.  Shall we quantify each element of the Chautauqua Experience in minutes or other temporal units? 

Brickwalk:  14 minutes walk time
Sunday Interdenominational service:  61 minutes