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Closing Reception Events: A Night of Collaborative Translation

Friday, December 16, 2011

6:00 - 8:00pm, EFA Project Space, 323 West 39 St, 2nd Floor

As part of a closing reception for Telefone Sem Fio: Word-Things of Augusto de Campos Revisited, Telephone and guests welcome the public to join in an interactive game of Concrete Poetry themed "Telephone." Special vocal/music performance by Telefone Sem Fio poet-artist Edwin Torres and guest Sean Meehan to begin earlier in the evening.

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Lecture: A Conversation with Tom Moody

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

6:30pm, EFA Project Space, 323 West 39 St, 2nd floor

Tom Moody is known for his lo-tech digital art. In conjunction with Telefone Sem Fio, Moody will talk about his visual mash-up of de Campos's digital material, and about the animated gif as art-form. In particular, Moody will consider whether the concrete poetry movement of the 1950s anticipated the mechanics of the Internet, as some have said, or whether the movement still exists in a "street" form on websites such as and

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Event: Evening with Artists: Telefone Sem Fio

Friday, December 2, 2011

6:30pm, EFA Project Space, 323 West 39 St, 2nd Floor


Please join us for a special evening walk-through with a group of artist/poets from Telefone Sem Fio. Artists present will speak about their contributions to this unique project, and about the experience of approaching the works of Augusto de Campos. Special guests include Bibi Calderaro, Macgregor Card, Deric Carner, Brendan Fernandes, Rossana Martinez, Jennifer Schmidt and Dannielle Tegeder. 

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Lecture: The Inter-Arts Poetics of Augusto de Campos

Friday, November 11, 6-8pm 

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


In conjunction with Telefone Sem Fio: Word-Things of Augusto de Campos Revisited, Charles A. Perrone (University of Florida) will elaborate on the sixty years of incomparable inter-arts poetics in the multifarious work of Augusto de Campos. As a complement to the exhibition, Perrone will share further examples of portable visual poetry, material lyric, mail art, early digital interpretations, and sound tracks.

Perrone will be joined by the exhibition curators, and several artist/poets who have contributed new meditations on de Campos’s work.

Charles Perrone  is the author of Brazil, Lyric, and the Americas (2010), Seven Faces: Brazilian Poetry Since Modernism (1996), and Masters of Contemporary Brazilian Song:  MPB 1965-1985 (1989).  Augusto de Campos figures prominently in all three.

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Rossana Martinez, "See the World in Orange and Blue," 2011

Rossana Martinez, "See the World in Orange and Blue," 2011

November 4 - December 17, 2011                                                                               

In collaboration with Telephone

Artists: Bibi Calderaro, Deric Carner, Brendan Fernandes, Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain, Rossana Martinez, Tom Moody, Trong Gia Nguyen, Jennifer Schmidt, Dannielle Tegeder, and Andrea Van Der Straeten.

Poets: Jean-Sébastien Baillat, Jen Bervin, Ray Bianchi, Macgregor Card, Nico Pam Dick, Kenneth Goldsmith, Thessia Machado, Benjamin Moreno, Charles Perrone, Steve Savage, and Edwin Torres.

Curators: Sharmila Cohen, Paul Legault, Michelle Levy with lead consultant Charles Perrone

EFA Project Space, in collaboration with Telephone present Telefone Sem Fio: Word-Things of Augusto de Campos Revisted.  This exhibition uses the work of the Brazilian poet Augusto de Campos as a catalyst for an experimental multi-disciplinary exercise in which an outstanding group of poets, translators and artists, who exist across a continuum of text, sound and visual expression, invent translations of select examples of De Campos' work.

Augusto de Campos is a poet, translator, music critic, and visual artist whose work emphasizes the direct connections between language, sound, and image.  He was one of the originators of Concrete Poetry, an international movement that began in the 1950s and continues to influence the work of musicians, visual artists, and writers today.

