Artists and Writings: Deepenign Dams, Hungry Coasts
Organized by Living Content
Friday, January 24 - 7pm
Living Content is pleased to present a new monthly series of events hosted by Wendy’s Subway, starting in January of this year and running through April 2020. The series is focused on artists’ writings and expands beyond this, into multimedia interventions, screenings, and performances.
Each month, artists will delve into their own texts, or will read from texts that have had a major influence on their practice. Combining both live and virtual presentations, each event will feature a set of readings followed by a discussion with the audience.
This month's program, "Deepening Dams, Hungry Coasts" looks at how artists investigate, through their writings and their practice, the cumulative power that language has on material reality; where the act of naming is at once an act of creativity and an act of violence. The evening will feature readings by Gordon Hall, Cole Lu, Nancy Lupo (Skype reading), and Joseph Buckley reading Ajay Kurian, as well as his own writing.
Living Content is an online curatorial platform that features interviews with artists, exhibition recommendations, as well as collaborative limited editions. LC operates from New York, and it occasionally organizes discursive events and exhibitions.
- Speakers -
Gordon Hall is an artist based in New York who makes sculptures and performances. Hall has had solo presentations at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The Renaissance Society, EMPAC, and Temple Contemporary, and has been in group exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Hessel Museum, Art in General, White Columns, Socrates Sculpture Park, among many other venues. Hall’s writing and interviews have been published widely including in Art Journal, Artforum, Art in America, and Bomb, as well as in Walker Art Center's Artist Op-Ed Series, What About Power? Inquiries Into Contemporary Sculpture (SculptureCenter), Documents of Contemporary Art: Queer (Whitechapel and MIT Press), and Theorizing Visual Studies (Routledge). A volume of Hall’s collected essays, interviews, and performance scripts was published by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in 2019. Gordon Hall is a 2019-2020 Provost Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sculpture at RISD and will be 2020 resident faculty at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Cole Lu is an artist and writer based in New York. Lu's practice implies various literary devices that result in sculpture, installation, text, and video. Through rewriting classical mythology and allegorical science fiction, Lu's work reflects the collective unconscious and comments on the motif of othering through colonial viewpoints. Each body of work is developed from anecdotal evidence, to question the capacity of historical realism and is part of a lifelong series of the artist’s ‘real fiction’ on contemporary values and belief systems. Lu's work has been exhibited at the Contemporary Art Museum and Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis; the Institute of Contemporary Art and Vox Populi, Philadelphia; 55 Walker and American Medium, New York, POPPOSITIONS, Brussels, The Wrong Biennale, Deli Gallery, New York, LACE, Los Angeles, Anthology Film Archives, New York, I Never Read, Basel, FILE, São Paulo, and Arcade, London. Lu's publication Smells Like Content (Endless Editions) is in the artists' book collection of the MoMA Library, New York. Lu's upcoming solo exhibition at AALA Gallery, Los Angeles, opens on March 28, 2020.
Nancy Lupo’s work addresses the ways in which we move through spaces as if following latent scripts that punctuate and dictate the rituals and rhythms that shape our daily lives. Lupo investigates the psychological, practical, and symbolic relationships among food, currency, and metabolism. Lupo's complex installations often incorporate organic elements, such as quinoa, foil-covered chocolates, and fruit, as well as banal items, including dental floss, dog bowls, and folding chairs, in various states of rot or use. Lupo works in Los Angeles. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union, and her MFA from Yale University. She has had solo exhibitions at Visual Art Center, University of Texas at Austin, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Antenna Space, Shanghai; Kristina Kite Gallery, Los Angeles; Swiss Institute, New York; 1857, Oslo; WALLSPACE, New York; and LAXART, Los Angeles, among others. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Artist Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Fountainhead Fellowship.
Joseph Buckley is an artist from England based in New York. Recent shows include Traitor Muscle, Brotherhood Tapestry, Days of Madness and of Learning, and The Demon of Regret.
Ajay Kurian currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He has had solo exhibitions at 47 Canal, New York; Sies+Höke, Düsseldorf; White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO; Artspeak, Vancouver; Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, and Audio Visual Arts, New York. He has exhibited work in group exhibitions at K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong; 2017 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Øregaard Museum, Copenhagen; Art Commissions GI on Governor’s Island, New York, NY; MoMA PS1, New York, and the Fridericianum, Kassel. His work is included in public collections including the Aïshti Foundation Collection, Beiruit, Lebanon and The Whitney Museum of American Art. He has an upcoming institutional solo exhibition at The Silber Gallery at Goucher College, Maryland.
