The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), in alliance with Houston-based and internationally celebrated literary artist Van Garrett, has developed three writing workshops based on Ekphrasis, a style of writing about responding to art in any form, and that relate to the multitude of aspects included in their current exhibition WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath.
There are a total of three available workshops being held from November to January; the first, Instigators & Triggers was held on Saturday, November 17th; the second, Letters from/to Home will take place Saturday, December 29th from 11am-5pm); and the last, In Memoriam will be on Saturday, January 26th from 11am-5pm. The workshops will include ice breaker games, exclusive access to the exhibition with a Gallery Talk centralized on the workshop theme, lunch, hours to write in response to the exhibit, and a one-on-one conference with Van Garrett.
Visit the MFAH web site to find out more information and to see a behind-the-scenes preview of this exhibition.
Van G. Garrett’s essays and poetry have been published internationally in journals and anthologies. He has worked with Writers In The School‘s Creative Writing Summer Program and was sent abroad by WITS to the Baltic region of Latvia, where he served as a writer-in-residence to promote the joys and the power of creative writing in young people. You can read about his trip here.
The winners of the ARTlines competition for ekphrastic poetry (poetry inspired by art)
ARTlines is a juried competition organized by Public Poetry in collaboration with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). Nine works of art were selected by the MFAH curatorial staff, and the competition invited poets to submit original poems inspired by these artworks.
The winning poems will be showcased at an event at 3:00 PM in the Brown Auditorium at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on Saturday, April 21, 2012, and will also be featured in audio recordings, print and electronic media. The five judges, as well as some acclaimed, nationally recognized poets, will be invited to present ekphrastic poems as well.
Additional information about the competition winners and Saturday, April 21 event is available here.
Writers in the Schools and The Menil Collection will present The Watchful Eye, a reading in response to the Torres-Garcia and Cattelan exhibitions, tonight at 7:00 PM in the museum foyer. The reading will feature both WITS students and University of Houston students from their undergraduate literary magazine Glass Mountain. Join us for a night of creative writing inspired by art, including the poem below.
The Boy on the Roof
Maybe he was flying
in a helicopter
or a plane
and he jumped down
he got lost in the attic
and found a trap door
instead of down.
By Camille, 3rd grade
A bird flies through the sky above the ocean.
Inside the small room, a giant green cup stands.
Dinner is set up with an eye in the soup.
A hungry man eats with four arms.
A reflection of a man.
A flash of light for a man’s head
A stone man and a lion stand by a table.
A rock under a rain cloud on top of the ocean waves.
The fish has legs, lying in the sand.
Feet as shoes with laces.
A camouflage horse and a lady.
Curtains and a piece of clouds shaped like curtains.
By this big house, it is dark, but it is light in the sky.
A train comes out of a fireplace.
A cage on a wall with a big egg inside.
The shelves have pictures.
By Yolanda, 6th grade
This evening in The Menil Collection (1515 Sul Ross, 77006), Writers in the Schools (WITS) and The Menil Collection will debut new work from their most recent collaboration in a poetry reading titled, Ekphrasis: Poems about Paintings. The reading is the culmination of a project that used five specific works of art as a springboard for creative expression. Click here to read more.
Tonight’s readers are participants in the Summer Creative Writing Workshops at The Shlenker School campus. They are:
Sara Doyle, 2nd Grade
Ivana Hsyung, 2nd Grade
Cheryl Lim, 2nd Grade
Sophia Ellis, 3rd Grade
Megan Hoang, 3rd Grade
Allison Lee, 3rd Grade
Max Rubenstein, 3rd Grade
Lydia McGaha, 4th Grade
Connor Sweeney, 4th Grade
Angie Tai, 4th Grade
Emily Clements, 5th Grade
Seshni Naidoo, 5th Grade
Samantha Roquemore, 5th Grade
Kirthy Kunthara, 6th Grade
Amritaa Sonnylal, 6th Grade
Jessica Tharaud, 6th Grade
The writers who teach these students will read as well.
This event is free and open to the public. Please join WITS for an evening of poetry inspired by art!