Exhibitions on Art and Ineffability

Tablet by Christopher Chiavetta

Drake University’s Comparison Project hosts two exhibitions on art and ineffability during the month of November with opening events on Friday, November 7. The opening events feature poetic and musical performances of ineffability from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Weeks Gallery, a gallery talk on contemporary abstract painting as a form of wordless communication at 6:15 p.m., and a concert by the jazz sax quartet New Third Stream Quartet at 7:30 p.m. in Sheslow Auditorium.

Everday Abstraction in the Anderson Gallery is an exhibition of contemporary abstract painting as a form of wordless communication. It features the paintings of five artists from across the United States. It will be on view through January 23, 2015. Visit the Anderson Gallery website for more information.

Weeks Gallery will display works by various artists, all of whom are responding to the theme of “ineffability” through painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media projects. The exhibition entitled, Performing Ineffability: Art, Poetry, Music will remain on display through the end of November. An associated art installation in Scott Chapel will be on display from November 5 to 7.

Two of the poet-artists involved in the exhibition opening are also participating in events on Thursday, November 6. At 6:00 p.m. Christopher Janke lectures on ineffability in contemporary poetry, and at 7:30 p.m. Douglas Kearney performs from his recent work Patter and hosts readings from Drake’s Coalition of Black Students and Des Moines’s Run DSM. Both poetry events will be held in the Cowles Library Reading Room.

All events are free and open to the public.

Photos from the exhibition opening

Using a Net to Catch the Air: Poetry, Ineffability, and Small Stones in a Shoe

Christopher Janke Christopher Janke, Independent Poet and Artist

Thursday, November 6, 6:00 p.m.
Cowles Library Reading Room

Using a Net to Catch the Air: Poetry, Ineffability, and Small Stones in a Shoe is a free-form lecture—a meditation—on the way certain poets create aesthetic experiences by simultaneously constructing and undermining their own linguistic creations.

Christopher Janke explores the connection between words and the world with sculptural poetics. His poems have been in Harper’s, The American Poetry Review, and dozens of other journals. His first book, Structure of the Embryonic Rat Brain, won the Fence Modern Poets Series Prize; a two-volume set of poetry, Blink Song, is due out from H_NGM_N Books in 2015.

Christopher Janke’s lecture manuscript

Listen to audio of Janke’s lecture: