THE WHITE SWALLOW READING SERIES
A Lecture, Performance, and Party hosted by John Swenson, author of New Atlantis: Musicians Battle for the Survival of New Orleans
Date: Saturday, July 23rd
Time: 8:00 PM
Night One of the New Atlantis 2020 Series ** Books will be available for sale and signing
“In New Orleans, it was the culture of the city—its musicians, its second-liners and Mardi Gras Indians, its chefs and trumpeters and sissy bounce rappers—who asserted for the future more than any political leadership or economic imperative. It was the refusal of the artists to let go of the idea of New Orleans that saved the city. NEW ATLANTIS tells this remarkable story and does so clearly, with considerable detail and affection.”
—David Simon, Producer of HBO’s Treme
New Orleans is under siege from a lethal combination of natural and man-made disasters. The effects of the flood following hurricane Katrina in 2005 are still being felt throughout New Orleans, while the rapid destruction of the south Louisiana wetlands that protect the city from hurricane surges brings the threat of future inundations.
Musicians have been in the forefront of efforts to educate the public about how to combat this threat even before Katrina; they have also led the economic recovery of New Orleans after the flood by returning quickly to restore the city’s cultural identity. Award winning author John Swenson’s book New Atlantis: Musicians Battle for the Survival of New Orleans (Oxford University Press) details the struggle musicians have undertaken to rebuild New Orleans and speak out for its future.
Tonight, join us for the inaugural event of the new Observatory series New Atlantis 2020; this series, curated and moderated by John Swenson, will feature live performances, readings and discussions that will explore the relationship between the musicians of New Orleans and the rebuilding of the city after Katrina. Tonight’s event will will begin with a lavishly illustrated introductory lecture by Swenson, introducing us to the key themes and characters of the book. Next, award-winning New Orleans based musician and songwriter Andy J. Forest–who figures prominently in the book–will perform live at Observatory on guitar and harmonica. Following this performance, Swenson will moderate a Q and A with the musician, after which he will DJ a rich variety of New Orleans music while we enjoy some beer and wine.
Opening Reception, Zoe Beloff’s Amazing Hysteria Theatres at Coney Island
Friday, July 22 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue
This Friday, Morbid Anatomy and The Great Coney Island Spectacularium cordially invite you to an opening reception to celebrate the launch of our short-term exhibition of “Four Hysterical Dramas” by Zoe Beloff. This exhibition will be on view at The Spectacularium from July 22nd until August 20th.
Four Hysterical Dramas
Beloff will present four miniature theaters housing depictions of actual hysterics filmed by doctors in Belgium,… Romania, and the United States. Updating a Victorian stage trick called “Pepper’s Ghost”, Beloff has transformed these patients into ghostly figures performing an endless loop of madness within the space of each diorama. Beloff was inspired by several remarkable developments at the end of the 19th century: the discovery of the unconscious by psychotherapists, doctors’ emerging practice of filming their hysterical patients with motion picture cameras, and the public’s fascination with madness which manifested itself in the emotive, hysterical behavior of actors in Parisian cabarets.
Opening reception for “Cosmosis”
Saturday, July 23 · 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Pochron Studios Gallery’s 2nd show of the 2011 season will explore the transference of cosmic energies.
Cosmosis seeks to explore how the these cosmological concepts could be applied to personal experience.
EVE @ SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS
Sat July 23rd 8-11
Judy Chicago, Mary Beth Edelson, Kim McCarty, Ayanah Moor, Alex Prager, Lisa Steele, Swoon, Stella Vine and Hannah Wilke.
Subliminal Projects Gallery is honored to present Eve, an important group exhibition of works by revolutionary female artists Judy
Chicago, Mary Beth Edelson, Kim McCarty, Ayanah Moor, Alex Prager, Lisa Steele, Swoon, Stella Vine and Hannah Wilke. Eve is a cultural icon and reinforces the idea of equality that feminism drives home. Eve is a composition of powerful female artists, stemming from the feminist era of the 1970’s to the present. The exhibition explores how individual perceptions of femininity are expressed through each artist’s specific genre. Eve is on view July 23rd through August 20th, 2011. A reception for the artists will be held Saturday, July 23rd, from 8-11p.m.
