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Roman. Comic Mask, Held by a Right Hand, perhaps 2nd century. Marble, 7 1/2 x 6 1/8 x 3 3/4 in. (19.0 x 15.6 x 9.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Julius J. Ivanitsky in memory of his parents, Jacob and Ida Ivanitsky, 79.119.2. Creative Commons-BY

Conversation: Aristophanes and Political Satire

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

7 pm

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Political satire in the age of social media has had an unprecedented reach, and with it an increased ability to effect change. In antiquity, Aristophanes's plays addressed many political issues of the day, using artistic license to launch bold attacks on his contemporaries. Join us as artists and influencers talk about how their work can question and criticize abuses of power using humor, wit, or scathing sarcasm. Panelists include Jennifer Y. Chi, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Brooklyn Museum; Bruce Norris, Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright; Denis O'Hare, acclaimed actor (An Iliad, American Horror Story); and Francoise Mouly, art editor at The New Yorker. Moderated by Alexandra Petri, of The Washington Post.

This event is free of charge, but please RSVP.

Questions about this event? Email us at information@brooklynmuseum.org.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition David Levine: Some of the People, All of the Time and in partnership with the Onassis Cultural Center New York’s Birds: A Festival Inspired by Aristophanes.