Tuesday, May 28, 2019
The Lepercq Space at BAM
30 Lafayette Street, Brooklyn, NYC
7pm Dinner & Concert
8pm Awards & More Music
ELIZABETH DILLER expects a lot from her hometown. In turn, NYC expects a lot from Liz Diller. Again and again, with her tremendous team and partners at DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO, she re-envisions New York’s architecture and public spaces. As a result, we New Yorkers have re-discovered and re-imagined how we inhabit those places, from (among many others) Lincoln Center to the High Line to multiple exhibitions at the Met and this year, the grand opening of The Shed and the expansion of the Museum of Modern Art.
Tonight, we bestow our Visionary Award to Liz for her many years of extraordinary creativity. But we also want to take this opportunity to highlight the incredible collaboration she made possible, partnering with a family of creative friends. THE MILE-LONG OPERA—a collaboration with our own DAVID LANG—took five years and a cast of thousands to produce.
And so in 2018, we marveled at an extraordinary coming-together of talents from the worlds of architecture, theater, choreography, music, poetry and performance, all along one of NYC’s most cherished treasures. The High Line has both sparked a worldwide re-imagining of unused public space for ALL to enjoy, and yet at the same time, the neighborhoods around the High Line have seen enormous change in a very short period. The Mile-Long Opera managed to highlight these competing forces, and put human faces on all the people of our “delirious” city.
And so we honor the MacArthur-winning visionary ELIZABETH DILLER and THE MILE-LONG OPERA, with a creative team that includes acclaimed poets ANNE CARSON and CLAUDIA RANKINE, co-director LYNSEY PEISINGER, music director DONALD NALLY, producer RACHEL CHANOFF, the HIGH LINE and its co-founder and nearly 40 outstanding vocal groups from all over the City.
Tonight, let’s celebrate the possibilities of radical creativity!
— Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe
Co-founders & Co-artistic Directors