Events Around Town
Workspace Resident, Daniel Turner and member of artist collective, CORNROW RIDER will be having a series of shows through out the month of February. Workspace Resident, Kenya (Robinson) will be the curator for one of these shows at the Brennan Gallery on February 2nd.
VESSEL, (curated by LMCC Workspace Resident Kenya Robinson), Brennan Gallery, Jersey City, NJ, February 2nd, 2010
FREE RANGE, Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY, February 2nd, 2010
ALPINE MEADOW, ORG Contemporary, DETROIT MI, February 6th, 2010
ADD-ART, (Curated by Michelle Hyun), February 2010
SMITHSONIAN BROADCAST, (curated by Jeffrey Tranchell), Untitled (Television Show), Time Warner 34 Cable Vision 67, RNC 82, Verizon 42, February 2010
CORNROW RIDER is a New York based artist collective. The collective was established in 2008 as a platform for several artists to work collaboratively crossbreeding genres, backgrounds, identities, and work habits. The works aim to confront the paradox of the current age by illuminating the process in which regional economies, societies, and cultures have become integrated through a globe spanning network of exchange. Members of the collective have exhibited independently and collaboratively in both galleries and museums worldwide.
January 27, 2010
Andy Bragen, a playwright, translator, and LMCC Workspace resident is the translator for two featured works by Mexican playwrights; Veronica Bujeiro and Alberto Villarreal Diaz in this month's The Brooklyn Rail. Andy was paired with each playwright through a program called The Lark U.S./Mexico Playwright Exchange. The U.S./Mexico Playwright Exchange Program was created by the Lark Play Development Center in collaboration with Mexico’s Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA). The Lark annually hosts playwrights from Mexico and pairs them with American playwrights for a ten-day translation and development residency designed to create stage-worthy translations of new works from Mexico; it also introduces the writers to New York’s theater scene, industry leaders, and the Lark community. Public readings of these works are presented each November, followed by a closing night Celebración. In 2009, the Lark launched a reciprocal program where U.S. writers develop Spanish translations of their work with artists in Mexico City.
You can read the translated works online
For more information about Andy, visit: www.andybragen.com
January 27, 2010
Please join us for "Rope-a-dope", with performances by artists A. K. Burns and Kenya (Robinson)
Friday, January 29, 2009, 7–9 pm at Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn. FREE. No RSVP necessary. Drinks will be served.
Curated by Sohrab Mohebbi and Gabi Ngcobo
“Rope-a-dope: To Win a Losing War” is a knockout performance that revisits the events around the infamous “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing match, which paired the charismatic Muhammad Ali and the reigning world champion George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, on October 30, 1974. Expect issues of politics, identity, religion, and economics to be thrashed out in what promise to be grueling and intense performances by Brooklyn-based artists A. K. Burns and Kenya (Robinson). Rope-a-dope, a fighting strategy employed by Ali to defeat Foreman, is based on the idea of enduring your adversary’s repeated blows until they exhaust themselves, before you finally rise up to triumph over them. Following this historical encounter of thirty-five years ago and the events surrounding it, the term and strategy have been deployed in the public sphere to reference similar strategies in politics, business negotiations, and personal relationships.
The term's revival during Barack Obama’s electoral campaign, in which he patiently submitted to a battering by his opponents only to swing back harder, invites us to revisit a historic moment with a return to the ring. The artists will perform their interpretation of rope-a-dope, reflecting the way sports informs our understanding of contemporary global politics as well as rituals of self-preservation.
This event will be accompanied by an installation of ephemera directly and indirectly connected to the fight showing the rivalry between George Foreman, Muhammad Ali, and the defeated world champion Joe Frazier, Ali's long-time adversary and a ringside commentator on the "Rumble" broadcast. Also included will be reference materials relating to Mobutu Sésé Seko’s reign in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) in the 1970s, fight promoter Don King’s organizing tactics, and the sting of Ali’s rants.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Kenya (Robinson) is a multi-media artist based in Brooklyn. She takes the ritual as a site for her artistic production, addressing politics of the quotidian and the ceremonies of the mundane. Her exhibition, “HAIRPOLITIC: The Pursuit of Nappiness” was on view at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art in 2008, investigating construction of identities within the notions of choice and acceptance. For “Rope-a-dope,” Kenya uses the pre-fight ritual of hand wrapping as the visual backdrop for a rapped soliloquy that fuses the poetry of Gabriella Calvocoressi, the rhymed boasts of Muhammad Ali, and polyrhythmic patterns of 70s soul.
