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Film: Immortal Cupboard: In Search of Lorine Niedecker

Thursday, November 6, 2008, 6:15 PM

Thursday, November 6, 6:15 p.m. 

See the premiere of Cathy Cook’s experimental portrait of this Wisconsin poet, in which Shimon & Lindemann were visual collaborators. Free with general admission.

Living for years in the solitude of rural Wisconsin, poet and experimental writer Lorine Niedecker (1903–1970) chose what many might see as a lonely path. But out of her very deliberate and austere lifestyle came a poetics of observation so acute that some literary critics have described her as the twentieth century’s Emily Dickinson.

Taking cues from Niedecker’s work and the Wisconsin heritage they share, award-winning filmmaker Cathy Cook has combined original live-action footage, animation, archival images, and the poet’s only audio interview, bringing new life to Niedecker’s ruminations on nature, ecology, gender, domesticity, work, culture, family, and social politics.

Cook is an associate professor of film/video in visual arts at University of Maryland–Baltimore County. In 2001, she was awarded a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. Her media works are in the permanent collections of the Donnell Library (NYC), Princeton University, National Library of Australia (Canberra), and the NYU Film Library, among others.

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