Past Exhibitions

<em>Trevor Winkfield’s Pageant</em>

Trevor Winkfield, Sketch for Peter Gizzi, detail, 2012, acrylic and collage on paper,
27.5 x 19.25 inches. Courtesy of Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York

Trevor Winkfield’s Pageant

Jan 6, 2015 – Mar 13, 2015

Trevor Winkfield has for several decades collaborated with many poets of the New York School. This exhibit comprises a selection of his limited-edition collaborative books, cover designs, original drawings, and paintings.

Winkfield's original designs for literary journal covers and for book covers and limited-edition books of poets Charles North, Barbara Guest, Harry Mathews, Peter Gizzi, and John Ashbery are displayed alongside their printed versions. Also included are several striking canvases by Winkfield, including portraits of Douglas Crase, Peter Gizzi, and John Ashbery.

The library hosts a special reading room curated as a companion to the gallery exhibit Trevor Winkfield’s Pageant. The collection includes Winkfield’s creative and critical writing; collaborations with New York School poets; and influences ranging from fine art monographs, volumes on Anglo-Saxon and Medieval art, and works by Surrealist and Oulipo writers, among others.

This exhibit is presented in collaboration with Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York.



Exhibit Hours 

Monday — Friday, 11 AM — 4 PM
Saturday, January 17, 10 AM — 3 PM
Saturday, February 14, 5 PM
Saturday, February 21, 10 AM — 3 PM
Sunday, February 22, 3 PM
During any of our evening events

Drury Brennan: <em>ulteriori ombre</em>

Drury Brennan: ulteriori ombre

Sep 18, 2014 – Dec 19, 2014

As a companion piece to the September 20 performance of Douglas Kearney and Val Jeanty’s oratorio for voice and electronics, Freedom of Shadow: A Tribute to Terry Adkins, Berlin-based schriftkunstler (writing artist) Drury Brennan takes over the gallery wall to compose ulteriori ombre (further shadows), a massive calligraphic reaction to Kearney’s original text.



Exhibit Hours

Monday — Friday, 11 AM — 4 PM
Saturday, October 25, 10 AM — 3 PM
Saturday, November 8, 10 AM — 3 PM
During any of our evening events

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The Secret Birds: New Drawings by Tony Fitzpatrick

The Secret Birds: New Drawings by Tony Fitzpatrick

Jul 1, 2014 – Sep 12, 2014

Tony Fitzpatrick draws on his talents as an actor, dramatist, poet, and visual artist for an elaborate array of work with Poetry magazine and the Poetry Foundation this summer. The Secret Birds, a clutch of fantastic creatures of the artist’s own invention, is Fitzpatrick’s final show of drawings before leaving Chicago for New Orleans, where he will study ornithology and natural history at the University of New Orleans. The work is interlaced with poetry, ephemera, and his institutional memory of the city itself: “a bird made from bright planets.” In a multimedia feature, Fitzpatrick discusses these drawings.

Exhibit Hours

Monday - Friday, 11 AM - 4 PM
Saturday, August 16, 10 AM - 2 PM
During any of our evening events


Tony Fitzpatrick was born on the South Side of Chicago, the son of a burial vault salesman. Fitzpatrick was routinely suspended from Catholic School on bad behavior. On those days he would ride along with his father to sales appointments and listen to stories of life and of Chicago. Birds were especially important to Fitzpatrick because, as his grandmother used to say, “For the price of a piece of bread you can hear God sing.”

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The World Record

Chiranan Pitpreecha, Thailand, “The Defiance of a Flower”

The World Record

Mar 11, 2014 – May 23, 2014

This exhibit showcases the autograph edition of The World Record, featuring poems handwritten by Seamus Heaney, Kay Ryan, and over a hundred others, created for the Saison Poetry Library during Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus. One-hundred and twenty-one poems have been recorded in the hand of the poet on sheets of paper containing fibers from the five Olympic continents. Also on view is the desk at which each poem was transcribed, made by British designer Sean Dare and signed by the poets.
 
Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus was a global gathering of poets coinciding with the London 2012 Olympics.  In May 2011, Simon Armitage appeared on the BBC to ask for nominations from around the world for poets to take part in the festival.  From thousands of submissions, curators Simon Armitage and Anna Selby selected one poet from each of the 204 Olympic countries to invite to Poetry Parnassus and contribute a poem to The World Record, which was published as an English language anthology by Bloodaxe Books.
 
In the spirit of Poetry Parnassus, a new handmade paper work inspired by the 77 community areas of Chicago will be created by the Poetry Foundation in collaboration with local artists later this year.
 
All items in this exhibition have been loaned to the Poetry Foundation by the Saison Poetry Library at Southbank Centre, London. The Saison Poetry Library is a major library for modern and contemporary poetry with a collection of over 200,000 items.
 
Southbank Centre is a world-famous arts center on the South Bank of the Thames. Created in 1951 for the Festival of Britain, Southbank Centre draws on its heritage as a festival site, with art and activities across its 21 acres. Southbank offers music, dance, art, performance and spoken word events throughout the year.
 
The paper for the autograph edition of The World Record was handmade on the streets of Prishtina during Polip International Literature Festival, a Serb-Kosovan collaboration that brings together writers from across the Balkans and beyond.

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