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Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)’s free public Open Studios kick off 4/28-29

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s (LMCC) free public Open Studios program kicks off April 28–29 at 28 Liberty with over 30 artists, and continues throughout 2017 at multiple sites with artists across all artistic disciplines including the visual arts, literature, dance, theater and performance art. See below for 2017 calendar and full details.

This initiative is a seasonal series of events that brings audiences closer to the creative process and takes several forms, ranging from visits to visual artists’ studios to open rehearsals with performing artists and talks that engage artists and other creative practitioners in conversation about their work. LMCC encourages audiences of all ages and backgrounds to engage with creative work and the individuals who make it, on a personal level, leading to a deeper appreciation for the process of creativity and an understanding of the role artists play in their communities. The Open Studios aim to inspire audiences by connecting them to artists, new ideas and perspectives, and other art-lovers to demonstrate the role that artists play in creating vibrant, sustainable communities.

Artists represented in the 2017 Open Studios are participating in three distinct LMCC artist residency programs:

Workspace

Workspace is a nine-month studio residency program that focuses on creative practice development for emerging artists working across all disciplines, offering space for experimentation and dialogue with peers and arts professionals, as well as career-advancement opportunities. Workspace encourages creative risk-taking, collaboration, learning and skill-sharing at a critical early stage of an artist’s career and serves between 25 and 30 individuals or collaborative groups annually.

Applications for Workspace will open again in December 2017.

Process Space

Process Space provides intensive, project-based studio residencies—including opportunities for audience development—to mid-career and established artists and arts groups working across all disciplines. Process Space residencies are comprised of exclusive, concentrated time in dedicated space that ranges from four to six weeks for projects developed in a rehearsal space with a dance floor and up to seven months for projects developed in a studio or office space.

Process Space is committed to addressing the unique needs of artists at more established stages of their careers for dedicated space to develop projects at home in New York City. Across disciplines, artists have sought out development and rehearsal spaces as well as resources in other cities and countries around the world, causing them to take their artistic practices, collaborations and innovations away from New York City. With these conditions and matters in mind, Process Space specifically supports artists who are developing work for performance, exhibition or publication at a New York-based presenting venue, gallery, arts organization or press.

Extended Life

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development Program showcases choreographers whose work demonstrates a strong understanding of site, space and architecture, challenges notions of form and inspires an investigative spirit. Inaugurated during the 2012 River To River Festival, Extended Life is designed to extend the development processes and the public life of selected movement-based pieces thereby enhancing the practices and careers of participating artists. In the Extended Life program, artists are specifically provided with opportunities to develop multiple iterations of a work so that it may be adaptable for both traditional venues and non-traditional locations in Lower Manhattan and beyond.

With a focus on sustainability, LMCC offers expertise and solutions for creating and presenting in a manner that considers the environmental, social and economic impact of the work. Additionally, LMCC will provide Extended Life artists with decision-making tools that aim to engender improvements in the sustainability of their careers, their connection to community and development practices in the field of contemporary performance.

OPEN STUDIOS 2017 FULL SCHEDULE

WORKSPACE ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE
Friday, April 28, 6–9 p.m.
Saturday, April 29, 1–8 p.m.
LMCC’s Studios at 28 Liberty Street
Genre: Multidisciplinary

LMCC kicks off its public season by inviting audiences down to 28 Liberty to visit the studios of our Workspace artists-in-residence. This two-day event showcases the work of over 30 emerging artists who have been working in their studios at 28 Liberty Street since last September. Their work spans all disciplines and genres including painting, sculpture, poetry, fiction, dance and theater. This weekend will offer a unique window into their creative practices and an opportunity to connect with other art lovers.

Participating Artists: Manal Abu-Shaheen, Amber Atiya, Laurie Berg, Oscar Rene Cornejo, Matthew Conradt, Damien Davis, Nick Doyle, Tess Dworman, Ira Eduardovna, Devra Freelander, Wojciech Gilewicz, Stephanie Gray, Esteban Jefferson, Tennessee Jones, Gautam Kansara, Dana Katz, Amy Khoshbin, Su-Yee Lin, Christina Masciotti, Saretta Morgan, Courtney Puckett, Amy Ritter, Emmalea Russo, Purvi Shah, Elisabeth Smolarz, Carlos J Soto, Sarah Cameron Sunde, Xu Wang, Chris Watts, Caroline Woolard, Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel, Ezra Wube

Visit lmcc.net/workspace for more information on the Workspace program and participating artists.

