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Spring 2012 News: May 10 Benefit & Auction, Calendar of Events and More

March 7, 2012



TABLE OF CONTENTS
Creative News: May 10 Benefit & Auction

Mark Your Calendars: Grantee Events
Spotlight: Sanford Biggers
Artists at Work: News and Milestones
Professional Development
Ancillary Programs

CREATIVE NEWS: MAY 10 BENEFIT & AUCTION
Save the date for a magical night with Creative Capital! The Annual Benefit & Auction will be Thursday, May 10 at the Tribeca home of board member Paige West. The evening will include silent and live auctions featuring grantees in all disciplines, as well as a specially commissioned edition by a Creative Capital artist. This year’s event will be emceed by legendary magicians Dennis Diamond, Daryl Hannah and Louie Magic. Their show Elephant Room—from the minds of 2009 grantees Steve Cuiffo, Trey Lyford and Geoff Sobelle—debuted to much acclaim at Arena Stage in D.C. and has an upcoming run at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. Benefit tickets are available here. Stay tuned for more information about the benefit and our auction preview at PULSE New York.
-Ruby Lerner

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: GRANTEE EVENTS
Kevin Jerome Everson, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Richard Maxwell, Sarah Michelson, Laura Poitras, Matt Porterfield and Michael Robinson are featured in the 2012 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, through May 27 
• Nina Menkes retrospective film programs at the Billy Wilder Theater in Los Angeles, through March 7, and at Anthology Film Archives in New York, March 9-19
• Suzan Pitt has a retrospective of her work touring European festivals and theaters, March 8-29
• Emna Zghal’s solo exhibition Plato/Pineapple is on view at Miyako Yoshinage Art Prospects, New York, through March 10
• My Barbarian presents Broke People’s Baroque Peoples’ Theater at Human Resources in Los Angeles, through March 11
• Ben Marcus and Deb Olin Unferth read at Housing Works in New York, on March 12
• Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project with Theaster Gates present red, black & GREEN: a blues at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN (March 15-17), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (April 12-14) and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (May 11-13)
• Marina Zurkow presents Neocracy at DiverseWorks Art Space in Houston, TX, March 16 – April 21
• Steve Cuiffo, Trey Lyford and Geoff Sobelle premiere Elephant Room at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, March 22 – April 8
• Mason Bates and Anne Patterson present a Mercury Soul happening at the New World Symphony in Miami, on March 23
• Conrad Bakker presents UNTITLED PROJECT: RECORD SHOP at Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin, TX, March 24 – April 21
• David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group presents Restless Eye at New York Live Arts, March 24 – April 1
• Ralph Lemon has solo exhibition 1856 Cessna Road at the Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, March 29 – May 27
• Lisa Kron's The Veri**on Play at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, KY, through April 1
• Robert Pruitt presents This Rejection of the Conqueror at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, TX, through April 8
• Janine Antoni exhibits in Room In My Head: Staging Psychological Spaces at SCAD's Gustein Gallery in Savannah, GA, through April 20
• The Propeller Group is in The Ungovernables: The 2012 New Museum Triennial in New York, through April 22
• Ken Gonzales-Day’s exhibition Disappearing into the Trees is on view at the Vincent Price Museum in Los Angeles, through April 27
• Karolina Sobecka and Brent Green in Born Digital at Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, NC, through April 30
• John Jasperse presents Fort Blossom Revisited (2000/2012) at New York Live Arts, May 9-12
• Trimpin presents The Gurs Zyklus at On The Boards in Seattle, WA, May 17-20
• John Jota Leaños presents Imperial Silence: Una Ópera Muerta at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, May 17-20
• Matthew Moore’s exhibition And the Land Grew Quiet is on view at the Phoenix Art Museum, through June 20
• Beverly McIver presents Reflections: Portraits by Beverly McIver at the North Carolina Museum of Art, in Raleigh, NC, through June 24

Visit Creative Capital’s online calendar of Grantee Events
 for more details.

SPOTLIGHT: SANFORD BIGGERS
The Cartographer's Conundrum
a major multi-disciplinary installation by Sanford Biggers (2008 Visual Arts), recently opened at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA.

The Cartographer’s Conundrum,
 Sanford Biggers’ Creative Capital-supported project, is inspired by artist, scholar and Afrofuturist John Biggers (1924 – 2001). Afrofuturism engages science fiction, cosmology and technology to create a new folklore of the African Diaspora. The work of Sanford and John Biggers is linked through their use of Afrofuturist imagery and ideologies. A cousin of his subject, Sanford Biggers aims to study and expand the emerging genre of Afrofuturism while illuminating the underrepresented career of master painter and muralist John Biggers. 

Sanford Biggers, a Los Angeles native currently based in New York, creates multi-disciplinary artworks that integrate film, video, installation, sculpture, music and performance. He uses the study of ethnological objects, popular icons and the Dadaist tradition to explore cultural and creative syncretism, art history, and politics. Sanford Biggers’ work was recently featured in solo exhibitions at The Brooklyn Museum and at SculptureCenter in Long Island City, NY. He teaches at Columbia University.

For more information about The Cartographer’s Conundrum, visit the MASS MoCA website. You can find a photo of the work-in-progress on the Creative Capital blog. Through April 8, Sanford Biggers’ work can also be seen at the University of the South's Art Gallery in Sewanee, TN, in the exhibition Moon Medicine. He also performs in the funk fusion band of the same name.

ARTISTS AT WORK: NEWS AND MILESTONES
Creative Capital's new blog, The Lab, highlights the work of our grantees through interviews, videos, audio podcasts and photos. Check out these recent blog stories about artists’ performances, films, books and exhibitions, and don’t forget to reply with your comments and feedback!

Ben Marcus collaborated with Erin Cosgrove on an animated book trailer for his new novel, The Flame Alphabet. Since Marcus’s book was released in January, it has been reviewed by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Seattle Times, Wired, TimeOut New York and NPR’s All Things Considered, among others, and Cosgrove was interviewed about her book trailer by Mediabistro’s Galleycat blog.

On the occasion of Bill Morrison: A Modern Master of Silent Film, we interviewed the artist about pulling together this complex program of film screenings with live music performances for The New Sounds Live silent film music series at the World Financial Center Winter Garden in New York.

Marshall Curry & Sam Cullman's If a Tree Falls was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and you can watch the trailer here.

Taylor Mac is working on a 24-hour concert of the history of popular music, and our blog has a video excerpt from one of his workshop concerts at Joe’s Pub, which will continue throughout the year. Taylor Mac will also play the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Classic Stage Company in New York, April 4 – May 20.

Heidi Latsky Dance recently presented new work at ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival in New York. Latsky’s residency and performance of her Creative Capital project, GIMP, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is documented in this video by NETnebraska.

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