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Event: Telefone Sem Fio Opening Reception and Performances

Friday, November 4, 6-8pm

At EFA Project Space, 323 West 39th St, 2nd floor


EFA Project Space and Telephone present the opening of Telefone Sem Fio: Word-Things of Augusto de Campos Revisited with special performances by Nico Pam Dick and Thessia Machado beginning at 7:45pm.

 Thessia Machado, performing as link, will do a short solo with 'synf on the radio'. Synf is an analog synthesizer of her own design that combines 3 oscillators and a divider chip – a big racket in a small package. For this performance its signal will be beamed through a radio transmitter to a portable radio, making it go through a series of translations and modulations.

Nico Pam Dick will be reading three concrete poems—transpositions and transmutations of two de Campos pieces—in an effort to induce transfixed and translit states of transport.  She may also transform into Steve Savage and read as/from him.

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Panel Discussion: On the Efficacy of Creative Remembrance

Welcoming curator Joseph DeLappe and discussion panelists Yaelle Amir, Wafaa Bilal, Matt Kenyon, Sayoko Yoshida, and Raul Zamudio

Thursday, October 20, 2011                                                                                   6:30pm                                                                                                                                 

EFA Project Space, 323 W. 39th St., 2nd floor

The panel discussion will be moderated by project director and exhibition curator Joseph DeLappe and include jurors Yaelle Amir and Raúl Zamudio, and artists Wafaa Bilal, Matt Kenyon and Sayoko Yoshida.  A wide-ranging discussion will ensue regarding the efficacy of the conceptualization and realization of contemporary memorials, monuments and counter-monuments to the victims of war.  How do we critically assess the effect of a project such as What are the pitfalls and possibilities of developing DIY memorial projects? For more information about the exhibition please click here.


Joseph DeLappe is a Professor of the Department of Art at the University of Nevada where he directs the Digital Media program. Working with electronic and new media since 1983, his work in online gaming performance and electromechanical installation have been shown throughout the United States and abroad. He has lectured throughout the world regarding his work, including most recently at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Yaelle Amir is an independent curator and writer based in Brooklyn, NY holding a Research Scholar position at NYU's Institute of Fine Arts. Her writing and curatorial projects focus primarily on emerging and mid-career artists whose works meld the creative process with immediate social concerns, with an emphasis on photography, video, and new media. She has curated exhibitions at Artists Space, ISE Cultural Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Nurture Art, and Wallach Art Gallery, among others, and her writing has appeared in numerous art publications including Art in America, ArtLies, ArtSlant, and Sculpture Magazine.

Wafaa Bilal is an Assistant Arts Professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He is known internationally for his on-line performative and interactive works provoking dialogue about international politics and internal dynamics. Bilal's work is constantly informed by the experience of fleeing his homeland and existing simultaneously in two worlds – his home in the "comfort zone" of the U.S. and his consciousness of the "conflict zone" in Iraq. He came to the U.S. where he graduated from the University of New Mexico and then obtained an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Matt Kenyon is an Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan where he teaches physical computing, video and 3D animation.  He received his M.F.A in painting from Virginia Commonwealth University, and find interest in the convergence of art, emerging technologies and popular culture. Many of his recent works feature wearable computing technologies and robotics as a means for making cultural critique, including his collaborative projects for S.W.A.M.P.

Sayoko Yoshida is a New York based multidisciplinary designer with a solid graphic design background. She earned her MFA from Parsons The New School for Design in 2009 while working as a Senior Information Designer at Parsons Institute for Information Mapping (PIIM). Sayoko is constantly seeking possibilities to explore new interactive technologies and visualization techniques.

Raúl Zamudio is a New York-based independent curator and writer, and one of the jurors of 2009 Iraqi Memorial.  He has curated over 80 solo and group exhibitions in the Americas, Asia, and Europe including co-curator, "City Without Walls" 2010 Liverpool Biennial; co-curator, Constellations: 2009 Beijing 798 Biennial; artistic director, Garden of Delights: 2008 Yeosu International Contemporary Art Festival; co-curator, Turn and Widen: 2008 Seoul International Media Art Biennial; and co-curator of an official collateral exhibition titled Poles, Apart, Poles Together for the 2005 Venice Biennial.  He is author, co-author, or contributor to more than 50 books and catalogs, and has also published extensively in many periodicals including Trans> Arts Culture Media,  Contemporary, Tema Celeste, zingmagazine, Flash Art, Public Art, La Tempestad, Art in Culture, Journal of the West, [Art Notes], Art Nexus , and Framework: The Finnish Art Review.

