Archive for 2007

Exhibition – Manhattan Noon

Winter 2007 – Spring 2008

Manhattan Noon: Photographs by Gus Powell

Museum of the City of New York
Exhibition: Dec. 15, 2007 – May 18, 2008


The midday meanderings of New Yorkers on their lunch breaks, famously captured by Frank O’Hara in his 1964 collection Lunch Poems, are the subject of Manhattan Noon, the first large-scale New York presentation of the recent photographs of Gus Powell. The exhibition features some 30 color images, taken by Powell during his lunch hour, that capture the city’s inhabitants in, as O’Hara wrote, “the noisy splintered glare of a Manhattan noon.”

Public Programs:

Gallery Talk
Saturday, January 12, 2:00 PM

Estelle Parsons Reads Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems

Sunday, January 13, 12:00 PM

Gallery Talk
Saturday, February 9, 12:00 PM

Madison Square Reads

Madison Square Reads:
A Strictly New York Joie de Vivre: Celebrating the Work of Frank O’Hara

With Billy Collins and Paul Violi
Presented by the National Book Foundation

August 2, 2007, 6:30 PM
Madison Square Park
Located between Fifth and Madison Avenues and 23rd and 26th Streets
New York City


The poet Frank O’Hara (awarded the National Book Award for Poetry posthumously in 1972) was a key figure in the postwar New York School of poets and painters which includes poets John Ashbery and James Schuyler, and painters Larry Rivers and Jasper Johns. His deceptively straightforward poems are in fact complex representations of a revolutionary sensibility. O’Hara’s influence on succeeding generations of poets, as well as on the cultural landscape of New York City, is undeniable. Poets Billy Collins and Paul Violi will read from O’Hara’s work as well as their own, and discuss O’Hara’s continuing influence on contemporary poetry and the literary culture of New York City. Billy Collins was United States Poet Laureate from 2001–2003; he has published eight collections of poetry and edited two anthologies of contemporary poetry. Paul Violi is the author of twelve poetry books and has been published widely in magazines and anthologies. His many poetry awards include grants from The American Academy of Arts and Letters and The Ingram Merrill Foundation. He teaches in the New School graduate writing program and at Columbia University. Poet and critic Craig Morgan Teicher will moderate. Craig Morgan Teicher’s poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in many publications, including, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Bookforum, and Poets & Writers. His first book, Brenda Is In The Room And Other Poems, won the 2007 Colorado Prize for Poetry and is due out this November. He works as an editor at Publishers Weekly.

Frank & Stein and Friends

Medicine Show Theatre production of “The Houses at Falling Hanging”

June 14 – 30
Medicine Show Theatre
549 West 52nd St., 3rd Floor
(Between 10th and 11th Ave.)
New York, NY

The Medicine Show Theatre will present ”Frank & Stein and Friends,” an evening of short verse plays: The Houses at Falling Hanging by Frank O’Hara, In the Garden by Gertrude Stein, Aria da Capo by Edna St. Vincent Millay, and work by other writers. Directed by Barbara Vann, “Frank & Stein and Friends” will run from June 14th through June 30th, Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 4:00 PM for the first two weeks, and Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM the third week.

Tickets are $18, available at Smarttix at (212) 868-4444 or via the web at

The Knopf National Poetry Month Collection CD

The Knopf National Poetry Month Collection

Audio CD, available March 20, 2007

From the CD jacket:

“To celebrate National Poetry Month 2007, Random House Audio has gathered a selection of the April 2006 Knopf Poem-a-Day podcasts into one outstanding audio collection. In addition to the all-star lineup of poets and celebrity readers included in Knopf’s podcasts, this program also features exclusive bonus track recordings of Donald Justice, Franz Wright, Frank O’Hara and Mark Strand reading their own work.”

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

Spring 2007:

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

Palitz Gallery at the Syracuse University Joseph I. Lubin House
March 19 – May 4, 2007
Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
11 East 61st Street
New York, NY

Palitz Gallery website

View exhibit online at the Syracuse University website

More info from the Syracuse University website:

The University Library’s Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) current exhibition is entitled Imagine! Painters and Poets of the New York School. The exhibition is part of the Syracuse Symposium, which for 2006/2007 has chosen imagination as its theme.

On display is material from the recently processed Grace Hartigan Papers, as well as from the University Art Collection, the Grove Press Archives, and SCRC’s extensive holdings of art and literary magazines from the 1950s. Grace Hartigan (1922–) was a major participant in the explosion of creative energy that was the New York artistic and literary scene of the early 1950s. An important abstract expressionist painter, Hartigan was included in the famous show Twelve Americans at the Museum of Modern Art in 1956. Her friends and correspondents included Frank O’Hara, Larry Rivers, Barbara Guest, and Joan Mitchell.

Poems From the Tibor de Nagy Editions

Poems from the Tibor de Nagy Editions 1952-1966 by Frank O’Hara

Poems From the Tibor de Nagy EditionsForeword by Bill Berkson. Published by Tibor de Nagy Editions, New York, December 2006.

A City Winter and Other Poems, Oranges: 12 Pastorals, and Love Poems (Tentative Title), have been reissued together in this paperback edition. Originally the three separate volumes of poetry were published in limited editions.

Cover photograph by Renate Ponsold. Drawings by Larry Rivers for A City Winter and Other Poems; and painting by Grace Hartigan for Oranges: 12 Pastorals.