Le Courbusier. <i>When Cathedrals Were White.</i> New York: Reynal and Hancock, 1947

Astonishing City Free of Microbes and Captive Elephants: A 'Pataphysical Bus Tour with Kenneth Goldsmith

Meet at 4 W. 54 Street at 1:30 p.m.

Friday, May 31, 2013, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

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Experience New York through the lens of poetry and architecture. Kenneth Goldsmith ends his residency on a double-decker bus tour of New York City's landmark sites, accompanied by a marathon reading from his work-in-progress, Capital, a poetic history of New York City in the 20th century, inspired by Walter Benjamin's The Arcades Project, which documented the cultural history of Paris in the 19th century. 'Pataphysics—the science of imaginary solutions to imaginary problems—was pioneered by Alfred Jarry in the early 20th century. By leasing a Gray Line open-top tour bus and making it do things it normally doesn't, we'll recast it as a 'pataphysical vehicle, turning a quotidian tourist trap into a magical mystery tour.

The tour, on a double-decker, open-top bus, takes place rain or shine. In the case of rain, the bus company will provide free ponchos to those seated on the top level.

Tickets are currently sold out. Last-minute tickets may become available through a standby line that will start at 1:00 p.m. on the afternoon of the program in the lobby of the Education and Research Building.

Tickets ($40, $30 members, corporate members, $20 students, seniors, and staff of other museums) are available online, at the Information Desk in the main lobby or at the Film Desk.