Robert Wilson will talk to Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed, Lucinda Childs and others about his artistic collaboration with them over the years. The conversation will be instigated by Paul Holdengräber.
Robert Wilson is among the most distinguished theater directors of our time. Creator of such works as The King of Spain and The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud, Wilson also collaborated with Philip Glass on the hugely successful opera Einstein on the Beach. Today, Wilson’s accomplishments are recognized not only in the spheres of theatre and opera, but also in the visual arts. Retrospectives of his work have been held throughout the world, and his installations have appeared in several Guggenheim museums, among other venues worldwide.
This event marks the US publication date of The Watermill Center – A Laboratory for Performance – Robert Wilson’s Legacy, a new book about the first 20 years of The Watermill Center. It will also feature the new book Robert Wilson From Within edited by Margery Arent Safir.
Dan Asher / John Baldessari / Michael G. Bauer / Michael Bilsborough / Nancy deHoll / Jen Denike / Tim Dowse / Ellie Ga / Laleh Khorramian / Jason Lazarus / Mamiko Otsubo / Samuel White
Opening Night Performances: Thank You Rosekind, Doom Trumpet, No Sky God, Mark Golamco
She was a lion sitting on her dad’s shoulders. They formed a totem of two heads, one large, one small as they walked down the street. Powerful with her lion-painted face, she stuck her tongue out at a man passing by. He tripped on the side of his foot and then fell to the ground.
The girl’s father didn’t realize that his daughter scared the man, causing him to fall. The man already had a fear of children. The girl’s father also didn’t realize that had he reached his hand out to help, the man wouldn’t now have two permanent rods conjoined in his hip bone, and wouldn’t have lapsed into a permanent hallucinatory state from which he’d never recover.
A strange yet oddly compelling fusion of jazz, bluegrass, klezmer and rock, Hearts & Bones is bassist Dave Hertzberg’s first project as a leader. The band combines his original compositions with Paul Simon covers and arrangements of traditional folk songs, and features Itai Kriss (flute), Alan Grubner (violin), Rick Snell (acoustic guitar), Dave Hertzberg (bass) and Joel Arnow (drums) SCOTT KETTNER’S FORRO BRASS BAND. The latest creative output of Nation Beat and Maracatu New York ringleader Scott Kettner is a funk infused brass band that performs infectiously live dance music from northeastern Brazil. This group travels between North and South America as if there were no borders or passports needed. Ranging from fresh originals to forró classics, this Brooklyn-based group throws a global dance party you wont forget. Scott Kettner: drums; Brian Drye: trombone; Rodrigo Ursaia: flute; Petr Cancura: saxophone and John Altieri: tuba.
THE UNDERGROUND HORNS. A 6 piece brass band that plays afro funk bhangra new orleans salsa grooves and beyond…
“ cooking audio gumbo…our special recipe includes some funk, jazz, hip hop mixed with brass band traditions spiced up with african and other world rhythms…music for the people!” “kick-ass dance music…that brushes up against psychedelia…with shots of funky brass juice” (All-About-Jazz NY)
Over the past two decades, Yuskavage has developed her own genre of the female nude: lavish, erotic, cartoonish, vulgar, angelic young women cast within fantastical landscapes or dramatically lit interiors. They appear to occupy their own realm while narcissistically contemplating themselves and their bodies. Rich, atmospheric skies frequently augment the psychologically-charged mood, further adding to the impression of theatricality and creative possibility.
For this exhibition, Yuskavage takes her complex narratives to a larger scale, whose sheer vastness adds a cinematic component to the works. More so than previously, this new body of work appears to merge the genres of landscape, still life, and portrait painting. Despite their immediacy, the plots reveal themselves slowly over time. Her compositions are equally prolonged: the terrains are more spacious and more intricately articulated than in previous works, which heightens a sense of realism while at the same time dismantling easy construction of meaning.
Phil Elverum is Mount Eerie. The 33 year-old multi-instrumentalist has played in other bands, and worked as a producer, but remains best known for this solo project, which began under the name the Microphones in 1997. In 2003, he renamed the project Mount Eerie (and added an “e” to his last name, Elvrum) after returning from a trip to Norway, where he lived alone in a remote cabin for a winter. “Mount Eerie” specifically refers to the mountain on Fidalgo Island, an island an hour and change north of Seattle where you’ll also find Elverum’s lifelong Anacortes, Washington hometown.To date, his most critically acclaimed (and popular) album is the Microphones’ 2001 epic The Glow, Pt. II. The first official Mount Eerie album — following the Microphones’ final 2003 full-length, also called Mount Eerie — is 2005’s No Flashlight. It was followed by 2007’s Mount Eerie pts. 6 & 7, a 132-page, hardcover book of his photography, packaged with a 10” picture disk. In early 2009, the journals he kept and drawings he scribbled in Norway were released as a 144-page hardcover book called Dawn. It came with 16 color photo cards and a CD of songs he wrote while living there.
