[blog post] Viva la Revolúcion! / Long Live the Revolution!

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One aspect of Mexican culture that I’ve always appreciated is how the arts engage with political thought. [...]

The impulse for artists in Mexico to reflect on social issues and injustices was recently highlighted after the 2014 disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College in the state of Guerrero.

A government-appointed panel found that the students, “who may well have been targeted for their left-wing activism, were brutally attacked and abducted by local police officers in league with members of the criminal organization known as Guerreros Unidos.”

... read more and view lots of photos.

"Make, Believe: The Maslow Collection and the Moving Image"

Jan 26, 2018 – Mar 21, 2018

Opening Reception: January 26th, 5-7 pm

Mahady Gallery / Maslow Study Gallery for Contemporary Art Marywood University, Scranton, PA Curator Gallery Talk: February 7th, 4-5 pm

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"Make, Believe" generates a dialogue between the work of artists in The Maslow Collection and artists working with the moving image. The films and videos of Basma Alsharif, Nazlı Dinçel, Julie Harrison & Neil Zusman, David Haxton and M.M. Serra all, in their respective ways, interrogate the notion of the acceptance of reality. What might otherwise be considered documentary scenarios become realities that slip, shift and falter, and we begin to inhabit spaces of the unreal or uncanny. These artworks demonstrate a fluid mobility between stable, recognizable ground and the far reaches of the mind and imagination. This freedom of movement also presents itself through a number of diverse practices within The Maslow Collection. Using photography, drawing, painting, printmaking and conceptual practices throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s, artists like Alice Aycock, Mark Cohen, Barbara Kasten, Dorothea Rockburne and Sandy Skoglund examine similar themes surrounding unexpected spatial realities. They each ask, in their own way, “Will you believe what you see?”

Featuring moving image works by: Basma Alsharif, Nazlı Dinçel, Julie Harrison & Neil Zusman, David Haxton and M.M. Serra; with works from The Maslow Collection by: Alice Aycock, Jennifer Bartlett, Mark Cohen, Hamish Fulton, David Haxton, Barbara Kasten, Martin Mull, Ellen Phelan, Robert Rauschenberg, David Reed, Dorothea Rockburne, Sandy Skoglund and Andy Warhol.

Make, Believe is curated by Herb Shellenberger (independent curator) and Ryan Ward (Curator, The Maslow Collection).

Club 57 Gallery Screening: "Joe Lewis and Friends"

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Club 57 Gallery Screening: "Joe Lewis and Friends" Museum of Modern Art, New York City

January 23 – January 30, 2018

On the occasion of Joe Lewis’ live appearance in the Club 57 galleries on January 25, we revisit performance videos from this musician, artist and co-founder of Fashion Moda. Documentation of an uptown reprise of Club 57’s Lady Wrestling [video by Julie Harrison] is memorable for its ringside interviews and record of audiences engaging with the storefront from the street. Lewis performed regularly with his father, Joseph Lewis Sr, and occasionally with iconoclastic countertenor Julius Eastman. This program samples a gig by Lewis, Eastman, and Lewis at Arleen Schloss’s performance salon A’s and Lewis and Lewis performance videos from media artist Davidson Gigliotti’s series of music tapes.

"Utopian Potentials and Media(ted) Realities" symposium at BRIC

"Utopian Potentials and Media(ted) Realities" at BRIC

Saturday, April 22, 2017 12:00 - 4:00 PM

free w/ rsvp

Members of Collaborative Projects speak on "The Potential of Collectivity" (including Colab members Julie Harrison, Andrea Callard, Cara Perlman, and Mitch Corber) with moderator Reya Sehgal.

"Utopian Potentials and Media(ted) Realities" is a symposium exploring the promise of Public Access television and open network technologies, featuring cultural producers from the 1970s, to the present. Speakers include legendary Public Access host Glendora Buell, members of Colaborative Projects (Colab), and a panel with Robert Buck, Tara Mateik, Carmel Curtis, and moderator Rebecca Cleman of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI).

 image from video "The Birthday Show" by Julie Harrison, produced and aired on Public Access TV in 1982 as part of Collaborative Projects' "Potato Wolf" show.

image from video "The Birthday Show" by Julie Harrison, produced and aired on Public Access TV in 1982 as part of Collaborative Projects' "Potato Wolf" show.

