Connecticut’s leading forum for visual artists returns to New Haven this fall. City-Wide Open Studios invites the public to embrace the arts—and to learn more about the creative processes of visual artists—by visiting hundreds of artists in studio and temporary spaces across New Haven. Over 350 artists will take part in the festival over the course of four consecutive weekends. The grand Opening Night Party, free and open to the public, will take place at Artspace on Friday, October 2nd, from 5:00–8:00 PM, followed by late night festivities on Ninth Square including the Fantasmagorie Light Exhibition on Orange St. from 8-9:30pm and L.A.M.P. Camp Afterparty at Café 9 from 9:30-11pm. With this year’s thematic focus, “Dwelling,” the spaces and structures that we inhabit–both literally and figuratively– have inspired many special installations and projects of this year’s festival.
The first weekend (October 10/11, 12:00–56:00 PM) will feature the Alternative Space at the Goffe Street Armory (290 Goffe Street, New Haven). With an area of 155,000 square feet and over 150 participating artists, the Goffe Street Armory presents a unique, historic backdrop for visual artists to showcase their ideas and for visitors to enjoy art installations, performances, and temporary studios. Visitors can also enjoy live music, 12 site responsive commissions and curator tours led by prominent curators and arts professionals. Admission is free; a $5 donation is suggested.
During the second weekend (October 17/18, 12:00–6:00 PM), attendees may visit the private studios of artists throughout New Haven, West Haven, and Hamden. This “Transported Weekend” allows visitors to discover the intimate spaces in which artists work across the Greater New Haven area. Maps, signage, and guided/bike tours will be provided. A series of guided tours, featuring prominent curators and arts professionals, will visit selected studios during the weekend.
The third weekend (October 24/25, 12:00–5:00 PM) will feature artists and demonstrations at the Erector Square studio complex (315 Peck Street, New Haven). Erector Square is New Haven’s largest concentration of studios, in a series of buildings that once housed the Erector Set factory; today over 100 artists maintain studios there. Visitors can explore the many studios at their own leisure or with a guided curator tour. Studio Maps will be available at the entrance. The visit is free; a $5 donation is suggested.
Throughout the festival, viewers are invited to visit the central Festival Exhibition at Artspace, which will feature a representative work by each participant, along with maps and information about CWOS. The full-color, 36 page Official Map & Guide of the event with studio information will be available at the opening reception, and as an insert in the Friday October 2nd New Haven Register. A special benefit evening takes place October 9, with a dinner and private curator led tours of the Armory installations.
Artspace’s City-Wide Open Studios is made possible thanks to the New Alliance Foundation, Yale University, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Connecticut, City of New Haven and other local corporations.
Dan Gries and Dan Bernier, Pool Noodle Pixel Pets
Medium: pool noodles, fencing
Dan Gries and Dan Bernier work in art generated from computer code. They use computational techniques to determine how found objects, like pool noodles, can be treated like pixels to build a recognizable source image. The result is a piece that combines strategies of computational art with trial—and-error based processes of the hand-made.
A series of lone, domesticated animals pear out from each fenced window on the first floor of the Goffe Street Armory. The process of domestication occurs as a wild animal is tamed in order to accentuate certain traits that are desirable to the tamer, including physical appearance, behavioral characteristic, size, color, growth rate, and lifespan. Domesticated organisms may become dependent on humans or human activities, since they sometimes lose their ability to survive in the wild.
The theme of domestication responds to the City-Wide Open Studios open call for artworks that respond to the theme “Dwelling”. The pool toys signal the many ways in which Homo Sapien has reached an advanced stage of domestication, in which entire landscapes exist as digital forms, accessibly through the safety of our home computers. The pool toys themselves represent the proliferation of cheap leisure as the substitute for physical activity in our daily lives (they are $1 a piece). Transformed into an artwork, the pool toys enter into a second faze that might be arguably called “post-domestication”. They help us recognize the falsities and ambiguities of our own perception, and make reinvent digital language
Harper Keehn, Teardrop Trailer
Medium: wood, glue, reclaimed parts
Local visitors might recognize Keehn from one of New Haven’s Farmer’s Markets, where he works with a Tormek electric water stone to offer a knife sharpening and polishing service. His business is built off of the concept that a stainless steel knife is built to last for 50 to 100 years. In addition to knife-sharpening, he is an artist who describes his practice as part sculptural, part social experiment, and part architectural research.
For the Alternative Weekend of City-Wide Open Studios, Keehn takes residency on the front lawn of the Goffe Street Armory in his Teardrop Trailer—an object that could be thought of as a mobile studio or sculpture. Keehn created the trailer from scratch with found parts and the help of friends and family over a 16-day period. He has documented its construction, as well as his journey across United States on Youtube a photo-essay tumbler website. A typical entry might range from 2-3 sentences, describing how his dog Lola is fairing, the names of friends or family he is visiting, and a mechanical problem with the Trailer. The one-man trailer and Keehn’s time in it embody a dedication to learning about how things work by building them from the ground up, using them, and caring for them as they are worn. For October 10 and 11, he has an open door policy, inviting visitors to “come in, if his door is open”.
