Miranda July

Miranda July

Past Event: Wednesday, December 5, 2012

At Benaroya Hall — Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

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SAL Presents

Miranda July tells the story of her career thus far in a multimedia presentation.

SAL thanks Robin Held, Executive Director of Reel Grrls, for being the guest host at July’s presentation.

Miranda July’s career began with a play she wrote as a teenager based on her correspondence with a prison inmate; it has grown to include filmmaking, video, performance art, and visual art. July wrote, directed, and starred in her first feature-length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), which won a special jury prize at Sundance and four prizes at Cannes. Her most recent film is The Future(2011), which she wrote, directed, and stars in. July’s videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at MOMA, the Guggenheim Museum, and in two Whitney Biennials. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris ReviewHarper’s, and The New Yorker; her collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You (2007), has been published in 20 countries.

Her latest book is It Chooses You (2011), of which July says “I share with you the part of my life where I was interviewing people selling things through the Pennysaver classifieds as a sort of open-ended vision quest that I secretly hoped would help me finish my screenplay (The Future) and teach me how to be a better liver of a finite life.” This interest in possessions—and those people are willing to part with—has expanded to include a performance piece called The Auction. At a recent event put on by the Center for Art of Performance at UCLA, July chose three audience members, set them on stage, asked them all manner of personal questions, and then auctioned off an item each had with them (a comb; a lip gloss). The LA Weekly’s blog calls July “an emotional surrealist whose canvas is her crowd.” Miranda July lives in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

July’s responses to the Proust questionnaire

Event Details

Benaroya Hall — Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

View directions.

Transportation & Parking

This event will be held in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall. The Recital Hall is located on the upper level of Benaroya Hall, up the stairs to the left side of the Box Office. 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.


By Car

  • 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.

By Bus
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).

Parking
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.

Accessibility

All of our venues have accessible seating and listening devices available. Click here for more information about accessibility and ADA services at Benaroya Hall.

Please contact us at sal@lectures.org or 206.621.2230 x10 for more details and to let us know you’re coming so we can better accommodate your needs.