East End Books Ptown Presents: Theorem by Elizabeth Bradfield & Antonia Contro. Join us for a special virtual book event with Poet Elizabeth Bradfield & Artist Antonia Contro December 15th at 6pm. They will be joined in conversation by Philip Yenawine. Philip has been engaged in museum education for forty years, ten of which as was director of education at MOMA in New York. He writes about art, often with a focus on connecting people to it. Locally, he has taught classes at PAAM and was a resident of Wellfleet for nearly 20 years
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Our edges touched. Our stories abutted. The same light struck us at different times. When the body meets geometry meets the world’s edges, what uncertainties emerge? Theorem is both question and answer, proposition and proof. Theorem explores—through Contro’s spare images, Bradfield’s evocative text, and the resonant space between—the legacy of secrets acquired in childhood and held through a life. This collaboration is a glorious meditation on how one grapples, using the tropes of math and science, with the deeply emotional and personal past. Published as a fine art edition of 30 by Candor Arts in 2019 and now released as a trade edition by Poetry Northwest Editions, Theorem has been acquired by the Menil Collection, Hammer Museum, Harvard Art Museums, and other collections.
PRAISE FOR THEOREM ...a profound and generous collaboration between an artist and a writer. In Theorem, superb production values promote a rich and satisfying materiality. — MARTHA TEDESCHI, DIRECTOR OF THE HARVARD ART MUSEUMS ...text and image invite the reader to go back and forth. This rumination suggests revelation is to begin rather than to arrive, to search rather than to answer. This is the enigma of being alive and alert. — JOHN YAU, POET, CRITIC, AND CURATOR Consummate artists with unquestionable command of their separate vocabularies, their barrier-free interplay of words and images provokes associations, connected yet never literal, accessible but fluid. — PHILIP YENAWINE, FORMER DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MUSEUM OF MODERN ART ...one delights (and delights, and delights) in the book’s mystery and control; its structure and freedom; an extended, five-section exercise in restraint, simplicity, and the open ended investigation of the self. —KIRSTEN ANDERSEN, PROVINCETOWN ARTS, 2020
ELIZABETH BRADFIELD is the author of four previous books, most recently Toward Antarctica, which pairs her photographs with brief, hybrid essays. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly, she has been awarded a Stegner Fellowship and the Audre Lorde Prize, and she runs Broadsided Press. ebradfield.com ANTONIA CONTRO’s exhibitions include Tempus Fugit at the American Philosophical Society Museum, Closed/Open at the Newberry Library and Descry at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Her work is in the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums, and other collections. antoniacontro.com