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J Taylor Basker presents the work of Jordanian artist, Ihsan Bandak, in a talk entitled
Displaced: The Lost and Forgotten
Westbeth Community Room
Tuesday Oct 10 at 7PM

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Detail from one of Bandak’s paintings

Westbeth Community Room
Tuesday October 10
7PM – 8:30PM

Ihsan Bandak‘s artwork on today’s ongoing refugee crisis reflects the suffering and experiences of people forced to leave their homes, countries and identities. They are poetic, powerful descriptions of their displacement.

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

J Taylor Basker’s solo exhibit at Bandak Gallery in Amman, Jordan entitled “Endangered: Land, People, Heritage” at Bandak Gallery Sept. 21-25. Show has been extended to October 12 due to favorable reviews.

This exhibit deals with the current crisis facing Jordan and the region. Dr. Jacqueline Taylor Basker has been living and working in Jordan for ten years, travelling back and forth from Westbeth to Jordan. Initially a professor at NYIT and chair of the Dept. of Fine Arts and Computer Graphics, she began teaching at German-Jordan University in their School of Built Environment and Architecture after NYIT left Jordan in 2013.

Her paintings address what she learned and experienced in Jordan. Dr. Jacqui, as she called by her students, was dedicated to documenting the struggle of the Palestinians, the horrors of the Gaza wars, and the tragedy of the Mavi Marmara Flotilla. The Ambassador of Turkey expressed the gratitude of the Turkish people for her artwork documenting the ten victims who died on the Mavi Marmara when he visited the exhibit. She rode a peace bus to Gaza during the 2014 war organized by “Breaking the Silence” – former IDF soldiers opposed to the Gaza wars, travelling with the noted Sheik of Peace, Ibraham al Halwa. She has painted many artworks about Gaza.

She spent much time exploring Jordan, climbing through ruins and monuments and observed the potential loss of heritage due to neglect, vandalism, or lack of funds to preserve sites. She has painted ruins from desert castles to dolmens. One painting was exhibited at the World Archaeological Congress at the Dead Sea that illustrated the top ten endangered archaeological sites in Jordan; this painting was purchased by the office of the Mayor of Amman.

Ecological dangers also threaten Jordan, especially with the refugee crisis, that strain vital resources as water, as more and more people “walk through Jordan,” another theme of a large painting in the exhibit.

Dr. Jacqui has professional knowledge (having taught Heritage and Conservation at GJU), passion for preservation and love for Jordan that motivates both her research and artwork.

The exhibit at Bandak Gallery, opened 7 PM, runs 21 September through 25 September.

The content of the publicity for the exhibit was banned by the US media company, MailChimp that is designed to help send mass emails for publicity, due to “its objectionable content” and “Acceptable Use Violation.” My account was disabled! After complaints from me and from several members of the royal family, it has now been restored!

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Joyce Aaron Funk at La MaMa
celebrates the life and work of Sam Shepherd as part of the Coffeehouse Chronicles on October 7, 2017 at 3pm

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Coffeehouse Chronicles #143: Sam Shepard

Free Admission |
Suggested Donation.
2 hours

Make a Reservation

Ellen Stewart Theatre |
66 E 4th Street; 2nd Floor

Michal Gamily – Series Director
Arthur Adair – Educational Outreach

Moderator: Jean-Claude van Itallie
Panelists: Jean Claude Van Itallie, Daniel Aukin, Joyce Aaron Funk, Anne Militello, Charles Mingus,Evangeline Morphos, Angelina Fiordellisi & Sandy Rogers

Performances by Joyce Aaron Funk, Cary Gant, Mike Gorman, Thomas Keith, Harry Mann, Wayne Maugans, Peter Stampfel, Leslie Silva, Amy Rox Suratt & Clea Rivera

La MaMa will celebrate Sam Shepard’s life and career with live panelists, video tributes and the presentation of rare footage and photos in the Ellen Stewart Theatre.

About Coffeehouse Chronicles
Coffeehouse Chronicles is a free educational performance series exploring the history and development of Off-Off Broadway from its inception within the Village “Coffeehouse Theatres” of the 1960s through today. Part artist portrait, part creative event, part history lesson, part community forum, it is our mission to provide a home, as did our founder Ellen Stewart, for personal and intimate engagement with art. Since 2005 La MaMa has presented more than 123 Coffeehouse Chronicles featuring personal oral accounts from artists of the day as well as conversations with present day artists who continue to work in the same bold, daring manner. Coffeehouse Chronicles are held on one Saturday each month (September through June).

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GWEN FABRICANT featured in Voices of Contemporary Art, Thursday September 14, 2017 6PM at Fales Library, Bobst Library, NYU.

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Gwen Fabricant,
in conversation with Jennifer Hickey

Fales Library,
Bobst Library, NYU
70 Washington Square South, 3rd Floor, New York NY 10012

As part of Joan Mitchell Foundation’s ongoing collaboration with Voices of Contemporary Art (VoCA), please join us on Thursday, September 14, when artist Gwen Fabricant will sit down with VoCA Program Committee Member Jennifer Hickey to discuss her life, work, and artistic legacy.

Gwen has been supported by the Foundation in a number of ways, as a grant recipient, an Artist-in-Residence at the Joan Mitchell Center, and as a Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Artist. The CALL/VoCA programs aim to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work.

“CALL enabled me to cross the divide into the digital age. This opened new ways for me to communicate with people and institutions. In order to create this archive, we had to bring all the past work out into the open… and that, surprisingly, changed the way I see the whole course of my work.”

