Dead Ladies Show NYC #17 – Zoom edition!

The seventeenth edition of DLS NYC is upon us! Tuesday, July 21, from 7–8:15 pm on Zoom. This month, please join EMILY KNAPP and ELIZA ROCKEFELLER to learn about a visionary artist and teacher and the revolutionary Mayor of Christopher Street. Presented, respectively, by an art historian-slash-curator and a student of government and philosophy. 

 Free admission, and an ~*important note!*~ If you can, you’re welcome and encouraged to donate what you would have paid for a drink or two to the KGB Bar/Red Room, which has been hit hard financially by the pandemic. They are distributing 30% of all donations directly to employees. Donate here: Literary Landmark KGB Bar NYC Aid

We also ask that you consider donating to the following organization: G.L.I.T.S. Inc, a nonprofit led by trans women of color that works to address “the health and rights crises faced by transgender sex workers.”

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LOÏS MAILOU JONES (19051998) was a visionary artist and teacher who spent much of her 70-year career as an ardent advocate for African-American art. She established the art department at Palmer Memorial Institute and later became a professor at Howard University, where she mentored generations of African-American artists until her retirement in 1977. Her profound range spanned mediums and continents, from her early work designing textiles in New York to her captivating paintings of Paris and Port-au-Prince, not to mention her work as a U.S. cultural ambassador to numerous African countries in the 1970s. 

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MARSHA P. JOHNSON (1945-1992), also known as the “Mayor of Christopher Street”, was an activist, drag queen, performer, and sex worker. Credited as one of the initiators of the Stonewall uprising of 1969, co-founder of the radical activist group Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, and an AIDS activist with ACT UP, she was one of the most prominent figures in the fight for queer liberation.

About your presenters:

INDIRA A. ABISKAROON is an art historian based in New York City. She is currently on leave from her role as Curatorial Assistant, Collections at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

ALMA BRADLEY is a Senior at Hamilton College concentrating in Government and Philosophy. She is spending her summer conducting research on alt-right protest movements and experimenting with fermentation in her spare time. 

Dead Ladies Show NYC #16 – Zoom edition!

The sixteenth edition of DLS NYC is upon us! Tuesday, April 7, from 7–9pm, though we won’t meet in the Red Room this time, given the pandemic; we’re meeting on Zoom. We hear it’s hip to meet online these days! 😉

In April, join EMILY KNAPP, ELIZA ROCKEFELLER, and HALL ROCKEFELLER to learn about a colossal Jewish-American literary figure, a Celtic warrior queen, and a revolutionary prison-reform advocate. Presented, respectively, by a museum director-slash-historian, a classicist passionate about very dead ladies, and a director-slash-arts activist.

Free admission, and an ~*important note!*~ If you can, you’re welcome and encouraged to donate what you would have paid for a drink or two to the KGB Bar/Red Room, which has been affected by NYC’s mandated business closures and has been hit hard financially. They are distributing 30% of all donations directly to employees. Alternatively, you can buy drink tickets to use when the bar reopens (whenever normal life returns, blessed be the day!)—just specify “drink tickets for DLS” in your donation note.

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EMMA LAZARUS, though now most famous for her poem “The New Colossus,” an excerpt of which is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, was both a consequential literary figure and activist for Jewish causes. She spoke out against anti-Semitism and waves of pogroms. In her short 38 years, she produced some of the most recognized and relevant prose of the 20th century.

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BOUDICCA (aka Boudica, Boudicea, or Boadicea) is perhaps one of the least popularized revolt leaders in Roman history. Celtic queen of the Iceni people in the 1st century CE, Boudicca led a deleterious revolt against the Roman Empire—yes, that Roman Empire—in the year 60/61 CE. Her story has been primarily bequeathed to us by two distinctly male and Roman voices (Tacitus and Cassius Dio), neither of whom were present during the revolt. The intense inherent bias of her biographers notwithstanding, she was a fierce warrior, who fought to protect her lands and people from the tight grasp of Roman rule.

