ASP Lecture. “An Armenian American Artist—Back to the Front.”


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  • Speaker: Eric Bogosian, Manoogian Simone Foundation Fellow; and Artist in Residence, Institute for the Humanities, U-M
  • Host Department: armenian
  • Date: 09/17/2014
  • Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Location: Helmut Stern Auditorium, U-M Museum of Art, 525 S. State

  • Description:

    Eric Bogosian is best known as a playwright, novelist, and actor. Most recently he starred with Laura Linney on Broadway in Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still. Bogosian wrote and starred in the play Talk Radio (NYSF, 1987; Broadway with Liev Schreiber, 2007), for which he received Pulitzer Prize and Tony award nominations. For his film adaptation of the play, Bogosian received the Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear Award. His six solo Off-Broadway performances between 1980 and 2000—including Drinking in America; Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll; and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee—received three Obie awards. In addition to Talk Radio, Bogosian has written a number of full-length plays including subUrbia (LCT, Second Stage, adapted to film), Griller (Goodman), Red Angel (Williamstown Theater Festival), Humpty Dumpty (The McCarter), and 1+1 (New York Stage and Film). He is also the author of three novels—Mall, Wasted Beauty, and Perforated Heart—and a novella, Notes from Underground. As an actor, Bogosian has appeared in numerous films and television programs, starring in Robert Altman’s The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Oliver Stone’s Talk Radio, Under Siege II, Wonderland, and as Captain Danny Ross on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

    Bogosian has just completed a book, Operation Nemesis, on the Soghomon Tehlirian trial and the Nemesis conspiracy, which culminated in the assassination of the Ottoman Grand Vazir, Talat Pasha (d. 1921) in Berlin. Bogosian has dedicated the last five years to the study of Armenian and Turkish history, interviewing prominent historians around the world, translating primary texts from Armenian, French, and German, and conducting primary research in the British archives. As Manoogian Simone Foundation Fellow and Artist in Residence at the Institute for the Humanities, Bogosian will work on a screenplay and/or theatrical play based on his book, Operation Nemesis.

    Bogosian will deliver the ASP opening lecture on September 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm. In his talk, “An Armenian American Artist—Back to the Front,” Bogosian will discuss the evolution of his life as an artist and as an Armenian-American.

    Bogosian will also lead three workshops for faculty and graduate students focusing on the relationship between art and history while investigating specific works and their role in defining the term “artist” at different times in history.