Category Archives: EVENTS

Meet me in the Park (along with the rest of NYC)

Last night I got a message asking if I wanted to head to Central Park for a picnic tonight. Normally I would be reticent to agree to the trek on a Friday night after work (I’ve become quite the home-body recently) but it is, after-all, a FREE concert of the New York Phil Harmonic! I mean, what kind of First World baby would I be if I chose to stay home running my A/C when beautiful art is being shared publicly, right in my back yard?

I have been blessed with so much beauty in my life, even on a day-to-day basis that I need to try to remember to see it, actively. For example: I have been riding my bike to work over the Williamsburg Bridge. I mean, it is a push to get up that incline, but once you are speeding along above the East River with the breeze whipping off the water and past your ears, it is pretty awesome. (Just gotta remember to stretch out more.)

So, if you don’t have any plans tonight, wanna head to Central Park tonight, along with the rest of the New Yorkers?

NY & CHI – Done. Fort Wayne – Here we come!

Thanks Robin for being so awesome and hosting the second installment of EX: Collaborative Creation in your ROCKING Chicago apartment a.k.a. “Carousel Space”.

Robin Kang is an incredible artist who has true dedication and vision. Check out her own artwork here. Weather she is building a brick house (or a digital textile) this girl is mighty-mighty. So, check her out!

Robin recently completed her Masters of Fine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, was a co-fellow of mine in Air Projects‘ pilot in Beijing, and has been running Carousel Space out of her home since January 2011.

EX is now headed to Fort Wayne, IN and will be the virginal exhibition of Wunderkammer Co.‘s new space, to the bliss of founder, Dan Swartz.

Kind of a BIG deal

There are many ubiquitous topics that flutter around the “art-world” consciousness that never seem to land. Every once in a while those ideas can be reinterpreted in a way that just “clicks”. It may feel right because it feels new, or because someone else (who is totally genius) “gets it”! This can be really satisfying if you can successfully put your own spin or perspective on something people were previously interested in or with which they are in some way already familiar.

I gotta tell you, I was feeling pretty good when I realized last month that we (the team behind EXa show inspired by the surrealist movement in the arts) had drawn from the same stream as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who are currently exhibiting garments and accessories by Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada. What an interesting conversation the work of these two women have! And what a wonderful opportunity we had to educate a few New Yorkers on the history of Schiaparelli in advance of the exhibit opening. We wanted to look at the connection between the Surrealists (one of those ideas floating around just above our heads) and how their forms played out in Fashion, and the MET is just being the BOSS, per usual.

If you were unable to attend the conversation about Schiaparelli, IAM has graciously provided video documentation [here] and if you do not live in New York, you may visit the exhibit at the MET’s website [here]. Enjoy.

EX: On the move…

The exhibit “EX: Collaborative Creation” is headed West, to Chicago. Chi-town Artista, Robin Kang, will host the second life of the installation at her Carousel Project. I, for one, am very excited to see her interpretation along with Dan Swartz, who will also be hosting the third personification of the work  in Indiana later this summer.

“Ex”hibit wraps up in NYC

The exhibit “Ex: Collaborative Creation” had a great opening event at IAM‘s 38|39 gallery earlier this month! I had the privilege of curating the New York iteration of the exhibit, and it will now travel to Carrousel Space in Chicago, and Wunderkammer following later this Summer. Upwards of 60 people attended the opening, among them were students, artists, writers, and IAM’s own founding director, Mako Fujimura.

Coinciding with the exhibit, IAM partnered with Wunderkammer and me to create a fun flip book catalogue.

Dan H. Swartz (Wunderkammer) gave a presentation illuminating the history of visual art and Surrealism and it’s contemporary employment and implications.*

Following events included a discussion with Dr. Lucy Collins and Tove Hermanson on the impact of Surrealism in Fashion* (primarily within the designs of Schiaparelli) and a film screening of Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast.

Coincidentally Cocteau and Schiaparelli were also collaborators, which suited the conversation quite well.

I am excited to see what Robin Kang and Dan H. Swartz will do with this body of work in Chicago and Fort Wayne.

*Videos of the presentations will be available online soon.

Cunningham Legacy

In his career as a dancer and choreographer, Merce Cunningham formed how modern dance was defined. Passionately, he continued to dance, teach, and collaborate for many many years in his studio in New York, until his death in 2009. Since then his studio remained open for a period of time and his company toured his last pieces.

I had the rare privilege of taking a private class with two of his company members last week, and learn a bit more about what it was like to dance for this visionary man. He truly wanted to push forward, perfect, and change the dances each time to create something special and new.

Today at 6pm and next M-F at 11am and 6pm are the LAST classes to be offered at the Merce Cunningham studio, for drop-in only. Then it will shift into a different kind of legacy. If you are movement-inclined, or open to risk embarrassment for the sake of a historic experience, I highly recommend jumping at this final chance

*Image, and many thanks credited to Carli Beseau.

*An interesting note: the dancers did not learn these pieces to music, infact sometimes heard the music for the first time when performing – The expectation was that the dancers counted every beat and would stick to that plan, no matter what the other dancers or music was doing.

For Immediate Release


Dates: March 8 – 30, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday March 8, 6-9p
Curated by: Bonnie K Mancini
Artists Include: Abdi Farah, Ali Aschman, Avneet Pannu, Christina Long, Dan Callis, Dan Morgan, David Carpenter, Emily Weiss, Jake Saunders, Jennifer Mills, Jess Poplawski, John McCormick, John Silvis, Josh Dihle, Joshua Cave, Joyce Lee, Kate Mangold, Kathryn Drury, Kristina Paabus, Lacey Richter, Liza Cucco, Nicholas Steindorf, Reid Strelow, Robin Kang, Sommer Starks, Stephanie Carpenter, and Zach Klein.
Hours: Tues & Wed from 4:30-6, or by Appointment
Location: IAM Gallery 38 W. 39th, 3rd Floor, NYC


EX: Creative Collaboration honors and breaks surrealist conventions, bringing a diverse
collection of artists together, conversing through corpses.


New York, New York, February 1, 2012 — Wunderkammer Company is proud to announce
“EX: Collaborative Creation”, an exhibit curated by Bonnie K Mancini. Ex will open March 8th at International Artist Movement (IAM)’s gallery space, and will continue through March 30, 2012.

As part of their mission to revitalize communities through contemporary art, Wunderkammer Company is interested in the innovation inherent to the collaborative process. To facilitate this, EX takes the Surrealist tradition of the Exquisite Corpse and creates an indirect collaboration between artist, curator, and administrator. Inspired by The Exquisite Corpse parlor game, which was originally intended to provoke further creativity by removing sole authorship and pre-conceptions of form, EX will produce a vivid experience for its viewers, and facilitate new connections between the artists in disparate communities.

For the duration of its stay at IAM there will be several corresponding events in celebration of Surrealist ideas and collaborative processes: A lecture by Daniel Swartz of Wunderkammer Company, a viewing of Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast, and a colloquium with Lucy Collins and Tove Hermanson on the influence of Surrealism on Fashion. “EX: Creative Collaboration” will also travel to Chicago, IL, and Fort Wayne, IN throughout 2012.

Bonnie K Mancini would like to offer a special thanks to IAM for the use of their space, and specifically to Meaghan Ritchey for her overwhelming support.


Contact: Daniel Swartz, cell: 260-417-8846,
or  Bonnie K Mancini,