This Friday, October 14th from 7 to 9 pm: “Drawing for Poets, Writing for Painters,” a workshop with Nicole Eisenman and erica kaufman at Wendy’s Subway in Brooklyn

For the last few months, VCS alumna Harris Bauer has been working for Wendy’s Subway, a nonprofit writer-run space in Brooklyn that she describes as follows:

We are a non-circulating library/workspace, hosting events and workshops in our storefront space on Bushwick Avenue as well as off site (right now we’re in residence at The Brooklyn Academy of Music and have built a library for their Next Wave Festival along with corresponding programming).

Yesterday, Harris e-mailed me to mention that Wendy’s Subway will be hosting a series of readings and workshops at BAM through this coming January, and that they’ve also got an interdisciplinary writing and drawing workshop coming up at their own space this Friday evening. Here’s more about the latter from the Wendy’s Subway website:


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Drawing for Poets, Writing for Painters
A workshop with Nicole Eisenman and erica kaufman 
Friday, October 14, 7-9pm

Registration fee (sliding scale): $50-100
Capacity: 15 participants
Register here.

Revolution is in the air! Unfetter yourself from the restrictive manacles of left-brain thinking as we draw from life. Frolic in the halcyon glades of the right brain imagination. This two-hour class involves drawing from life with some guidance and some lexical interventions, writerly interruptions. We will explore the fundamentals of figurative drawing: gesture, line, proportion, and shadow. We will also introduce language into figure: word as gesture, line as limb, punctuation as proportion, shadow as shadow. No experience necessary. You may leave this class with a migraine or an epic.

This workshop is organized as a fundraiser for Wendy’s Subway.  The registration fee is determined on a sliding scale by the participant; all fees are donated to Wendy’s Subway.

Nicole Eisenman is an artist living and working in Brooklyn. Her work has been exhibited widely, both in the United States and internationally. Recent one-artist exhibitions have been held at the New Museum, NY (2016); the Institute of Contemporary Art and at the Institute for Contemporary Art, PA (2014). She is currently in the group shows Painting 2.0 at the Museum Brandhorst, Munich,  The Montreal Biannual, and These Strangers… Painting and People, S.M.A.K., Ghent.

erica kaufman is the author of INSTANT CLASSIC (Roof Books, 2013) and censory impulse (Factory School, 2009). she is also the co-editor of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life and Work of kari edwards (Venn Diagram, 2009), and of Adrienne Rich: Teaching at CUNY, 1968-1974 (Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, 2014) . Prose and critical work can be found in: Rain Taxi, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Jacket2, Open Space/SFMOMA Blog and in The Color of Vowels: New York School Collaborations (ed. Mark Silverberg, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). Additional critical work is forthcoming in  Despite the Possible: 15 American Women Poets (ed. Mary Biddinger, University of Akron Press, 2015) and in the MLA Guide to Teaching Gertrude Stein (eds. L. Esdale and D. Mix). kaufman is the Director of Faculty and Curriculum for the Institute for Writing & Thinking at Bard College, and teaches in both the Master of Arts in Teaching and First Year Seminar Programs.

Image: Nicole Eisenman, woodblock print, 2012.


The workshop will take place at 379 Bushwick Avenue in Brooklyn; for more information, contact Wendy’s Subway at info@wendyssubway.com. Space is limited, so if you’re interested in participating, get in touch with them to register soon.

I will post updates from Harris on upcoming Wendy’s Subway events as they approach.

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