or at least to BAM in Brooklyn.
WORDLESS! originally was staged as a one-off in Sydney, Australia last year and features a multimedia mix of comics, music, and slideshow. Here’s a piece from The Australian on the debut.
Better get tickets fast.
Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston: WORDLESS!
Words / Music / Comix
Picture stories by Frans Masereel, H.M. Bateman, Lynd Ward, Otto Nuckel, Milt Gross, Si Lewen, and Art Spiegelman
Music by Phillip Johnston
Celebrated cartoonist Art Spiegelman comes to BAM with WORDLESS!, an innovative hybrid of slides, talk, and musical performance created in collaboration with acclaimed jazz composer Phillip Johnston. Spiegelman leads audiences on a personal tour of the first graphic novels—silent picture stories made by early-20th-century masters like Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, and Milt Gross—accompanied by an all-new score by Johnston, who performs with his sextet. In navigating ‘the battle between words and pictures,’ Spiegelman smashes at the hyphen between high and low art, featuring a new work drawn specifically for this project called ‘Shaping Thought!’
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.