Michael Reiniger, Untitled
Medium: homemade tempura chalk paint
While the word “dwelling” suggests a creative personal space, massive housing facilities, like as the Goffe Street Armory, are by nature imposing and impersonal. In order to bring the Armory to a human scale, Reiniger applied anthropomorphic features to the façade, animating it with a face and personality. Playing off the sober brick surface, the colorful chalk highlights the decorative inlays above each arch, drawing viewer’s eyes to architectural details that usually go unnoticed. Visitors are encouraged to add to the design, by extending it onto the concrete walkway.
Laura Marsh, Dream Diversly
Medium: mixed media
Last March, Laura Marsh and her neighbors were evicted from their studios at Daggett Street, a former factory building that has served as a home to many New Haven artists since the 1960s. Forced to quickly find a new place to live, Marsh moved into the Chapel West complex in downtown New Haven. This flag explores her feelings of displacement and estrangement that mark this itinerant time. The original scale of the flag mirrors the height of her second floor apartment at Chapel West (installed on the second floor it grazes the street below), however, she has since moved, and added textiles that modify its size and shape. The flag’s profile continues to change and symbolizes a changing relationship to one’s private and public space and the power to maintain control or authorship over these spaces. She recalls, “I aired it out on the first sunny day in May, and as a result, I met my new neighbors.”
Amy and Dennis Daniels, ¾ Dwelling
Medium: wood, dry wall, paint, metal, toilet boil, glass, mirror, tape
Three rooms, only ¾ complete, are constructed with the same set of basic architectural components—a wall, door, window, bed, table, mirror, and toilet. The open floor plans are designed to disorient the viewer, in order to push him/her to look closely at the elements of a room, and to recognize the push and pull between real and imaged space.
The architects designed the blue print to model the symmetry, asymmetry, light play, and sight lines of the 80,000 square foot Drill Hall. Viewers are encouraged to look over onto the installation at the second floor viewing platform, and to weave in and out. As a series of independent parts, the installation points to our most basic needs: a place to take stay warm, sleep, eat, dress, and defecate. The suspended porcelain toilet humorously references Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, which made the argument that anything, even a found object, could be named art so long as it was placed in an art context. In the context of City-Wide Open Studios, the installation explores the meeting point between art and architecture. The suspended installation and the addition of mirrors suggests the piece as more absurdist than utilitarian, and reflects on the legacy of paper architecture (or “conceptual architecture”) to urban, suburban, and commercial innovation.
Hong Hong, I Cannot Remember the Tender-Headed Rain/Perhaps We Do Not Yet Exist
Medium: mylar, metal, string
Hong will suspend four 25 foot curtains of Mylar tubing from the rafters of the Goffe Street Armory. As the wind trickles in, the curtains will transform into dancing fields of light. Viewers may walk between the sheets to make sense of the ethereal forms. From afar, the 4 sheets will appear unified.
Hong’s practice is rooted in Eastern ideas surrounding rituals and shrines. She is fascinated by humble repetitive acts that have the power to transform a site from common to grand. She writes: “Indeed, both art objects and spiritual spaces have the capacity to (and do) symbolize the human search for unattainable aspirations. Ultimately, we rely on our own constructions to embody, communicate, and comprehend the less palpable aspects of existence. My inquiries explore this particular overlap between spiritual concepts and material culture.”
I Cannot Remember…searches for the characteristics inherent to mylar, a highly reflective and near weightless film that responds to light and movement. The work explores the aesthetic realm as a site for a post-secular aesthetics. As visitors commune around the work in groups and as individuals, the curtains become something larger than any one person or experience.
Hong created the piece for City-Wide Open Studios as a way to think the prompt, dwelling, away from a durable structure or permanent place of residence. She writes, “People immigrate and die. Roofs cave in, and hurricanes howl. On the other hand, the dwelling that occurs in the mind casts no shadow and is therefore, intangible. Through this, we accumulate an immaterial shrine that holds everything we believe to be a relic of another time and a symbol for another self. In spite of its incorporeality and mutable nature, this structure is a more permanent dwelling than any that exist in physical space. It is, in many ways, comparable to a mirage.”
This project was made possible with generous support from the City of Hartford Business Development Grants for Artists Program, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant Program.
Nick Pfaff, Vision
Beginning in August of 2015, Pfaff distributed 25 disposable cameras to individuals and families experiencing and recovering from homelessness and food insecurity. He asked these New Haven residents to document their daily life, providing an open ended and personalized platform for their storytelling. The individuals were treated as artists, provided a stipend for their work, and instructed to drop off their cameras to Pfaff’s place of work or Artspace along with a questionnaire that Pfaff provided. 22 of the 25 cameras were returned, and the groupings and captions tell their author’s unique stories. In the context of City-Wide Open Studios, the project takes seriously the need and unexpected merits of providing fair and equal access to the arts, and in its execution, raises awareness about the marginalized populations that live and work in New Haven, as well as the social services offered.
This project was made possible with generous support from Milford Photo.
Baobab Tree Studios Stories (Liz Hammond, Janis Astor del Valle, and Kevin (RevKev) Ewing), New Haven Story Project
Over the next several months, Baobab Tree Studios will partner with local agencies and organizations to collect, record, and archive oral stories from people who live, work, and pass through New Haven. Over the course of Artspace’s City-Wide Open Studios Alternative Space Weekend, Baobab Tree Studios invite visitors to stop by and tell a personal story. The story can be anything-- recent or past, popular or secret, funny or sincere, and about art, or about nothing at all. The length is also undetermined. At the end of the project, the New Haven Free Public Library and the New Haven Museum will house the stories, and the archive will available to researchers as well as the public. Baobab Tree Studios will add tags to the stories to make them searchable and user-friendly.
