Monday, September 5: A new play produced by Doorway Arts Theatre Company was presented at the 15th Annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The play, directed by Matt Ripa, featured one minute scenes of all of the U. S. Presidents (including the 2016 Presidential Democratic and Republican nominees), written by playwrights Lindsay Adams, John Bavoso, Patricia Connelly, Rich Espey, Chema Pineda Fernandez, Joshua Ford, Rich Espey, Patrick Gallagher Landes, Annalisa Dias Mandoly, Warren Perry, and Lauren Jane Redmond.
In October 2015, Warren was invited to give lectures at two symposia in Japan.
Institut Francais du Japon, Kyoto, Japan
On Saturday, October 24, he presented at a symposium at the Institut Français du Japon in Kyoto, "Echoes of Elvis — The Destiny and Trajectory of a Cultural Icon under the Globalization Age," organized by Dr. Kosuke Tsuiki of the Institute for Research in the Humanities at Kyoto University. Warren's lecture, entitled The Memphis Monomyth: The Real Rock and Roller, Cultural Obsession, and Archetypal Motifs within Historical Narrative, built on his academic work on Elvis published in Echoes of Elvis: The Cultural Legacy of Elvis Presley (Smithsonian Scholarly Press, 2012) and further explored the mythic and metaphysical discourse surrounding the life of Elvis Presley. The symposium also featured lectures by Dr. Yoshiaki Sato, “Reception and Transmutation of the Presley Voice in Japanese Body Culture,” and Dr. Tanya Jung, “King of the World : Images of Elvis in Translation.”
Warren Perry presenting at the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
On Wednesday, October 28, he participated in another symposium in Tokyo, "The Dilemmas Faced by American Museums―The Roles of Collection, Exhibition, and Mass Media." The program was presented at the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, and it was organized by Dr. Saki Yokoyama, Curator of Education at the museum, and sponsored in part by the Embassy of the United States in Japan. Warren's lecture, Museums, Monuments, and Messes: Case Studies in American Cultural Exhibitions and Memorial," explored recent American exhibitions and public displays of history, art and culture that have been controversial and have presented challenges for American museums and other cultural institutions.
Poster for Echoes of Elvis-The Destiny and Trajectory of a Cultural Icon Under the Global Age
Poster for The Dilemmas Faced by American Museums―The Roles of Collection, Exhibition, and Mass Media
On Thursday, November 13, 2014, Warren Perry spoke at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia, in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition An Artist's Story: Civil War Drawings by Edwin Forbes. The lecture, entitled "Guns, Horses, Uniforms, and More Guns: Themes of American Civil War Visual Culture," discussed some of the general material and visual culture of the Civil War and specifically the battlefield drawings of artist Edwin Forbes, whose work will be on display at the Morris Museum of Art until February 15, 2015.
Warren Perry's recent Civil War lecture, "The Battle for Cedar Creek: Crossroads in the Fight for the Shenandoah Valley," which he gave at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC on September 16, will air tonight, November 1, 2014, on CSPAN-3 at 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm EDT.
The lecture was sponsored by the Smithsonian Associates and the National Park Service to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle.
With the sad news of photographer Alfred Wertheimer's passing on October 19, 2014, below are some photographs of him taken by Warren Perry at the opening of the Elvis at 21 exhibition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC in 2010. Wertheimer was well known for his early images of a young Elvis Presley, including the famous image, known as "the Kiss," shown with him below.