NYC Salt at Blow Up Gallery in Amsterdam

NYC Salt celebrates Black History Month with an exhibit of two of their emerging photographers at Blow Up Gallery in Amsterdam: Malike Sidibe, an African artist based in New York, and Daniel Martinez,  born and raised in the Bronx. From February 2nd....

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FOAM presents Ernest Cole

Foam presents an overview of the work of photographer Ernest Cole, mostly known for his photographs depicting apartheid in South-Afrika. As one of the first Black freelance photographers, Cole's work offers a rare inside view. Less known is his work from his time in the US, where he continued to portray the lives of Black people....

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Poitras directs ‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed’

A new film by American director Laura Poitras, shows how a campaign by photographer Nan Goldin made the world's leading museums drop ties with the Sackler family, because of their link with opioids. Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Empire of Pain, also plays a role in the film. He visited the John Adams in 2021....

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Amerikahaus presents Susan Glasser & Peter Baker

Amerikahaus presents an online event on January 10th with bestselling authors Susan Glasser and Peter Baker. The authors of The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021 argue that Trump was not just lurching from one controversy to another; he was learning to be more like the foreign autocrats he admired....

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The Pont acquires work by American artist Aria Dean

Museum The Pont in Tilburg recently acquired GUT PUNCH/Little Island v.1 (1.1), 2022, a sculpture by American artist Aria Dean. She's regarded as one of the promises of American art. Her work is influenced by developments in digital culture and she manifests herself on various platforms...

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Merz Trio performs in the Netherlands

The American-Australian Merz Trio have been lauded for their stunning virtuosity and fresh and surprising interpretations. In the beginning of the new year, they will perform at several Dutch music venues. Click here for dates and tickets (picture by Dario Acosta/Modern White)....

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Banned Books Course

Book challenges in America aren’t new — but over the past year, they’ve reached a fever pitch. Want to know more about the why and how? Register for our Banned Books Course by New York Times journalist and author Nina Siegal, starting in January 2023....

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ITA: Lehman Trilogy

ITA present Lehman Trilogy, a three-act play by Italian novelist and playwright Stefano Massini. It follows the lives of three immigrant brothers as they arrive in America and found an investment firm, the collapse of their company in 2008 and the financial crisis which followed. Click here for dates and tickets....

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Exhibition Judith Joy Ross

This autumn, Fotomuseum Den Haag presents the largest survey to date of Judith Joy Ross, regarded as one of the greatest portrait photographers in America. The exhibition features a selection of more than 150 prints, drawn from the photographer’s archive of work over the past fifty years. Opens at Nov 26....

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Jong Atlantici discuss the Midterms

On November 23rd, the Jong Atlantici will host an event about the results of the Midterms and what it means for the future and the elections in 2024 (in Dutch). Moderator Laila Frank will also share her experiences of her recent visits to the United States....

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Livestream: AAF on the Midterms

On Nov 17th, The Antwerp America Foundation will host an online conversation with political top analyst Stan Veuger. Live from Washington DC, Veuger will offer a unique insight into the political ins and outs of Washington DC. Click here for more info and to register....

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ITA: Lehman Trilogy

ITA present Lehman Trilogy, a three-act play by Italian novelist and playwright Stefano Massini. It follows the lives of three immigrant brothers as they arrive in America and found an investment firm, the collapse of their company in 2008 and the financial crisis which followed. Click here for dates and tickets....

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Exhibition: Spencer Tunick

Reflex Amsterdam Gallery presents a exhibition by American photographer Spencer Tunick. With Public Interventions, the gallery shows new work by the visual artist, who is known worldwide for his colossal nude photography and human installations in urban and natural settings. On view until 7 Nov, 2022....

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USA Session at CreativeNL LIVE

CreativeNL is hosting a 4-day festival throughout Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. It focuses on innovation, circular and spatial design, and immersive content. On Oct 25, there is a USA-session where several key players from the Dutch creative industry, active in the US, will share their insights on developments and collaboration....

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US Ambassador Belgium at AAF

On October 6th, the Antwerp America Foundation offers you the opportunity to meet the new American ambassador in Belgium. Michael Adler will talk about Belgian-American relations and about the new role of the US in a rapidly changing world. Click here for more info....

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The John Adams at Podcastfestival 2022

The John Adams Institute and the Podcastfestival have joined forces for the 2022 festival edition! On September 30th, (7.30 pm) American podcaster and radio producer Avery Trufelman will present an exclusive premiere of the upcoming episodes of her widely acclaimed podcast Articles of Interest. She will be interviewed by John Adams...

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‘All That Jazz’ at EYE

EYE Filmmuseum presents All that Jazz, a programme on jazz and film featuring classics, live performances and exceptional avant-garde and activist filmmakers with a passion for jazz. The program features American icons like Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman and Dexter Gordon. From 9 Sept-2 Oct 2022....

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Exhibition ‘Floridas’

Galerie Caroline O'Breen in Amsterdam presents Floridas by American photographer Anastasia Samoylova. Her recent series documents the versatility of Florida: a political swing-state, a swampland paradise, the refuge of excess, a tourist fantasy, but also a real estate deception. From 2 Sept - 8 Oct, 2022....

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Joanna Bryson at Brave New World

On September 12th, Joanna Bryson, an American academic recognised for broad expertise on intelligence, its nature, and its consequences will speak at Brave New World, the annual art & science conference in Leiden. Bryson advises governments, corporations, and other agencies globally, particularly on AI policy....

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Exhibition Dana Lixenberg

Dutch photographer Dana Lixenberg returns to Huis Marseille for the exhibition Polaroid 54/59/79. Hundreds of polaroids offer an insight into her photo shoots for prominent magazines and personal projects in the US. The collection reflects the American culture Lixenberg encountered in the 1990s and 2000s....

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EYE: Sidney Portier & Denzel Washington

Sidney Poitier was Denzel Washington’s shining example. The actors were good friends, but never played in a film together. This summer, Eye brings them together on the big screen for the first time by showing the best of their films. Click here for more dates and tickets....

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NAF: Webinar on M.C. Escher

The Netherland-America Foundation is hosting a webinar on Virtual Realities: The Art of M.C. Escher. This exhibit is currently running at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. It features more than 400 prints, drawings, watercolors, sketchbooks, and the artist’s working tools. Tuesday, July 19th, at 7pm. ...

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Taylor Mac at ITA

After successes in New York, London, Sydney and elsewhere, Taylor Mac is coming to ITA in Amsterdam during Pride for a special version of A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, a subjective history of America since...

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NPO 2: Documentary series ‘Tricky Dick’

NPO 2 is showing Tricky Dick, a four-part series that follows the rise and fall of Richard Nixon, also known as Tricky Dick because of his cunning tactics. Weekly from July 2nd, 11.45pm, or online. In 2019, we hosted Leon Neyfakh, whose podcast Slow Burn investigated the Watergate scandal. In 2017, Nixon's biographer ...

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Book about a American Revolution murder conspiracy

At the midpoint of the American Revolution, Bathsheba Spooner conspired to murder her patriot husband. Andrew Noone wrote a book about this murder mystery. In Bathsheba Spooner: A Revolutionary Murder Conspiracy he dives into a story of war, politics, and social status that triggered the most infamous crime of America’s 18th century....

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RIAS: War and (Anti-)Americanism in Europe

The war in Ukraine has forced a renewal of the transatlantic partnerships while also prompting a wave of anti-Americanism in some European countries. On 24/6, the RIAS will discuss the deep-rooted historical processes that have characterized the alternate fortunes of the relationship between the US and Europe....

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Fran Lebowitz at Carré

Lebowitz’s recent Netflix documentary series directed by Martin Scorsese, Pretend It’s A City, was an unmitigated hit with its offering of a tantalizing snapshot of New York, along with Lebowitz’s lively and unapologetic commentary on what it means to live there. On June 25th, Lebowitz will talk to her audience at Koninklijk Theater Carré....

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Requiem of Theresienstadt

On June 19th, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest will perform the concert drama Requiem of Theresienstadt, conducted and created by American conductor Murray Sidlin. It tells the story of the camp inmates in the concentration camp Theresienstadt, who performed Verdi's Requiem 16 times in 1943/44 as an act of resistance....

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Notes on Downtown

The gentrification of downtown LA and its social consequences are the subject of Notes on Downtown, a photo book by Dutch photographer Désirée van Hoek. On June 17, she will discuss her work, architecture, gentrification and homelessness with (a.o.) John Adams director Tracy Metz at Pakhuis de...

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Film: The Capote Tapes

Eye is showing The Capote Tapes, a reconstruction of how a novel that was meant to be Truman Capote's greatest masterpiece, sparked his downfall instead. Through never before heard audio archive and interviews with Capote's friends and enemies, this intimate documentary reveals the rise and fall of one America's most iconic writers....

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Kara Walker exhibition at De Pont

In the exhibition A Black Hole is Everything a Star Longs to Be, Kara Walker (1969, USA) opens her private archives containing more than 600 drawings that she has kept hidden for the past 28 years. De Pont in Tilburg is presenting these unknown treasures in Walker's first major solo exhibition in the Netherlands....

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CinemAsia Film Festival

CinemAsia Film Festival in Amsterdam features Snakehead by American director Evan Jackson Leong. It tells the story of a woman called Tse, who comes from China to New York through a smuggler known as a snakehead. She quickly gains favor with the matriarch of the crime family. 13 May at Studio/K....

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Work of Dutch artist at Coachella

Visual artist Kiki van Eijk is the first Dutch artist to have created a large-scale installation for Coachella, the renowned pop festival in California. She designed three large-scale sculptures named Buoyed, using a mix of different cultural identities and...

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Podcast Netherland-America Foundation

The NAF started their very own podcast: Bridging Worlds. In the first episode, historian Susan Suer and host Laila Frank follow in the footsteps of the Pilgrims' time in Leiden. In 2020, the John Adams published a 3-part blog series about the pilgrims, called the Pilgrim...

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New Masters on Tour

This year's New Masters on Tour features the American pianist Seho Young. Together with Annabel Hauk (cello) and János Palojtay (piano), he will play compositions of Franck, Ives, Grieg, Liszt and Schumann. Both Young and Hauk studied at the New England Conservatorium in Boston. For tickets and dates, click here....

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Muhammad Ali documentary by Ken Burns

NPO is currently screening the the documentary Muhammad Ali by renowned director Ken Burns. The series paints a sweeping portrait of a man whose life intersected with many of modern America’s most profound changes. Every Monday on NPO2 at 10.20pm. Also available on ...

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50 years American Book Center

This year, the American Book Center in the Netherlands celebrates 50 years of bookselling. There will be activities throughout the anniversary year. On April 16, ABC will welcome customers to birthday parties in all three ABC stores in Amsterdam, The Hague and Leidschendam. Click here for more information....

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TV series of the WeWork startup story

Apple TV+ presents WeCrashed, a dramatisation of the already fairly dramatic real-life rise and fall of the property rental company WeWork and its udacious founder Adam Neumann. Last year, journalist and author Eliot Brown joined us online to discuss his book The Cult of We: WeWork, Adam...

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JR: Chronicles at Groninger Museum

The Groninger Museum, in cooperation with the Brooklyn Museum in New York, will exhibit the work of US based French artist JR.  Alongside JR's work, the museum will show graffiti and streetart from New York and Groningen. From 20 November 2021 to Sunday 12 June 2022....

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Job opening: program and development coordinator

The John Adams is hiring! We are offering a great opportunity for a program and development coordinator, preferably starting in May 2022. Click here for the job description. To apply, please email us at info@john-adams.nl with a short motivation and a resume. Application deadline 18 March....

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Webinars: Baltimore & Rotterdam: Designing Cities

Each week this spring, two design groups, one from Baltimore and one from the Dutch city of Rotterdam pair up to discuss architecture, urban design, and how design and policy can improve the built environment for all residents. Click here for dates and to register....

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NAF Webinar: 17th century Dutch women artists

In anticipation of a major exhibition on Dutch and Flemish women artists at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C., the Netherland-America Foundation will host a webinar on Dutch women artists of the 17th century on March 3rd, 6m (ET)....

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Book event novel ‘Place’

In celebration of Dutch-American Friendship Day on April 19th, author Hannah Huber is holding a book event for the release of her debut novel Place. Join in for an entertaining evening full of comedy, live music, interviews with special guests moderated by Dutch journalist Laila Frank, readings from the book and book signing....

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Exhibition Bryan Schutmaat

The photo series 'County Road' by American photographer Bryan Schutmaat were mainly taken in rural Texas during the Covid-19 shutdown. By portraying dirt roads, forests, farmland, meadows, he captured nature's indifference to humanity. County Road is on view at Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen in Amsterdam from...

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Panel Discussion: Pilgrims From Leiden

On 25 Jan. the American Book Center will host a virtual panel discussion about the Pilgrim Fathers. Experts will talk about the light and darkness that these radical separatists brought to the New World, from William Brewster's enlightening library of 400 books, to treaty violations on the part of today's U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs....

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Livestream ‘Biden’s America’

On Jan. 17, 8pm, Haagsch College, Maarten van Rossem and Adriaan Andringa will delve into the soul of political America. Can Biden as Healer-in-Chief really bring Americans back together? And how decisive is the Trump factor in this year's important Congressional elections? For more info and tickets, click here....

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TV series about the Pilgrim Fathers

The Mayflower set sail for the New World more than 400 years ago carrying a group of English Puritans living in Leiden. They are traditionally seen as the founders of the US. A new documentary examines how that particular part of history of the US is viewed today. In het kielzog van de Mayflower, from 7 Jan 10:05pm NPO 2 (in Dutch)....

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New short story by Jennifer Egan

The January edition of The New Yorker features a new short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan. What the Forest Remembers has two story lines with, one of them being the backbone of Egan's forthcoming book, The Candy House. She ...

