upcoming events

Variations VIII
Composition and notation by John Cage (F ’67)
Original performance with Merce Cunningham (F ’67) & Keith McGary

Re-imagined and re-performed by
John Dombroski (A '13) & Ander Mikalson (A '12)
Thursday, December 18, 2014 // 7:30 PM
SkowheganNYC // 136 W. 22nd Street

An environment and experience rooted in being present with community, history and site—ingenuity and responsiveness are the name of the game at Skowhegan. When John Cage arrived at Skowhegan in 1967 as a Visiting Artist, he was ready to participate in the life on campus, yet unprepared to perform. After seeing posters announcing his performance on the drive into town, Cage composed Variations VIII in a single evening. Echoing the continually inventive energy of campus, Cage envisioned the piece as site-specific and centered on openness. Using only what is present as inspiration, instrument, and instruction—the piece is written to be adapted for each time and place it would be performed.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 // 1:00-5:00 PM
SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK // 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY

Skowhegan, in conjunction with Socrates Sculpture Park, is pleased to announce the fourth year of SkowheganPERFORMS, an innovative, annual performance event that will take place Saturday, September 27th, 2013, 1:00-5:00PM.

Socrates’ Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition is the setting for SkowheganPERFORMS. EAF14: 2014 Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition features 15 new commissions created over the summer in the park's outdoor studio. Rather than being a thematic exhibition, each artist has a distinct artwork that embodies his/her innovative exploration of sculpture in the public sphere. Each artist has responded specifically to the park’s unique waterfront, urban environment with conceptual and formal artworks that are at once visually compelling, subtly mysterious, and socially engaging.

Proposals for SkowheganPERFORMS were submitted in the same spirit. Performances are site-specific, using the landscape and history of Socrates as well as existing works throughout the park as launching points to engage viewers and form a dialogue with the unique setting the park offers. Performances may be one moment, ongoing, or repeated over the course of the afternoon at various locations. We hope performances this year will be especially dynamic, engaging with the features of park itself, as well as other participants.

Skowhegan would like to thank the staff at Socrates Sculpture Park for its support of this event.

2014 Barbara Lee Artist Lecture Series
Old Dominion Fresco Barn
Skowhegan Campus Skowhegan, Maine

Lectures begin at 8:30PM and are free and open to the public

Jennie C. Jones - June 9 
Jeffrey Gibson - June 11
Sigrid Sandström - June 13
Luis Camnitzer - June 14
Marc Swanson - June 18
Yoshua Okón - June 20
Simon Critchley - July 11 (Paul Mellon Distinguished Fellow)
Sheila Hicks - July 16
Betye Saar - July 18
Abraham Cruzvillegas - July 25
Roni Horn - August 1

Please call 207.474.9345 to confirm the dates and times of the lectures. For directions to campus, please email us at mail@skowheganart.org

Tuesday, April 29 
New York City 

Theaster Gates
Medal for Sculpture in the Expanded Field
Kate D. Levin  (former Commissioner for the NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs)
Award for Exceptional Civic Leadership
Lucy Lippard (F '79)
Governors' Award for Outstanding Service to Artists
Louise & Leonard Riggio
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Award for Outstanding Patronage of the Arts 

Eventbrite - 2014 Skowhegan Awards Dinner

For more information, contact Marie Weller at 212-529-0505 or mweller@skowheganart.org.  

Artist Studio Space in Crisis
THURSDAY MARCH 27, 2014 // 7:00 PM

Following an ongoing public dialogue about the affordable space crisis within the creative community in New York as well as among our own community of artists, Skowhegan invites you to join us for a town hall discussion on March 27th. Panelists will navigate the realities of the cost of living creatively, the role of commercial real estate, and the activism entailed therein. Increased visibility for the issue has spawned a series of talks from various organizations, however a dedicated center has yet to be established. Our hope for this conversation is to identify current problems, desired solutions, and paths from the former to the latter. Four people with diverse interests and expertise in art, studio space, urban planning, and gentrification will launch a town-hall discussion led by Paddy Johnson.

PANELISTS INCLUDE: Tom Angotti, a professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College. He has completed numerous studies about New York City community based plans and land trusts, as well as advised the documentary My Brooklyn about the gentrification of Atlantic Yards.

Jenny Dubnau, an artist who lives and works in Queens. Together with Tamara Zahaykevich, she formed Artists Studio Affordability Project (A.S.A.P.), an organization that raises awareness about rapidly raising rent prices.

Shawn Gallagher, an artist with a background in real estate who is an active member of Placeholder (formerly known as Stay in Bushwick), a collective seeking to establish stable and affordable work space for artists through non-profit building owning models. He has been featured on Big Red Shiny and spoken at Eyebeam for Arts & Labor Alternative Economies Group.

