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.
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.”
Chiranan Pitpreecha, Thailand, “The Defiance of a Flower”
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.
Portrait of Kenneth Koch, c. 1966, oil on linen, 30 x 40 inches. Private collection
Dec 17, 2013 – Feb 21, 2014
This exhibition explores painter Jane Freilicher's pivotal role among the poets of the New York School, particularly John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, Kenneth Koch, and James Schuyler. It is comprised of the artist's paintings, works on paper, and a selection of original letters, books, and photographs. The Poetry Foundation gratefully acknowledges Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, for making this exhibit possible.
Jane Freilicher was born in New York in 1924. She came of age in the era of abstract expressionism and has pursued a distinctive painterly realism found in her landscapes, cityscapes, interiors, and still lifes.
Oct 15, 2013 – Dec 7, 2013
Emily Dickinson’s mythic reclusiveness and haunting, elliptical verse have captured the imaginations of artists since the poems first appeared in print. This exhibition will showcase the work of contemporary artists, including Jen Bervin, Lesley Dill, and Spencer Finch who are inspired by her poetry and life.
A replica of Dickinson’s only surviving dress will be on loan from the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA.