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Workshop: DIY Quick and Dirty Ephemera Swap II with Printeresting

Saturday, December 11, 2010


EFA partners up with Printeresting yet again to present another DIY Quick and Dirty Ephemera Swap!


We invite you to bring your prints, posters, photocopy art, zines, comix, buttons, t-shirts, stickers, chapbook, mail art and any other form of multiple that is ripe for distribution. The Swap is intended for creators to trade the stuff they've made with other creative-types (no sales, only trades) and embrace the gift economy made possible through mass production! 


For more information, and if you wish to participate, please contact us ( by December 1st to find out more. Space is limited, but we want you all here!


Hope to see you at EFA Project Space and prepare for a trading frenzy!

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November 5 - December 4, 2010
Opening reception: Friday, November 5, 6 – 9 pm
Gallery hours: Wednesday through Friday, 12 - 6 pm

Featuring commissioned posters by:
Fia Backström, Shannon Ebner, Patricia Esquivias
Spencer Finch, Joachim Koester, Alice Könitz
Gonzalo Lebrija, Mathias Poledna, Danh Vo
Literary contribution by: Michael Ned Holte

Curated by: Galería Perdida

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Living Dualities: Artists as Workers

November 16, 2010

EFA Project Space, 323 W 39 Street, 2nd Floor

EFA and CUE Art Foundation announce the fourth in a series of conversations focused on pertinent issues related to artistic survival in today's society.

Conversation led by Tova Carlin with Man Bartlett, Rob Hult, Marisa Jahn, Scott Kiernan, Sophia Peer, Summer Pierre,Ted Riederer, Amber Hawk-Swanson

 As new crops of artists enter the field, the question of how to support oneself as an artist must be continually readdressed. Historically, countless artists have taken "day jobs" to support their creative pursuits, but until recently this was something to play down. Many artists, in fact, have multiple jobs within the arts and social communities. Has the artist-worker become a more valid and accepted role? Is the paradigm of the artist full-time in the studio no longer a functional model? Can artists benefit from the work they do to financially support themselves? Can this feed back into their art? How can artists effectively negotiate between their multiple roles?

For the Artist of the 21st Century: CUE Art Foundation and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts partner to present a series of timely conversations focused on artistic survival. Zeroing in on essential and pervasive topics, the conversations are intended to encourage a dynamic flow of dialog and exchange. A round format provides an intimate experience for panelists and audience members alike and audience participation is encouraged. Panelists consist of a selection of artists and professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences who are significantly invested in the topic at hand, setting the stage for a layered and meaningful exchange. More than providing concrete answers, these conversations aim to bring to light the pressing questions and concerns faced by the creative community, and to encourage new modes for bridging gaps, brainstorming, and problem solving. It is through these conversations that CUE and EFA provide a firm platform for artists to thoroughly develop their own opinions and solutions to the challenges at hand.




Panelist Bios


Tova Carlin Tova Carlin is an artist living and working in Queens. She writes and

curates as part of her practice. She has shown at 179 Canal in New York, The Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Study, The Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, The Des Moines Art Center and The Limlip Art Museum in Korea, among other places. She writes for Art Review and has written for, and Paper Monument.

 Man Bartlett, a Philadelphia native, is an interdisciplinary artist who currently lives and works in New York. He has performed in a Best Buy, PPOW Gallery, Winkleman Gallery, an abandoned factory in Paterson, and The Whitney Museum, among other venues. His performances, drawings and installations have been written about in The Daily News, artnet, Art Fag City, Hyperallergic, and The Stranger. Bartlett is currently an artist-in-residence at Flux Factory, an arts collective in Long Island City.

Rob Hult is one of three owners and directors of Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery which opened in Brooklyn in 2004 and is now located in Manhattan.  Also a working artist, Rob is represented by CRG gallery in NYC and works as a freelance graphic designer as well.  He is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design BFA 2001 and is a 2010 Pollock-Krasner fellow. 

