Public Forum Solo: Sarah Lewis

Monday, April 7 at 7:00 PM

Joe's Pub


In this one-night-only Public Forum Solo event, Sarah Lewis, cultural historian, curator, and author of the acclaimed new book, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, will deliver a talk about Frederick Douglass’ seminal lecture “Pictures and Progress.” It argued that before any social progress is possible, we must be able to imagine what a better world could look like. Then, two of America’s most celebrated and insightful creative talents, the playwright and screenwriter José Rivera and the celebrated photographer and visual artist Carrie Mae Weems—who has a major exhibition at the Guggenheim this spring—will join her to discuss what lessons contemporary artists should take from Douglass’s lecture, and how a better world looks to them.

*Plus standard $5 per ticket service and $2 per ticket facility fees. Service fees are waived when you buy in person at the Box Office.

PUBLIC FORUM, now in its fourth year, presents the theater of ideas. It carries on Joe Papp's mission of connecting the work of The Public Theater with the issues that face society at large. Curated by Jeremy McCarter, this series of conversations and performances features leading voices in politics, media, and the arts.