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Wintergasten interviews Colson Whitehead

The 3rd episode of VPRO's Wintergasten featured Colson Whitehead, author of Pulitzer Prize winning novels like The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys. This year he published Harlem Shuffle. In 2017 the author visited the John Adams to talk about his book The Underground Railroad....

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Foam: A Sidelong Glance

The upcoming exhibition A Sidelong Glance by John Edmons (1989, USA) at Foam examines issues of identity and power. From an African-American perspective, his work is a reinterpretation of the past, emphasizing the black human subject and cultural...

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Photo bulletin by Andrea Bruce

In a weekly bulletin Down in the County, American photographer Andrea Bruce explores Pamlico County, a largely overlooked, rural area in North Carolina, covering the local community, local events, school board meetings, proms, and church gatherings....

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ITA LIVE: Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road, a play based on the work by American novelist Richard Yates, returns to ITA on 19 December via ITA Live. It tells the story of Frank and April Wheeler, who are stuck in their bourgeois existence in the suburbs. As they begin to hate their lives more and more, their marriage slowly falls apart....

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Virtual talk Albright and Rice

On December 16th, 10AM (CT), The Chicago Council on Global Affairs will host an online talk with former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice. They will discuss their experience as trailblazers in foreign policy and the critical importance of women's...

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Jeff Flake at Nexus Conference

Jeff Flake, former US Senator and current Ambassador for the US to Turkey will speak at the upcoming Nexus Conference 'The Revolution of Hope' in Amsterdam. On November 20th, he will contribute to a discussion about the collective cry for radical change echoing around the globe since the outbreak of the corona crisis....

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Documentary: Toni Morrison – Black Matter(s)

On Nov 17th, 'Het Uur van de Wolf' will screen the documentary Toni Morrison - Black Matter(s), a portrait of the Pulitzer Prize winning author, and he first black female writer to win the Nobel Prize (1993). In 2009 she visited the John Adams to discuss her book ...

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American documentaries at IDFA

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is about to kick off. From November 17 to 28, documentary lovers are invited to theaters throughout Amsterdam. This year, no less than 33 American films are screening throughout the program. Click on the read more button for titles and info....

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Book presentation by Michael Persson

Former US correspondent Michael Persson will present his book 'De val van Amerika' on November 10, 7pm at De Nieuwe Boekhandel in Amsterdam. The book describes the Trump years and looks to the future of the US. The event will be moderated by Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal (in Dutch)....

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HOVO course on Supreme Court

HOVO Brabant presents a 3-day course on the ins and outs of the US Supreme Court, taught by America expert Tanja Groenendijk-De Vos (in Dutch). It will address issues like composition of the court, nominations, decision making, and the influence of the current Supreme Court judges on society....

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DeLaMar West: Broken Winged Bird

On Dec. 16, Toneelgroep Maastricht will perform Broken Winged Bird, the story of a black American soldier who fought in World War II. When he returned home, he didn't receive a hero's welcome like his white comrades. Last year, the John Adams published the blog series Black Liberators. Click below to read more....

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NNI Event: Black Lives in Dutch New York

On October 23rd, the New Netherlands Institute will host an online event exploring the Black experience in the Dutch colony of New Netherland. How did Blacks live in New Amsterdam? What was slavery in the colony? When did the first Africans arrive? Click here to register....

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Lecture: Polarization in the US – A New Civil War?

On October 13, the Netherlands Atlantic Youth organize a program about polarization in the US. To what extent can we compare polarization today to polarization in the 19th century? How did the US come together again after the Civil War, and can the current divisions still be healed? Click here to register....

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History Month: Lecture by James Kennedy

On Oct. 19th, American historian James Kennedy will discuss the Dutch work ethic. How have ideas about work shifted in recent decades?  What are the differences between the Netherlands and other countries? His lecture 'Why do we work?' (in Dutch) is part of History Month 2021, and will take place at the OBA in Amsterdam....

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Webinar on the legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt

The Netherland-America Foundation (in New York) and the RIAS will host an online event on “The Legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt” on Friday 15 October 2021. Several speakers will discuss the role that Eleanor Roosevelt played in negotiating and promoting human and women's rights within the UN....

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Canopy Theater performs ‘Eleemosynary’

Eleemosynary is a play by the American playwright Lee Blessing. The story revolves around three generations of women who share their stories with the audience over the course of seven scenes. Their efforts to be both a parent and a child are shared with the audience directly through narration and dialogue....

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Lecture by Princeton’s Jan-Werner Mueller

Everyone knows that democracy is in trouble, but do we know what democracy actually is? As part of the Munich Dialogues on Democracy Speakers Series, a cooperation between The Yale Club of Germany and the Amerikahaus in Munich, Professor at Princeton University Jan-Werner Mueller will discuss on 30/9....

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Rachelle Meyer announces publication mini-comics

Rachelle Meyer, an American artist who lives in Amsterdam, created Texas Tracts, a collection of autobio mini-comics. In the trilogy, Rachelle shares funny and touching stories about growing up Catholic in the Lone Star State. Click here for the Faces on the Ferry blogseries she wrote for the John Adams in 2019....

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Online Exhibtion: Foam Talent 2021

The 15th edition of Foam Talent presents an online selection of 20 outstanding artists. The exhibit features four American photographers, Tommy Kha, Pat Martin, Joey Solomon and Leonard Suryajaya. The annual competition is a search for exceptionally talented young photographers,...

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Exhibition Margaret Kilgallen

The Bonnefanten museum in Maastricht is showing That's where the beauty is, an exhibition exploring the work of American artist Margaret Kilgallen. She's known for her line drawings, which are closely linked to various subcultures and feminist themes. On view until 7 November....

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Exhibition ‘The Art of the Brick’

The world’s largest exhibition of Lego®-art is in Amsterdam this summer. The 100 art works on view were all created by New York artist Nathan Sawaya. He is the first artist to ever take LEGO into the art world. 'Art of the Brick' is on view until 29 August....

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Outdoor exhibit Ellsworth Kelly

This summer, Rijksmuseum Gardens will exhibit nine sculptures by Ellsworth Kelly. Kelly was one of the most important American artists of the 2nd half of the 20th century. All nine sculptures are on view in the Netherlands for the first time....

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Far Cries 401

The Delfshaven Festival presents Far Cries 401, a show about leave-taking, inspired by the last year's anniversary of the voyage of the Pilgrim Fathers to America. July 21 & 22, at the Pelgrimsvaderkerk in Rotterdam....

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ITA-Ensemble performs ‘A Little Life’

No novel has captivated and moved millions of readers during the past few years like A little life by American author Hanya Yanagihara. For ITA, Ivo van Hove adapted Yanagihara’s novel to theater and created a fascinating performance (from 29 September-2 October). ...

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Webinar: Blood on the River

On July 7, the NAF presents Blood on the River. In this webinar, historian Marjoleine Kars will tell the story of the thousands of slaves in the Dutch colony of Berbice who rose up in 1763 and seized control of many of the colony’s plantations. Click here to register....

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Exhibition Bruce Nauman at Stedelijk Museum

In collaboration with Tate Modern, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam presents the largest overview of the American artist Bruce Nauman in the Netherlands up to now. This exhibition spans a period of more than fifty years and reflects Nauman’s preoccupation with themes such as the body, language, and control....

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Book Launch: Curbing Traffic

On June 29th, Chris and Melissa Bruntlett's book Curbing Traffic will be released. It argues for an end to auto-dependency and supremacy, through the lenses of equity, wellbeing, resilience, and social cohesion. The authors just finished a blog series for the John Adams based on their book....

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International Podcast Festival by Oorzaken

Oorzaken, a Dutch platform for narrative audio, will host the International Podcast Festival from 1-4 July. Part of their program is in English: Climate Anxiety (July 3rd), Plantation of Our Ancestors and a ...

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Lecture ‘How Fascism Works’

Munich Dialogues on Democracy presents How Fascism Works: the Politcs of Us and Them, a lecture by Jason Stanley, Professor of Philosophy at Yale. He will explain how nations don’t have to be fascist to suffer from fascist politics. On June 28th, 2021, 7pm (CET)....

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Virtual Symposium – Amsterdam and Rembrandt

On June 16th, the National Gallery of Canada will host a virtual symposium that traces the central decades of Rembrandt’s career, from his arrival in Amsterdam to the emergence of his late style in the mid-1650s, in the transformative context of the dynamic city that became his home. Click here for more info and to...

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RIAS hosts lecture about Covid and globalization

On 16 June, 4 pm (CET), the RIAS will host 'America’s Conflicted Relationship with Globalization in the Age of Covid', an online lecture by Petra Goedde, professor at Temple University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Goedde is an expert on U.S. foreign relations, cultural globalization, and gender history....

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Exhibition: Art Against the Flow – Chicago Calling

Museum of the Mind | Outsider Art, the only museum in the Netherlands that shows art works by national and international Outsider Artists, presents Art Against the Flow: Chicago Calling. The exhibition (from June 5) explores the visual story of the Windy City through works by ten Chicago artists. The museum is located at the Hermitage...

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Exhibition to celebrate 375th anniversary of Brooklyn

To celebrate the 375th anniversary of the present-day New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, named after the Dutch city of Breukelen, Regionaal Historisch Centrum Vecht & Venen hosts the exhibition With a packed suitcase to Brooklyn. From June 24th, click here for more information (in Dutch)....

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Lecture: Dutch Slave Resistance in New York

The Netherland-America Foundation and the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies (RIAS) present ‘Dutch Slave Resistance in New York,’ a lecture about Dutch-owned enslaved people who played a visible role in challenging slavery throughout the state. The discussion will be moderated by former John Adams director Russell Shorto. June 1st, 6pm (CET)....

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Lecture: The Serendipity Mindset

On June 3rd (8pm CET), John Adams director Tracy Metz will talk to Dr. Christian Busch, author of The Serendipity Mindset and director of the Global Economy program at New York University's Center for Global Affairs. They will talk about the the science of serendipity, and how turn the unexpected into positive outcomes and creativity. Hosted by ...

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Podcast by Jill Lepore

In the podcast The Last Archive, acclaimed historian Jill Lepore traces the history of evidence, proof, and knowledge in search of an answer to the question: Who killed truth? In 2019, Lepore visited the John Adams to discuss her book These Truths – A History of the United States....

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Online events Netherland-America Foundation

The NAF celebrates its 100th birthday with two events in May. The 20th, the NAF Live TV-Culture Edition will be broadcast from studios in Amsterdam and New York, featuring Dutch and American artists. The next day will bring the webcast 'Connecting Flight: 75 years Amsterdam – New York', commemorating the first...

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Lecture on Frederik Douglass by David W. Blight

Munich Dialogues on Democracy, Amerikahaus and the Bavarian American Academy present 'Frederick Douglass: Prose Poet of American Democracy', a talk by David W. Blight, Professor of History and Frederik Douglass expert. He will describe how Douglass, a former slave, would become the most famed and widely travelled orator in the nation, using...

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TV adaption of novel The Underground Railroad

On May 14th, Amazon will start airing The Underground Railroad, a historical fiction drama series directed by Barry Jenkins based on the novel of the same name by Colson Whitehead. The author visited the John Adams in 2017 to talk about his novel which won both the Pulizer Prize and the National Book Award. Click on the Read more button to watch the trailer....

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The Europe Challenge

The European Cultural Foundation launches The Europe Challenge: how do cultural public spaces help tackle economic recession, unemployment, social tensions, and climate change? At this online event on May 9th, people working throughout public spaces in Europe will discuss how this initiative works towards...

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Launch Antwerp America Foundation

The Antwerp America Foundation, a new independent forum for American culture and a partner of the John Adams, will host its 1st lecture on May 4, 2.45 pm (CET). American economist and leading expert on sustainable development Jeffrey Sachs, will talk about...

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Online session on Russia by John Hopkins University

John Hopkins University will host an online discussion on how to deal with Russia. Former World Bank expert on Russia and political economist at JHU Washington Marsha McGraw Olive, and Dutch NRC columnist Hubert Smeets will talk about the relations of the US and the EU with Russia. On April 28th, 8pm (CET)....

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Panel discussion: What’s Wrong with Tech?

What’s Wrong With (www/), a diagnostic discussion series, presents What's Wrong with Tech? On April 22nd, 3pm (EST), three American panelists will discuss how technology has helped society develop, and how its application created (moral) dilemmas at the same time....

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NIAS Lecture 2021

When we talk about the history of a country or a city, whose history are we talking about? This year’s NIAS Lecture will address the challenges of making an inclusive history. April 21th, 3.30pm (CET), with Jennifer Tosch (Founder of Black Heritage Tours Amsterdam & New York) and Femke Halsema (Mayor of Amsterdam)....

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Brainwash presents Shoshana Zuboff

Tech companies know what you are doing by collecting all the information you share. On April 25th, Harvard professor Shoshana Zuboff will discuss the dangers of this new reality at Brainwash Weekend. She will be joined by philosopher Haroon Sheikh, who moderated our event with Barry Eichengreen about his book The Populist Temptatation....

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Online lecture about American art history

The Arts Society of The Hague presents Masters of America from Copely to Bellows, a lecture about American art of the early modern period through the work of its leading masters. De online presentation takes place on April 13th, at 8pm. Last December, the John Adams hosted an event on art and activism in America....

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Podcast: Comparing the Contrast

Norman Vladimir Smith, a US citizen living in Amsterdam, is the host of Comparing the Contrast, a podcast about all the things you discover when you take the leap to live outside of your home country. It deals with personal topics like connection, obligation and isolation....