Marisa Jahn is an artist/writer/community organizer, and co-founder of REV- (, a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering art, design, and pedagogy. She is the co-editor of ‘Recipes for an Encounter’, ‘Byproduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices’, and ‘Where We Are Now: Locating Art and Politics in NYC.’ She has been a teaching artist with Center for Urban Pedagogy and artist in resident at CEC Artslink (Tajikistan & Estonia); MIT Media Lab; and Street Vendor Project, a grassroots vendor-led advocacy organization in NYC.  She is currently the Deputy Director at People's Production House.

Scott Kiernan is an artist living and working in New York City.  He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007 with a concentration in New Genres. Exhibition venues include Jack the Pelican, Dam Stuhltrager and NurtureArt in Brooklyn, NY; PS 122 in NYC; Southern Exposure, NASA's Ames Research Center and Baer Ridgeway Exhibitions in San Francisco, CA; and the New Life Berlin festival in Berlin, Germany; among many others. In 2008, he was included in the Third Guangzhou Triennial in China and EXHIBITION, a constantly shifting 6-month exhibition in a vacant NYC storefront. He has curated numerous exhibitions and now co-owns and operates the not-for-profit gallery Louis V E.S.P. in Brooklyn, NY.

Sophia Peer is a New York based artist and director. She received her BA from SUNY Purchase in 2002 and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY in 2006. Most recently her work has been shown at Kate Werble Gallery, Horton Gallery, Canada Gallery, and Envoy Gallery. She has been commissioned to create music videos for bands like Yeasayer, Ponytail and Woods as well as promos for Pitchfork and Mtv. Selected exhibitions and screenings include: The Queens Museum Biennial exhibition; Borderline Festival, traveling through Beijing, China; Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY; Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY.

Summer Pierre is an artist, writer and musician living and working in Brooklyn.  She is the author of The Artist in the Office: How to Thrive and Survive Seven Days a Week (February 2010) and the upcoming/new release Great Gals: Inspired Ideas for Living a Kick Ass Life (November 2010).  She has toured the east and west coasts as a singer-songwriter and released her debut album Far From Here in 2004.

Ted Riederer is an artist, writer, and musician living and working in New York City. Using photography equipment, painting supplies, electric guitars, amplifiers, old LPs, record players, drum kits, and vinyl lathes, Ted creates art of various media ranging from performance to video installation.  Riederer’s work has shown in exhibitions at the Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, David Zwirner, Goff+Rosenthal Gallery Berlin, PS1, Marianne Boesky Gallery, and most recently the Liverpool Biennial, and Pop-Up Lisbon.  In addition to his work as an artist, Ted has been an art handler for the past five years and is currently one of the head preparators at Marianne Boesky Gallery.

Amber Hawk Swanson is a professional development and grant writing consultant. Formerly a Program Officer at New York Foundation for the Arts, Hawk Swanson administered all aspects of Source, the nation's most comprehensive online database of resources for artists and it's corresponding national fundraising seminars. She also administered all aspects of MARK, the competitive program for visual artists seeking focus on the professional side of their creative practice. Prior to her positions at NYFA, Hawk Swanson was a Host/Producer on Chicago Public Radio's initiative and the Visual Arts Faculty Member for the Chicago Arts Program of the Associated Colleges Midwest. Also a video and performance artist, recent exhibitions include Locust Projects in Miami, Georgia State University, and Maryland Art Place. Hawk Swanson holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Workshop: at EFA Project Space

EFA Project Space is pleased to be a sponsor of, and we will be hosting a launch event on November 13th.

The following is a message from

Dear maker of independent work,

This is an invitation to join a group of artists, designers, and craftspeople on OurGoods is a website that connects creative people who barter skills, spaces, and objects. Use OurGoods to get your project done in a community that runs on mutual respect.

Want to meet us in person and find people to barter with? We're hosting an idea party and barter matchmaking event on Saturday, November 13th at EFA Project Space. We'll help you brainstorm about your project, organize your NEEDS and HAVES, and connect you to potential barter matches.

Saturday, November 13th from 3-5:30pm
EFA Project Space
323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor

3pm: Idea Party (led by Erin Marie Sickler)
Up to 10 participants (per group) will present ideas to one another in the following fashion: "This is what I want to do:_________; here is my obstacle:_________." Please send your idea/goal and obstacle to by November 10th.

