Artist News: May Part II

Artist News: May Part II

Not sure what to do with all this free time on Memorial Day weekend? We’ve got you covered!

The only thing better than a holiday is a holiday full of art by NYFA Affiliated Artists. Check out their events and let us know what you think on social media using the hashtags #NYSCANYFAFellows and #NYFAFiscalSponsorship.

Things to do & see in NYC:

Erin Joyce (Sponsored Project)
Erin Joyce’s exhibition My Country Tis of Thy People, You’re Dying features artworks by contemporary indigenous North American artists. The exhibition reflects upon the issue of land rights in the United States.
When: Now through May 26, 2017
Where: Radiator Gallery, 10-61 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11106

Ellen Berkenblit (Fellow in Painting ‘92)
In her sixth solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, New York-based painter Ellen Berkenblit presents a new body of work which connects her love of textiles to her painting practice.
When: May 25 – July 7, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Anton Kern Gallery, 16 East 55th Street, New York, New York 10022

Laurie Krauz (Sponsored Project)
Laurie Krauz will be singing a few blues tunes at Sue Matsuki: I Gots Da Navy Blues (It’s Fleet Week!). Krauz’s Tapestry Rewoven is a NYFA fiscally sponsored project.
Cost: $20 cover with a two-drink minimum. 
When: May 26, 2017, 8:15 PM
Where: don’t tell mama, West 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenue), New York, New York 10036

Mary Mattingly (Sponsored Project)
Mattingly’s Swale, a free public floating food forest, will be at the Brooklyn Bridge Park through June 30. Swale offers educational programming and welcomes visitors to harvest herbs, fruits, and vegetables for free.
When: Now through June 30, 2017; Thursdays – Sundays, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6

Kobla Dente (Sponsored Project)
Drumsong Productions, Inc. presents Traditional African Drum Carving Workshops at the Onipa Abusia Cultural Center. Registration is required to attend the event.
When: Saturdays, Now – September 16, 2017
Where: Onipa Abusia Cultural Center, 171-32 Liberty Boulevard, Jamaica, New York 11433
Register: Call 347-849-5955 or email [email protected]

Alexandra Chasin (Sponsored Project, Fellow in Fiction ‘12)
Alexandra Chasin’s participatory writing project, Writing On It All, returns to Governors Island this summer. In sessions led by artists and writers, participants are invited to write on the interior surfaces of an out-of-use house in Nolan Park. Learn more about Chasin’s project in this NYFA Current interview.
When: May 27 – June 25, 2017;  Saturday and Sundays only
Where: Nolan Park, House 11, Governors Island, New York 10004

Orit Ben-Shitrit (Fellow in Video/Film ‘12)
Ward of The Feral Horses, written and directed by Orit Ben-Shitrit, is an experimental short film addressing ideas of cognitive capitalism and technology-related anxiety through the experience of someone being trapped in their own body.  
When: May 31, 2017, 7:15 PM, as a part of New York Filmmakers New York 2017
Where: Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue, New York, New York 10003

Nari Ward (Fellow in Poetry ‘86, Sculpture ‘07)
TILL, LIT is an exhibition of new work comprised of mixed media paintings, sculptures, and installations examining the ways value is assigned throughout society.
When: June 2 – August 25, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Street, New York, New York 10011

14 Sculptors Gallery (Emerging Organization)
14 Sculptors Gallery will join the Rockaways art scene with their new exhibition, 14 Sculptures on the Rock.
When: June 3, 2017, opening reception 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Where: Rockaway Beach, 94th Street, Far Rockaway, New York 11693

Nari Ward (Fellow in Poetry ‘86, Sculpture ‘07)
Socrates Sculpture Park presents G.O.A.T., again, New York’s first institutional solo exhibition of Nari Ward.
When: Now through September 4, 2017
Where: Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, New York, New York 11106


Get out of town to see:

Albert Paley (Fellow in Crafts ‘91)
Albert Paley is in the studio working on several public art projects, one of which is scheduled for Spring 2017. Garden Gates is a matching pair of gates for the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden at Michigan State University.
When: Spring 2017

