AMP | Happenings

July 30, 2016

Judith Stein | 'Eye of the Sixties, Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art'

Reading & Book Signing

7 PM

"Art and money. Value and worth. How does art get from studio to museum? Journey back to the early sixties, to the beginning of the market for contemporary art, when the art dealer and tastemaker Dick Bellamy (1927-1998) made history but chose not to make money. At the fabled Green Gallery on Fifty-Seventh Street, Bellamy launched the careers of Pop, Op and conceptual artists, as well as mavericks and minimalists, artists such as Claes Oldenburg and James Rosenquist, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin, Mark di Suvero and Lucas Samaras, and Robert Morris and Larry Poons. The story of Dick Bellamy, a beatnik with a legendary eye, unfolds as postmodernism elbowed the past aside.

A Midwesterner whose mother was Chinese, Dick Bellamy opened the Green with the covert support of America’s first celebrity art collectors, Robert and Ethel Scull, two of Warhol’s earliest supporters. “There was nobody like Bellamy. I certainly consider myself his pupil,” art dealer Leo Castelli would later say. For decades after the Green, Bellamy preferred to be out of the limelight, becoming an éminence grise whose opinion mattered to savvy collectors, curators and fellow dealers.

Based on decades of research and on hundreds of interviews with Bellamy’s artists, friends, colleagues, and lovers, Judith E. Stein’s Eye of the Sixties recovers the lost history of the elusive art dealer." - July 2016 from Farrar Straus and Giroux

Judith Stein is a writer and independent curator. Her biography-in-progress of the art dealer Richard Hu Bellamy earned a Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant (2008). Among her honors is a Pew Foundation Fellowship in the Arts in literary non-fiction (1994); an Award for Best Catalogue, International Art Critics Association, American Section, for I Tell My Heart: The Art of Horace Pippin, (1995); and a writing residency at the Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy, (1999). For the last thirty years, her features and reviews have appeared in Art in America and Art News, as well as in The New York Times Book Review, Ms., and Metropolitan Home. She is a former arts reviewer for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air and Morning Edition. A graduate of Barnard College, she earned a doctorate in art history from the University of Pennsylvania.

August 3, 2016

Yvonne Anderson

Screenings of The Sun Gallery in Provincetown, 1955-59 (36 min) + Dominic Falcone, 1928-2009 (50 min)

7 PM

Join us at AMP Gallery for a very special evening of screenings and discussion with Yvonne Anderson. Yvonne, and her husband Domenic Falcone, directed the infamous Sun Gallery in Provincetown during the 1950s.

Yvonne Anderson: "We created the Sun Gallery in 1955. After 5 years and maybe 50 shows there we thought we had done every kind of exhibit that we could think of, including the first “HAPPENING” with live actor (Red Grooms Director) ...and now we had a baby (Paul) to consider. We moved to the Boston area. Dominic went to work as a cook at Harvard, we had a second baby.

A lot of neighborhood children showed up in my house to play with our children ...and use all the free art supplies laid out on the tables.This got expensive so I had to organize Saturday morning art classes. One day I showed the children my first animated film made with Red Grooms. They wanted to do it too! So we started the Yellow Ball Workshop, for which we are most known.

I had no idea that Film Animation Production classes for children had not existed before. I showed our first film at the Harvard Film Archives and it was a big hit. The classes were bigger the next year , and my students and films became shown on TV all over this country and and won awards at international Film Festivals.

I spent several years running around this country and others doing workshops and writing books and articles on the subject. Later I was recruited to teach flat animation, puppet animation and and Film Special Eeffects at at RISD. I worked there for 23 years, nine of them as Dept head of Film/Video/ Animation. I had to retire at age 70 when Dominic became sick. He died in 2009.

