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This edition: Ellen Berkenblit, André Aciman & Laurie Simmons

Episode Details

Original tape date: February 27, 2018.

First aired: January 22, 2019.

This episode includes conversations with Ellen Berkenblit, André Aciman & Laurie Simmons.

Painter Ellen Berkenblit talks about creative sustainability, her father's passion for photography, and learning to pause. A show of her most recent paintings opens January 29th at Susanne Vielmetter gallery in Los Angeles. Her work is also featured in a two-woman show with sculptor Sarah Braman titled True Blue Mirror, which opens February 9that the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco.

André Aciman is a writer and Distinguished Professor at CUNY’s Graduate Center. His books, from Out of Egypt to Enigma Variations, explore subjects ranging from sexuality to exile. Call Me By Your Name has reached wider popularity through a successful film adaptation, winner of Best Adapted Screenplay at the 90th Academy awards. Aciman has confirmed that he is writing a sequel, which will also be directed by Luca Guadagnino and likely to welcome back stars Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer. Aciman’s other books are gaining more attention and it won’t be a surprise to see more adaptations.

Laurie Simmons is an artist, photographer, and filmmaker. Since the 1970s, Simmons has staged scenes with dolls, ventriloquist dummies, “walking objects,” and live models, creating photographs that resemble enigmatic domestic scenes. Her feature film My Art, which she wrote and starred in, premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. A retrospective of Laurie Simmon’s work titled Big Camera/Little Camera is on view at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth until January 27th. The exhibition then travels to The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, where it opens on February 23rd.

Guest List

André Aciman Distinguished Professor, CUNY Graduate Center

Ellen Berkenbilt Painter

Laurie Simmons Artist, photographer, and filmmaker

  • Cecilia Vicuña and Michael Halsband
  • Tuesday, February 26 - 10:30pm
  • Wednesday, February 27 - 7:00am, 12:00pm
  • Saturday, March 2 - 6:30am
  • Sunday, March 3 - 8:00am
  • Tuesday, March 12 - 10:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 13 - 7:00am, 12:00pm
  • Saturday, March 16 - 6:30am
  • Sunday, March 17 - 8:00am