Opening May 2016
“Night Animals: Divine King After Dust In Honor of Tyrone”
Exhibition, poetry reading and poetry slam.
Poetry reading and slam: Saturday May 7th, 12-3pm
(refreshments and support generously provided by Weavers Way Coop. www.weaversway.coop)
The Exhibition will be on view May 1-May 30th, 2016
Gallery hours: Monday – Wednesday 10-6, Thursday – Saturday 1-8, Sunday 11-5 and by appointment
A call and response project:
led by Yusef Komunyakaa ( Pulitzer Prize winning poet ) and Professor at N.Y.U. ( New York University) , and Rachel Bliss (Philadelphia based visual artist and teacher), with the PYPM slam team fromThomas A. Edison High School. The project incorporates the use of poetry along with the a creative visual component.
Participants: Yusef Komunyakaa, Rachel Bliss, Freda Anderson, Sydney Coffin, Zaire Douglas, Christians Cherry, Nashalie Squires, Brandon Melendez, Nahja Martinez, Alexander Fernandez.
Yusef Komunyakaa- was probably born in 1941 (formerly cited as 1947) and given the name James William Brown, the eldest of five children of James William Brown, a carpenter. He later reclaimed the name Komunyakaa that his grandfather, a stowaway in a ship from Trinidad, had lost. He grew up in the small town of Bogalusa, Louisiana, before and during the Civil Rights era.
He served in the U.S. Army, serving one tour of duty in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, and according to his former wife Mandy Sayer he was discharged on 14 December 1966. He worked as a specialist for the military paper, Southern Cross, covering actions and stories, interviewing fellow soldiers, and publishing articles on Vietnamese history, which earned him a Bronze Star.
He began writing poetry in 1973 at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where he was an editor for and a contributor to the campus arts and literature publication, riverrun. He earned his M.A. on Writing from Colorado State University in 1978, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, Irvine, in 1980.
Komunyakaa married Australian novelist Mandy Sayer in 1985, and in the same year, became an associate professor at Indiana University inBloomington. He also held the Ruth Lilly Professorship for two years from 1989 to 1990. He and Sayer were married for ten years. He later had a relationship with India-born poet Reetika Vazirani, which ended when she took her own life and that of their 2-year old child Jehan in 2003.
He taught at Indiana University until the fall of 1997, when he became an English professor at Princeton University. Yusef Komunyakaa is currently a professor in the Creative Writing Program at New York University.
Rachel Bliss – was born in Rochester, New York on January 30, 1962. Bliss moved to Philadelphia in 1983.
Since 1991 Bliss has had 13 solo shows and has exhibited in numerous group shows in galleries and museums including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, The Society of Illustrators Museum in New York, Coombs Contemporary Gallery in London, UK, and The Alternative Museum in New York. Besides having her work included in notable collections both public and private, her images have been commissioned and published by Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Penguin Books, The New Yorker and many others.
Although Bliss grew up in a family of working artists, her own work is intuitive. She paints what’s around her and what’s inside her. She describes working as an artist and single parent raising 3 children in the middle of a North Philadelphia Federal-Empowerment Zone over the past 20 years as “an informed challenge.” Bliss’s work depicts a visual innuendo that is as surreal and confrontational as the environment she lives in.
Located in Chestnut Hill, PA and founded in 2010, Gravers Lane Gallery strives to provide unparalleled art from some of today’s most innovative artists. Located at 8405 Germantown Avenue, Gravers Lane Gallery is a division of The Goldenberg Group, which is comprised of three entities: Goldenberg Development, People Helping People Foundation, and Goldenberg Enterprises.