Creative Capital Launches Its Second Decade With a Celebration of Artists' Work Around the Country
April 7, 2010
April 7, 2010, New York—In its first decade, Creative Capital has supported some of the most visionary, adventurous and thought-provoking artists spanning all disciplines. This May, the public will have the chance to celebrate these artists through film screenings, presentations, exhibitions, readings and performances at venues throughout the New York area and across the country. Many of the programs will feature Creative Capital-supported projects, including some premieres, and others will feature the new work of grantees.
The Museum of Modern Art has organized a six-week film exhibition opening April 30, featuring Creative Capital’s contributions to the field through more than 35 films and videos that the organization supported in its first decade, with screenings, live performances and artist Q&As throughout. Political, subversive, wickedly funny, wildly imaginative films of all genres will be screened, including an exclusive opening night live performance by filmmaker Braden King and the closing night New York premiere of Eve Sussman and Rufus Corporation’s experimental whiteonwhite:randomthriller [alphaversion]. The exhibition will include works by Natalia Almada, Brent Green (who will perform live narration and music with his film Paulina Hollers), Kalup Linzy, Sharon Lockhart, Laura Poitras (who will introduce her award-winning documentary The Oath), Alex Rivera, Caveh Zahedi and many more. For more information, visit MoMA’s Creative Capital site.
In conjunction with the extraordinary exhibition at MoMA and in honor of our anniversary month, Creative Capital is celebrating its artists’ wealth of groundbreaking work around town and around the country throughout May 2010. These works reflect the wide-reaching impact that the organization has had on many creative fields in its ten-year history. In the film world, Creative Capital grantees have presented at international festivals, received Academy Award nominations and brought new narrative stories and documentaries to audiences around the world. Performing and Visual Arts grantees have experienced similar successes, working with venues and exhibitors worldwide, fueling their careers and expanding the borders of their fields. Emerging Fields grantees have redefined the ways that audiences and viewers experience art, and Innovative Literature grantees continue to expand the possibilities of the written word, creating works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry demonstrating their unique perspectives and voices. Creative Capital’s Anniversary Site includes details on the programs described below.
Program Across the Country
In addition to the MoMA exhibition, other film highlights include the May 7 dual premieres of 2008 Film/Video grantee Laura Poitras’ Creative Capital project, The Oath, and 2005 Film/Video grantee Brent Green’s first feature-length animation, Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then. The Oath, which debuted this year at the Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Excellence in Cinematography Award: U.S. Documentary, offers a glimpse into the lives of two former al-Qaeda operatives. Poitras documents the men’s divergent paths through Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, FBI investigations, the US Supreme Court and daily life in Yemen, leaving the question of good versus evil to the viewer.
In the Performing Arts, programs include the premiere of 2009 grantee Nora Chipaumire’s Creative Capital project lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi at the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts in Brooklyn, NY on May 21. A collaboration with master Zimbabwean musician and poet Thomas Mapfumo, lions will roar… explores the nature of art created in exile. Integrating contemporary and traditional forms of Zimbabwean dance and music as well as original animation, the work reexamines the art of Zimbabwe over the course of that country’s recent economic and political downward spiral through the lens of Mapfumo’s incendiary and renowned writing and music. Performing Arts grantee (2009) Taylor Mac will also appear at Joe’s Pub May 21 and 22, performing songs, including some from his 2009 Creative Capital project The Lily’s Revenge.
In Visual Arts, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts will present Resurrectine, opening May 15, which will include work by more than a dozen Creative Capital artists. Resurrectine focuses thematically on looking back to move forward, creating rebirth by recycling in this time of great change in the country and the world. Participating artists include Cory Arcangel, Ina Archer, Sanford Biggers, Luca Buvoli, Nick Cave, Liz Cohen, Brody Condon, Chris Doyle, Brent Green, Kelly Heaton, Shih Chieh Huang, eteam (Hajoe Moderegger and Franziska Lamprecht), Deborah Lawrence, Jane Marsching, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Karyn Olivier, William Pope.L, Marie Sester, Dread Scott, Paul Shambroom, Eve Sussman and Mark Tribe, among others. Performing Arts grantee (2002) Vijay Iyer and 2001 Film/Video grantee Bill Morrison have a collaborative installation, Release, at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia on view through June 30.
A series of four readings will showcase Creative Capital’s Innovative Literature grantees, including 2006 grantees Jeffery Allen, Alan Gilbert and Cole Swensen and 2009 grantees Paul Beatty, Ben Marcus, Bernadette Mayer and Deb Olin Unferth. The readings will be held three Saturdays in May at the Bowery Poetry Club and will be free and open to the public.
Calendar of Events
An incredible array of programs will be on view around the month of May:
• Creative Capital, MoMA 4/30 – 6/6
Selections from a decade of Creative Capital-supported projects. Political, subversive, wickedly funny, wildly imaginative works of all genres, including work by Natalia Almada, Carl Deal and Tia Lessin, Sandi DuBowski, Vicky Funari, Brent Green, Sam Green, Braden King, Kalup Linzy, Sharon Lockhart, Bill Morrison, Laura Poitras, Alex Rivera, The Yes Men and Caveh Zahedi.
