I've been doing a ton of screenprinting for Ganzeer's solo exhibition, which opens in NYC, tonight!
Leila Heller Gallery is pleased to announce “All-American By Ganzeer”,the first solo exhibition in the United States of Ganzeer on view from January 16 – February 21, 2015 at 568 West 25th from 6PM-8PM. “All-American By Ganzeer” is curated by Dr. Shiva Balaghi, one of the world’s foremost scholars of contemporary art from the Middle East.
December 5, 2014 – March 1, 2015
Opening: December 5, 2014, 7-9pm
Interference Archive, 131 8th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215
Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp was a 19-year anti-nuclear protest and encampment at the U.S. Military Base at Greenham Common, Berkshire County, England. This exhibition and event series, organized as a mother/daughter collaboration between Susan Jahoda and Emma Jahoda-Brown, assembles accounts of the comings and goings and daily lives of a diverse group of women at Greenham primarily over a nine year period. Photographs, film, artifacts and sound are brought together to reveal a complex view of a largely invisible history.
On December 5th ABC No Rio will reprise its Clothesline Benefit Art Sale. We are asking artists who support ABC No Rio to participate by donating work to this benefit event.
As in years past, all work will be presented on clotheslines strung through No Rio's gallery space, and should be unframed, two-dimensional work no larger than 11" X 17". As space is tight, we're limiting work to one or two pieces from each participating
For this benefit event we are setting prices at either $25 or $50, depending on the size and complexity of the work, and to be decided by you.
Work can either be mailed to ABC No Rio at the address below, or delivered on December 3rd or 4th between 7:00-9:00pm. Please provide the information requested below for each work donated.
Your participation and support is crucial and important to ABC No Rio. Please freely forward this request to friends and fellow artists. Announcements and invitations for the Clothesline Benefit will be sent to all participating artists. Please invite your
friends, colleagues and collaborators!
Phrases I'm sick of reading lately, usually found in the stumbling copy of cultural critics hoping to remark on the current, rapidly shifting state of image capture and regurgitation: "Generation Y (or Millenials) with their Instagrams and Snapchats", "everyone a photographer with their smartphones these days", "Photography Singularity". Really though, I get a lot of joy out of sheer graphic communication online (and off). Great images, regardless of their provenance, beat most of what people write and publish on the internet (or in the NYTimes), and I don't necessarily believe that cameras in all pockets is the end of some formerly pristine culture. But what is holding a real live photograph worth these days? And who the hell drags film and lenses everywhere they go anymore in order to make such an ancient thing happen?
Bill Daniel is a photographer. He's also a filmmaker, a gear head, a seasoned tourer, inveterate raconteur, a bit of a wanderer, and a damn nice guy. He's taking a pop-up photography show on the road for the first time in a while, and if his timeless van is parking in your city, you should save the date and make the time. Like some rare and thought-extinct bird, Bill still believes in the beauty of silver gelatin on paper as a legitimate form of memorial, and he's deft at capturing elusive moments on actual film. Go see what he's been on about for 30+ years. There's a little write up of what Bill is bringing to you here, and tour dates are posted below as well...
Eric Ayotte and the Gadabout Film Fest are rounding up a long autumn tour soon, and they're stopping in Pittsburgh this Sunday, November 16th at the Babyland studios. Babyland also happens to be my hands-down favorite local complex of creative makers-of-things, running the gamut from Metalworker Dudes to Punk Accountants and studio home to Justseeds' own Bec Young!
More details below...
Come join us Friday, Nov 7th for the eighth-ever annual printacular mega-hairy Brooklyn affordable print fair. A New York City Print Week tradition!
PRINTS GONE WILD 2014!
Presented by Cannonball Press
Drive By Press Brooklyn, NY
Florence Gidez Brooklyn, NY
Bikini Press International Minneapolis, MN
Sean Star Wars Laurel, MS
Non Grata Collective Parnu, Estonia
Raking Light Projects Colorado
Evil Prints St. Louis, MO
Deerjerk and Haypeep West Virginia
Church of Type Los Angeles, CA
Justseeds All Over Turtle Island
The Amazing Hancock Bros. Austin, TX
Cannonball Press Brooklyn, NY
At: LITTLEFIELD NYC
622 Degraw St.
Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY
btwn. 3rd & 4th Ave
Several of our friends in Portland, Oregon are working on a powerful documentary addressing the city's history of police abuse and community resistance. It's called "Arresting Power", and is being created by the powerhouse filmmaking team of Jodi Darby, Julie Perini, and Erin Yanke. They've opened a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to finalize the film and begin distribution, and they could use your donation!
Portland has a long and sordid history of police misconduct, and this effort brings in the voices of many of the long-term activists and agitators that have fought to hold them accountable. From the Black Berets and the Black Panthers to Copwatch and the Portland Community Liberation Front, the film is full of powerful voices. In addition to the histories and the stories of resistance, this project also "explores alternatives to the current system of policing and considers strategies for keeping communities safe from harm without the threat of constant surveillance and ubiquitous violence. "
This year marks the 38th annual Raza Day at UC Berkeley. It is a day of workshops and activities intended to encourage middle school, high school and community college students to pursue higher education.
I will be speaking at this year's event at 9:30 am on Nov 1st in Wheeler Hall.
It is free and open to the public so bring your kids, nieces, nephews, neighbors etc.
This is the poster I designed that will be give out to all the youth in attendance.
Justseeds will be participating in this years Prints Gone Wild! in Brooklyn!
Mark your calendars.
Part of Self-Determination Inside/Out, Interference Archive and the CUNYGC Center for the Study of Women and Society present “Prison is a form of violence against women.”, a video program and discussion about the motivations for and processes of organizing against prisons as gender violence. With Victoria Law, Cecily McMillan, Amy Meacham, and Sharon Richardson.
[image from a rally to free Joan Little, 1978 via At the Dark End of the Street photo gallery: http://atthedarkendofthestreet.com/photo-gallery/joan-little-gallery/]
Check out Point and Shoot at the Milwaukee Film Festival tonight and Thursday. It is an enthralling story of one young American’s grappling with notions of masculinity and self-definition that happens to take place amidst one of the most tumultuous time periods in the modern history of the Middle East. More info here
We'll be there! More information here...
I recently completed the poster to promote the first ever Howard Zinn Bookfair that will be held at San Francisco’s Mission High School on November 15th 2014. It is a celebration of the books that make us rethink our roles in the world and connect people with hidden histories...
I just got some photos from this past weekend's opening of the first annual Screenprint Biennial, in Troy, NY. My ______ Manifesto diptych was included, which I'm really excited about. There's a couple more photos if you click below, and you can find more info on the Biennial HERE.
Justseeds colleagues Katherine Ball and Artur Van Balen have been busy warming up for the big People's Climate March on the UN that's happening the 21st of this month. Their most recent action: a Carbon Bomb, blown up near West Point Military Academy, that draws attention to the little-discussed fact that the US military is the largest emitter of CO2 on the planet. Forget all your efforts at minimizing your impact- the real problem is the massive military machine that is currently revving back to life for a new involvement in Iraq and Syria. There'll be more actions like this coming up, including an effort to Flood Wall Street! Click through for more on the Carbon Bomb project.
Opening: Thursday, September 11, 7-10pm
Exhibition runs: September 11 – November 16, 2014
Interference Archive presents Self-Determination Inside/Out, a comprehensive exhibition and public program series featuring the cultural materials produced by incarcerated people and their allies. Ranging from the Attica Rebellion to political prisoners, AIDS education to prisoners-as-laborers, the struggles of incarcerated women and queer people to the current wave of hunger strikes in prisons and detention centers across the country, these materials fundamentally recast the history of the prison-industrial complex. The exhibition shows incarcerated people not simply as the objects of state repression or social justice activism, but as active initiators and leaders in the critique of “criminal justice”—and other forms of injustice—in the U.S. Through publications created on the inside, posters, ephemera, audio recordings, film and video, and a schedule of public programs, Self-Determination Inside/Out highlights key moments in struggles for justice in the prison system. Organized by Molly Fair, Josh MacPhee, Anika Paris, Laura Whitehorn, and Ryan Wong
BDS: What It Means For Artists
with BDS Arts Coalition, Remi Kanazi, Hannah Mermelstein, and Josh MacPhee
Thursday, July 31, 2014 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St 6th Floor, New York City
In 2005, over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations called on people around the world to join a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the state of Israel until it complies with international law and ends its occupation of Palestinian land. While prominent musicians and filmmakers have publicly supported BDS, the cultural boycott of Israel has not taken a hold in contemporary visual art or publishing until very recently.
Last month, Living as Form—an acclaimed Creative Time exhibition featuring a rotating set of socially-engaged artists—faced widespread opposition as its "Nomadic Version" (facilitated by Independent Curators International) opened at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, a university in Haifa with close ties to Israeli arms companies. Six artists and collectives exhibited in “Living as Form” withdrew from the Technion show, and another nine from other versions of the exhibition supported the boycott. Hundreds of prominent cultural workers joined the call, among them Martha Rosler, Molly Crabapple, Walid Raad, Lucy Lippard, Ariella Azoulay, Judith Butler, and Gayatri Spivak.
A number of us in Justseeds have been busy making 11"x17" offset posters and downloadable web graphics this summer to help get the word out about the People's Climate March in New York City on September 21st. The March will likely draw tens of thousands of people and aims to be a historic climate mobilization action that will take place the weekend before the UN Conference.
To get the word out we are co-organizing a creative action designed to wheatpaste 30-plus cities around N.America in mid-to-late August with images by Josh MacPhee, Favianna Rodriguez, and Chip Thomas (along with a series of collage element images that give local hosts more leeway to express their own creativity and respond to local environmental issues.) Here are some process photos of some of the 4' x 6' prints for the action (Josh's image and Favi's image). The printer: Jesse Purcell (with studio help by Mary Tremonte)
"Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution" book release party is a collaboration between artist and writer Alan Ket and Revolution Books. Ganzeer, one of the artists featured in Walls of Freedom will be at the bookstore to sign books.
Friday, June 27, 7pm Revolution Books 146 W 26th St. NY, NY
Walls of Freedom tells the story of the art that appeared on Egypt's walls over the past 3 years starting January 25, 2011. The Arab Spring saw an unparalleled explosion of graffiti and street art but few in the West know anything about it. Striking images transformed Egypt's walls into a visual testimony of bravery and resistance to the ruling authorities -- including Mubarek, the army, Morsi and the Islamic fundamentalists -- tracing the journey from the early days of hope and inspiration to the decline into today's nightmare. Spanning Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor, the book is a document of the volatile and fast-shifting political situation there.
Justseeds will have a table all weekend at one of my favorite events ever, the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair.
Come say hi.
Our colleagues and collaborators in Taring Padi, the legendary Indonesian printmaking cooperative, have recently completed a series of actions and performances marking the 8th anniversary of the Lapindo mud disaster in north Java. Eight years ago, incautious drilling for gas resulted in a slow eruption of hot volcanic mud which has devastated the region. Click through for a ton of awesome photos and TP member Ucup's description of the campaign.
Once again we will be holding it down at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair.
Saturday, May 24 & Sunday May 25, 10am-5pm
Opening: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Interference Archive presents La Autonomía es la Vida, la Sumisión es la Muerte (Autonomy is Life, Submission is Death) a graphic art portfolio, produced by Convergencia Grafica MALLA and Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative. This exhibition honors the 520 years of struggle of the indigenous peoples of Mexico against genocide and for self-determination and autonomy through a celebration of the 20 years of the Zapatista movement’s resistance against the Mexican state and global capitalism.
Justseeds is participating in Toronto's 29th annual Mayworks Festival of Working People and Arts. Jesse Purcell and myself led Silkscreen Power!, a free silkscreen printing workshop this weekend, and we are installing an exhibition of Uprisings: Images of Labor, and Migration Now! that opens this Tuesday.
Uprisings: Images of Labour and Migration, Political Print Exhibit
May 13-18, 2014, Opening Reception Tuesday May 13th 7-9pm
SKETCH, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto
NYC Anarchist Book Fair will be held Saturday, May 17th and a film festival on Sunday, May 18th. Check out anarchistbookfair.net for more info.
The 1st Annual Cleveland Anarchist Bookfair will be held May 9–11 at Guide to Kulchur and will feature speakers from around the country, workshops, and of course music (this is Cleveland after all). Publishers and distros will be on hand to provide you with all your favorite subversive literature.
Check out Cleveland Anarchist Book Fair for more details.
There's a nice little article about me in the Oregonian today, and it mentions an event that I'm hosting tomorrow at the Alleyway Bar in Portland, OR. I'll be showing pictures and video from my recent project in Congo, as well as telling stories and playing some of the music I recorded while there. If you're in PDX, come by and check it out! The Alleyway is at 2415 NE Alberta, and the event, which is free, starts at 7:30 pm.
This year on June 11 - the International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid & all Eco-prisoners - we will be running the 2nd annual Never Alone online exhibition. It will serve as an avenue not only for fundraising for these political prisoners, but as a way to reach out informatively to a broad audience on issues of earth & animal liberation and state captivity. We would love to invite you to contribute an artwork to this exhibition.
Submit work by May 1, 2014
All funds raised will go to the support funds of political prisoners Marie Mason and Eric McDavid.
You can help promote the exhibition. [Download] the quarter page flier and use it for tabling and display in public spaces.
I have an exhibition of flood resistant luxury objects and instructional drawings opening in Chicago on Friday April 11th. For more information check out the press release below.
Dave Dvorchak from AS220 interviewed me this week, in preparation for my art show titled "Generations / 8 Chapters Blooming." The show opening is Saturday April 4th from 5-7pm at the AS220 Project Space in Providence, RI.
My MFA thesis show/project with Ontario College of Art and Design University opens this week! Plenty of events over the next ten days, capping off with a closing reception and afterparty. Follow the jump for a full list of events.
This exhibition, situated in Flex Studio Gold, a former classroom at Artscape Youngplace, formerly the Shaw Givens School, includes an installation of silkscreen printed mirrors, a DJ booth, and hand-stitched silkscreen printed snuggies. Please join in for several discursive programs during the course of the exhibition, including a silkscreen printing workshop, a discussion on intersections between contemporary anarcha-feminism(s) and queer theory, and an all ages daytime tea dance. These activities will both activate and contribute to the exhibition, which will end with a closing reception and publication release on Saturday April 12.
Stay tuned for event details, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Justseeds will be tabling at on Saturday, March 29th for this printmaking extravaganza, exhibition, and block party, from 11AM to 5PM. Printmakers, artists, and print shops from across the country will be showing and selling their work. Live printing demos go on all day, including steamroller printing of extra large woodcuts by 15 artists in conjunction with CultureStrike and Syracuse University Print Department.
Join Jesse Purcell and Mary Tremonte for an artist talk about Justseeds at Centre3 for Print Media this Saturday, in Hamilton, ON. Prints and posters will be available for sale.
Centre3 for Print Media
173 James Street North
Also be sure to catch our two exhibitions on view now through April 10:
This Is An Emergency! at Homegrown Hamilton
Celebrate Women's Herstory at Hammer City Records
For more information, check out event organizer Tara Bursey's blog, HERE
"La Autonomia es la Vida, La Sumision es la Muerte"
Opening Reception Friday March 21st
We are happy to invite you to the launch party for The Graphic Portfolio "La Autonomia es la Vida, La Sumision es la Muerte" a collaboration between Convergencia Grafica MALLA and Justseeds artists cooperative. A set of posters celebrating the Autonomous communities in Mexico. Entirely hand printed and crafted at the Escuela de Cultura Popular Martires del 68 in Mexico City.
The show is complemented with a large mural by members of the ECPM68 justseeds
'La Autonomia' will run from 3/21 through 3/29 only - don't miss it!
-Guest music appearances by Almas Fronterizas
My good friend Nathan Meltz is putting together what is looking to be a great institution, The Screenprint Biennial! The crew putting it together is working hard, but they need some help. Check out the video, and if you can, send them a couple bucks!
Join Cushing at the San Francisco Public Library for an exciting slide lecture
“Red All Over: Political and Countercultural Printshops of the S.F. Bay Area.” Every movement needs a voice, and ever since Gutenberg systematized the concept of movable type radicals have put ink to paper to create multiples of inflammatory documents. Come and learn more about the discontents, troublemakers, poets, organizers, and visionaries who set up shop in the S.F. Bay Area from the 1960s to present. Presented by the Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center of the San Francisco Public Library and the American Printing History Association’s NorCal Chapter.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 6:00-8:00 PM; all programs free.
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch
100 Larkin Street (at Grove) (415) 557-4277, http://www.sfpl.org
More info HERE.
Justseeds has two shows opening this weekend in Hamilton, ON.
Check out events on opening night, March 14, and Saturday March 22.
Tara Bursey offset printed this sweet poster with one of Favi's images. I'm loving that purple, and looking forward to Hammer time.
In honor of Women's History Month, Justseeds has two exhibits opening simultaneously in Hamilton, Ontario, the Pittsburgh of Canada!
This Is An Emergency is showing at Homegrown Hamilton, while Celebrate Women's Herstory, is at Hammer City Records. Both exhibits open on Friday March 14, for Hamilton's monthly art walk, and I will be DJing vinyl with a crew of women DJ's at Hammer City at the opening event.
On March 22, Jesse Purcell and myself will give a talk about Justseeds at Centre3 for Print and Media Arts.
More info, including some nice words about Justseeds, can be found on curator/organizer Tara Bursey's blog, HERE
ONE IN THREE WOMEN WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME. Today, the day known as V-Day, all around the globe women are rising and dancing for justice with the One Billion Rising campaign. Importantly, though, many critiques have been voiced about OBR and the words of it's founder, Eve Ensler. In a beautifully written open letter acknowledging the critiques of Lauren Chief Elk and Andrea Smith among others, the activists organizing the Pittsburgh event explain: "We are changing the name of our action to “One Billion Been Rising” to recognize whose shoulders we stand upon; our ancestors and the many people who have been, working in a multitude of ways to end gender based violence, (as in before Eve and White Feminism). We see the visibility and international recognition of the OBR movement as an extension of the privilege Eve Ensler holds as the face of the V-Day campaign. We carry the legacy of the many voices heard/unheard, dismissed and omitted that have served to articulate the experiences of violence that trans/women of color face in this world."MARCH! DANCE! RISE!
Josh and I will be presenting the new, third, issue of Signal: A Journal on International Political Graphics & Culture at Lili Cafe in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Feb. 4th, at 7pm. Lili is located at 3138 Dobson Street in Polish Hill. It's free and cheap copies of Signal will be available.
(the image on the flier is taken from Josh's article about the Medu Arts Ensemble)
Screening with filmmakers Sherry Millner & Ernie Larsen
Thursday December 12, 2013, 7pm
Interference Archive, 131 8th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215
An evening of anarchist film. Join us to watch and discuss Sherry Millner & Ernie Larsen’s Shoplifting: It’s a Crime? and Lizzie Borden’s Born In Flames. You can read more about Born in Flames HERE, and an interesting short piece of writing by Sherry and Ernie from Jump Cut HERE. This screening is organized by Natalie Musteata, and cosponsored by Film Studies Working Group: Moving Images in Theory and Practice and The Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Center, CUNY.
Serve the People Gallery Tour and Interference Archive Open House
Co-sponsored by Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
A gallery tour with curator Ryan Wong. Artist Tomie Arai and other movement activists whose work is included in the exhibition will be present. This is a great opportunity to not only get an in-depth view of the “Serve the People” exhibition, but also check out Interference Archive and look through our huge collection of posters, publications, and other movement ephemera. More info HERE.
TALK OG PRÆSENTATION
v. Marc Fischer, Chicago
Onsdag d. 11. december kl. 19.00
DK 8000 Aarhus C
click more for full info...
If you are in Milwaukee come by the last Art Vs. Craft ever. We will be tabling with a giant load of Justseeds gear!
Melanie and Jesus hosted an amazing and insightful event at SoleSpace in Oakland earlier this month- here are some photos and the text of the show description.
El Día de los Muertos is usually a time to look back and give thanks to our ancestors whose existence made it possible for us to be alive today. With Future Ancestors: A Ceremony of Memory we look at the present and give thanks and celebrate the individuals whose life work is contributing to a world we will leave behind for future generations while investigating what was handed down by their ancestors and continues to shape who they are today.
Through conversations with five people we reflect on lessons and objects held sacred that haven been passed down to them. We will meditate on how these inheritances shape and inspire these individuals to look at the world around them and concern themselves with the task of building a better world.
Jesse Purcell and myself will be reppin' Justseeds at Expozine this weekend, two days of zines, prints, and indie publishing goodness. This is my favorite zine fair, it's really holistically about radical weird and beautiful underground culture. This year Justseeds is co-sponsoring the event, and we'll be on the floor against and on the wall with heaps of fresh and favorite prints, animal hankies, and the 2014 organizers. Come say hi!!
Saturday & Sunday November 16-17
more info: http://expozine.ca/
I'm excited and honored to be doing a special project as part of Philadelphia Mural Arts' 30 year anniversary exhibition, "Beyond the Paint," at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Museum. The show opens this Friday, Nov. 15th. I'm producing a series of Dada-esque community broadsides for my part, which will be printed in the gallery throughout the length of the exhibition. More info HERE.
I was so busy setting up and locally promoting this show that I missed putting it on our blog before the opening! If you're in Toronto, you have one more day to catch this exhibit exploring both queer animals, and queer humans' relationship to animals and animal iconography.
Alexis Boyle, Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea, Humboldt Magnussen, Michael Rennick, Danielle Nicole Smith, Corinne Teed, and Mary Tremonte
While you're there you can pick up one of these special edition bandanas, a collaboration between curator Humboldt Magnussen and myself.
187 Augusta Ave (Kensington Market)
Open Sunday 12:00-5:00 pm
Check out the following Cannonball Press promo vid for Prints Gone Wild
Go to Facebook, share and invite your friends, family and pets!
You are invited to the first in what will hopefully become a monthly gathering of people who think about political design and image making. We are artists, activists, organizers, and designers, with the goal creating visuals to inspire radical action and support social movements.
131 8th St., Brooklyn 11215, in Gowanus,
(2 blocks from F/G/R trains at 4th Ave./9th St.)
We are excited to gather together creative energies and to explore new possibilities for creating visuals that will help us imagine and demand the world we want to see. Feel free to bring examples of your own work or work you think is awesome.
Justseeds will be participating in the always awesome and eventful Prints Gone Wild cheap art fair in just under two weeks.
Brooklyn’s own legendary Cannonball Press has again assembled an extraordinary menagerie of graphic artists under one roof who will be present displaying and selling their prints for $50 or less for one night only on Nov. 8th at LITTLEFIELD NYC.
As part of New York Fine Art Print Week, organized by the International Fine Print Dealers Association in conjunction with the Annual IFPDA Pint Fair, long-time champion of the affordable art cause Cannonball Press has brought together these great artists so that New York can have a chance to see first-hand the incredible resurgence in affordable fine art printing that is happening across the country.
Come join us for live printing, beer, music, and a GIANT dogpile of awesome cheap prints!!!
Drive By Press Bronx, NY
Wolfbat StudiosBrooklyn, NY
Bump It Mafia somewhere in the U.S.
Tugboat Printshop Pittsburgh, PA
Just A Jar Press Marietta, OH
Non Grata Collective Parnu, Estonia
Justseeds All over North America
The Amazing Hancock Bros. Austin, TX
Kayrock Brooklyn, NY
Cannonball Press Brooklyn, NY
622 Degraw St. (btwn 3rd & 4th Ave)
Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY
Take the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, or Q to Atlantic Terminal or the R train to Union St.
Before I ever made a print, I made puppets. I used to live in Minneapolis, home to an astonishingly imaginative and prolific alternative theater and puppetry scene, and cut a lot of my artistic teeth making some weird-ass shit and participating in the quasi-collaborative process of other people's weird-ass shit. Not to wax overly nostalgic, but I sometimes miss those times of heavy performative weirdness now that I live in the light-rock/smooth-jazz advertising jingle that is Portland, Oregon. When friend Maren Ward invited me to come to Minneapolis as a section designer and lead artist on this year's 20th anniversary Barebones Halloween Extravaganza, I bit. We're creating a huge spectacle of puppetry and projection in Hidden Falls Park over the next couple of weekends, so if you are in the region, you should come out and check it. I guarantee you will not be underwhelmed. Confused, and perhaps cold, but not bored. Below the fold there's some photos from the ongoing build, and to the right is the poster I designed for the event.
If you are in Toronto at the end of October, you don't want to miss Allyson Mitchell's Lesbian Feminist Haunted House. I have been silkscreen printing sweet merch designed by Allyson, sneak preview pictured here.
From the promo:
"Each Hallowe’en radical evangelical groups all over the USA and Canada build hell houses. Beginning in the 70’s, these performer-animated installations showcase a gruesome retribution for the sins of fornication, abortion, suicide, occultism, and— of course—same-sex relationships. This Hallowe’en Toronto artist Allyson Mitchell reclaims this hellish scenario with her crowd-sourced, lesbian-feminist, queer-fear-fighting and reinforcing Kill Joy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House.This ground-up, maximalist, not-to-be-missed haunted house has been nailed, knit, and glued by a coven of dedicated feminists over the course of the past three months."
Opening Night with over 30 Live Performances
October 16 6:00-9:00 pm
Open for tours October 17-30 4:00-8:00 pm
303 Landsdowne Ave. Toronto, ON
I am so honored to have my print Roy and Silo: Powerful on exhibit this month on the body of a lovely golden retriever named Logan, who is in partnership with one homo-genuis named Sarah Mangle.
From the blog: "Logandog T-Shirt Gallery is literally the body of a friendly and handsome 9-year-old golden retreiver with a swish in his step...Logandog isn't influenced by the art market or trends." You can read more about this t-shirt celebrating gay penguins and more about the project at the Logandog T-Shirt Gallery blog HERE
I wrote a foreword to this great book! The second edition just came out on PM Press, and it's well worth taking a peek at it HERE. Plus if you're in Melbourne (where the editor and designer live), check out the big book launch party! More info past the break...
In honor of the Leeway Foundation’s 20th anniversary and Grantmakers in the Arts coming to Philadelphia, we invite you to join us on Saturday, October 5, for a day-long event that will convene artists, activists, cultural workers, organizers, scholars, and community leaders to celebrate examples from the past two decades where artists and cultural producers have connected their practice to social change movements.
Justseeds will be at the Pittsburgh Zine Fair
Sunday September 22
the Union Project.
801 N. Negley Ave
Come check us out!
New hankies for your Fall Fashion, small prints and publications, stickers and smiles.
Plus I smuggled in some Maple Bacon potato chips. If you ask we'll give you a tasting. Offer good while supplies last.
"Melding elements of street theatre, public spectacle, and community organizing, the Mass Arrival collective is organizing a critical re-enactment of the so-called “mass arrival” of Tamil migrants in Canada via freighter ships in 2009 and 2010."
This intervention is happening tonight in Toronto, I will be participating as a white-identified person. For peeps asking if they have to be white-identified to participate in the intervention tonight, the answer is no. If you are not white, you are encouraged yto come witness the arrival & join us in conversation about it. Tweet your thoughts on the intervention & #massarrival Follow @massarrival for live tweets from the street.
For more info, check out the website and video, HERE
This weekend Iraq Veterans Against the War is having their national convention in Chicago. Included are three public events.
Friday night plenary: 21st Century American Militarism: Occupation Abroad and Resistance at Home
Saturday night friend & fundraiser at The Hideout: From the Past to the Future of Creative Resistance
Sunday afternoon social: Enemy Kitchen BBQ with Michael Rakowitz
Details below! (Also Justseeds - myself- will be there on Saturday presenting at 2:30 on various past Justseeds-IVAW projects.)
This is the third year I've helped organize the Transformative Arts Practice Space at the Allied Media Conference (AMC), happening next weekend, June 20 - 23, in Detroit. In the Practice Space we ask the question "What is the role of art and artists in building an equitable, liberated, and loving society?" and explore "art and the process of making art as a democratic and inclusive process rather than one focused on the individual artist." Justseeds will also be tabling the event, so if you are at the conference stop by and say hello! If you can't make it to Detroit for this great event, consider supporting what we're building by purchasing my new print, Shine, from which I'm donating all profits from sales before the end of June, or donate directly to our paypal.
Tomorrow night, Wednesday June 12th, we are going to be having a in-depth discussion at Interference Archive about representations of labor. Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative recently produced a collection of two dozen large-scale prints relating to labor as part of their exhibition, Uprisings: Images of Labor. Artists were tasked with creating graphic works which both interpret and respond to the current state of work and labor organizing.
Interference Archive and members of Justseeds invite you to help us unpack and critique these prints. We ask: are these images are effective at representing labor and work in the 21st century? Can they help mobilize and organize workers or the working class? How does one create a poster that compels a viewer to think about a subject? Or to act on it?
(image: Roger Peet, Labor Creates All Wealth, 2013)
ONE TOUCH OF NATURE MAKES THE WHOLE WORLD KIN
is a table-top toy theater show by Erik Ruin and Maryann Colella (Bread & Puppet) concerning disasters and the organic mutual aid efforts/networks which arise in their wake. amongst other examples, we focus on the Halifax ship explosion of 1917, the largest man-made explosion before the invention of the atom bomb. The show incorporates sprawling silk-screened graphics come to life, toy instruments, tape-deck sound effects and text from Rebecca Solnit's book A Paradise Built In Hell.
i think it's pretty good. you should come see it if you live on the east coast. plus we're doing a bunch of shows w/ dear friends puppeteer Beth Nixon & musician Joshua Marcus, who are brilliant, radiant human beings and performers.
click on the links for details about each show.
Night School at Public Action Presents:
Art and Migrant Justice
7-9 PM at the Student Gallery, 52 McCaul.
Come eat Persian and Polish food and talk about art and migrant justice organizing.
Artists-in-Residence Leila Pourtavaf and Agata Mrozowski will talk about their project which focuses on recent immigration policies in Canada.
Mary Tremonte will present the Justseeds Migration Now! portfolio.
RSVP at the Facebook event HERE
Never The Same and the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry are hosting a
SUMMER SYMPOSIUM ON GRASSROOTS ARCHIVING
Friday June 7th, 2013
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago
915 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637
1-3pm Panel with:
Karen Stanworth (Toronto) Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
Chaitra Powell (Los Angeles) Mayme A. Clayton Museum & Library
Josh MacPhee (Brooklyn) Interference Archive
PUBLIC ACTION, a publications residency at the Student Gallery at OCADU in Toronto, kicks off on Tuesday with a welcome breakfast with our featured artists in residence, Paul Kjelland, Leila Pourtavaf, and Agata Mrozowski.
Interested in Publication?
Have a book you’d like to make?
Want to learn about screenprinting, risograph, publication design and bookmaking?
Care about dissemination of your voice and ideas?
For the month of June, the gallery will be transformed into a publications studio, with access to a variety of reproduction processes including screenprinting, photocopying, and risograph, as well as perfect binding and hand book sewing. Together we will create works that advocate for political agency. Those works may include books, performances, posters, artist multiples, and more.
Tuesday June 4, 10-1, KICK OFF BREAKFAST (potluck)
Food and dreaming and introductions!
Wednesday June 5, 7-9 pm, NIGHT SCHOOL with Paul Kjelland (potluck too)
Food and conversation about Radical Community Organizing!
Irregular Rhythm Asylum in Tokyo and CIRA Japan have organized an exhibition of the design work of Anarchy Magazine from the 1960s in the UK. We featured an interview with Anarchy's main designer Rufus Seger in Signal:01 (available HERE), and the interviewer, Daniel Poyner, has since published an expanded interview and great collection of the covers of Anarchy in a new book, Autonomy: the cover designs of Anarchy, 1961–1970.
Yesterday 200 shirts with different messages appeared on clotheslines and coat hangers throughout Oakland, California. Envisioned as "mini-murals", the shirts ask, Is This Justice? The shirts come from the Restorative Justice Leaders program, a project at MetWest High School, facilitated by artist Evan Bissell, Arianna Caplan and Community Works. Over the last six months the group explored ideas and practices relating to restorative justice and the prison industrial complex. The goal was to make Oakland safer through restorative justice by weakening the connection between the prison system and schools. Maybe you can still find a shirt? Check out their tumblr for some great photos!
Broken City Lab made this sweet little video of me silkscreen printing at the end of the
Mayday march, in Drouillard Park, right across from the Ford plant. Participants in the march were excited to choose a silkscreen printed bandana with labor slogans, and even print their own. With the historical re-enactment theme of this year's march, the phrase "Solidarity Forever!" the chorus of the IWW's theme song, resonated quite strongly with folks.
Ink Now: Posters, Collectives and Art
Lecture Theatre CR100, London Met University, 41-47 Commercial Road, London, E1 1LA
6.30-8.30pm, Tuesday 4th June.
An evening of presentations and discussion about how posters have been used in different radical, political, feminist, collective and community settings. By looking at specific historical moments we hope to open up a conversation about radical ideas and collective practices in the contemporary art context.
Wildcat at Mead
Thursday May 16th, 2013, 7pm
Interference Archive, 131 8th St. #4, Brooklyn NY 11215
Wildcat at Mead is a 1972 documentary about a seven-week wildcat strike at Mead Packaging Corp. in Atlanta, during which almost all of the majority-Black workforce stayed out and won significant community support. The film was made by the October League, a communist group that played an important role in the strike.
Jim Skillman, who served on the October League (ML) Atlanta District Committee and who helped rally community support for the 1972 strike, will be present for the screening.
Uprisings: Images of Labor, the new set of large-format silkscreen and relief prints that Justseeds created at Union Art Gallery at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, is opening tonight at Broken City Lab's Civic Space, in the heart of downtown Windsor. In addition to the prints, we'll have bandanas and posters that I facilitated printing as part of Mayday, and some prints, posters, and bandanas for sale. All my events in town are part of Windsor's Mayworks festival, a celebration of labor through art. Check out the full events listing and updates HERE.
You can also check out Broken City Lab's site, for ongoing updates on my activities, HERE, including a video of me printing bandanas at the Mayday march!!
