John Giorno

John Giorno

American poet and artist
Country: USA

  1. American poet and artist
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Influence and Collaborations
  4. Giorno Poetry Systems and 'Dial-A-Poem'
  5. Buddhism and Multifaceted Themes
  6. Later Years and Legacy

American poet and artist

John Giorno was an American poet and artist, known for his experimental projects and events such as 'Dial-A-Poem'. He gained recognition for his role in Andy Warhol's film 'Sleep' and was actively involved in various projects to combat AIDS.

John Giorno

Early Life and Career

John Giorno was born in New York and graduated from Columbia University in 1958. After completing his education, he worked as a broker in New York City. In 1962, Giorno met Andy Warhol, and they soon became lovers. Warhol had a significant influence on Giorno's development as a poet and artist. However, their relationship ended in 1964. They reunited in 1986, but sadly, Warhol passed away a year later.

John Giorno

Influence and Collaborations

Giorno's interactions with artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns inspired him to incorporate techniques of pop art into his poetry. He also collaborated with William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin, which led to the creation of new ideas for texts and audio poems. One of his poems even received recognition at the Paris Museum of Modern Art Biennale in 1965. Inspired by Rauschenberg's experimental projects, Giorno created 'Electronic Sensory Poetry Environments' with the help of Robert Moog.

John Giorno

Giorno Poetry Systems and 'Dial-A-Poem'

In 1965, Giorno established the non-profit production company 'Giorno Poetry Systems', aiming to introduce new forms of poetry to a broader audience using innovative technologies. In 1967, he launched the first project of the 'Dial-A-Poem' series at the Architectural League of New York. This project allowed people to listen to contemporary poetry over the phone. The project was later repeated at the Museum of Modern Art in 1970, and selected recordings were released on compact discs. 'Giorno Poetry Systems' collaborated with artists such as William S. Burroughs, John Ashbery, Ted Berrigan, Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Robert Rauschenberg, and Robert Mapplethorpe.

John Giorno

Buddhism and Multifaceted Themes

In 1971, Giorno traveled to India, where he met Dudjom Rinpoche, the head of the Nyingma Buddhist order. This encounter marked his introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, and Giorno became one of the first Western advocates for this religion. He collaborated with Buddhist communities for several decades. In his poetry, Giorno explored a wide range of themes, including Eastern religions, philosophical teachings, advocacy for sexual minorities, and narratives about his experiences in the psychedelic gay circles of New York City.

Later Years and Legacy

In 2007, Giorno appeared in the film 'Nine Poems in Basilicata' by Antonello Faretta. Two years prior, he began performing alongside Spanish rock singer and composer Javier Colis. His first poetry collection, 'Subduing Demons in America: Selected Poems 1962-2007', was published in 2008 by Soft Skull Publishing. In 2010, Giorno organized his first solo exhibition in New York City titled 'Black Paintings and Drawings' at the Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery. In 2011, he played the lead role in one of the versions of R.E.M.'s music video for the song 'We All Go Back to Where We Belong'.

John Giorno's contributions to poetry, art, and the fight against AIDS have left a lasting impact on the cultural landscape. His innovative projects and collaborations continue to inspire artists and poets around the world.