Lewis Hyde & Matthew Zapruder in The Green Room
Wednesday Dec 05 07:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
Museum members: $15.00
General Admission: $20.00
About the Lecture:
In partnership with The Merwin Conservancy, the museum will host an intimate conversation between renowned scholar, writer, and MacArthur Genius Lewis Hyde, and acclaimed poet and former poetry editor of The New York Times Matthew Zapruder in The Green Room, an environmental and literary salon series that fosters a reverence for language, nature, and imagination in the community. The duo will speak about why art matters and how the arts sustain us and reinvigorate the world.
Zapruder and Hyde's presentation will be followed by a book signing and a pop-up book store.
Lewis Hyde is a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic with a particular interest in the public life of the imagination. His 1983 book, The Gift, illuminates and defends the non-commercial portion of artistic practice. Trickster Makes This World (1998) uses a group of ancient myths to argue for the kind of disruptive intelligence all cultures need if they are to remain lively, flexible, and open to change. Hyde's most recent book, Common as Air, is a spirited defense of our "cultural commons," that vast store of ideas, inventions, and works of art that we have inherited from the past and continue to enrich in the present. He is currently at work on A Primer for Forgetting, an exploration of the situations in which forgetfulness is more useful than memory. A MacArthur Fellow and former director of undergraduate creative writing at Harvard University, Hyde teaches during the fall semesters at Kenyon College, where he is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing. During the rest of the year he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is an Associate of Harvard's Mahindra Humanities Center
Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Sun Bear, 2014, as well as Why Poetry, a book of prose. An Associate Professor in the MFA program at Saint Mary’s College of California, he is also editor at large at Wave Books, and from 2016-2017 held the annually rotating position of Editor of the Poetry Column for the New York Times Magazine.
This evening is generously presented by FIM Group with support from Atherton Family Foundation.