Something Different

Here’s something you couldn’t miss even if you wanted to. To inaugurate 155 Freeman, a non-profit art space in Greenpoint, the online magazine Triple Canopy will hold a marathon reading of Gertrude Stein’s “enormously long and allegedly unreadable” novel The Making of Americans: Being a History of a Family’s Progress. Beginning Friday, January 20, a roll call of New York artists, writers, publishers, and scholars will perform the entirety of Stein’s text in a continuous read-in, expected to last through the weekend.


Stein composed the opus between 1903 and 1911. However, it wasn’t published in full until 1966, twenty years after her death. Each year between 1974 and 2000, Paula Cooper Gallery hosted marathon readings of the tome by the likes of Alison Knowles and John Cage, who we honestly can’t imagine reading anything other than I Ching. (Google it.)

155 Freeman, Brooklyn
Friday, January 20, 7 pm through Sunday, January 22, 7 pm
Free and open to the public; Books will be available to borrow

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