The Provincetown Museum and Art Association did two Sun Gallery Exhibitions, one in1981 and another in 2003. Tony Vevers wrote the catalogue for the first show and I presented a slide show,

When we were invited to do a second Sun Gallery Show in 2003 we showed one of the artists work that we had shown at the Sun Gallery and asked the artists to present one of their more recent works. It was fun to see how the styles changed. We prepared a 16mm film showing for that show. We showed the SUN GALLERY in Provincetown then, in a slightly different way, and FAT FEET, and APPOLIONARE UNEXPECTED (without a sound track) but the audience furnished it by laughing!

A few years after the Sun Gallery we returned to Provincetown for two summers to run a film series at the other end of town, consisting mostly of new films of all types by independent filmakers. Some of the early Yellowball Workshop films were shown then.

Domenic Falcone 1928-2009 has not been shown in Provincetown before. The documentary portion is 27minutes, and includes Sun Gallery segments... “I SAW THEIR ANGRY Faces” a group of short animated films using his poems and narrated by him (12 minutes) We WILL LIVE FOREVER is a 6 minute animated film we made together, based on his poem and animated by myself. It has won first prize at 6 film festivals. This whole reel is 45 minutes long."

August 6, 2016

Michael Cunningham & Billy Hough

Readings

7 PM

Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award & Pulitzer Prize), The Snow Queen, Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as the non-fiction book, Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown. His latest book, A Wild Swan and Other Tales (illustrated by Yuko Shimizu) was published in November 2015. He is a Senior Lecturer at Yale and lives in New York.

Billy Hough lives between Provincetown and New York City. He and Susan Goldberg comprise "Scream Along with Billy", a brilliant rock 'n roll stream of consciousness piano and bass duo, now celebrating its 11th year. He also is a member of the punk band "garageDogs", and plays piano and sings at the Gifford House on the weekends, and is a founding member of the Gold Dust Orphans. Billy has three songs on the film Rampart soundtrack, including his own song Venice, and covers of Downtown and Johnny Thunders' You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory. His music is featured in the recent film starring Richard Gere and directed by Oren Moverman entitled Time Out of Mind. He is working on a memoir.

August 9, 2016

"Jason and Shirley", 2015

Director, Stephen Winter, presents his film along with Sarah Schulman | Screening and Discussion

7:30 PM

50 years before RuPaul… there was Jason Holliday. The most fabulous and controversial black queen you’ve never heard of!

December 1966, Jason was known throughout the New York pre-Stonewall gay world as the hottest mess around. Shirley Clarke was Jewish, wealthy and a rare female film director of her era to gain national prominence. Shirley invited Jason to her Chelsea Hotel penthouse to film him telling wild stories from his turbulent life, determined to find a groundbreaking “truth” in documentary. This footage became “Portrait of Jason,” (1967), and was hailed a masterpiece, as Jason tells stories of racism, homophobia, abuse and prostitution with Shirley urging him towards a tangled emotional breakdown that is unforgettable.

But what really happened that day? With dreams, musical numbers and graphic emotions, the NEW film “Jason and Shirley” revisits that fateful meeting and blows the lid off this true story of power, destiny and “truth.”

"Jason and Shirley" features Sarah Schulman as Shirley, and Jack Waters as Jason.

Stephen Winter is an award winning film director, screenwriter, consultant and producer. His latest film is "Jason and Shirley" (2015) which had its world premiere at the BAMCinemaFest. His other films include "Chocolate Babies" (1996, premiere Berlin Film Festival), and "Young Men Big Dreams: Inside The World of the Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp" (2014) for NBC/Universal. Some of the films he’s worked on are "Precious" (2008, Sundance, Cannes), "Paperboy" (2010), Lee Daniels' "The Butler" (2012, Cannes), John Cameron Mitchell’s "Shortbus" (2006, Cannes), Xan Cassavetes’ "Kiss of The Damned" (2010, Venice), John Krokidas’ "Kill Your Darlings" (2013, Sundance), David France’s Oscar nominated documentary "How To Survive A Plague" (2012, Sundance) and producer of Jonathan Caouette's landmark ("Virtuoso," A.O. Scott, New York Times, "4 Stars", Roger Ebert) documentary "Tarnation" (2004, Sundance, Cannes, New York Film Festival, The 2015 Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking). He has consulted on dozens of film projects across the world and his short play Be Still, about his sainted mother Aureen returning to Jamaica, was included in 24 by 24: The Best of the 24 Hour Plays Anthology.

