Six Points Reading Series feat. Lynn Xu + Jennifer Roche

On Thursday, February 22 from 7-9pm, The Poetry Center of Chicago will host a reading featuring Lynn Xu and Jennifer Roche. The poets will be sharing a series of text and projections in the Green Lantern Press bookshop at Sector 2337. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Lynn Xu is the author of the poetry collection Debts & Lessons, which was the finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, and a chapbook called June. In 2008, her work was featured in Best American Poetry and in 2013, she was selected as a New American Poet at the Poetry Society of America. She is also an editor for Canarium Books.

Jennifer Roche is a poet, writer, editor, and occasional collage artist who lives in Chicago, IL. Her work has appeared in Footnote: A Literary Journal of History; The Rain, Party & Disaster Society; Ghost Ocean; and Anthology of Chicago. Her first chapbook of poems, “20,” is available from Alternating Current Press.


Presented with The Poetry Center of Chicago

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SHADOWED! Book Launch

at the Ace Hotel Chicago

7-9pm, March 16, 2018
Hannah B Higgins, Mitsu Salmon, Shawn Michelle Smith, and Spectralina
@ the Mahoney room at Ace Hotel Chicago
311 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607

On March 16, 2018 from 7-9pm in the Mahoney room at  Ace Hotel Chicago, the Green Lantern Press celebrates the launch of  its latest publication, SHADOWED!, a new book about the work of Chicago-based artist Ellen Rothenberg. For this event, Hannah B Higgins and Shawn Michelle Smith will read their work; thereafter  Mitsu Salmon and Spectralina (Dan Bitney and Selina Trepp) will present original audio visual performances created in direct response to the book. 

SHADOWED! features the collected writings of Mark Booth, Alexandria Eregbu, Simone Forti, Becky Grajeda, Hannah B Higgins, Terri Kapsalis, Tim Kinsella, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Dao Nguyen, Caroline Picard, Jeffrey Skoller, and Shawn Michelle Smith.   

Image excerpted from “A Response in Six Acts: Dao Nguyen” (p 157, Shadowed!, Green Lantern Press, 2018, Book design by Sonia Yoon).

About the BOOK

SHADOWED! confronts the slippage of time and action within Ellen Rothenberg’s 2015 Sector 2337 exhibition, elsetime. Sweeping through the studio of Bertolt Brecht, Woodstock in the sixties, Berlin in the nineties, and the Syrian protests of today, SHADOWED! projects a dispersive, unfolding temporality. Beginning with a suite of elsetime photographs, the book continues with reflections by Hannah B Higgins, Jeffrey Skoller, Caroline Picard, and Shawn Michelle Smith—spreading out from there into an artist’s archive that includes scanned fragments of writings by Stefan Brecht,  Allen Ginsberg, Angela Davis, and  transcribed contributions from  Simone Forti. A subsequent section includes documentation of performances produced in response to elsetime by artists, activists, and musicians. SHADOWED! ends with the transcript of a public conversation that took place within the original exhibit, capturing a discussion that incorporates an active audience. By layering these performative, photographic, and written encounters, SHADOWED! allows the afterimage of an exhibition to unfurl beyond the gallery, beyond this book, and into its own elsetime.

Praise For SHADOWED!

“Ellen Rothenberg’s multimodal installation elsetime interlaced performance actions, installation, objects, public invitations to fellow artists, and visual essays. In this beautiful and thoughtfully designed book, you’ll find each of these aspects explored anew as though readied for further action. New pieces by collaborators enter the scene and become enmeshed in photographic echoes from ‘60s collective rallying, music documentary, contemporary migrancy, material icons, and the live events generated during the exhibition. The great exclamation mark of the title brings all these absents squarely into view, while posing the pressing question: how does one avoid reenacting shadows from the past!”
—CAROLINE BERGVALL, artist, writer, performer, and author of Drift.

“Rothenberg’s feminist social sculpture and animated objects echo radical en-actions from Brecht, Fluxus, suffrage street theatre, and Black Lives Matter protests. Worn shoes declare that the way lies both forward and backward, for the past always underlies the present and reverberates deeply in the desires of our current work and lives. This radical book should be in your backpack at a May Day parade or protest strike! Mourn and organize!”
—FAITH WILDING, artist, writer, and educator.

“Ellen Rothenberg’s book/archive serves as a complex memory machine where the global 20th century’s cultural, political, and social revolutions encounter the local now. The captivating imagery of Rothenberg’s reflexive and expansive work lifts you out of history’s shadows and makes you feel alive, resisting the wave of inevitability. Shadowed! is timely. This book is a gift to anyone curious about or deeply interested in material culture, history, social change, and contemporary art.”
—IRINA ARISTARKHOVA, author of Hospitality of the Matrix: Philosophy, Biomedicine, and Culture.

