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Special Event

The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard: A Celebration

May 9, 2012; 5:30 p.m.

Museum Theater

“Writing, for me is a way of ‘talking’ the way I wish I could talk.”—Joe Brainard

Inspired by the recent publication of The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard, edited by Ron Padgett and with an introduction by Paul Auster, poets Bill Berkson, Maxine Chernoff, Dick Gallup, and Joanne Kyger; artist Colter Jacobsen; curator Constance M. Lewallen; theater director Mac McGinnes; and BAM/PFA Director Lawrence Rinder convene to read from the book and reminisce about Brainard. Concludes with a special screening of I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard (Matt Wolf, 2012, 24 mins).

An artist of diverse and extraordinary gifts, Joe Brainard (1942–94) occupied a special place in New York’s vibrant art and poetry scenes of the 1960s and 70s. Known for his visual art, marked by exuberant color and distinctive humor, Brainard was also gifted with words; his memoir I Remember has become a contemporary classic with a wide and growing influence. The Collected Writings gathers intimate journals, jottings, stories, one-liners, comic strips, mini-essays and short plays that reveal the range of Brainard’s deadpan wit, inventiveness, frankness, and generosity of spirit.

Brainard’s first museum retrospective was organized for BAM/PFA by Constance M. Lewallen in 2001. Several works by the artist are in our collection, including his multicolor and monumental mixed-media collage, Untitled (Garden) of 1967.

This program is part of w(ED)nesday, a midweek superabundance of varied, interconnected, and sometimes overlapping readings, conversations, and other interactive events focused around art, literature, politics, and the world we live in.

Admission to w(ED)nesday is $7; always free for BAM/PFA members and Cal students, faculty, and staff; free with same-day theater or gallery ticket.

6:30 / Artists’ Gallery Talks: Lynn Hershman Leeson, Paul Kos, Chip Lord - State of Mind
7:00 / In Protest - Poster Viewing and conversation
7:30 / Suzanne Stein and David Brazil - Readings and discussion
This w(ED)nesday is co-organized by the Kadist Art Foundation.