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Talk and Book Signing | Politics of Poetics: CAConrad

April 09, 20246:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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CAConrad by Augusto Cascales.

About the Event

In celebration of the new series Politics of Poetics and as part of the opening day celebrations for Nicole Eisenman: What Happened, join us for a reading with poet CAConrad.

Poetry is where Eisenman turns for ideas, and Eisenman’s works have appeared on covers for two of CAConrad’s poetry collections: their breakout The Book of Frank and the forthcoming Penguin edition of Listen to the Golden Boomerang Return. The two have also collaborated on poetry projects, including Eisenman’s “Twelve Poets” project for Ursula magazine.

CAConrad’s new book Listen to the Golden Boomerang Return is available for purchase during the event and they will be available to sign copies after the talk.

ASL and CART captioning are provided.

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About the Series

Politics of Poetics is a new quarterly program series held in the MCA’s Edlis Neeson Theater that highlights today’s leading poets whose practices traverse the political through writing, teaching, and activism. The series invites poets from across the globe to give readings and be in conversation with artists and other thinkers about the themes in their work. Historically, poets and visual artists have benefitted from close collaboration and artistic exchange, sharing in technical approaches and critical ideas of the day. Like many of the artists exhibited at the MCA, these poets take up critical issues in their work while propelling voices, stories, and thoughts under-seen and under-regarded in traditional canons.

About the Speaker

CAConrad has worked with the ancient technologies of poetry and ritual since 1975. Their latest book is Listen to the Golden Boomerang Return (Wave Books / UK Penguin 2024). They received the Ruth Lily Poetry Prize, a PEN Josephine Miles Award, a Creative Capital grant, a Pew Fellowship, and a Lambda Award. They exhibit poems as art objects with recent solo shows in Spain and Portugal, and their play The Obituary Show was made into a film in 2022 by the artist Augusto Cascales. Visit them at https://linktr.ee/CAConrad88.

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Watch the Talk with CAConrad.

Video produced by MCA Chicago.



This program is made possible with funding from the Poetry Foundation. The Poetry Foundation recognizes the power of words to transform lives and works to amplify poetry and celebrate poets by fostering spaces for all to create, experience, and share poetry.

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Lead support for the 2023-24 season of MCA Talks is made possible by The Richard and Mary L. Gray Lecture Series through a generous gift to the Chicago Contemporary Campaign.

Generous support is provided by The Antje B. and John J. Jelinek Endowed Lecture and Symposium on Contemporary Art; the Kristina Barr Lectures, which were established through a generous gift by The Barr Fund to the Chicago Contemporary Campaign; The Gloria Brackstone Solow and Eugene A. Solow, MD, Memorial Lecture Series; and the Allen M. Turner Tribute Fund, honoring his past leadership as Chair of the Board of Trustees.


Lead support is provided by R. H. Defares and Hauser & Wirth.

Major support is provided by Shari Dunkelman Behnke, Charlotte R. Cramer Wagner and Herbert S. Wagner III of the Wagner Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

Generous support is provided by Anton Kern Gallery; Rennie Collection, Vancouver; and Vielmetter Los Angeles.

Additional support is provided by Dr. Daniel S. Berger.

This exhibition is supported by the MCA’s Women Artists Initiative, a philanthropic commitment to further equity across gender lines and promote the work and ideas of women artists.

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