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Join Renowned Author Alex Ross for a Discussion About Wagner and Hollywood

(LA Trend) — This online program, co-presented by the UCLA Departments of Comparative Literature and Musicology, will be led by UC Regents’ Lecturer at UCLA in the Department of Comparative Literature Alex Ross, the longtime music critic of The New Yorker. He will discuss his recently released and third book, Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music.

The subject of his book, as well as this online lecture, is about how Romantic composer Richard Wagner’s ferocious genius continues to influence modern art and politics, and explores what it means to be a Wagnerian in the current era. Countless legendary artists and creators such as Virginia Woolf, Thomas Mann, Paul Cézanne, Isadora Duncan, and Luis Buñuel—among many others—have been influenced by the controversial ideas of Wagner. Ross will talk about the myriad ways in which Wagner’s art has impacted various aspects of our cultural life, as well as the contentious debates about the man’s philosophy and work that rage even to this day.

Alex Ross’ first book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, is the recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Guardian First Book Award, and was even a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Ross’ other achievements include the George Peabody Medal, an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Belmont Prize in Germany, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

Date & Time

Thursday, Dec 3, 2020 at 5pm – 6:30pm PST

Admission to this online program is free and open to the public. Click here to RSVP.

Guests will receive an email reminder on the day of the program with the link to watch the program.

The Hammer Museum at UCLA hosts various free online programs. Click here to see their other programs.

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Joe Garza | Editor

Joe Garza is an LA-based writer and musician. With a deep passion for the arts, his interests include screenwriting, reading, composing, and playing guitar and piano.

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