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New York Public Library presents Matthew Barney in conversation with Paul Holdengraber

Submitted by on May 12, 2013 – 8:23 am

The New York Public Library presents Matthew Barney in conversation with Paul Holdengraber, co-presented by LIVE from the NYPL and The Library for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 7pm.

Matthew Barney. Photo: Ari Marcopoulis.

Matthew Barney. Photo: Ari Marcopoulis.

From his earliest work, Matthew Barney has explored the transcendence of physical limitations within an interdisciplinary art practice. Even an examination of his work within one medium—as is the case with Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney, The Morgan Library & Museum’s new exhibition devoted to the artist’s works on paper and Rizzoli’s new book by the same name—reveals the complexity of his creative vision. Featuring nearly one hundred drawings, the exhibition spans Barney’s career, from his earliest works on paper made in the late 1980s, to drawings created in conjunction with his epic CREMASTER Cycle, a five-part film series that also incorporated sculptures and photographs, as well as storyboards of his latest project, River of Fundament, loosely based on Norman Mailer’s 1983 novel Ancient Evenings and blending narrative cinema with opera, sculpture and live performance.

To coincide with the opening of the Morgan exhibition and release of Rizzoli’s accompanying book, Barney joins Paul Holdengräber in conversation to explore his broad imagination and wide-ranging career.

For more information on this event and to purchase tickets, click here. For additional information about LIVE from the NYPL and to see a full schedule of upcoming events in the series, please visit

LIVE from the NYPL is made possible with generous support from Celeste Bartos, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos, and the Margaret and Herman Sokol Public Education Endowment Fund.

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