GEOPOETICS WORKSHOP, MILWAUKEE

The Lynden Sculpture Garden and Woodland Pattern Book Center present Intersite: Geopoetics of the Constructed Landscape and Beyond, a workshop with writer-in-residence Jennifer Scappettone.

The workshop is preceded by a reading by Scappettone at Woodland Pattern on Sunday, June 4 at 2 pm, and will culminate in a reading by participants, followed by a reception, at Lynden Sculpture Garden on Friday, June 9 at 6 pm.

In this workshop, we will explore a range of tactics for inhabiting and articulating the present moment geologically. How can we see through the garden’s beauty into the discordant histories embedded in the landscape of our convergence, for example, with its origins in the manufacturing concerns of the Allen-Bradley Company, and the designs of renowned golf course architects—their vision of an English country park echoing a client’s memories of Kansas City municipal grounds—slowly amassing the signatures of canonical artists, and metamorphosing in the 21st century through ecosensitive reconstruction? How do we see through the garden into the city beyond? Who lived here long before Milwaukee and its suburbs existed, and what glacial histories do its soils and rocks have to tell? Students will be asked either to respond to the site of the Lynden Sculpture Garden itself or to bring remnants of a site they wish to write about for the week—geological strata both natural and unnatural, as many artifacts as possible. Bring bits of history along that you are prepared to transform or destroy. And scissors.

Dates at Lynden: June 6-June 9

Tuesday, June 6 – 1-4 pm
Wednesday, June 7 – 1-4 pm
Thursday, June 8 – 1-4 pm
Friday, June 9 – 1-4 pm (with a reading and reception at 6 pm)

Related Events

Sunday, June 4 – 2 pm
Reading: Jennifer Scappettone
$8 General | $7 Students & Seniors | $6 WPBC Members
FREE for participants in Intersite: Geopoetics of the Constructed Landscape and Beyond
This event takes place at Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 E. Locust St. Milwaukee, WI 53212

Friday, June 9 – 6 pm
Workshop Reading & Celebration
Free
Participants in the workshop will offer a reading of work produced during the week followed by a reception.
This event takes place at the Lynden Sculpture Garden.

Both events are open to the public.

Fee: $200/$185 for members of Lynden or Woodland Pattern (one discount only).
Registration: Space is limited; advance registration required. Register online or by phone: 414-446-8794.

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