Friday May 10th
Closing Danceparty with DJ Mary Mack
Friday May 17th
Opening Reception: May 3rd
I'm stickin to the Union! Shut It Down! "F*** Work! Si Se Puede! For as long as there has been work, workers have been withdrawing their labor in protest. Interference Archive is excited to present Strike Now, Strike Then!, an exhibition and programing series exploring the use, power, and viability of this tactic, and how it has shifted over time. Over the next three months, we will look at how work has been imagined and represented, how workers have both self-organized and been led, how economic conditions have shifted worker identities, and how “the boss” has been targeted, imagined, ridiculed, and transformed.
Join Broken City Lab and me as we silkscreen print bandanas and posters at Drouillard Park, in the heart of Ford City, with Dylan Miner's silkscreen bike, which he created with urban indigenous youth at the Turtle Island Aboriginal Education Center in Windsor, and with Latino youth at the Garage Cultural Center of Art and Creativity in Detroit, at the end of the Mayday march. BCL took a bunch of photos at the print party we hosted at Civic Space last night, as did I. Take a peek HERE!
Justseeds will be in Windsor, Ontario for the next three weeks doing a residency at Broken City Lab during Windsor's Mayworks festival, a celebration of art and labor.
I am conducting a number of public programs, including silkscreen printing workshops and showing Uprisings: Images of Labor, the new large-scale prints that Justseeds made in Milwaukee in March.
Check out details on Broken City's blog HERE
Check out a full schedule of Mayworks events HERE
Toronto, join Fifth Column members GB Jones and Caroline Azar, artists, printers, and zinemakers Shannon Gerard, JP King, Erin Oh, Amy Egerdeen and more, for a weekend of talks, workshops, even a dance party, on feminism and zines.
All events are free or PWYC!
Check out this excellent interview with GB and Caroline, about Fifth Column, queer and feminist zines, and She Said Boom. HERE
Full list of events after the jump:
If you're in Southern California this week, there's a great film festival happening in San Diego. Click here to connect for their info. The first three nights are free, and the last night is cheap.
Different locations each night, so see the flier below.
Both Justseeds and Interference Archive will be at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair this year!
The entire month of May in Montreal is the Festival of Anarchy, with diverse anarchist-themed events occurring at different venues all over the island of Montreal. The Festival of Anarchy is organized as part of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair (May 25-26) and is the largest anarchist event in North America. info: www.anarchistbookfair.ca.
This year, the Festival of Anarchy features over 25 events at locations all over the island of Montreal. including: Introductions to Anarchism * Anti-Capitalist May Day * Dance Parties * Art Exhibitions * Community Bike Tour * Teach-In * Discussions * Demonstrations & Protests * Theatre Festival * Book Launches * Music * Outdoor Radical Reading Fair * Assemblies * Workshops & Presentations * Film Screenings * Cabaret * and more!
Art and Social Justice: Panel with the Artists Meredith Stern, Marshall Weber, and Josh MacPhee
Wednesday 24 April, 5:00 p.m., CFA Hall, Wesleyan University
More info HERE.
Free and open to the public.
This panel the exhibition Artists Take Action: Protest Posters Today, currently on view at the Davison Art Center.
Looks like there's a great show about the prison industrial complex, incarceration, and the death penalty for those of you in the Pacific Northwest. Ceramicist Julie Green presents 500 art plates made depicting last meal requests, and painter Buddy Bunting has made large-scale paintings of prisons themselves. Together they seem to synthesize both a personalized and dehumanized view of incarceration.
Here is the awesome poster for the event Josh posted about below. If you're in the northwest, you should go!
Raw, Raucous and Sublime:33 Years Of Vanessa Renwick
An Oregon Department of Kick Ass Retrospective
Two nights of different programing spanning the career of Vanessa Renwick.
April 25th and 26th
The Hollywood Theatre
4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, Oregon
7:30 PM $7 each night
The first night is more raw & raucous, with a pinch of sublime, followed with a brief interview and Q&A with Richard Herskowitz. The second night is more sublime, but also raucous, followed with a brief interview and Q&A with Mack McFarland.
Also, the release of N S E W: ALL OVER THE MAP, a dvd compilation of Vanessa's work!
More info about the shows at the Oregon Department of Kick Ass
Here's the flyer for my upcoming show in Albuquerque New Mexico. If you are in the area please stop by. This is a 2 night show only. I will have some preview photos here on the blog soon.
Pittsburgh-based author and Justseeds ally Hannah Dobbz just released a damned good book on AK Press: Nine-Tenths of the Law: Property and Resistance in the United States. She launches her April book tour this weekend, future dates are posted below! I highly recommend the book, and if you can make it to one of these speaking gigs, please do! If you can't buy the book in person, you can grab it online from our pals at AK Press here.
Tuesday, April 2, 7–10 pm
Interference Archive, 131 8th St. #4, Bklyn 11215
Interference Archive’s Book Bloc! exhibit features shields made here in New York by CUNY Graduate Center and Cooper Union students in their current struggles against tuition increases and instituting tuition, respectively, and in assertion of “free education for all.” Book blocs in their present-day incarnation first appeared in Rome in November 2010 as part of demonstrations against drastic budget cuts to the country’s public university system. Italian students began actions, occupations, and blockades by using oversize, handmade, padded book covers as banners and shields. The tactic quickly spread to other parts of Europe, the United States, and elsewhere. As a book bloc press release from London in 2010 explains, “Books are our tools–we teach with them, we learn with them, we play with them, we create with them, we make love with them, and sometimes, we must fight with them.”
Dan S. Wang: Selected Defeats and Victories
March 28, 2013
Interference Archive (131 8th St. #4, Brklyn 11215)
Dan S. Wang pays a visit to the Interference Archive for a two-part discussion. First he will deliver a report from a grassroots perspective on the political situation across the Great Lakes, including an update on Wisconsin two years after the historic Uprising, and observations on peoples’ struggles in Illinois and Michigan. Dan will speak about selected defeats and victories from recent months and lead a discussion on the lessons learned.
For the second part, he’ll speak about making political print media and his work with a radical art and research group, Compass. Here the outstanding questions have to do with the particular contributions that artists can make to social movements, how political art practices are both enabled and constrained by contemporary conditions, and the ways each of us negotiates the contradictions produced by doing insurgent work as citizens in a desperate and dying empire. More discussion!
The Days of the Commune
On display March 30-May 30, 2013
at Slought Foundation
Opening event on Saturday, March 30th; 5:00-7:00pm
Slought Foundation is pleased to present The Days of the Commune, a cinematic installation by artist Zoe Beloff in the Slought galleries from March 30 - May 30, 2013. An opening event featuring the artist and 20 participating actors, activists and artists will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2013, from 5:00-7:00pm. Live songs with musical accompaniment will be performed, followed by a historical overview of the 1871 Paris Commune and a public conversation with the artist.
The project revisits Bertolt Brecht's play The Days of the Commune (1871) written in response to the 1871 Paris Commune, arguably the first great modern occupation where working people took over their city and turned it into a progressive democracy of the people. In the spring of 2012, Beloff brought together a group of actors, activists and artists to re-perform the work in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Rather than stage the play in a theater, Beloff and her collaborators performed the work scene by scene in public spaces around New York City, starting in Zuccotti Park. These public rehearsals ran from March through May, the months of the Paris Commune's brief existence in the spring of 1871.
Tonight join Imaging Apartheid at Rock Against Racism MTL #3 - Punks Against Apartheid
An evening to celebrate and build punk rock solidarity with Palestine
Une soirée pour célébrer et bâtir la solidarité entre le punk et la Palestine
jeudi, le 14 mars
Katacombes, 1635 St-Laurent, Montréal
$6-10 (selon vos moyens/sliding scale)
Come check out a whole selection of great Justseeds prints and the Imaging Apartheid poster project at the Salon du disque et des arts underground de Montréal. 5075 rue Rivard 11:00 am - 5:00 pm (across the street from Métro Laurier)
here is the facebook page
also sunday evening Imaging Apartheid Artists talk
or Israeli Apartheid Week 2013
Sunday, March, 10,
5 à 7 - free !
le Cagibi, 5490 St. Laurent
Join Imaging Apartheid collective for a community arts panel on our work within the context of Israeli Apartheid Week 2013.
I am showing the This Is An Emergency portfolio and speaking about Politics and Social Change Through Art on a panel as part of the Feminist Art Conference in Toronto on Saturday.
Registration is full, but if you come early in the day you may be able to get a spot from a cancellation.
This Is An Emergency will be on display again later this month at the EveryBody Conference in Guelph, Ontario. More info HERE
More information about FAC HERE
Feminist Art Conference
Saturday March 9
Foundary Coworking and Events
376 Bathhurst St.
A really nice interview with me was just released on international conservation website Mongabay.com. I talked with journalist Jeremy Hance about my experiences in Congo, some of the history of the projects I was involved in while there, and the wild and crazy world of contemporary Congolese conservation. In addition, Bonoboincongo.com just published a post that I wrote about our expedition in search of the crash of an enormous Antonov AN-12 freighter in the forest near Obenge. Lots of good pictures! If you're in Portland, mark your calendar for March 7th- I'm giving a free talk at the Waypost Bar on N. Williams at 8pm. I'll be showing videos like the one above, playing some sound recordings of amazing Congolese music, and teaching a short class on how to build a drop-snare for an elephant.
If your in Milwaukee or near by, join us for an event at ReciproCity (Communiqué #2
The aesthetics of protest)
Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 7:00pm
With the Derek Williams inquest under way – along with a series of similar incidents recently coming to light – ReciproCity will convene an informal roundtable discussion on how best to address police brutality and misconduct in Milwaukee. Should there be a cultural/art/aesthetic component to such efforts? If so, how would such campaigns both look and work? Can these efforts work side-by-side with campaigns based on the tactics of mass mobilization (marches, rallies, and other such strategies)? All are welcome to join this gathering of artists, organizers, activists, and community members who want to make sure the Williams case, and others like it, gets the attention it deserves.
ReciproCity: an experimental art space inside Sweet Water Urban Farm
2151 South Robinson Avenue
Bay View, Milwaukee
The Public House in Milwaukee is holding three events for their Night School series on the struggle to stop mining in northern Wisconsin. One of the events is a talk by artists and Justseeds friend Sue Simensky Bietila.
STOP THE PENOKEE MINE! IDLE NO MORE!
Why is there a mad rush to mine iron in the Penokees of Ashland and Iron Counties? Overturning all Wisconsin’s hard won and world-renowned environmental protections as well as Native Treaty Rights makes this number one on Walker’s and State Republicans’ agenda. The Bad River flows through the iconic Copper Falls State Park, the Penokees, and then through the Bad River Ojibwa Reservation’s unique Wild Rice Sloughs and into Lake Superior. Walker and Co. plan to dump mountains of mine waste into pristine waters, permanently turning wilderness to an “industrial sacrifice zone”. What has happened to fundamental democracy when the local population, both Native and non-Native, are overwhelmingly opposed to the mine but shut out from even a token hearing, while Wisconsin’s new mining law was written by the mining company?
Last year I produced a promotional poster (to the right, and HERE) for the film Far from Afghanistan, a documentary intended to remind us in the US that we have been at war in Afghanistan for a decade, 10 YEARS.
I'm excited that the film, group directed by John Gianvito, Travis Wilkerson, Jon Jost, Minda Martin, and Soon-Mi Yoo is finally screening in New York. It will be showing twice at the Museum of Modern Art as part of the Documentary Fortnight, on Feb. 22 and 23. More info can be found HERE. I'm going to check it out in the afternoon on the 23rd.
Rebel Newsprint: The Underground Press
Curated by Sean Stewart
February 21 – March 24, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 21 , 2013, 7 – 10 pm
Interference Archive, 131 8th St. #4, Brklyn 11215
The Vietnam War, class inequality, black liberation, and women’s struggles—against this backdrop of social upheaval, a rebellious counterculture produced a vibrant underground newspaper scene. In four short years, from 1965 to 1969, the underground press grew from five small newspapers in as many cities in the United States to over five hundred newspapers—with millions of readers—all over the world. Completely circumventing (and subverting) establishment media by utilizing its own news service and freely sharing content among the papers, the underground press at its height became the unifying institution for the alternative culture of the 1960s and 1970s. It also allowed for all sorts of intriguing and compelling art, design, and writing on its pages.
A handful of Justseeds artists (Melanie Cervantes, Nicolas Lampert, Josh MacPhee, as well as work from the Voices from the Outside portfolio and the Celebrate People's History Poster Project) have work in this exhibition organized by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. If you're in Southern California, check it out!
Prison Nation: Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex
January 19 - March 9, 2013
UC Merced Kolligian Library, 5200 N. Lake Rd., Merced, CA 95343
"Prison Nation: Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex" fulfills the Center for the Study of Political Graphic's (CSPG) mission to demonstrate the integral connection between art and social action. Powerful posters from artists, activists, and organizations around the country and the world, cry out against the devastating impact of the mass incarceration required to support the rapidly growing prison industrial complex (PIC). These graphics are evidence that there has never been a viable movement for social change without the arts being pivotal to conveying the ideas and passions of that movement. Grassroots efforts are more effective when strong graphics project their messages.
We had to reschedule the opening due to OCAD's snow day. Please see below for details.
Justseeds: Migration Now! And More Graphics for Social Change
February 8-14, 2013
at OCAD University's Graduate Student Gallery, 205 Richmond St W.
All events free and open to the public. Accessible space.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2013. 6:00-10:00 pm
OPENING RECEPTION with music by DJ Teach, refreshments, print sale, and live silkscreen printing with Radical Design School
7:00 PANEL DISCUSSION with Farrah Miranda ( No One Is Illegal Toronto), Chris Ramsaroop ( Justice for Migrant Workers), Lara Lucretia (The Beehive Collective), and Ryan Hayes (Radical Design School). Moderated by Mary Tremonte of Justseeds.
Migration Now!, the limited-edition portfolio of handmade prints addressing migrant issues from Justseeds & CultureStrike, is debuting in Toronto! The exhibit will also feature a selection of graphics from No One Is Illegal Toronto, Voices from Outside, the Justseeds prison portfolio, Radical Design School, and the Imaging Apartheid poster project, based in Montreal. Programming will highlight the knowledge and experiences of activists and organizers from Toronto, and how art and social justice can impact one another. migrationnow.com http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org
The Caged Bird Club and Shape & Situate zine put on a great, multifaceted event recently in London exploring the relationships between history and cultural production. It featured a number of Justseeds-related projects, including the Celebrate People's History poster series and the Occuprint Portfolio. You can check out a bunch of photos and more about it on Pivo's website HERE.
Bay Area friends: Check out the Justseeds-IVAW "War is Trauma" portfolio that is on exhibit at the "War and Healing" exhibition at the Euphrat Museum of Art at De Anza College in Cupertino in the Bay Area. The show features a great line up of veteran artists and artists in support of GI rights:
Combat Paper Project with co-founder Drew Cameron, Joyce McEwen Crawford, Thomas Dang, Mike Dooley, Pantea Karimi with Daniel Konhauser, Linden Keiffer, Rolf Kriken, Sanaz Mazinani, Giuseppe Pellicano, Ehren Tool, Elizabeth Travelslight, Diego Marcial Rios, the Justseeds Artist Collective / Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Xiaoe Xie.
War & Healing
February 4 - March 21, 2013
Open Monday - Thursday, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. during exhibits
The Unist'ot'en Camp is a resistance community in Northern BC whose purpose is to protect sovereign Wet'suwet'en territory from several proposed pipelines.
To mark the closing day of the "Posters of Inspirational European Women: Taken from the zine Shape & Situate" exhibition, Space Station Sixty Five will be hosting a collection of resources from other sociopolitical art, poster, zine and publication projects for everyone to explore.
Justseeds is represented with the Celebrate People's History poster series, Firebrands: Portraits of the Americas, and videos of Justseeds artists Melanie Cervantes, Jesus Barraza, Favianna Rodriguez and Mary Tremonte talking about their work.
Remembering Who We Are: Exploring artistic and creative sociopolitical memory, and art in social change movements
Saturday 26th January 2013
Space Station Sixty Five, 373 Kennington Road, London, SE11 4PS
A day of presentations, exhibitions, a resource archive, video screenings, discussions, participatory zine-making, and more.
I have four exhibitions in the next few months. Lots of new work that I made while living back and forth between Milwaukee and Ireland the last two years.
To read more click here.
Atomic Age Rodents
Specimens of Interest in the National Museum of Natural History
If your in Milwaukee, stop by ReciproCity on Wednesday, January 2nd at 7:00pm. ReciproCity is a new experimental art space located inside the Sweet Water urban farm. ReciproCity is designed as a space for presentations, discussions, art exhibits, film screening, residencies, and more. It is a place for artists, community activists, academics, urban farmers, and many others to come together and to collaborate.
January 2, 2013, 7:00pm. Presentations by:
Alan W. Moore “Art Squats”
Sara Daleiden, “MKE<->LAX”
Last summer I participated in a project called Steamrolled Pittsburgh, in which 9 artists made representations of different neighborhoods in woodcuts and then the blocks were steamroll-printed as part of a fundraising event for a local nonprofit. I had an incredible time learning about a neighborhood called Homewood (my print in on the bottom left). Now, the prints are being showcased at the libraries around the city. This Sunday, December 16th, there will be an opening from 1 - 4 pm at the Carnegie Public Library in Oakland, Pittsburgh.
Daniel McGowan is a Brooklyn-born environmental and social justice activist, political prisoner and the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary film, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front. Family & Friends of Daniel McGowan have marked the anniversary of Daniel's arrest on December 7, 2005, with a variety of events in the past.
This December, Daniel is finally getting released from prison and coming to a halfway house in Brooklyn. To celebrate, we are having a straight up PARTY.
Please come join our celebration the evening of Friday, December 7, 2012, 7:00-11:00 pm at The Commons.
We'll have music, snacks, and drinks, and lots of fun holiday surprises. Whether you're a long-time supporter or joining us for the first time, you're more than welcome and you don't want to miss it! We are accepting cash donations and gift cards. (see below)
Friday, December 7th, 7-11pm
@ The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Here's a couple of install shots to whet your appetite for tonight's opening reception at the Munch Gallery in NYC.
Friday December 7th, 7-9 p.m.
245 Broome St
‘Sowing the Seeds of Love’ by collective group, Justseeds, is the newest exhibition in conjunction with Munch Gallery. Each artist has created a unique piece specifically for the gallery, and all original work will be accompanied by limited edition work. The exhibition will also include a site-specific collaborative mural. We are excited to present the first Justseeds group exhibition in New York City.
Artists include: Jesus Barraza, Kevin Caplicki, Melanie Cervantes, Mazatl, Alec Dunn, Molly J Fair, Thea Gahr, Nicolas Lampert, Josh MacPhee, Fernando Marti, Colin Matthes, Dylan Miner, Roger Peet, Jesse Purcell, Pete Railand, Favianna Rodriguez, Shaun Slifer, Chris Stain, Meredith Stern, Mary Tremonte, Bec Young.
Exhibition runs December 7-23, 2012
Check out the Facebook event
Presented at Future Tenant (downtown Pittsburgh), Guns vs. Butter is a new exhibition of anti-war graphics that brings together the contemporary print work of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative alongside posters from the historical collection housed in the Interference Archive. The exhibit contextualizes the work of current socially-motivated graphics alongside a history of posters as an integral element of popular grassroots movements against war, colonialism, and military occupation. Highlighted is the 2011 portfolio project “War Is Trauma”, a collaboration between Justseeds, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), and the Booklyn Artists’ Alliance. (details below)
In honour of the Day With(out) Art 2012, AIDS ACTION NOW! is launching 8 new collaborative activist art works as part of the poster/VIRUS project.
The posters were developed collectively with artists and activists working to respond to HIV. They will be plastered across the streets Toronto during the month of November. The posters will simultaneously be launched on-line through our Facebook and Tumblr pages.
Come celebrate the launch with AIDS ACTION NOW! at the AGO, along with the artists, speakers and awesome performers.
After party at Cold Tea 60 Kensington Avenue starting at 9pm!
I'll be tabling at this little zine fair at Xpace today. Free and fun, with DJ's, liquid refreshment, and more...come say hi!
Join Justseeds at Expozine this weekend in Montreal, where Jesse Purcell and I will be holding it down with radical prints, posters, zines, books, hankies, badges and more. We'll have the 2013 Justseeds/Eberhardt Organizers in tow. Pick one up and save on steep Canadian shipping!
Opening Reception: Friday, November 16, 2012, 7-10 p.m.
As student movements around the world inspire us anew, Interference Archive invites Sublevarte Colectivo, a group born of the 1999 student strikes in Mexico City, to produce a retrospective exhibition of their thirteen years of graphic production. In La Persistencia de los Sueños, they will bring their graphic street interventions into the gallery to highlight the various social movements and uprisings in which they participated and supported.
Sublevarte Colectivo believes that the graphic arts should be a vehicle of expression and communication in society, and that these days the power of the visual image is stronger than words. They have brought this vision to their work with the Zapatistas, the flower sellers of Atenco, the striking teachers of Oaxaca, and dozens of other social struggles in Mexico.
If you are in Montreal this week come check out Art in/en Action. Creative student and community contributions related to social and environmental justice NOVEMBER 11-15, 10am to 8pm, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, 7th floor (métro Guy-Concordia)
Justseeds will be represented with the Resourced, War Is Trauma and Migration Now portfolios. It's a great chance to check out some of the collective projects we have been doing over the last three years as well as a lot of really great work by around 30 local socially engaged artists.
I'm giving a talk at Grand Valley State University in Michigan tomorrow night, November 1st, for anyone in the area. I've put together a new presentation, digging through a bunch of history related projects I've been involved in over the past decade. I've been here since Sunday working on a 5 color reduction wood block print, which has been a ton of fun! The image to the right is an in-process shot...
An Evening with JOSH MACPHEE
Thursday November 1, 2012
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Padnos Student Gallery, CAC
Grand Valley State University
This last week, I drove ten hours with a smashed canoe on my beat up Jeep. The reason for my late-fall road trip was to install an exhibition at Gallery 101, an amazing artist-run center in Ottawa (Canada's capital, for the US-centrics). The show investigated 2012 and Indigenous prophecies as its point of origin. You can read my longer artist statement at Gallery 101 or on my website.
If you happen to be within driving distance to Ottawa, I will be returning on December 12 for a closing reception and party. So come on out…
I'm really into mind maps, so when given the opportunity to create a show for AIR's annual benefit, I had the idea to make a Celebrate People's History show that's sequential but not quite linear, a little messy. After all, history is a bit messy, isn't it? Untraditionally, I started on the left with things that are happening now, with the arrows extending outward into the unknown future. To the right, the show moves further back in time, ending with the Secession of the Plebs in 494 BC...
(AIR is Artist's Image Resource, the shop where I print and volunteer in Pittsburgh. More info on the event today after the break.)
I'm giving a talk/in conversation with artist Iván Arenas tonight at Hull-House in Chicago. It should be good, we're going to dialogue about the roles art plays in social movements, and possible nuggets of useful experience to draw from a wide-range of historical and geographic examples. More info about the event HERE.
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 South Halsted, Chicago, IL, 60607-4400
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, open to the public. Reservations are required.
"Join artists Josh MacPhee and Ivan Arenas for a conversation exploring the connections (and disjunctures) between art, culture and struggle. MacPhee, a Brooklyn-based artist, designer and activist, will present a slideshow based on the content of the newly released Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics. Arenas, a Mexican-American scholar whose work focuses on the relationship between urban spaces and political subjects, will share insights from his work as an artist and scholar in Oaxaca, Mexico. Together, we will explore the complex ways that art and cultural production affects our communities and our struggles for equality and justice."
Image produced by the Mexican student movement in 1968.
Hey buddies, I will be at Canzine this Sunday with a tiny, jam-packed table of Justseeds goods, especially animal hankies, badges, zines, and Celebrate People's History posters. You know, small things!
Check out this sweet profile Broken Pencil did about Justseeds and me in their hype-up for Canzine, right HERE
Canada's Largest Zine Fair and Festival of Independent Culture
Sunday, October 21
918 Bathurst Arts/Culture Centre
918 Bathurst Street
(just north of Bloor)
1 – 7pm
$5 entry includes the fall issue of Broken Pencil
(OCAD students get in for half price, and there might be other deals I don't know about!)
If you're in Toronto, come to Art Metropole this evening for the release of the publication from Eva Weinmayr's 24-hour residency at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). This publication is in response to (pause) a play that Eva wrote about the curious disappearance/silence of Art in Ruins (info HERE).
Eva Weinmayr: (pause)
Launch Party and Readings:
Thursday October 18, 7-9pm
Art Metropole, 1490 Dundas Street West
OCADU's new Publications Stream & The School of Graduate Studies' IAMD Program, together with Art Metropole & Paper Pusher Printworks, present:
A live reading from an instant publication workshop with Eva Weinmayr and students of OCADU. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees, passers-by, everyone is welcome to join the reading.
RadioActivity! Movie screening: Oct. 18th, 2012, 7:30 PM
Interference Archive, 131 8th St. #4 Brooklyn, NY, 11205
This screening is part of the exhibit RadioActivity! Anti-nuclear Movements from Three Mile Island to Fukushima, a collaboration between Interference Archive and Todos Somos Japon which runs until Nov. 4. These movies highlight feminist resistance, direct action, and the creative interventions of collectives in the anti-nuke movement. The event is free, but donations are welcome!
Friday, September 28th – Saturday, September 29th
Friday, October 5th – Saturday, October 6th
The Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Avenue
(Malcolm X Boulevard),
New York, NY
WE WANT education for our people that exposes the true nature of this decadent American society. We want education that teaches us our true history and our role in the present-day society.
Go to the Maysles Website for the full schedule.
Shaun, Mary and Bec will be reppin' Justseeds at the 2nd Annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair today. Please stop by and see us if you are in the area! There will be workshops, panel discussions, demonstrations, and yes, zines!
The zine fair is free and open 11am until 7pm on the CMU Campus in the University Center Building, Wiegand Gymnasium. For more info visit pghzinefair.com.
My friend Katie Yamasaki, an incredible Brooklyn artist in Brooklyn, will have a mural dedication this week for a Kickstarter-funded project that connects incarcerated mothers with their children on the outside. The project, If Walls Could Talk, was developed in partnership with STEPS to End Family Violence and the NYC Dept. of Corrections.
Children from the East Harlem Community and the greater NYC area worked to design a mural that I painted with the mothers inside of the women's jail in Rikers Island. The women also created an image and message dedicated to their children and the East Harlem community. Last month, I worked with their children and other members of the East Harlem community to bring their message to life.
Please join community members, families of the incarcerated mothers, local representatives, and supporters of the project dedicate If Walls Could Talk (pt 2) on Friday, 9/14.
Mural Dedication: If Walls Could Talk, Part 2
Friday, September 14
SE Corner of 118th Street and 1st Ave. (Side of Patsy's Pizzeria)
You can see photographs of the mural in its Kickstarter Updates
Opening: Saturday, September 8, 6 - 8 PM here
421 Hudson Street Greenwich Village, NYC. Show runs until October 6.
Information about the opening can be found HERE.
Justseeds will be tabling at Queerriot Toronto this weekend. Check out this weekend of radical queer workshops and social events! Justseeds will be tabling Saturday and Sunday September 1 & 2 10:30-5:30
University of Toronto, 40 St. George St
Queer Danceparty Sunday Night at Bar Neon
For more info, queeriotto.tumblr.com
Alec Dunn and Josh MacPhee discuss Signal: a Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture at the Lucy Parsons Center tonight, Thursday August 16th, 7pm.
Can Art Stop a War?
The Power of Posters to Educate,
Agitate, and Inspire
A Visual Presentation by Carol A. Wells
August 15th, 2012, 7pm
131 8th St. #4, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(2 blocks from F/G/R trains at 4th Ave)
From the Russian Revolution to the current wars, posters have been central to winning the hearts and minds of the people who pay the costs of war with their lives and their tax dollars. This presentation will show how posters have been used to promote and oppose wars throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, focusing on posters that oppose diverse U.S. interventions.
Carol A. Wells is an art historian, curator, writer, and poster collector. She writes and lectures extensively on art and politics. In 1988, Carol founded the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), an educational and research archive with more than 80,000 diverse social movement posters from the 19th century to the present, including the largest collection of post WWII protest posters in the U.S. She believes that the power of graphics can combat public apathy and feelings of helplessness, and help open up a truly democratic arena for political debate.
Ecole de la Montagne Rouge:
August 9- September 20, 2012
Thursday, August 9th, 7-10pm
131 8th St #4
The École de la Montagne Rouge (EDLMR)—an initiative of young, socially-engaged artists who are mainly from the bachelor of graphic design program at École de Design - UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal)—is collaborating with the Interference Archive to experiment with ways of using the spaces of the gallery as sites for gathering, place-making, production and exchange on students protest in Québec and all around the world. Through its actions, thoughts and research in the area of graphics, EDLMR offers a unique aesthetic approach to revolutionary movements and an alternative way of helping the Quebec Spring makes it mark:
“We and thousands of other students across Quebec believe that education is a right, not a privilege reserved for the well-off. The tuition increase jeopardizes access to higher learning for our generation and future generations. Sensing that an unlimited general strike is looming, many protest movements and pressure tactics are being organized across Quebec. This is an opportunity for all students to show solidarity, defend our points of view and get involved so that we can create a balance of power in relations with the government. Our victory depends on the daily efforts made by each and every one of you.”
This is a gift. A gift of 1 love letter per night, for each of the 100 nights we’ve shared the Montreal streets together. The romantic rebel-red streets that they tried so hard to snatch away from us. To tear us apart. But our illicit affections for each other only grew stronger. And so did our determination. Emboldened, evening after evening, we increasingly gave voice and body to new social relationships. Winks toward a new world of abundance, popular power, social goodness, and so much more. Each 1 of these picture-poems is a small token of what we’ve gifted each other for 100 tender nights, on this first day of a red-hot August.
Love and rage, Thien and Cindy
Maggots and Men
dir. Cary Cronenwett, 2009, 54 min.
(in Russian & English)
Thursday July 26th, 7:30pm
at Interference Archive
131 8th St. #4, Brooklyn, NY
(F/R/G Trains to 4th Ave./9th St.)
Free! (but donations gladly accepted)
We are really excited to show Maggots and Men at Interference Archive! It is by far the most awesome film I've seen in years. It's totally epic and original and a cine-nerd's delight. Justseeds member Alec Icky Dunn participated in the making of it as well.
Maggots and Men tells the story of the 1921 rebellion of the Kronstadt sailors against the Bolshevik government, and an imagined love story between their leader, Stepan Petrichenko and a fellow sailor.
Set in a mythologized post-revolutionary Russia but based on actual historical events, Maggots marshals early Soviet cinema, the gutter erotics of Jean Genet, and what at times seems like a transgender cast of thousands to build its case for the necessity of queer utopias. - Matt Sussman, SF Bay Guardian, 2009
There were over 2,000 people at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit this year, the biggest ever! With Nate Mullen, Evan Bissell, and Juan Martinez, I helped coordinate the Transformative Art Practice Space, which hosted workshops on silkscreening, comic making, the art of telling stories, and collaborative design. The workshops ranged from hectic and hands-on to thoughtful round-tables. In this photo is a banner made during Santiago Armengod's workshop on graphic campaigns. Check alliedmedia.org for info about next year's conference!
Queering the TreesitRealTree camo hanky collaboration with Shaun Slifer
Here is a sneak peek of the hankies I have been busily designing and printing for the Do Anything exhibition, opening July 13 at Space 4 Art in San Diego. The show is curated by my friend Chris Kardambikis, one of the forces behind Encyclopedia Destructica (who created the Secret Pockets book with me), and features work by individual artists and collectives who focus on do-it-yourself publishing and print projects. Employing alternative methods of production to create and distribute books, zines, and video work, the exhibiting artists work with a variety of themes to actively engage a wide audience. The exhibition takes place at two San Diego locations: San Diego Space 4 Art and Double Break. The show coincides with the San Diego Comic Con.
For those interested in art that addresses border issues the Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNC Greensboro is currently exhibiting "Zone of Contention: The US/Mexico Border." Dan S. Wang and I contributed our collaborative-made letterpress print Caution Migrant Workers. This time around we enlarged it and wheat pasted it to a sheet of plywood to better mimic the look of a broadside.
The image itself voices our opposition to the Arizona Immigration Bill SB-1070 and references the look and the phrasing of a 1851 Broadside poster that was created in resistance to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 that was hung in Boston that alerted fugitive slaves and citizens to have a “Top Eye” open for the police who were empowered to detain all “suspected” escaped slaves so that they could be returned back to slavery in the South. Our print rejects SB-1070 law and the climate of xenophobia in Arizona and beyond and stands in solidarity with migrant workers the world over.
For the past eight months I have been doing art workshops with Jovenes Sin Nombres (youth without names), a Latino youth and allies arts-activism group here in Pittsburgh.
I featured some of the jovenes on my poster design for the upcoming Justseeds Culture Strike Immigration Portfolio, and adapted that design for this event poster.
Saturday, June 23rd, 12pm
Brecht Forum (in the Rubinstein Reading Room)
451 West St (corner of Bank St)
Despite the cheer-leading you may have seen in the media about the Diamond Jubilee of the British Monarch, a wave of nausea and apathy, rather than nationalism has suffused 'Albion' of late. Echoes of the English Revolution of the 1640s still haunt the British Royals; an historic event which led to the first modern popular Republic and culminated in the decapitation of 'Divine Right'.
Bristol Radical History Group will be recounting some hidden histories from this stormy period, looking at key moments in the levelling of Royal power:
trial of Charles I and the treachery of those turncoats
trans-Atlantic family of the Quaker William Penn
So if you want to find out why the humble son of a tailor, a broken silver cane, a plague of frogs and a falsified Aristocratic Crest were symbolic of the end of the Blue Bloods, then come on down...
Come watch videos of Quebec in revolt!
Thursday, June 7th — 7:30pm
131 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11205
f/g/r to 4th Ave. & 9th St. stop
On May 22, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators converged in Montreal to protest a rise in university tuition fees, as well as a harsh new law aimed at curbing Quebec's longest ever student strike, now approaching its fifth month. It's a period of unprecedented social upheaval in Canada and one that's produced thousands of hours of video footage. From slick TV spots with high production values, to gritty livestreams, we'll take a look at some key videos that have emerged from the strike.
With translations provided by Translating the printemps érable, the clearing-house for English language strike information, and videos culled from different aspects of the movement, we'll see how the strike began as a response to tuition fees, but has since widened into an anti-austerity movement drawing in a wide base of support throughout Quebec and the rest of Canada.
Mobilizing and Organizing From Below June 1st - 3rd, 2012 2640 Baltimore, Maryland
Mobilizing and Organizing from Below will be a gathering of activists and organizers, workers and parents, revolutionaries and militants and radicals and dissenters, dedicated to increasing our ability to come together and challenge the systems of exploitation and oppression that have taken hold of the world. The conference will be a weekend of intensive, horizontally-organized political education, in which we can share skills, analyze the problems we face, and pose difficult questions. It will also provide a space for people from different traditions to come together and recognize the depth of our similarities and the richness of our differences; a space for reflection and discussion, distinct from both the chaotic excitement of spontaneous mass actions and the intense demands of long-term organizing work.
Learn more at the events website mobconf.org
Vanessa Renwick is showing her new project, Charismatic Megafauna, in Portland at the Hollywood Theater this Sunday the 27th. I watched the un-soundtracked version of this in her basement this winter. It was fascinating, eerie, and adventurous. Her description and show info below.
Come watch Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times and Berthold Bartosch's The Idea at the Interference Archive.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Doors at 7:30 pm, movies start at 8 pm
Interference Archive 131 8th St. #4 Brooklyn, NY 11215
My long time friend Mike Staudenmaier has a new book out, and has just headed out on tour. Truth and Revolution: A History of the Sojourner Truth Organization, 1969–1986 is a history of one of the more interesting, yet lesser looked at, 70s left groups. I'll definitely be at Mike's talk on Saturday, May 26 at 1PM at The Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue (second floor) in Brooklyn (three blocks from the Atlantic/Pacific subway on the B/D/N/Q/R/2/3/4/5).
I also had the pleasure of designing the cover of the book, digging through old STO photos and creating a scrapbook-esque image.
As a result of Neoliberal austerity measures towards Quebec education, this Tuesday will mark the 100th day of the student strike in Montreal.
The kids are alright, they're showing their discontent, every day.
Come out to the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair tomorrow, Sunday May 20th.
Saturday, May 19 & Sunday, May 20Workshops, discussions, films, and a festival of Anarchy!
The Anarchist Bookfair will take place in two buildings across from each other in Parc Vinet:
Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (CCGV), 2450 rue Workman Centre d’éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (CÉDA), 2515 rue Delisle
No gods, no masters, no bosses, no borders.
FREE, Welcome to all!
For anarchists, and people curious about anarchism. Ever wonder What Happens at the Anarchist Bookfair?
STREETOPIA, the show I've been curating with Chris Johanson and Kal Spelletich for like a year, opens at last this Friday May 18. Here is a list of opening night stuff for Friday. If you're in the Bay Area, hope to see you there!!! If you're not, come visit!
Come join us for Streetopia's opening night, featuring events throughout Mid-Market Street and the Tenderloin.
The evening starts at 5PM with dinner and music at the Streetopia Free Cafe provided artist, Sy Wagon, and Strawberry Smog, a band featuring Streetopia artist, Kyle Ranson. Then check out the art opening down at the office of San Francisco Drug Users Union. The union is a group of activists, organizing to bring safe injection drug use sites to San Francisco. Artist, Barry McGee, joins them in collaboration on this installation that is open to the public on the opening weekend of Streetopia only! Meanwhile, Shaun O'Dell and friends bring the sprawling and chaotic, interactive and ever changing performance, THE SOMETHING, down to Market Street for a one night engagement in a vacant storefront at the Hotel Renoir from 7-10 PM. Luggage Store festivities kick off with the unveiling of a new mural by Rigo 23 on the Luggage Store door and a public dance performance by Brontez Purnell and Amara Tabor Smith on Market Street in front of the gallery.
[image: "_______ of the World, Unite!", a poster printed in the Streetopia broadsheet by Josh MacPhee, 2012]
Our friend Tom Civil is having his first solo show in 5 years in Melbourne.
LONG STORY opens on Friday the 25th of May from 6-9pm at House of Bricks. The show will feature hand-printed and hand-colored woodcut and linocut prints, stencils, carvings & engravings.
LONG STORY by TOM CIVIL
Hand-printed Woodcut and Lino Prints, Stencils, Carvings & Engravings.
Showing at House of Bricks
40 Budd Street, Collingwood
Opening 6- 9pm Friday 25th May, 2012
Open everyday until 3rd June
(Weekends 12-5pm, Weekdays 7.30am-4.30pm)
Action and protest: May 14.
In San Cristobal de las Casas there will be a march and protest around the brutal murder of Itzel Janet Méndez Pérez and a number of other femicides that have taken place in Chiapas over the past several months. Itzel was a 17 year-old indigenous woman whose body was found on the morning of April 14 in the Sonora neighborhood of San Cristobal showing clear signs that she had been beaten, raped, and stabbed before her death.
A diverse coalition of artists, human rights groups and women's organizations, have come together to demand justice and accountability for this crime, and have gathered to assist with the organization of a public protest to denounce this horrible crime and demand justice. The action, JUSTICE FOR ITZEL, will take place on May 14 to mark the one month anniversary of Itzel's murder, and will consist of a march to the site where her body was found. On Monday, the coalition of individuals and groups demanding justice for Itzel and an end to the femicides will release a public statement will announce the May 14th action and include the names of supporting individuals and organizations.
Members of the G.I. Coffeehouse Support Network would like to invite you to:
A screening of the film Grounds for Resistance, a fundraiser for Under the Hood and Coffee Strong, the only two G.I. coffeehouses based in the U.S. There will be a short talk-back following the screening, which will include updates from the coffeehouses about their current G.I. rights and resistance work and ways to help out.
Friday, May 4 / 7:30pm The Commons 388 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, NY
The coffeehouses are looking for support from communities outside of the base towns they work in, so please join us for an evening of discussion about G.I.-led anti-war movement building. Justseeds members Molly Fair & Kevin Caplicki will also display the collaborative portfolio War Is Trauma.
Jenna Freedman and Josh MacPhee on DIY Feminism
Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052
Jenna Freedman, librarian at the Barnard Zine Library, and Josh MacPhee, founder of Interference Archive, discuss the evolution of feminist print culture. They trace its trajectory from activist poster making, offset printing, and graffiti in the late 1970s and early 80s to the rise of the feminist zine in the 90s.This program is free with Museum admission.
(image: London graffiti, 1980. Photo by Jill Posener)
....and go have fun!
Inspired by the long-submerged Mill Creek of West Philadelphia, as well as current debate about fracking in Pennsylvania, this original play explores the complications of what lies beneath our feet. Using puppets, pulleys, movement, and maps, the performance examines the intricacies of extraction and recognizes a waterway that continues to resurface. Tree house, houseboat and bunker dwellers unite amidst an invasion of urban water buffalo. All this, plus a one-man band! BELOW and BEYOND is a performance directed by Donna Sellinger (of The Missoula Oblongata), and created by Beth Nixon (of Ramshackle Enterprises) and Sarah Lowry (also of The Missoula Oblongata), with Matthew Schreiber on accordion and a million other instruments.
(Out NorthEast? Don't miss this! Dates and more info below...)
Are you in Berlin?? Come to our opening!!!
Agit-Prop and Interventions
April 27-May 27, 2012
im Haus Schwarzenberg, Rosenthalerstraße 39, 10178 Berlin
Opening Friday 4/27, 8pm
Art & Politics, a group discussion 4/28, 8pm
Dance dance dance again! Party 4/29, 10pm
with DJ Captain Captian (Kreuzburgh) and DJ Mary Mack (Justseeds/Pittsburgh) + Visuals (Shaun Slifer/Justseeds)
Cordialmente les invitamos a la Inauguración de la Carpeta Gráfica: WIRIKUTA -Tsekie Tuamuxawita: Herido Lugar Sagrado
Viernes 20 de Abril 2012
De parte de La Escuela de Cultura Popular, La Convención Metropolitana de Artistas y Trabajadores de la Cultura, el Paliacate y dentro del marco de las Jornadas Contra la Minería que se han llevado acabo en la ultima semana. Te invitamos a la Exposición e inauguración de esta obra gráfica creada en colectivo a beneficio del Frente por Defensa de Wirikuta: Tamatsima Wahaa.
Habra convivencia, música y buen ambiente.
En el Espacio Cultural el Paliacate
Av. 5 de Mayo #20
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas.
Friend and CPH poster artist Jared Davidson has organized an exhibition of CPH posters in New Zealand!!:
Katipo Books is proud to present Celebrate People’s History—an exhibition of over 50 international posters documenting radical moments in history. The exhibition will run from Monday 16 April until Monday 14 May in the Young Adults section of the Upper Riccarton Community and School Library.
Since 1998 the Celebrate People’s History Project has produced an amazing array of political posters by different artists from around the world, each highlighting a historical example of struggle for human rights, social justice, and freedom. From the Spanish Revolution to feminist labour organisers, indigenous movements to environmental sustainability, protests against racism to the Korean Peasant’s League—Celebrate People’s History canvases global movements in collaboration with a global network of artists.
If you're in Pittsburgh this Wednesday (April 11), Mary and I will be doing a presentation about Justseeds and some of our recent projects at the CI13 apartment, a project of the curatorial team that's been busy organizing the next Carnegie International! Event details below...
Justseeds members Shaun Slifer and Mary Tremonte will be in Columbus, OH this weekend! Check out this writeup in The Lantern, Ohio State University's campus newspaper, HERE.
There is a run-down of our events after the jump, all free and open to the public:
Here's some info about (long-time Justseeds ally) Vanessa Renwick's new installation in Portland, OR. I dropped the ball on posting this for the opening, but it's up for two months.
"What we see before us is just one tiny part of the world. We get into the habit of thinking, this is the world, but that's not true at all. The real world is a much darker and deeper place than this, and much of it is occupied by jellyfish and things".
Medusa Smack- a video installation by Vanessa Renwick
with a score composed and performed by Tara Jane ONeil
If you're anywhere near the beautiful region around Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend, consider stopping by the 2nd annual Charlottesville Anarchist Bookfair at Random Row Books on Saturday. The event is smartly timed to coincide with the annual Virginia Festival of the Book. I tabled last year and I'm looking forward to it again this year - it's (unfortunately) one of the only events that draws Justseeds to the Southeast, and although promotion has been (from what I can tell) pretty minimal this year, I'm sure it'll be worth an afternoon spent. I'll be there with Pittsburgh's own Big Idea and a bunch of other regional publishers, infoshops, and the like. I'm excited because I don't get back down south nearly enough these days... please join us!
Saturday, March 24th, starting at 1pm
Random Row Books/Marginalia Infoshop
315 W. Main St. in downtown Charlottesville, VA
The Center for PostNatural History announces the Grand Opening of its permanent exhibition facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 2nd (tonight) at 6pm at 4913 Penn Ave. The Center for PostNatural History (CPNH) is dedicated to the research and exhibition of lifeforms that have been intentionally altered by humans, from the dawn of domestication to contemporary genetic engineering. The CPNH presents the postnatural world through diorama, taxidermy, photography and living exhibits, from engineered corn to Sea Monkeys to modified Chestnut Trees to BioSteelTM Goats.
Opening Friday February 24th, 6-10pm
Interference Archive, 131 8th st. #4, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(3 blocks from the F/G/R trains at 4th Ave. & 9th St.)
The Archive is also open Sundays, noon-5pm, and by appointment, email@example.com
The Interference Archive and House Magic have collected and assembled a large-scale library of books, pamphlets, periodicals, and posters produced by and focused on the squatting and autonomous social movements in Europe—beginning in the 1960s and carrying us up to today. This collection of over 250 publications from a dozen countries and in half a dozen languages is one of the most thorough and comprehensive in the United States, and is a treasure chest for researchers, activists, and anyone simply interested in looking at Europe "from below."
Voices From Outside: Artists Against the Prison Industrial Complex, the 2008 Justseeds/Critical Resistance portfolio, is on view at Justseeds in Pittsburgh until the end of March. The exhibition kicks off this Friday with a Book'Em (Pittsburgh's Books-to-Prisoners project) benefit, including the release of new Book 'Em posters designed and printed by Justseeds Pittsburgh members with graphics from the portfolio. Friday's event will include a one-night viewing of Etta Cetera's sculpture of a solitary confinement cell constructed from letters from inmates, and audio from Mumia Abu-Jamal. 20% of all Justseeds sales that evening will benefit Book 'Em.
Friday February 24th, 6:00-9:00
Justseeds World Distribution HQ
3410 Penn Ave, 2nd floor (enter in back on Spring Way), Pittsburgh, PA
FREE---donations for Book 'Em accepted
20% of all Justseeds sales benefit Book'Em
email bookempgh (at) gmail for more information
Join us, Wednesday Feb. 22nd, for the forth Interoccuppy Arts call at 10 PM EST/7 PM PST.
To register, click here.
We will hear from artists who are doing powerful, innovative work of 'bridging', using the unique power of art, music, performance and spectacle to connect Occupy to new issues and communities, and vice versa.
I recently spent eleven days in the Arctic Circle working on an installation, giving some lectures, and celebrating Sámi sovereignty. Jet Pascua, the Filipino artist who runs Small Projects (an artist-run center in Northern Norway), invited me to Tromsø for a solo show and collaboration with the Sámi community. As you probably know, the Sámi are one of Europe’s only remaining Indigenous people, many of whom herd reindeer across Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. Recently, the Tromsø city council approved making the municipality part of the Sámi Language Area, facilitating that public signage be printed in both Norwegian and Sámi. Unfortunately, the newly elected conservative mayor decided to reverse this decision. I decided to respond to this situation.
This Friday 17th of February we will be opening a graphic art show in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas.
These posters are a collection of silk screens that were created to use as a tool to bring attention to the Climate Crisis, Natural Resource extraction.
So if you are near San Cristobal please join us at the opening of this exhibit at 8:30pm.
The show will be at:
El Paliacate: Espacio Cultural.
5 de Mayo # 20 Col. La Merced
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
I've long been a fan of the posters of Luba Lukova, looks like a show of her work is coming up here in NYC!
Luba Lukova: Graphic Guts
February 16–March 4, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb 16, 6–8 pm
La MaMa La Galleria, 6 East 1st Street, NYC
(between Bowery and 2nd Ave)
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 1–7:30 pm
One year ago, on February 14, 2011, Wisconsin erupted in demonstrations against Governor Walker's assault on collective bargaining rights for public employees. A two-week occupation of the State Capital Building ensued, along with the flight of 14 state Democrats who left Madison to seek refuge in Illinois in order to delay a vote. All the while massive protests took place daily at the State Capital Building with weekend demos witnessing crowds of 100,000 plus.
Opening party: Saturday, February 4, 6 – 10 pm
Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Fifteen Islands for Robert Moses is a site-specific art infiltration into the Panorama of the City of New York, which was built for the 1964 World’s Fair by urban planner Robert Moses and is now a centerpiece of the Queens Museum of Art. Artist and theorist Greg Sholette made and placed new islands about the Panorama’s waterways, where they exist as silent, post-9/11 observers of the City’s past, present, and future.
Next Friday, I am heading to Tromsø, Norway for an exhibition at Small Projects Gallery, a small artist-run center. The exhibtion is called In Defiance, In Defense (English) or Nággárvuodas, Bealustussan (Sami). My work in the Arctic will also include a print collaboration with Sami youth, as well as a small series of text-based screen prints incoporating aspects of poems written by Sami artist Sara Margrethe Oskal. These sorts of projects, ones which integrate but go beyond the printed image, ar becoming more central to my artistic and activist practices.
For a while I’ve been going to Acteal in the municipality of Chenalhó, in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Acteal is a small Tzotzil community who were victims of the 22nd of December 1997 massacre by a PRI party sponsored Mascaras Rojas paramilitary group.
I have encountered lots of people who mistake Acteal as a Zapatista Community. One key difference is that Las Abejas (The Bees) is a pacifist and religious organization. Despite those differences, Las Abejas have vocally expressed their support for the EZLN and their demands. It was this link with the Zapatistas which led to the massacre of 45 members (4 of them pregnant) of Las Abejas. The members were murdered inside a small church praying, in an environment filled with fear of the EZLN growing stronger.
131 8th St. #4
Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Gowanus)
2 blocks from the F/G/R trains (4th ave. and 9th st.)
Dara Greenwald, Josh MacPhee, Molly Fair, and Kevin Caplicki (as well as all the other people that have helped) would like to introduce you to our space, which we have been working on building out all Fall and Winter. In addition, we have hung a collection of materials from the archive related to punk feminism (largely pulled from Dara’s personal collection) which is a nice introduction to some of the kinds of work we are archiving.
The Interference Archive explores the relationship between cultural production and social movements. The archive consists of many kinds of objects that are created as part of movements: posters, flyers, publications, photographs, t-shirts, moving images, audio recordings, and other printed matter. Through public exhibitions, a study center, talks, screenings, publications, workshops, and an on-line presence, we use this cultural ephemera to animate histories of people mobilizing for social transformation.
Friday December 16, 2011 • Artists Discussion
7:30PM Cost : Free
Join Mary Tremonte and Shaun Slifer for a discussion about artist cooperatives at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, as part of their current exhibit The Tides of Provincetown: Pivotal Years in America's Oldest Continuous Art Colony (1899-2011). Learn about the variety of print mediums and tactics used by the artist members of Justseeds and their current collaborative projects. They will discuss the collective process, addressing the challenges inherent in a decentralized group of artists with differing beliefs and levels of involvement in the group.
Westmoreland Museum of American Art
221 North Main Street
Greensburg, PA 15601
(about 45 minutes from Pittsburgh)
And website for more info: HERE
If you're in Portland, Oregon this weekend: Justseeds will be tabling at Crafty Wonderland, the giant craft fair in the convention center. Lots of prints, cards, stickers, and organizers will be there! Come by and say hi.
CRAFTY WONDERLAND HOLIDAY SALE
Saturday + Sunday, December 10th + 11th, 2011 11am – 6pm both days
At the Oregon Convention Center – HALL C
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd in Portland
If you are in Montreal come come check out the SUPER PRESSE CLUB Pop-up-shop at Casa del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent) Montreal.
There will be a great selection of Justseeds prints and a dizzying array of work by 13 awesome Montreal print makers
12-5pm Thursday – Sunday for the first three weeks of December
and Tuesday – Friday the 20th-23rd of December.
I just got a notice that myself and four other Justseeds' artists (Roger Peet, Shaun Slifer, Chris Stain, and Swoon) are including in this new historical stencil exhibition at the Newark Public Library. It looks to be a great historical retrospective of stencil art, from Soviet-era use, to cubism and surrealism, to it's more recent use in artists' books. I've always wanted to be in an exhibition with Mayakovsky!
For Decoration and Agitation: An Exhibition of Stencil and Pochoir Books and Art
Newark Public Library, Newark NJ
Curated by Jared Ash, Special Collections Division
On view: Nov. 16, 2011 – Jan. 21, 2012
Main Library, Third Floor Gallery
More info HERE
Are you ready for the #OccupyHomes Day of Action?
Find an event here: http://bit.ly/uA4evF
Today, courageous people around the country are taking a stand to keep their homes, and fight big banks and foreclosures. Meet a Los Angeles mother who is protecting her home – Rosa Gudiel.
Rosa’s bank refused to negotiate to keep her in her home. They were coming for her house, no excuses. But Rose refused to give in. Joined by her family, allies in her community and Occupy LA, Rose took the fight to her bank by refusing to leave her home. And she won – her bank came to the table to negotiate a modification which will keep her in her home.
Booklyn has posted some photos of the War Is Trauma opening on their Booklyn Flickrpage. Pictured above is the portfolio cover, made by the Combat Paper Project, out of uniforms from active-duty soldiers. It was a really fortunate weekend to have the opening since the IVAW Board of Directors were in town for a meeting, and attended the opening! Come out and see:
War is Trauma: Justseeds & IVAW Dec. 3–Jan. 8. 2012 @ Booklyn Art Gallery
This weekend, I am traveling to Philadelphia and Providence, RI, to visit friends and fellow Justseeds members, and to DJ two queer danceparties.
The Philly Event, Queers Against Deportation, is co-organized by Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, (aka DJ Halfbreed), founder of Thread Makes Blanket Press, and Caitlin Barry, my former cohort with the Projet Mobilivre-Bookmobile Project (which other Justseeds member Jesse Purcell was also a part of). Caitlin is a now an immigration lawyer. Small, rad world!
Here are details of the Philly event:
It's that holiday time again, and we're having a sale! From now through the 7th of December you can get 10% off any order made in the Justseeds store. Enter the code "december" in the coupon code box on our shopping cart page to get the discount. Please share widely! Tell your friends, families, co-workers, co-conspirators, and persons unknown. Thanks for all the support you give us- we really appreciate it.
This coming Saturday is the New York City release and exhibition of the new Justseeds/IVAW/Booklyn War Is Trauma print portfolio!
Opening reception: Dec. 3, 2011. 7 - 10pm
Booklyn, 37 Greenpoint Ave. 4th Fl., Brooklyn, NY 11222
The show will be up from December 3, 2011 - January 8, 2012
An exhibition of 30 prints including work by Justseeds, IVAW and their allies. War Is Trauma is a portfolio of handmade prints produced by the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative in collaboration with the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). For this project over 30 artists from Justseeds, IVAW, and their allies have each created a print to focus public attention towards important issues not being publicly discussed—GI Resistance, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual assault of women in the military, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). More information HERE.
For those that have been following the work of Liberate Tate in the UK, you know that they are doing some of the most inventive and challenging cultural activism going on right now, and for those that haven't been following, check them out! They have a big event coming up on 11/29 in London, for a release of their new book project Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil:
Liberate Tate, Art Not Oil and Platform warmly invite you to a get-together to end oil sponsorship of the arts. Featuring a performance from singer-comedian Mae Martin, contributing artist to the upcoming Tate à Tate audio tour, the evening will be the first opportunity to purchase the freshly stamped limited edition copies of Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil.
Tuesday 29th November
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA
10.30am – 6.30pm: Oil daub performance by Ruppe Koselleck
6.30pm – 9.00pm: 'Culture Beyond Oil' launch event (refreshments provided)
More info HERE.
Un Grito from the Great Lakes: Works by Dylan Miner
Galería América, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
Hangs through 03 December 2011 (Possibly moving to Crossroads Gallery afterwards)
Last week, I traveled to South Bend, Indiana to create a site-specific painting for my show at Galería América, University of Notre Dame. For those that don’t know, Notre Dame has a wonderful Institute for Latino Studies, which includes two art galleries, one on campus (Galería América) and one in downtown South Bend (Crossroads Gallery). Prof. Gil Cardenas, Director of the Institute, is a huge patron of the arts and a supporter of Latino printmaking. I have known Gil for a few years and was happy when he invited me to do a show in Galería América. Since the show has a short run, it may continue into the new year at Crossroads Gallery.
Brooklyn based artist Christopher Cardinale presents slides of his artwork and process for the children's book Which Side Are You On? written by George Ella Lyon.
Saturday November 19th, 1pm
172 Allen Street (btw Stanton & Rivington)
This Friday check out an art show opening and comic book release party for the brand new World War 3 Illustrated, featuring a comic by Justseeds' very own Molly Fair!!
Tahrir : Liberation from the Mideast to the Midwest
Friday, November 18th, 2011 - 8pm to 11pm
Sixth Street Community Center
638 East Sixth Street (between Avenue B & C), NYC
World War 3 Illustrated, the independent political comix magazine, presents its new issue, dedicated to the Arab Spring and the spirit of world-wide revolt it has inspired, at a gallery opening exhibiting original art and new work made in conjunction with the Occupy Everywhere movement.
Join the War Dialogues Project and Justseeds for an Armistice Day Event!
Featuring Stories and Art and Interactive Discussion about war and reconciliation from the perspectives of veterans and refugees living in the Pittsburgh area.
Pre-Release exhibition of War Is Trauma: a Justseeds/I.V.A.W. (Iraq Veterans Against the War) Portfolio featuring prints from over 30 artists, including veterans, on the subject of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and GI Resistance
Friday November 11th
8:00-10:00 Opening Reception for War Is Trauma: A Justseeds/I.V.A.W. Portfolio
at Justseeds Distribution HQ (Pittsburgh, PA)
3410 Penn Ave, Second Floor (enter in back on Spring Way)
Free and Open to the Public!
Friday Nov. 4th, 6pm-midnight
Saturday Nov. 5, 12pm-6pm
at Secret Project Robot
389 Melrose St., Brooklyn, NY
located between Flushing and Knickerboxer Aves, a few blocks from the Morgan Ave. L train stop
My friend Adrian Blackwell has been working for years in Toronto on an antiauthoritarian analysis and practice of architecture and public planning. He's got a new project that just went up, and I wish I was in Toronto to see it!
Calculus of forms: building and erasing utopias
Adrian Blackwell and Jane Hutton
October 14 – December 31, 2011
Opening reception: Friday, October 14, 7-10 pm
G Gallery, 134 Ossington St, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z5
Calculus of forms examines the relationship between the quantitative and qualitative dimensions of urban form. Cities have certain shapes which hold us in particular ways and allow us to move along specific paths. They are historical, changing over time according to political and economic vicissitudes.
A Show about Colab (and Related Activities)
October 15–November 30
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 15, 6–8pm
Printed Matter, Inc., 195 Tenth Ave, New York, NY 10011
From the press release:
Printed Matter, Inc. is pleased to announce the exhibition, A Show about Colab (and Related Activities), which runs from October 15 through November 30, 2011. This overarching survey will presents a wide range of materials and artworks from various Colab activities from the late 1970’s through the mid 1980’s, including screenings of film and video works, and cable broadcasts. The exhibition also features works and material from other related groups, collectives and projects. An opening reception is scheduled at Printed Matter on Saturday, October 15th,, from 6 – 8 pm. Printed Matter is located at 195 Tenth Avenue between 21st and 22nd Street in Chelsea, New York City.
Shaun Slifer and Mary Tremonte are in Copenhagen this week and have a few Justseeds events lined up. We will be giving a talk titled Justseeds: Tactics for Social Movement Graphics in the US at Kunsthøjskolen i Holbæk on Thursday October 13th, and then at the Fynske Kunstakademi (Funen Art Academy) on Tuesday October 18th (link to the event on their site HERE)
We will also present the Resourced portfolio and related prints at YNKB
The show opens on Saturday October 15th, with a talk by the two of us.
Join us if you're in the area!
Saturday October 15
18:00 - 21:00
Artists' Talk at 19:00
Ydre Nørrebro Kultur Bureau
Baldersgade 70 st tv
Show runs through November 15
This weekend, I installed a solo show at Alma College located here in Michigan. Titled ‘Preoccupied’, the two part exhibition includes a social practice-based installation that asks gallery goers to create prostest placards, as well as exhibits my series of Louisville Slugger relief prints evoking baseball and its relationship to immigration and the use of Indigenous people as mascots for sports.
Roos Arts, 449 Main Street, Rosendale NY, 12472
Roos Arts is pleased to present "POP: Print Only Please", a group exhibition featuring artists who work with various techniques of printmaking. The work represents a range of practices that reflect the diverse ways of utilizing printmaking to create narrative images. We are also featuring artists from Women's Studio Workshop and Justseeds Artists' Cooperative who create a nurturing community for artists to collaborate and support each other's unique viewpoints.
If you're in Pittsburgh, please visit a show that opens tonight on the theme of honeybees. The show features papercuts by myself (Bec Young) and two other artists, Kathryn Carr and Stacey Malasky. Bee pollination is essential to human life because of their symbiotic relationship with flowers, and we thought it would be a good idea to show our love of bees in paper. I have three papercuts in the show and two glass tiles. The show runs for a month.
A Bee's Experience at WildCard
4209 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA
Opening Friday, October 7th 6 -9pm
Hey NYC folks who want a break from occupying Wall St. - come see justseedster Dara Greenwald present over at Union Docs Tonight!
Crash Course on the Collective Process
Thursday, October 6 at 7:00pm,
Union Docs, 322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
The evening, part of the Congress of Collectives, will consist of two parts. In part one, Dara Greenwald will present and discuss videos that document collective creative actions. In part two, three radical art collectives, Voina, Red Channels, and Paper Tiger Television, will screen recent videos and discuss their collective process.
"Seeds of Liberation" is a exhibition featuring work by Dignidad Rebelde, a graphic arts collaboration between artists Melanie Cervantes & Jesus Barraza. Emerging from the everyday struggles of Third World, Raza & Indigenous peoples, Dignidad Rebelde produces art intended to transform people's stories into a radical visual language that is then returned to those who inspired it in the first place. Working primarily as poster artists, Dignidad Rebelde continues working in an important artistic tradition deeply rooted in popular social movements throughout the Americas.
An artist reception will be held on Friday, October 7, 2011 from 6-8pm.
September 16, 2011 to October 31, 2011
Addison Street Windows Gallery | 2018 Addison Street, Berkeley 94704
We've just wrapped up our installation for the 29th Graphics Biennial in Ljubljana, Slovenia at the Alkatraz Gallery in amazing Metalcova! I've posted a ton of new photos on our Flickr just now, have a look...
Today Colin showed up after a couple days on trains and planes, and we've started pasting images on the walls! Everyone present brought multiple images of migrant humans and displaced animals - we have dozens of multiples of about 50 different images, each reflecting the individual styles of various Justeeds members. They're being pasted in vast "swarms" all over the room, surrounding this shipping container that we're still hammering away at. It's coming together pretty rapidly at this point, so stay tuned for new uploads on our Flickr page throughout the rest of the week! Photostream here, Slovenia-specific collection here. The opening is tomorrow night, Thursday, at 9pm at Galerija Alkatraz, Metalkova - if you're in Ljubljana, Slovenia, come on by!
We're rolling out of our second full day in Ljubljana, with a shipping container created out of scrap wood and the walls washed and dotted with "obstacles". Tomorrow we're set to start pasting a mad number of prints all over the place. Posting new photos on our Flickr collection every few hours, check in often for updates as the whole thing comes together! Sorry if these posts are vague, I'm hoping the photos will fill in the gaps that I don't otherwise have time to write about...
I'm at CalState Long Beach today and tomorrow! I'll be on a panel today, Tuesday and doing a solo lecture on Wednesday. Info is below. Come through if you are in the LA Area!
Art Department Visiting Artist Lecture Series, featuring Favianna Rodriguez
Wednesday, September 21, 5:00 pm
CSULB Department of Art, UT-108, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach CA 90840
Graphics are powerful living reminders of struggles for worldwide peace and justice. I will share various slides of my current projects, discuss my own creative process for developing my work, as well as my creative inspiration. Topics covered in my lecture include globalization, immigration, women, sex positivity, and youth organizing. More info here.
Organizing the Ideal: Contemporary Collectives & Cooperatives
Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 3:00-5:00pm
University Art Museum 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA
One of the pivotal aspects of Peace Press’ success was its dedication to consensus decision-making. By implementing worker control through all aspects of production, the collective successfully merged the ideal with the practical, creating a non-hierarchal space benefitting those who made contributions. This panel presents contemporary collectives and cooperatives that continue to offer an alternative to capitalist-related models. Members of decentralized collectives and cooperatives explain how production can be based on mutual aid rather than merely profit. The panel is a part of the exhibit, PEACE PRESS GRAPHICS 1967-1987: Art in the Pursuit of Social Change showing in the University Art Museum through December 11, 2011. I will speaking together with Zach Blue (AK Press – an anarchist publication press that releases radical literature, art prints and multimedia materials) and Brent Aragon (Blood-Orange Info Shop – an anarchist information center dedicated to community outreach, education, and art). More info here.
We're deep into the installation of our work for the 29th Graphics Biennial in Ljubljana, Slovenia! As a customary first step, we're currently washing the walls with watered down wall paint. Twelve of us are here working in the Alkatraz Gallery in the Metalkova social center - we're still feeling our way through the whole process but things are moving rapidly. I'll be posting new photos here each day, but the majority will be in regular uploads to our Flickr page for those who want to follow from afar...
We're getting ready to debut our huge installation in Pittsburgh this weekend as part of the 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial! We worked a lot throughout the summer, with one heavy group work week this July, to produce a series of immigration-themed billboards in the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University. Above is a slideshow of our in-progress install shots from our Flickr site - have a scroll-through! The installation was coordinated by Pittsburgh-based Justseeds members, exhibition curated by Astria Suparak. Stay tuned for more details, and visit the overall Biennial website here (details specific to the Miller Gallery show are here). The opening reception is this upcoming Friday, Sept.16 - please come by if you're in the neighborhood! Opening is 6-8pm, but there's an exhibition tour with all the artists (not just us) at 5pm.
The Eye, The Hole, The Picture
at the McCord Museum
690 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal
from September 2 to November 20, 2011
presented as part of Le Mois de la Photo a Montreal 2011
More information HERE.
PRINTS FOR THE PEOPLE is a exhibition featuring work by Dignidad Rebelde, a graphic arts collaboration between artists Melanie Cervantes & Jesus Barraza. Emerging from the everyday struggles of Raza & Indigenous peoples, Dignidad Rebelde produces art intended to transform people's stories into a radical visual language that is then returned to those who inspired it in the first place. Working primarily as poster artists, Dignidad Rebelde continues working in an important artistic tradition deeply rooted in popular social movements throughout the Americas.
August 1st Through September 28th, 2011
Cultural Heritage Center at the San Jose State University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (for more info, click HERE)
There is going to be a sneak peak of four prints from the Justseeds/IVAW portfolio, War Is Trauma, at the upcoming exhibition, War, Materials & Lies, Part 2, in Hudson, NY. Prints from the portfolio by Kevin Caplicki, Molly Fair, Josh MacPhee, and Chris Stain will be included in the show!
War, Materials & Lies, Part 2
Time & Space Limited
434 Columbia St, Hudson, NY
Opening reception 5:00 - 7:30 Saturday, September 10th.
Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 3pm; 1hr before weekend events and by appointment from Saturday, September 10th to Friday, November 11th
This weekend is the giant LA vs War show, if you are in the Los Angeles area, definitely check it out!!! Full details can be found HERE. A ton of artists have work in the show, including Jesus Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, Favianna Rodriquez, and myself from Justseeds.