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Webinar on the Dutch role in slave trade

The first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia in 1619 on the White Lion, a privateer ship sailing under the aegis of Dutch letters of marque. On April 13, 2021 at 6pm (CET), the Netherland-America Foundation will host a webinar about the Dutch role in these events. It will feature Dutch journalist and author Leendert van der Valk, who recently published an article on this topic. Click ...

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Book discussion on Dutch women in the resistance

In honor of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Mission to the Netherlands and Resistance Museum Amsterdam will host an online conversation with American author Tim Brady on his latest book Three Ordinary Girls, which tells the story of Dutch resistance fighters Hannie Schaft and the sisters Truus and Freddie Oversteegen. On March 23rd, 4pm (CET)....

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Munich Dialogues on Democracy presents Robert B. Zoellick

On March 25th, 7pm (CET), Munich Dialogues on Democracy presents an online lecture by American politician, public official and former president of the World Bank, Robert B. Zoellick. He will talk about U.S. diplomacy and foreign policy in the past, the present and the future....

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Book discussion Russell Shorto

Former John Adams director and best-selling author Russell Shorto grew up knowing his grandfather was a small-town mob boss. In his new book Smalltime, he takes on this part of his past. The American Book Center will interview the author online about this story on March 23rd, 7.30pm. Shorto took the John Adams stage as a guest speaker in ...

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Seminar Russell Shorto: New York’s Dutch Beginnings

The New Netherland Institute presents a six-part seminar on New York's Dutch beginnings presented by former John Adams director Russell Shorto and Dennis Maika. Starting on March 18, the purpose of this seminar is to share the new view of New York’s beginnings with a wider audience, and to explore its influence on later American history....

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Speech Battle 2021

Who writes the best speech for Kamala Harris? In honor of International Women's Day, De Balie and deBuren will  host the final of the Speech Battle 2021. On March 7 at 8pm, join the free livestream and help pick a winner. This event is in Dutch. (photo ©Gage Skidmore)....

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Film Talk: RBG

On March 2nd, SIB Utrecht will screen and discuss the documentary RBG detailing Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s life and achievements. Dr. Valenta, president of the American Studies Association, will explain how Ginsburg fought for gender equality through application of her legal knowledge. Ginsburg visited the John Adams in 1999....

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Accelerating Women’s Entrepreneurship

On March 8, The Netherlands Diplomatic Network in the United States will hold a virtual roundtable about women's entrepreneurship and the impact the Network has on its development and growth. With, amongst others, Dutch Ambassador to the US André Haspels, and Neelie Kroes, former Dutch Minister and EU Commissioner. Click here to register....

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Foam Talent: ‘Atlanta Made Us Famous’

The fifteenth edition of Foam Magazine's Talent issue presents a selection of outstanding artists. One of them is the Dutch-Moroccan photographer Hajar Benjida (1995). Her photo series Atlanta Made Us Famous highlights the women who play an important role in the Atlanta hip-hop scene....

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Lecture on Biden’s new transatlantic agenda

With the new engagement from Washington towards Europe, hopes run high that transatlantic relations will quickly return to a state of pre-Trump ‘normalcy’. But how realistic is this? On Feb. 18 (16.30pm), the Netherlands Atlantic Association debates this subject with Han ten Broeke, Roberta Haar and Heather Conley. In...

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Obamas to make movie of Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West

Obama’s production company Higher Ground announced six new projects in development for Netflix, including an film adaptation of author Mohsin Hamid's novel Exit West. The book tells the story of a couple who find magical doors to transport them to other places and land in the middle of a global refugee crisis. In 2017, Hamid visited the John Adams to discuss Exit West....

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Art Against the Flow: Chicago Calling

Museum of the Mind in Amsterdam presents 'Art Against the Flow: Chicago Calling', an exhibition in cooperation with The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago. It's a story told by eleven artists, and shows how the art scene in Chicago has a special relationship with uniqueness and authenticity. The exhibition is scheduled to open on March 3rd....

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Docuseries by Dutch film maker at Sundance

This year's Sundance Film Festival will screen Seeds of Deceit, a docuseries by Dutch film maker Miriam Guttmann. The three-part documentary tells the story of Jan Karbaat, a fertility doctor in the Netherlands. As his patients’ offspring began looking into their ancestry, a disturbing story emerged about a man who secretly used his own semen to impregnate his patients. As from 28 Jan., screening is available ...

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Podcast ‘Jan & Christina’

In the podcast Jan & Christina (in Dutch) by Katinka Baehr, we meet Dutch photographer Jan Banning who committed himself to helping Christina Boyer, an American woman who has been imprisoned for 28 years for the murder of her 3-year-old daughter. Wrongly, according to Banning....

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Lecture by Roberta Haar

AG Eindhoven presents 'Biden: Will the EU and the US become solid allies again?', an online lecture by Roberta Haar, Professor of Foreign Policy Analysis and Transatlantic Relations at University College Maastricht. 21st, 8pm. In 2019 she moderated our event with Hendrik Meijer about the creation of NATO, and more recently with Ian...

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Inauguration show at Boom Chicago

On the day Joe Biden will be inaugurated as President, Boom Chicago will host The Final Lock Him Up Comedy Show with Greg Shapiro and Pep Rosenfeld, combined with the live broadcast of the inauguration and Biden's inauguration speech. Online on 20 Jan, 5.30pm....

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Podcast ‘Over the Hill’ by Laila Frank

In the run-up to the Georgia Runoffs, the podcast Over the Hill by Haagsch College (in Dutch) talks about the Deep South. Will the shifting demographics impact the outcome of the elections? The podcast is moderated by America-journalist Laila Frank, who will also host ...

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OBA – Cinema Literair shows ‘Being There’

On 20 Jan. at 7.30pm, the night before President Biden's inauguration, OBA will show Being There, the film adaption of Jerzy Korsinki's classic novel. Prior to the screening, editor-in-chief of the Groene Amsterdammer Xandra Schutte will interpret the recent political developments in the US using Being There as a guideline. The John Adam hosted several events in cooperation with the OBA, like ...

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Amsterdam Light Festival: Edition#9

Although in a different set-up, the Amsterdam Light Festival is still bringing light to the city this year. The 2020 theme is When Nature Calls. Seven works of art will be spread over four different neighborhoods. On the website, a new artwork will be highlighted online every week in December and January. You can also explore previous editions,...

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The Daily: Matthew Desmond on Eviction Crisis

The New York Times podcast The Daily talked to Matthew Desmond, Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and contributing writer for The Times Magazine, about the evictions crisis in the United States, which has gotten a lot worse during the pandemic. In 2018, Desmond visited the John Adams to discuss his book Evicted: Poverty and...

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Lecture by Prof. Odd Arne Westad

On Dec 10, 7pm, Munich Dialogues on Democracy presents The Sources of Chinese Conduct. Are Washington and Beijing Fighting a New Cold War, a lecture by Odd Arne Westad, Elihu Professor of History and Global Affairs at Yale University. He will explore the parallels and the differences between China today and the Soviet Union of old, and the effect that...

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Atlantic Dialogue

On Dec. 8, 7pm, the Netherlands Atlantic Youth will organize a program with Emma Sky, Director of the Yale World Fellows Program and former advisor to the U.S. military in Iraq and NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. She will talk about U.S.-Iran tensions, the Israeli-Gulf rapprochement, and her expectations of President-elect Biden’s Middle East policy....

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Lecture by Dr. Anthony Fauci

On Dec. 10, 8.30pm, Amsterdam UMC and the Volkskrant will be hosting the 'Anatomische Les', a public lecture about medicine and society. This year's (online) guest speaker is dr. Anthony Fauci, the American director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Fauci will share his insights on the ongoing corona pandemic....

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De Pont presents Hans Broek: The Things I Used To Do

From 19 Nov-18 April, Museum De Pont in Tilburg presents the exhibition The Things I Used to Do, by Dutch painter Hans Broek, who lived in the US for twenty years. He became intrigued by the history of slavery, which resulted in a series of paintings depicting forts, dungeons, cell doors and the homes of plantation owners on the coasts at both sides of the Atlantic....

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NPO2: ‘The Kingmaker’ by Lauren Greenfield

NPO2 presents Lauren Greenfield's superb documentary The Kingmaker. It portrays Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines and the family's efforts to return to political power. Tuesday Nov. 24 at 23.35 pm. Greenfield visited the John Adams in 2017 to discuss her monograph Generation...

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IDFA: The Americans

IDFA presents 'The Americans, a series of six films in which outsiders observe and capture life and the people of the United States. Starting from 19 November, the next three titles shown are 'Til Kingdom Come, Non Western and Below Sealevel. Click here for more info and tickets....

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School of Life presents Zadie Smith

On 19 November, School of Life will host an online interview with Zadie Smith, one of the most important writers of our time. Smith and moderator Clarice Gargard will talk about a range of topics, like identity, class, racism, privilege and suffering. Zadie Smith visited the John Adams in 2016 to discuss her...

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Exhibtion at Foam: Amsterdam Girls

Foam presents Amsterdam Girls, with over 50 vintage portraits and contact prints from the analogue archive of the American photographer Remsen Wolff. From 1990 to 1992, Wolff spent a month each year in Amsterdam to portray the transgender community. On view until 6 December....

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Exhibition William Wegman

Fotomuseum Den Haag presents Being Human, an exhibition by American photographer William Wegman. His human-like portraits of his ever-expanding cast of dogs have brought him worldwide fame. Until January 3rd, the museum shows a major survey of four decades of Wegman’s work....

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America programs at Pakhuis de Zwijger

In the run-up to the presidential elections, Pakhuis de Zwijger hosts several America related online events, covering a range of topics like the political battle, the deep division in US society and the influence of the current pandemic. 22, 28 and ...

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Livecast about ‘She Said’

The Narrative Journalism Foundation in Amsterdam presents the livecast She Said, about the journalists that broke the Harvey Weinstein story. One of them was Rebecca Corbett, editor at the New York Times, who will discuss her work with Xandra Schutte. On Oct 20, 8:30pm. In 2019, Megan Twohey, one of...

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Nussbaum and Power at Brainwash

Brainwash Festival will be online this year (16-18 Oct), hosting some excellent American speakers like former Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power and Professor of Law and Ethics Martha Nussbaum. Both were also guests of the John Adams. Power joined us online recently, Nussbaum took the stage in 2012 and ...

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Livecast about Henrietta Lacks

The Narrative Journalism Foundation in Amsterdam presents The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a livecast with American science writer Rebecca Skloot, who wrote a book about the remarkable story of Henrietta Lacks and her immortal cell line, known as HeLa, that came from Lacks's cervical cancer cells...

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The Divided State of America

In the weeks leading up to the U.S. presidential election, artist duo J&B will radically alter the façade of EENWERK Gallery in Amsterdam with a new work, The Divided State of America – a monumental, transparent variation of the American flag. On view from 10 Oct-10 Nov....

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Comedy about the Elections at Boom Chicago

Boom Chicago presents a comedy show about the upcoming presidential elections. Lock Him Up is the follow-up to their longest running show, Trump Up the Volume. Starring Pep Rosenfeld and Greg Shapiro, the show will bring you inside the 2020 presidential race with stand-up and improv comedy. Click here for 25% off using discount code ADAMSBOOM....

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Exhibition ‘This Is America | Art USA Today’

On 3 November, Americans go to the polls to elect the President: will it be Donald Trump or Joe Biden? A pivotal moment in a politically and socially divided country. Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort has set out to discover what position artists are adopting in these charged times which resulted in the exhibition This Is America | Art USA Today. From Sept 26-Jan 3....

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Royal Philharmonic Society presents Alex Ross

On September 29, The Royal Philharmonic Society will host an online interview with Alex Ross, author and music critic for The New Yorker, moderated by Stephen Fry. He will discuss his new book Wagnerism. A decade ago, Alex’s book The Rest Is Noise caused a sensation in its epic account of music’s power and impact through the 20th century. Alex Ross visited the...

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Hollis Kurman publishes picture book

Writer, poet and moderator Hollis Kurman published Counting Kindness, her debut picture book, which traces the refugee child’s journey through the lens of help and hope experienced along the way. The book will be published in 8 countries in 2020-21. Hollis moderated several events at the John Adams institute: Jonathan Safran Foer in ...

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‘Unseen 2020 at the Gallery’

Gallery Wouter van Leeuwen in Amsterdam presents Unseen at the Gallery showing previously undisplayed work by three American photographers (Jenia Fridlyand, Raymond Meeks and Bryan Schutmaat) who use their own surroundings as a source of inspiration. On view until 10 October....

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Brian Rose captures last days of Confederate statues

Brian Rose photographed the last days of the Confederate statues along Monument Avenue in Richmond (VA), which were removed in the wake of the riots that followed the death of George Floyd. His powerful images capture an extraordinary moment in time, collected in his upcoming book Monument Avenue - Grand Boulevard of the Lost...

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Exhibition: Tell Me Your Story

Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort presents the visual richness of black culture through the works of 50 African American artists. Tell Me Your Story shows 140 works - mainly on loan from the United States (until August 30th). The exhibition was prolonged after it temporarily closed because of the coronavirus....

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NAF Live TV

The Netherlands Chapter of the Netherland-American Foundation will host a live broadcast on September 9 (8.30pm) from the Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam, hosted by Humberto Tan. The live stream will include interviews with NAF Fulbright fellows, alumni and corporate supporters of the NAF. Click here for more info and to register. Watch this ...

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Foam: On Earth – Imaging, Technology and the Natural World

Foam's On Earth – Imaging, Technology and the Natural World unites the work of 27 contemporary artists who use innovative visual techniques to reflect on the evolving relationship between humans and nature. The exhibition shows the work of several American photographers. On view through September 2nd....

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Theatre: Angels in America

ITA and Nederlands Theater Festival present Angels in America by American playwright Tony Kushner, a complex portrait of a combative generation that goes against the spirit of the times: the havoc that AIDS causes strengthens the ultra-conservative forces in their fight against free love. On 12 September (Dutch spoken)....

