Claudia La Rocco reads from and discusses her new book, The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited, 2014), a collection of selected writings featuring poetry, criticism, and performance texts. How do different types of writing inform and diverge from each other, and what is it to be working in these various modes and disciplines in 2014? She will be joined by Badlands Unlimited publisher Paul Chan—as it turns out, the idea for the book was born at the restuarant El Quijote, in a conversation with Chan following his visit to a Writing I class La Rocco was teaching in the Art Writing program.
Claudia La Rocco has performed at such places as Danspace Project, San Francisco's Center for New Music, and Counterpath Press in Denver. She founded theperformanceclub.org, which won a 2011 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and focuses on criticism as a literary art. Sher serves on the board of the Poetry Project, is a member of the Off the Park poetry press, and contributes regularly to the New York Times and ARTFORUM.
Quijote Talks take place in our library on 21st Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues in Chelsea, usually on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Named after our favorite after-lecture hangout, El Quijote in the Chelsea Hotel, and inspired by the knight errant himself, this new series consists of pointed talks and discussions about relevant pasts and possible futures. Browse our full lecture archive here.