Wagner in LA: The Opera of the 21st Century? (Day 2)

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Sponsored by the UCLA Department of Comparative Literature, the UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory, and the Hammer Museum, this two-day conference will examine various aspects of Wagner's music, including its legacy in Southern California, as a major influence on the history of film music and exile culture; and its continuing importance in contemporary music, art, and philosophy. The conference will also examine Wagner's anti-semitism, and the issues that it raises in both of those cultural contexts.

June 2, 2010


Reality and Image: Wagner in Film 
John Deathridge, Chair, Department of Music, King's College, London


The Performative Wagnerite: From Patrice Chéreau to Achim Freyer
Mary Ann Smart, Professor of Musicology, UC Berkeley 


Freedom and Envy: Wagner as Dramatist
Fredric Jameson, Professor of Comparative Literature and Romance Studies, Duke University


Wagner, a Musician for the Future
Alain Badiou, Professor of Philosophy, École Normale Supérieure, Paris

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets are required, and are available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start time. Limit one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required. 

Easy parking is available under the museum for $3 for 3 hours, or a $3 flat rate after 6:00.

Generous support provided by the UCLA Dean of Humanities, the German DAAD Foundation, the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies, UCLA R.U. Nelson Fund in Music, UCLA Department of Musicology, the UCLA Department of Germanic Languages, and the UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance.

Public programs are made possible, in part, by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss.

Additional support is provided by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelly, an anonymous donor, the Hammer Programs Committee, and Susan and Leonard Nimoy.