Thurday, August 1, 2013
Open to members. Registration recommended. Complimentary refreshments.
Chosen by exhibiting artist Lari Pittman, The Flamethrowers is Rachel Kushner’s second novel. Set in 1975, the novel immerses readers in the New York art scene of the time as well as the era’s Italian radical underground. The New Yorker calls it “scintillatingly alive, and also alive to artifice… [rippling] with stories, anecdotes, set-piece monologues, crafty egotistical tall tales, and hapless adventures.” Jessica Baran will lead the discussion.
Jessica Baran is an adjunct lecturer at Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Art and Design and the arts writer for the Riverfront Times. Her art criticism and poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Artforum.com, Art in America, Art Papers, the Awl, BOMB Magazine, TAR Magazine, and the Village Voice, among others. Her first book, Remains to be Used, is a collection of ekphrastic poetry published by Apostrophe Books in 2010; her second book, EQUIVALENTS, won the 2012 Besmilr Brigham Women Writers Prize from Lost Roads Press. She has curated solo and group exhibitions at Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, White Flag Projects, the Front Room of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, COCA (Center of Creative Arts), and the St. Louis Artist Guild. With poet Jennifer Kronovet, she co-curates the Fort Gondo Poetry Series.