A. K. Burns is a Brooklyn-based artist who grounds her work in feminist and queer discourse addressing issues of power, sites of control, and knowledge production. Burns is a founding member of the activist artist group W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy), which draws attention to economic inequalities in the arts. For “Rope-a-dope,” Burns will present a performance with video and sculpture that investigates her relationship to her body, to fitness, and to aggression that draws on her eight years of training as a boxer and acts as a response to Johanna Russ’s feminist sci-fi novel from 1975, The Female Man.
“Rope-a-dope” is curated by Sohrab Mohebbi and Gabi Ngcobo, second-year graduate students at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
January 25, 2010
Workspace Resident Jonathan Allen is included in group show LIMINAL SPACE at THE LAY-UP in Williamsburg, Brooklyn this weekend.
Visit Jonathan Allen for more information about his work.
January 19, 2010
Searching for the Heart of Black Identity:
The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft is pleased to present Searching for the Heart of Black Identity. From Hip-Hop music to contemporary literature, movies to cable television, the identity of Black America is often characterized by caricature and exaggeration. Searching for the Heart of Black Identity showcases the work of an amazing group of African-American artists from across America whose work explores this cultural conundrum. This provocative exhibition includes works in film, photography, textiles, sculpture, paintings and poetry.
Each participating artist embarks on their own quest to engage the world through the prism of his or her own personal family, social history and experience. The resulting work is a snapshot of what it means to be African American in contemporary society. Participating artists include: Amalia Amaki, Sanford Biggers, Milton Bowens, Michael Paul Britto, Sheila Pree Bright, Rogger Cummings, Detekh, Nikki Giovani, Nekisha Durrett, Christopher Harrison, Rodney Jackson, Lauren Kelley, Christina Marsh, Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry, Caiphus Moore, Fahamu Pecou, Jefferson Pinder, Bayeté Ross Smith, Duane Smith, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Frank X Walker, Kehinde Wiley and Deborah Willis.
Searching for the Heart of Black Identity is generously sponsored by Louisville Metro Government and the MetLife Foundation, with support from the W. L. Lyons Brown Foundation.
Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by appointment.
Admission is $5 for adults, FREE for KMAC members, students and children under 12.
For more information, please call 502.589.0102 or log on to www.KentuckyArts.org.
January 19, 2010
Saturday Sessions: WERRRQ
January 16th, 4-6pm
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
22-25 Jackson Ave (at the intersection of 46th Ave)
Long Island City, NY 11101
This weekend, on January 16, marks the kick-off of a new weekly version of the Saturday Sessions performance and music series. P.S.1 invites Edwin Ramoran, Director of Exhibitions and Programs at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art (Newark, NJ), to host and organize WERRRQ, an afternoon performance featuring:
Neko Legacy International
and Jacolby Satterwhite
WERRRQ introduces emerging artists from the art, club, and vogue ballroom scenes who work in music and sound, performance, sculpture, and video. Performances begin at 4PM in the 100 Years (version #2, ps1, nov 2009) exhibition in the Third Floor Main Gallery.
January 14, 2010
Unseen Dance: Latomie del Paradiso
Dance for a blindfolded audience
Dana Salisbury and the No-See-Ums
Presented by Take Root at Green Space
Saturday, January 23, at 8:30pm
Latomie Del Paradiso
Latomie from the Greek litos – a stone
Temnos – a cut
An ancient quarry in Sicily that supplied blocks of limestone for the construction of public buildings and grand houses—
Quarrying was initiated after a suitable site was selected on the grounds that it might yield regular, good-quality blocks of stone. Crevices were made in the bedrock into which wooden wedges were inserted: these were dampened to make them expand, causing the rock to split. In the search for layers of compacted rock, the quarriers would excavate funnel-like tunnels that gradually broadened out the deeper they were dug. Pillars of rock would be left to prop up the ceilings of these hollows.
