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Juanita McNeeley  photo by Dean Kaufman

Juanita McNeeley, Westbeth artist,
featured in NYT T Magazine, Feminist Pioneers Making Provocative Art about Sex Oct 31, 2017 edition

Juanita McNeeley  photo by Dean Kaufman

Juanita McNeeley photo by Dean Kaufman

Excerpt from the T Magazine article
by Rachel Corbet

Now, though, some of the most revelatory art on sexual themes is being made by women like Bernstein, Betty Tompkins, Juanita McNeely and Joan Semmel, best known for their paintings, and multidisciplinary artists like Schneemann and Valie Export, among others, all of whom have been producing their work for decades to little notice — if not outright persecution — from critics, curators and audiences.

Read entire article HERE

photo Christina Maile

Geo Cominskie and Gwynne Duncan featured in CNN report on OPEN HOUSE NY weekend.

photo Roger Braimon

photo Roger Braimon

photo Christina Maile

Gwynne Duncan. photo by Christina Maile

photo Christina Maile

l-r Geo Cominskie , Susan Binet, and Kate Walter. photo Christina Maile

Westbeth Artists Housing OPEN HOUSE NEW YORK weekend drew almost 2000 visitors. 26 tours led by Westbeth volunteers captured the fascinating history and current activities of the building which has generated the creative urge in both art and technology.

Link here to the CNN feature article.

Link here to a NYTimes article on Gwynne Duncan

Photo by Richard Termine for NY Times

David Greenspan receives rave view in NY Times for his solo performance in STRANGE INTERLUDE now playing at Irondale Center in Brooklyn until Nov 18,2017

Photo by Richard Termine for NY Times

Photo by Richard Termine for NY Times

While there were nine actors in that original production, at Irondale there is just one: the extraordinary David Greenspan, whose performance is such a feat of daring that merely getting through it would have been an accomplishment.

Yet he is masterful. Watching him is like witnessing a recitation, a prayer, a madness, a modern ballet.

Directed by Jack Cummings III, this production is storytelling at its purest. At once faithful and irreverent, it’s an illuminating interpretation that is alert to the script’s inadvertent comedy and delighted to mine it.

– Laura Collins-Hughes for NY Times

Read the full review here.

Irondale Center
85 S. Oxford St.
Brooklyn
866-811-4111
irondale.org

Category Off Broadway, Solo Performance, Play
Runtime 6 hrs.
Written by Eugene O’Neill
Performed by David Greenspan
Developed with Kristina Corcoran Williams;
Directed by Jack Cummings III
Cast David Greenspan P
Review October 6, 2017
Opened October 21, 2017 Closing Date November 18, 2017
Upcoming Shows
Wednesday October 25 5:00 pm
Friday October 27 5:00 pm
Saturday October 28 5:00 pm
Wednesday November 1 5:00 pm
Thursday November 2 5:00 pm

Michelle Weinberg "Dining Table Democracy"  2017

Michelle Weinberg’s work is featured in SURFACE 5, at ARENA at Brooklyn Dermatology, now to February 2018

Michelle Weinberg "Dining Table Democracy"  2017

Michelle Weinberg “Dining Table Democracy” 2017

Surface 5: featuring the work of Josiane Dias, Jill Galarneau, Borinquen Gallo, Lucy Mink and Michelle Weinberg
Where: ARENA at Brooklyn Dermatology – 440 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn

Show Dates: Now to February 2018

Surface 5: is the fifth in a series of exhibitions curated by Renée Riccardo at a contemporary art gallery within a dermatology space, ARENA at Brooklyn Dermatology. Riccardo is continuing the mission of presenting new work by emerging artists that she had developed in her previous gallery, ARENA.

While drawing and painting are the point of origin for all her projects, Michelle Weinberg produces art for interiors, architecture and public spaces. The stage-set spaces she invents are fictitious architectures populated with stylized forms, eccentric perspectives, flickering patterns and saturated pastel and hothouse hues. Responding to the sublime geometry underlying natural forms, Weinberg also incorporates familiar details from the observable world. Her objective is to create vivid backdrops for human activity, conforming to her own playful physics. Weinberg’s output includes paintings on paper, hand-marbleizing, hand-bound books, the design of tiles, textiles, installations of papier maché objects, indoor and outdoor murals, mosaics, terrazzo floors and more. Her more than 64 hand bound drawing books form a library of notes/working drawings inspired by everything from digital game space to early camouflage, to arabic calligraphy, window display, fashion design, curio cabinets, Warner Bros. cartoons and more. Weinberg’s creative practice is very flexible, and she has participated in multi-disciplinary projects with dance, theater and film artists. A recipient of numerous awards and residencies, Weinberg has exhibited in galleries, museums and community arts spaces. She is an experienced independent curator, arts educator and curriculum consultant to museums and non-profits. Her activities working with young people, seniors and families is a vital aspect of her career, fully integrated and inseparable from her artistic practice.

