New York, NY - On selected Tuesday evenings in June and July, Dia will present an outdoor series of diverse programs devised specifically for the Hispanic Society of America's Audubon Terrace at Broadway between 155th and 156th streets, New York City. By subway take number 1 train to 157th and Broadway. Admission is free. Reservations are recommended 212 293 5582 or Tuesdays@diaart.org. All programs are outdoors; visit www.diaart.org for inclement weather updates.
On Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at 8:30 pm, the video program Lessons in the Sky: A Filmic Tribute to Audubon will be screened. This program is organized by Andrea Grover, founder of Aurora Picture Show. John James Audubon's New York farm, Minniesland, once occupied 40 wilderness acres of what is now the Washington Heights Neighborhood in Upper Manhattan. This cinematic tribute to the universal pastime of bird watching is a nod to the farmland that once comprised this region, Audubon's life work with birds, and the timeless current of artists' studies of wildlife. This screening will showcase artist-made short films and videos on birds and natural history in a variety of genres including performance, documentary, experimental, animation, audio works, and found footage. Includes works by Simone Bennett, Klara Hobza, Nina Katchadourian Emily Kuehn, Julia Oldham, and Dana Sherwood, among others.
On Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at 7pm, Eileen Myles will present The Collection of Silence, a baroque site-specific work around the possibilities of silence as central to the syntax and punctuation of everyday life. A diverse group of poets will present short pieces at various locations on the outdoor plaza of Audubon Terrace, where they will be joined by a group of students from PS4. Also accompanied by dancers, Buddhists, an opera singer, and a life drawing class, this mute and active gathering will demonstrate and celebrate the collective power of silence and the capacity of an unvoiced poem to serve the communal purposes of public life. Participants include poets Charles Bernstein, Stephanie Gray, Tim Liu, Monica De la Torre, and Rachel Zolf, Christine Hou, and Julie Patton, dancer-choreographer Christine Elmo, The Village Zendo, and soprano Juliana Snapper. The silent texts will be available in a bilingual edition at the performance.
On Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at 7:30 pm, Sonic Episodes: An Evening of Audio Works will be presented. This final event in the series presents a program of audio works that narrate visual experiences through the medium of sound. The program will include a wide range of artists and feature a new work by Ulrike Müller.
Andrea Grover is the founder of Aurora Picture Show, a nonprofit center for film, video, and new media in Houston, Texas. Grover dedicates her time to curating, promoting, and writing about artist-made film and video works, live cinema, and real-time video performance. Among her curatorial projects are a traveling screening of works by the late video pioneer, activist, and iconoclast Andy Mann (2005); a film screening, co-curated with the late Diane Shamash of Minetta Brook, New York, which featured films by James Benning, Peter Hutton, and Andy Warhol (2006); "Phantom Captain: Art and Crowdsourcing,"at apexart, New York (2006); and a series of screenings and public lectures for the exhibition "No Zoning" at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Presently she hosts a biannual screening series called Menil Movies, highlighting films and videos from the archive of The Menil Collection, Houston, and is co-curator and producer (with Sandra Percival) of the public art series "Confluence: Points of View on Buffalo Bayou."
Eileen Myles is a poet (Sorry, Tree), who writes fiction (Cool for You), and a performer and libretticist whose opera "Hell" (with composer Michael Webster) was performed on both coasts in 2004 and again in 2006. From 2002-2007, she directed the writing program at the University of California, San Diego, and is currently Professor Emeritus of Writing & Literature there. The Importance of Being Iceland, a collection of writings on art, culture, and queerness for which she received a Warhol/Creative Capital grant, will be out in July from Semiotext(e)/MIT. She lives in New York.
Ulrike Müller is an artist living and working in New York and Vienna, Austria. She has worked with the queer feminist collective LTTR, is the editor of Work the Room: A Handbook on Performance Strategies (OE/b_books, 2006), and currently serves as visiting faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Visual Arts program. Recent exhibitions include Empfindung at Augarten Contemporary in Vienna (2009), Two of Three Things I Know About Her at the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, and Unmonumental Audio at the New Museum in New York (both 2008).
Special thanks to The Hispanic Society of America and The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA). This program is generously supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York City Councilmember Robert Jackson. Beverages compliments of Brooklyn Brewery.
The Hispanic Society of America
Founded in 1904, The Hispanic Society of America is dedicated to the presentation and study of Hispanic culture. The collection is unparalleled outside of the Iberian Peninsula, and provides deep insight into the culture and art of Spain, as well as significant representation from Portugal and Latin America. Since 1908, the Society has been housed on Audubon Terrace between 155 and 156 Streets in Manhattan, in the Beaux-Arts complex that includes buildings by architects Charles Pratt Huntington, Stanford White, and Cass Gilbert. Comprising both library and museum, the Society has a diverse collection of paintings, decorative arts, books, manuscripts, maps, prints, and photographs, dating from the second millennium B.C. through the twentieth century, and is open to the public free of charge. For additional public information, visit www.hispanicsociety.org.
Dia Art Foundation
A nonprofit institution founded in 1974, Dia Art Foundation is internationally renowned for initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving art projects. Dia presents public programs and its permanent collection of works from the 1960s through the present at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries. In the fall of 2007 Dia initiated a partnership with The Hispanic Society of America through which Dia presents commissions and projects by contemporary artists within the Society's galleries while seeking a permanent home for these initiatives in New York City. Additionally, Dia Art Foundation maintains long-term, site-specific projects in the western United States, New York City, and Bridgehampton, Long Island. For additional public information, visit www.diaart.org.
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