We're doing an oral history project where we're setting up at different events around and recording people telling stories about their life here in New Haven. I think we missed the deadline for Open Studios but we're wondering if we can set up a table at the armory and maybe have the studios listed as a space in the downtown tour and folks could come in and record. We'd even let some artist display their work here, if they want. Or we could do another greenscreen photo booth thing. All we need is a table (which we can bring), a couple chairs (which we can bring) and electricity at the armory. We have everything we'd need at the studios.
Gender, Projected (organized by Am Nogren and Reese Ramponi, Gender, Projected
Medium: mixed media
Locker rooms are inherently gendered places. Right now there is much discussion of transgender people and locker rooms – which room should they use? Which room is “right?” Which affirms their identity? Which makes people the least uncomfortable? The answers to these questions are not yet clear, and in answering these questions, one reinforces a two-gendered world, where all people should be able to “fit” neatly into the male-female binary.
This installation seeks to break down this gender binary by depicting people who represent more than just two genders. Each locker contains a set of photographs, a handwritten note, and an article of clothing that belong to one transgender model, who has also posed for the collective’s ongoing project, ongoing photo project Gender, Projected (w.genderprojected.wix.com). Gender, Projected explores gender expression and identity, and was started by Am Norgren and Reese Ramponi as an attempt to explore their own genders, and grew as others joined the collaboration. The project reminds us that the site of “dwelling” occurs in structures, which include one’s body.
John O’Donnell, Cereal Cave
John O’Donnell is interested in food, consumption, hysterics, seduction, addiction, storage, color, play, touch, the grotesque, humor, untimeliness, ecstasy, fixation, fiction, friction, party tricks, slippage, synthetics, and disaster, among other things. He relates these sensibilities to the personal and often awkward experience of coming of age, and to more recent examinations of delirious child-adult relationships.
Cereal Cave pairs found objects with assemblage, collage, performance and video. The neon synthetics looming inside popular cereals scrutinize what American parents are purchasing and serving their kids for breakfast. The terrifying secret bursts from the shelves in the form of an abstract blue-green arm, suggesting something radical and radioactive, rather than edible. Viewers may recall O’Donnell’s work from his related installation, Psychadelic Pantry, which was on display at the New Britain Museum in the winter of 2015.
Lani Asuncion and Colin McMullan, Untitled
This immersive installation is designed for the dimly lit attic of the Goffe Street Armory. The collaboration will explore questions of ancestry, inheritance, immigration, a search for home, the experience of coming of age, growing pains, and the absurdities of assimilation. The work brings together objects and materials from the artists’ individual practices, including an operable boat (McMullan’s) and a compass (Asuncion’s). The entrance videos conjure the tactile experiences of moving across land and water, both in the distant past and present. Visitors are invited to activate the objects in the room and engage the artists.
Cassandra Albinson is the Landon and Lavinia Clay Curator of European Art at the Harvard Art Museums. She was formerly Curator of Paintings and Sculpture and at the Yale Center for British Art and earned a Ph.D. in the history of art from Yale University in 2002, with a dissertation on portraiture of aristocratic women in the Victorian period. Cassandra specializes in British and French art of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a particular focus on portraiture. In this capacity she has organized exhibitions on the portrait painter Thomas Lawrence and on jewelry in British portraiture, and she is currently working on an exhibition on the color pink in painting in the eighteenth century. Most recently, she co-curated, with colleagues at the Yale University Art Gallery, the exhibition The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760-1860. Cassandra has been a lecturer in the History of Art department at Yale, and has held fellowships from the Getty Research Institute, the Kress Foundation, and the Henry Moore Institute
Albinson will be leading a tour during the Erector Square Weekend on October 25. Her tour will feature artists Binnie Birstein, Irene Miller, and Stephen Rodriguez
New Yorker by birth and AfroDominican by bloodline, Suhaly Bautista-Carolina has served as an educator, activist and visual artist throughout Africa and the Americas. She joined the Creative Time team in the summer of 2014 as a Volunteer at the Kara Walker project and served as a Site Manager for Funk, God, Jazz and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn before joining the team permanently in 2015 as the Engagement and Education Manager. Suhaly graduated from New York University in 2008 with a B.A. in English and American Literature. She received her MPA from the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU in 2011 and was named one of “NYU’s 15 Most Influential Students.”
Suhaly’s artwork, which explores themes of feminism and power, has been published by the United Nations’ International Museum of Women and Insight Magazine.
She is also an Executive Board member of FOKUS, an arts advocacy organization designed to educate, empower and unite communities through the arts.
Bautista-Carolina will be leading a tour during the Transported Weekend on October 18. Her tour will feature artists Chris Barnard, Joan Fitzsimmons, and Linda Lindroth.
The George Billis Gallery is an exhibition space with locations in New York City and Los Angeles. The New York gallery was established on March 25th, 1997, and was the 12th Gallery to open in the Chelsea Arts District. In 2004, George Billis opened a second location in the burgeoning art district of Culver City, Los Angeles. The Gallery features work by both national and international emerging and established artists.
