The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is thrilled to host Claudia La Rocco, the multi-faceted poet, Artforumand New York Times critic, author and instructor in SMoCA Lounge. La Rocco will discuss recent projects including a reading from her new book The Best Most Useless Dress: Selected Writings (Badlands Unlimited, 2014). She will later be joined by composer Phillip Greenlief, who will provide a solo performance followed by a collaborative experience created by Greenlief and La Rocco.
Claudia La Rocco’s interdisciplinary practices also include founding thePerformanceClub.org, which won a 2011 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant; teaching at Princeton University and Arizona State University and Movement Research; serving on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts’ graduate program in Art Criticism and Writing and on the board of the Poetry Project; holding residencies at places such as Stanford University; and performing at Danspace Project in Manhattan, San Francisco's Center for New Music and Counterpath Press in Denver. Due to La Rocco’s eloquent way with criticism as a literary art form and her dynamic, hybrid use of text, her new book The Best Most Useless Dress reflects over a decade’s worth of her poetry, essays and reviews. Jay Sanders, curator of performing arts at the Whitney, writes: "Claudia La Rocco's impactful writing sketches its performing subjects in real time, depicting not only the character of work, but the conditions in which it collectively forms and exists. Here the spaces of New York performance and the spaces of critical writing reveal themselves anew."
The reading, discussion and performances will be followed by a book signing.