The New York Arts Practicum went really well this summer, and will be running again this coming summer. I saw so much personal and artistic growth from the 10 participants over the short but super intense 8 weeks. Many of the participants were calling their experience: demystefying, life changing, and an inspirational reality check. The participants spent those 8 weeks meeting with artists and curators, working in their mentors’ studios, and making work for critique without access to their collegiate studio facilities. We met Tuesdays for a critique seminar, and Fridays for all day site visits in artist studios, curator talks, and visits to museums. The goal of the program is to bridge the gap between life as an art student and making art outside of school.
In the inaugural year, participants worked in the studios of David Horvtiz, Eva and Franco Mattes, Caroline Woolard, Sara Greenberger Raffery, Jen Liu, Ricardo Miranda Zuniga, Graham Parker, and Mark Tribe; each of these mentors led a seminar, or was a guest critic. Steve Lambert was a guest critic. Trevor Paglen, Penelope Umbrico and The Yes Men lead seminars. We had site visits with Brody Condon, Pablo Helguera, Marisa Jahn, Kristin Lucas, Jill Magid, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Joe McKay, Lize Mogel, William Powhida, and Kevin Zucker. We met with curators such as Amanda McDonald Crowley at the Austrian Cultural Forum, Risa Needleman at Invisible Exports, Stephanie Pereira at Kickstarter, Steve Sacks at Bitforms, Magda Sawon at Postmasters and Artie Vierkant at Stadium. We visited Christian Marclay‘s clock, galleries in Chelsea, Lower East Side, and Bushwick, and went to MoMA and the Met.
New York Arts Practicum visit with Marisa Jahn at the Studio Museum, where Marisa talks to the participants about her Bibliobandido project.
Afterwards we met with Graham Parker for a ranging conversation about football, performance art, English literature, and computer spam
At the end of the day, Kevin Zucker talks about his new paintings with the New York Arts Practicum Participants
A few days later we met with Kent Rogowski, who talked to us about his book and his new body of work.
We visited Eva and Franco Mattes at their apartment for a conversation about their recent video interventions and performances in online forums such as Chat Roulette, YouTube, and Counter Strike. In the middle, we took a break on the patio. We closed off the seminar with a viewing/taping of their secret video.
Parker Shipp, Franco Mattes, and Tatiana Leshkina chat
Kyle Petreycik, Ben Lerchin, Meaghan Scanlan, and Matthew Brinkley share a laugh
Stephanie Pereira hosted us for a nearly two hour info session that covered the core issues in running a successful kickstarter campaign: be clear about what you are doing, set awesome but convincing/reasonable goals, tell a story, make your rewards engaging, communicate well with your community/fans/friends/mom, etc. Our extended conversation really explored how these are good practices for any kind of application (grant, residency, etc.)
Afterwards we visited Lower East Side galleries. Risa Needleman gave the New York Arts Practicum a walkthrough of the “Furniture” show at Invisible Exports.
Three great visits in two days to Jill Magid, Mark Tribe and Brody Condon’s studios.
Jill Magid told us the incredible story of her research trip to Texas where she happened to witness a capitol hill shooting. She showed us the model for her show that is up currently at Yvon Lambert in Paris, which is based off of police video and 911 audio tapes of another shooting in Texas.
Mark Tribe talked to the participants about how he came to be an artist, the difference between running an organization and making art, and his projects of the last few years.
Brody Condon gave the participants the opportunity to ask him any question they wanted. Faced with that total freedom/control, the participants were a bit like deer in the headlights. After a good long silence, Brody launched into a presentation of the mechanics of making projects, passing around the production binder for his most recent project. And then we sat and watched the full, gorgeous video itself.