YADDO VARIATIONS 2018
New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco
Please join us for an extraordinary series of events celebrating our role as a provider of transformational space, time and community to thousands of visionary talents. Browse our menu, below, for details on our remarkable guests of honor and hosts, and reserve tickets to support Yaddo, as we prepare for our second century of service to the next generation of writers and artists.
“At its best, [art] is the experience of us as one mind, one heart, one body.” –Ayad Akhtar, Yaddo artist
LAURIE ANDERSON and A.M. HOMES
Hosted by Joni and Kevin Kimberlin/Spencer Trask & Co. | May 7
SOLD OUT-Visual artist, inventor, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, vocalist, instrumentalist and more: Laurie Anderson has been a genre-bending pioneer for decades. Renowned for her daring, eclectic, mix of, well, everything, Laurie will join prizewinning author A.M. Homes – whose latest story collection Days of Awe debuts in June – for an all-star gathering at Chelsea’s Norwood club.
ODILI DONALD ODITA
Hosted by Deborah Berke and Peter McCann | May 7
A tour de force in abstract painting, Odili Donald Odita has created large-scale wall installations in buildings around the world, including a multistory mural for the Indianapolis Cummins tower, designed by Deborah Berke Partners. Deborah and her husband Peter McCann host this fascinating evening devoted to art and architecture.
Hosted by Janice Y.K. Lee | May 8
SOLD OUT- Join literary legend and Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Cunningham (A Wild Swan, The Hours, A Home at the End of the World) for cocktails, dinner and lively conversation at the Upper East Side home of author Janice Y.K. Lee (The Expatriates and The Piano Teacher).
Hosted by Katherine Rosman and Joseph Ehrlich | May 8
SOLD OUT-Writer, producer and director Brian Koppelman – the mind behind the films Rounders, Oceans Thirteen, The Illusionist, and Solitary Man as well as the hit Showtime series Billions – joins reporter Katherine Rosman of The New York Times for an enticing behind-the-scenes glimpse of the entertainment industry.
Hosted by Danielle and David Ganek | May 8
National Book Award-winner Andrew Solomon – whose work in The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity has changed the way we view ourselves and others – will be hosted by author Danielle Ganek (The Summer We Read Gatsby) and her husband David at their art-filled downtown apartment.
ALFRED LESLIE and ALEXI WORTH
Hosted by Laura Karetzky | May 9
SOLD OUT – Iconic American painter and filmmaker Alfred Leslie (known also for his collaborations with Robert Frank, Jack Kerouac and Frank O’Hara) discusses the legacy of abstract expressionism with distinguished artist and critic Alexi Worth, at the Brooklyn apartment of visual artist Laura Karetzky.
A CABARET EVENING with DAVID CALE, EISA DAVIS and JOSEPH KECKLER
Hosted by Lisa L. Warren and Konrad R. Kruger | May 9
Award-winning playwright, actor and composer David Cale – whose hit show Harry Clarke returned to the New York stage this spring – leads an inspired evening of songs and stories at East Village nightspot Pangea with a dream cast of friends: actor/writer/singer-songwriter Eisa Davis, beloved performer Joseph Keckler and the prodigiously talented Matthew Dean Marsh on piano.
Presented by GLENFIDDICH | May 9
Prize-winning Scottish author Andrew O’Hagan, whose acclaimed works include Our Fathers, Be Near Me, The Illuminations and his latest, The Secret Life: Three True Stories of the Digital Age, examines the link between spirits and storytelling, aided by a tasting of top-flight single malts from famed distillery Glenfiddich.
LISA CORTÉS and VICTOR LAVALLE
Hosted by Peter Kayafas and Dorothy Blackmun | May 9
Join Oscar-nominated Lisa Cortés (Precious, Double Play), producer of the forthcoming documentary on the legendary Apollo Theater, at chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Ginny’s Supper Club for a compelling discussion with award-winning author Victor LaValle (Big Machine, Slapboxing with Jesus, The Changeling) about the influential cultural incubator that is Harlem—past and present.
VINCENT KATZ and JAMES SIENA
Hosted by Adam Moss, Jared Hohlt and New York magazine | May 9
Hot off the celebration of an extraordinary half-century covering the most unforgettable, surprising and finger-on-the-pulse stories in the city, New York magazine, with Editor-in-Chief Adam Moss and Print Editor Jared Hohlt, welcomes two Yaddo luminaries: Vincent Katz – poet, editor, curator, art critic – and renowned contemporary artist James Siena, whose intricate and vibrant work is found in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Hosted by Joseph and Anya Stiglitz | May 14
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and journalist Anya Schiffrin Stiglitz host an evening with intellectual powerhouse Philip Gourevitch – staff writer for The New Yorker and author of the forthcoming You Hide That You Hate Me and I Hide That I Know, which examines the hard bargains of forgiveness in Rwanda, 25 years after the genocide.
Hosted by Amie and Scott Nuttall | May 22
SOLD OUT – The ever-enchanting Amor Towles – former Wall Street pro and author of the bestselling novels Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow – joins hosts Amie and Scott Nuttall for an evening that illuminates the glittering themes he so ably captures on the page: love, fate, class, luck and societies on the brink of change.
Hosted by Jay Shinn and Tim Hurst | May 8
Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife, Grey Gardens, The Little Mermaid, War Paint) returns to his hometown of Dallas for a very special evening hosted by Tim Hurst and celebrated visual artist Jay Shinn – whose neon abstractions and painted projections have been widely exhibited in North America and Europe.
JONATHAN AMES and JASON REITMAN
Hosted by Jonathan Ames | May 8
Author, raconteur and HBO series Bored to Death creator Jonathan Ames – whose novel You Were Never Really Here is now a film starring Joaquin Phoenix – opens up his spectacularly-sited Franklin Hills home for a wide-ranging conversation with director, screenwriter and producer Jason Reitman (Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, Tully).
JONATHAN SANTLOFER and JOYCE MAYNARD
Hosted by Ann and Paul Chen | May 7
SOLD OUT – Hear the stories behind the groundbreaking new anthology It Occurs to Me That I Am America, which brings together an all-star roster of writers and artists (including 20 Yaddo alumni) to examine the question: Who are the “we” in “We the People?” Editor Jonathan Santlofer (author of the forthcoming The Widower’s Notebook) joins contributor Joyce Maynard (whose bestselling memoir The Best of Us debuted last year) at the stunning apartment of Ann and Paul Chen.
ZIA HAIDER RAHMAN and MANIL SURI
Hosted by Ambassador Peter Wittig and Huberta von Voss-Wittig, with Mike and Stacie Arpey | May 16
Listen in as two extraordinary minds come together for a spellbinding literary evening: Former investment banker and human-rights lawyer Zia Haider Rahman, whose debut novel In the Light of What We Know garnered international acclaim, joins Manil Suri, mathematics professor and best-selling author of the celebrated trilogy The Death of Vishnu, The City of Devi, and The Age of Shiva. The setting is the spectacular Residence of the German Ambassador.
All events begin at 6:30 PM.