This week’s BOMB Alert begins with poetic all-stars and ends with sausage sandwiches, but don’t miss all the DANK happenings in between. We’re especially excited about the NY Art Book Fair. BOMB will be participating, this Thursday through Sunday!
Monday evening brings a flash-flood of poets to New York City. Nobel Prize-winner Seamus Heaney makes his only local appearance of the year to kick off the Unterberg Poetry Center’s 73rd season. Heaney will read from Human Chain, his latest collection of poems.
Meanwhile, the iconic Taylor Mead reads—and, as always, performs—at the Bowery Poetry Club. A Simple Country Girl, his fourth collection of poetry, carries his distinctive downtown irreverence and humor.
Lisa Yuskavage, interviewed by Mónica de la Torre in the latest edition of BOMB Magazine, opens a show at the David Zwirner Gallery. De la Torre calls Yuskavage’s work a point of “intersection of the European painting tradition, religious iconography, porn, and . . . performance art.” To read the full text of their dialogue, pick up a copy of Issue 117, on newsstands now.
Metro Pictures currently features the inimitable work of Tris Vonna-Michell. The exhibit showcases Vonna-Michell’s unique style of narrative layering through sound and image, and runs through October 22.
Crash the Housing Works Banned Book Party to show your love of (literary) sex, drugs, violence, vampires, and other ban-able material. The evening will feature a “Name That Banned Book” contest and readings from Mike Edison, Richard Nash and Melissa Petro.
The punk era may be over, but its music, art, and political messages live on—especially through the evocative form of the “fanzine.” Johan Kugelberg has curated a show with Crass’s Gee Vaucher. Don’t miss the opening night of In All Our Decadence People Die at Boo-Hooray.
The weekend kicks off with a double-header from BOMBloggers. Contributor Tatiana Berg works with Sarah Faux to draw on darkness and decay in DANK, a show at Tompkins, but their artwork is anything but expired. Go see their three-dimensional canvases, their pipe cleaner-scrap yarn-rock garden collaborations, and their experiments with YouTube celebrity death. But first, check out some of the great work Berg has produced for BOMBlog.
Not to be outdone, Mary Jones, another BOMBlog contributor, goes HAYWIRE on Friday with Leslie Alexander, Maria Calandra, Elisabeth Condon, dNASAb, and Francesco Longenecker at STOREFRONT. Their exhibition explores the psychedelic and zany underside of what appears banal.
BOMB continues its weekend vigil at this year’s New York Art Book Fair. Come hang out with BOMB and tons of other exhibitors at MoMA PS1. Our table is #P04 on the third floor; stop by and browse vintage back issues, check out the latest fall issue, and buy those rare, hard to find First Proof booklets with fold-out covers. There will be special discounts, free posters, and other treats too. BOMB editors will be around throughout the fair, so drop by and say hello!
Head to the New York Botanical Garden to bask in seasonal and poetic beauty with Patricia Spears Jones, James Allen Hall, and Jeffrey Yang. The poets will get into the spirit of things by reading classic fall favorites alongside their own work.
In a weekend chock-full of literary events and celebrations, The New Yorker piles on with its annual festival. At noon on Sunday, Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Schoeller, who are featured in “Beyond Words: Photography in The New Yorker,” will discuss their work with Elisabeth Biondi.
Add to your palate of local color at the 37th annual Atlantic Antic street fair. A Brooklyn institution that spans four neighborhoods, the day will feature eclectic local culinary delights like funnel cake and sausage sandwiches, along with singing, dancing, and pony rides.
Maggie Nelson celebrates the release of The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning alongside cultural critics Jack Halberstam and Wayne Koestenbaum at Cabinet. The evening includes readings, beer, and a discussion about the “ugly feelings”—shame, pornography, failure—that pervade contemporary culture.