Transform The World! Poetry Must Be Made by All!
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 3:00–4:00 p.m.
The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Painting and Sculpture Galleries, fourth floor
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In celebration of National Poetry Month The Museum of Modern Art presents Transform The World! Poetry Must Be Made by All! For a full hour, the galleries come alive with the sounds of spoken word, as poets read their own works and those of others. The poets, ranging from emerging to established, from conventional to experimental, demonstrate and celebrate the broad range of American poetry today amid great works of postwar modern art in the Museum's collection. This event is organized by poet Kenneth Goldsmith as part of the Artists Experiment initiative.
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.
This program is part of Kenneth Goldsmith's "Poet Laureate" program, where he invites renowned writers to choose works in MoMA's collection, develop a response, and then select a space in the Museum galleries where they will perform the resulting readings and texts on Wednesdays. On selected Fridays, Goldsmith himself will contribute readings in the galleries. Visitors can meet the writers directly in their selected gallery.
Free with museum admission