The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Warhol Initiative News 8-9-16


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Faces 0f Change

August 17, 2016 — October 30, 2016

Exhibition features 30 inmate portraits and images by photographer Nick Vedros.

Salina Art Center programs, exhibitions and films are presented in part by Salina Art Center donors; the Horizons Grants Program of Salina Arts & Humanities and by the City of Salina.



Warhol Initiative News 7-19-16


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July 17—September 17, 2016
Guest Curator: Grace Aneiza Ali, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Un | Fixed Homeland brings together an inter-generational roster of thirteen emerging and established Guyanese artists who, via photography and photography-based art, examine the complex relationship to “homeland.” These artists explore how a “homeland” can be both fixed and unfixed, a constantly shifting idea and memory, and a physical place and a psychic space. The exhibition’s title reflects the emergence of the Caribbean diaspora in metropolitan cities around the world and speaks to what has become the defining global movement of the 21st century – migration.





Warhol Initiative News 6-16-16


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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016



JUNE 24–AUGUST 27, 2016

CEPA Gallery, in collaboration with Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) and Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Arts Center, is pleased to present Revisitations to a Vacuum’s Nest, a selection of vintage photographs from VSW’s archives by legendary Japanese avant-gardist Eikoh Hosoe. The exhibition will take place from June 24 — August 27, 2016 throughout CEPA’s Flux and Passageway galleries. An opening reception will take place on Friday, June 24 from 7-10pm.




Warhol Initiative News 6-2-16


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Viewpoints 2016

The 19th Annual Open Juried Exhibition by Studio Montclair
June 2 – June 30, 2016
Reception: Saturday, June 11, 2016, 6-9pm

Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to present Viewpoints 2016, a juried exhibition by Studio Montclair. The exhibit will featured the work of 100 American and international artists.

The opening reception and award ceremony on Saturday, June 11th from 6 to 9pm, is expected to welcome hundreds of art lovers, collectors, curators, and participating artists.

Exhibition juror Mary Birmingham, curator at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, finds “ViewPoints” the perfect word to define this show, since artists offer “their unique perspectives on the world and on the art making process” and let us see through their eyes. “By switching up viewpoints, exploring different mediums and adopting distinctive styles, artists continually seek fresh ways of looking and seeing.”



Warhol Initiative News 5-23-16


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Weekends May 7 through June 12, Creative Time and the Brooklyn Navy Yard will present Fly By Night, artist Duke Riley’s public artwork of unprecedented scale and beauty.Fly By Night will be Riley’s largest project to date.

Friday through Sunday evenings at dusk, a massive flock of pigeons will elegantly twirl, swoop, and glide above the East River, as Riley orchestrates a series of performances occurring regularly throughout late spring. At the call of a whistle, thousands of birds will emerge from their home in a grand, converted historic boat docked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The pigeons will circle above the river as the sun sets over Manhattan, and small leg bands, historically used to carry messages, will be replaced with tiny LED lights, illuminating the sky in a transcendent union of public art and nature.

Warhol Initiative News 5-9-16


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The Dapper Comes To The Walkers

May 19, 2016 – August 7, 2016

Press Review: May 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Dapper Bruce LaFitte, formerly Bruce Davenport, Jr. was born in 1972 and grew up in the Lafitte Housing Projects in the 6th Ward. With the encouragement of his grandparents who raised him, he began to draw at the age of five as a means to entertain himself and document the world around him. Following Hurricane Katrina and the devastation to New Orleans and its schools, LaFitte felt compelled to honor the past glory of this unique band culture and celebrate those who are able to continue it. In his words, “The marching bands are a passion to me. I love the history and culture… My work serves as an illustrative reminder of an activity that not only encourages creative thought processing but also engages youth with the community and with each other. Using photographic documentation of these bands in action, I recreate their vibrant pageantry… hopefully leaving behind a sacred reminder of a vibrant part of my hometown’s identity.” LaFitte’s vivid color marker drawings provide detailed reenactments – the bands in precise number and formation and the multitude of spectators surrounding them.



Warhol Initative News 4-18-16


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Opening Reception:

Saturday April 23, 2016


Exhibit: April 23rd -May 29, 2016

CEPA Gallery’s Big Orbit Project Space is pleased to present Civics, an exhibition of sculpture and photographic work by Brooklyn-based artist Joseph Bochynski from April 23 — May 29, 2016. An opening reception with the artist will take place on Saturday, April 23 from 8-11pm at Big Orbit Project Space, located at the Essex Street Arts Complex.


Warhol Initiative News 4-1-16


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Leonardo Benzant: Afrosupernatural

Organized by Visiting Curator Dexter Wimberly
April 2 – April 30, 2016
Reception: Saturday, April 2, 2016, 5-8pm
Artist Talk: April 23, 2016. 2-4pm

Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to present Leonardo Benzant: Afrosupernatural organized by Visiting Curator, Dexter Wimberly. Recognizing both his ties and disjunction from an ancestral past, Leonardo Benzant’s practice is driven by his connection to the trans African-Atlantic diaspora.


Warhol Initiative News 3-9-16



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March 19–April 17, 2016

CEPA is pleased to present A Billion, an exhibition of sculpture, video, performance, and installation work by Buffalo-based artist Katherine Gaudy from March 19 — April 17, 2016. An opening reception with the artist will take place on Saturday, March 19 from 8-11pm at Big Orbit Project Space, located at the Essex Street Arts Complex.




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35th Anniversary Gala

 Honoring Teresita Fernández, Marianne Boesky and Ruby Lerner

Visionary Artist: Teresita Fernández
Visionary Gallery: Marianne Boesky Gallery
Visionary Leader in the Arts: Ruby Lerner, President and Executive Director, Creative Capital








Warhol Initiative News 2-24-16


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Yaron Michael Hakim

Feb 20 – Mar 26, 2016

LA><ART is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Yaron Michael Hakim. Hovering between abstraction and figuration, Hakim’s latest body of work builds upon his ongoing interest in ritual, history, place, architecture, wanderlust, and the sublime. The artist’s work draws upon his personal history, namely his peripatetic rootlessness and interstitial experience of global culture. His new paintings incorporate elements drawn from the Los Angeles city scape, indigenous textiles and patterns, remote islands printed in an atlas, and figures in vintage Playboy magazines, among other sources. Painted on used Dacron polyester sailcloth and pinned directly on to the wall, these paintings use materials that subtly suggest a hidden narrative of movement and utility.

Warhol Initiative News 2-16-16


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Opening this week:

Invisible Presence: Bling Memories

February 17th, 2016-April 21, 2016

In her work, the Jamaica-born mixed-media artist Ebony G. Patterson recontextualizes gender norms and explores Jamaican dancehall culture. She creates highly entrancing, colorful pieces. Patterson represents the transformations of gender and body politics by blending tapestry, beading, sequins, crochet, and Internet-sourced images of violent murders. The resulting pieces seduce the viewer with mesmerizing, striking textures. “I’m hoping … to pull the viewer in to see further and raise questions about how we engage in the act of looking,” she has said. Patterson’s work thus elicits a civic awareness that raises the stakes for popular culture as a whole.




Warhol Initiative News 1-15-16

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Beyond Credit

February 2, 2016– April 2, 2016Opening Reception:
Saturday, January 30, 6–8pm

Art in General
Ground Floor Gallery
145 Plymouth Street
Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Art in General is pleased to announce the inaugural exhibition at its new ground floor gallery at 145 Plymouth Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn, opening on January 30th, 2016. The exhibition Beyond Credit is presented in partnership with the Center of Contemporary Art in Tbilisi, Georgia, as part of Art in General’s acclaimed International Collaborations Program.


Warhol Initiative News 1-5-16


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January 22, 2016 – May 1, 2016

Opening Reception: January 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Warhol Initiative News 11-23-15


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Read Me-Candace Hicks

Bread, Bath and Beyond-Emily Fleisher

A Library for Soft Rains-Jason Urban

Night Walk-The Center for Imaginative Cartography & Research



Warhol Initiative News 11-12-15


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Opening This Week:

SF Camerawork presents V+M, a multi-channel video and sound installation by renowned video artist John Sanborn with music composed by Theresa Wong. Organized by Joseph De Mario, V+M is the first San Francisco exhibition of the artist’s work in 25 years. V+M will be on view at SF Camerawork from November 13 through December 3, 2015.

V+M retells the myth of Venus and Mars. Their story has fascinated poets and philosophers as a mythic example of the balance between opposing energies — beauty and brutality, order and magic, grace and strength. V+M goes beyond the heteronormative code in order to get to the source material for the balance of power in relationships, the nature of myth making, and the origins of desire.

Warhol Initiative News 11-3-15


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Current Exhibition: Sacred Cartographies

The Art of Amalia Mesa-Bains

Mon 11/2 – Sun 12/20

Opening Reception & Artist Talk: November 2 | 8:00PM 

The mixed-media work of artist, psychologist, curator, and professor Amalia Mesa-Bains has been informed by a lifetime dedicated to research and creative arts. Through an exploration of ancient and contemporary histories, Mesa-Bains traces how the past informs the present. Inspired by extensive study of the mythical Mictlan to the visual legacy of Nigeria, the artist has produced a series of rarely seen prints, which layer the visual narratives of people and places as well as cultures and histories.
While Amalia Mesa-Bains works in a variety of mediums, she is perhaps best-known for her intricate and large-scale contemporary installations and interpretations of the traditional sacred forms of altar, ofrenda, descanso and capilla. For this exhibition, Mesa-Bains has recreated the installation, Borders: Emblems of the Decade from the historic New York Decade show of 1990, done in collaboration with scholar Victor Zamudio Taylor. Borders as ofrenda is dedicated to the life and death of Mexican curator, Victor Zamudio-Taylor. Drawing parallels between historical and contemporary issues in art and culture formed the foundation of Zamudio-Taylor’s life’s work, and in this exhibition, we find the same dedication reflected in the art of Amalia’s Mesa-Bains




Warhol Initiative News 10-26-15


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This Friday, October 30th, CEPA’s E. Huron Street studio loft, will feature current exhibiting artists Gregory Halpern, Ahndraya Parlato, and Nicholas Muellner.

This meet & greet will take place from 7-9:00 pm and will feature a parlor discussion on the intersections between visual language and written language, as well as the reemergence of the book as a primary vessel for the photographic image. CEPA Gallery will be hosting this unique event in conjunction with Gregory Halpern and Ahndraya Parlato’s exhibition East of the Sun, West of the Moon and Nicholas Muellner’s exhibition The Nautiloid Heart, at CEPA’s studio loft in the Burns Building located in downtown Buffalo. Unlike the standard auditorium style symposiums often conducted around exhibitions, this gathering will be more casual in nature. Guests and speakers will be seated amongst each other in the intimate setting of CEPA’s private space overlooking downtown Buffalo.

If you are interested in attending please RSVP to with ‘INTERCHANGE’ in the subject line. Space is limited so RSVP’s will be honored on a first come/first served basis. E-mail confirmation will be provided by CEPA upon RSVP.

This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary beer, wine, and refreshments will be served.

Warhol Initiative News 10-16-15


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Celebrate the opening of Dis place, curated by Allison Davis and Ali Rosa-Salas, Selections from Revelationsa photography series by Kudzanai Chiurai, and HOW TO SUFFER POLITELY(And Other Etiquette)a print series by Kameelah Janan Rasheed Sounds by DJK7, and beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.

Curated by Allison Davis and Ali Rosa-Salas
On View in MoCADA’s Main Gallery
October 17, 2015 – January 17, 2016
Dis place maps the somatic, psychological and infrastructural violences of displacement in the contemporary African Diaspora from the perspectives of those living in its throes. Through material and contextual inquiries into objects ranging from firearms to fruit, the collection of works by Aisha Tandiwe Bell, Kudzanai Chiurai, Mohau Modisakeng, Valerie Piraino, Sable Elyse Smith and Ralph Ziman render visible the power relations produced by and through displacement, and the innovative strategies that transform even its most foreboding effects into dynamic and grounding cultural formations.

Warhol Initiative News 10-6-15



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Two Solo Exhibitions:

Karin Giusti

Honorem: Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm

Michael Kukla


Exhibition Dates: September 26 – November 8, 2015

Smack Mellon presents Karin Giusti’s monumental installation Honorem: Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm and Michael Kukla’s first large scale site-specific project Jeskyne.

Karin Giusti’s installation Honorem: Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm addresses the emotions of grief and mourning in the public and private sphere. Using sculpture and photography, Giusti captures memories of her life at a remote farmhouse with her late partner Stephen G. Schwarz, a firefighter and 9/11 First Responder.

Michael Kukla’s installation, Jeskyne (Czech for “cave”), also takes cues from the formidable effects of time and nature.  Exploring the elasticity and permeability of an object’s surface, Kukla creates an immersive web of cellular forms blended seamlessly into the gallery’s architecture.  Like large fossils, these hand sculpted monochromatic façades compress time into positive and negative space.



Warhol Initiative News 9-17-15


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09/12/2015 – 10/24/2015

In Legacy of Loneliness Laura Davis responds to the history of female artists, herself included, working within the field of sculpture. The exhibit features a site-specific wall painting, two furniture based assemblage sculptures, a self portrait, and an installation of small wall works.  Also shown for the first time are a series of Davis’ large graphite drawings on Stonehenge paper that layer the imagery found in such canon-establishing art anthologies such texts as Albert E. Elsen’s 1974 edition of Origins of Modern Sculpture, Pioneers and Premises.


Warhol Initiative News 9-11-15


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CEPA is pleased to present East of the Sun, West of the Moon, an exhibition of photographs by 2014 Guggenheim Fellow Gregory Halpern and Ahndraya Parlato.

The photographs in this series were made on the Solstices and Equinoxes of 2012 and 2013. They were made wherever the artists happened to be—their home, travelling, or wherever they found themselves on those four days of the year. The images in the project are inspired, on the one hand, by the idea of transition, and on the other, by the ideas of stillness and balance. While photographing, Halpern and Parlato also thought loosely about time, about how time looks and feels—time of day, time of year, time in the sense of a lifespan. Not surprisingly, certain themes recurred—birth and death, transition and renewal, lightness and darkness. East of the Sun, West of the Moon, the title of which is borrowed from a Norwegian folk tale, is anchored by the idea of trying to rely on two continually shifting landmarks as navigational guides, how disorienting that idea is, and how it creates an elusive or impossible place.

Warhol Initiative News 8-26-15


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Curated by Wato Tsereteli
September 12, 2015 – November 21, 2015
Storefront Project Space

Opening reception:
Saturday, September 12, 6–8pm

Art in General presents The Echoes, a New Commission by Nino Chubinishvili aka Chubika in the Storefront Project Space. The exhibition is presented as part of the International Collaborations program in partnership with the Center for Contemporary Art, Tbilisi, Georgia, and will mark the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition in the United States.
Integrating her diverse background in costuming and successful career as a fashion designer, Chubika’s artistic practice blends sculptural and theatrical elements with wearable utility. She maps the plasticity and expressive potentialities of unconventional materials onto familiar objects, distancing them from associations with passive consumption. The artist’s affective installations, sculptures, animations, and collaborative performances aim to transmit spiritual ideas at a subconscious level, where performative objects reveal hidden messages over time. Her work’s relationship to metaphor is an embodied and self-reflexive one, best absorbed subliminally by those who occupy the garments or installations.

Warhol Initiative News 8-20-15


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September 4, 2015 – October 17, 2015

Richmond-based, South African artist Siemon Allen studies the sustainability of the archive as a way to consider what the move towards digital music formats means for the accessibility of earlier analog forms, such as vinyl.

Second Street Gallery will host a large-scale installation of Allen’s extensive album curtain devoted to the history of South African music in the 20th and 21st centuries. This work is an extension of a project that Allen first installed in the Slave Lodge in Cape Town, and later presented in the Venice Biennial in 2011.This work has never been shown in the United States. It will have a sound component, project space, and reading room.



Warhol Initiative News 8-13-15

Three Walls

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09/12/2015 – 10/24/2015

Laura Davis is a Chicago based artist whose work examines the intersection of craft, design and art by using display structures to conflate notions of value and context through sculpture, drawing and installation. Davis’ most recent solo exhibition, Histrionic Renovation, was a site-specific installation created for the Mies van der Rohe designed McCormick house at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL. She has been featured in many group exhibitions including Homebodies at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Two Histories of the World (Part 2) at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. Her work has been written about in Art in America, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Art 21 Blog, Art Slant and in 2013 Jason Foumberg selected her as a “Breakout Artist” for Newcity. Davis received her MFA from the University of Chicago in 2004, her BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art in 1996 and teaches in the department of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.





Warhol Initiative News 7-21-15


Maryland Art Place Presents:

Young Blood 2015

July 16 – August 22

MAP’s Program Advisory Committee (PAC) curates Young Blood, an annual exhibition of works by recent Baltimore-area Masters of Fine Art graduates. The exhibition includes emerging artists from area colleges such as Maryland Institute College of Art and The University of Maryland College Park. Since 2008 this program has continually brought recent graduates together to make new connections and present special selections from their graduate exhibitions. According to MAP’s former Program Advisory Chair, Cara Ober, “After achieving their Masters the next most important step for young artists is their professional debut in a reputable professional gallery.” Since 2008, Young Blood has provided a meritorious exhibition experience for over 45 artists.

This years Young Blood Artists are: Amanda Agricola , OluShola A. Cole,  L. E. Doughtie,  Alex Ebstein, Rob Hackett, Magali Hébert-Huot, Christine Wolfe Weller.


Warhol Initiative News 7-8-15

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Arresting Patterns

Exhibition Dates: July 17 – September 13, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, July 17, 5-8pm

Curated by Sarah Fritchey with Titus Kaphar & Leland Moore 

The selected artworks use serial repetition as a strategy for showcasing how one action, repeated over time, may accumulate, spread, or evolve into another version of its original self.  The show situates repetition as an aesthetic arena within which artists can show difference within a shared experience, or pursue its opposite, replicating an image in perpetuity until it is emptied of meaning.  Read through this critical lens, the works produce a variety of affects– pacifying, enraging, seducing, neutralizing, and leaving the viewer on inconclusive ground. The show focuses on repetition and replication, and to recognize how a system might evolve into a new version of itself over time.

Warhol Initiative News 6-25-15


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As They Are: Portraits by Mel Leipzig

July 16–September 5, 2015

Opening Reception Thursday, July 16, 6–9pm

Mel Leipzig has been concerned with the figure, painted directly from life, for over 40 years. As They Are: Portraits by Mel Leipzig focuses on the characteristic informality of his subject against a backdrop of architectural detail and highly skewed perspective. The paintings are at once disconcertingly familiar and unfamiliar.









Warhol Initiative News 6-17-15


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CEPA Gallery, in partnership with Dean Brownrout Modern/Contemporary is presenting an exhibition and sale of photographic artwork by artist Hollis Frampton. The event takes place June 20-September 5, 2015 at CEPA Gallery, 617 Main Street, Buffalo, New York.

The exhibition and sale is the first comprehensive survey of the late artist’s print work in over 30 years. Many pieces in the exhibit have never been presented in a gallery setting.Hollis Frampton (1936-1984) is an avant-garde icon—a pioneering filmmaker, art theorist, and photographer. He was on the SUNY Buffalo Department of Media Study faculty from 1973-1984.



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Kate Costello


Jun 20 – Aug 15, 2015



Warhol Initiative News 6-11-15


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Project: “Jack and Kate”

Opening reception Jun 11, 6-8pm JUNE 11 – JULY 25

White Columns is proud to present a solo exhibition by the New York-based artist Kate Manheim. Best known for her work as an actress and performer, Manheim began her career as an artist. Manheim’s exhibition at White Columns features the complete cycle of more than 50 individual paintings produced in the mid 1990s made on found cardboard supports. Works from this series have been shown only once before at the Court House Gallery at Anthology Film Archives, New York in 1996.



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Story of a Story  

Curated by Shlomit Dror

Exhibition dates: June 13 – July 26, 2015
Artists’ reception: Saturday, June 13, 5-8pm
Gallery hours: Wed-Sun, 12-6pm







Warhol Initiative News 6-3-2015


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The Q-Sides

Contemporary Photography

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 – Sunday, July 5, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, June 5, 6-10pm

Galería de la Raza is pleased to present The Q-Sides, an exhibition of photographs and film that challenge long-held assumptions regarding the traditional exclusivity of heterosexuality in lowrider culture. Artists Vero Majano, DJ Brown Amy (Amy Martinez), and Kari Orvik reinterpret the album covers of East Side Story, Volumes 1-12 through a re-staging and re-imagining of queer inclusion within the traditionally heterosexual public image of lowrider culture.