Friday July 22nd:
Last Rites Gallery Opening Reception:
Doors open 7pm until 11pm No cover Refreshments served
Saturday July 23rd:
The unveiling of the all new Tattoo Theatre
Doors open 7pm until real late!
$10 cover charge after 10pm
18 and over
Sunday July 24th
The Painting Lounge
Doors open 3pm until 11pm
July 21-September 3, 2011
Opening Reception: July 21, 6-8 pm
Image Wars addresses the representation of conflict in visual culture in an age of global crisis. This exhibition is curated by Miguel Amado and brings together works by Yevgeniy Fiks, Rinat Kotler, Michael Mandiberg, Carlos Noronha Feio, Mary Temple, and Kai-Oi Jay Yung. The artists in this exhibition mix archival documentation and fiction as well as research and personal reaction to daily events to comment on the articulation of geopolitics and the media in the “spectacularization” of warfare. The works on view examine the picturing of zones of conflict, from armed conflicts between countries trough dissent across national borders; the charismatic character of world leaders and unknown soldiers; and manifestations of both control and powerlessness in news and individual narratives.
Don’t miss H.P.Lovecraft’s cult classics REANIMATOR and THE CALL OF CTHULHU.
Adapted, Directed, Sound/Music Design: Dan BianchiStarring: Frank Zilinyi, Erix WhittenSound Engineer: Sean BurnsNow, for the first time ever in the history of live theatre ….40 of the greatest stories from the grandmaster of american horror… presented by radiotheatre! complete with award winning sound design and original orchestral score!
The 1st Festival in March was a resounding success and attracted Lovecraftians from all over the world. Now, Horse Trade presents RadioTheatre in THE 2nd H.P.LOVECRAFT FESTIVAL which includes two of his greatest tales… REANIMATOR and THE CALL OF CTHULHU.FOR MORE INFO: www.radiotheatrenyc.com or www.horsetrade.info
CIVILIZATION AND IT’S DISCONTENTS @ NARS FOUNDATION.
Exhibition Artists include:
Nancy Drew, Stephanie Homa, Olek, Kikuko Tanaka and VanillaRoyal
New York Art Residency & Studios (NARS) Foundation is pleased to present Civilization and its Discontents, a group exhibition curated by the winner of the ﬁrst NARS Emerging Curator Program: Cat Weaver. The exhibition includes work by Nancy Drew, Stephanie Homa, Olek, Kikuko Tanaka and VanillaRoyal.
If you’ve ever worn a T-shirt from a place you’ve never been, or felt elated by a song the language of which you did not understand, or dared to display a button for its color without paying mind to what it says, then you get it.
Glank @La Mama.
July 22 – July 24, 2011
GLANK is a “green” percussion performance art group that utilizes multiple anonymous performers in Clean Room Suits, audience interaction, multi-media elements, unique percussion inventions, and recycled materials. GLANK instruments include found object metalophones such as tuned saw blades, LP tanks, motorcycle gears, artillery shells, brake drums, air vents, etc…
Join us for a free after-hours viewing of the Frick’s two summer exhibitions, In a New Light: Bellini’s St. Francis in the Desert and Turkish Taste at the Court of Marie-Antoinette, with opportunities to attend presentations and gallery talks, sketch in the Garden Court, and enjoy dance performances. Visitors of all ages over ten are welcome. Click here to download event schedule.
GBM Friday Show Fri Jul 22 11, 08:00 PM
(Brian Olin and Robert Pepper Duo, The Hot Solids, Cubehead, Loop B, ten minute caravan – A SERIES OF PLAYS IN THE BACKYARD
The Hot Solids /Brian Olin and Robert Pepper Duo/Cubehead/Loop B – ten minute caravan – A SERIES OF PLAYS IN THE BACKYARD)
3rd Ward’s 4th Annual Pig Out!