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ELIZABETH FRY earned her place on the British £5 note through her revolutionary prison reform advocacy and activism in the early 19th century. She kept extensive and revealing diaries throughout her life, but her best known writing came in the form of an exposé-style book entitled Prisons in Scotland and the North of England. Fry invited members of the British nobility to spend nights with her in prison to reveal the conditions and encourage political action and founded the Association for the Reformation of the Female Prisoners in Newgate.

About your presenters:

ANNIE POLLAND is the director of the American Jewish Historical Society in New York and co-author of Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration.

CAROLINE KNAPP is a lover of the ancient world, languages, and ice cream. Unlike Boudicca, she has not spearheaded a revolt against an invading foreign army to protect her beloved homeland…yet…

LEIA SQUILLACE is a Virginia-born, Brooklyn-based theatre director, arts activist, criminal justice reform advocate, and baker.

Dead Ladies Show NYC #15

As you may know, our fearless DLS NYC leader Molly is having a baby, and handing off her duties to a new set of hosts each month. If you didn’t know: Surprise! Molly is having a baby! But even as new ladies are born, dead ladies continue to inspire and challenge us all, and so DLS continues.

In March, join HELEN O’HARE and MARY KATE SKEHAN to celebrate three women from the past: a legendary Broadway actress, the “mother of forensic science,” and a wildly inventive feminist science fiction writer.

You know the drill: 7–9pm in the Red Room at KGB Bar (85 E 4th Street, at Second Avenue). Doors will open a little after 6:30pm. Come all the way upstairs (two flights) and BYO food if you’re peckish!

Our NYC show is free to attend, ~ * but * ~ we do have a bar minimum to meet: please plan to buy a couple drinks to ensure the future of DLS NYC at KGB’s RED ROOM.

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ELAINE STRITCH (1925-2014) was an actress and singer known for her work on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in 1946 and continued to appear on stage and screen nearly all her life–most recently as Jack Donaghy’s mother on 30 Rock, a role for which she won an Emmy. Stritch is best known for her unforgettable performances in Stephen Sondheim musicals, particularly Company. She continues to be emulated–and occasionally parodied–in pop culture today, from The Simpsons to Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

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FRANCES GLESSNER LEE (1878-1962) is known as the “mother of forensic science.” She’s most famous for creating the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, 20 true crime scene dioramas recreated in minute detail at dollhouse scale, used to train homicide investigators to “convict the guilty, clear the innocent, and find the truth in a nutshell.” Eighteen are still in use today. Lee became the first female police captain in the United States, and also helped to establish the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard. Her work revolutionized the emerging field of homicide investigation.

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JOANNA RUSS (1937-2011) was a writer, academic, and radical socialist feminist. She is the author of works of science fiction, fantasy, and feminist literary criticism, including the polemic How to Supress Women’s Writing, the book-length study of modern feminism What Are We Fighting For?, and the utopian novel The Female Man.

About your presenters:
LAURA PITTENGER is a playwright and director living in Astoria. Her work has been seen at FringeNYC, Athena Theatre, Project Y, The Playwrights’ Center, The Tank, Brooklyn College’s GI60 Festival, The Sheen Center, and more.
DANIELLE DIETERICH is an editor at Penguin Random House, where she acquires thriller, suspense, and commercial women’s fiction.
B. D. MCCLAY is a writer and editor at The Hedgehog Review. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Outline, The Baffler, The Week, Commonweal, and more.

Dead Ladies Show NYC #14

Happy New Year, Dead Lady fans! We at the Show are taking January to rest, refresh, and get ready for a HUMDINGER of a show in February: it’ll be second to NUN. That’s right—TWO NUNS (sort of…) and an “irascible” artist. Presented by an editor, a writer/translator, and a program officer at the IRC who is anything but irascible.

