Alex Katz: Collaborations with Poets Exhibition Opening

Join us for an intimate look at the painter Alex Katz’s extensive collaborations with poets, followed by a poetry reading by his son, Vincent Katz. This event will feature the premiere of a video dialogue between Alex and Vincent, looking closely at some of the works on view in this exhibition. Spanning works created over the past 60 years, the exhibition includes print portfolios, editioned books, portraits of poets and unique cutouts, all centering on poets and poetry.

Organized by the Poetry Foundation with guidance from the artist and his son, and with support from GRAY, the exhibition offers a unique opportunity to experience Katz’s deep interest in an art form whose forms and tactics he considered “more stimulating than painting.”

Often associated with the Pop Art movement, Alex Katz began exhibiting his work in 1954; since that time he has produced a celebrated body of work that includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints. His earliest work took inspiration from various aspects of mid-century American culture and society, including television, film, and advertising.

Vincent Katz is a poet, translator, curator, and critic. Katz is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Broadway for Paul, Southness, Swimming Home, and Rapid Departures . He is also coauthor of Fantastic Caryatids, a collaboration with Anne Waldman, and his book collaborations with artists include Alcuni Telefonini with Francesco Clemente and Judge with Wayne Gonzales, among others. Katz also edited and wrote the introduction to Poems to Work On: The Collected Poems of Jim Dine.

In-Person Attendance:

All guests over the age of two must wear a mask inside the Poetry Foundation building. Guests over the age of five must show proof of vaccination and booster up to the level to which they are eligible for their age group. Guests over the age of 18 must show ID alongside their proof of vaccination. If you cannot meet these requirements, you will not be granted entry to the event. Please note that some performers may choose to perform without a mask. Guests are encouraged to register in advance.

Livestream Attendance:

The livestream link will be shared with registered guests on the day of the event. In order to receive the livestream details, please register in advance here.

Poetry Foundation’s events are completely free of charge and open to the public. This event will include CART captioning and ASL interpretation. For more information about accessibility at the Poetry Foundation, please visit our Accessibility Guide.