From Transylvania to the Ozarks to Tampa Bay — Andrei Codrescu to visit St. Pete

His Avida Dollars will be at the St. Pete museum for a short run as part of SPF15.


Anyone who listens to public radio on a semi-regular basis has no doubt been treated to the luminous essays and verse of Andrei Codrescu, or you may have read his novels such as Blood Countess. The Transylvania-born poet, novelist and more has achieved success by breaking the rules and will be here to talk about his particular road less taken on this Thursday at USF St. Petersburg and on Friday at the Dalí Museum, which will premiere a limited-run exhibition by the famed writer, thinker and creator: Andrei Codrescu: Avida Dollars. According to the museum, Avida Dollars is Codrescu’s postcard project for The Dalí, and the phrase refers to the anagram André Breton made of Dalí’s name, which the artist made reference to throughout his career.


In a special collaboration with USFSP Codrescu will give lecture there titled "Avida Dollars — Art is the New Currency” which takes place Thursday 6-7 p.m. at USF St. Petersburg University Student Center Ballroom. USFSP is offering a priority seating pass for the lecture with an invitation to meet the writer following the lecture, plus receive a signed copy of his 2009 book, The Posthuman Dada Guide. The event, part of the university's 50th anniversary celebration, is limited to 100 seats; $25 tickets are available here.

At the Dalí event on Friday, Sept 25, at 6:30 p.m. in The Dalí’s Raymond James Community Room, Helen Wallace (soon to be Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg) will lead a conversation with Codrescu about recent projects and poetry. Andrei Codrescu: Avida Dollars features postcards Codrescu has been sending The Dalí weekly from his farm in the Ozarks in Arkansas. He has sent 21 postcards to the Museum over a six-month period, featuring images of people, places and activities in Codrescu’s native Romania. Some are minimally modified with decorative stickers, comments or images of with collaged figures and decorative, ironic stamps. The Friday evening talk/exhibit event is free to the public but limited to 100 seats so guests should reserve seats in advance at TheDali.org/events. The 2-day exhibit runs through Sunday, Sept. 27, at The Dalí.

Both events are part of the SPF15 being held through Sept. 27. The inaugural SPF15 consists of dozens of events and activities being produced by local and national artists, arts organizations and arts-related businesses.

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