Date: Tuesday Oct 24, 2017
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
Former Chair, Fine Arts/Computer Graphics Dept.
New York Institute of Technology, Amman, Jordan
Show Dates: October 7 to October 28, 2017
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.
Will Daniels curator/moderator
Sylvia Hernandez- QCNNY President
Jackquelynn Jones – QCNNY member
Marilyn Hamilton – QCNNY member
Frank Sabatte – Guest Exhibitor
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
Robert L. Herndon
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Where: Westbeth Community Room
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Date: Wednesday, November 8 , 2017
Where; Westbeth Community Room
The Peabody Award winning director Ted Timreck, screens a his bio-pic on the American composer, Charles Ives.
Made in 1977, the film features John Bottoms, Sandra Kingsbury, Josh Hamilton and Terry Stoller – all current or former Westbeth residents.
Cecile Chong, Elisabeth Condon, Nancy Friedemann, Brece Honeycutt, Amy Lincoln, Judith Linhares, Rebecca Saylor Sack, Chrysanne Stathacos, Jessica Weiss, Jimmy Wright
Organized by Elisabeth Condon
Exhibition Poster: Jessica Weiss GENIE 2014 (detail) Silkscreen, acrylic and collage on canvas 70 x 68 inches
55 Bethune St. at Washington St., New York, NY 10014
Exhibition Dates: September 9 – September 30, 2017
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 1 – 6 PM
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9, 6 PM to 8 PM
Gallery Walk-Through with Selected Artists 4:30 – 5:30 PM
(Chong, Honeycutt, Lincoln, Linhares , Sack and Weiss)
In the art and fashion worlds this season, flowers bloom in gallery and museum exhibitions and flourish in upscale window displays, pop-up shop exteriors and a myriad of high-end products from handbags to vases.
Yet beneath their decorative veneer flowers possess a strange morbidity. The desire to encapsulate their beautiful forms is to contain that which cannot be controlled. Michel Houellebecq jokes in The Map and The Territory ( 2010. p17-18) that “the flower’s will to live manifests itself in the dazzling spots of color which break the greenish banalty of the urban landscap, as well as the generally transparent banality of the urban landscape–or at least in municipalities in bloom.” A long-standing custom of sending flowers in the event of illness and death persists. Sadie Stein observes of Childe Hassam’s painting “The Room of Flowers,” 1894, that documents poet Celia Thaxter’s room the year of her demise, that the flowers depicted symbolically replace Thaxter’s body after her death.
Strange Flowers considers what flowers symbolize to artists working with flowers today and who have worked with them a while. What compels artists to utilize flowers? How do flowers function as image, form or structure for each artist, and in a larger context help navigate life? How can frail flowers combat global instability, terror, falsity? Do flowers’ reminder of life’s fleeting beauty inspire artists, or in fact do they perceive flowers as beautiful at all? Stein, Sadie. On the Island of The Shoals with Celia Thaxter. Paris Review, February 4, 2016.
Cecile Chong, NY, NY
Elisabeth Condon, NY, NY
Nancy Friedemann-Sanchez, Brooklyn, NY – Nebraska
Brece Honeycutt, Sheffield, MA
Amy Lincoln, Brooklyn, NY
Judith Linhares, Brooklyn, NY
Rebecca Saylor Sack, Philadelphia, PA
Chrysanne Stathacos, Toronto, Athens
Jessica Weiss, Brooklyn, NY
Jimmy Wright, NY, NY
WESTBETH OPEN HOUSE
Westbeth is the largest live-work artist community in the United States. Westbeth residents lead 1 hour tours throughout this landmarked building.
First hour tour departs at 12 noon.
Last hour tour departs at 5pm
New tour every 30 minutes
Registration in Westbeth Courtyard
155 Bank Street between Washington and West Sts.
WESTBETH OPEN STUDIO
Explore dozens of artists’studios amd meet the artists in their work spaces.
Visits are un-guided, and visitors travel at their own pace.
Studios are open 12 – 6pm
Individual Artists will be selling their work
Studio Roster in Westbeth Courtyard
155 Bank St between Washington and West Sts.
Giovanni Battista Moroni (ca. 1523-1579) is known among cognoscenti of Renaissance painting, but is relatively little-known compared to such masters as Titian and Raphael.
He painted superb, and uncannily modern-looking portraits of the people in his community: nobility, ecclesiasts, officials, intellectuals and merchants, including the earliest portrait of a skilled tradesman, Moroni’s famous Portrait of a Tailor in London’s National Gallery.
Despite his limited renown, his work can be found in most of the major art museums of the world, including about 22 works in American museums (the Metropolitan Museum owns 3). His reputation has recently soared, due to an historic exhibition at London’s Royal Academy in 2015. Plans are now afoot for the first NYC solo show of his work at the Frick Collection in 2019.
Robert Bunkin, former Curator of Art at the Staten Island Museum and figurative painter, has studied Moroni’s work in depth for over 40 years. He has traveled to see most of Moroni’s paintings, and will have recently returned from a visit to Moroni’s cities: Bergamo and Albino, having met with Dr. Simone Facchinetti, the scholar of Moroni who is currently preparing a new catalogue of Moroni’s complete works. Dr. Facchinetti, Director of the Adriano Bernareggi Museum of Sacred Art in Bergamo, has curated numerous exhibitions about Moroni in the past two decades (including the Royal Academy show, co-curated with Arturo Galansino). The publication of Dr. Facchinetti’s catalogue is planned to coincide with the Moroni exhibition at the Frick Collection.
Mr. Bunkin’s talk will be profusely illustrated with works primarily in American Museums. He will also address Moroni’s influence on later artists, such as Van Dyck, Velazquez, Kauffman, Reynolds, Whistler, and Cassatt.
A Free event sponsored by Westbeth Artists Residents Council