"Show Tell / Tell Show: Events on the Subject of Ekphrasis

Thursday, February 6 at 3:00pm to 8:00pm

RISD Museum, Metcalf Auditorium 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI

Ekphrasis: from the Greek ek, “out of,” and phrasis, “speech” or “expression” (or, writing inspired by art and art inspired by literature

Panel Discussion (Part 1): 3–4:30 pm, Metcalf Auditorium
Student Exhibition/Reading: 4:30–6 pm, Benson Hall Gallery, 235 Benefit Street
Panel Discussion (Part 2): 6:30–8 pm, Metcalf Auditorium

Discussions, moderated by Sam Leader, lecturer in RISD’s Department of Literary Arts and Studies, feature writers influenced by visual art and artists influenced by literature, or whose practice blurs distinctions between word and image, meaning and matter. Artists Taylor Baldwin, Jonathan Ehrenberg, Jeffrey Stuker, and Patricia Treib, and writers Erica Ehrenberg, Domenick Ammirati, Tom Sleigh, Mairéad Byrne, and Sara Majka, will engage such questions as:
How might a poem or piece of fiction “tell the story” of a sculpture or painting?
How might a piece of visual art “translate” a passage from Proust or a poem by Elizabeth Bishop?
How might such attempts fail, what is interesting about this failure, and what may it say about the singularity of each medium?

The student exhibition and reading features objects and texts by students in Leader’s Wintersession RISD course “Ekphrasis and Its Reverse: Writing from Art, Art from Writing.”

_SHOW TELL/TELL SHOW is open to the RISD community and to the public, who are invited to attend one, two, or all of the events.
_For more information, see http://risdabc.wordpress.com/ekphrasis/, or e-mail jliese@risd.edu_
_Co-sponsored by RISD’s Academic Commons Program and the RISD Writing Center

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