Kiki Smith; Sky 2011; Jacquard-Tapisserie, 287x190,5 cm | by © Kiki Smith, courtesy Pace Gallery

+++cancelled due to illness+++ Kiki Smith's Favorite Poems


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Reading in English
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13 €

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+++The event was cancelled due to illness +++

Kiki Smith's Favorite Poems
A Reading in contemporary Poetry

Texts by Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Emily Dickinson, Leslie Scalapino, and Anne Waldman

Read by Sophie von Kessel 

The American artist Kiki Smith feels a deep connection to poetry and shares a spiritual affinity with the poets Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Leslie Scalapino and Anne Waldman. In close collaboration with these poets, Smith has created wonderful artist’s books, most of which are printed in limited editions on handmade paper and then hand-colored; some of these are even in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The inspiration is mutual: several of Kiki Smith’s sculptures are based on texts by Anne Waldman (If I Could Say This With My Body, Would I. I Would.); Leslie Scalapino writes poems based on drawings by Kiki Smith (Women Being Eats by Animals); and Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge writes on Kiki Smith’s lithographs of organ-like forms (Endocrinology) or on her drawing of a dandelion (Concordance).

Texts and images revolve around the human body, femininity, animated nature, spirituality, death, social-political themes and societal conditions.

Anne Waldman was born in 1945 in Milville, New Jersey. Since the 1960s, Waldman has been an active member of the Outrider experimental poetry community as a writer, performer, professor, editor, and scholar, as well as a cultural and political activist. She has been connected to the Beat movement and the second generation of the New York School of poetry. Her publications include Fast Speaking Woman (1975), Marriage: A Sentence (2000), the multivolume Iovis project (1992, 1993, 1997), and Voices Daughter of a Heart Yet to Be Born (2016). She lives in New York.

Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge was born in 1947 in Beijing, China. Berssenbrugge has taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and in New York City. In both locations, she has been influenced by and collaborated with local visual artists, including Richard Tuttle, her husband. Her work is often associated with Language poetry and the poetry of the New York School. Berssenbrugge is the author of The Heat Bird (1983), winner of the American Book Award; Empathy (1989), winner of the PEN West Award; Sphericity (1993); Four Year Old Girl (1998), winner of the Western States Book Award; Nest (2003); I Love Artists: New and Selected Poems (2006); and Hello, the Roses (2013).

Leslie Scalapino was born 1944 in Santa Barbara, and died in 2010 in Berkeley, California. Scalapino was an experimental writer associated with the West Coast Language poets. She attended Reed College and received an MA in English from the University of California at Berkeley. Scalapino’s writing often blurs the distinctions between poetry, prose and the visual arts. Her book Crowd and not evening or light (1992) contains photographs with handwritten notes. Her collections include Considering how exaggerated music is (1982), that they were at the beach (Aeolotropic Series) (1985), and the trilogy The Return of Painting, The Pearl, and Orion (1991).

Petra Giloy-Hirtz, curator of the exhibition, leads us through the evening.
The event takes place in the exhibition "Kiki Smith: Procession".

In Cooperation with Lyrik Kabinett, Munich