You Who Read Me With Passion: An Evening on Dorothy Iannone with Trinie Dalton

A talk and Q&A with Trinie Dalton on the work of Dorothy Iannone to celebrate the publication of "YOU WHO READ ME WITH PASSION NOW MUST FOREVER BE MY FRIENDS" by Siglio Press, a collection of rarely seen, long-out-of-print artist’s books, drawings, and unpublished writings by Iannone, many reproduced in their entirety or substantially excerpted so that readers can delve into work not easily read in an exhibition space or a catalog. 

This talk will also mark the opening of an exhibition of spreads reproduced from this new collection. 

Dorothy Iannone (b. 1933, Boston, MA) has been making artist’s books, paintings, drawings, sculptures, sound pieces and video installations in relative obscurity since the 1960s until The Wrong Gallery featured her work at the Tate Modern in 2005, followed by The Whitney Biennial in 2006 with the work “I Was Thinking Of You,” (1975/2005) colloquially known as “the orgasm box.” Her first solo exhibition at a U.S. museum, “Dorothy Iannone: Lioness,” took place in 2009 at the New Museum in New York when she was seventy-six years old. The New York Times wrote at the time: “High priestess, matriarch, sex goddess: the self-taught American artist Dorothy Iannone has been called all these things and more.” Her most recent solo exhibitions include “Innocent and Aware” at the Camden Arts Centre, London, and “Imperturbable” at the Centre National Édition Art Image, Paris, both in 2013. This year, in 2014, a solo show at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich follows “This Sweetness Outside of Time,” a major retrospective at the Berlinische Galerie für Moderne Kunst, Berlin.

Trinie Dalton is Faculty Director of the MFA in Writing and Publishing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has taught fiction and art critical writing at VCFA, SVA, Columbia, Bard, USC, Art Center, NYU, and Pratt. She is also Core Faculty in Fiction at VCFA in the low-residency MFA in Writing program. She has published six books, most recently Baby Geisha (Two Dollar Radio). Other fiction titles include Wide Eyed (Akashic), a story collection, and Sweet Tomb (Madras Press), a fairytale novella. Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name Is (McSweeney’s) is a transformation of her archive of confiscated high school notes into a collaboration between fifty artists. Mythtym (Picturebox) is an art/fiction anthology based on mythological monsters and horror. Dalton has written many reviews of art, books, and music, for artists’ book projects and magazines such as Bookforum, artforum.com, Brooklyn Rail, The Believer, Modern Painters, and Paper as well as numerous essays for artist monographs.