Art and Civil Disobedience with Boots Riley
About this commission
A World Premiere Shed Commission
The director of Sorry to Bother You gives a one-night-only lecture on how art can provoke change. This event is presented in conjunction with The Shed’s DIS OBEY program for New York City high school students exploring themes of protest and resistance through poetry.
Moderated by Jelani Cobb
Boots Riley is a provocative and prolific poet, rapper, songwriter, producer, screenwriter, director, community organizer, and public speaker. Riley wrote and directed Sorry to Bother You, a comedy fantasy sci-fi film, in his directorial debut. It stars Lakeith Stanfield, Armie Hammer, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, and Terry Crews. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Fest and opened to strong critical acclaim in theaters nationwide later in 2018. He is the lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club.
Fervently dedicated to social change, Riley was deeply involved with the Occupy Oakland movement. He was one of the leaders of the activist group The Young Comrades. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Tell Homeland Security—We Are the Bomb.
- Running time: 90 minutes
- Doors open at 7 pm
- Membership does not guarantee ticket availability, so we encourage you to book early
- All ticket sales are final
Tamara McCaw, Chief Civic Program Officer
Tanya Selvaratnam, Producer
María Fernanda Snellings, Assistant Producer
Marc Warren, Director of Production
Isaac Katzanek, Production Manager
Pope Jackson, Production Supervisor
Maggie MacTiernan, Director of Artist Services
Indigo Sparks, Production Assistant