Untitled, 2014, Joshua Smith

Poetry Readings by: 
Keith J. Varadi + Lucy Ives + Andrew Durbin

Book Release:

On View:
The Lion King by Andy Meerow 


Friday, May 9th | 07:00 pm
The Institutional CriTiki Lounge @ Essex Flowers
365 Grand Street @ Essex
New York, NY 10002
Free and Open to the Public
Please join us on Friday, May 9th in our backyard to hear readings by Keith J Varadi, Lucy Ives, and Andrew Durbin. We are also pleased to simultaneously host the book launch for FAN OF: JOSHUA SMITH by Bunk Club, coinciding with "Monocrime," a recent exhibition including Joshua Smith at Brussels's Albert Baronian Gallery.

Keith J. Varadi is an artist, writer, and curator currently based in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and his BFA from Rutgers University. He has exhibited his work and the work of others at various international venues, performed mainly on the East Coast, and published most of his writing primarily on the Internet.

Lucy Ives was born in New York City and earned her BA from Harvard College and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first collection, the book-length poem Anamnesis (2009), won the Slope Editions Book Prize. She is also the author of the “brief novel” Nineties (2013) and a poetry and essay collection, Orange Roses (2013). Ives won an Iowa Arts Fellowship, as well as a MacCracken Fellowship. She is a deputy editor at Triple Canopy and lives in New York City, where she is completing a PhD in comparative literature at New York University. In February 2014, Ives was a featured writer for Harriet.

Andrew Durbin is the author of Mature Themes (Nightboat Books 2014). A novella, Spliffy, is forthcoming from Snacks Press this July. His work has appeared in BOMB, Boston Review, Fence, Mousse, Triple Canopy, and elsewhere. He is the Talks Curator at the Poetry Project, co-edits Wonder, and lives in New York. 
Joshua Smith is a Brooklyn based artist. His work is regularly exhibited internationally, with exhibitions at White Columns, Artists Space, Anton Kern, Nicole Klagsbrun, Art Production Fund, Albert Baronian, Essex Flowers, Clifton Benevento, Southfirst, John Connelly Presents, Eleven Rivington, MoMA PS1, and the Journal Gallery. He is, along with several other young artists, a cofounder of Essex Flowers, an exhibition space on the Lower East Side, and was a founder, with Denise Kupferschmidt, of Apartment Show, an itinerant series of exhibitions that took place in New York from 2009 to 2010.
Bunk Club is an art initiative founded in Brussels by curator Laurence Dujardyn and Mathias Wille. Under the header of Bunk Club we aim to combine curatorial strategies with the active promotion and support of emerging artists. Our interest goes to artistic practices which are representative or critical of highly topical movements in society and culture. In the active sense, art which attempts to distort or contradict existing realities and principles.

Is a full service store front flower shop located at 365 Grand St at the corner of Essex in New York's Lower East Side. It contains cooperatively organized spaces for art and other interests for the shop's guests.

365 Grand St. New York, NY 10002
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