Saturday, July 23, 2-9pm
195 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Come hungry and dance the afternoon away at our 4th Annual Pig Out,
a summery celebration of gut-splitting proportions. There’s something for every appetite, musical taste and creative bent. Feast on cheap innovative BBQ by The Brindle Room, cool down with summery drinks, and buy local, farm-fresh produce from Plovgh.
NewFest is dedicated to bringing together filmmakers and audiences in the building of a community that passionately supports giving greater visibility and voice to a wide range of expressions and representations of the LGBT experience. We are committed to nurturing emerging LGBT and allied filmmakers. We support those artists who are willing to take risks in telling the stories that fully reflect the diversity and complexity of our lives. And we’re committed to bringing our audience stories that transform our vision of who we are and who we can be.
Through the New York LGBT film festival, presented annually since 1988, and year-round programming, NewFest celebrates fine domestic and international film as part of our mission to break through closet doors and glass ceilings everywhere.
The second annual POPSICKLE Festival unites Brooklyn-based poetry and prose reading series for a monster day of reading, performance, and screenings as well as book tables and a raffle with amazing prizes. POPSICKLE 2011 will take place on July 23rd at the amazing hybrid space known as GOWANUS BALLROOM = 55 9TH STREET = BROOKLYN NY.
With performances from:
Jason Helm + Julia Guez + Jon Sands + Roger Bonair-Agard + Will Edmiston + Paul Foster Johnson + Dorothea Lasky + Lonely Christopher + Megafortress + EJ McAdams + Becca Klaver + Angelina Dreem + Amy Jenkins + Courtney Ziegler + Jason Daniel Schwartz + Anna Fitzgerald + Carina Finn + Paul Legault + Chris Hosea + Ariana Reines + Jean-Paul Pecqueur + Paul Foster Johnson + Ben Pease + DJ Amourette And more TBA . . . .
SUPERCODA @ CAFE ORWELL
Friday, July 22nd. 8:30-12:30. The Super Coda presents a night of especially stupefying music that is way, way, way out there.
1 – Big Plastic Finger
2 – Welf Dorr/Ben Stapp/Noel Brennan
3 – la-bruha-desi-la (Japan)
4 – Harvey Valdes/Damion Reid
Kostume Kult Presents FREAKKSHOW IV: Circus Nightmare
A Burning Man fundraiser with Reformata
Saturday Night, July 23rd, 9pm to 11am Sunday
Brooklyn Location TBA Friday (large, raw indoor/outdoor space with AC!)
Meet at Mothers (a bar) for shuttle bus pickup
near Graham Ave L train stop
at 347 Graham Ave betw. Metropolitan & Conselyea
Ticket Link: http://kostumekult.com/eve nts/freaKKshow4/
$20 limited presale
Do circus freaks haunt your dreams? Do clowns creep you out? Does the sound of carnival music make you cry? well…
STEP RIGHT THIS WAY ladies and gentlemen and revisit those wonderful feelings with a night of Freaks, Geeks and Childhood Trauma Reenactment…
Valerie Kuehne Cello @ SET GALLERY
Wu Fei @Barbes
Live Silkscreen Event @ Pandemic Gallery
2011 – GGRD – Queens of Pain and Brooklyn Bombshells vs. Philly and DC
Summer School Meetup @Eyebeam
Johnathan Vincent Wood (and more) @GBM Sat Jul 23 11, 08:00 PM
Black Francis (Pixies)w/ Reid Paley @ LPR.
Camera + Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer
The Handwritten Text @ Center for Book Arts
Drag Show Video Vérité @ Dixon Place
Readings from Supernatural Noir@KGB
The 5th Annual Pyschobilly Luau @ PA
Gareth Flowers Acousmatic and Home @ The Stone
Paint It Now installation in progress
This past Sunday, I took a moment to swing by Fowler Arts Collective in Greenpoint. I had the opportunity to speak with founder Cecelia (aka Lia) Post and Scott Chasse, one of the curators of the upcoming Paint It Now show which will be part of this year’s Northside Open Studios. Paint It Now opens Friday, May 27 from 7 to 10pm with an additional reception for NOS is June. We appreciate them taking the time to chat with us! Read or listen below!
The 22 Magazine: First off, I just wanted to talk to you about how Fowler started. What year did you start?
