Frank O'Hara worked at The Museum of Modern Art on and off for fifteen years—first selling postcards, then curating exhibitions and writing catalogue copy, all the while composing poems during his lunch hour. This program will feature friends and colleagues from his MoMA heyday sharing their favorite anecdotes. Selected archival material including correspondence, handwritten notes, and installation photographs—as well as exhibition catalogues—will be on view in the Library and Archives' new Reading Rooms.
Even the simplest things of the earth can open up whole worlds in the imagination: a pebble or a stone. We will enter these new worlds, and moving from their silences to their ancient and glowing stars, we will gather new enchantments and use them to write our poems. When we have finished we will make a small clay vessel for our discoveries.
This talk explores Lorca’s artistic sources, including Andalusian music and the metaphorical style characteristic of the avant-garde Hispanic literary movement Ultraísmo. Edward Hirsch also discusses Lorca's complicated friendships with Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel, his place in Spanish literary history, his emotional and intellectual crises, and how he came to write his classic, Poet in New York.
Nathalie Stephens writes at the border between languages: in her case, English and French. Her talk will address questions of translatability, displacement, desire, and what—through history—has come undone.