Four different artists—a painter, poet, designer/photographer, and composer—discussed the creative process and the relationship between creators and their audiences to begin Radcliffe Day, on Friday, May 31, at the Loeb Drama Center. Diane Paulus, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater (ART) and professor of the practice of theatre at Harvard, moderated the discussion, titled “From Artist to Audience.”
The four discussants, all former fellows at the Bunting Institute or Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, were poet, essayist, and playwright Elizabeth Alexander, RI ’08; painter Beverly McIver, RI ’03; designer/photographer Mark Robbins, RI ’03, and contemporary composer Augusta Read Thomas, BI ’91. Alexander read her poem “Praise Song for the Day” at the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama, J.D. ’91—and gave a reprise at the Loeb. McIver and her mentally disabled sister Renee were the subject of a 2012 documentary, Raising Renee, directed by Jeanne Jordan, BI ’93, RI ’03. (The two met at the Radcliffe Institute.) Robbins is executive director of the International Center of Photography, and Thomas is one of the country’s most-performed classical composers. Examples of the works of all four creators were available as the audience took its seats.
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