Born in 1967, Louis CK got his start in comedy after moving to New York City in 1989 and appearing on as many of the numerous televised comedy programs being shot in the city as possible. Soon making short films and touring the country on the comedy circuit, CK got his start in television as one of the original writers for the wildly irreverent Conan O’Brien Show when it premiered in 1993. Masterminding such long-running skits as the “Staring Contest” and “Actual Items” (some of which continued to appear regularly, years after his departure), CK continued to make short films as he later worked for The Late Show with David Letterman and The Dana Carvey Show, all the while gaining popularity as a talented comedian. (READ MORE.)
Jalopy turns 5! Join us for a star-studded night of music, art and film.
We couldn’t have gotten here without the loyal customers, musicians, teachers and patrons that have made these five years so wonderful. What started as an idea has turned into a community of friends, accentuated by amazing music, learning, and fun.
We want to say THANK YOU to all of you who have made this journey with us.
We invite you to celebrate this birthday with us, we will raise our glasses with a complimentary champagne toast (and keg of Six Point!), and share a piece of anniversary cake or snacks. The official party starts at 8 pm, but come at 6 pm for the opening of a new art show by Robin Hoffman, Jalopy’s in-house artist. The opening will also feature a documentary film by Elif Alp’s documentary short film, “The Fabulous Jalopy,” which has been accepted in to the 2011 Coney Island Film Festival. During the opening, the M. Shanghai band will entertain.
Please join artist Sari Carel and media scholar Jonathan Sterne for an evening of conversation addressing early experiments in sound reproduction and their link to contemporary sound culture. Moderated by Leah Abir, the evening will examine the relationship between sound and image, art and science, and imagination and technique through the mid-nineteenth-century device known as the phonoautograph. Invented by Edouard-Léon Scott de Martinville in 1857, the phonoautograph was a sound-visualizing machine that generated images of sound vibrations—images that resembled automatic drawings. This early audiovisual mechanism was a starting point for Carel’s Semaphore Island, a work in process that uses phonoautograph drawings generated by sound recordings of extinct birds, as well as for Sterne’s book The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction, which outlines a comprehensive social historiography of sound culture. The event will feature footage of the only functioning phonoautograph that remains in existence today.
an exhibition exploring the idea of the off-kilter, the psychedelic, and the zany lurking below the surface of everyday reality. Featuring the work of Leslie Alexander, Maria Calandra, Elisabeth Condon, dNASAb, Francesco Longenecker, and Mary Jones.
One of the world’s premier venues for botanical art, this annual exhibition showcases the most important artists in the field, both established and emerging. Selected by jurors Patricia Jonas, Kathie Miranda, and Derek Norman from a field of 200 submissions, the forty-one artworks on view have been created by artists from the US, UK, Japan, Australia, Brazil, and Canada.
Click here to take a virtual tour of the exhibition.
The Victorians had a different relationship to the dead body and dying than we do today. Painters in the late-Romantic style created beautiful men and women ravaged by death; they depicted dying as a moment of climax and aesthetic perfection. Locks of hair were snipped from the corpse and woven into jewelry: a form of mourning that revered the body and its parts, even after death. Body-part stories told of the deep desire to possess the pieces of the famous dead. We will look at some of these paintings and objects, with a view toward recuperating this willingness to dwell with loss itself, to linger over the evidence of death’s presence woven into the texture of life.
The NY Gypsy Festival celebrates its seventh year with another outstanding performance schedule and a total of nine shows from Sept 9 – October 1st, 2011. Highlights include the US Debut of Italy’s much revered CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO, New Mexico-based A HAWK AND A HACKSAW, Austria’s Electro Swing masters DUNKELBUNT & THE SECRET SWING SOCIETY and Barcelona’s wild and creative band FREAK FANDANGO ORCHESTRA.(ALSO AT THE BELL HOUSE.)
Over the past two years Larry and His Flask has gone from crawl to sprint at breakneck speed. Determined to make music for a living or die trying, the six brothers set out in a van, intent on playing for anyone, anywhere at any time. From coffee shops to dive bars and street corners to theater stages, the Flask honed their sound and show through experience, attacking each gig like buskers who must grab and hold the attention of passersby in hopes of collecting enough change to get to the next town.
