At Cultivating Culture, we really admire the work of Miranda July and Lena Dunham. Last year, we wrote about July’s inbox-turned-canvas project “We Think Alone,” as well as her other impressive list of arts endeavors. Lena Dunham, a feminist and author who has undoubtedly influenced countless aspiring writers, was one of the participants in “We Think Alone,” and it appears that these artists admire the work of one another in real life. Now, these two inspiring women are coming together for one evening of conversation about art and writing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).
Miranda July in Conversation with host Lena Dunham will take place on Wednesday, January 28th 2015 in BAM’s Peter Jay Sharp Building; you can consider this your unofficial “save the date.” BAM describes the event as “an evening of conversation between the acclaimed filmmaker, artist, and bestselling author Miranda July and fellow author and creative multi-hyphenate Lena Dunham on the occasion of the release of July’s debut novel, The First Bad Man.” Starting at only $35 a ticket, you can gain access to a conversation between two of the most intriguing contemporary female creative minds.
“Miranda July’s ability to pervert norms while embracing what makes us normal is astounding,” Dunham was once quoted as saying. “She will make you laugh, cringe, and recognize yourself in a woman you never planned to be.” July’s filmic works are certainly notable; her first feature-length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know, is a remarkable look at some of the idiosyncrasies human beings possess and won various prizes at the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes.
One of Dunham’s feature-length films, Tiny Furniture, is equally impressive for the way it tackles post-college life for one middle class American woman, and her HBO show Girls has been met with acclaim for following suit. Both Dunham and July have put human relationships under a microscope, and have used their unique artistic aesthetics to present their findings in short stories, articles, works of fiction, film, television, and even in email form.
Their artistic portfolios are as diverse as they are dense; July in particular is a kind of artistic chameleon, one that Dunham arguably aspires to be like. Be sure to let them express their own inspirations first-hand by attending their conversation at BAM this January.
For more information about the event, visit www.bam.org.