3.30.2004

Wednesday, March 31 “artifact” series

Kevin Hanley will present a first in Los Angeles one time screening of film and video works by Cosima von Bonin. Cosima von Bonin is one of the most important contemporary artists to come out of the notorious and vital "Cologne scene". She is known for her memorable works that combine film, video, sculpture, painting, music, installation and performance. Born in 1962, Mombasa, Kenia, Cosima Lives and works in Cologne, Germany. She exhibits with Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne and Friedrich Petzel Gallery New York.



Sunday, April 4 “I’m a stranger here myself” series

Pierre Joris & Nicole Peyrafitte. Poet, translator & essayist Pierre Joris left Luxembourg at age 19 and has since lived in the U.S., Great Britain, North Africa and France. Just out from Wesleyan University Press is his collection of essays, A Nomad Poetics. His most recent translations include 4x1: Work by Tristan Tzara, Rainer Maria Rilke, Jean-Pierre Duprey & Habib Tengour, as well as Abdelwahab Meddeb's The Malady of Islam. With Jerome Rothenberg he edited the award-winning anthology Poems for the Millennium. In spring 2004 Green Integer will reissue three volumes of his translations of Paul Celan, Breathturn, Threadsuns and Lightduress. During the fall of 2003 he was Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. Born in France, Nicole Peyrafitte settled in the U.S. in 1987 and works as a visual multi-media performance artist. She performs throughout the USA and Europe and has had a number of group and solo exhibitions of her art work on both continents. Her performances are a combination of her visuals, poetry, sounds, voice and sometimes include cooking. Most recently she has toured “SumericaBachbones” in collaboration with Pierre Joris.



Sunday, April 11 “I’m a stranger here myself” series

Lawrence Weschler. For over twenty years, from 1981-2002, until his recent retirement, Weschler was a staff writer at The New Yorker, where his work shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies. He has taught, variously, at Princeton, Columbia, UCSC, Bard, Vassar, and Sarah Lawrence. Weschler is currently director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, where he has been a fellow since 1991.



Monday, April 26 “I’m a stranger here myself” series

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston will read from her new novel The Legend of Fire Horse Woman, which has its beginning in Hiroshima in 1902, and continues in 1942, at the Manzanar internment camp in California’s Eastern Sierra. Some thirty years ago, Houston co-authored Farewell to Manzanar, based on the story of her family’s experiences during and after their World War II internment. It has gone through numerous printing and editions and is now a standard work in schools and colleges throughout the country. Her essays and stories, first collected in Beyond Manzanar: Views of Asian American Womanhood, have been widely anthologized. She lives in Santa Cruz.



Wednesday, May 5 “I’m a stranger here myself” series

Robert Crosson’s The Day Sam Goldwyn Stepped Off the Train. A publication party for the posthumous volume of selected poems by Robert Crosson, one of Los Angeles’ most important and best kept secrets. Crosson, an actor, housepainter and carpenter, who died in 2001, was one of the most original and provocative poets of the eighties and nineties, and this book marks the first major selection and reevaluation of his work. Faculty from Otis College’s Graduate Writing Program will read his work.



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