Plus a very special announcement…stay tuned! 🙂 🙂 🙂

You know the drill: Monday, February 3rd, 7–9pmin the Red Room at KGB Bar (85 E 4th Street, at Second Avenue). Doors will open a little after 6:30pm. Come all the way upstairs (two flights) and BYO food if you’re peckish.

Our NYC show is free to attend, ~ * but * ~ we do have a bar minimum to meet: please plan to buy a couple drinks to ensure the future of DLS NYC at KGB’s RED ROOM.

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MARGERY KEMPE (c. 1373–1438) was an itinerant Christian mystic and author of the first autobiography written in English. Crippled with symptoms of psychosis and insatiable sexual desires, but determined to become religiously devout, Kempe convinced her husband to agree to a celibate marriage. With her newfound freedom she took pilgrimages across Europe and the Middle East, making a (generally pretty bad) name for herself in the process. Prone to preaching (forbidden to women) and to impersonating nuns, she was eventually tried for heresy.

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JUANA INÉS DE LA CRUZ (1648–1695) was a Mexican writer, philosopher, composer, and nun who earned such sobriquets as “The Tenth Muse” and “The Mexican Phoenix.” Though theoretically cloistered, she hosted a popular salon in the nunnery that attracted many of Mexico’s contemporary intellectual luminaries. She wrote poetry, drama, comedy, and other works on topics ranging from religion to love to men’s hypocrisy. Because of her controversial views, which lead today’s scholars to consider her a proto-feminist, she faced censure right up until her death due to plague.

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HEDDA STERNE (1910–2011) was a Romanian-born American artist who is most often associated with the Surrealist and Abstract expressionist movements, though her extensive career crossed many boundaries and she herself disliked the confinement of such labels. Always endeavoring to discover new worlds and modes of expression through her art, she experimented with a variety of different styles and materials over the years, describing her works as “in flux.” While this absence of a singular style contributed to a lack of notoriety and commercial success in her lifetime, in comparison to her (mostly) male peers, in recent years many have begun to re-examine this extraordinary woman whose life and art spanned and interacted with one of the most creative and tumultuous centuries of human existence.

About your presenters:

MORIAH SPECIALE is an editor in New York City.

MOLLY O’LAUGHLIN KEMPER is a writer and translator based in New York City, where she also hosts a little thing called THE DEAD LADIES SHOW.

KIRI VAN LENGEN-WELTY works for the International Rescue Committee and is based in New York City. In her spare time she can be found doing freelance graphic design, singing in a choir, and scouting the streets for miniature dachshunds.

Dead Ladies Show NYC #13

That’s right, folks, we’re already up to lucky 13!

Our December show will occur on TUESDAY!, December 10, from 7–9pm at the KGB Bar (85 E 4th Street, at Second Avenue). Doors will open a little after 6:30pm. Come all the way upstairs (two flights) and BYO food if you’re peckish!

This December, we’ll learn about a radical, Trinidadian-American activist and journalist, a landscape architect to the stars, and an iconic writer and filmmaker. These inspiring ladies will be presented, respectively, by a rad historian, an editorial whiz, and a book-to-film guru. Emceed by Molly O’Laughlin Kemper!

Free admission, ~ * but * ~ we do have a bar minimum to meet: please plan to buy a couple drinks to ensure the future of DLS NYC at KGB’s RED ROOM.

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CLAUDIA JONES (1915–1964) was a communist, activist and journalist and born in Trinidad, raised in Harlem, and who lived the last decade of her life in the UK. She rose through the ranks of the Communist Party USA in the 1930s and 40s, before she was subject to state repression and was eventually imprisoned and deported from the US. In London she started the West Indian Gazette and organized what became Notting Hill carnival. A brilliant and radical thinker, black feminist, anti-imperialist and community organizer, Jones is an inspiring dead lady with a searing clarity about fighting racial and imperial violence that remains crucial to us today.

