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3-Day Forecast of (a portion of possible) Events


Wayne Adams “The (Sacred) Void” Curated by Allison Peller Thursday, 6p
 First Things Editorial Offices 35 East 21st Street, Sixth Floor (between Broadway and Park) 
A wine and cheese reception will follow.

Performa is having a fundraiser, 6p or 9p
Special Performance Guest! Loc: 508 West 37th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues

Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit at Pianos, 8p
Performances by Grooms, Zambri, Hooray for Earth, Cymbals Eat Guitars



New York Women Social Entrepreneurs (NYWSE) announces the first annual GIVE GOOD Market, a holiday market for women-owned sustainable businesses on Friday Nov 30 – Saturday Dec 1. Sign up …It will be located at 601 West 26th Street in the iconic Starrett Lehigh Building.

NYU, Art Education Colloquium w/ Oliver Herring, 6p 
Oliver will talk about some past projects and more recent work after returning from a 4 month residency in Kyoto, Japan, at the Eisenstein Auditorium

Performance Night: Folk Remedy, 7p
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:  Judith Shimer, Lucia Pedi, Mira Hunter, I-Hsuen Chen, SeoKyeong Lee Yoon, Shengkai Huang, Xu Wang

Shadows Through A Prism: Opening, 7p
Curated by Heidi Hahn for 109 Gallery, opening Friday, November 30th, from 7-10p.
Featuring the work of: Claudia Cortinez, Olof Inger, Krysten Koehn, James Miller, Lauren Seiden, Nicholas Steindorf; 109 Gallery – 109 Broadway, Brooklyn



Opening: CRASHCOURSE IV; Work by John Silvis, 6-9p
Norte Maar in Bushwick, showing my recent CrashobjectsPhotographs and Car Assemblage! NORTE MAAR is located at 83 Wyckoff Avenue 1B Brooklyn &

Hunter Open Studio Review

Were you there? I admit that academic open studio events are not for the faint of heart. But fortunately some artists take pity on the poor curators and hipster-friends who dredge out to their academic buildings, up flights of stairs, and get lost in the labyrinth of hallways, and temporary wall divisions by offering dollar store candies, or Charles Shaw! That makes it all worth it! No, I am kidding, we go for the art! We go hoping to snatch up some goodies of another sort.

Enough chatter: Here are my TOP picks of Lady Artists at Hunter’s grad program: 

Theresa Andrea

Theresa’s offering for their department auction was a directive to make a personalized work for the winning bidder. A process oriented artist with a consideration for the personal and direct experience.


Elizabeth Tubergen

Elizabeth was responsible for a large Pyramid, which took up nearly the whole common area in the department auction space. It offered seating for some, and other more ponderous looky-loos considered it’s sturdy crafts-woman-ship.


Sophie Grant

Sophie is “Interested in childhood perceptions of reality and agency, her work reflects upon the education of the senses.”


Janna Dyk

Playing with connectivity of objects and the construction of the photographic image… We’re excited to see what comes next out of Janna’s studio.


Margeaux Walter

Capturing subtle observable “people watching” gestures in photo/digital collages. I liked her “Sweet Dreams” work that was up for auction. I nearly bid on it, but my art-budget is limited these days, even in the case of student work!

Young Curatorial Assistant: Alli Peller

Her name may not appear on the press release, but Allison Peller has been critical to the organization of the New.New York exhibit (curated by Artist / Photographer / Curator / Educator, John Silvis) at the Essel Museum in Vienna. With the exhibit (open NOW, since November 23rd) quickly approaching, I wanted to get a few words from Allison on the experience of assisting with this exhibition, and her path as a worker in the cultural field.


Allison Peller was born in Washington on military base Fort Lewis and has lived in Missouri, and Maryland. Ms. Peller, her siblings, the Dr., and Mrs. Peller eventually returned to Washington State, for a time. The family now resides in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The first time Ms. Peller came to New York was as a 5-year-old child with her family. During this visit they attended an exhibition of Monet’s bridges at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The work left an impression on her young mind, noting, even then, the aesthetic difference that it made, “As Monet started going blind.” They visited the Museum again when she was in Middle school, on another family trip, and she knew then that she truly loved New York, and the art that was accessible there.

