A free online gathering to build personal peace and collective peace
First session: Wednesday, September 23rd at 6 p.m.
Class will meet every Wednesday thereafter; drop in for one class or come for the full series. No need to attend the first meeting; drop in at any point.
Filmmaker Courtney Sell spent a year documenting Mandy Kahn’s peace-focused works of immersive poetry, which are performed by casts of actors and opera singers, and often include crowd participation, as well as props like bubbles and beach balls. The film includes selections from Kahn’s 2019 performance “Gateways to Peace” at the Getty Center museum in Los Angeles, which features large-scale interactive poems that incorporate musical techniques, a site-specific work in the museum’s tram, and a work that occupies the museum’s fountain. Also included are Kahn’s presentations at institutions like the Barrick Museum at UNLV and at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles. In addition, the film documents intimate peace-building presentations in the Joshua Tree desert and on a ranch in Northern California. The documentary premiered on the PRS YouTube Channel on April 8, 2020 and will be released later in the year.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mandy Kahn is the 2019-2020 artist-in-residence at PRS. Kahn is the author of two poetry collections and her work is included in The Best American Poetry 2018. She’s given readings at Cambridge University and London Review Bookshop, has been interviewed on BBC Radio, has written opera libretto for MacArthur grantee Yuval Sharon and Pulitzer prizewinner Ellen Reid, and is the recipient of the 2018 Shakespeare Prize. Kahn’s current work focuses on spirituality, the honoring of nature and the arrival of peace in the world. While in residence at the PRS, Kahn will host a series of events that combine the presentation of creative works and conversations around how an artist’s personal peace-building practice intersects with their process of making. She’ll also be writing poems that take inspiration from the volumes in Manly P. Hall’s library. Kahn is available for office hours during her tenure here; inquire at the library if you’d like to arrange a meeting.