Robert Seydel: The Eye in Matter — Related Events


September 5th, 2015


Click here for complete info about the exhibition including the curators’ statement and press release as well as a more information about Robert Seydel and the books Siglio has published. Queens Museum location, hours and admission info below.


ROW / SEW: 3 Sundays for Robert Seydel


A series of gatherings of artists and writers to address, to read, to perform, to pay homage to the life and work of Robert Seydel, his alter ego Ruth Greisman, and her friends Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, et al. Organized by Emmy Catedral with Nathaniel Otting in conjunction with Siglio and Ugly Duckling Presse.  All events start at 3 p.m. Open to the public and a donation is suggested for museum entry.


Coming up!


“Quail rise”: “R’s Queens” Reprised

My name & time: a Queens of the mind.
There’s an occult meaning in initials.

“Read in splendour” between these two lines from Robert Seydel’s Book of Ruth (Siglio, 2011), this restaging of a scene from last year’s Eterniday event features Renee Gladman, Ross Simonini, and Jane Carver. Proceeding from the “occult meaning in initials,” the afternoon includes short readings from (and for) Seydel’s Songs of S. (Siglio | Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015) by Stefani Barber, Sarah Wang, Simone Kearney, Shanxing Wang, Sophie Seita, Sarah Jane Stoner, and Simone White. With opening and closing ceremonies by Andre Bradley (on initials) and Lauren van Haaften-Schick (on Seth Siegelaub).

The Queens Museum is located in the New York City Building at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368. Open Wed.- Sun., 12-6 p.m. All events are open to the public. Suggested donation: General $8 / Students $4. Subway: 7 to Mets-Willets Point (with a walk through the park—see the museum website for directions). T: (718) 592-9700.


Already happened…


Sunday, July 19, 2 – 4 p.m.

with readings of Robert Seydel’s writings by poets Peter Gizzi and Mónica de la Torre.

Reading begins at 3 p.m. Open to the public and free.


Art a Grammar, Grammar a House: A Gathering (or, Artist-Writers: A Weaving)

An afternoon of short performances & shorter lectures by “artist-writers” (as in a page from Seydel’s Knot-books) delivered from the place where Stein’s “Arthur: A Grammar” meets Seydel’s “Grammar a house / or window in a house.” Happenings by Cecilia Vicuña, Maria Damon, and Emmalea Russo; gatherings by Rachel Valinsky & Lanny Jordan Jackson and Zanna Gilbert; and opening microreadings by Anna Gurton-Wachter & Alan Gilbert.


Plaid Duchamp Record in Magenta

A picture always wants to be something else   —Robert Seydel
dream sacred plaid Duchamp record in magenta moleskin   —Paolo Javier

A program of photographs, poetry and 8mm short films inspired by Joseph Cornell who figures large in the universe of Seydel’s Ruth. Flushing-based poet and filmmaker Stephanie Gray and former Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier will read and perform their collaborative film narration inspired by Joseph Cornell’s  short films. Preceding Gray and Javier will be Harry Roseman, who captured Cornell and the details of his house in photographs. Roseman will tell a story of Cornell’s Utopia Parkway house and working closely with the artist.