Frank O'Hara would have turned 80 this year. In honor of his birthday there are several events planned in NYC, all detailed at the Frank O'Hara website.
For your convenience (and my own!) I'm reposting all the details here. I'm going to try to make it to as many of the events as possible... they look fantastic.
Passwords: Bill Berkson on Frank O'Hara
Tuesday November 28 @ 7PM
72 Spring Street, Second Floor
Berkson explores the life and work of O'Hara through the lens of the pivotal year of 1956, when he was preparing the manuscript of his first major collection, Meditations in an Emergency.
Bill Berkson is a poet, critic, teacher and sometime curator, who is the author of sixteen books and pamphlets of poetry, including the recent collections Serenade and Fugue State. During the 1960â€™s he collaborated with Oâ€™Hara on the poems in Hymns of St. Bridget & Other Writings. He teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute.
A Reading for Frank O'Hara's 80th Birthday
Wednesday November 29th @ 8PM
The Poetry Project @ St. Mark's Church
131 E. 10th St.
A celebration and reading of the work of the brilliant and widely influential poet Frank O'Hara (1926-1966; author of Lunch Poems, Meditations in an Emergency, and Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara), for the purposes of honoring his 80th birthday and hearing the poems. Readers will include Bill Berkson, Ned Rorem, Tony Towle, CA Conrad, Eileen Myles, Anne Waldman, Taylor Mead, Maureen O'Hara, Patricia Spears Jones, Olivier Brossard, Bob Holman, John Yau, Kimberly Lyons, Lytle Shaw, and a number more. Co-sponsored by Poet's House and the Museum of Modern Art.
Frank O'Hara at MoMA
Thursday, November 30, 6:00 p.m.
The Celeste Bartos Theater and MoMA Library and Archives Reading Rooms
The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
4 West 54 Street
Frank O'Hara worked at The Museum of Modern Art on and off for fifteen yearsâ€”first selling postcards, then curating exhibitions, writing catalogue copy, and composing poems during his lunch hour. This program features poets John Ashbery and Bill Berkson, artist Alfred Leslie, and Museum Archivist Michelle Elligott as they share their memories of O'Hara and his love for poetry and art during his time at MoMA. Selected archival material from the Frank O'Hara Papers, such as correspondence, handwritten notes, and installation photographs, and printed materials such as illustrated books of poetry and exhibition catalogues, will be on view in the Library and Archives's new Reading Rooms.