The opening night program will feature HERE [ THE STORY SLEEPS ] a one-night-only hybrid film-concert of an emerging collaboration between filmmaker Braden King, composer Michael Krassner and the Boxhead Ensemble. HERE [ THE STORY SLEEPS ] is a deconstruction of King’s forthcoming feature film HERE, a landscape-obsessed road movie romance shot in the ex-Soviet republic of Armenia, starring Ben Foster and Lubna Azabal.
• Creative Capital project premiere of Laura Poitras’s The Oath also at IFC Center on 5/7
• Premiere of Brent Green’s first feature-length film, Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, at IFC Center in New York 5/7 and exhibition at the Andrew Edlin Gallery opening 4/17
Exhibitions & Public Installations
• Jason Salavon has a solo exhibition, Old Codes, at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts 4/8 – 5/8
• Bruce Yonemoto has a solo exhibition of his Untitled (NSEW) series at the St. Louis Art Museum, opening in April and running through 7/11
• Jeanne C. Finley and John Muse have an exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT, on view through 5/1
• Sanford Biggers has a solo exhibition at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum in California on view through 5/2
• Chris Doyle and Pablo Helguera are both part of a group exhibition at the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO, on view through 5/6
• Cory Arcangel has a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Miami on view through 5/6
• Caroline Lathan-Stiefel has a solo exhibition at Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery in Philadelphia, PA 5/7 – 28
• Cory Arcangel, Ina Archer, Sanford Biggers, Luca Buvoli, Karyn Olivier, Mark Tribe and others will be a part of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts’s exhibition Resurrectine, opening 5/15 in New York
• Stephanie Rothenberg is in a group exhibition at the University of Buffalo Art Gallery on view through 5/16
• Brody Condon and Jay Rosenblatt are both part of the exhibition Substitute Teacher at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, on view through 5/16
• Conrad Bakker and Fred Wilson are part of a group exhibition curated by Shaquille O’Neal at the FLAG Art Foundation on view through 5/27 in New York
• Liz Cohen is in a group exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA on view through 5/30
• Nick Cave has a solo exhibition at UCLA Fowler Museum in Los Angeles on view through 5/30
• Allison Wiese’s work is in an installation at B-Home Studio in Catskill, NY on view through 6/1
• Sabrina Raaf’s Creative Capital project, Translator II: Grower, is on view at UCSD in San Diego through 6/5
• Emna Zghal’s new work is part of the 185th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, a group exhibition at the National Academy Museum in New York, through 6/5
• Ruben Ochoa’s work will be in an installation at MCASD Downtown in San Diego, on view through 6/20
• eteam will present an iteration of their Creative Capital project, open source Grabeland, in a group show at The Kitchen in New York opening 6/25
• Vijay Iyer and Bill Morrison’s collaboration will be on view at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia through 6/30
• Phil Solomon will have an installation of his work at Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., on view through 7/15
• Erika Blumenfeld’s work will be a part of Biennial: Art on the Edge at New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe on view through 7/31
• Ronald Brown will perform 4/30 – 5/1 at the Washington Performing Arts Society in Washington, D.C.
• David Isaacson will perform as part of Banners & Cranks: A Festival of Cantastoria in Chicago, 4/30 – 5/2
• Jarrad Powell will have the world premiere of his multimedia dance and music project Home at Erickson Theatre 5/20 – 23 in Seattle, WA
• Creative Capital project premiere of Nora Chipaumire‘s, lions will roar… at the Kumble Theater in Brooklyn, NY, 5/21 – 22, presented by DTW and 651Arts
• Taylor Mac will perform new works and parts of his Creative Capital project The Lily’s Revenge at Joe’s Pub in New York, 5/21 – 22
• Byron Au Yong’s Creative Capital project, Stuck Elevator, will receive a workshop at the Yale Institute for Musical Theatre in New Haven, CT in June
Readings & Special Events
• Jeffery Allen, Paul Beatty, Alan Gilbert, Ben Marcus, Bernadette Mayer, Deb Olin Unferth, and Cole Swensen will participate in readings four Saturdays in May (1, 8, 22 and 29) at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York
• Catherine Herdlick will participate in the Come Out & Play festival 6/4 – 6 in Brooklyn, NY with an iteration of her Creative Capital project, The Cowgirl Way Society
For more information about these programs, visit www.creative-capital.org/anniversary.
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Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Innovative Literature, and Performing and Visual Arts. Working in long-term partnership with artists, Creative Capital’s pioneering approach to support combines funding, counsel, and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster a successful and sustainable practice for its grantees. In its first decade, Creative Capital has committed more than $20 million in financial and advisory support to 325 projects representing 406 artists, and has reached an additional 3,000 artists through its Professional Development Program. For more information, visit www.creative-capital.org.