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Event: Opening Reception & Performances

Friday, September 9, 6-8pm

At EFA Project Space, 323 West 39th St, 2nd Floor

EFA Project Space presents opening reception and related performances. A number of performance by artists will take place during the opening and throughout the show: Jack Toolin will be collecting photos of participants for My Space for Your Life, an ongoing creation of Facebook pages for deceased Iraqi civilians. Chuck Chaney will perform the durational One Was Too Many,  folding many tiny tissues in the representation of a flag folding ceremony. 

Mark Skwarek and John Craig Freeman will premiere The U.S./Iraq War Memorial, an augmented reality public art project, which allows the public to view 3D caskets representing losses on both sides of the conflict.

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Chuck Chaney,   One Was Too Many,   installation view, 2009

Chuck Chaney, One Was Too Many, installation view, 2009

September 9 - October 22, 2011                                                                                 

Curated by: Joseph DeLappe

Participants: Tyler Adams, Vincent Akuin & Michael Manalo, Jorge Aldea, Tony Allard, Mehedi Amin, kenAR AEC & Team, Nadia Awad, Bill Balaskas, Joshua Berger, Chuck Chaney, Joseph Choma, Ivan Contrearas Rubio, NaJa + deOstos, Peter Di Salvo, Rodrigo Donoso, Carla Drago, Rob Duarte, Hakki Erol, Al Fadhil, Susanne Fasbender, Liz Filardi & Erik Burke, Sara Fiore, Nestor Armando Gil, Amro Hamzawi, Linda Hesh, Jona Hoier & Andreas Zingerle, Peter Janssen & Ward Janssen, Suzanne Kanatsiz, Athanasia Karaioannoglou, Matt Kenyon & Doug Easterly, Lynn Marie Kirby, Simon Kuntze-Fechner & Eddie Pinaud, Paula Levine, Patrick Lichty, Megan Mailloux, Alban Mannisi, Cat Soergal Marshall, Stephen Mundwiler & Cara Lee, Yaniz Ophir & Gila Fakterman, Farid Rakun, Julio Ramirez, Bekim Ramku, Rashad Salim, Andrea Stanislav, Erin Finch Stevens, Ehren Tool, Jack Toolin, Mark Tribe, Werryson Wijaya, Geri Wittig, Alyssa Wright, Sayoko Yoshida.

What is is a participation-based conceptual project launched in 2007 as an internet platform for artists, designers, and architects to propose concepts for memorials to the unrecognized civilian casualties incurred during the ongoing conflict in Iraq.  Existing as an open call and growing archive of ideas and works, is an effort initiated by one individual to call upon the collective creative community to consider the cost of war from all sides. Over the four years of the project's existence, the site has evolved to feature over 175 speculative memorial concepts and documentation of a variety of completed memorial projects.

From September 9 through October 22nd, 2011, EFA Project Space presents an exhibition of plans and responses selected out of the pool that now exist on the site. The proposal guidelines encourage participants to use a wide range of locations and mediums to create collective memory and unity, drawing upon traditional and expanded ideas of memorial. The exhibition on display at EFA presents a selection of several dozen of the most striking submissions as selected by two juror’s reviews in 2008 and 2009 as well as more recent projects that have been uploaded to the site.  Featured projects span a range of creative practices including:  architecture, social media, geomapping, performance, video and the visual arts.

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2011 Studio Residency for NYC Arts Workers Public Reception and Open House

Meet the 2011 Studio Residency for NYC Arts Workers Residents

Friday, August 26th

6-9pm                                                                                                                                                                   EFA Project Space, 323 W. 39 St., 2nd Floor

On Friday, August 26th, EFA Project Space will be open for the public to meet our new 2011 residents participating in the 2nd annual Studio Residency for New York City Arts Workers. The residents - Gisela Insuaste, Theresa Marchetta, Douglas Paulson, Roddy Schrock, Chad Stayrook, and David Terry - will be available at their work spaces to discuss their residency experience so far, all ideas for their work, and their artwork on display. Please come by for this special reception to support the program and these influential artists! 


