Eileen Myles “poems”

Bridget Donahue

poster for Eileen Myles “poems”
[Image: Eileen Myles "one good leg" (2017) Digital print, 24 × 18 in.]

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Artist Statement: poems

In 2014 I had an open fall & had by accident adopted an orange pitbull. I had rescued her from the jaws of death & now I must walk her. She nearly yanked my sixty-something arms out of their sockets & together we explored what lower Manhattan had become. The bliss of geometry, trash: instantaneous configurations, Honey’s utter curiosity & openness to day & evening all led me to putting IG on my phone & exporting our nights & moments. The junk on the countertop in my apartment also became a bit of a memoir. I write poems, I write about art & these photos I take I think are a similar kind
of gathering — truncated places with words & writing that just trace a buzzing passage on Earth. This year I showed photos in Provincetown at the Schoolhouse Gallery as well as in 2016, and this presentation of photographs at Bridget Donahue accompanies the publication of evolution. On the cover of this new book of poems, evolution, is an Instagram photograph of the window of my apartment where I write about art, Honey, and our way through New York.

The opening reception and book party will take place for the exhibition, poems, from 6-9 on November 29th, accompanied by a performance at 8PM by poet Precious Okoyomon.
Eileen Myles was born in Cambridge MA in 1949 and came to New York in 1974 to be a poet. They are also a novelist, and art journalist, have written plays and libretti and most recently adapted Chelsea Girls into a screenplay. Their twenty-one books-include evolution (poems) Afterglow (a dog memoir), a 2017 re-issue of Cool for You and I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. They are the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, and the Shelley Prize from the PSA. In 2016, Myles received a Creative Capital nonfiction grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. They live in Marfa TX and New York.



from November 11, 2018 to January 13, 2019

Opening Reception on 2018-11-29 from 18:00 to 21:00
Opening Reception and Book Party


Eileen Myles

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