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NEFA AWARDS GRANTS TO SUPPORT NEW WORKS IN ENSEMBLE & DEVISED THEATER

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Cornerstone Theater Company. Photo: Kevin Michael Campbell

(Boston, MA) The New England Foundation for the Arts announces $630,000 in six new grants during the seventh year of the National Theater Project. NTP supports the development and touring of new theater works.

The National Theater Project (NTP) promotes the development and touring of artist-led, ensemble, and devised theater works. Modeled on NEFA’s National Dance Project, NTP functions as a full system of support for devised theater, which in addition to funding animates an informed, interactive network of producing theaters, presenters, and ensembles.

Since the first round of NTP grants in 2010, NEFA has infused over $5 million into the field through the program. To date, 57 new theater works have been supported; touring of those works has reached 42 different states across the U.S. NTP projects have toured to large and small arts presenters, military bases, universities, regional theaters, and festivals. Leadership support for NEFA’s National Theater Project is generously provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“We are proud to support this group of visionary artists, and appreciate our long partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which enables NEFA to support both artistic creation and the touring of new work in communities across the United States,” said NEFA executive director Cathy Edwards.

Grants for this round ranged from $90,000-$125,000. In addition to the Creation and Touring grant, each recipient will also receive $10,000 towards capacity building for touring the project. The six grant recipients are:

  • Cornerstone Theater Company, Los Angeles, CA, for Urban Rez
  • Kaneza Schaal, Brooklyn, NY, for JACK&JILL
  • Manual Cinema, Chicago, IL, for The End of TV
  • Phantom Limb Company, New York, NY, for FALLING OUT
  • Rebecca Mwase & Ron Ragin, New Orleans, LA, for Vessels
  • Theater Grottesco, Santa Fe, NM, for PIE

In addition, NTP will award Finalist Development grants totaling $30,000 to assist in further development of four applicant projects.

“I am so excited about this cohort of grantees whose projects address issues of identity, incarceration, gentrification, climate change, and racism,” said Quita Sullivan, program director for theater at NEFA. “The breadth and depth of these projects is breathtaking!”

Organizations interested in presenting any of these works – or works from previous grant rounds – may apply for an NTP Presentation Grant after contacting its tour coordinator; learn about all the projects with NTP touring support available on a searchable directory on www.nefa.org. NTP also provides travel support for arts presenters interested in seeing projects. Contact program director Quita Sullivan at qsullivan@nefa.org or 617.951.0010 x531 to learn more.

About NEFA
The New England Foundation for the Arts invests in the arts to enrich communities in New England and beyond. NEFA accomplishes this by granting funds to artists and cultural organizations; connecting them to each other and their audiences; and analyzing their economic contributions. NEFA serves as a regional partner for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England’s state arts agencies, and private foundations. Learn more at www.nefa.org.

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CONTACT: Ann Wicks | 617.951.0010 x534

Martin Wilner, Sept. 19, 2017 at 7pm

The 192nd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Sept. 19, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

From the Funny papers to Freud: Martin Wilner’s Artistic Journey
Martin Wilner will trace the unusual arc of his work from learning to draw from comic books and strips in grade school to becoming a psychiatrist and a widely exhibited visual artist. He will describe his ongoing drawing projects and an existential work process that draw upon the techniques of psychoanalysis in a highly original manner without losing sight of his vicarious tutelage at the hands of the comic art masters.
Copies of his Freud Museum London monograph, Martin Wilner: The Case Histories  will be available for purchase at the talk.

Martin Wilner is a visual artist and psychiatrist. His art has been exhibited and published internationally and is included in many prominent public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Morgan Library and Museum, and the Jewish Museum. He recently had his first one person museum exhibition at the Freud Museum London and has been included in numerous museum group exhibitions including Embracing Modernism: Ten Years of Drawings Acquisitions at the Morgan Library and Museum, Reinventing Ritual at the Jewish Museum, and Making Contact at the New Museum Los Gatos. He has lectured on his work process at the Drawing Center, the Freud Museum London, SXSW, and the Payne Whitney Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Image: September 2016: David Greenberger (Making History: The Case Histories)

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New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium: David Leopold on Hirschfeld By The Book – 9/12, 7PM

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 AT 7:00 PM
The Bark Room (Orientation Room)
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
2 West 13th Street, Room M101
New York, NY 10011

New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium: David Leopold on Hirschfeld By The Book

Al Hirschfeld has virtually been synonymous with caricature since he published his first portraits for Warner Brothers films in April 1925. His first theatrical drawing was in December 1926, and he would continue to draw the theater for New York newspapers, magazines, posters and programs for the next 76 years. Simultaneously, he both recorded and defined Hollywood for nine decades in images and posters that are as iconic as the films themselves. He was there at the birth of television and captured its first half-century, creating more covers for TV Guide than any other artist. He recorded more popular music than any MP3, CD, LP, or wax cylinder ever did, with a handful of his album covers, from the cast album of My Fair Lady to Aerosmith’s Draw The Line, becoming landmarks of 20th century graphic design.

