Controversy regarding NYTimes critic Ken Johnson’s recent reviews of “Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980” at MoMA PS1 and “The Female Gaze” at PAFA, in which he questioned the value of art by women and people of color, has culminated in a petition, signed by over 1,600 people, including artists Kara Walker, Glenn Ligon, Coco Fusco, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Janine Antoni, Louise Lawler, Julie Mehretu, Emily Roysdon, Clifford Owens, Lucy Raven, Lorraine O’Grady and Martha Rosler, art historians Rosalyn Deutsche, Miwon Kwon, and Robert Storr, as well as curators Chon Noriega, Brooke Davis Anderson and Dan Cameron. The petition states, essentially, that his review does not meet the Times’ editorial and professional standards and that the troubling issues it raises should be addressed by the paper.
PIFA 2013 is nearing, and as such they’ve put out a call for vendors. If you’re interested in being a part of this (and you should – last year’s was an astonishing success), act quickly because there’s a limited selection of booths from which to choose. The theme this year is “If You Had a Time Machine….” which should make all the steampunk enthusiasts out there very happy indeed!
via Erica Minutella – It’s also the time of year for InLiquid’s annual benefit, v. 13. There are many volunteer shifts available, from Monday, February 11 to Monday, February 18, in a variety of roles. If you’re interested in participating in this year’s event, please visit the Volunteer page and submit your shift preference on the form, along with your name and email.
The artists of Studio Incamminati are participating in a huge group show at the National Arts Club for their tenth anniversary. Featured are 28 artists and over 50 works of art from accomplished artists, including Founders Nelson and Leona Shanks. The opening reception is on Thursday, January 3, from 6–8 P.M. The exhibit continues January 4–15, 2013, Monday–Friday 10 A.M.–5 P.M. The National Arts Club is located at 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY; there is an accompanying Studio Incamminati artists demonstration there on Friday evening, January 11, from 6–9:30 P.M. For information on this and other special events visit Incamminati’s website. The exhibiting artists are: Alisyn Blake, Jon deMartin, Joseph Dolderer, Kerry Dunn, Stephen Early, Jason Espey, Robin Frey, Rob Goodman, Anne E. Hall, Katya Held, Natalie Italiano, Peter Kelsey, Darren Kingsley, JaFang Lu, Erin McGrath, Ruth Miller, Yoni Park, Diane Rappisi, Christina Rose, Kate Savage, Liora Seltzer, Leona Shanks, Nelson Shanks, Sakiko Shinkai, Rebecca Tait, Dan Thompson, Caroline Weitzman, and Lea Colie Wight.
Erin Riley has a show opening in just a few days at Aviary Gallery in Jamaica Plain, MA. Called New Material, there’s a reception January 3 at 6-9 PM; the show continues through January 31.
See you all in the happy New Year!