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Helene Aylon’s work opens January 18, 2020 at Mark Selwyn Gallery

Helène Aylon
First Coral, 1970
Acrylic on Plexiglas and aluminum
48 1/4 x 96 3/8 inches

Helène Aylon
January 18 – February 22, 2020

Marc Selwyn Fine Art is pleased to announce the gallery’s first presentation of works by the multimedia artist Helène Aylon. The exhibition features three of Aylon’s abstract series, Elusive Silver, Pouring Formations, and Paintings That Change in Time all created between 1969 and 1977. The seven Elusive Silver works employ industrial materials such as sheet metal, acrylic plastic, and spray paint. Pouring Formations and Paintings That Change in Time consist of linseed oil on paper mounted on Masonite panels.
Beginning in 1969, Aylon experimented with the idea of creating “painting that revealed itself,” in an attempt to introduce feminist consciousness to a medium that had, by then, been firmly dominated by the notion of a heroic, and almost exclusively male, American idiom. Refraining from mark making (“I didn’t want to be hammered in by exactitudes”), she allowed the works themselves to inform the evolution of her ideas.

Also featured in the exhibition is the work of Barry Le Va

More info :
Mark Selwyn Gallery
9953 South Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

UPCLOSE FESTIVAL features SONIC HAPPENINGS – a reimagining of Bell Labs at Westbeth : Dec 27 – Jan 4,2020

Where: New Ohio Theater for Young Minds
Archive Building
154 Christopher St
NYC

When: Dec 27, 2019 – Jan 4, 2020

Tickets: $25
or by Donation for Westbeth residents.
upclosefestival.com

UPCLOSE FESTIVAL – the immersive theater festival about the West Village for New Yorkers of all ages, presents

THE SOCIETY OF HISTORIC SONIC HAPPENINGS (SHSH)

Listen closely as The Society of Historic Sonic Happenings (SHSH)
– an imagined experimental wing of the famous Bell Laboratories – reveals a secret sonic history of our surroundings.

In 1920, as Bell Labs microphones ushered in the Golden Age of Radio, SHSH discovered that sound never dies and that the world is filled with the sounds of the past. But with the right device, at the right time, in the right place – and with some help – we can tap into these eternal frequencies and engage with the invisible layers of history around us.

The Team will work directly with SHSH scientists (Rachel Confrancisco, Brit Gossett, Alec Kirazian, LaToya Lewis and Akash Seeramreddi) to preserve these rare and forgotten sounds – from the crunch of dried tobacco leaves in Sapokanikan, the earliest known name for the area now called Greenwich Village (September 23, 1447) to the squeak of a pigeon squab on the window ledge of the 10th floor of the Archive Building (April 14th, 2017) – and work to preserve them in special sonic time capsules.

TEAM: Adrienne Kapstein (lead artist), Bhurin Sead (sound design), Hillary Verni (visual design) and researcher Paul Parkhill (co-founder of public art non-profit Place in Histor

Valerie Ghent appearing at the Sugar Bar on Dec 3 and Dec 10, 2019

Valerie Ghent
featured artist at
Nick Ashford’s “Nuttin’ but the Blues”

December 3 & December 10, 2019
8:30pm

Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar
254 W. 72nd Street NYC 10023

Reservations: 212.579.0222

Powerhouse recording artist VALERIE GHENT wows audiences with her emotive, evocative voice, piano chops to match, and “soul-stirring, uplifting songs full of vitality and joy.” With her bluesy, funky piano style, stunning 3 ½ octave vocal range, stellar production and engineering skills it’s no surprise that she has toured with music legends Ashford & Simpson and Debbie Harry, and worked with artists as diverse as Dr. Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, Sir Cliff Richard, Defunkt and Billy Preston.

Susan Berger ‘s work is featured at White Columns online Gallery

Susan L Berger
Two Pages Before My Yearbook Entry (Boys and Girls), 2017

White Columns Online : “Wise Child” curated by Zhoe Granger runs to 12/21/19.

Visit the Gallery and see Susan Berger’s work HERE

The theme is based on Monica Furlong of her book: Traveling In and for her thoughts on exploring a more spiritual of consciousness.

Monica Furlong states on the inside cover of Traveling In – part diary, part rambling LSD trip, “the religious man is the one who believes that life is about making some kind of journey”. Throughout Traveling In Furlong explores how a (widely) varying spectrum of Poets, Artists and Philosophers have metaphysically asked, “what is the journey and where does it take us”.

Transformation is an overarching theme throughout Furlongs’ oeuvre. Her biographies include the medieval Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and the 60’s counter culture revolutionary Alan Watts. Her book Visions & Longings: Medieval Women Mystics revolts against a biblical legacy on women. Later in Furlongs life she wrote the Wise Child trilogy – a fantasy world set in medieval Scotland. Not only does transformation take place within her books through subject matter, but on a wider level, the reader feels part of her internal transformation.

