Events Around Town
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
January 5, 2010
“Yumi Janairo Roth: F.O.B.”
Curated by Nadine Wasserman
January 16 - February 27, 2010
Opening Reception and Panel Discussion: Saturday, January 16, 4-6pm
Image: Yumi Janairo Roth, Cargo Cult, found shipping pallets inlaid with mother-of-pearl, 2009: Photograph by Derek Eller: Courtesy of the artist and Cuchifritos Gallery/Project Space.
For more information and visuals, please contact the curator, Nadine Wasserman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cuchifritos presents the exhibition “Yumi Janairo Roth: F.O.B.” featuring recent work by the artist. The exhibition will open on January 16, 2010 from 4-6 and will begin with a panel discussion including Roth, Suzanne Wasserman, Director of the Gotham Center for New York City History, and Nadine Wasserman, Curator of the exhibition.
“F.O.B.” has a double meaning. It not only stands for “freight on board” but it is also a term used to mean “fresh off the boat” in reference to immigrants who have arrived from a foreign nation and have not yet “assimilated.” The Lower East Side, a historically immigrant community, is the perfect setting for the body of work Roth created during her recent residency with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. During her residency Roth gathered discarded shipping pallets from her Lower Manhattan environs and intricately inlayed each one by hand with mother-of-pearl using patterns gleaned from traditional Southeast Asian furniture and decorative objects. In this way, Roth re-considers a ubiquitous yet most often disregarded object. Given a second life, the pallets become surrogates for the immigrant experience. They are at once local and global.
Essex Street Market
Essex and Delancey Streets
New York, NY
January 5, 2010
VANITAS Photos by Justine Reyes
January 9 - February 28, 2010.
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Saturday, January 9, 5-8 pm
Reyes’ work is inspired by the Dutch paintings of the same name, which were most popular during the 16th and 17th centuries. Vanitas paintings, while possibly containing lovely objects, usually incorporated some visual reference to mortality (often a human skull, but also with burning candles, soap bubbles, or decaying flowers). The purpose of such works was not solely aesthetic; they were meant to convey a deeply metaphysical message about the transience of earthly life.
Working off of the tradition of these still lifes, Reyes juxtaposes personal heirlooms and seemingly banal, everyday objects alongside symbols which hint at the passage of time. Her use of photography adds an additional layer of nostalgia and irony when looked at within the art historical framework of Vanitas, since we know that even these supposedly indelible images eventually fade. Reyes’ work primarily examines issues of familial legacy and the longing to hold onto things that are ephemeral and transitory by nature. Though the books, paintbrushes, and teacups in her images seem to have weathered the ravages of time, even they (along with the rotting fruit and wilting flowers) convey a sense of nostalgia and speak its inevitable passage.
Justine Reyes recieved her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004 and her BFA from Syracuse University in 2000. She has shown her work nationally and internationally, participating in Provecto Circo at the 8th Havana Biennial in Cuba and Contemporary Istanbul in Turkey. In 2008, Reyes was an artist in residence at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the Center for Photography at Woodstock, where the series VANITAS began. She was recently awarded the Individual Artist Initiative (IAI) from the Queens Council on the Arts and a workspace residency from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) for 2009-2010.
January 5, 2010
Smokin’ Jazz Sessions
The Beats of NYC: A Jazz Journey Through Dance, Rhythm and Rhyme
Friday-Saturday, January 22-23, 7:30pm & 9:30pm
The Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra drummer Ali Jackson takes a look at the function of the beat in contemporary music, dance and spoken word and how they tangle with the classic traditions of jazz percussion. Ali will present an evening of original compositions and re-imagined interpretations of Duke Ellington, Horace Silver and Dizzy Gillespie to explore this collision of rap, tap, poetry and song. Performers include dancer Hope Boykin from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, pianist Marc Cary, tap dancers Dormeshia Edwards and Derick K. Grant, guitarist Lionel Loueke, bassist Ben Williams, and spoken word artists Latasha N. Nevada Diggs and David Jefferson, Jr.
Latasha N. Nevada Diggs & Anne Tardos - Poetry Reading
Wednesday, January 27, 8:00 pm