Lia Post (Founder): It’s only been about a year. I came in July of 2010. So, last Summer. This July will be our official anniversary, but our first show was just in October, so its been about eight months now.
The 22: What show was that [the first show]?
LP: It was called ENTER, it was a big group show with some of my studio artists and some friends from the neighborhood. It coincided with the first Greenpoint Open Studios-oh actually it was the second! …of the Open Studios in Greenpoint and it coincided with a big light festival called [Bright to Light]. It was a good way to start off the space.
Bright to Light: Nuit Blanche in Greenpoint, part of the opening of Fowler Art Collective
The 22: And you came from Philadelphia?
LP: Yes. Originally I’m from South Carolina, and I’ve kind of lived all over the place, but my most recent was Philadelphia. I went to an MFA program at The University of Pennsylvania and moved to New York after that. So I’ve been in New York for about two years now.
The 22: On the blog it said you got laid off and decided to open to a collective. Exactly how did you do that?
LP: Well the first year in New York was really hard. It was in the midst of no one having any jobs, so I was trying to do a lot of freelance work and that’s sort of hard. Finally I was able to get a waitress job and I had that for a few months, got laid off, and I was just like “Oh my God I can’t even keep a regular restaurant job.” So it was kind of out of a sense of the bottom, and having to figure out something to do, and I was really missing the artists community I had in Philly before I came here and knew there was a good artists community in the neighborhood. [So it was] wanting to kind of find a way to connect with that community, [and then] I sort of impulsively [decided] to make this whole thing and got a few friends to help me. It kind of evolved from wanting to have a live/work space with friends and I found all these really interesting huge commercial spaces in Greenpoint, which is really exciting because I live in Greenpoint. So that evolved, and I did the budget and realized I could have a gallery along with studio spaces, if I rented out the studio spaces. I got some friends to help me build the walls and it was good to go. It filled up pretty fast. Scott was actually one of the first artists that came when none of the walls were built and was like, “yeah, I’ll do it, I’ll take a studio. ”
The 22: So, are you funded by anyone?
LP: It’s pretty self-sufficient. I put a large investment [in] myself. I got a small business loan and [had some] small savings. Mostly I just had to fund the start-up costs, like the walls. Almost right away it was running itself with the studio spaces. So that’s really good, it worked out well. I’m starting to look into getting funding with indiegogo and I just got fiscally sponsored with Fractured Atlas so that will sort of start helping us in getting some grants and things.
The 22: Great, so this show is Scott and one other curator? [To Scott] So do you want to tell me a little about what this show?
Scott Chasse: Sure, it’s a show that we actually did, Thomas Buildmore and I, two times now in Boston-in 2008 and 2010. [Basically] we’re taking a handful of painters that we either know personally or respect and have been able to connect with, and we’re putting them all in the same room. We’re providing the paint itself, we’re providing the material and we mix it down to a certain viscosity, we try to control that and that’s about it. We just set them loose, they’re able to paint on the walls, react to the space, react to each others work and at the end our goal is to have this giant cohesive painting installation that just takes over the space but is unified by the control of the materials. We explain to the artists up front that we want to see this opaque black directly on the white, the harsh contrast, as opposed to them being able to water it down to gray or mix it with white, or mid-tones, we don’t want any of that we just want harsh black on white.
The 22: So the viscosity, was that for any reason?
SC: It’s A) the look, and B) it’s such a pleasure to work with at this viscosity. We get that feedback from the artists all the time. It’s just so enjoyable to use the paint and it’s actually a specific brand. I’m happy to say Lascaux sponsored this show very generously. They handed us some product and we have always cut it down the same way, since day one. We were actually just buying it for the very first show, out-of-pocket, and we are continuing to develop our relationship [with Lascaux]. It was really nice of them to give us a bunch of paint for this one, and everybody is really enjoying it again.
The 22: I was reading the statement and it seemed part of what you guys were trying to do was make commentary on the state and style of art, as opposed to personal interpretations and a lot of it looks really pop and street art. Does that just come from your [personal] backgrounds [or connections]?
