Artist News: August Part I

Artist News: August Part I

August is filled with opportunities to see the work of NYFA Artists

Check out the following exhibitions, screenings, readings, and performances and remember to let us know what you think on Social Media by using the hashtags #NYFAFellows and #NYFAFiscalSponsorship.


Sylvie Courvoisier (Fellow in Music/Sound ‘13) and Erik Friedlander (Fellow in Music Composition ‘91)
Two NYFA Fellows will perform in the series, John Zorn: Book of Bagatelles, at the legendary Village Vanguard.
When:  Now – August 14, 2016
Where: The Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave South, New York, NY 10014

Fred Wilson (Fellow in Sculpture 87’, 91’)
See NYFA Fellow Fred Wilson in two exhibitions at Pace Gallery.
When:  Blackness in Abstraction, Now – August 18, 2016; Glass, Now – August 19, 2016; Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday 10 AM – 6 PM, Friday 10 AM – 4 PM
Where: Pace Gallery, 510 W 25th St., New York, NY 10001

Shari Mendelson (Fellow in Crafts 87’, 97’ & Sculpture 11’), Eleanor Ray (Fellow in Painting 15’), and Keiko Narahashi (Fellow in Painting 06’)
Three NYFA Fellows appear in the exhibition 106 Green Presents at Brennan & Griffin.
When:   Now – August 19, 2016
Where:  Brennan & Griffin, 122 Norfolk St, New York, NY 10002

Scott Mccarney (Fellow in Photography 86’, Printmaking/Drawing/Artist’s Books 90’, 11’)
See Scott’s work in the group exhibition The Keeper at the New Museum.
When:  Now – September 25, 2016
Where: The New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

Danny Lyon (Fellow in Film 86’)
Danny Lyon’s retrospective, Message to the Future, remains on view at the Whitney.
When:  Now – September 25, 2016
Where: The Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014

Pacifico Silano (Fellow in Photography 16’)
Pacifico Silano is included in the group exhibition Art AIDS America at the Bronx Museum
When:  Now – September 25, 2016
Where: Bronx Museum, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456

Naomi Harris (Fellow in Photography 13’), Frances F. Denny (Fellow in Photography 16’), Alma Leiva (Fellow in Interdisciplinary 12’)
Naomi Harris, Frances F. Denny, Alma Leivas’ photographs are featured in THE FENCE 2016: An Outdoor Photography Exhibition.
When:  Ongoing
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Barbara Kopple (Fellow in Film 85’)
Check out Barbara Kopple’s new film Miss Sharon Jones!
When:  In theatres July 29, 2016
Where: Find a showing near you

Lisa Corinne Davis (Fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists’ Books ‘97, Painting ‘00)
Don’t miss the exhibition Representing Rainbows curated by Lisa Corinne Davis.
When:  Opening Reception, September 9, 2016, 6 PM – 8 PM
On view: August 22 – October 8, 2016
Where: Gerald Peters Gallery, 24 East 78th Street, New York, NY 10075

Drumsongs Productions, Inc. (Fiscally Sponsored)
Join Drumsongs Productions for Traditional African Drum Carving Workshops.
When: 1 PM to 6 PM on the following dates: August 13,14, 21, 27, 28; September 3, 4,10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
Where: Onipa Abusia Cultural Center, 171-32 Liberty Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11433
Note: Pre-registration REQUIRED! Please call 347-849-5955 for details & registration


Edward Mapplethorpe (Fiscally Sponsored)
A profile of photographer Edward Mapplethorpe’s life and career reported by Serena Altschul and featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.  
When: At your nearest convenience, follow this link to CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood
Where: At your home with Internet access!

Laura Ricciardi & Moira Demos (Fiscally Sponsored)
Making a Murderer recently received six Emmy nominations! You can still watch this groundbreaking series on Netflix…. as you eagerly await the recently renewed second season.
When:  Streaming now on Netflix!
Where: The comfort of your home!

Ruth Lauer Manenti (Fellow in Photography ‘16)
Check out a new release from Fellow in Photography ‘16 Ruth Lauer Manenti.
Where to purchase: Amazon

Mary Tooley Parker (Fellow in Folk/Traditional Arts 15’)
See the work of Mary Tooley Parker and others at the collective exhibition Putting It All Together at the Blue Door Art Center.
When: Now – August 27, 2016
Where: Blue Door Art Center, 13 Riverdale Ave, Yonkers, NY 10701

Charise Isis (Fiscally Sponsored)
Cleave is a two-person pop-up exhibition featuring work by Charise Isis and Thedra Cullar-Ledford. Large format silk prints from Isis’ Grace project, empowering portraits of women who have had mastectomy surgery as a result of breast cancer are on view. Also included in the exhibit is work by Houston-based artist and breast cancer survivor Thedra Cullar-Ledford.    
When: Opening reception Saturday August 20, 2016, on view through September 2, 2016
Where: Nicole Longnecker Gallery, 2625 Colquitt St, Houston, TX 77098

Emma Amos (Fellow in Painting 89’)
Visit New Jersey to see Emma Amos in the group exhibition Modern Heroics now on view at the Newark Museum.
When:  Now – January 8, 2017
Where: Newark Museum, 49 Washington St, Newark, NJ 07102

Jen Bervin (Fellow in Poetry 07’), Sharon Ellis (Fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Artist’s Books 91’), Nina Katchadourian (Fellow in Video 04’), Rachel Sussman (Fellow in Photography 13’), and Julianne Swartz (Fellow in Sculpture 05’)
MASS MoCA presents EXPLODE EVERY DAY: AN INQUIRY INTO THE PHENOMENA OF WONDER,  which features five NYFA Fellows and closes this coming Spring.
When:  Now – April 3 , 2017
Where: Mass MoCA, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247

Kwesi Abbensetts (Fellow in Photography 16)
You have a few more weeks to see Un I Fixed Homeland, a collective exhibition of thirteen emerging and established Guyanese artists at aljira.
When: Now – September 17, 2016
Where: aljira : A Centre for Contemporary Art, 591 Broad Street Newark, NJ 07102

Rachel Sussman (Fellow in Photography 13’)
Recent photography Fellow, Rachel Sussman, is now on view at Mass MoCA in the exhibition The Space Between.
When:  Now – January, 2017
Where: Mass MoCA, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247

Ruth Lauer Manenti (Fellow in Photography ‘16)
Ruth Lauer Manenti presents new photographs in a solo exhibition at Riverfront Antique and Design Center.
When:  August 19 – September 19, 2016
Where: Riverfront Antique and Design Center, 99 South 3rd Street, Door 21, Hudson, NY 12534


Several NYFA Fellows were awarded the coveted Bessies this year!


luciana achugar (Fellow in Choreography 08’, 16’)
Nominated for: An Epilogue for OTRO TEATRO: True Love

Camille A. Brown (Fellow in Choreography 04’)
Nominated for: Black Girl: Linguistic Play.

Ralph Lemon (Fellow in Choreography 85’, 92’, 98’, 04 & Interdisciplinary 09’)
Nominated for: Scaffold Room

Justin Peck (Fellow in Choreography 13’)
Nominated for: Heatscape, Performed by Miami City Ballet

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram through the hashtag #NYFAFellows for more events with past and present NYFA affiliated artists and find out more about the activities planned for our 30th Anniversary on our website. NYFA’s Artists’ Fellowship Program awards $7,000 grants to individual artists living and working in New York State.

Are you interested in using NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship to support your next great idea? Check out more details here. Our next application cycle is September 30. Also don’t forget to friend us on Facebook to see what current fiscally sponsored projects are up to! #NYFAFiscalSponsorship

Images, from top: Ruth Lauer Manenti (Photography ‘16), Still Life, 2015, Archival pigment print; luciana achugar (Choreography ‘08, ‘16), Otro Teatro,Photo credit: Ian Douglas

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