So Long Joe Brainard

by Abby Wendle


John Brainard remembers his brother Joe, a Tulsa-born artist who befriended Frank O’ Hara, Andy Warhol, John Ashbery, and other artistic icons in New York City. In this segment, John discusses discovering his brother’s homosexuality and the relationship between place and art.

Featured here: a communal reading of Joe Brainard’s poem “Autobiography,” John Brainard reads from Joe’s book I Remember, and a recording of Joe reading “Tuesday, February 18th, 1971,” at the Poetry Project, St. Mark’s Church, New York, March 31, 1971.