Join David Leopold as he reveals how Hirschfeld also left his mark in the world of literature. Books that Hirschfeld authored allowed him to explore the world outside of performance, and he collaborated on a series of books with S. J Perelman, including one that took the two friends around the world. His illustrations enlivened books by Fred Allen, Garson Kanin, William Saroyan, Brooks Atkinson and John Mason Brown, while other illustrated books covered topics as diverse as the Algonquin Round Table to the Johnson White House. Leopold will also share images and stories from unpublished works including books on the Russian theater and film scene in the 1920s, a history of the African impact on the Bahamas and even a book on Nina, his daughter whose name he hid in almost all of his drawings after her birth in 1945.

David Leopold is an author and curator who has organized exhibitions for institutions around the country including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, and the Field Museum in Chicago. Internationally, he has curated shows for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Filmmuseum in Frankfurt and Berlin. He organized the archive of Al Hirschfeld’s work for the artist, visiting Hirschfeld in his studio at least once a week for thirteen years until the artist’s death in 2003. Leopold is now the Creative Director for the Al Hirschfeld Foundation. His latest book, The Hirschfeld Century: A Portrait of the Artist and His Age, published by Alfred A. Knopf to coincide with a major retrospective that Leopold curated for the New York Historical Society has won universal acclaim. The Washington Post called it an “instant classic,” and Amazon selected it for its “Top Books of 2015.” His other books include David Levine’s American Presidents (Fantagraphics, 2008); Irving Berlin’s Show Business: Broadway-Hollywood-America, (Harry N. Abrams, 2005 and listed as a “Top Gift Pick” by the Boston Globe and New York Times); Hirschfeld’s Hollywood (Abrams, 2001). He has also authored a number of monographs on underappreciated artists for various museums.

Presented by The New School’s Parsons School of Design. 

The full fall schedule for The New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium can be found here.

Carousel, Brooklyn Book Fest, & SPX, Sept 11-17

Three comics events with R. Sikoryak:
CAROUSEL at Union Hall, Brooklyn: Monday, Sept. 11
Small Press Expo in MarylandSaturday, Sept. 16
Brooklyn Book Fest: Sunday, Sept. 17

All the details below:

CAROUSEL: COMICS PERFORMANCES AND PICTURE SHOWS
Monday, Sept. 11

Presentations of graphic novels and comics as read by the artists:
Julia Alekseyeva (Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution),
Jennifer Camper (“Rude Girls and Dangerous Women,” “subGURLZ”) ,
Teva Harrison  (In-Between Days),
Lisa Lim (Mutha Magazine, Guernica Magazine),
Kevin Sacco (The Plane Story,  Josephine).
Hosted by R. Sikoryak (Terms and Conditions, The Unquotable Trump)

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2017 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT

Monday, September 11, 2017
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Union Hall – Brooklyn
702 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Tickets: $8.00
http://www.unionhallny.com/

Small Press Expo in Maryland
Saturday, Sept. 16 

Sikoryak will be at SPX on Saturday only, 11 am – 7 pm, signing his new books at the Drawn & Quarterly table #W1-4 as well as with Kriota Willberg at table #H13A.
Plus, at 6 pm in the White Flint Auditorium:
Trump Presidential Library,” a panel with Shannon Wheeler and R. Sikoryak, discussing their new books: Sh*t My President Says and The Unquotable Trump.
Marriott North Bethesda Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852.

http://www.smallpressexpo.com

 

Brooklyn Book Festival
Sunday, Sept. 17

Drawn & Quarterly will be exhibiting at Brooklyn Book Festival 2017, booths 221 + 222, in Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza.  They will be joined by R. Sikoryak (Terms & Conditions, The Unquotable Trump), Leslie Stein (Present), Adrian Tomine (Killing & Dying), and Leanne Shapton (Toys Talking).
Programming includes:
11 amI’m Gonna Live Forever: Fame and Its Discontents Panel with R. Sikoryak, Jonathan Coulton, and Penelope Bagieu in the Brooklyn Historical Society Auditorium (128 Pierrepont St). Moderated by Jonathan Gray.

Full schedule here:  https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/event/2017/08/brooklyn-book-festival-2017

Hope to see you somewhere!

Tuesday, Sept. 5th – Josh Bayer, Adam McGovern and guests on All Time Comics

Josh Bayer, Adam McGovern and guests on All Time Comics

All Time Comics is a comic-book series that resists categorization. Part modern reworking of Bronze age comics superhero aesthetics, part a Mad Magazine-like Gonzo attempt to  sidestep and weave that aesthetic back on itself. Published by Fantagraphcs, All Time Comics has created a space for a dialogue between older veteran creators like Herb Trimpe and Al Milgrom and younger Alternative Comics mainstays like Ben Marra and Noah Van Sciver. Join Josh Bayer in a lively discussion with comics writer/historian Adam McGovern. (Panel may include special guest artist/writers, schedules permitting).