The gallery will be reserved for our new residents August 13-28, 2011. Please click on the links for more information on the residency program or here for the 2011 residency blog

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Event: The Inaugural Residents: One year later, Presentations from our 2010 Studio Residency for NYC Arts Workers

Wednesday, August 10th 6-9pm                                                                                           At EFA Project Space, 323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor

They took over EFA Project Space’s 3,000 square foot gallery for two weeks last August 2010 to focus on their individual studio practice. In that time, they planned, they drafted, they researched, they constructed, they painted, they edited, they dug, they recorded, and they photographed. Our residents drew inspiration from their previous experience(s) with EFA Project Space, the gallery or their immediate environment, their careers as arts workers, and each artist’s ongoing curiosity in topics of exploration relating to their individual lifestyle and practice. Since the 2010 Residency inception, the residents have continued to meet throughout the year to support each other and share their progress in artistic practice, experimentation, change of direction and their related duties in the arts. 

Now, one year later, EFA Project Space’s inaugural residents would like to share their studio residency experience with you. We know the night’s events will instill a sense of urgency and inspiration in others through these discussions of artistic practice and balancing a life in the arts as arts workers and artists. Please join us on the evening of Wednesday, August 10th for a series of presentations that reflect on what the residents have accomplished, and where they are going. 

For more information about the Studio Residency for New York City Arts Workers, please click here and refer to the 2010 Residency blog.

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Event: Kon Tiki (1950): A Special Screening

Thursday, July 21          

6:30 - 8:30pm                                                                                       

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

EFA Project Space is excited to host a rare screening of Kon-Tiki in conjunction with Sea Worthy: An Exhibition.  Kon-Tiki, released in 1950, recounts Norwegian biologist-explorer Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 trans-Pacific expedition on Kon-Tiki, a hand built, forty-foot balsa and bamboo raft. The raft was named after Inca sun god Viracocha known in ancient times as Kon Tiki. This expedition aided Heyerdahl's theory that people from South America were able to settle Polynesia in pre-Columbian times by using simple-construction rafts, like Kon-Tiki, to navigate the Pacific Ocean via the Humboldt Current and easterly trades.

Kon-Tiki, captured in black and white, shot on a single 16mm camera, and filmed by the crew, documents the six Scandinavians aboard the hand-crafted raft and their encounters with sharks, whales, dolphins, and sailfish throughout the perilous journey. The documentary is the only feature length Norwegian film to have won an Oscar in 1950. It received the Academy Award for Best Documentary, and was nominated for Best Foreign Film by the National Board of Review in 1951. 

This aquatic documentary adds a deeper dimension to the discourse introduced through Sea Worthy: An Exhibition, which draws on the creative significance of the hand built water vessel. It touches on historical contexts of intercultural navigation, channeled through Michael Arcega's national waterway expeditions; immigration or settlement reflected in Rachel Bacon's full-scale Cuban immigrant raft; high endurance sea voyages like Reid Stowe's record-breaking 1,152 days at sea without docking or re-stocking; and floating cultural environments constructed from detritus material and navigated by Swimming Cities.

Please join us for this special screening of 101 suspenseful days of traveling 4,300 nautical miles aboard Kon-Tiki! Popcorn and other refreshments will be available the evening of the screening.

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Panel Discussion: Take to the water! A discussion with artist - Nomads on the Aquatic Open Field

Thursday, June 16

6:30- 8:30 pm

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

In conjunction with the Sea Worthy exhibition, EFA presents Take to the Water! an evening of presentations and conversation focusing on three significant creative movements that involve the rejection of land-based conventions in order to establish platforms for new possibilities on the ubiquitous waterways.  Join us as Constance Hockaday shares stories of her work with the Floating Neutrinos, Swoon talks about her activities with Miss Rockaday Armada and the sea-borne Swimming Cities collective, and Mary Mattingly describes the vision and realization of the Waterpod project. Following the presentations, Sea Worthy curatorial team member Dylan Gauthier will lead a discussion and talk-back with the artists.