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June 5, 2015 – May 30, 2015

​First Friday opening Reception
June 5, 2015
Public Opening 6 – 7:30 pm

Second Street Gallery

June 12, 2015
​1:15 pm

Alec Soth is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. In 2008, a large survey exhibition of Alec’s work was exhibited at Jeu de Paume in Paris and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. In 2010, the Walker Art Center produced a large survey exhibition of his work titled From Here To There. Alec’s first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi, was published by Steidl in 2004 to critical acclaim.





Warhol Initiative News 5-27-15


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Studio Montclair Presents Viewpoints 2015

June 4 – July 1, 2015

Studio Montclair’s 18th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, ViewPoints 2015, features the work of 100 artists from New Jersey and other states.

An opening reception and award ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 6, from 6-9pm.



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In celebration of annual Pride month and in honor of National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivor Day (June 5th), SF Camerawork is proud to present the Long-Term Survivor Project. Taking place from June 4 – July 18, 2015, this is an exhibition and public programing series addressing the experiences of HIV survivorship in our society.

Grahame Perry, Hunter Reynolds, Frank Yamrus

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 4, 2015,  6-8 PM







Warhol Initiative News 5-20-15


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Amy M. Ho will create a hyper-artificial environment that envelops the viewer and transforms the sense of space by projected light and shadows.

San Francisco-based artist Amy M. Ho uses video projections and/or architectural manipulations to explore light and spatial relationships. Red Rooms is an immersive, hyper-artificial environment that envelops the viewer and transforms the sense of space by projected light and shadows. Red Rooms is a two-channel video projection that was created by the artist photographing two views of a miniature architectural model lit in two different ways – one from in front and another from behind.

May. 23 – Sep. 12, 2015

Cardinale Project Room

Opening Reception
Sunday, May 31
Free and open to the public. 



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May 16, 2015 – June 27, 2015
Musée Minuscule

Art in General is pleased to present Myopia’s Toil with Katie Torn in the Musée Minuscule.

New York-based artist Katie Torn integrates animation, 3D computer graphics, and video to model virtually simulated scenes out of the detritus of internet and consumer culture. Collecting elements available online, Torn’s digital assemblages carry traces of web browsing histories. Referencing the Modernist traditions of Cubism and Futurism in her avatars and abstractions, fantasy worlds and sci-fi simulations are conflated with 20th century investigations into pictorial space.






Warhol Initiative News 5-14-15

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Loretta Fahrenholz


May 15 – July 11, 2015
Opening reception & performance this Friday, May 15
6:30 pm sharp — Performance by Jenna Bliss
7:30 pm — Opening reception for Loretta Fahrenholz

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Olivia Martin Moore
Between Here and There
May 16 – July 2, 2015

Opening Reception
Saturday, May 16 at 7 PM

This exhibition culminates a body of work Olivia Martin Moore began in Berlin. Moore incorporates ephemera–such as poster advertisements and postcards collected while in Berlin–with traditional sculpture materials to create an immersive audio-visual installation. Moore collaborated with sound artist Zac Traeger to synthesize visual and aural colors and textures. The sculptures transform humble materials into an atmospheric portrait of two cities and the space between them and, at the same time, reflect on the history of the German Democratic Republic.



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EXHIBIT: MAY 22–MAY 31, 2015

CEPA Gallery is pleased to present T-Shirt on TV an exhibition by John Overton Burns, Erich Haneberg, and Dan Carey at CEPA’s Big Orbit Project Space. T-shirt on TV depicts the influence of pop culture on the works of artists John Overton Burns, Dan Carey and Erich Haneberg. All three artists use 1980’s iconography as the subject matter in their vibrant, quirky and somewhat comical salutes to TV personalities, game shows and movies.










Warhol Initiative News 5-6-15


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MAY 8 – JUNE 19, 2015

PATRICK SCHMIDT. A site-specific installation using digitally generated drawing on colored vinyl or cloth tape. Schmidt uses pattern as metaphor for economic, social, and ethnic identifiers. He explores the ideas of space by considering how we perceive, interact, and experience paintings and drawings within a specific context. The structure and format of the current works explore relationships in-between defined disciplines while creating a space in which to play. Digitalization adds a utilitarian element to his work, thus equalizing the existing classifications. Much of the work is interactive in that the viewer has to move around the work in some way to fully engage. For the drawing installation(s) as the viewer walks into the space they walk into the work itself by walking on the drawing. His primary research interests focus on juxtapositions, how color affects perception, material, patterns as cultural motifs, and how technology is changing visual culture.



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May 09-June 13 2015

Transformer presents Interspatial, a group show curated and organized by Quota. Artists Rachel SchmidtJohab Silva, and Levester Williams explore the concept of space, real and imagined, and how it can define, confine or spark transformation. The works exhibited respond to changing or unfamiliar landscapes, restrictive environments, population density and adapting to multiple facets of modernity. Founded by Dawne Langford and Avi Gupta, Quota is a curatorial collaboration dedicated to broadening cultural diversity in public discourse around artistic creation and representation.



Weekly Initiative News 4-29-15


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Endless Road: A Look at Nexus Press May 1-July 25, 2015

Curated by Daniel Fuller

Press preview: Thursday April 30, 2-4pm
Member preview hour: Friday May 1, 6-7pm
Public opening: Friday May 1, 7-9pm

Books live their lives. They are pored over, discussed, exchanged, and marked up—each page striving to create a bond between the artist and the reader. Unlike the standard temporal exhibition, the artist book and its ideas are continuously producing direct experiences with new publics. For 26 years Nexus Press brought the world to the South and the South out to the world. The exhibition Endless Road: A Look at Nexus Press will be the first presentation at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center exploring Nexus Press’ innovative work producing artists’ books.


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May 1, 2015 – May 30, 2015

Please join us at Amy Sherald’s ​First Friday Opening Reception on May 1, 2015

Artist/Curator Conversation with Amy Sherald, Dr. Arturo Lindsay, and Tosha Grantham on Saturday, May 2, 2015 2-3 pm



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May 2 – May 20 2015




Weekly Initiative News 4-22-15


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CEPA Gallery’s Big Orbit Project Space will present Felice Koenig: Drawing Together curated by CS1 Curatorial Projects.

An opening reception will take place at Big Orbit Project Space on Friday, April 24th from 7-10pm. The gallery will be open for drawing sessions during the day prior to the artist reception. Over three weekends in the spring, Koenig will draw in real time with a series of participants, using the simple tools of youth – paper and colored markers. Sitting opposite one another and working simultaneously on the same piece of paper, the goal is to play as a means of creating news bonds. In this way, drawing becomes social practice.



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Maryland Art Place’s Annual Spring Benefit, Silent Auction and Party!

APRIL 24, 2015 at 7PM

Maryland Art Place’s Annual Spring Benefit, Silent Auction and Party! Join us at this year’s Out of Order event on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7PM to view and bid on works from a wide range of regional artists – from emerging and student artists to established professionals.



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Locust Projects is pleased to announce its third year of Locust Talks, a lecture series that hosts visiting directors and curators from innovative institutions across the country and internationally for public lectures at the gallery space followed by individual studio visits with local artists, fostering a rigorous critical dialogue about art in the community.












Weekly Initiative News 4-15-15


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Rachel Domm – Window Diary – Published by Nieves

April 17, 2015  6:00-8:00 PM

Rachel Domm’s Window Diary is a series of 365 drawings of windows for every day of 2014. Throughout the year, the artist drew the view from the window of her apartment in Brooklyn and from her numerous travels — from Sweden to Miami to Cameroon to The Åland Islands to India. In all, there are 15 different cities from 4 different continents chronicled in the book, making it a travel journal as well. It records the change in season from snowy days in January to rainy days in April and hot days in August. While the scenes are objective, the view is personal and contemplative, even though it looks outside instead of inside.



Image Courtesy of Space Gallery

American Greetings Fine Arts Show

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 12:00PM – 5:00PM

Enjoy the art and literary work created by the talented associates of American Greetings.
American Greetings 36th Fine Arts Show is a juried exhibition featuring the personal works of American Greetings artists and writers.
An annual Cleveland tradition, this show is a testament to the artistic and literary talent of one of the largest and most prolific creative studios in the world, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.
Works on view through April 18 – May 3, 2015.



Image courtesy of Charlotte Street

Yeah, No, I Mean It: Time, Situation, Dexterity is a three-day performance art symposium hosted at Charlotte Street’s la Esquina Gallery on the evenings of April 16th, 17th, and 18th from 7-9pm. Each night, local performance artists will generate live work within the gallery, alongside nationally recognized visiting performance artists. These performances will range in aesthetics, concepts, and duration: from the highly visual and loud, to the quiet and contemplative. This symposium is designed to highlight and expand the local and national conversation about contemporary performance art practice, through three days of making and discussing the local and national ecology of emerging performance art. Yeah, No, I Mean It: Time, Situation, Dexterity is curated by Kansas City-based artist Jessica Borusky.



Image courtesy of San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Talking Art: And the Beat Goes On…

Thursday, April 16

The exhibition includes nearly 100 prints and related ephemera, which Conner produced throughout his 60-year career. Characterized by experimentation and a healthy dose of subversion, Conner’s work with prints demonstrates his obsession with fully exploring and pushing the limits of an idea.

And the beat goes on… will be a conversation among today’s Bay Area artists who, continuing in the vein of Conner’s unconventional ideas, are taking a creative approach to printmaking. This new generation of artists incorporates printing and printmaking techniques in unexpected ways both conceptually and formally.




Weekly Initiative News 4-7-15


17th Latino Art Now! : April 3 – May 16, 2015

This long-running and popular exhibition, a survey of the best contemporary art from Bay Area, national, and international Latino artists, coincides with the celebration of MACLA’s 25th anniversary as one of the leading community arts centers in the West Coast.This year’s exhibition reflects the breadth of visual arts media for which MACLA is known. It includes New York-based photographers Remy Amezcua and Dulce Pinzón; multi-media/mixed-media artists Carmen Argote, Cristina Velásquez, Linda Vallejo, and Yvonne Escalante; muralists Juana Alicia and Wayne Alaniz Healy; Bay Area printmaker Melanie Cervantes; glass artist Jaime Guerrero, and much more.



Photo by Rachel Rampleman

Saturday April 11, 2015 from 7-10pm there is an artist reception at CEPA Gallery and Squeaky Wheel in the Market Arcade galleries. Related programming and screening schedules will be announced in the coming weeks.

Rampleman’s work frequently showcases strong female personalities—women who are simultaneously aberrant and superhuman—who challenge the common clichés of masculinity and femininity and who often assume roles typically associated with men. This is a landscape where sexual braggadocio, heavy-metal rock stardom, or muscularity have become characteristic of feminine prowess.


Gallery Margret: Chronicle of an Affair – May 1969 to December 1970

Gallery Margret: Chronicle of an Affair – May 1969 to December 1970

Organized in collaboration with Galerie Susanne Zander / Delmes & Zander, Cologne.

White Columns in collaboration with Galerie Susanne Zander / Delmes & Zander, Cologne + Berlin, presents the American debut of “Margret: Chronicle of an Affair – May 1969 to December 1970″, an extraordinary collection of found materials relating to a private affair conducted between a German businessman and his secretary in the late 1960s and early 1970s.


SF Camerawork and Galería de la Raza present Existe lo que tiene nombre: Contemporary Photography in Mexico. Organized by San Francisco-based curator Sergio De La Torre and Tijuana-based curator Javier Ramírez Limón, the exhibition will be on view at SF Camerawork from April 2 through May 23, 2015. A 200-page catalog will accompany the exhibition. Comprised of over 50 photographic and video works produced within the past decade, this is the US debut for many of the exhibiting artists.






Weekly Initiative News- 10/14/14

Image courtesy of Mitchell Syrop and Midway Contemporary Art

Midway Contemporary Art presents an exhibition of Mitchell Syrop’s new work, It is better to shine than to reflect. The exhibition, as Midway Contemporary Art describes it, “brings together a new installation of his high school yearbook series from the 1970s with his photographic work from the early 1980s that was influenced by the advertising strategies and mechanisms of that period. Syrop began combining text and image in the mid-1970s following his move from New York to Los Angeles. His interest in public advertising developed as a young student in New York, and became an explicit focus in his work once he started graduate school at CalArts where he gained access to film and image reproduction technology. The availability of such technology, combined with the scale and breadth of LA’s advertising and television industries, was of particular importance to Syrop. In 1976 he created a short film, Watch It, Think It, that was 6 seconds long and was eventually edited for commercial broadcast on a local television station. The short sequence portrays a woman smiling and drinking from a glass of water within rapidly shifting graphic transitions. A voiceover repeats, “Watch it… Think It… Watch it… Think it”. Like some of the other works on view, the ambiguous nature of this pseudo commercial allows for numerous readings. Disconnected from any product, this work links itself to presentational modes at use in advertising.”

It is better to shine than to reflect is on view through October 25th.

Image courtesy of Mitchell Syrop and Midway Contemporary Art

Image courtesy of Mitchell Syrop and Midway Contemporary Art

Image courtesy of Mitchell Syrop and Midway Contemporary Art

Image courtesy of Mitchell Syrop and Midway Contemporary Art

Weekly Initiative News- 10/06/14

Image courtesy of Bradford Young and Creative Time

Image courtesy of Otabenga Jones & Associates and Creative Time

Creative Time in partnership Weeksville Heritage Foundation in Brooklyn, New York has created a month long walkable exhibition entitled Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn. The exhibition, which is comprised of four community-based commissions by artists Xenobia Bailey, Simone Leigh, Otabenga Jones & Associates, and Bradford Young will be closing on October 12th. From the Creative Time website: “Black Radical Brooklyn launched from the site of Weeksville, a Brooklyn community established by free and formerly enslaved Black citizens 11 years after abolition in New York State. Black Radical Brooklyn drew inspiration not only from this story- achieving self-determination through the claiming and holding of a neighborhood- but also from radical local battles for land and dignity from the 1960s to today.”

Image courtesy of Simone Leigh and Creative Time




Weekly Initiative News- 09/29/14


Image courtesy of Printed Matter

Image courtesy of Printed Matter

Once again Printed Matter hosted the hugely successful NY Art Book Fair this weekend at MoMA PS1. The event boasted over 35,000 visitors in its four day run. This year the fair hosted NORWAY FOCUS: KUNSTNERBØKER, a curated selection of 23 Norwegian booksellers, institutions, artists and independent publishers. From the NY Art Book Fair website “This year’s NY Art Book Fair includes an ever-growing variety of exhibitors – from the zinesters in (XE)ROX & PAPER + SCISSORS and the Small Press Dome representing publishing at its most innovative and affordable, to rare and antiquarian dealers offering out-of-print books and ephemera from art and artist book history.” Beyond its numerous exhibitors, the fair also hosted a DJ set by JD Samson, and live sets by Thurston Moore & James Nares and Gang Gang Dance on the steps of PS1.

Image courtesy of Printed Matter

Image courtesy of Printed Matter

Image courtesy of Printed Matter

Weekly Initiative News- 09/15/14


Mika Tajima, Total Body Conditioning, installation view, 2014. Photo: Charles Benton. Image courtesy of Art in General.

Now open at Art in General is Total Body Conditioning, an exhibition by Mika Tajima. As Art in General describes it, the exhibition is “comprised of three scenes—display, work, and fitness—that invoke technologies developed to control and affect the body. These are techniques that shape bodily experience of time and space, taking the human body as a target of power. The works in the exhibition include hot tub painting objects, a series of abstract woven textile portraits, and transparent paintings set to changing ambient lighting and sound sequences. Each scene in the exhibition traces the management of the body in different spaces and temporal contexts from factory assembly lines to therapeutic “after work” locations.”



Mika Tajima, Total Body Conditioning, installation view, 2014. Photo: Charles Benton. Image courtesy of Art in General.


Mika Tajima, Total Body Conditioning, installation view, 2014. Photo: Charles Benton. Image courtesy of Art in General.

Weekly Initiative News- 09/08/14


image courtesy of Locust Projects

Locust Projects presents Sunday in the Park, featuring Sarah Crowner in collaboration with Sari Carel, and Exile Books, opening on Saturday, September 13th, in Miami, Florida. From the Locust Project website, “Hung with colorful voile curtains and painted backdrops alluding to park-like landscapes, the installation takes its cues from stage design. While the title refers to a fictional work of theater, Crowner’s work focuses on the material aspects of stagecraft rather than performance itself.”


Mika Tajima, Total Body Conditioning, digital rendering, 2014, image courtesy the artist and Eleven Rivington

On view from Saturday, September 13th, until Saturday, October 25th, 2014, is Total Body Conditioning, an exhibition featuring Mika Tajima at Art in General in New York City. The exhibition is composed of three scenes that explore the management of the body in “different spaces and temporal contexts from factory assembly lines to therapeutic ‘after work’ locations”. More from the Art in General website, “Total Body Conditioning refers to the complete investment of the body, taking the Greek practice ‘to care for oneself’ into the Foucauldian register of discipline and control exacted on the self—where individual practices of freedom are intertwined with modes of domination.”

Weekly Initiative News- 09/01/14

Pepe Mar, The Nose, 2012, collage, paint, and glue in shadow box, 32.5 x 42 x 6.5 inches, courtesy of David Castillo Gallery

Opening on Saturday, September 6th at DiverseWorks in Houston, Texas, is Pepe Mar: Parco dei Mostri. Mar’s works draws from a collection of diverse cultures, having been born in Mexico and raised in border towns, to attending the California College of the Arts and Florida International University in Miami, where he’s currently based. For his project with DiverseWorks, Mar “will create a large-scale, immersive installation that brings his sculptures to life.” The exhibition will be on view until Saturday, October 25th, 2014.

Ala Ebtekar, Returning of the Sun, 2010, image courtesy of Southern Exposure and the artist

Azin Seraj, image courtesy of Southern Exposure and the artist

Theory of Survival: Fabrications will be on view from Friday, September 5th until Saturday, October 25th, 2014, at Southern Exposure in San Francisco, California. From the Southern Exposure website, “Fabrications is a pop-up bazaar drawing inspiration from a traditional Persian marketplace. Taraneh Hemami, in this latest iteration of her Theory of Survivalproject, invites twelve California-based Iranian artists to join her in engaging with Iranian political and cultural historical moments, exploring decades of collective activism and revolutionary actions inside Iran and in its larger diaspora.” Participating artists include Morehshin Allahyari, Ali Dadgar, Ala Ebtekar, Amir H. Fallah, Arash Fayez, Hushidar Mortezaie, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Sanaz Mazinani, Amitis Motevalli, Haleh Niazmand, Azin Seraj, and Taravat Talepasand.

image courtesy of Transformer gallery

Promised Land, an exhibition hosting twelve east-coast based artists responding to current national issues as inspired by Asbury Park, New Jersey, will come down on Sunday, September 7th. The exhibition, put on by Transformer, featured Jane Carver, Kevin Darmanie, Dahlia Elsayed, Alison Kuo, Mike Richison, Raul Romero, Jessica Segall, Crystal Stokowski, Scot Szegeski, Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Tang, and John Vigg.

Weekly Initiative News- 08/25/14

Nick Kline, installation for Boys' Shirts, image courtesy of the artist and Printed Matter

Nick Kline, from the series Boys' Shirts, image courtesy of the artist and Printed Matter

On Friday, September 4th, Nick Kline will install a window presentation at Printed Matter, Inc. The installation, a combination of photographs and prints, as well as artist’ publications and a neon sign, will be on view until September 12th. The presentation “emerges out of two recent collaborative book projects – To Be Alive and Forget This and he – both of which engage themes around boyhood and loss.”

Joseph Hart, Untitled (06), 2014. Pigmented linen pulp on cotton base sheet, 40x30 inches. Image courtesy the artist and Dieu Donné.

Part 1 of an exhibition of the 2014 Workspace Program at Dieu Donné will open in New York on Tuesday, August 26th, with a reception on September 4th, from 6-8PM. The Workspace Program allows emerging New York state based artists to explore the art of papermaking and produce a body of work. Part 1 will feature artists Joseph Hart and Tamara Zahaykevich and will be on view until October 3rd. Part 2 will feature Emily Noelle Lambert and Lael Marshall, and will open on Monday, November 10th and close Saturday, January 10, 2015, with a reception on November 20th from 6-8PM.

Weekly Initiative News- 08/18/14

Image for TAG: Round 2, 2014, by Jess Hirsch and Cassie Thornton, courtesy of the artists

PLF: Studio, 2014, photo by Jake Beckman, image courtesy of the artist

Horoscope, 2012, still from video by Zak Long, image courtesy of the artist

SPACES, the Cleveland-based contemporary art venue, will hold an opening reception on Friday, August 22nd, from 6 to 9PM. They are celebrating new projects by Cassie Thornton and Jess Hirsch (TAG: Round 2), Jake Beckman (The Production Language Factory), and Sarah and Paul (Immortal Kombat). Look forward to “an evening of unscripted collaboration, newly developed vocabularies, and lovable anti-heroes”.

image by Leslie Wayne, courtesy of the artist and Esopus

image by Stephen Eichhorn, courtesy of the artist and Esopus

Also check out these Artist’s Projects from Brooklyn-based publication Esopus in their 21st issue, available now. Leslie Wayne uses daily paintings of the Lingam motif, a Hindu symbol of fecundity, to explore the possibility of a single body of work with infinite permutations.  Stephen Eichhorn layers hand-cut images of flowers and cats to create unique and elegant collages.

Weekly Initiative News- 08/11/14

Kathleen White, image courtesy of the artist and Moment Art

Moment Art presents (A) Rake’s Progress, an exhibition of Kathleen White’s polymorphichrome drawings produced in the summer of 2009 in remembrance of her late brother, Chris White. Showing from Friday, August 8th to Sunday, August 31st, the exhibition also features Sound Texts, represented as recordings of their production on the typewriter, but performed on site by the readers on the last day of the show.


Hector Hernandez, Hyperbeast: Azules (2014), image courtesy the artist and MACLA

On view from Wednesday, August 27th to Saturday, November 15th, at Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose, California, is Unmasked, work by Hector Hernandez, Dulce Pinzón, Carlos Donjuan and Rio Yañez, that “explores social and cultural issues of identity and otherness through the visual language of comic books, the notion of superheroes, and tropes of science fiction” (description from MACLA website).

Weekly Initiative News- 08/04/14

Carving Through Borders, Galería de la Raza

Carving through Borders, an exhibition of 13 oversized woodblock prints will be on view at Galería de la Raza in San Francisco from Saturday, August 2nd to Friday, September 19th, 2014. The woodblocks, commissioned by CultureStrike, “illustrate various aspects of migration with a local, national, or worldwide scope”.


a/wake in the water, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, image by Kevin Jerome Everson

a/wake in the water, a film, video, and new media exhibition, will be on view at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts from Thursday, August 14th, to Sunday, November 9th, 2014. From the MoCADA website, the exhibition utilizes “found footage, staged reenactments, and performative paralysis to expose the systematic neglect and lingering repercussions Black communities face in the aftermath of disaster.” Additional narratives “explore impending dystopic and apocalyptic futures to further analyze the state of environmental justice as it functions within the Diaspora.”

Weekly Initiative News- 07/28/14

"The Motherhood Archives", Irene Lusztig in Triple Canopy


On July 24th, Triple Canopy published “The Motherhood Archives” by Irene Lusztig, an interesting mediation on motherhood in America in the 1900’s, seen through a collection of ephemera found for sale online.


Still frame from "Air Up! Construction of the US Pavilion EXPO 70 Osaka", Storefront for Art and Architecture

On July 29th at 7PM, Storefront for Art and Architecture will present a screening of “Air Up! Construction of the US Pavilion EXPO 70 Osaka”. From the website, “Air Up! Construction of the US Pavilion at EXPO ’70 Osaka–a Japanese-language documentary film with English sub-titles–details the construction and inflation of the radically-engineered pneumatic dome designed for the US Pavilion at EXPO ’70 Osaka.”


Vagaries of the Commons, Artspace

Artspace, a gallery in downtown New Haven, opens “Vagaries of the Commons”, an exhibition curated by Sarah Fritchey. The exhibition will be on view from July 25th to September 13th, with a two-day conference on September 12th and 13th and with an accompanying performance series. The show reflects on four specific categories of human rights questions that artists address practicing in and around New Haven including: the material commons, the knowledge commons, the aesthetic commons, and the affective commons.

Weekly Initiative News- 07/21/14

Pablo Helguera, Michael Mandiberg, William Powhida, Amy Whitaker, and Caroline Woolard in The Social Life of Artistic Property

Artists Michael Mandiberg, Amy Whitaker, and Caroline Woolard will be in conversation about their new volume The Social Life of Artistic Property on July 24th, from 6-8pm at Printed Matter. From their website: “What happens when twelve artists gather to discuss the relationship between art and property? In twenty meetings over two and a half years, the core group of Pablo Helguera, Michael Mandiberg, William Powhida, Amy Whitaker and Caroline Woolard birthed this provocative volume. The group produced three pieces of writing about experiments in group living and three proposals for the future of artistic property, including initiatives that reimagine studio space, living space, and artwork.”


E:11 CODA, Transformer's Exercises For Emerging Artists at Artisphere

E11: CODA, a collaborative exhibition between Alex Braden, Emily Francisco, E. Jane, Ian McDermott and lead mentor and curator Ryan Holladay, opens on July 24th from 7-9pm at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia. The Washignton, DC based organization Transformer joins with Artisphere for an event that marks the culmination of the 11th season of Transformer’s Exercises for Emerging Artists program.


Zoe Beloff, The Days of the Commune

On view from July 20th to August 17th, 2014, Participant Inc presents Zoe Beloff with  The Days of the Commune, an installation based on Beloff’s restaging of Bertolt Brecht’s eponymous play.

Weekly Initiative News- 06/09/14

Image courtesy of Jennifer Nichols and White Columns

Image courtesy of Patrick Berran and White Columns

Image courtesy of Patrick Berran and White Columns

White Columns opens a series of exhibitions on June 1oth. The artists featured in the exhibition are Ray Hamilton, Daniel Heidkamp, Patrick Berran, Jennifer Nichols and Primary Information / ALBUM. The exhibition will be on view through July 26th:

Portrait of John Baldessari. Courtesy of the California Institute of the Arts Archive

An interesting interview on East of Borneo between Christopher Knight and John Baldessari addressing Baldessari’s views on pedagogy and CalArts’ early beginnings:

Weekly Initiative News- 06/02/14

Sigmar Polke, Socken, 1963 Courtesy the Estate of Sigmar Polke

Konrad Lueg, Boxer, 1964 (Boxers) © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn Photo: Daniela Steinfeld

Opening  June 7th Artists Space will present Living with Pop. A Reproduction of Capitalist Realism. The exhibition includes Manfred Kuttner, Konrad Lueg, Sigmar Polke,  and Gerhard Richter, with contributions by Christopher Williams. From the Artists Space website:

“Living with Pop. A Reproduction of Capitalist Realism documents the actions by Kuttner, Lueg, Polke and Richter that took place between 1963 and 1966 under the auspices of Capitalist Realism, and concludes with an account of the term’s strategic use by gallerist René Block in the late 1960s in Berlin. Further, sections of this exhibition are dedicated to the influence of Fluxus in the Rhineland as an important precursor to Capitalist Realism.”

On view through August 17th.

Sigmar Polke, Das Palmen Bild, 1964 (Boxers) © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn Photo: Daniela Steinfeld


Konrad Lueg with Balloons, July 1962 Zero Festival, Rhine Meadows, Düsseldorf-Over-Kassel Courtesy Archiv Reiner Ruthenbeck, Ratingen © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn Photo: Reiner Ruthenbeck

Weekly Initiative News- 05/19/14

Image courtesy of Simone Leigh and Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

On view through May 31st Atlanta Contemporary Art Center presents Simone Leigh: Gone South, the first major solo exhibition of artist in the context of the South. The New York-based artist is adept at forming and firing ceramics to create singular objects and assemblages that range from the ornamental to the ominous. She consistently investigates the female body as a repository of lived experiences: pleasure and pain, motherhood, and various contributions to domestic life and cultural agency. Gone South combines previously exhibited site-specific installations and performance-based video alongside new sculptures that take advantage of the proportions of the galleries:

Weekly Initiative News- 05/12/14


Image courtesy of Deborah Stratman and Hallwalls

Hallwalls will present Deborah Stratman: Swallows on view May 16th through June 27th. The artist will employ multiple media in the exhibition, transforming the gallery into a temporary sinkhole museum complete with diagrams, wall texts, dioramas, videos and sculptural elements gathered in an exploration of both naturally occurring and man-made chasms:


Image courtesy of Marlo Pasqual and Printed Matter

Printed Matter will host a Launch and Book Signing on May 15th for Marlo Pascual by Hassla Books. From Printed Matter’s website, “Marlo Pascual’s interest lies in the construction of the image. For the foundation of her first book, Pascual uses repetition to trace an image’s transformation between mediums as it moves from found image, to collage, to object, to installation, and then back into a book form.” :


Opening May 24th, MOCA Tucson will welcome IUD: Bakerman. Individually, Lizzi Bougatos, Sadie Laska, and Spencer Sweeney operate as visual artists and musicians. All three are painters who have shown at various New York and international galleries and museums, and all are involved with experimental musical projects.  Bougatos is notable as the leader of the long-running electronic neo-psychedelic band Gang Gang Dance, and Sweeney is a DJ and part-owner of Santos Party House in New York.  Laska is gaining significant critical attention for her paintings and works on paper, shown recently at NADA and Kerry Schuss. At MOCA Tucson, IUD will occupy the East Wing galleries and turn them into temporary experimental studio space where they will produce installations and paintings from both traditional and scavenged materials that have become IUD’s hallmark production M.O.:

Weekly Initiative News- 05/05/14

Image courtesy of Wyatt Kahn and LA><ART

Image courtesy of Jennifer Guidi and LA><ART

May 17th, LA><ART will open two new exhibitions, Wyatt Kahn and Jennifer Guidi  Field Paintings. Both exhibitions will be on view through June 28th:


Opening on May 10th, Artspace in New Haven presents Forced Collaboration II.  Curated by Jacob Rhodes, this exhibition pairs 12 artists (6 collaborations) with wildly different practices. The artists are strangers to each other; selected by the curator  to exchange a finished work and to re-create that work by forcing themselves on it in any way they please. On view May 10 –  June 28, 2014:;


Weekly Initiative News- 04/28/14

Image courtesy of Kara Walker and Creative Time

Opening May 10th Creative Time will present a newly commissioned monumental sculptural work of Kara Walker. The installation is housed within the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn and will be on view through July 6th:


From May 14th to the 18th, Artists Space will  host a Book Launch and Series of Readings for Semiotext(e):The Return of Schizo- Culture. The publication features contributions from Penny Arcade, Jim Fletcher, Gary Indiana, John Kelsey, Sylvère Lotringer, David Morris, Mary Patten, Lodovico Pignatti Morano, John Rajchman and Walter Steding:


Weekly Initiative News- 04/21/14

Image courtesy of A. Laurie Palmer and Headlands Center for the Arts

On May 4th Headlands Center for the Arts and Artist in Residence A. Laurie Palmer (AIR ’14) will host an uphill walk in the company of California Lichen Society President Shelly Benson, and other distinguished guests. The excursion serves as an informal introduction to some of the many species of lichen thriving in the Marin Headlands sun and mist:


On Thursday, April 24th at 3:00pm, Women and Their Work will welcome Miwa Matreyek for an artist’s talk. The Los Angeles based animator, designer and multimedia artist will speak about her unique process and body of work that fuses animation with live performance. Matreyek creates short films and live works that integrate animation, performance, and theatrical video installation:

Weekly Initiative News- 04/14/14

Image courtesy of Clive Hodgson and White Columns

Image courtesy of Clive Hodgson and White Columns


On view March 4- April 19th, White Columns in New York presents the work of Clive Hodgson.  The exhibition of this British painter features works produced over the past five years:


Also on view at White Columns is an exhibition of the work of  Robert Kitchen(1949-2009). Organized by writer and curator Vince Aletti, the solo exhibition features works on paper by the artist. About the exhibition Aletti has said: “Robert was a painter who also collaborated with his twin brother, Richard, on designs for linens, fine china, and other household products… Although he had solo shows at Daniel Reich and Kagan Martos, much of the work he did after the turn of the new century was never exhibited, and his last solo outing, at Jeffrey Deitch in 2004, could only hint at the range of the paintings and drawings stacked up in his studio. At White Columns we will present a small sampling of that sprawling body of work – a group of paintings and drawings whose subjects were drawn from film, storybook illustration, a vivid imagination, and life.”:

Image courtesy of Robert Kitchen and White Columns

Image courtesy of Robert Kitchen and White Columns

Weekly Initiative News- 04/07/14

Image courtesy of Artists Space

Opening April 11th at Artists Space Books and Talks is The Issues of our Time, curated by castillo/corrales. This project follows two previous iterations at castillo/corrales, a co-operatively run non-profit art space in Paris.  The project will involve contributions from artists, writers and curators including Valentin Boure, Thomas Boutoux, Antonia Carrara, Joachim Hamou, Egija Inzule, Morag Keil, Hans-Christian Lotz, Mélanie Matranga, Lili Reynaud Dewar, Kari Rittenbach, and Benjamin Thorel:

Weekly Initiative News- 03/31/14

Tacita Dean, JG, 2013. Anamorphic 35mm film, color and black and white, optical sound. 26 1/2 min. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris, and Frith Street Gallery, London

Tacita Dean, JG, 2013. Anamorphic 35mm film, color and black and white, optical sound. 26 1/2 min. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris, and Frith Street Gallery, London.

Interesting article on East of Borneo addressing Tacita Dean’s  most recent work JG.  Recently exhibited at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the  26-1/2 minute, 35mm film named after the iconic science fiction writer J.G. Ballard, takes as its subject Robert Smithson’s monumental earthwork, Spiral Jetty (1970):

Weekly Initiative News- 03/24/14

Image courtesy of Athena Tacha and Printed Matter

Image courtesy of Triple Canopy and the Whitney Museum of American Art

On view from March 24th- April 19th, Printed Matter presents an exhibition of artists’ books by Athena Tacha. The presentation features the complete run of publications by the artist, including long out-of-stock titles new to Printed Matter as well as items that have been distributed by the organization since the 1970s:


Triple Canopy is included in this year’s Whitney Biennial on view from March 7th to May 25th. The organization’s contribution entitled Pointing Machines is an installation titled after the simple eighteenth-century measuring tool for reproducing sculpture in stone or wood with a system of adjustable rods and needles. For this project Triple Canopy asks how the meaning of artworks shifts as they are commissioned, made, collected, disowned, replicated, photographed, exhibited, and published, taking into account the role of circulation systems as varied as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and eBay:

Weekly Initiative News- 03/17/14

Image courtesy of Aurora Picture Show

Image courtesy of Patricia Fernández and LAXART

On March 28th Aurora Picture Show will present Surreal/Reel.  Friends and family are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics to a free outdoor screening co-presented with the Menil Collection. Curated by Aurora Picture Show’s Mary Magsamen, this special screening presents Surrealist works from artists such as Hans Richter, Man Ray, Maya Deren, and Magritte:


On March 15th LAXART opened Patricia Fernández: Paseo de los Melancólicos. “Spanning woodwork and artist books, painting, research, writing and recorded family folklore, Spanish-born, LA-based Fernández’s Paseo de los Melancólicos retraces the trail of Republicans that fled as the Spanish Civil War came to a close”:


On Wednesday April 2nd, Machine Project in Los Angeles will be hosting a Textile Design Workshop from 7-10pm. Led by graphic designer Gail Swanlund, attendees will be able to learn the basics of designing print patterns for textiles:

Weekly Initiative News- 03/10/14

Image courtesy of the Otolith Group and Smack Mellon

Opening on March 15th, Smack Mellon presents In Plain Sight, an exhibition curated by Sarah Lookofsky. The exhibition will feature Bani Abidi, Khaled Barakeh, Carla Herrera-Prats, Alfredo Jaar, Pia Lindman, The Otolith Group, Maria D. Rapicavoli, Bruno Serralongue and Liselot van der Heijden:


Closing on March 22nd, Artspace in New Haven welcomes Catalina Barroso Luque:;




Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) announced the appointment of Sarah Russin as its next Executive Director, effective February 24, 2014:

Weekly Initiative News- 03/03/14

Image courtesy of E.B. Itso and Printed Matter

Opening on Saturday March 29th, Project Row Houses will host the organizations 40th Round of Artist Interventions. Round 40: Monuments: Right Beyond the Site will feature installations by Otabenga Jones & Associates, the Houston-based artist collective consisting of Dawolu Jabari Anderson, Jamal Cyrus, Kenya Evans, and Robert A. Pruitt. The collective will take a different approach to previous Rounds at PRH and utilize all seven of the Art Houses for Round 40 through installations that happen on and off-site:


March 15th Printed Matter will present IN BETWEEN SPACES, the first solo show in the US by Danish artist E.B. Itso.  The exhibition presents more than 40 titles produced by the artist over the last decade, including self-published booklets, zines, posters, and pamphlets, as well as experimental artists’ books and book works. To coincide with the opening of the show, Itso will release a new photographic zine published with Printed Matter. The exhibition will be on view March 15 – April 12, with an opening reception Saturday, March 15, 5-7 PM:


MOCA Tucson will be holding their annual Benefit on April 11th honoring Janaina Tschäpe on the occasion of her first video retrospective:

Weekly Initiative News- 02/24/14

Image courtesy of Artists Space

Image courtesy of Wu Tsang, Jesus Torres Torres and DiverseWorks

Sam Pulitzer, A Colony for “Them” will open on March 15th at Artists Space in New York:


Also at Artists Space’s Books & Talks location on February 28th, HOROLOGICS, A Countdown with Mark von Schlegell. The event marks the launch of The Fainnie Azul Horologe by Mark von Schlegell, published by Halmos, the second in a series of non-print publications exploring time as syntactic medium:




Opening on March 15th at DiverseWorks in Houston,  TX is Wu Tsang: Moved by the Motion. For the exhibition DiverseWorks commissioned Los Angeles-based artist Wu Tsang to create a multi-media installation and performance that inhabits a space between fiction and documentary:

Weekly Initiative News- 02/17/14

Image courtesy of Math Bass, Overduin & Co. and LACE


Image courtesy of A.K. Burns, Callicoon Fine Arts and LACE

Opening on March 14th at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) is Drowning and swallowing this text. The exhibition curated by Shoghig Halajian and Suzy M. Halajian, features artists Math Bass, A.K. Burns, Ana Hoffner, Joan Jonas, Tala Madani, MPA, Virginia Poundstone, Laure Prouvost, Mounira Al Solh, Jill Spector, Lawrence Weiner, and The–family (with Sjoerd Dijk and Wojciech Kosma). From the LACE website :

“Drowning and swallowing this text locates itself within this moment of collapse in order to explore the relation between a narrative and its utterance. Questioning the idea that everything must be held together, the exhibition considers forms of desire that refuse equivalence in order to impel fragmentation and to delay resolve. Narrative devices such as the construction of presumed opposites, a fixed protagonist, the introduction of a problem and promise of resolve are confronted and replaced. Instead sites of performance, the shifting plural subject-position, the mis-translation of cultural codes, and illegible acts at the margins of established categories all serve to destabilize the economic value of narrative analogy. A collapse of economies eradicates the ability to recognize and substitute, offering in its place a constellation of fragments and gestures that take on various iterations, a tireless approximation. “

There will be an affiliated performance on March 8th presented by Human Resources.

Weekly Initiative News- 02/10/14

Image courtesy of Trevor Paglen and Creative Time

Image courtesy of Derek Farkas and CEPA Gallery

Opening on February 15th, Women and Their Work in Austin, TX presents Adela Andea, Lux, Lumens and Candelas on view through March 20th:


Creative Time Reports is featuring an interesting story by Trevor Paglen, Watching the Watchers: Trevor Paglen Photographs US Surveillance Infrastructure. Read the story here:


Derek Farkas: A Vacuous Veneer opened at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, NY on February 8th. The exhibition will be on view through March 16th:

Weekly Initiative News- 02/03/14

Image courtesy of Institutions by Artists and Fillip

The LA Art Book Fair had over 25,000 visitors! See some highlights here:


An older but interesting interview between Mark Allen of Machine Project and artist Brody Condon:




Fillip has up a new podcast Institutions by Artists: Session Two on its website. The project discusses artist-run initiatives in North America of the 1960s and 1970s, which provided a space for the presentation and legitimization of experimental work and for the assertion of socially progressive and politically radical ideas and questions. The podcast involves Marie-Josee Jean and Walter Benjamin, Slavs and Tatars, Eva Weinmayr and is moderated by Amy Zion:

Weekly Initiative News- 01/27/14

Image courtesy of Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler and Ballroom Marfa

Storefront for Art and Architecture will be holding its Annual Spring Benefit on March 11th. This year’s festivities will be honoring Meredith Monk and Olafur Eliasson:


Space One Eleven in Birmingham, will be hosting a Lithography Workshop Feb 7-9th. The workshop will be led by Master Printer, Darin Forehand, of Houston and participants will print on a circa 1860 French Star Wheel lithography press:


Ballroom Marfa will present Sound Speed Marker opening on Feb 28th. The exhibition by Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler will host three video installations and related photographs, covering a span of five years of work, which explore film’s relationship to place and the traces that movie making leaves behind:

Weekly Initiative News- 01/21/14

Image courtesy of White Columns

White Columns, in New York presents its Eighth annual Looking Back which opened on Jan 16th. This year’s exhibition was selected by Pati Hertling.  Participating artists include:

Ei Arakawa, Malin Arnell, Gregg Bordowitz, Ellen Cantor, MV Carbon, Maria Chavez, Tony Conrad, Moyra Davey, Lucy Dodd, Mary Beth Edelson, Scott Ewalt, Loretta Fahrenholz, Lesley Flanigan, Brendan Fowler, K8 Hardy, Lonnie Holley, Karl Holmqvist, Juliana Huxtable, Marie Karlberg, Dawn Kasper, Andrei Koschmieder, Konrad Lueg, Alicia McCarthy, Marisa Merz, Ulrike Muller, New Humans, NNCK, Senga Nengudi, Raha Raissnia, James Richards, Carissa Rodriguez, Zilia Sanchez, Colin Self, Alina Szapocnikow, Jason Simon, Barbara T. Smith, Emily Sundblad, Sergei Tcherepnin, Stefan Tcherepnin, Rosemarie Trockel, Danh Vo, Hannah Wilke, Amy Yao, and Lionel Ziprin.

White Columns will be hosting a large list of programming in association with the exhibition:

Wednesday, January 15 – 9pm at Julius
Colin Self sings Joan Armatrading

Saturday, January 25 – 7pm at White Columns
Ei Arakawa / Marie Karlberg / Andrei Koschmieder
Dawn Kasper

Friday, February 7 – 7pm at White Columns
Brendan Fowler

Monday, February 10 – 7pm at Anthology Film Archives
Loretta Fahrenholz – ‘Ditch Plains’ screening

Thursday, February 13 – 7pm at White Columns
Gregg Bordowitz and guests

Saturday, 15 February – 7pm at White Columns
New Humans
MV Carbon / Lesley Flanigan / Maria Chavez
Stefan Tcherepnin

Saturday, February 22 – time and off-site venue to be announced
Colin Self
Juliana Huxtable & guests

Occasionally during the exhibition’s run – at White Columns
Malin Arnell


Image courtesy of White Columns

Weekly Initiative News- 01/13/14

Image courtesy of Artists Space

In conjunction with Artists Space’s current exhibition Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault (on view through Feb20th) the organization has a full line of film programming. The next program on Jan 16th at 7pm will feature interviews of Lucy Lippard, Nancy Spero, Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield. From Artists Space’s website:

“Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield, in their founding Video Data Bank series, interviewed writer, critic, feminist, and art historian Lucy Lippard soon after the publication of her essential book on conceptual art, Six Years: the dematerialization of the art object from 1966 to 1972. The book remains a touchstone of extraordinary scope, while these videos, keeping with the medium’s purpose-driven roots, concentrate on Lippard’s politics. Blumenthal and Horsfield were art students themselves when they founded VDB with this interview series, and were fierce fans in their deployment of voices to create a validating discourse of women practitioners. Blumenthal and Horsfield’s 1982 interview with Nancy Spero begins with her decision to allow political events to determine what she chose to paint, and why. Spero, along with her partner Leon Golub, whose work appears in the exhibition, had a unique place in the factionalized 1980s New York art world, sustaining vibrantly engaged practices in a scene riven with competing agendas and freighted with political, philosophical, and market stakes.”


For more information.

Weekly Initiative News- 01/06/14

Image courtesy of Sarah Christianson and SF Camerawork

SF Camerawork in San Francisco recently announced the appointment of Heather Snider as its new Executive Director. Heather comes to the organization with a wide range of expertise and experiences in the photography and art community. She has held director positions at Vision Gallery and Scott Nichols Gallery. Recently, her work has been devoted to freelance writing, curating, and consulting on contemporary photography. She is very familiar with SF Camerawork as she served on the organization’s Board from 2005 to 2010.

During the month of January, Heather will be working closely with Chuck Mobley, the organization’s current Director to ensure a smooth transition, taking full charge on February 1st. They would like to express thanks to Chuck and Gallery Manager Brent Nuñez for the amount of work they have accomplished in the last six months readying the gallery, the archives, and the organization’s daily systems for the transition.

Weekly Initiative News- 12/16/13

Image courtesy of Anne Lindberg and Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

Coloring, an exhibition curated by Stuart Horodner will open on Jan 10th at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. The exhibition features the work of Bill Adams, Paul Stephen Benjamin, Rutherford Chang, Anne Lindberg, and Kate Shepherd. An exhibition opening reception will be held on Fri, Jan 10, 2014, 7pm:



Image courtesy of Sam Falls and LA><ART

Sam Falls exhibition will be closing on Dec 21st at LA><ART:



The Warhol Initiative Blog will take a brief hiatus and will return on Jan 6th, 2014 with a new blog entry. Happy Holidays everyone!

Weekly Initiative News- 12/09/13

Image courtesy of The Coleman Center for the Arts

Charlotte Street Foundation will be teaming with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for a third year of gallery tours and talks by Charlotte Street Awards Fellows:


On view now at  The Coleman Center for the Arts is Create and Communicate an exhibition of self published magazines by the student of Art Club, exhibited with selections from the Nexus Press artists’ book collection. The event will take place on Tuesday, December 10 at 6 PM in the Coleman Center gallery:
Nicholas Hlobo’s Intethe (A Sketch for an Opera) is now on view at Locust Projects:

Weekly Initiative News- 12/02/13

Image courtesy of Julia Rometti and Victor Costales

Opening on December 13th Midway Contemporary Art presents:


CEPA Gallery has been selected to receive a 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. CEPA Gallery received the award from First Lady Michelle Obama during a White House ceremony on Friday, November 22, 2013:



On view now, Diverseworks commissioned artists Heather and Ivan Morison to create their first major institutional project in the United States:


Weekly Initiative News- 11/25/13

Image fragment courtesy of Jill Magid and Art in General

Image fragment courtesy of Jill Magid and Art in General

Interesting exhibition on view now at Art in General featuring the work of artist Jill Magid. Quoted from Art in General’s website:

“What does it mean for a corporation to own an artist’s legacy? This question forms the core of Jill Magid’s latest work Woman With Sombrero, the first part of an ongoing multi-media project entitled The Barragán Archives, which examines the legacy of Mexican architect and Pritzker Prize-winner Luis Barragán (1902–1988).

For Art in General’s exhibition, based on Barragán’s personal archive and library that Magid studied in Mexico City, complex personal and historical situations are explored through furniture, sculpture, photographs, and film referencing the architect’s home and life – as well as an audio recording with slides relating to the architect’s intimate correspondence with numerous women. Refused access at this time to the professional archive, now owned by Vitra and located in Switzerland, the artist instead inserts gestures and invitations to make space for that which she does not know and cannot see. Taking the law as a raw material of the work, Magid frames books as readymades, avoiding copy infringement. Ideas of obsession and ownership, versus authorship and preserving legacy, collide in this investigation.

Along with the vast majority of his architecture, Barragán’s personal archive remains in Mexico under the guardianship of the Fundación de Arquitectura Tapatía Luis Barragán. His professional archive—including the rights to the architect’s name and work—was acquired in 1995 by Swiss furniture company Vitra under the auspices of the newly founded Barragan Foundation located in Birsfelden, Switzerland. The foundation is directed by Federica Zanco, architect, author, and the wife of Rolf Fehlbaum, Chairman of the Board of Vitra.

In this project, Magid examines what it means for a major part of Barragán’s heritage to be outside of Mexico and to have limited access. Exploring the intersection of the psychological and the judicial, national identity and repatriation, international property rights and copyright law, Magid re-imagines and re-presents material from the archives based on its legal status. In the process, she explores her role as an artist and a researcher in relation to the roles of Barragán and Zanco.”

This exhibition was curated by Anne Barlow and will be on view through December 21st.

For more information:

Weekly Initiative News- 11/18/13

Image courtesy of Brent Birnbaum and SPACE Gallery

Triple Canopy in Brooklyn was chosen as a participant for the 2014 Whitney Biennial:


Up now through November 3oth, Transformer in Washington, DC  presents Protosystems, a site-specific storefront installation by DC based artist Chris Rackley:


SPACE Gallery in Maine presents IIIX9MEOW an installation by artist Brent Birnbaum:


Interesting Creative Time interview between Nato Thompson and writer Rebecca Solnit addressing issues of gentrification and demographics in cities:

Weekly Initiative News- 11/11/13

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (Last Light), 1993. Image courtesy of Julie Ault and Artists Space.

Up now at Space One Eleven is INTERCHANGE an exhibition exchange between Space One Eleven in Alabama and Project Row Houses in Texas. This iteration features exhibiting artists from Alabama Derek Cracco and Jürgen Tarrasch, and Texas artists Darin Forehand, and M’Kina Tapscott:


Opening November 24th Artists Space will present Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault. From Artists Space’ website  an exhibition of works selected and extended from the collection of Julie Ault. As a founding member of the artists’ collaborative Group Material (1979 –1996), and as artist, curator, writer and editor, Ault’s dense practice and its roots in long-standing engagements with artists are reflected in the unique nature of her collection. Its multiplicity is indicative of an organic process of accumulation, foregrounding the ways in which the gifting and exchange of artworks cements both intellectual and emotional affinities” :

Weekly Initiative News- 11/04/13

Image courtesy of Stephen Prina and LACMA


A little bit older but—- a really nice East of Borneo article written by Thomas Lawson in regards Stephen Prina’s 2011 project As He Remembered It at LACMA:


Sam Falls and Sean Shim-Boyle just opened new exhibitions at LA><ART:


On view now at Momenta ArtNu Age Hustle an exhibition organized by Katie Cercone.  Artists in the exhibition include: Sanford Biggers, Katie Cercone, Lainie Love Dalby, Vaginal Davis, Elisa Garcia de la Huerta, Greem Jellyfish, Jacolby Satterwhite, Tobaron Waxman and Saya Woolfalk:



Beginning November 15th Japanese artist Yuka Oyama and German artist Axel Ruoff will collaborate on a multi-media installation at SPACES in Cleveland, OH:

Weekly Initiative News- 10/28/13

Image courtesy of Aaron Curry and Ballroom Marfa

Opening on November 9th, Locust Projects will present  Nicholas Hlobo’s INTETHE (A SKETCH FOR AN OPERA):


Ongoing exhibition Comic Future at Ballroom Marfa. On view through February 2nd 2014:


Presentations of this weekend’s 2013 Creative Time Summit are available to view online now:


The Coleman Center for the Arts (CCA), in York, Alabama will be hosting Pop Up Pop Start on November 5th, an informational exhibition that investigates innovative business and kitchen incubators, social spaces, think tanks, artist spaces and storefronts for entrepreneurial and creative experimentation across the nation:

Weekly Initiative News- 10/21/13

Image courtesy of Tobias Kaspar and Midway Contemporary Art

Image courtesy of Creative Time

The 2013 Creative Time Summit  Art, Place & Dislocation in the 21st Century with be held October 25-26 at the NYU Skirball Center. You can also view most of the summit by streaming online:


Heather and Ivan Morison:  Slyk Chaynjis opens at DiverseWorks Nov 2nd:


Also, DiverseWorks will be hosting Chus Martinez on Nov 13th as part of their Diverse Discourse Lecture Series:



Tobias Kasper’s HOLIDAY on view now at Midway Contemporary Art:

Weekly Initiative News- 10/15/13

Image courtesy of Common Practice New York

Warhol Initiative Grantees  Artists SpaceParticipant Inc, Printed Matter, Triple Canopy, and White Columns in partnership with  The Kitchen, and Light Industry,  have developed Common Practice New York, a recently formed advocacy group that fosters research and discussions on the role of small-scale arts institutions in New York City.

Common Practice New York draws inspiration from Common Practice, London, an affiliated advocacy group working for the recognition and fostering of the small-scale contemporary visual arts sector in England, and founder of the Common Practice Network.

Founded over the course of several meetings beginning in 2012, Common Practice New York aims to collectively embody the question What is our common practice and why do we value it? Each group claims certain benefits to its small scale: sustainability not at the expense of quality; long-term relationships with artists and publics; less compromised access to artwork; and horizontal networks and collaboration. Yet factors such as the embrace of larger institutions to new art, ever-adapting commercial environments, novel forms of social interaction, and the rising costs of living in New York have all created unprecedented challenges for small-scale institutions.

Find out more about this important new organization here.

Weekly Initiative News- 10/07/13

Courtesy of Jedediah Caesar and LA><ART

Courtesy of Chris Lipomi and LA><ART

Chris Lipomi and Jedediah Caesar exhibitions on view now at LA><ART in Los Angeles:


Lourdes Correa-Carlo’s Systemic Relation opens on Oct 10th at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT:


Smack Mellon presents Shana Moulton’s  Morphing Essence Syndrome:



The Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement 2013:

Weekly Initiative News- 9/30/13

Image courtesy of Aaron Flint Jamison and Artists Space

Image courtesy of Aaron Flint Jamison and Artists Space

Aaron Flint Jamison on view now at Artists Space:


Florian & Michel Quistrebert, The 8th Sphere, double channel video installation, 2010

LACE in Los Angeles presents The End of the Night, organized by curator Martha Kirszenbaum, a group exhibition exploring the impact of French filmmaker, Henri-Georges Clouzot and his unfinished 1963-1964 film, L’Enfer, on notions of abstraction, the kinetic, and optical illusions in contemporary French art:


The Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists, a 10-session course hosted at Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids  is going on now:


Threewalls in Chicago will be moving to a new renovated space in January of 2014:

Weekly Initiative News- 9/23/13

Image courtesy of Duff Hendrickson and 911 Media Arts Center

Comic Future opens this week at Ballroom Marfa, an exhibition curated by Fairfax Dorn which features the work of  Walead Beshty, Liz Craft, Aaron Curry, Carroll Dunham, Arturo Herrera, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Erik Parker, Sigmar Polke, Peter Saul, Dana Schutz, Michael Williams and Sue Williams:


911 Media Arts Center presented on Sept 2nd,  Move It! #3 featuring the work of Duff Hendrickson an eccentric media-artist, who has been making film-video-art and animation art since 1970:


Artspace in New Haven, CT will be hosting its 16th annual City-Wide Open Studios this October:


Opening on Sept 29th Center for Women and Their Work in Austin, TX presents THIRST on Lady Bird Lake:

Weekly Initiative News- 9/16/13

HIMAA (Masanao Hirayama) for Nieves (2012) Image courtesy of Printed Matter

Malcolm Mooney for White Columns (2012). Image courtesy of Printed Matter.

Crowd on the front steps of PS1 (2012). Image courtesy of Printed Matter.

Mark Hundley, "Dictionary" (2011). Image courtesy of Printed Matter.

Kodoji Press (2011). Image courtesy of Printed Matter.

NY ART BOOK FAIR this weekend presented by Printed Matter at MoMA PS1:

Weekly Initiative News- 9/09/13

Image courtesy of the artist and Locust Projects

Grid’s World a collaborative exhibition by Alexandra Hopf (Berlin), Odalis Valdivieso (Miami), Marcos Valella (Miami), Siebren Versteeg (New York), Gabriel Vormstein (Berlin) opens at Locust Projects in Miami on Sept 19. There will be a conversation with the artists moderated by Zachary Cahill at 7pm immediately followed by an opening reception from 8-10pm:


Interesting article about  De Esperanza y De Locura/Of Hope and Madness, the current exhibition at MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose, CA. The exhibitionexplores issues of migration and immigration through the work of Latino artists:


The Luggage Store Gallery will publicly unveil a newly commissioned public work by Osgemeos on Sept 28th:


The Still House Group opens +1 this month, a new artist run space in the heart of Chinatown as part of Art In General‘s New Commissions program:



Eva Franch i Gilabert, executive director and chief curator of the Storefront for Art and Architecture has been chosen as one of the curators for the United States Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Eva will be working alongside Ana Miljački, an architecture professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ashley Schafer, editor of the architecture journal Praxis:

Weekly Initiative News- 9/03/13

Eric Fleischauer, Universal Paramount. Image courtesy of the artist and Transformer.


A Modest Occupation opens at Transformer in DC on September 14th:




The Soap Factory presents the 3rd Minnesota Biennial, guest curated by John Marks and David Petersen. Opening reception Sept 7th, the exhibition runs from Sept 7th through Nov 3rd:

Weekly Initiative News- 8/27/13

Stephen H. Willard, Bill Pester with his Guitar, ca. 1917. Collection Palm Springs Art Museum. Courtesy of East of Borneo.

Opening on September 8th, PARTICIPANT INC presents The LunarLanding, a site-specific installation by Helen Oliver Adelson (HOA), who is well-known as a portrait painter and set designer integral to art and theater of the ‘80s East Village/Lower East Side:


Later in September Ballroom Marfa will host Comic Future, an exhibition curated by Fairfax Dorn. Artists include: Walead Beshty, Liz Craft, Aaron Curry, Carroll Dunham, Arturo Herrera, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Erik Parker, Sigmar Polke, Peter Saul, Dana Schutz, Michael Williams, Sue Williams:


East of Borneo hosts a nice article written by Adam Overton which explores three characters indicative of mystical-musical experimentation over the last century:




Dates were announced  for Printed Matter‘s 2nd Annual LA Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The fair will be held January 31 – February 2, 2014:

Weekly Initiative News- 8/19/13

Wu Tsang and Alexandro Segade, Mishima in Mexico, 2012. Image courtesy of the artists.

Wu Tsang and Alexandro Segade perform Guilt for Shame at Artists Space Thursday, August 22nd at 7pm:


Project Row Houses Summer Artist Studios 2013 installations on view through Sept 8th:


Space One Eleven in Birmingham, Al holds an art summer camp:


Nice article regarding Self Help Graphics’ role in the neighborhood of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles:

Weekly Initiative News- 8/12/13

Image courtesy of Machine Project

Hosted by Erin Schneider, Machine Project is currently collecting research which will culminate in a group sourced map and tour of the current echo locations of Echo Park in Los Angeles:


Charlotte Street Foundation has named Julie Gordon Dalgleish as its new director:


Peter Wächtler will be reading at Artists Space Thursday, August 15th at 7pm:


Maryland Art Place (MAP) will be hosting its first ever Regional Juried Exhibition on display from September 19 through October 26, 2013. The exhibition will explore the contemporary, cultural climate of Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania and was juried by Kristen Hileman:
SPACE Gallery in Portland, Maine hosts a Last Dats of Summer House Party on Saturday, August 17th:

Weekly Initiative News- 7/15/13

Image courtesy of Participant Inc. and Ron Athey

Living Arts Tulsa in Ohio presents OH, Tulsa! Biennial opening on August 2nd. The Biennial will explore the city through the outstanding works of 100 of Tulsa’s finest artists. The event will be unique as it challenges Tulsa artists to present their very best artwork every two years:


Lawndale Art Center‘s annual The Big Show opened on July 12th. This year a total of 83 works by 67 artists were selected by juror Duncan Mackenzie, Artist/Critic/Writer and Co-Founder of Bad at Sports. The exhibition is on view through August 10th:


Hallwalls 2013 Members Exhibition opens on July 19th:


Participant Inc. presents for three days only Ron Athey Gifts of the Spirit: Automatic Writing, July 23rd-27th:


At the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art exhibiting artist Mari Andrews, botanist Toni Corelli and geologist Forrest McFarland swap stories, ideas and opinions about the intersection of art, science and nature:

The ICA is also holding its annual Artist Portfolio Review Session on August 17th which has already sold out:



The Warhol Initiative Blog will be going on a brief summer hiatus. We will be back on August 5th. Happy Summer!

