Poetry Foundation’s August 2015 Events

Featuring Young Chicago, Pop-up Poetry, and Cheryl Pope’s performances exploring Chicago violence

 

CHICAGO – The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce its August 2015 events schedule. The August lineup includes an event with Young Chicago Authors, performances relating to the Cheryl Pope exhibition Just Yell : From Within, and the continuation of a new off-site series: Pop-up Poetry with Chicago poets at the Art Institute of Chicago. Except when otherwise noted, all events take place at the Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street, and are free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. More information about our events is available at poetryfoundation.org/programs/events.

 

Be sure to also visit the Poetry Foundation gallery for Just Yell : From Within, an exhibition in which Project& artist Cheryl Pope and a group of young poets from Chicago public schools explore issues of youth and gun violence through installation, sculpture, and spoken word.

 

Poetry Foundation August 2015 Events

 

Reading and Performance

(In)visible
Saturday, August 1, 6:00 PM

 

Featuring new work from Fatimah Asghar, Jasmine Barber, Britteney Kapri, Reginald Eldridge Jr., Dianna Harris, Tim Henderson, and Jamila Woods, (In)visible is the culminating reading and performance for the 2014-2015 Young Chicago Authors Teaching Artist cohort. (In)visible asks how the body considers trauma and space, and engages notions of the body as point of origin and as target for erasure.

 

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Exhibition Event

Just Yell/Poetry as Self Defense: The physical embodiment of language
Monday, August 10, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

In the second of three performances in Cheryl Pope’s Just Yell : From Within exhibition, Pope leads a team of young poets through a performance of self defense training and poetry practice. Poets will engage in conversation and movement that confronts issues of race, gender, policing, and abuses of power.

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Pop-Up Poetry
Jacob Saenz
Wednesday, August 12, 12:00 PM
Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 100
111 South Michigan Avenue

A series of short performances/talks by Chicago poets explore communal creativity and artistic collaboration, inspired by Whistler and Roussel: Linked Visions. Poet and editor Jacob Saenz was born in Chicago and raised in Cicero, Illinois. A CantoMundo fellow, he has also been the recipient of a Letras Latinas Residency Fellowship and a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship.

 

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Exhibition Event

Just Yell/Poetry as Self Defense: Poetry Fashion Dance Music
Thursday, August 20, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 

In the final live performance in Cheryl Pope’s Just Yell : From Within exhibition, young Chicago artists, fashion designers, and poets blur the lines between their disciplines with an immersive performance inhabiting various spaces of the Poetry Foundation. Performers address issue of race, inequality, systems of power, and invite guests to create a safe place for new community.

 

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Pop-Up Poetry
Parneshia Jones
Wednesday, August 26, 12:00 PM
Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 100
111 South Michigan Avenue

A series of short performances/talks by Chicago poets explore communal creativity and artistic collaboration, inspired by Whistler and Roussel: Linked Visions. The recipient of a Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, a Margaret Walker Short Story Award, and an Aquarius Press Legacy Award, Parneshia Jones has received commissions from such organizations as Art for Humanity in South Africa and Shorefront Legacy in Chicago and has performed her work internationally.

 

Poetry Foundation Summer 2015 Exhibition

 

Just Yell: From Within
June 11 – August 28, 2015

 

Project& artist Cheryl Pope and a group of young poets from Chicago public schools address issues of violence as they plague the city of Chicago at a rapidly increasing rate. Pope’s art borrows themes of American high school culture through installation, sculpture, and spoken-word pieces. Gymnasium championship banners and school desks with scratched text relating personal experiences with urban violence are present throughout the exhibition space.

 

Exhibition Hours:

Monday–Friday, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Visit poetryfoundation.org/programs/exhibits for more details.

 

Upcoming Exhibition Events:

Poetry as Self Defense: The physical embodiment of language
Monday, August 10, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

Just Yell/Poetry as Self Defense: Poetry Fashion Dance Music
Thursday, August 20, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM