Beginning today, The Morgan Library & Museum presents Robert Wilson/Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach, a focused exhibition that marks the first public display of Glass's autograph score and the first time it has been united with Wilson's production storyboards since the opera premiered more than thirty-five years ago. The exhibition will remain on view through November 4.
Also included in the exhibition is archival film from the production's premieres in Brussels and Paris, as well as an excerpt from a New York rehearsal, all selected from the Robert Wilson Audio/Visual Collection at the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. In addition, Einstein on the Beach: The Changing Image of Opera, a documentary about the 1984 restaging of the production at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music, is being screened throughout the run of the exhibition in the Morgan’s Gilder Lehrman Hall. Combining clips and interviews with Wilson and Glass, the film offers a rare look at their creative process and collaborative working method.
Exhibition-inspired programming will include the world premiere of "Stoker," a new work by Glass for piano four hands, performed by Maki Namekawa and frequent Glass collaborator Dennis Russell Davies, among other works.