Lectures, Films, and Performances

Lectures, Films, and Performances

Lectures and Films

Graphic. Memoir. Psychoanalysis. A talk on Alison Bechdel by Dr. Martin Gliserman
Thursday, September 20 / 4:30pm
A reception follows

As part of our opening celebration for Self-Confessed! The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel, we welcome Rutgers English professor Dr. Martin Gliserman. The talk opens up some history of "graphic," "memoir," & "psychoanalysis" as a way to look at the dynamics of Bechdel's two graphic memoirs, Fun Home and Are You My Mother?, written largely when she was in therapy with psychodynamic practitioners, and focused on her relationship with her parents. During the time she is in therapy, she falls in love (transference) with D. W. Winnicott (a British psychoanalyst) and frames her second memoir in his conceptual terms. The talk suggests that ambivalence drives the memoirs and Winnicott helps her understand that divided self.     

Artist Talk by Lulu Delacre, Illustrator of Sonia Sotomayor’s Turning Pages: My Life Story
Tuesday, October 2 / 6pm
A book signing follows

In conjunction with The Art of Turning Pages: Illustrations by Lulu Delacre for Sonia Sotomayor’s Life Story, we are delighted to welcome award-winning illustrator Lulu Delacre for a talk on her distinguished career. Born and raised in Puerto Rico to Argentinean parents, Delacre’s Latino heritage and life experiences inform her work, and she has been honored with the Pura Belpré Award for best portrayal of the Latino cultural experience in a work of literature for children three times. Her 39 books include Arroz con Leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America; Salsa Stories; ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! Descubriendo el bosque nublado; Olinguito, from A to Z! Unveiling the Cloud Forest; and Us, in Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos, with many titles having received multiple starred reviews and awards. This talk is part of our October Art After Hours -  join us anytime starting at 5pm for music and refreshments.

An Evening with Alison Bechdel
Wednesday, October 10 / 7pm
Kirkpatrick Chapel, 81 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ (across from the Zimmerli)
FREE – registration required
Zimmerli members receive priority seating for this event. Visit the Become a Member page for details and enrollment. 

In conjunction with her Zimmerli exhibition, Alison Bechdel, the MacArthur “genius” award-winning author of Fun Home, joins us to share insights into her practice as both a writer and artist, in conversation with comics scholar Hillary Chute.

Alison Bechdel’s celebrated career began over 35 years ago with the pioneering comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. In 2006, she published her New York Times bestselling memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which later became a Tony-award winning musical. Her most recent work is Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama (2012). Her comics have also appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, Slate, and McSweeney’s.

Hillary Chute is the Distinguished Professor of English and Art + Design at Northeastern University. Her acclaimed books on comics and contemporary literature include Why Comics: From Underground to Everywhere (2017), Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists (2014), and Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (2010). She is a columnist for The New York Times Book Review and has also has written for Artforum, Bookforum, The Believer, and Poetry. Chute received her PhD from Rutgers University in 2006.

*The Zimmerli is open until 7pm on 10/10 so that attendees may view Self-Confessed! The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel prior to the event.

Photos McKay Imaging Photography