“A painting and a poem inhabit a different time frame than a story. They are both momentary inhabiters — inhabiters of the moment,” observed the poet Mary Ruefle in a recent interview. There has long been a kinship between poets and visual artists, and some of the best poetry (known as ekphrastic poetry) has directly responded to works of art, translating their colors and textures into words.
This Friday, to commemorate the last days of its exhibition Fictions, the Studio Museum in Harlem has invited six contemporary poets — Joshua Bennett, Desiree Bailey, Marwa Helal, Chanice Hughes-Greenberg, Aracelis Girmay, and Nkosi Nkululeko — to respond to the works on view in the galleries. Fictions is the fifth in a series of exhibitions devoted to emerging artists of African descent and features a wide range of work in video, photography, sculpture, and drawing. What unifies the work is the drive to tell a story, if only through a moment.
When: Friday, January 12, 5:30–7:30pm
Where: The Studio Museum in Harlem (144 W 125th St, Harlem, Manhattan)
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