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Visual Art

The Wendy’s Subway Reading Room

Sep 6, 2016—Jan 31, 2017
Sharp Lower Lobby in the BAM Fisher
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The Wendy’s Subway Reading Room is open to the public 12—5pm daily.


Design by Tyler Polich and Hannah Wilentz
Production by Jeff DeGolier
Neon Design by Hailey Loman
Printing by Gerardo Madera
Lighting by Like Minded Objects
Special thanks to Harris Bauer, Alec Mapes-Frances, Emily Reilly, and Elizaveta Schneyderman

The writer-operated, Bushwick-based library Wendy’s Subway comes to BAM this fall for Next Wave Art, offering audiences the chance to read, write, and engage with selections from its extensive collection of historical and contemporary print publications. The Reading Room will include works on theater, dance, performance theory, and contemporary poetics and showcase titles curated by Next Wave artists performing in the BAM Fisher building, rotated monthly.

Every month, the Reading Room will also host workshops led by contemporary performers and writers, as well as readings by New York City-based practitioners.

Wendy’s Subway Reading Room is open every day (excluding holidays) from noon to 5pm, September 6 through January 31, with extended hours before and after evening performances in the Fishman Space. Readers are encouraged to spend time with the non-circulating collection, and consult with librarians about the publications. A limited-edition catalogue of the library’s holdings will be available in the Reading Room and on the Wendy’s Subway website.

The flexible, modular space of the Reading Room is designed by Tyler Polich and Hannah Wilentz, and has previously been installed at White Columns (New York); NADA New York (in collaboration with Aeromoto, Mexico City); Brown University for the group exhibition “From Line to Constellation” (Providence, RI); and the Carnegie Mellon University School of the Arts for the Open Engagement “Place and Revolution” conference (Pittsburgh, PA).

About Wendy’s Subway
Wendy’s Subway is a non-profit library and writing space located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It provides an open, versatile space where cultural production flourishes through reading, research, and collaborative practice, and is manifested in performance, publication, and education. Wendy’s Subway hosts a range of public programs, including readings and screenings, interdisciplinary talks and lectures, discussion and reading groups, and writing workshops. The non-circulating library holds a collection of books and documents with a special focus on poetry, art, theory, and philosophy, as well as the Laurin Raiken Archive, an extensive resource for the study of art history and criticism. Wendy’s Subway is operated by its membership of poets, curators, novelists, artists, and critics with an interest in hybrid forms and cross-disciplinary discourse.

Leadership support for BAM Visual Art provided by Agnes Gund and Toby Devan Lewis


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