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Ekphrasis Today, with Alexander Nemerov

Time: 02/22/2018: 4:00PM–5:30PM
Location: Room 511A

Chair: Alexander Nemerov, Stanford University

A reading from Summoning Pearl Harbor, one of the latest titles in the ekphrasis series from David Zwirner Books.

Launched in Fall 2016, the ekphrasis series has come to define David Zwirner Books’s mission to bring great writing about art to the widest possible audience. With a range of critically acclaimed titles, from Chardin and Rembrandt by Marcel Proust, to Pissing Figures by Jean-Claude Lebensztejn, the series re-introduced out-of-print and identified new exemplary pieces of ekphrastic writing for a new generation of artists and readers. The series has also expanded the goals and remit of gallery publishing, allowing us to provide relevant publications that are not limited to catalogues.

Alexander Nemerov will read from Summoning Pearl Harbor—recently excerpted in The Paris Review—a meditation on the past, the work of the historian, and the legacy of Pearl Harbor. The reading will be followed by a Q&A with the author.

Alexander Nemerov is department chair and the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University. Prior to joining Stanford, he was a professor of art history and American studies at Yale University. He has published several books and articles pertaining to the culture of American art dating from the eighteenth century to the 1970s. His writing often analyzes fiction and poetry alongside works of visual art.


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