Jo Labanyi, Director of King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center led an evening of presentations by Lorca specialists. These presentations challenged and expanded upon traditional Lorca scholarship.
Antonio Monegal of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona read Sex in the City: Lorca’s Images of Desire; a paper focused on representations of the unattainable as conduits for love.
Paul Julian Smith from The Graduate Center at CUNY presented Poet on the Moon: Intermediality in Lorca’s American Period. He discussed Lorca's film script Viaje a la Luna (Journey to the Moon) and the poet's previously unproduced intermedia work, providing a glimpse of one filmmaker's attempt to complete the project.
Andrés Soria of Universidad de Granada presented Between Letter and Poems: On Lorca’s 1932 Presentation and Reading of 'Poet in New York at the Residencia de Señoritas, Madrid. Soria stressed the importance of Lorca's 1932 presentation as a representation of the poet's attempt to integrate his own consciousness with the world.
Jonathan Mayhew of the University of Kansas presented the analysis Postmodern Lorcas: O’Hara, Motherwell, Strayhorn; presenting Lorca as a postmodern figure, setting his writing against the paintings of Robert Motherwell, the music of Billy Strayhorn, and the poems of Frank O'Hara.
The discussion took place on Tuesday evening on April 9, 2013 at NYU's King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center. These programs and the archiving effort is made possible with support from Acción Cultural Española.
This event produced by King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (NYU) and Fundación Federico García Lorca with the support of Acción Cultural Española and la Caixa Foundation.
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Lorca in New York: A Celebration (April 5-July 21, 2013), the largest-ever festival in North America celebrating the work of acclaimed Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca. Presented by Fundación Federico García with support from Acción Cultural Española, it is anchored in the premiere of Back Tomorrow: Federico García Lorca/ Poet in New York at The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (April 5-July 20) – an exhibition bringing together for the first time manuscripts, drawings, letters, and photos Lorca generated during his brief but prolific stay in New York (1929-1930). With more than two dozen events throughout Manhattan, the festival marks the first time in more than 25 years that the city pays tribute to Lorca on a grand scale. For a complete schedule of events, visit: lorcanyc.com
The Clocktower radio station at ARTonAIR.org will record and archive many of the events as the official radio station of the festival in partnership with Fundación Federico García.