Josh Bayer is the author of Raw Power and Theth from Retrofit Comics, the editor of the Suspect Device Comics anthology series, as well as 2016’s The Black Hood. His work’s been selected for The Best American Comics series in 2016 and 2017. He is the founder of  his own “Comics Are The Enemy Press” and he is currently releasing his All Time Comics imprint from Fantagraphics.

The NY Comics & Picture-story Symposiums happen every Tuesday at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, lobby level in the Orientation “Bark” Room (unless otherwise noted). Free and open to the public.

(drawing by Das Pastoras)

 

Fall 2017 NY Comics and Picture-Story Symposium

The NY Comics and Picture-Story Symposium is a weekly symposium for artist/writers working in various text-image forms: comics, picture-stories, animation, etc. at which to present and critique current work.  The symposium will examine new ideas for the distribution of print and electronic work that move beyond the existing models of  publishing and advertising. We will re-examine the relationship between readers and autographic writers. Emphasis will be placed on self-initiated work and the development of a self-sustaining economic model for such work.  Meetings will be facilitated by a rotating group of practitioners and guest speakers.  The symposium will offer an ongoing place to learn and think about the traditions and future of text-image work.

We meet at Parsons The New School for Design at 2 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011, on the lobby level in the Bark (Orientation) Room, M101.

The symposia are hosted by the Parsons BFA Illustration program and the Parsons School of Art Media and Technology. All events are free and open to the public.

Aug. 29 – Andre and Ed Krayewski on FKT Comics
Sept. 5 – Josh Bayer, Adam McGovern and guests on All Time Comics
Sept. 12 – David Leopold on Al Hirschfeld’s book illustration
Sept. 19 – Martin Wilner on his work
Sept. 26 – Katie Fricas, cartoonist
Oct. 3 -Sue Coe on her recent work
Oct. 10 – Kurt Ankeny, cartoonist
Oct. 17 – Craig Gropper on William Gropper
Oct. 24 – Michael Hearn on Russian Constructivist Children’s Books
Oct. 31 – Maya Edelman – animator
Nov. 7 – Ethan Persoff – cartoonist, archivist, and sound artist
Nov. 14 – Mark Newgarden and Paul Karisik on How to Read Nancy.
Nov. 28 – Bob Grossman – illustrator and cartoonist
Dec. 5 – Elizabeth C. Denlinger on Frankenstein
Dec. 12 – Stephen Norris on Borris Efimov, Russian cartoonist

If you would like to make a presentation, please send an email with your ideas: symposium(at)katchor.com

FREE Debut Screening of Absurdist Comedy, “Bugs” – July 6, 8 PM

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July 6, 8pm
Orientation Room (“Bark” room) M104
2 West 13th Street, lobby level
New York, NY 10003

FREE! (seating is limited, first come, first served)

“Bugs”—the debut feature film from performance artists Life of a Craphead—is a satire about a bug society and its most powerful family.

Featuring situations like a university lecture gone wrong and a failed SNL episode, “Bugs” presents the absurdity of life within a patriarchal society obsessed with success. The DIY film sets the Bug universe right in the middle of the real world, creating multiple layers of reality that interact with each other. Produced over 2011-2015 with a large cast and crew of artists and comedians.

“Funny-furious”
—Canadian Art

“Bugs is one of the strangest, funniest, most mystifying and most profound contemporary films I know.”
—Sheila Heti

“Bugs lets loose theatre, comedy and some great outsiders into the streets of Toronto. It simply reclaims and renames all found there — a familiar world that is completely new and already dirty. It is hard not to leave the cinema with changed eyes, seeing all that is Bugs when you are back out in the streets.”
—Margaux Williamson

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For more information about the film, visit the website.

Parsons Festival: 2016 International Salon of Illustration, Animation and Comics (BFA Illustration Senior Show)

Join us for this annual exhibition of work by Seniors in the BFA Illustration program. Thesis projects in illustration, comics, picture-books, illuminated objects and animation will be on display.

2 West 13th St, 8th Floor

10:00am – 9:00pm, open to the public

Reception 5:00pm – 8:00pm

5 pm: Book Launch for “Recess,” this year’s edition of Words & Pictures, a journal of visual-narrative essays featuring work by senior class members. Join us for a celebration of the accomplishments of these graduating students.

6 pm: Welcoming remarks.

Fall 2016 Elective: Sex Ed

Sex Ed 
PSAM 3091

Fall 2016, Day: Thursday, Time: 3:50-6:30

Through a series of collective and individual assignments, Sex Ed will engage students as collaborators in developing arts-based sex education content for use online, in classrooms, and out in the world. We will be working in concert with the youth advocates and staff of Planned Parenthood New York (PPNY). Street campaigns, videos, role-playing exercises, performances and games will all be explored as proposals for new ways of thinking and re-thinking sex education. Students will explore: the history of sex education in the US, the role of artists and activists in raising awareness of social issues related to sex and sex education, and creative ways to encourage and engage public participation and consciousness. Students will also be exposed to the planning, development, and documentation methods necessary to create successful curricula, tools, and public programming, as well as participating in public art projects that engage the public around social issues. Find out more about our work at www.sexedproject.org.
*This course counts towards the Social Practice and Gender Studies minors.