2013 Sackler Center First Awards, Honoring Julie Taymor
The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum presents the Sackler Center First Awards, honoring women who are first in their fields.
The 2013 Sackler Center First Awards honors Julie Taymor, the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical.
In conversation with Gloria Steinem. Award presented by Elizabeth A. Sackler.
In 1998, Julie Taymor became the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, and won a Tony for Best Costumes, for her production of The Lion King. The musical has gone on to become Broadway's all-time highest-grossing show and the fifth-longest-running show in Broadway history. For her latest Broadway production, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Taymor served as director and co--book writer. Her 1996 Broadway debut, Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass, earned five Tony nominations. Other theater credits include The Green Bird, Titus Andronicus, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, The Transposed Heads, and Liberty's Taken. Taymor is currently preparing for the stage a new adaptation of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which will premiere in fall 2013 as the inaugural production at Theatre for a New Audience's permanent new home in downtown Brooklyn. Taymor's feature films include Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, and Alan Cumming; the biographical film Frida, starring Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina, which earned six Academy Award nominations, winning two; the Beatles-inspired Across the Universe, nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy; and her Helen Mirren--starring adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Tempest, which had its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival following a world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival. Beyond the theater and screen, Taymor has directed five operas internationally, including Oedipus Rex with Jessye Norman, for which she earned the International Classical Music Award for Best Opera Production and an Emmy for a subsequent film version; as well as Salomé, The Flying Dutchman, Die Zauberflöte (in repertory at The Met), The Magic Flute (the abridged English version, which inaugurated a PBS series entitled "Great Performances at The Met"), and Elliot Goldenthal's Grendel. Taymor is a 1991 recipient of the MacArthur "genius" Fellowship.
This event took place at the Brooklyn Museum Thursday, June 13, 2013. Video courtesy of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation.
Reading and Book Signing: Karen Avrich
Join Karen Avrich as she reads from her new biography, Sasha and Emma, about the intertwined lives of anarchists Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman. After meeting in a Lower East Side coffee shop in 1889, Goldman and Berkman forged a fifty-year relationship as friends, lovers, and comrades. This dual biography looks not only at their lives, but at the importance of the anarchist movement they shaped. Book signing to follow.
This event took place at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on May 19, 2013. Video courtesy Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation.
Panel Discussion: "Art, Sex, and Power: Tattooed Women Today"
A discussion and visual presentation about how women's tattooing relates to sexuality, fashion, fine art, and feminism. Featuring Margot Mifflin, journalist, CUNY professor, and author of Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo and Marisa Kakoulas, lawyer, founder of needlesandsins.com, and author of a series of tattoo art books, including Black Tattoo Art, Volume 2 (forthcoming).
This event took place at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on April 13, 2013. Video courtesy Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation.
Panel Discussion: Eva Hesse 1965
Taking inspiration from the exhibition Eva Hesse 1965, currently on view at Hauser & Wirth, in London, this panel reexamines Hesse's legacy by focusing on her artistic experimentation during 1965, a pivotal period when she rethought her approach to color, materials, and two-dimensional work, and formed the foundation for her sculptural practice. Elisabeth Sussman, Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art, moderates a conversation among writer William S. Wilson and contributors to the exhibition catalogue Todd Alden, Susan Fisher Sterling, and Kirsten Swenson.
This event took place at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on March 16, 2013. Video courtesy Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation.
Film Screening: Hilde Holger—Her Legacy
The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art presents Hilde Holger—Her Legacy (2012, dir. Primavera Boman, 60 min.), a documentary on the life of expressionist dancer and choreographer Hilde Holger. After fleeing Nazi Vienna, Holger founded dance schools in both Bombay and London, and pioneered inclusive dance. A discussion between Boman—the filmmaker and Holger's daughter—and journalist Stephanie Genkin will follow.
This event took place at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on January 27, 2013. Video courtesy Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation.