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Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston: WORDLESS!

US Premiere
Sat, Jan 18, 2014
  • 7:30PM
RUN TIME: 90min
January 2014
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Saturday January 18, 2014
Performances no longer available.

Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston: WORDLESS!
Words / Music / Comix

Picture stories by Frans Masereel, H.M. Bateman, Lynd Ward, Otto Nuckel, Milt Gross, Si Lewen, and Art Spiegelman

Music by Phillip Johnston

“Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves.”
—LA Weekly

Celebrated cartoonist Art Spiegelman comes to BAM with WORDLESS!, an innovative hybrid of slides, talk, and musical performance created in collaboration with acclaimed jazz composer Phillip Johnston. Spiegelman leads audiences on a personal tour of the first graphic novels—silent picture stories made by early-20th-century masters like Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, and Milt Gross—accompanied by an all-new score by Johnston, who performs with his sextet. In navigating “the battle between words and pictures,” Spiegelman smashes at the hyphen between high and low art, featuring a new work drawn specifically for this project called “Shaping Thought!”

Originally commissioned by Sydney Opera House for GRAPHIC

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Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel MAUS. He has been named one of Time's “100 Most Influential People” and his work has been translated into over 25 languages. He co-edited the influential magazine RAW with his spouse and frequent collaborator, Françoise Mouly, and has created many covers for The New Yorker. Spiegelman’s most recent book is CO-MIX, A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps.

Phillip Johnston

Phillip Johnston is best known for his work as a jazz composer (Microscopic Septet, The Coolerators) and creator of music for silent films, most recently Lotte Reiniger’s 1927 animated feature, The Adventures of Prince Achmed.

An introduction to WORDLESS!
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Interview with Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston
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