William Hogarth, Self-Portrait, ca. 1735, Oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art.

Poetry:

 

The Society of Classical Poets “Poetry and Culture Symposium,” at the Princeton Club (June 17): Next Monday, the Society of Classical Poets will hold a symposium on poetry and culture, its first, at the Princeton Club in New York City. Discussing the revival of both classical poetry and classical art, the symposium will bring together the poets Joseph S. Salemi, James Sale, and Adam Sedia with the scholar Michael Maibach and the sculptor Sabin Howard, the artist of the classical World War I Memorial now being planned for Pershing Park in Washington, D.C. That morning, the Society will also lead a reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and other poems at the William Cullen Bryant Monument in Bryant Park.—JP

Art:

William Hogarth, Beer Street, 1750–51, Red chalk with graphite and pen and brown ink, The Morgan Library & Museum.

“Hogarth: Cruelty and Humor,” at the Morgan Library (through September 22): William Hogarth said to Horace Walpole that “I have generally found that persons who had studied painting least were the best judges of it.” Those joyed by the humor of Hogarth’s compositions won’t be surprised to learn that his tongue was sharp, too. But the critics eventually came around to Hogarth, with Brian Sewell declaring in 2007 that “With appropriate virtue but not enough decorum, Hogarth wrestled English painting out of the dead end of portraiture and into Manners and Morals.” See what the fuss is about at the Morgan Library, which is displaying, through September 22, numerous Hogarth works, including preparatory studies from his famous Beer Street and Gin Lane and Four Stages of Cruelty series (both 1751). —BR

Architecture:

 

Photo: ArchDaily

“Single-Handedly: Contemporary Architects Draw by Hand,” with Nalina Moses, at the General Society Library (June 11): Despite the availability of advanced digital sketching and design technology, even contemporary architects still draw by hand, noting the physical medium’s expressiveness and ability to bring out ideas in ways that the cool touch of a keyboard and mousepad can’t. Nalina Moses’s new book, Single-Handedly: Contemporary Architects Draw by Hand, out now from Princeton Architectural Press, is an examination of the ways today’s architects use traditional methods to achieve modish results. This Tuesday, she and four of the architects featured in the book will speak at the General Society Library.—BR

 

Other:

Photo: Irish Times

“Mapping Bloomsday,” at The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (June 13): Bloomsday is here again, the annual celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses on June 16, the date on which the novel takes place. To mark the event, the New York Public Library will be hosting a discussion on the subject of maps and their relation to Joyce’s masterpiece. As anyone who has read the book knows well, “dear dirty Dublin” is itself a central character in the novel, and Joyce once remarked that, should the city be destroyed, it could be rebuilt using his book as a guide. Which maps did Joyce use when deciding which streets Leopold Bloom, Stephen Dedalus, and the rest would traipse down? And which maps were later inspired by the work? Nabokov advised teachers of the novel “to prepare maps of Dublin with Bloom’s and Stephen’s intertwining itineraries clearly traced,” and in fact his own hand-drawn maps of Ulysses are held in the New York Public Library. Robert Seidman, the co-author of Ulysses Annotated, Ian Fowler, the Curator and Geospatial Librarian at the NYPL, Declan Kiely, the Director of Special Collections and Exhibitions at the NYPL, and Lisa Dwan, the Irish actress will discuss all this, in addition to reading selections from the novel, on Thursday.—RH

From the archive: “Recollections: Greenberg & Frankenthaler,” by Andre Emmerich (December 2004). Excerpts taken from Mr. Emmerich’s memoir titled My Life with Art.

From the current issue: “Paul Hollander, 1932–2019,” by Daniel J. Mahoney. A remembrance of the Hungarian writer and frequent New Criterion contributor.

By the Editors: Occasioned by “Be a Leader, Not a Liter,” his piece for The Wall Street Journal, James Panero joined “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to take a stand against the metric system in favor of US customary measures.

Broadcast: “Music for a While: Hello,” by Jay Nordlinger. Jay Nordlinger, music critic for The New Criterion, begins a new podcast, a music ’cast. As he says, he’ll talk about music—make some points, tell some stories, tell some jokes—but mainly play music. Because why talk when you can listen? “Music for a while,” goes Henry Purcell’s song, “shall all your cares beguile.”


 

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