Sunday September 11th
3410 Penn Ave, 2nd floor (enter in the back on Spring Way), Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, PA!
Come visit our world distribution headquarters in Pittsburgh this Sunday for a print sale to support our travel to Slovenia to create a collaborative installation for the International Biennial of Graphic Arts. Almost everything in the store will be 10% off if you pay by cash or check, 20% off work by Pittsburgh Justseeds artists who are traveling: Shaun Slifer, Mary Tremonte, and Bec Young.
Come learn more about our upcoming projects, enjoy refreshments and see us off!
Next year's Justseeds/Eberhardt Press organizer is about to go to press! This is a cleanly designed, uncluttered, wirebound datebook featuring 12 months of Justseeds art, a lunar phase calendar, notepages, and months-at-a-glance. It will be available in the Justseeds store October 15th, so make sure you don't buy any other organizers before then!
Memorial de Agravios, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2006 brings together the work of 24 photographers who followed the social movement in Oaxaca during 2006 and 2007, along with essays by five Mexican writers translated into English, French, and Italian. A remarkable edition, conceived as an art book is a testimony to the difficult months in which citizens confronted the corrupt administration of Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, is an independent work which encourages critical reflection on the violence that dominated Oaxaca during 2006 and 2007.David Jaramillo, photojournalist/activist from Mexico City, covered the movement, will discuss the trajectory of the movement, its current state, and present images of the uprising. Copies of Memorial de Agravios will be sold to benefit widows of this movement
172 Allen St
A couple years back on a trip to San Francisco I was lucky enough to check out a then new exhibition entitled Hobos to Street People: Artists' Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present. It was a great show, using the history of American social realist art to illustrate the plight of the marginalized in society. Now the curator Art Hazelwood has new book out which catalogs the exhibition! The book, also called Hobos to Street People, is available from the publisher Freedom Voices, and there are a series of upcoming events celebrating it's release:
September 15, book release party at Alliance Graphics
September 22, Exhibition opening reception at de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University
September 29, Panel Discussion and book release party at de Saisset Museum
More information can be found on Art's site HERE.
Justseeds will be representin at the 1st ever Pittsburgh Zine Fair, this Thursday September 1st at AIR (Artists Image Resource). Bec Young will be giving a lettepress demo at 7:00, and Mary Tremonte will be on a panel discussion about zines and social change also at 7:00. Mary and Shaun Slifer will be holding town a table of Justseeds goods. The event is free and features workshops, discussions, food, DJ's, and loads of zines! There is also a benefit raffle for Book 'Em, Pittsburgh's books-to-prisoners program. And it all happens during AIR's Thursday Night Open Studio. Come get your zine on and get your print on too.
Thursday September 1
AIR, 518 Foreland St, Pittsburgh, PA
for more info: pghzinefair.com/
I just finished installing at exhibition entitled Anishnaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes). Based on a six month project building lowrider bikes with urban Native kids in collaboration with non-Native university students and Indigenous artists, we constructed a series of seven lowrider bicycles based on the sacred Anishnaabeg teachings known as Niizhwaaswi G’mishomisinaanig or Our Seven Grandfathers. These seven core values, seen in the pennants exhibited in the gallery, include concepts such as Nbwaakaawin (Wisdom), Zaagi’idiwin (Love), Minaadendamowin (Respect), Aakwa’ode’ewin (Bravery), Debwewin (Truth), Dibaadendiziwin (Humility), and Gwekwaadiziwin (Honesty).
The show will be up at Michigan State University through the end of September. Contact me if you are interested in bringing this show to your community.
This show looks great, wish I was on the West coast!
Peace Press Graphics 1967-1987: Art in the Pursuit of Social Change
September 10 - December 11, 2011
September 10, 2011, 5:00-8:00pm
The UAM, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), will mount Peace Press Graphics 1967–1987: Art in the Pursuit of Social Change, a survey of the press’ work and their connections to artist collectives of the time. Founded in 1967 by a unique group of L.A. activist-artists who created an “alternate everything” printing and publishing business, the Peace Press (1967-1987) emerged from the tangle of progressive political and alternative groups that flourished during the decades between 1960 and 1990. The poster archive, now housed at the CSPG in Los Angeles, exemplifies an important element of visual and cultural history: art that reflects the desire and intention to create social and political change, as well as artists who attempt to affect change through both their work and their actions. More HERE.
image: La Raza Unida, c.1972, 21.50 x 13.50 inches, Collection of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, © Peace Press.
This SUNDAY, August 28th,
...and after that, the Cyberpunk Apocalypse Writer-in-Residence Program and Justseeds present readings by Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela & Adriana Ramirez at 6:30 pm!
Light snacks and refreshments will be provided at Justseeds, more info on the readers and event locations after the cut...
Last April, Roger Peet and myself, traveled up to northern California immediately after the Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair. Justseeds was invited to exhibit the RESOURCED portfolio and A Crisis in Common, at the Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture, in Weed, CA. It's in a gorgeous place and the exhibition was hung in an antique refrigerated train car from 1923.
I have finally uploaded some images up to our flickr account, check them out at Justseeds/Visual Resistance. Thanks to everyone that I met in that adventure, Crackbox (who played in the adjacent railcar), Austin/the flopbox, and to everyone at BBCRC for making the exhibition possible.
The Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture was founded in 2008 as a way to support and develop a community-building institution focused on railroad culture in the western United States. The BBCRC is located on the site of a long-abandoned junkyard amid several acres of forest, chaparral, and wetlands directly adjacent to Black Butte Siding, the junction of the Union Pacific and Central Oregon and Pacific railroads right on the southeast edge of Weed, California.
Red Channels presents:
Madame X: An Absolute Ruler
MONDAY AUGUST 22, 2011, 7 pm
200 Hudson Street, NY, NY
This is something-this is extreme- the Outlaw-the Misfits- this is what I was looking for! - Betty Brillo
The notorious pirate ruler Madame X places a print ad, calling on women to escape their boring lives and promising "gold, love and adventure" to all who come aboard her ship, the Orlando. A motley crew including a housewife, diva and artist (played by Yvonne Rainer) embark on a quest for self-transformation, which quickly heads towards destruction as they are subjected to Madame X's sadistic, erotic escapades. Director Ulrike Ottinger's Madame X is a surreal subversion of the swashbuckler genre that challenges notions of feminism, sexuality, and liberation.
dir. Ulrike Ottinger, 141 min. 1977, 16mm print
People of the Northwest: We'll be tabling at the Seattle Anarchist Bookfair this weekend. It's at the Vera Project, near the Seattle Center, and runs Saturday 11-5 and Sunday 12-5. Come out and say hello!
I'm collaborating as a DJ with interactive installation artist Casey Droege and poet Christine Choi for COME TO OUR PARTY, DRESS IN WHITE, part of the Trespass artist-in-residence series at Future Tenant.
Thursday August 11th
Come to Our Party, Dress in White
a project of Casey Droege and Christine Choi
819 Penn Avenue
What moves you? Song drives movement—to feel, nod, shake, congregate, celebrate. How do dance lyrics function when lifted from their song-nested context and displayed apart as visual rather than auditory? How does this cognizance influence our moves/movement or tinge the dynamic of the party?
Come to our (dance) party, dress in white—LITERALLY. DJs Mary Mack, Drop That, and Square Peg will be in effect along with curious projections. Gesture-input poetry, lively investigation and laughter.
I'm part of this art show, BIG MOUTH: contemporary voices in feminist art + illustration. I will be showing my prints and illustrations from Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas. Come check it out!
OPENING Tuesday, AUGUST 9, 6pm-9pm
@ Brooklyn Fireproof
119 Ingraham St (at Porter Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11237
A group show featuring: Suzy Exposito, Molly Fair, Kim Funk, Kathleen Hanna, J. Morrison, Adee Roberson, & Gabby Schulz
Curated by Kate Wadkins & Lauren Denitzio
BIG MOUTH: contemporary voices in feminist art + illustration is a platform for unpopular visual opinions. Feminist movements have historically grown out of interventions within radical communities in the face of silence, anger, and often, violence. Still, these conflicts and contentions are fought with the utmost passion and humor in hopes for a radical resolution. BIG MOUTH illustrates the ever-evolving search for feminist/queer identities and communities. This group show places feminist narratives at the center of radical art-making, where often our voices are poorly represented or left out altogether. BIG MOUTH is a celebration of our pluralism, our goofiness, and a proclamation of defiant love.
Tonight Red Channels presents:
The Communard's Pipe
dir. Kote Marjanishvili, 1929, 50 minutes
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 9:30PM
124 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Set during the Paris Commune of 1871, A father takes his young son to the barricades and is killed. The boy is then captured (refuses to part w/ his father's pipe) and taken to the prison at Versailles where he is tormented by the ladies of the bourgeoisie, treated as a wild child.
Featuring live musical accompaniment by Silver Process:
Joe Merolla - violoncello
Coralie Lonfat - electronics
Chuck Bettis - electronics
with very special guests Nonoko Yoshida - alto saxophone
& David Pearson - soprano saxophone
Listen to Silver Process here
Tomorrow! Last Thursday, the 30th June, at Flight 64 print studio (down the alley off NE Alberta between 29th and 30th, behind Bella Faccia), an opening of new print work by Roger Peet and Garrett Price. Steel etchings, screenprints, and blockprints of corroded superstructures, insects, ships, sharks, and slogans. If you're in Portland, come on by between 5 and 10!
Tonight, 7pm, at the Fresh Pot on NE Mississippi in Portland OR, we're having a closing for the big Anti-LNG blockprints from this project. Stop by for some coffee, presentations from Amy Harwood and Olivia Schmidt about the threats still posed by LNG development plans, and a presentation by Roger about the project.
Watch the raffle drawing LIVE with host Annie Nonymous on Monday, July 11th, at 8pm Eastern here
Win prizes from Spectacle Theater, Book Thug Nation, Champs Family Bakery, Autonomedia, Black and Red Books, Mooshoes, Lula's Sweet Apothecary,
Acupuncture by Famous, Sparrow Media, Prints by Justseeds artist Molly Fair, Arissa Media, Kingsland Sandwich Shop, Green is the New Red, Bluestockings, Amie's Vegan Truffles, & many more!!
Read on for more info about Marie, Eric, and the Green Scare...
For those in New Zealand!
Remains to be Seen: Tracing Joe Hill's ashes in New Zealand—an easy-to-read account of censorship and radical labour during the First World War—will be launched in Christchurch this Thursday June 30 at Beat Street Cafe (Corner Barbadoes and Armagh), at 5.30pm.
Coins, those age-old metallic discs struck with the symbols of national mythology, just might unlock reason & light in the fourth year of the Dire Global Recession, an economic state whose laws do not apply within the stones of Wall Street; whose invisible great wall is impregnable to marauding justice, equality, and change. So we present the Summer of Change; a series of numismatic ritual offerings to our nation’s bankers; those citizens worthy of prizes and honors; which we as artists are honored to bestow in public. Standing on The Street safely within the commons of the commonwealth, we shall seize this extraordinary moment by the horns to re-distribute wealth in the form of dollars, fifty-cent pieces, quarters, dimes, nickels, and the Lincoln penny; sacrificing one denomination per event.
One Million Bones is a fundraising art installation designed to recognize the millions of victims and survivors who have been killed or displaced by ongoing genocides.
Check out more info HERE.
This Thursday I'll be cooking dinner with friends for this free dinner and screening at the new Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn. If you are in town, come by and eat, and watch the crazy new film by SF artist Sara Thustra:
Cinders Gallery: 28 Marcy Ave (Btwn Hope and Metropolitan)
// Thursday June 23 8pm // FILMS AND DINNER//
There will be a rare NYC screening of Sara Thustra’s most recent feature length film, The Treatment, along with two short films, “California is an Island” by Sarolta Jane Cump, and “Performance Spaces” by Heather Rene Russ. Inspired by Sara Thustra’s long time tradition of serving free food at his San Francisco protest and art events, the screening will be preceded by a free dinner for all. Vegans welcome!
Two weeks ago, I traveled down to West Virginia for the 5-day, 50 mile March on Blair Mountain, nominally a peaceful march to demand that Alpha Natural Resources not blast out the rest of one geological formation with particular historical resonance but also, perhaps more urgently, a symbolic action to demand an end to mountaintop removal coal mining as a practice in the United States. Personally, I need some time to parse out everything that happened throughout that week... but in the meantime, here's a slideshow of some of the signage from both protesters, supporters, and counter-protesters along the winding route from through the West Virginia coalfields.
BANNERS & CRANKS: a cantastoria festival
curated by Dave Buchen & Clare Dolan
June 22 — June 26
Pre-cinematic technology takes over HERE for a week of contemporary cantastoria, cooked up by puppeteers, artists and craftspeople from across the country. A millennium-old art form is rejuvenated and re-imagined, as performers animate paintings and banners alongside texts, puppets, jokes, songs and stories.
The Bushmeat Food-cart is opening today, in Downtown Portland, on the third floor of Pioneer Place Mall! Corner of SW Fifth and Morrison. Come and check it out between 6 and 9 pm. It is pretty unnerving, and the fact that it is in the mall makes it even more so. For more information, click this link.
Thea Gahr is having a solo show at the Justseeds space in Pittsburgh this Thursday evening. Her show consists of hand-printed linocuts and woodcuts, some of which Thea has added color to with watercolor. Please come check it out! Details below.
In preparation for her show, Thea has been inciting groups of people around Pittsburgh into revolutionary free-form coloring jam sessions. If you thought improvising was only allowed in jazz, you should try this new method of color application. Thea recommends colored pencils but markers or crayons also do the trick. Everyone works on the same piece of paper, and just when you are almost done with your section, it's time to rotate! Thanks to Mary, Scott, Kira and Samara.
Workshop: Existence is Resistance:
Film Preview and Discussion with Shadia Mansour
Wednesday, June 8 2011
1pm-3pm at la Sala Rossa
4848 St. Laurent
Thursday June 9, 2011
Doors 8pm, $12
La Sala Rossa
4848 St. Laurent
A few photos from my (Colin Matthes) residency / expo in Antwerp. To see more you can check out my flickr site.
A few photos of the Celebrate People's History Art Sow that was up in Milwaukee at Astrix Gallery last month.
Our friend and collaborator Laura Scheinkopf is putting on this benefit tomorrow for the March on Blair Mountain. Come check it out!
Tuesday, May 24
@ The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue, between Bond and Hoyt
High Peaks, Low Coal
New York Loves Mountains hosts a screening of the new documentary Low Coal, an exploration of the sacrifices made by Appalachian communities living with deep mining and Mountaintop Removal. The film's director, Jordan Freeman, along with former union coal miner and environmental activist Chuck Nelson, will be present for a talk-back after the screening. The discussion will be followed by a concert featuring local musician Morgan O'Kane (who played the score for the film).
Funds raised will be directed towards the March on Blair Mountain, a unifying rally in West Virginia from June 5-11th, 2011, which calls for historical preservation of Blair Mountain and an end to Mountaintop Removal.
This year commemorates the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Blair Mountain, the largest open class war in U.S. history, when 10,000 coal miners rose against the rule of the coal operators and fought for the basic right to live and work in decent conditions.
For more information visit www.appalachiarising.org.
This looks promising. Although I don't generally trust major art institutions to do right by political engagement, any look at labor and class seems a step in the right direction:
Sunday, May 22, 2011
11am, music begins at noon
Disjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center (8371 N. Interstate Ave.)
$8 - $100 sliding scale for admission to rock show
$1 pancakes, $1 coffee, $1 juice
For more info contact Vanessa Renwick.
On Sunday, May 22, 2011, musicians Stephen Malkmus (of the band Pavement) and Rebecca Gates (of the Spinanes) will each perform sets at the Rock & Roll Pancake Breakfast Benefit for Dara Greenwald. The event will take place at Disjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center at 8371 N. Interstate Avenue. A pancake breakfast will be served beginning at 11:00am until 2:00pm, with musical performances beginning at noon. The cost of admission is a sliding scale fee of $8 - $100, with pancakes, coffee, and juice available for an additional $1 per item.
Thursday, May 12, 7:30pm
@ No-Space (formerly called The Change You Want To See Gallery)
84 Havemeyer St, at Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
With the wave of opposition to austerity measures in the UK, many new creative political groups and projects have appeared. Not only the high-profile actions of UK Uncut, but others such as the University of Strategic Optimism, Arts Against Cuts, Precarious Workers Brigade, the Really Free School, and the Free University of Liverpool.
This informal talk will present stories and films from recent groups and activities that experiment with new creative approaches to activism’s materials and performance. From the Book Bloc’s very literate means of protecting crowds from police batons, to The University of Strategic Optimism’s critical theory lectures in high-street banks; from Liberate Tate’s oil spills inside the Tate galleries to encourage them to drop BP sponsorship, to the Space Hijackers driving a tank into an arms fair, and the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination's reverse-engineering of hundreds of bikes into a swarming mass of direct action machines.
Gavin will introduce some of these groups and activities, tell some ridiculous stories of general trouble making and daring misadventure, show some videos and do his best to answer any of your questions.
Please join us on Friday, May 6th for an art show and film showing. We are exhibiting all 69 printed posters from the Celebrate People's History poster series, curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.
Then we will show As Still As Horses, a short film by local filmmaker Israel Vasquez (with a short Q and A), and then Exit Through the Gift Shop, a feature film by the street artist Banksy.
This event is free, all ages, and BYOC (Bring your own cushion)!
6 - 8 pm -> Art show
8 - 10 pm -> Film showing
3410 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15201
Please park bikes and enter around back! We hope to see you there!
Click on the above image for a closer detail of the show.
Hey friends! Come check out this screening we're doing!
Red Channels and Spectacle Theater present:
(dir. Grigori Kozintsev & Leonid Trauberg,1929, 120 minutes)
silent film with live score by Silver Process
screened with short Hay! Market Research (dir. Dara Greenwald, 2003, 3 minutes) to commemorate the Haymarket Riot
Wed. May 4th, 9:30 PM
at Spectacle Theater
124 South 3rd. St. (off of Bedford Ave.), in Brooklyn
Set during the Paris Commune of 1871, Louise, a clerk in a fancy Paris store becomes politicized and joins the Communards...
From Screenslate, "...New Babylon manages to capture the spirit of a Lautrec image brought to life. The depictions of Paris cabarets and communes account for the most startling mis-en-scénes in all cinema, and from the smoke-filled dancehalls to rain-soaked executions, it’s difficult to imagine Moulin Rouge and Blade Runner without it. But beyond mere aesthetics, New Babylon an incredibly moving and sophisticated political film, one that sidesteps the contemporary polemics of Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Vertov et al and addresses workers’ struggle through the 1871 Paris Commune...though Shostakovich created a score for New Babylon‘s initial release, The Spectacle features a live score by The Silver Process tonight. Sacrilege, but it should be noted the conductor at the original 1928 performance was so wasted and confused by the unorthodox instrumental combinations that it was a complete disaster. So really, this can only be an improvement."
For those of you in and around New York City, I will be giving a talk this Friday at the Gustav Heye Center, the NYC branch of the National Museum of the American Indian. My talk, 'Against Hybridity, Against Globalization: An Indigenist Provocation on/as Contemporary Art', is part of the symposium Essentially Indigenous?. My session is scheduled for 9:15-10:45 on Friday morning.
The symposium is FREE, but please register in advance.
This coming Tuesday, the ABC No Rio Benefit Gala!! As many people know, ABC No Rio is one of the longest running counter-culture and communities spaces in New York City, and is on the edge of raising enough money to build an entirely new building to house all of its awesome projects (including screenprinting facilities, a zine library, community computer access, exhibitions, and all-ages shows). It is well worth your support!
ABC No Rio 2011 Gala & Benefit Auction
Tuesday May 3, 2011 || 7:00 - 10:00pm
Hosted by Allegra LaViola Gallery
179 East Broadway
Festivities will include beer, wine, buffet, guest DJ's, brilliant conversation and spirited bidding throughout the evening. Ticket prices begin at $50.
Event info, auction preview, ticket purchase on-line at http://www.abcnorio.org/benefit2011
Our friend, collaborator, and fellow activist Laura Sheinkopf is putting on this event and fundraiser for Appalachia Rising and the Safe Water Movement- all-volunteer, grassroots organizations dedicated to protecting our region from the highly destructive practices of mountaintop removal coal mining, and hydrofracking - drilling for 'natural' gas.
Blue Sky Bakery (@ 53 5th Avenue, Brooklyn)
on Wednesday, April 27th, from 6:30-9pm.
Admission, snacks, and music are all free!
Musician Chris Van Voorst playing on bass
You'll also have the opportunity to check out and purchase:
- Handmade jewelry by lalaloops
- Beehive Collective True Cost of Coal posters
- Glory to the Mountains, a chapbook of short essays written by NYC-based activists organizing against mountaintop removal
- and a selection of other art
Profits from sales will go directly to support on-the-ground efforts to protect our fresh water and mountains, and to stop hazardous energy extraction, in favor of renewable alternatives. Funds raised will also support artistic efforts to raise awareness about environmental issues.
This weekend, MECA will play host to Houston's very own Anarchist Book Fair. Organized by folks from Sedition Books, the two-day event spans 28 hours of programming, offers free meals, free lodging for those coming from out of town, and free childcare for those that wish to attend.
Houston Press has a decent interview with one of the organizers at:
Houston Gets Its First Anarchist Book Fair
Here is a preview shot of the Celebrate People's History Show opening tonight from 6-9pm. We also hung the Resourced Portfolio!
Astrix Gallery, 524 W National, Milwaukee, WI.
This just in:
Prints from the Oaxaca Resistance 2006 - 2010
Mission Cultural Center, Mission Grafica 4th Floor, San Francisco
Reception - Friday April 22 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Formerly Incarcerated People's Movement Event
We gather for an evening of discussion and movement building aimed at the prison crisis sweeping our communities. Come add your voice and your hands to our effort to kick the forces of repression and division out of our homes, schools, and streets!
Saturday, April 23, 7-10pm
721 Franklin AVE
This will be a multi-part event of:
Report back from FICPM organizational meet-up
Art by JUST SEEDS
Sunday, April 17
at Spectacle Theater
124 South 3rd Street (between Bedford and Berry)
Sunday is the final day for our series- come join the marathon with us! Skip Blumberg of TVTV (and Videofreex) will be there to discuss Four More Years.
—Traveling with Hibakusha: Across Generations – Takashi Kunimoto, NDS, 2010
—Garbage – Newsreel, 1968, 10 minutes
—GIs Take Manhattan: Operation First Casualty – Meerket Media Collective, 2007, 5 minutes
—Anarchists Liberate the Deflating World – Glass Bead Collective, 2009, 9 minutes
—People’s Firehouse – Newsreel, 1979, 25 minutes
—Everything has been done – Azorro Group, 2003, 6 minutes
—Proto Media Primer – Raindance, 1970, 16 minutes
—Four More Years – TVTV, 1972, 61 minutes
—discussion with Skip Blumberg of TVTV
—Truth to Power- Glass Bead Collective, 2011, 7 minutes
—And the War Has Only Just Begun, Imaginary Party, 2001
—Get Rid of Yourself – Bernadette Corporation, 61 minutes- 2003
Saturday is a full day for our series- come join the marathon with us! Our Friendships are Constructed on the Basis of Conflict: collectively produced film and video presented by Red Channels and Spectacle Theater:
Saturday, April 16
at Spectacle Theater
124 South 3rd Street (between Bedford and Berry)
A collective brunch- we will meet at the theater and probably go get breakfast burritos somewhere.
—Inciting to Riot – Pacific Street Films, 1970, 35 minutes
—Taiwan: The Generation After Martial Law – Green Team, 1986, 58 minutes
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 103 minutes | Digital Projection
—Mill-in – Newsreel, 1968, 12 minutes
—Ipimpi – Pacific Street Films, 1971, 10 minutes
—Help the Child, Help Your Country! – Voina, 2010, 2 minutes
—Por los circuitos de la Precariedad Feminina – Precarias a la Deriva, 2003
— and some other stuff!
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 74 minutes | Digital Projection
—Rhodia 4×8 – Groupe Medvedkine, 1969, 3 minutes
—Shut the Fuck Up – General Idea, 1984, 14 minutes
—Handsworth Songs – John Akomfrah, Black Audio Film Collective, 1986, 58 minutes
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 75 minutes | Digital Projection
Program description and collective bios:
Here is the schedule for night three of our series Our Friendships are Constructed on the Basis of Conflict: collectively produced film and video presented by Red Channels and Spectacle Theater:
Friday, April 15
at Spectacle Theater
124 South 3rd Street (between Bedford and Berry)
We decided to do this series out of our interest in the collective process, and what happens when artists intentionally share authorship of their work. I am excited to announce the screening of Nightcleaners I, rarely shown in the U.S.
-Sandwiched – Chto Delat?, 2004, 11 minutes
- Angry Sandwich People - Chto Delat?, 2004-2005, 8 minutes
—Nightcleaners I– Berwick Street Collective, 1972-1975, 90 minutes
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 109 minutes | Digital Projection
-Lincoln Hospital – Newsreel, 1970. 12 minutes
-Blood of the Condor – Jorge Sanjines, Groupo Ukamau, 1969, 74 minutes
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 86 minutes | Digital Projection
Join Mary Tremonte and Bec Young from Justseeds as well as dozens of other artists and crafters from Pittsburgh and beyond at the seventh annual Handmade Arcade.
Handmade Arcade is Pittsburgh’s largest indie craft fair, and was created to give grassroots, independent crafters an opportunity to show and sell their wares, and to provide an alternative to traditional craft and art fairs. We'll have lots of prints from ourselves and other Justseeds artists, as well as books, t-shirts, and some other goodies not available on our website. Come say hi!
Saturday, April 16
11:00am - 7:00pm
The David Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown Pitsburgh
Here is the schedule for night two of our series Our Friendships are Constructed on the Basis of Conflict: collectively made films and videos presented by Red Channels and Spectacle Theater:
The namesake of our series is from Chto Delat's "Builders" which is screening tonight!
Thursday, April 14
at Spectacle Theater
124 South 3rd Street (between Bedford and Berry)
We decided to do this series out of our interest in the collective process, and what happens when artists intentionally share authorship of their work.
—Builders – Chto Delat?, 2005, 8 minutes
—Media Primer (Schneider) – Raindance, 1970, 23 minutes
—Processed World Reads Processed World – Paper Tiger Television, 1985, 28 minutes
—Street Sheet – Paper Tiger Television, 1993, 28 minutes
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes | Digital Projection
Discussion with members of Paper Tiger Television and Marty Lucas of Paper Tiger and professor at Hunter College.
—Detroit Workers News Special 1932: Ford Massacre – Workers Film and Photo League, 1932, 7 minutes
—Northern Lights – Rob Nilsson & John Hanson, Cine Manifest, 1978, 97 minutes
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 104 minutes | Digital Projection
April 13-17, 2011
124 South 3rd Street (between Bedford and Berry)
We decided to do this series out of our interest in the collective process, and what happens when artists intentionally share authorship of their work.
Screening Wed., April 13:
All films in tonight's programs are silent with live musical accompaniment
April 13-17, 2011
124 South 3rd Street (between Bedford and Berry)
We decided to do this series out of our interest in the collective process, and what happens when artists intentionally share authorship of their work (how this actually plays out may be different, will egos be crushed?). The programs feature the work of artists from around the world and span over a century! See the full schedule here. Later in the week we are screening work by Paper Tiger, Black Film Audio Collective, Newsreel, the Bernadette Corporation, and many more!
Screening Wed., April 17:
All films are silent with live musical accompaniment
—San Francisco Earthquake and Fire 1906 – Red Channels, 2009, 17 minutes
—La Commune – Armand Guerra, La Coopérative du Cinéma du Peuple, 1914, 19 minutes
—Yamamoto Senji’s Farewell Ceremony - Prokino, 1929, 2 minutes
—Yamamoto Senji Watanabe Masanosuke Worker-Farmer Funeral - Prokino, 1929, 11 minutes
—Twelfth Annual Tokyo May Day - Prokino, 1931, 7 minutes
—Workers Film and Photo League newsreel, TBA
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 75 minutes | Digital Projection
Live Music by
Yuriko Huguchi (tenor saxophone)
Coralie Lonfat (laptop electronics)
Chuck Bettis (laptop electronics)
Joe Merolla (violincello)
—Cinétracts – 1968, 75 minutes
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 75 minutes | Digital Projection
Live Music by
Ras Moche (saxophone)
Ken Silverman (guitar)
Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture
800 Black Butte Rd.
We will have an opening for the exhibition RESOURCED, a production of the Just Seeds screen print cooperative, which will be on display in our "reefer" gallery through June. It focuses on resource extraction and climate issues, major issues in our region, and includes 26 artist prints. See RESOURCED for more info. The show will also feature work by two of the individual Just Seeds members, New York City-based "Kevin Caplicki" and Portland-based "Roger Peet".
Later in the evening we'll have a boxcar music show with "Crackbox" (punk), featuring some BBCRC supporters and frequent visitors, on tour from New Orleans, making a stop at Black Butte.
Justseeds will be tabling on both sides of the USA this weekend.
Roger Peet, Kevin Caplicki, Jesus Barraza, and Melanie Cervantes will be attending the
16th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair
April 9–10, 2011
SF County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers)
Golden Gate Park
While Molly Fair and friends will be holding down the
5th Annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair
Saturday, April 9th 2011
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
Find out all that is happening in the next few days at
Josh MacPhee is coming to our Pittsburgh Headquarters this weekend! Josh will present a short presentation/discussion entitled "Visualizing History from Below". The event is also the closing party for a solo exhibition of his prints. We hope to see you there! We are also now open on Sundays 2:00-6:00 pm! You can still email us at store at justseeds dot org to visit us at other times as well.
Josh MacPhee Talk & Closing Party: Visualizing History from Below
Saturday April 9th
3410 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
At Doughboy statue. Enter at the back on Spring Way. Bike Parking Available...
BYOB & Snacks
Prints, posters, and books available for sale!
Attention New York Art Fans. Favianna Rodriguez will be in NYC doing a public lecture at Lehman College. She will be speaking about her beginnings as an artist, about the various community organizations she helped found, and about how artists can develop innovative models to sustain their work. Info here:
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
In the Rotunda of the Lehman College Art Gallery
Fine Arts Building
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
Bronx, NY 10468
Please join us in celebrating the growth of our Warrior Writers community, now taking root in New York City.
What: In support of recent veterans in NYC, Warrior Writers launches Veterans’ Voices, a series of creative events for veterans and allies to move forward together.
Why: One of the greatest needs in times of conflict is to support veterans returning from war, as many of them find themselves isolated and unable to connect with the civilian environment in which they now live.
• To extend the reach of our successful programs to veterans and non-veterans in New York City and lay the foundation for an expanded Warrior Writers community.
• To see and hear how veterans have transformed their war experiences creatively.
• It is our right, our responsibility and our privilege to choose not to let conflict and misunderstandings escalate at home.
Who: Warrior Writers and you!
A Philadelphia-based organization working nationwide to support veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan through writing, creativity, alternative healing and dialogue with each other and the civilian community. Warrior Writers seeks to involve veterans, writers, artists, students, activists, healers and the general public in this ongoing creative process.
American Icons: Graphics of Patriotism & Dissent
April 1 - 16, 2011
Otis College of Art & Design
Ben Maltz Gallery
(310) 665-6905 · firstname.lastname@example.org
American Icons presents 75+ posters that riff on classic American icons including the flag, eagle, dollar sign, Statue of Liberty and Uncle Sam-in order to confront contemporary political and social issues. This project is a partnership with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics and Otis' Integrated Learning seminar "Designing the Political" led by Guy Bennett, Kerri Steinberg and Carol A. Wells.
It appears the AFL-CIO is calling for a nationwide day of actions.
Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., where he was standing with sanitation workers demanding their dream of a better life. Today, the right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a middle-class life are under attack as never before. Find out more here.
Join us to make April 4, 2011, and the days surrounding it, a day to stand in solidarity with working people in Wisconsin and dozens of other states where corporate-bought politicians are trying to take away the rights Dr. King gave his life for.
You can find events in your area at:
I mention this on the Justseeds blog, because if activities like this are your bag then check out the downloadable graphics from a Justseeds blog post earlier this month:
Wisconsin Downloadable Graphics Page
Print out useful ones, let others be inspiration to make new images.
Walker's Point Center for the Arts (WPCA) in Milwaukee is hosting a timely show this Friday that celebrates the art and life of Carlos Cortéz. Included in this show are prints by his allies in the labor movement/Chicana rights/anti-war/radical art community - many of whom are part of Justseeds. Prints by Favi, Josh, Nicolas, Dylan, and Collin are included in the exhibition. (Dylan also included some text and long-time friend to Justseeds, Susan Simensky Bietila, helped co-organize the show.) Many might recall that WPCA hosted the Paper Politics exhibition when it was in Milwaukee, so please come out and support this important show and vital art space that is at the epicenter of the community arts scene in Milwaukee.
Exhibition runs: April 1 – May 14, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, April 1 from 5 – 9pm
Spring Gallery Night: Friday, April 15 from 5 – 9pm
Magic Lantern Cinema Presents: The Dancing for Dara Show TONIGHT!
Friday, March 25th , 6-9 pm
THEM by Dave Loewenstein
An installation of cut-paper tableaus that follow Drones, Nimbys, and Frame-up Specialists as they try to rid their back yards, business districts, and border towns of Them.
at the Invisible Hand
upstairs at 801 1/2 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS
Radio CPR and friends present... a benefit for the fabulous artist and activist Dara Greenwald, our dear friend who is battling cancer.
SPOONBOY + + + folk-punk favorite
DANCING FOR DARA + + + film shorts*
BUBBLING WELL + + + (acoustic melodies)
Friday, March 25th
La Casa (3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, WDC)
$5-20 sliding scale
Tasty treats also available for the snacking.
*Video Data Bank of Chicago has assembled a program of exciting videos by internationally recognized artists who have donated their work to benefit Dara:
Pink Bloque, DANCING IN THE STREET (excerpts) (Domestic Violence Awareness Month Rally), October 2003 to end, 8:00—14:00
Ben Coonley, ONE TRICK PONY, 2002, 4:50
Tara Matiek, OPERATION INVERT, 2003, 12:30
Caspar Stracke & Gabriela Monroy, KULESHOV SUKIYAKI, 2004, 2:58
Melinda Stone & Igor Vamos, SUGGESTED PHOTO SPOTS, 1997, 10:00
Jim Finn, SHARAMBABA, 1999, 3:00
Jem Cohen, LITTLE FLAGS, 2000, 6:30
Paul Chan, UNTITLED VIDEO ON LYNNE STEWART AND HER CONVICTION, THE LAW AND POETRY, 2006, 17:30
Dara Greenwald with Ona Mirkinson, THE PACKAGE, 2010, 12:00
Learn more about Dara's work here: http://www.daragreenwald.com/.
Iraq Veterans Against the War calls on all veterans and peace organizations to mobilize to Madison, Wisconsin on March 19th, the 8th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, to stand in solidarity with workers organizing for their rights. We will be joined in the streets by the AFL-CIO, union members, and their supporters:
- 10AM rally at Library Mall, 750 State Street in Madison, WI
- 11AM march up State Street to the capitol, stopping at the Civil War Memorial
- Noon rally and speak-out at the capitol, joined by the Wisconsin AFL-CIO and other unions - King Street entrance
With Scott Walker's latest maneuver to erase collective bargaining rights, Wisconsin workers are calling for continued resistance, with the possibility of a general strike on the table. Scott Walker has threatened to call in the National Guard to repress these mobilizations. As military veterans, we call on our brothers and sisters in the Wisconsin National Guard to refuse and resist any mobilization orders. We believe military service members are public employees. It is dishonorable to suggest that military personnel should be deployed against teachers, health care providers, firefighters, police officers, and other government employees, many of whom are serving in the National Guard. The Wisconsin National Guard was sent in to repress workers fighting for the eight hour workday over a century ago. It is vital that our brothers and sisters know they have a choice and can fall on the right side of history this time by standing with the working people of Wisconsin.
I am headed to Seattle in a few hours to present a hands-on workshop on Mobile Silkscreen Printing at the National Arts Education Association (NAEA) National Convention, with my life partner-in-teaching, Heather White. Last year we presented workshops on Radical Silkscreen Printing at the NAEA Museum Education preconference in Baltimore. We spend so much time facilitating print projects with teens, which is totally our jam, but I am looking forward to sharing knowledge with fellow educators. Any radical educators who read this blog who are attending the convention? Come say hi! Our workshop is Saturday night, and on Friday we will be doing a silkscreen workshop with my mom's first grade class in Snohomish. Silkscreen Power for Everyone!
(This silly photo is of the silkscreen station at the Justseeds table at the USSF)
Come check out the Justseeds table this weekend at the Charlottesville (Virgina) Anarchist Bookfair, Saturday, March 19! The whole shindig is hosted by Random Row Books at 315 W. Main St. We'll have a bunch of our books, small prints, zines, People's History posters, etc. There's a schedule for the bookfair here, and the organizers are keeping a blog with other details here. Full press release from the organizers after the cut:
Her work is devoted to the idea that everyone should be free to grow and experience their lives on their own terms, liberated from a power and material-driven society that so often values things above people. By helping to provide a visual platform where different communities can have a public voice, Katie is committed to the idea that art can play a major role in social transformation.
Visual Dialogues: Public Art and Social Transformation
Friday, March 11, 6-8pm
Asian American/Asian Research Institute
25 W. 43rd Street,
(btn 5th & 6th Ave)
New World Border
ARTISTS RESPOND TO US/MEXICO BORDER WALL
March 3 – April 30
Reception: Saturday, March 12, 3:30-5:30 pm
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705 USA
The wall, now being constructed across the length of the US/Mexico border is like a knife cutting off neighbors, wildlife, indigenous people, and families. The wall is inflaming hatred and contributing to an atmosphere of vigilantism and oppression. While the US walls itself off from the world in the name of “security” what is it sacrificing? A group of artists respond to the wall with imagery from a variety of viewpoints.
The artists represent a wide cross section of approaches to the printed image, from esteemed Latino Poster Movement artist Malaquias Montoya, to Black Panther Minister of Culture Emory Douglas, Kearny Street Workshop icon Nancy Hom, New York political illustrator Frances Jetter, co-founder of the California Indian Art Movement, Frank LaPena, as well as powerful work by many other artists. The wall is destroying and dividing families, communities, eco-systems, and indigenous lands. The wall is part of a national move towards increased militarization of all aspects of society. The time to speak out against it is now.
Steve Ignorant and some friends have gotten together to give it one final go with some of our favorite punk anthems from CRASS. For myself the band had broken up by the time I bought my first CRASS album, Feeding of the 5,000. I still feel their message is relevant and inspiring after all these years. So quit slam dancing in the mirror and stage diving onto the bed and get out to one of these gigs and keep the fire burning! Look for an interview with Steve and the band in the weeks to follow. Cheers!
The Last Supper US Tour dates 2011
Thursday MARCH 10 New York, NY @ Santo's Party House
Friday MARCH 11 Montreal, QC @ The Olympia
Saturday MARCH 12 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
Sunday MARCH 13 Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
Wednesday MARCH 16 Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
Thursday MARCH 17 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Friday MARCH 18 Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater
Tuesday March 22 Austin, TX @ Emo's
Friday March 25 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
Join us this Saturday (March 5) in Pittsburgh for a three part event celebrating Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee, and help us raise funds to help them both! We've hung a huge exhibit of Josh's print work at our distribution headquarters in Lawrenceville, and we're open throughout the afternoon for anyone to drop in, check it out, and maybe pick up some prints and books. We'll be moving up the hill to the Brillobox for a video screening and dance party in the evening! Details below the cut:
Dancing for Dara NYC
Saturday, February 26 · 3:00pm - 6:00pm
anthology film archives
2nd ave. and 2nd st., Manhattan, NYC
a benefit screening for dara greenwald @ 3pm
birthday festivities for dara and josh @ 4.30pm
all at anthology film archives!
Video Data Bank of Chicago has assembled a 75 min video program called DANCING FOR DARA composed of work by internationally-recognized artists who have donated their work to benefit Dara Greenwald who is currently battling cancer.
SUGGESTED DONATIONS (cash or check):
$20 for the screening
$30 for the screening and the birthday after-celebration (with drinks and treats!)
$40 for the screening, after-celebration, and a copy of dara and josh's new book Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures
Please RSVP—on facebook or by sending an email to: rachaelrakes [at] gmail.com
Can't attend but want to donate?
please visit http://healdarag.org/donate-2/
image: Ben Coonley, One Trick Pony. Image courtesy Video Data Bank.
special thanks: the Chocolate Room, Brooklyn
Please join us for a Political Poster Jam on Friday, February 25th at Oakland Museum from 8 to 11pm. We'll honor the power of political graphics and the Museum's recent acquisition of a major collection of political posters.
8pm - 11pm Printing Demonstrations:
San Francisco Print Collective - print your own screenprint!
The Great Tortilla Conspiracy - Edible tortilla prints and new technology of food breakthroughs in honor of African American History!
& Eddie Colla - cut your own stencil!
Emory Douglas, former Black Panther Ministry of Culture
Favianna Rodriguez, artist/activist
Lincoln Cushing, poster archivist
moderated by Carol A. Wells, director of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics
Thursday, February 24 · 7:30pm - 10:30pm
2640 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD
Video Data Bank of Chicago has assembled a 75-minute program of exciting videos by internationally recognized artists who have donated their work to benefit artist and activist Dara Greenwald who is currently battling cancer. Jesse Stiles and Jenny Graf will play some lovely music before and after the screening so all can mill and visit with each other.
Suggested donation of $5-$10 all money goes directly to Dara.
• Pink Bloque, DANCING IN THE STREET (excerpts) (Domestic Violence Awareness Month Rally), October 2003 to end, 8:00—14:00
• Ben Coonley, ONE TRICK PONY, 2002, 4:50
• Tara Matiek, OPERATION INVERT, 2003, 12:30
• Caspar Stracke & Gabriela Monroy, KULESHOV SUKIYAKI, 2004, 2:58
• Melinda Stone & Igor Vamos, SUGGESTED PHOTO SPOTS, 1997, 10:00
• Jim Finn, SHARAMBABA, 1999, 3:00
• Jem Cohen, LITTLE FLAGS, 2000, 6:30
• Paul Chan, UNTITLED VIDEO ON LYNNE STEWART AND HER CONVICTION, THE LAW AND POETRY, 2006, 17:30
• Dara Greenwald with Ona Mirkinson, THE PACKAGE, 2010, 12:00
A nice write up in the Baltimore City Paper HERE.
(Image from Jem Cohen's Little Flags)
Thursday, February 17 · 6:30pm - 9:30pm
CUNY Graduate Center, James Gallery
365 5th Avenue, New York, NY
Join artist Josh MacPhee and director John Gianvito as they discuss the triumphs and challenges of Howard Zinn’s "A People’s History of the United States," which famously re-wrote American history through the eyes of the common people rather than political and economic elites.
John Gianvito's hour-long 2008 documentary "Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind" will be screened. There will be a one-night exhibition of the posters from Josh MacPhee's new book, "Celebrate People’s History: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution."
You can find the event on facebook HERE.
Toronto Free Gallery and Groundswell present Celebrate People’s History!, a show of poster art created by over ninety artists – including many of Toronto’s own – to document the hidden history of social justice movements. The Celebrate People’s History series is the culmination of 12 years of work, a massive collection of 110 posters, the complete set of which has just been released as a hardcover book by The Feminist Press. The full collection will be on display at Toronto Free Gallery from February 10 – March 19, 2011, and you’re invited to the opening on Thursday, February 10th at 7:00PM.
For all in Philly, please come out to these events!
I'm doing two different book release activities, this Thursday and Friday nights:
Thursday, Feb. 3rd, 7-9pm
Signs of Change Book Release
Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South Street
Signs of Change is a visual introduction to the past 50 years of social movements from around the globe. An archive of more than 350 posters, prints, photographs, films, videos, music, and ephemera, the material included and discussed here is from more than twenty-five countries. Surveying the creative work of dozens of international social movements, from the do-it-yourself graphics and media of the 1960s to today's instantaneous digital technologies, it investigates the themes and representations of global struggles for equality, democracy, freedom, and basic human rights.
Join co-editor and Justseeds member Josh MacPhee for the Philly release of Signs of Change along with his other brand-new book, Celebrate People's History!: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution.
Friday, Feb. 4th, 7-10pm
Celebrate People’s History: peace, justice, freedom, creativity, revolution and love
Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Avenue
The closing event for the Celebrate People’s History art show, as well as a release party for the Celebrate People’s History poster book (Feminist Press, 2010). The posters and book beautifully visualize revolutionary movements from around the world and throughout history: antimilitarism, autonomy, Palestine solidarity, prisoners rights, queer and trans liberation, sustainability, Theater of the Oppressed, universal health care, worker rights and so much more.
We will be joined by Josh MacPhee, the curator of the CPH series and editor of the book; and former political prisoner and CPH poster artist Laura Whitehorn. Local poster artists and activists will also speak about their work in the book.
Book Release and event
Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture
Thursday, February 10, 2011, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Parsons The New School for Design
The Sheila C. Johnson Center for Design
Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, Ground Floor, NYC
Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture is both a book launch for Gregory Sholette's new work of the same title, and a concrete application of the principles laid out in the book. The book argues that imagination and creativity in the art world originate and thrive in the non-commercial sector. It examines the political economy of art and business by highlighting interventionist and collective art as the 'dark matter' of the art world. This dark matter is indispensible to the survival of mainstream culture which it frequently opposes.
Spectres of Liberty (an art project I collaborate on with Dara Greenwald & Olivia Robinson) is in a great looking show that opens Friday in Chapel Hill, NC. We're exhibiting video documenting and prints made at our Syracuse project, The Open City Workshop in the Great Central Depot:
Local Histories: The Ground We Walk On
an exhibition of over 50 artists from across the U.S. exploring Alfredo Jaar’s idea that
“place can not be global,” curated by artist elin o’Hara slavick + art historian Carol Magee, Professors in the Art Department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
January 28 – April 29, 2011
OPENING RECEPTION: February 11, 5-9pm
523 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 USA (formerly the Chapel Hill Museum)
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 2-7pm; Saturday 12-7pm; closed Sunday + Monday
Book Release Party - Friday, Jan. 28th 5-8 pm
The book release coincides with an exhibit of the Celebrate People's History posters and printed matter from a local 1970s printshop in Lawrence, the Kansas Key Printer.
For more info click HERE. And click below for more photos (thanks to Dave Lawrence for his organizing efforts and photo taking)!
DANCING FOR DARA: a multi-city fund-raising screening for Dara Greenwald
Video Data Bank of Chicago has assembled a 75-minute video program composed of work by internationally recognized artists who have donated their work to raise money for Dara Greenwald, an artist and activist who is currently battling cancer. Please find detailed information on Dara below.
Thursday 27 January 2011, 8pm
17 Edinboro Street #3, Chinatown, Boston
$5-15 suggested donation
All proceeds will go directly to Dara.
This program will be screened in cities across the country in the first part of 2011. Click below to see the program list.
Exit Art, 475 Tenth Ave (at 36th)
New York, NY 10018
Tuesday – Thursday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Closing Reception: Friday, February 4, 7-9 pm
Graphic Radicals is a 30th anniversary retrospective of World War 3 Illustrated, an independently published political comic magazine founded in 1980 by artists Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper. Comprised of original comics, drawings and paintings, posters, commissioned murals, documentary film, animation and a complete set of issues, Graphic Radicals will be the largest World War 3 exhibition to date and will highlight the history that World War 3 has scrutinized, documented, and participated in for three decades.
World War 3 Illustrated was first established in response to the Iran hostage crisis and impending election of Ronald Reagan and since then has confronted social and political issues ignored by the mainstream press. The magazine is an annual publication produced by a collective of artists with each issue addressing a particular theme. WW3 has covered topics as diverse as the Tompkins Square riot, homelessness, first-person accounts of 9/11, the prison industrial complex, a teachers’ strike in Mexico, Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts and, in the upcoming issue, the food chain.
Busy days in Milwaukee. Here are a few install photos of the Watershed exhibition that opens in Milwaukee on Friday, January 28th at the Union Art Gallery at UWM (same space that Justseeds created an installation at in 2008.) Watershed: Art, Activism, and Community Engagement addresses the shifting ecological and political dimensions of water. This project, organized by Nicolas Lampert and Raoul Deal brings together artists, scientists, and urban farmers and uses art as a form of activism to comment on water issues in Milwaukee and the Great Lakes Basin, and their impact on the world at large. It tackles issues such as water shortages, notions of abundance, water privatization, invasive species, industrial pollution, and water as a human right.
Celebrate People's History!
Poster Exhibition - Book Release Party
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705 USA
January 7 - February 27, 2011
Reception: Saturday, January 15, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
There's a good chance that at some point in your life you've seen a Celebrate People's History poster decorating the walls of your classroom, community center or neighborhood book shop. Initiated by Josh MacPhee in 1998, this far-reaching project uses poster art created by over ninety artists to document the hidden history of social justice movements. The complete set of these posters has just been released in book form by Feminist Press. More than 50 posters will be on display at La Peña from January 7 - February 27, 2011
Five Celebrate People's History poster artists live in Philly, and they've banded together to put on a larger exhibition of the CPH posters, and a book launch! Morgan Andrews, Dan Berger, Beth Pulcinella, Erik Ruin, and Eian Weissman have organized a show at Studio 34 on Baltimore Ave. in West Philly. Check it out tomorrow night, books and posters will be available!!!! I was hoping to be at the opening but have come down with the flu, but now I plan on coming to the closing on February 4th:
Celebrate People's History!
Opening: Friday, January 7, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Studio 34 Yoga Healing Arts
4522 Baltimore Ave
My friends in Berlin, the screenprint and performance crew Pony Pedro, have a brand new shop and exhibition space! They have a show up now of Berlin-based political screenprints called Ein Blick Drauf [A Look At It]:
New works by 14 berlin based artist/silk-screen-printers !
The exhibition focuses on the personal analysis of the contributing artists of relevant themes of our times. Current political and social debates are addressed. The exhibition features ambitious graphic that goes beyond decorative graphic design and provides a small overview over berlin's silk-screen-printing scene.
List of contributing artists:
Alexandra Klobouk, Anna Busdiecker, anef, Beat Gipp, Bera White, Danny Gretscher, Frank Höhne, Franziska Schaum, Kenneth Hyttel, Mark Thomann, Micha Hirt, Roland Barth, Tim Dinter, Various & Gould
This is an image that I created for the November 2010 "Operation Exposure-War is Trauma" collaboration between Justseeds and Iraq Veterans Against the War." The project involved Justseeds artists creating images for the IVAW campaign "Operation Recovery" to stop the redeployment of traumatized soldiers.
I got inspired to make text like this when a garbage truck passed me recently.
NYC trash hauling vehicles are hand painted and the lettering styles have always interested me. I took on the style of a baseball uniform since it has multiple cultural references in the USA. The concept of rooting for a team seems to me like such a typical relationship to war. One team must lose, the cost is the devastation of societies and the loss of life. Rooting for GI Resistance to redeployment is supporting the preservation of life, of both teams.
It can also be interpreted as a riff off of the military use of sports events and programs in recruitment leads. The numerous commercials during sports games, that offer adventure and education, is astounding.
—A book release party for Celebrate People's History! The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution.
—Release of the brand-new National Prisoners Reform Association CPH poster.
—Silk-screen station for printing your own t-shirts and posters!
—Screening of the film "3,000 Years and Life," the documentary about the Walpole Prison uprising.
—snacks and drinks!
The event is a benefit for the LPC Movie Projector Fund.
This was a hard year for immigrant families in Arizona. Not only did the state pass SB 1070, but also it alone accounted for a shocking 20% of the nearly 26,000 deportations this year under the 287g federal program.
That means more than 5500 immigrants were pushed out of our community, many of them parents, homeowners, workers, and our neighbors.
Children are deeply affected by these policies. For this reason I'm helping to organize a Toy Drive for children in Arizona. and recently designed the poster you see above.
There are 3 easy ways you can help out:
1) Donate online by clicking here
2) Get out your cell-phone & text "ARIZONA" to 50555 to donate $5 to help purchase toys, or
3) Donate a toy at one of our drop off locations. Get a list by clicking here
art + lovely people + local food + music & beats
- limited edition prints & posters
- calendars, datebooks, zines
- books & journals
- shirts, dresses & other wearables
DJs: Max Champ, Quixx, & Jonathan Rickert
Spinning everything from funk to soul to electro to cumbias
This is a family friendly event & zero-waste event.
Facebook Event Link: http://on.fb.me/favios
Brecht Holiday Party & Justseeds Print Exhibit!
Come celebrate the end of the year and the start of a new one with the annual Brecht Forum holiday party and a Justseeds print show and big-time art sale! The show features over 40 prints, which will be for sale along with books, calendars, and a special box of misprints and damaged work that will be extra cheap!!! This stuff will make perfect holiday gifts for all you anti-capitalists out there.
Did we mention it will be fun? We hope to see you there!
Friday, December 10th, 6-9 pm
The Brecht Forum
451 West Street (btw Bank & Bethune Sts)
New York, NY 10014
Only one day left!!!! Here's some more very cool art at the Heal Dara G art auction (Click on the artist name to go to auction page):
On Saturday, Dec 4th, Jesus Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, and Favianna Rodriguez will be at the EastSide Arts Alliance Holiday Art Sale. Jesus and Melanie will be selling limited edition prints and other goodies and I will be selling my new calendars!
This event will also double up as a public mural celebration. So you can expect:
Local Artists. Delicious Food. Live DJ. Beautiful Murals
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Art Sale 12-7pm, Murals dedication at 3pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland CA
Here's some more very cool art at the Heal Dara G art auction (Click on the artist name to go to auction page):
Here's some more very cool art at the Heal Dara G art auction (Click on the artist name to go to auction page):
Swoon, Irina, block print on mylar with coffee, hand painting (image to the left)
Justseeds Artists Cooperative is opening our doors
Friday, December 3rd 6:00-10:00
& Saturday, December 4th 12:00-8:00
We have many beautiful and radical handmade prints, books, and calendars, as well as some items only available in person (so far), such as these Bear Hankies by Mary Tremonte.
Enjoy new and fun art on the walls, and peep through our flat files to check out hundreds of prints from artists throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and beyond...
Refreshments will be provided to warm up your holiday shopping experience.
We accept cash, check, and credit cards
Take good care!
3410 Penn Ave, 2nd Floor (at the Doughboy)
Enter in the back on Spring Way. Bike & car parking available
Come out and celebrate the release of the new book Celebrate People's History! The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution
Thursday, December 2 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
172 Allen St.
New York, NY
Wanna learn history? Visualize it! Come out for a presentation of Celebrate People’s History!: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution, edited by Josh MacPhee. Since 1998, Josh MacPhee has commissioned over 100 posters that pay tribute to revolution, racial justice, women’s rights, queer liberation, labor struggles, and creative organizing. The book offers a visual tour across decades and continents of human rights struggles by over 80 artists. "Celebrate People's History" poster artists Christopher Cardinale, Alexander Dwinell, Molly Fair, Sabrina Jones, Mara Komoska, Erik Ruin, and Laura Whitehorn will discuss their work along with MacPhee.
Here's some more very cool art at the Heal Dara G art auction (Click on the artist name to go to auction page):
Erik Ruin, Diggers, paper-cut, 11″x17″ (to the right)
Ronnie Goodman: The Color of Hope
Linocuts, Drawings, & Paintings from San Quentin and Folsom State Prisons
December 4 – 30, 2010
Reception: Saturday, December 4th, from 7:00 - 11:00 pm
Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center
2981 24th street
San Francisco CA, 94110
As many of you know, my partner, girlfriend, collaborator, and generally better half, Dara Greenwald, was diagnosed with cancer during the summer, and we've been struggling to kick it for the past 4 months. This has put her under great financial strain, and friends have pulled together an amazing art auction to help carry the load. The auction has almost 200 items from over 150 people, many of which are amazing, and would be of great interest to fans of Justseeds. You can go to the auction HERE and you can jump straight to the print section HERE. And click below to get a peek at some of the great art available!!!
Justseeds will be tabling the 3rd Ward Craft Fair this coming weekend. We'll have a handful of new prints, Work: 2011 Calendar, our recent portfolio RESOURCED, and the many recent publications, Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas, Celebrate People's History!, Signs of Change, and Signal:01.
On December 4th, 3rd Ward and Brooklyn Based bring you the 4th annual installment of one of New York’s most unique holiday shopping events. Bring your holiday shopping lists -- this fair will have something for everyone you cherish. Hailing from all over the country, this year’s craft vendors are gathering the best of their collections in clothing, accessories, jewelry, housewares, prints, winter essentials and culinary treats.
Enjoy live music from Zoz Beat, Respect Two, DJ Nonformat, beats by DJ Clay Franklin and cheap Intelligentsia coffee and specialty cocktails from Red Jacket Orchards.
Plus, we'll have 3rd Ward workshops in DIY printmaking, flocking and sewing. Even make your own electronic holiday card!
Handmade Holiday Craft Fair Saturday, December 4, 12-6 pm 195 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY FREE admission
Cool film series showing at Portland State early next week! Here's the details:
"The ART AND RESISTANCE Film Series is a collection of video shorts focused on different artist collectives around the Americas using culture as a tool for radical social transformation. From street musicians and hip-hop artists in Venezuela, to graffitti artists in Mexico, the mini-documentaries focus on how people are actively using their creativity to challenge the status quo and empower their communities."
Two days of showings:
Day ONE – Monday, November 29th:
1-3pm, Portland State University, SMSU 296
Day TWO – Tuesday, November 30th
7-9pm, PSU, SMSU 294
Bmedia Collective website here
Stop by and say hello! We will have a ton of prints, books, postcards, and other goodies from Justseeds. 55+ unique vendors
Saturday November 27th, 2010
Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center
790 N. Van Buren Street (Downtown Milwaukee)
$3 admission, kids under 13 free
Give Love, Buy Something!
Handmade Print Sale
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 26 NOON-8:00PM
Justseeds Artists' Cooperative HQ in Pittsburgh is having a sale.
See vibrant new work on our walls, get a jump on your holiday shopping, catch some sweet in-store deals and save on shipping.
We'll even pack up your prints safely for bike travel, if you so desire...
See beautiful and radical hand-printed silkscreens and relief prints, printed by Justseeds artists from near and far. Like Kristine Virsis' "Winter" or Roger Peet's "Escape"
or be real about the ridiculousness of it all, with Meredith Sterns "Give Love! Buy Nothing!"
Pick up books like the hot-off-the-press "Celebrate People's History!: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution" edited by Josh MacPhee
or "Firebrands: Portraits From the Americas," edited by Pittsburgh's own Shaun Slifer and Bec Young.
Keep track of time with 2011 wall calendars from Certain Days:Freedom for Political Prisoners & Justseeds/AK Press/Eberhardt Press
Visit our space on Friday, November 26th from NOON - 8:00pm
3410 Penn Ave, 2nd floor (above Bike Pgh, where Penn Ave meets Butler St, at the edge of Lawrenceville)
Enter at the back on Spring Way, bike parking available
Refreshments too, you know how we do...
Also this weekend in Lawrenceville, our friends at Tugboat Printshop are opening their doors.
TUGBOAT PRINTSHOP HOLIDAY OPEN STUDIOS! // November 26+27, 2010. NOON-6PM!
Tugboat's Printshop will be OPEN from NOON-6PM on the Friday & Saturday following Thanksgiving (Nov. 26+27)
Coffee, tea & cookies provided for print shoppers!
Find us at 298 Main Street
more info: www.tugboatprintshop.com
Rigo 23: Taté Wikikuwa Museum North America 2024
Exhibition on view Nov. 18, 2010-Feb. 6, 2011
Location: The Warehouse Gallery, 350 W. Fayette St., Syracuse, N.Y. 13202
About the exhibition:
Intercultural relations and issues of justice are often present in Rigo 23's art, which includes working with political prisoners, such as Native American Leonard Peltier, the subject of this show. Accused and convicted of the murder of two FBI agents in 1976, Peltier has been and remains the center of an international controversy. The exhibition title refers specifically to Peltier's given name in Lakota (Taté Wikikuwa), to his next parole hearing in 2024, and showcases Peltier through his paintings; works by French-born documentary photographer Michelle Vignes; arts and crafts by the Oglala Sioux tribe in Pine Ridge, N.D.; as well as documents, books, writings, and educational material.
Friends in the Bay Area are putting on a big celebration of the release of Celebrate People's History!: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution this Saturday!
November 20th, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Center for Political Education
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Favianna Rodriguez and Lincoln Cushing will speak, books and posters will be available, and everyone is going to have a great time! Let's Celebrate People's History!!!
More information HERE.
(The image is of Fernando Martí's brand new CPH poster about Los Seite de la Raza)
This weekend we'll all be in Chicago at our annual planning retreat (this year we'll be holed up in Mess Hall, where we promise to clean up and leave a thank you note). This means we won't be in the office filling orders until the middle of next week, so apologies for the delay. It's likely we won't be on top of emails as quickly either.
Please come by Mess Hall on Sunday (Nov.14) to check out the opening for "Operation Exposure", an exhibition of prints and stencils that many of us designed for the new Iraqi Veterans Against the War “Operation Recovery” campaign. We'll be there from 7-10pm alongside members from the IVAW Chicago chapter. The prints will be part of a street art campaign and installations at the “In These Times" building, Co-Prosperity Sphere, and Eastern Expansion, among others.
This Thursday I'll be in Chicago to launch the brand new book: Celebrate People's History!: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution. It's great to be heading back to Chicago, where the poster series was originally born. A number of the artists in the book will be joining me, so come out and say "hi!," hang out, and pick up a book!
Thursday, Nov. 11th, 7pm
1854 W. North Ave · Chicago, IL 60622
Poster artists John Jennings, Nicolas Lampert, Damon Locks, Marc Nelson and Andre Perez will be in the house! (Poster image by John Jennings)
In celebration of the release of Celebrate People's History! The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution, the Feminist Press and Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn have organized a week long celebration of people's history through film.
Beginning November 3rd (tonight), the series of films centered on People's Revolution kicks off at Spectacle Theater. 15 films that engage with revolutionary people, movements, and actions from all over the world and connect to people's history posters from the ongoing series and collected in the new book.
Check out www.spectacletheater.com for more info, and the schedule is below:
Wed., Nov. 3
The Murder of Fred Hampton – Howard Alk, (1971), [Black Panthers], 7pm
Germany in Autumn – various, (1978), [Red Army Faction], 9:20pm
Thur., Nov. 4
Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria – Victor Silverman, (2005), 7pm
Fast Trip, Long Drop - Greg Bordowitz, (1993) [ACT UP]
Sacco and Vanzetti – Giuliano Montaldo, (1971), 9:20pm
Justseeds will be tabling the NY Art Book Fair opening this Thursday. Come check out the RESOURCED portfolio along with Justseeds member's zines and book titles! Josh, by himself, has a great selection of new stuff!
Printed Matter presents the fifth annual NY Art Book Fair, November 5–7 at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. Free and open to the public, the Fair hosts over 200 international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and publishers from twenty countries, offering the best in contemporary art book publishing.
The NY Art Book Fair includes special project rooms, screenings, book signings, and performances, throughout the weekend. Other events include the third annual Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference, and The Classroom, a curated series of informal conversations between artists, together with readings, workshops and other artist-led events.
MoMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Ave (at 46th Ave) Long Island City, NY
Thursday, November 4, 2010, PREVIEW, 6pm - 9pm
Friday/Saturday, November 5-6, 2010, 11am - 7pm
Sunday, November 7, 2010, 11am - 5pm
To all Area peeps! This is Favianna Rodriguez here, hoping that you can make it to either of these events. I have just returned to the Bay Area after a few months in the East.
Nov. 5 @ 7 PM
Art Lecture @ De Young Museum/ Koret Auditorium
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. San Francisco, CA 94118
Mission Muralismo Cultural Encounters
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, I will be talking about how my work is derived from the political printmaking tradition of Mexico. This event is another dynamic program in the ongoing series Mission Muralismo in conjunction with the recently published book Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo.
Nov. 6 @ 1 - 2:30 PM
Calendar Signing @ Green Fest, Booth 926
San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center
I'll be signing my new Perpetual Calendar and other goodies at Green Fest, the legendary Bay Area event! There is something for everyone at Green Fest. You can learn a new skill, listen to inspiring words from political, ntellectual and cultural icons, munch on delicious cuisine, and sample fair trade chocolate!
Convocatoria para enviar gráfica copyleft para pegotes y esténciles en el
marco de las movilizaciones contra la COP16, bajo la consigna: “No al
cambio climático, si al cambio sistémico, No a la destrucción ambiental,
si a la destrucción del capital”. Cierre de convocatoria: 25 de octubre de
2010. Se imprimirá una selección de las imágenes, y todas se subirán a la
página web de la convocatoria: http://espora.org/adao.
Center for the Study of Political Graphics' pARTy AuCTION
Live & Silent Auction · Elegant Reception · Great Company & Entertainment
Sunday October 17, 2010
, 3 - 6 pm
Track 16 Gallery · Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
Emcee: Sandra Tsing Loh
Music: Marcus L Miller w/ Freedom Jazz Movement
The Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) is excited to invite you to celebrate our 21st birthday! Please join us at the Track 16 Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, Sunday, October 17, 2010 as we honor these outstanding individuals:
I'll be giving a talk about Justseeds at the Mid American Print Council Conference tomorrow, Thursday Oct. 14, at 10am. The talk is in the Humphrey room at the Regis Center for the Arts at the University of Minnesota. If you are in Minneapolis or St. Paul, come check it out and say "Hello!" There is a ton of other great stuff going on at the conference as well, including a workshop by Nicolas Lampert on mud stenciling, a talk by Swoon, and a project by Artemio Rodriguez.
More info on the Conference HERE.
I recently designed a cover for the book The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism, edited by Dan Berger on Rutgers University Press. Dan Berger will be in NYC this coming week doing a series of events related to the book, if you're in the city, check him out:
Book Party for The Hidden 1970s and The War Before
Tuesday, October 12, 7 p.m.
The Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor
with Dan Berger, Andrew Cornell and Laura Whitehorn
Prisoner Support: Lessons from the 1970s
Wednesday, October 13, 7:30 p.m.
Freebird Books, 123 Columbia St. (btw Kane and Degraw) Brooklyn
with Dan Berger, Andrew Cornell, Victoria Law, Matt Meyer
Book Party for The Hidden 1970s
Thursday, October 14, 7:30 p.m.
Brecht Forum, 451 West Street (btw Bank & Bethune) Manhattan
with Dan Berger, Andrew Cornell, Victoria Law, Matt Meyer, Ben Shepard & Meg Starr
If you're in New York City on Thursday, I'll be presenting on behalf of the Howling Mob Society as part of Not An Alternative's Open Sourcing the City: Invited and Uninvited Participation series. I'm excited to be joining Jim Costanzo (Aaron Burr Society) and Gregory Sholette, who will be speaking about REPOHistory (which was highly influential to myself and the Mob project!). Read a more in-depth description of the themes we'll be discussing here.
Where: The Change You Want To See Gallery, 84 Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
When: Thursday, October 14 at 7:30pm
If you are in Montreal this weekend come say hi and check out some new print work at Puce Pop. You can be one of the first in the north to pick up a copy of Firebrands.
October 2nd & 3rd 11-6pm
105 St. Viateur Ouest
Join designers, artists, community advocates, and other urban enthusiasts at the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) benefit for an evening of conversation, cocktails, appetizers, and a chance to spend some quality time with recent CUP projects.
Thursday Sept. 30, 7-11pm
Old American Can Factory
232 Third St., Brooklyn
What's on tap: a host of Brooklyn Brewery beers, wines generously provided by the Fearless Critic, and tasty treats from Breuckelen, Tanoreen, Cannelle Patisserie, and Brooklyn Brine. Plus, go face to face with the Sewer in a Suitcase, the Affordable Housing Toolkit, and lots, lots more!
Please come out to support CUP's work and to meet other folks that are curious about the city, how it works, and how it can work better for all of its residents.
You can get tickets HERE. For more information, or to purchase tickets by phone, please contact CUP at 718 596 7721. (Please note you must be 21 or over to attend.)
Tickets will also be on sale at the door, but we encourage you to buy early!
