Samuel Beckett & Clyfford Still: Uncommon Perspectives in the Late 1950s
Produced by the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and co-presented with the Clyfford Still Museum
Black Box Theater
Monday, April 14, 2014
Amanda Giguere, Ph.D.
Lecturer at CU Boulder, Department of Theater and Dance
Samuel Beckett changed the face of 20th century drama with plays like Waiting for Godot, Krapp's Last Tape, and Endgame. As his career progressed, Beckett's style became increasingly minimalistic, and his later work featured stripped-down, tightly focused scenarios. What was the cultural landscape of the late 1950s, and why were artists like Beckett, Clyfford Still, and John Cage, among others, experimenting with non-realistic, abstract techniques? This introductory talk will discuss Beckett's impact on the theatre, his resonance with other artistic experiments in visual arts, music, and dance, and will set the stage for the live reading of Beckett's radio play, Embers.
A live reading of the radio play, Embers by Samuel Beckett
In the late 1950s, when Clyfford Still and his fellow Abstract Expressionists were at the height of their popularity, theater artists were struggling to move past the constraints of Realism – and perhaps none succeeded so well as Nobel Laureate Samuel Beckett, whose seminal work Waiting for Godot had premiered in 1953. In the radio play Embers, originally broadcast in 1959, Beckett’s minimalism is reduced to voice and sound only, as Henry – a writer and storyteller – recollects and tries to interpret the key figures and details of his life.
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The Clyfford Still Museum will also host the Arvada Center’s presentation of Samuel Beckett & Clyfford Still: Uncommon Perspectives in the Late 1950s on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for this reading can be purchased through the Clyfford Still Museum.
Clyfford Still Museum
1250 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204
Samuel Beckett & Clyfford Still: Uncommon Perspectives in the Late 1950s is a collaborative venture in support of the Clyfford Still Museum exhibition, 1959: The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Exhibition Recreated. The 1959 exhibition runs February 14 through June 15, 2014, which also coincides with the Denver Art Museum exhibition, Modern Masters: 20th-Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.