Join Author and MacDowell Chairman Michael Chabon at a free public ceremony on August 13 to celebrate filmmaker David Lynch. Journalist and Lynch biographer Kristine McKenna will speak about Lynch and his contributions to cinema, providing context for the 58th annual Edward MacDowell Medal in the Arts. The Medalist, subject of the new documentary David Lynch: The Art Life as well as an upcoming biography by McKenna, is not expected to attend.
Lynch joins past medal recipients such as Aaron Copland (1961), Robert Frost (1962), Georgia O’Keeffe (1972), Stan Brakhage (1989), Joan Didion (1996), Chuck Jones (1997), Les Blank (2007), Stephen Sondheim (2013), Betye Saar (2014), and Toni Morrison (2016). MacDowell, one of the nation’s leading contemporary arts centers, has awarded the medal annually since 1960 to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to American culture.
“David Lynch is not only a gifted filmmaker, he’s worked as a committed painter and photographer both before and after his breakout films, and that wide-ranging artistic dedication made him a natural choice for the MacDowell medal. There are not many directors whose names have come to indicate an entire worldview, but when we say something is ‘Lynchian’ everyone knows what we mean.”—Author and film critic Kenneth Turan, chair of the Edward MacDowell Medal Selection Panel and a 2006 MacDowell Fellow.
“Great art reconfigures the circuitry of your brain, permanently altering your way of looking at and seeing the world, and for the past 40 years the work of David Lynch has been messing with our collective minds. As a longtime fan of his work—from the moment he first took over my neural pathways as I sat in a seat at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, sometime in 1980 or ’81, at a midnight showing of Eraserhead—and as Chairman of the Board of MacDowell, whose Fellows have been rewiring brains all over the world for 110 years, I could not be more thrilled or more satisfied by Lynch’s selection.” – Michael Chabon