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RUTH SHELLHORN (1909–2006), created close to 400 landscape designs throughout a sixty-year career that helped define the distinctive mid-century regional aesthetic of Southern California. She was landscape architect to the stars, including Spencer Tracy, Gene Autry, and Barbara Stanwyck, but is most well-known for her award-winning landscape designs for the Bullock’s department stores and Fashion Square shopping centers, projects that redefined the potential of commercial spaces, and for her work with Walt Disney on the design of Disneyland, where she used plants as a means of creating imaginary worlds both fantastic and familiar.

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NORA EPHRON (1941–2012) was a journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and filmmaker responsible for some of the funniest, most heart-wrenching, and iconic moments in pop culture. As the daughter of screenwriters, she grew up developing her quick wit and penchant for storytelling. She attended Wellesley College and graduated into the feminist revolution where she contributed her voice to the movement with her clever-yet-honest articles about womanhood. From there, she became an essayist and novelist, only to find her way into Hollywood, ultimately writing and directing such classics as When Harry Met Sally…, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail.

About your presenters:

KATE BIRKBECK is in her third year of living in the US, her second year of a PhD program in American history, and her first year of going to the gym, which she has recently found she enjoys.

SARAH GOLDBERG is an Associate Editor at Scribner where she works on both fiction and nonfiction books. Unless raking leaves counts, she doesn’t particularly like gardening but does enjoy visiting gardens.

JACK GREENBAUM heads up the New York office of The Arlook Group, overseeing literary management and film/TV development. In addition to managing traditional screenwriters and filmmakers, he represents playwrights, authors, journalists, comedians, and a maximum-security prisoner. He also develops for film and television, including projects with TriStar, HBO Max, Berlanti Productions, and Star Thrower Entertainment.

Dead Ladies Show NYC #12

I may have spoken too soon about the weather in last month’s invitation, but I think now it’s safe to say we’re squarely into autumn. What better time for my favorite fall activity? apple picking Learning about influential women of the past while enjoying a beverage with friends in a venue that’s both cozy and chic!

Our twelfth show will take place on Wednesday, November 6, from 7–9pm in the Red Room at the KGB Bar (85 E 4th Street, at Second Ave). Doors will open a little after 6:30pm. Come all the way upstairs (two flights up the inside staircase). You’re welcome to bring outside food if you wish.

The November edition will feature a trio of women whose lives changed the political landscape of nations and continue to inspire people all over the world: a Spanish woman whose domestic violence testimony and subsequent murder led to stronger protections for women in her country, and two New York-born writers and political activists, contemporaries whose works—though very different—both aimed to improve the world. Hosted by (surprise!) Molly O’Laughlin Kemper.

Free admission, ~ * but * ~ we do have a bar minimum to meet: please plan to buy a drink or two to ensure the future of DLS NYC at KGB’s RED ROOM.

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ANA ORANTES (1937–1997) was thrust into the Spanish public consciousness on December 4, 1997, when her electrifying testimony of the domestic violence she had suffered for 40 years made visible the previously overlooked phenomenon of gender violence. Thirteen days later, she was murdered by her ex-husband. Her story provoked public outcry and led to a sea change in public attitudes towards gender violence. Shortly after her death, the Spanish penal code was remodeled, and today, Spain has some of the most progressive gender violence laws in the world.

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SUSAN SONTAG (1933–2004) was an American intellectual, a political activist, a filmmaker, a popular icon, and a writer best known for her modern essays. Known for her sharp wit and scathing voice, Susan would combine her rebellious attitude and academic rigor to create brilliant essays including her best works “Notes on ‘Camp'” (this year’s Met Gala theme), On Photography, and The Volcano Lover. Although her essays and speeches would draw controversy, she was always searching for the truth, even if others found it cruel. She has been described as one of the most influential critics of her generation and her power lies in examining people’s work and forming critical analysis with style and conviction.

