At Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
Sponsored by Stoel Rives, LLP.
Art Spiegelman, to the comics world is a Michelangelo and a Medici both, an influential artist who is also an enabler of others.
— The New York Times Magazine
Art Spiegelman’s career has arced from underground to groundbreaking.
His 1992 Holocaust tale Maus won the first Pulitzer Prize awarded to a comic-book novel. While Spiegelman’s Jewish mice and Nazi cats sprang from the 1960s San Francisco cult of underground “comix,” Maus elevated irreverent cartooning to the level of serious literature. The artist states, “It was a vision I had. I wanted a comic book that needed a bookmark.” Spiegelman nearly single-handedly brought an alternative art form into the mainstream by publishing now-legendary underground artists such as Robert Crumb in his vanguard comicsjournal RAW. The success of Maus paved the way for the graphic novels thriving today and led to Spiegelman’s ten years on the staff of the New Yorker. The post-September 11 cover remains his most memorable: a black-on-black image of the Twin Towers as ghostly silhouettes. In theShadow of No Towers (2004) gathers his recent broadsheets of disenchantment with the war on terror. Balancing the darker works are droll children’s books, including Open Me…I’m a Dog (1997) and the Little Lit anthologies (2000-03), which boast: “Comics—They’re not just for grown-ups anymore.”
In 2005, Time magazine named Spiegelman one of the 100 Most Influential People, and he received the French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in SoHo.
This event will be held in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, the largest event space at Benaroya Hall.
Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University Street, directly across Second Avenue from the Seattle Art Museum. The public entrance to Benaroya Hall is along Third Avenue.
From Southbound I-5 Take the Union Street exit (#165B). Continue onto Union Street and proceed approximately five blocks to Second Avenue. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
From Northbound I-5 Exit left onto Seneca Street (exit #165). Proceed two blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
From Northbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue) Take the Seneca Street exit and move into the left lane. Turn left onto First Avenue and proceed one block. Take the next right (at the Hammering Man sculpture) onto University Street. Continue up the hill two blocks to Third Avenue. Turn left onto Third Avenue. Continue to the next block and turn left onto Union Street. Make the next left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
From Southbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue) Take the Denny Way/Downtown exit. Keep right and cross over Denny Way onto Wall Street. Proceed approximately five blocks and turn left onto Second Avenue. Continue south on Second Avenue approximately eight blocks. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, served by bus and light rail, has a stop just below the Hall (University Street Station).
The 430-car underground garage at Benaroya Hall provides direct access from the enclosed parking area into the Hall via elevators leading to The Boeing Company Gallery. Enter the garage on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. Maximum vehicle height is 6’8″. Blink charging stations are available for electric vehicles. The event rate is $16.
Parking is also available at:
The Cobb Building (enter on University Street between Third and Fourth avenues).
The Russell Investments Center (enter on Union Street between First and Second avenues).
There are many other garages within a one-block radius of Benaroya Hall, along with numerous on-street parking options.
All of our venues have accessible seating and listening devices available. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.621.2230 x10 for more details and to let us know you’re coming so we can better accommodate your needs.