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SkowheganPERFORMS 2017
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SkowheganPERFORMS 2017


SkowheganPERFORMS 2017
Saturday, October 14 // 2–5PM
Socrates Sculpture Park // map

Skowhegan, in conjunction with Socrates Sculpture park is pleased to announce SkowheganPERFORMS, which will take place Saturday, October 14th, from 2-5PM

This year's SkowheganPERFORMS will take the loose form of a fall concert. The performances abstractly consider that specific atmosphere, acoustics, architecture, art, audience and mood. 

The annual day of performance, now in its seventh iteration, will take place alongside the exhibition The Socrates Annual, as well as Queens Food Day

Performances are one moment or ongoing, take place at specific locations or throughout the entire park, and necessitate various levels of participation from audience members and sculptures currently on view in The Socrates Annual.

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The Socrates Annual (formerly The Emerging Artists Fellowship [EAF]) features fifteen distinct artist projects including Joe Bochynski, Paul Branca, Tanda Francis, Devra Freelander, Doreen Garner (A '14), Gordon Hall (A '13), Tali Keren & Alex Strada, Valerie Piraino, Ronny Quevedo (A '13), Sreshta Rit Premnath (A '09), Amy Ritter (A '15), Moeinedin Shashaei, David B. Smith, Laura Swanson, and Wang Xu.

Performances by:

Wesley Chavis, A '17

Onyedika Chuke, A '17

Annette Cyr, A '76

Gordon Hall, A '13

Andrew LaFarge Hamill, A '14

Tim Hutchings, A '96


Melissa Koziebrocki, A '17

Colin McMullan d/b/a Emcee C.M., Master of None, A '07

Laura Morrison, A '17 and Lauren Bakst

Amy Ritter, A '16

Annesofie Sandal, A '15

Pallavi Sen, A '17

Tomoe Tsutsumi, A '10

Deborah Wasserman, A '97

Amia Yokoyama, A '17, Cosima Schietekat, Natalie Casagran Lopez, with Zhi Yuan Yang, A '17

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The Skowhegan Tarot Launch Party
6:00 PM18:00

The Skowhegan Tarot Launch Party

The Skowhegan Tarot Launch Party

February 18, 2017, 6–PM
136 W. 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011

Performative Tarot readings by Melissa Brown, Deborah Fisher and Elisa Harkins, magic by Ross Ta Da, occult support from Christopher Carroll, with master of ceremonies Jesus Benavente

On Saturday, February 18, the last day of the New York CAA conference, Skowhegan will host a reunion party to celebrate the launch of The Skowhegan Tarot. 

We hope this event will be an occasion for Skowhegan alumni to find some spiritual solace in these particularly difficult times. Space, as well as occult energy, is limited, so arrive early to get get a reading. Bringing your own Tarot deck (or other arcane paraphernalia) is encouraged.

The Skowhegan Tarot features artwork by the 27 following artists:
Pasqualina Azzarello (A '04),   Keren Benbenisty (A '09),   Melissa Brown (A '00),   Elijah Burgher (A '11),   Christopher Carroll (A '08),   Vladimir Cybil-Charlier (A '93),   Susan Paul Firestone (A '72),   Helen Glazer (A '75),   Becky Kinder (A '04),   Jonah King (A '16),   Ellen Lesperance (A '99),   Bryan Martello (A '16),   Miriam Martincic (A '00),   Marlene McCarty (F '11),   Lavar Munroe (A '13),   David Politzer (A '04),   Christina Quarles (A '16),   Alison Saar (F '93),   Alexandria Smith (A '15),   Rachel Stern (A '14),   Ceaphas Stubbs (A '12),   Walter Sutin (A '13),   Clare Torina (A '12),   Van 't Hullenaar & Vis (A '09),   John Walter (A '12),   Erica Wessmann (A '15),   and   Claire Zitzow (A '11)

Decks will be available for sale at the event at a discounted price. If you cannot attend, you can still purchase the deck or find out more information here.


Melissa Brown (A '00) was born in New Jersey and now works in Brooklyn. During the 2009 Nuit Blanche, she hosted ‘How To Win The Lottery’ in the Toronto nancial district. The goal of the performance was to win the lottery with thousands of other people by playing identical sets of numbers, attempting to make collective fantasy a reality. She designed a deck of cards called The Tabloid Deck, which assigns language from Tabloid Magazines to 52 cards that randomly form absurdist (but plausible) Supermarket Tabloid headlines as you play cards. Her paintings and animations take in uence from fantasy-related paper ephemera: money, lottery tickets, playing cards. She has had solo exhibitions at Magenta Plains, Bellwether, CANADA, Kansas, Essex Flowers in New York City and internation- ally at Kenny Schacter, Rove in London and Roberto Paradise in San Juan. She was awarded the Joan Mitchell grant for painting in 2012.

Deborah Fisher:

Deborah Fisher and Paul Ramirez Jonas, Dayjob Espresso and Culture, 2017, Grand Central Arts Center, Fullerton CA

Deborah Fisher and Paul Ramirez Jonas, Dayjob Espresso and Culture, 2017, Grand Central Arts Center, Fullerton CA

I believe that we are all interconnected, and am always looking for evidence of this connection. This makes me a student of exchange and power, and of the boundary between the known and unknown worlds.

