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PAT LASCH: NY Times article – Ars Longa Except When MoMA Throws It Out

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ARS LONGA by Randy Kennedy for New York Times January 21, 2017

The New York sculptor Pat Lasch has spent her career making work that plays with the distinction between ordinary things and things belonging in museums: realistic-looking ball gowns made from dried acrylic paint; plaster eggs; towering decorative cakes fashioned from wood and paper.

Her fascination with cakes grew out of a notion of them as markers of time’s passage, through birthdays, weddings and other occasions. And cakes have also helped her remember her father, a German-born pastry chef who gave her some life advice when she worked in his bakery as a teenager, piping the icing: “If you make a mistake, put a rose on it.”

Recently Ms. Lasch, 72, discovered a mistake that even the loveliest rose is unlikely to fix: The Museum of Modern Art, which commissioned a 5-foot-2-inch-tall cake sculpture in 1979 as part of its 50th anniversary, appears to have discarded the piece, which Ms. Lasch wanted to borrow for a retrospective of her work opening in March at the Palm Springs Art Museum in California.

Ms. Lasch, a first-generation feminist who started working in the early 1970s, said she contacted the Museum of Modern Art last fall after the curator in Palm Springs, Mara Gladstone, was unable to find records of the cake sculpture in the archives at MoMA. “Mara said, ‘Pat, I don’t know how to tell you this,” Ms. Lasch recalled in a recent interview.

Read more here
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/arts/ars-longa-except-when-moma-throws-it-out.html

Kate Walter article on AM New York: The resistance to Donald Trump just got under way

PEN Demonstration on steps of NYPL

PEN Demonstration on steps of NYPL

PEN Demonstration on steps of New York Public Library

PEN Demonstration on steps of NYPL

PEN Demo

PEN Demo

PEN Demo

PEN Demo

All photos Kate Walter

Read Kate Walter’s latest article in AM New York

Let New York be the capitol of the resistance,” said playwright Eve Ensler to the large crowd gathered on the steps of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue earlier this week.

She was speaking at the event “Writers Resist: Louder Together for Free Expression” sponsored by PEN American Center, which advances literature.

Authors, poets, journalists read on the library steps drawing from the canon of political poets: Audre Lorde, Claude McKay, Allen Ginsberg, Muriel Rukeyser, Gwendolyn Brooks. American Poets Laureates Robert Pinsky and Rita Dove offered inspiration with inaugural poems.

Fearing a backlash against free expression under a Donald Trump administration, I joined PEN America as a professional member. It is important to belong to a writers group that is political. PEN is an international group that fights for imprisoned writers around the world.

As an opinion and freelance writer, I used to worry about rejection and overdue checks. Now, I worry about reprisal and censorship. So, I stood in the cold for more than two hours to get recharged with this message: We will not be quiet, or stand down.

Click here for complete article: http://www.amny.com/opinion/columnists/kate-walter/the-resistance-to-donald-trump-just-got-underway-1.12983590

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LORRAINE O’GRADY stars in a new music video from Anohni’s recent album, Hopelessness.

Conceptual artist, Lorraine O’Grady stars in the new music video by Anohni,from the album, HOPELESSNESS. The video features the song Marrow as lip-synched by Lorraine O’Grady.

My thanks to Anohni for her dangerous and desperately needed work. It’s been a privilege to be a small part of her project — which at first seems so simple, but then layer by layer reveals how the many mutually reinforcing “isms” are buffeting and driving us to perhaps an unavoidable end. Stay strong.

– Lorraine O’Grady

See more of Anohni‘s videos from the album Here

A wonderful review of the video by Jillain Steinhauer has just been published
in Hyperallergic

Indeed, what makes the video so powerful is that O’Grady does more than just lip-synch along; she seems to be absorbing the music in the moment — both the lyrics and the breaks — and then transmitting it to the viewer, acting as a kind of mediator between the contents of the song and us.

Read More Here.

Anohni is a transgender woman. In 2016, Anohni became the second openly transgender person nominated for an Academy Award; she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, along with J. Ralph, for the song “Manta Ray” in the film Racing Extinction. Her debut solo album, Hopelessness, was released in May 2016 to wide critical acclaim, including another nomination for the Mercury Music Prize. (Wikipedia)

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News about WRITE NOW:
A Participatory Installation

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NEW YORK 1
New Yorkers are getting another chance to “post” about their emotions — but in the real world instead of social media.
They’re writing post-it notes at a new installation at a West Village art gallery.

