jonathan-sinagub-portraitJonathan Sinagub, architect and visual artist, currently working as an architect in New York City.

The City of Paterson has played a critical role in his professional career. He first came to Paterson in 1987 to use the Great Falls Historic District as the site for and taking cues from the poem Paterson for his Master’s Thesis in Architecture at MIT. His architectural career focuses on providing professional expertise in planning, design, and construction management to public sector clients and community development organizations. His photographic work has been a critical part of his artistic and professional endeavors.

The natural environment has influenced both his design form and his thinking. “Natural forms,” settings…places…and how paths and places are defined in nature.

It was the sense of place that drew Jonathan to the poem. It is Williams’ manner in which he describes and characterizes the people of Paterson, and through the people the place.

In seeking the character of the place, of Paterson, Williams would be the example of the richness of the diversity. Williams was bicultural. He spoke Spanish in his childhood home, but chose English in his public life, practice, and writings. Throughout his long, five-volume, epic poem Paterson and specifically in Book II, “Sunday in the Park,” Williams speaks of multiplicity and complexity. William Carlos Williams worked to find a balance between his “William” and “Carlos” identities.

He translated Latin and South American poets, bringing them into mainstream American literature to enrich and create an “American Idiom.” The exhibit opens with excerpts from “The Dog and the Fever,” a 17th Century novella by Pedro Espinosa; and “Prelude in Boricua” by Luis Palés Matos. Both had a profound influence on Williams. The play of spoken language in both works affected Williams’ writing of Paterson.

The exhibit takes its cue from Book II, “Sunday in the Park,” we take a walk with Williams as he describes his experience on Garret Mountain on a Sunday afternoon in early Spring. “Walking” measures the poetic flow and marks the changing rhythm, the music, of the poetry as he connects his thoughts to the scenes he observes.

Enjoy the walk.
Paterson 9/14/2019