Thursday, August 1, 2019


7:30 pm - 8:30 pm





2019 Viewpoints Lecture Series with Penny Arcade

Viewpoints is The Watermill Center’s year-round conversation series, granting artists and art enthusiasts the opportunity to gather and discuss creative themes vital to the contemporary moment. Hosted at our East End campus, Viewpoints engages with the community through intriguing dialogue, artist talks, and lectures that span across disciplines.

Penny Arcade debuted in 1968 at 18 with New York’s explosive Play-House of the Ridiculous, the seminal, rock and roll, queer, glitter/glam, political performance theater that influenced everything and everyone from Jack Smith, Hair, Punk, David Bowie and beyond. She became a Warhol Superstar after her feature in the 1972 Warhol/Morrissey comedy, Women in Revolt.

She is the author of over 16 full length works and hundreds of solo performance pieces. She is an independent artist who has created a career over 50 years, contributing to new art forms for every decade since the 1960’s. A highly influential performance and experimental theatre artist whose magnetic stage presence has brought her international renown, her compassionate yet unflinching honesty has influenced generations of artists all over the world, making her an icon of artistic resistance.

Known for her highly quotable writing, her text based work is based on her poetic practice and has always focused on the other and the outsider, on individuality and authenticity. Her focus on community building as the goal of performance and performance as a transformative act marks her as an original on the world stage.

Since 1992 she has collaborated with former architect and video producer Steve Zehentner in all her theatre work and since 1999 they have co-helmed “Stemming The Tide Of Cultural Amnesia” The Lower East Side Biography Project that has broadcast weekly since 1999. The LES Biography Project is an oral history video project that interviews highly self individuated people, edits Penny the interviewer out and presents a one on one experience for the public with remarkable people, preserving fragile and marginalized histories.

The Summer Lecture Series is curated by Robert Wilson and administered & co-curated by Kelly Dennis and Brian O’Mahoney.

The Watermill Center is committed to providing accessible programs and services for all patrons and artists with disabilities. For further information about any accessibility issues or needs, please contact us at +1 631 726 4525 or email us at

photo © Albie Mitchell

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