About the Participants
Constance Hockaday is a nautical artist and lecturer. She is a member of a tribe known as theFloating Neutrinos. Headed by modern nomads Poppa Neutrino and Captain Betsy, they have built more than twelve rafts, largely from salvaged and recycled materials - one of which has crossed the North Atlantic Ocean. The Neutrinos have been a major influence in many of the artists in the Sea Worthy expedition series and to radical boat-builders everywhere.

Mary Mattingly is a New York-based artist and founder of The Waterpod, a self-sustaining inhabited barge containing living quarters, a farm, and performance space which floated from port to port in NYC during the summer of 2009. The Waterpod, a major collaborative effort by a team of artists, engineers, and architects, was envisioned by Mattingly as a model structure that could be “adaptable, flexible, self-sufficient, and relocatable, responsive to its immediate and shifting environment.”

Swoon is a well-known street artist and founding member of the Miss Rockaway Armada, Swimming Cities of the Switchback Sea, and the Swimming Cities of Serenissima, floating along the Mississippi River, Hudson River, and the Venice Lagoon, respectively. Swoon's array of rafts built from salvaged materials has been a floating home to more than 30 artists, crossing hundreds of miles of water while stopping periodically along the water's edge for performances.

Dylan Gauthier is an artist, writer and educator, and a co-founder of Mare Liberum (, a boat-building and publishing collective based near the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.  He has been organizing this Summer’s Sea Worthy project, alongside Jean Barberis, Ben Cohen, Michelle Levy, Georgia Munster, Kendra Sullivan and Sally Szwed.

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Exhibition: SEA WORTHY

Dearest Margaret:     I am delighted to be writing you from aboard the ocean-going exhibition Sea Worthy, chartered by the respectable companies Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Flux Factory and Gowanus Studio Space. We are due to sail on June 10th, and there is a public reception planned from 6-8 pm at the EFA Project Space to see us on our way.  It has been raining now for weeks. Hopeful it will clear...     Your beloved--  R

Dearest Margaret:


I am delighted to be writing you from aboard the ocean-going exhibition Sea Worthy, chartered by the respectable companies Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Flux Factory and Gowanus Studio Space. We are due to sail on June 10th, and there is a public reception planned from 6-8 pm at the EFA Project Space to see us on our way.  It has been raining now for weeks. Hopeful it will clear...


Your beloved--


June 10 - July 29, 2011


Part I: An Exhibition on view at EFA Project Space, June 10 – July 29, 2011

Part II: Workshops at the Gowanus Studio Space. Ongoing: May - July, 2011

Part III: Excursions brought to you by Flux Factory. Ongoing: July - September, 2011

In collaboration with Flux Factory and The Gowanus Studio Space

Artists included in the Sea Worthy exhibition are: Michael Arcega, Rachel Bacon, Jimbo Blachly & Lytle Shaw, George Boorujy, Matt Bua, Adriane Colburn, Heather Dewey-Hagborg & Thomas Dexter, Amze Emmons, Jason Gandy, Richard Haley, Haley Hughes, Sarah Julig, Jonathan Kaiser, Marie Lorenz, Orien McNeill, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Anne Percoco, Natalia Porter, Duke Riley, Tod Seelie, Reid Stowe, Swimming Cities, and Swoon.

Curatorial Committee: Jean Barberis, Benjamin Cohen, Dylan Gauthier, Michelle Levy, Georgia Muenster, Kendra Sullivan, and Sally Szwed.

EFA Project Space, Flux Factory and The Gowanus Studio Space present Sea Worthy, an exhibition and series of public screenings, performances, lectures, workshops and artist-led excursions on the water.  With 72 islands and over 700 miles of coastline, New York City is a formidable archipelago. This project invites discussion about water access, activates the largest open space in the city, and engages maritime themes in contemporary art practice. Sea Worthy brings together artists from here and abroad – in consultation with boat builders, world-class mariners, historians, writers, activists, and ecologists – to make new work about, around, and on the waterways of New York City in the summer of 2011.  

