“You make the book, but then you don’t dictate how someone else reads it.” –Adam Pendleton
Read and discuss short excerpts of critical texts in this participatory reading group, facilitated by writers Harmony Holiday and Jasmine Sanders. Inspired by Adam Pendleton’s idea of “poetic research,” these readings invite you to ask new questions and collectively consider the conditions necessary for joy, love, political action, and art making. The texts for this series are drawn from Pendleton’s research for his exhibition Who Is Queen?
This session will focus on Anthony Braxton's "Composition No. 19." We will listen to recordings of music and interviews as well.
No prior preparation or background is necessary to participate. We will read texts together during the session. This program is free, open to all, and takes place over Zoom meeting. Registration is required and limited.
Harmony Holiday is a writer, dancer, archivist, and the author of five collections of poetry, including Hollywood Forever and the forthcoming Maafa (January 2022). She curates an archive of griot poetics and a related performance series at MOCA, Los Angeles, and the music and archive venue 2220arts, which she runs with several friends, also in Los Angeles. She has received the Motherwell Prize from Fence Books, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a NYFA fellowship, a Schomburg Fellowship, a California Book Award, and a research fellowship from Harvard. She’s currently showing a film commissioned for the Hammer Museum’s Made in LA 2020–21, and is working on a collection of essays and a biography of Abbey Lincoln, in addition to other writing, film, and curatorial projects.
Jasmine Sanders is a writer from the South Side of Chicago.
This program will have live CART captioning. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is available for public programs upon request with two weeks’ advance notice. MoMA will make every effort to provide accommodation for requests made with less than two weeks’ notice. For accessibility questions or accommodation requests please email [email protected] or call (212) 708-9781.
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