presents THE COLLECTION OF SILENCE: a baroque site-specific work around the possibilities of silence as central to the syntax and punctuation of everyday life.
Being invited by Dia to curate a performance for a summer evening vaguely in response to Zoe Leonard's show and the Hispanic Society's collection, Myles invited five poets who invited five other poets (so there’s 25, names below). Also participating are The Village Zendo, soprano Juliana Snapper, dancer Christine Elmo and four cohorts and 40 kids from PS 4 conducted by poets Julie Patton and Christine Hou and a life drawing group from Brooklyn known as F>A>R>T>S (Friends of the Fine Arts) ; all will converge to sit, move, read and perform SILENTLY for one hour on the Hispanic Society’s incredibly spacious and evocative Audubon Plaza. You as audience are invited to come up and stroll amongst this silent happening at your own genial pace. You’re urged to dress vividly & shamelessly as if you were attending a wedding or a renaissance fair or a nature hike, an art opening, poetry reading or to spray-paint things on your roof. At 8:15 the silence will end and morph into a decent party. The silent texts will be available in a bilingual edition at the performance. - Eileen Myles
With Who: MONICA DE LA TORRE, CHARLES BERNSTEIN, STEPHANIE GRAY, TIM LIU, RACHEL ZOLF, JENNIFER BARTLETT, DANNY SNELSON, CA CONRAD, FRANK SHERLOCK, RENATO GÓMEZ, KIM ROSENFIELD, ANGELA JAEGER, JEREMY SIGLER, TIM PETERSON, LYDIA CORTES, NATHANIEL SIEGEL, PAOLO JAVIER, MARK BIBBINS, NICOLE COOLEY, LINDA GREGG, JEFFREY MCDANIEL, LILA ZEMBORAIN, TONYA FOSTER, RACHEL LEVITSKY, EMILY BEALL, CHRISTINE HOU, JULIE PATTON, STUDENTS FROM PS 4 AND EILEEN MYLES, PROJECT ORGANIZER
, Broadway bet. W. 155th & 156th St.;
outside in the Audubon Terrace