Reception: Open Space
Tuesday, March 6th – Tuesday, March 6th, 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
61 West Superior Street
Free reservations at http://poetryfoundation.eventbrite.com or by calling (312) 787-7070
Open Space brings together chapbooks published by 12 renowned micro-presses from the 1950s to the present day with original publications by poets Gwendolyn Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, Lyn Hejinian, Charles Olson, Jack Spicer and many others. The books on display were designed and printed in collaboration with poets and visual artists, and range from gritty DIY photocopied pamphlets to finely crafted letterpress editions. A brief talk by curator Michael Slosek will begin at 6:15pm. Light refreshments will be served.
This exhibition presents photographs and ephemera from the poet Jun Fujita (1888-1963). Fujita is an English-language tanka poet who published regularly in Poetry during the 1920s. The first Japanese-American photojournalist, he is responsible for the most famous photos of the Eastland disaster, the Chicago race riots of 1919, and the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, among others. This show will explore his lesser-known landscapes.