Billis will be participating in the Speed Networking Live! Workshop for artists.
Kalia Brooks is a New York based independent curator and writer. Brooks is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, a PhD Candidate in Aesthetics and Art Theory with the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. She received her M.A. in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts in 2006, and was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program 2007/2008. She has curated numerous exhibitions, as well as lectured and published widely on contemporary art.
Brooks will be participating in the Speed Networking Live! Workshop for artists.
Monika Burczyk has been the Executive Director of Sculpture Space since 2012. An artist residency based in Central New York, Sculpture Space hosts sculptors from around the world to come to Utica to live and create new work, offering a $1500 stipend to offset travel and materials, technical expertise, large shared workspace along with private studios, free housing and community engagement. Highly competitive, for 2015-16, 15 artists were selected out of 300 emerging and established artists. In addition to oversight of residency and community programs, Burczyk facilitates public art loans and commissions for multiple partners in the Mohawk Valley. In 2017, she will be Guest Editor for Public Art Digest on an issue devoted to art on the college/university campus.
A practicing artist and arts educator (BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; PhD, New York University), Burczyk also attended the Core Program of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Burczyk will be leading a tour during the Alternative Space Weekend on October 11 in the Goffe St Armory. Her tour will feature artists Dennis Daniels & Amy Daniels, Allie Hornak, and Beatriz Olson.
Tyler Coburn is an artist and writer based in New York. Coburn's writing has appeared in frieze, e-flux journal, Dis, Mousse, Art-Agenda and Rhizome, among others. His performances, sound works and installations have been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; South London Gallery; Kunstverein Munich; CCA Glasgow; Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp; LAXART, Los Angeles; and SculptureCenter, New York.
Coburn will be leading a patron tour at the October 9 House Party in the Goffe St Armory. His tour will feature artists Colleen Coleman, Dennis Daniels & Amy Daniels, and Alan Neider.
Cedric Douglas is a Boston-based public artist, designer, street artist and social interventionist. As an artist, Cedric combines the use of street art ideology and raw creativity to connect, inspire and interact with the community. His is best known for The UP Truck, a creative art truck that is used for community engagement in Upham’s Corner Dorchester, where he is an artist in residence. He is a frequent speaker on the intersection of art and activism, and his work has been supported by NEFA, The Boston Foundation and ArtPlace.
Douglas will be leading a tour during the Transported Weekend on October 18. His tour will feature artists Frank Bruckmann, Steve DiGiovanni, John Keefer, and Constance LaPalombara.
Raquel de Anda
Raquel de Anda is an independent curator and cultural producer based in Brooklyn, NY. De Anda began her career as Associate Curator at Galería de la Raza, a contemporary Latino arts organization in San Francisco, CA (2003-2010) and has continued to support the production of socially engaged artwork in both Mexico and the United States. She holds an MS in Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons, School of Design, with a focus on integrating cultural equity in the field of arts and culture.
Recent exhibitions include The Ripple Effect: Currents of Socially Engaged Art (Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C.), Art in Odd Places intervention festival (NYC), and overseeing creative production for the historic People’s Climate March (NYC), with hundreds of artists and 400,000 people participating. She is working on a forthcoming exhibition at Project Row Houses (Houston, TX). Raquel is contributor to LatinArt.com and Arts in a Changing America and a 2014 member of the Laundromat Project's Artist and Community Council. She is an active member of the PCA Collective (People’s Climate Arts), a group of artists and activists that produce art for social movements. The collective was recently awarded the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship to continue their work in New York City.
de Anda will be participating in the Speed Networking Live! Workshop for artists
Laura G. Einstein is Executive Director of the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. Previously, she was principal of LGE Fine Art Consulting. With a 30+ year career in curating and museum work, she has worked as Interim Head and Assistant Curator of the Asian Art Department at Yale University Art Gallery, Lecturer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for both the Asian Art and Education Departments, Lecturer at IBM Gallery of Science and Art and Curator at a number of museums and galleries throughout the tri-state area including curating exhibitions for Helen Frankenthaler, Wolf Kahn, Robert Andrew Parker and a variety of thematic exhibitions. LGE Fine Art Consulting worked for a selected group of artists, estates, and museums/galleries in Asian art as well as Contemporary Western art. She continues to guide at the Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. She has written for VENU Magazine as well as Journal of the Print World, among other publications. (image credit: Big Picture/Bob Capazzo)
Einstein will be participating in the Speed Networking Live! Workshop for artists.
Susan Eley is the founder / director of the contemporary art gallery Susan Eley Fine Art on Manhattan's Upper West Side. She is a former freelance editor and writer, and has written extensively on fine art and dance for national and regional publications. She has a BA in Art History, Brown University, and an MA in Visual Arts Administration, NYU. She has worked at the Morgan Library & Museum, the Mayor's Art Commission of the City of New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. She is also a former professional ballet dancer.
Eley will be leading a patron tour at the October 9 House Party in the Goffe St Armory. Her tour will feature artists Caryn Azoff, Michael Kozlowski, and Kristina Quinones.