Weekly Initiative News- 7/08/13

Image courtesy of Béla Tarr

Midway Contemporary Art will be hosting a series of events exploring the work of Béla Tarr and Jacques Rancière. The events are free and open to the public :


Summer exhibitions up now at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ:


MOCA Tucson presents Coke Wisdom O’Neal: Box opening July 13th. O’Neal’s Box is an interactive, theatrical sculpture designed for community performative engagement. His work employs photography, film and sculpture and investigates the everyday theatrics and movement of bodies in space:


A Q&A with Anne Pasternak, Creative Time’s president, on the artist’s role today:


Weekly Initiative News- 7/02/13

Image courtesy of Rhizome and Hito Steyerl

The Best of Rhizome for May/June:

Out North in Alaska presents Aggravated Organisms, an exhibition of artists Drew Michael and Elizabeth Ellis which explores the possibilities of uniting art and science:

Weekly Initiative News- 6/24/13

Image courtesy of East of Borneo and Rachel Barrett

Franklin Artworks in Minneapolis has on view exhibitions of artists Njideka Akunyili and Demetrius Oliver:

Creative Time is partnering with MoMA PS1 to curate video programming on MTV called Art Breaks. Art Breaks aims to build on MTV’s rich legacy of introducing its audience to vanguard video art, including early work from Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Spike Jonze, Kenny Scharf and Doug Aitken, as well as Andy Warhol’s 15 Minutes. The videos in the series include works by Sema Bekirovic, Cody Critcheloe, Andrew Kuo, Mads Lynnerup, Tala Madani, Divya Mehra, Rashaad Newsome, Jani Ruscica, Mickalene Thomas, and Guido van der Werve:

Lawndale Art Center in Houston announces its 2013-14 Lawndale Artist Studio Program artists:


East of Borneo presents SUMMER ISSUES COOPERATIVE, a two-week exhibition in the form of a pop-up newsstand at Greene Exhibitions in Culver City, CA. The generosity-based event will distribute current and archival art magazines contributed by over 20 nonprofit publishers from Los Angeles, New York, London, and Vancouver, all of which will be made available to take home free of charge. Visitors are also encouraged to bring in their own magazines to trade or donate, creating an exhibition will expand and contract each day as publications are removed from the newsstand and others are placed back into circulation. Opening reception June 29th 6-9pm:

Weekly Initiative News- 6/17/13

Image courtesy of Dashiell Manley and LA><ART

Dashiell Manley exhibition on view now at LA><ART in connection with two other spaces in the Los Angeles area:,0,7260995.story


Self Help Graphics in Los Angeles is having its Annual Print Fair & Exhibition on Sunday, June 30th:


White Columns’ Cat Show, curated by Rhonda Lieberman and on view now is responsible for seven cat adoptions in its first days:


Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids welcomes artist Steve Lambert and his project Capitalism Works for Me! True/False:

Weekly Initiative News- 6/10/13

Image courtesy of Jimmy Limit and Printed Matter

This week:

Artist Jimmy Limit will launch the “American” edition of JIMMY LIMIT SPRING/SUMMER 2012 and present an installation in the storefront window of Printed Matter in New York:


Nice images and article about Letha Wilson’s Landmarks and Monuments at Art in General. The exhibition is part of the organization’s New Commissions program:


Artists Space in New York announces newly commissioned Limited Editions by Seth Price, Joan Jonas, Rirkrit Tiravanija:



An interview with curator Rhonda Lieberman about The Cat Show which opens June 14th at White Columns:


Weekly Initiative News- 6/03/13

Image courtesy of Ned Vena and Midway Contemporary Art

This week:

Machine Project is looking for an available Honda Odyssey in LA for a performance Of Homer’s Odyssey:


Machine is also now offering a special club in an effort to fund raise for their organization called  MACHINE PROJECT MEMBERSHIP with secret perks, invitations and benefits:



CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, NY opens on June 1st with a major solo exhibition by Marshall Scheuttle entitled Borderlands:

There was a nice mention of this exhibition in The Buffalo News:

Weekly Initiative News- 5/28/13

Image courtesy of Jem Cohen and SF Camerawork


This week:


A nice article about Jem Cohen and Dinh Q. Lê at SF Camerawork in San Francisco:


Midway Contemporary Art holds their Benefit and Art Auction this Friday May 30th at the Grain Belt Bottling House in Minneapolis:


As part of Artists Space’s survey exhibition Zilia Sánchez, Benigno Trigo, Professor of Latin American Literature at Vanderbilt University, presents a lecture on Puerto Rican literary journal Zona, and its relationship to Sánchez’s work. Tuesday, May 28, 7pm:


On view now Needles & Pens 10 Year Anniversary Show at the Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco:

Weekly Initiative News- 5/20/13

Image courtesy of Jillian Mayer and Locust Projects

Charlotte Street Foundation announces its Rocket Grants Projects awarded for 2013-2014:

For more information regarding the Rocket Grants program and The Warhol Foundation’s affiliation:


Momenta Art’s Director Eric Heist speaks about the history and mission of the institution in honor of its Spring Benefit and Auction:


Locust Projects will be hosting a conversation with the artist Jillian Mayer on June 8th in conjunction with her exhibition Precipice/PostModem which is on view now:


A video speaking about Art(ists) On the Verge at The Soap Factory.  AOV4 is an intensive, year-long, mentor-based fellowship program co-directed by Steve Dietz and Piotr Szyhalski. The AOV4 fellows are emerging artists working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory:

Weekly Initiative News- 5/13/13

Image courtesy of Charles Le Brun and Midway Contemporary Art Center

Midway Contemporary Art Center in Minneapolis presents Plaisance curated by Fionn Meade:


Aljira, A Contemporary Art Center in Newark, NJ gears up for their 2013 Fine Art Auction on May 23rd:


Salina Art Center in Kansas opens their Call for Artists for their 2014 Artist-in-Residence Program:


Check out The Greatest Hits of Rhizome 2013:



The Bay Area Video Coalition received a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to offer subsidized video and audio preservation services to artists and small to mid-sized arts and cultural heritage organizations. The BAVC is already helping several Warhol Initiative organizations including  Southern Exposure, Intersection for the Arts, The Headlands Center for the Arts. To find out more about this really important and much needed new program:

Weekly Initiative News- 5/06/13

Image courtesy of Project Row Houses and Sean Shim-Boyle

Nice review of Project Row Houses’ Round 38:


Article about Creative Time‘s gala held at the previous Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn:



The Headlands Center for the Arts will be holding their benefit and auction on May 19th:

Weekly Initiative News- 4/29/13

Image courtesy of Machine Project and East of Borneo

On May 1st Machine Project and East of Borneo will team up to present a special screening of Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe.

The short documentary features Herzog fulfilling the bet that if his friend Errol Morris completed his film on the subject of pet cemeteries—what would be Morris’s debut release “Gates of Heaven” (1979)—Herzog would eat his shoe. The film follows Herzog as he cooks his own Clarks boots in duck fat and garlic with the help of Alice Waters at Chez Panisse. Following the film, refreshments will be served:


As part of their Diverse Discourse Series, DiverseWorks welcomes Stacy Switzer, Artistic Director of Grand Arts in Kansas City on May 1st:


Franklin Artworks in Minneapolis with be holding their annual Benefit Auction on May 4th:


No Shame: Storefront for Sale opens April 30th at The Storefront for Art and Architecture in NY:

Weekly Initiative News- 4/22/13


Image courtesy of Emily Roysdon and Art in General

Image courtesy of Letha Wilson and Art in General

Transformer in Washington DC will be partnering Norway based arts collective No Place to present Terminators, an exhibition of works in a variety of disciplines by Norwegian artists Jørgen van Eijk, Ole Martin Lund Bø, Donkey and Punch, Sebestian Helling, and Henrik Pask in their first DC exhibition:


Book Launch at Artists Space Books & Talks on April 25th of Roman Catholic Jacuzzi by Michael Bullock with a performance by Lavender Light Gospel Choir:


Lawndale Art Center in Houston hosts its 2013 Design Fair:


Art in General hosts their New Commissions Book Launch for Emily Roysdon’s Positions and Letha Wilson’s Land Marks:

Weekly Initiative News- 4/15/13

Image courtesy of Locust Projects, Francesca DiMattio and photography by Chi Lam

Image courtesy of Locust Projects and Ed Young

This week:

Machine Project
in Los Angeles is seeking to hire an Operations Manager:


Locust Projects in Miami celebrates 15 years by looking back at accomplishments:

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
is partnering with the Georgia Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects  to present The Contemporary Landscape, a competition designed to inspire creativity and innovation in the field of landscape architecture and to create a temporary outdoor installation:


CEPA Gallery will be hosting Designing to Live Sustainably which is an effort to  promote community engagement in developing a vision for a more comprehensive and supportable future for Buffalo:

Weekly Initiative News- 4/08/13

Image courtesy of Jon Pack & Gary Hustwit and Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center opens Jon Pack & Gary Hustwit: The Olympic City on April 19th:

joins with Tumblr to award a new internet art grant for Tumblr artists:


Nice article about Locust Projects in the miamiartzine, Locust Project Gallery Celebrates Fifteen Years of Innovation:



Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City announces their new Visual Artist Fellows:

Weekly Initiative News – 4/01/13

Image courtesy of Jessica Hyatt and threewalls


Southern Exposure in San Francisco will host Open House: Renny Pritikin and Friends on Saturday, April 6, 2013:


Closing on April 20th  Jessica Hyatt at threewalls in Chicago:


From the Desert to the City Ballroom Marfa‘s Benefit Auction & Dinner on April 8th Celebrating 10 Years:



A nice article about Andy Webster’s residence at Salina Art Center:


Initiative News – White Columns Video

Image courtesy of Sverre Bjertnes and White Columns

Video documentation of Sverre Bjertnes’ exhibition now up at White Columns in New York. The exhibition is in collaboration with Bjarne Melgaard, Randi Koren Bjertnes, and furniture dealer and artist Robert Loughlin:

Weekly Initiative News – 3/25/13

Image courtesy of Andrea Grover and Aurora Picture Show

This week:

A nice interview with Andrea Grover regarding the history of Aurora Picture Show:


For the 9th year Living Arts Tulsa will sponsor the Tulsa ArtCar Weekend May 16-19, 2013:


Round 38 at Project Row House opens up on March 30th featuring M’kina Tapscott and Kenya Evans, Darin Forehand, Derek Cracco, Jürgen Tarrasch, Sean Shim-Boyle, Rahul Mitra and Thomas Sayers Ellis:


Artists Space’s Books & Talks venue, its Tribeca Outpost Will Host André Cadere Show:



Intermedia Arts calls for Minneapolis based artists:

Initiative News – Employment Opportunity

Image courtesy of Joey Fauerso and Second Street Gallery

Second Street Gallery, an established and well-regarded nonprofit contemporary art space in Charlottesville, Virginia, is seeking a new curator.

Second Street Gallery (SSG) was central Virginia’s first artist-run alternative arts space, and is today one of the longest established nonprofit organizations in the country focused solely on the art and ideas of our time. Since its founding in 1973, SSG has served the community with continuous exhibition programming, and is recognized as one of the leading nonprofit proponents of contemporary art in the Mid-Atlantic region. SSG is one of only 64 organizations to be included in The Warhol Initiative, an invitational program designed to bolster the organizational capacity of small and mid-sized, artist-centered organizations across the country. Established by a group of artists affiliated with the University of Virginia and the local community, SSG is committed to providing Charlottesville and central Virginia with access to the best in contemporary art and artists, and to fostering an active and open appreciation of this art by engaging, promoting and educating around the ideas and issues underlying it.

The gallery is located inside the City Center for Contemporary Arts (CCCA) building in downtown Charlottesville. Completed in 2003, the CCCA also houses two other non-profit groups, Live Arts (a community theater) and Light House (a youth media organization). Since its incorporation, SSG has been governed by a volunteer Board of Directors (12-20 individuals) and managed by a professional staff.  SSG presents 10-12 separate exhibitions each year. In addition, SSG presents a full calendar of related educational and outreach activities that complement its exhibition season. The gallery is supported by memberships, donations from the local community, sponsorships, and grants from foundations and the state.

SSG’s mission is to enliven Virginia through access to the best in contemporary art and artists and to inspire new ways of thinking, seeing, and doing. To this end, SSG strategically promotes contemporary artists through the presentation of their work in a professional gallery setting, and encourages an appreciation of contemporary art and culture by educating the public through exhibitions, lectures, workshops, classes, tours, and publications.


The Position

The Curator is primarily responsible for leading the artistic programming with a clear sense of SSG’s history and mission to bring the best of contemporary art and artists to Central Virginia. The curator is also a passionate advocate for the contemporary arts in general, and the gallery in particular.

This is a part time position, 10 – 12 days per month. The Curator reports to the Gallery Director. Salary is negotiable based on experience, and the gallery has a flexible working environment.


Role and Responsibilities

Plan & Schedule Season

  • Scout artists: visit art fairs, make studio visits, coordinate ARP*
  • Schedule season six months to one year in advance: create a cohesive presentation of artist’s work; calendar shows and artists visits; assist with supporting programs.
  • Write and negotiate artist contracts, subject to director’s approval
  • Work with staff to schedule and arrange artist travel, shipping, and delivery and return of artworks
  • Create budget for exhibition programming and participate in locating funding from individual donors and foundations


  • Work with artist to select works for each exhibition
  • Work with artist to determine exhibition layout, signage, etc
  • Work with staff and/or artist to install and light show
  • Write didactics, wall labels and any other exhibition literature
  • Oversee one catalogue per year (if sponsorship available)
  • Attend ‘First Fridays’ openings and give remarks/introduce artists
  • Give Curatorial talks for approximately 3-4 shows per year
  • Facilitate sales when appropriate


  • Coordinate with and advise Director on securing exhibition sponsorships, meet with donors as needed, help prepare information for potential sponsors
  • Advise the director about relevant grants and deadlines, produce sections of grant applications pertinent to exhibition programming and curator travel
  • Participate in special events, including the triennial new art auction
  • Plan and participate in Season Preview event (if scheduled)


  • Suggest artists and themes for Artist Forum talks, work with staff and/or board on implementation
  • Attend Board Meetings and/or Board Committee meetings on request to discuss upcoming shows, exhibition budgets, and so forth
  • Generally liaise between artists and staff
  • Serve on juries or panels if requested/as time allows

*SSG also promotes a national call for artist submissions via ads and its website, the curator is assisted in reviewing these proposals by an Artists Review Panel (ARP). The ARP consists of 8-10 artists and arts professionals representing the Central Virginia region, and also individuals who participate in the national contemporary art dialogue as exhibiting artists, critics, curators, and art historians.



  • Five+ years experience working in a museum and/or contemporary art space, or the equivalent in advanced postgraduate training.
  • Direct responsibility in areas of curatorial management and gallery operations, including:

I. A history of curatorial achievement within the museum and/or contemporary gallery world that matches the schedule, sensibility and mission of SSG

  1. Experience managing, collaborating with, and developing programs for the multiple stakeholders that make up a contemporary art gallery’s community including donors, artists, volunteers, board members and local media

III.  Experience creating and successfully managing exhibitions and budgets

  • An MA (or higher degree) with a focus on art history or related area



Please send your application as a pdf attachment to:

Please include the following in your application

1) A letter stating your interest in the position, your passion for the contemporary arts and any relevant experience or skills you could bring to the job (fundraising, management etc.)

2) Résumé, detailing education, professional experience and accomplishments

3) List of at least three professional references we may contact

Weekly Initiative News 3/18/13

Photo courtesy of Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Rashid Johnson and Ballroom Marfa

OTTO Pizza Fundraiser for SPACE Gallery in Portland, ME June 04, 2013:

Frozen Lakes
Exhibition at Artists Space in New York extended through March 31:

Creative Time
’s 2013 Spring Gala honors legendary artist Julian Schnabel:


Link Editions publishes new book, Best of Rhizome 2012:


A nice article about Rashid Johnson’s New Growth at Ballroom Marfa until July 7, 2013:

Initiative News 3/18/13 – R.U.R Exhibition

Image courtesy of Kimberly Greene and The Soap Factory

The R.U.R Exhibition at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis


Weekly Initiative News 3/11/13

Image courtesy of Daniel Anguilu, Aaron Parazette and Lawndale Art Center

This week:

An artist talk with Anna Carina Sinocchi at Aljira in Newark, NJ March 16, 2013 from 3 – 4:30pm:

On April 20th Rhizome will host its  Seven on Seven Conference which pairs seven leading artists with seven influential technologists in teams of two, and challenges them to develop something new:

A nice review for Intersection for the Arts‘ most recent exhibition By-product Becomes Product:

Lawndale Art Center
prepares for a mural collaboration between graffiti artist Daniel Anguilu and noted Houston painter Aaron Parazette:

Weekly Initiative News 3/4/13

Image courtesy of Sverre Bjertnes, Bjarne Melgaard and White Columns

Save the date for Momenta Art‘s 2013 Spring Benefit:

Sverre Bjertnes’  If you really loved me you would be able to admit that you’re ashamed of me opens at White Columns in New York:


Lawndale Art Center in Houston opens their annual Artist Studio Program Exhibition:


A nice article about the Soap Factory‘s newest Group Show R.U.R :

Weekly Initiative News 2/25/13

Image Courtesy of Joachim Koester and Headlands Center for the Arts

This week:

Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco welcomes Joachim Koester to their 2013 Artist in Residence Program:

Peter Young gives on a guided tour of his exhibition, Capitalist Masterpieces at MOCA Tuscon:

Aurora Picture Show announces its call for entries for the 2013 Extremely Shorts Film Festival to be held in Houston:


Artists Space‘s Frozen Lakes Exhibition reviewed in the NY Times:

Weekly Initiative News 2/20/13

Installation View of "Frozen Lakes" 2013. Image courtesy of Artists Space.

This week:

A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art opens on Feb 23rd at the Salina Art Center:


Machine Project in Los Angeles offers Embroidery for Artists on March 3rd from noon-3pm:


Re: Re: Re: Homos and Light Conversation as part of Artists Space: Books and Talks,  Thursday, February 21 at 7pm. In conjunction with the exhibition Frozen Lakes, artist Charlotte Prodger and writer and curator Isla Leaver-Yap present a scripted dialogue on the circuitous and incidental language of desire:


On March 1st, Locust Projects in Miami will be celebrating their 15 year anniversary with a Block Party!:


A nice article on Self-Help Graphics’ 40 years of working with their community:




Maryland Art Place is now accepting proposals for IMPRINT 2013:

Initiative News 2/19/13 – LA Art Book Fair

Image Courtesy of Printed Matter and MOCA Los Angeles

The first annual LA Art Book Fair on Feb 1-3rd 2013, organized by Printed Matter Inc., and hosted by The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA proved to be a huge success. Free and open to the public, the LA Art Book Fair is a unique event featuring artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from twenty-one countries. Over 16,000 visitors came out to see the work of 220 publishers and individual artists.  Exhibitors of the fair created installations, hosted performances, and many presented brand new publications which debuted at the fair. Exhibitors joined the fair from around the world, from Tokyo to Athens, from Oslo to Buenos Aires. Several Warhol Initiative Organizations were invited and participated as exhibitors in the fair including: Fillip, East of Borneo, LACE, X-Tra, Cabinet, Dieu Donne Press, Primary Information and of course Printed Matter.


Image Courtesy of Printed Matter and MOCA Los Angeles

Beyond the amazing number of books, the fair featured 4 exhibitions, including Zine Masters of the Universe a show of artist books by Raymond Pettibon, Dash Snow, Ari Marcopolous, and Marc Gonzales. The fair also had a number of programming events which complemented the fair, including; a guerrilla art radio station KCHUNG broadcasting interviews with artists and publishers through the fair, a Mike Kelley reading room, artists talks by Ben Jones, Dan Nadel, and a lecture by Chris Boot, Executive Director of the Aperture Foundation.  Fritz Haeg also offered yoga classes and book club discussions at the Sundown Schoolhouse.


Image Courtesy of Printed Matter and MOCA Los Angeles

The LA Art Book Fair follows suit to Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair held at MoMA PS1. 25,000 visitors attended the past year’s NY Art Book Fair which hosted 283 exhibitors. Both fairs are offered free to the public, and the project’s growing success means that Printed Matter’s organizational mission of disseminating and fostering the appreciation of artist books is being realized to a bigger extent than it ever has before!

There was a great article by Carol Cheh regarding the fair on the Art:21 Blog,  Here.


