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  1. 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

  2. Dianna Frid, detail, "Notations #1,” left and Cecilia Vicuna, The Origin of Weaving, right.
    Images courtesy of the artists.

    Sep 4th, 2015 – Nov 30th, 2015

    In this exhibition, the artists investigate the intersection of weaving, textiles, and language, with works that allude to the form of the book, the loom, and other manifestations of fiber and text. Cecilia Vicuña installs a new iteration of "The Origin of Weaving," a poem in space that traces the symbolic invention of the first cross thread from which all weaving is derived. Dianna Frid’s works explore the material overlaps of text and textile.




    Exhibit Hours 

    Monday — Friday, 11 AM — 4 PM

  3. Jun 11th, 2015 – Aug 28th, 2015

    Project& artist Cheryl Pope and a group of young poets from Chicago public schools will activate various places and spaces of the Poetry Foundation through installation, sculpture, and spoken-word. The building will be adorned with 5 gymnasium championship banners with text composed by youth from Lindblom Math and Science Academy. Borrowing themes and tactile relics of American high school culture, Pope and the young poets address issues of violence as they plague the city of Chicago at a rapidly increasing rate.

    Join us for the conversation WALK BACK WITH ME on July 15, and the performances The physical embodiment of language on August 10 and Poetry Fashion Dance Music on August 20.


    Exhibit Hours 

    Monday — Friday, 11 AM — 4 PM

  4. Mar 20th, 2015 – May 29th, 2015

    Commissioned by the Poetry Foundation, The Chicago 77 is a 77-line poem comprised of found text and objects from each of Chicago’s 77 community areas. The piece was created by poets and artists Fatimah Asghar, Krista Franklin, Fo Wilson, and Jamila Woods. The completed poem has been calligraphed by Liz Isakson-Dado in a single edition on paper made by artists Margaret Mahan and Drew Matott.

    Join us for tabletop games, video screenings, music, and refreshments at the First Friday gallery reception for The Chicago 77 exhibition on May 1 from 6 – 9 PM.

    View photographs of the exhibit installation on our Tumblr.

    Exhibit Hours 

    Monday — Friday, 11 AM — 4 PM
    Saturday, May 2, 7 PM
    Saturday, May 9, 2 PM
    During any of our evening events

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