What stood out about each of the selected artworks chosen for this project was a resonance with Furlongs’ thoughts on exploring a more spiritual level of consciousness. Each work feels like an inquiry or a break “mid-journey”, not a neatly completed thesis. What I love so much about each work is the courage to Travel Inwards when most of us are constantly trying to distract ourselves with stuff, the consumerist journey through activity.

Arlene Gottfried ‘s photography appears in Feature Shoot Nov 2019

Boy with Knife photo by Arlene Gottfried, courtesy of of Daniel Cooney Fine Art

Arlene Gottfried’s Mesmerizing Photographs of New York in the 1970’s

by Miss Rosen
Feature Shoot
Nov 5, 2019

…. the ragged, jagged edges of the city didn’t frighten Gottfried. Rather, like a moth to the flame she found herself drawn to the people living on the margins, whose lives often fell between the cracks, and made it her business to create some of the most sensitive, compelling portraits of an era that has all but vanished.

“New York City street photography is genre of photography itself. How many photographs of New York have been made?” gallerist Daniel Cooney asks. “What makes Arlene’s work special is Arlene herself. We see New York as Arlene sees it. It is not the subject matter, because the subject matter is not new. It is Arlene. She was an original.”

Cooney organized Arlene Gottfried: After Dark, which was recently on view at the gallery, spotlighting the artist’s work made in some of the most legendary outposts of the late 1970s and early ‘80s. Whether hanging out at Studio 54, cruising through Times Square, kicking it at Empire Roller Disco, lounging in the ladies room at the Roseland Ballroom, or walking down Christopher Street during Gay Pride, Gottfried captures the beauty of people who persevere against the odds, defying state-sponsored oppression by simply remaining alive.

Read full article HERE

Kate Walter ‘s article in Senior Planet about Nancy Gabor’s You’re Never Too Old to Play

Don’t Act Your Age
by Kate Walter
Oct 26, 2019

Actor/director/teacher Nancy Gabor, 78, has devoted her life to theater. Now she’s sharing her wisdom with fellow seniors through teaching an acting class called “You’re Never Too Old to Play.”

Now in its third year, the three hour class meets weekly in the community room at Westbeth Artists Housing, in Manhattan’s West Village, where Gabor is a resident. The 23 current participants range in age from 60 to 95. The multi-cultural members come from all over New York City– the Bronx, Brooklyn, Harlem, Upper West Side, Greenwich Village, and even New Jersey.

Classes with a theater professional
Gabor received training as an actress at Carnegie Mellon and has directed more than 50 off Broadway productions, from new original plays to the classics.

Read entire article Here

Beth Soll and Company present Dances of Passion and Peace at University Settlement on Nov 22 and Nov 23, 2019

Image by Abby Walsh

Beth Soll presents Beth Soll & Company, an ensemble of dancers and musicians, in Dances of Passion and Peace, A Concert of New Dance, Music, and Poetry. This evening of dance premieres will also feature new music by composers Thomas Addison, Nuria Divi, Wendy Griffiths, Josh Rosen, and Stan Strickland, and poetry, both sung and spoken, of Robert Frost, Lin Haire-Sargeant, Langston Hughes, Rumi, and Walt Whitman. Poems will be recited in English, French, Catalan, German, French, and American Sign Language. The 11 dances will be performed by Janet Aisawa, Abby Dias, Kristen Hedberg, Lindsey Miller, Hannah McClean, Marisa Post, and Beth Soll. Singer Eliana Berrean and pianists Wendy Griffiths, Elizabeth Rodgers, and Alex Wu will also perform. Lighting Designer James Kolditz will illuminate the event.

PERFORMANCES
November 22 & 23, 8 PM, at University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street.
General Admission: $18
Tickets at https://passionandpeace.brownpapertickets.com, 1.800.838.3006 or at the door.

Presented by Dance Projects, Inc and co-presented by The Performance Project @ University Settlement

Inspiration for Dances of Passion and Peace came from Hermann Hesse’s The Glass Bead Game, and his interest in spiritual enlightenment within the context of contrasting, potentially transcendent ways of life: in this case, a life of power, love, and conflict versus a life of supremely quiet meditation.

“Gentle, unusual, luminous…iconic purity…thoughtful, beguiling dance.”
Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice

“This is dance at its most magical, mystical, mysterious.”
Cerina Survant, Chicago Reader
Beth Soll founded Beth Soll & Company in Boston in 1977, presenting regular concerts there and in other US venues (including Westbeth) and internationally, while directing the dance program at MIT for 20 years. After earning a Ph.D in the History and Theory of Modern Dance from the University Professors Program at Boston University in 1999, and a teaching stint at UCSanta Barbara, Soll moved to New York. Now in her seventies and still dancing, Soll’s very individual style has earned enthusiastic praise throughout the years. After 17 years on the waiting list, Soll happily joined the Westbeth community.

More information: bethsollandcompany.org