In this month’s Pew Fellows news highlights, we recap our recent gathering of Fellows, Rebecca Rutstein is selected for an “Artist-at-Sea” residency with the Schmidt Ocean Institute aboard the Falkor research vessel, and musicians Mary Lattimore and Chris Forsyth release new albums.
2014/15 Pew Fellows Convening
On February 8, the Center hosted a gathering of 2014 and 2015 Pew Fellows to reconnect with colleagues and share news of current and upcoming projects. Several artists also talked about how the Fellowship program has supported their artistic practice and development. One Fellow stated that the support “has helped me feel more grounded and centered on making decisions in my career,” while another found that “the Fellowship has allowed me to take on only projects I really want to take.”
Among the many in-progress projects that Fellows shared are several new poetry books, book tours, and readings; an effort to turn a poetic opera into a podcast; the founding of a community klezmer initiative; and a public art project developed through a collaboration of two Fellows, a poet and a visual artist, who met through the Fellowship program.
A number of Fellows are also traveling across the country and abroad to present their work at venues such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (California), Washington Project for the Arts (Washington, DC), Solomon Gallery (Florida), and the Dam Museum of Contemporary Art (Missouri), and in countries including China, Japan, Spain, and Italy.
Video artist Ryan Trecartin (2009) makes his Spanish debut with Priority Infield, a collaborative exhibition with artist Lizzie Fitch, on view at La Casa Encendida in Madrid through April 24. The show transforms the existing galleries into a “sculptural theater” that explores the effects of technology on identity. Read more>>
Visual artist Alex da Corte’s (2012) new exhibition Free Roses will be on view at Mass MOCA beginning March 25. The show features a selection of da Corte’s videos, sculptures, and installations, as well as a new site-specific installation. Read more>>
Fleisher/Ollman Gallery presents exhibitions by painter Sarah Gamble (2009) and mixed-media artist Jennifer Levonian (2009) through March 26. Gamble’s Vibraspace features paintings and collages that experiment with new modes of abstraction and distorted reality, while Levonian’s Shake Out Your Cloth presents cut-paper animations, quilts, and watercolor drawings that transform everyday life into humorous narratives. Read more>>
Visual artist Micah Danges (2015) will present a number of works as part of Chewing the Scenery, a group exhibition at Crane Arts curated by Jonathan Santoro and Meredith Sellers, March 6-27. Read more>>
In the News
Mixed-media artist Rebecca Rutstein (2004), whose work is often inspired by underwater mappings and geology, was selected to participate in an “Artist-at-Sea” residency with the Schmidt Ocean Institute in Tahiti. Rutstein will spend one month aboard the Falkor research vessel to develop a new series of paintings and works on paper produced in collaboration with the ship’s scientists and crew. Read more>>
Poet Brian Teare’s (2015) recently released book The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven, was featured on Jacket2’s podcast series. A review of the book was also published on Jacket2’s website, in which the critic writes that “Teare’s typography is utterly attentive to the page as compositional field.” Read more>>
Visual artist Gabriel Martinez (2001) appeared on an episode of WHYY’s Friday Arts, where he discussed Bayside: Revisited, his recent exhibition at The Print Center that examined the history of Fire Island and LGBT culture. Watch the video>>
Performances, Readings, and Releases
Harpist Mary Lattimore (2014) debuts her new album At the Dam on March 5, with a record release concert at PhilaMOCA. Lattimore will also perform original live scores to films by Guy Maddin and Philippe Garrel at The Getty Center in Los Angeles on February 27. Read more>>
On March 28, poet J.C. Todd (2014) will hold a reading and book signing for FUBAR, a poetry, photography, and printmaking book created in collaboration with artist MaryAnn L. Miller, at Bryn Mawr College’s Canaday Library. Read more>>
The Arden Theatre Company presents performances of playwright Bruce Graham’s (1993) musical Funnyman through March 6. A recent article in the Broad Street Review applauds the work, stating that “Graham doesn’t just fictionalize theater history…he creates room to explore characters without the burden of biographical fidelity.” Read more>>
Poet Laynie Browne (2014) will participate in a reading in conjunction with the release of Tender Omnibus, a series of texts chronicling the first 25 years of the experimental poetry publisher Tender Buttons Press, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on March 31. Read more>>
Composer and jazz pianist Matthew Mitchell (2012) will be in residence at the experimental performance space The Stone in New York City, March 1-6, presenting 10 performances with a number of musicians. Read more>>
Jim Nicola has been the artistic director of New York Theatre Workshop since 1988.
James Elaine is an artist and adjunct curator for the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. In 2008, he moved to Beijing, where he is researching China’s emerging culture and art scene.
Speakers Rudresh Mahanthappa, Greg Osby and Matthew Levy share their thoughts on record production and establishing artistic identity.
The Philadelphia Singers is a professional choral ensemble with a commitment to preserving and strengthening America’s rich choral heritage.
Woon-Ping Chin is a poet and a 1995 Pew Fellow.
Bruce LaRowe served as the Executive Director of the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte from 1993 to 2013.
Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism, which opens on March 1 at the Michener Art Museum, is featured in the New York Times.
Kathleen Forde is an independent curator based in New York City and Istanbul and the artistic director at large for Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul.
Opera Philadelphia presented the American premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s Phaedra (2007).
The William Way LGBT Community Center is a non-profit organization serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations of Philadelphia and its nearby communities.
Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) presented two concerts by an intergenerational roster of artists, representing several significant strands of blues music.
Argeo Ascani, Curator for Music at EMPAC, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, talks about approaching artistic risk as a curator.