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
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.
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.
Here are more milestones to celebrate:
Natalia Almada‘s El Velador won the Cinematography Prize at the Montreal International Documentary Festival, and she is creating an installation based on the film for an exhibition at Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris… Nora Chipaumire, John Jasperse, John Jota Leanos and Kirk Lynn (Rude Mechs) are among the 2011 USA Fellows… Kenny Fries‘s Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability was named one of the American Library Association’s Notable Books of 2012… Documentary Fortnight at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, co-curated by Sam Green, featured work by Roddy Bogawa, Jem Cohen, Angela Reginato and Naomi Uman… Danny Hoch released a limited edition double DVD package of Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop and Some People…Vijay Iyer is the winner of the 2012 Greenfield Prize… Simone Leigh received a 2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, and her solo exhibition You Don’t Know Where Her Mouth Has Been is on view at The Kitchen in New York, through March 11… Sue Johnson’s photographs of women competing to be on the U.S. Olympic Team for Women’s Boxing ran in The New York Times Magazine on January 29… Naeem Mohaiemen’s Young Man Was: Part 1, United Red Army was presented at the Forum for Visual Dialogue in Berlin… Meredith Monk was named 2012 Composer of the Year by Musical America… Bill Morrison‘s Spark of Being received the 2011 Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association… Sheryl Oring presented 100 Possibilities at the College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles… Rude Mechs’ The Method Gun was included in the Los Angeles Times’s “Best of 2011 in Theater” and New York Magazine’s “Year in Culture 2011”… Eve Sussman’s whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir was featured in the Winter 2012 issue of Filmmaker magazine, at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlinale, and it can be seen in the exhibition Time Lapse at SITE Santa Fe, through May 20… Tale of Tales released the mobile version of their game The Graveyard for Android and a version of their iPhone app Vanitas for iPad and Android… and Deb Olin Unferth’s Revolution is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in autobiography!
In January, Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program (PDP) launched the Online Learning Program, a series of live professional development webinars for individual artists. The Online Learning webinars are taught by experienced workshop leaders, and the interactive format uses tools such as video streaming, interviews, interactive questions and Q&A sessions. PDP offers two webinars each month, so there will be new opportunities throughout the year to enhance your skills and knowledge. Topics include: Social Media: How to Be Everywhere All the Time, with Eve Mosher; Real Life Budgeting, with Andrew Simonet; and Visual Arts Round Table, with Matthew Deleget. Visit the Online Learning Program webpage for more details, and check out the PDP calendar for workshop dates.
On our blog, you can find more news from PDP, as well as stories from our workshop partners in The Field, and Tips & Tools from our PDP workshop leaders and Artist Services team.
The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant will open its 2012 application in late April. Check artswriters.org for program details and a list of 2011 grantees.
The Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards is gearing up for their inaugural awards this spring! More information on the program can be found here and in this article on our blog.
In two weeks, The Multi-Arts Production Fund (MAP Fund) will be announcing its 2012 project grants to playwrights, choreographers, directors, composers and performers. Stay tuned or visit mapfund.org for updates.
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