27 January 2022 - 27 January 2022
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Join us for a conversation with Nancy Perloff (Curator of Modern & Contemporary Collections, Getty Research Institute) to explore the imaginative field of concrete poetry. Offering the opportunity to see a wide range of examples from her recently published anthology, we will consider radical intersections between word and image, letter and page, politics and performance.
Concrete Poetry: A 21st-century Anthology is the first overview of concrete poetry in many years. Selective yet wide-ranging, this anthology re-evaluates the movement, singling out its most distinctive and influential works. Nancy Perloff includes examples from the little-known Japanese concretists and the Wiener Gruppe – groups that, together with the Brazilian poet Augusto de Campos and the Scottish poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, have engaged with the most subtle possibilities of language itself – while also incorporating key poems by Eugen Gomringer, Dieter Roth, Henri Chopin and others and including contemporary contributions by Cia Rinne and Susan Howe. Perloff’s anthology presents individual poems, reproduced in their original languages, together with lively commentaries that explicate and contextualize the work, allowing readers to discover the intricacy of poems that some have dismissed as simple, even trivial, texts. This substantial new collection redefines what the concrete poetry movement means today.
Curator, Modern & Contemporary Collections at the Getty Research Institute
Nancy Perloff is the author or editor of many books including Explodity: Sound, Image, and Word in Russian Futurist Book Art (2017).