Monday, November 13, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau St.
FREE but tickets required

Join award-winning writer and producer and Princeton alum John Sacret Young ’69 (China Beach, The West Wing) for a visual presentation and conversation with Professor of Visual Arts Joe Scanlan focusing around Young’s latest memoir, Pieces of Glass – An Artoire, about the effect art has had on his writing, his screen work, and his life. Followed by a reception and book signing.

The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested, but tickets will also be available at the door.

Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts in partnership with the Princeton Garden Theater and Labyrinth Books.


Photo courtesy John Sacret Young

JOHN SACRET YOUNG began his television work on the Emmy winning series, Police Story, and has since created, written, or executive produced six additional series and multiple pilots, mini-series and movies of the week. He co-created with William Broyles, Jr., executive produced and was the showrunner of the ground-breaking series, China Beach. For his work on the show, John received five Emmy and four Writer’s Guild Award nominations. The WGA honored him with the Award for an episode he also directed. The West Wing brought him two more Emmy and two more WGA nominations.

In total, Young has been nominated for seven Emmys and seven Writers Guild of America Awards. John won his second WGA Award for the only American mini-series about Vietnam, A Rumor of War. He’s also written and produced feature films and has been honored with two Christopher Awards for the Academy Award nominated movie Testament starring Jane Alexander and Kevin Costner, and the film Romero with Raul Julia and Richard Jordan. Young’s the holder, as well, of a Golden Globe, People’s Choice, and a Peabody Award; and his original mini-series about the Gulf War, Thanks of a Grateful Nation, was honored with his fifth Humanitas Prize nomination as a writer and second win. As a producer he has four additional Humanitas awards. Young’s book, REMAINS: Non-Viewable was a Los Angeles Times best seller. He has written extensively about American art which led to his memoir Pieces of Glass – An Artoir about the effect art has had on his writing, his screen work, and his life. Young has lectured at USC, UC Santa Barbara, the Lyndon Johnson and Bill Clinton Presidential Libraries, and taught at Princeton University and Claremont-McKenna College. He has contributed pieces to the book Doing It for Money, Written By magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. He is on the board of the Firestone Library at Princeton, the Humanitas Awards, and served for over 25 years on the board of the Writers Guild Foundation. Young presently has two pilots in development, and recently partnered with Robert Redford and Dolly Parton for TV projects.


JOE SCANLAN is an artist whose work takes multiple forms, from sculpture and design to publications and fictional personae. Indeed, there is a willful subterfuge running through much of his work, as exemplified in works that address the political economy of site-specific labor (Massachusetts Wedding Bed); or co-scripting the life and work of a fictional artist in collaboration with professional actors (Donelle Woolford); or in the design and manufacture of portable architecture that can inhabit the body of a host museum (Thingstahtfall Pavilion). Scanlan is internationally renowned for the dark humor and conceptual rigor of his work. He is also a widely read, discussed, and translated writer for such venues as Artforum, frieze, and Parkett, social media forums such as Facebook, and his website, He has published five books in relation to his work: Object Lessons (Kunstmuseum aan Zee) 2013; Passing Through (K21, Düsseldorf) 2007; DIY (Imschoot Uitgevers, Ghent) 2003; Pay Dirt (IKON Gallery, Birmingham, England) 2002; and Joe Scanlan (Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany) 1996. Scanlan is also the holder of U.S. patent no. 6,488,732, which is a process of converting postconsumer waste into viable potting soil. His work is in the public collections of K21; Tate Modern, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; the Stedelijk Museum Voor Aktuele Kunst, Ghent; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Scanlan began teaching at Princeton in 2009, when he was appointed professor of art and director of the Program in Visual Arts. He holds a BFA in Sculpture from the Columbus College of Art and Design, Ohio, and currently lives in New York with his wife, Diana Murphy, the executive editor and co-publisher of Metropolis Books.


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  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Labyrinth Books
  • Princeton Garden Theater