Join us at the Torn Page for readings, discussions and Q & A! Books will also be for sale.
An evening of reading and discussion with Anne Waldman and Emma Gomis
City Lights in conjunction with Naropa University and Nightboat Books celebrate the publication of New Weathers: Poetics from the Naropa Archive
Edited by Anne Waldman with Emma Gomis
Published by Nightboat Books
A collection of lectures, transcribed from the audio archives of Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, that represent a continuing lineage of experimental literary movements. New Weathers asks us to consider how poetics might embolden deeper engagements with the world. Collected from the alternative education zone founded by Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg with the aim of opening up discourse and fostering political engagement, these texts invoke issues of gender and race-based injustice, the global climate crisis, and our possible extinction. They weave through our poetic community, the conversations we are having, the issues we are facing—our “new weathers” to posit strategies of resistance.
Music by David T. Little
Libretto by Anne Waldman
Story & Screenplay by Michael Joseph McQuilken
Film Screening with Live Performance
Part of Festival O22 and the 2022 Philadelphia Fringe Festival
Saturday, October 1, 2022, 9 pm
Sunday, October 2, 2022, 8 pm
What does it take to face ourselves? Enter the darkness in search of something beautiful, transcendent. But be very careful what you need to know…
Drawing on the disturbing and complicated mythologies of the surrealist writer William S. Burroughs (Naked Lunch), Black Lodge uses dance, industrial rock, classical string quartet, and opera to take viewers through a Lynchian psychological escape room.
Set in a nightmarish Bardo, a place between death and rebirth, a tormented writer faces down demons of his own making. Forced to confront the darkest moment in his life, he mines fractured and repressed memories for a way out. A woman is at the center of all the writer’s afterlife encounters. She is the subject of his life’s greatest regret, and she materializes everywhere in this Otherworld. The writer cannot detach any thoughts of his life from her.
Part film screening and part industrial rock opera concert, this world premiere event features glam opera band Timur & the Dime Museum alongside musicians from the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra.
Monday, September 19 at 6pm
Jack Kerouac had come to New York on a football scholarship to Columbia and took courses at the New School on the GI Bill. But what shaped him was not so much academia as the writers, artists and musicians he met at places such as the San Remo and the Cedar Tavern, the Eighth Street Bookshop, the Record Changer Store on Greenwich Avenue, the Village Vanguard, and the poetry readings in the East Village – all places that his old friend David Amram – with whom Kerouac brought jazz+poetry to New York City – describes as being part of the great “university of hangoutology.”
A distinguished panel, including Amram and Joyce Johnson–both of whom knew Kerouac well and have written about him extensively–and poet, performer and professor Anne Waldman, plus award-winning biographer Holly George-Warren, who is currently at work on a new study of Kerouac, will offer their recollections and insights into this seminal figure of American literature. There will also be time for questions.
Larry Rivers, Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, David Amram, Allen Ginsberg (John Cohen, 1959)
More about the photograph
John Cohen took this classic photo in 1959 in New York City at a diner on 4th Avenue during a break in the filming of Robert Frank’s silent documentary film “Pull My Daisy” Jack Kerouac narrated the film spontaneously and David Amram wrote the score, co-wrote the title song, with lyrics by Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg, and appeared in the film as Mezz McGillicuddy, the deranged french hornist (at the request of Kerouac).
Readers include Anne Waldman, Samantha Albala, Zoe B., Edmund Berrigan, Lee Ann Brown, Ambrose Bye, CAConrad, Brenda Coultas, Marcella Durand, Carolina Ebeid, Jennifer Firestone, Tonya Foster, Lucia H. Gaxiola, HR Hegnauer, Erika Hodges, Serena Jost, Alystyre Julian, Erica Kaufman, Vincent Katz, Jade Lascelles, Rachel Levitsky, Janice Lowe, Dan Machlin, Ghazal Mosadeq, No Land, Toni Oswald, Julie Patton, Trace Peterson, Jeffrey Pethybridge, Patrick Pethybridge, Kristin Prevallet, Oliver Ray, Sarah Riggs, Martina Salisbury, Selah Saterstrom, Jennifer Scappettone, Eleni Sikelianos, Jonathan Skinner, Tod Thilleman, Edwin Torres, Karen Weiser, and more.
4pm Mountain Time / 6 pm Eastern Time
Free on Zoom
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.
Anne Waldman reads from her recent collaborative publication with Nathlie Provosty. The book features a new poem by Anne Waldman alongside works by Nathlie Provosty, published as an accordion book in an edition of 300 copies. Presented by Hassla Books.
Read more: Printed Matter Virtual Art Book Fair