[New-Poetry] remembering Kunitz
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Mon Nov 29 20:17:39 EST 2010
Sorry for the errant email again...
I loved the Charles Burchfield show at the Whitney. Particularly liked the room where they hung Burchfield's paintings over the wallpaper he'd designed.
From: Mark Weiss <junction at earthlink.net>
To: NewPoetry List <new-poetry at wiz.cath.vt.edu>
Sent: Mon, Nov 29, 2010 7:57 pm
Subject: Re: [New-Poetry] remembering Kunitz
I tend to agree with you about the Whitney. It's maybe too cozy with the art scene in Chelsea, much of which I find pretty boring. I'm not suggesting corruption, though of course curators and gallery owners live in the same small world. The problem may be that it's a very small museum. If half of the current shows at the Modern or the Met were duds, there'd still be a month's worth of other things to look at.
On the other hand, the Whitney's recent Burchfield show was an utter marvel.
At 07:04 PM 11/29/2010, you wrote:
On 11/29/2010 3:17 PM, jforjames at aol.com wrote:
Cheney Chappell Exhibition Space at Poets House
Since 2001, Poets House has presented a series of exhibitions that honor the relationship between written and visual media, including paintings, drawings, prints, photography, book arts, sculpture, architectural models and archival manuscripts, correspondence and journals. At Poets House's new home in Battery Park City, exhibitions are held in the Cheney Chappell Exhibition Space, a glass-walled, spherical gallery. Cantilevered over the lobby, the exhibition space appears to float in air, especially when illuminated at night. Exhibits showcase gems from the Poets House collection and innovative poetry-related works from around the world.
Bob, you might find something you like therein.
You would certainly think so, wouldn't you, James. Somehow, I suspect nothing there is what I'd call visual poetry--i.e., a fusion of poetry and visimagery (my term for Visual art). Maybe something by Jenny Holzer. One reason I say this is the description, another my impression of Poets House based on the poets they invite to do readings, and a third the fact none of my friends in visual poetry have mentioned having anything in this exhibit, as at least one of them certainly should if visual poetry were part of it. But if I lived in New York, I'd go see it.
Last summer when I was in New York, I meant to visit Poets House but forgot to. I went to the Whitney, I think, instead, which I enjoyed but wasn't inspired by, and though at least half the stuff on display was crap.
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