Wednesday, November 28, 2012
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public
Block Cinema Office
Group: Block Cinema
Category: Fine Arts
This timely and engaging symposium will examine the work of African American media mogul Tyler Perry. Without question, the prolific Perry is a leading Hollywood box-office performer; each of the 13 films he has released since 2002 have enjoyed opening weekends with top earnings. The writer-producer-director-actor also continues to produce the wildly popular gospel stage plays that constitute his show business origins, while at the same time overseeing two commercial cable sitcoms. Featured panelists will consider Perry's extensive body of work from a variety of perspectives, exploring such topics as his theatrical roots, his works' connections to "the" African American church, the highbrow/lowbrow tensions his works stir up, and the ways that class, region, gender and sexuality signify in his screen and stage productions, as well as in the discourses surrounding Perry himself.