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Exhibition Detail
Readings in Contemporary Poetry at Dia:Chelsea
535–545 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
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December 16th, 2010 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
© Courtesy of Dia Art Foundation

$6 general admission; $3 Dia members, students, and seniors
Tickets are available at the lecture only. Reservations recommended.

Charles Bernstein

Tim Peterson (Trace)

Autonomy Is Jeopardy


At this stage, total estimate for poem construction is $9,800 plus tax. Installation of the Rothko paintings may cost extra due to shipping-related precautions. Importation of specific breeds of violets adds possible embodied energy, with additional costs anticipated for continued maintenance as spring impinges on us, opening the poem like a bloom that only appears fictitious.

In order to proceed, we need to have 30 percent of the allegory provided up front. We look forward to working with you and helping you take your poem to the next level, loosening up that frame which could have doomed you to a tragic metaphor: Orpheus, Electra, Pandora, et al. Once the initial design phase has been completed, installation of poem on stainless steel or concrete requires an additional two months but installation on wind and running water is negligible.

Strategic alternation of metaphors of artistic genius and altruistic service allows us to speak through you, actually providing impetus for the poems but not, you’d argue, making the real design decisions. Have you been subordinated to the engineering process at this point, your you being written like an accident? Are you a factory poet? As long as you contribute an appropriately large deposit up front, we won’t need to answer that question. Sincerely, War of the Worlds Design Systems.

—Tim Peterson (Trace)

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