January 1–31, 2021, 8:21pm GMT daily
Piccadilly Lights, London
Patti Smith will take over the Piccadilly Lights advertising screen in London’s Piccadilly Circus for two and half minutes every day at 20:21 gmt (8:21pm), transforming the 4k screen into a digital canvas. Her monthlong presentation A New Year will combine musical performance and poetry, and feature two live prerecorded events at midnight on New Year’s Eve and January 20, the date of the US presidential inauguration. The project is presented by Circa, a new platform presenting digital art in the public space established in 2020. Circa commissions a different artist each month to present new ideas that consider our present-day world. To watch the events online, visit circa.art.
Patti Smith, A New Year, 2021, Piccadilly Lights, London
Friday, October 11, 2019, 7pm
New York Society for Ethical Culture
Patti Smith will speak with New Yorker editor David Remnick as part of the New Yorker Festival. The annual event brings together key figures in politics, books, film, music, art, and popular culture for three days of programming, including panel discussions, live performances, intimate conversations, and exclusive screenings. A copy of Smith’s new memoir, Year of the Monkey, is included with each ticket. The event has reached capacity.
Patti Smith: Year of the Monkey (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2019)
2020 WSJ Magazine Innovator Award
Patti Smith was named the Literature Innovator at the 2020 WSJ Magazine Innovator Awards on November 11, 2020. This year marked the tenth anniversary of the awards, which recognize inspiring talents from a variety of cultural pursuits. The poet, artist, and award-winning memoirist and musician was honored for the indelible mark she has made on American letters and for her decades of revelatory work. Actor Ethan Hawke presented the award during the ceremony, which was filmed this year due to covid-19 restrictions. To watch the ceremony, visit the WSJ Magazine’s YouTube channel.
Patti Smith. Photo: Steven Sebring for WSJ Magazine
Plan Your Vote
Created in 2020, Plan Your Vote is an initiative of Vote.org that harnesses the power of the visual arts to promote and empower citizens to exercise their right to vote. The organization has collaborated with artists, including Davide Balula, Sally Mann, and Patti Smith, to create a public library of voting advocacy images, available for anyone to download and share, in order to help ensure everyone has a voting strategy and is vote ready. To check if you are registered to vote, or learn more about your voting rights, visit vote.org.
Artwork © Sally Mann
Patti Smith in
Souvenirs de voyage: La collection d’Antoine de Galbert
April 27–July 28, 2019
Musée de Grenoble, France
Souvenirs de voyage explores Antoine de Galbert’s passion for contemporary art. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, photographs, installations, primitive art, and religious and popular objects from the unique collection. Work by Patti Smith is included.
Patti Smith, Susan Sontag’s Grave, Paris, Montparnasse Cemetery, 2005 © Patti Smith
Patti Smith in
The Big Picture: A Transformative Gift from the Hall Family Foundation
April 28–October 7, 2018
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
The Big Picture will feature a selection of more than 800 photographs recently donated by the Hall Family Foundation. These new pieces span the entire history of the medium from a 1826 print by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, the inventor of photography, to a 2016 work by Patti Smith.
Patti Smith, Tolstoy’s Bear, Moscow, 2016 © Patti Smith. Photo: courtesy Nelson-Atkins Media Services/Tiffany Matson