Press announces collaboration with Frye Art Museum
This fall the Frye initiates a series of quarterly readings by writers the
Museum has invited to explore the stylistic relationships between visual
art in the Frye Collection and in special exhibitions and the literary
arts. These New Works Reading Performances, starting with a presentation
by Frances McCue and Stacey Levine on September 27, will be free.
The series developed from a reading last summer in the Frye galleries by
writer and educator Rebecca Brown (internationally published author of
eleven books of prose), who discussed the dark tale in Western literature,
then read her short story “The Brothers,” a fable she wrote in response to
artist Robyn O’Neil’s drawings. Encouraged by the standing-room-only
audience’s enthusiastic reception and the subsequent requests for copies
of Brown’s short story, the Frye programmed this series of gallery
readings by Northwest writers.
In addition, the Frye joined forces with the University of Washington
Press to co-publish a book that brings together the two art forms.
Co-edited by Brown and Mary Jane Knecht, Frye manager of adult programs
and publications, the book joins the work of twelve visual
artists—including Gabriel Max and Franz von Stuck (whose artwork is in the
Frye Collection), Tim Eitel, Robyn O’Neil, and Sigrid Sandström—with a
dozen Northwest writers, including Jack Nesbit, Ryan Boudinot, Frances
McCue, Stacey Levine, and Barbara Thomas. The anthology is scheduled for a
spring 2009 publication following the reading series’ conclusion.
Join us at the Frye Art Museum for the first in the New Works Reading
Perfomances Thursday, September 27, 7 pm for Frances McCue on Franz von
Stuck’s Sin and Victoria Haven’s sculptural Altar for Sin,
and Stacey Levine on the art of Patricia Piccinini.