Pulitzer Prize finalist Forrest Gander reads at the Phillips Collection in response to Angels, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, and Dubuffet—an exhibition exploring the artistic dialogue between the painter Jackson Pollock, artist and patron Alfonso Ossorio, and painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet.

Co-sponsored with The Phillips Collection

Introduced by The Phillips Collection curator Klaus Ottmann

The poetry of Forrest Gander investigates intimate and exotic spaces in an emotional and physical terrain. Poet, translator, and essayist, Gander has written more than a dozen books, including collaborations with notable artists and photographers. His books Core Samples from the World, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Eye Against Eye (with photographs by Sally Mann), Torn Awake, and Science & Steepleflower; a novel; and an essay collection. He is a recipient of fellowships from the United States Artists, Library of Congress, the Whiting Foundation and two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative Poetry. He is a professor at Brown University.

This reading will be held at The Phillips Collection:
1600 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Angels, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, and Dubuffet is the first exhibition to explore the artistic dialogue between the painter Jackson Pollock (American, 1912–1956); Alfonso Ossorio (Filipino-American, 1916–1990), an artist and patron of European and American postwar art; and the painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet (French, 1901–1985), by focusing on the years from 1948 to 1952, the most intense period of personal and creative exchange between the three artists.

From Photo Canto

                                              . . . Now
sullen fog
                  shutters the eye.  The rock
                                                   dissolves into glint,
                  a blot of cryptic menance,
and shadows
                  condense into a living blackness
where non-being stirs, where the swirl
of unborn things, 
                              like a nursery of spiders,
stirs beyond our senses.

From Eye Against Eye by Forrest Gander © 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, published by New Directions Books. Used with permission.