The debut novel from the brilliant and funny mind of John Warner chronicles the life and times of a middling standup comedian who finds and tragically loses stardom with a single gimmick. What’s the gimmick, you ask? Well, he performs jokes, impressions and commercials with his fist in his mouth to the wrist. But while this gimmick launches the comic into an A-List lifestyle, filled with blockbuster movie roles and sold-out arenas, he quickly tires of the John Wayne (“Whalks whake wah gok inunh gruble”) and Richard Nixon (“Foy hant tont uh crulkh”) routines that his audience clamors to see. When he finds himself on trial for shooting an unarmed man six times, abandoned by his family and with a career in tatters, the comic seeks hope in the love of another maligned celebrity. Warner has written a coruscating satire of our celebrity culture with the delicate grace notes of someone’s roman à clef.
John Warner is the managing editor of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, a co-color commentator for The Morning News’ annual “Tournament of Books,” and a former contributor to the legendary cult website Modern Humorist. His book, My First Presidentiary: A Scrapbook of George W. Bush (with Kevin Guilfoile) was a Washington Post #1 bestseller. He has also edited three volumes of material culled from the Internet Tendency, Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans; Mountain Man Dance Moves: The McSweeney’s Book of Lists; and The McSweeney’s Joke Book of Book Jokes. Warner teaches at Clemson University and is a consulting editor to the South Carolina Review. The Funny Man is his first novel.
Haymarket Books seeks to drive a wedge into the risk-averse world of corporate book publishing. In the brief time since we started publishing, Haymarket, a project of the nonprofit Center for Economic Research and Social Change, has published more than two hundred titles. We were recently listed as one of ten publishers named by In These Times magazine as being a key member of “The Progressive Media Network and Its Allies.” In 2009, Library Journal’s editor Barbara Hoffert called us her “top find of the convention” in a report on “Great Discoveries” at BookExpo America, and we had our first New York Times best-seller, with Amy Goodman’s Breaking the Sound Barrier.
Revisiting his 1988 work “Find My Way Home,” the renowned performance artist will take part in a special week-long, work-in-progress residency at MAD. “Find My Way Home” resets the Greek myth of Orpheus during the Great Depression. The tragic story of the fabled god of music’s decent into the underworld to save his true love is told in part by employing sections from Gluck’s Baroque opera “Orfeo Ed Eurydice,” originally written for a male castrato, but performed by Kelly in his signature countertenor, along with Depression-era Noel Coward songs, and French cabaret tunes. This highly original interpretation garnered Kelly a 2010 NEA American Masterpieces Dance Award.
Risk+Reward, a new public program series designed to enable artists to take new risks in the realm of performance, will be presented by the Museum of Arts and Design this fall. Running from September 10 to November 12, 2011, the series will encompass a diverse group of practitioners, including the legendary vanguardist John Kelly, who will revisit a classic work from his oeuvre, and the enfant terrible choreographer Jack Ferver, who will premiere a piece as part of the Performa 11 biennial. Central to the series is the conviction that only through risk can we pave the way for unexpected and startling rewards.
GENITALIA Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 7 to 10 PM
GALERIA, Queens’ newest alternative art space in Jackon Heights, continues its monthly program with the exhibition Genitalia. The unconventional art gallery is a new initiative created by the monthly film series CINEMAROSA in partnership with HOMBRES LOUNGE. The monthly art exhibitions will take place at the Lower Level of the Gay establishment through the end of the year exploring various themes of concern and in relation to Queer culture and featuring the works of local and national artists.
Genitalia is the second exhibition at GALERIA and is curated by artist Hector Canonge. The exhibition focuses on the erotic exploration of the feminine and masculine reproductive organs and their placement and interpretation in popular Queer culture. Canonge explains that “although the name of this exhibit may raise a few eyebrows, and some people may want to avoid entirely to see or say penis or vagina, it is important to explore possible demarcations between pornography and fine arts.” Genitalia includes works by local and national artists working in various media and who responded positively to the Open Call and the theme of the exhibition.
The organizers of the Biennale de Paris argue that innovative art does not need material presence. Instead, it should be a practice in a form of a series of ongoing workshops and debates–such as the one this panel is intended to be. They believe that words that are being used in art today are insufficient to describe their practice and propose a new vocabulary: the invisual, non-artistic-art, etc. After defining those key words for the public, the panelists will address the question whether such “dematerialization” threatens art to turn into a dry intellectual exercise or if it elevates art to new levels of significance.