Sarah Schulman has been an award winning novelist, playwright, screenwriter, nonfiction writer, AIDS historian, political commentator, theater critic, political journalist and a firebrand active citizen participant for over 30 years. She is the author of 17 books including The Gentrification of The Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, Israel/Palestine and The Queer international, and the forthcoming novel The Cosmopolitans (March, 2016). She has a thirty year history in the avant-garde and with Jim Hubbard co-founded MIX:NY Queer Experimental Film Festival now entering its 20th year as a non-commercial, community-based film festival. As a screenwriter she has 3 collaborations with director Cheryl Dunye: The Owls (Berlin Film Festival 2010), Mommy Is Coming (Berlin Film Festival, 2012) and Unstuck (in pre-production.) With Jim Hubbard she is co-producer of his feature length documentary UNITED IN ANGER: A History of ACT UP that had its US premier at MOMA, and International premiere in Ramallah, Palestine. As an actor Sarah appeared in the 1980’s Downtown performance scene at The Performing Garage, The University of The Streets, Franklin Furnace and once played Valerie Solarnis in a 24 hour performance "The Plastic Inevitable." On film: in Dunye's Watermelon Woman (1995). As a playwright her works Carson McCullers and Manic Flight Reaction were produced at New York's Playwrights Horizons, and her adaptation of IB Singer's Enemies, A Love Story debuted at The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. Sarah is co-director of The ACT UP Oral History Project (www.actuporalhistory.org), on the Advisory Board of Jewish Voice for Peace, faculty advisor for Students for Justice in Palestine at the College of Staten Island where she is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities. She is currently at work on Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and The Duty of Repair.

For more information, please visit: www.jasonandshirleyfilm.com

August 13

Jack Shamblin, Queering the Stage

Performance

7:30 - 8:30

By promoting my book Queering The Stage, available on Amazon, FastPencil, and Barnes & Nobles: I share stories of LGBTQ heroes and history.

Using video, music, and monologues; we visit queer stories such as the eighteenth century transgendered female-to-male soldier Catherina Linck a.k.a Anastasius; plus Michael Hardwick’s 1986 Supreme Court’s trial and attempt to end U.S. sodomy laws that persecuted homosexuals; and the ACT-UP activist Tim Bailey, whose corpse was dumped on the White House lawn.

Playing with my gender, I gradually shift sexes during the presentation into my trans-female identity Mia Kunter. This enables me to highlight my chapter Shake & Make A Performance and give a quick lesson in making live art.

Produced in 90s Manhattan and during Mayor Giuliani’s terrorizing of nightclubs and downtown arts, these performance-as-protest plays appeared at La MaMa, P.S. 122, Dixon Place, Mother, Jackie 60s; and the nightclub, Tunnel. Theatre artists, Kate Bornstein, Ellie Covan, and Theodora Skipitares were involved in original productions while working with playwright Caryl Churchill and director Anne Bogart influenced the storytelling.

Jack Shamblin is an American born international writer/actor/director/comedian/activist. Identifies as gender-queer and challenges his audience to home-bake performance art for pleasure and community, has been listed as a critic's pick multiple times, and with a captioned photo reading "Future So Bright” in Time Out New York.

He made his debut 1994 at La MaMa in Theodora Skipitares' “Under The Knife: A History of Medicine”.

Highlights of Shamblin's career include: Hanging from “La MaMa’s fire escape” as Prometheus. Wearing an electrical prom dress with a TV monitor wig, performing at clubs and wedding receptions about domestic violence. Performing with Jayne Atkinson and Philip Seymour-Hoffman at the Public Theatre in the New York premiere of Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker. Presenting Sodomite! (a protest against U.S. sodomy laws ) to crowds of New Yorkers. Working with Kate Bornstein and Ellie Covan on a play Thurma at Dixon Place. Writing and performing for choreographer Paulo Henrique, Minimally Invasive European tour. Drenching his body in green paint, becoming a landscape while taking a bunny-eared condom and hopping it across his torso into his mouth. Running a play “Bread & Circus” 3099 co-created with Nicole Zaray at La MaMa Annex. Being submerged in a tight water cube to make a performance video with Eva Mueller and then projected at London's Sketch Gallery on four giant walls. Dancing at the bottom of a well in Lisbon as a homeless God for charity. Sewing his body to his lover for arts publication Umbigo. Parading on stilts made of books to become a fairy tale giant in arts festival Secrets at Jardim Botânico Tropical De Belem. Creating film O Castelo Preto with performance collective Advance D-Lux that he founded with J. Carlos Díaz at C.E.M. in Lisbon. Wearing white underwear packed with strawberries and being spanked by a chosen audience member.

Since 2010, creates live art show F#CK MiA (Lisbon, New York, Montreal,) play BLATANT, (New York),and video series on YouTube Anarchist Mia.

Follow on: Twitter: @jack_shamblin, YouTube: Jack Shamblin, YouTube: Mia Kunter, Facebook: jack.shamblin, Instagram: miakunter.

August 15, 2016

Jay Critchley's "Bound East for Easter Rebellion"

A One Act Play, Written by Jay Critchley and Directed by Stuard M. Derrick

7:30 PM

This year is the Centennial of both Eugene O’Neill’s debut in Provincetown and the Irish Easter Rebellion that led to an Irish Republic. This one-act, with music, brings O’Neill and Padraig Pearse, a poet and leader of the uprising, together. O’Neill’s Bound East for Cardiff becomes the backbone of this experimental adaptation.

Jay Critchley is a conceptual and multi-media artist and activist whose work has traversed the globe, showing across the US and in Argentina, Japan, England, Spain, France, Holland, Germany and Columbia. He founded the controversial patriotic Old Glory Condom Corporation and was recently featured in Sculpture magazine. His 2011 show in Chelsea, NYC received key reviews in the New York Times, The New Yorker and the Village Voice. He created the inspired “Ten Days That Shook the World” in 2012 before the demolition of the 1953 Herring Cove Beach Bathhouse.

Jay’s movie, “Toilet Treatments”, won an HBO Award at Provincetown Film Festival in 2002, where he was featured last year in conjunction with his survey show at the Provincetown Art Association & Museum, “Jay Critchley, Incorporated”. The show recently traveled to Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

He has taught at the Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston, and has had artist residencies at: Harvard University; AS220, Rhode Island; Harvestworks, NYC; Williams College, MA; Real Art Ways, Hartford; Milepost 5, Portland, OR; Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar, Andalucia, Spain; and CAMAC, Marnay-sur-Seine, France.

Jay was honored in 2012 by the Massachusetts State Legislature as an artist and director of the Provincetown Community Compact, producer of the Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla, raising $4M for AIDS and women’s health. His one act experimental musical, “Planet Snowvio”, about the meeting of Free Speech Movement leader Mario Savio and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was recently read at UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Stuard M. Derrick studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, the Summer Shakespeare Session at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where he played Leontes in "The Winter’s Tale," the Harvard Shakespeare Workshop, and playwriting as an undergraduate at Columbia University. In 1993 he was invited by the Provincetown Public Library to present a one-man show on Eugene O’Neill and has since presented at the Library evenings devoted to O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Susan Glaspell, Harry Kemp, and Wilbur Daniel Steele. He currently is the director of "O'Neill 100," the Library's year long centennial celebration of O'Neill's debut as a playwright in Provincetown. Stuard portrayed Yank, the dying seaman, in the 80th O’Neill Anniversary 1996 production of "Bound East for Cardiff" for the Provincetown Theatre Company, and produced and directed the 90th Anniversary O’Neill evening in 2006 at PAAM. He has twice received ACTE Best Actor nominations for his PTC roles of Mendy in "The Lisbon Traviata" and Siegfried Sassoon in "Not About Heroes." Stuard has written for the Columbia University “Spectator,” “Provincetown Magazine,” and the "Provincetown Banner."