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The Bronx-born child of Russian-Jewish Socialists, GRACE PALEY (1922–2007) was a feisty political activist, beloved teacher, and mostly single mother who also found the time to write groundbreaking stories, poems, essays, speeches, reportage, and leaflets that she’d hand out on street corners. Both a postmodern innovator and a portrayer of traditionally underrepresented lives, such as those of working class women and children, she possessed a unique, vivid voice filled with humor and humanity. George Saunders wrote of her ability to “let language sing, sing precisely, and let it off the tether of the mundane, and watch the wonderful truth it knows how to make.”

About your presenters:

KAREN KLATZKIN teaches English literature at Borough of Manhattan Community College and has a Doctorate in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

SIAN CREELY is an occasional translator and sometime woman. She has an MPhil in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge and is from Manchester UK. She works in women’s rights.

ELIZA HOYLAND is an Australian commercial photographer and producer currently residing in New York City.

Dead Ladies Show NYC #11

After a fabulous show last night, we’re squarely into the second year of DLS NYC, and it feels very back-to-school; the air is getting crisp (at least theoretically), the leaves will soon be turning, and lemonades are about to give way to PSLs. Here at the DLS, we’re all about autumn—especially as a great excuse to learn about some Dead Ladies with an extra special connection to the “dead” part.

Our eleventh show will take place on Wednesday, October 2, from 7–9pm in the Red Room at the KGB Bar (85 E 4th Street, at Second Ave). Doors will open a little after 6:30pm. Come all the way upstairs (two flights up the inside staircase). You’re welcome to bring outside food if you wish.

This edition will be a spooky affair featuring a literary horror queen, a master psychic debunker, and a dead lady taxidermist, presented (respectively) by a literary grammar queen, a dynamic duo of master podcasters, and a live lady taxidermist (!). Lovingly hosted, as usual, by Molly O’Laughlin Kemper.

Free admission, but we do have a bar minimum to meet: please plan to buy a drink or two to ensure the future of DLS NYC at KGB’s RED ROOM.

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MARTHA MAXWELL (1831–1881) was a taxidermist, naturalist, and artist. On the outside, she was tough as nails and could withstand rugged, unforgiving outdoor life on collection expeditions, but inside, she was warm and loving, supporting her family by trying to build an independent career, and encouraging museums to use taxidermy as a tool for public awareness and wildlife conservation. She broke boundaries by being one of the only women with a solo exhibition at the Philadelphia Centennial, where she titled her massive diorama installation featuring over 1000 artfully preserved animals, ranging in size from stags to squirrels, “Woman’s Work.”

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ROSE MACKENBERG (1892–1968) was an investigator who sought to uncover fraudulent mediums. As chief of a team of undercover investigators in the 1920s, she worked for Harry Houdini. After his death, Rose continued to investigate spiritualist frauds for over 20 years and was known as an expert on the subject. She testified in court cases and before Congress, and was also interviewed in national magazines and on television.

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SHIRLEY JACKSON (1916–1965) was a writer of novels, memoirs, and short stories, most famously “The Lottery.” She re-envisioned the genres of horror and the supernatural, creating stories that explored the mundane horrors of womanhood and the fears of women. In her life, she was a celebrated if polarizing writer, a sometimes unhappy wife and mother, an esteemed member of literary circles and an outsider in her small town, and someone who believed in the power of her works to express what she wanted to say.

About your presenters:

DIVYA ANANTHARAMAN is an award-winning taxidermist based in New York City. Her work is driven by a passion for wildlife conservation, and seeks to combine the demonstrative aspect of scientific presentation with the symbolic, introspective nature of art. Her clients include celebrities, museums, galleries, and everyday people who love nature. Learn more at gothamtaxidermy.com

DANA LEWIS is a high school English teacher in Queens. In addition to teaching, she also runs two clubs there: True Crime and Girls Empowerment, interests that highly coordinate with the story of her chosen Dead Lady.

NICOLE SARANIERO is a writer for UntappedCities.com and she manages the Untapped Cities Insider program which takes members behind-the-scenes of NYC’s most exciting and off-limits locations. She is a lover of old buildings, ghost stories, and lantern guided cemetery tours.