Image Courtesy of Printed Matter and MOCA Los Angeles

Weekly Initiative News 2/11/13


Image courtesy of Fillip and Artists Space

DiverseWorks turns 30!:


Art in General to Co-Curate Latvia’s Venice Biennale Pavilion:


Fillip launches Intangible Economies at Artist’s Space:


Locust Projects Roundtables for February and March:

Weekly Initiative News 2/04/13

Image courtesy of Printed Matter, LA Art Book Fair and The Geffen Contemporary

This week:

Printed Matter‘s LA Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary:

Space One Eleven in Birmingham, Alabama will be  hosting Fractured Atlas for a free panel discussion on Tuesday Feb 5th:

“By-product Becomes Product” at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, CA:



Maryland Art Place kicks off a new program, THIRTY: 30 Creative Minds Under 30, a series of monthly talks featuring thirty emerging Baltimore artists under the age of thirty:

Weekly Initiative News 1/28/13

Image courtesy of Locust Projects and Carlos Rigau

This week:

Interesting Study Finds Nonprofits Poor at Fundraising:

Lawndale Art Center announces their Hair Ball 2014:

Soap Factory announces their Open Call Submissions:

Interesting article: Locust Projects’ New Exhibits Force Viewers Outside Their Comfort Zones:

Weekly Initiative News 1/21/13

Image courtesy of Aude Moreau and Smack Mellon

Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis is teaming up with city planners in a Creative CityMaking partnership:

Legion Arts presents Photographs by Pieta Brown:

Smack Mellon, presents artist Aude Moreau’s Sugar Carpet, a large-scale installation comprised of 2 tons of refined white sugar that has been meticulously worked to look like a Persian rug:


Storefront for Art and Architecture present The Competitive Hypothesis, an exhibition examining the politics behind the architecture competition:

Weekly Initiative News 1/15/13

Image courtesy of Machine Project

This week:

40 Years of Artist Space exhibition opens at NYU’s Fales Library and Special Collections on January 30th:

Weekly Initiative News 1/7/13

Tony Feher, “Untitled,” 2011 (detail) Photography by G.R. Christmas, courtesy The Pace Gallery and Diverseworks

This week:

Tony Feher : Free Fall opens at DiverseWorks on January 18th:

The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center has announced that Lucinda Bunnen is the winner of its fourth-annual Nexus Award:

2013 Texas Biennial, of which several Warhol Initiative Grantees are apart have announced its Open Call For Art:

and White Columns’ Looking Back / The 7th White Columns Annual selected by Richard Birkett opens Jan 10th:



Weekly Initiative News 12/17/12

Image courtesy of Southern Exposure

Southern Exposure in San Francisco is holding a Bank Heist Contest which invites the public to imagine the possibility of a successful bank heist. $1000 will be given as a reward to the best proposal:


There was a big Holiday Bash at Santos Party House in Manhattan on Dec 16th to benefit Primary Information, Printed Matter and The Kitchen and assist in their Post-Sandy Recovery:


Salina Art Center’s exhibition Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture on through January 18th. The exhibition features Sara Vanderbeek, Lisa Oppenheim, Erika Vogt, Karl Haendel, Amanda Ross-Ho and Matt Keegan among others:


Artists Space has begun the Pre-Sale of  The Artists Space Annual Edition Portfolio 2013 featuring Angela Bulloch, Richard Hawkins, Karl Holmqvist, Klara Liden, Nick Mauss and Collier Schorr:

Weekly Initiative News 12/10/12


Aurora Picture Show calls for artists to Submit an Aurora Design:


Ballroom Marfa was at Hyde Beach to celebrate the new Drive-In in Marfa, which will, in fact, be a true drive-in, where the Marfa arts community can not only frequent to view films, but can also attend special concerts and performance art pieces:


The Luggage Store will present a solo exhibition, Resistance by artist Taraneh Hemami in January of 2013:


The Kansas City Arts Coalition will hold their 30th Annual Benefit Art Auction in February of 2013:

Image courtesy of Tracy Block and Ballroom Marfa

Weekly Initiative News 12/03/12

This week:

The National Endowment for the Arts announced its 2013 awardees this week. Several Warhol Initiative Grantees have been awarded an NEA Grant for 2013:


PARTICIPANT INC  will be at Miami from December 5 – 9, 2012.  They will be featuring Ron Athey, Robert Boyd, John Brattin, Ellen Cantor, Johanna Constantine, Vaginal Davis, James Fotopoulos, Michelle Handelman, Lovett/Codagnone, Kembra Pfahler, Luther Price, Diana Puntar, Julie Tolentino, Conrad Ventur:


An article speaking about Locust Projects’  Theaster Gates exhibition in the Miami Herald:



Creative Time and Trevor Paglen release a Time-Capsule into space:


Image credit: Migrants Seen by Predator Drone, U.S.-Mexico Border (public domain image, courtesy of Trevor Paglen and Creative Time)

Weekly Initiative News 11/26/12

Charlotte Street Foundation, based in Kansas City, MO  announced that its Founder and Co-Director David Hughes will step down from his current position as Co-Director in mid-2013, following the hiring of a new Executive Director. Hughes will transition to the role of Director Emeritus, assisting in orientation of the new Executive Director, then continuing to serve as an ambassador and advocate for artists and the organization locally and nationally:


The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, in Atlanta, GA will be hosting a screening of Jack Smith’s films on November 30th at 8pm as a part of Andy Ditzler’s Film Love series. They will be screening a restored version of Jack Smith’s Normal Love (1963-1965, 120 mins). Smith was an artist who excelled in photography, filmmaking, performance art and general theatrical experiences:


and Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX opens their group exhibition Staring at the Wall: The Art of Boredom curated by Katia Zavistovski and featuring work of Chris Akin, Seth Alverson, Uta Barth, Jeremy DePrez, Clayton Porter and Jenny Schlief:


Image courtesy of Jack Smith and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

Weekly Initiative News 11/19/12

This week:

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, New York hosted Cynthia Carr to discuss her new critically acclaimed biography Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz:


As part of its New Commission series, Art in General presents robbinschilds’s I came here on my own, an experimental project in two parts: a four-channel video installation and six live performances:


San Francisco based Southern Exposure hosts Snapshot, an exhibition of their Youth Advisory Board:


Self Help Graphics in Los Angeles hosts a new mural commission in Boyle Heights by Codak Smith , Isaias Crow, Dice, and Vyal One:


and Young Writers are hosted at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis:


Image courtesy of robbinschilds and Art in General.

Weekly Initiative News 11/12/12

This week:

DiverseWorks says goodbye to their 2nd home at “The Docks”:


Locust Projects is celebrating its 15th year of exhibitions and is presenting a large installation by artist Theaster Gates titled Soul Manufacturing Corporation that will be up through December:


Maryland Art Place Appoints Dawn Gavin as Board President:


Aurora Picture Show is now accepting Submissions for Open Screen Night:


Image courtesy of Diverseworks.

Weekly Initiative News 11/05/12

This week – hard hit organizations cleanup after Sandy, 2013 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards call for applications, and DiverseWorks presents their first exhibition in their new downtown space.


Printed Matter and Smack Mellon among others scramble to piece things together in the aftermath of the storm:


Charlotte Street Foundation 2013 Visual Art Awards application closes December 10th:!prettyPhoto


DiverseWorks opens their inaugural exhibition in their new downtown space, Franklin Evans opening November 16th:


Image courtesy of Printed Matter.

Weekly Initiative News 10/29/12

Speed/Networking/Live! 2012 from Artspace New Haven on Vimeo.

This week a video from Artspace outlining their program Speed/ Networking/ Live! 2012 an artist networking program which they hosted for arts professionals and local artists.

Video courtesy of Artspace.

Weekly Initiative News 10/22/12

This week view the Creative Time Summit online, visit Bernadette Corporation’s first retrospective at Artists Space, Living Arts Tulsa holds a mural competition for The Day of the Dead, Locust Projects’ will have their Tenth Annual Smash and Grab Fundraiser, and Ballroom Marfa continues their partnership Vidas Perfectas: A new version of Robert Ashley’s opera Perfect Lives.


The Creative Time Summit 2012 is now online:


See Bernadette Corporation’s first retrospective 2000 Wasted Years at Artists Space up until December 16th:


Living Arts Tulsa holds a mural competition for Dia de los Muertes:


Locust Projects’ Tenth Annual Smash and Grab Fundraiser:


Ballroom Marfa partners to bring Vidas Perfectas: A new version of Robert Ashley’s opera Perfect Lives to a wider audience:


Image courtesy of Creative Time

Weekly Initiative News 8/12/12

Pausing for a moment as we prepare some new changes to the Initiative site. Enjoy the end of your summer!

Photo by Melissa Kaseman, from the Warhol Convening 2011.

Weekly Initiative News 7/30/12

This week, admire large scale murals, get involved with some artistic cooking and eating and participate in a range of workshops and events. – Machine Project – Southern Exposure – Lawndale Art Center – Real Art Ways – Intermedia Arts – Space Gallery – Aurora Picture Show – Kansas City Artists Coalition


Image courtesy of Alex Luster for Lawndale Art Center.

Weekly Initiative News 7/30/12

This week, admire large scale murals, get involved with some artistic cooking and eating and participate in a range of workshops and events. – Machine Project – Southern Exposure – Lawndale Art Center – Real Art Ways – Intermedia Arts – Space Gallery – Aurora Picture Show – Kansas City Artists Coalition


Image courtesy of Alex Luster for Lawndale Art Center.

Weekly Initiative News 7/23/12

A marathon reading event at Printed Matter, Powerpoint art at Artist’s Space and a musical at Out North – some great events for the summer… – Rhizome – Artist’s Space – Ballroom Marfa – Out North – Printed Matter – Headlands Center for the Arts – Maryland Art Place – Machine Project


Image courtesy of Marshall Weber (who will be performing a 48-hour-long marathon reading of appropriative texts at Printed Matter)

Weekly Initiative News 7/23/12

A marathon reading event at Printed Matter, Powerpoint art at Artist’s Space and a musical at Out North – some great events for the summer… – Rhizome – Artist’s Space – Ballroom Marfa – Out North – Printed Matter – Headlands Center for the Arts – Maryland Art Place – Machine Project


Image courtesy of Marshall Weber (who will be performing a 48-hour-long marathon reading of appropriative texts at Printed Matter)

Weekly Initiative News 7/16/12

Some great job opportunities this week and an upcoming art show which celebrates the humble bulletin board. – Art Papers Magazine – White Columns – Atlanta Contemporary Art Center – Real Art Ways


Image Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan.

Weekly Initiative News 7/16/12

Some great job opportunities this week and an upcoming art show which celebrates the humble bulletin board. – Art Papers Magazine – White Columns – Atlanta Contemporary Art Center – Real Art Ways


Image Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan.

Weekly Initiative News 7/10/12

Belatedly celebrate July 4th with a selection of events exploring outer space: The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality presents a reading event at Printed Matter and Creative Time plans to send art into the great unknown. – LA><ART – Printed Matter – Creative Time – Real Art Ways – San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art


Still from Love Puddles by Michael Mallis and Mickey McParlane, courtesy of The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality

Weekly Initiative News 7/10/12

Belatedly celebrate July 4th with a selection of events exploring outer space: The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality presents a reading event at Printed Matter and Creative Time plans to send art into the great unknown. – LA><ART – Printed Matter – Creative Time – Real Art Ways – San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art


Still from Love Puddles by Michael Mallis and Mickey McParlane, courtesy of The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality

Weekly Initiative News 7/2/12

Good news for a bunch of arts organizations with successful fundraising events, generous grants and various other examples of support coming their way. – Headlands Center for the Arts – Aurora Picture Show – MOCADA – Laxart – Bomb Magazine – Southern Exposure – San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art – DiverseWorks


Image of Randy Weston playing piano, courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MOCADA).

Weekly Initiative News 7/2/12

Good news for a bunch of arts organizations with successful fundraising events, generous grants and various other examples of support coming their way. – Headlands Center for the Arts – Aurora Picture Show – MOCADA – Laxart – Bomb Magazine – Southern Exposure – San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art – DiverseWorks


Image of Randy Weston playing piano, courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MOCADA).

Weekly Initiative News 6/25/12

Now that the summer has really started, try something new: become part of an interdisciplinary collective, check out some job opportunities or just take a neighborhood walking tour… – Headlands Center for the Arts – Headlands Center for the Arts – Intersection for the Arts – SF Camerawork – Aurora Picture Show – Aurora Picture Show – Project Row Houses – Project Row Houses – Intermedia Arts – Elsewhere Collaborative – Creative Time


Image of Elsewhere Collaborative Library via Pachi Giustinian

Weekly Initiative News 6/18/12

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Print fairs, communal dining, open calls and a special lying down event; plenty of options to belatedly celebrate Father’s Day! – Charlotte Street Foundation – MoCADA – Out North – Triple Canopy – Intersection for the Arts – Locust Projects – Self Help Graphics – The Luggage Store


Image via Art in America.

ArtPlace Awardees

The Foundation is pleased to report that three Initiative organizations have received funding through the collaborative grantmaking effort, ArtPlace. The full list of the Creative Placemaking grantees can be found online through the ArtPlace website.

“Across the country, cities and towns are using the arts to help shape their social, physical, and economic characters,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “The arts are a part of everyday life, and I am thrilled to see yet another example of arts organizations working with city, state, and federal offices to help strengthen and revitalize their communities through the arts. It is wonderful that ArtPlace and its funders have recognized this work and invested in it so generously.”

Congratulations to Intermedia Arts, MoCADA, and Out North!

Creative Citymaking – $325,000 – Intermedia Arts – Minneapolis, MN
Creative Citymaking, a new program fostering long-term collaborations between artists and planners, will result in a new model for creative city planning with a goal of increasing participation of diverse communities in determining their futures.


The Soul of Brooklyn – $250,000 – Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) – Brooklyn, NY
A collaborative effort between African Diaspora arts organizations and businesses, The Soul of Brooklyn will drive people and activity to its community through a curated monthly cultural series and intense summer series that presents arts programming in neighborhood businesses to bolster the local economy in Central Brooklyn.


The Art House Resident Program – $250,000 – Out North Contemporary Art House – Anchorage, AK
Out North will be a collaborative, dynamic community space where a dozen resident groups can create, present, produce, teach, and reach out through art, music, education and journalism to build community pride, resilience and resolve.

Weekly Initiative News 6/11/12

A great time to be had in the Hamptons, volunteer opportunities, and a leadership change at Out North. – Art In General – Intersection for the Arts – Laxart – Lawndale Art Center – Out North


Image from website:

Weekly Initiative News 6/4/12

Plan ahead to draw some monsters with Southern Exposure, head to DiverseWorks to admire street art and get your Woody Guthrie fix at Legion Arts. – DiverseWorks – Lawndale Art Center – Legion Arts – Hallwalls – Space Gallery – Triple Canopy – Brooklyn Rail – Intersection for the Arts – Southern Exposure


Image from The Portland Press Herald website

Weekly Initiative News 5/29/12

Take part in some creative paper-folding, check out experimental music by dogs or just ogle the spectacular Ballroom Marfa drive-in proposal (picture above!) – Art in General – Ballroom Marfa – Ballroom Marfa – DiverseWorks and – Lawndale Art Center – Southern Exposure/Machine Project – Artist’s Space


Image: Rendering of Ballroom Marfa drive-in, courtesy of MOS architects.

Weekly Initiative News 5/21/12

This week, a varied selection including fishing movies, puppetry workshops and artist-run centers in Canada…something for everyone! – Aurora Picture Show – Legion Arts – Living Arts Tulsa – Space Gallery – Smack Mellon – Triple Canopy – Ballroom Marfa – DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, Project Row Houses – Lawndale Art Center – Threewalls


Image of Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce – Natural Acts in Artificial Water, courtesy of Lynn Lane Photography

Aurora Picture Show on Kickstarter

Aurora has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to raise money for their relocation. Here’s the link for more information.

Weekly Initiative News 5/14/12


BYOB, Art Cars, and more in this edition. Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the Initiative moms out there. – Artspace – Legion Arts – Self Help Graphics – Machine Project – Space Gallery



Image: From Lexus, Jamie “Vyal” Reyes and Patssi Valdez created work for this CT200h hybrid vehicle.

Weekly Initiative News 5/7/12

An opportunity to work in a Haunted Basement. Unless that’s how you already describe your current offices. – Maryland Art Place – Threewalls – Hallwalls – LACE: job opportunity – Second Street Gallery – Rhizome: job opportunity – The Soap Factory:job opportunity – Cabinet – Machine Project – Southern Exposure


Image of the Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement, via Lindsey Lyford.

Weekly Initiative News 4/30/12

Steal this painting stolen, Frieze Art fair, and opportunities for artists. – Momenta Art – Cabinet – CEPA Gallery – Slought Foundation – Exit Art – San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art – East of Borneo – Artists Space – Artists Space and White Columns – Charlotte Street Foundation

Image: Detail of a painting from Adam Simon’s “Steal This” series, stolen from Momenta.

Weekly Initiative News 4/23/12

Low Lives Festival, puzzle hunts, artist opportunities and job openings in this week’s roundup. – DiverseWorks – San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art – Headlands Center for the Arts – Legion Arts – Spaces Gallery – Artists Space – Lawndale Art Center – Southern Exposure – Smack Mellon – Hallwalls – Locust Projects


Image: Spaces artist Dott Schneider, via Cleveland’s Scene Magazine.

Weekly Initiative News 4/16/12

This week in Initiative organization news. – Machine Project – Brooklyn Rail – San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art – Ballroom Marfa – Aurora Picture Show – Intersection for the Arts – Salina Arts Center – Threewalls


Image: Sneak peek at the Miami Rail, via the Brooklyn Rail.

Weekly Initiative News 4/9/12

A few items this week including some opps for filmmakers at Aurora Picture Show and a big project happening at Charlotte Street. Also be sure to look into NAMAC’s Leadership Institute. Information about that is here. Deadline is April 15th! – Intermedia Arts – Machine Project – Locust Projects – Aurora Picture Show – Charlotte Street Foundation

Weekly Initiative News 4/2/12


Here’s a selection of Initiative links for the week. And congratulations to the Headlands on the launch of their new website, pictured above. – Maryland Art Place – Lawndale Art Center – Aurora Picture Show – Aurora Picture Show – Charlotte Street Foundation – Headlands Center for the Arts – Intersection for the Arts – Creative Time – Rhizome

Weekly Initiative News 3/25/12



Starting a trial project here on the blog. Each week we’ll round up some links from Initiative organizations around the country. These may be program updates, news coverage, or even the occasional Kickstarter project. We’ll keep it simple -just some links and the org they refer to. – Southern Exposure – Momenta – Ballroom Marfa – Machine Project – Machine Project – Rhizome – Lawndale – Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

And don’t forget that we’ve launched the new travel grants as well. See previous blog post for information on applying.


Image: Ballroom Marfa.

Travel Grants Announced

We are happy to let you know about a new funding opportunity available to you through the Warhol Initiative. Although the foundation is not currently inviting new organizations to join the Initiative or planning any future convenings, we do still hope to foster and support meaningful connections among Initiative grantees and thereby continue to help build the capacity of individual organizations as well as the capacity of the network. After much thought and discussion with our advisors and with many of you, we determined that the most effective way to accomplish this goal at this time is to offer grants for staff travel.

Over the next year (from March 2012-April 2013), Warhol Initiative organizations and journals from the Arts Writing Initiative are eligible to apply for a one-time $5,000 travel grant.  These grants are meant to enable executive directors, curators, key staff and/or board members to visit their peers across the country (or abroad) to experience programming first-hand, exchange information and expertise, establish collaborative relationships, investigate institutional models and research regional artistic communities and practices.  We encourage but do not require grantees to visit fellow Initiative organizations with these funds. Grantees may pool their resources to organize group retreats or may use funds to attend conferences, festivals or other relevant events. Other possible uses of travel funds include study trips to strengthen the knowledge base or leadership potential of staff; travel to an organization for formal or informal coaching or mentoring; and exploratory visits to new spaces.

To apply for these grants, please send us a letter explaining where you would like to travel and why.  You may apply for more than one trip involving more than one staff member, but please try to send just one letter detailing all requests and include a rough budget. We will ask you to report on the grant after the funds have been spent and encourage you to document your travels. We are hopeful that, taken together, these trips will strengthen and deepen the network that the Initiative has fostered over the past twelve years.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Rachel and James

Image: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Living as Form, The Book: Now Available

Growing out of the 2011 Creative Time exhibition and summit  sharing the same name, Living as Form the book is now out and available through MIT Press or other online and in person booksellers. Documenting artistic activity informed by social engagement around the globe, the publication includes essays by Claire Bishop, Carol Becker, Teddy Cruz, Brian Holmes, Shannon Jackson, Maria Lind, Anne Pasternak, and the project’s curator, Nato Thompson.

Preservation Resources at BAVC


Media archiving need not be frustrating. Here’s a valuable resource in San Francisco that you may want to reach out to.

BAVC’s Preservation Department works with museums, artists and cultural institutions around the world to remaster, transfer, and archive seminal creative and historical works on video and audio tape. BAVC’s preservation team has provided services for renowned arts organizations such as The Kitchen, Video Data Bank, SF MoMA, BAM/PFA, Walker Arts Center, and SF Ballet among others.

BAVC is the nation’s largest non-profit preservation organization, and rigorously maintains endangered analog equipment in order to provide high quality transfers to preservation standard formats. BAVC leads the field in developing preservation standards for the future, and providing hands-on expertise to practitioners as they implement these new standards.

BAVC works with cultural, academic, and media organizations large and small to meet a range of needs for securing historically and artistically important materials.

BAVC’s Preservation services include:

  • Archival Collection Assessment of media assets (video and audio recordings)
  • Preservation Planning, Cataloging and Metadata Consultation
  • Cleaning, Conditioning and Digitization to uncompressed, high quality digital formats of     materials for archival transfer and exhibition
  • Providing technical expertise for the installation/ display of an exhibition

Please contact or call 415.558-2158 to determine if BAVC can help you preserve, protect and more widely share your media assets.

Image:  Still from Media Burn by BAVC Client, Ant Farm (Lord, Michels, Schreier) 1975, copyright Ant Farm, Courtesy of BAVC.

Intersection and WHP Receive New Funds


Congratulations to two Warhol Initiative organizations, Intersection for the Arts and Watts House Project. They were both given substantial awards from the new collaborative funding effort, ArtPlace.

From SFGate:

“Intersection for the Arts, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and three other Bay Area arts groups have received grants totaling more than $2.7 million from ArtPlace. A new approach to arts funding as an engine of economic development, ArtPlace combines funding from 11 of America’s largest foundations in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts and seven other federal agencies.

