James Baldwin's Enduring Brilliance

4.22.2014

By Alex Panisch

A festival celebrates the man of many talents.

 

With classics like Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin left an indelible mark not only on modern fiction, but on the way we think about race, sexuality, and what it is to be American. In celebration of the literary luminary’s lasting impact, New York Live Arts is holding James Baldwin, This Time!, the second festival in its annual Live Ideas series and the kickoff to the New York City–wide commemoration “The Year of James Baldwin” (he would have turned 90 this August).

Come for the dance performances, art installations, and the world premiere of Nothing Personal, a theatrical work based on Baldwin’s 1964 book collaboration with photographer Richard Avedon. Stay for what are sure to be enlightening, droll parting words from writers Fran Lebowitz and Colm Tóibín. (April 23–27)

Photo by Sedat Pakay © 1964

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