Visitors first choose to make a charitable donation, and then answer one of four questions looking back on the past year, or forward to the new one.

Those responses take the form of words or drawings on post-it notes, which then hang in the gallery.

Organizers say this event is also a reaction to the political landscape.

“A lot of people are very angry and also very concerned about what’s happening here and that we are in New York,” said Karin Batten, Director of the Westbeth Gallery. “We are very multi-cultural and diverse and we want to keep it that way.”

“Events like this are so important,” said Manhattan State Senator Brad Hoylman. “It’s cathartic, it’s participatory but it also points us, I think, in a very positive direction as we start the New Year.”

A similar display popped up at the Union Square subway station last month for people to vent about the Presidential election’s outcome.

The exhibit opened Saturday and runs until New Year’s Eve.

http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/arts/2016/12/11/west-village-art-gallery-lets-patrons–post–about-their-status-as-part-of-a-new-exhibit–write-now-.html

METRO NEWS December 1, 2016

Write Now exhibit at Westbeth makes the post-it note fad high-brow

By: Amanda Mikelberg

A new interactive art installation looks like a rip-off on the subway post-it note phenomenon, but it’s actually honoring it.

A West Village exhibit is taking a page from the fluttering layers of post-it notes scrawled with messages of hope and frustration that have cropped up in underground passageways around the city since the election.

The “Write Now” exhibit is adopting the zeitgeist — this apparent need among New Yorkers to both purposefully express their feelings and strengthen a sense of community — and is taking it a step further. It’s recognizing the post-it note trend as a very organic form of public art.

“The one we have here is different because we ask for very poignant questions that help lead people through this feeling of what are we going to do? What now?” George Cominskie, president of the Westbeth Artists Residents Council, told Metro.

READ MORE HERE: METRO NEWS

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Film Screening TO KEEP THE LIGHT, created, directed and starring Erica Fae

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Inspired by true stories, a lighthouse keeper’s wife struggles with her work and her sanity as she cares for her sick husband in 19th century Maine. When a mysterious stranger washes up on shore, secrets buried in deep waters come to light, and she confronts both her past and her future.

Erica Fae graduated from New York University/Tisch School. Erica creates and produces original work, often from historical research. Her recent play “Take What Is Yours” (in which she stars, and co-wrote) received a Critics’ Pick in The New York Times and Backstage (2012). She appears in Lisa Robinson’s ground breaking short “Hollow”, premiering at Tribeca Film Festival (2013). She has won awards for Best Actress and Best Short for her short films, and has performed at New York Theatre Workshop, The Kennedy Center, Walker Arts Center, American Repertory Theatre, The New Victory, A.C.T., and Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, and Dance Theater Workshop. Erica teaches physical acting at Yale School of Drama and The New School’s MFA programs. She lives at Westbeth.

More info at: To Keep The Light.com

REVIEW from SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN: “… a gripping portrait… wonderfully mysterious… Fae’s Abbie is an entrancing blend of delicacy and strength, and the cinematography is just stunning.”

REVIEW from NASHVILLE SCENE: “women dominate this year’s NEW DIRECTORS category… TO KEEP THE LIGHT, erica fae’s slow-burning period drama, follows salt-of-the-earth abbie, who is tasked with tending to a lighthouse on a remote maine island during her husband’s illness. fae, who also stars in the film, has garnered praise for her work in theater, and it shows: she reveals her character through exacting body language that makes her situation visceral. inspired by true stories of women lighthouse keepers in the 1800s, TO KEEP THE LIGHT is beautifully shot, building tension against the harsh landscape, and fae proves to be a true new talent.”

TO KEEP THE LIGHT wins BEST OF SHOW: “… a unique film with a fascinating heroine who is as sturdy and distinctive as the maine coastline where the story takes place…”

REVIEW from the ORLANDO WEEKLY:

“first-time writer-director erica fae’s TO KEEP THE LIGHT is a quietly mesmerizing look at the lonely life of a lighthouse keeper’s wife who is struggling with her daily duties – and her sanity – while caring for her sick husband in 19th-century maine. when a mysterious stranger washes up on shore, she is forced to confront both her past and her future. shot much like a haunted-house thriller, the film takes on an ingmar bergman feel in the second half… its beauty and confidently methodical pacing – not to mention a solid performance by fae herself – make it one of the better offerings in the narrative features competition… captures the feel of the period and… features an interesting feminist theme.”

