Writing in/on/as Art

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JAC is hosting a panel discussion in collaboration with 4×4 Magazine on the intersections of writing & visual art. Our guest speakers will be Abraham Adams, Elisa Wouk Almino, and Mónica de la Torre.

March 4 at 5 PM – 6 PM
402 Diana Center, Barnard College


How is your nonfiction or criticism creative? How do you test the limits of the label(s) attached to your work? In what ways has this fluidity challenged or stimulated your writing?

In this political climate, discussions on facts versus fiction permeate media. We are interested in the ways in which people invest in political fantasies that do not depend upon facts for validation. How do you see your role as an art critic or historian today? Have you changed your writing practice(s) at all in light of the current political situation?

From where (or perhaps from which writers) do you most frequently draw inspiration? Is there a particular artwork, writer, or text that you feel has significantly influenced your writing?

Join us for a discussion of these and other questions with three accomplished writers.

Abraham Adams, Artist & Curator at Time Farm

Abraham Adams is an artist based in New England. His work has been exhibited at Galerie Barbara Weiss in Berlin, Apt. 302 in Marseille, and Artists Space in New York, and performed at the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Dominique Lévy Gallery, and Knockdown Center. He is the author of the chapbooks 6 Séances (New Heave-Ho Press, 2014) and notes for an introduction to language and misunderstanding (James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center, 2015) and the books Before (Inpatient Press, 2016) and Nothing in MoMA (Sternberg Press, forth. 2017), and his essays have appeared with Artforum, Harper’s, and Triple Canopy. Formerly an editor of Ugly Duckling Presse and associate editor of Zone Books, he is now a bookseller and director of the immersive-attention gallery Time Farm at MIT.

Elisa Wouk Almino, Associate Editor of Hyperallergic:

Elisa Wouk Almino is a writer and translator from Portuguese. She is currently translating a book-length collection of poetry by Paulo Leminski and has a forthcoming translated collection of Ana Martins Marques’s poetry with Scrambler Books in the spring. Her writing and translations have appeared, among other places, in Guernica magazine, Stonecutter, n+1, Ugly Duckling Presse’s 6×6 Journal, Asymptote Journal, and Words Without Borders, where she was formerly the book reviews editor. She is currently the associate editor at Hyperallergic.

Mónica de la Torre, Poet & Professor of Literary Arts at Brown University:

Mónica de la Torre is the author of six books of poetry, including The Happy End/All Welcome (Ugly Duckling Presse) and Feliz año nuevo, a volume of selected poetry translated into Spanish by Cristián Gómez (Luces de Gálibo) forthcoming in the spring of 2017. Born and raised in Mexico City, she writes about art and is a contributing editor to BOMB Magazine. Recent and upcoming publications include Triple Canopy, Harper’s, Poetry, The White Review, The Animated Reader (The New Museum), Erizo, the New Yorker, and huun: arte / pensamiento desde México. She teaches in the Literary Arts program at Brown University.

Sponsored by the Barnard Art History Department

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