August 16, 2016

Xray Aims

No 99 | Performance/Installation

9 PM

Xray Aims is a Boston-based performance artist, and temporary piercer. The fight between beauty and pain, and the intrigue of breaching the delicate envelope that holds the body together are what leads Xray to this work. Combining these issues and interests with the built environment is what brings this work to public spaces.

Xray Aims has degrees in art and architecture, along with carpentry and production, which influence the work produced. Xray uses the body as a canvas, creating installation and a narrative involving multiple participants. Xray Aims performs and teaches in the US, Canada and Europe.

xrayaims.com and facebook.com/xrayaims

August 20, 2016

Tough Girls & Lucid Dreamers VI

Readings + Performance featuring Eileen Myles, Katrina del Mar, Bobby Miller, Sarah Greenwood, Karyn Kuhl, Thalia Zedek, Jay Critchley, Bobby Miller, Christopher Tanner, Runn Shayo, Gala Alexander, and others

6 to 9 PM

Eileen Myles is the author of nineteen books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems, and a 2015 reissue of Chelsea Girls. In 2017 Grove Press will publish Afterglow (a memoir) about Myles’s late pitbull, Rosie, a one time Provincetown resident. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, and a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art. In 2016 they received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. They’ve had work included in the past in shows at Southern Exposure (SF) David Zwirner, and most recently The Artist’s Institute (NYC) exhibited Myles’s 1992 campaign materials. Myles has showed their work several times in Provincetown at AMP and Schoolhouse Gallery where they will be exhibiting work in August. Myles teaches at NYU and Naropa University and lives in Marfa, TX and New York.

Katrina del Mar Katrina del Mar is a New York-based photographer, video artist, writer, and award-winning film director. Her work has been described as “beautiful”, exuding an “intimate chemistry” and also as “filth of the highest quality.” Katrina herself has been described as a “major league cutie,” “a wild woman,” “the Lesbian Russ Meyer,” and “apparently, the lesbian stepchild of Kenneth Anger.”

Her solo exhibition GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, first presented at Participant Inc. in New York City, shown at AMP Gallery in the summer season of 2013. Likewise, her solo exhibition Summer Sang in Me, first presented at Strange Loop Gallery in New York City was exhibited at AMP Gallery in 2014. In 2012, Katrina presented a series of films and photographs from the Golden Age of Performance Art (1988-2000) On the Edge of Society: Moments in Live Art, at Warehouse 9, Copenhagen, Denmark. Her solo exhibition, Gangs of New York, was presented in 2010 at Wrong Weather Gallery in Porto, Portugal. Invited to teach at the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany, she conducted the first ever Queer Trash Feminist Film Workshop, also in 2010. Katrina has shown her critically acclaimed Girl Gang Trilogy of films internationally, including venues such as the Museum for Contemporary Art (CAPC), Bordeaux, France, the Fringe Film Festival, London, UK, 2012; Nightingale Cinema, co-presented by Chicago Underground Film Festival, the MoMA Dome 2 in Rockaway Beach, and Bio Paradis, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Katrina’s work has garnered numerous awards including a fellowship in video from the New York Foundation for the Arts, “Best Experimental Film” from the Planet Out Short Movie Awards announced at the Sundance Film Festival, the 2010 Accolade Award of Merit, and Winner of Juried Competition, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2012.

Katrina is currently producing a “non-linear, semi surreal” documentary-style web series called DelMarvelous: A Day in the Life, Katrina del Mar, which will be screened at AMP during this year's Provincetown International Film Festival.

