Gallery space featuring several glass containers. One man is lifting a container and smelling the inside of it.

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.

Volatile! Featuring the curator Debra Riley Parr, the perfumer David Moltz, and visitors to the scent exhibition.


Exhibit Hours 

Monday — Friday, 11 AM — 4 PM

Friday, December 11, 2015 – Friday, February 19, 2016