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February 24, 2011


in Benghazi, Libya

Posted by cat at 08:10 PM

Craft Action 146+


Armband yield post Dark Matter workshop at Parsons. We're still looking for participation in the 146+ Craft Action. Participate HERE. We need at least 50 more! Thanks to all who are working on this now.

Posted by cat at 07:58 PM

February 08, 2011

146+ Craft Action


Open call to bring disparate DIYers, Sunday sew circles, knitwear peddlers and craft merchants of the micro-economies to the street. In solidarity with Workers United, the International Labor Rights Forum and Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition.


I'll be in NYC launching this at the event posted below the day after tomorrow. I'll have baby Franz, aunt Martha, and textile masters Olivia Robinson and Liz Collins with me : )

Posted by cat at 11:33 PM

Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Parsons The New School for Design
The Sheila C. Johnson Center for Design
Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, Ground Floor

Vera List Center for Art and Politics and Sheila C. Johnson Center for Design at Parsons celebrate the 99th Annual Conference of the College Art Association, with a reception and workshop featuring the artistic entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture is both a book launch for Gregory Sholette’s new work of the same title, and a concrete application of the principles laid out in the book. The book argues that imagination and creativity in the art world originate and thrive in the non-commercial sector. It examines the political economy of art and business by highlighting interventionist and collective art as the ‘dark matter’ of the art world. This dark matter is indispensible to the survival of mainstream culture which it frequently opposes.

Two projects are lifted from the book’s pages and installed installed in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center lobby for passerby to participate.

Boston-based artist Cat Mazza offers a craftism workshop, based on the work of her organization MicroRevolt. MicroRevolt projects investigate the dawn of sweatshops in early industrial capitalism to inform the current crisis of global expansion and the feminization of labor.

New York-based artist Jim Costanzo calls for the 2nd Whisky Rebellion: A Distillation of American Spirit. The original Whiskey Rebellion was a tax protest in Pennsylvania in the 1790s, during the presidency of George Washington. The conflict was rooted in western dissatisfaction with a 1791 excise tax on whiskey. The tax was a part of treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton’s program to centralize and fund the national debt. Costanzo is acting on behalf of the Aaron Burr Society which has begun to distill whiskey without a license, in an act of flagrant civil disobedience.

Jim Costanzo, artist, member of Aaron Burr Society
Cat Mazza, artist, founder of MicroRevolt
Gregory Sholette, artist, activist and author, Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture

MORE: http://www.veralistcenter.org/currentprograms/?p=2268

Posted by cat at 04:26 AM

February 02, 2011

Sonic Art and Activism


At SOHO20 Chelsea, on Sunday February 13th from 1pm to 3pm
547 West 27th Street, Suite 301, NY, NY

The Feminist Art Project is pleased to announce the panel discussion, Sonic Art and Activism, Exploring the ties between feminist art and popular music organized by Maria Elena Buszek and Kat Griefen. This event has been organized in conjunction with the College Art Association Annual Conference and is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.


damali abrams is a Guyanese-American video-performance artist who lives and works in NYC. She received her BA at New York University and her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. damali is a 2009-10 A.I.R. fellowship recipient. Her ongoing video-performance project, Self-Help TV, has been screened in New York, Philadelphia, Vermont, New Mexico and Miami.

Kathleen Hanna is a NYC artist best known for her groundbreaking performances as a member of the seminal 90's punk band, Bikini Kill and her more recent, highly acclaimed multi media group Le Tigre. She was a visiting artist at NYU in 2008 and 2009.

Lorraine O’Grady is a conceptual and performance artist whose work addresses issues of diaspora, hybridity, and black female subjectivity. Her work's unusually broad perspective may be due to a late start -- O'Grady first exhibited at 45, after successful careers among others as an intelligence analyst, translator, and rock critic. Her practice, defining the cusp between modernism and the not-quite-post-modernist present, has recently become the subject of increased interest since having received a two-article examination in Artforum in May 2009 and being featured in the 2010 Whitney Biennial.

Shizu Salmando was born and raised in San Francisco's Mission district and received her B.A. from UCLA's School of Arts and Architecture in 2000. In 2002 she attended ArtOmi International Artist Colony in upstate New York and in 2005 she received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She has exhibited her work in both painting and experimental media exhibitions through out the country including Los Angeles', Freeways Festival of Experimental Media Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago and most recently The Phantom Sightings Exhibition at LACMA. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.


Maria Elena Buszek is a critic, curator and Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Colorado, Denver. She is the author of Pin-Up Grrrls: Feminism: Sexuality, Popular Culture and editor of the recent anthology Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art. Her writing has appeared in journals such as Art in America, Womans Art Journal and TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies. She has been a regular contributor to Bust magazine since 1999 and her current book project is an exploration of the ties between contemporary activist art and popular music.

Kat Griefen has been the Director of A.I.R. Gallery since 2006. She is also an independent curator and the New York Coordinator for The Feminist Art Project (TFAP). Ms. Griefen has lectured widely at institutions and conferences including The College Art Association, The American Studies Association and The Brooklyn Museum. In September 2011 she will open Accola Griefen Gallery in New York City with Kristen Accola.

Posted by cat at 06:15 PM