THE WEEK: Dec 5-9.


Photographing the Dead: The History of Postmortem Photography from The Burns Collection and Archive
Postmortem photography, photographing a deceased person, was a common practice in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These photographs, from the beginning of the practice until now, are special mementos that hold deep meaning for mourners through visually “embalming” the dead. Although postmortem photographs make up the largest group of nineteenth-century American genre photographs, until recent years they were largely unseen and unknown. Dr. Burns recognized the importance of this phenomenon in his early collecting when he bought his first postmortem photographs in 1976. Since that time he has amassed the most comprehensive collection of postmortem photography in the world and has curated several exhibits and published three books on the subject: the Sleeping Beauty series. Tonight, Dr. Burns will speak about the practice of postmortem photography from the 19th century until today and share hundreds of images from his collection.

first book–brooklyn is a nonprofit organization dedicated to getting new books to children in need.  join us tonight for their first annual holiday party and fundraiser.

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Support This Project: Secret City, Beth Reisman

More lovely work from Secret City. Only a few days to go! Please help support their cause and the artists that are a part of it!



Beth Reisman received a B.A. from Clark University, B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Phila., PA and a M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago. Reisman has had solo exhibitions at David Castillo Gallery in Miami, Deven Golden Fine Art in New York and Galerie Faurschou in Copenhagen. Among her various group exhibitions are Lennon Weinberg Gallery, NYC, Brooklyn Museum of Art, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Galerie Vieille du Temple, Paris, and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art in NYC. She is the recipient of a Pollock/Krasner artist grant and residencies at Yaddo. Her work is in various private and corporate collections, including the Progressive Corporation, JP Morgan Chase Bank and the Elmhurst Museum of Art. Reisman lives and works in Brooklyn and Margaretville, New York.

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Tiny Resistors/Cleon Peterson/Tat Ito/Exit Art/Rosmarie Fiore

Undead Jazz presents: Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors and Mary Halvorson Trio

$15 GA
$10 w/ Student ID

This is a first-come, first-served partially seated event. Seating is limited and not guaranteed; please arrive early.

Search & Restore and BoomCollective are proud to present another even of Undead Jazz, featuring two of our favorite groups. It is going to be unreal. Todd’s band will include the magnificent Andrew Bird on violin, and the rest of the cast of characters are listed below. GET ‘EM!

John Ellis (sax & clarinet)
Alan Ferber (trombone)
Andrew Bird (violin & looping)
Steve Cardenas (guitar)
Jonathan Goldberger (guitar)
Ted Poor (drums & percussion)
Todd Sickafoose (bass & piano)

Mary Halvorson (guitar)
John Hebert (bass)
Ches Smith (drums)

10PM – Bassist/composer Todd Sickafoose’s band is a marvel of musical cross-breeding, pairing indie rock muscle and whimsy with the extended forms, timbres, and sophistication of a jazz orchestra. Their newest recording “Tiny Resistors” (Cryptogramophone) has been called “thoroughly original, endlessly creative…one of the year’s most compelling listens” (JazzTimes), “stunningly brilliant…a modern jazz masterpiece” (Bassplayer), and “a one-disc explanation of why today’s Brooklyn jazz scene is so exciting” (HotHouse). A Bay Area native, Sickafoose’s penchant for genre-bending may or may not be attributible to a classical upbringing, CalArts years studying bass with Charlie Haden, or the last seven years with folk hero Ani DiFranco, performing as a duo and quartet everywhere from punk clubs to Carnegie Hall. Since 2005, he’s been active in New York, performing with a ton of innovative folks including Jenny Scheinman, Ron Miles, Nels Cline, Allison Miller and Myra Melford. For tonight’s special performance, Tiny Resistors, which features saxophonist John Ellis, trombonist Alan Ferber, guitarists Steve Cardenas and Jonathan Goldberger, and drummer Ted Poor, will be joined by special guest violinist (and whistler) Andrew Bird. (READ MORE.)

Cleon Peterson: White Flag &  Tat Ito: Memento Mori @ Joshua Liner
 May 17 to June 11, 2011

Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to present White Flag, an exhibition of new paintings by the Los Angeles-based artist Cleon Peterson. This is Peterson’s first solo show at the gallery.

