The Rake's Progress: Stravinsky, Hogarth, Hockney, Auden, and Kallman

Hockney - Bedlam
David Hockney, British (b. 1937)
Bedlam, 1961-1963
from the portfolio "A Rake’s Progress: A Graphic Tale Comprising Sixteen Etchings 1961 to 1963"
12 1/3 x 15 7/8 inches
65.325.18
© David Hockney, Inc.
Hogarth - A Rake's Progress, Plate II
William Hogarth, British (b. 1697-1764)
A Rake’s Progress (Plate II), 1735
Heath edition, 1822
from the portfolio "A Rake’s Progress"
etching and engraving
13 7/8 x 17 1/2 inches
Purchase with The Carnegie Fund, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder 2012.01.02.02
Photo: Jeff Wells/ © CU Art Museum
Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky
W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman at work
W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman
William Hogarth - self portrait
William Hogarth
(self portrait)

The Rake's Progress: Stravinsky, Hogarth, Hockney, Auden, and Kallman is a multidisciplinary conference hosted by the Center for British and Irish Studies, the CU Art Museum, and the College of Music. The conference will take place October 26-27, 2012 in the British and Irish Studies Room in Norlin Library (5th floor, room M549).

Lawrence Weschler
Lawrence Weschler
photo courtesy of G. Starrett

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Lawrence Weschler. A Hockney biographer, contributor to The New Yorker magazine, and distinguished author, Weschler's recent books include Vermeer in Bosnia (2004), Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences (2006), and Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative (2011). For more about Lawrence Weschler, visit his website: http://lawrenceweschler.com/.

For details about scheduled events, see the conference schedule and list of related events below.

The conference was organized by Jeremy Smith, Associate Professor of Musicology, College of Music and Director, Center for British and Irish Studies and Keith Waters, Professor of Music Theory, College of Music, University of Colorado Boulder.

On the Conference Topic

William Hogarth's A Rake's Progress consists of eight paintings (1733, engravings made in 1735) that tell the story of Tom Rakewell, a young man who falls into dissolution and vice after inheriting his father's fortune. Igor Stravinsky saw an exhibition of Hogarth's series in 1947 and his opera, The Rake's Progress, premiered in 1951 with a libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman. Also inspired by Hogarth was David Hockney's print series, "A Rake’s Progress: A Graphic Tale Comprising Sixteen Etchings 1961 to 1963." Hockney has also designed stage and costume designs for productions of Stavinsky's opera.

Related Events

Hockney and Hogarth: Selections from the CU Art Museum Collection of British Art
September 7 - October 27, 2012
(Opening Reception - Thursday, September 6, 6:00-8:00pm)

The exhibition Hockney and Hogarth: Selections from the CU Art Museum's Collection of British Art builds on the remarkable strengths of the CU Art Museum's collection of British art and features David Hockney's first major print series, A Rake's Progress (1961-63), alongside the 1735 series by William Hogarth that inspired it. Also on view is a video of the classic 1975 Glyndebourne Festival Opera production of Igor Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress with stage and costume designs by David Hockney. Visit the CU Art Museum website for more information.

The exhibit was curated by Lisa Tamiris Becker, Director, CU Art Museum and Catherine Labio, Associate Professor of English, University of Colorado Boulder.

Gallery Tours - Tours are at the CU Art Museum on Fridays starting at 1:00pm and lasting approximately 45 minutes.

  • September 7: Lisa Tamiris Becker, Director of the CU Art Museum and Catherine Labio, Associate Professor of English, co-curators of the exhibition
  • September 14: John Stevenson, Professor of English and Dean of the Graduate School
  • October 5: Christopher Braider, Professor of French and Comparative Literature and Director of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • October 12: Christopher Kelleher, MA Program, Department of English

Lecture by Frédéric Ogée
Thursday, September 20, 5:00pm

Frédéric Ogée is a Professor of English Studies at the Université Paris-Diderot (Paris 7), France and a world-renowned expert on William Hogarth. The lecture will take place in the British and Irish Studies Room in Norlin Library (5th floor, room M549) and will be preceded by a reception in the same location at 4:30pm.

CU Opera: Igor Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress
Friday, October 26, 2012 at 7:30pm & Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 2:00pm

CU Opera will be performing The Rake's Progress, an opera in English by Igor Stravinsky, libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman. The performances will be Friday, October 26, 2012 at 7:30pm & Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 2:00pm in Macky Auditorium. Tickets and additional information are available at the CU Presents website.

Production Personnel:
Nicholas Carthy, Conductor
Leigh Holman, Stage Director
Peter Dean Beck, Set and Lighting Design
Tom Robbins, Costume Design

Featured Cast:
Tom Rakewell - Christian Sanders
Anne Trulove - Chelsea Lewis
Nick Shadow - Michael Aiello
Baba the Turk - Anna Engländer
Father Trulove - Luke Williams
Sellem - Max Hosmer
Mother Goose - MaryBeth Verchot
Keeper of the Madhouse - Zac Garcia

Conference Schedule (updated)

All events at Norlin Library, British and Irish Studies Room (5th floor, room M549) unless otherwise noted.

Friday, October 26th, 2012

  • 9:00-10:00am - Coffee and Bagels
  • 10:00-10:30am - Keynote Speaker
    • Lawrence Weschler - “The Tapering Perspectival Vice of Hockney’s Bedlam”
  • 10:30-11:30am - Morning Session, Chair: Catherine Labio
    • Matthew Paul Carlson - “Opera Addict: W. H. Auden’s Operatic Theory and Its Influence on The Rake’s Progress
    • Katy Barrett - “The Devil is in the Detail: Hogarth and Hockney on Longitude and Latitude”
  • 11:30-1:30pm - Lunch break - Please join us at eTown Hall (16th & Spruce, Boulder) for a preview performance by the Opera Theater Singers of selections from Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress
  • 1:30-3:30pm - Afternoon Session, Chair: Steve Bruns
    • Abigail Zitin - “Hogarth’s Wandering Eye: The Analysis of Beauty and the Modern Moral Subject”
    • David Smyth - “The End of The Rake’s Progress
    • Joel Schwindt - “‘Poles of Attraction’: Anne Trulove and Baba the Turk as Opposing Representations of Victorian Gender Roles in Marriage”
  • 7:30pm - CU Opera: Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at Macky Auditorium (tickets required)

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

  • 9:00-10:00am - Coffee and Bagels
  • 10:00-12:00pm - Final Session, Chair: Carlo Caballero
    • Douglas O’Keefe - “The Other Hogarth Operas”
    • Joice Gibson - “The Rake’s Progress and Inkle and Yarico: Comic Opera and British Satirical Art from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Centuries”
    • Wendy Bargstadt - “The Two Worlds of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress
    • Laura Doser Brown - “The Rake’s Progress at the Santa Fe Opera”