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Leiden400 launches documentary ‘Stromingen’

Leiden400, which commemorates the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, presents the documentary Stromingen, a virtual reconstruction of locations connected to the Pilgrims' time in the Netherlands. John Adams director Tracy Metz participated in this project. 2 August at 4pm, live stream via YouTube and Facebook....

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Foam presents American photographer Alex Sloth

Photographer Alec Soth (Minneapolis, 1969) has become known as the chronicler of life at the American margins of the United States. His most recent project, I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating concentrates on individuals and their private settings, marking a departure from Soth’s earlier work. From 11 Sept-6 Dec at Foam. For more information, click ...

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VR Documentary by Roger Ross Williams

In the VR doc Travelling While Black you are seated at a table in a restaurant listed in 'The Green Book'. This guide was used from the 1940s-60s to tell African Americans where to find safe petrol stations, hotels, restaurants and hospitals. At EYE from 16 July-5 Aug. Director Roger Ross Williams visited the John Adams in 2018 and ...

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Hamilton Musical on Disney Plus

The film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway hit Hamilton isn't exactly like going to the theater, but it still delivers a theatrical thrill. The premiere was planned for 2021, but was rescheduled after live performances of the musical were cancelled due to the corona crisis. Available for streaming on Disney Plus from July 3rd. Click ...

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Munich Dialogues on Democracy: The Information War

On July 20th (7pm), Nina Jankowicz, author and Disinformation Fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington DC, will talk about the information war and disinformation campaigns. She will explain how we can better understand the motivations behind these attacks and how to beat them. In collaboration with Amerika Haus Munich. For more information about this online lecture, click here....

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Timothy Snyder at House of European History

House of European History Professor Timothy Snyder, a leading expert on Europe's history, to discuss the continent's shared and divided memory, in light of current events. In examining some of the darkest moments of recent history, Snyder finds hope and principles that could lead Europe out of its current malaise. Online on July 1st, 6pm. Snyder ...

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American Pioneers Concert by Ciconia Consort

On July 2nd, The Ciconia Consort presents the American Pioneers Concert at the Pelgrimvaderskerk in Delfshaven, performing music by American composers such as Copland, Ives and Antheil. Maarten van Rossum will provide historical context. Click here for tickets and more info....

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Movies That Matter: The Apollo

Pakhuis De Zwijger and Movies That Matter hosted a livecast with (amongst others) film director Roger Ross Williams on June 10th. His documentary about the Apollo Theater in Harlem formed the starting point for a discussion about art and the civil rights movement. Click here to watch. The John Adams screened and discussed the documentary with Roger Ross Williams last year....

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Documentary ‘Why We Hate’ at NPO

Why We Hate is a six-part documentary series produced by Steven Spielberg and Alex Gibney which explores the human condition for hatred and how we can overcome it. Broadcasted on 7 June, 10.10pm at NPO 2 or watch online. Click here to watch the trailer....

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Da 5 Bloods: New Spike Lee Film

Spike Lee turns his sights on Vietnam in his next film Da 5 Bloods, an action-adventure tale about four black veterans who return to Vietnam more than 40 years after the war, premiering June 12th on Netflix. Click here to watch the trailer. Spike Lee visited the John Adams in 2010....

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Jamel Shabazz Photography Exhibition

Fotomuseum aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht presents the exhibition Streetlife from 1 June-27 September 2020. The museum shows colorful work by the American photographer Jamel Shabazz and black and white portraits by Dutch photographer Hans Rietveld. The street photography mostly shows the 60s, 70s and 80s....

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Virtual tour Keith Haring Exhibition

The BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts Brussels presents Walk With Me, a virtual tour of their exhibition of New York urban artist Keith Haring. In these video's, several experts walk you through the museum, while sharing their views of the works....

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Online lecture about the 1960s by the NNA

On May 19, the Netherlands Atlantic Association organizes an online program with American writer Christopher Caldwell, themed: What did the 'Sixties' bring us: Liberation or Confusion? It focuses on the ‘fruits’ of the liberal revolution of the 1960s and its  political consequences that are being felt today in the US....

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Online opening commemorative year Leiden400

On May 16, the opening of the commemorative year Leiden400 takes place online due to the coronavirus. 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower taking the Pilgrims from Leiden to America. A livestream will take visitors on a tour through Leiden's historic city centre and museums to learn about the the Pilgrims’ story....

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Livestream: Making social impact in New York City

Pakhuis De Zwijger will livestream the series 'Infected Cities', kicking off with an episode about New York City. A panel of speakers will look at the impact of the virus on the city. Who are committed to support the people that are affected most by the crisis? And what role does art and culture play? May 7, 6.30pm....

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2DOC: Documentary “Truus’ Children”

Recently, the NPO broadcasted a documentary about Truus Wijsmuller, a member of the Dutch resistance who helped some 10,000 predominantly Jewish children to escape from Nazi-occupied European cities. Click here to watch. Author Megan Waite Clayton wrote a novel about these 'Kindertransports'. She visited the John Adams last January....

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Burning Man 2020 is going virtual

The world-famous annual event Burning Man in Nevada is going digital this year by creating a temporary virtual metropolis in the Black Rock Desert instead of an actual one. Not only is everyone welcome to join, but the public is also invited to make suggestions for the program...

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Online Travelling

While being stuck at home, there are still a lot of places you can visit virtually. The Washington Post recently published a list of 52 places you can go and see online, including several destinations in the U.S. like Washington DC, Richmond (VA) en Glacier National Park in Montana....

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Soundwalks by Soundtrackcity

Soundtrackcity's offer free audio soundwalks that have been developed by teams of sound artists, visual artists, musicians, theater and film makers. They make the invisible tangible and stimulate your imagination while walking the city....

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Boom Chicago Starts Live Streaming Comedy

Boom Chicago is starting live comedy shows online. The first one up is 'Trump Up the Volume: Social Distancing Edition', featuring stand-up comedians Pep Rosenfeld and Greg Shapiro. On 14, 16, and 18 April, 8pm. Click ...

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Frank Lloyd Wright sites offer virtual tours during pandemic

Fallingwater, Hollyhock House and Taliesin West are among the 12 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed properties opening their doors to virtual tours. The initiative called #WrightVirtualVisits will share tours on their websites, and Facebook and Instagram accounts. Last year, the John Adams hosted 'My Father and Frank...

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Free film streaming by the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress was created in 1800 by the same act of Congress that moved the federal government to Washington, with a $5,000 budget for books approved by John Adams. The biggest library in the world, it has an extraordinary trove of free online offerings that includes hundreds of old (and really old) movies....

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Video: Amerika 2020 at the Rode Hoed

On March 11th, The Rode Hoed presented the 1st part of their event series about the American presidential elections in 2020 called Amerika 2020. Casper Thomas, America-correspondent for De Groene Amsterdammer, discussed with a panel of experts whether the U.S. is ready for a progressive revolution. Video of the event is now available (in Dutch)...

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Worldwide Online Exhibitions

Google Arts & Culture has partnered with museums and galleries around the world to make their exhibitions available online, including Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, Washington's National Portrait Gallery, and the Whitney Museum of American Art....

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Vivian Maier – Works in Color

In the spring, Foam presents the colorful work of photographer Vivian Maier in the exhibition Works in Color. Foam showed her black and white photographic work in 2014, but this exhibition is all about some 60 color-photographs from the period 1956-1986....

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The Apollo – Directed by Roger Ross Williams

On March 18, New Metropolis Zuidoost is screening The Apollo, a dazzling documentary about the renowned Apollo Theater in Harlem, revealing the theater’s importance for the careers of black artists and the black community in New York. The John Adams screened and discussed the documentary with director Roger Ross Williams last year....

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Rode Hoed: America 2020

Rode Hoed organizes a three-part event series about the American presidential elections in 2020 called Amerika 2020. Casper Thomas, America-correspondent for De Groene Amsterdammer and Het Financieele Dagblad, talks to a different panel of experts at each of the three events. During the first event, on March 11th, the panel will discuss...

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Music Theater: The Last Poets

The Last Poets is loosely inspired by the book of the same name by Christine Otten, about the life story of a group of black men who emancipated themselves in the United States in the late 1960s through poetry and music. They stood at the cradle of hip hop and their legacy is still an inspiration for many rap artists. At ITA on February 22 and 23....

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Exhibition Tony Cokes: To Live as Equals

BAK, the Basis voor Actuele Kunst in Utrecht, will host the exhibition Tony Cokes: To Live as EqualsThe exhibition consists of a selection of Cokes' video works of the past 30 years. It shows his critical perspective on society and asks the question: How can we break the cycle of oppression and inequality, how can we Live as Equals?...

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VR Documentary by Roger Ross Williams

EYE's new virtual reality program, 'Xtended' shows the VR doc Travelling While Black , where you are seated at a table in a restaurant listed in 'The Green Book', a survival guide for black travellers dating from the mid-20th century. Director Roger Ross Williams visited the John Adams in 2019 for a screening of his documentary about the Apollo Theater in Harlem and in...

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American Pioneers: A Concert Tour by the Ciconia Consort

2020 is the four-hundred year anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers departing the Dutch city of Leiden and landing in what would eventually become the United States of America. The Ciconia Consort will organize a special Concert Tour, playing the music of composers who followed in the footsteps of the Pilgrim Fathers....

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Jesse Ball at Athenaeum Bookstore

On Thursday, February 13th Jesse Ball will speak at the Athenaeum Bookstore in Amsterdam about his new book, 'The Diver's Game'. He will be interviewed by poet and critic Roelof ten Napel. The book is about young children trying to survive in a dystopian city....

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Exhibition: Tell Me Your Story

From February 8, visitors can explore the visual richness of black culture in Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort through the works of 50 African American artists. Tell Me Your Story shows 140 works - mainly on loan from the United States (until May 17)....

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Presentation: The American Presidency – Frans and Paul Verhagen

On Thursday January 30 Frans and Paul Verhagen present their new book 'The American Presidency'. They explain everything there is to know about the most powerful office in the world....

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Jamel Shabazz exhibition ‘Streetlife’

Museum aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht presents the exhibition 'Streetlife' from March 21st until August 30th 2020. The photography museum shows colorful work by the American photographer Jamel Shabazz and black and white portraits by the Dutch photographer Hans Rietveld....

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Exhibition Postions #6:Bodywork in Eindhoven

The exhibition Positions #6: Bodywork in the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven consists of five interconnected solo shows by internationally acclaimed artists. Their works shed light on the malleability of the body. With his installation The DoorsZach Blas (1981, USA) draws the visitor into the world of psychedelics and smartdrugs, which...

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Martin Luther King Tribute and Dinner

On January 26th, Overseas Americans Remember (OAR) will sponsor the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute and Dinner at the Hotel Den Haag-Wassenaar. The commemoration will feature a number of distinguished speakers as well as music integral to the civil rights movement. For more information, please visit this website....

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Harriet Tubman on the Big Screen

The upcoming movie Harriet tells the impressive true story of Harriet Tubman, a courageous Afro-American freedom fighter who played an important role in the fight against slavery. In Dutch theaters starting February 13. Actress Cynthia Erivo is nominated for an Oscar for her role as Tubman....

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Keith Haring at the BOZAR

The BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts Brussels presents an exhibition of New York urban artist Keith Haring. During the ‘80s in New York, he created art in public spaces with a very unique style. The exhibition runs until April 19th, 2020. Check their website for tickets and more information....

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Gallery Fontana presents ‘Seasons Dwelling’

Gallery Fontana in Amsterdam presents their winter exhibition 'Seasons Dwelling', featuring work by New York sculptor and installation artist Lauren Ewing. The exhibition takes a close look at the dialectics between decay and vulnerability and reflects on past histories of society, industry and culture. On view until 18 January....

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American tenor John Osborn performs at Muziekgebouw

On Jan. 10th., world-famous American operatic tenor John Osborn and soprano Lynette Tapia will perform in Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ with a programme of famous songs such as ‘Maria’ from Bernstein’s West Side Story and Spanish opera classics. Osborn made his name as opera singer with his miraculously high voice. Click ...

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Recital by American pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner

The collaboration between American pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner and French-German violinist Louise Wehr is described as 'controlled recklessness, earthly aggression, elegant sophistication and endless poetry.' On 26 January they will perform - amongst others - works of Stravinsky, Chopin and Debussy at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Click ...

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Foam: Exhibition Wright Morris

Foam presents the first-ever exhibition in the Netherlands of the celebrated American author and photographer Wright Morris. His images capture inanimate objects that characterise rural and small-town American life in the 1930-50s. From 24 January - 5 April 2020. On 23 January, John Adams director Tracy Metz will open the exhibition....

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Exhibition: Black Liberators

A travelling exhibition pays tribute to the forgotten black soldiers who helped to liberate the Netherlands during the Second World War. The exhibition is combined with the graphic novel Franklin: A Dutch Liberation Story. For dates and locations, click here....

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Fellowship American Phography at the Rijksmuseum.

The team of Photography Curators of the Rijksmuseum is preparing a major exhibition of American photographs—from the birth of the medium in 1839 to the present—in a wider context. The Terra Foundation for American Art offers early career scholars the opportunity to conduct photo-historical research into American photography in the Rijksmuseum collection. Candidates are invited to submit a research proposal that links to the themes that were...

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Talkshow Stadsleven on Startups: ‘Start up, Fall Down’

Stadsleven, the talkshow hosted by John Adams Director Tracy Metz will delve into the glory and the pain of startup life and ask: is this still the best model for innovation? In partnership with innovation hub TQ, and with a spectacular lineup of speakers including Prins Constantijn van Oranje of TechLeap and Jennifer Harvey of Google Launchpad. On Nov. 26 at Pakhuis de Zwijger. Click ...

