Global Now / Week 6

Picasso’s Paris comes to New York

Emma Pratte

Global Now: Abstract

Section: Cope

Headline: Picasso Play to Get a Reading at the Guggenheim

Date: 10/02/2012

Source: The New York Times

Cast of 1944 Production of “Desire Caught by the Tail” 

      The Guggenheim will be hosting a reading of Picasso’s play, Desire Caught by the Tail. Picasso, who was apparently a better painter than a play write, wrote the surrealist piece during a four day period in 1941 in occupied Paris during the war. Originally staged with people from his existentialist group of friends, the play is about the hard conditions of living in war time; the lack of food and heat. The play is said to be nonsensical with characters like the protagonist, Big Foot and his lover, Tart.
Appadurai talks about how societies must adapt to the perpetually changing environment that is the world. Small societies cannot stay isolated forever – with the furthering of technology in art, industry and communication societies that once existed as a whole communities in and of themselves have gradually been influenced by surrounding areas, then further areas and, eventually, the world – rendering the time before that influence, history. It becomes irrelevant in that it is impossible to live in that sort of ignorance again. In terms of the play, we Americans can see what Picasso, a great non-American mind, thought of the war conditions in Paris – how he was affected. We can look at history through an art lens and appreciate it for just that: Art. Although New York is not occupied as Paris was at the time, we are in a time of war and understand what he thought may help us understand the feelings of the people in the countries that are occupied by our troops.


Global Issue: War Time Response

Primary Design Lens: Theater Arts

Secondary Design Lens: Fine Arts


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