Alaina Claire Feldman
Alaina Claire Feldman is a curator and the Director of Exhibitions at Independent Curators International (ICI). Feldman was previously at May Revue, a bilingual (French/English) art and culture quarterly publication based in Paris. She recently curated the exhibitions Starlite in the Credit System at 208 Bowery in New York (2012), Maso et Miso Vont en Bateau, at the Kitchen in New York (2012), Cherchez la Femme at Space in London (2014), and Jef Geys: Some Paintings from Belgium at 3A in New York (2015). For ICI, Feldman has organized live performances, public panels, publications and film screenings with artists such as Martha Wilson, Coco Fusco, Michael Smith, Robert Longo, Allen Ruppersberg, Gran Fury, Stephen Vitiello, Alvin Lucier, and more.
Feldman will be leading a tour during the Alternative Space Weekend on October 10 in the Goffe St Armory. Her tour will feature artists Mariah Isely, Amy Vensel, and Wendy Webber.
Lisa Gaumond is the managing director of the Joseloff Gallery at the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School in West Hartford, Connecticut. The Joseloff Gallery exhibition program is designed to explore concepts, issues, and directions in contemporary art, while reinforcing the power, richness and diversity of visual language. Gaumond received a BFA from the Hartford Art School, and after exploring diverse career fields from banking, to freelance illustration, to nonprofit database administration, she returned to the Hartford Art School in 2006 to manage, and later direct, the Joseloff Gallery.
Gaumond will be participating in the Speed Networking Live! Workshop for artists.
Kate Gavriel was born in Chicago and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Her work is informed by the sparse midwestern horizon and her now varied industrial landscape. She constructs her paintings, sculptures, and installations as sites for quiet contemplation in our otherwise chaotic visual landscape. She has recently exhibited work with Recession Art as part of No Money No Problems (October 2009) and with The Work Office.
Gavriel will be participating in the Speed Networking Live! Workshop for artists.
Kathleen Gilrain is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of Smack Mellon. She oversees all aspects of program, planning, and organizational development. Ms. Gilrain launched the Artist Studio Program soon after her arrival at the organization in 2000. The program provides rent-free studio space, a $5000 fellowship and professional development opportunities for six artists each year. Throughout her tenure at Smack Mellon the Walentas Family and Two Trees Management have donated space for Smack Mellon’s programs, currently, a spectacular building at 92 Plymouth Street on the Brooklyn waterfront.
In 2007 and 2008 Ms Gilrain expanded Smack Mellon’s programming to include two arts education programs, Art Ready, a mentorship program, and Summer Art Intensive. Each year, Art Ready serves a minimum of twenty underserved high school students interested in pursuing careers in arts by exposing them through an integrated series of weekly activities to every aspect of the field. The goal of the program is to provide these young artists with the tools to make an informed decision about their own future in the arts.
Kathleen Gilrain was the Executive Director of Socrates Sculpture Park from 1995 to 2000 where she presented exhibitions of large-scale projects by emerging, mid career and renowned artists. During her tenure at Socrates Sculpture Park, Ms. Gilrain worked closely with the New York City Council, the Queens Borough President and the Parks Department to dedicate Socrates as permanent NYC parks land and embarked on a capital campaign to improve the infrastructure and the program facilities.
Ms. Gilrain is an artist and has exhibited internationally. She received a BFA from The Cooper Union, NYC and an MFA from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Gilrain will be participating in the Speed Networking Live! Workshop for artists.
Susan Greenberg Fisher
Susan Greenberg Fisher is the Executive Director of the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation, the Greenwich Village house-museum and sculpture studio of Chaim Gross (1904-91). She has previously served as the inaugural Horace W. Goldsmith Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery and on the curatorial staff at the Guggenheim Museum. The author of two books and over a dozen articles, Dr. Fisher has taught modern art history and museum studies at Fairfield University and Yale University and has lectured nationally and internationally on 19th-century and modern art.
Fisher will be leading a patron tour at the October 9 House Party in the Goffe St Armory. Her tour will feature artists Mary Anne McCarthy, Rashmi Talpade, and Amy Vensel.
Jennifer Gross is the Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. She was previously the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery. Recent curatorial projects include Ian Hamilton Finlay: Arcadian Revolutionary and Avant-Gardener, and Richard Artschwager! She has written extensively on contemporary art including the work of Richard Tuttle, Kristin Baker, Josiah McElheny, Thomas Nozkowski, Jim Nutt and Rachel Whiteread. Gross received her PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is currently organizing Drawing Redefined which will include the work of Roni Horn, Esther Klas, Jöelle Tuerlinckx, Richard Tuttle, and Jorinde Voight.
Gross will be leading a patron tour at the October 9 House Party in the Goffe St Armory. Her tour will feature artists Aimee Burg, Ally Hornak, and Christina Spiesel.
Jenny Jaskey is Director and Curator of The Artist’s Institute, New York, where she has worked closely with artists including Pierre Huyghe, Carolee Schneemann, Lucy McKenzie, Haim Steinbach, and Fia Backström. She is coeditor with Christoph Cox and Suhail Malik of Realism Materialism Art (Sternberg, 2015), and recent catalog writing includes essays on artists Nina Canell, Ian Cheng, and Haim Steinbach. Prior to running The Artist's Institute, Jaskey worked as an independent curator and with institutions including Kunsthalle Zürich, Rhizome at the New Museum, and Creative Time.
Jaskey will be leading a tour during the Erector Square Weekend on October 24. Her tour will feature artists Vito Bonanno, Martha Lewis, and Mark Williams.