Bobby Miller is a performance poet, writer, actor and photographer. He is the author of four books of poetry; "Benestrific Blonde", "Mouth of Jane", ”Troubleblonde” and "Rigamarole". He has been published in many magazines and periodicals including Verbal Abuse, Vice Magazine, UHF Magazine and The Village Voice. He is included in The 1995 American Book Award- winning "Aloud: Voices from The Nuyorican Poets Cafe", "Verses That Hurt; Pleasure and Pain from the Poemfone Poets, and “The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry”, listed on the top ten Poetry National Bestseller List. Mr. Miller’s book, "Fabulous! A Photographic Diary Of Studio 54" 144 black and white photographs with text was published by St. Martin's Press in September 1998, He is also the author “A Downtown State of Mind: NYC 1973 – 1983”, “Wigstock in Black & White: 1985 – 2005”, “Jackie 60 Nights”, “Amina”, “Queer Nation”, “PORTRAITS: Volumes 1 – 3”, ”Ptown Peeps” Volumes 1 , 2 and 3, “Forget Them Not”, ”Fetish and Fairytale Folk”, “Diva’s, Dudes & Dandies”, and “Fabulous! A Photographic Diary of Studio 54: REDUX” with 37 color plates added for the 37th Anniversary of Studio 54. All of his books can be purchased at www.blurb.com/user/store/TroubleBlond.

His is work has been exhibited in NYC, Palm Springs and Provincetown at AMP Gallery, Patty DeLuca Gallery, and Woodman Shimko Gallery. Bobby has been taking photographs since 1974. His first influence was his mother Dorothy C. Miller, a prolific amateur photographer. His first contemporary influences were Christopher Makos, Robert Mapplethorpe and Jimmy De Sana. He studied photography with Lisette Model in 1976 in NYC at The New School during the last year of her life. As a hairdresser and make-up artist he has worked with photographers Lynn Goldsmith, Francesco Scavullo and Robert Mapplethorpe and many others.

As a poet and spoken word artist he has collaborated with recording artist DJ Dmitry of the band Dee-Lite on a recording of “My Life as I Remember It to Be” released in 2015 and can also be heard on Epic Records CD Home Alive with Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Joan Jett, and others performing his “Keep Your Mouth Off My Sisters”.

He has performed his original material at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Whitney Museum, The Smithsonian Institute, New York University, Westminster College, The Rhode Island School of Design, Bennington College, The American Crafts Museum, The New York Historical Society, The Massachusetts State Poetry Festival, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The CMJ Music Festivals, Jackie 60/Mother/ NYC, ARO.SPACE/Seattle, The Kitchen, LaMama etc., Dixon Place, P.S.122, Fez, and The Downtown Arts Festivals in lower Manhattan. He was also a winner in The National Poetry Slam as a member of The Nuyorican Poets and has performed internationally with poet John Giorno and alone at venues including The Tabernacle, The Battersee Arts Center and The ICA in London and The Glasgow Center for The Arts in Glasgow, Scotland. He has been seen on television on the PBS program City Arts and the BBC/PBS produced program The Clive James Hour. Mr. Miller also curated and hosted Verbal Abuse, a spoken word evening, the first Sunday of each month at Mother Nightclub in New York City.

Sharon Niesp is an writer, singer, and actress, known for Polyester (1981), Pecker (1998) and Desperate Living (1977).

