Two performances only: 3pm and 8pm, Saturday, January 25.
A Chicago premiere, this innovative show combines slides, talk, film, and live musical performance. Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist renowned for 'Maus: A Survivor's Tale' and 'In the Shadow of No Towers,' collaborated with acclaimed jazz composer Phillip Johnston whose sextet underscores the multimedia presentation with new original music. WORDLESS! brings to life the work of five of the most important artists of the wordless novel - Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, Milt Gross, Otto Nuckel, and Si Lewen - in a series of animated projections. The program also contains new original work created by Spiegelman, as well as animating and musicalizing some of his older short wordless strips.
This event, organized by the Logan Center in partnership with UChicago professor Hillary Chute, is part of the first performance tour of WORDLESS!, following stops at the Sydney Opera House and New York City's BAM. The Sydney Opera House commissioned the new work for its fall festival, GRAPHIC, where WORDLESS! premiered October 5, 2013.
Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston's WORDLESS! is presented by the Logan Center and made possible by the generous support of UChicago Arts, the University of Chicago's Humanities Division Visiting Committee, the Adelyn Russell Bogert Fund of the Franke Institute for the Humanities, Arts Council, the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture, Critical Inquiry, the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, and the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry. Additional support provided by the Departments of Art History, Cinema and Media Studies, English Language and Literature, Music, and Visual Arts. Newcity is the official media sponsor.