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Originally posted: 11/19/2022

(PRINCETON, NJ) — The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University continues the [email protected] Conversations series that brings guest artists to campus to discuss the challenges they face making art in the modern world. For the final event of the fall series, rising Hollywood star and Emmy-nominated actor Jonathan Majors (The last black man in San FranciscoHBO series lovecraft countryABC miniseries when we get up) joins the discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, Professor of the Humanities at Princeton’s Howard GB Clark ’21 University and Director of the Princeton Atelier. The event begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, November 29 at the James Stewart Film Theater at 185 Nassau Street on the Princeton campus.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required through University Ticketing. The Film Theater is an accessible venue, and guests requiring access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at [email protected] at least one week prior to the event date.

The Princeton Atelier, directed by Muldoon, was founded in 1994 by Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate and Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, at Princeton University. The Atelier brings together professional artists from different disciplines to collaborate with students to create new work in the context of a one-semester course. Recent performers include Stew, Laurie Anderson, the Baby Wants Candy improv troupe, and the Wakka Wakka Puppet Theatre. The [email protected] series, established in 2021, is an extension of the Princeton Atelier that brings guest artists to campus to discuss the role of art in the modern world.

“The idea is still around,” says Muldoon, “that art is primarily a source of comfort and joy. That it is about salvation, maybe even salvation. For many artists, the real solace comes when they accept that art is, in fact, most interesting when it is most disruptive. The change that a work of art represents often seems minor, but it can have great repercussions.”

Emmy-nominated actor jonathan older announced that she would be a star in the making since her on-screen debut in 2017 in the ABC miniseries when we get up. His other television work includes the role of Kang the Conqueror on the hit Marvel series. Loki and the role of Atticus Freeman in the HBO drama lovecraft country, for which she earned her first Emmy nomination in addition to Critics’ Choice and NAACP Image Award nominations. In February 2019, Majors received rave reviews for his role as Montgomery Allen in the Joe Talbot film. The last black man in San Francisco. Marking his first starring role, Majors was soon nominated for a Gotham Award for “Breakthrough Actor,” an Independent Spirit Award for “Best Supporting Actor,” and was named a rising young star by the hollywood reporter. Majors’ other film credits include Spike Lee’s epic war drama gives 5 bloods, as well as the westerns hostile Y The more they fall, Jungleland, Captive State, White Boy Rick, Y Broken. A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Yale School of Drama, his extensive theater credits include Henry V, A Raisin in the Sun, The Tempest, Fences, Y Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Majors’ current and upcoming film projects include Black Label Media’s Devotion, directed by JD Dillard and opening this month; Coming soon to the sale of Marvel Studios Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumaniaopening in February 2023; creed III, which is scheduled for release in March 2023; Y Avengers: The Kang Dynastyprobably released in May 2025.

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Paul Muldoon is Howard GB Clark ’21 University Professor in the Humanities at Princeton, as well as founding president of the Lewis Center for the Arts. As an internationally renowned Irish poet, Muldoon has been described by Times Literary Supplement as “the most important English-language poet born since the Second World War”. Muldoon won the Pulitzer Prize for the ninth collection of his poems, moy sand and gravel (2002). His fourteenth volume of poems, Hownamely-skeleton, was released in November 2021 by Farrar Straus & Giroux. Muldoon is the publisher of Paul McCartney’s recently released two-volume boxed collection, The Letter: 1956 to Present, illuminating the stories behind 154 of McCartney’s song lyrics. His last book The castle of perseverance with watercolors by Philip Pearlstein, is published this month.

All guests must be fully vaccinated or recently tested negative (via PCR within 72 hours or via rapid antigen test within 8 hours of scheduled visit) and be prepared to show evidence if requested, or face covering when inside and around others.

The [email protected] conversation series will return on March 24, 2023, with a visit from Everett Glenn, the graphic novelist and cartoonist from the new yorkeralong with artist Bill Bowers.

To learn more about Princeton Atelier, the Lewis Center for the Arts, and the more than 100 public performances, exhibits, readings, screenings, concerts, lectures, and special events presented by the Lewis Center each year, most of them free, visit the Lewis Center website.

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