"Not to be Played": Exhibit, Talks, and Performance

  • Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts Level 3, Sert Gallery Cambridge, MA, USA

Join us for  Not To Be Played (October 8-25, 2015), an installation co-curated by Damon Krukowski & the Poetry Room curatorial staff that airs the materials and sounds of an audio recording Ezra Pound made for the Harvard Vocarium in May 1939 of a “bloody sestina” that the poet believed could (and perhaps did) incite violence. Cut to acetate disc, transferred to magnetic tape in the 1950s, duplicated on cassette in the 1970s by WPR Curator Stratis Haviaras, but otherwise not widely available until the 2006 digitization of the reels by WPR Curator Don Share, the history of this recording is fascinating in its own right but also raises questions of our shift from an analog to digital culture, with its changing ideas of public/private, permanence/ephemerality, and what it means to use one's voice.

On October 23Keith Fullerton Whitman will perform the recent optical scans of one of Pound’s 1939 lacquer discs. This exhibit marks the first event in a new partnership between the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and the Woodberry Poetry Room called "The Woodberry Sessions." All attendees will receive a free 45-rpm vinyl pressing of Pound's "Sestina: Altaforte." Come one, come all.

Special thanks to New Directions Publishing Co. for their invaluable assistance and generosity.

Level 3, Sert Gallery
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Free and open to the public.