• CAConrad: 500 Places at Once

CAConrad: 500 Places at Once

September 13, 2024 – February 16, 2025 

East Wing

500 Places at Once is an exhibition centering poet CAConrad that features a newly commissioned collection of three-dimensional poem sculptures, along with a reading room with publications from Fivehundred places, a small press established by the artist Jason Dodge.

The exhibition includes nine new poems by Conrad as revenant sculptures that curve and undulate on the page and in space, selected from the poet’s collection published this year Listen to the Golden Boomerang Return. Written from a place of somatic inquiry and rituals alongside animals surviving in the anthropocene, Conrad states “my poems are breathing wild creatures. They stand on the bottom of the page, vibrating in the center of their bodies.” Their poem-sculptures are scaled to the body and, collectively, resemble a forest or a gathering of mysterious creatures. 

The reading room contains publications from Fivehundred places, a press founded in 2012 by artist Jason Dodge that runs a single printing of 500 copies by authors Eileen Myles, Alice Notley, Dorothea Laksy, and more.


Exhibition programming is co-presented with the University of Arizona Poetry Center. A poetry reading will take place at MOCA Thursday, September 19th at 6pm. Conrad will also lead workshops Conrad that focus on poetry, somatic practices, and ritual; dates and details to be announced. 

500 Places at Once is organized by Laura Copelin, Deputy Director & Lead Curator with Alexis Wilkinson, Curator.

Exhibition partner is the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Generous support for this exhibition is provided by the Mellon Foundation; Arizona Commission on the Arts; and MOCA Tucson’s Board of Trustees, Ambassador Council, and Members.

About the artist

CAConrad has worked with the ancient technologies of poetry and ritual since 1975. Their latest book is Listen to the Golden Boomerang Return (Wave Books / UK Penguin 2024). They received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a PEN Josephine Miles Award, a Creative Capital grant, a Pew Fellowship, and a Lambda Award. The Book of Frank is now available in 9 different languages, and they coedited SUPPLICATION: Selected Poems of John Wieners (Wave Books). They exhibit poems as art objects with recent solo shows in Tucson, Arizona, as well as in Spain and Portugal. They teach at the Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam. 

Fivehundred places was founded in 2012 by Jason Dodge. With a single printing of 500 copies, each book will find itself in one of 500 places. On the cover of each book is a dead scissor by Paul Elliman.


Image credit: Poems from Listen to the Golden Boomerang Return, copyright 2024 by CAConrad, published by Wave Books and UK Penguin Books.