David Shields and Whitney Otto | War Is Beautiful

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 2:00 pm @ 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Ave
Seattle WA 98104
Frye Art Museum

The Value of a Work of Art Can Be Measured By the Harm Spoken of It


Saturday, October 20, 2 pm: War Is Beautiful with guest Whitney Otto – David Shields is joined by Whitney Otto to discuss War Is Beautiful: The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict.
Saturday, November 10, 2 pm: Lynch: A History with guest Kurt Streeter
Saturday, December 1, 2 pm: I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel with guest Caleb Powell

This three-part series examines key literary and film works by author David Shields, contextualized using the touchstones of lived experience, art, and politics. Shields will be joined by special guests from the fields of literature, journalism, and sports.

Shields received the 2015 James W. Ray Venture Distinguished Artist Award, which is funded by the Raynier Institute & Foundation through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium. The award supports and advances the creative work of outstanding artists living and working in Washington State and culminates in a presentation at the Frye Art Museum.


David Shields is the internationally bestselling author of twenty books, including Reality HungerThe Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be DeadBlack Planet, and Other People: Takes & Mistakes. The film adaptation of I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel was released by First Pond Entertainment last year; The Trouble With Men: Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power is forthcoming next year. The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships and senior contributing editor of Conjunctions, Shields has published essays and stories in the New York Times MagazineHarper’sEsquireYale ReviewSalonSlateMcSweeney’s, and Believer. His work has been translated into two dozen languages.

Whitney Otto is the author of five novels, including How to Make an American Quilt, which was a New York Times bestseller and adapted into a feature film produced by Steven Spielberg. Now You See Her was nominated for an Oregon Book Award. The Passion Dream Book was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Eight Girls Taking Pictures was published in 2012. Her novels have been published in fourteen languages. Her articles and reviews have appeared in the New York TimesLos Angeles TimesSan Francisco Chronicle, and Oregonian. In 2006 she had an art exhibition of her shadow boxes at the Littman & White Galleries in Portland.

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