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Highlights from the Creative Capital Retreat: Part Three

by Paddy Johnson on August 28, 2015
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In one of her many talks at the Creative Capital retreat this July, President & Executive Director Ruby Lerner spoke of the importance of keeping the organization weird. The short explanation of what this means is simply that she wants them to continue to fund projects that aren’t beholden to the market. (Lerner has announced her retirement, so the succession planning has begun in earnest.) More specifically, though, it means supporting artists who bring a point of view to the table, who aren’t afraid to fail, and who pursue excellence in whatever field they work in. These are artists who exemplify the creative spirit. Their work must be supported.

In my previous two posts summing up highlights from the Creative Capital retreat, I’ve tried to highlight presentations by artists who I felt exemplified those qualities. In my last post on this year’s retreat, I highlight three more. Here goes.

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This Week’s Must-see Art Events: Are You Sure You Want to Delete That Account?

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on August 24, 2015
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Let’s be honest: we’re all surprised there’s an event listing at all this week. Everyone is on vacation. And yet, here we are writing this thing with a few honest to goodness recommendations.  We don’t want to miss the evening of readings and performance art inspired by embarrassing pictures millennials can’t get off the internet, three scrappy but industrious plays about power at Secret Project Robot, and a flea market full of purveyors of dead stuff. All you guys at the beach are missing out.

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This Week’s Must-see Art Events: We Hope You Aren’t Allergic to Latex

by Michael Anthony Farley and Rea McNamara on August 17, 2015
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Breaking news: it’s still August in New York. That means many galleries on hiatus, a great exodus of the wealthy to summer homes, and a boring sticky time for the rest of us. Or does it? Apparently all the queers, weirdos, and feminists are back from P-Town and Fire Island and ready to bring you a week of events that may be sticky but promise to be anything but boring. From sex workers’ narratives and pop-up Marxist sex shops to gender-bending masks and DIY sex toys, New York City is getting kinky this week. Fittingly, this is also your last chance to see Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play at Artists Space. While the norms are away, the queers shall play. Seriously, we hope you aren’t allergic to latex.

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This Week’s Must-see Art Events: Waacking, Eating, Tweeting, Painting

by Michael Anthony Farley and Rea McNamara on August 10, 2015
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This week, work up a sweat learning the art of “waacking” at Otion Front Studio from dancer Coco Motion. Then, reward yourself with dinner and a movie at Postmasters Gallery. Are you the kind of person who Instagrams your food? If so, you might learn a little something about social media and our capacity for connection from AFC friend Molly Soda. Her show SAME opens Thursday night at Stream.

But really, the weekend is all about painting, painting, painting. It kicks off Friday night with paintings on cardboard and paintings of plastic at Trestle Gallery. From a Conor Backman solo show upstate to an all-painting exhibition of 50 artists in Bed-Stuy, there’s painting everywhere on Saturday. There’s so much paint happening, cans of it are starting to bulge out of canvases.

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Highlights from the Creative Capital Retreat: Part One

by Paddy Johnson on August 7, 2015
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The Creative Capital Retreat took place two weeks ago now, and I’m still thinking about it. Nearly every year the organization invites grantees from their latest grant cycles to give seven minute presentations on what they have or will do to a room full of professionals. This year, though, was more emotional than usual. Ruby Lerner, Creative Capital’s Founding President and Executive Director announced she would be retiring earlier in the year, and it’s her vision and guidance that has helped make Creative Capital so unique. With the help of the Warhol Foundation, a strong board and staff, and a robust philanthropic community, the granting agency has done more to help artists than almost any other I know. It’s not just that artists receive a $50,000 grant—though that’s certainly helpful—but that they get access to an incredible array of professional development programs. This retreat is their flagship event.

More after the jump.

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This Week’s Must-see Events: From Graveyard Poets to Star Wars Scholars

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on July 27, 2015
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Here’s what to do if you’re stuck in New York this week for the heat wave: Attend a lecture on the history of Goth; learn about modernity, architecture, futurism, and Star Wars at John Powers’s art talk; hang out at Prospect Park and pick up a few art mags at the small press flea. It’s summer, but as these events demonstrate, there’s still plenty to do.

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