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  1. Sep 23rd, 2016 – Dec 16th, 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.

    Join us for the performance and opening event for this exhibit on September 23 at 6:00 PM. Boulevard Dreamers is a traveling installation and variety show responding to the specific narratives and communities of the sites and venues it visits. This collaborative project by artists Lise Haller Baggesen and Kirsten Leenaars consists of three parts: a site-specific stage set, a series of performances, and an installation of the growing collection of portraits of Boulevard Dreamers.

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    Monday — Friday, 11 AM — 4 PM


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    Jun Fujita
    Detail, photograph by Jun Fujita, circa 1930s, courtesy of the Graham and Pamela Lee private collection.

    Jun Fujita: Oblivion

    Jan 12 – Apr 21, 2017

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

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