The grants, part of $11.5 million funding 34 projects across the country in ArtPlace’s first round, reflect “a growing realization that art can take a broader and more integrated role in economic and community change,” said Intersection Executive Director Deborah Cullinan.

Intersection received $777,000 to help fund its ongoing 5M Project (in partnership with Forest City Development), a prototype community of 2,000 entrepreneurs, technology companies and artists headquartered in The Chronicle building. Programs include large-scale public art projects, artist residencies and engaging local youth with 5M partners to address neighborhood issues.”

Read the full article here.

From the LA Times Culture Blog:

“The Watts House Project, in which artists lend their talents to community improvement, has landed a $370,000 grant that will enable it to finish converting three houses across the street from the Watts Towers into a headquarters it has dubbed “The Platform.”

The money comes from ArtPlace, a new program in which federal agencies led by the National Endowment for the Arts are working with leading charitable foundations to funnel private funds to projects in which artistic creation isn’t strictly an end in itself, but a neighborhood development tool deployed to generate economic opportunities while making communities more vibrant.

The first round of $11.5 million, announced last week, will fund 34 projects nationwide. For the Watts House Project, launched in 2008, it means the money is now in hand to finish renovating three houses on a single lot that it bought two years ago to serve as its operations base.”

Read the full article about Watts House Project here.

In Memoriam: Jeanette Ingberman

It is with tremendous sadness that we mark the passing of Jeanette Ingberman, co-founder and Executive Director of New York’s Exit Art. Jeanette’s impact on the non-profit arts field was profound and her influence widespread. Over the course of nearly thirty years at Exit Art she provided opportunities to hundreds of artists early in their careers, nurtured a new generation of curators and inspired colleagues around the country with her bold and inventive programs.  Her unyielding determination, her optimistic vision and her generous spirit will be greatly missed.

The New York Observer’s article on Jeanette’s life can be found here.



Image: Founders Papo Colo and Jeanette Ingberman at Exit Art, 578 Broadway, Manhattan, 1986 (via Exit Art)

Announced: NAMAC Leadership Institute Cohort

Lots of familiar faces in the lineup for NAMAC’s 2011 Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations. We’re pleased to continue to support this project, which has proven so valuable to so many in the Initiative. We wish all the participants well in the cell phone reception-free woods of Oregon.

The 2011 cohort is listed below, with full bios available as a pdf.

Mark Allen, Executive Director
Machine Project
Los Angeles, CA 

Ashley Clemmer Hoffman, Public Art Manager
Project Row Houses
Houston, TX

Christopher Cook, Executive Director and Curator
Salina Art Center
Salina, KS

Chris Cowden, Executive Director
Women & Their Work
Austin, TX

Courtney Fink, Executive Director
Southern Exposure
San Francisco, CA

Felicity Hogan, Executive Director
Artists Alliance, Inc.
New York, NY

Emily Hopkins, Executive Director
Side Street Projects
Pasadena, CA

Steve Liggett, Executive and Artistic Director
Living Arts of Tulsa
Tulsa, OK

Nat May, Executive Director
SPACE Gallery
Portland, ME

Mack McFarland, Curator
Feldman Gallery + Project Space
Pacific Northwest College of Art

Portland, OR

Hesse McGraw, Chief Curator
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Omaha, NE 

Cassandra Oliveras, Marketing Manager
El Museo del Barrio
New York, NY

Jon Pounds, Executive Director
Chicago Public Art Group
Chicago, IL

Greg Sandoval, Manager of Adult Public Programs
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle, WA

Scott Schofield, Executive Director
Out North Contemporary Art House
Anchorage, AK

Xochi Solis, Director of Public Programming
Visual Arts Center
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Sarah Stauder, Executive Director
Rochester Art Center
Rochester, MN

Shannon Stratton, Executive and Creative Director
Chicago, IL

Andrew Suggs, Executive Director
Vox Populi
Philadephia, PA

Bryan Warren, Executive Director
Crane House, The Asia Institute
Louisville, KY

Hand-in-Glove Conference: Register Now

Registration is now open for the October 2011 Hand-in-Glove conference, organized by threewalls. The conference focuses on arts administration as creative practice.

From the official website: “Hand-in-Glove is a four day event featuring keynote speaker Nato Thompson, panels curated with guest respondents from artist-run culture around the nation, and artist-designed events, parties, food experiences and tours around the city of Chicago. In conjunction with the conference, threewalls will award the 2011 Propellor Fund awards as well as release the third edition of PHONEBOOK.”


Image via threewalls: Works Progress, Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota

ART JIC: Joint Information Center Now Online

As discussed in the How Political Can We Be? session, there was a desire to set up a Joint Information page for the rapid sharing of and response to issues of political and social import. Where swift action if required, this should prove a useful tool. Thanks to Anne Pasternak at Creative Time for setting this up and to session co-leaders, Victoria Reis and Anne-Marie Russell for their contributions. Please check it out on Facebook, like it, and follow the latest updates. The page is found here.


Photo of the Headlands main building by Melissa Kaseman © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

FYI: Position Paper on Value of Small Arts Orgs

Thanks to a number of you who have forwarded Size Matters, the recent position paper from the UK arts consortium, Common Practice. Well worth a read if you have the chance, as it speaks to the role and importance of small to mid-sized artist run spaces.

From the Common Practice website:

Size Matters: Notes towards a Better Understanding of the Value, Operation and Potential of Small Visual Arts Organisations is written by Sarah Thelwall,commissioned by Common Practice, London with support from Arts Council England.The paper seeks to articulate the value of small visual arts organisations within the wider arts ecology. The paper explores the significant potential these organisations have in the present cultural landscape and economy,also detailing the operational and investment challenges they face in realising this. Finally, it advocates a reconsideration of present assessment and investment practices.Published in July 2011, this paper will be presented in a variety of forums to stimulate discussion around its core questions, the urgency of which has increased in recent months. If you are interested in learning more about this work, please visit or email Common Practice members via”

A copy of the pdf version of the position paper can be read here.



Ruth Ewan, Dreadnoughts: Dreadnought No.2, Who Owns the City?, 2010, Live performance. Photo: Davide Manone

Post-Convening: Session Notes

Over the next week, we’ll be posting all the notes we have from the Convening sessions. Consider these both as a memory-jogging device and a way to continue the conversations initiated in San Francisco.

Special thanks to our Session Recorders: Susan Chen, Christian L. Frock, Genevieve Quick, Jayna Swartzman, Matthew Tedford, and Meredith Tromble. These talented Bay Area arts writers took copious notes and sat in on nearly every session in order to provide a lasting document of what was discussed. Putting the convening into words is no easy task and we’re deeply appreciative of their work.

If in the process of reading through these, you notice that something has been omitted or mischaracterized, we encourage you to contribute your own take on the events, adding your thoughts in the comments sections of the session pages.


Photo by Melissa Kaseman © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

FROM NAMAC: Deadline for the Leadership Institute


Thanks to Dewey for leading an early morning breakfast roundtable at the Convening. In case you missed the discussion, or are interested in finding out more about the Leadership Institute, below is some information about the program and how to apply for the upcoming deadline.

Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations Application Deadline: July 8, 2011
NAMAC is pleased to announce that through generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts we are accepting applications to our third Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations. This unique opportunity will allow twenty outstanding leaders from nonprofit visual arts and interdisciplinary arts organizations to attend our 5-day experiential workshop September 19-23, 2011 in Oregon.

Who Is Eligible?
Eligible applicants:
*Are permanent employees of a nonprofit visual arts or interdisciplinary organization who hold administrative or creative positions at the executive, director, or managerial level.

* Are experienced or emerging leaders (the Institute emphasizes intergenerational, experiential learning) in executive, managerial, or creative positions.

* Are performing at or above performance expectations and who exhibit leadership potential.

* Have at least five years of experience working in arts organizations (this may include previous experience in other organizations).

What Are the Costs?
The Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations is completely underwritten by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts.

To Learn more about the Institute: Including what you will learn, how to apply, who attended in previous years, bios on the facilitators, and more, go to

Application Deadline: July 8, 2011
For questions, please contact Dewey Schott, Senior Manager of Leadership Services at NAMAC, at or 415-431-1391 ext. 302

A Sors: Entry 3

A special thank you to the entire cast of characters that brought A Sors, the performance/dining experience at the Masonic Lodge at the Regency Center, to brilliant life. This magical evening represents a new chapter in an ongoing exploration of history and cuisine by artists Julio Cesar Morales and Max La Rivere-Hedrick and was executed in collaboration with Rebecca Jean and Natalia Bushyager of Seasonal Elegance, and the knowledgeable Norma Listman.

Special thanks to everyone involved, including Rocket Caleshu, Arpad Dobriban, Jennifer Frederiksen, Andria Lo, Paolo Salvagione, Brian Scott, Mark Weidenbaum, Miles Ake, Carmen Benavides, Tina Dang, Alexandra Franco, Conrad Meyers II, Jennifer McCabe, Bailey Nakano, Kim Silva, Ian Treasure, Erik Wilson, Jenifer Wofford, Jonathan Wong, Kathryn Williamson, and Danielle Cronis and the Regency staff.

For more on the project as it continues to develop please visit the Engine43 blog.


Image: Photo of the goat oven, by Andria Lo.

Post-Convening: Back to Earth

Nothing like a hot summer subway ride to remind you that the Convening is now a thing of the past. Thank you again to everyone who attended and who assisted in making for such a wonderful weekend. We hope everyone got home safely and without too much incident, given all the traffic and excitement at SFO.

This site will expand slightly as we begin to incorporate your suggestions and ideas about the Initiative going forward. We’ll add the Sessions section and populate that with notes from each discussion and photos taken during the events. Powerpoint presentations will be included where appropriate. If you have any suggestions or imagery that you’d like to share from your time in San Francisco, send them to James directly, or post  a link in the comments below.


Images: Thanks to Tod Lippy for the bus picture and to David Hughes for the table image.

Saturday Night: Dress Warmly

Second full day of sessions, and here are 10 Things We’ve Learned:

1) Goat is delicious.
2) It gets really cold at night. We can’t stress this enough. Dress in your warmest clothes tonight for the dinner at SOEX. We will be outdoors. It will be cold. We will not have heat lamps. Just each other and pork buns. So please please please, dress as warmly as you can for this evening.
3) 16 seconds is the new 20 seconds.
4) The Headlands is the most magical place ever. Thanks again to sharon maidenberg and the entire crew at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Especially to Katie Powers and her cooking team. Those were some tasty and good looking box lunches.
5) Divisidero and Lombard is a terrible place to train on the job.
6) Looking forward to a lot of gay weddings in NY.
7) 6:00am showers are the worst.
8) Julio and Max and Norma and Natalia and Rebecca and Jennifer really know how to make a night feel special. Thanks to everyone involved in the sensory overload that was A Sors, at the Regency Club. We’re ready to start smuggling honey on a regular basis.
9) Rock Band is harder than you think.
10) This is an endlessly inspiring group of people. (But we knew that already.)

Enjoy the day at SFAI.

A Sors: The Story Continues

“It is June 19, 1867. Summer has begun. With the change of seasons, the days will begin to get shorter as well as warmer. There is work to be done. There are fields to be tended, but today is a holiday. To the Catholics of Querétaro, Mexico, it is a religious festival, the Fête-Dieu. In a few hours, the date will become associated with another, more sorrowful occasion. For today, Maximilian will die: Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph of Austria, or, to the people of Mexico these past three eventful years, Emperor Maximilian. Today is a holiday, and it will henceforth be a mournful one….”

The latest blog entry is up on Engine43’s site, revealing more about the complicated history informing Friday night’s meal and event.

If so inclined, this would be a good evening to wear something on the dressier side. Not a problem to come as you are, but you have the option. The environment at the Regency is an evocative one.


Photo from the development dinner held on Monday, June 20, courtesy of Jesse Nichols.

Day 1: Here We Go

Travel safely.

Pecha Kucha Order: Saturday Afternoon – SFAI


Below is the order for Saturday afternoon at SFAI. We will leave a few slots open in this session for those whose imagery was received after June 21.

Slides are pre-prepared and are automatically set to advance every 20 seconds. Please be ready as soon as you see the organization ahead of you begin their presentation.  Presenters are asked to sit in the first row of the Lecture Hall.

1) Rhizome
3) San Jose ICA
4) Lawndale Art Center
5) Midway Contemporary Art
6) Participant, Inc.
7) MOCA Tucson
8) LA><ART
9) Second Street Gallery
10) 911 Media Arts
11) Out North
12) Kansas City Arts Coalition
13) Franklin Art Works
14) SF Camerawork


Image: The quad at SFAI, outside the Lecture Hall.

Staff Update: The View From SF

Just a note to say that the Foundation staff is on the ground in SF, and we’re looking forward to your arrival. Jackie, Julie C., Julie E., Joyce, James, and (the curiously non-J named) Rachel are all enjoying the sunny temps and beautiful views of the city. We had a great morning at the Headlands today and a terrific in-process dinner last night with Max & Julio and their talented team.

The weather has been warm so far, but might get a little chilly as the week goes on. (Be sure and bring a scarf or sweater, especially to the outdoor evening event at Southern Exposure.)  We’re trying to respond to as many emails as we can during our prep time, but if you don’t hear back right away – just know that we’re working hard somewhere and will get in touch as soon as possible.

One note about the schedule – we’ll have the most up to date version of the schedule printed and in your packets. If you’ve downloaded a pdf version via the site, just know that some details may have changed.

If just the past two days are any indication, this is going to be a fantastic Convening. Safe travels to everyone!


Image: A view from the Meridien.

Pecha Kucha Order: Friday Afternoon – Headlands

Below is the order for Friday afternoon’s Pecha Kucha session at the Headlands. Building 961 is just a short walk up the hill from the main campus. Beer and light refreshments will be available.

Your slides have been prepared and are automatically set to advance every 20 seconds. Please be ready as soon as you see the organization ahead of you begin their presentation.

1)  DiverseWorks
2)  Intersection for the Arts
3)  MoCADA
4)  Maryland Art Place
5)  Diaspora Vibe
6)  Charlotte Street Foundation
7)  East of Borneo
8)  Slought Foundation
9)  Provisions Library
10) Brooklyn Rail
11) Women and Their Work
12) Galería de la Raza
13) Artists Space
14) Legion Arts
15) Real Art Ways
16) Intermedia Arts
17) Momenta
18) White Columns

If your organization has not been listed on this or a previous Pecha Kucha Order post, that means you’re either presenting during one of the three day-time sessions that feature Pecha Kucha as part of its format, (Publishing 5 Models; Exhibition as Experience, 10 Models; or Supporting Artists, 5 Models*) or you’ll be presenting on the third day at the San Francisco Art Institute. An order for Saturday’s final session will be posted here soon and will be available at the registration desk of the hotel.

*If you’re in one of these three sessions, chances are that you have already spoken with your session leader about your participation. Please check the schedule page if you are unsure.

Pecha Kucha Order: Night 1 – Osha Thai

Thank you for submitting your Pecha Kucha images to us. If you have not yet submitted your images, there are still slots available on the third and final day-time Pecha Kucha session. Please follow the instructions as previously posted. We will finalize the order for the third day once we have everyone’s submissions in house.

Below is the order for the first night. Your slides have been prepared and are automatically set to advance every 20 seconds. Please be ready as soon as you see the organization ahead of you begin their presentation. The Pecha Kucha will begin immediately prior to the dessert course. Every one will have a little over 6 minutes to speak about their organization. We look forward to a fast-paced and informative evening.

1) Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
3) Locust Projects
4) Exit Art
5) Salina Art Center
6) Aljira
7) Hallwalls
8) Aurora Picture Show
9) SPACE Gallery
10) Soap Factory
11) Artspace, New Haven
12) Smack Mellon
13) LACE
14) Storefront for Art & Architecture

A Note from Pamela Clapp

As many of you know, I am leaving the foundation after 22 wonderful years.  It has been my great fortune to have had such a challenging, stimulating job, working in the arts with the people I most admire.  And you in the Initiative are at the top of that list.  I know Rachel, who will lead the program, and James will carry on the work brilliantly, with the aid of Jackie and support of Joel and the foundation’s great board of directors and staff.

Enjoy San Francisco.  I’ll miss being with you.


A Sors: A Performance with Four Courses

A Sors is a meal-as-art-project created by Julio César Morales and Max La Rivière-Hedrick, with Norma Listman. Taking place on Friday, June 24 in the Lodge at the Regency in San Francisco, the event employs food, libation, live music, and scent to tell a lost story of Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico. A Sors investigates Maximilian’s brief, tragic rule of Mexico, from 1864 to 1867, through the vantage of his most intimate and trusting relationship: the one with his imperial chef and confidant, a Hungarian known as Tudos.

A Sors translates from Hungarian as “destiny.” The bloody end of Maximilian’s reign yielded numerous conspiratorial recountings: he was ushered out of the country after his Freemasons brethren faked his death; he bribed the firing squad with gold to aim at his heart; he wore the 41.94-carat diamond that bears his name to tempt, or mock, his executioners. Maximilian today exists in the popular imagination primarily as a victim of Napoleon’s rule, and as the subject (mid-execution) of Manet’s famed painting. In the operatic version that informs this meal, Maximilian dies, but at the hands of his friend Tudos, who accompanies him by carriage to the execution site and, at Maximilian’s request, kills him before they reach their destination.

A Sors is a performance with four courses. The first three sum up the constituent parts of modern Mexican cooking: Spanish, French, and Mexican. The fourth and final course, a Hungarian dessert, acknowledges the bond between Maximilian and Tudos.

We’ll continue to add posts as this project develops, but you can also track it in words and pictures on the artists’ blog, Engine 43.

Getting There: Parking at SFAI

Since there are so many of you that reside in San Francisco, we realize that you may opt to get to SFAI on your own. You’re welcome to take public transport, bike, or walk, but should you choose to drive we’ve secured an Art Institute parking lot for your convenience. The lot is located  on Jones (on the West side of street), between Chestnut and Francisco. We have the lot all day, which should mean that you can avoid a hefty parking fine and won’t have to worry about moving the car every hour.


Image of SFAI via FoundSF.

How To: Breakfast Roundtables

Each morning, the Convening will begin with Breakfast Roundtables from 7-9am in Park Grill, the hotel’s third floor restaurant. Participation in the roundtables is optional and largely self organized.

For the breakfast itself, the hotel will give you vouchers when you check in. These vouchers must be given to the server when you sit down at a table. The breakfast is a hot buffet with a variety of the following options:

Freshly squeezed orange & grapefruit juices; hand cut seasonal fruits & berries; fresh baked morning pastries and sliced breakfast bread; fruit preserves & butter; low-fat yogurts; farm fresh scrambled eggs; applewood smoked bacon & chicken apple sausage; breakfast potatoes; and assorted cereals and milk.

At the entrance to the restaurant, we’ll have topic cards and pens available. You can write a topic on the card and set it visibly on your table, so that others may join you for a discussion.

In addition to your own conversations, our consultants Ben Aase and Nancy Lee, will also be available for one-on-one or small group sessions throughout the weekend. On Friday, June 24 Dewey Schott, Senior Manager of Leadership Services at NAMAC, will be on hand to discuss the Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations. The institute has welcomed a number of Initiative organization leaders over the last couple of years and a select few alumni will join Dewey to talk about the program and its impact.

We hope you take advantage of these early sessions, just be sure to wrap things up and meet in the lobby for the buses, departing promptly at 9am.

New to the Initiative: MoCADA

This is the first in a series of posts highlighting organizations and journals that are new to the Initiative. Ballroom Marfa, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Elsewhere, FilipMaryland Art Place, Rhizome, Slought Foundation, Storefront for Art & Architecture, Triple CanopyWatts House Project, and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art were all welcomed into the Initiative in the years following the 2008 Convening in New Orleans. This year you’ll have the opportunity to hear from each of these organizations during the Pecha Kucha sessions. Please visit the Foundation’s main site for a list and links to all current Initiative organizations and the Arts Writing Initiative Page for links to the arts journals.

Located in Brooklyn, MoCADA is committed to fostering a greater awareness and appreciation of the arts and cultures of the African Diaspora as it relates to contemporary urban issues. The experiences and cultural contributions of people of African descent have been marginalized throughout history and MoCADA’s mission is to undertake the responsibility of rewriting that history in order to give a more accurate portrayal of the contributions of people of African descent to the artistic and global landscape.