4pm Live Barter Matchmaking
We'll map the HAVES and NEEDS of everyone in the room and connect potential barter matches. RSVP is required!

Co-sponsors: The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA Project Space), Exit Art, F.E.A.S.T., The Field, Lower East Side Printshop, and Smack Mellon.

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Reception: Create Change Public Artist Residency Meet & Greet

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 6:30pm

The Laundromat Project celebrates Create Change Public Artist Residency program at EFA Project Space.  The evening will consist of a meet and greet focusing on the residency artists' activities over the last six months, which have ranged from collecting oral histories to teaching sustainable organic stewardship. More info on the evening's events, and how to reserve a spot for a special dinner (!) coming soon. 

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Workshop: The Holster with Bryan Graf

The Holster is a publishing project organized by Gary Fogelson, Phil Lubliner and Soner Ön. They produce short run artist publications that present a single, focused body of work or document a single event. The methods they use to produce their publications are as important as the work contained inside them.


Between 12-6pm on October 16th, The Holster will be printing, binding, trimming and distributing a book of recent images collected and made by Bryan Graf. The book, conceived and designed in collaboration with Gary Fogelson and Phil Lubliner, presents Graf's process of finding and making images in real time by way of a modular edition that updates itself throughout the course of the day.

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A Collaboration with Showpaper

September 23 – October 23, 2010

Opening reception: Thursday, September 23, 6 - 10 pm

Gallery hours: Wednesday through Friday, 12 - 6 pm
Installations by: Catharine Ahearn, David Berezin, Grayson Cox, Charles Harlan, Steve Lambert, Francisco Marcial, Nadja Verena Marcin, George Pfau, Poster Company, Chris Rice, Borna Sammak.

Special four-part print series of Showpaper featuring new work from: Borden Capalino, Katja Mater,  Arthur Ou, and Grant Willing, 

Curators: Jie Liang Lin, Exhibition; Jesse Hlebo, Print Series and Zine Library

For up-to-date information on this project, check out the tumblr page.

EFA Project Space announces Short-Term Deviation. Beginning mid-September, this collaboration with the print publication Showpaper, is a month-long exhibition, publication, video and music event. Bringing the spirit of Showpaper—which crossbreeds music, art and D.I.Y. culture—to full incarnation, the gallery space will be transformed into a combination artist-crafted performance space, zine library, and video screening room.

In conjunction with Short-Term Deviation, Showpaper will run a four-part print series featuring new work from Grant Willing, Katja Mater, Arthur Ou, and Borden Capalino. With musical notation in mind as metaphorical framework, the artists were asked to respond to photos of the empty EFA Project Space— allowing these to serve as the initial ‘notation.’ Each issue is printed monochromatically in one of the four standard offset printing colors (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black), in homage to the composition of the printed object.

Dividing EFA Project Space into two distinct rooms, the varied installations in the performance venue and the library/screening rooms explore concepts of the material and immaterial through tone and ambiance, and to pose interventions. Events scheduled every Thursday consist of video screenings and musical and artistic performances that play with the concepts of structure and noise. In the performance space, Nadja Marcincreates a mobile installation to provide the framework for other performances in addition to her own, which she willperform weekly using ventriloquism to explore the “Four Poles of Assumed Truths.” 

Travess Smalley and Max Pitegoff present new work based on their collaborative work as Poster Company.Borna Sammak creates an installation for a video landscape pieced together from captured footage. Catharine Ahearn fabricates a light-piece consisting of treated and layered found coupons.

The zine library/screening room will feature, "Fans", a dual-fan installation by Charles Harlan; “Hot Tubs”, an interactive silk-screened floor-piece by Grayson Cox; and projected video installations by George Pfau andDavid Berezin. The screening program will feature works culled from the genres of sci-fi, horror, and street intervention, rendering psychological spaces of stylistic and behavioral deviation.

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Event: Roxana Perez-Mendez Performance and Conversation

June 18, 2010, 6:30- 8:30 pm

Organized in conjunction with Word-Less, Roxana Pérez-Méndez will perform a new piece using projection and real time video. Pérez-Méndez is a video, performance and installation artist who creates work about the arbitrary nature of contemporary identity through the lens of her own experience as a Puerto Rican woman.  