About Launch performers

Hannah B Higgins has been a professor in the Department of Art History at UIC since 1994. She is sole author of dozens of articles on the history of the avant-garde, multi-modal artistic experiences, Fluxus, performance art, and art and technology. This work appears in scholarly journals as well as Fluxus Experience (University of California Press, 2002) and The Grid Book (MIT Press, 2009). Higgins is coeditor with Douglas Kahn of Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Computing and the Foundations of Digital Art (University of California Press, 2012). She is also co-executor of the Estate of Dick Higgins and the Something Else Press. For more information and samples of her scholarship, visit

Mitsu Salmon creates performance and visual works that fuse multiple disciplines. She was born in Los Angeles to a Japanese mother and American father. Creating in differing mediums—translating one medium to another—is connected

to the translation of differing cultures and languages. Her work draws from familial and personal narratives and archives and then abstracts, expands and contradicts them. Salmon received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014 and her undergrad degree from NYU. She has presented work at places such as the Chicago Cultural Center, Julius Caesar, Comfort Station and internationally at Hebbel Am Uffer in Berlin, Made Budhiana Gallery in Bali and Urbanguild in Kyoto, Japan. She was awarded artist residencies at Tsung Yeh in Taiwan, Villa Pandan Harum in Bali, High Concept Lab, Links Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center and Oxbow. She is currently a HATCH resident through CAC.

Shawn Michelle Smith is a professor of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she has taught for the past twelve years. She writes about the history and theory of photography and gender and race in U.S. visual culture, and she maintains a photo-based visual art practice. She has published six books, including most recently Photography and the Optical Unconscious (Duke University Press, 2017), co-edited with Sharon Sliwinski, and At the Edge of Sight:  Photography and the Unseen (Duke University Press, 2013), which won the 2014 Lawrence W. Levine Award for best book in American cultural history from the Organization of American Historians and the 2014 Jean Goldman Book Prize from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Spectralina is the audio-visual performance project of Dan Bitney and Selina Trepp, collaborators, lovers, and magicians. Working in an improvised format, the goal of Spectralina is to create an image-sound relationship that treats each medium as equal, resulting in performances in which projection and sounds come together as visual music. Dan Bitney (American b. 1964) is a multi instrumentalist, improviser, sound designer, composer, bird watcher, gardener, and lover and is still learning what it could mean to be a human being. Dan Bitney is part of the musical group Tortoise. In addition to Tortoise, Dan is involved with many musical projects, Isotope 217, Bumps, Spectronix, A Grape Dope, and Ghost Rest to name a few. As one half of the duo Spectralina, Dan uses a computer, synthesizers, drums, voice and analog processors to improvise with sounds and images. Selina Trepp (Swiss/American, b. 1973) is an artist who works across disciplines. Finding a balance between the intuitive and conceptual is a goal, living a life of adventure is a way, embarrassment is often the result. “If in doubt be radical” is the best advice she ever got. In Spectralina Selina sings and plays the videolah, her instrument that creates animated projections in real-time.


Ellen Rothenberg’s work has been presented in North America and Europe at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; The Museum of London, Ontario; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; The Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen; Royal Festival Hall, London; The Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania; among others. Awards include NEA Fellowships, The Bunting Institute Fellowship, Radcliffe College Harvard University, Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, The Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowships, and grants from CEC Artslink, The Charles Engelhard Foundation, The LEF Foundation, and NEA Artists Projects. She has worked in collaboration with the Chicago Torture Justice Memorial Project, Future Force Geo Speculators, and Chelen Amenca, Romania. Rothenberg teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a Faculty Research Fellow of the Institute for Curatorial Research and Practice at SAIC. Her exhibition ISO 6346: ineluctable immigrant is currently on view at the Spertus Institute, Chicago.

Bryan Saner + Matty Davis

A Dance

On  Saturday, March 17 at 4:30 pm, a dance with Bryan Saner and Matty Davis. This event is free.

Bryan Saner is an interdisciplinary art practitioner and maker focusing on the creation of performances, activist art events, neighborhood evolution and appropriately designed objects. He teaches workshops, mentors and lectures locally, nationally and internationally on the subject of performance, the body, neighborhood design, movement and collaboration. He is currently a mentor and advisor in the Interdisciplinary Arts graduate program at Columbia College Chicago. From 1995 to 2009 Bryan worked as a performing artist with the recently retired Goat Island Performance Group. During this time, the company toured internationally, performing at venues including the Venice Biennale, Bristol’s Arnolfini Theatre, the Eurokaz festival in Zagreb and the New Territories Festival, Glasgow.

