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November 7, 2011 3:09 PM   Subscribe

Please help me come up with a list of great cross-discipline collaborations throughout history.

An example of what I'm looking for is Salvador Dalí working with Alfred Hitchcock on Spellbound — a specific occasion of two people already famous in their own fields working on a project together.

I'm not looking for stories of two musicians — or two visual artists, etc. — working together, because they already work in the same medium. Additionally, film is already such a collaborative medium that I'd like to find examples from other realms if possible. Any stories of the arts crossing into business or politics or the like would be great. Go as far back in history as you like.

Thanks in advance!
posted by bigbluehouse to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
David Byrne and Twyla Tharp: The Catherine Wheel
posted by Clustercuss at 3:24 PM on November 7, 2011 [1 favorite]

Mind Fields, with words by Harlan Ellison and art by Jacek Yerka.
posted by Sticherbeast at 3:26 PM on November 7, 2011

... Oh, and don't know if this qualifies as "great," but Lonely Avenue by Ben Folds and Nick Hornby
posted by Clustercuss at 3:31 PM on November 7, 2011

Chuck Close and Philip Glass
posted by seriousmoonlight at 3:32 PM on November 7, 2011

These are all great, keep them coming!
posted by mumblingmynah at 3:45 PM on November 7, 2011

I came in to say David Byrne and Twyla Tharp, so instead I will mention that Dali also worked with Walt Disney on an unfinished animated film.
posted by mumblingmynah at 3:49 PM on November 7, 2011

the arts crossing into business or politics or the like

There are lots of propaganda examples. Frank Capra and General Marshall, John Dos Passos and Hemingway with Joris Ivens, or a much less pleasant one: Riefenstahl and Hitler.

As more marginal example of two famous people collaborating, without a concrete "work", perhaps Muhammad Ali and Elijah Muhammed promoting the NOI?
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 3:50 PM on November 7, 2011

This is a bit of an edge case, since it's more like "one famous person and two people who aren't famous except perhaps in their specific fields," but given the conjunction of professions I can't not mention the Wade-Dahl-Till cerebral shunt, a medical device invented by hydraulic engineer Stanley Wade, neurosurgeon Kenneth Till, and, yes, author Roald Dahl.
posted by bettafish at 4:22 PM on November 7, 2011

Rosalind Franklin (x-ray crystallography) and Watson/Crick on DNA.
posted by PickeringPete at 6:49 PM on November 7, 2011

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