Verse, Stripped: Talk by Matt Madden
Wednesday, August 1st, 7:00 PM
61 West Superior Street
Comics artist and illustrator Matt Madden will illuminate the Poetry Foundation gallery's Verse, Stripped: A Poetry Comics Exhibition, offering a survey of the points of connection between comics and poetry over the last 50 years. That interaction can be found with poets Kenneth Koch and Ted Berrigan's engagement with comics (often in collaboration with Joe Brainard) and carries on with cartoonists who adapt works of poetry and poets who also make comics, notably Gary Sullivan. Madden will also discuss the influence of Oulipo and Oubapo (of which he is a member) and show examples of cartoonists who appropriate poetic fixed forms like the sonnet or the sestina to make comics.
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.