The symposium will include video screenings, and will be divided into three segments:

12-1PM: A Chat with Glendora Glendora Buell in conversation with BRIC's Tony Riddle

1-2:30PM: Colaborative Projects on the Potential of Collectivity

2:30-4PM: New Media Activism with Electronic Arts Intermix panelists (including Robert Buck, Tara Mateik, Carmel Curtis of XFR Collective, and Rebecca Cleman).

BRIC House Stoop / 647 Fulton Street / Brooklyn, NY 11217 / 718.683.5600 / bric@BRICartsmedia.org

https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/symposium-utopian-potentials-and-mediated-realities

"Public Access/Open Networks" exhibition at BRIC

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Featuring nearly 100 artists and over 17 hours of video!

March 23 - May 7, 2017 Tue - Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 12-6pm; Closed Mondays

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In the late 1960s, visual artists experimenting with the new medium of video saw the potential of public access television to act as an open and uncensored platform for the creation and dissemination of their work. This exhibition will present both key and lesser-known figures who worked in the Public Access arena, as well as contemporary artists experimenting with the democratic potential of new media platforms on the Internet. The show highlights the historical relationships between community-produced media and political action, documenting the potential for social change and creative reimagining through this technology. B**RIC’s own Brooklyn Free Speech Public Access channels will be continuously aired in the gallery space, and a stage in the center of the gallery will act as a set for the production of new programming by BRIC’s community producers.

Historic and recent programming by: Alex Bag, Collaborative Projects, Jaime Davidovich, Tom Kalin, Glenn O’Brien, Nam June Paik, Paper Tiger Television, Raindance, Doug Hall, Chip Lord, Jody Procter, TVTV, Tony Ramos, and Martha Rosler. Contemporary artist projects by: Natalie Bookchin, E.S.P. TV, Ann Hirsch, Jayson Musson, Jon Rubin, Pilot TV, and URe:AD Press | United Republic of the African Diaspora (Shani Peters and Sharita Towne).

Curated by: Jenny Gerow, Assistant Curator at BRIC, in collaboration with freelance curators Reya Sehgal and Lakshmi Padmanabhan.

Exhibition Tours: Offered Wednesday mornings for groups and individuals.

Gallery at BRIC House / 647 Fulton Street (Enter on Rockwell Place) / Brooklyn, NY 11217 / 718.683.5600 / bric@BRICartsmedia.org

https://www.bricartsmedia.org/art-exhibitions/public-accessopen-networks

[blog post] Que Pasa? / What's Up? Protests in the Street

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I'm in Mexico, so let's talk about NAFTA. Or the wall! Just kidding ... we're all inundated with politics so think of this as a short break from the horrors of our government's nefarious shenanigans (by looking at another government's shenanigans).

While public art and work of the storied Mexican muralists have been significant here (and around the world) for decades, 2006 marked a resurgence of art in the streets in Oaxaca. In June of that year, a theretofore annual teacher's strike ended violently and spurred masses of people to demand resignation of the Oaxacan state governor (e.g. Cuomo) and to express their strong opposition to the chronic problems of poor education, poverty, indigenous rights, environmental degradation, among others (sound familiar?).

... read more and view lots of photos.

Residency in Oaxaca

 photo: © Laurie Price, 2016

photo: © Laurie Price, 2016

The first three months of 2017, I’ll be living in Oaxaca, Mexico, where I’ll be drawing, writing my blog and practicing my Spanish. Should be fun! There have been numerous worker strikes and blockades in Oaxaca City (including deaths), but I’ll also certainly follow the disruptions in El Norte, so keep up the good fight! I’ll send out information about my blog upon first post, probably late January.

Spells, Issue 1: Dreams

Launch party Saturday, December 17, for a magazine that my work is in: Spells, Issue 1: Dreams, published by Irene Lee and Debo Mouloudji.