KRISTA AHLBERG is a copyeditor at Penguin Young Readers, who loves grammar and ghosts in equal measure. Though a longtime fan of Shirley Jackson, she is too scared to watch the new Haunting of Hill House show, so don’t try to talk to her about it, sorry.

Dead Ladies Show NYC #10

Can you believe that it has been nearly a year since the first Dead Ladies Show NYC took the city by storm? Me neither! But it’s true!

This upcoming show, our tenth in New York, will take place on Wednesday, September 4, from 7pm to 9pm in the Red Room at the KGB Bar (85 E 4th Street). Doors will open a little after 6:30pm. Come all the way upstairs (two flights up the inside staircase). You’re welcome to bring outside food if you wish.

Our anniversary show will highlight a visionary mystic who advanced music, philosophy, and science; an unassuming grandma who became an unlikely trailblazer; and a jazz musician who transcended genre and period. Presented by an exceptional educator, a driven growth director, and—returning to the stage—yours truly.

Free admission: please buy a drink or two to ensure the future of DLS NYC at KGB’s RED ROOM.

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HILDEGARD VON BINGEN (1098–1179) was a Benedictine abbess from Germany well known for her Christian mysticism, musical compositions, visions, philosophical writings, and extensive knowledge on countless topics. Although complications arose during her formal canonization, most branches of the Roman Catholic church recognize her as a saint and she was recently named a Doctor of the Church. While she nominally belittled herself and women in general as being “the weaker sex,” this self-effacing approach worked to her advantage, giving her a place at the table that would have been impossible to access otherwise.

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EMMA GATEWOOD (1887–1973) was a pioneering hiker and outdoorswoman—but before that, she was a grandma. In 1955, at the age of 67, “Grandma Gatewood” set out from her Ohio home with Keds, a shower curtain, and an army blanket. She told her grown children she was “going for a walk”—and ultimately became the first woman to solo hike the full Appalachian Trail.

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MARY LOU WILLIAMS (1910–1981) was a musician, composer, arranger, and bandleader who, though primarily associated with jazz music, transcended genre. By the age of 6, she was already helping to support her family as a pianist; later in life, she performed with and wrote for many famous jazz musicians, including Duke Ellington, who described her thus: “Mary Lou Williams is perpetually contemporary. Her writing and performing have always been a little ahead…her music maintains a quality that is timeless. She is like soul on soul.”

About your presenters:

ELLIE CAMPISANO works with Signet Education as an instructional coach, teacher, and engagement manager. She’s been intrigued by Hildegard von Bingen since college, when she had the opportunity to study her insightful theological writings and enrapturing musical compositions simultaneously.

MOLLY O’LAUGHLIN KEMPER is a writer and translator living in New York City, where she runs a little show about dead ladies.

KATIE DONLEY works in Growth at GiveDirectly in New York. You can otherwise find her at the 6&B Community Garden, or running around Prospect Park.

Dead Ladies Show NYC #9

The ninth edition of DLS NYC is upon us—we’ll be in the Red Room again, July 9th, 7–9pm, upstairs from our former location at the KGB Bar (85 E 4th St). NB, we are also having this on a Tuesday, so those of you with standing Pilates dates on Wednesday nights can finally make it.

Your Pilates class is on Tuesdays? Never fear, you can still partake of Dead Ladies via the ~podcast~ produced in Berlin. Episode #23 features the podcast’s first-ever Ladies from the NYC show—represent!!!

Our fabulous line-up for July includes a resistance fighter, an activist for the environment and for humanity, and an influential urban planner. Presented, respectively, by an art historian-slash-curator, an editor-slash-writer, and a writing-addicted façade designer.
Free admission: please buy a drink or two to ensure the future of DLS NYC at KGB’s RED ROOM.

