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Laurie Anderson, Margaret Atwood to Join Author Michael Chabon at MacDowell Chairman’s Evening


Multimedia artist, composer, and performer Laurie Anderson and best-selling novelist, poet and educator Margaret Atwood will join novelist, screenwriter, and MacDowell Colony Chairman of the Board Michael Chabon on stage at Glasshouse Chelsea on Monday, December 9, 2019 where they will share their insights on art, creativity, and culture. The MacDowell Colony, one of the nation’s leading contemporary arts organizations, celebrates 112 years of fueling contemporary culture by hosting its seventh Chairman’s Evening. Open by invitation to MacDowell supporters, the intimate event delivers a front row seat to the type of unscripted, interdisciplinary discussions that happen over dinner every night between artists-in-residence on the organization’s 450-acre Peterborough, New Hampshire, property.

“I can’t think of two more exciting artists – and social commentators – who’ve demonstrated the versatility and vitality Laurie Anderson and Margaret Atwood have over the arcs of their individual careers,” says Michael Chabon. “From her groundbreaking performance and film work, to her composing and recording careers, and work as a poet, Laurie Anderson defines artistic experimentation and creative derring-do. Margaret Atwood likewise has always pushed and then burst through creative envelopes, and she’s done it in her novels, short stories, essays, poetry, teaching, and even as she fights for environmental and social justice. What could be more fun, and more important right now, than sitting down for a conversation about culture with these two brilliant women?”

The stimulating conversations that result when resident MacDowell artists working in seven different disciplines gather at the end of the day are a valuable component of the MacDowell experience. MacDowell’s open application policy offers more than 300 artists each year a full fellowship that includes a private studio, meals, living accommodations, and stays from two weeks to two months.

Invitations for Chairman’s Evening are first offered to those who have supported MacDowell’s residency program at the $2,500 level or above in 2019. There are very limited seats available for new contributors. The evening is limited to 130 guests, so reserve your space early.

Previous MacDowell Chairman’s Evenings featured inspiring discussions with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Martin Scorsese, Patti Smith and Salman Rushdie, Carrie Mae Weems and Tony Kushner, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Lena Dunham, Ira Glass and Zadie Smith, and Paul Simon and Stephen Sondheim.

Composer Edward MacDowell and pianist Marian MacDowell, his wife, founded The MacDowell Colony in 1907 to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which to produce enduring works of the imagination. In 1997, MacDowell was honored with the National Medal of the Arts. Each year, MacDowell welcomes more than 300 architects, composers, filmmakers, interdisciplinary artists, theatre artists, visual artists, and writers from across the United States and around the globe. More than 15,000 residencies have been awarded in the last 112 years. Recipients have included Ayad Akhtar, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Louise Erdrich, Osvaldo Golijov, Cathy Park Hong, Glenn Ligon, Dee Rees, Vijay Seshadri, Ann Patchett, Colson Whitehead, and Julia Wolfe. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon is the chairman of MacDowell’s Board of Directors.  

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