Out There Atlanta: Fred Sasaki and Katherine Litwin on the Poetry Foundation

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Architectural rendering of the new Poetry Foundation building in Chicago, IL, courtesy of the Poetry Foundation

While traveling this summer we met a few people working with curatorial and exhibition spaces with unusual challenges. In this mini-Out There Atlanta series, we bring you interviews with curators and space organizers in Chicago, Detroit, and Raleigh.

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Fred Sasaki and Katherine Litwin are Art Director and Library Director respectively at Poetry Foundation and Magazine based in Chicago, IL. After over 100 years of the magazine, the organization has moved into a stunning new public building. This move has created the opportunity for exhibitions and public programming. Sasaki and Litwin curated an exhibition this past summer called Shame Every Rose: Images of Afghanistan to coordinate with the magazine’s Landlays issue. We sat down to discuss the new challenges of adding an exhibition component as well as the history of Poetry and past exhibitions, including one on a little-known poet and well-known painter named Joan Mitchell.

Topics include: How a public space can redefine the mission of an organization, turning a haphazard collection into a working library, and the audacity of Poetry-founder Harriet Munroe.

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Installation image from Shame Every Rose: Images of Afghanistan, curated by Fred Sasaki and Katherine Litwin. Image courtesy of Poetry Foundation.
Installation image from Shame Every Rose: Images of Afghanistan, curated by Fred Sasaki and Katherine Litwin. Photo taken by Lilly Lampe.

 

 

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BURNAWAY Radio sponsors Out There Atlanta, by Lilly LampeOut There Atlanta is a podcast and online platform for interviews with artists. The intention to create a archive of conversational interviews with artists in Atlanta, or with an Atlanta connection. These conversations are informal and conducted in the spirit of a coffee meet-up. Out There Atlanta fills the gap between formal studio visits and event-related coverage and exists as a place for a more relaxed and personal dialogue, allowing artists to get a little more “out there” with the online audience.

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