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Michael Chabon to Host Conversation with Photographer Carrie Mae Weems and Playwright Tony Kushner

Press Release - November 11, 2018

Type: Press Releases, Events

Sixth Annual Chairman’s Evening on December 4 Promises
Wide-Ranging Discussion of the Intersections of Creativity, Culture, and Issues of Our Time

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NEW YORK: The MacDowell Colony, one of the nation’s leading contemporary arts organizations, celebrates 111 years of fueling contemporary culture at the 6th Annual MacDowell Chairman’s Evening. On December 4, 2018, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and Fellow Michael Chabon, visual artist, MacDowell Fellow, and MacArthur Award and Rome Prize winner Carrie Mae Weems, and Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner will share insights on art, creativity, and culture at The High Line Hotel in New York. Open by invitation to MacDowell supporters, the intimate evening delivers a front row seat to the type of unscripted, interdisciplinary discussions that happen over dinner every night among artists and writers on MacDowell’s 450-acre New Hampshire property.

“I’ve never had a dinner-table conversation, while in residence at the MacDowell Colony, that was anything less than stimulating, but sometimes you get especially lucky, and find yourself seated between two artists who are not only powerful creative innovators but also gifted and delightful conversationalists. This year’s Chairman’s Evening promises to be one of those remarkable occasions. I’m really looking forward to it,” said MICHAEL CHABON.

Limited tickets are available to the public for a donation of $2,500 to the Colony to support our residency program.

Previous MacDowell Chairman’s Evenings featured inspiring discussions with Patti Smith and Salman Rushdie, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Lena Dunham, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Martin Scorsese, Ira Glass and Zadie Smith, and Paul Simon and Stephen Sondheim.

About the panelists:

Through image and text, film and performance, and her many convenings with individuals across a multitude of disciplines, Carrie Mae Weems has created a complex body of work that centers on her overarching commitment to helping us better understand our present moment by examining our collective past. Weems has received a multitude of awards, grants, and fellowships including the MacArthur Award; US Department of State’s Medals of Arts; Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome; the National Endowment of the Arts; and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, among many others. Major solo exhibitions of Carrie’s work include Carrie Mae Weems: The Museum Series, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2014), and Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, and traveled to: Portland Art Museum, Oregon; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University; Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2013 - 2014. She is represented in public and private collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Tate Modern, London, England; the Museum of Modern Art, NY and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Weems has been represented by Jack Shainman Gallery. She lives in Syracuse, New York with her husband Jeffrey Hoone who is Executive Director of Light Work.

Tony Kushner's plays include A Bright Room Called Day; Angels in America, Parts Oneand Two; Slavs!; Homebody/Kabul; the musical Caroline, or Change and the opera A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck, both with composer Jeanine Tesori; and The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide To Capitalism And Socialism With A Key To The Scriptures. He has adapted and translated Pierre Corneille's The Illusion, S.Y. Ansky's The Dybbuk, Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan and Mother Courage and Her Children; and the English-language libretto for the opera Brundibár by Hans Krasa. He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols' film of Angels In America, and for Steven Spielberg's Munich and Lincoln. His books include Brundibar, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; The Art of Maurice Sendak, 1980 to the Present; and Wrestling With Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon. Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award, two Oscar nominations, and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, among other honors. In 2012, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.

Michael Chabon is a MacDowell Fellow (14x, 1996 – 2017) and the Chairman of The MacDowell Colony Board of Directors and the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the novels The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Summerland, The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policeman's Union, Gentlemen of the Road, Telegraph Avenue, and Moonglow; the short story collections A Model World and Werewolves in Their Youth; and the essay collections Maps and Legends, Manhood for Amateurs, and the upcoming Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.

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Contemporary for 111 years:
Composer Edward MacDowell and pianist Marian MacDowell, his wife, founded The MacDowell Colony in 1907 to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which to produce enduring works of the imagination. In 1997, MacDowell was honored with the National Medal of the Arts. Each year, MacDowell welcomes more than 300 architects, composers, filmmakers, interdisciplinary artists, theatre artists, visual artists, and writers from across the United States and around the globe. More than 14,500 residencies have been awarded in the last 111 years. Recipients have included Ayad Akhtar, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ellen Driscoll, Louise Erdrich, Osvaldo Golijov, Cathy Park Hong, Dee Rees, Colson Whitehead, and Julia Wolfe. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon is the chairman of MacDowell’s board of directors.