Archive for 2008

Oranges and Sardines: Conversations on Abstract Painting

Hammer Museum
November 9, 2008 – February 8, 2009

Oranges and Sardines is an exhibition of art chosen by six contemporary abstract painters – Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, Mary Heilmann, Amy Sillman, Charline von Heyl, and Christopher Wool. The artists’ choices developed during many conversations with Gary Garrels, the curator of the exhibition. The artists each chose one of their own recent paintings as well as work by other artists including Paul Klee, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, Eva Hesse, Pablo Picasso, Dieter Roth and others.

The title for the exhibition was inspired by the poem “Why I Am Not a Painter” by Frank O’Hara. The poem is featured in the exhibition and the catalogue.




For more information, videos and lectures go to the Hammer Museum website.

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 443-7000

Frank O’Hara: Selected Poems at Lunchtime


Poetry Reading-
Frank O’Hara: Selected Poems at Lunchtime

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Museum of Modern Art
The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, exterior, first floor

11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY

From MoMA.org:

Alfred A. Knopf, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Poetry Society of America present a reading from the recently published Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara, edited by Mark Ford (which includes poetry, a play, and essays). Held at lunchtime, the program commemorates O’Hara’s tradition of writing poetry during his lunch hour while working at MoMA. Participants include poets Lee Ann Brown, Dan Chiasson, Hettie Jones, Vincent Katz, Philip Schultz, and others. Selected Poems, as well as O’Hara’s In Memory of My Feelings, will be available for sale following the reading.

Please note: Lunch will be available for purchase at the Espresso Bar in the Garden. In case of rain, the program will be held in the Titus Theater 2, also accessible through the 11 West 53 Street entrance.

This program is free with Museum admission. Seating is available on a first-come first-served basis.”

National Poetry Month: Knopf’s Poem-a-Day

April 2008:

Knopf’s Poem-a-Day e-mail newsletter for April 2nd features Frank O’Hara’s ‘Avenue A.’ Also included is a link to a downloadable broadside of ‘Having a Coke With You.

To receive the Poem-a-Day emails go to The Borzoi Reader Online.
To see to view the April 2nd newsletter click here.

Selected Poems

Winter/Spring 2008: Selected Poems


Selected Poems
by Frank O’Hara

Edited by Mark Ford
Published by Alfred A. Knopf

Hardcover Publication: February 26, 2008

This generous new selection by Mark Ford reflects all the phases and varied achievements of O’Hara’s career, including his drama, and is followed by an appendix of key prose texts such as “Personism,” in which O’Hara succinctly summed up his overall approach to poetry: “You just go on your nerve.”

For more about the book go to The Borzoi Reader Online