Volatile!: A Poetry and Scent Exhibition Opening
Friday, December 11th, 6:30 PM
61 West Superior Street
On the evening of the opening of the exhibition Volatile!, on view at the Poetry Foundation Gallery from December 11, 2015 – February 19, 2016, the Poetry Foundation hosts a panel with curator and design historian Debra Riley Parr to discuss intersections of scent and poetry with scent designers, artists, and poets.
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, and artists Amy Radcliffe and Eduardo Kac will also be featured.
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.