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Exhibition: ‘Connecting Time’ by Daniel Arsham

Moco Museum in Amsterdam is hosting New York-based artist Daniel Arsham’s solo show Connecting Time. Arsham’s work draws on a range of disciplines, incorporating architecture, design, sculpture, film and performance. Moco Museum is the first museum in the Netherlands to present Daniel Arsham’s work. Until January 6, 2020....

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Book Presentation: The Boy between Worlds

On November 7 Athenaeum Bookstore presents Dutch author Annejet van der Zijl en her English translator Kristen Gehrman to discuss The Boy Between Worlds (Sonny...

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International Theater Amsterdam: Angels in America

ITA presents Angels in America by American playwright Tony Kushner, a kaleidoscopic story and a complex portrait of a combative generation that goes against the spirit of the times: the havoc that AIDS causes strengthens the ultra-conservative forces in their fight against free love. From 20-22 November....

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Theater: Dutchman

The English-speaking theatre company Orange presents Dutchman, a stylized encounter between Clay, a young, intellectual middle-class black man and Lula, a seductive white fellow passenger on a New York City subway car. From 1-9 November at Het Amsterdams Theaterhuis. Click here for tickets....

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Book Presentation: Nate Chinen – Playing Changes

Renowned American music journalist Nate Chinen presents Playing Changes, his book on jazz in the 21st century. Chinen is a familiar name for jazz aficionados; for years he was jazz critic for the New York Times and he has written liner notes for numerous albums. On October 13 at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam. Click here for more info and tickets....

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Lecture Arts Society The Hague: The Rockefellers

The Arts Society The Hague hosts Professor Andrew Hopkins to discuss The Rockefellers. Fuelled by oil, this famous yet private family amassed one of the greatest art collections in the world during the 20th Century. On October 8, at the De Warenar in Wassenaar. Click here for more information....

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Lecture: Emile Waagenaar on Cajun culture

Dutch photographer Emile Waagenaar, whose pictures about Cajun musicians feature in our latest blog series, will discuss his work on November 10 at Louisiana in De Parel in Utrecht, an event about Cajun and Zydeco cultures from the Deep South....

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Dutch Heritage World Tours

Dutch Heritage World Tours offers free audio tours that focus on the Dutch-American heritage in New York City and the State of New York, a subject the former director of the John Adams, Russell Shorto is also very familiar with. Click here for the event with Russell in 2004 when he discussed his book New...

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Podcastfestival 2019

On September 28, Podcastnetwerk hosts the second edition of its Podcast Festival at the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam. It offers multiple workshops, panels and live shows. With a keynote by American podcast maker Tim Howard, the executive producer of the renowned podcast Reply All....

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Lecture: Colson Whitehead

Brainwash Festival, The Black Archives and the Tropenmuseum present author Colson Whitehead who recently published his searing new novel The Nickel Boys. In 2017 Whitehead visited the John Adams to discuss his novel The Underground Railroad which won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction that same year. Click...

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Exhibition: Invisible Man

Nieuwe Vide presents Invisible Man, based on the book by American writer Ralph Ellison. The exhibition take a critical look at the themes of Invisible Man in relation to our contemporary society. Who is invisible in our society? Who has history made invisible? From 6 September – 3 November....

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Lecture: Charles Eisenstein

ZinZien presents Charles Eisenstein, an American public speaker, gift economy advocate and writer to discuss his books Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible. He will reflect on topics such as climate, ecology, business, money, politics, society and philosophy in a new and innovative way. On October 3 in Amsterdam and October 5 in Leusden. Click ...

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Lecture: Hidden Stories

To mark the opening of hotels in London and Downtown LA, The Hoxton uncovers stories of local legends from both these cities and Amsterdam. Hosted by American writer, researcher and storyteller Elyzabeth Gormane, Hidden Stories tells intersectional tales from LGBTQ, Asian-American, and women’s history, delving into the lives and work of Benno Premsela, Anna May Wong and the...

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Amsterdam Fringe Festival: Who Wants To Meet a Real God Damn American?

In this storytelling performance, theatremaker Noah Voelker struggles with his American identity after he gets rejected for a role in a movie because he “isn't American enough”. What complicates things more is that his brother, who is adopted from Russia, has grown up to become an all American man. 6, 7, 8, and 10 September at Perdu. Click ...

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Exhibition: Mitch Epstein – In Time

From October 1, 2019 to February 9, 2020, Museum Helmond presents 60 photos by American photographer Mitch Epstein (Massachusetts, 1952). The photos are selected from three series: Family Business, American Power, New York Arbor and Rocks and Clouds.  Epstein is a fine-art photographer, and among the first to make significant use of color....

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Lecture: Katie Roiphe – Disappointing the Feminists

On September 20, the American writer Katie Roiphe will give the annual SPUI25 lecture at the auditorium of the University of Amsterdam. Her lecture, Dissapointing the Feminists, examines the complicated...

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Dance: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

The Holland Dance Festival and Luxor Theater Rotterdam present the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, founded by the legendary African-American dancer and activist Alvin Ailey. The program offers a unique overview of the beautiful repertoire of this legendary company. The group, consisting of young, black African-American modern dancers, changed...

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Documentary: Miles Davis – Birth of the Cool

This documentary about Miles Davis, one of the most important and influential jazz musicians of the 20th century, explores through archive photos, home videos and interviews with fellow musicians why he is still relevant today. With an introduction and performance by Dutch trumpeter Eric Vloeimans. At The Balie on September 6....

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Exhibition: Monsanto®

The Ravestijn Gallery hosts the exhibition Monsanto®: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselinin. The exhibition shows Asselin’s exhaustive project about the origins, methods and consequences of the destructive pesticides manufactured and used by the American chemical company Monsanto, in both a current...

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Musical: Some Fun

ITA presents Fun Home, an autobiographical musical based on a graphic novel by American cartoonist Alison Bechdel. The story, set in contemporary Pennsylvania, is about Alison who is struggling with the complex relationship with her deceased father. Fun Home is part of the cultural program of Pride Amsterdam. From 24 July - 4 August....

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Exhibition: Stuff Matters

Centraal Museum Utrecht presents Stuff Matters by sculptor and installation artist Jessica Stockholder (Seattle, 1959). Stockholder combines everyday items to form overwhelming compositions. In this exhibition, she offers a retrospective of her oeuvre and applies her unique...

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Photography: Henry Horenstein

Gallery ElliottHalls will be showing two separate series from Henry Horenstein’s impressive portfolio. Horenstein (Massachusetts, 1947) has often been called one of the greatest photographers of his generation, with a diverse career, from documentary photography to portraiture, spanning an impressive five decades to date. From June 29 - August 17....

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Photography: Deana Lawson

Huis Marseille in Amsterdam presents the first large solo exhibition of Deana Lawson’s work in Europe. Lawson is one of the most compelling photographers of her generation, who likes to blur the boundary between fact and myth. Novelist Zadie Smith, who visited the John Adams in 2016, wrote a wonderful profile on Lawson in the ...

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Exhibition: Decoders-Recorders

Looiersgracht 60, centre for art, design and architecture, announces ‘Decoders-Recorders’ – a double solo exhibition by New York based Steffani Jemison and Hong Kong based Samson Young. Each artist investigates distinct forms of notation, gesture, and alternative languages to articulate suppressed social histories and contemporary predicaments....

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Concert: From Birmingham to Bamako

From Birmingham to Bamako is a musical encounter between two legendary music groups. The Blind Boys of Alabama are a gospel ensemble from Birmingham, Amadou and Mariam are from Mali and present a mix of Afropop, soul and electro. 17 July at the Concertgebouw....

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Dance: A Quiet Evening of Dance

This four-work program at ITA in November is a unique opportunity to discover the versatility of American dance innovator William Forsythe. Forsythe is regarded as one of the founders of contemporary dance who freed the art form from its classical straitjacket. The four works range from sober minimalism to baroque opulence. Click here for more info and tickets....

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Exhibition: Playground of my Mind

Bergarde Galleries presents the exhibition Playground of my Mind. Inspired by playgrounds from the tubulent 60s and 70s in New York City, American artist Julia Jacquette gives a graphic look at modernistic playgrounds in New York in a series of drawings....

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FotoFestival Naarden 2019

FotoFestival Naarden shows the series We love where we live by Dutch photographer Louise Honée (1974). The main characters are young people in McDowell County, West Virginia whose identity is closely related to where they grow up; once one of the richest areas of America, today it is one of the poorest regions afer the coal mines closed and more and more people were forced to leave....

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Poetry International: The Metropole Orchestra & The Last Poets

On June 14, the Metropole Orchestra will open the 50th Poetry International Festival Rotterdam with a literal bang. In this theatrical kick-off, the orchestra will perform unique duets with poets, including the legendary The Last Poets, American godfathers of hip hop and spoken word. The next day, The Last Poets will give an exclusive small …...

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Lecture by poet Rita Dove

For the third time, the Poetry International Festival Rotterdam will host Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove (Akron, Ohio - 1952). Nova has had a major impact on American letters, not only through the nature and quality of her work, but also by serving as an ambassador for poetry. Her work is lyrical and at the same time marked by a keen historical and political consciousness....

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Play: Noises Off

The English-speaking Orange Theatre Company presents Michael Frayn's play Noises Off, which takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. It captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of 'Nothing On', making it a...

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Musical: The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon, a musical comedy, follows a pair of Mormon boys sent on a mission to Africa, a long way from their home in Salt Lake City. It was created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone known for their award-winning television show South Park. Performances from September 26 until October 27 at Koninklijk Theater Carré in Amsterdam. Click here for more information and tickets....

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Book: Polderpolonaise -The Netherlands in drawings: the Dutch, their country and their culture

What is The Netherlands about? If you remove the clichés of clogs, windmills and tulips, what remains? And what do the Dutch consider to be typically Dutch? In this book, Merel Corduwener takes the reader on an illustrative journey to examine these questions - and more. The book will be launched on June 6 at The American Book Center, moderated by John Adams director Tracy Metz. Click ...

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Book: The Golden Rock (De Gouden Rots)

St. Eustatius, once the most important free port of the Caribbean, played an significant role in world history. Merchants on the island provided the rebellious American settlers with weapons during the American Revolutionary War, and after St Eustatius brought a salute to a rebellious warship, it was considered by the Americans as the first recognition of their independence. Journalist and author Willem de Bruin wrote a fascinating book about the history of this illustrious island, ...

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Exhibition: Silver Lake Drive by Alex Prager

Foam presents Silver Lake Drive, a retrospect of more than ten years of work by the American photographer and filmmaker Alex Prager. It will be the first time that her most significant photo series and video works are all presented in one exhibition. From 14 June-4 September....

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Exhibition: David LaChapelle

Art Gallery Reflex Amsterdam presents Act of Nature, the latest solo exhibition of celebrated American photographer David LaChapelle. The exhibition includes his most recent work, as well as highlights from the past ten years. From 1 June – 20 July 2019....

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Photography: Dear Mr. Picasso

Dear Mr. Picasso, an illustrated love affair with freedom is a memoir of American photographer, Fred Baldwin (1928). Baldwin’s life took an extraordinary turn when he decided to interview and photograph Pablo Picasso. What followed were picture stories about reindeer migrations, the Ku Klux Klan, polar bear expeditions and the Civil Rights Movement, photographing Martin Luther King....

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Exhibition: I Can Make You Feel Good

This spring, Foam Photography Museum Amsterdam presents I Can Make You Feel Good, the first solo exhibition of upcoming photographer Tyler Mitchell (1995, USA). In his work Mitchell creates what he calls a "black utopia". He photographs young black people against a palette of candy colors, in the freedom of nature or against idyllic painted backgrounds. The...

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Michael Ondaatje in conversation with Stine Jensen: Making sense of our Past

On April 19, The School of Life presents an evening with one of the most influential writers of the century, Michael Ondaatje. Together with philosopher Stine Jensen, he will discuss our relationship with our past, our family ties, the way memory works and our longing to understand where we come from. Click here for more info...

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Concert: ‘Mississippi Goddam’: Hommage to Nina Simone

The Metropole Orkest and composer, arranger and conductor Jules Buckley take a bold and fresh look at the life and work of Nina Simone. With songs which helped create the legacy of this truly remarkable artist, all arranged and re-imagined by Buckley and his team, the orchestra will bring this special music to life once more.  August 26, at  the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. For...

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Benefit Gala: Playing the Cathedral

In 2016 the John Adams hosted an event with Philipp Glass, one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. On 11 May a major charity gala 'Playing the Cathedral', will take place at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam to fund the church as an international music stage. American composer Philip Glass will play one of...

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Sign of the Times: Keynote-speech Daniel Libeskind

With Sign of the Times, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam and De Balie explore the social themes of today. American-Polish architect Daniel Libeskind will discuss his radical designs and the strong emotions his work evokes. Libeskind is known for his iconic buildings across the world, like the new World Trade Center after 9/11 and the Jewish Museum in Berlin. For more information and tickets, click ...

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Theater: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Theatre collective Dood Paard revisits the classic drama by American playwright Edward Albee, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Against a sober backdrop, they perform the integral legendary play in a translation by Gerard Reve. Click here for more info and tickets....

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Film: Goldie

Dutch filmmaker Sam de Jong makes an impressive American debut with Goldie, about three sisters who try to stay out of the hands of the youth care system. Click here to read the interview with Sam de Jong in de NRC (in Dutch) and ...

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Seminar: ‘Nato at 70’

On Thursday April 4 The Netherlands Atlantic Association organizes a program themed ‘Nato at 70’. During this seminar a panel of experts will discuss what exactly we celebrate with NATO’s seventieth anniversary, and if the answer to that question is the same for every member. What will be the key question for NATO to answer in …...

