Press Release: September Public Programs

The City University of New York Graduate Center announces the following public programs to be held during the month of September at the Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. For further information about the Graduate Center and its public programs, visit

Tuesday, September 1—Sunday, October 11:

Silent Pictures
(art exhibition) James Gallery, Tuesday–Friday, 12-8 PM; Saturday & Sunday, 12-6 PM
Opening reception: Thursday, September 10, 6-8 PM
Inspired by Art Spiegelman's collection of wordless comics and the recent anthology Abstract Comics, edited by Andrei Molotiu, Silent Pictures focuses on aspects of comic-book structure and syntax that do not depend on words to advance an image sequence. Featuring selections from Spiegelman's collection -- mostly black and white artist books from the 1930s -- as well as more recent “abstract comics,” the exhibition also includes a wall drawing by Renee French, an animation by Rachel Cattle and Steve Richards, and a project for the Fifth Avenue lobby windows by Gail Fitzgerald and Carl Ostendarp. In addition, Noam Elcott will curate "Comic-Film-Strip,” a related film program featuring mostly wordless, animated historic films. Presented by the James Gallery; free, for more information call 212-817-7138 or visit

Wednesday, September 9:

(play reading) 6:30 PM, Elebash Recital Hall
When Ronald Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev in the Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1986, the leaders of the two major powers had a singular opportunity to negotiate the elimination of nuclear weapons. Richard Rhodes takes on this moment in history in his new play Reykjavik, to be read by the theater company Break A Leg Productions. Richard Rhodes is the author or editor of 22 books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award, and, most recently, Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race. Presented by Science & the Arts; free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations can be made at or by calling 212-817-8215 beginning August 31.

Thursday, September 17:

Concerts & Conversations:
Bob Dylan: American Poet -- The Musical Settings Inspired by Dylan's Lyrics

(discussion & performance) 7:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall
Featuring John Corigliano, Academy Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and Graduate Center distinguished professor; Howard Fishman, acclaimed composer, guitarist, and band leader; and Greil Marcus, noted cultural historian and music critic in conversation about the diverse musical settings of Bob Dylan's lyrics and the blurring of boundaries between classical, jazz, and popular music. The second half of the program will feature a performance of excerpts from Corigliano's "Mr. Tambourine Man" song cycle, performed by soprano Amy Burton, and highlights from Fishman's "Bob Dylan and the Band's 'Basement Tapes' Project."  For further information, please call (212) 817-8215.

Monday, September 21:

Making Sense of Hard Times: Culture and Crisis in the Great Depression
(discussion) 6:30 PM, Elebash Recital Hall
In today’s economic climate, easy comparisons to the Great Depression abound. But what is the legacy of the Great Depression? While scholars regularly examine the economic and social history of the 1930s, the rich cultural production of the period is often neglected. Join a panel of distinguished scholars and critics for a timely discussion about the great writers, artists, and filmmakers who documented and interpreted the period. Participants include Morris Dickstein, author of the recently published Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression; Peter Conn, author of The American 1930s: A Literary History; Molly Haskell, author of From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies; and Alice Kessler-Harris, author of In Pursuit of Equity: How Gender Shaped American Economic Citizenship. Moderated by Gary Giddins, author of Visions of Jazz: The First Century. Presented by the Center for the Humanities; free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Tuesday, September 22:

Speaking for the Middle East: Haifa Zangana & Hamid Dabashi in Conversation
(discussion) 7:00 PM, Martin E. Segal Theatre
Who Speaks for Iraqi women? Who speaks for the Middle East? Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, joins Haifa Zangana, writer, activist and former political prisoner in Iraq during the 1970's. They will discuss their parallel experiences growing up in Iran and Iraq in the same era, on different sides of the border, and the complexities of speaking for and about their troubled homelands. Haifa Zangana's memoir, Dreaming of Baghdad, has just been published by the Feminist Press. Moderated by Sara Pursley of the International Journal of Middle East Studies. Presented by the Center for the Humanities; free, for more information call 212-817-2005.

