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Marcella Durand Poetry Reading & Talk at Exit Art

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Marcella Durand Poetry Reading & Talk at Exit Art

Time: July 15, 2009 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Location: Exit Art
Street: 475 10th Ave (btw 36/37 St)
City/Town: NYC
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Event Type: free, poetry, reading, and, talk
Organized By: E.J. McAdams (curator)
Latest Activity: Jul 14, 2009

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Event Description

For all the artistically, poetically and ecologically inclined folks out there:

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
7:30 - 9:00pm
EXIT ART, 475 10th Avenue (between 36th & 37th Streets), NYC

Marcella Durand will read a selection of her poems and present a talk in conjunction with the SEA exhibition, The End of Oil.

Durand’s recent books are Traffic & Weather (Futurepoem, 2008), AREA (Belladonna, 2008), and The Anatomy of Oil (Belladonna, 2005). Other books include Western Capital Rhapsodies, City of Ports, and Lapsus Linguae. Her poems and essays have appeared in Conjunctions, The Canary, Denver Quarterly, Chain, The Poker, Verse, NYFA Current, and other journals. She has given talks on the intersections of poetry and ecology at Kelly Writers House, Small Press Traffic, Dactyl Foundation, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and other venues. Excerpts from her ongoing collaboration with Tina Darragh, based on environmental science, Deep Ecology and Francis Ponge, have appeared in Anomaly, How(2), and Ecopoetics. She was a writer-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2006, and in 2005 organized a reading and panel on the inter-relations between astronomy and poetry as part of the Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena Conference at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Currently, she is translating Michèle Métail’s Les horizons du sol/Earth’s Horizons, a history of the geological formation of Marseille written within a Oulipian formal constraint; a section of her translation appeared last year in The Nation. She lives in New York City’s East Village with her husband Richard O’Russa and son Ismael Toussaint Durand O’Russa.

Marcella Durand is 2009 Poetry Artist Fellowship recipient of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). This reading is co-sponsored by Artists and Audiences Exchange, a NYFA public program.

SEA (Social-Environmental Aesthetics)

S.E.A is an exhibition program and archive of artworks that address social and environmental concerns. It will assemble artists, activists, scientists and scholars to address these issues through presentations of visual art, performances, panels and lecture series. S.E.A will occupy a permanent space in Exit Underground, a multimedia performance, film and exhibition venue underneath Exit Art’s main gallery space. The S.E.A. Archive will be a permanent archive of information, images and videos that will be a searchable database for scholars and researchers.

Artists have been making work related to social and environmental issues for a long time, but S.E.A. will be the most comprehensive and probably the first initiative of its kind to bring this work together under a cohesive program. Central to the mission of S.E.A is to provide a vehicle through which the public can be made aware of this kind of work, to provide a forum for collaboration between artists and ecologists and to inspire them to continue the tradition of work that S.E.A. presents. S.E.A. functions as an initiative where scientists, activists, researchers, academics, artists, and the environmentally-conscious public can join together in support of issues that affect our daily lives. SEA initiative is conceived by Papo Colo. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT http://www.EXITART.ORG

photo credit: John Sarsgard

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