Abigail DeVille’s Midsummer Update

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Quick note to all our friends up north. Project artist Abigail DeVille has been busy lately, creating the totally immersive, totally Mad Max-ian set design. Peep the above pic. It’s for a production of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” part of the very big deal Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario Canada. It premieres July 24 and runs thru September 20. Peter Sellars directs, collaborator Charlotte Brathwaite is also involved, and it’s gonna be staged in a local Masonic Hall. Need we say more? (Abigail’s definitely stepped it up since constructing the set for a Brooklyn-based production of Adrienne Kennedy’s “She Talks to Beethoven” back in early 2014; that work was featured on our first film with her.)

Quick note to all our friends closer to home. Abigail’s currently got some big and super-trashy and very beautiful sculptures at the Studio Museum in Harlem. It’s part of the “Material Histories” exhibit, this year’s edition of the annual Artist in Residence show. That runs thru October 26.

Photograph courtesy Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 2014.

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Row Row Row Your Boat to Governors Island

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This Sunday, June 29th from 4:30 to 6pm, ART21 is screening seven films at LMCC’s Arts Center as part of the River to River Festival. Artists Mary Mattingly, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Bryan Zanisnik will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with Melissa Levin, Director of Cultural Programs for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and New York Close Up co-creator Nick Ravich. Films about additional artists include Martha Colburn, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Liz Magic Laser, and Shana Moulton. Best of all, the event is FREE and takes place on scenic, summery Governors Island.

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May “The Six-Sided Force” Be With You

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Opening this Sunday from 5-8pm and on view through August 2014, Louise Despont’s exhibition The Six-Sided Force at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, includes many of the works featured in the New York Close Up film Louise Despont Draws Deep. This show is buzzing with good vibes. ART21 has been documenting the installation, and we plan to check out a few of the upcoming events associated with the exhibition, such as “Herbal Remedies for Honey Bees” and “Sacred Geometry and the Architecture of Well-Being” Hope to see you there!

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Welcome to the Neighborhood!

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We’re happy to announce the addition of three new artists to the New York Close Up family: Louise Despont, Abigail DeVille, and Bryan Zanisnik.

We’ve been hard at work this past winter and spring—filming in studios, documenting performances, and even traveling to distant shores (okay…New Jersey)—to bring you stories with each artist. Films are premiering throughout June 2014, so be sure to check back each week for something new!

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Jacolby Satterwhite Buffet

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You can get a serving of New York Close Up artist Jacolby Satterwhite lottsa different ways today-

#1 – Documentary-style.  Our latest film on Jacolby is now live:  Jacolby Satterwhite Is Going Public.

#2 – Step Up Revolution-style.  Besides showing his latest animation, Reifying Desire 6, at the Whitney Biennial, Jacolby is also doing a series of regular but impromptu performances at the museum.  In a new silver catsuit!  Unfortunately, there’s no set schedule.  But if you go to the Whitney often, hang out in the lobby, and check Jacolby’s facebook page enough, you should be able to catch a glimpse.  The Biennial and Jacolby’s performances run through May 25th.

#3 – Mother and Son-style.  Jacolby and his mother Patricia have created a new collaborative work for the “When the Stars Fall” group exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem.  It’s the first time Patricia’s amazing drawings have been shown in public.  That’s up through June 29.

#4 – Be More PBS-style.  Somewhat improbably Jacolby, artist Zoe Leonard, and co-curators Michelle Grabner and Stuart Comer all recently appeared on the Charlie Rose show to talk about the Whitney Biennial.  Yes, the Charlie Rose show.  Check it here and see Charlie actually crack a smile.

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