Row Row Row Your Boat to Governors Island


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


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!


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


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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Jacolby Satterwhite Is Having A Moment


An important announcement – New York Close Up project artist Jacolby Satterwhite is part of this year’s Whitney Biennial!  This alert’s a little late coming I know, but don’t worry, you’ve got until May 25 to check out Jacolby’s continually amazing video work. He’s showing his latest irrepressible and bewitching animation, Reifying Desire 6. So to Jacolby, congrats. And to our faithful viewers, be on the lookout for a Biennial-centric next film on Jacolby in the coming months.

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