“The launch will be at The Emerson bar in Clinton Hill. There will be Tarot readings, temporary tattoos/body art, a reading, musical performance, an art show, a raffle, and magical goddess vibes to splendor in!”

Spells: Dreams is a feminine compilation of art and writing that reflects on the magical and complex world of dreams.
— Irene Lee and Debo Mouloudji, Spells Magazine, December 2016

The Emerson, 561 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205 (closest subway is the G at Classon Ave).

6:00-7:30 body art and tarot readings

7:30-8:00 Irene Lee reads original work featured in Spells

8:00-8:30 Open mic: Dream sharing/Dream anaylsis 

8:30-9:00 Sasha Chang serenades us with a dreamy medley.

9:00-10:00 dance party and announcements of raffle winners

Stay after for The Emerson's weekly dj set!


A Book About Colab (and Related Activities)

The New York Times recently listed A Book About Colab (and Related Activities) as one of the top books of the year for art lovers. Check it out and buy it here (just in time for the holidays)! For those new to this website, I was an early member of Collaborative Projects, and my work is in this book!

"Books and Museum Treats for Art Lovers," by Roberta Smith, Randy Kennedy, and Ted Loos. The New York Times. The New York Times, 24 Nov. 2016. Web. 

 

A group of more than 40 artists who — in the Wild West that was New York City in the late 1970s and early ’80s — did things that now seem unbelievable.
— Randy Kennedy, New York Times

photo: c. Tom Warren, 1981-1984.


Design for Lunar Chandelier Press

The great Lunar Chandelier Press has me designing a book of poems by the talented Vincent Katz, called Southness. Keep your eyes peeled for a release party.

 

I'm also finishing up the design for A Picture of Everyone I Love Passes Through Me, a book of collages by Lynn Behrendt with text mixed by John Bloomberg-Rissman, remixed by Lynn Behrendt. 

 

What a lovely collaboration to behold! 

With a feeling of a 21st century imagist soul, Vincent Katz reminds us that poetry can be used for many things: observation, personal declaration, and joy.
— Peter Gizzi

Quadro Tonto (by VK)

I’d like to be a better person

I know that in their eyes I’m fine

that everything has been left in order

but in my own I fail at interval

I’m not enough there for people

I evanesce or my own desire’s paramount

but I also know it is within my power

to be a better person

I need only look into their eyes

instead of longingly down streetlights

of the limb-strewn boulevard


VOLKSWAGEN RECOMMENDS (by LB+JB-T)

Volkswagen recommends that you point your key fob at your chin, making your head a kind of organic radio transmitter, in order to boost the signal to unlock your car.

You have a spore in your brain: it moves. Pan holds back his cry; instead of “A Day in the Life of a Naropa University Writing Professor” — it is now: “A Day in the Life of a Monster.” Prepare for journeys to the ER; know that your guides will be Miss Piggy and meth and shadows. Highlights: a plate of foaming innards. A life-size silver stencil of Durga sitting on her lion on the side of a boxcar. And, if we dare, the sail will fill and the boat we are in begin to tilt and move.

We are all Palestinians now.


A Book About Colab (and Related Activities)

Edited by Max Schumann (New York: Printed Matter), 2016.
           
This is a wonderful book put together by Max Schumann from Printed Matter, and includes lots and lots of ephemera from various activities by Collaborative Projects, a group of artists I was involved with in the late ’70s/early ’80s. 

 

BOOK PARTY & A MORE STORE
April 15, 5-7 @ Printed Matter

231 Eleventh Avenue  NYC

 

In celebration of the book, Colab is re-creating the “A More Store” at Printed Matter from April 15–May 15. The store will feature artist multiples for sale at reasonable prices. I’m including a 5-postcard set (reproduced from work made with Robert Kleyn in 1983) ... 

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... and an edition of two prints of more recent work.

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Mark your calendar for "Colab Talks" at Printed Matter on April 30, from 5–7.


"The Book Undone: Thirty Years of Granary Books"

September 8, 2015 – January 29, 2016

Columbia University Rare Books & Manuscript Library, New York, NY, 

My work is included in this exhibition, a tribute to 30 years of publishing by Granary Books, which Columbia has archived and exhibited. Granary published two books of mine: Debtor’s Prison, created with Lewis Warsh (2001); and If It Rained Here, with Joe Eliott (1998).

A fantastic review of the exhibition, "A Publisher of Artist’s Books That Isn’t Bound by Convention" by Megan N. Liberty, was published in Hyperallergic in January.


"MTV: Momentum Technology Video"

October 1, 2014 – April 1, 2015

Curated by Institute for Women & Art

The online film festival, MTV: Momentum Technology Videos, features video works of women and transgender artists working with new technologies. The film festival is featured on the Institute for Women and Art website in a video playlist that will run continuously, giving access to viewers 24/7, allowing filmmakers, animators, and other screen artists to present work in a gallery without walls.

Julie Harrison presents “Radiated Face” (excerpt from Boundary in collaboration with Neil Zusman). 1980, 02:15 minutes.

"Radiated Face" is an excerpt from a longer video, Boundary, that I collaborated on with Neil Zusman in 1980. The work consists of a colorized woman's face combined with sequenced images of female models, a marching band, and a menacing fist while she talks about her lonely childhood and milk contaminated by radiation from a nuclear meltdown. Boundary won the Colorado Award (1st prize) at the Athens Film & Video Festival, an Honorable Mention at the Atlanta Film & Video Festival, a CAPS award as well as toured for three years with Independent Curators International. 

Artists include: Joeun Aatchim, Hiba Ali, Renae Barnard, Sarah Berkeley, Sherri Cornett, Sam DeMonte, Simone Doing, Lacie Garnes, Julie Harrison, Hästköttskandalen, Sarah Hill, Alex Hovet, Claire Jervert, Kathleen Kelley and Sarah Rose Nordgren, Elizabeth Leister, Christine Neptune, Sarah Oneschuk, Roberta Orlando, Cindy Rehm, Ela Shah, Loren Siems, Julia Kim Smith, and JingZhou

Please visit the Momentum Directory for links to other artists, arts professionals, and organizations that engage in critical explorations in the field of gender, feminism, art, and technology.

photo: JHarrison, still from “Radiated Face” (excerpt from Bounday by JHarrison and Neil Zusman.


"The Real Estate Show, What Next: 2014"

April 19 – May 18, 2014

                  Cuchifritos Gallery/Essex St Market 120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

Artists: John Ahearn, Liza Bear, Peter Fend, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Robert Goldman (Bobby G), Julie Harrison, Becky Howland, Lisa Kahane, Gregory Lehmann, Ann Messner and Laurie Arbeiter, Alan Moore, Tom Otterness

Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space is honored to present The Real Estate Show, What Next: 2014. An extension of The Real Estate Show of 1979/1980, this exhibition will serve as a living project space, presenting new work that continues to question the impending re-development of the Seward Park Urban Redevelopment Area (SPURA) sites. By addressing certain issues that have both united and polarized the neighborhood over the last 30+ years, the exhibition will encourage artists and community members to become an active part of the conversation by focusing on the particular insights and experimental processes that artists bring to imagining new urban spaces. All of the projects, contributed by former Colab members and participants in the original Real Estate Show, take form through audience engagement, as Cuchifritos becomes a flexible site for the active processes unfolding throughout the duration of the exhibition.

The Real Estate Show, which opened on December 31, 1979, was an extra-legal occupation of and art show in the city-owned building at 123 Delancey Street on the Lower East Side. Organized by Collaborative Projects (Colab), a collective of artists and activists that formed in 1977 to create exhibition and funding opportunities for artists, the exhibition sought to address the growing real estate crisis in New York City, with the dissolution of lower-income neighborhoods, amassing evictions and displacement of non-wealthy residents. The exhibition, as much art show as it was collective action, was shut down on the morning of January 2, 1980 by The New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development, who replaced the once-broken lock and removed all of the artwork, prompting an influential press conference called by the show’s organizers. This public demonstration, attended by the New York Times, Soho Weekly News and, notably, artist Joseph Bueys, led to negotiations between the representative artists and the city resulting in the eventual founding of ABCNoRio at 156 Rivington Street.