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Parallel Stories - Redrawing the Boundaries: Rachel Cusk

Sunday, January 13, 2019
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Rachel Cusk has been said to have redrawn the boundaries of fiction with the Outline Trilogy, three "literary masterpieces" (The Washington Post) whose narrator, Faye, perceives the world with a glinting, unsparing intelligence while remaining opaque to the reader. Lauded for the precision of her prose and the quality of her insight, Cusk is a writer of uncommon brilliance, not without controversy. Her writing is spare but sharp; she listens. Equally adroit at unmasking the detached despair of silent couples, social habits, or the assumptions we make about art, motherhood, marriage and loyalty, Cusk offers a new, compelling model of storytelling.

Cusk is interviewed by Andrew Winer, fellow writer, friend, novelist, and Chair of Creative Writing at UC Riverside. Book signing to follow.

Parallel Stories is a literary and performing arts series that pairs art and artists with award-winning authors and performers of regional, national, and international acclaim. This series functions as a multidisciplinary lens through which to view the Museum's collection and special exhibitions.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $5
General Admission: $10
Senior (age 65+): $6

Parallel Stories - Reflections on a Watery World: Tony de los Reyes and Sameer Pandya

Sunday, January 27, 2019
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Inspired by the site-specific installation by Los Angeles-based artist April Street, The Mariners' Grand Staircase (Armoured Stars, Flying Clouds), currently installed in the Museum's Park Lobby, this conversation between artist Tony de los Reyes and writer Sameer Pandya explores the symbolic potential of the sea. As Herman Melville wrote, why did some "...hold the sea holy?" Why, like Narcissus, do we see ourselves in rivers and oceans? Why, with its associations of unpredictability, infinity, the beginnings of life, turbulent passions, unfettered freedom, purification, solitude and rebellion, does water seduce us, console us, and alarm us?

Parallel Stories is a literary and performing arts series that pairs art and artists with award-winning authors and performers of regional, national, and international acclaim. This series functions as a multidisciplinary lens through which to view the Museum's collection and special exhibitions.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $5
General Admission: $10
Senior (age 65+): $6

Parallel Stories - Reading and Conversation: Maggie Nelson

Sunday, February 3, 2019
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Maggie Nelson is a writer forging a new mode of nonfiction. Her writing resists categorization - her books span poetry, criticism, autobiography, theory, and the hybrid spaces in between. In heady visceral language, she invites the reader into her open ended and empathetic way of thinking. Through the dynamic interplay between personal experience and critical theory, Nelson not only broadens the scope of nonfiction writing, but also offers compelling meditations on social and cultural questions. Her many books include a study of poetry and abstract painting in 1950s New York, a meditation on the color blue, a work of criticism on the role of shock and violence in art, two autobiographical books about the murder of her aunt, and an exploration of queer family.

Parallel Stories is a literary and performing arts series that pairs art and artists with award-winning authors and performers of regional, national, and international acclaim. This series functions as a multidisciplinary lens through which to view the Museum's collection and special exhibitions.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $5
General Admission: $10
Senior (age 65+): $6

Parallel Stories - Dismantling Hierarchies: Alex Espinoza

Sunday, March 10, 2019
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Described by Sandra Cisneros as "capable of renewing one's faith in new fiction," Alex Espinoza's writing is filled with a sense of place and longing, and an idiosyncratic search for love, meaning, and unflinching truth. In an afternoon of reading and conversation, the author shares his thoughts on Southern California, masks, identity, cultural displacement, faith, the world of lucha libre, belonging, and why what should exclude us, empowers us.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $5
General Admission: $10
Senior (age 65+): $6