Exhibit: A Poster History of La MaMa’s Downtown Community

October 18, 2017 - December 10, 2017

Fridays and Saturdays 5PM to 7PM; Sundays 1PM to 3PM

The Lobby of the Ellen Stewart Theater

Free Exhibition
Opening October 18th

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club is excited to announce 'A Poster History of La MaMa's Downtown Community' -- an upcoming exhibit that explores the history of the off-off-Broadway theatre movement through a selection of original posters from La MaMa’s Archives.

This exhibit documents the history of downtown theater, the changing aesthetic vernaculars of theatrical posters, and the transformation of print technologies over the past 55 years. It includes posters from every decade since La MaMa's founding in 1961, including the hand­-painted boards that announced La MaMa’s inaugural season (1961­-1962) and the digital print created for the theater’s 50th anniversary in 2011.

Many of these materials are featured in Cindy Rosenthal’s forthcoming book, Ellen Stewart Presents: Fifty Years of La Mama Experimental Theatre (University of Michigan Press, 2017). In conjunction with the exhibit, La MaMa will host a series of public programs, all of which are free and open to the public.

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Special Events

A celebration of the publication of Ellen Stewart Presents: Fifty Years of La MaMa Experimental Theatre,
a new book by Cindy Rosenthal

November 13, 2017 | 6:00-8:00pm

Join La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club for a celebration of the publication of Cindy Rosenthal’s Ellen Stewart Presents: Fifty Years of La MaMa Experimental Theatre (University of Michigan Press, October 2017), featuring a reading by the author, an open Q+A, and refreshments. This new book traces a history of La MaMa through its poster collections, and sheds light on the history of the avant-garde, the East Village, and the international community of artists that have found a home at La MaMa over the past half-century. This book highlights materials featured in the concurrent poster exhibit in the lobby of La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theater. Free of charge and open to all.
This program was funded in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant.

Guided Exhibit Tours: A History of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

November 14th & December 5th, 2017 | 1:00pm

Meet in the Lobby of the Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 East 4th Street
Join Ozzie Rodriguez, the director of the La MaMa Archives, for a guided tour of our current exhibit and a history of La MaMa. Free of charge and open to all.
This program was funded in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant.

Panel Discussion: Theatre Posters and the History of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

December 4, 2017 | 6:30pm

Lobby of the Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 East 4th Street
Moderated by Cindy Rosenthal
Panelists: Theodora Skipitares, Richard Schechner, John Jesurun & Holly Hughes
Join a panel of La MaMa artists for a discussion about the evolution of avant-garde theatre posters over five decades. Moderated by Cindy Rosenthal (author of Ellen Stewart Presents: Fifty Years of La MaMa Experimental Theatre). Free of charge and open to all.
This program was funded in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant.

About the La MaMa Archives

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.
Find out more about La MaMa Archives