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Richard Blanco and Jacob Hessler in Conversation
July 9, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us on July 9th at 7:30pm in the Rockport Opera House for a presentation by Richard Blanco and Jacob Hessler on their recent collaborative book project, Boundaries (Two Ponds Press, 2017). They will speak about the book itself, as well as the process of their collaboration.
Boundaries is a collaborative project between Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco and contemporary landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler. Blanco’s poems and Hessler’s photographs together investigate the visible and invisible boundaries of race, gender, class, and ethnicity, among many others; they challenge the physical, imagined, and psychological dividing lines—both historic and current—that shadow America and perpetuate an us vs. them mindset by inciting irrational fears, hate, and prejudice. In contrast to the current narrowing definition of an America with very clear-cut boundaries, Blanco and Hessler cross and erase borders. As artists, they tear down barriers to understanding by pushing boundaries and exposing them for what they truly are—fabrications for the sake of manifesting power and oppression pitted against our hopes of indeed becoming a boundary-less nation in a boundary-less world.
For more on the book, visit: twopondspress.com/boundaries
About Richard Blanco
Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person toserve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work.
About jacob Hessler
Jacob Hessler’s photography has been described as introspective, nostalgic, meditative and spiritual. Focusing primarily on large-scale landscapes, his keen eye and use of scale connects viewers with the vastness of the human experience. His images feel expansive and serene, with a whispering tension between the familiar and the deeply mysterious. Hessler’s signature style has developed a strong following of collectors and interior designers around the world.
Every summer, Maine Media is proud to present the The Arnold Newman Master Lecture Series at the Rockport Opera House. Every Monday and Tuesday evening during the summer season, incredible artists who are teaching at MMW that week share their their work, perspectives, wisdom, and inspirations with our midcoast community. The lectures are free and open to the public. We look forward to sharing the exciting stories of our world-renowned instructors with our midcoast community and hope to spark meaningful conversations and inspire creativity with these lectures. Join us!
We would like to thank Bangor Savings Bank for sponsoring the 2018 lecture series and making these transformative evenings possible.