Kate Kraczon joined ICA in 2008 from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. She is currently organizing the first museum exhibition of the work of Becky Suss, as well as a survey of Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere’s collaborative practice. She recently worked with Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme on the first North American presentation of their project The Incidental Insurgents (2012–present) at ICA (2015), and commissioned the major video installation Easternsports (2014) by Alex Da Corte and Jayson Musson. In 2014 she oversaw the museum’s fiftieth anniversary exhibition, ICA@50, which included projects she commissioned by Elisabeth Subrin and Linda Yun, as well as Mary Ellen Carroll, Simon Kim, and Bryan Zanisnik with the Philadelphia non-profit RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency) and their co-founder, artist William Dufala. Previous programs include Karla Black’s first major museum exhibition in the United States (2013); First Among Equals (2012, co-curated with Alex Klein), which considered the various modes that contemporary artists have developed to work with their peers and reach across generations; One is the loneliest number (2011), featuring artist duos based in Philadelphia and elsewhere; Summer Studio with Anthony Campuzano (2010), a month-long free art school and working artist’s studio in the ICA galleries; Touch Sensitive: Anthony Campuzano (2009), the first museum show of this artist whose work is largely text-based; and Asking Not Telling (2009), a video show presenting works that use the tropes of documentary filmmaking to capture, record, (re)record, and represent cultural memory. She has overseen ICA’s annual juried video exhibition, Open Video Call, since 2008. Kraczon has been the receiving curator at ICA for several traveling exhibitions, including Dear Nemesis, Nicole Eisenman 1993–2013 (2014), Readykeulous by Ridykeulous: This is What Liberation Feels Like™ (2014), Jeremy Deller: Joy in People (2012), and Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: A History (2009).
Kraczon will be leading a tour during Erector Square Weekend on October 25. Her tour will feature artists Hil Anderson, Kathryn Frund, and Francine Funke.
Christine Licata is the Director of Performing and Visual Arts at Casita Maria. Her past positions include the Associate Director of Visual Arts at the Boston Center for the Arts and the Associate Curator at Taller Boricua in El Barrio, Spanish Harlem. As an Independent Curator she was recently a Guest Curator in Art in Odd Places’ performance festival AiOP 2012: MODEL. As an Art Writer, she has been published in exhibition and artist catalogs as well as written for Artlog, Degree Critical, PERFORMA 07 and Art on Paper. She has a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design and an MFA in Art Criticism and Writing from the School of Visual Arts.
Licata will be participating in the Speed Networking Live! Workshop for artists.
Maia Murphy is a writer, historian, and curator and Program Director for the New York-based nonprofit, Recess Activities, Inc. She has worked at or produced programs for Michael Werner Gallery, The Artists Institute, Pioneer Works, The Museum of Modern Art, Taschen, Creative Time, The Public School New York, and The:Artist:Network. She has served as an advisor to Elders Share the Arts and the Asbury Park Promised Land residency and is a founding member of two residency networks: Rethinking Residencies and Common Field. Maia's writing has been published by a variety of sources including The Reanimation Library, The Artists Institute, The Paris College of Art, The Abrons Art Center and Bomb Magazine. Maia was a recipient of a Kossak Fellowship and a Hunter Faculty appointed scholarship and received The L Magazine's “30 Under 30” recognition in 2014. In addition to her work in the cultural sector, she is a dedicated advocate for environmental protection and education and has volunteered with Green Guerillas, the Lower East Side Ecology Center, the NYC Parks Department, various NYC community gardens and several conservation initiatives in her native Colorado.
Murphy will be participating in the Speed Networking Live! Workshop for artists.
Olu Oguibe's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in major museums and galleries including the Whitney, New Museum, PS1-MoMA and the Smithsonian, as well as biennials and triennials including Venice, Havana, Busan, and the Echigo triennial of site-specific art, among others. He has curated exhibitions for numerous venues including Tate Modern and the Venice biennial as well as projects such as Phaidon's Fresh Cream and Vitamin P, and his writings on art and theory have appeared in a long list of books, anthologies, readers, journals and art magazines. In the early nineties, he wrote film and literary criticism for Time Out London. He has been a critic in residence at the Art Omi artists residency, and was chair of the jury at the 2014 Alexandria biennial in Egypt. Over the years, he has mentored many emerging artists both locally and internationally.
Oguibe is currently Professor of Art at University of Connecticut, Storrs. He was honored in 2013 with the Connecticut Governor's arts award for excellence and lifetime achievement.
Oguibe will be leading a tour during the Transported Weekend on October 17. His tour will feature artists Susan Clinard, Matt Feiner, Camille Hoffman and Laura Marsh.
Lynn Palewicz received her MFA in painting from the Yale School of Art. Her work is interdisciplinary with a creative process that often involves photographing hand made objects of her creation. Her work mostly deals with the human figure (specifically her body) and has recently shifted to include the architectural spaces of her home. She currently resides in Havertown, Pa., and is Chair of the Foundation department at the Moore College of Art & Design.
Palewicz will be leading a tour during the Alternative Space Weekend on October 11 in the Goffe St Armory. Her tour will feature artists Nicholas Abriola, Aimee Burg, and Mohamad Hafez.
Nat Roe is the Executive Director of Flux Factory, a Long Island City hub hosting an artists-in-residence community which collectively guides the direction of a prolific, multidisciplinary public exhibition and events gallery.Nat is a co-founder of Silent Barn’s current space in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Silent Barn is a collectively directed space for living, working and performing. He has organized and performed at numerous concerts since moving to New York in 2009.
For six years, Nat DJed a weekly radio program of original sound collage at WFMU, a volunteer staffed radio station based in Jersey City. Nat has also published several musical recordings. He has written for publications such as Wire Magazine, Signal To Noise, Rhizome, Fader, Noisey, and was the editor of WFMU’s blog for several years.
Roe will be leading a tour during the Alternative Space Weekend on October 10 in the Goffe St Armory. His tour will feature artists Susan McCaslin, Scott Schuldt, and Rashmi Talpade.
Lauren Rosati is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art. She was previously Assistant Curator at Exit Art (2007-2012) and at the National Academy Museum (2012-2014). Her interests include global modern and contemporary art, with a special focus on sound, media, performance and conceptual practices.
At Exit Art, she co-curated “Regina José Galindo” (2009, with Herb Tam); “Rico Gatson: Three Trips Around the Block” (2009, with Herb Tam); “Summer Mixtape” (2009, with Herb Tam); “Alternative Histories” (2010, with Herb Tam); “Every Exit is an Entrance” (2012, with Rachel Gugelberger); and “Collective/Performative” (2012, with Rachel Gugelberger). At the National Academy Museum, she assisted in organizing “Jeffrey Gibson: Said the Pigeon to the Squirrel” (2013, with Marshall Price).
Lauren has published essays in PERFORMA: New Visual Art Performance, edited by Roselee Goldberg (2007); the Sarai Reader: Projections (2013); and co-edited Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces, 1960-2010 with Mary Anne Staniszewski (The MIT Press, 2012). She has lectured at Brown University; the Goethe-Institut; the School of Visual Arts; Columbia University; Residency Unlimited; UMass Amherst; and at the Southeastern College Art Conference. She has organized conferences for Exit Art; the CUNY Graduate Center; the Museum of Arts and Design; and the New School.
Lauren is also a PhD Candidate in Art History at the Graduate Center, CUNY and Director of ((audience)), a New York-based non-profit presentation organization for sound art and experimental music.
Rosati will be participating in the Speed Networking Live! Workshop for artists.
Laura Roulet is an independent curator and writer, specializing in contemporary and Latin American art. She was one of five international curators chosen for the citywide public art project, 5 x 5, a major initiative sponsored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2012. She has organized exhibitions in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. including at the Art Museum of the Americas, the Mexican Cultural Institute, Artisphere, Hillyer Art Space, Project 4, Fusebox and the DC Art Center. Recent exhibits include the National Drawing Invitational (Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR), CSA: 40 Years of Community-Sourced Art (Arlington Arts Center, VA), Frances Gallardo: Meteorology (Target Gallery), Sculpting Outside the Lines, an outdoor sculpture exhibit in Foggy Bottom and Medios y ambientes in Mexico City. She is currently the mentoring curator for VisArts in Rockville, MD and is organizing Come Back to Rockville!, a participatory, public art project for September 2015.
Roulet is a frequent contributor to Sculpture magazine. Her other publications include many catalogue essays, encyclopedia entries, articles in American Art, Art Journal, Art Nexus, and the book Contemporary Puerto Rican Installation Art, the Guagua Aerea, the Trojan Horse and the Termite. She worked on the Ana Mendieta retrospective, organized by the Hirshhorn Museum in 2004, and contributed to that catalogue.
Roulet will be participating in the Speed Networking Live! Workshop for artists.
Roddy Schrock facilitates creative work that critically examines culture, art and their relationship to emerging technologies. As Director at Eyebeam, he works to raise the organizations’s support for emerging practice in art and technology to its highest levels yet, with a focus on opening up this practice to larger communities. He is centering the organization squarely on the future of this innovative and unique residency program, while maintaining and expanding its engagement with the public through presentation and learning programs.
He is an active sound artist who worked in the Tokyo-based “noise unit” Tog in the early ’00’s and studied electronic music in the Netherlands (Royal Conservatory of the Hague) and Northern California (Mills College).
Schrock is adjunct faculty at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and sits on the Netherland-America Foundation Cultural Commission and is on the board of Curatious.com.
Schrock will be participating in the Speed Networking Live! Workshop for artists.
Risa Shoup is the Executive Director of Fourth Arts Block (FAB) in Manhattan. She has worked as an administrator, curator and leader in the NYC arts community since 2005. From 2005-2009, she was the Program Director at chashama. She has also coordinated Seniors Partnering in the Arts Citywide (SPARC) for Queens Council on the Arts and worked with BRIC Arts Media to manage their Fireworks Residency as well as with the Wassaic Project. Prior to becoming the ED of FAB, she was the Associate Director at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn.
In recent years, she has done extensive consulting work on the intrinsic and instrumental impact of the arts on community development. Shoup is also a co-founder, with Andy Horwitz, of the Brooklyn Commune, a research effort and series of public conversations to investigate the value of labor in the arts and discuss new, more equitable, models of production. More recently, she became a lead-facilitator of the NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative. She has a masters in City & Regional Planning from Pratt Institute.
