Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music: Screening & Discussion

Friday, February 14 at 7:30pm
Reynolds Industries Theater

Presented by Duke Arts Presents

“a necessarily abridged look at Mac’s towering achievement, which showcased an incredible range as an interpreter, a theatrical gusto and a mischievous, often biting humor.”

NYTimes on the documentary film

Rich with stunning musical performances, the documentary Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music captures Taylor Mac’s marathon, 24-hour immersive theatrical experience. Performing live for 24 hours, with each hour representing a decade of American musical history, Taylor Mac’s one-time-only concert offered an alternative take on U.S. history. This documentary version of Mac’s groundbreaking concert allows audiences to experience an abridged version of this seminal work, complete with a view of Mac’s elaborate, decade-specific costumes.

Post-screening Q&A with Taylor Mac

After the screening, audiences will have the opportunity to meet the artist himself for a live Q&A. Whether you want to learn about his career as a groundbreaking performer, or discuss anything related to American musical history, Taylor Mac, described as a “devastatingly intelligent artist of conflation” in the New York Times, is sure to lead an insightful discussion.

Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music is presented by HBO Documentary Films in association with Content Superba, a Telling Pictures and Pomegranate Arts Production in association with Fifth Season and Nature’s Darlings.

Directed and produced by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman; produced by Joel Stillerman, Linda Brumbach, Alisa E. Regas, Taylor Mac, Mari Rivera. Executive producers, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller; coordinating producer, Anna Klein.

Artist Website | Instagram

Bright and colorful elaborately adorned person wearing a hefty silver wig holds up a hand and a microphone.
  • Fri, Feb 14, 2025 at 7:30pm
Estimated Run Time
Screening is 105 minutes

Reynolds Industries Theater
125 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708


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