“Major project grappling with the continued genius and mythology of Kathy Acker. The writer actually appeared at the ICA in 1986 and, more recently, it hosted a sold-out event with Chris Kraus, author of ‘After Kathy Acker: A Biography’. Kraus isn’t the only one to have re-kindled the interest in Acker’s work, Olivia Laing’s ‘Crudo’ (published 2018) also plays with the character of ‘Kathy Acker’, a fictionalised blurring of Laing and Acker. But don’t just go because of the current buzz around her, go because there’s still so much more to be said about this endlessly clever, shapeshifting artistic mastermind.”
Henry Darger’s Room (Coleen Fitzgibbon) and Rich Poor (Coleen Fitzgibbon and Robin Winters) will be playing on loop throughout the exhibition.
Basquiat: The Artist and His New York Scene tells the story of the young Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988).
In the summer of 1980, 20-year-old Basquiat showed his work publicly for the first time at The Times Square Show , a group exhibition initiated by artists’ collective COLAB (Collaborative Projects Inc.).
“More than 100 young artists are fully experimenting and resisting the established, artistic environment with punk-like rebellion. The show is open 24 hours a day and takes place in an empty six-story brothel on Times Square. There is an extensive evening program with so-called Exotic Events . There is also a souvenir shop where works by participating artists are sold in print runs. What is special and innovative about the art in The Times Square Show is that boundaries between ‘high’ art and popular culture are being broken. New forms of expression such as fashion, video and performance art are embraced and the street art hitherto underground is shown above ground. Engaged themes around politics, sexuality and multiculturalism are also explicitly present.”
EXTENDED! Through July 29 Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat May. 13 – Jul. 29, 2018 An Exhibition and Special Events Curated by Sara Driver, Carlo McCormick, Mary-Ann Monforton and Howl! Happening Opening Sunday, May 13, 2018 / 6–8 PM / Free http://bit.ly/2txZvCV
Greenpoint 2017, a 30minute documentary on the toxic remediation of North Brooklyn’s waterfront areas is a brief update on Greenpoint and Bushwick from 2016 to 2017.
The magnitude and scope of the remediation in North Brooklyn involves many years of individuals and organizations working together to uncover the history of contamination, initiating legal action to clean up sewage, oil and chemical spills and demanding open waterfront areas and parks for the community.
Like chapters in a book, this short film interviews a few of the many voices dedicated to the revitalization and industrial cleanup of Newtown Creek’s superfund, Greenpoint’s brownfields and Bushwick Inlet Park’s restoration.
Interviews with: Riverkeeper’s Sean Dixon, North Brooklyn Alliance’s Willis Elkins, Friends of Bushwick Park’s Kim Fraser and Maggie Baker, North Brooklyn Boat Club’s Patterson Beckwith, activist Steve Chesler, Habitat Map’s Michael Heimbinder, BioCities’ Kathleen Bakewell and artists Peter Fend and Rosa Valado.
Fitzgibbon’s previous film Greenpoint 2016 was screened at the 2016 Greenpoint Film Festival, in which Elkins, Beckwith, Fend and Fitzgibbon explored by boat the state of Newtown Creek superfund contamination in 2016. Greenpoint 2017 is an extension of that journey.
Coleen Fitzgibbon, Producer/director
Michael Grenadier is Associate Producer/editor