Blum & Poe is delighted to present an evening of readings with Eleanor Antin and Simone Forti. Antin will read from her recent literary memoir "Conversations with Stalin," a smart, no holds barred, black comedy in the picaresque, coming-of-age tradition of Holden Caulfield, Huck Finn, Little Orphan Annie and the irrepressible Dorothy on the road to Oz. Forti will be reading poetry selections from Handbook in Motion, Oh, Tongue; her upcoming book The Bear in the Mirror; and new unpublished material.
Free admission. Seating is limited, available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Eleanor Antin works in a variety of media, including photography, video, film, performance, installation, drawing and writing, using historical settings and allegory, mythological characters, fictional personas, and alter-egos to construct metaphors about identity and the contemporary world. An emeritus professor of Visual Arts at the University of California at San Diego, she has had many one woman exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum and a major retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1999). Her works are in many collections around the world including the Beaubourg, Tate Modern, MOMA, the Whitney, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Loeb Family Foundation, etc. She has performed extensively around the world including the Venice Biennale and the Sydney Opera House. Her cult feature film "The Man Without a World" (1991) was screened at the Berlin Film Fest., USA Film Fest., London Jewish Film Fest., etc. and had art house commercial distribution. Her many awards include an Honorary Doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009) and a Lifetime Achievement award from the Woman's Caucus of the College Art Association (2006).
Based in Los Angeles, Simone Forti is an internationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer, an artist and a writer. She was a seminal figure in the Judson Dance Theater community that revolutionized dance in New York in the 1960s and 70s. Her current News Animation performances are solo or conversational duet improvisations in movement and language - mosaics of details and impressions, questions and feelings in response to the world as brought to us by the news media. Her book Handbook in Motion - an account of an ongoing personal discourse and its manifestations in dance was published by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Press (1974). A book of writings and drawings, Oh, Tongue, was edited and published by Fred Dewey for Beyond Baroque Books (2003). Her performances and artworks have been featured at numerous prominent institutions around the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2011 Forti received a Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award in the Arts.
Special thanks to Patrick Steffen, who was instrumental in organizing this event.