Sea Worthy presents work by artists who employ the boat as a platform for collective action, private reflection and liberatory possibility. The sea voyage suggests both an opening and a crisis – the expanse is daunting, uncontrollable, and full of dream potential.  To explore this terrain, the artists take to the high and low seas, metaphorically, virtually, and in reality.

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Exhibition: Acting the Words is Enacting the World

May 17 - May 28, 2011

Reception: Thurs, May 26, 6pm-8pm

Public Viewing:

Fri, May 27 - Sat, May 28, 2011, 12pm - 6pm

Led by: Huong Ngo and Hong-An Truong 

Acting the Words is Enacting the World is a two week-long experiment in radical modes of education. Working with a group of young people aged 16-20, Truong and Ngo will conduct a series of intensive workshops that explore the economy from a perspective of philosophy, history, and art. This project approaches collaborative art-making and radical education through Augusto Boal’s theater techniques, using performance as a mode of knowledge transfer through an activation of spectators as actors.

With Acting the Words is Enacting the World, EFA Project Space begins a series of projects built around the concept of the Artist / Organizer. This series will highlight the activities of individuals who, through the act of organizing, pioneer the evolution of our creative landscape. Artist / Organizers are artists by nature who feel compelled to organize - to readdress / refresh / change the framework through which we experience artistic expression.

Click here to view the press release for this workshop. For more information please contact

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Event: Playing to the senses: An Evening of Food and Discussion with Elizabeth Thacker Jones

Friday, April 29, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Organized in conjunction with the Prolonged Engagement exhibition, and inspired by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett’ Playing to the Senses: Food as a Performance Medium*, Elizabeth Thacker Jones addresses the link between performance and food as it relates to the growing interest in local and regional food systems, and specific artistic practices that revolve around ideas of prolonged engagement and sustainability.  To ground the conversation, Jones and curator Erin Sickler will provide a dinner made from locally sourced ingredients.  The event is $13 per person and BYOBeverage; seating is limited.

*In Playing to the Senses: Food as a Performance Medium, folklore and performance scholar Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett draws several parallels between food and performance.  First, that they are both executed, using various tools, actions, and materials; second, that they both behave, as governed by laws, customs, and habits; and finally, that they are displayed, requiring participants to understand these products as aesthetic objects.  In relation to artists’ interest in food as a medium, Kirshenblatt-Gimblett asks: Since cooking techniques, culinary codes, eating protocols, and gastronomic discourses are already so highly elaborated, what is there left for professional artists who chose to work with food as subject or medium to do?  By inserting the undeniably sensual experience of eating into the rare, abstracted discourse of art, artists are able to reframe both the nature of food and the nature of art by highlighting their respective roles as historical, social, and phenomenological elements.

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Elizabeth Thacker Jones works to understand our relationships to food systems. Her focus is on programming for emerging educators and designers to address access to healthy and sustainable food. She is currently a Nutrition Educator in New York City Public Schools in collaboration with Studio in A School, NYC Greenmarket and Columbia Teachers College. She is known for her pies and vast knowledge of sustainable caviar. She received her BA in Visual Art and French from Oberlin College (2002) and is pursuing a Food Studies MA from New York University. Elizabeth lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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Lecture: Artist Talk with Jesal Kapadia

 Where the sound is outside the ear, the ear can hear the sound. Where the spoken word is outside the speech, one can speak about something.

Friday, April 15, 6:30pm - 8pm

Prolonged Engagement artist Jesal Kapadia will discuss her most recent work titled 'a history of doing,' and elaborate on the process of working with images that document radical women's movements in India from the turn of the last century until now. Continually inspired by the writings of Gayatri Spivak, as well as her experience as Art Editor for Rethinking Marxism journal, Kapadia asks the questions: what does it mean to be 'an engaged feminist individual,' and how might one re-arrange desires, rather than locate needs?