Weinberg received her BFA from School of Visual Arts in NYC and her MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She is the recipient of awards, fellowships and residencies including a Creative Learning Grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, a Wavemaker Grant from Cannonball Miami, a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship in Visual & Media Art, an Individual Artist Fellowship and Artist Enhancement Grant from the State of Florida, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, residencies at Franz Mayer of Munich in Germany, MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, homesession and Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, and Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic. Exhibitions of her work include: FIU Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian Museum, design sublime and Emerson Dorsch Gallery in Miami, Cyan Gallery in Barcelona, Curatorial + Co in Sydney, The Hewitt Gallery at Marymount Manhattan College and Open Source in NYC, The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison State College in Fort Myers, FL, The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, MA and Islip Art Museum, NY. Commissions include murals for Young at Art Museum, The Wolfsonian Museum-FIU and Facebook offices in Miami, public art projects for Miami-Dade County, City of Tampa, City of Pembroke Pines, Cultural Council of Jacksonville, and City of Hollywood, all in FL. Weinberg is Creative Director of Girls’ Club in Fort Lauderdale, and a consultant to museums and non-profits, developing exhibitions, education programming and more.

Brooklyn Dermatology was started in 2005 by Dr. Sourab Choudhury. It is dedicated to world class dermatology in a modern friendly environment. The practice now consists of multiple dermatologists and physician assistants who handle all facets of dermatology including adult, pediatric and cosmetic dermatology. Brooklyn Dermatology has recently moved to a brand new facility to accommodate the growth of the practice to this location. The new office, located on the ground floor and lower level of 440 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn was designed by Paul Bennett Architects.

Renée Riccardo is an independent curator. She was an adjunct curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York from 1987 to 1988 and independently organized shows of postmodernist photography from 1985 through 1990, including the traveling exhibition Acceptable Entertainment for Independent Curators Inc. In 1991 she opened ARENA, a gallery dedicated to emerging artists working in all media, and in 1996 and 1997 she co-organized with John Good The Art Exchange Show, an New York art fair that focused on new art, music and performance that took place in two abandoned Wall Street office buildings. Riccardo continued her gallery, ARENA through 2004, having it sited in Soho, Cobble Hill, Williamsburg, and Chelsea at various times launching many artists very early in their careers such as Joanne Greenbaum, Rachel Harrison, Kim Beom, Fabian Marcaccio, Jason Middlebrook, Marilyn Minter, Vik Muniz, Wangechi Mutu, Mickalene Thomas and Kehinde Wiley among dozens of other now well known artists. In 2004 she established ARENA Projects, a roving curatorial and consulting entity. She has since curated dozens of exhibitions including a series entitled, Wrap Around at ARENA@Suite 806, a gallery within her therapist, Lee Shapiro, Psy.D.’s office at 89 Fifth Avenue, NYC. In June 2017, Riccardo and Paul Laster curated the exhibition, Maker, Maker at the CMA (Children’s Museum of the Arts), NYC.

For further information regarding Surface 5 please contact Renée Riccardo at
arenagalbyreneericcardo@gmail.com or call 646 734 2261.

Directions: Take the G, A, or C to Hoyt-Schermerhorn, the 2, 3, 4 or 5 to Nevins St., B, D, Q or R to Atlantic Ave. – Barclays Center.

J Taylor Basker Oct 24 Endangered.WestbethCR1jpg

J Taylor Basker presents Endangered Land, People Heritage, featuring paintings and a discussion. Oct 24, 2017 at 7PM Westbeth Community Room

J Taylor Basker Oct 24 Endangered.WestbethCR1jpg

Date: Tuesday Oct 24, 2017
Time: 7PM
Where: Westbeth Community Room

Dr. Jacqueline Casale Taylor Basker
Visiting Adjunct Professor
German-Jordan University, Amman, Jordan (Summer ’14,’15, ’16) Islamic Architecture, Heritage & Conservation)
New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, New York
President, ArtsPR-International
Former Chair, Fine Arts/Computer Graphics Dept.
New York Institute of Technology, Amman, Jordan

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PowerPoint Presentation

THE FIBER MATRIX
Quilters of Color Network New York
and special guests

PowerPoint Presentation

Show Dates: October 7 to October 28, 2017

PANEL DISCUSSION:
Friday October 17, 2017 at 7PM
A Little Tension: Art and Activism

Participating artists in The Fiber Matrix discuss the power of textile art and the decision to showcase traditional textile art and quilts juxtaposed with works that reference contemporary societal issues in a way that alters the nature and perception of quilting; transforming its use from one of comfort to one that provokes, incites and creates tension.