Sarah Greenwood is a songwriter and performer, born in Switzerland to British transplants. Graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Sarah is the recipient of multiple Professional Writing Division Awards for Songwriting from Berklee. She released several well received eponymous EP's including 24 Hour Shift before forming GSX, known for its fiery live performances. Sarah's full length album Manifest was released in 2005 and GSX headlined and played both internationally, notably to a crowd of 50,000 in Reykjavik, Iceland and nationally, at notable venues including the Gramercy Theater and the notorious CBGB’s, where they opened for Joan Jett. The GSX videos Bringin' Me Down and I Got What I Came For directed by Katrina del Mar, both made the Top Ten on LOGO's Click List(MTV Networks). Sarah is currently working on a new record. She lives in New York City. website

“Greenwood has a knack for transforming pain and anger into edgy songs which alternately smolder and blaze with the eloquently pissed-off attitude of Chrissie Hynde. Her Lyrics are reminiscent of Lou Reed and Patti Smith.” - Boston Phoenix

Karyn Kuhl: The Stars Will Bring You Home is the newest EP from the Karyn Kuhl Band. Home for Kuhl is Hoboken, NJ, where she was a founding member of Gut Bank and Sexpod, two staple bands during the much-revered Maxwell's club's legendary heyday. The album was produced by another Hoboken stalwart, James Mastro (The Bongos, Ian Hunter), and recorded at the local Nuthouse Recording studio by Tom Beaujour (Nada Surf, Juliana Hatfield), and at Water Music by Rob Harari.

Thalia Zedek started her career as a musician in the groups White Women and Dangerous Birds, whose 1982 singles “Alpha Romeo”, "Smile On Your Face", and "Walking Emergency" are rare finds these days. She really made her mark shortly thereafter with Uzi, whose 1986 Homestead release Sleep Asylum was a landmark not only for the Boston region but for the underground in general. It rightfully put Thalia in the company of other challenging female pioneers such as Kim Gordon, and was reissued by Matador in the mid-1990’s to much acclaim. In 1998, a mere two years after Uzi, Thalia broke new ground again with the NYC band Live Skull. The three records that she released with them more than stand the test of time and laid the groundwork for artists who followed such as PJ Harvey. It was with Come that Thalia rose with the swell of popularity of so called Indie Rock. Fueled by the guitar interplay between herself and bandmate Chris Brokaw, Come released four full length records, Eleven-Eleven, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Near Life Experience, and Gently Down The Stream as well as various EP's and singles and toured extensively throughout the 90s.

After Come ended in 1999, Thalia began writing and recording under her own name, but throughout her career Thalia’s voice has remained a singular calling card. Her songwriting has great depth and a pervading melancholic tone much like the work of Nick Cave. She has chosen unusual instrumentation to compliment her guitar, such as the viola and trumpet contributions of David Michael Curry and Mel Lederman on piano and keyboard. Her songs are rich in texture and reveal with each listen their delicately crafted layers.

On a recent release, Via, Zedek presented a collection of songs that range from the harrowing to the heartfelt. The opener “Walk Away” is a triumphantly melancholic exploration of living with ghosts, with Zedek’s richly emotive voice augmented by David Michael Curry’s gravelly viola and Mel Lederman’s measured piano. Via is an album about recovery, loyalty, chance, and gratitude: universal themes that become stirring in Zedek’s hands.

Along with the Thalia Zedek Bank, she is also in two great new experimental bands called "E" and "Dyr Fraser."

Christopher Tanner attended the San Francisco Academy of Art, and graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 1978. In 2008 he was Artist in Residence at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY. Over the years he has had numerous solo national exhibitions, recently including: 2015, “Eye of the Heart”, La MaMa Galleria, NYC; 2013, “Treasure”, Smart Clothes Gallery, NYC; 2010, “The Queen of Hell & the Horn of Plenty”, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC; 2008, “Give Me the Cobra Jewel”, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO; “Off the Yellow Brick Cliff: Paintings, Drawings & Collages”, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; 2007, “How High the Moon”, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC; 2005, “Ravaged by Romance”, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC; 2004, “Christopher Tanner”, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CO. He has also participated in many group shows both nationally and internationally.

As a performing artist Tanner has worked with Cyndi Lauper, Penny Arcade, Everett Quinton, Bloolips, Mabou Mines, The Wooster Group, David Lynch, Karen Finley, and The New Stage Theatre Company.