Diana Reyna is the current Deputy Brooklyn Borough President and former city council representative for the 34th district including Williamsburg, Bushwick and Ridgewood. She has been active in enforcing stricter zoning laws to maintain manufacturing/industrial economies and other legislation toward the goal of sustainable and affordable communities.  

with Moderation by Paddy Johnson is the founding editor of Art F. City and an op-ed columnist for Artnet. In addition to providing the first coverage of the Industry City controversy, she has spoken about related topics at venues including Yale, Parsons, South by Southwest and the Whitney. She is a founding member of Placeholder, a collective seeking to preserve work space for artists through the purchase of buildings in the New York City area.

Very special thanks to ASAP (Artist Studio Affordability Project) and Art F. City for their invaluable support in organizing this panel. Additional thanks to Cabinet for hosting.

CONVERSATION #6 Whitney Biennial Edition
Friday, March 7, 2014 // 7PM
The Drawing Center // map

Speaking Ritual Reading Body
Elijah Burgher (A ‘11) and Dave McKenzie (A ‘00, F ‘11) moderated by Wes Miller (A ‘02) 

Art is a mouth-process that speaks a language-material. Dave McKenzie and Elijah Burgher utilize their own likenesses and bodies to speak to the power of the interior/exterior creation of identity and agency. Through sculpture and performance, McKenzie asks us to examine the relationship of the private and public persona to contemporary culture and our sense of self. Burgher binds the act and performance of drawing to the embodiment of desire and the powerful potential of interpersonal connection. For both McKenzie and Burgher, language (written and spoken), ritual (magical and mundane), and the self (corpus, mentis, and animae) are intrinsically selfsame. Dave McKenzie and Elijah Burgher met at Skowhegan in 2011. They will reunite in this year's Whitney Biennial.
The conversation at The Drawing Center will coincide with Action + Object + Exchange, the first Open Session exhibition, with artists Eleanor Aldrich (A '12), Derek Dunlop, Heather Hart (A '05), Yara Pina, Andrew Ross (A '11), Lauren Seiden, and Barbara Weissberger. Open Sessions is a two-year exhibition platform for artists to find new approaches for contextualizing and exhibiting their work, through conversation, public programs, and collaborative gallery installations. Each artist in Action + Object + Exchange reveals a transformative process through the work's end result: images become objects, drawings become sculptural, symbols become concrete.

CONVERSATION #5: Pope.L & Zachary Fabri
Friday November 15
The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street, NYC

This fall, Performa 13 will host Three Duets, Seven Variations, a series of performances that pairs six intergenerational artists for seven programs as part of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art. In advance of their Duets performances this weekend, Pope.L (A '96, F '04) and Zachary Fabri (A '13) will meet for the first time, and along with Associate Curator Adrienne Edwards, discuss the linkages between their practices and dealings with shared themes but to different ends—body and movement, social and political issues, the abject, and interventions in urban spaces.

Adrienne Edwards is a curator, scholar, and writer of performance with a focus on artists of the African Diaspora and the Global South. She is Associate Curator, Performa; Curator-at-Large, Third Streaming; and Ph.D. Candidate in Performance Studies at New York University. Her research interpolates visual art and experimental dance, critical race theory, feminist theory, and post-structuralist philosophy. Adrienne has written on the work of Iona Rozeal Brown, Lorraine O’Grady, Trajal Harrell, Bill T. Jones, Gregory Maqoma, Tracey Rose, and Mickalene Thomas, and is a contributor to numerous exhibition catalogues, including Clifford Owens: Anthology for MoMA/PS1, Fore for the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Wangechi Mutu for the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney.

Zachary Fabri (b. 1977, Miami, FL) is half Jamaican and half Hungarian. In 2007, he received his Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College in combined media. His work mines the intersection of personal and political spaces. With a multidisciplinary practice that includes video and performance, his work is often site responsive working within a specific environment or context. Zachary's work has been exhibited at Sequences Real-time Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland; Nordic Biennale: Momentum, Norway; Gallery Open, Berlin; the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, New York; The Jersey City Museum; El Museo del Barrio and The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Awards include the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2011) and the NYFA fellowship (2012). Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at Third Streaming and the Fore exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2012. He lives in the neighborhood of Crown Heights in Brooklyn.

Pope.L is a visual and performance-theater artist and educator who makes culture out of contraries. He has been making multi-disciplinary works since the 1970s, and has exhibited internationally, including New York, London, Los Angeles, Vienna, Montreal, Berlin, Zurich, and Tokyo. He is a featured artist in the books Intersections edited by Marci Nelligan and Nicole Mauro, and Darby English’s How to See a Work of Art In Total Darkness. In 2009 he was commissioned by Hauser & Wirth to create an installation in response to Kaprow’s Yard. He participated in the New Museum’s 2010-2011 exhibitionThe Last Newspaper with a reenactment of his infamous Eating the Wall Street Journal performance. In 2011, the Museum of Modern Art in New York invited Pope.L to participate in their FluxKit project, and is the recipient of the 2012 Joyce Foundation Award to create Pull, a large scale public project presented at Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH. In 2013, he created the performance/film project A Long White Cloud at Te Tuhi, Auckland, New Zealand, and Mitchell-Innes and Nash, NYC, presented his solo exhibition Colored Waiting Room. His work is currently on view at Grey Art Gallery NYU and Studio Museum in Harlem as part of the exhibition Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art.

