Inaugural Keynote Lecture: Hilton Als
The Art + Research Center inaugurates its annual Knight Keynote with a talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New Yorker theater critic Hilton Als, who will present a new essay titled “Dear Friend of My Youth: Lynette Yiadom Boakye and the Romance of the Present.” A brief Q+A will follow.
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About Hilton Als
Hilton Als is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and curator. Als is currently the lead theater critic at The New Yorker, where he has worked as a staff writer since 1994 and a theatre critic since 2002. He began contributing to the magazine in 1989, writing pieces for The Talk of the Town. Week after week, he brings a rigorous, sharp, and lyrical perspective on acting, playwriting, and directing to the magazine. With his deep knowledge of the history of performance—not only in theatre but in dance, music, and visual art—he shows us how to view a production and how to place its director, its author, and its performers in the ongoing continuum of dramatic art. His reviews are not simply reviews; they are provocative contributions to the discourse on theatre, race, class, sexuality, and identity in America. He is currently working on a new book titled I Don’t Remember (Penguin, June 2020), a book-length essay on his experiences in AIDS-era New York.
About the Knight Keynote
The Art + Research Center inaugurates its Knight Keynote as part of its commitment to contribute to the city’s public discourse and cultural landscape. Every winter, the series will bring to Miami distinguished national and international voices to discuss relevant and pressing topics in our fast-changing society.