From Cubism to Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s soup cans, Pop Art still holds court as one of the most relevant art movements of the twenty-first century due to its on-going dialogue with contemporary popular culture. In their exhibition, Please Stand By, artists Stacia Yeapanis and anonymous internet video artist Readymade 777 take this discussion a step further by using appropriation and transformation to reveal how viewers and users of cultural products like TV shows, movies, and video games, not only make meaning from the images they digest, but often become active participants in cultural production themselves. Yeapanis’ hand-made cross-stitches are painstaking recreations of a single frame from TV shows such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Xena: Warrior Princess, using the decorative handicraft of embroidery as a symbol of how far we have invited and incorporated these fictional TV characters into our personal lives. Similarly, artist Readymade777 cuts together everything from VHS home video footage, film clips, 50’s TV commercial, to pornography turning them into disorienting and often harrowing digital assemblages that jolt the viewer into making visual and psychological connections between images and genres.Somewhere deep within the catacombs of Readymade777’s agile brain, you’ll find an artist frantically searching for the remote control. Taking his/her moniker from Marcel Duchamp, for the past 10 years anonymous video artist Readymade777 has managed to seize viewers’ attention and hold it captive, garnering over 100,000 unique views from the platform of his/her YouTube channel. Readymade777’s short clips from American cinema, television advertisements, and pornography create subversive video mixes that are simultaneously erotic, grotesque and hilarious.
9/28 Wednesday (MJJ)
Joe McPhee, Lori Freedman, Dominique Duval, and a mystery guest
oe McPhee (sax) Lori Freedman (clarinets) Dominique Duval (bass) ??? (drums, percussion)
Improvisations from these long-time collaborators.
Duo for the Liberation of Sound and Image, with Dario Garau
Gerard Pape (composer, sound projection) Olga Krashenko (composer, flute) Dario Garau (piano)
Krashenko: Ge / Pape: Harmonies of Time and Timbre I / Stockhausen: Klavierstuck VII / Scelsi: from Five Incantations and Suite No. 8 “Bot-Ba” / Krashenko: From.
A former Okie blues singer and Russian history professor, Jim Story has published short stories, essays, reviews and poetry in Confrontation, The Same, Karamu, Folio, Pindeldyboz, The Slavic and East European Review, Helicon, Aspen Anthology, Berkeley Poetry Review, Steelhead Review, Now, Paper Boat, Hyn Poetry Anthology, Poets, Long Island University Magazine, And Then, and Home Planet News.
Alethea Black’s debutcollection of short stories, I KNEW YOU’D BE LOVELY (Broadway Books/RandomHouse), has been called “downright brilliant” by Robert Olen Butlerand is a Barnes & Noble ‘Discover Great New Writers’ pick and an Oprah.comBook-of-the-Week. Black’s work has won the Arts & Letters Prize, has beencited as distinguished in The Best American Short Stories, and has been read at venues around the country bysuch talents as Campbell Scott and Michael Cerveris.
Sandra Leong is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who lives in New York City. Her short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Antioch Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, SouthWest Review, Conjunctions, and other journals. She’s a winner of the 2012 Pushcart Prize for fiction.
Proteus Gowanus and Reanimation Library are pleased to present three performances with Ami Yamasaki, whose Feather-Music composition is on display as part of the Migration exhibition at Proteus Gowanus. Yamasaki is a vocalist and multidisciplinary artist from Tokyo, Japan. The evening will begin with ENERGY, a sound meditation by Yamasaki reflecting on the events of 3/11 and 9/11 (the Tokyo earthquake and the attack on the World Trade Center). The second performance, (bird) bird, will be a collaboration between Yamasaki and Deborah Gladstein, experimental movement artist. And the final performance, sound and movement, will be a collaboration between Yamasaki and Mina Nishimura, a New York-based performance artist from Japan.
An ode to seafaring and seafarers and the seascapes through which they journey, Nautical Notes: Mari, Navi e Naufragi (Seas, Ships and Shipwrecks) is chartered to course the now treacherous, now pacific, now whimsical waters of variably maritime imagery.
Hope Dawson is Missing is the follow-up to violinist/violist/composer Jessica Pavone’s 2009 Tzadik release, Songs of Synastry and Solitude. Lyrics meditate on plutonian themes of destruction and rebuilding, migration, falsities, and undeniable truths. Pavone augments the Toomai string quartet’s format from SOSS–a string quartet that includes double bass–with guitar, drums, and voice to further explore her orchestration of songs for chamber ensembles.