Image: Abby Gordon, RUST 2008
Justseeds will be representin at the East End Food Co-op' s Annual Art Harvest. This is a block party with live music and local foods as well as arts n' crafts.
All ages, all fun! Come peep our prints and say hi.
Sunday September 26
East End Food Co-op
7615 Meade Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Just a quick note that I'm doing another slideshow and reading from Josh and I's new journal, Signal, this weekend. I'll be in Olympia, WA at one of my favorite bookstores in the northwest, Last Words Books.
Last Words Books
211 E. 4th ave
Saturday September 25th
If you're in the South Puget Sound, please come down!
We are happy to present this evening by and for educators at Paper Politics: An International Exhibition of Socially Engaged Printmaking. Please come have a bite and a drink and network with other educators working with art and social change---share lesson plans and strategies, see and use the Mobile Silkscreen Unit in action, and enjoy a presentation and discussion with Justseeds' Shaun Slifer and Bec Young, editors of Firebrands: Portraits of the Americas.
Firebrands, Celebrate People's History posters, and other pertinent Justseeds goods will be available for purchase.
Most crucially, see Paper Politics and learn how to bring your students to engage with this exhibition of over 300 handmade prints on issues of our time.
Paper Politics Educators Happy Hour
Friday September 17
812 Liberty Ave
(donations requested to cover the cost of refreshments)
6:00 Live silkscreen demonstration with Mobile Silkscreen Unit
(hands-on silkscreen printing ongoing)
7:00 Presentation & Discussion with Shaun Slifer and Bec Young, editors of Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas (2010, Microcosm)
Art in the Contested City
Drawing from her own practice and from first-hand research, artist/activist Emily Forman will take us on a visual tour of the contested Neoliberal City, highlighting the ‘uninvited participation’ of its discontent inhabitants; grandmothers, squatters, and artists, joined together in a shared struggle for spatial justice.
First we will go to Chicago, where the mythic ‘Department of Space and Land Reclamation’ catalyzes a flurry of public interventions around hyperreal governance and runaway gentrification; and where an anonymous PR campaign nearly threatens to implode the City’s careful rebranding of its controversial public housing policies.
Then we visit ‘Miles de Viviendas’, a social center and ‘Pirate University’, housed in a squatted police barracks in seaside Barceloneta; where the neighbors bring culture to the barricades, defending themselves against immanent displacement and tourist-driven Disneyfication using bottom-up urban planning, critical cartography, tactical textiles, and creative direct action.
Thursday, September 16, 7:30pm
@ The Change You Want To See Gallery
84 Havemeyer St, between Metropolitan and Grand
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
My friends at the Community Alliance of Tenants are having a cheap art sale /benefit this weekend. If you're in the Willamette Valley go on down and support! It's at Augustana Lutheran Church at NE 15th and Knott, Saturday 9/18 11am to 3pm.
Last week I ran a quick-n'-dirty set of the posters from our Resourced portfolio for the "Dig It! (But Not Like That)" pan-Appalachian, resource-extraction-themed exhibition and discussion at Artist Image Resource in Pittsburgh. Working with available inks (brown is easy to make!) on newsprint, I layered these on the wall as soon as they were dry, leaving a pile on the floor for people to take (and encouraging them to pull them off the wall as well). Mary ran some more prints the night of the show, and the pile kept getting snatched up! Thanks to Jude Vachon and Angela Wiley for organizing! See more images of the show here.
“You Are Here → Mapping the Psychogeography of New York City”
September 24 – November 6, 2010
Pratt Manhattan Gallery
144 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Public Reception: 6–8 p.m. Thursday, September 23
Pratt Manhattan Gallery will present “You Are Here → Mapping the Psychogeography of New York City,” an exhibition of work by a selection of contemporary artists that will map the emotional terrain of the world’s most famous and influential urban center, New York City, and explore the effect of the city’s powerful moods on those who live and work here. “You Are Here” will run from September 24 through November 6, 2010, and will be celebrated with an opening reception on Thursday, September 23 from 6–8 PM. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.
Come visit Justseeds at Lawrenceville Little Flea this Saturday September 11, 9:00-3:00, at the corner of 36th & Butler
This is our friendly neighborhood flea market, right down the street from the shipping HQ space.
Bec & Mary will be representin', come buy a sweet print for your dorm like Meredith Stern's Cooperation Cats, or Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza's EZLN Women Laws, or pick up some back-to-school reading with Firebrands or Signal!
We have lots of great new stuff in stock, come see it in person!!! The weather should be beautiful this weekend.
About Little Flea:::Little Flea is a neighborhood marketplace featuring a rotating variety of flea, craft and food. Located in Lawrenceville, Little Flea aims to contribute to the sustainability of our community by providing a venue for local vendors and neighbors to gather and share. Little Flea is part of Act Locally! a project of Equita.
Even though I've never been to Miami, the first four issues of SCAM zine are nostalgic for me, and probably a lot of other people. So it's fortunate that Microcosm Publishing recently released an anthology of those issues so we can all put our dog-eared, duct-taped copies safely away. SCAM #7 is hot off the presses too. With all this fanfare the Justseeds headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA, is happy to welcome SCAM author Erick Lyle for a book / zine reading this Sunday, September 5th. If you're in the area, stop by early for a potluck-style bbq, with the reading starting about 9pm. We're at 3410 Penn Avenue (park bikes and enter in back), right across the street from Lawrenceville's doughboy statue, the likes of which will be in a SCAM story, someday, I'm sure.
Installation: Sam Sebren, Art Lesson #1
"The anthropomorphic shopping bunny has become a zombie, numb to any goal of existence other than to shop & consume. Viewers will be dwarfed by a billboard size graphic as they are invited to sit, connect the dots & color w/ crayons in the interactive "Art Lesson #1". What are the priorities of our 21st century, corporate-controlled, advertising-blitzed world? Where is the emphasis being placed as we raise children in this world where nature is seen as a commodity or even an inconvenience?"
—Sam Sebren, 2010
John Davis Gallery
362 1/2 Warren Street
Hudson, New York 12534
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY AUGUST 21, 6 - 8 pm
Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, 10:00 till 5:30 p.m.
Justseeds Print Exhibit opens Friday August 20 6pm
Birds, birds, birds. From the extinct passenger pigeon to the mysterious crow to the avian flu, birds hold a unique place in our urban imaginary. Justseeds artists depict animals in many of our designs. Birds can represent liberation, autonomy, mutual aid, and cooperation, as well as vermin, predatory behavior, extinction, and ecological collapse. Bird Brains, a collection of handmade prints from the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, takes on this versatile metaphor.
The Knitting Factory Front Bar Gallery 361 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn, NY
My year-long Pittsburgh residency with Encyclopedia Destructica culminates this Friday with the release of SECRET POCKETS, a collaborative, interactive artist's book. We're throwing a release party at Space, where you can take another gander at Paper Politics
-THE FLYING DESTRUCTICATE: SECRET POCKETS RELEASE
Friday August 20th 6:00-9:00
Space 812 Liberty Ave, Downtown Pittsburgh
This book also features work by a slew of amazing artistic lifeforms:
Caldwell Linker, Bec Young, Ally Reeves, Shaun Slifer, Leslie Stem, Sarah Evans, Jude Vachon, Jen Cooney, Vincent Klopfenstein, Meredith Stern, Hannah Thompson, Mary Mack Tremonte and Heidi Tucker!!!!
This will be a Party to End All Parties! Not only will you be able to have and hold finished, immaculate copies of the new FLYING DESTRUCTICATE, but you will be entertained, thrilled, flabergasted by the performances of:
-DJ'S AMOR SECRETO (latino lover beatz) & D.H. (sappho sister)
-POP THROUGH THE AGES, WIZARDS OF SOUND
-A PHOTOBOOTH BY CALDWELL
-TAMALES MADE BY HEIDI & CALEB
-FREE EAST END BEER
-PLUS: peep PAPER POLITICS: AN INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF SOCIALLY ENGAGED PRINTMAKING, on view @ SPACE from August 13-October 23.
Encyclopedia Destructica can't do this without your help! Grab your friends, fiends, and family and come to Encyclopedia Destructica Studios, 156 41st street, Lawrenceville Wednesday August 18th around 7PM! See our studio space! Learn how to bind books! Consume alcoholic and/or caffeinated beverages! Have meaningful and life-changing conversations!
I'm really happy to be a part of the Big-She Bang this year in NY! Come check out the amazing art, music, and workshops!
organized by For The Birds Collective
Saturday, August 14th
11AM to 10pm
at Church of the Messiah,
29 Russell Street (Lower Level)
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
The Big She-Bang is an all-day event of workshops, panel discussions, visual art, and music by and for women-identified artists & community members. The Big She-Bang strives to cultivate a space for women to share creative endeavors, exchange ideas, and provide support in a safe and open-minded environment. It is a multimedia event that serves as a platform for women artists and activists. This year’s She-Bang festival will include workshops and panel discussions, live musical performances, an all-day art show and tabling by various feminist organizations from New York. The event is always all ages, and everyone is welcome.
We are asking for a $6 to $10 sliding scale donation, although no will be turned away.
For The Birds is a collective of New York women whose main intent is fostering the creative empowerment of women, as well as the dissemination of feminist projects: art, music, information, and scholarly work. A large part of this feminist info-sharing occurs in the form of a distro and a label imprint. In our distro, we carry writing, art, and music by feminists and women-identified folks. On our label imprint, we continue to publish similar work.
Portland! Come out tomorrow evening, Thursday August 5th, to the SEA Change Gallery, downtown in the Everett Station Lofts, for the Opening of "We Agree: A Crisis in Common". Two giant blockprints about the impact of the natural gas industry on both sides of the Pacific: One made by the Portland-based members of Justseeds, and the other by renowned Indonesian printmaking cooperative Taring Padi! The prints are huge and dense and awesome, and the gallery is packed to the rafters with other work by Roger Peet, Alec "Icky" Dunn, Pete Yahnke, and members of Taring Padi. For more information on the project, navigate here
SEA Change Gallery
625 NW Everett Street
Opening at 5pm, refreshments will be available to those with quick feet and swift lifting elbows!
Justseeds members Kevin Caplicki & Molly Fair, with friend Jesse Goldstein, will be creating a multi-disciplinary installation incorporating the recently completed Resourced portfolio.
They will fill the gallery with large scale wall-paintings, 3-D sculpture, and video projection. Molly Fair & Jesse Goldstein will treat you to some Dimock "Lemonade" where one can taste the benefits of Hydro-fracking for Natural Gas.
Opening is August 6, 2010
Greenbush Tape & Label Building
We're having a book release for our new book Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas!
Come hang out, enjoy some refreshments, and see illustrations from the book on display!
Friday, July 23
BOOK THUG NATION, Used Bookstore/Community Space
100 N3rd St Between Berry St and Wythe Ave Williamsbug, Brooklyn.
Curated by the Justseeds Artists' Collective, Firebrands is full of peoples' history, and dangerous information. These beautifully illustrated mini-poster pages showcase radicals, dissidents, folk singers, and rabble-rousers, from Emma Goldman to Tupac, Pablo Neruda to Fred Hampton. As say editors Shaun Slifer and Bec Young in the introduction, the book "is especially made for anyone who has sat, trembling with frustration and disappointment in history class, or reading a text book heavily edited of anything interesting or useful. It's for all our ancestors, especially for the ones left out of or misrepresented in said textbook, because they were too brown, too female, too poor, too queer, too uneducated, too disabled, or because they felt or thought too much." This is a real people's history, a book packed with dynamite, desire, and, above all, courage.
Opening Reception: July 3, 5-8 pm
ONE Archives Gallery & Museum
626 N. Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Despite decades of affirmation and positive role models engendered by the LGBTQ liberation movements, discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation continues. Hospitals still refuse to allow lesbians and gays to be with their sick or dying partners by restricting visitation to “family” only. Same-sex couples are denied equal inheritance rights, pensions and health-care benefits, and lesbian and gay parents are often denied custody of their children. Violent attacks and homicides against members of the LGBTQ community continue and recent legal gains are tentative and subject to reversal—Californian’s right to marriage equality was taken away; open lesbians and gays continue to be excluded from the military; and as recently as February 2010, the Governor of Virginia signed an executive order deliberately removing gays and lesbians as a protected class in state-wide hiring procedures.
Attention Maui Residents! I will be in Maui in less than two weeks for an artist in residency at the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center. My task is to engage Maui-based nonprofit organizations to develop a case study about how artists can collaborate with non-arts community groups to develop messages around social justice on a local scale. I will be hosting a wide range of hands-on activities, including a teen intensive workshops focusing on printmaking and street graphics. All prospective students under the age of 18 are eligible for financial aid to help offset the cost of tuition. The Hui is a place that has been visited by some of my favorite artists, such as Swoon, Enrique Chagoya, and Artemio Rodriguez.
If you are in Maui, pls come check out some of the events! Sign up now!
We have been having a ball out here in Detroit! Twelve Justseeders are participating in the USSF - conducting workshops, running the live silkscreen table, selling posters, and building alliances. Please make sure to come check out some of the new work by the collective, particularly our new print portfolio, RESOURCED (which you can buy at the USSF for a deal!) and new book, Firebrands. GET ALL THE DETAILS by clicking here.
Justseeds at our table in Cobo Hall!
If you live in Detroit (or are visiting for the US Social Forum) come out and help us celebrate our new book Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas, my not quite as new book Paper Politics, as well as other recent radical publishing with AK Press, Autonomedia, the Institute for Anarchist Studies, Microcosm Publishing, Team Colors Collective, PM Press, author Jordan Flaherty and artist Seth Tobocman, and many others.
Half of Justseeds members and half of the prints and posters in the store are in Detroit for the Allied Media Conference (June 18-20) and US Social Forum (June 22-26). Come visit our tables, chat us up, take a hand at the Mobile Silkscreen Unit, see beautiful prints in person, and take home some rad art and books!
If you are trying to order online, some items may appear out of stock because they are out on loan for tabling...please be patient and try back after June 28th.
Hope to see ya in the D!
So the giant public art project I've been working on for a month with Spectres of Liberty is finally happening today, and there's practically going to be a monsoon in Syracuse tonight! So we're moving the whole operation indoors, and it is still going to be awesome. Details:
Great Central Depot in the Open City
Saturday, June 5, 2010
8:00pm - 10:00pm
XL Project Space
307 S. Clinton St, Syracuse NY
OAXACA. SUPPORT FOR THE MUNICIPALITY OF SAN JUAN COPALA
A call to mobilize in support of the resistance of the Autonomous
Municipality of San Juan Copala next June 8
The Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala has been under siege for
the last 6 months. Armed paramilitaries continue to block roads and
refuse to allow people to come and go freely. As a result of their
actions, there is no electricity, drinking water, or medical attention
in Copala. The children can’t go to school because there are no
teachers. Paramilitaries shoot at townspeople daily, resulting in the
deaths of at least 21 people between last November and May.
May 28, 2010
at the BP Station
21 Houston St
We (Olivia Robinson, Josh MacPhee, Joanna Spitzner, & Dara Greenwald) are doing a multi-faceted public art project in Syracuse, NY to engage ideas coming out of the cities' abolitionist past to current social conditions. Please forward this to people in the area.
The project has several components:
1. a storefront gallery workshop which is open every day from 12-6, (XL Project Space, 307 S. Clinton Street)
2. public discussions with local organizers and artists (see schedule below)
3. an outdoor multi-media installation on June 5th (at Lipe Sculpture Park)
PUBLIC PROGRAMS (all events are free & refreshments are served)
Pictures of our opening night event, Open Access, Open Art
Awhile back I got an email out of the blue from the band Born In A Cent, a NY-based political punk band with folk overtones. They were putting out their new record, and asked me to do the cover. So I did! It was a fun project, and the CD is about to come out, at the end of this month. Below is the info about the CD release show, and also images of the cover design.
Born In A Cent
CD Release Show
Bushwick Music Studios, 55 Waterbury St., Brooklyn (L train to Montrose)
May 29, 2010
with Huasipungo, The Last Internationale, Wild Babies, and more TBA!
The Black Dot Museum of Political Art
David Lester and Jean Smith of the rock duo Mecca Normal co-curate a month-long, group art exhibit at Northern: The Olympia All Ages Project titled The Black Dot Museum: Political Artists From Vancouver—art by David Lester, Jean Smith, Brian Roche and Gord Hill.
Saturday, May 1 - Friday, May 28, 2010
Northern: The Olympia All Ages Project
321 4th Ave, Olympia, WA
Gallery Hours: most Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment gallery@NorthernOlympia.org
The Black Dot Museum of Political Art functions online with touring exhibits focused on political art and music.
The Black Dot Museum of Political Art on FaceBook
¡RAZA! CULTURA, POLÍTICA Y TRADICIÓN
Jared Davidson, designer of the Red Feds people's history poster and engine of the Garage Collective and Beyond Resistance has organized a Celebrate People's History poster show in New Zealand! Check it out:
Justseeds and Beyond Resistance are proud to present 'Celebrate People's History', an exhibition of over 50 international posters documenting radical moments in history.
Since 1998 the Celebrate People's History Project has produced an amazing array of political posters by different artists from around the world, each highlighting a historical example of social struggle. Here in New Zealand for the first time is the complete series, celebrating important acts of resistance by both individuals and collective movements who have fought tirelessly for social justice. From the Spanish Revolution to feminist labour organisers, indigenous movements to environmental sustainability, protests against racism to the Korean Peasant's League — Celebrate People's History canvases global movements in collaboration with a global network of artists.
This month's Operation Sappho has a queer self-defense, safety, and fabulousness bent, in response to our dear friend Veruca La Piranha getting gaybashed after a gay 80's danceparty I DJ-ed last weekend, and the amazing community response to the attack: within 9 hours, 200 people mobilized for a protest in front of the bar where the attack began. Queers and allies say: NO MORE!
Come out to Operation Sappho to create a vibrant safe space and connect to other queers to learn about new self-defense projects we are taking on.
monthly queer-lez gay danceparty
queer it up glitzburgh!
To Print for the Revolution: Celebrating Five Years of Eberhardt Press
Throughout the month of May print and design work from Eberhardt Press will be displayed at the Red and Black Café, a worker-owned vegan café in Southeast Portland, Oregon. Posters, propaganda, books, zines and other printed materials—which enliven and educate—will be exhibited. Additionally, copies of Eberhardt Press titles will be available for sale. To view the exhibit, donate and purchase titles please visit during the Café’s open hours—9am to 11pm, 7days a week.
The exhibit will run throughout the month of May. The Red and Black Cafe is at 400 SE 12 Ave @ Oak St. Portland
For the month of May, the Lucy Parsons Center in Boston is holding a Mexico film series and print sale: Mexican Revolutionary Art for the 21st Century
Beautiful, politically themed woodblock prints from the ASARO artist
collective from Oaxaca, Mexico, will be for sale at the Lucy Parsons Center for the month of May. ASARO (La Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca /
the Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca), is a collective of young Mexican artists responding to Mexico’s current political turmoil. ASARO’s remarkable woodblock prints continue Mexico’s long tradition of popular revolutionary art.
All proceeds of the sale of the prints will go to the ASARO collective in Oaxaca.
Wednesday May 5, 6:30pm
Boston Premier of the Zapatista film Corazón del Tiempo/ Heart of Time (2008) film shows at 7:15
Art Opening (with food & wine with donation) at 6:30
I just got this announcement for a prison activist event, and it's illustrated with a banner I made back in 1999 or 2000! Wild! If you're in the Bay Area, check this event out:
Tear Down the Walls
an evening of music and performance benefiting The Prison Activist Resource Center
Uptown Body and Fender
401 26th Street, Oakland, CA (between Broadway/Telegraph)
Saturday, May 8, 7pm - midnight
$10-1k suggested donation
Featuring: Angela Davis, Lisa Marie Alatorre of Critical Resistance, and Jack Bryson
Performances by: Citizen Marty Payne of the Caribbean Allstars, Elana Dykewomon—spoken word, Raks Africa—belly dancing, Mbele—cuban folklore ensemble, Sassy Crew!, Medea Sirkas—Synchronized Strutters, Drag King Sensations: Momma’s Boyz, O Zone and J~milli~on, Erica Benton—singer/songwriter, and dancing with DJ Ponyboy
Kyle Goen, an artist in the Paper Politics book and show, has a closing party coming up on May 4th in NYC for his exhibition, The Voice That Arms Itself To Be Heard. Details below:
THE ZINE CIRCLE
a winter project of jen cooney, mary mack & tree:::we got together biweekly with a rotating group of woman-identified peeps to make stuff, eat snacks, and keep the winter blues at bay. lovingly printed in full color with hand-silkscreened covers
I will be in Providence, RI this week doing a talk on Tuesday (April 27, 6:30pm
Michael P. Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center, RISD Museum, 20 North Main Street) and Paige Sarlin and I have organized a screening (Wednesday April 28, 2010, 9:30 PM, Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main Street) which Josh MacPhee designed the poster for. More info on our screening below. Also event invite HERE.
Our comrades in Bristol are having a party this May Day. We met some of these folks during their trip to NYC for their Bristol Radical History Project presentations, good blokes! And check out their good taste in art!
Earth day bike ride starting 7pm from Union Square Park South. Dress in green with respect for the planet! Festive musical ride will end at a 8pm, BBQ and dance party at Time’s Up Brooklyn space and East River Bar at 97 South 6th Street, Williamsburg. Bring food to share.
Thursday, April 22, 2010 7pm BIKE RIDE Meet at Union Square Park South, Manhattan. 8pm AFTER-PARTY Justseeds Eco Art Show & BBQ
The Justseeds Collective will also be exhibiting members prints of an ecological & environmental nature following the Times Up Earth Day bicycle ride. Included in the exhibit will be previews of the upcoming Justseeds portfolio Resourced.
Resourced is a portfolio of handmade posters designed by over 30 different artists, including Chris Stain, Gaia, Armsrock, Design Action Collective, and many Justseeds Members. Justseeds is an artists’ owned and operated cooperative that is dedicated to producing socially engaged artworks. Prints and projects can be viewed at Justseeds.org
Go to Times Up for more information on the ride.
Our close friend Christopher Cardinale has been working for more than two years on his first graphic novel, and it is finally done and being released! Info below, please come celebrate!
Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush
Christopher Cardinale and Luis Alberto Urrea
Book Release Party
Wed., April 28TH, 7:30PM
126 Franklin St. at the corner of Milton St.
(Two blocks from the Greenpoint Ave. stop on the G train)
Curated by Dara Greenwald
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 7:30pm
Light Industry, 177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn
Light Industry presents a survey of work by seminal guerrilla television outfit Videofreex, featuring a number of newly restored tapes. The screening will be introduced by Dara Greenwald, who assisted with the acquisition and preservation of this collection by Video Data Bank.
Molly, Erik, and I will be at the NYC Anarchist Bookfair today, April 17th!!!
Please come out and say hi and check it out. Here is the poster I designed for the bookfair, and I believe there will be posters and t-shirt versions of it available tomorrow!
Following the success of last years' Version Festival program: the Bridgeport WPA pilot project, we have asked artists from around the country to create works that raise awareness of social and political issues of our day. Printervention debuts April 16, 2010 at the The Chicago Tourism Center Gallery and continues through Version Festival to include workshops, a mobile silkscreen cart, a window display at The Whistler and more. For more information and a complete schedule of events and participants please visit www.printervention.org
Several Justseeds Artists are in this show! Leftover prints from this exhibition will travel to the US Social Forum in Detroit June 21-26.
">World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth
April 19-22, 2010
From the Guardian.co.uk:
...presidents, politicians, intellectuals, scientists and Hollywood stars will join more than 15,000 indigenous people and thousands of grass roots groups from more than 100 countries to debate climate change in one of the world's poorest nations.
The World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth which opens next week in the small Bolivian town of Cochabamba, will have no direct bearing on the UN climate talks being conducted by 192 governments. But Bolivian President Evo Morales says it will give a voice to the poorest people of the world and encourage governments to be far more ambitious following the failure of the Copenhagen summit.
GRAPHIC ARTSHOW OPENING
Scratchboards by Antonio Valverde
Thurdsay April 22nd
I've been so behind on email this almost slipped by. If you are in the Bay Area, GO SEE THIS SHOW! Doug Minkler is one of the most prolific yet under-appreciated poster artists working in the US today:
"Celebrating and Collaborating: The Graphic Work of Justseeds"
April 05 - April 23 | LookOut! Gallery
Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Michigan State University | East Lansing, MI
Reception: 5-7pm, April 16
Gallery Talk: 7pm, April 16
Workshop: 8pm, April 16
Hey Justseeds enthusiasts! Breaking news! Justseeds will be moving our headquarters from Portland to Pittsburgh in May. Justseedsers Mary and Shaun will be driving a well-laden U-Haul across the country, leaving behind our beloved Portland basement in the neighbourhood that smells like cookies to a much larger base of operations in the other City of Bridges. We're all excited about the move, and hopefully we'll be able to generate a photo essay or two for the blog, as well as candid shots of the flat files, dehumidifier, and piles of cardboard tubes in scenic locations across the wide continental center. Keep your eyes on this space for further updates....
Mexico in Chicago 2010
Oaxaca Now: Young Radical Printmakers
April 9-May 17, 2010
Marwen's Alumni Gallery will feature brand new woodcut prints and videos from the Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca (ASARO). In keeping with the collective's visually polemic tone, the new prints and video add breadth and depth to this traveling conversation on art, activism, and politics in Oaxaca today.
Oaxaca Now: Young Radical Printmakers is co-curated by Arielle Bielak and Professor Kevin McCloskey.
Please join us for the opening night celebration:
Friday, April 9, 2010
Marwen, 833 North Orleans Street, Chicago, IL
Beginning March 5th, international artists’ cooperative Justseeds presents Bring Down the Walls!, a series of artistic exhibitions and educational events. The series celebrates radical movements that struggle to collapse the boundaries of class, race, gender and generation. The majority of events will take place at two locations, blocks apart on Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia. An Independent Project of Philagrafika 2010, Bring Down the Walls! is organized in collaboration with local activists.
At the A-Space (4722 Baltimore Ave.), there will be an exhibition of Justseeds' recent portfolio Voices From Outside: Artists Against the Prison-Industrial Complex and related materials. This project is a limited edition portfolio of original prints that either critique the prison industrial complex or address alternatives to incarceration. Twenty artists from the US, Canada, and Mexico contributed prints, which were then collated and presented to 50 different groups working on prison related issues. Many organizations have organized exhibits and have used the images as tools for educating and discussing incarceration.
At Studio 34 (4522 Baltimore Ave.) there will be a larger and more varied exhibition of prints from Justseeds members. This show will feature dozens of pieces from over 25 artists from across North America, with bold images addressing topics from personal inspiration to environmental devastation.
Justseeds Artists' Cooperative is a decentralized community of artists who have banded together to both sell their work online in a central location and to collaborate with and support each other and social movements.
More Events below!
Please join dynamic women of color activists, experts, innovators, artists and entrepreneurs at the "Kinks, Locks & Twist: Environmental and Reproductive Justice Conference 2010."
The third year of Kinks, Locks and Twists will be bigger and better than ever and we hope you will join us for this groundbreaking opportunity to achieve Human Rights for women of color in the Greater Pittsburgh Region at the intersection of two powerful social change movements.
Power Up girls will be attending the conference and assisting with live silkscreen printing in the afternoon. Saturday evening, celebrate Women of HERstory month and New Voices Pittsburgh's 6-Year Anniversary, with a celebration featuring music, art, performances and more...Justseeds artist Mary Tremonte joins others in exhibiting work in the silent auction.
for a full calendar of HERstory events and more information, look HERE
Justseeds will be tabling again at the San Francisco Anarchist Book Fair, March 13-14th. A number of us will also be doing a panel at the book fair on Sunday, see the schedule for more info. Come by and say "Hi!" and pick up some awesome books and art!:
15th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair
Saturday, March 13, 2010, 10am – 6pm
Sunday, March 14, 2010, 11am – 5pm
San Francisco County Fair Building
Golden Gate Park, 9th Ave and Lincoln Way
For more information call 415.431-8355 or visit www.sfbookfair.wordpress.com
Tonight the Missoula Oblongata will be performing their new play, The Moon, The Raccoon, The Hot Air Balloon (an hour long play set at the worlds fair with magic and palindromes!), along with an acoustic set by Laura Stevenson and the Cans.
Wednesday, March 3rd.
Dominic, Borth, And Angie's apartment
102 Ryerson st. #2
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
$6 Suggested Donation.
I'm involved in a number of Bay Area events coming up in mid-March, loosely in connection with the SF Anarchist Bookfair. Russell Howze, author of Stencil Nation and purveyor of HappyFeetTravels.org, is putting together a one night political poster exhibition at Cell Space which promises to be interesting. The Interference Archive (what Dara and I have named our increasingly unwieldy collection of posters, prints, books, ephemera, etc...) is contributing work, as are a number of other cool folks with interesting materials to share. Check it out:
For decades, Bay Area walls have been pasted with bold art and pertinent messages about the politics, practices, and abuses of contemporary mainstream culture and its co-opted voices. Also speaking outside the frameworks of organized labor and left movements, individual artists and collectives have shouted defiant proclamations with ink and paper. Today, political graphics have reached a broad audience via many media sources, hopefully creating a new wave of radical art as well as a redefinition of visual art and it’s usual commodified structures. With a strong history in the Bay Area, this one night only exhibit will feature works old and new, giving a glimpse of the broad range of opinions and styles that have papered walls across the area.
Thursday, March 11 (one night only!)
7 pm to midnight
2050 Bryant St., San Francisco, CA 94110
A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics
Through Feb. 28, 2010 at the Miller Gallery.
Events This Week:::
Feb. 25, Thurs.
8-9:30pm: Discussion led by Marc Fischer (Temporary Services) around issues raised in Art Work: A National Conversation about Art, Labor, and Economics. Food available.
@ The Waffle Shop, 125 S. Highland Ave. at Baum, E. Liberty
This just in (from Evil Monito, check it HERE):
LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) is proud to present Art Against Empire—Graphic Responses to U.S. Intervention Since World War II, curated by Carol A. Wells from the archives of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG). Featuring works by Josh MacPhee, Corita Kent, Jay Belloli, Cedomic Kostovic, Stephen Kroninger, and more.
Art Against Empire uses the power of posters to document 60 years of opposition to U.S. interventions into the domestic affairs of sovereign nations. Political, economic and military interventions, many of them covert, have repeatedly resulted in unacceptable deaths and misery for millions. These posters show hopes and dreams, and the pain of dreams destroyed.
World War 3 Illustrated has just release issue #40 (and is now 30 years old!). Justseeds artists Colin Matthes and Erik Ruin are in the new issue, and WW3 is having a release party in NYC next week, Feb. 26. See info below:
Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today
February 17, 2010
172 Allen St., Manhattan
F train to 2nd Ave.
A large number of the artists in Paper Politics will be convening on Bluestockings tonight for a freewheeling conversation of politics, printmaking and posters. Come join us and here about what local political printmakers are doing, why, and what they think their work is accomplishing.
If your in Chicago, stop by Gallery 400 at UIC this Monday, February 15th. I am giving a talk from 6:00pm-8:00pm based on the essay that I wrote for the Art Work publication by Temporary Services.
Chris Stain paints Flowers for January's Take 5ive event. Music by Cory Hillis.
Here's Chris' newest print in the Justseeds store.
You can see a bunch of other new prints Chris has available on his BigCartel store.
If you're in Providence, Rhode Island this week, please come by AS220 on Wednesday the 10th and participate in the discussion and slideshow I'm putting on! It's free to the public and starts at 6pm at the AS220 performance space on Empire Street:
"I Brake For Historical Markers"
6-8:30pm, Wednesday, February 10
Pittsburgh-based artist Shaun Slifer will present a slideshow and discussion of problematic and progressive historical monuments and plaques with an eye towards remembering the often-buried stories of struggles for social justice. Slifer will discuss the Howling Mob Society's 2007 guerilla historical marker series commemorating the Great Railroad Strike of 1877.
Dara and I just finished installing our exhibition Signs of Change in Portland, OR at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). We're doing an artist's talk/walk through tomorrow, Wed. Feb 3th, at 12:30 (see HERE), and the opening is Thursday, Feb 4th, from 6-9pm (see HERE). If you are in the Pacific Northwest, please come check it out!
I just got some photos of the Justeeds (and friends) exhibition at the Hillyer Art Space in DC, and notice that the closing party is TONIGHT! A closing party for the Justseeds show and a fundraiser for Mountain Justice organizing at Hillyer Art Space from 7-11, Friday Feb. 29th.
"Join us for an evening of multimedia resistance featuring Appalachian Old Time music with "Here's to the Long Haul" and a screening of the film "Mountain Top Removal".
*A new limited edition screen print by DECOY
*New photo works by Emma Cassidy and Chris Eichler
*Anti-Mountain Top Removal artwork and design by RVLTN
$5 admission, FREE for those attending Funk the Warming! Proceeds will benefit Mountain Justice and Hillyer Art Space's local art programming. Look HERE.
Vanessa Renwick sent along info about this interesting looking show up in Portland right now:
What is a Trade: Donald Fels and Signboard Painters of South India
Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art
0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, Portland, OR
January 21 to March 14
gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11am to 4pm
One of my favorite filmmakers Jim Finn is a having a screening at MoMA on Feb. 1st. Jim's films are an amazing, crazy mash ups of communism, sci-fi, wacky humor, and oddball performances, and well worth seeing. MoMA is showing his most recent feature, The Juche Idea, plus a number of shorts. A short clip from The Juche Idea can be seen on Jim's website HERE.
An Evening with Jim Finn
Monday, February 1, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Museum of Modern Art, NYC
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2)
If you are going to the Historical Materialism conference in NYC this weekend, stop by the Justseeds table and say hi!
Justseeds, Street Art, and Social Movements
A talk by Josh MacPhee
Office of Student Life Leadership Speaker Series
Tap Room of RISD's Memorial Hall
226 Benefit Street, Providence
Thursday, January 14th
Mark your calendars and come support La RED Xicana Indigena's organizing! This organization is one that I have recently started working with. It should be a great night.
Saturday, January 30, 2010 -8 pm (doors open at 7:30pm)
LA RED XICANA INDÍGENA presents A NIGHT OF QUEER WOMEN OF COLOR PERFORMANCE
Poesía • Teatro • Comedy • Music • Artesanía De Oaxaca • Comida • Books • Posters For Sale!
