Past Event

Old Masters: Art Spiegelman, Jules Feiffer, Alex Melamid

December 4, 2014 - December 10, 2014
6:15 PM - 8:15 PM
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Heyman Center for the Humanities
The Writing Program of the School of the Arts
Columbia University Libraries
The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies
The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center

Legendary artists and authors Jules Feiffer, Art Spiegelman, and Alex Melamid will discuss the history and achievements of aging artists, with a focus on artists whose best-known works were completed in the later years of their lives. The discussion will use as its starting point what renowned critic Barbara Herrnstein Smith called “the senile sublime.” From Michelangelo, to Willem de Kooning, to Chester Gould, all of whom lived into their 80s, these are artists whose later works reflect a higher state of mental freedom. It is these late works that have gained recognition at the turn of the 21st century. The discussion will also turn to Feiffer, an Old Master who has re-invented himself as an 85-year-old young "graphic novelist," having just published Kill My Mother to great acclaim.

This event is at capacity and we are no longer accepting registration. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m. and registered guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring your printed Eventbrite ticket to show at the door of the event.
At 6:15 pm, any available seats will be filled by wait-list attendees.

The event will be live-streamed on this web page beginning at 6:15 pm on December 2.

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