August 15, 2017 - August 20, 2017

Prismatic Park: Joshua Bennett


Poet and author Joshua Bennett will use Prismatic Park as his stage from August 15-20. The poet’s work will come to life as he performs it amongst Josiah McElheny’s prismatic glass and painted wood structures. Joshua will interview several of his friends and colleagues, as well as various artists that he admires, all of whom have offered to contribute their time to Joshua’s current project, a series of recorded interviews that will eventually turn into a book project entitled The Envy of The World.


Make sure to pick up a free poster in the Park, featuring exclusive images provided by Bennett and his artist residency schedule.

Tuesday, August 15, 12-4pm

Wednesday, August 16, 12-4pm

Thursday, August 17, 12-4pm

Friday, August 18, 12-4pm 

Saturday, August 19, 12-4pm

Sunday, August 20 12-4pm A Celebration


Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park will be on view from June 13-October 8. Prismatic Park will be used by three art non-profit organizations—Blank Forms, Danspace Project, and Poets House—to realize new and exciting works. When not occupied by resident artists, the public can access the exhibition as a platform for their own creativity. Look out for a free weekly poster available in the Park.

Dr. Joshua Bennett is a performance poet from Yonkers, New York.  He has recited his original works at events and venues such as The Sundance Film Festival, The NAACP Image Awards, The Clinton Global Citizen Awards and President Obama’s Evening of Poetry and Music at the White House. His work has been published, or is forthcoming, in Drunken Boat, Muzzle, Poetry Northeast, Disability Studies Quarterly and Clarion. Bennett is the author of The Sobbing School (Penguin Books, 2016), a National Poetry Series selection. A Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Bennett was a double major in English and Africana Studies. He received his doctorate in English from Princeton University and is currently a member of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University.

The Envy of the World is a series of collaborations and conversations focused on the theme of black male kinship. It is centrally concerned with how black men and boys understand themselves in relationship not only to one another, but to the myriad forms of institutional violence that circumscribe their being and becoming. Through a combination of one-on-one interviews, games, workshops and performances, the project seeks to enact a vision of black sociality as both a means of survival and a scene of indomitable joy, an ongoing occasion to celebrate, in Lucille Clifton’s terms, what the project’s participants have made into a kind of life. In this sense and others, The Envy of the World is a rehearsal for a world that is not yet here, an order of things that is yet to come. Further, the project is intended to publicly assert the beauty and power of black gathering in a geographical context where such gathering continues to be criminalized at every turn, indeed, where the very modes of assembly I intend to re-create are routinely policed by agents of the State.



2017-08-15 8:00:00 2017-08-20 16:00:00 America/New_York Prismatic Park: Joshua Bennett

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