Christie DeNizio

Sing for Our Time Too
Declamation given by ChristieDeNizio 
on December 16, 2016
Audio _ Philip Glass“Wichita Vortex Sutra” (6:52)

1         Homer. Odyssey
2        James Joyce. Ulysses
3        Iris Murdoch. The Sea, The Sea
4        D.H. Lawrence. The Rainbow
5        Joyce. A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man
6        From the private journal of the artist
7        Hart Crane. “To Brooklyn Bridge”
8        From a letter sent to the artist
9        Allen Ginsberg. “Wichita Vortex Sutra”
10       Hart Crane. “Chaplinesque”

Sing to me of the man, Muse, 
the man of twists and turns
Driven time and again off course
Many pains he suffered, Heartsick on the open sea
Launch out on his story, Muse, daughter of Zeus
Start from where you will --- Sing for our time too (1)

And yes I said yes I will yes (2)

Then I felt too
That I might take thisopportunity
To tie up a few loose ends
Only of course
Loose ends can never be properly tied
One is always producing new ones
Time, like the sea, Unties all knots (3)

We are such inward secret creatures
That inwardness the most amazing thing about us
Even more amazing than our reason
But we cannot just walk into the cavern and look around (3)

Out of the nothingness and the undifferentiated mass
To make something of herself! But what? (4)

Amidst a waste of wild air and brackish waters
And the seaharvest of shells and tangle and veiled grey sunlight (5)
Completely submerged – the pure cold abyss (6)

History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake (2)

O Sleepless as the river under thee,
Vaulting the sea
The prairies’ dreaming sod
Unto us lowliest sometimes weep, descend
And of the curveship lend a myth to God (7)

My dear friend
I write this to you
while riding the F train
into Brooklyn (8)

I search for the language
That is also yours --- (9)

And yes I said yes I will yes (2)

All we do is for this frightened thing
We call Love,
Want and Lack (9)
His heart danced upon her movements
like a cork upon a tide
He heard what her eyes said to him
And knew that
in some dim past,
whether in life or revery
he had heard their tale before (5)

Of course Reading
and Thinking
are important, but my god
Food is important too (3)

I eat a slightly stale
a stale piece of carrot cake
at that Diner on 202
I had to go – Return - I Never Left -
to look at things
I wish I had been ableto go inside (6)

How can I spend my life away from the Home
that you feel like? (8)
And Yes I said Yes I will Yes (2)

But then,
When the happy gods bring on the long hard times
Bear them he must, against his will
And steel his heart.
Our lives, our mood and mind
As we pass across the earth
Turn as the days turn….  (1)

Let the State Tremble
Let the Nation Weep
Let Congress Legislate its own delight
Let the president execute his own desire
--- FUCK THAT --- (6)
This Act
Done by my own voice
Nameless Mystery —
Published to my own Senses
Blissfully received by my own Form
Approved with pleasure by my Sensations
Manifested of my very Thought
Accomplished in my own Imagination
All realms within my consciousness fulfilled (9)

For we can still love the world
Who find a famished kitten on the step
And know recesses for it from the fury of the street (10)

I lift my voice Aloud
Make Mantra of American Language NOW
I here declare the end of war!
Ancient days’ illusion!
And pronounce words beginning my own millennium (9)

You made me confess the fears that I have
But I will tell you
What I do not fear.
I do not fear to be alone
Or to be spurned for another
Or to leave whatever I have to leave.
And I am not afraid
To make a mistake
Even a great mistake
A lifelong mistake
And perhaps as long as an eternity too (5)

Sing to me of the man, Muse, 
the man of twist and turns
Driven time and again off course
Many pains he suffered, Heartsick on the open sea
Launch out on his story, Muse, Daughter of Zeus
Start from where you will --- Sing for our time too (1)

And through all sound of gaiety and quest
Have heard a kitten in the wilderness (10)



2015 - 2017     Yale University, New Haven, CT

MFA Painting/Printmaking   

2012 Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

BA  Studio Art and Education



2013 In Between : Parts Remembered, Past Life Billionaires, Marfa, TX

2011 Senior Thesis Exhibition, List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA


2017 Coda: Yale MFA Painting/Printmaking Thesis 2017, Green Gallery, Yale University, New Haven CT

2016  "Competitive Volume" a Game On! commission, as part of Artspace's City-Wide Open Studios, , Goffe Street Armory, New Haven, CT

2016 CWOS Exhibition, Artspace, New Haven, CT

2016 Esoteric Rodeo, Green Gallery, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2016 Boston Young Contemporaries, (Jurors: Catherine Haggerty and Margaux Ogden), Stone Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA

2015 The Gates Are Open, Green Gallery, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2015 Shedding and Shredding, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2015 Small Works, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2015 Strange Coupling, OK Gallery, Seattle, WA (collaboration with Gretchen Bennett)

2014, 2011 New Work, Fowler-Kellogg Gallery, Chautauqua, NY


2011 Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA


2017 Yale HP Blended Reality Grant, A Different Kind of Disaster, in collaboration with Stephanie Gonzalez-Turner, Yale University, New Haven CT

2016 Summer Residency Grant, Yale School of Art and Yale British Art Center, New Haven CT

2014 Chautauqua Friends of the Arts Tuition Grant, Chautauqua Institute of Art, Chautauqua NY

2014 Tuition Scholarship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT

2011 Salmen Prize Fund, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore  PA

2010 Jonathan Leigh Altman Grant, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA


2016 Dumfries House, East Ayreshire, Scotland

2014, 2011 Chautauqua Institute of Art, Chautauqua, NY

2014  Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2013 Education and Public Programs Internship, The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX

2012 Apprenticeship, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2010 The International School of Art, Montecastello di Vibio, Italy


2016 Queering Space, Green Gallery, Yale University, New Haven, CT, (Curatorial Team: Loren Britton, Shikeith Cathey, Christie DeNizio, Erik Freer, Johnathan Payne, Asad Pervaiz, Res, Buzz Slutzky, Erica Wessman)

2016 Match Game, John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT, (co-curated with Sarah Fritchey)

2016 Yale MFA Benefit Auction, Field Projects Gallery, New York, NY (organized with Loren Britton)

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