CORI OLINGHOUSE (Extended Life program)
Friday, May 26, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
LMCC’s Studios at 125 Maiden Lane
Genre: Dance, Multidisciplinary, Performance Art

Cori Olinghouse is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the shape-shifting nature of identity and personhood. Olinghouse works collaboratively with artists working in film, visual art and movement, with a reflexive gaze towards forgotten histories. Together, they cull from a variety of media and a mash-up of memories, traditions, lived and imagined experiences in an absurdist layering of ambiguous meanings and contradictions.

PROCESS SPACE ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE
Saturday, May 27, 12–5 p.m.
Sunday, May 28, 12–5 p.m.
LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island
Genre: Multidisciplinary

Over Memorial Day weekend, LMCC invites audiences to get behind the scenes and meet our Process Space artists-in-residence in their studios at the Arts Center at Governors Island. Over the course of one weekend, audiences can roam this historic converted warehouse and experience a wide range of artwork, from live performance to poetry to painting and sculpture. This weekend marks the start of LMCC’s open season on Governors Island and promises to be a dynamic event offering a space to forge dialogues with artists and gain insight into their creative processes.

Participating Artists: Michael Bühler-Rose, Sari Carel, Chia-Lun Chang, João Enxuto and Erica Love, Terike Haapoja, Fitzhugh Karol, Brendan Kiely, Stephanie Land, Rachel Levitsky, Amanda Long, Tammy Nguyen, Alison Owen, Maia Cruz Palileo, Robert Pennington, Alexandria Smith, Asiya Wadud, Pia Wilson, Susan Ziegler, and Jonathan Allen

Visit lmcc.net/process-space for more information on the Process Space program and participating artists.

While visiting LMCC’s Arts Center, don’t miss A Supple Perimeter, the summer-long solo exhibition by Kameelah Janan Rasheed staged in the adjacent exhibition gallery (see lmcc.net for more information).

MARJANI FORTÉ-SAUNDERS (Extended Life program)
Saturday, May 27, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island
Genre: Dance

Marjani Forté-Saunders is a New York-based choreographer and dancer born in Pasadena, CA. Her journey as a choreographer, performer and instructor is marked by bold expression, commentary, critique and inquiry. She is compelled by memory and history, inspired by transformation, and sustained by culture.

JILLIAN PEÑA (Extended Life program)
Saturday, May 27, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island
Genre: Dance, New Media, Performance Art

Jillian Peña is a New York-based dance and video artist. Her work is concerned with confusion and desire between self and other. She is inspired by Russian ballet, psychoanalysis, queer theory, pop media and spirituality, and draws from ballet vocabulary, paying attention to the history embedded in each movement and letting this subtext inform the content of the work. Using a form of dance thought to be “traditional,” she seeks to make visible what is deeply strange, experimental, and queer in ballet.

WALLY CARDONA AND JENNIFER LACEY (Extended Life program)
Sunday, May 28, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island
Genre: Dance

Six years ago, Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey began to invest in “unknowing”—distancing themselves from their own codes and beliefs, rooted in contemporary dance practice—working with non-dance experts (including an astrophysicist, sommelier, social activist, architect and medical supply salesman) to create TOOL IS LOOT, a work formed through aesthetic propositions that persisted because of their foreignness. Currently, they are continuing this discussing/doing/dancing—around context, meaning, value and need—with seven masters of various dance forms including Manadalay-style Burmese, French Baroque, Kutiyattam and Javanese refined in a multi-year project called, The Set Up.

THE SET UP: ISLAND GHOST SLEEP PRINCESS TIME STORY SHOW will be presented in the 2017 River To River Festival. This Open Studios will be an opportunity to get a glimpse of the work as Wally, Jennifer, and their collaborators prepare for June.