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Installation ‘Meadow’ by Studio Drift at Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields commissioned the Dutch art collective Studio Drift  to create an interactive meadow. This large-scale, kinetic light sculpture comprises of 18 mechanical blossoms that open and close in response to visitors passing below. The installation will be on view for one year until 22 February 2020. Click ...

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Holland Festival: Concert by Roomful of Teeth

The Holland Festival presents Roomful of Teeth, a young American ensemble of eight singers, known for their genre-defying experiments and versatility: from light-hearted pop songs to atonal music, from crystal clear close harmony to yodelling – Roomful of Teeth has an immense range. Partita for 8 Voices, this concert’s main piece, was written by member of the ensemble. For more information and tickets, click ...

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Festival: Oorzaken

Oorzaken  is a festival about the most beautiful podcasts and audio stories. Visitors can enjoy talks, workshops, interviews and even a podcast-party. Amongst the speakers are American podcasters Scott Carrier en Chenjerai Kumanyika. Carrier is best known for his podcasts This American Life and ...

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Panel Discussion: What is Killing Western Civilization?

On 27 March, The Rotterdam Students For Liberty and the Ayn Rand Institute will host an event with Israeli-American entrepreneur and writer Yaron Brook, and  British author, journalist and political commentator Douglas Murray. They will discuss the...

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American Photography: Spring publications

Schilt Publishing & Gallery presents two new titles by American photographers: Images in Transition by David Pace is a collection of wirephotos transmitted during World War II transformed to reveal the irregularities of the transmission process and retouchings made for the newspaper publications of that time. Going South – Big...

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Lecture about Georgia O’Keeffe by James Russell

On March 12, The Arts Society The Hague presents a lecture by historian and curator James Russell about American artist Georgia O'Keeffe, best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. The lecture starts at 8pm and will be held at theater De Warenar in Wassenaar....

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International Theater Amsterdam: Falling Man

Falling man is play by French director Julien Gosselin, based on the work of author Don DeLillo. It's a reflection on global terrorism and its effect on a family in New York during the aftermath of 9/11. From 14-30 March at ITA (Leidseplein 26)....

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NAA Program: Trump’s Next Two Years and a 2020 Election Preview

On Tuesday March 5,  the Netherlands Atlantic Association organizes a program themed 'Trump’s Next Two Years and a 2020 Election Preview'. The subject matter will be addressed by two outstanding experts: Matt Mayer, the president of American think tank Opportunity Ohio, and the Dutch America-expert Laila Frank. Their discussion will be moderated by foreign policy expert and former America commentator Paul Brill. For...

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Netherland-America Friendship Gala

On April 4, 2019 the Netherland-America Foundation (NAF) will celebrate Dutch-US ties at the Netherland-America Friendship Gala at the Pieterskerk in Leiden. With prominent fundraising events such as the Peter Stuyvesant Ball in New York, the Dutch American Heritage Day Gala in the Los Angeles and the intimate Boston Dinner Club setting the precedent, the NAF is now bringing this black-tie tradition to the Netherlands to raise funds for the educational and...

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Lecture: Experience economy: where are we heading to?

In the context of the new book Worlds of Wonder by Stan Boshouwers and Erik Bär, the authors and American experience economy expert Joseph Pine, will discuss where we are heading to with the powerful concept ‘the experience economy'. February 1, at Pakhuis de Zwijger.  ...

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Film: If Beale Street Could Talk

'If Beale Street Could Talk' is a 2018 American drama film directed and written by Barry Jenkins, based on James Baldwin's novel of the same name. It follows a young African-American woman who, with her family's support, seeks to clear the name of her wrongly charged lover and prove his innocence before the birth of their child. The film won several awards and has been nominated for three Oscars. In Dutch movie theaters from February 14....

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Exhibition: Pressing Matter

The exhibition Pressing Matter by Dan Walsh (1960, Philadelphia) is his first European museum solo exhibition since 2002. The ornamental abstraction of this veteran American painter is rooted in the economical visual idiom of minimal painting from the 1960's and 70's. From 25 January 2019 - 12 January 2020 at the Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht....

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Exhibition: American Winter

American Winter is the third exhibition by Swedish photographer Gerry Johansson at Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen in Amsterdam. Last winter Johansson travelled the hamlets and deserted towns of Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. In these often-forgotten fly-over states, Johansson captured the serene beauty of abandoned homes, deserted main streets, disused factories, gas tanks, oil...

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Ode to Muscle Beach

Inspired by stereotypical expressions of masculinity, Belgian artists Egon Van Herreweghe & Thomas Min have built a 1: 1 replica of Santa Monica's Muscle Beach in Kunsthal Gent. At the end of the exhibition the installation will be cut into pieces and spread over private gardens and sculpture parks....

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Exhibition: Ghosts don’t walk in straight lines

Foam presents the project ‘Ghosts Don’t Walk in Straight Lines‘ by Saskia de Brauw and photographer Vincent van de Wijngaard. For this project Saskia de Brauw, mostly known for her international career as a top model, crossed the streets of New York by foot. This slow walk along Manhattan was documented along with stories and encounters from …...

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Exhibition: Static Mythologies

Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents Static Mythologies, an exhibition with new works by American artist Daniel Arsham. Arsham is well-known for his ‘fictional archaeology’: sculptures depicting iconic cultural objects from our age, turned into relics by the artist who casts them in geological substances such as volcanic ash, rose quartz, obsidian and glacial rock. From January 12 - March 16 at ...

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Pop-up exhibition: Foam Next Door

On 12 January, Foam will open a temporary new location: Foam Next Door. In a former office building on the Keizersgracht 617, a stone's throw from the museum, Foam presents the brand-new exhibition Foam Talent 2019, with the work of a new generation of image makers. Amongst the Foam Talents 2019 are three American photographers: Gregory Eddi...

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Exhibition: Chihuly at the Groninger Museum

The work of the American artist Dale Chihuly is a show of glass, light and color.  His sensational creations are on show until May 5, 2019 in the Groninger Museum....

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Exhibition: Good Goddamn

Good Goddamn is a project by photographer Bryan Schutmaat about a man named Kris from rural Texas and his last few days of freedom before going to prison. The exhibition consists of only 27 photographs, shot over a period of ten days in February 2017. On view at Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen in Amsterdam until 5 January 2019....

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Exhibition: David Lynch – Someone is in my House

From 30 November, the Bonnefantenmuseum is presenting the extensive retrospective Someone is in my House, by the American artist David Lynch. Although David Lynch is undoubtedly a pivotal figure in the international film and TV world, his work as a visual artist is not nearly as well-known. The...

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Theater: Husband and Wives

The play Husbands and Wives, based on a film by Woody Allen, confronts us with questions we all ask ourselves at some point. When is a relationship over? And how to continue? Should you cling to what you have or be open to something entirely new? How well do you know yourself, your partner, your friends? Can you be lonelier in a relationship than on your own? Husbands and...

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Lecture by Peter Fend: Rising Waters

The exhibition Repairing Earthquake Project by the artist Nishiko about the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami in Japan, is accompanied by the Stroom School program Rising Waters around the theme of sea level rise. On November 28,  Peter Fend (USA), co-founder and member of the activist artist collective Ocean Earth Development Corporation will hold a ...

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Book signing with Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney, American cartoonist, designer of online games and author of children's books, including the immensely successful Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series will visit bookstores in Leeuwarden and The Hague on 4 and 5 December. Click here for more infomation about the book signing. In 2012, the John Adams invited ...

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Exhibition Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train – The People’s View

From 26 January to 12 May 2019 the Nederlands Fotomuseum will present the exhibition Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train – The People’s View. For this project, artist Rein Jelle Terpstra has created a visual reconstruction of the ‘funeral train’ – the train that, on 8 June 1968, transported the mortal remains of the murdered politician Robert F. Kennedy from...

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Dance performance: Opus Cactus

Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the artistic direction of American choreographer, dancer and director Moses Pendleton. Their current show 'Opus Cactus' brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with his signature illusionistic style creating dynamic images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers. Check their ...

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Concert: Young chamber music sensation from the U.S. to play at the Concertgebouw

The Callisto Trio is the latest chamber music sensation from the United States. In May 2016 the Callisto Trio was the youngest ensemble to win the bronze medal in the senior division of the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. On January 13, 2019 the ensemble will perform works of Schoenfield, Ives and Dvorák at the Recital Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. For the complete program and tickets, click ...

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Documentary film: The King

Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, filmmaker Eugene Jarecki takes a musical road trip across the U.S. in Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls Royce during the 2016 presidential election, comparing Elvis’s transition from country boy to ‘The King’ to America’s transformation into an empire. With Alec Baldwin, Emmylou Harris, Ashton Kutcher, Lana Del Rey …...

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Screening ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ and Midterm Elections review

On November 7, the day after the U.S. Midterm elections, Pakhuis De Zwijger screens the impressive documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 by Michael Moore. Prior to the film, Laila Frank and Jamila Aanzi will discuss the results of the elections. Click here for more information and tickets....

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Lecture & Screening: Hollywood, the City of Women & A Letter to Three Wives

Hollywood, the City of Women, a book by Antoine Sire, does not only offer a detailed description of the paths of the stars who built the Hollywood legend, it is also an invitation to watch their films again and again. In these cinematographic portraits, Sire digs into the struggles of the actresses and women of the film industry during a crucial period in time for both cinema and the world. For the first time in English, Antoine Sire will share his passion and cinema erudition on...

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Book: Images of Dutchness

Why do early films present the Netherlands as a country full of canals and windmills, where people wear traditional costumes and wooden shoes, while industries and modern urban life are all but absent? In  Images of Dutchness Sarah Dellmann investigates the roots of this visual repertoire from diverse sources, ranging from magazines to tourist brochures, from anthropological treatises to advertising trade...

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Film: RBG

RBG chronicles the career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which spans several decades, and how she developed a legal legacy while becoming a pop culture icon. The film is a biographical depiction of Ginsburg from her birth in Brooklyn, New York, her college education and subsequent career as a law professor, her appointment to the federal judiciary by President Jimmy Carter, and eventual appointment to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton. Showing in...

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Public Talk: Police Killings in Self-Defense

Fatal police shootings often take place when an officer perceives a threat from a civilian and acts in self-defense. Focusing on the policing context, this presentation asks: When is defensive killing under uncertainty morally permissible? At the Wijnhaven Building in The Hague, Postdoctoral Fellow Jennifer Page...

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Stand-up comedy: Dave Chappelle in the Ziggo Dome

On October 25, Dave Chappelle, one of America's great stand-up comedians, will perform in the Ziggo Dome. Dave Chappelle is known for his razor sharp jokes about race, drugs, popular culture, politics and his own fame. He started out as an actor in the feature film Robin Hoods: Men in Tights, but became widely known for his stand up through his skits on Chappelle's Show. He has won several Emmy awards for his work in stand up comedy. For more information and tickets,...

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Concert: ‘Emily, op liefde en dood’

The Pablo Neruda Foundation's latest production, the concert Emily, on love and death, is inspired on the work of American poet Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (1830 – 1886), which will be performed in Amsterdam on 5 November at the Dominicuskerk (Spuistraat 12). For more performance dates, click here....

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Exhibition: It’s all about Power

On 1 October 2018 Power of Art House opens a new gallery for rebellious and activist art. The gallery is located at the Entrepotdok 26 in Amsterdam. The opening exhibition 'It’s all about Power' shows works of three international artists: CSAR (The Netherlands), Antuan Rodriguez (Cuba/USA) and INDECLINE (USA). Each piece is a reflection on the relationship between power and counter forces. The exhibition runs until 31 December....

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Exhibition: The Turbulent Vessel

Babs Haenen, born in Amsterdam in 1948, creates expressive and impressionistic ceramics that give equal importance to color, line, and form. Her works are embellished in a painterly manner, highlighting the influence of abstract painting and landscape motifs, like rippling water, on her practice. Her exhibition 'The Turbulent Vessel'  opens at Hostler Burrows gallery in New York City on October 10....

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Dance Perfomance: Giovanni’s Room

Surinam-Dutch choreographer Ryan Djojokarso and Korzo Productions present Giovanni's Room, inspired by a book by James Baldwin, American novelist and social critic. As one of the leading authors of the 20th century, James Baldwin denounced racial and sexual misdeeds. It will be performed throughout the Netherlands in September and October, ending its tour in Amsterdam on October 30th. To read the story of Giovanni's Room, click ...

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IDFA & Black Achievement Month

As October is Black Achievement Month, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam is showing four documentaries telling the extraordinary stories of black changemakers. Now in theaters in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague. For more information and dates, click ...

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Rick Prelinger: The Lost landscapes of New York

The Lost Landscapes of New York, the latest project of author, archivist and film maker Rick Prelinger will have its European premiere on October, 14 at the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam. Prelinger will deliver a special lecture on the film history of New York. Using amateur and archive film material never previously screened, he will show in stunning fashion the changes to and...

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Theater: The Mountaintop

The Mountaintop is a play by American playwright Katori Hall. It is a fictional depiction of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s last night on earth set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination in 1968. Click here for theater listings....

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Exhibition: David LaChapelle – Good News for Modern Man

David LaChapelle's spectacular, colourful, and often controversial portraits of celebrities have become iconic archetypes of our generation. This large-scale solo museum show Good News for Modern Man will feature more than 70 works, highlighting areas of the artist’s oeuvre, from portraiture, still life, landscapes and tableaux. This comprehensive survey also introduces LaChapelle’s latest series, New World, in...

