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The Mountain at the Center: Reflections on Etel Adnan

Once I was asked in front of a television camera: 'Who is the most important person you ever met?' and I remember answering: 'A mountain.' I thus discovered that Tamalpais was at the very center of my being." —Etel Adnan

Join us for a conversation on the artist, writer, painter, publisher, correspondent, and friend—Etel Adnan.

Etel’s presence in Bay Area poetry communities, international networks, and throughout the visual art world, is a force as gentle and moving as Mount Tamalpais. Denise Newman describes this mountain as being so central to her work—a body of work that is vast, always expanding outward—while holding onto this central focus, always returning to the mountain.

Deena Chalabi, Brandon Shimoda, and Denise Newman will discuss Etel’s life, work, and continuing influence.

Sunday, February 27, 2022
11:00 am


Online via Zoom


Full closed captioning available for all Zoom events.

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Deena Chalabi

Deena Chalabi is a curator, writer and connector. She was the inaugural Barbara and Stephan Vermut Associate Curator of Public Dialogue at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the founding Head of Strategy at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar, where she co-edited, with Wassan Al-Khudhairi and Nada Shabout, Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art. Her writing has appeared in publications including Bidoun, The New Inquiry, and the Journal of Visual Culture.

Brandon Shimoda

Brandon Shimoda is a yonsei poet/writer, and the author of several books of poetry and prose, most recently The Grave on the Wall (City Lights), which received the PEN Open Book Award. He co-edited, with Thom Donovan, To look at the sea is to become what one is: An Etel Adnan Reader (Nightboat Books). His front door faces a mountain.

Denise Newman

Denise Newman is a poet and translator based in San Francisco. Her fifth poetry collection, The Redesignation of Paradise, is forthcoming from Kelsey Street Press. She has translated two novels by Inger Christensen and the short story collection, Baboon, by Naja Marie Aidt, which won the PEN Translation Prize. She teaches at the California College of the Arts.

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