Panelists
Will Daniels curator/moderator
Sylvia Hernandez- QCNNY President
Jackquelynn Jones – QCNNY member
Marilyn Hamilton – QCNNY member
Frank Sabatte – Guest Exhibitor

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Sunday
1pm – 6pm

The Fiber Matrix is a
collection of works that represent the versatility of textiles and the myriad of ways they can be used to create objects of utility, works of art and pedagogical instruments and facilitate thought provoking dialogue about a variety of contemporary
and historical topics.

The exhibit illustrates an awareness of how our socio-political landscape can be interpreted in the context of a textile installation, in the same way these themes are expressed in traditional fine art.

Curator: William Daniels

Artists:

Aleeda Crawley
Anjean Carter
Antonia Manuela
Barbara Fridie
Barbara Mims
Betty Robertson
Brenda Harris
Cassandra Knight
Delores Frazier
Diane Collier
Diane Pryor-Holland
Edward Bostick
Eleanor Williams
Frieda Hoyett
Jackquelynn Jones
Jacqueline Johnson
Karen Haynes
Kenny Johnson
Kim Hall
Margaret Simmons
Marilyn Hamilton
Minnie Curry
Sandi Howell
Sandra Samaniego
Shelia Bligen
Thadine Wormly-Herndon
Wendy Higginbotham

Guest Exhibitors:
Frank Sabatte
Philistine Lawson
Robert L. Herndon

MORE STORIES AROUND TABLE

MORE STORIES AROUND THE TABLE

MORE STORIES AROUND TABLE

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017

Time: 7:00PM

Where:
Westbeth Community Room

FREE

Seven Women Reveal All
Brand-new stories about life-changing or almost life changing experiences.

With: Karen Ludwig, Shami Chaikin, Nancy Gabor, Joyce Aaron, Diane Spodarek, Dawn D’Arcy, and Christina Maile.


Dawn D’Arcy

Dawn is an actor, writer, bass player and thrilled to be a new grandma to Etta. She is in love with each of the women in this group and plans to marry them all in the very near future.

Diane Spodarek
Diane Spodarek is a Canadian-American artist and writer with a background in the visual and performing arts. She is the recipient of artist’s fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Creative New Zealand, and the Michigan Council for the Arts.

Joyce Aaron
Oboe winner for Acting in a play Acrobatics co written by Luna Tarlo. Original member of The Open Theater, directed by Joseph Chaikin. Premiered America Hurrah by Jean Claude Van Itallie in New York and at The Royal Court Theater in London. Lived and worked with Sam Shepard on many of his early plays.

Christina Maile
An artist and writer whose work reflects her West Indian and Dayak heritage, she has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Studio Grant, a Miriam Chaikin Foundation Writing Award as well as shows in various galleries and museums, including the Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the International Center for Print, NYC. She is also the co-founder playwright of the Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective.

Karen Ludwig
KAREN LUDWIG performs, directs and teaches in New York and L.A.
Her B’way credits include PRELUDE TO A KISS with Steve Guttenberg and John Randolph, BROADWAY BOUND with Joan Rivers, THE DEVILS with Anne Bancroft, THE BACCHAE with Irene Pappas and many plays at the Public Theater. She was a member of Andre Gregory’s Manhattan Project for two years and performed THE SEAGULL and Wallace Shawn’s OUR LATE NIGHT with the Company throughout the United States and Europe.
Her first film was Woody Allen’s MANHATTAN, (Meryl Streep’s lover) and her most recent is THAT AWKWARD MOMENT with Zach Efron. She teaches at The New School for Drama and the HB Studio in NYC.

Shami Chaikin
Obie-award winning actress, Shami Chaikin was a member of the legendary Open Theater under the direction of Joe Chaikin. She appeared in their seminal productions of The Serpent, Terminal, Mutation Show, and more. Her theatrical appearances also include working with with Andre Serban, and Elizabeth Swados and Meredith Monk at the New York Shakespeare Festival, among other venues. In film, she has acted under the direction of Michaelangelo Antonioni, James Ivory and Alan Parker, and has appeared in numerous TV shows, including Law and Order.

Nancy Gabor
Theater Director, Acting Teacher:
Open Theater, Director – ‘The War In Heaven,’ w/Joseph Chaikin,
Master Teacher – Princeton University, and the Amsterdam Theater School, Holland.
Director – On-site production ‘Lost and Found,’ by Paul Binnerts at Westbeth.
Offering FREE acting sessions for seniors at Westbeth
beginning January 2018.