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Happy Hour Sept 10th

West Village Happy Hour from
Westbeth Artists Residents Council
and Grove Pharmacy

Happy Hour Sept 10th

West Village Happy Hour is a social event for the West Village Neighborhood.
Held in the Westbeth Community room, sponsored by the Westbeth Artists Residents Council and Grove Pharmacy, your neighborhood pharmacy on 8th Avenue, this event is for people of all ages. It includes live music, refreshments and a short presentation on a timely subject – Not to Worry.

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DISCURSIVE SELVES

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July 21 – August 11, 2017
Wednesday – Sunday
12pm – 7pm

Discursive Selves explores the contested meaning of the Self Portrait. This collection of photography and film by eleven contemporary artists reveals nuanced definitions of selfhood that acknowledge the influence of one’s social environment on one’s inner sense of identity. These artists use the camera to navigate between both fluid and fixed perceptions of the Self, and are thus able to present who they are on their own terms.

The Self Portrait plays an essential role in the development and establishment of one’s identity— it informs and is informed, creates and is created, is both concrete and ephemeral. For some, it manifests as an artifact, a material body, or a form of testimony; for others, it is a projection, a speculation, or a performance. Working in a new genre of critical photography, these artists play with the paradox of “public intimacy” to explore the relationship between private life and public persona. Portrayals of the Self range from fictitious characters and imagined scenarios to biological self-studies or familial ties.

Discursive Selves dissects the myriad practices of formulating oneself as both an intimate ritual and a method of responding to one’s outer world. In a rapidly expanding global information society, this exhibition invites a moment of pause for contemplation in contemporary life.

Artists
Farah Al Qasimi
Aneta Bartos
Nicolas Bloise
Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.
Nona Faustine
Rindon Johnson
Tommy Kha
Pixy Liao
Matthew Morrocco
Bryson Rand
Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Curated by Eric Lawton & Daphne Takahashi

Westbeth Gallery
55 Bethune St
New York, NY 10014

This exhibition is made possible through the support of Art + Commerce

STEPHEN HALL MAY 2017 CONFLICT OF

STEPHEN HALL solo show CONFLICT OF INTEREST opens May 24th
at @halbromm2A

STEPHEN HALL MAY 2017 CONFLICT OF

STEPHEN HALL MAY 2017 2 CONFLICT OF

Opening Reception: May 24th, 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM
Show Dates: May 24 – July 15, 2017
Location:
@halbromm2A
90 West Broadway
corner of Chambers

“I have always tried to make paintings that are beautiful and arresting. Paintings that stop you in your tracks. Whether by the use of color and composition or odd juxtaposition of subject matter.
The idea is to make the viewer do a double-take and then get drawn in and perhaps ask questions.

These new paintings are motivated by the current political climate. As Joe Strummer once said: “If you want to tell the truth, you’ve really got to be specific”.

I AM BEING MORE SPECIFIC!

The total disregard of human rights via the increasingly militarized police force, immigration policies, and environmental prospects our planet faces leads me to realize that in the US and globally, we have a conflict of interest.” – Stephen Hall

PETER RUTA GVSHP INTERVIEW

PETER RUTA featured in Greenwhich Village Society for Historic Preservation’s Oral History Project

PETER RUTA GVSHP INTERVIEW

Peter Ruta
A renowned painter who focused on views of Lower Manhattan, Ruta painted for nearly seventy years and had lived in Westbeth since its opening in 1970 when he passed away in late 2016. Born in Germany, he fled to Italy to escape Hitler’s rise to power, finally ending up in NYC. In this interview he discusses his time served as an American soldier in WWII and the painting career that followed, as well as memories of raising a family in Westbeth with his wife, Suzanne.

Here is the link to the full tanscript of the Peter Ruta Interview

PETER RUTA DONATION TO 911 MUSEUM

PETER RUTA painting acquired by 9/11 Memorial Museum

PETER RUTA DONATION TO 911 MUSEUM

October 2016, a month before he died, Westbeth painter Peter Ruta invited Jan Ramirez, curator at the 9/11 Memorial Museum to the studio, to offer a donation to their collection. Ramirez chose the work (o/c 44×56 in) painted from Westbeth roof in 1979 when the West Side Highway hadnt come down and Battery Park City had not yet gone up.