This perspective drives everything I do.

In my art practice, I make businesses, collaborative group actions, intimate rituals, performances, photography, and pedagogy. My goal in this work is to infuse everyday life with moments of creativity and mystery.

As a creative leader, I am also working as an artist. As the founding Executive Director of A Blade of Grass and board member of the Center for Artistic Activism, I am working to create the cultural, social, and economic conditions that allow creativity to thrive.

Elisa Harkins (A '15) is a Native American artist and composer currently living in Miami, Oklahoma. Harkins has performed at The Broad Museum, The Hammer Museum, Honor Fraser, and Shulamit Nazarian.  Harkins graduated from CALARTS in 2015 with an MFA in Fine Art.  She also attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2015.  A reader of tarot since 2012, she finds comfort, compassion, and therapy in readings.  For her performance she will be tracking the movement of the tarot cards, the reader (herself), and the querent (the person consulting the cards) with a camera to generate a live musical score.

Tarot Compositions is a live musical performance that creates sound based on the physical movements that occur during the tarot reading.  

Ross Ta Da (Ross Moreno)  (A '03)  has performed and exhibited in cities worldwide including Hong Kong, Berlin, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Moreno has been interviewed as part of the Art Forum 500 words series, and lectured about the intersection of magic and art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Moreno attended the summer residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2003 receiving an artist fellowship, and in 2009 attended the Vermont Studio Center with a full fellowship. Moreno has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Carthage College, Kenosha, WI. Moreno is a current member of the Society of American Magicians.

In this provocative performance, Moreno will explore perceptions of reality through the presentation of 3 thought experiments. 

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HARD WORK 3: Katherine Hubbard / Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, Sable Elyse Smith
7:30 PM19:30

HARD WORK 3: Katherine Hubbard / Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, Sable Elyse Smith

Katherine Hubbard (A '15)
back on back

Back on back is a performance lecture that considers the body in motion, the necessity of distraction, and the potential of conjunctives all in relation to the organizing priority of the brain. The work will use video to mark a visual correlate for ‘vision for action’ a mode of perception that is differentiated from ‘vision for perception’ in how the brain processes it’s surroundings. By stripping grammar from language and structuring narrative through movement Hubbard makes space for the recognition of and in turn the temporary release from haunting.

Katherine Hubbard is an interdisciplinary artist living in New York who works at the intersection of photography, performance, and writing. A new series of landscape photographs, bygone from here (2015), is currently included in Greater New York at MoMA PS1. Her most recent solo exhibition, four shoulders and thirty five percent everything else, was presented at Capricious 88, (now Company Gallery), NY in 2014.  Forthcoming in 2016 Hubbard will be an artist in residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX.  Hubbard’s work has also been exhibited at Recess, NY; The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY; the Brooklyn Museum, NY; the Judd Foundation, NY; Vox Populi, PA; Higher Pictures, NY; Renseriet, Stockholm, Sweden; Murray Guy, NY; Marlborough Gallery, NY; and Museum of Arts and Design, NY. Hubbard holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, and holds part time teaching positions at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Parsons School of Design, and the International Center of Photography at Bard.

Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo (A '04) & Sable Elyse Smith (A '15) 
Mirror / Echo / Tilt

In Mirror / Echo / Tilt the artists will ask members of the public to participate in physical reenactments that locate a series of current events within their bodies through gesture, voice, and proximity. Utilizing testimony, news reports, and memory, participants will recreate intensely contested moments of police violence through shifting perspective. This performance, marked by voice and movement, poses the questions: What does it mean to enact and to activate? How do we measure our collective complicity in both systemic violence, trauma, and the legacy of constructed racial representations?

The piece will be conducted in memory of Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Eric Garner, Jamar Clark, Laquan McDonald, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, Ramarley Graham, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin… and countless others.

Mirror / Echo / Tilt is a collaborative project between artists (Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, Sable Elyse Smith), educators, and individuals affected by the criminal justice system. The project investigates the range of factors contributing to cycles of police confrontation and incarceration, while questioning how images of people caught in those cycles are constructed through the media. Working toward a series of videos, performances, and a toolkit that reframes personal narratives of imprisonment, we insert counter narratives told through first person voice into the dominant media discourse, which commonly alienates and criminalizes black and brown bodies. By working with new forms of participatory engagement, we also aim to facilitate the sharing of perspective needed for polarized groups to discuss and enact change in seemingly impenetrable systems of justice.

This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation, The SHS Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and general operating support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

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HARD WORK 2: Zachary Fabri / Becky Sellinger
7:30 PM19:30

HARD WORK 2: Zachary Fabri / Becky Sellinger

Becky Sellinger (A '12)
oh, and one more thing

In Becky Sellinger’s amorphous game of chess, she takes on a new directorial role. In oh, and one more thing, seats are sprawled around the room. The audience is floating islands, phantom even, for the performers to travel between and interact with. This structured improvisation brings together several collaborators, Booker Stardrum, Pearse Redmond, Egbert Vongmalaithong and text by Ariel Yelen in an immersive environment stewing in the ghostly aura of Samuel Beckett, The Savoy Ballroom, and Rene Magritte. 