For more information please contact


Jesal Kapadia is an artist from Bombay, India, now living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work frequently blurs boundaries between pedagogy, art and life through subjects of the avant-garde and revolution, people's movements and feminist struggle. Her role as Art Editor for the journal Rethinking Marxism, and her collective work with members of 16beavergroup, an artist community in downtown Manhattan, have shaped and influenced her overall art practice. Kapadia's work was shown locally and internationally, at the Guangzhou Triennial in China, Experimenta Film Festival in India, Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn, the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, and the MIT media lab in Cambridge, MA. She recently completed a residency in the Humanities Institute at Northwestern University and currently teaches at the Eugene Lang College at the New School University and International Center for Photography NY. She previously taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Cooper Union School of Art and CUNY College of Staten Island, NY.

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Esperanza Mayobre, Colirio (Eyedrop), Installation view, 2004

Esperanza Mayobre, Colirio (Eyedrop), Installation view, 2004

March 25 – May 7, 2011 

Opening Reception: MArch 25, 6:00pm

Gallery hours: Wednesday through Friday, 12pm - 6pm


Artists:  N. Dash, Jesal Kapadia, Deana Lawson, Esperanza Mayobre, JJ Peet, Harriet Salmon, and Jaret Vadera.

Curated by: Erin Sickler

Prolonged Engagement is an exhibition that brings together artists who create aesthetic conditions rather than discrete art objects. Finding beauty and ingenuity amidst human imperfection, the artists in Prolonged Engagement allow the world to act upon them as they act upon it. As with tinkerers, inventors, and other radical thinkers, they know that the ah-ha moment is not a singular event, but rather one that absorbs information from the outside world, mixes and remixes it, and allows new ideas and processes to gradually fade into view. Driven by productive antagonisms and juxtapositions, they create complex environments for inquisitiveness and transformation that go beyond simplistic notions of failure and success.

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Event: I like the Art World: An evening of Performance and Creative Advice

Thursday, February 17th 6:30pm                                                                                                         

Representatives from the How’s My Dealing? blog will give the inside scoop on New York galleries.  Who doesn’t pay their artists?  Who sleeps with their interns?  Who “loses” artwork?   

Man Bartlett embarks on an entire day of liking the art world (and, more specifically, liking I Like The Art World And The Art World Likes Me) in #24hLike.  Bartlett will live at EFA Project Space for 24 hours, broadcasting his “likes” via Twitter and a live video stream.  

Lisa Levy will analyze members of the audience in Dr. Lisa’s Ego Challenge for Artists.  Participants will have their egos judged on a scale of 1 through 10 and receive a prescription for personal and career success from Dr. Lisa.  

Pablo Helguera, author of The Estheticist, provides, “a free ongoing service of art consultation around practical, philosophical and ethical issues around the visual arts profession.”  He will be answering viewers’ questions about how to navigate the art world.


Please write to The Estheticist!

The Estheticist is a free service and advice column for the visual arts profession. Questions may relate to professional dilemmas (how can I approach a curator?), ethical issues in the art world (should I curate myself into a show?), conflict of interest-scenarios (should I curate my boyfriend into a show?), basic skills questions ( how does one enter into the biennial circuit?)  practical matters (should I move to Berlin?) or serious theoretical issues (what is the function of art today in society?)


Write us with your question to or drop them off at our mailbox at the EFA Gallery. WE WILL RESPOND TO EVERY SINGLE INQUIRY.  In exchange participants questions will be included anonymously in future publications of the Estheticist as a tool for art professionals (if you want to be acknowledged with your real name, please specify this in your inquiry).You can visit the blog here:

Artist Bios:

Man Bartlett has made work in many media, but most recently has focused on performance art, drawings, and installation art. Currently he is an artist-in-residence at Flux Factory in Queens, NY, and has a studio in Brooklyn. Bartlett He has exhibited professionally nationally and is included in private collections in many American cities, as well as in the flatfiles of Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, ebersmoore in Chicago, and OneWay Gallery in Narragansett.

