Entries from The Dressing tagged with 'Gertrude Stein'

Niki Tulk's Tender "Food" Buttons

The Dresser, not be trumped by the Steiny Road Poet's review of the Van Reipen Collective's theatrical interpretation of Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons section 1 "Objects," offers her look and connections to Van Reipen's production of section 2 "Food" at the Theater for the New City in New York. First, Dear Reader, a little background. THE STEINY BACKGROUND What is Tender Buttons ? A book-length love poem in three sections that the Steiny Road Poet has been studying deeply inside the discussion forums of the Coursera massive open online course (MOOC) Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (ModPo) by University of...

Going toe to toe with Cubism at the Met

On October 20, 2014, Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection opened to the public in seven galleries of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Dresser tiptoed in that day with a swarm of others eager to see this donated collection of 81 Cubist works mostly spanning 1907 to 1918. More importantly, this exhibition includes 34 pieces by Pablo Picasso, 17 by Georges Braque who initiated this style of artwork, and 15 works each by Juan Gris and Fernand Léger. The show, curated by Met curator Rebecca Rabinow and art historian Emily Braun who helped Leonard Lauder assemble this collection,...

ModPo: The Difference Is Spreading

University of Pennsylvania professor Al Filreis' Coursera massive open online course Modern and Contemporary American Poetry (ModPo) has spawned many creative works that includes poems, books, music, dramatic readings, and paintings. The Dresser takes this opportunity to feature Philippian artist T. De Los Reyes who created 25 note cards that combine words drawn mostly from the ModPo texts married with provocative images or backdrops. Among the Dresser's favorites are: The Difference Is Spreading, a line drawn from Gertrude's Stein long poem Tender Buttons and specifically the opening subpoem "A Carafe, That Is A Blind Glass." De Los Reyes sets these...

Lucretia Borgia and Romancing the Chairs

Leah Englund Brick's interpretation of Gertrude Stein's 1938 play Lucretia Borgia uses shadow puppets and chairs to deliver Stein's reflexive portrait of a woman who is having an identity crisis. In the forum of the Capital Fringe at the Atlas Performing Arts Center seen July 18, 2014, Brick and Small Batch Theatre Company with support from Towson University presented a 55-minute work of physical theater, which the Dresser thinks is a good way to ground the psychological ruminations of the least read Modernist. While Stein's play calls for five characters and a crowd (Brick's play uses placards during the puppet...

Poetry Taken to Other Levels

After attending Washington, DC's Marine Corps Marathon to watch her New Jersey shore daughter-in-law finish in four hours and two minutes, the Dresser has a new appreciation of what marathon means to anyone who persists in any kind of endurance course. And especially after the news last night that the good Mayor Michael Bloomberg has bowed to the outrage of conducting the New York City Marathon when so many of his constituents are suffering after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. OF MARATHONS & MOOC MANIA The word marathon derives from a Greek village and plain northeast of Athens where the...

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