Exhibition on view: March 4, 2020 –
Performances begin February 29th
Artists Space, in collaboration with acclaimed theater critic Hilton Als, celebrates the singular vision of 88-year-old playwright Adrienne Kennedy through a series of live performances, readings, screenings, and archival materials that transform the building's lower level into a theater and exhibition in homage to Kennedy's radical vision. The multi-format program engages with the stories, literary figures, movies, and historical events that continue to inspire the playwright's groundbreaking work. Her plays boldly defy modernism's trajectory by actively blending and juxtaposing unlikely voices and tones, these startling multiplicities often located within single shifting characters. In their brutal eloquence, Kennedy's plays draw from diverse mythological, historical, and geographic references to constitute identity amidst the violent forces that have historically demarcated its ambivalent shape.
Special thanks to the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin, Texas and La MaMa Archives/The Ellen Stewart Private Collection for lending us materials for the exhibition.