200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98111
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012
Seattle Arts & Lectures' 2012-2013 SAL Presents Series continues with award-winning multimedia artist, author, and musician Miranda July, Wednesday, December 5, 7:30pm at Benaroya Hall. July's first feature-length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), won a special jury prize at Sundance and four prizes at Cannes; her videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at MOMA, the Guggenheim Museum, and in two Whitney Biennials; her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper's, and The New Yorker; and her collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You (2007), has been published in 20 countries.
July will tell the story of her career, using videos of performances, short movies, photographs, audio works, reading, and audience participation. The story begins with July's correspondence with a man in prison at age sixteen and winds through her self-education in performance, film, art, and fiction. An Audience Q&A will follow the presentation, moderated by Robin Held, Executive Director of Reel Grrls.
July wrote, directed, and starred in her most recent film, The Future (2011). Her latest book is It Chooses You (2011), of which July says, "I share with you the part of my life where I was interviewing people selling things through the Pennysaver classifieds as a sort of open-ended vision quest that I secretly hoped would help me finish my screenplay (The Future) and teach me how to be a better liver of a finite life."
This interest in possessions-and those people are willing to part with-has expanded to include a performance piece called The Auction. At a recent event put on by the Center for Art of Performance at UCLA, July chose three audience members, set them on stage, asked them all manner of personal questions, and then auctioned off an item each had with them (a comb; a lip gloss). The LA Weekly's blog calls July "an emotional surrealist whose canvas is her crowd."
$15 adults, $5 students * contact the Presenting Organization listed below for ticketing information