Wednesday, September 23—Saturday, October 31:

(art exhibition) building hours, Exhibition Halway
ITINERARIES, works 1979 - 2009 by Alan Turner, is an exhibition of drawings and paintings exploring abandoned locations -- ruins of antiquity, inventive shelters of the homeless, playgrounds of children -- with side trips in the natural world. Alan paints quirky images that mark an uncomfortable relationship between the body, containers, and consciousness. During the last few years, he has made paintings (Box Houses) based on models he has built from corrugated cardboard, which grew out of observations of the structures the homeless build for shelter. Recently, Turner’s trips to Rome have further shaped his artistic vision. An acute draftsman, his painting technique has become increasingly austere -- the newest "paintings" are simply graphite on canvas. Free, for more information call 212-431-5149.

Wednesday, September 23:

Drawing on the Musical Past: Music Iconology, Instrument Making, and Experimental Playing in Music Archaeology
(conference) 9:00 AM–6:30 PM, Elebash Recital Hall; through September 25
During the last decade, research in music archaeology and music iconography has become attractive not only among specialized archaeologists and musicologists, but also among instrument makers and musicians. This conference aims to present the advantages, risks, and limits of our knowledge about instrument making in the earliest periods of music history. Presented by the Research Center for Music Iconography; free, for information call 212-817-1992.

Thursday, September 24:

Music in Midtown:
Chamber Music On Fifth — A Program of Duos

1:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall
Music in Midtown begins another exciting fall season with a presentation of brilliant and dynamic young chamber players who are enrolled in the DMA music performance program at the Graduate Center. Various duos will perform works by Aaron Copland, Ludwig van Beethoven, Toru Takemitsu, and Alban Berg. Performers include Alina Kiryayeva, piano; Mirna Lekic, piano; Bonnie McAlvin, flute; Sunyoung Park, piano; Karen Rostron, violin; Emiko Sato, piano; Maksim Shtrykov, clarinet; and Ji Hyun Son, viola. Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations can be made at or by calling 212-817-8215 beginning August 24.

Advancing Feminist Poetics and Activism: A Gathering
(conference) 3:00–8:30 PM; also Friday, September 25
Belladonna celebrates ten years of publishing and supporting the feminist avant-garde with a two-day conference on feminist poetics and activism. Participants include Kathleen Fraser, Erica Hunt, Eileen Myles, Carla Harryman, Catriona Strang & Christin Stewart, Sally Silvers, Lila Zemborain & Cecilia Torino, and many others. Presented by the Center for the Humanities; for a complete schedule and registration information call 212-817-2005 or visit

Friday, September 25:

Comic-Film-Strip: Noam Elcott in Conversation
(discussion) 6:00 PM, Skylight Room
Columbia University art historian and film scholar Noam Elcott talks about the wordless, animated historic film program he curated as part of the Silent Pictures exhibition (see separate listing). Presented by the James Gallery; free, for information call 212-817-7138.

Saturday, September 26:

Celebrating Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
12:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall
The Center for the Humanities honors the extraordinary life and work of Graduate Center faculty member Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (1950-2009). Her groundbreaking works include Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire (1986); Epistemology of the Closet (1991); Tendencies (1993); Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity (2003); Dialogue on Love (1999); and a book of poems, Fat Art Thin Art (1994). Free, for more information call 212-817-2005.

Tuesday, September 29:

2009 Leon Levy Biography Lecture: Robert Caro
(discussion) 7:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall
Robert A. Caro, the lauded biographer of Robert Moses and President Lyndon Johnson, will deliver the 2009 Leon Levy Biography Lecture. Mr. Caro will give a unique talk on the process of researching and writing a biography, with a focus on his fourth and final volume of The Years of Lyndon Johnson, and examination of Johnson’s years in the White House. Presented by the Leon Levy Center for Biography; free, for information call 212-817-2005.

Submitted on: AUG 1, 2009

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