Paper Pear (detail), Ian Hamilton Finlay, 1966. From 6 Small Pears for Eugen Gomringer (Edinburgh, 1966), n.p. Getty Research Institute, 92-B547. By courtesy of the Estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay

"Paper Pear Paper": Charting the Course of Concrete Poetry


Museum Lecture Hall

This panel discussion addresses both the common ground and the differences between the poetic art of Ian Hamilton Finlay and the work of the Brazilian concrete poets who called themselves Noigandres. To demonstrate this trajectory, which includes the work of Henri Chopin (French) and Ernst Jandl (Austrian), the panel will present live readings of selected concrete poems.

This conversation complements the exhibition Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space on view at the Getty Research Institute from March 28 to July 30, 2017.

Stephen Bann, University of Bristol
Sergio Bessa, Bronx Museum of the Arts
Marjorie Perloff, Stanford University
Nancy Perloff, Getty Research Institute

Readings by:
Paul Kurek, University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Jean-Claude Carron, University of California, Los Angeles
Mark Tweddle

Extended Hours
The Getty Research Institute galleries and store will remain open until 7:00 p.m. prior to this event.

An assortment of concessions will be available for purchase outside the Museum Lecture Hall prior to this event. Please note that food and drink are not permitted inside the lecture hall.

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