BRATTLEBORO — Nye Ffarrabas will present selections from her more than 70 years of poetry and more than 60 years of visual, conceptual, and word art on Thursday, June 13, at 6 p.m. at CX Silver Gallery and Press, 814 Western Ave.
Hosted by Cai Xi and Adam Silver as part of the Brattleboro Words Project's monthly Roundtable Discussions, the event is free and refreshments will be served.
The discussion will focus on the intersection of poetry, event scores, and interactive word art, and will feature the gallery's current exhibitions of Ffarrabas' work and the work of Nina Isabelle inspired by Ffarrabas' words.
According to a news release, Ffarrabas' work transcends neat categorization and even pushes the boundaries of conventional definitions of “art” with her event scores (instructions for participants in group and solo improvisation settings), poetry, wall pieces, text-based art, installations, found-object artifacts and sculpture, and photographic documentation of her performances and happenings.
Her 50-year retrospective is documented in a walk on the inside, published by CX Silver Gallery Press. She is annotating her 1964-69 Friday Book of White Noise, due out later this year, the complete journals seen in public for the first time. Now on display, fashioned as a Möbius strip, is her Infinite Event Score.
Roundtable Discussions are also an opportunity for Words Project research leaders and teachers to share information and inspiration and for members of the public to discover how they can participate in making podcasts about sites and themes important to our region's storied past.
The Brattleboro Words Project is a multi-year collaboration between the Brattleboro Historical Society, the Brattleboro Literary Festival, Write Action, Brooks Memorial Library and Marlboro College backed by a National Endowment for the Humanities matching grant.
The Project seeks public participation in researching, writing, and creating a “Brattleboro Words Trail,” audio linked to sites of interest in the history of words for walking, biking, and driving tours of our area, a book on Brattleboro's printing and publishing history, and other events linked to the October Brattleboro Literary Festival and throughout the year.
For more information, visit www.brattleborowords.org.