Show & Tell Interactive Series at MPL

posted Jan 15, 2013, 11:07 AM by Karen C.

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Announcing a new interactive arts and speaker series from the Montclair Public Library!

Thursday, January 24 at 7 pm
Free and open to the public

Artists, authors, and audiences come together for talks, discussions, and demonstrations on art and culture in this new series at Montclair Public Library. Show & Tell's inaugural events will provide educational context for selected performances presented by Peak Performances at Montclair State University’s Alexander Kasser Theater, and strengthen the connections between the Montclair community and its university.

Join Tom Whitehead, co-author of the recent biography Clementine Hunter: Her Life and Art, for a discussion of the work of treasured African American artist Clementine Hunter. Born in Natchitoches, Louisiana, Clementine Hunter drew from her experiences working and living on a southern cotton plantation during the last century to capture the everyday moments of a now-vanished way of life. By the time of her death, at age 101, she had produced thousands of paintings and had become celebrated the world over. Her paintings, originally sold by Hunter for 25 or 50 cents, are now considered priceless.

Tom Whitehead first met Hunter in 1966, becoming an expert on her work and a personal friend. He is professor emeritus of journalism at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and continues to speak and write widely on Hunter and her work.

Show & Tell is presented by Terra Tea and Fair Trade in partnership with the Montclair Public Library and Peak Performances at Montclair State University's Alexander Kasser Theater.

About the production:
World Premiere – A Peak Production
Robert Wilson | Bernice Johnson Reagon | Toshi Reagon | Jacqueline Woodson
Zinnias: The Life of Clementine Hunter
January 26 – February 3
Clementine Hunter’s unique journey as a self-taught artist in the early 20th century is brought to the stage in a new chamber opera by Robert Wilson, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Toshi Reagon, and Jacqueline Woodson. Follow-up your Show & Tell experience with a visit to the Alexander Kasser Theater for this world premiere event.
World Premiere of Zinnias: The Life of Clementine Hunter produced by Peak Performances at Montclair State University in January 2013. Zinnias: The Life of Clementine Hunter is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Visit for tickets - every seat $15!

Show & Tell Save the Date!
Thursday, March 14, 2013: Via Katlehong Dance (South Africa)
Thursday, April 11, 2013: Stravinsky’sThe Rite of Spring
Thursday, May 9, 2013: Music of Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet peak perf

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