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“out of story”: poetry, politics, and praxis

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Erica Baum,  Page Pencil , 2013 (Dog Ear) and  Spectators , 2009 (Dog Ear), archival pigment prints, 9 x 9 in., edition of 6 + II AP.  Courtesy the artist and Bureau, New York   

Erica Baum, Page Pencil, 2013 (Dog Ear) and Spectators, 2009 (Dog Ear), archival pigment prints, 9 x 9 in., edition of 6 + II AP.  Courtesy the artist and Bureau, New York


“out of story”: poetry, politics, and praxis

Saturday, April 1, 2017

205 Hudson Gallery
Hunter College Art Galleries
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
Entrance on the south side of Canal between Hudson and Watts

12pm: Story time hosted by Word Up with coffee and pastries

1pm: Bookmaking workshop by Esther K. Smith of Purgatory Pie Press

5–6pm: Artist/curator, Janna Dyk of Brooklyn Press in conversation with artists Golnar Adili and Adam Golfer about how family history and language navigate sociopolitical landscapes in their recent book works.

6–8pm: Readings by Erica Baum, Georgia Faust, Jasmine Gibson, Janelle Poe, and Derica Shields

Reception to follow

12pm: Story time hosted by Word Up

Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria came into existence when a group of neighbors decided to make a space where their community could gather, exchange, grow, learn, laugh, argue, and reflect together. As a completely volunteer-run endeavor going on 6 years in Washington Heights—an underresourced part of the city that is often left off the map of Manhattan—we have built a family from our daily work of caring for the shop and its people. The books we have selected for inclusion in this exhibition feature some of the voices of our neighborhood. Home at Word Up: The Story of a Bookshop in Washington Heights is a bilingual children's book that the volunteer collective created together after our crowdfunding campaign that allowed us to move into our current, more permanent space. 

1pm: Bookmaking workshop by Esther K. Smith of Purgatory Pie Press

Purgatory Pie Press is one of the longest running artist/presses. Founder Dikko Faust handsets antique metal and wood type and typographic elements and letterpress prints on a Vandercook, collaborating with artistic director Esther K Smith and other artists and writers. They have had exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum, the V&A, and been included in group exhibitions at MoMA; collections including Cooper Hewitt, the Whitney, National Gallery, Smithsonian, San Francisco MoMA, Tate, Harvard, Yale and many other rare book libraries through the world.

5–6pm: Artist/curator, Janna Dyk of Brooklyn Press in conversation with artists Golnar Adili and Adam Golfer

Golnar Adili is a mixed media artist based in Brooklyn. She was born in Virginia and moved to Iran when she was four. She left Iran to pursue higher education in the US. She holds a Master's degree in architecture from the University of Michigan, where she received the Thesis Award and was the recipient of the Booth Traveling Fellowship to Tehran, in 2006. She has attended residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation for the Arts in Bellagio, Italy, Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation for the Arts, Lower East Side Printshop, and Women’s Studio Workshop among others.

Some of the venues Adili has shown her work include, Craft and Folk Art Museum LA, Cue Art Foundation, International Print Center NY, Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Lower East Side Printshop. Some of the grants she has received include the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, The Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists Books, Puffin Foundation Grant, and the Urban Artist Initiative grant. Golnar is currently a resident at the Center for Book Arts in New York.

Janna Dyk resides in New York, where she is an artist and independent curator. In 2015 she received a MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College, after continuing studies in Photography at the School of Visual Arts (New York), and Literature and Spanish Linguistics as an undergraduate. A 2016 Rema Hort Foundation ACE Grant recipient, she has exhibited work and participated in residencies in the United States, Lebanon, and China. Recent exhibitions include Unravelled (2016) at the Beirut Art Center, To Tell You (2015), and Shall We Talk or Will We Just Gaze (2014), at 205 Hudson Street (New York). Her cross-disciplinary work navigates such varied subjects as psychology, linguistics, poetry, and perception. A 2015-16 curatorial fellow at Booklyn, select projects include [ON SILENCE] (2012) at the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, OPEN CAGE: NEW YORK (2012) at Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology; Strange Labor (2015), Cottage Industry (2015), Hard to Place (2016), and Valid From Until (2016) at Booklyn. She is editor of A House Without a Roof, a trilingual artist book by Adam Golfer. Her art and curatorial projects have been reviewed in The Curator, SEEN, ArtForum, Art in America, the NY Times, and Hyperallergic. In the Spring of 2017 she is a curatorial resident at the Marble House Project.

