An Evening of Poetry for Etel Adnan, Guggenheim Museum, NYC

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Marking the closing date of the exhibition Etel Adnan: Light’s New Measure, this evening of poetry brings together a cross-generational cohort of New York poets and writers to offer readings and reflections in honor of the late Etel Adnan (1925–2021). Presented in collaboration with the Academy of American Poets, the evening features participants including Ammiel Alcalay, Omar Berrada, Stephen Motika, Asiya Wadud, and Anne Waldman. Each poet will read selections from Adnan’s writings alongside their own work. Tickets to this program also include a copy of the newly published second edition of Adnan’s Journey to Mount Tamalpais (Litmus Press, 2021), originally published in 1986.

Available for viewing following the program, Etel Adnan: Light’s New Measure presents a survey of Etel Adnan’s work, an artist whose first creative outlet was poetry. The exhibition explores how abstract art and the written word often intersect, profoundly affecting and transforming audiences. In celebration of this notion, the program will also serve as the launch of the Guggenheim’s year-long poetry initiative, with the announcement of the museum’s newly selected Poet-in-Residence.

Etel Adnan: Light’s New Measure surveys the work of the late Etel Adnan (1925–2021), a renowned artist, poet, journalist, and novelist. Drawn from her practice since the midcentury, Adnan’s paintings, tapestries, drawings, and accordion-fold paper books occupy the first two ramps of the rotunda. Formed from elemental geometries and luminous planes of color, her works express a profound belief in the human spirit and the beauty of the natural world. Etel Adnan: Light’s New Measure is presented alongside Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle, which examines an artist Adnan admired, presenting a conversation on abstraction and spirituality that traverses time and geography.

$35, $30 members, $25 students

Etel Adnan: Light’s New Measure is organized by Katherine Brinson, Daskalopoulos Curator, Contemporary Art, and Lauren Hinkson, Associate Curator, Collections.

Support for Etel Adnan: Light’s New Measure is provided by The Macallan Scotch Whisky; Galerie Lelong & Co.; White Cube; Étant donnés Contemporary Art, a program developed by FACE Foundation and Villa Albertine; the French-American Cultural Foundation; the Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation; Ellen and Alan Meckler; the Barjeel Art Foundation; GALLERIA CONTINUA; William and Agnes Peelle Jr.; Nicoletta Fiorucci Russo, London; Mr. and Mrs. John L. Townsend III; Karen E. Wagner and David L. Caplan; and those who wish to remain anonymous.

Additional funding is provided by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s International Director’s Council and Middle Eastern Circle.

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Book launch for Mundo Aparte / Offworld

Book Launch at Howl Happening
6 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

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Poet Anne Waldman needs no introduction. We consider her part of the Howl family and are more than pleased to help celebrate the launch of her new book, Mundo Aparte/Offworld, a bilingual Spanish/English collection of poems, co-published by Pinsapo and Sonámbulos Ediciones.

The evening begins with the screening of Crepuscular, a cinema-poem collaboration by No Land and Waldman, envisioned for Anne’s poem of the same name which appears in her book Trickster Feminism. Narrated by Waldman, the film invokes archetypes of trickster poets whose sleight of hand can turn night to day—characters who ripple time with their instruments and mutability practices, states of precipice, and more. Crepuscular features sound by Joanna Mattrey and Ambrose Bye. The film premiered at Saint Mark’s Poetry Project in 2018.

Waldman is joined for a music-text hybrid reading of the poems with multi-instrumentalists and master improvisers Devin Brahja Waldman, Janice Lowe, and James Brandon Lewis. Poet, translator, and scholar Mónica de la Torre will read the poems in Spanish.

Offworld / Mundo Aparte is translated by Mariano Antolín Rato, edited by Öykü Tekten, with an introduction by Ammiel Alcalay. In his introduction, Alcalay says: “As the inheritor of so many rich examples and approaches to form and the worlds form enacts—from Pound, Williams, Reznikoff, and Olson, to Gertrude Stein, H.D., Robert Duncan, Diane di Prima, Amiri Baraka, and so many others, Waldman’s work, no matter its length, retains a scope commensurate to its intent, the intent being to record, to leave a record, to declare the intensity of a life, and propose going out on a very far limb, so that others might come along, even part of the way.”

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Baraka & Place, Poetry Project, New York, NY

An interdisciplinary multimedia evening with poetry, archival audio, music, and visual art tracing the development of Amiri Baraka‘s radical poetics, social praxis, civic presence, and relationships with avant garde communities through his time in several specific places. We’ll move through Baraka’s years near Cooper Square and the Five Spot, Cuba, Harlem, Gloucester, Naropa, and Newark. Hosted by William J. Harris and featuring Ammiel AlcalayDavid HendersonHarmony HolidayWilliam ParkerJames Smethurst, and Anne Waldman.

The Poetry Project
131 E. 10th St. 
New York, NY 10003

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