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  1. Neha Vedpathak, detail, “Bhaba,” (2016)

    Jul 11th, 2016 – Sep 15th, 2016

    A virtual dialogue between the artist and the poets Rabindranath Tagore and Kay Ryan, Bhaba is a multi-disciplinary exhibition that includes a large-scale paper work, an installation of handmade “stones,” and a mixed-media garland. Vedpathak’s “plucking” technique, in which she separates the fibers of handmade Japanese paper using a tiny pin, results in an immense, floating wall of paper that resembles a lace fabric. Her “stone” sculptures, created from Arizona sand and plant sap, blur the lines between the natural and the manmade. Neha Vedpathak will give a gallery talk in conversation with Srikanth Reddy on August 5 at noon.


    Exhibit Hours 

    Monday — Friday, 11 AM — 4 PM

    Upcoming Exhibition


    Pegasus & Mermaids
    “Pegasus & Mermaids,” by Clay Hickson

    Pegasus & Mermaids

    September, 23 – December 16, 2016

    A group exhibition featuring work by Poetry magazine cover artists depicting the mythical creatures Pegasus and mermaids from poetry immemorial. Artists include Lise Haller Baggesen, Ana Benaroya, Lilli Carré, Alexander Cohen, Stephen Eichhorn, Carson Ellis, Clay Hickson, Tony Fitzpatrick, Krista Franklin, Julia Goodman, Jenny Kendler, Kate McQuillen, Jessie Mott, Julie Murphy, Diana Sudyka, and Shoshanna Weinberger.

  2. Artist unknown, image courtesy of the University of Arizona Poetry Center

    May 5th, 2016 – Jun 24th, 2016

    In the sixties and seventies, visual art students at the University of Arizona collaborated with the University of Arizona Poetry Center to create silkscreened publicity posters for Poetry Center readings. These colorful, exuberant works are emblematic of the times as well as the legendary poets whose visits they commemorate—among them Ai, Elizabeth Bishop, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Denise Levertov, and Gary Snyder. Originally posted as flyers on notice boards and in high school classrooms, they are now extremely scarce. In collaboration with the Poetry Center, the Poetry Foundation displays these iconic works outside Tucson, Arizona, for the first time.

    Gallery Talk: Wendy Burk, Poetry Center Librarian discusses the exhibition with artist and printmaker April Sheridan from Columbia College's Center for Book and Paper Arts at noon on June 17.


    Exhibit Hours 

    Monday — Friday, 11 AM — 4 PM

    Saturday, May 14, 10 AM – 3 PM

    Tuesday, May 17, 4 PM – 7 PM

  3. From Memory by Bernadette Mayer, image courtesy of Special Collections & Archives,
    UC San Diego Library.

    Mar 3rd, 2016 – Apr 27th, 2016

    Memory is a poetic audio-visual installation, shown now in its entirety for the first time since its original 1972 exhibition. During July 1971, Mayer took one roll of film each day, resulting in 1,116 photographs displayed in a grid. The photographs are accompanied by six hours of audio narration, created by Mayer as she remembers and circularly ruminates on the images, using them “as taking-off points for digression, filling in the spaces between.” This exhibition is made possible by collaboration with the University of Chicago and Special Collections & Archives at the UC San Diego Library.


    Exhibit Hours 

    Monday — Friday, 11 AM — 4 PM

  4. Volatile Exhibit Opening

    Dec 11th, 2015 – Feb 19th, 2016

    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

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