Neruda on Modotti

Detail from British Vogue, December 1982.

Detail from British Vogue, December 1982. Photograph from the Norton Museum of Art exhibition.

There are dozens of beautiful faces in the Norton Museum of Art’s current exhibition Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast. Yet, there was something about the couple in the Bruce Weber photograph featured above that stopped in my tracks. And as I leaned over the vitrine I realized the poetic excerpt floating next to the haunting woman was by Pablo Neruda on the occasion of Tina Modotti’s passing. Suddenly I wasn’t in an art museum but a wonderful netherworld that had collapsed time and space to bring together great personages of the twentieth century. Continue reading

Escuela de Valparaíso

Wonderful photos from the current School of Valparaíso exhibition at El Eco in Mexico City.

El Búfalo

La Escuela de Valparaíso es un colectivo, fundado en 1952, que funciona como institución dedicada a la enseñanza de la arquitectura, pero que va mucho más allá de la educación tradicional, pues su base pedagógica está en el encuentro entre la poesía y la arquitectura. De esta manera, a través de actos poéticos y de la experiencia cotidiana de estar en el mundo se piensa, aprende y estudia la arquitectura.

Uno de estos actos poéticos fundamentales es el que llamaron phalène [ver fotos arriba], una forma de poesía en la que muchas personas intervenían en un acto poético en conjunto, como se describe aquí:

Fragmento del texto escrito por María Berríos, para la exposición sobre la Escuela de Valparaíso en el Museo Experimental El Eco, en la Ciudad de México (2014).

El movimiento surgió en la década de los cincuenta, en Santiago de Chile, donde algunos estudiantes y profesores se sentían…

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Footnote: The Adventures of Jean Mermoz

I’m going through a pretty mellow moment in my life: tucked away in a small town 120 miles south of Santiago I’ve got loads of time to just sit and write. Despite living in a cave, some of the outside world does trickle in and lately it’s been a name: Jean Mermoz.  Continue reading

Footnote: Poetagoonia

Some days it seems like my dissertation footnotes are taking on a life of their own. Maybe they will revolt and leave my work to star in their own dissertation. In the meantime I would like to feature some of my footnotes from time to time since they are too wonderful to leave in the margins.

The Times (London, England), Wednesday, July 7, 1965: 1; issue 56367.

The Times (London, England), Wednesday, July 7, 1965: 1; issue 56367.

On July 7, 1965, an ad appeared in The Times London: “International expedition of Poets and Others departs from Cape Horn for Patagonia August 1—Contact HAM. 5721.” Continue reading