Points, an exhibition of paintings and poems by three generations
of American artists and writers, has appeared in galleries
in Peru and the United States. The exhibition highlights the
relationships between mentor and student, with
the student going
on to become the teacher of the next generation.
Pivot Points has a life
as an exhibition and a catalog; Blackbird attempts to
merge the sensibilities of the two in our documentation of the
The arrangement in
the show's physical exhibition space
is by generation, not genre; visitors move from first-generation
painters to first-generation poets. The catalog, however, segregates
the painters from the poets in a physical binding with two front
covers; that is, holding the painter's catalog, one can simply
flip (pivot) the booklet to find the "back cover" is
actually the front
poet's catalog. The end of both documents is in the center of the
We faced a dilemma in our documentation:
should we organize by genre or by generation? A linked environment
allows us to invite you to explore both by genre
Maps) or by generation (with the Exhibition Table).
If you want to move
sequentially by generation,
painter Victor Kord in the Exhibition Table or the Painters'
Relationship Map. (See Navigation Help for further tips.) Once
you have opened the commentary page for an artist or writer, you
view his or her work using a thumbnail menu of the work, or may
move forward or backward in the Exhibition loop.
First visit? Review the Navigation
Help or open the Exhibition Table below to get an overview of content
Enjoy, explore, and revisit.
Pivot Points was
organized by Virginia Commonwealth University
artists and faculty members Reni Gower and Sally Bowring, both
second-generation painters in the show. Blackbird Senior
Editor Mary Flinn appears in the print catalog as the author
of an introduction to the poets. Blackbird Senior Editor
Gregory Donovan appears as a second-generation poet.