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Language Is a Temptation: Rachel Valinsky reads July 28 from Bernadette Mayer’s Memory

Online Program

Jul 28, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 3:05 pm

Language Is a Temptation: writer, editor, and curator Rachel Valinsky reads July 28 from Bernadette Mayer’s Memory. 

Rachel Valinsky is an independent curator, writer, and translator based in Brooklyn, New York. She has held curatorial positions at The Kitchen, the Queens Museum, and the Poetry Project. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Art Agenda, BOMB, Frieze, and Millennium Film Journal and she serves as a contributing editor at Primary Information, New York, and Éditions Lutanie, Paris. Rachel is a co-founder of Wendy’s Subway, a nonprofit library, writing space, and independent publisher in Brooklyn. She is currently a doctoral student in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, where her research centers on intermedia and performance practices of the 1970s and ‘80s in the Americas. 

Language Is a Temptation is a series of 3 minute readings from Bernadette Mayer’s Memory that are posted on our Instagram, YouTube, and website daily at 3pm.

In July 1971, Bernadette Mayer embarked on a month long experiment: every day she exposed a roll of 35mm film and kept a journal. The result was a groundbreaking, conceptual work, comprised of more than 1100 photographs and two hundred pages of text. Mayer’s durational and constraint-based diaristic work of poetry and photography investigates the nature of memory: its surfaces, textures and material.

In July 2020, Poets House and Siglio Press embark on a month long daily experiment: a passage from the corresponding day in 1971 will be read by poets, writers, critics, and artists, as a parallel durational work that celebrates the new publication of Bernadette Mayer’s Memory (Siglio Press, 2020), which brings together the full sequence of images and text for the first time in book form.

Admission Free Online Program.


Jul 28, 2020
3:00 pm - 3:05 pm
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