– Gwen Fabricant

About Joan Mitchell Foundation
The Joan Mitchell Foundation increases recognition of the work and life of pioneering abstract painter Joan Mitchell. Grounded in Mitchell’s desire to support the aspirations of visual artists, the Foundation engages individual artists through grantmaking, programming, and collaborations. We work to amplify the essential contributions artists make to the culturally diverse world in which we live. To learn more, visit our website.

About VoCA
Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA) is a non-profit organization run out of NYC that generates critical dialogue and collaborative programming around the stewardship and preservation of contemporary art. VoCA’s network consists of artists, conservators, curators, collectors, registrars, arts administrators, and educators, and aims to develop knowledge via three major program streams: VoCA Talks, VoCA Journal, and VoCA Workshops. To learn more, please visit their website.

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NEW ROOFTOP FURNITURE AT WESTBETH built by Richard Sanca, Westbeth filmmaker and carpenter, and designed by Carl Stein, Westbeth in-house architect.

Designed by Westbeth in house architect, Carl Stein (of Elemental Architecture NYC), using recycled IPE wood decking salvaged by Westbeth Management and built by Westbeth filmmaker and carpenter, Richard Sanca.

The project was funded by Westbeth Beautification Committee, Westbeth Board of Directors, and Martha Graham Dance Company.

The project exemplifies Westbeth’s dedication to “adaptive re-use.”

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Huguette Martel’s Adventures of a Would-Be Filmmaker just published on Narrative website.

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Huguette Martel was born in Paris, France. At the age of nineteen she moved to New York City, where she has lived ever since. She is a graduate of Cooper Union and the author of several books in which she incorporates paintings and text, often about her childhood in France and World War II, which she spent in hiding with a peasant family. Other works include Summer, In Vermont, Brief Encounter, and A True Fable. Her solo show of paintings, “Lost and Found,” was curated by Ben Katchor.

Read it here:

http://www.narrativemagazine.com/issues/narrative-backstage/graphic-stories/adventures-would-be-filmmaker-huguette-martel

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SUSAN BERGER’s work featured in a new show at the Albany Institute of History of Art, Artists of the Mohawk and Hudson Region

Three large works of Susan Berger have been included in a regional art exhibition,
Artists of the Mohawk and Hudson Region.

At: Albany Institute of History of Art at 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY
Open from Wednesday – Sunday (10AM – 5PM)

Exhibition Dates: June 17 – September 3, 2017

Website: www.albanyinstitute.org

Judged by jack Shear

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CAROL NOLTE performs at 92nd ST Y on May 21 at 3PM for the 30th Anniversary of their Dance program.

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Date: Sunday May 21, 2017 at 3PM
Location: 92nd Street Y


A Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Fridays at Noon Dance program !

“All dances are too long,”
proclaimed Doris Humphrey in 1938,
92Y’s first dance director (1945)

Choreographers show works from 1-7 minutes over three performances:
May 19 1987-1996
May 20 1997-2006
May 21 2007-2017

Jane Kosminsky, the originator of Fridays at Noon will introduce the festival, Joan Finkelstein, former director of the dance center and Amy Kail, former director of Fridays at Noon will introduce Saturday and Sunday, the first performance, “New Companies, New Worlds” with choreography by Mark Haim, Katherine Howard, Judy Landis and Michael Schumacher will be screened, ‘Remembrances’ will be read, and each performance will conclude with a lively (short) group improvisation.
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Friday, May 19, 8pm: Sydney Ireland, Laura Shapiro, Jody Oberfelder, Sue Bernhard, Martita Goshen, Gloria McLean, Kathleen Isaac, Jessica Nicoll and Barry Oreck, Parijat Desai, Lynn Needle, Samantha Geracht, Janis Brenner, Carlos Fittante, Rae Ballard, Mark DeGarmo, Carolyn Dorfman, Kate Thomas, Regina Nejman, Jared Stern, Amber Sloan, Ellen Cornfield

Saturday, May 20, 8pm: Sara Joel, Anna Sperber, Ara Fitzgerald, Ursula Eagly, Barbara Mahler, Mariko Tanabe, Nancy Zendora, Ian Spencer Bell, Lynn Parkerson, Sasha Spielvogel, Beth Jucovy, Jennifer Conley, Julia Gleich, Alice Teirstein, Mary Seidman, Bill Young, Catherine Tharin, Lori Belilove, Maxine Steinman, Catey Ott Thompson, Tiffany Mills, Valerie Green, Kate Digby, Heather Harrington, Chris Ferris, Douglas Dunn

Sunday, May 21, 3pm: Christopher Caines, Carol Nolte, Sue Hogan, Celeste Hastings, Johari Mayfield, Dages Juvelier, Aileen Passloff, James Waring (NYTB), Annie Sailer, Colleen Thomas, Carolyn Dorfman, Amy Kail, James C Martin, Suzanne Beahrs, Sandra Rivera, Catherine Gallant, Esme Boyce, Rebecca Stenn, Christopher Williams, Benjamin Lang, Heidi Latsky, David Parker, Michael Goldstein

Griselda Steiner’s compilation of poetry and writings “The Silent Power of Words” is now available for order on Amazon Books.

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Griselda Steiner is a playwright, poet, freelance and screenplay writer.

She has read her poetry at the Cornelia Street Cafe, the Mexican Consulate, the 92nd St. Tribeca Cafe, St Johns and the Duplex, NYC.

This book is a compilation of Griselda’s poetry that over the years as celebrated the mystical Silent Power of Words as well as published articles that present pivotal ideas that inspired her work.

But it at Amazon.