Ramirez praised the work as a painting in which “the Towers loom as both subject in the downtown cityscape, and foil for some dazzling color and afternoon light demonstrations. … It will prove a wonderful teaching piece as well as a visually engaging historical “document.”

One of a series Ruta painted in those years, and showed at Museum of the City of New York in 2004.

Karen Ludwig interviews Marin Ireland at New School for Drama on March 31, 12:45PM – 1:45PM Free

Marin Ireland - About The Work Poster

ABOUT THE WORK is a series of interviews with prominent actors, directors and writers,for the purpose of educating and inspiring students at The New School.
hosted by Karen Ludwig

Artists from Westbeth are welcome! The events take place on a Friday from12:45 – 1:45 in the
New School for Drama’s theater – 3rd floor. A free event.

SHOULDERS OF GIANTS FRONT OF CARD

ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

SHOULDERS OF GIANTS FRONT OF CARD

Show Dates:
March 4‐ March 25, 2017
Opening Reception
Saturday March 4 from 5pm – 8pm
Panel Discussion: Friday March 24 at 6pm
Closing Reception
Saturday March 25 from 5pm – 7pm

“On the Shoulders of Giants,” an exhibition of contemporary painting and sculpture curated by Thaddeus Radell, celebrates the millennia‐old struggle to capture the human form. The 35 artists in the exhibition render the human figure in a wide variety of ways and mediums, but every work nevertheless shows a reverence for the formal language that animates all great art, from prehistoric times to the present. While the postmodern age has tended to emphasize ironic appropriation over earnest expression and compositional values, each of these artists seeks to animate the human figure through
an authenticity of form and structure.

The painters and sculptors fall roughly into two generations, many of the second, younger group having studied with members of the first. In these cases the teachers inspired an understanding of great traditional art and helped set a foundation from which new art might arise.

Every artist must be a part of his or her time, but every good artist also benefits in some way from the past. Learning from the art in museums, as well as from their teachers, the artists in this exhibition indeed find themselves standing on the shoulders of giants.

Westbeth Gallery
Call for Exhibition Proposals 2018

Westbeth Gallery Call for Proposal 2018

Background
The Westbeth Gallery is a nonprofit fine arts gallery located within Westbeth Artist Housing in the West Village of Manhattan. The gallery is operated by the Westbeth Artists Residents Council which is a volunteer organization elected by the residents of Westbeth. Exhibitors are given latitude in the content and arrangement of their work. Exhibitors are expected to work independently to curate, promote and install their exhibition professionally.

The gallery is seeking diverse proposals from institutions, curators or individual artists for exhibitions in 2018. Each exhibition is approximately three weeks in length and must use all four rooms of our 2900 square foot gallery. Proposed exhibitions should be composed of artwork that is the product of professional artists and executed in the last five years.

Proposal Requirements
All proposals are due by May 15, 2017. Proposals submitted after May 15th will be ineligible for review. We only accept digital proposals. Email your proposal to westbethgallery@gmail.com

Submit:
• 200 word statement of your proposed exhibition including title see attached form below.
• A Resume in pdf form of the curator and/or featured artist(s).

Visual Support:
• 6 digital images from an individual artist or a selection of 1or 2 images from a group or institution.
Please format your images in the following:
File name: labeled with your last name and order number
EXAMPLE: Smith01.jpg, Smith02.jpg, Smith03.jpg
Dimensions: the largest size should be no more than 1,024 pixels, no wider than 10″.
Resolution: 72dpi (do not send Tiff files)
Image List: provide: title of piece, materials and dimensions, date the work was produced

The Review Committee will not look at websites of any kind.

Guidelines for the gallery and floor plans can be found at
About/Westbeth Gallery

Selection Process
All proposals will be reviewed by members of the Visual Arts Selection Sub-Committee. Proposals that are accepted will be notified by June 30th 2017.

DOWNLOAD SUBMISSION FORM HERE
WestbethGallery Call Proposals 2018 text

CHRISTINA AND CAROL

CHRISTINA MAILE and
CAROL HEBALD are the co-winners of the first annual Miriam Chaikin Endowment Fund Writing Award
READING April 12, 2017 at 7PM
Westbeth Community Room

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This award was established in memory of Miriam Chaikin, a longtime Westbeth resident and prolific writer. Born in Palestine, Chaikin grew up in Brooklyn, and her childhood memories and life in a close-knit Jewish community are all themes represented in her writing. She worked earlier in her career as an editor of literature for young people, and most of her books are intended for children and youth. Her works include lushly illustrated retellings of Old Testament lessons, humorous stories of the misadventures of “Molly and Yossi” (based on her childhood and that of her beloved younger brother Joseph), and collections of poetry. The last two books she completed were for adults – Jewish Wisdom for Daily Life, and Jerusalem: An Informal Autobiography of the City. For Miriam/Molly/Chickie as she was known, the written word and the book were essential to her life and wellbeing.

