Kelly McGarry | Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Whether you’ve never been the Snite, or you’ve only visited with a class, tonight presents an exciting opportunity to visit our campus art museum in a unique and refreshing context. Snite@Nite is an event that gives students a chance to explore the museum while also enjoying performances by student groups, food and interactive activities. Snite@Nite is organized by the Snite’s Student Advisory Board, a group dedicated to getting students involved in the Snite.
This semester, activities are inspired by newly opened exhibitions including “Mauricio and Tomás Lasansky: Father and Son,” Natalia Gochanrova’s “Mystical Images of War, 1914,” “Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age 2001-2012” and “Hour by Hour: Reconstructing a Medieval Breton Prayer Book.”
In an interview conducted in November regarding the Snite’s programming, Christina Payne, a member of the Student Advisory Board, gave an insider’s perspective of the exciting recurring event.
What is the goal behind the Snite@Nite event?
Snite@Nite is all about celebrating artistic talent, whether it’s the works on display in the museum or the diverse abilities of the Notre Dame student body. We want students to come explore the museum, see their friends perform and get involved with the art around them.
What are some other interesting exhibits that will be on display? Which, in your opinion are must-sees?
The Snite has so much beautiful art to offer it’s hard to choose only a few must-sees. Every time I walk through the galleries, I find another piece of art that I fall in love with. If I had to choose, my personal favorite would be the 18th and 19th Century Gallery. However, I think the Meso-American and the Medieval and Antiquities Galleries are also fantastic.
What makes this night special?
Thursday is a chance for students to experience the Snite in an entirely different manner. It isn’t like a class visit where you are there only to learn; Snite@Nite gives students a chance to project their own creativity into the space around them. Whether it’s performing, participating in the scavenger hunt, engaging in a conversation about the art with fellow students or printing on a t-shirt, Snite@Nite is all about celebrating students and great art coming together.
Are there any other events throughout the year that get students involved with the Snite?
The Snite offers a variety of events that students can participate in. The museum hosts lectures, talks with artists, film viewings and more. One of the best events for students is the Snite Salon Series where you can have an open discussion about the artwork with your peers. It’s very low-key and a lot of fun to hear what fellow students have to say about the art.
Snite@Nite takes place Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is free.