Saturday, January 28, 6 pm
537 West 22nd Street
New York, New York
Free. Register for the event here.
Acclaimed poets and artists Anaïs Duplan and Noelle de la Paz have created Art or Not, a one-time-only game show and screening of short art films. Featuring their new games Critical Meme Analysis and the titular Art or Not, this event will create a critical, intertextual poetic experience of pop and digital culture. With a sharp and knowing blend of the silly and the rigorous, this event is an attempt to respond to scholar Christina Sharpe’s call to “become undisciplined.” Audience participation, written or spoken, mellow or loud, is encouraged, and the artists request that attendees “bring the homies.”
About the Artists
Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of the poetry volumes Take This Stallion (2016) and I NEED MUSIC (2021), as well as the book of essays Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (2020). He is a professor of postcolonial literature at Bennington College, Vermont, and has taught poetry at Columbia University, New York; the New School, New York; and Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York. He is the recipient of the 2021 QUEER|ART prize for recent work and a 2022 Whiting Award in nonfiction.
Noelle de la Paz is a writer, poet, and artist who draws from stories that are inherited, lived, and made up—almost always some combination of the three. Through iterative explorations of form, narrative, and translation, she assembles words and images, plants and food, clay and fire, in an attempt to make visible and interrogate girlness, brownness, languaging, and movements through borders, real and imagined. She lives and works in New York and San Francisco.