WestFest’s “All Over Westbeth” takes advantage of the site-specific possibilities of the Westbeth Artists Community, an enormous complex in the far West Village. A former Bell Laboratory, the buildings were repurposed in the 60s to provide inexpensive housing for creators of all stripes. Curators Carol Nolte and Carol Mendes say, “WestFest itself was born from the idea of embracing the outstanding artist history at the Westbeth’s building.” In “All Over Westbeth,” residents lead tours through the sprawling compound for small groups to witness short spurts of dance unfolding in the most unexpected of places.
Read the full article by Erin Bomboy here: The Dance Enthusaist
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Sometime last winter, Terri St.Arnauld and Frank Yezer, photographers in Austin, Tex., and Maya Ciarrocchi, a video artist in New York, each received an email that contained a song. The tune was by Stelth Ulvang, a musician from Denver, whom they had never met. In a spare recording, on banjo and accordion, Mr. Ulvang sang of a forlorn man and a landscape of smoke and clouds.
All three recipients got down to work, poring over the lyrics, “trying to understand what the artist was conveying,” Ms. St.Arnauld said. Their goal was to make something inspired by the song, and to connect in a mysterious creative experiment.
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NY Times article
In 1975 Esther Broner and Naomi Nimrod wrote the first Women’s Haggadah, paving the way for modern Jewish feminism. For the next 36 years, Esther Broner led the Feminist Passover Seder in New York City, with a core group of women. This film documents the evolution of Jewish feminism through archival footage and interviews with leading Jewish feminists. At the same time it tells the story of Esther Broner, described by the New York Times as a writer who explored the double marginalization of being Jewish and female. Without her, we can assume, modern Jewish women might not have found a worthy place in the home, in society, and in Jewish tradition.
More info about the film: www.estherbronerthefilm.com
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Left to right: Mae Gamble, RogerBraimon, Christina Maile, Marta Almirall Morales, Corey Johnson, Pawnee Sills, Geo Cominskie, Halina Warren. photo: Tequila Minsky
In a wide-ranging Villager article, editor Lincoln Anderson talks to Corey Johnson about his work in pursuing affordable housing, his fight for contextual zoning, and his commitment to finding ways to ease income inequality in NYC.
Included in the article are the issues raised in a short but intense meeting, Corey Johnson held with Westbeth tenants recently where tenants discussed the Board’s refusal to disclose documents relating to Westbeth finances, and warehousing of apartments.
Johnson said, he’s incensed at what’s going on at the Westbeth artists’ housing complex, where the board of directors has sued to stop the residents from getting access to public records from the state Attorney General’s Office.
“The corporation and the board at Westbeth should stop hiding the documents and be transparent,” Johnson stated. “And they should stop warehousing apartments and start occupying them with artists who need affordable housing.
Read the full Villager article here.
The Schomburg Center for Research into Black Culture celebrates the work of visual artist, Carol Byard, with a conversation addressing the “Rent Series”. The program will center on Byard’s discovery–after her father’s death–of a cache of rent receipts he’d kept in his life-long efforts to provide housing for their family, always struggling to do so. In the early 1980s, Byard set about to reimagine her father efforts in a series of images which she titled “Rent.” Join Byard’s peers for a conversation and showcase of her work. Guest speakers include, Grace Williams, Tomie Arai, and Eve Sandler.
For further info: Schomburg Center for Research into Black Culture
For an interview with Alexis de Veaux about Carol Byard’s work and the Rent series: http://www.nypl.org/blog/2015/02/19/carole-byards-rent-series
Photo credit: Artwork from Carole Byard’s “Rent Series,” courtesy of Alexis De Veaux