A story her father likes to tell, which follows their first trip to New York, is of an incident where he pointed to an art print, proclaiming, “Look! It’s a Monet!” Allison calmly corrected him, “No Dad, that’s not a Monet, it’s a Manet.” This is the moment it became clear to her family that her interest went beyond the children’s books, but stretched into a real curiosity of the field. Her confidence in this direction came later as she matured and explored her options for further study.

She attended Bethel University’s undergraduate program for Art History, and Studio Art in Minnesota. She choose the program specifically for the advantage of spending a semester in New York at their Center for Art and Media Studies (NYCAMS). She thought that the semester would quench her love of the big city, seeing her self as more of a “country mouse,” but instead she fell in deeper love, and returned to New York upon graduation for a post-baccalaureate fellowship for curatorial studies under the mentorship of NYCAMS director, John Silvis.

While still in her undergraduate studies, she was trying to be “practical,” by exploring interior design and other applied versions of her creative bent. But it was futile. When she finally faced that fine art history was indeed her passion, and she should be pursuing curatorial work “for real”  – she obtained an internship under the museum director at her university, and later went on to an internship at the Pace Gallery in New York, where she also was employed until recently when she began working as a freelance curatorial assistant.

Her Post-Baccalaureate fellowship began in the Fall of 2009 under the mentorship of John Silvis. She started as an assistant for the exhibit “Incarnational Aesthetics,” and culminated with her own curatorial project “Regeneration: Root Beer Float Social,” in the Spring of 2010. During this period she became the point-person for events such as a fashion show, curated exhibits, and student shows; also facilitating the transport of work and the website updates for each project. Although she had co-curated an exhibit during her internship with the Bethel University Museum, drawing from their collection, “Regeneration” was the first time she had the freedom to make curatorial decisions on her own, building an exhibit that she could truly take ownership of. In her words, “I felt like it looked really good once it was up. It felt really good.”

In the instance of the current Essel Museum exhibition, New.New York, Ms. Peller again came on board as an assistant to John Silvis, but on a scale that she had not yet worked. There are 19 artists in the exhibition (two of which work together as a collaborative team,) all working in New York, with several installation works being installed on-site, in Vienna, opening this Thanksgiving week. Silvis brought Ms. Peller on-board early-on to aid in preparation such as studio visits, (taking measurements, photo documentation,) managing images and videos for their Tumblr page, and keeping details organized for the shipment of work. Peller also assisted Silvis in the portrait sessions for each artist, which would be included in the catalog for the exhibition.

The Essel Museum is hosting the exhibition as a part of their emerging artist series as an example of the work currently coming out of New York City. What ties this group together is not necessarily their “young” or “emerging” status, rather their aesthetic ties to a New York heritage while contemporarily “re-imagining how they use their medium. For example, the Ladd Brothers use beading, textiles, and ribbon,” which, “came out of a [garment/fashion-related practice,] and used those influences to make these really beautiful stacking sculptures.” Another example she gives is of Robin Kang’s brick installations that are essentially built of photographs of bricks printed on acetate and used to construct new structures. Overall the exhibit focuses on this act of “changing the formal paremeters” or giving a new twist to familiar material; Keeping the definition of the New York art scene open to the entire city, not just one borough, furthermore, not one industrial zone.

Allison Peller had prior experience working with a few of the artists who were on the exhibition roster, and plans to build on those relationships. (This includes Reid Streilow, who was also among the artists in her Regeneration exhibit.) She also hopes to continue to put herself in the way of Silvis, as he has played a critical role as a mentor to Peller. She has only begun investigating graduate programs for Art history, but will continue to be actively involved with emerging artists, making studio visits, and building her own curatorial values and style as she emerges onto the New York art scene herself.

New. New York, Curated by John Silvis

Essl Museum, Vienna, Austria
November 23, 2012 – March 31, 2013
Opening Reception: November 22, 2012 from 6-8pm
Gartenbaukino film screenings November 23, 2012 9pm

[photo courtesy of the Essel Facebook page]

Jude BroughanVince ContarinoBrent Everett DickinsonRob FischerRyan FordEgan FrantzRico GatsonRobin KangSteven and William LaddSarah LeeChristopher McDonaldAnn PibalLisa SigalShelly SilverReid StrelowSiebren VersteegLetha WilsonTamara Zahaykevich.