Also music by:
LAS BOMBERAS DE LA BAHIA | SoliRose
ADELINA ANTHONY, performing “Zen Ranchera” and excerpts from “La Chismosa” (directed by D'Lo)
CHERRÍE MORAGA, reading from new works, including an excerpt from her play,“Who Killed Yolanda Salívar,” with Anthony performing with Moraga
Multicultural Community Center, Martin Luther King Student Union, UC-Berkeley (corner of Bancroft & Telegraph) Suggested donation: $10 - $25 or more.
For more information, contact Elisa Huerta at UC Berkeley Multicultural Center 510-642-6528 or email@example.com
Tax Deductible Donations can be made to:
CNQI (Cetliliztli Nauhcampa Quetxalcoatl in Ixachitlan), earmarked "La Red."
La RED Xicana Indígena, which originated in 1997, is a network of Xicanas Indígenas who are actively involved in political, educational and cultural work that serves to raise indigenous consciousness among our communities and supports the social justice struggles of people of indigenous origins of this continent North and South, especially the human and civil rights campaign of undocumented migrant peoples and their children in the U.S.
For all the street art and stencil fans in Brooklyn, this show seems like one not to miss:
All Shook Up: Jef Aerosol
January 29 - February 21, 2010
Opening Reception - Friday, January 29, 2010, 6-10pm
Ad Hoc Art
43 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, New York 11206
(via subway take the L Train to Morgan Avenue Station)
Ad Hoc Art presents international stencil master Jef Aerosol in New York City for All Shook Up, a stunning show of cultural icons by one of the old school European street stencil artists. The show features brand new stenciled works as well as classic pieces on paper, wood, and found objects. A true originator who helped spark what is now known as “Street Art” when he sprayed his first stencil series across the city of Tours, France one night in 1982. The self-taught Aerosol has continuously rocked the streets with his oversized portraits and helped define a new public art nomenclature with other French artists like Blek Le Rat, Miss Tic, and Speedy Graphito.
Justseeds: Paper Politics for a New Decade
Hillyer Art Space at International Arts & Artists
9 Hillyer Court NW
Washington, DC, 20008
Exhibition Dates: January 8 - January 30
First Friday Reception: Friday, January 8, 2010, 6-9PM
Live music by experimental trio Vodka and Donuts!
Food and refreshments will be served
$5 suggested donation
The Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative is a decentralized community of artists who have banded together to collaborate, sell their work online in a central location and support social movements. Utilizing print and poster making techniques to address a variety of social and environmental justice issues, collective mates work together over many miles to create, resist, and bring meaningful artwork to the masses for affordable prices. These artists believe in the power of personal expression in concert with collective action to transform society. Featuring works by Justseeds artists and fellow political printers, including: Mazatl, Jesus Barraza, Graham Boyle, Melanie Cervantes, DC51 Collective, Alec Icky Dunn, Thea Gahr, Sabeth Jackson, Nicolas Lampert, Josh MacPhee, Colin Matthes, Cesar Maxit, Dylan Miner, Roger Peet, Jesse Purcell, Favianna Rodriguez, Erik Ruin, Beth Schaible, Chris Stain, Meredith Stern, SWOON, Mary Tremonte, Kristine Virsis, Pete Yahnke, and Bec Young.
171 Cedar Arts Center presents a selection from Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now.
Houghton Gallery at the 171 Cedar Arts Center
155 & 171 Cedar Street, Corning NY
Jan 8 - Feb 5, 2010
Reception: Friday Jan 8th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
In conjunction with a celebration to honor Martin Luther King, the exhibition at 171 Cedar Arts Center focuses on the cultures created by during the Civil Rights Movement in America and the fights for freedom that were waged by oppressed people globally. (This exhibition consists of reprinted materials from a small portion of Signs of Change.)
In Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, hundreds of posters, photographs, moving images, audio clips, and ephemera bring to life over forty years of activism, political protest, and campaigns for social justice. Curated by Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee and originating from Exit Art in New York City, this important and timely exhibition surveys the creative work of dozens of international social movements.
Friday the 8th through Sunday the 10th of January
5pm to 8pm.
The (NYC) Street Memorial Project has decided, despite a forecast of very cold and windy tomorrow(Sunday, Jan 3), we are going to go ahead with the memorial ride tomorrow.
But we are encouraging people to do what they think they can do given the weather and there will be someone riding each leg of the ride, but we are essentially canceling the Harlem portion of the ride (though the ride leader will be there to ride down with anyone who shows up).
We are especially encouraging people to come to the 3pm Grand Army Plaza meet up, which will be the shortest portion during the warmest part of the day and which will end at a warm spot with warm food and drink.
...spread the word that people should meet us at any of the later meet-ups and remove or cross out the first meet-up and memorial from your blogs, schedules...
Other meetups are:
11am Central Park West and 7th Ave
11:30 Queensboro Bridge, Queens
3:00 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
4:45 Milton and Manhattan Aves, Brooklyn
full schedule is at streetmemorials.org
(redirected from ghostbikes.org, which is down)
In case you're not on Facebook(contributing to the demise of flyer and poster promotion) the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative is having an art show and book release party for Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today- featuring political prints by over 200 international artists, edited by artist/activist Josh MacPhee. The event will be today 8-11pm
at Book Thug Nation
100 N.3rd St.
There will be new work by the Justseeds artists on display and for sale, free snacks and drinks.
So come out, wish us a happy solstice, congratulate Josh on another book, meet Icky who's visiting from PDX, buy all your holiday gifts, and check out the Book Thug Nation space so you know where to sell/buy your used books!
Fiesta de la santisima virgen de las barricadas. 10 years of Subleva®te Colectivo
Friday December 18th
7pm @ Brillobox 4104 Penn Ave
In support of G20 Legal Defense, assisting arrestees in covering their legal fees
Art Auction 7pm-10pm
donating artists to date:
Alberto Almarza, Jen Cooney, Magali Duzant, Deren Guler, Horsie, Rev. Jason Jones, Ben Kehoe, Amos Levy, Caldwell Linkerbelle, Chris Lisowski, Josh MacPhee, Maria Mangano, Teresa Martuccio, Nathan Mould, Jillian Nintze, Jenn Pascoe, Stefan Pilipa, Jae Ruberto, Shaun Slifer, Eric Stern, Hannah Thompson, Mary Tremonte, Heidi Tucker, Heather White, Bec Young.
DANCE PARTY TIME! 10pm-2am
$3 at the door (or more if you can spare it!)
DJs PANDEMIC'S Pete & Spat and 90's NIGHT'S Jenny Jihad & Sean MC
For those in Baltimore and surrounding environs, party with Red Emma's!!:
Celebrate Five Years of Red Emma's at the Red & Black Ball!
December 19, 2009:
7:30PM - 11PM
2640 Saint Paul Street
That's right my fellow mischief-makers: the Red Emma's Red and Black Ball returns again this year on December 19! Join the Red Emma's collective as we celebrate the traditional anarchist gift-giving season with an all-out, over-the-top evening of revelry in your Victorian-era red and black finest! Think Victorian-era dances, parlour games, phrenology, and, of course, spirits to warm your body and soul. Think renaissance festival dress gone anarchist. Think steampunk. Think Alan Moore (V for Vendetta). Live and DJ'd music throughout the evening, as well as performances, games, "etiquette" lessons, phrenology, and more, led by our very own Master of Ceremonies, Ryan Coffman, with the help of a variety of Baltimore favorites! Plus ... freakin' amazing vegan cake. And booze. Pull out that fancy dress you picked up at a thrift store; borrow your brother's tuxedo! Make a mask, or grab one at the door! This is the holiday party you don't want to miss ... come out and celebrate with us!
It all takes place at 2640 Saint Paul Street, December 19, starting at 7:30PM. Tickets are $10-$15 sliding scale, and include food and a free drink. Masks provided for those who need them. Proper attire is NOT required, but isn't it more fun to cobble a costume together? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info ... this event is all-ages, and no one turned away for lack of funds.
(old pic of justseeds & ally reeves at NCOR 2008)
Justseeds Pittsburgh will be at the Handmade Arcade this Saturday December 12th 11am-8pm at the Hunt Armory.
Come do some radical holiday shopping! Or just say hi and snag a sticker & a sip from our thermos.
FREE DJ workshop for teens!
Friday December 11th
Young Men & Women's African Heritage Association
1200 Boyle Street, Northside
For more information, read on...
Stumptown Printers Celebrates Ten Years of Ink & Iron!
The Local Shop That Went Worldwide Declares: PRINT'S NOT DEAD!
Stumptown Printers 10th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, Dec 10th, 8pm
1001 se morrison
portland, oregon 97214
Stumptown Printers works primarily with independent musicians and small record labels. This show features Northwest artists who have worked with the shop to craft paper-and-ink complements to their own quirky musical visions: Norfolk & Western, a defiantly unclassifiable crossbreed of spooky folk and sawtoothed indie rock; LAKE, echoey, orchestral pop; Karl Blau, spacey, genre-annihilating singer/songwriter; Ilyas Ahmed, "Free-flowing, mind-bending folk-infused mantras"; Foghorn Duo, heart-wrenchin', whiskey-swillin' Old Time; and DJ Hometapes, selections by the braintrust of the local record label. Catering by Voodoo Doughnuts! Plus printed ephemera giveaways from Stumptown Printers!
A long time friend of Justseeds, and former co-director of Ad Hoc Art, Ray Cross has just opened up his new spot, the Bushwick Print Lab!:
Bushwick Print Lab
Grand Opening and Holiday Print Sale Spectacular
Thursday, December 17
6:00 PM to Midnight
1717 Troutman Street #203 - 204
Queens NY, 11385
(3 blocks form the Jefferson L stop and just across the Queens line in Ridgewood)
Bushwick Print Lab, a new community silkscreen space in Bushwick/Ridgewood, is excited to announce our Grand Opening and is hosting an affordable print sale for the holidays. The Bushwick Print Lab is a new rental space dedicated to offering film printing, screen-making, shelf and locker storage, and hourly and monthly shop rentals to artists, printmakers and designers who are seeking a professional and well equip lab to create work in silkscreen on paper and apparel. BPL has affordable rates and will offer classes and production assistance for contemporary artists using the versatile medium of silkscreen. We are dedicated to creating increased accessibility to printmaking for artists of all media and the advancement the art of silkscreen printing.
Our friend Daniel is still locked up in Federal prison, and he needs your help! If you are in NYC, please come out this weekend and buy some art! More info about Daniel can be found HERE.
Art Auction to Benefit Imprisoned New York City Social Justice & Environmental Activist Daniel McGowan
On December 7, 2005, New York City activist Daniel McGowan was among the first people arrested as part of an FBI offensive against environmental activists called "Operation Backfire", which activists have dubbed part of the Green Scare (after the Red Scare of the 40s and 50s). Daniel began serving his seven-year sentence in July 2007. In August 2008, Daniel was moved to the Communication Management Unit (CMU) in Marion, IL, a federal prison unit that bypassed the usual review process and severely restricts inmates' communication with the outside world.
To mark the four-year anniversary of Daniel's arrest, and to highlight the continued repression of activists that the federal government has labeled "terrorists," Family and Friends of Daniel McGowan will be hosting an art show, auction and raffle this December. Proceeds will go to Daniel's commissary account and a number of his favorite environmental and social justice organizations.
WHO: Presented by Family and Friends of Daniel McGowan along with popular street artists; political printmakers; and renowned graphic designers.
WHAT: Art Show and Auction featuring artists such as SWOON; Nikki McClure; Justseeds Artist Cooperative members such as Josh MacPhee and Kevin Caplicki; BORF and many more.
WHEN: Saturday, December 12, 2009, 1-9pm. Reception: 7-9pm
WHERE: ADC Gallery, 106 West 29th Street, Ground Floor, NYC
Tonight the African Diaspora Film Fest in NYC is showing a hard to see documentary about 1960s/70s African revolutionary Amilcar Cabral (which is playing with a doc about Frantz Fanon as well!). It's rare to be able to see any footage of or about Cabral, so this is a rare treat. Cabral's book Return to the Source contains a number of interesting essays exploring the connections between African liberation (particularly in his native Guinea Bissou) and culture. Details about the film and screening are HERE.
Our friends at Irregular Rhythm Asylum in Tokyo have mounted an art show/installation/social movement archive/hang out space called activism3cream, which based on all the photos (see HERE) is awesome. Hidden in there is some Justseeds work.
ABC No Rio, the Lower East Side gallery and arts center, is planning another Clothesline Benefit Art Sales to raise money for their Building Fund. The event will take place
156 Rivington St
ABC No Rio is a center for the arts on the Lower East Side, founded by artists committed to an actively engaged culture and a vision of expanded possibilities for our lives, our neighborhoods, our cities and our society.
They are asking artists who support ABC No Rio to participate by donating work. Work should be no larger than 11" X 17", and limited to two works per artist. All work will be presented on clotheslines strung through No Rio's gallery space, and should be unframed, two-dimensional work.
The Clothesline Benefits prices are set at either $25 or $50, depending on the size and complexity of the work, and to be decided by you.
Work can be delivered on December 8th or 9th, between 7:00 and
9:00pm, or you can mail work to:
Clothesline Benefit ABC No Rio 156 Rivington Street New York, NY 10002
Your participation and support is crucial and important to ABC No
Rio. Please freely forward this request to friends and fellow
artists. Announcements and invitations for the Clothesline Benefit
will be sent to all participating artists. Please invite your
friends, colleagues and collaborators!
Philly correspondent Theodore A. Harris just sent this along, an great looking event this weekend in Brooklyn:
Howardena Pindell on KARA WALKER - NO / YES / ?
Sat. December 4th
80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY
Professor, artist and activist Howardena Pindell has created a new anthology. Kara Walker-No, Kara Walker-Yes, Kara Walker-? is a collection of essays written by other contemporary artists, educators, writers and poets discussing controversial artist Kara Walker. Whether you agree with Pindell or not, or whether Walker's silhouettes appeal to you or not, this book will certainly begin a
conversation about visual culture in the Black community. The talk features a number of authors and artists including Theodore A. Harris, Ben Jones and Rashida Ishmali.
collage image by Theodore A. Harris.
My friend Sam Sebren has a piece in the Filthy Lucre show at Gallery Aferro in Newark, which has just been extended for a week and now has a closing potluck on December 12th from 4-8pm. Sam will be holding "The Great Zombie Consumer Eradication Project" on that day, painting a giant 15 foot mural with everyone that wants to participate. Check it out HERE!
photo by Merle Becker
Come to a benefit dinner to support the work of a group of folks in the Hudson Valley who are seeking a license for the first Spanish-language community radio station in the region. As well as CACITA (autonomous center for the intercultural creation of appropriate techonologies- Oaxaca, Mexico). Both of these projects are vibrant and vital to the places in which they reside. Details on these groups below.
Saturday December 5, 7:30pm
10 Lefferts Place, BKLYN
There will be food! Delicious pozole and more! Cheap coronas and margaritas! There will also be live music by Nicaraguan guitarist Juan Basilio-Sanchez, as well as some people from the radio station to talk about their project, and a short film on the work that CACITA is doing in Oaxaca.
Sound good? Great, invite your friends and please RSVP.
Escribo para invitarles a una cena deliciosa y beneficial. Recaudemos
fondos para dos projectos: CACITA (El Centro Autonomo para La
Creacion Intercultural de Technologias Apropiadas) y tambien para
apoyar un grupo de gente en el Valle Hudson de Nueva York que esta
pidiendo una licencia para la primera estacion de radio en espanol de
la region. Los dos proyectos estan bien importantes en sus propias
comunidades, y usted puede apoyarlos solo por beber y tomar, que
suerte tiene! Hay mas informacion de los dos proyectos abajo.
If you are in Portland this Thursday Dec 3rd be sure to stop by this show. Alec Icky Dunn and Pete Yahnke from Justseeds both have some work in this benefit show. Here are the details from the Dill Pickle Club:
Join us at the Eyeful Gallery (NW 6th & Everett) Thursday, December 3 at 6PM, during the First Thursday art walk for the opening of WORK | PROGRESS, an art show, pop up bookshop and event series to benefit the Dill Pickle Club. Cape Perpetua and Niekrasz/ Jenkins Duet (of Why I Must Be Careful) provide live music, while Ninkasi Brewing generously serves libations.
WORK | PROGRESS features 24 socially-engaged artists creating replicated works, including:
Icky A, Brad Adkins, Moe Bowstern, Carye Bye, Bill Daniel, Dyslexxis, Harrell Fletcher, Sarah Gottesdiener, Sam Gould, Anna Gray, MK Guth, Ariana Jacob, Kendra Larson, Ian Lynam, Eric Mast, Justin Scrappers Morrison, Michael Parich, Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Brittany Powell, Khris Soden, Bwana Spoons, Matthew Stadler, Nim Wunnan, Pete Yahnke
justseeds at expozine montreal
mary & buddy at handmade arcade 2006
Justseeds will be reppin the radical themes at a plethora of holiday craft fairs over the next few weeks...come find us, get prints directly from the artists, save on shipping, and meet us! In Pittsburgh at least we'll have some special items you can't get on the Justseeds site, like peace dove t-shirts & squirrel pillows. In Montreal, the sale is at 100-Sided Die, a studio shared by 23 artists / crafters / musicians and weirdos including Jesse Purcell. There will be a huge collection of Justseeds work for sale there as well.
Art Vs. Craft
Saturday November 28th
Scottish Masonic Rite Center
790 N Van Buren Street
100 Sided Die Monthly Open House / Art Sale
Saturday November 28th
5334 de Gaspe 12th floor rm.1202
Saturday December 12th
324 Emerson St., Shadyside
Sunday December 13th
at the Oregon Convention Center
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Exhibit Hall D
Also if you are in Brooklyn, keep an eye out on Bedford Ave, for our man Kevin C., hawkin prints to the hip & radical at heart
If in Milwaukee come visit Justseeds at Art vs Craft on Saturday: One stop shopping if your list includes Celebrate peoples history posters, sock monkeys, beer soap, and a hand knit sweater for a small creature.
Here are a few images from Milwaukee Zine fest. It was a great success a lot of fun in a great location. Thanks organizers.
A shot of the Polish Falcon beerhall where the zine fest was held, notice the justseeds table in the foreground.
Tonight! I'll be giving a presentation about Justseeds and the Voices From Outside: Artists Against the Prison Industrial Complex.
Monday, November 16, 7pm
at Black Sheep Books
5 State St
In 2006, Justseeds a radical art distributor transitioned from a project run by its founder to a cooperatively run business and collective committed to creating and distributing socially engaged artwork. Over the last three years Justseeds has produced posters, calendars, print portfolios, exhibits, books, and collective installations tackling numerous contemporary themes and celebrating radical history.
Come join member Kevin Caplicki for a presentation on
the trajectory of the artist-owned and run Justseeds
Cooperative and an exhibition of "Voices From Outside:
Artists Against the Prison Industrial Complex",
Justseeds portfolio project 2008.
It's the 40th Anniversary of the Lucy Parsons Center! It's a reunion, an anniversary, a celebration, a party! Please come help us celebrate! Without you we wouldn't have been able to exist for 40 years!
The Lucy Parsons Center (formerly The Red Book Store) is Boston's only independent, non-profit, volunteer-run radical bookstore and community space.
Saturday, November 21st, 2009 7pm 'til midnight
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St., Boston
There will be an Open Mic and DJ's: Fast Eddy, DJ Philomina and more. Also some snacks and drinks, (including beer courtesy of Sam Adams). Bring your talents, stories, memorabilia and photos to share. See old faces and meet new friends. This is a free event, open to the public. Donations are welcome and we will also be signing up for monthly donors. For more info, please visit us at 549 Columbus Ave. in Boston's South End or lucyparsons.org
The University of California students, faculty, and staff are calling for a system wide strike on Nov. 18th. Check it out HERE.
NO BUSINESS AS USUAL: A CALL FOR A SYSTEM-WIDE STRIKE
In solidarity with students, faculty, and staff
In defense of public education in California
We call for a massive, system-wide student and teaching strike beginning November 18th
Justseeds members will be tabling at Expozine 2009, Montreal's Annual Small Press, Comic and Zine Fair
Saturday, November 14 & Sunday, November 15, 2009, from 12-6 p.m. at
(Église Saint-Enfant Jésus, between St-Joseph and Laurier, near Laurier Métro)
This incredible event brings together nearly 300 creators of all kinds of printed matter – from books to zines to posters and graphic novels – in both English and French. Over the past seven editions, Expozine has grown to become one of North America's largest small press fairs, attracting thousands of visitors as well as exhibitors from across Canada, the United States and Europe.
Come visit Justseeds at the Milwaukee Zine Fest tomorrow. (Saturday, nov 14 - 11am - 6pm) Also there will be Microcosm Publishing, World War 3 Illustrated, and many others.
We will be at the Polish Falcon Beer Hall / Bowling Alley, one of my favorite places in Milwaukee.
Put the fun between your legs: Become the Bike Bloc
Bristol and Copenhagen Nov – Dec 09
An irresistible new machine of resistance will be launched during the COP15 UN summit protests in Copenhagen. Made from hundreds of old bicycles and thousands of activists' bodies 'Put the fun between your legs: Operation Bike Bloc' is a collaboration between Climate Camp and art activist collective The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination.
Some old English comrades, a few I met in Mexico over 8 years ago, are in NYC giving some presentations on the Bristol Radical History Group, a project they've been doing since 2006:
The 'History Workshop' movement was founded in 1966 in Ruskin College, Oxford, U.K. by the Marxist academic Raphael Samuel, a champion of 'history from below.' He famously defined this movement as being "the belief that history is or ought to be a collaborative enterprise, one in which the researcher, the archivist, the curator and the teacher, the 'do-it-yourself' enthusiast and the local historian, the family history societies and the individual archaeologist, should all be regarded as equally engaged."
In 2006 in the U.K., Bristol Radical History Group was formed with a view opening up some of the hidden history of their home city to public scrutiny, to challenge some commonly held ideas about historical events and approach this history from 'below'. Unlike Samuel's 'History Workshop,' the group actually came 'from below' its genesis being in an expanded sports club rather than in the academy. As a result it has been able to successfully integrate both the formal lecture with street performance, the organic intellectual with the academic and engage the public in the excitement of radical history by the use of different media.
Our NYC readers might be interested in this conference coming up this week:
The Internet as Playground and Factory: A Conference on Digital Labor
Thursday, November 12, through Saturday, November 14, 2009
The New School, 66 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street, New York City
veralistcenter.org | digitallabor.org
This conference confronts the urgent need to interrogate the concepts of labor and value in the digital economy and seeks to inspire proposals for action. There are currently few adequate definitions of labor that fit the complex, hybrid realities of the digital economy. The Internet as Playground and Factory poses a series of questions about the conundrums surrounding labor (and often the labor of love) in relation to our digital present. It is the first in a series of biennial conferences titled The Politics of Digital Media.
An interesting looking show opening in Los Angeles:
Avenue 50 Studio, Highland Park, CA
Artist's Reception: Sat. Nov. 14, 2009, 7-10 p.m.
Avenue 50 Studio asked 15 artists to create artworks that provide insight into the first year of the Obama Administration. Issues of race, class, war, health care, the enrivronment and the economy, plus other global challenges - are explored in this timely exhibition. Given the escalating war in Afghanistan, Vallen painted a glimpse of Obama's Guantánamo - the notorious U.S. military prison at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan. The prison holds more than 600 detainees designated as "unlawful enemy combatants"; individuals that in some cases have been held for years without charge, legal representation, or due-process rights. In February of 2009, the Obama administration began a $60 million expansion of the Bagram prison so that it could potentially hold as many as 1,100 suspects.
Needles & Pens
3253 16th Street, San Francisco, Ca. 94103
Friday, November 6, 2009, 6:00 - 9:30 PM
On display will be a collection of original paper cuts from the Olympia-based artist's 2010 Calendar and from her latest children's book, "All In A Day."
I am DJing another G20 Legal Fund benefit---this one in a happy hour timeframe...
Those RAVENSTAHLIN posters from DJ Thermos as well as a new BASH BACK print from me will be available for purchase!
G-20 Legal Fund Benefit Dance Party
DJ Mary Mack
Thursday, November 5
Live it up, boogie down, support the arrestees!
Ten Days for Oppositional Architecture
Towards Post-Capitalist Spaces
New York, November 12-21, 2009
Gair Building No 6, 81 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (York Stop on
the F Train)
The transformation of the urban landscape within the last decades has increasingly been dominated by the demands of capitalist utilization. Due to the current crisis, however, which goes far beyond a mere crisis of the real estate and financial market, these neoliberal politics and attendant forms of production of space have been subject
to a loss of legitimation. For this reason, not only do the dominance and promises of the privatization model, the free market and private property have to be questioned, but also the conventions of the space-producing professions that follow and materialize these policies.
Join Books Through Bars NYC for a night of bingo, beats, and booze so we can
keep sending free books to incarcerated folks! Featuring prizes from
Babeland, BAM, Film Forum, NY Adorned... and many more!
Friday November 6, 2009
ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington St., NYC
All Ages/ 21 to drink// Free to enter, $1 to play
Books Through Bars is a volunteer collective that sends free literature to
Saturday, Nov. 14th, 7pm to 11pm
MartinLuther King, Jr. Labor Center, 1199 SEIU
310 W. 43rd St., btw. 8th & 9th Aves
New York, NY 10036
$20 admission,food & beverages for purchase
From the announcement:
On Saturday, November 14th, we will dance and celebrate at Freedom Dance. This celebration is an opportunity for us as a community to acknowledge our victories and renew our efforts to continue this essential work. We celebrate the liberation and freedom of our sister Assata Shakur, who along with many other Political Prisoners (who still remain behind the walls) set the example of unselfish sacrifice for our beloved people. We also celebrate the sacrifice of those freedom fighters whose spirits were released due to their physical demise. This is a celebration for them all. We will especially honor Sundiata Acoli. Through music and the warm meaningful collective interaction of dance and laughter, we will reaffirm our commitment to their freedom.
above: collating artnoose's zine ker-bloom
I am doing a zine reading at the Carnegie Public Library on Thursday October 29th with awesome cohorts Leanne O'Connor (New to Everything zine), Artnoose (Ker-bloom zine) and Hannah Bean (Fat Snakes Are Patient zine). I will hopefully have my one-pager and the other ladies will have new zines to share. There might be treats. There will totes def be a zine-reading open mic without a mic after we read. Come enjoy sweet zine culture!
Thursday, October 29th
Carnegie Library Main Branch (Oakland)
free, all ages
My buddy Deanna & I are starting a new monthly danceparty at Remedy in Pittsburgh. Each month will tend to be a benefit, this kickoff party benefits the G20 Legal Fund, for those arrested during the G20 protests in Pittsburgh last month.
Come out and shake it!
Saturday October 17th
a party for everyone
*positive vibes * no haterz *
DJ's DROP THAT * MARY MACK * SPECIAL GUEST DJ BUS CRATES
remedy 5121 butler st 2nd& 3rd floor
no smoking on the dancefloor
$3 (extra donations accepted, no one turned away for lack of fundz)
My friend Sam Sebren is in this show, looks promising:
Curated by Nancy Mahl of Progressive Culture Works
October 24 - December 5, 2009
Opening Reception, with performance, October 24, 7-10 PM
Panel Discussion and Screening: Saturday, November 7, 2009
73 Market St Newark NJ 07102
What is Art Without Money?
Filthy Lucre examines the transformative power of valuation upon art and the people who make it. The artists, performers, and writers participating in the project have investigated the definitions and functions of art as a commodity and queried the practice of artmaking from inside and outside the realm of monetary exchange. The work, from the purely theoretical to the frankly hilarious, is by artists representing a broad spectrum of age, background, education, and commercial success. Particular focus is brought to unsalable art and what becomes of it, the effects of commercial success on artmaking practice, the spiritual function of art, defining the consumer of art, the difference between precious and valuable, the economic element in definitions of high, outsider, and folk art; and the ever-fraught relationship of artist and patron.
Left Forum presents "Debating Capitalists' Power in the Age of Obama: Strategies for a U.S. Left."
* Debaters: Cindy Milstein, Stanley Aronowitz, and Tom Hayden.
* Debate questions: posed by a panel including David Harvey (author of Limits to Capital); Maria Svart (union organizer and chair of the NYC local of Democratic Socialists of America); and Josh MacPhee (artist, curator, and part of the political art cooperative Justseeds.org).
* Moderator: Esther Armah (host, WBAI's "Wake Up Call")
Thursday, October 15, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
The Community Church of New York
40 E. 35th St. near Park Ave.
The Justseeds Prison Portfolio will be on display at this years North of Nowhere Festival in Edmonton, Canada! We'll be sharing the exhibition space with our friends from the Beehive Collective, who will also be on hand discussing their work. Check out all the info at the North of Nowhere Fest website HERE.
I've always wanted to go to one of these CSPG annual events, but am never in LA at the right time. If you're in LA check this out and let us know how it went!!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
800 North Alameda
6:30 PM - Music & Silent Auction
Original art, vintage & contemporary posters
Music: Marcus L. Miller with Freedom Jazz Movement
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Buffet Dinner
On Location Catering
8:00 PM Program & Live Auction
Emcee: Sandra Tsing Loh
Auctioneer: Robert Berman
Missed the opening, but there's a big Elizabeth Catlett show in Syracuse! If you're in the area:
The Esplanade is a narrow strip of land that lies between the Willamette River and Interstate 5 in Portland (OR). In 2001 the City of Portland remodeled this into a riverfront parkway, with some public art, a partially-floating bike/jog path, and some new boat docks. This area (near rail lines, social services, and with plenty of bridges and overpasses) has also been a long time spot for homeless camps, car campers, train hoppers, and also (of course) skate boarders & graffiti.
I put up a blog posting a couple weeks ago about a public art install, Live Debris, which occurred in this area. It was organized by the group Red Semilla Roja, and one in "a series of international events sharing reuse traditions as a means of reducing stigmas around garbage, poverty and street culture."
I went down late on a Saturday, added some art to the wheat paste wall, sat on a woven-from-garbage hammock, and looked out over the river. I then wandered back down the Esplanade and checked out all the different projects that were part of Live Debris. I was impressed and inspired by the project and interviewed Taylor Stevenson from Red Semilla Roja for the Justseeds blog via email on September 25th, 2009.
(photos taken from Live Debris website)
Dirtypilot.com Year 1 Rewind presents the work of 15 of the artists that Dirtypilot.com has showcased in its monthly online exhibitions during its inaugural year, beginning in May 2007. These works embrace a range of movements from graffiti, street and urban art to pop and and outsider art. Rendered in mediums, from spray paint, oil, acrylic, water color and mixed media, to simple pen and ink, graphic, silkscreen and other transfer methods
Friday Oct. 2nd 2-4pm P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center 22-25 Jackson Ave Long Island City, NY SCB ART BOOK COLLECTION – Booth Z-01
Open to the public.
Found this announcement at What You Write
ArtCrank Portland! A poster party for bicycle people!
Also note that $5 from the sale of each poster will be donated to Bikes to Rwanda.
I blogged a poster a couple days back by Jared Davidson in New Zealand for an exhibition of "Explosive Expression." Below is the info about the actual exhibit/events:
Creative resistance against colonial and state oppression will be celebrated in Wellington with an art exhibition and auction at Thistle Hall Gallery, Cuba Street in Wellington. October 15th Solidarity invites everyone to Explosive Expression.
The opening night of the exhibition on October 13th will be followed by a week of events, which will be an opportunity for discussion and debate about the raids on Te Urewera and communities around Aotearoa, the 'war on terrorism', colonisation and resistance. The auction is also an opportunity for the community to support creative resistance and assistance with funds for people affected by the raids.
Impressions for Change:
35 Years of Political Posters from Red Sun Press
This anniversary exhibit of posters printed by Red Sun Press highlights progressive activism of the past thirty five years – focusing on peace, justice and a sustainable world.
Jamaica Plain Open Studios
September 26-27, 2009
11 am-6 pm
94 Green Street, Jamaica Plain, MA
Saturday, September 26, 6-8 pm
Erik Ruin will be representing Justseeds at the Radical Bookfair Pavilion as part of the Baltimore Book Festival this weekend. He'll be there all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so visit him and say Hello!
Radical Bookfair Pavilian
Mount Vernon Place
600 block North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Friday Sept. 25, 12-8pm
Saturday Sept, 26, 12-8pm
Sunday Sept. 27, 12-7pm
it looks like a lot of great stuff is going on in Baltimore over the weekend, organized by the totally awesome Red Emma's crew. Check it out!!!
Ebba has been working on this project for quite a while---they sold cookies at Sappho one month to raise funds to travel and photograph transmen in other cities. A final senior photography show will be displayed at The Space Upstairs, above Construction Junction, at the cross roads of Thomas Blvd. and 214 N. Lexington St in Point Breeze. (Also only a few blocks from The East End Co-op). There will be a door person to help you with where to park, and locating the correct entrance.
It will be open Thursday and Friday, September 24-25, from 6pm-8pm.
Closing reception on Saturday, September 26, from 5pm-8pm, catered by The East End Co-op.
For any questions, directions or comments, please contact ESchmid @ Chatham.edu or 412-735-8888.
My friends Pony Pedro in Berlin have a new show up pulled from a public postr project they recently completed in Johannesburg:
Is freedom part of order, or is obedience the most important virtue of every citizen? Does the mob spontaneously bond together, to demand change for its own purpose? Does change drive society? An intervention and poster project, 'Good Mob' by Pony Pedro (Berlin/Germany) and Artist Proof Studio has explored communication processes in public spaces in Johannesburg (South Africa).
3 President Street
September 16th-30th, 2009
As a follow-up to the Sustain Our Libraries poster I put up here last week...
benefit, art auction + dance party
REMEDY 5121 Butler St, Lawrenceville (x 51st Street)
Thursday, September 24th
Featuring artwork, homemade wares and services for auction, live silkscreening with D.H.
crazygood lady DJs Mary Mack, Drop That, ja(m) (bo)x
video projections by Blissy
music by Dean Cercone
Renée Alberts waxing poetic
library-themed coloring books, and more!
