Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson

“1 Have You Been Here Before / 2 No This Is the First Time”

An Evening With Robert Wilson

October 9, 2014

Public lecture: 6.30pm – 9:00pm
Albright Knox Art Gallery Auditorium
1285 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222

Film Screenings:
7:00pm – Tuesday September 30th at Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY
6:00pm – Wednesday October 8th in 112 Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo North Campus

All events are free and open to the public.

The University at Buffalo Department of Art, Technē Institute of Arts and Technology, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Humanities Institute, the Departments of Music and Media Study, The Albright Knox Art Gallery, and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center invite you to join us on Thursday, October 9, from 6:30 – 9:00 pm for: “1 Have You Been Here Before / 2 No This is The First Time” / An Evening With Robert Wilson” in the Albright Knox Art Gallery auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The film, Robert Wilson, a compilation of documentary footage taken by Wilson and his production crew of his various projects, offers an unprecedented opportunity to see the arc of Wilson’s extraordinary 50-plus year career. Filled with remarkable dramatic moments and rarely seen footage of performances from around the globe, including a performance at the 1972 Shiraz Arts Festival in pre-revolutionary Iran, the film offers a rare look at Wilson’s celebrated career.

Robert Wilson is an American experimental theater stage director and playwright who has been described by the media as “[America]’s — or even the world’s — foremost avant-garde ‘theater artist’”. Over the course of his wide-ranging career, he has also worked as a choreographer, performer, painter, sculptor, video artist, and sound and lighting designer. He is best known for his collaborations with Philip Glass on Einstein on the Beach, and with numerous other artists, including, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, , Rufus Wainwright, Marina Abramović and Lady Gaga.

Wilson will talk about poignant moments of his career, the arc of his still developing aesthetic, and some of his key projects. This talk is a rare opportunity to hear Robert Wilson as he seldom speaks publically about his work.

Since the late 1960s, Wilson’s productions have decisively shaped the look of contemporary theater and opera. Through his signature use of light, his investigations into the structure of a simple movement, and the classical rigor of his scenic and furniture design, Wilson has continuously articulated the force and originality of his vision. Wilson’s close ties and collaborations with leading artists, writers, and musicians continue to fascinate audiences worldwide.

Jonathan D, Katz, director of the Doctoral Program in Visual Studies at UB commented,” We are very fortunate to be able to bring Robert Wilson to Buffalo as the next speaker in our biannual Leslie Lohman Queer Arts Lecture Series. There is perhaps no vision as influential, far reaching and transformative in theatrical performance today, and the irony is that this has been the case for nearly 50 years, in countries across the globe. He may very well be the single most influential American in the performing arts across both the 20th and 21st centuries.”