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Exhibition: Dana Lixenberg’s ‘American Images’

GRIMM  Gallery (Amsterdam) is pleased to announce American Images, a solo exhibition featuring the work of photographer Dana Lixenberg. American Images comprises a selection of portraits of American icons who have been instrumental in shaping today’s popular culture, like Tupac, Puff Daddy and Mary J. Blige. To find out more, click here. From September 15 - October 27, 2018...

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Exhibition: Me Neither!

Kathe Burkart presents a selection of her large-scale works in painting, photography and video at the Lumen Travo Gallery in Amsterdam. The latest additions to her well known Liz Taylor Series are paintings primarily from the last 4 years, made mostly in the Dutch language. Besides that, the show features the Amsterdam premiere of the new video piece Losing The Studio, as well as several other video works, along with selected works from the past year in Nudes series. Click ...

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Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam: An evening with Hanya Yanagihara

Hawaiian writer Hanya Yanagihara will talk about her work during 'An evening with...' at the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam on September, 24. Yanagihara is best known for her bestselling book A Little Life. A theater version directed by Ivo van Hove will hit the stage this season. Journalist Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal will moderate....

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Exhibition and Performances: Birdscore

BirdScore is a collaboration between American musician/artist Michael Pestel and Dutch visual artist Jeroen van Westen: an interactive set of multi-media installations, a choreographed/scored performance work, interlocking indoor and outdoor, and a strategy for local environmental research and interspecies communication with birds. The title refers to the counting or ‘keeping score’ involved in...

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Seminar: ‘Forward Thinking Leadership’ with Barack Obama

What single quality differentiates exceptional leaders from ordinary leaders? It's ‘Forward Thinking’: the ability to engage your people in a journey towards a better future. On September 28th, world class experts in forward thinking leadership will come together in Amsterdam, the Netherlands for a unique seminar, organized by Denkproducties, featuring a moderated conversation with special guest, President Barack Obama. For more information and to register, click ...

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Exhibition: Lauren Greenfield’s Generation Wealth at The Hague Museum of Photography

American photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield has been concerned with the subject of wealth for 25 years, portraying both the rich and famous 1% and those who do everything in their power to project the same image. Opening on September 15, The Hague Museum of Photography will be showing Generation Wealth, the first major retrospective of Greenfield’s work. In 2017, The John Adams Institute hosted...

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Photo exhibition: Todd Hido – Bright Black World

Reflex Gallery in Amsterdam is presenting the latest work of American photographer Todd Hido. From 15 September to 17 November, the gallery will show a selection of 18 images. The photos are the result of Todd Hido's exploration of the Northern Hemisphere during the harsh winter times. Click here for more information....

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Talk on Exclusion and Eviction 4-Jul-2018

Professor Michel Vols will present a talk titled 'Exclusion and eviction: housing law as a tool of social control.' This lecture is organist by Cody Hochstenbach, in cooperation with the Centre for Urban Studies....

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World Press Photo Exhibition 2018, Amsterdam

World Press Photo 2018 in De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam: the world premiere of the global tour of the international press photo contest exhibition. You’ll see over 160 impressive photographs by 42 press photographers from 22 countries. You also see the winning productions in the Digital Storytelling Contest. De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam 14 April – 22 July 2018 …...

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American poets at 49th Poetry International Festival Rotterdam

From 29 May to 3 June, Poetry International will bring a choice selection of poetic voices to Rotterdam. The festival poets of the 49th PIFR are younger than ever and unafraid to wade into many a topical discussion with their poetry, whether it concerns the environment or sustainability, racism, diversity and gender, massively destabilising violence, …...

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Play ‘The Pillowman’ by Orange Theatre Company

About ‘The Pillowman’: In an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian dictatorship, Katurian, a writer, is being interrogated by two detectives. Next door, Katurian’s mentally disabled brother Michal waits. The detectives want to know why Katurian’s stories feature gruesome plots about infant murder and torture, and in particular, why they seem to mirror a string …...

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To Be Sung, opera directed by Jorinde Keesmaat, opens in New York

On May 17th and 19th, the opera ‘To Be Sung’ by Pascal Dusapin, stage directed by Jorinde Keesmaat, will be performed at the Center for Contemporary Opera (CCO) in New York. Jorinde Keesmaat is a freelance stage director of opera performances and staged classical concerts in the Netherlands and abroad. She is currently a Guest Director-in-Residence …...

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Moving Together: A Week with Angela Davis

“Moving Together: Activism, Art and Education” is a weeklong program taking place from 12 – 17 May at various arts, cultural, educational and heritage institutions, and community centers in Amsterdam. Together with esteemed guest Professor Angela Y. Davis, as well as artists, scholars, activists and audience members, the program will look into questions of citizenship, …...

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American painter Wayne Thiebaud in Museum Voorlinden

Museum Voorlinden proudly presents the first-ever European retrospective of the work of American painter Wayne Thiebaud (1920), on show from 9 June through 16 September 2018. Famous for his mouthwatering depictions of cakes, ice creams and hot dogs, Thiebaud has placed the American everyday life at the core of his artistic practice. The career of …...

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Anne & Emmett in the DeLaMar Theatre

Anne & Emmett, famous and acclaimed in the United States, can finally be seen in the Netherlands on May 18 and May 19 in the DeLaMar Theatre. This gripping play is a tribute to two teens who changed the course of history: Anne Frank, whose diary on the Holocaust touched the hearts of humanity, and …...

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Teun Voeten: New York Skyscrapers

Teun Voeten (Boxtel, 1961) studied cultural anthropology and philosophy in Leiden. Since 1991 he has been covering war conflicts worldwide as a photographer for publications and organizations like Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Newsweek and Human Rights Watch. His focus had also always been on architectural photography. Since 1989 he has been working on his series …...

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American Beauty at the Design Museum – American Ceramics in Europe

The collection of the Design Museum in Den Bosch roughly comprises half a century: from the 1950s to the early 21st century. Characteristic of American ceramicists’ work is ‘do what you want!’ and a hankering after the extreme which corresponds seamlessly with the country of the American Dream, imagination, adventure and boundless opportunities. These ceramics …...

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April 5th: Face Value – The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions

On Thursday April 5th at 19.30 Alexander Todorov (Princeton University) is coming to Athenaeum Roeterseiland to speak about his book “Face Value”. A fascinating scientific account of first impressions, “Face Value” explains why we pay so much attention to faces, why they lead us astray, and what our judgments actually tell us. Khadija al Mourabit …...

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March 29th: Culinary Historian Peter G. Rose at the Special Collections Library

American Culinary Historian Peter G. Rose will give a talk on “Manuscript Cookbooks as Documents of Social and Family History” (in Dutch) at the Special Collections Library of the University of Amsterdam on March 29. Using her knowledge of Dutch customs and food history, she will discuss examples of such Dutch/American recipe/scrap-books that contain Dutch …...

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April 11th NIAS Lecture: Violence and the History of Inequality

The NIAS – one of the institutes of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) – will host its very first lecture. It will be delivered by the distinguished historian Walter Scheidel (Stanford University). In his lecture, “Violence and the history of inequality”, he will present new insights into why inequalities are so …...

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March 8th-18th: Roze Filmdagen in Het Ketelhuis

The Roze Filmdagen (meaning ‘Pink Film Days’) is the largest film festival for LGBTQ films in the Netherlands. The wide and varied selection of films includes romantic comedies, thrillers, powerful drama, provoking documentaries and everything in between. The variety in films reflects the diversity of the community. Besides several focus programmes Roze Filmdagen proudly showcases …...

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American photographer Daniel Shea wins Foam’s Paul Huf Award

Daniel Shea (1985, US) is the winner of the twelfth Foam Paul Huf Award. This annual prize, given to a photography talent under 35 years, consists of €20.000 and an exhibition in Foam. The jury chose Daniel Shea from a pool of 100 nominated photographers, from 20 countries worldwide. FIND OUT MORE...

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March 9 – March 10: Orange Theatre Company plays ART by Yasmina Reza

The English speaking theatre company of Amsterdam will be performing the play ART this weekend at the Tobacco theatre in the heart of Amsterdam. ART (by Yasmina Reza) is a play originally written for three men. Orange Theatre Company is switching things around and presenting this play with three women. You will see that without …...

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14 March – 16 May: This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice at EYE

EYE and the University of Amsterdam will present This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice, a series of six public lectures devoted to notable projects in the fields of film restoration and film heritage, varying from found footage documentary films to the restoration and presentation of 70mm Hollywood classics. This is Film! offers insight into …...

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21 April 2018 to 28 October 2018: American Photographer David LaChapelle

The Groninger Museum will feature an exhibition by an American photographer. David LaChapelle (b. 1963) began his illustrious career taking pictures for Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. His innovative approach quickly established LaChapelle as one of the world’s most influential photographers. His spectacular, colourful, and often controversial portraits of celebrities have become iconic archetypes of our …...

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American pianist Alexander Beyer in New Masters on Tour

The American pianist Alexander Beyer will perform at the Concertgebouw as part of the 'New Master on Tour' program. The concert takes place on March 18, at 2:30 pm. Beyer will play this program as well on Monday March 12th, 20.15 uur in the Hoornder kerkje in Den Hoorn (Texel)....

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The Guardian: Black Panther

The first teaser of Ryan Coogler’s film, which stars Chadwick Boseman, hinted at a film where action is king but ideas of colonialism and monarchy also feature. The movie will premiere in the Netherlands on February 14th. Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of ‘Between the World and Me’, began writing new editions of the Black Panther comic …...

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AVGO Course – March 9th until May 25th 2018: Amsterdam and the road to the ‘Third Golden Age’

Last year our mayor Eberhard van der Laan (1955- 2017) stated that Amsterdam had entered its ‘Third Golden Age’. He referred to two earlier prosperous and successful periods. Amsterdam today is a magnet; even though the cost of living goes up every month, people from all over the country and many expats come to live …...

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The Atomic Soldiers during IFFR

Go see the short, moving documentary The Atomic Soldiers by Dutch filmmaker Morgan Knibbe at the International Film Festival Rotterdam this weekend. Morgan collected disturbing testimony from the few surviving witnesses of the American nuclear tests of the 1950s. Read the interview with Morgan Knibbe here (in Dutch)....

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28 January: Booklaunch Gordon Bennett

On 28 Jan (4pm) in bookstore Scheltema, Guikje Roethof, a former member of the Dutch parliament, will present her biography of the American newspaper tycoon James Gordon Bennett jr. Bennett (1841- 1918) was a remarkable personality and a media innovator. He dispatched Henry Morton Stanley to Africa to find David Livingston and funded several expeditions …...

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January 14th – March 4th: American artist Amy Balkin: Mapping the Ground | Grounding the Map

For over a decade, the American artist Amy Balkin is creating work in which climate change, the public domain and the commons play a central role. In her ongoing project ‘A Peoples Archive of Sinking and Melting’, she maps a world wide loss of land as a result of climate change. The archive consists of …...

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Beautiful Distress: art manifestation on mental illness

Thursday 23 November marks the start of the Beautiful Distress Art Manifestation on Mental Illness, an initiative of the Fifth Season Foundation and the Beautiful Distress Foundation....

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IDFA documentary: Behind a Presidential Commitment

On Monday the 20th and Tuesday the 21st of November IDFA presents Robert Drew's intriguing documentary about a poignant moment in the ongoing history of racism in the United States....

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5th of December, Colson Whitehead in Rotterdam

You can also see Colson Whitehead interviewed in Rotterdam by Ernest van der Kwast for Boek & Meester on the 5th of December. For more information, see: www.boekenmeester.nl   ...

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Bruce Davidson – American Photographer

This fall the Nederlands Fotomuseum is presenting the first retrospective in the Netherlands of the work of American photographer Bruce Davidson (1933). Since the 1950s, Davidson has devoted his time and energy to photographing those for whom the ‘American Dream’ has turned out to be unattainable and who have attempted to hold their own in society. …...

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An evening with Starlee Kine

Fans of This American Life know Starlee Kine (1977) from the hilarious story ‘Dr Phil’ where Phil Collins comforts her with her love sickness. In the summer of 2015, Kine started her own podcast Mystery Show, where she solves mysteries the internet cannot solve (such as: How tall is actor Jake Gyllenhaal?). Kine also worked …...

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International literature festival: Read My World

Read My World is the international literature festival of Amsterdam. Going beyond the commonplace, Read My World explores the boundaries between literature and journalism, between here and there – and draws attention to everything in between. This year’s edition takes place on 12, 13 and 14 October in the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam North. The festival’s …...

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Daisy Khan at the anniversary of Al Nisa

On Friday the 22nd of September the American Muslim feminist Daisy Khan will give a talk during the celebration of the 35th anniversary of Al Nisa, the Dutch Muslim Women’s Organisation. Daisy Khan was born in the state of Jammu and Kasjmir, India.  At the age of 16 Khan left for the United States, supported by …...

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Thérèse Schwartze, Painting for a Living

On Friday September 22, at 5.00 p.m., the book presentation of Thérèse Schwartze, Painting for a Living will take place at Arti et Amicitiae. ...

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Stephen Breyer – An Apology for the Law

On September 23rd, Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice at the American Supreme Court,  will give a lecture at the Nexus-Institute in Tilburg. You can find more information (in Dutch) here.  ...

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Philadelphia Assembled

Initiated by Dutch artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, Philadelphia Assembled explores the Philadelphia's changing landscape and tells a story of radical community building and active resistance....

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NEW YORK, NEW WORK

The Albada Jelgersma Gallery in Amsterdam presents its inaugural exhibition NEW YORK, NEW WORK from September 2 - November 4, 2017, with six New York based artists....

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Photographer of black America

As the only black photographer at Life Magazine, Gordon Parks had unique access to the black community in turbulent times. The exhibition of his work 'I Am You. Selected Works 1942-1978' is on view through Sept. 6th at FOAM photography museum in Amsterdam....

