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Learn about a work’s inspiration, ask questions of its creators, and deepen your understanding of the artistic process and the role of a theatre artist at the Center and beyond.
The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek
Talkback Series (post-show): April 28; May 14, 19, 26; June 9
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World of the Play: Exploring Outsider Art
Saturday, May 16 at 4:30pm
Athol Fugard’s The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek is suggested by the life of Nukain Mabusa, a farm laborer and artist who lived in South Africa. From the mid-1960s to the early-1980s, Mabusa painted bright geometrical patterns on the rocks near his small hut in Revolver Creek, which have since been recognized as important works of “Outsider Art.” Outsider Artists, like the self-taught Mabusa, work outside the formal boundaries of the established art world, creating works for themselves without regard to exhibition, monetary compensation, or formal training. In this World of the Play panel, Signature will explore the men and women who make Outsider Art. Why do these artists create work in solitude? Is their work autobiographical in nature, since it is made for the artists themselves? Why is there such an allure around the discovery of “authentic” art? What can Outsider Art teach us about our broader culture?
What happens when this art passes from isolation to acceptance?
Andrew Edlin was born in Manhattan in 1961 and grew up in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. After graduating from the Horace Mann School in 1979, he attended the University of Vermont, where he received his B.A. in English Literature in 1983. In 2001, Edlin founded Andrew Edlin Gallery with a program specializing in self-taught art and art brut. He acquired the Outsider Art Fair in 2012 under the auspices of the newly formed company Wide Open Arts.
Edward M. Gómez is an arts journalist, critic, author, and graphic designer. He is the senior editor of the London-based Outsider-Art magazine Raw Vision and the New York correspondent of the American magazine Art & Antiques. A specialist in Outsider Art and in Japanese modern art, he has lived and worked in Japan, speaks and works in Japanese and several other languages, and has won the Fulbright Fellowship and Asian Cultural Council fellowship to Japan for his research in the field of Japanese modernism. He won the Swiss National Art Council’s Pro Helvetia award in support of his research about the legendary Swiss art brut artist Adolf Wölfli.
Kristin Sancken is a New York-based writer, curator, and art consultant. Recent curatorial projects include “Logical Guesses” (New York, 2014) and “Breathless” (New York, 2014), the DJ for a Cure 2014 Winter Benefit (New York, 2014), a permanent collection for Diaspora Community Services (New York, 2013), “Kink” by Andrea Mary Marshall (New York, 2013), and “Paper Vernacular” (New York, 2013), as well as the 2012 selling exhibition “Watercolors” at Phillips de Pury & Co.
Sancken holds an MA in Art Business from the Sotheby's Institute of Art in New York City, where she completed her thesis on the market for Outsider Art, and continues to be an avid collector and supporter of Outsider and Self-Taught art.
Brian Phillips (Moderator) is the co-editor of the Journal of Human Rights Practice, published by Oxford University Press. Based now in Toronto, he presently works as an independent human rights consultant. From 2003 until 2006, he was Chair of the Oxford Brookes University MA program in Humanitarian and Development Practice (UK) – where he was also Senior Lecturer in Human Rights Practice. He worked as a campaigner and educator for Amnesty International in London from 1989 – 2001 – and was the Campaign Coordinator for the organization’s Europe Regional Program from 1995 - 2001.
What I did last summer
Talkback Series (post-show): May 5, 21, 26; June 2
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Page to Stage (pre-show):
Hear the full story of playwright A.R. Gurney and director Jim Simpson's development process, from initial idea to final production.
May 6 at 6pm
Backstage Pass (pre-show):
Get an inside look at the mechanics behind the magic in this pre-show discussion with costume designer Claudia Brown. Learn how costume design shapes the audience experience and transforms a production.
Thursday, May 21 at 6pm
Signature Book Club:
Delve into the context of A.R. Gurney’s work by discussing The Grand Manner and The Cocktail Hour. Explore theatre’s connection to other art forms through a guided discussion with Signature’s literary staff.
Thursday, May 28 at 7:30pm
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supplemental program DESCRIPTIONS:
- Talkback Series: Learn about the process of putting on a production, what it's like to play the characters, what goes on behind the scenes, and much more in this post-show Q&A session with the cast and creative team.
- Book Club: Delve into the context of a Signature playwright’s work by discussing a related book or play and explore theatre's connection to other art forms through a guided discussion with Signature's literary staff.
- Backstage Pass: Get an inside look at the mechanics behind the magic in this pre-show discussion with one of the show's designers. Learn how design shapes the audience experience and transforms a production.
- Page to Stage: Hear the full story on how artists transform an idea into a play through a moderated discussion with members of the Artistic Team.
- Signature Cinema: Theatre and cinema meet in this screening series of movies related to Signature playwrights and productions. Past movies have included Tender Mercies, Lackawanna Blues, Enter the Dragon, and Margaret.
- The World of the Play: Explore cultural themes in the play and gain insight into the intellectual context for the work in this moderated discussion, featuring a panel of scholars, experts and artists.
- The Art of Collaboration: Dig deep into the relationship of multiple artists to understand how their creative dynamic has changed over time in this pre-show conversation between longtime artistic collaborators.
IMAGE: Zachary Quinto in Angels in America by Tony Kushner. Photo by Joan Marcus.