Becky Sellinger is an artist living and working in Richmond VA. Becky received her BFA from SUNY Purchase in 2011 and completed her MFA in Sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Practice Gallery, Pelham Arts Center, Artpark, and Socrates Sculpture Park amongst others. Becky’s work is humorous, often using her physical body as a site to engage a dialog around social conditioning and cultural perception of femininity.   

Zachary Fabri (A '13)
Container No. 2

Container No. 2 by Zachary Fabri is the second in a series of works that engages the architecture of a performance space. The piece is structured and informed by the built environment of Skowhegan's storefront, in which program, research, and office areas exist in close proximity. By inviting the audience to follow the action of the performance as it moves fluidly between the ground floor and the lower level, the work complicates the static relationship between performer and audience.

Zachary Fabri was born in Miami, Florida. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College in 2007 in combined media. His multidisciplinary practice mines the intersection of personal and political spaces, often responding to a specific environment or context. Zachary’s work has been exhibited at The Jersey City Museum, El Museo del Barrio, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Walker Art Center, and Performa 13. Awards include Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in interdisciplinary work. Recent exhibitions include Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Radical Presence at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, with solo exhibitions at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and Art in General. He is currently an artist in residence at Smack Mellon.

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HARD WORK 1: Joiri Minaya / Marisa Williamson
7:30 PM19:30

HARD WORK 1: Joiri Minaya / Marisa Williamson

Joiri Minaya
Sunset slit

In Sunset slit Joiri Minaya will emulate the image of a woman emerging from water and whipping her hair back. Usually presented in a still or slowed down form, this pop-culture image carries a tired narrative that builds fantasies of leisure and pleasure from the cliché pairing of women and idyllic landscapes. By reproducing this idealized gesture over and over again in the incongruous, almost opposite context of a NYC basement, Minaya attempts to create a space where meaning can be transformed through the absurd and the pointlessly laborious. 

Sunset slit is part of a body of work that deals generally with otherness, self-consciousness and displacement, and specifically addresses how the people and environments of the tropical regions have been historically idealized by others, and the subsequent internalization and re-performing of those fantasies by the subjects in which they originate in the first place.

The performance involves a moderate amount of dark ink that will be splattered in one direction. Consider wearing black to avoid staining or keeping a safe distance from the space directly behind the performer.

Joiri Minaya (A ’13) was born in New York, U.S, in 1990, growing up in the Dominican Republic. She graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Visuales(ENAV) in Santo Domingo, D.R. (2009), the Altos de Chavón School of Design in La Romana, D.R. (2011) and Parsons the New School for Design (2013).

Exhibitions include a solo show at the Centro de la Imagen in Santo Domingo, and group shows at Rush Arts Gallery, MoCADA, Grace Exhibition Space, Trestle Gallery, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery and ARC Magazine’s New Media Exhibition at the Trinidad+Tobago Film Festival 13.

Minaya is the recipient of both the Great Prize and the Audience Award in the XXV Concurso de Arte Eduardo León Jimenes at the Centro León in Santiago, D.R., the Great Prize of the XXVII National Biennial of the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo, and the Bluhdorn and Parsons Scholarships in 2011. She has participated in the 2015 NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists, the 2014 L-EST European Performing Arts and TRansmedia Lab at MA Scène Nationale, Montbéliard, France and will begin a residency at Guttemberg Arts this winter.

Marisa Williamson
WORKOUT with Sally Hemings

In WORKOUT with Sally Hemings, Marisa Williamson’s perennial persona—the slave and mistress of Thomas Jefferson—will lead audience members in an energizing and enlightening workout. Join Hemings and her SolidaritySquad (Jesus Benavente [A ‘12] and Kathy Cho) in a realistic, full-body, and fun routine, focusing on strength, endurance, affect, and labor. Tone that butt! Flatten those abs! Whittle away or build up you body! Your socioeconomic mobility depends on it! Together we’ll explore work and the embodiment of fitness in our culture and over time.

With this routine,

...tyranny and oppression of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.  

—Thomas Jefferson

Marisa Williamson (A '12) is an New York-based performance and video artist. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her M.F.A. from CalArts. She was a participant in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in 2014-2015. She attended ACRE Summer Residency in 2014 and Shandaken Project at Storm King this Fall. She is currently participating in the New Museum Seminars program. Her work has been shown in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, and Chicago.

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Variations VIII
7:30 PM19:30

Variations VIII

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Originally performed at Skowhegan’s Maine campus in 1967 with Merce Cunningham, and re-performed in 2011 by members of the artist-run organization Mobius (pictured), artists John Dombroski (A ‘13) and Ander Mikalson (A '12) will perform a third iteration at Skowhegan’s space in New York. This program is produced in collaboration with the Brooklyn Academy of Music on the occasion of their series Black Mountain Songs. Seating is limited. 

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