quarta-feira, 12 de setembro de 2012

Three events at Cabinet: "Harry Smith: String Figures" + "Plot," with Tirdad Zolghadr, Richard Sieburth, and D. Graham Burnett + "The Moire Effect," with Lytle Shaw

Dear friends of Cabinet,

We hope you can join us for one or more of the following events.

• Wednesday, 19 September 2012, 7–9 pm: Opening of the exhibition "Harry Smith: String Figures," organized by Terry Winters

• Thursday, 20 September 2012, 7–9 pm: a panel and book launch for Plot, with Tirdad Zolghadr, Richard Sieburth, and D. Graham Burnett

• Wednesday, 26 September 2012, 7–9 pm: a talk and book launch for The Moiré Effect, with Lytle Shaw

See below for details.


Exhibition / "Harry Smith: String Figures"
Organized by Terry Winters
Exhibition Dates: 20 September – 3 November 2012
Gallery hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12–6 pm (NB: closed October 6, 10, and 11)
Opening reception: Wednesday, 19 September, 7–9 pm
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn (map and directions here)

Photo Jon Palmer. Courtesy Harry Smith Archives.

Cabinet is pleased to present "Harry Smith: String Figures," an exhibition drawn from the collection of John Cohen. Organized by painter Terry Winters, the show features twenty-two string figures created by Smith (1923–1991), the legendary artist, filmmaker, and ethnomusicologist.

Though perhaps best known to the general public for his groundbreaking research into early twentieth-century American folk music—and the seminal six-album compilation he produced for the Smithsonian Institution in 1952—Smith was also active as an artist and filmmaker in both San Francisco and New York, where he lived from the early 1950s until his death.

A widely curious polymath, Smith was an avid collector of artifacts ranging from Seminole textiles to Ukrainian Easter eggs; he also amassed the world's largest known collection of paper airplanes, which he later donated to the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. He also was an avid student of string figures. First described in Western anthropological literature by Franz Boas in 1888, these patterns—made by looping or weaving lengths of string into geometric forms or shapes that often evoke familiar objects—have been produced throughout history, both as a secular pastime and as a spiritual practice. When he died, Smith left an unfinished thousand-page manuscript on string figures, along with an extensive collection of figures that he had created.

Cabinet's exhibition brings together a selection of these artifacts, along with a facsimile of portions of Smith's unpublished manuscript and an accompanying video program.

Also on view will be a limited edition print by Terry Winters published on the occasion of the exhibition. Proceeds from sales of the edition will support Cabinet's activities.

Related Programs:
Thursday, 11 October 2012, 7 pm: "Patchworks and String Bands": A program of film and live music by John Cohen and the Downhill Strugglers.
Thursday, 25 October 2012, 7 pm: "Knots and Unknots": A presentation by mathematician Philip Ording on string figures and pictorial topology, followed by discussion between Ording and Terry Winters.

John Cohen is a photographer, filmmaker, and draftsman, as well as a musician and founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers. He is also known for his early research on and collection of Andean textiles.

Philip Ording is assistant professor of mathematics at CUNY's Medgar Evers College. He received his PhD in 2006 from Columbia University. This summer, he and Helena Kauppila co-curated "Model Theories," an exhibition at Ford Project, New York, exploring the capacity of artworks to function as models.

Terry Winters is a painter based in New York. His most recent exhibition, "Cricket Music,Tessellation Figures & Notebook," was held this year at the Matthew Marks Gallery in New York.

Thanks to John Cohen, Raymond Foye, and Rani Singh at the Harry Smith Archives at the Getty Research Institute Special Collections. Additional thanks to Grenfell Press for assistance with the limited edition.


Panel and Book Launch / "Plot," with Tirdad Zolghadr, Richard Sieburth, and D. Graham Burnett
Date: Thursday, 20 September 2012, 7–9 pm
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn (map and directions here)
FREE. No RSVP necessary

Please join us to celebrate the publication of Tirdad Zolghadr's book Plot (Sternberg Press).

Zolghadr's new novella, which depicts the political abduction of one "Sergeant Jim" in 2016, is in part structured by a series of idiosyncratic lists. For the New York launch of the book, Zolghadr will be joined by Richard Sieburth and D. Graham Burnett for a conversation about lists and their relationship to language, literary forms, and techniques of self-organization. A Q&A will follow and, naturally, drinks will be served.

Signed copies of the book will also be available for purchase.

Tirdad Zolghadr is a writer and curator. He teaches at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Richard Sieburth is professor of French and Comparative Literature at New York University. He is the editor of Ezra Pound: Poems and Translations (Library of America, 2003), and the translator of books by authors including Gérard de Nerval, Walter Benjamin, and Friedrich Hölderlin.

D. Graham Burnett is an editor at Cabinet and a professor of history at Princeton University. His most recent book is The Sounding of the Whale (University of Chicago Press, 2012).


Talk and Book Launch / "The Moiré Effect," with Lytle Shaw
Date: Wednesday, 26 September 2012, 7–9 pm
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn (map and directions here)
FREE. No RSVP necessary

The long-awaited conclusion to the astonishing story originally presented in Cabinet no. 7, this new book by literary scholar and detective Lytle Shaw tracks Ernst Moiré from his humble Alpine beginnings as the son of a postal clerk to his fateful founding of a Zurich photography studio in the 1890s and his subsequent role in the lives of a number of curious figures—including the legendary Dutch architect Mer Awsümbildungs, the theosophist philosopher Rudolph Steiner, and several members of the old and fearsomely secretive Chadwick family.

For the New York launch of the book, Shaw will present his findings with the help of recently unearthed archival images, and will be on hand to answer any questions that may continue to obscure readers' understanding of the life of this most elusive of Swiss photographers.

Drinks will be served, and signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Lytle Shaw is a New York–based writer whose books include Cable Factory 20, The Lobe, Principles of the Emeryville Shellmound, and Frank O'Hara: The Poetics of Coterie. His art writing has appeared in Cabinet, Artforum, and Parkett and in catalogues for Dia Art Foundation, the Drawing Center, and the Reina Sofía. With Jimbo Blachly, Shaw oversees the Chadwick family archive, which has been exhibited widely and is represented by Winkleman Gallery in New York.


Beer for these events has been lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.


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