Category: modernism


Walter Benjamin’s arcades project & contemporary art

We went to the Jewish Museum to see the marvelous exhibit of contemporary art & poetry made in response to — and/or influenced by — Walter Benjamin’s remarkable Arcades Project. The show was partly curated by Kenneth Goldsmith, who arranged collaged texts and quotations to accompany each element of the...


Tracie Morris responds to Gertrude Stein

Tracie Morris reads her poem “Enclosed,” written in response to Gertrude Stein’s “Tender Buttons” at an event in celebration of poet Billy Joe Harris’s 75th birthday in Brooklyn, NY on March 11, 2017. We are adding this poem to the ModPoPLUS syllabus in the Stein section of chapter 2.3 (week...


15-minute video on translating surrealism

In this video, Alan Bernheimer responds to questions about his translation of Philippe Soupault’s Lost Profiles: A Memoir of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism, which was published in November by City Lights. The book is a retrospective of a crucial period in modernism, written by a co-founder of the Surrealist movement. The...