Lisa Levy is a conceptual artist, self-proclaimed psychotherapist, performer, comedian and advertising art director. Lisa has exhibited widely at venues such as White Columns, Artists Space, Printed Matter, The New Museum and the Scope Art Fair. Her other performances include "Psychotherapy LIVE!" where she plays shrink to the audience and "Red Carpet LIVE!" where she is a red carpet host.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, and performance. Helguera’s work focuses in a variety of topics ranging from history, pedagogy, sociolinguistics, ethnography, memory and the absurd, in formats that are widely varied including the lecture, museum display strategies, musical performances and written fiction. Helguera’s work is in the collections of MoCA Chicago, El Museo del Bario, and the Weatherspoon Museum.

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Panel Discussion: A Love/Hate relationship: Artists explore their fixation with the Art World as Subject


Thursday, February 3, 6:30 pm

Join us for a panel discussion featuring curator and artist Eric Doeringer in conversation with exhibiting artists Jennifer Dalton, Loren Munk, and William Powhida. The panelists will discuss their reasons for making art about the art world and the ways that their subject matter and art careers have influenced one other. 


Panelist Bios:


Eric Doeringer is a Brooklyn-based artist known for his “Bootleg” series and other aesthetic satires which explore the relationship between the copy and the original. Doeringer was commissioned by The Whitney Museum to create a multiple for their Initial Public Offerings program and has been included in exhibitions at the Museo De Arte Contemporaneo De Castilla Y Leon (MUSAC), The Bruce Museum, The Itami [Japan] Museum of Arts And Crafts, and Takashi Murakami’s GEISAI Miami artist fair.


Jennifer Dalton is a mixed media artist represented by Winkleman Gallery in New York. Her work studies the art world from a statistical perspective, exposing the disparities between coverage of male and female artists in Artforum, the fortunes and shopping habits of major art collectors, and the most under/overrated artists. Dalton recently collaborated with William Powhida on the #class exhibition at Winkleman Gallery, in which they transformed the gallery into a think tank/performance space/lecture hall for one month.


Loren Munk is a New York-based artist and critic originally from the great American West. In 1981 Loren's work debuted in SoHo; at about this time he moved his studio to Red Hook, Brooklyn. In addition to exhibiting in Brazil, France, Germany and the United States, Munk has received national and overseas public and private commissions. His criticism is published by the Brooklyn Rail and his video reviews of gallery shows appear on


William Powhida’s paintings and drawings sharply critique the art world. Now living and working in Brooklyn, Powhida has recently attained notoriety for his drawing critiquing the politics of the New Museum’s Skin Fruit exhibition, as well for “Hooverville” a detailed depiction of a shanty town erected outside of the Miami Beach Convention Center. He is represented by Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles, and Platform Gallery in Seattle.

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6:00 PM18:00




January 14 - March 5, 2011 

Opening reception: Friday, January 14, 6 - 8 pm

Gallery hours: Wednesday through Friday, 12 - 6 pm 


Aritsts:Conrad Bakker, Marc Bijl, Jennifer Dalton, Eric Doeringer, Nancy Drew, Bill Drummond, Alex Gingrow, Grennan & Sperandio, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Charles Gute, Nate Harrison, Pablo Helguera, Dan Levenson  / Little Switzerland, The Matthew Higgs Society, Loren Munk, Filip Noterdaeme, Laurina Paperina, William Powhida, Ward Shelley, Jade Townsend


I Like the Art World and the Art World Likes Me  features artists whose subject matter is the art world.  The title plays on Joseph Beuys's infamous performance I Like America and America Likes Me, in which the German artist inhabited a small gallery alongside a coyote. Organized by "bootleg" artist Eric Doeringer, I Like the Art World and the Art World Likes Me explores the fraught relationship between emerging artists and the established art world.  The exhibition title can be read as either sincere or sarcastic, as these artists all have "love/hate" relationships with the art world.  They desire to participate more fully and to be recognized but are simultaneously repulsed by some key aspects. There is a critical or iconoclastic character to much of the work, but also a great deal of reverence.  Despite their criticism these artists clearly love art.

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