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Talk | Politics of Poetics: Layli Long Soldier and Tanya Lukin Linklater

July 27, 20236:00 pm - 7:30 pm

ASL and CART captioning are provided.

Installation view, Duane Linklater: mymothersside, MCA Chicago, Mar 11–Sep 3, 2023. Photo: Tom Van Eynde.

About the Event

Join us for a reading by poet Layli Long Soldier and post-conversation with artist Tanya Lukin Linklater in conjunction with the exhibition Duane Linklater: mymothersside and the new program series Politics of Poetics.

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.

Tanya Lukin Linklater Photo: Liz Lott

Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performances, works for camera, installations, and writings cite Indigenous dance and visual art lineages, our structures of sustenance, and weather. She undertakes embodied inquiry and rehearsal in relation to scores and ancestral belongings. Her recent exhibitions include Aichi Triennale, Japan; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; New Museum Triennial, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Toronto Biennial of Art. In summer 2024 her iterative solo exhibition, My mind is with the weather, will be presented at the Wexner Centre for the Arts. Her first collection of poetry, Slow Scrape, was published in the Documents series by The Centre for Expanded Poetics and Anteism, Montréal in 2020 with a second edition published by Talonbooks, Vancouver in 2022.

Layli Long Soldier holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA from Bard College. Her poems have appeared in POETRY Magazine, The New York Times, The American Poet, The American Reader, The Kenyon Review, BOMB, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an NACF National Artist Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and a Whiting Award, and was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award. She has also received the 2018 PEN/Jean Stein Award, the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award, a 2021 Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, and the 2021 Michael Murphy Memorial Poetry Prize in the UK. She is the author of Chromosomory (Q Avenue Press, 2010) and WHEREAS (Graywolf Press, 2017). She is a mentor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts and resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Layli Long Soldier Photo: Nancy Nichols


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 for Duane Linklater: mymothersside is provided by the Harris Family Foundation in memory of Bette and Neison Harris, Zell Family Foundation, the Margot and W. George Greig Ascendant Artist Fund, and Cari and Michael Sacks.

Major support for Duane Linklater: mymothersside is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.