Described by the New York Times as an ensemble possessing an “edgy, unflagging energy”, Talujon Percussion kicks off its 20th Anniversary season with a concert of world premieres by some of America’s most innovative and influential composers. Tonight, Talujon is joined by guitarist, composer and 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Joel Harrison to premiere his latest work, “Still Life – Turning World.” Harrison’s piece is a seven-movement piece incorporating elements of classical music, jazz and Indian music, commissioned in part by the Jerome Fund. The unique instrumentation includes Anupam Shobhakar on sarod, Ben Wendel on saxophones and bassoon, Drew Gress on bass and Dan Weiss on drums and tabla. Talujon will also premiere “Danger: Giant Frogs” by Eric Moe, commissioned through the Koussevitsky Foundation and “Four Kettledrums” by Alvin Lucier. This event is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency and Meet the Composer’s Cary New Music Performance Fund. For more information go to http://www.talujon.org.
Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones September 15, 2011 to April 15, 2012
Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones—a collaboration between the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Stephen Jones, the world’s foremost hat designer—is at the Bard Graduate Center (BGC) in New York City from September 15, 2011 to April 15, 2012. It is the first venue in this country. The exhibition, which had over 100,000 visitors at the V&A, displays more than 250 hats chosen with the expert eye of the master milliner.
On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people to flood into lower Manhattan, set up beds, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months.
MARKET September 29-30
Temporary Services is Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer. We are based in Chicago and Copenhagen and have existed since 1998. We produce exhibitions, events, projects, social situations, and publications. The distinction between art practice and other creative human endeavors is irrelevant to us. We situate art within our lived experiences and seek interesting locations and diverse audiences for our ideas and work.
Currently based in San Francisco, Mat O’Brien has exhibited in California, Japan, Texas and New York. In his paintings, O’Brien transforms portraiture by layering images of friends, found phrases, everyday conversations, comic strips, and other pictures from pop culture. He is interested in pop cultural references because of their universal recognition, yet potential range of interpretations. Using a time-consuming, fine line brush process, he creates incredible detail as well as revealing subtle tonal gradations. The resulting image disintegrates, almost falling apart – requiring firm engagement and looking.Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Josh Sachs currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Sachs has shown artwork in California, New York, Arizona and Kentucky. His work, like the
dawn of all time, accumulates its history by sacred seconds, magnificent minutes, honorary hours, deliberate days, winded winding weeks, magical months, and yearning years which is steeped in tradition and shrouded in mystery tapers to a razor sharp zenith never to pierce deeper than this psyche.
RICO GATSON: Three Trips Around the Block is a 15-year retrospective of work by New York artist Rico Gatson. This exhibition is the third in Exit Art’s SOLO program, aimed at providing public visibility for under-recognized, mid-career artists through one person shows at Exit Art. Brooklyn-based Gatson was born in 1966 in Augusta, Georgia and raised in Riverside, California. His work generates collective memory through the exploration of symbols and images culled from popular culture and the mass media, questioning issues of identity, racial intolerance, and the status quo. “Three Trips Around the Block” is a survey of Gatson’s sculpture, painting, video, drawings, and installations, including several new pieces created for the exhibition. The title of the retrospective stems from a powerful experience Gatson had with his brother who, after spending fifteen years in prison, reconnected with the artist by taking a long walk around the block. The conversation that occurred during their “trips around the block” inspired Gatson to creatively explore their own disparate lives – a personal excavation made public in this poignant and provocative exhibition.
NYU Creative Writing Program: READING: LYDIA DAVIS
Introduced by Deborah Landau
Friday, September 30, 7pm
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street
“The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis” was released by Picador in 2010. Davis’s previous book, “Varieties of Disturbance: Stories” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007) won the National Book Award. The New York Times Book Review writes: Davis is well known for her extremely short, elliptical stories that read, sometimes, like deadpan Zen koans. Here’s one, called “Collaboration With Fly,” that consists of exactly one sentence: “I put that word on the page, but he added the apostrophe.” Fans of Davis’s fiction may be startled to learn that in her parallel career, as a translator of French literature, she has tackled wordier writers, including Proust and Flaubert, to great acclaim. (Davis’s 2010 translation of “Madame Bovary” won a prize from the French-American Foundation last month.) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/12/books/review/up-front-lydia-davis.html
Printed Matter presents the fifth annual NY Art Book Fair, November 5–7 at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. Free and open to the public, the Fair hosts over 200 international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and publishers from twenty countries, offering the best in contemporary art book publishing.
BRIGHT TO LIGHT: NUIT BLANCHE NY 2011
Bring to Light is a free nighttime public festival of art in New York City that takes place simultaneously with “nuit blanche” events in cities around the world. Inviting emerging and established artists to make site-specific installations of light, sound, performance and projection art, the event creates an immersive spectacle for thousands of visitors to re-imagine public space and civic life. Bring to Light will transform streets, parks and the industrial waterfront of Greenpoint, Brooklyn set against dramatic views of the Manhattan