If the title of this new body of work suggests a surrender, it’s not the conventional sort. Known for his depictions of graphic violence and depravity, Peterson’s dystopian art rips the lid off of accepted social decorum to unleash aggression and other pent-up impulses. As figures torture, maim, cut, and abuse one another, a surrender to the worst in humanity is staged on the surfaces of the artist’s work—here, it can be safely, cathartically, and even aesthetically enacted. (READ MORE.)

Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to present Memento Mori, an exhibition of new paintings by the New York-based artist Tat Ito. This occasion marks Ito’s solo debut in New York, and is his fourth appearance in shows at the gallery.

Tat Ito was born and raised in Japan, but he later made his art studies in the United States. Consequently, the artist and his paintings are a dynamic confluence of East and West, traditional and contemporary. The poetic analogy of “oil on water” describes Ito’s approach to both imagery and cultural references; in his vibrantly colored work, traditional Japanese aesthetics are a foundation upon which floats a contemporary (i.e., Western-influenced) viewpoint. Like a skim of oil on water, the beautiful, reflective surfaces of his paintings fascinate viewers. These top layers never mix but, rather, are presented in dialogue with the substance beneath. (READ MORE.)

Cao Fei: Play Time @ LOMBARD FRIED
May 18- June 25, 2011
Mat 12 6:00pm-8:00pm

Play Time by Cao Fei, one of the key artists of the new generation emerging from Mainland China, will open at Lombard Freid Projects on Wednesday May 18th 2011.

For her fourth solo exhibition at Lombard Freid, Cao Fei’s recent exploration into the theme of “play” has multiple connotations; Play Time is layered with ambiguities. Does it relish a time of game planning and exhilaration, or an onstage performance? This exhibition leaves viewers with no clear-cut answers, but rather with ideas and associations of different dimensions.

Following her powerful and widely influential RMB City Series (2008-2011), Play Time returns to Cao Fei’s previous interest in the convergence of fantasy and reality and premieres her latest works. She continues to utilize different types of media including video, photography and sculptural installations that evoke childhood games, story telling and TV programs that have a profound influence on children. (READ MORE.)

Wednesday, May 18, 7:30-9:30PM at EXIT ART / LIVE AUCTION 8:15PM

475 10th Ave at 36th Street


Thursday, May 19, 6 – 9 PM
Priska C. Juschka Fine Art is pleased to present Artificiere, Rosemarie Fiore’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. Fiore continues her practice of using fireworks as her sole medium to create works on paper and, most recently in addition, glass sculptures by uniquely utilizing fireworks and smoke bombs for her work and compositions. By referring to the Italian word artificiere for ‘pyrotechnician,’ Fiore points out that the first gunpowder and fireworks specialists were considered artful masters of a rare trade. Ars the Latin noun for ‘art and skill’ and ficere or facere the Latin verbs for ‘creating and making’ extrapolates Fiore’s intent. “I control my mark making as much as I can. I keep in mind that it is a balance between chaos and control and that too much control suffocates the work.” (READ MORE.)

In the Door Art Fair and Is it Fine Art, Does it Matter? : The Pen and Brush

Founded 117 years ago, The Pen and Brush, Inc. is an international membership organization for women in the visual, literary and performing arts and supporting public members. The Pen and Brush is a vibrant resource for its members, nonmember participants, and a flourishing cultural center for the surrounding community.

The Pen and Brush’s archives (1894 – 1934) are stored on microfilm in the Archives of American Art. Click here for information on accessing these records.

Call for Entry

Two Artist Opportunities:

Art Fair / Exhibition


In Door Art Fair

Entry Deadline:  May 20th, 2011
The Pen and Brush announces our first In Door Art Fair. For two weekends this spring in conjunction with our upcoming exhibition, Is It Fine Art?  Does It Matter? artists will have the opportunity to rent an area of wall space; space for installation art or sculpture; and/or table space to exhibit, display, and sell their work to visitors.  This opportunity is open to all professional level art in all media, and all types of craft.

1st Weekend:  Memorial Day Weekend

Sat. May 28th, 11am-5pm

Sun. May 29th, 11am-5pm

2nd Weekend:

Sat. June 4th, 11am-5pm

Sun. June 5th, 11am-5pm

Click Here for Rental Options and Fees

Pen and Brush Members receive a 10% discount on rental fees.