In her memory we honor a member of the writing community, especially those who live in Westbeth. The first annual Chaikin award will be presented on April 12, 2017 to two winners whose works resonated with the review panel – Carol Hebald and Christina Maile. Both writers captured our imaginations with very human stories, both with works set in exotic locales fraught with complex political and religious tensions.

Carol Hebald’s new book, A Warsaw Chronicle, is based on her experiences as a visiting academic in Warsaw at a time of great upheaval, as Poland experienced the imposition of martial law and threat of Soviet invasion due to the growing power of the Solidarity movement. In this politically-charged context, the American protagonist Karolina Heybald’s life becomes linked with her gifted student Marek, and complicated by her search for her long-lost Jewish relatives. The book will be published in March 2017.

Christina Maile submitted a series of short stories, half of which are in the manner of a memoire, while the others are set in Iran. Her characters are remarkably rich and developed for their presence on a few short pages, and her descriptions evoke all of the readers’ senses as she writes about a garden in an Iranian home, the texture of marshmallow fluff, the touch of scissors on hair during a haircut, or the sweetness of ripe fruit.
Carol and Christina will both read from their works at a celebration in the Westbeth Community Room on April 12th at 7 PM and all are invited to attend and share in their fine works.

CHRISTINA MAILE
With camera

Really I have gone from one thing to another. After studying Russian Medieval History in college, I co-founded the Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective, one of the first feminist theater groups in New York City – Wikipedia article. I became a landscape architect because I fell in love with drafting tools. Some of my designs were published in Landscape Architecture Magazine, among others. My essays on the philosophy of landscape appeared in the Canadian journal, On-Site.

On a vacation 20 years ago, I joined the Friday Night Painters, taught by Dan Rice, a second-generation abstract expressionist painter, and one of the finest painters I have ever known. His class met on Fridays. We are exhibiting at the Guilford Art Center in Connecticut in July 2017

I became a printmaker because there was a communal printmaking studio in Westbeth. In 2013, I received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Studio Grant. My print work is in the Elizabeth Sackler Collection of Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Musuem, NYC, as well as in various living rooms all over the USA.

Intermittently I have taken Karen Ludwig’s weekly writing workshops. She and the other workshop members – Diane Spodarek, Dawn DÁrcy, Joyce Aaron, Nancy Gabor, Shami Chaikin – are the most encouraging people a writer could ever have. Also pretty inspiring, are my writer friends Deb Lucke and Anja Murmann whose graphic novels and screenplays I am lucky enough to read ahead of everyone else.

That such an itinerant life would lead to this writing award from the Endowment points to the lives of Miriam and her family who were always ready to take a chance, and in so doing gave a lot of people a chance to be themselves.

I am never any good at readings. Still I will be giving one with Carol Hebald on April 12, 2017. She is truly a wonderful reader of her work. So if you come on the evening when we read, come to hear her. I might even ask her to read mine.

CAROL HEBALD

Carol Hebald      photo John Turner

Carol Hebald photo John Turner

A former Teaching and Writing Fellow in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Carol Hebald received her MFA in 1971. Having taught creative writing at the university level for the next thirteen years, she resigned a tenured associate professorship in English at University of Kansas to write full time.

She has since published the novella collection, Three Blind Mice (Unicorn Press, 1989), the memoir, The Heart Too Long Suppressed (Northeastern University Press, 2001); and more recently four books of poetry: Delusion of Grandeur (2016), Colloquy (2015), Spinster by the Sea (2005), and Little Monologs (2004).

Co-winner with Christina Maile of the Miriam Chaikin Writing Award for her novel, A Warsaw Chronicle, forthcoming from Regal House Press on March 24th, she will be reading from it on Tuesday, March 28th at Cornelia Street Café at 6 p.m., and will share the podium with Christina at the Westbeth Community room on April 12th.

Carol is currently working on a play about Watergate heroine Martha Mitchell. Her website is: www.CarolHebald.com.