SC: There is definitely that influence. I don’t think we’re trying to make this at all a reflection of street art, but just painting in general. Street art is just a part of painting these days. We want the show to be taken as a painting exhibit. These are painters, regardless of what their backgrounds are, and there are definitely painters in this show that are very far away from anything having to do with street art but when they are painting on the wall next to someone you might recognize from the street, it’s easy to blur those lines between which is which, and that is definitely a goal of the exhibit. To see how people are reacting to each other in the space as well as how their varied backgrounds just coexist.
The 22: So more about collaboration than anything?
The 22:So the exhibit is only the painting on the wall?
(LEFT: Morgan Anderson from Philadelphia works on
the Paint It Now installation.)
SC: It will be eighty percent painting on the wall and we’re going to hang some of the 2D and 3D work from the artists. Probably eight to ten pieces. We’ve actually saved one wall in the space [for that].
The 22: What are the dates of the show?
SC: It opens on May 27th. The opening reception is 7-10 and it runs through July 6th. And we’re going to have a 2nd party during Northside Open Studios. That is June 17th from 8-10. It will be another artist reception and that’s the Friday night of Open Studios weekend here, so it should be really fun.
The 22: I know most [of your artists] are from Brooklyn, but some of them are from Philly and Boston? Who’s coming from Philly and Boston?
SC: I think we’re at about twenty artists now, there are great people from all towns, I could go through the whole roster but I’d probably space on somebody. [laughs]
The 22: [laughs] Oh that’s fine, I totally understand!
SC: Tom Buildmore is actually based in Philly right now, but I met him in Boston, so that’s probably the connection right there. That’s why we are still dipping into the Boston pool and we’re actively participating in the Philly pool. Tom’s down there right now, he has a great space down there called Stupid Easy. It’s almost like this, just a smaller version. It doesn’t have a whole bunch of studios, it’s just a room they use for a production studio and they use it as a gallery as well. So he’s really connected with the scene in Philly.
The 22: And where did you guys meet?
SC: Boston, MA. At this building, The Distillery, in South Boston where we both had studio space. And that building [in the main lobby] is where we did the first two Paint It Now shows.
The 22: Are you both painters?
SC: Yes we are.
The 22: So is there anything interesting on the horizon for the space?
Lia Post: Well this show I’ve been really excited about. Scott and Thomas have been planning it for a really long time so its nice it’s finally coming together. So this will be up for most of our summer. Right now I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do for the next show, but it’s probably going to allow the show to evolve. So I’ll probably sand out some of the pieces and then have a show of studio artists. More of a process based show, so they kind of collaborate in the gallery together, or have a long-term process going on. I think there will be another one of the light shows that we had last October so that will be our anniversary, and I [want] to have a studio [show along with that]. After that I have some friends coming from Philly that were part of my MFA program that are going to come and do a show. Photo based and paper based, I think. It should be really interesting. Then, two Australian artists are going to come and do a really short kind of performance based piece in the fall.
The 22: How many studios do you have now?
LP: There are eighteen built studios. All kind of varying sizes. A lot of people share the larger spaces. I think there are about twenty-five artists working in here now. The spaces range from a hundred square feet to over two hundred square feet.
The 22: And you do photography as well?
LP: Yep, we built this photo wall, so that’s been fun. It’s been kind of slow. I’m a photographer and I don’t even know how I’m going to use it yet but it’s been a nice resource to have.
Wood Sculpture, 1957-1967
and Recent Photographs
May 5-June 4, 2011
As always, Mary starts with observation and moves towards myth.
– Hayden Herrera
DC Moore’s new exhibition of Mary Frank’s work, Transformations: Wood Sculpture, 1957-1967 and Recent Photographs, features her dynamic wood sculptures, direct carvings from the 1950s and 60s that marked her emergence as one of the most innovative artists on the New York art scene. The exhibition also presents drawings from the same time, vibrant figures that both complement her sculpture and expand the range of her explorations of space, motion, and the rhythms of the human body. This is the first exhibition of these seminal works since they were originally shown over forty years ago. VIEW FULL PRESS RELEASE.