Following the performance there will be a discussion with the curator Felicity Hogan, "what is dialog?" about how narrative exists within the work of participating artists Brendan Fernandes, Fabienne Lasserre and Roxana Perez-Mendez. Questions from the audience will be encouraged!

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Event: Archetime + Art by Chance Film Fest Screening

Wednesday, June 9, 6:30 pm

EFA Project Space
323 W 39 St., 2nd Floor

Join us for an evening of short films and experimental videos focused on the subject of time, followed by an open discussion. The screening will feature creative works by artists and filmmakers from across the world

ArcheTime is an ongoing cross-disciplinary project dedicated to exploring artistic, academic and scientific concepts of Time (    

ART BY CHANCE 2010 is an International Ultra Short Film Festival explores how the perception of time is unique to every individual and how time can influence the narrative of city life, one of modern man’s greatest challenges (

ArcheTime Project is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council


Filmmaker Phillip Adams once said, “Of all the big questions of existence… none impacts our daily lives more than the problem of time.” 


The notion of time has always mystified and attracted the speculation of societies and civilizations. It dictates our lives, controls our actions. Each major stage of our life is delineated by a construct of time, be it birth, death, marriage, coming of age or retirement. Deadlines rule our days. Yet, despite its overwhelming importance to us, we know very little about time other than measurement of it. What is its nature? Where does it come from? Can it be saved, stopped, suspended or reversed? Can we travel back or forward in time? Is time on our side or against us? And will it ever end? Scientists, philosophers, and religious leaders, among others, have all attempted to answer these questions, yet we are left with few, if any, answers to perhaps one of the most important issues facing us all; what is time?

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Exhibition: WORD-LESS


June 3 - July 23, 2010

Opening reception: Wednesday, June 2, 6 - 8 pm

Gallery hours: Wednesday through Friday, 12 - 6 pm


Featuring live performances, photography, video, sculpture and installation works by Michael Paul Britto, Brendan Fernandes, Duron Jackson, Fabienne Lasserre, Jason Lujan, Rashaad Newsome, Min Oh, Roxana Perez-Mendez and Carolyn Salas.

Word-Less is an exhibition that  explores aspects of “blind” communication: narratives transmitted though gesture and/or symbolism rather than the written word. With its deliberate disconnect, the title of the show emphasizes and plays on ideas of tension and connection.  Some works are an emphatic expression of this tension, while others suggest the displacement or negation of the written narrative.

Curated by Felicity Hogan

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Workshop: Constellations, Toilet Paper, and 16th Century High Society: Workshop with Karen Azoulay

Wednesday, May 12. 6:30 pm

EFA Project Space
323 West 39 Street, 2nd Floor

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Common Jive

Join Common Jive artist Karen Azoulay in a collaborative workshop and toilet paper party! Azoulay will instruct participants in the craft of transforming the most disposable of all household products into a unique, everlasting work of art.

Toilet paper will be hand-stitched into wrist cuffs reminiscent of the elaborate neck ruffs seen in 16th-century Dutch portrait paintings. Once each design is complete, the newly decorated hands of each participant will then be photographed wearing their creations. These hand portraits will later be compiled by Azoulay and used to create a new artwork in her ethereal series Constellation Leo.

Similar workshops have been held at the University of Toronto, the ICCA in Cape Breton, and at the artist’s studio in New York. All are welcome. Bring a friend!

For more information or to R.S.V.P, contact Michelle Levy at

Artist Bio:

Karen Azoulay is a visual artist based in New York City. She received her BFA from York University in Toronto in 2000. Solo exhibitions include ‘Fire Tale’, curated by Joseph R. Wolin at Four Gallery in Dublin, Ireland, 2007; ‘Wading Under a Crackling Sky’, curated by Glenn Ligon at CUE Art Foundation in New York City (2007); and ‘The Evening Canopy and the Sunset Hour’ at Mercer Union in Toronto (2006).  Her work has been included in group shows at the Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY; Stichting, Eindhoven, Netherlands; Hanna Gallery, Tokyo; Art & Idea, Mexico City; Galerie Kunstbuero, Vienna, and White Columns, New York among others. Her work has been reviewed in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker,, Slate, The Believer, Canadian Art, Elle Magazine, Border Crossings, ReadyMade, and TimeOut New York.  She has received commissions from institutions such as The Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Art Magazine, The Power Plant in Toronto, and fashion designer Jeremy Laing.  Recent projects include ‘The Frontier is Here’, a group exhibition at the ICCA in Cape Breton, ‘Down with Liberty!’ a lecture project at Deitch Studios in New York City and ‘The Banquet of Tigress and Plumes’, a unique event that merged performance, food and sculpture