Two programs that exemplify the activities of MoCADA are listed below:

From Africa to Brooklyn: From Great to Great
Through June 26, 2011 MoCADA presents the student exhibition From Africa to Brooklyn: From Great to Great, organized by Ruby Amanze, Director of Education. The exhibition showcases the work of students from six Brooklyn schools: P.S. 3/The Bedford Village School, M.S. 57/The Ron Brown Academy, M.S. 265/Dr. Susan S. McKinney School, Bedford Academy High School, Benjamin Banneker Academy and Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School. This exhibition is created through MoCADA’s Artists-in-Schools (A-I-S) program where teaching artists work in K-12 schools throughout Brooklyn to initiate and blossom young student’s artistic talents. From Africa to Brooklyn culminates twenty-five weeks of hands on art explorations, field trips and presentations by visiting artists. The participating students created artwork as an interpretation of their African and Diasporan roots in connection to contemporary Brooklyn.

Soul of Brooklyn Week 2011
Soul of Brooklyn Week 2011
runs this summer from June 18 through June 25. Over 20 events in 8 days, from Fort Greene to Bed Stuy, Clinton Hill to Brownsville, Soul of Brooklyn Week 2011 highlights the arts and cultures of Brooklyn’s African Diaspora. Dance parties, fashion shows, concerts, outdoor film screenings. The Soul of Brooklyn is a quintessential resource for discovering the unique cultural and business renaissance currently taking place throughout Brooklyn’s African Diaspora. Soul of Brooklyn’s goal is to promote neighborhood businesses, cultural institutions, and special events that reflect the borough’s vibrant roots and contribute to the growth of stronger communities.

Attendees from MoCADA in San Francisco include Executive Director, Lauri Cumbo; Exhibitions Director, Kalia Brooks; and Board Chair, Kevin Johnson.

Spotlight SF: Regional Regranting Program

In 2007 Southern Exposure launched Alternative Exposure, the first iteration of a national, regional regranting program supported by the Foundation.  These grants have reached more than 70 non-incorporated organizations and artist collectives in the Bay Area. During our closing night dinner a select number of recent grantees will be on hand during to present their activities. Many thanks to the staff of Southern Exposure and the participating artists for putting this together.

Here is an advance look at some of the projects that have been designed for this event:

ALULA EDITIONS (2009 Alternative Exposure Grantee)
Alula Editions works with artists to create hand silkscreened textiles, which are then made into an edition of objects. Much like a CSA (community support agriculture), subscribers provide the funds needed to make the editions and receive artworks in return for their investment.

Alula will lead an interactive screen-printing demonstration inviting participants to print with discharge paste. This activity will be a fun and easy way to learn through hands-on participation about the process of removing color from dyed fabric to unveil a repeating pattern.


ART PRACTICAL (2009 Alternative Exposure Grantee)
Art Practical is an online magazine that enriches critical dialogue for the Bay Area visual arts by providing comprehensive analysis of events and exhibitions. Since its launch in October 2009, Art Practical has worked with a network of partners to promote the Bay Area’s role in the international art scene, to create a historical record of contemporary artistic practices, and to foster artistic production through critical writing and public programming.

Art Practical is creating a fold-out poster that functions as a field guide to San Francisco. It will include descriptions of Art Practical contributors’ favorite places in San Francisco, and a map noting their locations.


CRITTER (2009 Alternative Exposure Grantee)
CRITTER presents cultural events that focus on the way science is practiced in everyday life, taking form as talks, classes, demonstrations and workshops.

CRITTER will present an abridged version of Clone-Home, which is an informal plant cloning and cultural drop-in center. People can partake in the joys of making many plants from one with hands-on demonstrations and activities. Friends of CRITTER will guide the curious through several related projects, including phyto-photographic prints, tisane tastings, succulent quilt making, and sounds from the secret life of plants.


INVISIBLE CITY AUDIO TOURS (2010 Alternative Exposure Grantee)
Invisible City Audio Tours is a fiscally sponsored community-arts non-profit that introduces new ways of experiencing literature, art, and geography by producing alternative self-guided walking audio tours. Each tour leads participants through liminal neighborhoods and forgotten or unknown histories, creating heretofore unseen realities through original works of fiction, poetry, music, sound, and visual art.

Invisible City Audio Tours offers two listening stations for their tours Heliography and The Armada of Golden Dreams. The Heliography station includes a display of the “souvenirs” designed by twelve Bay Area artists for the tour’s landmarks. The Armada station includes two 3×3 feet paintings by artist George Pfau, a container of edible gold coins designed by Rebecca Ebeling, and free maps of the route.


INVISIBLE VENUE (2008 Alternative Exposure Grantee)
Invisible Venue collaborates with artists to present art in unexpected settings.  It is a one-person organization, founded and directed by Christian L. Frock since 2005, that supports artist’s ideas and explores alternative locations for the presentation of contemporary art, outside of conventional gallery and institutional settings.

Institutional Critique Flair Button (2011) by Charles Gute is a public art project in the form of a freely distributed button.  A deceptively simple object, the text democratizes art discourse while playfully suggesting the co-optation of critique through scripted marketing.  Originally presented as part of a series of conference badge interventions funded by an Alternative Exposure Grant at the College Art Association Conference (Chicago, 2010), this project will be distributed at Southern Exposure and on Invisible Venue’s website.


KROWSWORK (2010 Alternative Exposure Grantee)
Krowswork is a video and photography gallery in Oakland, California, founded by director Jasmine Moorhead in December 2009.

The program at Southern Exposure will include a cross-section of video work being made currently in the Bay Area by both emerging and established artists. The program can be loosely characterized as process-oriented work that avoids narrative and instead seeks transcendence through elliptical, humorous, and often dark means. The vision of Krowswork is to promote the specific power of video to get into the cracks of things, to flow between and beyond, in contrast to other mediums that rely on physical form. This program reflects Bay Area video makers who are realizing and acting on this potential.


RIBBONS (2009 Alternative Exposure Grantee)
David Wilson/Ribbons uncovers spaces of surprising inspiration and draws together a wide net of collaborators to craft spirited experiences of place, performance, and participation.

Ribbons will share a collection of maps, invitations, books, and other ephemera from past explorations and gatherings.   The production and dissemination of this printed matter has been deeply supported by the Alternative Exposure grant.  Wilson has also cooked up a small journey for the Warhol Foundation friends: look for the map and share in a group walk to a secret, wooded courtyard to hear the song of thirty voices.


ROYAL NONESUCH (2009 Alternative Exposure Grantee)
Royal NoneSuch Gallery is an artist-run alternative art and event space located in Oakland, California. It is dedicated to creating community around art-based experiences that are thought provoking and conceptually rigorous, while also being accessible and fun.

Royal NoneSuch Gallery and artist Matthew Cella will present Balloon D’Art! Originally presented as part of 21 Projects x 21 Hours x 21 Days, a community-based event series at Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Balloon D’Art is a re-envisioned version of the classic carnival game complete with a taunting dart carny, exploding black balloons, and of course, bizarre prizes. Participants will be encouraged, chided, and then rewarded after just three attempts.


SIGHT SCHOOL (2009 Alternative Exposure Grantee)
Sight School is an artist-run storefront in Oakland, California, that began in November 2009 from a desire to create dialogue around new modes of living and being in the world in order to reveal connections between art and life.

Sight School is organizing a small curated show, which will be displayed on a tabletop. The exhibition will focus on the theme of community and sight, and will feature artists who have previously exhibited at Sight School.  Sight School publications and tote bags will also be available.


Image: Work by David Wilson/Ribbons.

Getting There: Shuttle Info

Airport Shuttles: If you are arriving on June 23, free airport shuttles will run to the hotel approximately every half hour. A greeter will meet you at the bottom of the escalators – just look for a person holding a Warhol Initiative Convening Shuttle sign. If you fail to connect with a greeter, please collect your bags and wait near baggage claim. If need be, you can also call Mosaic Transportation directly at 1 (800) 398-7881, and anyone there can assist you.

Reimbursements: According to our flight list, around 35 of you are arriving in advance of June 23 and some of you are staying in the area post-Convening. The more time in San Francisco the better, and we hope you get around to see great work in the Bay Area, including some produced by your Initiative peers. We want to remind you that while we’re happy to cover the cost of getting you to and from the airport and the hotel on the day of your arrival and departure, we cannot cover any additional expenses (e.g. transportation, meals, admission) you may incur. The Foundation can only reimburse if given original receipts, so please save them and mail with a reimbursement form, (available here) attn: Jackie Farrell, at the Foundation.

UPDATED 6/10/11: Added reimbursement form as pdf.

Image: Artist Ned Kahn’s installation at SFO.

ALSO IN SF: The Cries of San Francisco

Southern Exposure, the site of our closing night dinner, recently launched a new project by artist Allison Smith entitled, The Cries of San Francisco. The installation will be up in the galleries, but if you plan on being in SF for an extended period of time, you may want to check out one of the numerous public events planned during the show’s run.

The following is from the SOEX website, where you can also find out more about this project: “The Cries of San Francisco is a project by Allison Smith in collaboration with Southern Exposure that invokes the historic tradition of street peddlers hawking their wares with melodic songs and calls as a means of offering up social revelations on the temporal employments, habits, and callings of nearly 70 Bay Area artists, craftspeople, and other urban workers. The Cries of San Francisco takes the form of a public art event centered around Mint Plaza, a sculptural installation and a series of events at Southern Exposure and a publication chronicling the project.

Allison Smith presents a sculptural installation at Southern Exposure that serves as a public house and market hall where participants gather to perform and record their cries and to trade and peddle their wares to the public. The exhibition includes sculptures, works on paper, and ambient sound, creating a tangible stage-set for social interaction, dialogue, events, and market days.”


Image: Allison Smith as the town crier, via SOEX.

Food in SF: Delicious Content Providers

An essential part of any Convening is the time spent out-of-sessions, breaking bread together or having a drink with fellow attendees. To ensure that this time is productive as well as delicious, we’ve partnered with the following restaurateurs, food truck purveyors, coffee devotees, and artisans to prepare meals at the Convening.

The first night’s dinner will be held at OSHA Thai, a successful chain of Thai restaurants founded by sisters, Wassana Korkhieola and Lalita Souksamlanel. The Embarcadero location is within walking distance to the hotel and comes fully prepared to host our opening Pecha Kucha session. The menu for this night includes passed hors d’oeuvres and wine at 7pm, followed by a four course dinner of Summer Salad with Tuna, Tom-Kha Soup, Pumpkin Curry, Grilled Sea Bass, and OSHA’s house specialty, Volcanic Beef.

During the first day’s activities at the Headlands, Katie Powers makes use of the Headlands Kitchen & Mess Hall, a relaxing and communal space designed by artist Ann Hamilton, to provide box lunches that can be enjoyed outside or in.  Three boxes are available:  The Free Range Box includes a chicken salad sandwich w/ tarragon, celery and apples on brick oven whole wheat, summer corn succotash, a short bread cookie, and fresh apricots; the Rodeo Box includes a sliced tri-tip and arugula sandwich with parley walnut pesto on rosemary bread, spicy Moroccan carrot salad, a double chocolate cookie, and fresh cherries; and the Veggie Box which will feature grilled and marinated eggplant and zucchini with roasted red pepper and goat cheese on olive bread, shaved fennel and pickled beet salad, and a chocolate almond bar with fresh berries.

After a brief break back at the hotel, our second dinner will be held Friday night the Regency Lodge, on Sutter and Van Ness. This former social hall with its vintage theatrical backdrops and enormous pipe organ will be the site for a project by artists and chefs, Julio César Morales and Max La Rivière-Hedrick. (More details about this event will be posted in a separate entry.)

The next day, at the San Francisco Art Institute, take in the sweeping views of Alcatraz and the Bay, while enjoying boxed lunches provided by Zella’s Soulful Kitchen. Click here for a recent profile of Zella’s owner and chef, Dionne Knox. We’re thrilled to work with Dionne and thankful to La Cocina for connecting us to her and for their ongoing efforts to support independent businesses. Lunches that day will include a choice of roasted lemon and herb chicken or tofu kebobs, meyer lemon and couscous salad, spinach salad, and assorted gourmet cookies. We’ll also have coffee set up to stave off that mid-afternoon slump.

Following the second full day of sessions, the group will head over to Southern Exposure for a casual closing night dinner and block party. There we’ll hear from a selection of those of who have received regional regranting funds through SOEX’s Alternative Exposure program and take in Allison Smith’s installation, The Cries of San Francisco. Throughout the evening food is available from a variety of fine food trucks including, Chairman Bao Bun, Let’s Be Frank, CurryUp Now, the Creme Brulee Cart, and Blue Bottle Coffee.

In general, each meal is being devised with a large amount of vegetarian options. If you have any extraordinary food allergies, let us know in advance and we’ll plan accordingly.  While we might not be able to accommodate all requests at every event, please send any dietary restrictions to

How To: Pecha Kucha Instructions

As indicated on the schedule, in an effort for every organization to present an overview of their work, we’re holding three rounds of Pecha Kucha. If you’re not familiar with the format, it’s 20 images pre-set to advance every 20 seconds. This means that each organization has a little over 6 minutes to talk about their activities, programs, or concerns.

So how is this going to work?

We’re asking that everyone submit their 20 images to us by June 1.

We’ll drop the images in, set the timing, and have it cued up when your time is called. Once we have the submissions, we’ll put an order together and post here on the site and on the main notice board at the registration desk in the hotel. If you have a preferred time, let us know.

20 images (Horizontal images will read the best on the screen.)
Dimensions: 1,240 pixels x 1,240 pixels (maximum)
Resolution: 72 dpi
File size: No larger than 4.0 MB (each image)
File format: .JPG
Label with your organization’s name, and the sequence order number from 1 to 20. (orgname_1.jpg – orgname_20.jpg)


After you have sized and named your images, please put them in a folder labeled with your organization’s name.

Then you need to zip the images. (On a mac you can right-click and select COMPRESS “name of the folder”. It will make a file with .zip after it. That’s the file you want to upload. If you are on a PC or have questions about how to make a .zip file, please email us.


The easiest way to send your images to us is Stream File.

Go to this page:
1. Enter this email in the first field (recipient’s email) : (This is the contact for Julie Evanoff, who is helping with tech issues for the Convening.)
2. Upload your .zip file (that has all 20 slides sized and labeled).
3. Click the STREAM NOW button.


If you run into trouble or have any questions, just ask Julie or post in the comments below.

Also Attending: Foundation Board, Staff and Invited Guests

The foundation is pleased to welcome the following board members who will be joining us in San Francisco: Mark Allen, J.K. Brown, Rick Lowe, Jock Reynolds, Larry Rinder, foundation president, Joel Wachs, and Patricia Williams.

Also joining in the weekend’s activities are Helen Brunner and Jennifer Dowley, who helped guide the initiative in its earliest days and remain valued advisors.

Longtime Initiative consultants Ben Aase and Nancy Lee will lead multiple sessions throughout the convening and will be available during breakfast roundtables and in the afternoons for one-on-one discussions.

Foundation staff on site who are working to ensure a smooth and beneficial experience for all attendees include Rachel Bers, James Bewley, Julie Cummings and Jackie Farrell. Additional support is provided by Creative Capital’s Julie Evanoff  and San Francisco Convening Project Coordinator, Joyce Grimm.

We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Image: Andy Warhol, Desktop, Undated. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

PROJECT CONNECT: Confuse-a-tron Seeks Venues

The above video is from LA’s Machine Project and documents their recent event, Confuse-a-tron at the Berkeley Art Museum. In its Berkeley incarnation, the event included workshops in multiple, distinct, and previously unrelated areas of practice: Tranimal Makeup, Plant Cloning, Music from Melons, and Kimchi production.

As this represents an infinitely adaptable model, Machine is seeking partner organizations to host new iterations of the Confuse-a-tron project around the country. If interested in presenting Confuse-a-tron at your space please contact Machine’s director, Mark Allen to learn more.

ALSO IN SF: Create at Berkeley Art Museum

For those of you planning on an extended stay in the Bay Area, we suggest you visit the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, for Create, an exhibition co-curated by BAM Director Larry Rinder and White Columns’ Director, Matthew Higgs. Create presents work made at three leading centers for artists with developmental disabilities, Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, San Francisco’s Creativity Explored, and NIAD Art Center in Richmond.

The exhibition runs May 11, 2011 – September 25, 2011.

Image: Evelyn Reyes, Carrots, 2007. Courtesy of Creativity Explored, San Francisco

Pecha Kucha: Everybody’s Doing It


Pecha Kucha, a presentation model devised by a group of innovative designers in Tokyo in 2003, factors heavily into the 2011 convening. Inspired by the Japanese term for conversation (“chit chat”), Pecha Kucha allows a large volume of information to be conveyed quickly and in a concise manner.  The formula is 20 images x 20 seconds; twenty images that appear only once and advance at an automatic rate every twenty seconds.

By scheduling Pecha Kucha’s each night of the convening, the goal is to provide an opportunity for every organization to share information about their activities and programming with the entire group. Priority will be given on the first night to organizations new to the Initiative.

Some daytime sessions incorporate the Pecha Kucha format to present multiple perspectives on a single subject, from five models of publishing to ten alternative ways to support artists.

All the Pecha Kucha sessions are optional, but if you’re looking to hear about programs and events from all the organizations in the Initiative, this is a great way to do so.

In Your Packets: Phonebook 3

Included in each of your convening packets will be a voucher to complete and send, in order to receive your very own pre-paid copy of the latest edition of Phonebook, a national guidebook to art spaces and projects, published by threewalls in Chicago.

From the threewalls website: “Phonebook 3 will be an essential guide for artists and arts administrators looking to connect with others in this ever-changing realm of independent artist-run culture, including everything from nonprofit and community institutions to flexible and self-organized art spaces. Each listing also includes the projects’ mission statement or organizing principles, so that curators and artists can easily find organizations with similar values. Phonebook 3 will be launched October 2011 at the Hand in Glove conference in Chicago, IL, hosted by threewalls and organized by the Alliance of Independent Arts Organizers, a professional organization that provides resources to independent, grass-roots organizers and facilitators who support creative practices that challenge traditional formats, and innovate new genres.”

And good news: they made their kickstarter goal. Be sure and fill out the voucher and send it in. A copy will be mailed directly to you, courtesy of the foundation.


We’re thrilled that the convening coincides with Pride Week in San Francisco, one of the largest celebrations of LGBT culture in the world. This week-long festival of parties and events is traditionally held the last week in June to commemorate the legacy of the Stonewall Riots.

In addition to the all-inclusive parade down Market street on Sunday morning, numerous activities will take place throughout the city. There is a Trans March on the Friday before the parade and the Dyke March on Saturday, both of which originate in the beautiful surroundings of Dolores Park. We suggest visiting for more information and helpful tips should you plan on being in the city longer than the dates of the convening. Also worth a visit is the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center. The Center holds regular performances and exhibitions throughout the year, and will no doubt be a busy hub for Pride activities.

This historic photo was taken by Alan Bistry, capturing the 1976 SF Pride Parade.

Traveling to SF: What to Wear

As the Brown Twins and other famous residents of the city know, the key to fickle San Francisco weather is layers, lots of layers. The average temperature in June can range from a high of about 66 degrees to a low of 53. Given the Bay Area’s unique landscape, that range can be experienced from one side of the street to the other. It’s also not factoring in the dampness that can make a relatively mild evening an especially chilly one.

Generally the marine layer can stick around for a bit in the morning, at which point a light sweater comes in handy. It can burn off by noon and you’ll probably want to shed a layer or two. By evening you’ll be reaching for a scarf and a light jacket. If we’re lucky there won’t be any rain, but we’ve got plans in case the skies do open up and you should, too. Our days are long and at least one dinner will be outdoors, so pack with this in mind.

Dress should be comfortable and casual. San Francisco is a terrific city to see on foot, and you may find yourself wanting to seek out some nature on a hike while at the spectacular Headlands Center for the Arts.

Meet Joyce Grimm, Project Coordinator

We wanted to introduce you to Joyce Grimm who is serving as San Francisco Project Coordinator for the Convening. We’re thrilled that Joyce is helping out (and more than a little jealous that she got to go and do all the food truck tastings). She is very familiar with the cultural and gastronomic terrain of SF, having been director and curator at the Mission District’s Triple Base Gallery from November 2005 – April 2011. Triple Base was a recipient of an Alternative Exposure grant, part of the Foundation’s Regional Regranting program and is well worth checking out, should you have some extra time in SF.

Joyce is a curator, educator and writer currently living in San Francisco. She teaches in the Graduate Program at California College of the Arts starting this Fall and has designed a curriculum that works with artists to build contextualizing programs and events for other artists. She has built educational programs for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley, and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. In addition, she has curated programs for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, designed the film and lecture programming for The Practice Space, and collaborated on events and exhibitions with the Independent School of Art where she developed the first Dinner Lecture Series with artist Jon Rubin. The Dinner Lecture program was a key component to Triple Base’s educational program (2006-2011). Grimm has conducted lectures and public programming for UCLA, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, LACMA, Arts Initiative Tokyo, and California College of the Arts. Joyce received her Masters in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts in 2006.