“New York, often described as the world capital of contemporary art, is the focus of exhibition activity in the Essl Museum this autumn. NEW. NEW YORK offers an insight into the work of 19 young artists from New York. A vibrant young art scene has developed in Bushwick, Brooklyn, in recent years, with numerous ateliers, culture initiatives and alternative art spaces. It is here that the American artist and curator John Silvis made his selection of artists for the coming exhibition in the Essl Museum.

All 19 artists are at different stages of their careers; what they share is that they use familiar materials and media in their work in an often surprising form, and in doing so produce “something new” in order to distinguish themselves from the traditional art canon and to develop their own forms of artistic expression. They all work with familiar media such as painting, photography, sculpture etc., but they change the formal parameters, combining, for example, materials such as concrete and photography in a refreshing way. The fascination with presence and the object seems to be an apt investigation in our media saturated landscape accentuating the absence of the human hand.  The work in New.New York does this by deconstructing existing art genres, slowing down time, re-purposing material and resurrecting old technologies, without attempting to issue its own manifesto, instead the viewer is presented with diverse artistic visions and forges anticipation for the unexpected by infusing art objects with the potential of transformation.”

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I <3 ING

I am back online, for a timely post:

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, NYC civil servants have been regularly issuing updates, while “Authorities” and other service providers are attempting to get back online in whatever ways they can. It has been made clear that we, in Brooklyn, are lucky when we hear of the severity of damage sustained by NJ, particularly the water-front areas, and in Queens as we mourn the incredible loss at Breezy Point, (one hundred homes burned down while flooded, which compounded the issue for fire fighters). Thankfully the death toll has been shockingly low across the NE.

Thousands of people have been displaced (some even moved from one temporary location to another) or (at best) rendered immobile due to outages of services and access to basic resources.  Also some of our most prized cultural objects in Manhattan were flooded out in Chelsea, and there also, we will begin to assess what our next steps may be to rebuild and restore.

Incase you haven’t been watching or listening to the news – some of the biggest highlights in the last couple days have been:

The “storm surge” of waves from the ocean flooded into tunnels (an unprecedented incident with record-breaking tide hight in some zones, nearly 14 feet). Electricity has blown out below 34th street in Manhattan, and scattered locations throughout the city. Almost everything is consequently on a cash-basis, so you’d need to go uptown to receive cash from an ATM.

Residents who were not evacuated from Lower Manhattan neighborhoods have either hunkered down – making due, but some have been unaware of the existing power uptown and word-of-mouth is becoming key. Generators have been set up in various locations to offer cell phone power, and small organizations, such as the Hester Street Settlement, are supplementing the work of the Red Cross and city officials by checking on neighbors and offering food to those in need.

Cell phone towers were doing fine until their battery power/generators began to run out, so we are waiting to see what can be done by those companies (some sending workers from branches across the country) to fix the current issues and see how we can improve for inevitable weather challenges in our future.

As pieces of information and infrastructure begin to come back together, many have begun to anticipate a boost in spirits from the ING NY Marathon, which is still scheduled to occur this Sunday, according to the mayor.

The percentage of runners who can still make it to the starting line (some who have flown in, and others who have been sitting on their couches in the dark all week) begin to stretch their limbs, adjust their diet, check for updates to the ING schedule, and note the easily forgotten daylight savings shift that is scheduled for the same morning. While many other North-Eastern residents are hanging on only by the hope of better things to come: Can the sheer force of human bodies displaying their individual and collective power give life to an otherwise crippled city? I believe it can, and I hope that it will.

PSA: Here is the updated Subway map if you need to travel within the city, but note that no power to the gray areas means that there are no stop lights, or electronic power of any kind.

Young Project Profile: UNTITLEDdialogue

UNTITLED:dialogue is a one-year project organized by Jessie Yang and He Yu.

This duo met at New York Univeristy’s Steinhardt Graduate school for Visual Arts Management. Both originally from China, (Shanghai and Sichuan, respectively,) they had the idea to create a monthly forum for further dialogue that centered around Contemporary Asian Art being created locally, in New York. They have garnered a list of over 250 in their network, and growing. Their events have had between 70-80 people show up, which has increased from about 20 at the first event.

