The Public Theater, New York Magazine and the Aspen Institute Arts Program present a Public Forum event: The Culture Capital: Is New York City Still A Home For Artists?
On May 7, the Public Forum will consider how the creative life of New York City has changed. Does the city continue to attract strange collections of artists that way? Have changes to the city affected the work that gets produced, or the collaborations that occur? How does the city’s creative life affect the rest of us?
Act I: Culture writers from New York Magazine will hold a provocative roundtable discussion about the changes they have seen in the city’s creative life. Novelist and Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen (contributing editor), Justin Davidson (classical music/architecture critic), Amy Larocca (fashion director), and Jerry Saltz (art critic) will exchange views on how the creative life of the city has changed. Damian Woetzel, former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet and now the Director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program, will moderate.
Act II: Four up-and-coming New York artists will talk about the pleasures and perils of living and working in the city’s arts scene right now – and give us a glimpse of its future. The conversation will feature the celebrated young composer Gabriel Kahane; the writer/director Young Jean Lee, who was recently hailed as “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by The New York Times; the visual and video artist Kalup Linzy, who was recently named a “Young Master” by New York Magazine; and the Brooklyn-based novelist and story writer Emma Straub, the author of the breakout story collection Other People We Married. The discussion will be led by Jeremy McCarter, the director of the Public Forum.
The evening will also feature a special preview performance of music from February House by Gabriel Kahane.
Tickets are available through the Public Theater box office by phone at (212) 967-7555 or in person (Hours Sun & Mon 1-6, Tue-Sat 1-7:30).