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Reading: Silk Poems


In keeping with the latest public health guidance, and in conjunction with The Allure of Matter partners Wrightwood 659, we are suspending public programs through March 30. We will continue to monitor the situation and may postpone further programs as the situation develops.

Join the Smart Museum of Art, Wrightwood 659, and Poetry Foundation for a special program connecting material art and poetry.

The evening features a live reading of the book Silk Poems by artist and poet Jen Bervin, as well as an exclusive tour of The Allure of Matter.

FREE, but space is limited. Please register in advance.

About the Artist

Jen Bervin’s poetic and multidisciplinary work results from research and collaboration with artists and specialists ranging from material scientists to literary scholars. With her collaborators, she activates the intersections of art and scholarship; text and textiles; science, technology, and craft in works that range from poems written nanoscale to large-scale museum installations. She is the author of eleven books, including six artist book editions with Granary Books, and Silk Poems—a long-form poem presented both as a biosensor made from liquefied silk developed in collaboration with Tufts University’s Silk Lab and as a book, which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and a New Museum Book of the Year. Her publication, Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems, with Marta Werner and Susan Howe, was a New Yorker Book of the Year, and a Seminary Co-op Notable Book of the Decade. 


On February 27, investigate how poems “materialize” through interaction with the physical world during a drop-in creative writing and art-making workshop at the Poetry Foundation.

Image: Jen Bervin at Montalvo Art Center with a silkworm cocoon and an imprinted silk film from Tufts University Silk Lab, 2016. Photo credit Charlotte Lagarde.