SOLD OUT - Federico García Lorca & Lou Reed: A Celebration of Two Poets in New York

Wed. Nov 20, 2019 at 7:00pm EST
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A night of readings and discussion to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Reed's 1989 New York album, and the 90th anniversary of García Lorca’s 1929 visit to NYC that resulted in his Poet in New York book.

Laurie Anderson
Mónica de la Torre
Don Fleming
Jonathan Hiam
Christopher Maurer
Thurston Moore
Anne Waldman
Hal Willner

Thirty years ago, Lou Reed released his iconic New York, partly inspired by Federico García Lorca’s Poet In New York, which the Spanish poet began writing sixty years earlier. To mark the overlapping anniversaries, the special guests will explore the connections between the two poets who never met but whose work reminds us of the vitality and inspiration New York has provided artists throughout its history. The evening, produced by the Lou Reed Archive and poet/writer Jonathan Cott and hosted by the Library, will feature readings and discussion, plus music recordings, videos and photographs from the Lou Reed Archive, part of The New York Public Library's collections.


For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released shortly before start time, and seats may become available at that time. A standby line will form one hour before the program.


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Celeste Bartos Forum The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
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