Wednesday, November 20, 7PM
White Girls, Hilton Als’s first book since The Women fourteen years ago, finds one of The New Yorker's boldest critics deftly weaving together his analyses of literature, art, and music with fearless insights on race, gender, and history. The result is an extraordinary, complex portrait of “white girls,” as Als dubs them—an expansive but precise category that encompasses figures as diverse as Truman Capote and Louise Brooks, Malcolm X and Flannery O’Connor. In pieces that hairpin between critique and meditation, fiction and nonfiction, high culture and low, the theoretical and the deeply personal, Als presents a stunning portrait of a writer by way of his subjects, and an invaluable guide to the culture of our time.
HILTON ALS became a staff writer at The New Yorker in October, 1994, and a theatre critic in 2002. He began contributing to the magazine in 1989, writing pieces for The Talk of the Town.
Thursday, November 21, 7PM
in conversation with
DOROTHEA ROCKBURNE and PHONG BUI
Black Mountain College: Experiment in Art
(MIT Press, 2013)
Although it lasted only twenty-three years (1933-1956) and enrolled fewer than 1,200 students, Black Mountain College was one of the most fabled institutions in art education and practice. Various faculty members included Anni Albers, Josef Albers, John Cage, Robert Creeley, Merce Cunningham, Robert Duncan, Buckminster Fuller, Willem de Kooning, and Robert Motherwell. Among their students were Ruth Asawa, John Chamberlain, Francine du Plessix Gray, Robert Rauschenberg, Dorthea Rockburne, Cy Twombly.This book--the paperback edition of a milestone work--documents the short but influential life of Black Mountain College.
The book includes rearly 500 images of art created by Black Mountain College faculty and students as well as snapshots of campus life, and essays by Robert Creeley, Martin Brody, Kevin Power, and Vincent Katz.
VINCENT KATZ is a poet, translator, and curator based in New York City.
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