Art Spiegelman's 'WORDLESS!' with music by Phillip Johnston

In his Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece, MAUS—a moving father-son memoir about the Holocaust drawn with cats and mice—Art Spiegelman changed the definition of comics forever. In WORDLESS! --  a new and stimulating hybrid of slides, talk and musical performance -- he probes further into the nature and possibilities of his medium.

Spiegelman, noted as a historian and theorist of comics as well as an artist, collaborates with Phillip Johnston, the critically acclaimed jazz composer who wrote all-new scores he will be performing live with his sextet. Johnston is best known for his work as a jazz composer (Microscopic Septet, The Coolerators), and as a creator of music for silent films, most recently Lotte Reineger's 1927 animated feature, The Adventures of Prince Achmed. This work was originally commissioned by the Sydney Opera House for GRAPHIC.

Named one of Time magazine's '100 Most Influential People', Art Spiegelman has been translated into over 25 languages. Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies. Part of a year-long series of events, titled "The Book Unbound," in celebration of the new Sawyer Library.

Free tickets available at the '62CTD box office.  413-597-2425, Tues - Sat, 1-5 pm or online.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:30pm

MainStage, ’62 Center

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Arts at Williams


Music, English, Jewish Studies, German




Tickets are free but required

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Alexandar Mihailovic

Alexandar Mihailovic left a positive review 3/10/2015

Very interesting idea, providing music to the screened pages of wordless graphic novels. I found the novels themselves to be uneven in quality. The images that Speigelman provided from his own work were often much better, in terms of draftsmanship and composition. The work of Frans Masereel was, however, breathtaking.

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