La MaMa is launching LiveTalks, a weekly online collaborative discussion that will highlight important responses to a situation that is changing how we gather as a community in our theatres. LiveTalks provides an important virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance to discuss ways artists and creatives are moving forward. Join us as La MaMa explores new venues for artistic expression and conversation that questions how art can function and how we as a society can survive challenging periods of history.
This week features:
Sophie Glidden-Lyon (Manager of Digital and Special Projects at the La MaMa Archive) in conversation withRyan Leach (Digital Media & Outreach Associate at La MaMa)
Learn how to navigate La MaMa's Digital Catalog with Sophie Glidden-Lyon! This free online resource includes a record of artists, performances, companies and tours during decades of La MaMa's history from Bette Midler to Harvey Milk, Candy Darling to Torch Song Trilogy, and Tom Eyen to André De Shields.
The digitized collection features theater posters, archival photos, and personal letters that offer an intimate perspective on major social, aesthetic, and political movements of the 20th and 21st centuries that resonate with histories of peoples across the globe. Sophie will offer a tutorial on how to navigate this helpful tool and access the materials. Sophie and Ryan will discuss unique ways to think about the materials available online and explain why and how the La MaMa Archive was created by our founder, Ellen Stewart.
Sophie Glidden-Lyon is the manager of digital and special projects at the La MaMa archive. In addition to managing the digital collections website, she assists director Ozzie Rodriguez in the care and development of the archive, including digitization projects, programming, and reference services.
About the La MaMa Archive
Established in the early 1970’s, La MaMa Archives collects, preserves, and exhibits records of permanent historical value relating to La MaMa and the Off-Off Broadway movement. In doing so, it draws on a deep vein of in-house institutional memory, the passionate community of artists whose work has found a home on La MaMa stages, and a diversity of scholars, educators and international artists with whom we regularly collaborate.
La MaMa’s collections offer an intimate perspective on major social, aesthetic, and political movements of the 20th and 21st centuries that resonate with histories of peoples across the globe. Where else would you find original plays by Vietnam War veterans alongside video of performances about the AIDS crisis; unpublished scripts by Japanese filmmaker Shuji Terayama alongside photos and correspondence by Polish revolutionary director Tadeusz Kantor? A portion of these materials are available for viewing on our new Digital Collections website,catalog.lamama.org.