Kiria Koula: Gallery & Bookstore


The Best Most Useless Dress + more
by Claudia La Rocco
Wednesday, June 10, 7pm

The author will sign books after her reading.

Kiria Koula is excited to present Claudia La Rocco’s debut solo reading in San Francisco on Wednesday, June 10. La Rocco will read her selected writings encompassing poetry, performance texts and criticism from The Best Most Useless Dress + more by Claudia La Rocco (Badlands Unlimited, 2014), as well as a few recent and in-progress works.

Claudia La Rocco is the author of The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited, 2014) and the editor of I Don’t Poem: An Anthology Of Painters (Off the Park Press, 2015) and Dancers, Buildings And People In The Streets, the catalogue for Danspace Project’s Platform 2015, which she also curated. She founded, which won a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts’ graduate program in Art Criticism and Writing. A contributor to Artforum and The New York Times, La Rocco’s work has been presented by such organizations as The Kitchen, The Drawing Center, The Poetry Project, San Francisco’s Center for New Music and Tokyo’s Dance New Air Festival. Her current collaborators include the choreographer Michelle Ellsworth, the performance company Findlay//Sandsmark and the composer Phillip Greenlief. Her first novel has been commissioned by The Chocolate Factory Theater, where it will also have its premiere performance in December 2015. She lives in Brooklyn.

Kiria Koula: Gallery & Bookstore

“Widely known as an incisive critic for the New York Times and Artforum, Claudia La Rocco is also a poet and performer whose hybrid texts are as mercurial and imaginative as her criticism. The Best Most Useless Dress reveals the breadth and depth of La Rocco’s work, encompassing a decade’s worth of poetry, essays, performance texts and reviews. Trespassing genre boundaries, these writings explore how movement and rhythm—in time, through space, across bodies, on the page —engender experience itself.”
—Badlands Unlimited

“Inquiry and seduction stroll hand in hand through these pages. Insubordinate, sexy, ravenously curious.”
—Elizabeth Robinson

“La Rocco’s impactful writing conjures voices we want and need: critical and committed, brazenly addressing the interior and exterior states that define live art experiences.”
—Jay Sanders, curator of performing arts, Whitney Museum of American Art