He is currently performing with Matty Davis, Erica Mott Productions, 600 Highwaymen and Every House Has A Door.


Described by the New Yorker as “fearless,” Matty Davis is an interdisciplinary artist from Pittsburgh, PA, where his grandfather worked for decades in the steel mills.  His work seeks embodied transformation, often through collaboration and collision with other people, materials, and landscapes. Recently, Davis has been invested in how particular conditions of the body, the elements, and the ground necessarily impact kinesthesia, energy systems, and psychological states, partially in relation to having undergone intensive hand surgery last year due to a saw accident.  This research culminates in the making of performances, images, films, objects, and texts. In 2012, he co-founded and continues to co-artistic direct BOOMERANG, a performance project based in New York City.  His work has been presented by the Art Institute of Chicago, Steppenwolf Theater, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Pioneer Works, Judson Church, the Watermill Center, Dixon Place, Danspace Project, and the Arts Arena in Paris, among others.  He was the recipient of a 2016 Visual Arts Fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation, and has recently been an artist-in-residence at the Watermill Center and Kickstarter’s HQ in Brooklyn. Davis teaches masterclasses at colleges and schools throughout the US, including New York University, Columbia College, Oberlin College, Muhlenberg College, Kenyon College, The Professional Performing Arts High School in New York, and The Philadelphia School. More information is available at

A.L. Nielsen + Duriel E. Harris

On Thursday, April 5th at 7pm, A.L. Nielsen and Duriel E. Harris will give readings. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.

A.L. Nielsen was the first winner of the Larry Neal Award for poetry, and has since received the Josephine Miles Award, the Darwin Turner Award, the Gertrude Stein Award, the Kayden prize and others.  His books of poetry are Heat Strings, Evacuation Routes, Stepping Razor, VEXT, Mixage, Mantic Semantic, A Brand New Beggar and Tray. He currently serves as the Kelly Professor of American Literature at Penn State University, having taught in the past at Howard University, San Jose State, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, and Central China Normal University.  His works of scholarship include Reading Race, Writing between the Lines, C.L.R. James: A Critical Introduction, Black Chant and Integral Music. With Lauri Ramey he has edited two anthologies of innovative poetry by Black American writers.  His edition of Lorenzo Thomas’s Don’t Deny My Name received an American Book Award, and he is currently working with Laura Vrana on The Collected Poems of Lorenzo Thomas.
Poet, performer, and sound artist, Duriel E. Harris is author of No Dictionary of a Living Tongue, Drag and Amnesiac and coauthor of the poetry video Speleology. Current undertakings include “Blood Labyrinth” and the solo performance project Thingification. Harris is an associate professor of English in the graduate creative writing program at Illinois State University and the Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora.

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Lou Mallozzi + James Yood in Discussion

On Saturday, April 7 at 4:30pm, a discussion with Lou Mallozzi and James Yood. This event is free.

James Yood teaches modern and contemporary art history and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is an Associate Professor and Director of the New Arts Journalism program. Active as an art critic and essayist on contemporary art, he has been Chicago correspondent to Artforum and writes regularly for GLASS magazine, art ltd., and Visual Art Source.  Educated at the University of Wisconsin and at the University of Chicago, he has lectured on issues in modern art at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Terra Museum of American Art, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Akron Art Museum, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Boise Art Museum, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Grand Rapids Museum of Art, the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Dayton Art Institute, the Spertus Institute in Chicago, the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, the Madison Art Center, the Speed Museum in Louisville, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, the Jewish Museum in Milwaukee, the Huntsville Museum of Art, and at many other venues.
 He serves as a writer and consultant to Encyclopaedia Britannica in modern and contemporary art  and has been a regular correspondent to WBEZ National Public Radio in Chicago.

Frédérique Guétat-Liviani + Nathanaël 

On Thursday, April 12th at 7 pm, Frédérique Guétat-Liviani and Nathanaël  will translate poetry. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.

Born in Grenoble in 1963, Frédérique Guétat-Liviani makes installations that speak of languages, and writes texts that she builds like images. A founding member of the artists’ collective Intime Conviction (1988–94), she is now the publisher of Fidel Anthelme x. The author of several collections of poetry, she is of the caste neither of poets nor of artists. Instead, she inhabits a space in-between. She lives in Marseille.

Nathanaël is the author of more than a score of books written in French or in English and published in the United States, Québec, and France. Recent works include N’existe (2017), L’heure limicole (2016) and Feder: a scenario (2016). Nathanaël’s translations include works by Catherine Mavrikakis, Édouard Glissant, Hervé Guibert and Hilda Hilst (the latter in collaboration with Rachel Gontijo Araújo). She lives in Chicago.