Panel / “The Poetics of Caption,” with Wayne Koestenbaum, Jeff Dolven, Robert Slifkin, and Catherine Taylor
Date: Saturday, 21 May 2016, 1:30–3 pm
Please join us for a panel discussion organized on the occasion of the publication of Notes on Glaze (Cabinet Books), a new book by poet and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum. The book has its origins in the spring of 2010 when Cabinet invited Koestenbaum to begin writing a regular column. Entitled “Legend,” the column had an unusual premise; every three months, the editors of the magazine would send Koestenbaum a single image and ask him to write one or more extended captions for it. Drawn from obscure vernacular, commercial, and scientific sources, all of the images were unfamiliar to the author. The volume Notes on Glaze collects all the “Legend” columns, as well as their accompanying photographs.
ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS
is a poet, critic, painter, and musician. He has previously published
seventeen books of poetry, criticism, and fiction, including The Pink Trance Notebooks (Nightboat Books, 2015), My 1980s & Other Essays (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013), Hotel Theory (Soft Skull Press, 2007), and The Queen’s Throat
(Poseidon Press, 1993), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle
Award. Koestenbaum’s first solo exhibition took place at White Columns
in New York in 2012; a survey of his paintings appeared at the
University of Kentucky Art Museum in fall 2015, and a solo exhibition
opened in March 2016 at 356 Mission in Los Angeles. He has given piano
performances at the Kitchen, New York; REDCAT, Los Angeles, the Whitney
Museum of American Art, New York; and the Los Angeles County Museum of
Art, Los Angeles. He has written the libretti for two operas—Michael
Daugherty’s Jackie O and Mohammed Fairouz’s Pierrot.
Koestenbaum has taught at Yale University, both in the English
Department and as a visiting member of the painting faculty of the
School of Art, and is a Distinguished Professor of English and French at
the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.
Photos Filip Wolak
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