“Pictures and Poetry” – Gallery opening of work by four celebrated photographers and evening of Frank O’Hara poetry
Pace University, NYC Downtown Campus, Schimmel Gallery
Wednesday, November 18, 5:00 -7:30 pm
Book Signing, Q & A, Refreshments, Free – Public Welcome
• Through the Lens – Black & white photography (31 images) featuring artists Sally Gall, Jerome Liebling, Caleb Cain Marcus and Jill Mathis. Collection donated by Nathan M. Perlmutter ‘71 and Rosalyn Perlmutter.
• Writing Worth Reading: An Evening of Frank O’Hara –Hettie Jones and Tony Towle offer personal anecdotes of the poet as they read from his work.
Why/Where: Season opening of The Gallery at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, New York City. Directions – http://www.pace.edu/pace/about-us/all-about-pace/directions-to-all-campuses/new-york-city-campus
When/What: Wednesday, November 18, 2009. 5:00 to 6:00 p.m: Wine and Cheese reception. 6:00 to 7:30 p.m: An Evening of Frank O’Hara with poetry readings by Hettie Jones and Tony Towle, followed by question & answer session, book signing (books by all three poets available for sale) and dessert reception (coffee and sweets).
After November 18, Exhibit Continues: Although the Frank O’Hara poetry reading is one night only, the 31-piece photography exhibit will be on display at the Schimmel Gallery through Wednesday, December 2. Public viewing schedule: Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Closed November 25 -29 for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Free admission.
Who’s Who – Poetry Reading
Frank O’Hara. O’Hara is one of the most beloved poets in modern times. During the 1950s and 1960s – until his death in a tragic accident at the age of 40 – he was a charismatic figure in the New York City cultural world. In addition to being an innovative and highly influential poet, he was an art critic and an important curator at the Museum of Modern Art. He also led an involved, hectic social life which continues to fascinate readers.
Hettie Jones. Jones married the then unpublished poet LeRoi Jones (now Amiri Baraka) in 1958. One of the few visible interracial couples at the time, the two were at the center of the downtown bohemian New York literary, jazz and art worlds. Her memoir How I Became Hettie Jones describes this period in her life and was listed by the New York Times in its Notable Books of the year. Her most recent poetry book, Doing 70, came out in 2007. She is the former Chair of the PEN Prison Writing Committee and currently a member of PEN’s Advisory Council.
Tony Towle. O’Hara was the mentor who changed his life. Since meeting O’Hara in 1962, Towle has published 12 books of poetry and a prose memoir and has received numerous awards, including the Gotham Book Mart Avant-Garde Poetry prize, an NEA Fellowship and an Ingram Merrill Foundation Fellowship. His book North (1970) was the third winner of the Frank O’Hara Award for Experimental Poetry. Like O’Hara, he has been involved in the art world, both as an art writer and as Administrative Assistant at the legendary printmaking center Universal Limited Art Editions on Long Island, where he has worked with Larry Rivers, Robert Motherwell, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg and other prominent artists.
Who’s Who – Photographers
Sally Gall – Sally Gall gained national recognition for her landscape photography of formal gardens, serene seascapes and farmed topography taken throughout Europe. Void of people, Gall’s photographs embrace notions of romanticism, focusing on the simplicity and beauty that nature inspires. Her images are part of numerous public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), The Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX) and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. Pace’s exhibit will feature 13 of her landscapes, shot from 1980 to 1997. She lives in New York City.
Jerome Liebling – Liebling’s career as a photographer, filmmaker and teacher spans nearly 50 years. In the 1940s, he studied under Walter Rosenblum and Paul Strand, and joined New York’s famed Photo League. In collaboration with filmmaker Allen Downs, he has produced several award-winning documentaries, including Pow Wow, The Tree is Dead and The Old Men. Liebling has received numerous awards and grants, including two Guggenheim fellowships and a NEA Photographic Survey Grant. His photographs are in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC). Pace will display 10 images from Liebling, spanning the years 1947 to 1974.
Caleb Cain Marcus. Marcus’s photographs are the discovery of solitude found within the confines of urban life. They reflect the beauty in open space that was once filled with chaos … and at night has only darkness and silence. The photographs urge us to slow down, to look, experience and breathe. Three of Marcus’s images, all shot in India in 2005, will be displayed. He lives in New York City, where he is also a professional tango dancer and instructor.
Jill Mathis. After living in New York City for five years, four of which were spent as the full-time assistant to American art photographer Ralph Gibson, Mathis moved to Italy with husband, the sculptor, Valerio Tedeschi. Her work can be found in various collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Jewish Museum and the International Center of Photography. Five of Mathis’s photographs will be shown, created from 1996 to 2005. Roger Sayre, Curator. Sayre, a Professor of Fine Arts at Pace University, has curated over 70 exhibits, in addition to having solo and group shows of his own. His most recent was the David Poppie collaboration, “Remixed Media,” seen at Open Square Gallery (Holyoke, MA) in Spring 2009. Sayre’s art has been reviewed by The New York Times on several occasions (national and international editions), as well as by publications throughout the world.
About Poets@Pace: Sponsor of poetry part of the evening. Poets@Pace was created in 2008 under the sponsorship of Provost Geoffrey L. Brackett, DPhil (Oxon.) to make the University’s cultural arts more visible to students and the community. It is directed by Professor Charles North, Pace’s Poet-in-Residence and the 2008 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant winner who has published 10 books, won two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and four Fund for Poetry Awards.
Media RSVP: Samuella Becker, Pace University, Public Information, firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-346-1637 (office); 917-734-5172 (cell).
General Public RSVP: By November 16 to Galleries@Pace.edu
About Pace. For 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu
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