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Ekphest: A Festival of Art + Word

October 23, 2014
Morton Auditorium
Free with museum admission

Ekphest: A Festival of Art + Word takes place this fall and in April 2015 at a selection of Chicago museums and institutions, including the Art Institute. Ekphrastic poetry is a literary work inspired by a work of art. In this program, the public is invited into the creative process of noted poets Joel Craig and Duriel E. Harris as they share their personal responses to Kazuo Shiraga's Golden Wings Brushing the Clouds Incarnated from Earthly Wide Star and Marc Chagall's America Windows

Poet, editor, and reading series curator Joel Craig was born in Iowa. In his free verse poems, he uses the cadence of conversation to trace the widening wake of narrative. Author of the poetry collection The White House (2012), he curates the Danny’s Reading Series in Chicago, and is also the poetry editor for MAKE Literary Magazine.

Co-founder of the Black Took Collective and Poetry Editor for Obsidian, poet and performance artist Duriel E. Harris is the author of Drag, Amnesiac: Poems, and Speleology (poetry video). A MacDowell and Millay Colony fellow, Harris’s current projects include the sound compilation “Black Magic” and Thingification—a one-woman show. 

Shiraga Kazuo, Chikatsusei Maunkinshi (Golden Wings Brushing the Clouds Incarnated from Earthly Wide Star), 1960. Mary and Leigh B. Block Fund, restricted gift of Barbara Bluhm-Kaul and Don Kaul.