M/Other Voices

Our work on the The Let Down Reflex continues....

In the spring/summer of 2016, Amber Berson and I had a mini-writing residency with M/Other Voices Foundation, which hosts discourse on maternal theory in the arts.

We were invited to publish monthly editions on the topic of parenting in the arts, and did so with contributions by: Dillon de GiveHome Affairs (Arzu Ozkal, Claudia Costa Pederson, and Nanette Yannuzzi), Leisure (Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley), Lise Haller BaggesenLoVid, and Shane Aslan Selzer, with an additional text from EFA Project space administrators Michelle Levy and Meghana Karnik. Our contirbutions took shape in a series of interviews on revisionist approaches to accommodations and policies on the participation of families and parents in the arts and culture.



Some new pulications.



The Let Down Reflex in the media:



Canadian Art

Mister Motley




The Let Down Reflex

JANUARY 30 - MARCH 12, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 30, 2 - 4 pm
At EFA Project Space, 323 W. 39th St, 2nd floor

And Everything Else, 2015, Home Affairs Image: copyright and courtesy of Home Affairs

And Everything Else, 2015, Home Affairs
Image: copyright and courtesy of Home Affairs


Artists: Dillon de Give, Home Affairs, Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen, Leisure Projects, Lise Haller Baggesen, LoVid, Shane Aslan Selzer

Curated by: Amber Berson and Juliana Driever

The Let Down Reflex is an exhibition that attempts to recognize the complexities of parenting in the art world, and asks if a better alternative for families can exist. Calling out a slippage in today’s feminist art world, the curators summon a group of artist-parents to contribute to a springboard for re-imagining an art world where “Mom” is not a demeaning characterization, where childcare is factored in for participating artists at art spaces, and where artists aren’t forced to choose between home and work because of a lack of parental leave. The “let down reflex,” a term that references the involuntary reflex that causes nursing mothers to produce breast milk, takes on a double meaning in this exhibition, referring here to the reflexive tendency of letting down parents, and particularly mothers, within the flawed labor system of the art world.


Sat, Jan 30, 2 - 4 pm: Opening Reception. Families and children are encouraged to attend.

For press inquiries, please contact Meghana Karnik, EFA Project Space Program Manager at or 212-563-5855 x 244. 


AiOP: RECALL at Ideas City Festival

Join us for a panel on Art in Odd Places at the Ideas City Festival!

In response to the constrictions of the homeland security paradigm after 9/11, Art in Odd Places (AiOP) was conceived in NYC in 2005 to assert and exercise civil liberties and engagement through art in public space—without seeking permission or approval. Since 2012, the festival has also exported its mode of creative civic occupation, intervention, and transformation to other cities. This panel is moderated by AiOP 2015: RECALL co-curators, Kendal Henry & Sara Reisman with past AiOP curators, Dylan Gauthier, Juliana Driever, Radhika Subramaniam, and Christine Licata as they share some of their experiences.

ETH Pavilion, First Street Garden at Houston and 1st Street.

Saturday, May 30, 2015; 3:30-4:15pm