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Workshop: I Want To Share Pizza With You!! (Workshop with CYA)

Tuesday, April 27, 6:30 pm

EFA Project Space
323 West 39 Street, 2nd Floor

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Common Jive:

When you throw a party or movie night, what can't you miss?? Yes, Pizza!!!!

Pizza is the best food to share with family and friends. When you invite many people over, you often don’t have enough chairs. For this, we will create pizza cushions: four pizza slices that can be separate or combined into a whole pizza rug.

You can create your own topping and share with others to make a mixed pizza cushion. Let's make yummy and comfy pizza cushions together!

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Workshop: JuJu for the Blood: A Mix your own Power Workshop with Heather Hart

Tuesday, April 13, 6:30 pm

EFA Project Space, 323 West 39 Street, 2nd Floor

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Common Jive:

Create your very own juju bag!
You can choose a bag, and follow the recipe for your own desires!

As a participant in JuJu for the Blood, you get to choose how far, if at all, you would like to engage with the activity.  Empty bags will be provided for you, hanging in a cluster, and you will be select yours as directed. Each of you will fill your bag with the rootwork from recipes that you choose, in accordance to what is displayed before you. You can then take your juju bag home and let its hoodoo do its thing!

In an age of advancing technology, there coexists in the social imagination, an age of nostalgia. We search for our identity by looking to the past.  We define ourselves through a fine balance of imagination and history, outside and inside influences.  There are physical forms that evoke a primal response from us regardless whether we have experienced them first hand. Not only may a ‘thing’ have an actual history of its own, as does a juju bag, but its specific narrative changes depending on who experiences it.

Born in Seattle, Heather Hart lives and works in New York. She studied at Princeton and received her MFA from Rutgers University. Her work has been included in a variety of publications including Jamaica Flux: Workspace & Windows 2007, Neo-Constructivism: Art, Architecture and Activism, and The Feminine Mystique: Contemporary Artists Respond. It has been exhibited at Real Art Ways, Art in General, 92YTribeca, Rush Arts Gallery, Museum of Art and Craft in Japan, and inside New York subway cars. Hart was an artist in residence at Skowhegan, Santa Fe Art Institute and Whitney Independent Study Program and she's received fellowships from Socrates Sculpture Park and New York Foundation for the Arts.

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Exhibition: COMMON JIVE

Maria Piñeres,   Nascar     (2010), Cotton floss on paper, Courtesy the artist and DCKT Contemporary 

Maria Piñeres, Nascar (2010), Cotton floss on paper, Courtesy the artist and DCKT Contemporary 

April 3 - May 15, 2010

Opening reception: Saturday, April 3, 6 - 8 pm

Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 12 - 6 pm

Artists: Scott Andresen, Karen Azoulay, David Brooks, Milton Carter, Kate Gilmore, Nathaniel Kassel, Ai Kijima, Shana Moulton, Natsu, Brent Owens, Maria Pineres, Tanea Richardson, Whiting Tennis, Vadis Turner, Megan Whitmarsh, Saya Woolfalk

Opening April 3rd at EFA Project SpaceCommon Jive presents a spectrum of contemporary artists who summon up vernacular and traditional craft approaches in their art-making practice. Organized in a collaborative effort between curator Julie Fishkin, and artist Saya Woolfalk, the fifteen artists in the exhibition engage the dichotomy between communal pasts and the individual experience, intertwining them visually through the manipulation of common materials and re-examination of time-honored aesthetic practices. 

The work in the exhibition represents strategies of both the self-taught and formally trained. Rather than making a distinction between these tactics, Common Jive argues that these artists, presenting a resurgence of dedicated artistry combined with a concern for conceptual rigor, are part of a contemporary communal discourse.

