Okay, I’m excited. Flux Factory’s Not-so-silent Annual Art Auction & Gala takes place tonight at the old DIA foundation location and I’m being honored along with Creative Time’s head curator Nato Thompson. Holy crap.
I’m not sure those two words fully communicate how I feel, but they probably give readers an impression. This honor is a big fucking deal for me and the blog. It acknowledges not only the work I’ve done over the last five years, but the time and effort so many of the blog’s contributors and commenters.
As such, I really hope you’ll all join me tonight. In doing so you’ll support Flux Factory, an artist residency program that plays host to an unusually strong cadre of art makers. Their program is also uniquely suited to building community, as residents share the grocery bills and the kitchen. (Thank-you to whomever made the chocolate cake I had while visiting in early December).
I’m told I’m to give a speech this evening, so look out for that. I promise to keep it short. That means I won’t be talking about how I believe collaborative learning, honest criticism, and creative practices in whatever form they take make the world a better place, even though I believe it. These platitudes are reserved for the blog alone!
Press release below:
Mark your calendars for Flux Factory's Not-so-silent Annual Art Auction & Gala
Date: Tuesday, December 20th, 7 pm — 10 pm
Location: Center 548: 548 West 22nd Street, NYC
Time: Doors open at 7 pm, with silent bidding until 10 pm
Help us celebrate a colossal year at Flux Factory with a silent auction of over 100 works by artists from our extensive community. We will honor Nato Thompson of Creative Time and Paddy Johnson of Art Fag City for the lasting imprint their work has had on contemporary art. Entertainment provided by our emcee Matt Levy and DJ We Are Architects. Expect light food, libations, music, a timeline of our experimental programming, and a few surprises.
In addition to reveling in the company of innovative artists and bidding in the silent auction, there will be “knock-off” stations where you can commission artists to create an original artwork on demand. “Knock-off” Live Artists include Angela Washko, Daupo, Douglas Paulson, Emily Bunker, Eric Doeringer, Jon Burgerman, and Youjung Byun.
Committee Members: @museumnerd, Anita Durst, Barry Hoggard & James Wagner, Carin Kuoni, Carlo Lamagna, Chen Tamir, Claire Sexton, Deborah Fisher, Doreen Jakob, Ed Woodham, Elaine Bowen, Elizabeth Dee, Ewa Bartos, Hilary Bertisch, Jayne Drost, Julia Kaganskiy, Matthew Higgs, Morgan Meis, Melanie Cohn, Nathalie AnglÃ¨s, Nick Griffin, Noni Pratt, Nora Gomez, Paul D. Miller, Perry Chen, Rado Petkov, Scott Hirst, Stephen S. Santo, Esq., and Veken Gueyikian.
Participating artists: the silent auction will include artworks by Bo Bartlett, Dana Sherwood, Dasha Shiskin, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Kristian Kozul, Mark Dion, Pablo Helguera, SWOON, The Yes Men, and many others. Click the arrow below to view the entire list.