REVIEW from cinema365:

“every shot here is literally a work of art; this movie is like strolling through a museum where one great painting after another hangs on the wall… while this is her first feature film- with work like this, I sincerely hope ms. fae continues her work in the cinematic arts… fae gives the character an inner core that is stronger than steel and grabs the viewer’s attention and admiration. she may be one of the most memorable female characters you’ll see in any movie this year and you certainly won’t be forgetting any time soon after the credits roll…. an early candidate for my top films of 2016.”

REVIEW from THE MANEATER: “…a work of art and surreal beauty, this film is a must-watch because it throws light on obscured aspects of our history and imparts a valuable lesson of taking a stand for what is ours.”

FROM THE COLUMBIA TRIBUNE: ”… weds stunning visuals to the compelling story of a lighthouse keeper’s wife trying to care for her husband, their hime and herself…”

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REVIEW from WILLAMETTE WEEK:

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“abbie is the wife of an ailing lighthouse keeper on an isolated island off the coast of 1867 maine. when a stranger washes up on her shore, she’s forced to confront her life and desires. based on the approximately 300 women who served as lighthouse attendants in the 1800s, this film offers a glimpse into the lives of often forgotten heroines…”

from WOMEN IN FILM & TV VANCOUVER:

“fae’s film displays a gift for both masterful composition and mesmerizing drama as she imparts this involving story of an embattled woman relegated to the fringes of society but determined to be respected.”

GRISELDA STEINER’s playlet spoof
“MacTrump” in which the Thane
confronts the three witches appears in the December issue of SCENE4 arts magazine online

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Three WITCHES, IVANKA (Trump’s daughter with Ivana), TIFFANY (Trump’s daughter with Marla Maples) and Melania (Trump’s current wife) are dressed as glamorous witches in black gowns and witch hats. They are making a witches brew in a large cauldron over a fire in a dark wood…….

Read more HERE

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ARLENE GOTTFRIED’s MOMMIE
selected by TIME Magazine as one of the best photograpy books of 2016

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MOMMIE is a remarkable photographic portrait of three generations of women in the family of photographer Arlene Gottfried and an intimate story of the inevitable passage of time and aging. Pictured within, we are introduced to Gottfried’s 100 year old immigrant grandmother, fragile mother, and reluctant sister over the breathtaking course of 35 years.

An artist turning their eye on their own immediate family is a well explored theme, but Gottfried has achieved the sublime with a multi-decade long commitment to document the intimate lives of her nearest kin. Gottfried succeeds in creating a complete twentieth century portrait of four lives inextricably interwoven through relation, sickness, need, love, and the absence of her father—who passed away while Arlene was still young.

Living as many mid-century Jewish New York families did, the Gottfrieds were not wealthy and lacked any trappings of luxury. Close examination of their world on Avenue A in Manhattan’s Lower East Side reveals a dimly lit small apartment, cartons of budget saltines and groceries, chipped paint, damaged floor tiles, guarded loose change, and well worn clothes – details natural to the lives of many families of immigrants in New York.

Mommie is testament to the passage of time, changes in the generations, losing loved ones and a familial experience at once both similar and unique to all.

Source: Amazon

Link: http://time.com/4580692/best-photobooks-2016/

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Film Screening:
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY
Special Guest, Donna Reed’s daughter, Mary Owen

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On the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Westbeth Movie Night’s special event features Mary Owen, daughter of Academy Award winner, Donna Reed, to introduce the movie. FREE.

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY is a 1953 drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann and based on the novel by James Jones. The picture deals with the tribulations of three U.S. Army soldiers, played by Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, and Frank Sinatra, stationed on Hawaii in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed portray the women in their lives and the supporting cast includes Ernest Borgnine, Philip Ober, Jack Warden, Mickey Shaughnessy, Claude Akins, and George Reeves.

The film won eight Academy Awards out of 13 nominations, including for Picture, Best Director (Fred Zinnemann), Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra) and Supporting Actress (Donna Reed).[3] The film’s title comes originally from a quote from Rudyard Kipling’s 1892 poem “Gentlemen-Rankers”, about soldiers of the British Empire who had “lost [their] way” and were “damned from here to eternity.”

From Here to Eternity was selected in 2002 for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

source: Wikipedia