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Panel Discussion: The Artist-Citizen

EFA and CUE Art Foundation announce the fourth in a series of conversations focused on pertinent issues related to artistic survival in today's society.

The Artist-Citizen
Tuesday, March 23, 6:30 pm

EFA Project Space
323 West 39 Street, 2nd Floor
$5 Suggested donation
Space is limited, rsvp to

Artists play an essential role in contributing to and shaping society. How can artists determine how to maneuver within existing structures to achieve lasting support both politically and socially? How can they hone power to implement change? What are the resources that artists may utilize to understand the rights and opportunities that already exist? What are steps artists can take to achieve greater agency?


Zefrey Throwell, artist

Caron Atlas, arts consultant for social change
Carin Kuoni, Director, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School
Steve Lambert, artist
Esther Robinson, Founder, ArtHome
Paul Mpagi Sepuya, artist
Ethan Shoshan, artist
Wallace Whitney, artist, co-founder, Canada Gallery
W.A.G.E., Working Artists and the Greater Economy

Zeroing in on essential and pervasive topics, these conversations encourage a dynamic exchange amongst participants and audience members alike. Participants consist of artists and professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds who are significantly invested in the topic at hand.

More than providing concrete answers, these conversations aim to bring to light the pressing questions and concerns faced by the creative community, and to encourage new modes for bridging gaps, brainstorming, and problem solving. It is through these conversations that CUE and EFA provide a firm platform for artists to thoroughly develop their own opinions and solutions to the challenges at hand.

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Reception: 'Companion' Closing Reception & Launch for 'Recipes for an Encounter'

Sat March 13, 6-8 pm: **/Companion/ Closing Reception & Launch for
/Recipes for an Encounter/*

Join us for the Closing Reception for Companion, on view now at EFA
Project Space, and a book launch with editors and contributors to
/Recipes for an Encounter/, a newly released book co-edited by the
exhibition's curator, Marisa Jahn/ (REV-).

//Recipes for an Encounter/ is a compendium of recipes, instructionals, diagrams, scores and texts that function as catalysts for various types of encounters. In /Recipes for an Encounter/, readers are invited to complete the work by testing out the recipes to yield infinitely varied outcomes. Contributors to the book and other artists will share their recipes in a night of interactive performances.


Presentations by Berin Golonu, Marisa Jahn, Karen Hakobian, Candice

Hopkins with live music by Ferrum Virgo (Tianna Kennedy and Hanna

Marcus, others TBA) performing 'Earlier Today.'

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The Perception of the Artist in the United States

CUE Art Foundation and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts partner to present the following as part of a series of timely conversations focused on artistic survival:

The Perception of the Artist in the United States

Tuesday, March 9, 6:30 PM
CUE Art Foundation
$5 Suggested Donation
Space is limited, please rsvp to

Establishing value for one’s practice is essential to gaining support in an artist’s career.  In order for artists to harness greater worth within our society, we must explore the current position many practicing artists find themselves within popular American culture, comparing it to the status of artists in other societies where artists appear to be more integrated and supported. Are things like globalism spurring change in the status of the artist throughout the world and if so, is this for the better? How have the actions of artists aided in this mentality?

List of Panelists:

Nathalie Anglès, Director/ Founder, Residency Unlimited

Mary Walling Blackburn, artist, writer

Rob Carter, artist

Mitch Epstein, artist

Andrea Galvani, artist

Gianni Jetzer, Director, Swiss Institute

Chen Tamir, Director, Flux Factory  

Hong-An Truong, artist, writer


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Screening: A Video Serenade

A Video Serenade:
Selected works by artists from Norway, Serbia, Russia, and the UK

Tuesday March 2, 2010 at 6:30pm

at EFA Project Space
323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor

EFA Project Space presents A VIDEO SERENADE, a screening of recent works selected by ArtVideoExchange (AVE) and Format Network.

AVE is an international exchange program and initiative between artists and curators that promotes the production and circulation of video programming worldwide. Format Network is an artists’ group based in Bristol, UK that focuses on staging activities of exchange and engagement, including screenings and exhibitions, lectures by invited artists, critics and theorists, and open-mic performance evenings.

