The Gift with Barbara Browning

Thursday October 26, 2017
07:00 pm

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Described as an “exquisite meditation on gift-giving, intimacy, the body, and performance” (Kirkus) that “presses hard against the boundaries of where literary and artistic performances begin and end" (The New York Times), Barbara Browning’s The Gift explores the relationship between writing and memory, activism and art, and is firmly grounded in the politics of our time. Browning read chosen extracts from the book accompanied by corresponding video art. The audience had a private screening of the videos with music via iPad, and met with Browning to learn more about her creative practice.


About The Gift

In the midst of Occupy, Barbara Andersen begins spamming people indiscriminately with ukulele covers of sentimental songs. A series of inappropriate intimacies ensues, including an erotically charged correspondence and then collaboration with an extraordinarily gifted and troubled musician living in Germany.



Barbara Browning is the author of three works of fiction—The Correspondence Artist (2011) and I’m Trying to Reach You (2012), both published by Two Dollar Radio, and The Gift, published by Coffee House Press/Emily Books. She has published an audio novel (Who Is Mr. Waxman?) and two academic books (Samba and Infectious Rhythm). Browning has a PhD in comparative literature from Yale University and teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. She is also a poet, a dancer, and an amateur ukuleleist. read more