Today in 1880: African American poet Angelina Weld Grimk is born. Although her distinguished biracial Grimk family of Boston gives her prominence in society, the sad tone of her works suggests a deep unhappiness and frustration. Many of hers poems express her inner turmoil.
She feels her social position does not allow her to live openly as a lesbian. Like most black woman writers, her works will have very little visibility. Nonetheless, Grimk will win acclaim for her two dramas, several short stories and a great number of poems.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Marginalia in cARTography, a free exhibit at the Chazen Museum of Art, is guest curated by Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez, an art historian who specializes in the iconographical analysis of maps and the artistic interest of historical cartography. Ms. Sáenz-López will give a lecture today at 5:30, followed by a reception with music by the Kat Trio. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Chazen Museum of Art Council and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. This is at 5:30 today at 750 University Avenue. More info at chazen.wisc.edu.
This Saturday are two Madison Public Library book sales from 9am to 4pm. The Pinney Branch sale is at 204 Cottage Grove Road. The Sequoya Branch sale is at 442 Westgate Mall. More info at madisonpubliclibrary.org.