A VIDEO SERENADE presents a wide range of contemporary video, from the performative to the personal to the fictive and the documentary. The program aims to reflect the unique mix of themes and approaches to video as exemplified by the artists supported by these two groups.


AVE– Serbia
program selection by Bojana Romić

Big Bang / Bojana Romić / 2009 / 2:30 min.
Never Gonna Give You Up / Goran Micevski / 2006 / 4:00 min.
Exhaustion of Europe / Jovan Čekić / 2005 / 8:07 min.
Clay Pigeon / Milos Tomić, 2005 / 6:41 min.
Atomic Watch / Nenad Kostić / 2006 / 1:13 min.
FPS (First Person Shooters or Frames Per Second) / Wim Janssen / 2006 / 3:08 min.

Format Network, UK
Song Archive / Yvonne Buchheim / 2009 / 5:00 min.
Weightless / Matt White / 2008 / 7:55 min.
A Hard Place / Ronnie Close / 2009 / 4:54 min.
Curtain / Peter Bobby / 2009 / 4.52 min. (extract, HD Video)

AVE– Russia
program selection by Vika Ilyushkina, CYLAND Media Lab

Son of King / Julia Zastava / 2008 / 4:29 min.
Little Black / Nikolay Kurbatsky / 2008 / 1:51 min.
I want to live through your death / Olga Jitlina / 2009 / 5:44 min.
Storage / Anton Hlabov / 2009 / 2:20 min.
Expulsion from the Paradise / Andrey Ustinov / 2003 / 2:01 min.
Vertigo / Kirill Shuvalov / 2003 / 1:43 min.
Never ending / Masha Sha / 2005 / 2:12 min.
Mom / Yuri Vasiliev / 2002 / 0:55 min.
Feedback / Maksim Svishev / 2009 / 5:42 min.
Purification / Veronica Rudyeva-Ryazantseva / 2008 / 4:30 min.

AVE– Norway
program selection by Mona Bentzen

Amerika / Ane Lan / 2003 / 3:15 min.
Che Guevara’s Rolex / Birgitte Sigmundstad / 2009 / 4:40 min.
Par Hasard / BULL.MILETIC  / 2009 / 5:15 min.
Opacity / Farhad Kalantary / 2005 / 5:30 min.
Erase / Margarida Paiva / 2009 / 3:30 min.
Felix Culpa, A Handmade Massacre / Martin Skauen / 2007 / 5:06 min.
RUR / Mona Bentzen / 2010 / 2:16 min.


A VIDEO SERENADE is organized by Madeline Djerejian, AVE-USA, in cooperation with ArtVideoExchange and Format Network, with support from the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), CYLAND Media Art Laboratory (St. Petersburg, Russia), and the St. Petersburg branch of the National Center of Contemporary, Art (NCCA).

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Performance: Parafacts & Parafictions


Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 6:30-8 pm

EFA Project Space, 323 West 39, 2nd Floor

Join artists Pablo Helguera, and Jimbo Blachly & Lytle Shaw for performance-presentations related to their work in ‘Companion,’ an exhibition curated by REV- on view at EFA Project Space from January 15- March 13, 2010. The performances will be followed by a Q & A session moderated by Marisa Jahn, artist and exhibition curator. 

Art historian Carrie Lambert-Beatty offers a definition of the term ‘parafiction’, a term used to describe an emergent genre of artwork that plays in the overlap between fact and fiction: “Like a paramedic as opposed to a medical doctor, a parafiction is related to but not quite a member of the category of fiction as established in literature and drama. It remains a bit outside. It does not perform its procedures in the hygienic clinics of literature, but has one foot in the field of the real.”  If a 'parafiction' operates in that space between fictional and real, alongside this term we might position a second: a ‘parafact’—an artwork that more stringently draws from the real—but a ‘real’ whose narrative is so curious, exquisite, or implausible so as to call into question its own veracity. Pablo Helguera, and Jimbo Blachly & Lytle Shaw’s performance-presentations engage both of these tacts. In so doing, the artists raise questions about the function of truth and fiction—its bearing on knowledge, ethics, or aesthetic transformation.