Once the quarry was exhausted, the cavities were be used as prisons, as described by Cicero in his Verrine Orations. It is highly probable that the 7,000 Athenian prisoners captured in the great sea battle of 413 BC were held there. All of these perished, save for a few who were lucky enough to be sold as slaves or those who, according to legend, were able to recite verses by Euripides from memory.
One of the underground galleries is named “The Ear of Dionysios” (l’Orecchio di Dionisio) because of its acoustics. According to legend, the tyrant Dionysios could stand at one end and hear conversations whispered between prisoners at the other.
The roof of earth over the quarry collapsed in the 1693 earthquake opening it to the sky. Huge hollows and caves remain. The exposed area is now a garden planted with orange and olive trees. A February visitor finds it intoxicatingly sunny and redolent of citrus.
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More information at http://www.danasalisbury.com/
“Unseen Dances” have been created with support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space program with space at 14 Wall Street donated by Capstone Equities, and The Field’s Fieldwork Summer Intensive.
January 14, 2010
Swing Space‘s Resident video and performance collective, CHERYL, is busy at work preparing for their next big event, The Cult of CHERYL.
Saturday, January 16, 11pm-4am, $5
We have the keys to your ear holes and brain thoughts. Join us as we ascend to FRESHMAGICK™ level. Say yes to the future. Destroy your inner monologue. Clasp hands with your earthly brethren and gravitate toward the Bell House Religious Center. On January 16, 2010, we move toward the predestined nextplace.
CHERYL: the dance party that will ruin your life, presents THE CULT OF CHERYL. Think asexual haircuts, capes, bejeweled medallions, purple Nikes, calico prairie dresses, lifepants, middle hair parts, video surveillance equipment, and body cozies. Bring your wives (all of them) and join us at our compound for a night of mass dance floor suicide. DJ Lloydski, DJ Owlpuffs, DJ DSO and DJ David Koresh spin an eclectic mix of disco, electro, and danceable pop.
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn
January 7, 2010
Organized by Blanka Amezkua and Ronny Quevedo
With Sounds by DJ Juan Mapu
Friday, January 8, 7 - 10pm, Free
Please join Bronx River Arts Center in celebrating the New Year with ROMPE PUESTO, a one-night, celebratory performance event highlighting and deconstructing piñatas created by 23 NYC artists and artist groups. Participants are invited to take a swing, in hopes of collecting the artistic contents inside each piñata.
ROMPE PUESTO loosely translates into “breaking ground”. In this scenario, the artists and the organizers use the cathartic act of celebration to foster new alternatives to exhibit, perform, congregate, and collaborate.
Bronx River Art Center
1087 E. Tremont Ave., Bronx
January 7, 2010
Join HERE this January for its parade of creative process — beautifully produced, yet still in development. This is otherwise known as CULTUREMART: HERE’s annual festival where resident artists blur the boundaries between dance, theatre, music, new media, puppetry and visual art, melding these forms to support their adventurous visions. This year’s program features 12 workshop performances spanning pop-opera, butoh, multi-channel video, pure-movement and everything in-between.
CULTUREMART is a vital testing ground, an environment where you can sample live art in progress, provide feedback and play a crucial role in the development of new work. With a limited number of performances, festival tickets sell fast. Check out CULTUREMART and let images fill your imagination.
LMCC Swing Space Residents Laura Peterson, Michael Bodel, and Nick Brooke will perform and show work in this years’ festival.
Michael Bodel SONNAMBULA
January 12-13, 7PM
Laura Peterson WOODEN
January 12-13, 8:30PM
Nick Brooke + Jenny Rohn BORDER TOWNS
January 29-30, 8:30PM
HERE Arts Center
145 6th Ave
New York, NY
Box Office: 212.352.3101