Bern Porter contributed to some of the most important scientific innovations of the past century, including the
cathode ray tube, the Manhattan Project, and NASA’s Saturn V Rocket. He was also an artist, poet, and publisher. He published work by Henry Miller, Kenneth Patchen, and Dick Higgins, among others, and authored numerous books, including compilations of collage he dubbed “Founds.” His personal work is heavily influenced by the guilt he felt regarding his role in the development of the atomic bomb. As the self-proclaimed inventor of mail art, Porter was also very involved in the Correspondence Art Network. This installation presents a selection of MoMA’s unparalleled collection of Porter’s materials, from artists’ books and original collages to mail art and other ephemera.
In conjunction with the exhibition Lost and Found: The Work of Bern Porter from the Museum of Modern Art Library, Mark Melnicove, Dan Domench, Kenneth Goldsmith, and Rachael Morrison will present, perform, read, and interpret the life and work of Bern Porter (1910–2004). Porter was an artist, poet, performer, and physicist who contributed to some of the most important artistic and scientific innovations of the twentieth century. The evening will include a screening of the short film Joy Glows Where Confusion Was: A film about, with, and without Bern Porter (2010) by Mark Melnicove, writer and executor of Porter's estate; a portion of the performance Bern Porter: The Authorized Fictional Biography of the Artist, Scientist, Poet, Publisher, Performer, Adventurer, and Iconoclast (2010) by author and director Dan Domench; and a selection of Porter's poetry read by Kenneth Goldsmith, poet and founder of ubuweb. The evening will be introduced by Rachael Morrison, exhibition organizer. This event is sponsored by the MoMA Library and The Esopus Foundation Ltd., and takes place at Esopus Space, 64 West Third Street #201, New York, NY.
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