Meditations in an Emergency: Ekphrastic Poetry on Demand

Posted by Fort Gondo on November 3, 2013 | Comments Off on Meditations in an Emergency: Ekphrastic Poetry on Demand



fort gondoThe Luminary Center for the Arts and Temporary Art Review present:

“Meditations in an Emergency: Ekphrastic Poetry on Demand by Henry Goldkamp”

Saturday, November 9, 12 – 8 PM
With a musical performance by Zak Marmalefsky, 6 – 8 PM

at fort gondo (3151 Cherokee Street)

An extension of an on-going series of programs organized by the three host organizations about the problem of art criticism in St. Louis, this event offers artists in the community an opportunity to have ekphrastic poems written about their artwork.

Between noon and 8 p.m., St. Louis poet Henry Goldkamp will be stationed at fort gondo with a typewriter, where he will compose poems for any piece of art brought to him. The event aims to provide an alterative approach to traditional critical strategies and encourage play as a solution to absences and ostensible crises.

“Meditations in an Emergency” (1957) is a bellwether book of poetry by poet-curator Frank O’Hara (1926-1966), whose candor remains radical in the way it relates art to everyday life.

The last two hours of the event will be accompanied by a musical performance by Zak Marmalefsky.

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About the poet: Born in St. Louis, Henry Goldkamp translated his skills as a union sheet metal worker into the medium of sculpture while also molding his craft as a self-taught poet. The latter led to the development of his poetry project, Fresh Poetry, Ink, in which he fashions poems tailor-made for passersby. His work has led him to collaborations with Contemporary Art Museum, The Mayor’s Office of St. Louis, Clayton Fine Art Gallery, The Masses, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, Crystal Bridges, and many others.

Featured on NPR, Time Magazine’s art blog, and other local media, his current project “What the Hell Is St. Louis Thinking?” spotlights residents’ typewritten stories across the city. A book of the project’s findings is due out in early 2014.

About the musician: Zak Marmalefsky is an aspiring crooner and country music admirer who lives in St. Louis. He holds a B.F.A in visual art from Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art.

Events sponsored by Schlafly Beer.

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fort gondo compound for the arts

3151 Cherokee Street

St. Louis, MO   63118


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