October 11 2012, 07:30pm
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Oscar Wilde, Sarah Bernhardt, and the Murderous Princess


Oscar Wilde, Sarah Bernhardt, and the Murderous Princess

With David Rodes, Director Emeritus, The Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts
The Irish writer and wit Oscar Wilde and his friend the French actress Sarah Bernhardt were two of the most famous celebrities of late 19th-century Europe. Their collaboration in the 1890s on the theatrical tragedy Salome was inspired by the shimmering painting by Gustave Moreau, but by the time the play had its premiere in Paris in 1896, Bernhardt—cast as the young princess—was over 50 and Wilde was serving a two-year sentence for sodomy in an English prison. Nevertheless, as Wilde would assert, “Legend remains victorious in spite of history,” and this program hopes to recapture the scandalous excitement of the play and its starring actress and imprisoned author.

Come early and watch the Vice Presidential debate on CNN.

The Vice Presidential Debate will be screened in its entirety on the big screen in the Billy Wilder Theater from 6pm-7:30p, just prior to this program.

Presented in conjunction with A Strange Magic: Gustave Moreau's Salome.

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required.

Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00pm.

Public programs are made possible by Hammer Members and the generosity of Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and an anonymous donor.

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