“We hope to create a space where artists and the public could meet and interact in an informal setting, with more possibilites for dialogue.”

He Yu (also known as Echo) says that attendees have loved the atmosphere for these events. The artists like the attention as well. Some of their artists are in temporary residencies in New York and are looking for opportunities to talk about their ideas outside of the immediate circle of the program they are participating in, and to broaden their network. The second artist in their series, Na Yingyu, is a video artist and connected with a documentary film maker at one event and has made plans to collaborate.

UNTITLEDdialogue, a series of cultural talks with Asian related artists, curators, writers, independent film makers, designers, architects and musicians in New York.”

When they came to New York, Jessie and Echo didn’t find a lot of events specific to Asian Art outside of the larger and more traditional institutions such as the Asia Society. Even less so when it came to contemporary art, including among commercial galleries.

By providing an informal setting, they have created a free platform around contemporary Asian work where they invite all kinds of international cultural dialogue to occur. For example, John Ransom Phillips was another one of the artists Ud has worked with, he is American and creates images that contain allusions to Chinese sub-text.

With one exception, so far, Ran Tea House has been hosting the Ud program. The tea house also has programming of their own, which is how Echo originally found them. After a screening of the recently released documentary on the work of artist Ai Weiwei she approached the owner, and because their ideas were so similar, it was a natural fit. They set up a schedule for the events, and it has been a smooth collaborative relationship ever since. The only negative aspect that Echo observed is that she would like to find a way to bring in more revenue for the Tea House, and artists.

Jessie has been contributing customized desserts for each event, including a Japanese theme for the event highlighting one Musician from Kagawa.

“I really enjoy making dessert for UNTITLEDdialogue. And I try to relate the dessert to the theme of the dialogue as much as I can. It just makes everyone happy. I would never have thought that studying visual arts would take me to such a new and unexpected path.”

Jessie has applied to a Pastry Arts program at the French Culinary Institute next March. “Though it seems that I found my true calling in cooking and baking, I still love art. And who says food is not art? It is absolutely a work of art.”

Jessie hopes to continue to find ways of blending visual and culinary art experiences after Ud concludes.

In the future, Echo is interested in organizing gallery tours and in-studio visits rather than a program located in a singular venue. One of their events already has taken place at an artist studio (as opposed to the Ran space). Although the different setting can pose logistical challenges, it has the benefit of combining the artist’s network more easily with the network they have been building.

Echo cited a female Taiwanese author, Chen Mao Ping, as a rare female artist icon whom she admired. The author’s published work can be found under the nickname “Sanmao”, and became popular in Taiwan and mainland China in the late 1970’s. She also became infamous for her alleged suicide in 1991.

When asked to share any words of counsel for practicing artists Echo urged that artists must take the time to look into themselves. Everyone is very creative in the art world and trying to assert themselves. You can be influenced by others so easily that it becomes very important to take the time to be introspective and know your own creative goals, and artistic character.

“On October 21st, we’ll present our sixth event with gifted jazz singer and composer Le Zhang. The event will commence with a Jazz performance, highlighting recomposed Shanghai pop music from 1930s and 1940s. The performance will be followed by a talk about the story of “Shanghai Jazz”, the historical and current Jazz scene in Shanghai, and progressive fusion of Western Jazz culture and Chinese pop music in 1930s.” Read More….

​​Time: Sunday October 21st from 16:00 – 18:00
Location: Ran Space, 269 KENT AVE.
(BTW S1 STR. and S2 STR.), BROOKLYN, NY, 11211

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Exhibit Announcement: Joyce Lee

@ Capitol Skyline Hotel in D.C.
Thurs, Oct 4 – Sunday, Oct 7.

Announcing Joyce Lee at the (e)merge Art Fair. “Made in China” will be Ms. Lee‘s first foray into live performance with video installation! “Made in China” is an experimental work about luxury commodities, labor production, and global economies.

Also from Ms. Lee: “Perspectives: a Look through Cultural Lenses,” solo exhibition at Silber Gallery at Goucher College, Oct 30 – Dec 2. The opening reception will be Friday, Nov 9th from 6-9 pm. This show presents new video work of cross-cultural sensibilities made in response to previous work referencing western art history.

