News post – Recess toasts to 5 years, Rutgers goes to Red Hook, Amze Emmons in print, opportunities and more!


Gregory Walker.
Gregory Walker and Yinka Shonibare. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Gregory Walker brings us word that as part of the Henry Box Brown Festival, the Brothers’ Network is hosting a conversation and tour of Yinka Shonibare’s work. The Henry Box Brown Festival celebrates the artistic and social contributions of African men, so this is a wonderful companion to Shonibare’s exhibition currently on display at The Barnes Foundation, and we anticipate that it’s going to create a lot of great conversations around race, culture, gender and class.

Recent podcast subject Amze Emmons is one of the featured artists at Stonefox Editions, a professional print studio in Philadelphia, who have just rolled out their brand new Editions Club. It’s a sweet deal – members receive original, exclusive and handmade limited edition prints through an annual subscription. Subscriptions are available in two price tiers, and Editions Club members choose the print they prefer from the artist selection, which this year Amze Emmons, Frances Gallardo and Alex Hamrick. Nice to have something like this for print nerds of Philly!

Lancaster locals alert: Roberta and Libby are giving a lecture on “The Global Art Scene — Philadelphia to Shanghai,”  at 4:30 p.m. today in Franklin and Marshall College’s Stahr Auditorium in Stager Hall!


Our region’s independent filmmakers have a festive summer to look forward to: Film al Fresco is approaching, so here’s what you need if you’re in the process of entering. A juried competition and outdoor summer film series, the festival is an offshoot of the Galleries at Moore that gives a voice to emerging Philadephia-based indie artists. Filmmakers who reside in the Greater Philadelphia and Delaware Valley regions are eligible to submit film projects for consideration. There is no entry fee, and April 30 is the deadline.  The submission categories are:

  • Narrative Feature (41 minutes or longer)
  • Documentary Feature (41 minutes or longer)
  • Narrative Short (40 minutes or less)
  • Animated Short (40 minutes or less)
  • Documentary Short (40 minutes or less)

CUE Art Foundation just came out with its 2014 call for curatorial proposals. Prior applicants will remember how it works, but for newcomers, CUE selects a curator or curatorial team to receive project support and a platform for dual curatorial research and exhibition planning skills. With CUE’s guidance, the winning curator/group puts on a group exhibition in CUE’s space with related public programming and an accompanying exhibition catalogue in July 2015. The prize money consists of a $1,000 unrestricted stipend and an exhibition budget of $4,000, with CUE chipping in up to $1500 toward shipping expenses and up to $4000 for catalogue production. The deadline for proposals is 11:59pm EST, May 1st, 2014. Application fee: $10. To read the full prospectus and apply, visit CUE’s proposal rundown. Please note: proposed artists must live or work in the United States. Proposals must be conceptually rigorous, the proposal must include four or more artists, half of whom must qualify as under-recognized (no gallery representation and no solo exhibitions in a major venue within the last ten years), and curators may not include their own work in the exhibition. To apply, send an exhibition proposal of up to 1000 words; a list of at least four participating artists; at least one image per artist, or up to one minute of video per artist for video and time-based work; a detailed image list; a line-item budget; and a curator’s CV. For questions regarding the application requirements, please contact Jessica Gildea, Programs Director:

Artist News

Derrick Velasquez' new work, now in BoulderMOCA. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Derrick Velasquez’ new work, now in BoulderMOCA. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Pentimenti artist Derrick Velasquez’ show A Language of Structure was mounted in February at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, but there are still a few days left to see it – the show closes April 13.

Jacolby Satterwhite Still from Reifying Desire 5 (detail), 2013 HD digital video, color 3-D animation, 8:45 mins. Courtesy of Monya Rowe Gallery
Jacolby Satterwhite
Still from Reifying Desire 5 (detail), 2013
HD digital video, color 3-D animation, 8:45 mins. Courtesy of Monya Rowe Gallery

Coming up on April 23 at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Recess Gallery’s five-year anniversary celebration is on track to become one of the landmark events of 2014. Packed to the rafters with talent, the entire event is co-chaired by the excellent selection of Kim Gordon and Jacolby Satterwhite. Audrey Crabtree, Liz Magic Laser and Molly Lowe are featured performers; there’s a DJ set by Chances with Wolves; artists include Riitta Ikonen, Christine Sun Kim, Simone Leigh; and the event committee including Elia Alba, Matt Cahill, Elizabeth Lamb, Thomas Lax, and Wendy Vogel. Satterwhite’s portion of the evening is going to be something else: he’ll wear a new video bodysuit adorned in a four channel video installation, an accoutrement for the video that is already projecting in the space. He’ll be performing his character from “Reifying Desire” live at Recess for four hours. The show runs 9:30pm – 12:00am;  you can purchase tickets either through the site or by writing a check to “Recess Activities, Inc.”41 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013.

But wait, there’s more Pioneer Works: the gallery is currently holding an exhibition for this year’s graduating M.F.A. students from Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts. Jersey Fresh, aka “Rutgers in New York” opened April 5 and continues until April 20, giving the exhibitors a great span of exposure in a rapidly up-and-coming arts neighborhood. On view will be works by: John Almanza, Caitlin Carouge, Sean Catherine, Thomas Forkin, Ryan Gallant, Claire Giddings, Brett Gordon, Leah Guadagnoli, Thompson Harris, Kenneth Hill, Amanda Innis, Essye Klempner, Paul Kopkau, Molly Ledbetter, Steven Mayer, Ann Marie McBride, Aliza Morell, Jack Rudolph Morris, Jonathan Rosenblum, Justin Roykovich, Matthew Samolewicz, Adam Sultan, and Jing Yu.