Helène Aylon (Sponsored Project)
Internationally acclaimed Jewish feminist artist, Helène Aylon presents her exhibition Afterword: For the Children, a conclusion to The G-d Project at Brandeis University’s Knizknick Gallery.
When: Now through June 16, 2017
Where: Kniznick Gallery at Brandeis University, WSRC Epstein Building, 515 South Street, Waltham, Massachusetts 02453

Chris Victor (Fellow in Crafts/Sculpture ‘14)
Chris Victor will have two pieces in A Dark Rock Surged Upon, curated by Faheem Haider, as a part of the GARNER Art Center’s festival.
When: Now through June 16, 2017, by appointment. Closing reception: June 10, 3:00 PM.
Where: GARNER Art Center, 55 West Railroad Avenue, Garnerville, New York 10923

Laura Naylor (Sponsored Project)
Laura Naylor’s stop-motion short film, Bartleby, will be screened at the Seattle International Film Festival.
When: May 27, 2017, 9:30 PM
Where: SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle, Washington 98109

Mary Lum (Fellow in Painting ‘87)
MASS MoCA’s grand opening of Building 6 will start with an all-day celebration and an opening of an exhibition featuring Mary Lum, alongside many other acclaimed artists.
When: May 28, 2017; members’ preview at 10:00 AM. Building 6 opens at 12:00 PM and festivities continue throughout the day (Free museum admission to North Adams residents on day of event)
Where: MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Massachusetts 01247

David Sandlin (Fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists’ Books ‘93, ‘03, ‘09)
Selected works from David Sandlin are on view at his alma mater, the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The exhibition is presented by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.
When: June 2 – August 20, 2017, Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM & Saturday, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Where: Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, 1221 10th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama 35205

Chico MacMurtrie (Fellow in Computer arts ‘03, Digital/Electronic Arts ‘09)
Pneuma Fountain is MacMaurtrie/Amorphic Robot Works’ most recent inflatable robotic sculpture depicting organic transformations and movement at an enlarged scale. It’s currently centered in the courtyard of the Kremsmunster Monastery.
When: June 14 – October 15, 2017
Where: Kremsmünster Monastery, Stift 1, 4550 Kremsmünster, Austria


New Releases to Enjoy at Home:

Carolyn Jones (Sponsored Project)
In a TEDMED talk, Carolyn Jones shares what makes nurses not only an invaluable asset to us as patients, but also as a society. Carolyn Jones’ documentary film, Defining Hope, is a NYFA fiscally sponsored project.
When: Published on May 8, 2017

Rob Stephenson (Fellow in Photography ‘13)
Annie Correal discusses Rob Stephenson’s photo series, There Swept Out of The Sea a Song, in a recent feature in The New York Times.
When: Published on May 12, 2017
Where: In print or online:  “Far Rockaway: City, Sea and Wilderness.” The New York Times

Mary Mattingly (Sponsored Project)
Mary Mattingly’s Swale is featured in FIELDWORKS, a short documentary series that explores the beauty, rigor, and impact of socially engaged art. Produced by RAVA Films.
When: Now
Where: A Blade of Grass

Annie Lanzillotto (Fellow in Performance Art ‘99, Nonfiction Literature ‘14)
New Album, Never Argue With a Jackass. An album created in memory of the life and love of Annie’s mother, Clare Petruzzelli Lanzillotto.
When: Releases June 1, 2017
Where: Digital Album, available in streaming + download on Bandcamp.

NYFA Congratulates: 

Four NYFA Affiliated Artists were recognized with Obie Awards on May 22: 

  • “Best New American Theatre Work” – J.T. Rogers, Oslo
  • “Playwrighting” – Lynn Nottage, Sweat
  • “Special Citation” – Anna Deavere Smith, Notes from the Field
  • “Special Citation” – Taylor Mac, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program awards $7,000 grants to individual artists living and working in New York State, and NYFA’s Fiscal Sponsorship program enhances the fundraising capabilities of individual artists and emerging arts organizations.

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Images from top to bottom: Orit Ben-Shitrit (Fellow in Video/Film ‘12), MEN DIE AND THEY ARE NOT HAPPY, 2 channel HD video installation-production still, 2010; Chris Victor (Fellow in Crafts/Sculpture ‘14), Zero (detail), found plastic bottle, hot glue, 2013; and David Sandlin (Fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists’ Books ‘93, ‘03, ‘09), Begin-Again (Slumburbia), 
silkscreen on paper, 2008

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