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Jimmy DeSana (American, 1949–1990). Storage Boxes, 1980. Inkjet print, printed 2022, 15 1/2 × 23 1/2 in. (39.4 × 59.7 cm). Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and P·P·O·W Gallery, New York. © Estate of Jimmy DeSana. (Photo: Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and P·P·O·W Gallery, New York)

Poetry Workshop: I See You Face to Face

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

6–9 pm

Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor

Join Cea (Constantine Jones), a poet and Visual AIDS Oral History Project Liaison, and Drew Sawyer, Phillip and Edith Leonian Curator of Photography, for an intimate poetry-writing workshop in Jimmy DeSana: Submission. Take a close look at how the artist used photography, mail art, zines, and more to convey the radical spirit of the 1970s and ’80s and critique the American dream. Then, participate in a generative writing session, using Cea’s “Poem for You” method of observation, reflection, and gratitude to thoughtfully engage with DeSana’s work and legacy.

This series of in-gallery writing workshops is inspired by our current exhibitions and open to all experience levels. Honoring poetry’s place in the Brooklyn Museum’s history, the title comes from “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” by Walt Whitman (who worked at the Brooklyn Apprentices’ Library, the Museum’s predecessor) and speaks to the power of sharing space with artwork and fellow poets. 

Tickets are $40 and include a complimentary notebook. Member tickets are $35. Not a Member? Join today!

For access needs, such as ASL interpretation, please email us at access@brooklynmuseum.org.