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Lynn Marie Kirby: Collaborations with Etel Adnan

Tuesday, August 20th | 7:00pm

“To be with Etel is to be walking under the linden trees, discussing an idea, feeling the light as it comes in through the leaves with her mountain in the distance—her spirit seeing too, not afraid to say something, meeting the big picture and its small shadow, and of her being her with us in these pages.” — Lynn Marie Kirby, Under the Linden Trees; Etel Adnan: Premonitions, Kelsey Street Press: Berkeley, 2014.

Artists and writers Lynn Marie Kirby and Etel Adnan formed a longtime friendship in the 1990s and have worked together on several art and writing projects. Join Kirby for a special presentation and reading that will touch on their various collaborations and forthcoming publication. Adnan is a Lebanese, Paris-based artist, essayist, and poet, who was a longtime resident of Marin County for several decades and is known for her works inspired by her relationship to Mount Tamalpais. From 1958 to 1972, Adnan taught philosophy at Dominican College of San Rafael, California.

The San Francisco-based Kirby will perform Transmissions (2017), a video and live reading inspired by her time spent with Adnan in Paris, incorporating their collaborative drawings and open-ended conversation about Mount Tamalpais, truth, ritual, coherence, and democracy. This program will also screen their collaborative short video shot in Marin County, Under the Linden Trees (2001/2019). The piece was first presented as a joint performance in 2002, and will premiere in the Library as a single channel video.

Introduced and co-organized by Courtney Fellion and Tanya Zimbardo.

Registration recommended. Click here to register.

Lynn Marie Kirby is an interdisciplinary artist based in San Francisco. Kirby is occupied with questions of place, the residue of history, and in between states. She is engaged with seeing through different systems — both visible and hidden underpinnings. Her practice depends on improvisation, translation, and collaboration, accidents that make her jump, and forms of contemplation. Through the use of different materials Kirby explores how technologies are used as extensions of perception to capture the flow of time. Her background in cinema, performance, and sculpture allows the work to rove between different forms. Recent projects often include poetic/associative experimental text, in take-away broadsheets or books. Kirby has shown at galleries, museums, and film festivals around the world. Kirby is a Professor of Fine Arts and Film at the California College of the Arts.