Modern Reading

June 4, 2013 to September 16, 2013

Instructor: Ariel Evans

Class Description: 

Modern Reading

Session 1: The Art of Description

This new program for writers and readers looks at creative forms of description. Pulling from literature, art criticism, and history, the first session of Modern Reading contemplates how writers express their relationship to an artwork or aesthetic experience through structure and syntax chosen in resonance with the writer’s subject. The goal is to consider the how and what of descriptive writing.

Session 1: The Art of Description includes reading and discussion of works by Virginia Woolf, Erich Auerbach, Peter Bürger, Lucy Lippard, Jill Johnston, David Wojnarowicz, and Arthur Rimbaud. In an effort to develop reading communities across geographic divides and distances, the Modern experiments with an online format that connects participants in Austin and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex through collaboration between the museum and the Austin-based online and printed publication, Pastelegram.

Ariel Evans, the founder and director of Pastelegram, manages online readings and discussions while the Modern’s Curator of Education, Terri Thornton, facilitates these interactions. Our Austin representative and host is artist Andy Coolquitt, who has orchestrated Austin’s reading club think & drink for the past 15 years.

The online portion of Session 1 begins June 3, 2013, with confirmed participants logging in using the password received in an e-mail from thornton@themodern.org. Assigned texts, instructions, schedules, and comment threads are located by following “more information” under “information and interaction.”  At the end of the three-month online portion, there is an on-site meeting in each location with a broadcast of the introduction and opening comments to kick off the discussions that ensue for each group.

Modern Reading is open to a limited number of committed Austin and DFW participants. There is no charge for participation, but full and continuous involvement is necessary to assure that this is a successful and meaningful program.

FULL No more openings for Session 1: The Art of Description

Date: 
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 to Monday, September 16, 2013
Instructor: 
Ariel Evans
Group content visibility: 
Private - accessible only to group members