2013 BAMpresents ArtSpiegelman 613x463or 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!’


  1. Wordless was actually staged not last year, but last MONTH as part of the excellent GRAPHIC festival at the Sydney Opera House. It was a fantastic event, and highly recommended to those who get a chance to see it in Brooklyn. I think Spiegelman and Johnston should consider eventually turning the concert/performance into a documentary feature film.

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