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Frigid Phrases event brings poetry Mad Libs to Rose Kennedy Greenway

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  February 14, 2013 05:23 PM

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Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com

The Wharf District Parks of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, seen in greener days.

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway will host a free public art event based on the Mad Libs word game, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts announced Thursday.

The family friendly Frigid Phrases event, scheduled for Feb. 20, will give participants a chance to rewrite the work of local poets by substituting words in the texts of five large-scale poems that will hang in the Greenway’s Wharf District Parks, according to a statement released by the art school.

The word substitution options will be printed on gloves handed out at the event, which participants will be encouraged to trade with other players toward the goal of acquiring a matching set of words. Players can keep their gloves at the end as both a souvenir of the event and as limited edition works by museum school students Kate Gilbert and Emily Lombardo

Gilbert and Lombardo, both scheduled to complete their masters’ degrees later this year, were inspired to create the event after studying author and curator Nicolas Bourriaud’s concept of “relational aesthetics.”

“We wanted to take this idea of artists creating dynamic social environments beyond the classroom, galleries, institutions, and out into the real world,” Gilbert said in the statement.

“We hope people will gather after they’ve played, have some tea, get to know one another, and appreciate Boston in the winter,” Lombardo said in the statement.

Poems for Frigid Phrases were selected through an open submission process and include works by Jeremy Alliger, executive producer of Alliger Arts and founder of Dance Umbrella; Annie Colbert, a graduate of Acton Boxborough Regional High School now studying at New York University; Pamela de Olivera-Smith, a Jamaica Plain poet and writer; Shoshana Spencer, an undergraduate at the SMFA; and fifth grade students Leia, Kayla, and Susan from the KIPP school in Lynn.

Frigid Phrases will take place from 4 – 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 20. For more information on the project and the artists, visit http://frigidphrases.blogspot.com/.

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