As part of its All of the Sky: Five Poets, Five Saturdays series, The Aldrich will host five noted contemporary poets –Mahogany L. Browne, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Eileen Myles, Emily Skillings, and Nathalie Handal – for Saturday readings held in person in the Museum beginning on July 23, 2022.
The five poets selected for this series each bring their varied perspectives from a diverse range of backgrounds and will read selections that reflect the role feminist writers, artists, and leaders have played in their practices. A talkback and book signing will follow each reading.
This series is organized in connection with the group exhibition 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone. It celebrates the fifty-first anniversary of the historic exhibition Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists, curated by Lucy R. Lippard and presented at The Aldrich in 1971. The exhibition will showcase work by the artists included in the original 1971 exhibition, alongside a new roster of twenty-six female identifying or nonbinary emerging artists, tracking the evolution of feminist art practices over the past five decades. 52 Artists will encompass the entirety of the Museum—the first exhibition to do so in The Aldrich’s new building which was inaugurated in 2004.
52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone is on view from June 6, 2022 through January 8, 2023. The exhibition is organized by Aldrich Senior Curator Amy Smith-Stewart and independent curator Alexandra Schwartz, with Aldrich Curatorial Assistant and Publications Manager Caitlin Monachino
This program is co-sponsored by The Ridgefield Library and the Ridgefield Poet Laureate.
Saturday, July 23 - 4 to 5 pm - Mahogany L. Browne
An acclaimed performance artist and activist, Mahogany L. Browne is the Executive Director of JustMedia, a media literacy initiative with a focus on the criminal legal system. Vinyl Moon, Chlorine Sky, Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby, Black Girl Magic, and I Remember Death By Its Proximity to What I Love are among her books for readers of all ages. Browne is also the founder of Woke Baby Book Fair, a traveling diverse reading campaign.
Saturday, August 6 - 4 to 5 pm - Rosebud Ben-Oni
Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni is the winner of 2019 Alice James Award for If This Is the Age We End Discovery. She is also the author of turn around, BRXGHT XYXS and the chapbook 20 Atomic Sonnets. In 2017, her poem “Poet Wrestling with Angels in the Dark” was commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. She teaches poetry at Catapult, The Speakeasy Project, and the UCLA Writers’ Program.
Saturday, August 13 - 4 to 5 pm - Eileen Myles
Eileen Myles the author of more than twenty books, including For Now, Evolution, Afterglow (a dog memoir), Chelsea Girls, and I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems 1974-2014. Myles’s many honors include four Lambda Literary Awards, the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Creative Capital’s Literature Award as well as their Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant. Myles lives in Marfa, Texas, and New York City.
Saturday, August 20 - 4 to 5 pm - Emily Skillings
Lauded by Publishers Weekly for “her saucy, nonchalant feminist discontent,” Emily Skillings is the author of the poetry collection Fort Not and two chapbooks, Backchannel and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants. She is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective and small press. Skillings has taught creative writing at Yale, Columbia, Parsons School of Design, Poets House, and through Brooklyn Poets.
Saturday, August 27 - 4 to 5 pm - Nathalie Handal
Poet, playwright, and literary travel writer, Nathalie Handal was raised in Latin America, France, and the Middle East, and educated on three continents. She is the author of four poetry collections and eight plays, and edited two anthologies, including The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology, named one of the top 10 Feminist Books by The Guardian. Handal is a professor at Columbia University and a Visiting Writer at the American University of Rome.