Sunday
Apr132014

Open Engagement

 

I'll be speaking at the Open Engagement Conference at the Queens Museum on Friday, May 16th:

Writing for Socially Engaged Art
How do we write about art that may not look like art on first glance? Socially engaged and participatory projects are a major current in artistic practice today, meanwhile, art critics frequently remain conflicted about how to describe and assess these new projects, which are often designed for and with a specific community, and are durational, process-based, and lack any object as its final product.
 What are the stakes for writing about social practice? Must new languages be developed? What do those languages sound like and who is being addressed? This panel discussion looks at new directions in writing about social practice from diverse perspectives. Panelists include Sandra de la Loza, Juliana Driever and Christopher Howard. The conversation will be moderated by Chelsea Haines.Co-organized by Guernica, Open Engagement and the Queens Museum.This session is generously supported by the Queens Museum Open A.I.R. Artist Services Program. Open A.I.R. is made possible by a generous grant from the Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund. Additional support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  Queens Museum Theater 5:00-6:30pm 

Sunday
Mar162014

Tickled Pink!

I'm so excited to share that Dylan Gauthier and I will be co-curating the 2014 Art in Odd Places festival, under the theme FREE.  

Every October for the past ten years, Art in Odd Places has presented a multi-disciplinary public art festival along 14th Street in Manhattan. Creating a test-site for the possibilities and limitations of public space, AiOP is a gift to the popular imagination of New York City. The ethos is one of sharing, openness, and accessibility. The festival is produced without a budget, and taken up completely on the initiative of the organizers and participating artists. Permissions are not sought. AiOP is collaborative, horizontal and constantly in motion. AiOP is FREE. 

Read more about the festival here. We are accepting proposals until April 5th.  

And, if you're still not sure what this all means, come for a discursive overview of 14th Street, visit potential sites, discuss ideas, possibilities, limitations, and practical (or impractical) concerns for your project proposal. RSVP here.

Sunday
Jan052014

Moving Pictures

The Unstoppable Creative Impulse from Alexandra Branyon on Vimeo.

A panel discussion honoring Treasures from the Rubble, a documentary by Alexandra Branyon.

Moderated by WNPR's Faith Middleton of The Faith Middleton Show.
Featuring:
Alexandra Branyon, filmmaker
Edward Butscher, poet, critic, author
Juliana Driever, curator and writer
Margaret Kitchings, composer and vocalist
Aaron Louis, Director of Audio Visual at the Museum of Modern Art
Maria Maciak, Media Director at Ross Institute
Mercedes Ruehl, theater, television, and film actress

Saturday
Nov232013

Of Note, Of Late

Lots to update!

First, About, With & For has had a great run at the Boston Center for the Arts - including a write-up in The Boston Globe. It's up through December 1, so stop by if you're in the area.

Next up, the catalogue for Art in Odd Places 2011: RITUAL will be launching on December 17 at Residency Unlimited. It's a really handsome and vibrantly illustrated publication, which I had the great pleasure of editing. Please come and celebrate its release with us!

And, we're making the ebook version available for FREE. Just because we love you. 

Also, I'll be participating on a panel discussion at the Take 2 Documentary Film Festival in Sag Harbor on December 7. The event also marks my debut activity as an affiliate researcher at the American Folk Art Museum, and I'll be in impressive company. Stop by. Maybe you'll fancy a frosty walk on the beach with me?

Friday
Sep062013

ABOUT, WITH & FOR

Well, it's been about two years in the making, and ABOUT, WITH & FOR is set to open next month, on October 4th, at the Boston Center for the Arts!  

About, With & For brings together a diverse group of contemporary artists, builders, makers, musicians, performers and alchemists whose work deals with issues of utility, locality and participation. 

The artists in this exhibition – many of whom work collaboratively – articulate various aspects of Folklife as a cultural precedent. Folklife encompasses all facets of self-organized creativity, including boatbuilding, collective mending, parading, storytelling, foodways and interactions with the built and natural environment. The millenium-old rituals of street spectacle are re-imagined, an abandoned library-turned-art incubator fosters a multi-part installation, historic watercraft built from salvaged materials are rendered seaworthy, and folks who fix things do just that in About, With & For. Exceeding the specific concepts of the art world discourse, this exhibition revels in the expanded possibilities of cultural influence in contemporary life.

About, With & For features works by artists from New York and New England including Matt Bua, Dirt Palace, Clare Dolan/Museum of Everyday Life, Fixers Collective, HONK! The Festival of Activist Street Bands, Mare Liberum, National Bitter Melon Council and Jeff Stark.

 

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