Description of the Works
The Temporary Museum of Vaseline in Perth Amboy is the latest iteration of J. Blachly and Lytle Shaw’s ongoing research into the cast of characters known as the ‘Chadwick family.’ While following up leads about missing Chadwick family relics in the New Jersey city, the duo instead stumbled upon the possibility of naturally occurring Vaseline springs in the region. 

Pablo Helguera's What in the World replicates a popular television show from the 1950’s in which artifacts were presented to a team of archaeologists, artists, and aficionados to decipher. Adapting the show’s theatrical conventions for a You Tube generation, Helguera departs from the objects to focus on the eccentric museum staff, positioning the institution itself as the subject of the ethnographic inquiry.

This event will include a special pre-launch presentation of Helguera's new book, What in the World (Jorge Pinto Books, 2010).  What in the World consists of a collection of biographical essays around larger-than-life, and often eccentric individuals who played key roles in the history of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology of the University of Philadelphia.

Jimbo Blachly was born in Orange, NJ in 1961 and moved to New York City in 1990.  He has had solo shows at Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NY and at Esso Gallery, NY. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at Gallery Campo + Campo in Antwerp, Belgium, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, and the Drawing Center, NY.  Lytle Shaw is a New York-based writer whose books include Low Level Bureaucratic Structures: A Novel (Shark, 1998), Cable Factory 20 (Atelos, 1999), The Lobe (Roof, 2002), and Frank O’Hara: The Poetics of Coterie (Iowa UP, 2006).  Since 2004 Shaw has co-edited the Chadwick Family Papers with the artist Jimbo Blachly.

Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) is a New York based artist who adopts the formats of the lecture, museum display strategies, musical performances and written fiction. Helguera has exhibited or performed at venues such as MoMA, PS1, the Royal College of Art, London; 8th Havana Biennal, PERFORMA 05, Havana; Shedhalle, Zurich; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Brooklyn Museum; MALBA Museum, Buenos Aires; Ex-Teresa Espacio Alternativo, Mexico City; The Bronx Museum; Artists Space, New York; and Sculpture Center, Queens. He has been reviewed in Art in America, Artforum, Frieze, Afterall, and the New York Times, and has received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a Creative Capital Grant. He is the author of eight books including The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary ARt Style (2005) and Theatrum Anatomicum (And other Performance Lectures) (2009). He is currently Director of Adult and Academic programs at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Marisa Jahn is an artist, curator and writer who explores, constructs, and intervenes systems. In 2009, with Stephanie Rothenberg and Rachel McIntire, Jahn founded REV- (, a non-profit organization that fosters socially-engaged art, design, and pedagogy.  From 2000-2009, Jahn co-directed “Pond: art, activism, & ideas,” an organization dedicated to experimental public art. Her work has been presented internationally in public spaces, galleries, and museums.  In 2009 Jahn was an artist-in-residence at MIT’s Media Lab, an artist participating in CEC Artslink/Global Art Lab’s project in Tajikistan, and the inaugural curatorial fellow at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. She is the co-editor of the online journal Where We Are Now: Locating Art & Politics in NYC ( and two books—Recipes for an Encounter (Western Front, 2009) and Byproducts: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices (YYZ Books, 2010). 

At EFA Project Space
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 West 39th St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY |

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6:00 PM18:00

Exhibition: COMPANION

January 15 – March 13, 2010

Opening reception: Wednesday, February 10, 6 - 8 pm

Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 12 - 6 pm


Projects by: Tom Bogaert, Cui Fei, J. Blachly & Lytle Shaw, Pablo Helguera, Sarah Oppenheimer with Edward Stanley, Karina Skvirsky, Yuken Teruya, Saya Woolfalk with Rachel Lears, plus special screening of Margaret Mead & Gregory Bateson's Bathing Babies in Three Cultures (1951) b

Curated by Marisa Jahn for REV-

EFA Project Space announces Companion, an exhibition of artworks contextualized with the source that influenced their creation. Using the EFA Studios Program as a curatorial foundation, Companion culls together cultural projects that draw inspiration from references mined from history, culture, and science.

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