Please join us to celebrate the launch of The Letters of Rosemary & Bernadette Mayer, 1976–1980
, co-published by Lenbachhaus, Ludwig Forum, Spike Island and Swiss Institute. This collection of the correspondence between artist Rosemary Mayer (1943–2014) and poet Bernadette Mayer (born 1945) occurs between the years of 1976 and 1980, a period of rich creativity in New York’s artistic avant-garde, and one which includes the development of major bodies of work by the two women. Rosemary Mayer was creating sculptures, watercolors, books and “temporary monuments” from weather balloons and snow, while Bernadette Mayer was working on some of her best-known publications, including the book-length poem Midwinter Day
and the poetry collection The Golden Book of Words
. Spanning the worlds of Conceptual art, Postminimalism, feminism, the New York School, Language poetry and more, these letters elucidate the bonds of sisterhood through intimate exchanges about art, relationships and everyday life.
On the occasion of the launch, the book’s editors, Gillian Sneed and Marie Warsh, will provide an introduction, followed by a group reading of selected letters.