“Christopher Tanner—also a set designer, actor and downtown cabaret singer in drag—that old modernist dictum “less is more” has rarely carried much weight. Rather, his motivating mantra has long been “more is more.” Over the years, Tanner’s aesthetic outlook and art-making efforts have focused on the value of meticulous craftsmanship, the meaning and nature of glamour, and an unabashed celebration of beauty. More recently, the artist has said, he’s become interested in “succulence, abundance, bounty and the life force that flows through nature and the human body.” Best known for spectacular, mixed-medium “paintings”—luxurious, canvas-mounted assemblages of such humble materials as big shiny sequins, colored sand, shells, stones and fabric scraps—Tanner is also a capable draftsman who routinely draws from live models, and sinuous lines derived from his drawings often make their way into his compositions in other mediums. Lately, Tanner has taken a break from his brightly colored, thickly encrusted paintings, experimenting instead with more pointedly three-dimensional, wall-mounted and freestanding sculptures.” — Edward M. Gómez, Art in America

Jay Critchley is a conceptual and multi-media artist and activist whose work has traversed the globe, showing across the US and in Argentina, Japan, England, Spain, France, Holland, Germany and Columbia. He founded the controversial patriotic Old Glory Condom Corporation and was recently featured in Sculpture magazine. His 2011 show in Chelsea, NYC received key reviews in the New York Times, The New Yorker and the Village Voice. He created the inspired “Ten Days That Shook the World” in 2012 before the demolition of the 1953 Herring Cove Beach Bathhouse.

Jay’s movie, “Toilet Treatments”, won an HBO Award at Provincetown Film Festival in 2002, where he was featured last year in conjunction with his survey show at the Provincetown Art Association & Museum, “Jay Critchley, Incorporated”. The show recently traveled to Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

He has taught at the Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston, and has had artist residencies at: Harvard University; AS220, Rhode Island; Harvestworks, NYC; Williams College, MA; Real Art Ways, Hartford; Milepost 5, Portland, OR; Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar, Andalucia, Spain; and CAMAC, Marnay-sur-Seine, France.

Jay was honored in 2012 by the Massachusetts State Legislature as an artist and director of the Provincetown Community Compact, producer of the Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla, raising $4M for AIDS and women’s health. His one act experimental musical, “Planet Snowvio”, about the meeting of Free Speech Movement leader Mario Savio and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was recently read at UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Runn Shayo: "I am a time-based, environmental, site-specific film and performance artist. I use film and video to create installations, sometimes combining multiple channel video projections with live art. My background as a dancer and an actor in theater and film has influenced my work a great deal.

The work I produce for the screen range from experimental documentaries to dance films, and to what I define as environmental site-specific performance art film. These pieces explore environmental aspects of landscapes through filmed performances.

My works usually deal with subjects of gender, immigration, or the environment. They explore the struggle of an artist in contemporary contexts. I discover my characters and their stories through researching archived popular TV shows, classic history films, and archived documentation of conceptualized contemporary performance art. The ancient form of storytelling is what I ultimately honor, yet, in the center of my exploration is the meaninglessness of words, the out-cast, the sidekick; a voice of a mute preacher."

Runn was born and raised in Israel, and moved to New York 19 years ago to attend school. He has lived here ever since.

Gala Alexander to come...

August 24, 2016

Alison Prine & Jan Freeman

Readings

7 PM

Alison Prine's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Prairie Schooner among others. Her first collection of poems, Steel, was chosen by Jeffrey Harrison for this year’s Cider Press Review Book Award and will be published in January 2016. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she works as a psychotherapist.

Jan Freeman's new collection of poems is Blue Structure. She is the author of Simon Says, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Hyena; and the chapbook Autumn Sequence. She is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In 1995 she founded Paris Press to bring back into print Muriel Rukeyser's groundbreaking prose work The Life of Poetry. She lives in western Massachusetts.

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