Current Exhibition

<em>Volatile!</em> A Poetry and Scent Exhibition

Volatile Exhibit Opening

Volatile! A Poetry and Scent Exhibition

Dec 11, 2015 – Feb 19, 2016

What if every poem had its own fragrance, beyond the literal smell of the materiality of the page? What if one could smell a poet’s imaginative, conceptual, intellectual world, the text unfurling into an aroma? In Volatile!, curator and design historian Debra Riley Parr presents a number of objects and experiences that invite speculative connections between poetry and scent. Scent artist David Moltz of Brooklyn-based perfumery D.S. & Durga tells the story of a young boy who is transformed into a mythical beast through a series of 12 scents captured beneath 12 glass cloches. Works by artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter with poet Anna van Suchtelen, typography artist Ben Van Dyke, ceramicist Seth Bogart, florist Jaime DeGroot, and artists Amy Radcliffe and Eduardo Kac are also featured. The opening reception for the Volatile! exhibition will be December 11, at 6:30 p.m.

View David Moltz discussing narrative structure in perfume and a demonstration of Amy Radcliffe's analogue odor camera.

 

Exhibit Hours 

Monday — Friday, 11 AM — 4 PM


Upcoming Exhibitions

Bernadette Mayer: “Memory”
From Memory by Bernadette Mayer, image courtesy of Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego Library

Bernadette Mayer: “Memory”

March 2016
Memory is a poetic audio-visual installation, shown now in its entirety for the first time since its original 1972 exhibition. During July 1971, Mayer took one roll of film each day, resulting in 1,116 photographs displayed in a grid. The photographs are accompanied by six hours of audio narration, created by Mayer as she remembers and circularly ruminates on the images, using them “as taking-off points for digression, filling in the spaces between.” This exhibition is made possible by collaboration with the University of Chicago and Special Collections & Archives at the UC San Diego Library.
 

Exhibit Hours 

Monday — Friday, 11 AM — 4 PM


Vintage Poetry Center Posters
Artist unknown, image courtesy of the University of Arizona Poetry Center

Vintage Poetry Center Posters

May 2016
In the sixties and seventies, visual art students at the University of Arizona collaborated with the University of Arizona Poetry Center to create silkscreened publicity posters for Poetry Center readings. These colorful, exuberant works are emblematic of the times as well as the legendary poets whose visits they commemorate—among them Ai, Elizabeth Bishop, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Denise Levertov, and Gary Snyder. Originally posted as flyers on notice boards and in high school classrooms, they are now extremely scarce. In collaboration with the Poetry Center, the Poetry Foundation displays these iconic works outside Tucson, Arizona, for the first time.
 

Exhibit Hours 

Monday — Friday, 11 AM — 4 PM


Neha Vedpathak
Neha Vedpathak plucking handmade Japanese paper.

Neha Vedpathak

July 2016
Neha Vedpathak presents a site-responsive installation at the Poetry Foundation. Vedpathak is a multidisciplinary artist who employs a technique called plucking, in which she separates the fibers of Japanese handmade paper with a tiny pushpin. She will use the resultant paper, resembling a lace fabric, in creating this work. Vedpathak’s practice is fundamentally linked to a deeper understanding of her materials and processes that are innovative, ritualistic, and repetitive. For her, the unsaid says the most, making each expression imperative.
 

Exhibit Hours 

Monday — Friday, 11 AM — 4 PM

Past Exhibits

Dianna Frid and Cecilia Vicuña: A Textile Exhibition

Sep 4, 2015 – Nov 30, 2015

 

Cheryl Pope Just Yell : From Within

Jun 11, 2015 – Aug 28, 2015

 

The Chicago 77

Mar 20, 2015 – May 29, 2015

 

Trevor Winkfield’s Pageant

Jan 6, 2015 – Mar 13, 2015

 

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