Shoup will be leading a patron tour at the October 9 House Party in the Goffe St Armory. Her tour will feature artists Mohamad Hafez, Hong Hong, Zeb Mayer, and Am Norgren.
Molleen Theodore is the Assistant Curator of Programs at the Yale University Art Gallery, a position generously funded by Jane and Gerald Katcher, where she develops a wide range of engagement opportunities, including in-gallery artist talks, studio workshops, performances, readings, film screenings, conversations, and scholarly lectures. She collaborates across the museum, the University, and the community, developing partnerships across disciplines, to foster programs that enhance and broaden visitor engagement with the works of art at the Gallery. In addition, Molleen has supervised students in curating exhibitions, including Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery and Jazz Lives: The Photographs of Lee Friedlander and Milt Hinton. She has served as the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Senior Fellow in the Education Department at the Gallery, a critic at the Yale School of Art, a lecturer in the Department of the History of Art at Yale as well as a lecturer in the Education Department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Molleen holds a PH.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center with a focus on the art of the 1960s and 1970s. Molleen received her Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2010 with a specialization in twentieth century art, photography, and film studies. Her dissertation, “Beyond ‘Meaningless Work’: The Art of Walter De Maria, 1960-1977,” is a foundational study of the breadth and complexity of De Maria’s production, the variety of its reception, and his relationship to history, institutions, collectors, and patrons.
Theodore will be participating in the Speed Networking Live! Workshop for artists.
Sam Toabe is a curator and art historian living and working in the Boston area. He is currently acting as the Assistant Director at Samsøñ. Previously, Toabe has participated as the Graduate Curatorial Research Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (2015), as a Curatorial Consultant at Brandeis University (2015), and as a Curatorial Fellow at the Bakalar & Paine Galleries at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (2012). He has recently completed research focusing on experimental exhibition design and curatorial practices at Boston University where he has received a Masters in the History of Art and Architecture.
Toabe will be leading a tour during the Transported Weekend on October 17. His tour will feature artists Johanna Bresnick, Silas Finch, and Ronnie Rysz.
Ka-Man Tse is a New York based photographer and video artist. She received an MFA from Yale University in 2009, and a BA from Bard College in 2003. She has exhibited at the Museum of Chinese in America in New York, NY, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Cornell University, the Palm Springs Art Museum, Capricious, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Gallery 339 in Philadelphia, and the Eighth Veil in Los Angeles. She was a SPARC Artist-in-Residence through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and completed the Artist in the Marketplace Program through the Bronx Museum of Arts. She is the recipient of the 2014- 2015 Robert Giard Fellowship. She currently teaches at Yale University, where she was appointed lecturer in 2013, as well Parsons the New School of Design.
Tse will be participating in the Speed Networking Live! Workshop for artists.
Jaime Ursic's artworks revel in the process of their creation—demonstrating the experimental and playful nature of her production. Growing up in Scenery Hill, PA, Ursic was surrounded by rolling hills, winding roads, trees full of personality, wild blackberry patches, dirt bikes and no ambient light filling her periphery. Her palette colors are inspired by her surroundings and she draws with locally found materials, i.e. layering threads, shards, clippings, beads, etc. on top of a variety of inked surfaces. She carefully constructs textures and rhythms across the picture plane while allowing for the improvisation intrinsic to the printing process. The final effect is comparable to an archeological dig, calling on the viewer to sift through, dust off and inspect the final image, mining the work for visual treasure. Printing only one image from each passage through the press, she challenges the medium, subverts the idea of multiples and documents the place and the moment in which she is creating.
Ursic's artwork has been exhibited throughout the US and Europe. She has shown work at the Underground Gallery, Gallery 825/LAAA, and LACMA's Rental Gallery in Los Angeles, and with Artspace and Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven, CT.
Ursic received a BFA in Painting/Drawing from the Pennsylvania State University and a MFA in Painting/Printmaking from the Yale University School of Art. She has taught studio classes at Yale University, Wesleyan University and UCLA Extension. Also, she has presented studio courses and lectures at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, Las Vegas Art Museum and is the Assistant Curator of Education at the Yale Center for British Art.
Ursic will be participating in the Speed Networking Live! Workshop for artists.
After beginning her professional career at several Boston area museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Carol spent over thirty years as a corporate curator for Fidelity Investments building an extensive international collection of contemporary art in its offices in India, China, Germany, England, and Ireland as well as throughout the United States. She also organized exhibitions, talks, and arts events for Fidelity's most prominent sites. In 2014, she left this role to become an independent art advisor based in New Haven. Carol also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, New York.
Warner will be leading a tour during Erector Square Weekend on October 25. Her tour will feature artists Lani Asuncion, Jilaine Jones, and Eric March.
Norey Agudelo de Mejia
Sideways & Askew
Laurie S Auth
Claudine Burns Smith
Francisco Del Carpio
Sally Ann Endleman
Tracie Cheng Eóin Burke
Roxanne Faber Savage
Matthew J. Feiner
Jean Bronson Galli
Allison Irene Hornak
John A Kandalaft
Mary Anne McCarthy
Irene K. Miller
Cynthia & David Moneypenny
M. Elizabeth Murphy-Taylor
University of New Haven: Seton Gallery
Ann Louise Schnepf
E Fitz Smith
Mark St. Mary
Kevin Van Aelst
Arthur Vitello III
Creative Arts Workshop