Sophie Scholl

SOPHIE SCHOLL (1922–1943): Executed February 22, 1943. Her crime? Treason against the Third Reich. Although originally a member of the Hitler Youth group, Scholl discovered the truth of the atrocities that the Nazis committed against the Jews and other marginalized groups and helped found the resistance group the White Rose with her brother and a few of their peers. It is said that some of her last words were: “…Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?”

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JANE JACOBS (1916–2006) was possibly the most important urban thinker of the 20th century. Her ideas about urban planning, her advocacy for foot people, and her vivid analysis of the symphony of the sidewalks—fought out in articles, books, and activism—shifted the course of urban planning in her home towns of New York, Toronto, and beyond.

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WANGARI MAATHAI (1940–2011) was a Kenyan environmentalist and activist for women’s rights and democracy, and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, which has planted over 50 million trees in Kenya and inspired similar movements in other African countries.

About your presenters:

EMILY KNAPP is an art historian and independent curator based in NYC.

NICOLAS KEMPER works for an architectural engineering consultancy in Queens and writes, primarily about architecture.

ELIZA ROCKEFELLER is an editor at Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.

Dead Ladies Show NYC #8

You are cordially invited to the eighth DLS NYC, now on a new day and in a slightly different location!!!!!!!!!!

Please join us in the RED ROOM at the KGB Bar on MONDAY, June 3, from 7–9pm.

The Red Room is one floor up from our previous location; it is bigger, for your viewing pleasure! More space for you and your friends! Monday is two days before our usual day of Wednesday!

You knew this day was coming—I’ll be taking the stage with a presentation of my own, in addition to hosting! In addition to *ahem* myself, I am very pleased to be joined by numbers gal extraordinaire LIZ KRANE and artistic architect DARBY KLINE. We will respectively be presenting a civil rights pioneer, the original Tony (just in time for the Tony Awards), and a transformative textile artist.

Free admission: please buy a drink or two to ensure the future of DLS NYC at KGB’s RED ROOM.

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

FRANCES ELLEN WATKINS HARPER (1825–1911) was one of the most prominent African-American intellectuals of the nineteenth century, writing poetry and speaking publicly against slavery alongside such famous names as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Frederick Douglass. After abolition, her commitment to equal rights, rather than prioritizing women’s rights (read: middle-class white women’s rights), put her at odds with Stanton and Anthony. Her view: “We are all bound up together in one great bundle of humanity, and society cannot trample on the weakest and feeblest of its members without receiving the curse in its own soul.”

Antoinette Perry

ANTOINETTE PERRY (1888–1946) was a stage actress, director, and producer; an activist and wartime leader; and the namesake of The Tony Awards. Called to the theatre, she rejected societal expectations and brushed aside health setbacks to become the first successful female director in the industry and devote her life to the theatre’s community and future. She served as the president of the National Experimental Theatre, financed the work of new playwrights, operated the Stage Door Canteen, and founded the Theatre Wing of Allied Relief, which survives to this day as the American Theatre Wing.

Anni Albers

ANNI ALBERS (1899–1994) quietly transformed the ancient and ubiquitous craft of weaving into a category of fine art. Informed by her studies at The Bauhaus School and her travels throughout Mexico and South America, Anni experimented on the loom using raw materials and a profound structural understanding of textiles as her guide. In 1949, she became the first textile artist to have a solo show at MoMA. Her expertise in theory and history led Anni to link thinking and making in her teaching, drawing, and writing.

About your presenters:

MOLLY O’LAUGHLIN KEMPER is a writer, translator, and editor. She hosts a little thing called the DEAD LADIES SHOW each month in New York City—maybe you’ve heard of it?

LIZ KRANE works with Galbraith + Company as a production accountant for Broadway and touring shows. Much like her Dead Lady, Antoinette Perry, she finds relaxation in numbers.

DARBY KLINE is an architect who experiments through textiles. She seeks inspiration from courageous women past and present, especially those who use their design education in non-traditional ways.