Tune in to Skirball Tapes – NYU Skirball’s new interview series with luminaries and game-changers, artists, curators, organizers, and creative world-makers, hosted by Catharine Stimpson.

View the Spring 2022 archive below & stay tuned for the Fall 2022 lineup.


The Skirball Tapes will be a record of figures of radical imagination as they draw out their lines of flight for us.

Try watching a bird take flight.  Note how it speeds up, soars, and swoops above the landscape.  It might be a foot or yards above the earth, but it moves. It may fly alone, or with a mate, or with a flock. In time, it will alight on a branch or, if a seabird, on the water. It will perch. But it will take flight – again and again – if it can.

Every generation produces some people of radical imagination. They perform equivalent movements of thought and vision. They take flight in studios or studies, workshops or stages, streets or galleries. When they settle, they have left indelible acts of art: a dance, a composition, a poem, or a creation that defies boundaries and labels.

The Skirball Tapes will speak to artists of radical imagination who have left indelible acts. They will reflect on their flights of thought and vision. What were they thinking? What were their visions?  What was their struggle to ascend?  How did they leave an earth that could mire them?

I am privileged to be the host of the Skirball Tapes, and want to share, with our audience, my wonder at courageous creativity and defiance of the gravity of the ordinary.


MON, MAR 14, 2022 @1PM


Elizabeth Streb is the founder and Artistic Director of STREB Extreme Action Company (1979) and the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics in Brooklyn, NY (2003). She has received numerous honors including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award. Streb was a featured mainstage speaker at TED2018: The Age of Amazement in Vancouver and the subject of the documentary Born to Fly, directed by Catherine Gund (Aubin Pictures). In 2010, Feminist Press published her book, STREB: How to Become an Extreme Action Hero.

TUE, APR 12, 2022 @ 1PM


Bill T. Jones, Founding Artistic Director of New York Live Arts and Artistic Director/Co-Founder of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, is a multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer who has received major honors ranging from a 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Award to Kennedy Center Honors in 2010 and the Presidential Medal of the Arts in 2013.

THU, MAY 12, 2022 @ 12PM


Thelma Golden is Director and Chief Curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, the world’s leading institution devoted to visual art by artists of African descent. Under her leadership, the Studio Museum has gained increased renown as a global leader in the exhibition of contemporary art, a center for innovative education, and a cultural anchor in the Harlem community.