Poetry News

Walking the political line in poetry and art at MoMA

By Harriet Staff

In conjunction with the exhibition On Line: Drawing through the 21st Century, MoMA will present a poetry reading tomorrow on the theme of one of the show's key threads: the line of politics.

Artists throughout the last century have pushed line across the plane and into real space, thus questioning the relation between the art object and the world. The exhibition On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century addresses the transformation of drawing, mark making, and gesture, as well as the role of the political line in art and everyday life. On this special evening, Cecilia Vicuña selects international poets to read their own works about the political line, a theme explored in On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century. In addition to Vicuña, participants include poets Will Alexander, Luljeta Lleshanaku, and Dunya Mikhail, and translator Henry Israeli.

MoMA's Modern Poets series is an extension of their historic involvement in bringing together the literary and art communities, as well as a means of honoring the legacy of Frank O'Hara, who worked at MoMA for many years and who Marjorie Perloff referred to as "a poet among painters."

Modern Poets: The Political Line
Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 6:00 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building