Tomorrow at Soho20: 547 West 27th St. #301, NYC, NY

The Secret Rooms of the Dirt Palace
performance, sale and exhibition:

(Including “Women I’ve Known, Biblically.” by JR Uretsky at 7pm)

The Secret Rooms of the Dirt Palace is a multi-media performance that explores constructing and performing femininities through a series of vignettes framed by the explicit explanations of Madame Von Malt Liqueur, our narrator whose narrative is drunk on all of the love in the air and full of repetition and lies. Madame Von Malt Liqueur knows that every story is a story of survival and that in order to make sense, a story must have at least a beginning. The Secret Rooms of the Dirt Palace has at least five beginnings; each presenting a navigation of contemporary womanhood that draw on personal experience as a point of departure to present diverse femininities that are not a reaction to or imitation of male power. Combining traditional storytelling, aggressive magic realism, surrealism, awkward realism, and utilizing puppetry, video, song, ritual, objects and dance The Secret Rooms of the Dirt Palace is a mystical look at what femininity might be — fluid, constructed, individual and sometimes a little wasted.

The performance will be on 27 September 2012 at 7pm.

Sale: Also on Thursday the 27th, the people of the palace will be selling zines, apparel, prints and much much more!

Exhibition: The DP will be filling Soho20 with prints, sculptures, paintings, comics, puppets, drawings and videos. Come to NYC and see what we’ve been working on! Exhibition runs 23 – 29 of September.

The Women of Norte Maar

[Norte Maar]
“NEW YORK CITY, September 2012—Norte Maar and the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery announce the exhibition To be a Lady: Forty-Five Women in the Arts, on view at the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery from September 24, 2012 through January 18, 2013. A reception, open to the public, will be held on Monday, September 24 from 6-8pm.
Curator Jason Andrew brings together forty-five artists born over the last century who happen to be women. Striking examples by historic protagonists, Alma Thomas, Louise Nevelson, Alice Neel, Lenore Tawney, Louise Bourgeois and Grace Hartigan set the stage for an exhibition designed to challenge and reshape the meaning of the word lady.”… [Full Press Release + Further detail]

The Beloved Jennifer Mills – this week! In NY!

Jennifer Mills is a performance artist who lives and works in Chicago, where she teaches in the Contemporary Practices Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mills’ work centers on the personalization and creative dissemination of multiples. By designing systems of creating and distributing original art objects for free or at a low cost, Mills creates a playful parody of the art market, blurring gallery and retail conventions. She caters to brows low and high, and their preferred price points, with paintings and assemblages that are equally inspired by 99 cent stores, newsstand tabloids and contemporary painting.

Mills’ solo exhibition, Low Middle Highfeatures hundreds of separate pieces with fluctuating price tags, sometimes as low as one penny.  Visitors to the Opening will be invited to throw darts at the art in the You Could Win Painting Series!, find great values on miniature paintings in the Off the Rack Series, and catch up on the latest Hollywood gossip while enjoying fine art, with the Tabloid Painting Series.

Be there to celebrate our season-opener and most affordable show to date!”

–“Low, Middle, High” brought to you by Recession Art

OPENING: Sept 5, 6-10pm
ON VIEW: Sept 5-Nov 11



Artist, Lacey Richter: Way to cross-promote!

Art Admins, Dan and Meaghan, speak with Lacey Richter at the EX opening in NY
“Lacey Richter is an Austin-based artist in Texas working in a variety of media, including paint, charcoal, needle and thread, electric tape and fabric.  Her work is influenced by internal energies and intuition.  Richter’s organic mixed-media pieces and fabric-based installations have been featured in solo and collaborative shows in Austin and Mexico.  She recently completed her first residency with the Serie Project, producing a limited edition silkscreen print based on her visions for 2012.  Ex: Collaborative Creation was her New York debut.  Richter enjoys dead birds, live birds, shimmery things, and honkytonk dancin’.”

Lacey has work on display now at ROAR, Austin, TX

“MY WORK IS UP AT ROAR on 5th just past BRAZOS. Great Visual Accompaniment for Austin FASHION WEEK. Stop by and Say Hello to the ROAR Gang – They Are Great!! I have already sold three pieces, one of which was during Install! Reception to be held September 6th, 6:30-8:00.” – LR