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Jen Bervin, Silk Poems, 2016. Nanoimprinted silk film viewed through a microscope, liquefied silk, and gold spatter. Photo: Bradley Napier.

Saturday, March 21, 4:30 pm

Reading: Silk Poems

Wrightwood 659
659 W. Wrightwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614


Following the latest guidance related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Smart Museum of Art and Wrightwood 659 are suspending The Allure of Matter public programs through March 30. We will continue to monitor the situation and may postpone further programs as the situation develops. Check for updates from the Smart Museum and Wrightwood 659.

Join the Smart Museum of Art, Wrightwood 659, and Poetry Foundation for a special program connecting material art and poetry.

The evening features a live reading of the book Silk Poems by artist and poet Jen Bervin, as well as an exclusive tour of The Allure of Matter.

FREE, but space is limited. Please register in advance.

About the artist

Jen Bervin’s poetic and multidisciplinary work results from research and collaboration with artists and specialists ranging from material scientists to literary scholars. With her collaborators, she activates the intersections of art and scholarship, text and textiles, and science, technology, and craft in works that range from poems written nanoscale to large-scale museum installations. She is the author of eleven books, including six artist book editions with Granary Books, and Silk Poems—a long-form poem presented both as a biosensor made from liquefied silk developed in collaboration with Tufts University’s Silk Lab and as a book, which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and a New Museum Book of the Year. Her publication Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems, with Marta Werner and Susan Howe, was a New Yorker Book of the Year, and a Seminary Co-op Notable Book of the Decade.