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Richard Serra – Drawings 2015 – 2017

One of the most prominent artists of our time is now on view at museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam: the American artist Richard Serra (San Francisco, 1938)....

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David Sedaris’ Gestolen voorwerpen

This week, Lebowski publishers celebrated the publication and translation of David Sedaris' latest book, Gestolen voorwerpen. ...

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Peter Hujar at Fotomuseum Den Haag


Until the 15th of October you can visit the exhibition Peter Hujar – Speed of Life at Fotomuseum Den Haag. "Hujar started his career in the 1950s as an assistant to commercial photographers, but became a part of the group of underground artists, poets and musicians who formed the downtown...

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American Photography in Naarden

JAI director Tracy Metz visited Fotofestival Naarden last weekend: "Laura Morton, George Steinmetz and J Henry Fair show us our tech-driven society and our impact on the planet in ways we have never seen before."...

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The Secrets of Superheroes

On June 12th, SPUI25 and the American Book Center will host an evening on Superhero films. Dan Hassler-Forest, former speaker and John Adams Institute moderator, will be one of the ...

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Smithsonian Design Museum to Present “Joris Laarman Lab”

From 27 September 2017 - 14 January 2018, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City will present “Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age", the first U.S. museum exhibition of the experimental Dutch...

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Debate: ‘NATO in the Trump Era’

On Tuesday, 23 May, on the eve of the special NATO Summit in Brussels, the Netherlands Atlantic Association and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ organise a debate on ‘NATO in the Trump Era’....

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Locally Speaking – Slums, Squats & Skyscrapers

Students in shipping containers, breweries in former animal shelters and hotels in cranes. Is it too soon to discuss living arrangements? Tonight, May 22nd, Locally Speaking takes you on a walk through the rich history of Amsterdam city planning, social housing and vacancy versus gentrification....

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Dutch Design at Ventura New York

From May 20-23, 2017 the second edition of Ventura New York will take place at WantedDesign Manhattan during NYCxDESIGN. The group...

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Cybersecurity in the Netherlands

On Tuesday May 16th, de Atlantische Commissie organizes a program on 'Cybersecurity: how can the Netherlands improve?' Four experts will give their recommendations on how to use cybersecurity in a world full of cyber crime and economic espionage. The event starts at 17:30 in de Glazen Zaal, Den Haag....

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American sculptor Joel Morrison at Reflex Gallery

Reflex Gallery in Amsterdam runs the first solo show in the Netherlands by American sculptor Joel Morrison. The LA based artist has earned international acclaim for his highly polished composite sculptures cast in stainless steel. The exhibition runs from 6 May until 11 July....

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Chelsea Hotel Art Collection in Auction

The legendary Chelsea Hotel in New York was a hotspot for the hip and artistic, many of whom paid their bills with their art. On May 16th, the collection that owner Stanley Bard accumulated this way will be sold at auction....

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Walt Whitman’s Poetry in Concert

Walt Whitman’s poem A Child Said, What Is The Grass from his masterpiece Leaves of Grass is being put to music to be performed by a Dutch amateur brass band and a soprano. To that end the band has started a crowdfunding campaign. The premiere will take place on November 12th in Enschede....

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FOAM in New York

Photography museum Foam brings its first group of 24 artists known as Foam Talents to the United States. The exhibition is displayed at Red Hook Labs in Brooklyn, New York and will run from March 31 till April 16....

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Stadsschouwburg Focuses on Tony Kushner

On April 8th, the Stadsschouwburg honors playwright and Pulitzer Prize Winner Tony Kushner. Kushner is known for his award-winning play Angels in America and acclaimed for tackling themes of gender, religion, and society....

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This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice

EYE and the University of Amsterdam present a series of public lectures about film restoration and heritage. On April 24, American filmmaker Ross Lipman will talk about his film Notfilm (USA, 2015). On May 1, Christopher Kenneally' s Side by Side (USA, 2012) will be shown....

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Lee Bontecou at the Gemeentemuseum

The Gemeentemuseum in The Hague hosts a unique exhibition on the work of American artist Lee Bontecou (1931). She is known for her prints and sculptures. The exhibition runs from February 25 till July 2....

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Las Vegas Strip at Pakhuis de Zwijger

On March 8, 7:30 p.m., Stefan Al will present his book 'The Strip.' It tells the story of the development of the famous street in Las Vegas not only as a reflection of architecture and urbanism trends, but also as an influence on developments elsewhere. Free entrance, make a reservation here....

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Russell Shorto: How the Dutch Made New York

On February 2, at 6 p.m., former JAI director Russell Shorto will give a lecture at Amsterdam University College about the Dutch influence on the foundation of New York, and how that helped shape American culture more than is often recognized....

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Alex Beyer in New Masters on Tour 2016 | 2017

The young American pianist Alex Beyer will perform at the Concertgebouw as part of the 'New Master on Tour' program. He will play Beethoven's variations for piano and the incredibly difficult solo La Valse by Ravel. The concert takes place on February 5, at 2:30 p.m....

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Timothy Snyder: can history save us from ourselves?

Eminent historian and professor at Yale University Timothy D. Snyder will discuss what we can expect from the Trump-era. Can we - and do we want- to learn from our past? He will speak at de Balie, on January 26, at 8 p.m....

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Trump Town at Stadsleven

Four days after Trump's inauguration, the live talk show Stadsleven (hosted by JAI director Tracy Metz) will discuss what it means to live in 'Trump Town'. Guests will be Maarten van Rossem, Arjen van Veelen, James Kennedy, and others. January 24, at 8 p.m. at de Balie.  ...

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Colson Whitehead

On January 22, Colson Whitehead will discuss his novel The Underground Railroad, for which he received the this year's National Book Award. Mr. Whitehead will speak at the Bijlmer Parktheater....

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Frascati Producties presents SONTAG

Frascati Producties performs the play SONTAG, written by Naomi Velissariou. It features a larger-than-life dream world, inhabited by demons and icons from the work of Susan Sontag, one of the most striking thinkers of the 20th Century. The play runs until Saterday January 15, at Frascati Theater....

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‘Spent’, an exposition by Dove Bradshaw

Until January 8, Dove Bradshaw holds an exposition 'Spent' at Zone2Source. Her work shows the workings of atmospheric conditions on different materials, and the relation between nature and culture....

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Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors at De Balie

On December 20, Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement and initiator of the hashtag #blacklivesmatter, will deliver a lecture on the organization and strategy of the movement. She will also discuss the challenges the movement will possibly face under the Trump Presidency....

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‘Daughters of the Dust’ at EYE

On December 17, EYE is screening 'Daughters of the Dust' as part of their Looking for America-series. This film tells the story of black families that meet on the beach before they migrate from the South to the Northern industrial cities around 1900. ...

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‘Looking for America’ at EYE

Until December 21, EYE is taking an inquisitive look at the United States, in the aftermath of the Presidential Elections....

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Sacred

Academy Award winner Thomas Lennon presents a new documentary on faith, shot by more than 40 filmmaking teams around the world. John Adams Director Tracy Metz will conduct a Q&A after the screening on November 22....

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Thanksgiving with U.S. Consulate Youth Board

On the 22nd of November the U.S. Consulate Youth Board organizes a Thanksgiving event full of stories and gratitude. There will be a discussion panel with  guest speaker Anne de Graaf, who will talk about indigenous rights in the U.S. Throughout the night there will be music and storytelling....

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‘Weiner’ at IDFA

On November 19 and 20 the IDFA will screen 'Weiner', a documentary that follows the former Congressman during his run for mayor of New York. During this campaign, new evidence of Weiner's sexting becomes available, leading to a major crisis. John Adams Director Tracy Metz will conduct a short Q&A with the director after the screening on Saturday....

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Todd Weinstein

New York based photographer Todd Jay Weinstein will present his new project The 36 Unknown in Pakhuis de Zwijger, on 8 November. Through this project the artist, who is mostly known for his street photography, explores a group of abstract images based on a Jewish legend of redemption. ...

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Impakt Festival

Originality and authenticity may seem like tidy concepts with fixed borders, but these borders are slowly dissolving. Impakt Festival 2016: Authenticity? will look into these issues with a programme of lectures, screenings and exhibitions, - including several American artists - which will take place at various locations in Utrecht from 26 until 30 October. ...

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National Park Roads at Architectuur Centrum Amsterdam

Timothy Davis, historian with the U.S. National Park Service, will talk about the essential role of roads in the experience and history of National Parks. The lecture will be held on October 20. ...

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Bernie Sanders’ economic advisor Stephanie Kelton in the Netherlands

Stephanie Kelton is an economist, and served as an advisor to the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign. On October 14, she will discuss the proposed policies of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, as well as the 'Euro Dilemma'. ...

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The American Dream by Ciconia Consort

Ciconia Consort presents a diverse program of American music. Maarten van Rossem will connect the various musical pieces to the political climate of their time. ...

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U.S. Undergraduate Fair in Amsterdam

The Ivy Circle organizes their annual U.S. Undergraduate Fair. The fair will be held at the International School of Amsterdam in Amstelveen on September 29, from 7:00-9:00 P.M....

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‘Theatre of Politics’ at Noorderlicht

During the run-up to the American Presidential elections, Noorderlicht gallery in Groningen will show four projects that each have a different take on this political process....

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StandUp Filosophy at Nieuwe Poort

Following the comedy show by Boom Chicago, JAI Director Tracy Metz will be on a panel at De Nieuwe Poort to discuss several themes of the U.S. Presidential Elections. ...

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Toneelgroep Amsterdam provides English surtitles for all her performances

This month, Toneelgroep Amsterdam provides English surtitles for all her performances in the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam....

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Ambacht in Beeld Festival goes New York

The annual Craft in Focus Festival spotlights master craftsmanship. The fourth edition in the Netherlands will take place in Amsterdam from 23 to 25 September 2016, and the first NY edition of the Craft in Focus Festival will take place from 11 to 13 November 2016, in Industry City, Brooklyn....

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The Art of Flying by Jan van IJken

On July 29, the Dutch documentary short "The Art of Flying" of Jan van IJken will be screened at the opening night of the Rural Route Films Festival at the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm....

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Stephen Shore – Retrospective

From June 10 until September 10 the work of American photographer Stephen Shore is on display at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam. ...

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The Schwob Book Club Festival

On Sunday June 19th the Schwob book club festival will take place in Utrecht. One of the classic novels you can pick is ‘A lesson before dying’ by Ernest J. Gaines. The work refers to segregated America of the 40s....

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AAA ‘pop-art’: Son Lux, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest

As part of the Holland Festival, American pop artist Son Lux will perform together with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on June 16 and 17. ...

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Disfarmer – The Vintage Prints

Between 1915 and 1959, American studio photographer Mike Disfarmer (1884-1959) made portraits of the residents of Heber Springs, a small town in rural Arkansas. Foam is staging a major retrospective, with 182 vintage photographs until June 5....

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Symposium: Legal Diversity

McGill University’s Faculty of Law and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University, host a one-day Symposium on the theme of legal diversity and the theory and practice of contemporary international law on June 2....

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Benjamin Barber at ‘European Culture Forum’

Renowned political theorist Benjamin Barber will speak at the 2016 Forum on European Culture on Wednesday 1 June 20:00 in Het Concertgebouw....

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Jeb Bush at ‘Democracy Today in the USA’

Jeb Bush will speak at the symposium Democracy Today in the USA on May 21. It will be his first public appearance since the end of his presidential campaign....

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UBIK Futurosity

UBIK Futurosity, an Intergalactic Scifi Bizarro Festival, takes place on May 18-19 and June 9-12, 2016. Highlights include world-renowned US avant-garde act Matmos and award winning US Sci-Fi Bizarro writer, Kevin L Donihe....

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Income Tax Seminar for Individuals

How do you manage the burden of meeting your US income tax filing obligations? Limes International offers an income tax seminar to ease the burden of working and living outside the US....

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Introdans: Absolute America

Absolute America features four American dance creators, composers and designers, each with a completely individual style, from punk to acrobatically muscled....

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Amerikanistendag 2016

On Friday, June 10, 2016, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will host the 22nd Amerikanistendag, the annual student conference of the Netherlands American Studies Association. ...

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Holland Festival

On 4 June 2016, the 69th Holland Festival will open at the Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg. The festival features various American artists....

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Skid Row by photographer Désirée van Hoek

On April 9, Dutch photographer Désirée van Hoek will talk about her book 'Skid Row' at ABC Treehouse. She worked six years on 'Skid Row' in Los Angeles, one of the biggest homeless communities in America....

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Design & The City – Knowledge Mile Amsterdam

Design & The City, partner of the JAI, explores citizen-centered design approaches for the smart city from April 19 until April 22....

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Appel in New York

The Amsterdam City Archives present an exhibition about a less-known part of Dutch artist Karl Appel's life – his time in New York in the 1960s....

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Pippin comes to Amsterdam

The Broadway musical PIPPIN, winner of 4 Tony Awards® in 2013, is coming to Amsterdam in March and April 2016. ...

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An Irish Songbook 1916

On March 19, Paul McNamara and Hans Eijsackers will explore how Irish literary giants such as W.B. Yeats, James Joyce and Thomas Moore saw the relationship between the arts and social and political upheaval in Ireland....

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Lecture by Photojournalist Lynsey Addario

American photojournalist Lynsey Addario wil give a lecture about her work at Pakhuis de Zwijger on February 9. ...

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Submarine Services of the Netherlands

Unknown, unloved? On February 15, The Atlantische Commissie organizes a debate about the usefulness and necessity of the Submarine Service of the Netherlands in the world....

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Joe Alper – Folk and Jazz during the Civil Rights Movement

This exhibition presents an overview of the work of American music photographer Joe Alper (1925 - 1968), who became a part of the Freedom Movement. ...

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