Send in the Clowns - Part II and III, Series @DigiFAS (October 28 & 29)


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The Fritz Ascher Society launches digital initiative: “DigiFas”, starting with, amongst others, “Send in the Clowns”

Part II

Roundtable “The Hospital Clown: Between Joy and Sadness.”: One of the more appealing aspects of the clown subject to artists like Fritz Ascher was the divide between a public persona committed to joy and happiness, and the pain or sadness that might lurk beneath the real, human surface. Hospital or healthcare clowns straddle this divide every day of their professional lives. This roundtable features Giora Seeliger, founder of Red Noses Clowndoctors International in Austria, Harry Page and Ed Stephan, two clowns currently working in the pediatrics wards at American hospitals, who will reflect upon their experiences in the field, as well as coping mechanisms they use to ensure that their audience receives only positivity from their encounter.

Location & Time:

Tuesday, October 28, 2020 from 12 - 1 PM ET

Please register here: zoom.us/webinar/Register

Part III

Giora Seeliger, Artistic Director and Founder of Red Noses Clowndoctors International, takes over the FAS Twitter account to answer your burning questions about clowning, the role of a healthcare clown, and anything else that comes to mind!

Location & Time:

Wednesday, October 29, from 12 - 1 PM ET

Online via Twitter @Ascher_Society 

Organized by The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, New York ().

On October 17, 2020 The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized, and Banned Art (FAS) launched DigiFAS: diverse, innovative digital initiatives that provide new ways of engagement with the art and life of artists persecuted by an authoritarian regime. Building on the success of the Zoom lecture series “Fight or Flight: Stories of Artists Under Repression,” which was initiated in spring 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this launch includes the Society’s first-ever fully digital exhibition “Fritz Ascher: Themes and Variations,” and the 2-week digital engagement project “Send in the Clowns.”

“Send in the Clowns,” scheduled to run October 19 - 30, 2020, uses Ascher’s interest in the clown as a starting point to contextualize the resonance of the clown both historically and today. An interdisciplinary digital engagement project that brings together prominent academics, clowns, and clowning educators, “Send in the Clowns” explores the imminently topical subject of the clown as a masked figure, needing to perform a joy for society despite the potential for deep, inner pain and turmoil. The “Fight or Flight” Zoom lecture series continues to feature scholars and critics working on artists whose lives were shaped by National Socialist persecution, and the historiographic consequences of trying to create during or after the fall of oppressive regimes (program below).

For further Information please visit: DigiFAS

DigiFAS is sponsored by Allianz Partners.

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