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Old Masters: Art Spiegelman, Jules Feiffer, Alex Melamid

General Programming

dateDecember 2, 2014 timeTuesday, 6:15pm EST location The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies (Casa Italiana), Columbia University
  • 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
  • Image Credit/Caption: Reprinted from Kill My Mother: A Graphic Novel by Jules Feiffer. Copyright © 2014 by B. Mergendeiler

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 renown 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 waitlist attendees. The event will be Livestreamed at the Italian Academy event page.

Art Spiegelman will be back with us in the spring for WORDLESS! with composer Phillip Johnston. Tickets on sale now at Miller Theatre box office for the March 13 event!

  • Jules Feiffer Artist and Writer
  • Alex Melamid Artist
  • Art Spiegelman Artist and Writer