SkowheganCONVERSATIONS is a discussion series celebrating the significance of the dialogue that takes place outside of the studio, the classroom, and the gallery. Many generative moments at Skowhegan happen between formal discussions, critiques, and lectures, when participants and faculty have the opportunity to delve deeply into the topics that inform their work and practices. These moments happen while lounging after dinner, on the lawn in the afternoon sun, and in a myriad of other landscapes and times when boundaries are dissolved, and real discourse can take place.      

September 28, 2013
1:00 - 5:00 PM
32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY

The theme of this year’s event is PLAY 

Performing Artists: Eun Woo Cho '08 Alison Crocetta '92 + Charlotte Schulz '92 John Dombroski '13 Linda Ford '02 Daniel Giles '13 John Landewe '00 Dan Levenson '09 Megan Marlatt '85 Mores McWreath '13 Linda Molenaar '07 Ross Moreno '03 + Justin Cooper '07 Barb Smith '12 Clare Torina '12 Tomoe Tsutsumi '10

Skowhegan would like to thank the staff at Socrates Sculpture Park for its support of this event. 

2013 Barbara Lee Artist Lecture Series
Old Dominion Fresco Barn
Skowhegan Campus Skowhegan, Maine
Lectures begin at 8:30PM and are free and open to the public

Sheila Pepe - June 10
Chitra Ganesh - June 12
Matthew Brannon - June 14
Marie Lorenz - June 17
RELAX (chiarenza & hauser & co) - June 19
Derrick Adams - June 21
Lorraine O'Grady - June 28
Byron Kim - July 1
Dona Nelson - July 5
Charles Atlas - July 12
Kate Valk - July 19 (Paul Mellon Distinguished Fellow)
Trevor Paglen - July 26
Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt - August 2
Mikalene Thomas - August 5

THANK YOU to everyone who supported Skowhegan through the 2013 Awards Dinner on Tuesday night. It was a spectacular evening and we were thrilled to spend it with over 400 friends, in particular our amazing Dinner Chairs David Beitzel (A' 82) & Darren Walker and Donald Moffett (F '04) & Robert Gober (F '94); our Trustees & Governors; Chris Ofili (F '10) and Gemini GEL; and the many, many alumni in attendance. 

Jane Hammond (F '92, '05), Joel Wachs, Edgar Arceneaux (A '99), and Carrie Mae Weems (F '00) helped us honor Andy Warhol, John Outterbridge, and the Guerrilla Girls, artists who epitomize the courageous creative spirit that embodies Skowhegan. Exceptional performances by Jesus Benavente (A '12) and Ander Mickalson (A '12) brought this energy to life.  We are also proud to announce that we raised over $530,000! This summer, our exciting new class will feel the benefit of this support for artists. On their behalf, we extend our gratitude. 

Thank you!
Katie Sonnenborn and Sarah Workneh Co-Directors

Tuesday, April 9 
583 Park Avenue 
New York City 

6:30 PM Cocktails 
8:00 PM Dinner 

John Outterbridge
Governors' Award for Outstanding Service to Artists 
The Guerrilla Girls (F ’00)
Skowhegan Medals
Andy Warhol and the Warhol Foundation
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Award for Philanthropy 

$35,000 Underwriter Table for 12
$25,000 Benefactor Table for 12
$12,500 Patron Table for 10
$6,500 Sponsor Table for 10

$2,500 Benefactor Ticket 
$1,250 Patron Ticket 
$650 Sponsor Ticket 
$250 Skowhegan Alumni/Faculty 

To purchase a table/ ticket, or make a contribution, please call
212-529-0505 or email mweller@skowheganart.org.  


at Socrates Sculpture Park (map )
Saturday, September 29, 1:30PM–5:00PM.

Twenty alumni, spanning 28 summers of artmaking at Skowhegan, will perform throughout the afternoon at various locations around the park. Some performances will happen only once, others will be ongoing—all will be a great expression of the type of work that Skowhegan promotes and supports! Come out and enjoy the park, the performances, and the green market!

Performing artists:
Korakrit Arunanondchai ‘12
Jesus Benavente ‘12
Strauss Borque-LaFrance ‘10
Justin Cooper ‘07 + Ross Moreno ‘03
Jeff DeGolier ‘10 + Ben Vida
Jennifer Dudley ‘06
Ben Fain ‘08
Catherine Fairbanks ‘11
John Landewe ‘00
Jaeeun Lee ‘11
Christopher Manzione ‘12
Ander Mikalson ‘12 + Kimberly Kay + Lisi Raskin
Julie Ann Nagle ‘10
Eliza Newman-Saul ‘05
Becky Sellinger ‘12
Allison Wiese ‘99
Jayoung Yoon ‘09 + Julie Spodek
Brian Zegeer ‘10
Brenda Zlamany ‘84

Skowhegan would like to thank the staff at Socrates Sculpture Park for their support of this event.