Photo by Gregory Bosse.

In conjunction with Bard Graduate Center’s Focus Gallery exhibitions; New York Crystal Palace 1853 and Design by the Book: Chinese Ritual Objects and the Sanli tu, we have invited Brooklyn based literary organization Wendy’s Subway to curate a Reading Room in the ground floor of the Gallery. Admission is free, as is the wifi!


Wendy’s Subway will present the Reading Room at Bard Graduate Center, to promote engagement with artists’ books, periodicals, and other publications selected for their relationship to the Spring exhibitions and public programming. A series of readings and workshops that gather together some of the boldest voices from poetry, literature, and performance will accompany the installation.

Originally designed by Tyler Polich and Hannah Wilentz, their Reading Rooms have previously been installed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York); White Columns (New York); NADA New York (with Aeromoto, Mexico City); Brown University, (Providence, RI); and the Carnegie Mellon University School of the Arts (Pittsburgh, PA).

Wendy’s Subway is a non-profit library and writing space located in Brooklyn. 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.