Archive for 2006

Frank O’Hara’s 80th

November 2006:
NYC Events: Poets House, The Poetry Project and MoMA


Passwords: Bill Berkson on Frank O’Hara
Tuesday, November 28, 7:00 p.m.
Poets House, 72 Spring Street, Second floor

Poet Bill Berkson explores the life and work of O’Hara (1926-1986) in the year 1956, at the time of his thirtieth birthday, when he was preparing the manuscript of his first major collection, Meditations in an Emergency.

Bill Berkson is a poet, critic, teacher and sometime curator, who is the author of sixteen books and pamphlets of poetry, including the recent collections Serenade and Fugue State. During the 1960s he collaborated with Frank O’Hara on Hymns of St. Bridget & Other Writings. He teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Tickets ($7; free to members of Poet’s House, the Poetry Project, and MoMA) are available at the door on the evening of the program. For more information please call (212) 431-7920.

Frank O’Hara Reading
Wednesday, November 29, 8:00 p.m.
The Poetry Project, St. Mark’s Church, 131 East 10 Street, at Second Avenue

With Bill Berkson, Anselm Berrigan, CA Conrad, Bob Holman, Patricia Spears Jones, Kimberly Lyons, Eileen Myles, Ron Padgett, David Shapiro, Lytle Shaw, John Yau, and others

Tickets ($8; $7students and seniors; $5 MoMA members; free to Members of Poet’s House and the Poetry Project) are available at the door on the evening of the program. For more information, please call (212) 674-0910.

Frank O’Hara at MoMA
Thursday, November 30, 6:00 p.m.
The Celeste Bartos Theater and MoMA Library and Archives Reading Rooms
The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
4 West 54 Street

Frank O’Hara worked at The Museum of Modern Art on and off for fifteen years—first selling postcards, then curating exhibitions, writing catalogue copy, and composing poems during his lunch hour. This program features poets John Ashbery and Bill Berkson, artist Alfred Leslie, and Museum Archivist Michelle Elligott as they share their memories of O’Hara and his love for poetry and art during his time at MoMA. Selected archival material from the Frank O’Hara Papers, such as correspondence, handwritten notes, and installation photographs, and printed materials such as illustrated books of poetry and exhibition catalogues, will be on view in the Library and Archives’s new Reading Rooms.

Tickets ($10, MoMA, Poets House, and Poetry Project members $8, students and seniors $5)  can be purchased at the lobby information desk and the Film and Media desk, or online at

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Exhibit: Imagine! Painters and Poets of the New York School

Fall 2006:

Exhibit: Imagine! Painters and Poets of the New York School

View exhibit online

Syracuse University
E.S. Bird Library, 6th Floor
7 September – 15 December 2006
Viewing Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Exhibit will travel to the Palitz Gallery at the Joseph I. Lubin House in New York City in March 2007.

The Hopwood Awards: 75 Years of Prized Writing

April 2006:

The Hopwood Awards: 75 Years of Prized Writing, edited by Nicholas Delbanco, Andrea Beauchamp, and Michael Barrett, published by the University of Michigan Press, 2006.

The 75th Anniversary of the Avery Hopwood and Jule Hopwood Awards is being celebrated in 2006 at the University of Michigan. Many events are taking place throughout the year. In April the University of Michigan Press has published The Hopwood Awards: 75 Years of Prized Writing, an anthology edited by Nicholas Delbanco, Andrea Beauchamp, and Michael Barrett. Among the writers represented in the anthology who received Hopwood Awards when they were students at the University of Michigan are: Max Apple, John Ciardi, Mary Gaitskill, Robert Hayden, Laura Kasischke, Jane Kenyon, Arthur Miller, Howard Moss, Frank O’Hara, Marge Piercy, Ronald Wallace, and Nancy Willard.

In 1951 Frank O’Hara received a major Hopwood Award in Poetry for his manuscript
A Byzantine Place, 50 Poems and a Noh Play.

More info: University of Michigan Press

David Smith: A Centennial

Winter/Spring 2006:

David Smith: A Centennial

Guggenheim Museum
February 3 – May 14 2006

A retrospective exhibition of sculpture, as well as drawings and sketchbooks by the great American sculptor David Smith (1906-1965).

Among the events and programs for the exhibition is the film screening of
“David Smith: Sculpting Master of Bolton Landing” from the series “Art: New York.” This interview of David Smith with Frank O’Hara was produced for Channel 13/WNDT-TV and was first televised on Nov. 11 1964.

The film will be showing for the duration of the exhibition in the New Media Theater:
Sun.–Wed. and Fri. @ 1:00, 1:30, 2:00 and 2:30 PM.

Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10128

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