Adam Golfer is a photographer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn. His short films “Router” and “We’ll Do the Rest,” look at the socio-psychological spaces between histories, where complexity and contradiction challenge the way we understand the past, present and the future. Echoes of his own family histories are often present, although the geography, time and place may be entirely different. Recent exhibitions of his work have been shown at 205 Hudson Gallery at Hunter College, Booklyn, the Camera Club and the 92nd Street Y in New York. His commissions have appeared in The New York Times, FT Weekend, Art21, TIME, Harper’s, Die Zeit and the New Yorker, among others. In September 2015, Golfer's solo exhibition at Booklyn, “A House Without a Roof,” was a critic’s pick in Art Forum. With generous grants from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and the Puffin Foundation, the subsequent book was published in 2016. “A House Without a Roof,” was shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation First Book Award, the Mack First Book Award and was awarded the Snider Prize from the MOCP in Chicago.

6–8pm: Readings by Erica Baum, Georgia Faust, Jasmine Gibson, Janelle Poe, and Derica Shields

Erica Baum, lives and works in New York. Current and recent museum exhibitions include Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin, The Jewish Museum, New York. For the Love of Things, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York 2016, Photo-Poetics: An Anthology, Kunsthalle Berlin and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2015; Reconstructions: Recent Photographs and Video from the Met Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2015; After Dark, Mamco, Geneva, 2015; and the 30th Bienal de São Paulo: The Imminence of Poetics, São Paulo, Brazil, 2012. Recent solo exhibitions include The Following Information, Bureau, New York, 2016; Stanzas, Galerie Crevecoeur, Paris, 2015; The Paper Nautilus, Bureau, New York, 2014

Georgia Luna Smith Faust was born, raised, and currently lives in lower Manhattan where she presides over poetry and corporate bankruptcy administration. She is the author of the chapbook Too Faust Too Furious (Resolving Host, 2016), the collaborative artist book, Pests of Public Importance (Purgatory Pie Press, 2016), and the forthcoming collection Too Big to Fail (Metatron, 2017). She holds a BA in Literature and American Studies from Macalester College and an MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College.

Jasmine Gibson is a Philly jawn now living in Brooklyn and soon to be psychotherapist for all your gooey psychotic episodes that match the bipolar flows of capital. She spends her time thinking about sexy things like psychosis, desire and freedom. She has written for Mask Magazine and LIES Vol II: Journal of Materialist feminism, Queen Mobs, NON, The Capilano Review and has published a chapbook, Drapetomania (Commune Editions, 2015).

Multidisciplinary artist and City College of New York MFA student in creative writing, Poe’s writing explores the intersections of injustice, primarily race, class and gender, along with the nuances of privilege and oppression. A DJ with degrees in international studies, Spanish, and fashion design, and nearly twenty years living in New York City working in corporate and non-profit sectors, the influence of her diverse experiences and travels is transparent in her writing as is her Black, feminist and American identities. A VONA/Voices of Our Nation participant and coordinator of the CCNY MFA Reading Series, she is committed to building community amongst artists and creating opportunities for artists to gather and share their truth. 

Janelle has performed at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Revolution Books, and Printed Matter in New York City. Recent publications include “Eyes of The Tiger” in Aster(ix) literary journal’s Winter ’16 Edition and "Black & White Studies”, a zine created alongside the painter Sheryl Oppenheim with Small Editions press.

Derica Shields is a writer, editor, and programmer from South London. Her day job is Features Editor at Rookie. In 2013, she co-founded The Future Weird, a screening and discussion foregrounding weird, experimental, and speculative films by black artists and directors. Her research interests include black literature, visual art, film, and futurisms. 

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