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Artful Thursday “Fosse”

Thursday, Jun 19, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions


Presented by Sam Wasson, author of “Fosse," "Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman," and “Paul on Mazursky”; and visiting professor of film at Wesleyan University.

Fosse. A giant name in choreography and film. Bob Fosse (1927–1987) began his career aspiring to become the next Fred Astaire and extended what had become "traditional dance"—including the use of props such as bowler hats, canes, and chairs—by introducing new vocabulary such as turned-in knees, sideways shuffling, rolled shoulders, and jazz hands. Fosse's numerous awards include Tonys for Pippin and Sweet Charity, an Oscar for Cabaret, and an Emmy for Liza with a "Z.” 

Behind Fosse's artistic success was a rocky personal life. Join biographer Sam Wasson for a crash course on Fosse's famous demons, angels, women, ambitions, failures (self-proclaimed and otherwise), and everything else Fosse put into the autobiographical masterpiece All That Jazz.

Tickets to Film Screening
On Friday, June 20, Sam Wasson returns to the Museum to introduce a screening of the newly restored All That Jazz at 7 p.m. Learn more and get film tickets.

Tickets to Artful Thursday
Free tickets to Artful Thursday may also be reserved in advance! Use the “Get Tickets” button above and print at home; call 713.639.7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk.

Book Signings
Copies of the new book Fosse are available for purchase at the Artful Thursday event and at Friday's film screening, with Wasson on hand to sign both nights.

Promotional support generously provided by Houston Public Media.

Special thanks to Adept Word Management for transcription services.

All education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by Caroline Wiess Law; The National Endowment for the Humanities; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.