Penny Interviewed Dec 1st Poetry Project
The Poetry Project's Monday Night series is presenting me in conversation with The Monday Night's Talk Curator Andrew Durbin
It is somewhere between a conversation and an interview
I am going to talk about memory and it's uses in poetry and performance , censorship and at Andrew's request the artist Jack Smith. Once I am dead they will ask another artist to talk about me and my work. That seems to be the way it goes!
I like Andrew and i am looking forward to our talk.
I love The poetry Project and it is one of the cultural communities I have been part of since I was a teenager
This is a great way for you to support the programs at the Poetry Project. We are very lucky that it hasn't been hyper gentrified out of existence
Here Is Andrew's curatorial statement. See you there!
As Talk Series Coordinator, I am most interested in exploring the social, political, and economic dynamics that inform how art and poetry are remembered and forgotten. As a site in which multiple poetic lineages have converged throughout its long history, the Poetry Project has taken place (and continues to take place) in a city and neighborhood rapidly evolving at both the benefit and expense of individual artists and writers, allowing some to flourish while others fade away. The particular economic and social shifts around New York have forced migrations, realignments, and disappearances, continuously altering what and who is discussed in the local communities. While my curatorial scope will exceed New York, the city remains a particular example–related to many around the world–of how these transformations affect how and where poetry takes place. As such, it will be a continuous reference point for me and those who speak during the talks. The Project has served as a venue for preservation of these disappearing individuals, groups, and works while also remaining a vibrant meeting place for young artists and writers to hear new and established work. As a curator, I am most compelled by issues of visibility and invisibility, voice and voicelessness, and how larger social and historical forces structure both. While one of the central question of any poetics might be What should be remembered?, I am also interested in the implicit question embedded within it: What has been forgotten? These two questions format my curatorial program, which will focus on individual artists, poets, filmmakers, and performers who have been either forgotten altogether or only recently remembered. – ANDREW DURBIN, Talk Series Coordinator