Lachaise Poetry Reading

Hear of “grasses murmuring, a moon “toothless, old and grey” an “empty room that no longer sobs,” and “lovers walking in a garden” at a poetry reading in Kykuit’s scenic sculpture gardens.

A prolific poet, Isabel Dutaud Nagle (1872-1957) wed young and found herself in a loveless marriage. She met the sculptor Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935) in Paris and resolved to spend the rest of her life with him. He followed her back to America, where together they celebrated art, literature, and poetry. They shared their lives with artistic figures of the 1920s New York art world with the support of patrons such as Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and her son Nelson Rockefeller.

A selection of Lachaise’s letters and Nagle’s poems will be read alongside sculptures by Lachaise that punctuate the old-world landscaping of Kykuit and convey despair, delight, and the power of art and poetry to strengthen the soul. A reception will follow.

The rain date for this event is Thursday, May 11.

Paula R. Hornbostel is the Director of the Lachaise Foundation. She is an art historian with a master’s degree from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. She organizes loans and exhibitions of Lachaise’s sculptures. Currently, she is researching the letters of Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935) at Yale University’s Beinecke Library and the poems of Isabel Dutaud Nagle Lachaise (1872-1957) in the collection of the Lachaise Foundation.

Event Location and Ticket Information

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The Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund
200 Lake Road
Tarrytown, New York 10591
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Friday, May 5, 2023
Times: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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$15.00 - General Admission

Presenter: The David Rockefeller Creative Arts Center at Pocantico
Presenter Phone: 914-524-6560
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