Symposium Symposium: Kathy Acker in Seattle, 1980-1989

From the Kathy Acker Reading Room © Daniel Schulz

Fri, 09/13/2019

Goethe Pop Up Seattle

Chophouse Row
1424 11th Ave.
Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98122

The Kathy Acker in Seattle Symposium is dedicated to the important experimental and feminist author and proto-Riot Grrrl Kathy Acker, who came to Seattle's Center on Contemporary Art for residencies in 1980 and 1989.
The first two panels of the day examine the cultural landscape upon Acker’s first arrival in Seattle, as well as her work during that time.
After a quick lunch break, cultural critic Steven Shaviro reads from Acker’s Doom Patrols and author Stacey Levine, cartoonist Kelso, artist Alice Wheeler, and Jim Jones discuss the lasting legacy of Acker’s 1989 CoCA residency.
The symposium is organized by Larry Reid, advocate for visual and performing arts in the Pacific Northwest and beyond and curator and events coordinator at Seattle’s Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, and by Daniel Schulz, curator of Acker’s personal library, also known as the Kathy Acker Reading Room at the University of Cologne.
The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Please register via Eventbrite.
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