Mary Ruefle, in conversation with Mark Wunderlich

Wednesday, Aug 18 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Virtual Event, Free
Robert Frost Stone House Museum

Wednesday, Aug 18 2021 4:00 PM Wednesday, Aug 18 2021 5:00 PM America/New_York Mary Ruefle, in conversation with Mark Wunderlich OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Join us for a Facebook live event with Vermont State Poet Laureate Mary Ruefle '74, and Mark Wunderlich, the co-curator of Mary Ruefle: Erasures, and director of the Bennington Writing Seminars. The two will discuss Mary's work as a visual artist, her strategies and techniques for making erasures, and the intersection of her visual work with the written word. Virtual Event Bennington College

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Beginning in 1998 and continuing as part of her ongoing work, Vermont State Poet Laureate Mary Ruefle '74 has produced a series of altered books from which she creates poetic texts in a process called “erasure,” which Ruefle has defined as an act of “creating a new text by disappearing the old text that surrounds it.” Using correction fluid, markers, and gouache, and often incorporating collaged found images, the original texts are partially covered over to reveal new and surprising voices, phrases, narratives, and fragmented poems.

Extending the Modernist project that includes the collage artists Hannah Hoch, Joseph Cornell, and Alexander Rodchenko, Ruefle’s postcard collages, altered books, and erasures blend images and text, creating new poetic artifacts that establish a counterpoint between verbal and visual syntax. Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, described her book of erasures, A Little White Shadow, as containing, “haiku-like mini-fables, sideways aphorisms, and hauntingly perplexing koans.”

Widely recognized as a major figure in American poetry, this is Mary Ruefle’s first solo exhibition of her visual work.

Mary Ruefle: Erasures will be on view at the Robert Frost Stone House Museum through October 31. Museum hours are Thursday through Monday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Admission is free for Bennington College students, faculty, and staff.