Three-Part Conversation Series with Author David Shields Begins October 20

SEATTLE, WA, October 11, 2018

The Value of a Work of Art Can Be Measured By the Harm Spoken of It


Saturday, October 20, 2 pm: War Is Beautiful with guest Whitney Otto
Saturday, November 10, 2 pm: Lynch: A History with guest Kurt Streeter
Saturday, December 1, 2 pm: I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel with guest Caleb Powell

The Frye Art Museum is proud to present a three-part series examining key literary and film works by author David Shields, contextualized using the touchstones of lived experience, art, and politics. Shields will be joined by special guests from the fields of literature, journalism, and sports.

Shields received the 2015 James W. Ray Venture Distinguished Artist Award, which is funded by the Raynier Institute & Foundation through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium. The award supports and advances the creative work of outstanding artists living and working in Washington State and culminates in a presentation at the Frye Art Museum.

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David Shields is the internationally bestselling author of twenty books, including Reality Hunger, The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead, Black Planet, and Other People: Takes & Mistakes. The film adaptation of I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel was released by First Pond Entertainment last year; The Trouble With Men: Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power is forthcoming next year. The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships and senior contributing editor of Conjunctions, Shields has published essays and stories in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Esquire, Yale Review, Salon, Slate, McSweeney’s, and Believer. His work has been translated into two dozen languages.

Whitney Otto is the author of five novels, including How to Make an American Quilt, which was a New York Times bestseller and adapted into a feature film produced by Steven Spielberg. Now You See Her was nominated for an Oregon Book Award. The Passion Dream Book was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Eight Girls Taking Pictures was published in 2012. Her novels have been published in fourteen languages. Her articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Oregonian. In 2006 she had an art exhibition of her shadow boxes at the Littman & White Galleries in Portland.

Kurt Streeter was born and raised in Seattle. His father was one of the first African-American basketball players at the University of Oregon and a pioneering black architect in Seattle. His parents were among the first bi-racial couples to be married in the state of Oregon, in 1954. After a stint in the minor leagues of pro tennis, Streeter became a Metro reporter and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, then a feature writer for ESPN The Magazine. He is now a national sportswriter for the New York Times.

Caleb Powell has work in Pleiades, The Sun Magazine, and The Superstition Review. The Seneca Review published an excerpt from his nonfiction book, Love and Happiness and Suffering in Sialkot, Pakistan. He lives just north of Seattle with his wife and three daughters, and he coaches girls basketball.

Support for this program is provided by the Raynier Institute & Foundation through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium.

The Frye Art Museum is a living legacy of visionary patronage and civic responsibility, committed to artistic inquiry and a rich visitor experience. A catalyst for our engagement with contemporary art and artists is the Founding Collection of Charles and Emma Frye, access to which shall always be free.

The Frye Art Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

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