Join us for an intimate evening with Robert Wilson, one of the world’s foremost theater and visual artists, and an avant-garde visionary. Wilson invites us into his astonishing aesthetic universe with hundreds of striking images from throughout his prolific career, in an intimate self-portrait of his creative process.
The performance will reference Wilson’s landmark original works for the stage such as Deafman Glance, A Letter for Queen Victoria, Einstein on the Beach, The CIVIL warS, and The Black Rider, as well as his acclaimed work for the operatic and theatrical repertoire, including his luminous stagings of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Wagner’sRing Cycle, Mozart’sThe Magic Flute,Ibsen’sPeer Gynt, and Heiner Mueller’sQuartett.
To conclude the evening, audience members will be invited to explore the performance further during a Question and Answer session with Wilson.
The H. Peter Stern Lecture
The annual H. Peter Stern Lecture extends the legacy of long-time World Monuments Fund Trustee H. Peter Stern. As a student at Harvard, Peter Stern resolved to follow in the footsteps of the English historian and philosopher Arnold Toynbee and see what remained of all the world’s great civilizations. Honoring his long legacy of service to WMF, the H. Peter Stern Lecture presents speakers who explore civilization’s great places, continuing the cycle of intellectual curiosity, search, and inspiration that Peter Stern began many years ago.
After being educated at the University of Texas and Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, Wilson founded the New York‐based performance collective “The Byrd Hoff‐ man School of Byrds” in the mid‐1960s, and developed his first signature works, including Deafman Glance (1970) and A Letter for Queen Victoria (1974‐1975). With Philip Glass he wrote the seminal opera Einstein on the Beach (1976). Wilson’s artistic collaborators include many writers and musicians such as Heiner Müller, Tom Waits, Susan Sontag, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, Lou Reed and Jessye Norman. He has also left his imprint on masterworks such as Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Debussy’s Pelléas et Melisande, Brecht/Weill’s Threepenny Opera, Goethe’s Faust, Jean de la Fontaine’s Fables and Homer’s Odyssey. Wilson's drawings, paintings and sculptures have been presented around the world in hundreds of solo and group showings, and his works are held in private collections and museums throughout the world. Wilson has been honored with numerous awards for excellence, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, two Premio Ubu awards, the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale, and an Olivier Award. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the German Academy of the Arts. France pronounced him Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (2003) and Officer of the Legion of Honor (2014); Germany awarded him the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit (2014). Wilson is the founder and Artistic Director of The Watermill Center, a laboratory for the Arts in Water Mill, New York