Alfred Jarry: Pataphysicist and Prophet (Cancelled)

This program has been cancelled. We will be in contact if we are able to reschedule the program at a later date. Please contact with any questions.

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Alfred Jarry: The Carnival of Being, this day-long symposium brings together an international group of scholars and cultural figures in tribute to the French writer-provocateur and his philosophy of pataphysics. Speakers will address Jarry’s career in theater and puppetry, literature, politics, graphic art, as well as the legacy of pataphysics in counterculture and its potential applications to the present and future. Participants include:

Alfred Jarry, "literary puppeteer”
Jill Fell, Birkbeck, University of London

Jarry’s Visual Worlds: Histories and Imaginings
Jennifer Johnson, St. John’s College, Oxford

 Jarry against the World: Pataphysics and Rebellion
Julien Schuh, Université Paris Nanterre

“It can’t happen here” 
Xavier Filliol, digital music pioneer, producer, online media expert

Pataphysics of the Future 
Linda Stillman, independent scholar, collector


The exhibition Alfred Jarry: The Carnival of Being will be available for program attendees.

Saturday, April 25, 2020, 11 AM – 5:30 PM


Public programs for Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect. Drawings from the Bibliothèque nationale de France and Alfred Jarry: The Carnival of Being are presented in cooperation with La Maison Française of New York University.

Alfred Jarry (1873–1907), Les minutes de sable mémorial (Paris: Mercure de France, 1894). The Morgan Library & Museum, gift of Robert J. and Linda Klieger Stillman, 2017. PML 197017. Photography by Janny Chiu.

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.