- Entry -
Pay what you wish
Suggested amount: $10 (the total sum goes to the artists)
LINEAGE: Anne Carson, Wo Chan, Cathy Linh Che
Friday, January 31 - 7pm
Location: The Poetry Project, 131 E. 10th Street, New York
LINEAGE is a quarterly event honoring the relationships that sustain artists. Poets’ concerns, processes, and creations intersect, inform, support and challenge each other. In this reading series, one selected reader invites a mentor and a mentee to read alongside them, illuminating this sometimes subtle, sometimes urgent, golden thread of artistic lineage.
The fifth LINEAGE reading features Anne Carson, Wo Chan, and Cathy Linh Che.
LINEAGE is organized by Emily Brandt and hosted by Wendy's Subway.
- Readers -
Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living.
Wo Chan is a poet and drag performer. They are a storyteller whose interdisciplinary art comes to life through their love of high-camp ballads, meticulous vintage costuming, and DIY lyric supertitles. Wo’s poetry and performance evoke an operatic sense of play that brings together the high emotions of childhood, queer identity, memory, (un)documentation, and migration. Their chaplet ORDER THE WORLD, MOM was published by Belladonna* in 2016. Wo’s poems also appear in Mass Review, No Tokens, The Margins, and are anthologized in Vinegar & Char (University of Georgia Press), Go Home! (Feminist Press), and Bettering American Poetry (Bettering Books). As a standing member of the Brooklyn based drag/burlesque collective Switch N' Play, Wo has performed at The Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, Joe’s Pub, National Sawdust, New York Live Arts, and BAM Fisher. They are a regular guest on Sasha Velour's Nightgowns and have performed in operas, music videos, cabarets, and short films. Wo was born in Macau, China, and currently lives in New York where they teach poetry workshops and perform drag shows for queer and POC communities. They hold an MFA in Poetry from NYU.
Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James Books), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Best Poetry Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. Her work has been published in POETRY, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Gulf Coast. She has received awards from MacDowell, Djerassi, The Anderson Center, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Artist Trust, Hedgebrook, Poets House, Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, the Jerome Foundation. She has taught at the 92nd Street Y, New York University, Fordham University, Sierra Nevada College, and the Polytechnic University at NYU. She was Sierra Nevada College’s Distinguished Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence. She serves as Executive Director at Kundiman and lives in Brooklyn.
- Organizer -
Emily Brandt is the author of the forthcoming collection, Falsehood, and three chapbooks. She's a co-founding editor of No, Dear and an Instructional Coach at a NYC public school.
- Accessibility -
St. Mark’s Church is wheelchair accessible. Please call The Poetry Project at 212-674-0910 in advance of events to arrange accessibility. Please note on Fridays between 8-9:30pm the wheelchair accessible all gender bathrooms on the ground floor are unavailable because another arts project has performances in the sanctuary. There are All-Gender bathrooms on the second floor of the church. To access Parish Hall, attendees must pass through the main sanctuary and a corridor. There are 2 sets of double doors and two single doors to go through. The smallest of these doors at the end of the corridor is 28.5 inches wide. The Poetry Project will arrange for an ASL interpreter for any event with one week’s advance notice.
- Support -
This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
- Image Credit -
Ulla Puggaard and Erica Jewell
Forgetting the Future: Arrieu-King, Božičević, Parhizkar
Saturday, February 2, 2020 - 5pm
Join us for Forgetting the Future, a reading bringing together poets to share work about the ways we are reconceptualizing time, history, and our relationships during what feels like a time of massive change and destruction. Featuring Cynthia Arrieu-King, Ana Božičević, and Maryam Ivette Parhizkar.
- Readers -
Cynthia Arrieu-King is an associate professor of creative writing at Stockton University. Her books include People are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus Books, 2010), Manifest, winner of the Gatewood Prize selected by Harryette Mullen (Switchback Books, 2013), and Futureless Languages (Radiator Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared in APR, Poetry, BOMB Magazine on-line, and the tiny.
Ana Božičević is a Croatian poet writing in New York City. She wrote JOMO, Rise in the Fall, and other big and small books of poems. She likes to look out the window.
Maryam Ivette Parhizkar is a poet, scholar, occasional musician and author of two chapbooks and most recently a Belladonna* chaplet, Somewhere Else the Sun is Falling into Someone’s Eyes. She is a PhD candidate in American Studies and African American Studies at Yale University and a CantoMundo Fellow. Born and raised in Houston, Texas by Iranian and Salvadoran immigrants, she lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.