Fellows Friday News: New York Exhibitions, Doris Duke Awards, and Artistic Evolution

1/10: Mash Up Body Lab, choreographed by Kate Watson-Wallace.
2/10: Matthew Mitchell, 2012 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
3/10: Susan Rethorst, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
4/10: Jamaaladeen Tacuma, 2011 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
5/10: Alex Da Corte, 2012 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
6/10: Sonia Sanchez. Photo by Erika Vonie.
7/10: King Britt. Photo courtesy of the artist.
8/10: Raphael Xavier, 2014. Photo by Brian Mengini.
9/10: Thomas Devaney, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
10/10: Michael Djupstrom, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news highlights, photographer Emmet Gowin shows his work at the Morgan Library and Museum, and jazz pianist Matt Mitchell and choreographer Susan Rethorst are awarded Doris Duke Impact Awards. Bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma will pay tribute to the late Ornette Coleman, and visual performance artist Kate Watson-Wallace gives an interview on the evolution of her practice.


Exhibitions in New York Surprise and Subvert

On view at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, nearly 60 of Emmet Gowin’s (1994) photographs are paired with rare books, manuscripts, and ephemera, which he selected from the museum’s collection, for the show Hidden Likeness. The Boston Globe describes Gowin’s work as “marked by a sense of rare intimacy and relaxed candor: profound affection unmarred by reflexive sentiment.” The New York Times argues that, in the tradition of artist-selected exhibitions, Hidden Likeness “all but redefines the genre.” Morgan Library and Museum, New York, through September 20.

Photographer William Larson’s (2001) solo show Fireflies, on view at Gitterman Gallery in New York, “show 20th-century art’s obsession with merging sight and sound, text and image and, ultimately, time and space,” says The New York Times. Larson’s work uses and references fax technology in unexpected ways, such as creating abstractions by scanning crumpled paper. Gitterman Gallery, New York, through July 2.

Visual artist Alex Da Corte (2012) is featured in Artforum’s summer issue, in connection with his recent solo show at Luxembourg & Dayan in New York. “Da Corte is trying to short-circuit the equations of desire that regulate our interactions with pop and consumer culture,” Artforum notes, “structuring complex relations between the familiar and the unfamiliar, fear and longing, fantasy and reality.”


Awards and Recognition

Jazz pianist Matt Mitchell (2012) and choreographer Susan Rethorst (2014) have been awarded 2015 Doris Duke Impact Awards from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. These no-strings-attached grants support individual artists yearly in dance, theater, jazz, and interdisciplinary arts.

A new documentary about poet and activist Sonia Sanchez (1993), BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, will premiere at International House on August 1 (time TBA) as part of the BlackStar Film Festival. Pew Fellows Janet Goldwater (2005) and Barbara Attie (2005) co-directed and produced the film, which features appearances by Questlove, Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Ayana Mathis, Amiri Baraka, John Bracey, Nikki Giovanni, Bryonn Bain, Imani Uzuri, and many others.


Pew Fellows on Music

Bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma (2011) will lead a lecture and workshop on the music of legendary jazz composer Ornette Coleman, who recently passed away, at ACF Philadelphia. ACF Philadelphia, June 30, 6:30 p.m.

“Music is my life, then I figured out how to survive in it,” said producer and DJ King Britt (2007), in an interview with Attack Magazine about his new monthly subscription service. Through this service, fans who subscribe receive behind-the-scenes content and extended liner notes.


Performances and Publications in Review

Visual performance artist Kate Watson-Wallace (2007) spoke with ThINKingDance about her work Mash Up Body, originally a Center-funded project, and stepping away from calling herself a choreographer. A review from The Philadelphia Inquirer called the recent performances at FringeArts a “wonderfully messy mash-up.”

Choreographers Rennie Harris (1996) and Raphael Xavier (2013) created a new work for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which The New York Times called one of “the best pieces made for the troupe in recent years.”

Cleaver Magazine reviews poet Thomas Devaney’s (2014) newest book, Runaway Goat Cart, calling it “refreshingly and remarkably honest.”

Pianist and composer Michael Djupstrom (2014) recently performed at the German Society of Pennsylvania with violinist Ayane Kozasa, “crossing time barriers to find compelling rhythmic adventure and virtuosic flights,” in the words of The Philadelphia Inquirer.


Francis Kéré on why every architecture project is “a product of collaboration.”

Collaborators & Colleagues

Pedro R. Aponte is an assistant professor of musicology and music history at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

As part of the ongoing retrospective Trisha Brown: In the New Body, Bryn Mawr College presents a conversation with former Trisha Brown Dance Company members Eva Karczag and Lisa Kraus.

Excerpts from the new opera Breaking the Waves will be presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the Works & Process series.

Grants & Grantees

Mytili Jagannathan is a poet and a 2002 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dance Iquail’s artistic director, Iquail Shaheed, seeks to create dance projects that tell stories not frequently heard in the performing arts, and to engage with audiences drawn from Mantua, the West Philadelphia neighborhood where he grew up.

In 2017, the Center marks the 25th anniversary of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts with a commemorative website highlighting a quarter-century of support to artists.

AXIS Dance Company performed in residence at Montgomery County Community College, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This month’s Pew Fellows news highlights include a new opera from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, a Hodder Fellowship through Princeton University for set designer and theater artist Matt Saunders, and new exhibition works by artists Tim Portlock, Jane Irish, Alex Da Corte, and more.

Makihara’s performance work blends percussion with dance-like body movement, exercising a rigorous, systematic, and practiced process of experimentation and repetition.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Composer Lee Hyla’s musical background includes extensive experience as a pianist in new music, rock, and free improvisation.

Grants & Grantees

Elaine Terranova is a poet and a 2006 Pew Fellow.