PROCESS SPACE ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE
Saturday, June 24, 12–5 p.m.
LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island
Genre: Multidisciplinary

As part of the River To River Festival, LMCC once again invites audiences to meet our Process Space artists-in-residence in their studios at the Arts Center at Governors Island. Process Space artists open their doors for the public to see a wide range of artwork from live performance to poetry to painting and sculpture. This event offers festivalgoers a chance to see works in process and to engage in conversation with the artists.

Participating Artists: Michael Bühler-Rose, Sari Carel, Chia-Lun Chang, João Enxuto and Erica Love, Liana Finck, Brendan Kiely, Stephanie Land, Rachel Levitsky, Amanda Long, Tammy Nguyen, Alison Owen, Maia Cruz Palileo, Robert Pennington, Alexandria Smith, Asiya Wadud, Pia Wilson, Seldon Yuan, Susan Ziegler, and Jonathan Allen

Visit lmcc.net/process-space for more information on the Process Space program and participating artists.

While visiting LMCC’s Arts Center, don’t miss A Supple Perimeter, the summer-long solo exhibition by Kameelah Janan Rasheed staged in the adjacent exhibition gallery (see lmcc.net for more information).

AIN GORDON
Friday, September 22, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
LMCC’s Studios at 125 Maiden Lane
Genre: Theater

Ain Gordon is a New York-based writer/director/actor working in varied theatrical form: “History is my constant work-trigger. Yes, mainstream history funnels the colossus of life down to a manageable story but vibrating beneath that story are all the overlooked shunted to an abyss of public forgetting. I look to reframe the absent, celebrate the under-sung, or tribute the negated.”

PROCESS SPACE ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE
Saturday, September 23–Sunday, September 24, 1–6 p.m.
LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island
Genre: Multidisciplinary

Audiences are invited to take this final opportunity to discover the work of LMCC’s Process Space artists as they close out their residencies. Roam the studios of this diverse group of artists who will be showing artwork ranging from live performance to poetry to painting and sculpture.

Participating Artists: Michael Bühler-Rose, Sari Carel, Chia-Lun Chang, João Enxuto and Erica Love, Liana Finck, Brendan Kiely, Rachel Levitsky, Amanda Long, Tammy Nguyen, Alison Owen, Maia Cruz Palileo, Robert Pennington, Jenny Polak, Alexandria Smith, Asiya Wadud, Pia Wilson, Seldon Yuan, Susan Ziegler, and Jonathan Allen

Visit lmcc.net/process-space for more information on the Process Space program and participating artists.

This is also the final chance to see A Supple Perimeter, the summer-long solo exhibition by Kameelah Janan Rasheed staged in the adjacent exhibition gallery (see lmcc.net for more information).

KATIE ROSE MCLAUGHLIN
Saturday, September 23, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island
Genre: Dance

Katie Rose McLaughlin is a dance and theater maker based in NYC, and co-artistic director of Designated Movement Company. Her work frames moving bodies in unexpected and surprising ways, integrating text and motion to engage with and challenge our means of experience performance and the world. Fusing the formal ballet training of her youth with grand theatricality and clowning, her work embraces radical inclusivity and promotes strong women.

YVONNE MEIER
Saturday, September 23, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island
Genre: Dance

Originally from Zurich, Switzerland, Yvonne Meier has lived and worked in New York City since 1979, where she regularly collaborates with Ishmael Houston-Jones and many others in the U.S. and Europe. Her work spans anywhere from big spectacles to quiet solos. After a lifelong commitment to improvisation she has developed her signature movement technique, known as “Scores,” beginning in 1993 and continues to teach and refine the practice today.

RASHAUN MITCHELL AND SILAS RIENER (Extended Life program)
Saturday, September 23, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island
Genre: Dance

Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener are Brooklyn-based artists who create dance in response to complex and active spatial environments, often merging elements of fantasy, absurdity and quiet contemplation into challenging, multifaceted performance.

With a practice that relies heavily on improvisation and a deep commitment to formal dance training and physical rigor, they use dance to imagine a world that supports new movement vocabularies and exposes the unfamiliar.

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