Is It Fine Art?  Does It Matter?

An Exhibition Challenging Tradition

Deadline Extended:  Friday, April 22th, 2011

Announcing New Dates: May 26th – June 26th, 2011
Is It Fine Art?  Does It Matter? is looking for works that challenge tradition.  Curated by gallerist and auctioneer Kenneth Hutter and auction appraiser Jennifer Elhardt, this exhibit will explore artistic expression outside the canon of “fine art.”
Open to all media, including:

  • Craft, (all forms:  mixed media, fiber, jewelery, wearable art)
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Photography (all forms:  commerical, digital, etc.)
  • Book illustration
  • Set design (project elements, or drawings)
  • Furniture
  • Architectural Design (project elements, or drawings)
  • Decortative Arts
  • Sculpture
  • Mixed media
  • Collage
  • Fiber
  • Installation
  • Video/film
  • Assemblage
  • Glass
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Enamel work
  • Ceramics

There are no size restrictions on any work.

Click here to enter online or for details

Single Fare 2: Please Swipe Again

Contributor Kate Javens shared this terrific show, SINGLE FARE, opening at Sloan Fine Art, now in it’s 2nd incarnation! (See her  lambs below.) RECEPTION TONIGHT AT 7pm! Show runs through March 26th.



Opening Reception: Thursday, March 17th, from 5to 9 pm
Exhibition: Friday, March 18 through Saturday, March 26, 2011
Gallery Hours: Noon to 6pm (Closed Monday & Tuesday)

Sloan Fine Art is pleased to host “Single Fare 2: Please Swipe Again” a very special exhibition of works on used NYC MetroCards with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Transportation Alternatives ( and Alliance for the Arts’ NYC ARTS ( 

In May 2010, Artists Jean-Pierre Roy and Michael Kagan hosted an unusual exhibition in their Brooklyn studio. Open to all artists who wanted to participate, “Single Fare” placed one constraint on the creative process: all work had to be submitted on a used MetroCard. Inspired by the notion that the city’s subways and buses allow for a kind of creative interchange unmatched in human history, “Single Fare” sought to create a unique art event where art and artists could come together to form a monumental event made from a tiny, innocuous piece of plastic: The MetroCard! The resulting exhibition featured over 700 works of art – from artists as far away as New Zealand and as close as the studio next door.

Following the tremendous success of last year’s “Single Fare,” Roy and Kagan team up with Sloan Fine Art on the Lower East Side for “Single Fare 2: Please Swipe Again.” The themes of last year’s show ran the gamut from moments of high abstraction to delicate portraiture. Three-dimensional works, documentary photography and even a video installation helped to create one of the most cohesively diverse shows in recent memory while playfully challenging artists to show what they can do with seven square inches.

While serving as a democratizing vehicle for artists of all ages and disciplines, the Single Fare exhibition also served as a fantastic platform to introduce beginning collectors to an amazing array of work while inviting the committed collector to connect to artists that might normally fall under their radar. Partnering with Sloan Fine Art represents an exciting step forward for the Single Fare experience, allowing the exhibition to remain true to its roots while benefitting from additional exhibition days and regular gallery hours.

Additionally, a handful of artists have been recruited to create Single Fare works that will be raffled off with proceeds to benefit two worthy charities – Transportation Alternatives (, promoting New York City’s continued commitment to public and alternative forms of transportation and Alliance for the Arts’ NYC Arts (, the leading Web and free iPhone guide to arts programs and events throughout NYC. Raffle tickets will be available beginning at 5pm the night of the reception and winners will be announced at 8:30pm sharp.

Detailed submission instructions can be found at and

About Transportation Alternatives:
Transportation Alternatives’ mission is to reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives.

About the Alliance for the Arts:
The Alliance for the Arts serves the entire cultural community through research and advocacy and serves the public through cultural guides and calendars. Through its NYC ARTS guides and calendars, the Alliance promotes New York cultural institutions. Through its research studies highlighting the importance of the arts to the economy and to education, the Alliance helps government and civic leaders understand the importance of cultural organizations to New York City. More information on the Alliance’s work can be found at the new