92Y and MacDowell Team Up for Series of Arts Conversations

May 6, 2021


Please join historian, author, visual artist, and MacDowell Board Chair Nell Painter for this multi-disciplinary series of conversations about creativity and the arts. The conversations serve to capture the magic of artists-in-residence from every discipline coming together to share thoughts and insights on the MacDowell residency grounds in Peterborough, NH. This series of talks features artists and luminaries from across the globe in dialogue, including Change-rae Lee, P. Carl, Michael Chabon, Linda Harrison, Garth Greenan, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Lonnie Bunch, Marc Payot, and others soon to be announced. This partnership series between MacDowell and the 92nd Street Y will take place over the course of 2021.

The first of these salons brought together actor and writer Andrea Martin, theatre director Indhu Rubasingham, and author Jacqueline Woodson in a discussion that probed the relationship between their identities and their art, as well as the barriers artists face when telling the stories that are traditionally left untold.


MAY 6, 2021: THE ENACTMENT OF IDENTITY. Read our press release for details.


with Garth Greenan, Linda C. Harrison, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Nell Painter


with Sally Field, Philip Himberg, Riva Lehrer, T. Kira Madden, and Nell Painter


with Lonnie G. Bunch III, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Nell Painter, and Marc Payot

* All 92Y premieres will air at 7:00 pm ET. MacDowell Supporter Salons with the panelists will take place immediately after, at 8:15 pm ET. Become a series supporter today and reserve your seat for the upcoming MacDowell Supporter Salons!

Please reach out to events@macdowell.org with questions about these events or about becoming a supporter.

Collage of six images. Four are portraits of event participants and the other two are the MacDowell and 92Y logos

Clockwise, from top left: Nell Painter by Dwight Carter, P. Carl by Asia Kepka, Chang-rae Lee by Annika Lee, Michael Chabon by Benjamin Tice Smith

Watch the Event Replay

"The Enactment of Identity" with Nell Painter, Michael Chabon, Chang-rae Lee, and P. Carl. May 6, 2021

Program Participants, May 6th:

After a fulfilling career as a publishing Princeton historian (most notably as the author of The History of White People), Nell Painter began again in art school, a move eliciting a great deal of curiosity. In residence at MacDowell in 2016, she completed a memoir entitled Old in Art School, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle autobiography award. In 2017 she completed the series "You Say This Can't Really Be America" and in 2018 she published an art review of Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power in the New York Review Daily. In residence at MacDowell in 2019, Painter created "Ancient Hair Book" and four installations on her studio wall for a project that will ultimately become an artist's book with the working title Were the Ancients White? Painter was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of MacDowell in 2020.

P. Carl
is a senior distinguished artist in residence, Department of Performing Arts, at Emerson College in Boston and the author of the memoir, Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition (Simon & Schuster, 2020). He was the Spring 2020 Anschutz Fellow at Princeton University, awarded a 2017 Art of Change Fellowship from the Ford Foundation, the Berlin Prize fellowship from the American Academy for the Fall of 2018, and the Andrew W. Mellon Creative Research Residency at the University of Washington. His work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe Magazine, and Lit Hub. He is currently working on the stage adaptation of Becoming a Man, commissioned by American Repertory Theater.

Michael Chabon is the author of many New York Times bestselling novels including Wonder Boys, which was made into a critically-acclaimed film featuring actors Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay was selected by the American Library Association as one of the Notable Books of 2000 and won the New York Society Library Prize for Fiction, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award, the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal, and the Pulitzer Prize. The Yiddish Policemen's Union won both the Nebula Award and Hugo Award for Best Novel. His other novels include Gentlemen of the Road, Telegraph Avenue, and Moonglow. Chabon has also written a number of screenplays, and co-wrote (with Ayelet Waldman and Susannah Grant) the Emmy-nominated Netflix series "Unbelievable." He is executive producer and showrunner for "Star Trek: Picard," and collaborated with acclaimed music producer Mark Ronson as lyricist for Ronson’s album "Uptown Special." Chabon has been a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters since 2012, and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of MacDowell from December 2010 until January of 2020.

Chang-rae Lee
is the author of six novels: Native Speaker (1995); A Gesture Life (1999); Aloft (2004); The Surrendered, which was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; On Such a Full Sea (2014), which was a Finalist for the NBCC and won the Heartland Fiction Prize; and most recently My Year Abroad (2021). His novels have won numerous awards and citations, including the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the American Book Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, ALA Notable Book of the Year Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Literary Award, the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, and the NAIBA Book Award for Fiction. He has also written stories and articles for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time (Asia), Granta, Conde Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, and many other publications.