Sliding Scale admission $5-10 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
this just in:
The Beehive Collective presents their innovative True Cost of Coal graphic—
a visual exploration of Mountaintop Removal Mining and Resistance
TWO Presentations in Pittsburgh:
Tuesday, September 22, 4:30 @ Carnegie Mellon University Quad
Thursday, September 24, Noon @ 3 Rivers Climate Camp, Schenley Park Overlook
A swarm is coming! The Beehive Design Collective, a non-profit, volunteer driven, political arts organization based in eastern Maine, is headed this way. They are out to “cross-pollinate the grassroots” by creating collaborative, anti-copyright images that deconstruct complex global stories for use as educational and organizing tools.
Fiesta en Beneficio y de Inaguracion en la "ZONA AUTÓNOMA "MAKHNOVTCHINA"
Nuevo espacio Autonomo en la Ciudad de Mexico.
El proximo Viernes 25 de Septiembre del 2009.
Habra musica, comida, cerveza y convivencia.
La fiesta sera en la Z.A.M. que se encuentra en:
Calle Xola #181-A, casi esquina con Calz. de Tlalpan
A 2 calles de la estacion del metro Xola y a una calle del la estacion del
I've been hoping for an event asking this for the last two years! The End or Future of Capitalism. I was particularly unimpressed with the sentiments of the immediate response, "save capitalism", of the participating speakers right after the bank failures, a year ago. It was a moment, I felt, the world could really daydream, but was stifled by the fact there was an metaphoric gun to our head. I am really interested in their perspectives now, unfortunately I'll be outta town.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 7.30pm Proshansky Auditorium CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Ave & 34th St
DAVID HARVEY, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography; Author of The Limits to Capital (Verso, 2007) in conversation with
ALEXANDER COCKBURN, Editor of CounterPunch and columnist for The Nation
Moderated by LAURA FLANDERS, GRITtv
For those looking for something empowering to do during the G20 summit this week in Pittsburgh...
Revolting Enthusiastic Creators for Total Liberation! (RECTL)
A Cabaret of Creative Resistance!
September 24th Thursday 7 pm sharp!
Public Health Auditorium/Pitts Campus-Oakland
On the corner of 5th and Desota, btwn Bouquet and Atwood (with a big sculpture of a man out front with outstretched arms).
Profound Poetics! Political Satire! Uplifiting Affirmations! Serious wit!
Spoken Word! Songs! Dance! Expressions! Motivational Speakers!
—Terry Vanween and Annie Danger!
Coming from a hotbed of RECTL activity in the Bay Area, this the dynamic duo boasts inspirational Advances, high tech pronunciations and more wildly effective metaphors then you can shake a nightstick at! Come prepared for personal growth.
Dara Greenwald, Olivia Robinson and I are presenting at the Conflux gathering in NYC this weekend:
Date: Saturday Sept. 19th
Start Time: 10:00am
Location: Einstein Auditorium, Rm. 105
Barney Building, New York University
34 Stuyvesant Street
A multi-media presentation with Dara Greenwald, Josh MacPhee, and Olivia Robinson about projects that intervene in public amnesia and memory. Followed by discussion.
In this session we will present documentation from several public projects that attempt to make visible histories of struggle that are submerged from public memory. The projects we will present raise important questions about the representation of both history and the present in the urban landscape, how public memories are created, how the control of public spaces reinforces dominant histories and the impact of that on the here and now.
more info HERE.
Live Debris presents installations and interventions about garbage and social inclusion, from Rio de Janeiro and Portland, Oregon.
When: September 19-26, 2009. All day opening event on September 19th (schedule below), works on display until September 26th . Installations will start to be built on September 17th.
Where: Between Burnside and Hawthorne along Portland’s Eastbank Esplanade.
Live Debris 2009 is a series of international events sharing reuse traditions as a means of reducing stigmas around garbage, poverty and street culture. Live Debris has taken place in Beirut, Lebanon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and now Portland, Oregon. Exchanging and comparing world perspectives on garbage and the people who work closely with it, Live Debris explores ways that collaborative reuse can affect how we see garbage and each other. This event is organized by Taylor Cass Stevenson of red semilla roja, with help from Portland City Art, the Black Rock Arts Foundation, Outside In, Chinook Book and Oregon Electric Group.
Opening Schedule- September 19, 2009:
9am Free Breakfast. Bring a mug if you want coffee
12-1pm Trashtastic garbage-related performances
1-2pm Trash Mash-Up Parade
All Day (10am-5pm):
Clothing Exchange- bring used clothes
Sewing Station - transforming old t-shirts into bags, bring t-shirts
Interactive Garbage Weaving -bring clean trash
Public Paste-Up wall- make a contribution with paper
Public Crafting Party - bring a craft project
Link to Live Debris' website
(Pete Yahnke and I are heading down on Saturday- see you there!)
Theres a handful of flicks of Justseeds members, Chris Stain & Swoon with friends at the Nuart Festival. The following links are from Brooklyn Street Art It begins here, continuing here, Swoon-ing here, growing here, to here with its most current post.
(photo by Logan Hicks)
Thursday, September 17th
7PM (doors at 6PM)
ABRONS ARTS CENTER
Henry Street Settlement
466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street)
New York, NY 10002
Free and open to all
Commonwealth will be available for purchase (before its official publication date)
Sponsored by THIS IS FOREVER event and discussion series and Bluestockings Bookstore
Sunday August 30th, 2009 [rain date: Sunday September 13th] 11am to 8pm Bedford Avenue at North 6th Street in Brooklyn there will be an all-day book sale to raise money for Daniel McGowan's legal defense and commissary fund. The sale will be held at the Book Thug Nation book tables on Bedford Avenue and North 6th Street in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Along with great books at cheap prices, there will be music, a table with Daniel t-shirts, merchandise and literature, and maybe even some free food!
Join Make the Road New York and The New Sanctuary Coalition NYC on
Tuesday, Aug 25TH for a community forum and press conference and demand an end ICE raids in NYC jails. Learn about the changes that the Dept of Corrections, which oversees Rikers Island jail, agreed to make to help protect the rights of people being held at Rikers Island, and join the campaign to stop ICE from accessing our community at Rikers Island.
Tuesday, August 25th, 10:30am
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
Each year New York City helps Immigration and Customs Enforcement puts an estimated 4,000 New Yorkers into deportation proceedings. That's 4000 New Yorker families that must face the potential loss of a loved one. New York City puts its families in this position by giving ICE full and unfettered access to the Rikers Island Jail facility where ICE agents routinely violate people’s rights in order to determine their immigration status. These are not hardened criminals. More than three quarters of those being held have yet to be convicted and are at Rikers awaiting trial. For those actually serving sentences, the average stay is only 35 days. As the city elections approach, we need to tell our city officials that collaborating with ICE can end up destroying a family.
For more information check out What Having I.C.E. in our Jails does to New Yorkers
Detroit has a hot new hip hop spot known as the 5E Gallery. Started by DJ Sicari to provide a space for young people who are into hip hop and graffiti, the 5E functions as a music venue (with shows that are often free or for donation), art gallery, and cyber cafe. The outside walls are decorated by the work of Sintex, Sest and others; the inside has paintings by Shades and his contemporaries. Every Tuesday night 5E Gallery hosts a show called The Foundation, which highlights the incredible talents of women in hip hop. If you're not in Detroit, this show streams live on Ustream, but you'll miss the b-girls, and more importantly, the awesome vibe. Here's a description of the thinking behind The Foundation: "The social impact of Hip Hop is a cultural revolution which crosses borders, inspires ideas & influences behaviors. Encouraging freedom of expression, healthy competition, independent thought, & positive self-identity, this weekly event as a movement focuses on redefining the vital role of Women in Hip Hop. Our mission is to educate and empower the community through sharing our love of the arts, while inspiring change and growth."
Justseeds will be tabling at the Providence Anarchist Bookfair this Saturday:
Providence Anarchist Bookfair
Fun! Books! Beer! Dancing! Revolution in the air!
August 15th 1pm to 1am on
Empire Street, Providence, Rhode Island
The annual Providence Anarchist Bookfair is back again this year and we
want you to come on by and enjoy the events, get some books and
In the evening local bands will be playing as the festival takes a street party atmosphere, come enjoy the music, the books and comradeship.
The Big She-Bang, organized by For The Birds Collective, is being held on Saturday, August 15th at Judson Memorial Church, located at 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY from 10 AM to midnight.
The Big She-Bang is an all-day event of workshops, panel discussions, visual art, and music by and for women and women-identified artists & community members. The Big She-Bang strives to cultivate a space for women to share creative endeavors, exchange ideas, and provide support in a safe and open-minded environment. It is a multimedia event that serves as a platform for women artists and activists. This year’s She-Bang festival will include workshops and panel discussions, live musical performances, an all-day art show and tabling by various feminist organizations from New York. The event is always all ages, and everyone is welcome.
Throughout the day, there will be an art show exhibiting different mediums of work created by various women in New York City: Demostina, Heather Kelly, Caroline Paquita, Anna Sgherzi, and Kristine Virsis.
Workshops and panel discussions will also be happening throughout the day, covering topics such as: Feminist Urban Mobility (presented by Right Rides, Safe Walk, & Holla Back NYC), Women and Resistance in Prison (presented by Victoria Law), Queer Eye for the DIY (presented by For the Birds Collective, featuring Karen Soskin of Strength In Numbers), Sexual Assault and Accountability workshop (presented by Support New York).
The event will end with performances by: Full of Fancy, Zombie Dogs, Little Lungs, Ina Ina, Kate Ferencz, and Inertia.
Tuesday, August 11, 7PM at Bluestockings Books, 172 Allen Street in New York City
Release Party & Reading with several contributors from Sick
Sick collects peoples' experiences with physical illness to help establish a collective voice of those impacted by illness within left/DIY communities. The zine is a resource for those who are living with illness as well as those who have not directly experienced illness themselves. Join several contributors for a reading from Sick as well as a discussion on experiences related to illness and the importance of creating networks of support within our communities.
EMPIRES of TIN is a "documentary musical hallucination" on the subject of Empire inspired by the novels of Joseph Roth and the waning of the Habsburg and Bush dynasties. The film features performances by musicians Vic Chesnutt, Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), T. Griffin with Catherine McRae, and members of Silver Mt. Zion
Get tickets here.
Here's a slightly out-of-date flier I designed for Portland-area environmental group BARK and their campaign against the proposed Palomar pipeline, part of a massive network of interconnected energy development schemes slated to overrun the estuaries, forests, and farmlands of the Portland/Astoria/Mt.Hood/Columbia River region. It's all part of a plan to bring Liquefied Natural Gas to California via Oregon. Why via Oregon? Well, the politically savvy and comparatively wealthy Californians for whom the gas is intended have resolutely opposed and defeated all the proposed gas terminals on the California coast. Washington's done the same; the only one on the west coast so far is in Baja California. Less money, less power? That's why they're coming to Oregon! Two large LNG terminals are planned for the Oregon coast, one in the mouth of the Columbia near Astoria, and one in Coos Bay. Both will have massive impacts on local areas, requiring astronomical security provisions and ensuring some large measure of environmental destruction. Part of that destruction will be the pipelines that are slated to be laid through the forests of the region; the lush firs, spruce, hemlock and pine that make up the land's green mantle. Hundred foot wide permanent clearcuts? No problem? Tunneling under upwards of forty creeks and rivers? Okay! Destroyed farmlands, annihilated wildlife, industrial accidents? Yessssss! This is a wonderful example of capitalist strategy: there is, as yet, no large corporation involved in the planning of this. It's being executed by a gaggle of suits in a boardroom somewhere, drawing lines on a map and estimating cost-benefit ratios, growth projections, and flow potential. It is the rarefied atmosphere of infrastructural planning, cynically imposed on the land by economic analysts. Liquefied Natural Gas is popular all over (although not everyone is super enthused) and promises to bring us a warm, green, sustainable future where nothing ever goes wrong.
Justseeds will be displaying and selling prints at the Visionary Arts Festival this Weekend in Pittsburgh...this looks to be an interesting event! Justseeds friends and collaborators, including Ally Reeves, Ashley Brickman, and Etta Cetera are also creating booths for the event. Come say hello, get a brand new sticker or postcard, and peep some prints in real life.
When: August 7, 8 and 9, 2009, from 12pm to 9pm.
Where: Schenley Plaza, (directly in front of the Cathedral of Learning, in the heart of Oakland.) Pittsburgh, PA
What: The first Pittsburgh Visionary Arts Festival is bringing together more than 70 local visionary artists and art innovators into a single venue. For three full days, these artists will share their work, vision and unique ideas in a friendly outdoors festival setting. The VAF will feature a rich diversity of minds, covering the full spectrum of art mediums: from painting to mixed media, from digital media to sound art, through recycled and self-taught art… and beyond! Experience a slice of Pittsburgh’s greatest visionary art, in a festival that hopes to decorate your soul rather than your living room! Free and open to the public.
Who: Aimee Manion * Alberto J. Almarza * Ally Reeves * Amir Rashid * Ashley Brickman * Bob Ziller * Bill Davis * Bruce Brinker * Christina Martine * Connie Cantorm * Constance Merriman * Curt Sell * Deanna Mance * Elin Lennox * Encyclopedia Destructica * Etta cettera * Gabe Felice * Ian Green * James Gyre * Jay Del Greco * Jesse Riesmeyer * Jonathan Brodsky * Jude Vachon * Juliana Morris * Kyle Ethan Fischer * Laura Gyre * Laura Jean Mclaughin * Lowry Burgess * Mark Traughber * Matt Marino * Mike Budai * Morgan Cahn * Moshe Sherman * Philomena O'Dea * Pat McArdle * Randie snow * Rose Clancy * Ryder Henry * Sebastian Van Gorder * Sherry Rusinack * tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE * Tom Estlack * Troy Blum * Unicorn Mountain * Vanessa German * Robert Wright * Norman Scott * "Butch" Quinn * Jory Albright * Lena Gomane * Kathleen Serri * Dan Melandy * Andy Flannigan * Inez Hess * Mr. Imagination * Esther Phillips * John Graves * Devon Smith* Karl "The Master's Hand" Goodrich * Devia Davis * Marcus Brathwaite * Lori M. Johnston * Shervin Iranshahr * Vinny Corpuscle * Kate Wichmann Sherman * Ian Momyer * John Fox * “Cyberpunk Apocalypse” * Alicia Fronczek * Barbara Dahlberg * Agata Brunt * HiTEC
A few flicks I took the other day while at Ad-Hoc Art with Stain & Armsrock. Come out for Ad-Hoc's last gallery show, yup they're done after this one. Come out and support:
Friday, August 7th, 7-10pm
Ad Hoc Art
49 Bogart St
Other preview shots over at Vandalog and Brooklyn Street Art.
For the past four days, I have been at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe participating in the Dialoging Texts Gathering. Alongside fourteen Indigenous curators, critics, and historians, I was invited to participate in an exciting collaborative writing project that continues to expand the dialog about Contemporary Native art in North America. While the project has encountered some serious bumps along the way, the project will hopefully develop into an exciting and important book project. What is apparent, however, is the vast infrastructural differences alotted to contemporary Native artists in the US and Canada, with the US lacking a supportive network for developing fresh and challenging voices.
If nothing else, the Vision Project continued the dialog between aboriginal writers in the US and Canada.
Hoodstock is a two-day gathering striving to be the ultimate urban musical event, with an explicit socio-political bent, accompanied by a social forum. This event, not to be missed by folks in Montreal-North and neighbouring areas, seeks to provide space to understand the past, root oneself in the present, and organise for the future.
This festival has been organized in part to mark the one year police shooting of Fredy Villaneuva.
Justice for Fredy!
(Queers Against the singular model of the Gaygoisie- Capitalist White and Male)
This year’s Pervers/Cité – Montreal’s 3rd Annual “Underside of Pride” – will be taking place from August 6 to 16, 2009 throughout the city. The final event of the week will be a Queers Against Israeli Apartheid contingent in the pride parade.
Pervers/Cité is a collaboratively organized summer festival that aims to make links across social justice groups, queer communities, and radical visions of pride. In a climate of corporatized gay agendas and whitewashed homogeneity amongst queers, Pervers/cité strives to provide a critical and accessible schedule of activities, designed to bring back the radical underpinnings to the pride movement.
read on for a full listing of events in French then English
check out Queers against Israeli apartheid in Toronto pride earlier this summer.
Southern Californians take note! There's a benefit in San Diego for the Mexico City infoshop La Furia de las Calles. With a beautiful flier made by our friend Santiago Armengod. here's the info:
Saturday August the 1st
@ Bikes del Pueblo,
2754 Snowdrop St. Azaea Park
City Heights, San Diego, CA.
(619) 283 3109
Come join us next Saturday at Bikes del Pueblo. We are gonna be throwing a benefit dinner for the La Furia infoshop, publishing house and Community Garden in Mexico City.
Cena Beneficio para El espacio informativo La Furia de las Calles en
Sabado 1 de Agosto
-Musica en Vivo
@ Bikes del Pueblo,
2754 Snowdrop St. Azaea Park
City Heights, San Diego, CA.
(619) 283 3109
Te invitamos el proximo Sabado al espacio Bikes del Pueblo. Estamos organizando una cena en beneficio para el espacio informativo de La Furia, casa editorial, y huerto comunitario en Mexico DF.
Para mas Informacion: http://espora.org/furia/
Please join us Thursday, July 23rd, as we help launch Revolt on Goose Island, the new book by award-winning Washington Post staffer Kari Lydersen. Lydersen will read from Revolt and discuss how she wrote the book “live” by blogging about events as they unfolded during last year’s worker takeover of Republic Windows and Doors factory. Labor rights activist Danny Postel will moderate and C-Span will record the event.
Thursday, July 23rd, 7-9 pm
Stop Smiling Storefront
1371 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wicker Park, Chicago
This just in from fellow-traveler Andalusia:
In less than 10 hours me and a bunch of participatory radio enthusiasts are packing into a van and driving to Detroit for the 11th Annual Media Conference. If you haven't heard of the AMC before it's this amazing dynamic conference where participants have evolved the definition of media, and the role it can play in our lives – from zines to video-blogging to breakdancing, to communicating solidarity and creating justice. Each conference builds off the previous one and plants the seeds for the next. Ideas and relationships evolve year-round, incorporating new networks of media-makers and social justice organizers. This year's AMC will draw strength from our converging movements to face the challenges and opportunities of our current social justice moment.
We Are Ready Now! Radio will be hosting a live broadcast throughout this weekend including the amazing opening and closing plenaries as well as part of the "The Zapatista's Other Campaign Breaking Down Borders: Live Cross-Border Press Conference with Mexico" Tune in to the webstream right here.
Additionally, throughout the weekend The Prometheus Radio Project along with People's Production House will be hosting a live radio broadcast featuring the voices, beats, and stories of Detroit Summer, Elementz, Project South, Palestine Education Project, Bump, Community News Production Institute, Radio Rootz, Philadelphia Student Union, The Media Mobilizing Project, Making Contact, Free Speech Radio News, Various LPFM stations and more. The station will also air all of the pieces produced by participants in the AMC-FM workshop. The radio schedule will be available here.
This weekend I will be selling Justseeds prints, books and postcards at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, and assisting with the Saturday morning stencil and silkscreen workshop by Juan of the Beehive Collective. If you're in Southeast Michigan, you must make it out for this amazing annual conference. As I will be the lone Justseed at the conference this year, please assuage my loneliness by stopping by the Justseeds table and saying hello. Here's a photo from last year.
Justseeds fellow traveler Marc Moscato is about to head out on 2 week Northwest bike tour showing a collection of short films and videos by artists in his hometown of Buffalo, NY. Riding along with David Gracon (and organized with Julie Perini), Marc will bring Tough Stuff from the Buff to a dozen theaters, all ages venues and non-traditional spaces throughout the Pacific Northwest this July-August.
Here's the dates:
July 17-18 Anacortes, WA | What the Heck Fest
July 19 Bellingham, WA | TBA
July 20 Vancouver, BC | Pacific Cinematheque
July 21 Vancouver, BC | Spartacus Bookstore
July 22 Nanaimo, BC | Outdoor show at CHLY
July 24 Victoria, BC | Open Space Gallery
July 26 Port Townsend, WA | The Boiler Room
July 27 Langley, WA | private screening
July 28 Seattle, WA | The Vita Warehouse
July 29 Tacoma, WA | private screening
July 30 Olympia, WA | Olympia All Ages Project
July 31 Chehalis, WA | The Matrix
August 2 Portland, OR | The Waypost
According to Marc:
Tough Stuff from the Buff highlights Buffalo’s DIY media arts community, focusing on works that blur the lines between video art, personal documentary and media activism. Representing a diverse group of artists, from accomplished media makers to youth-produced projects, the collection reflects the city’s public spaces, political struggles and its resiliency under late capitalism. Tough Stuff from the Buff acknowledges the origins of this tradition, while focusing on contemporary examples of those persevering against the odds of creating media in a dying rustbelt town. A website (tuffstuffbuff.wordpress.com) will be regularly updated, with photos, video and stories from the road.
Ink & Paper
The Biannual Studio Opening of the Taller Tupac Amaru
Jesus Barraza, Melanie Cervantes & Favianna Rodriguez
July 11 & 12, 2009. 11am-6pm
Radical Political Art | T-Shirts | Books
Printmaking Demos, Raffle, Youth Activities and More!
1505 33rd Ave. Oakland, CA 94601
(accessible via Fruitvale BART)
Join members of the Taller Tupac Amaru, a collective of Xicana/o artists and printmakers, at their biannual Open Studios. They will be showcasing their latest political and fine art prints. Self-guided studio tours will give visitors a unique opportunity to meet the artists and see their work in the place where it was created. This is a family friendly event.
Also The Great Tortilla Conspiracy will be joining us on Sunday at noon.
featuring: Rene Yañez, Rio Yañez, and Jos Sances
MUSIC by DJ Max Champ and DJ Quix
So Chris and I recently took part in the Willoughby Windows project here in Brooklyn. Organized by Ad Hoc Art, the project is one of those strange hybrids between business interests, real estate and art entrepreneurship that rightfully make a lot of people uncomfortable. I'm still up in the air as to how to feel about it, but I'm definitely glad to have been invited to participate and struggle with the issues embedded in this.
Ad Hoc negotiated a deal with the Metrotech Business Improvement District (BID) in Downtown Brooklyn to temporarily turn a block of abandoned storefront windows into artist installation spaces. The trick is that the storefronts don't just happen to be abandoned. Awhile back the same developers behind the BID kicked everyone out of these buildings and basically leveled the existing community. These business luminaries then ran out of cash, and now are hoping artists will salvage the situation by bringing people back onto the block and keeping the buildings "safe" from vandalism and crime. So us artists aren't actually kicking anyone out, that dirty deed is long since done, we're sort of like mid-fielders, keeping the ball in play until the developers can siphon off enough bailout money to tear out the storefronts and start building another hideous glass tower for rich people.
Today's Daily News article about the windows makes it seem like I'm not the only skeptic. Former tenants and even passerby's argue that the art is no replacement for the former businesses and community. This is the type of tough situation all kinds of people in all kinds of fields find themselves in: inheriting situations and problems we had little role in creating. What to do? Because thousands of people are going to be looking at these installations for the rest of the year I decided to fill my windows with Celebrate People's History posters. Might as well use the space to advertise little known political histories....
But rather than just listen to my issues, definitely check it out yourself. The opening is this Friday, July 10th at 2pm. Here's the info:
86 - 106 Willoughby Street, between Duffield and Bridge Streets
July 10, 2-7pm
Willoughby Windows transforms 12 vacant storefronts into a street level gallery that brings art to the community. Over 12 well known artists, all with deep roots in the street art movement, have contributed to this project, many creating site specific works. This network of visual experiences can help redefine how people visiting, working and living in Downtown Brooklyn think about and interact with their environment during a time of transition. Artists include: Ad Hoc Art, John Ahearn, Tom Beale, John Breiner, Cannonball Press, Cycle, Michael De Feo, Ellis G, Gaia, Logan Hicks, Lady Pink, Greg Lamarche, Josh MacPhee, Dennis McNett, Morning Breath, Chris Stain and Werdink.
On display July 10 - Nov 5, 2009.
If you're in the Philly area this Friday, I'd highly recommend checking out this benefit for a worthy cause- in addition to some inspiring speakers, this will be the first Philly display of the Justseeds portfolio Voices From the Outside.
Benefit for SafeWalk and RightRides
Rude Mechanical Orchestra
Old Hat, and
There will be music, baked goods (vegan and non), beverages, informational tables, and dancing. More info to come.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 8-12pm Silent Barn 915 Wyckoff L to Halsey or M to Myrtle-Wyckoff
All funds will go towards RightRides' operational costs. SafeWalk is a program of RightRides for Women's Safety that offers anyone a free, safe walk to any destination in northern Brooklyn on Friday nights.
$6-10 sliding scale
For those in the NYC area, after 18 months of being open, the new New Museum is finally doing a show worth going to! They're mounting an exhibition of posters and artwork by Emory Douglas, former Black Panther Party Minister of Culture. Most of Douglas' work was originally published as graphics, covers, and centerfold posters in the Black Panther newspaper in the 1970s and early 80s, where he collaged together his drawings, found photographs, and ziptone patterns to create an amazing array of graphics in service to the Black Revolution in the US. For whatever reason (likely cannibalistic), a portion of the art world has recently taken a shine towards Emory, and I'm not going to complain, this promises to be a great opportunity to see a huge collection of difficult to find work from a political graphics master. Here's the details, and a link to more info and more images(!):
Emory Douglas: Black Panther
An Exhibition Curated by Sam Durant
7/22/09 - 10/18/09
New York, NY 10002
We're having another art show at my house, we did this last year and it was super fun!
This is organized by Thea and will include new work from the Grafic Arts Collective Cordyceps (Thea, Santiago, and Geovanni- all who have work on Justseeds), Pete Yahnke, Justseeds' allies Katie B. & Lydia Crumbley, and me. Please come, everyone is welcome (I'll be there late, I have to work!). --Icky
Sunday June 28th
5205 NE 19th
Exsposicion Hazlo Tu Mismx de Grafica Radical
Domingo 28 de Junio a las 7:00pm
5205 Calle NE 19th
AIR is having their Annual Summer Benefit Bash this Saturday - and this year there are two exciting shows of political prints on view for the event. Check it out!
Saturday June 27th 4pm-11pm
Artists Image Resource
518 Foreland St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
A Visual History of the George W. Bush Presidency
a traveling print portfolio of 15 different artists critical take on 15 different moments of the Bush Administration's tenure.
as well as selections from the Seeing Red portfolio printed at Artists Image Resource in 2006. For more information please visit http://www.seeing-red.net/
the AIR artist submitted t-shirt raffle!!
one of a kind transformed threads on display throughout the AIR gallery.
raffle tickets for $1.
winners pulled at 10:45pm that night
The Yes Men were involved in another spoof paper last week, this one is an edition of the International Herald, and the re-made paper focuses on climate change and the upcoming COP15 conference in Copenhagen in December. You can check out the whole paper and download a PDF of it here.
I'll be at Think Galactic this weekend in Chicago! I'm looking forward to it, the schedule is packed with cool stuff. I'll be co-running a stenciling workshop, as well as on a panel about the continuing appeal of the apocalypse story in sci-fi/fantasy literature. I'll also be moderating panels on DIY and Climate Change, and having a small Justseeds table.
Here's the info:
Think Galacticon 2009
A full schedule, registration, directions, etc. can be found here.
Justseeds will be tabling this weekend at the New York City Zine Fest '09. For a number of years successful zine fests have been held all over the country; they're a place for zine makers to talk shop, people to find the coolest new self-published projects, and an introduction to zines and DIY publishing for the uninitiated. This is the first zine fest in NYC, so if you are in town, come up and take part in the fun.
NYC Zine Fest '09
Sat and Sun June 27 and 28
12 - 7pm
The mission of the NYC Zine Fest is to circulate and promote self-published, homemade, independent, and small publications called zines. The Fest aims to support and expand the network of creators who self-publish these zines, as well as independent publishers and distributors in and around the NYC metro area.
There will be more than 70 zinemakers, publishers and institutions participating in the Fest, including Printed Matter, World War 3 Illustrated and the Barnard Zine Library. There will be workshops, discussion groups and a screening of zine documentary '$100 & a T-Shirt' - the latter which will run at 5pm both days. As zines gain popularity and clamor, this fest welcomes a wide audience to attend, meet the artists, participate in the free workshops, and buy and learn about zines. There will be food, beer, coffee, and music!
The Fest will also include a raffle with prizes consisting of rare zines, books, gift certificates, art, and more. Raffle donors include Spoonbill & Sugartown, Printed Matter, Melissa Staiger, Picturebox Inc., Opal Massage, Microcosm, 92YTribeca and Trong Nguyen.
For info and programming schedule: http://www.nyczinefest.org
As part of the 8th Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the United Nations is hosting an exhibition entitled 'Celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Cultures'. It isn't everyday that organizations such as the UN involve the work/ideas of Native people. So when I got an email about the exhibition during UNPFII, I was definitely interested. The curators liked my work and included it in the show.
Getting works to the UN in New York City, was nearly impossible, though. I sent three artworks using FedEx, as they were the curators' suggested carriers. However, FedEx made three unsuccessful delivery attempts and left my stuff sitting in a warehouse somewhere in Queens. When my brother (who lives in Brooklyn) attempted to pick the packages up to hand-deliver them, some knucklehead sent them back to me after the folks told me they'd hold it for me.
In the end, though, the works arrived. Thanks to America Meredith (Tsalagi artist, bike junkie and JustSeeds friend), we have photographic proof that the work was hung for UNPFII.
If visiting NYC, the exhibition hangs until the end of the month in the Main Gallery of the Visitor's Lobby.
We are throwing a big ole My So-Called Life-themed party at Free Ride, Pittsburgh's amazing recycle-a-bike shop. All proceeds from the party benefit Free Ride's Youth Mobile Bike Repair program and Book'Em's ongoing postage costs for sending reading material to prisoners.
Organizing crucial benefit danceparties is part of my practice as an artist, DJ, and organizer. Aside from raising much-needed financial support, creating social events like this allow new folks to connect to our ongoing projects, and create much-needed space and time for collective members and volunteers to hang out in a non-work-meeting setting. In collectives, relationships are so important, and sweet hangouts build that! Check out the details (Nutmeg B is Justseeds own Shaun Slifer) Thanks to A.Brick for the silkscreened flyer design.
We're getting so little information about what is going on in Iran, and most of it seems so skewed, these reports from friends inside are amazingly useful at trying to understand what is going on and why:
TEHRAN, June 17, 02h00---Today brought thousands to the streets again, although protesters changed the initial location of the protest because Ahmadinejad supporters were supposed to gather at the same site. Official state television was calling all peoples of all opinions to gather there, which in Islamic Republic code means: go and fight it out; we will provide the armed militias, and you will provide the targets.
So the peaceful crowd changed their location, making their way from Vanak Square towards Tajrish, in the north of Tehran. Like each day, the protests are illegal, and people afraid of repercussions, but this has not kept them indoors. The government has announced that it will re-count votes, although what has happened to the votes is a mystery. Many have resigned from the Ministry of Interior and most likely the paper ballots we all hand-wrote have either been trashed or tampered with. In any case, it matters little. This is not about the elections, but about a people being mocked and disgraced over and over again by a fascist regime--YES...FASCIST... (with big capital letters, for all those who think otherwise!).
I took the day off from the rally to rest...and to move across the city to hide my video tapes, get internet access at a friend's house, and to converse and exchange ideas about what has happened and what will happen in the next days, weeks, months, and maybe years. We all think that this is a beginning of the formation of a movement towards major systemic change. The last decade, starting with the student movement of 1999, brought about a demand for a REFERENDUM. Yes or No to Velayat-e-Faqih, supreme and divine law as administered by the chosen Ayatollah. This will come with due time - people want a peaceful, yet determined transition, one that will mean change brought about through a long-term people's struggle. Our only hope is that this movement is not stolen or undermined as the 1906 Constitutional Revolution was, as the coup d'etat in 1953 brought an end to Mossadegh's fight, and as the 1979 Revolution turned from a people's (mainly leftist) revolution to an Islamic one.
TEHRAN, June 15, 3h30-
Today, at least 1 million people gathered for a 'silent' march from Revolution Square to Freedom Square. The crowd, which filled the wide avenue, extended further, and at one point it became impossible to move forward. There are no official figures (and those would of course be disputable), but I have never seen a demonstration like this in my life, anywhere!
People walked silently, hands raised. We had been warned to stay indoors, as the police have orders to fire live bullets, and this being Iran, we take that for exactly what it means, but people did not listen.
As night fell, and the crowd dispersed, Bassiji militiamen opened fire on the crowd, killing one (his photo is circulating) and many were injured. The city took flames again, but by this point I had come home. In our neighborhood, there were Bassijis stationed with police at the major square north of the house, pushing people and hitting cars with batons, telling people to go home. Again at 9:30 pm, people made their way to the rooftops to cry out, "Allah Akbar" and "Death to Dictatorship". We heard shots that sounded like tear gas pellets (although they are using some strange nerve gas or other chemical agent, not tear gas) but also live fire.
Today, students at Tehran University were in mourning. Many of their peers were arrested last night, and one student was shot dead, when Bassijis raided their dorms and beat them. Today, as the demonstration passed by the University, we saw students protesting from inside and speaking to people through the metal bars. They were locked in.
I won't get into the decisions and talks taking place in the high ranks of the regime, and amongst reformist groups. These people, no matter how much they represent 'change', are problematic political leaders with shady pasts.
Tonight we are only thinking of the dead, from the past and today, and preparing ourselves for more. Something is taking form, and it is only a matter of time before there is a bigger backlash than what we have seen.
Here are the names of the 5 people who have been confirmed dead from yesterday and Saturday's clashes. 2 women and 3 men, all of whom were buried in Behesht Zahra cemetery without their families being notified.
We do not yet know the name of the man shot dead tonight.
Queens Museum of Art
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
7 to Shea Stadium
opens Saturday, June 20
Red Lines is a large-scale installation that explores how we finance our living environments, and will remain on view through September 27, 2009. Opening day events include: a 3–5 pm screening and discussion of Primetime: Fighting Back Against Foreclosure, a documentary by Jennifer Fasulo and Manauvaskar Kublall looking at predatory loan practices and their aftermath, and a blow-out 5–7 pm reception. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Queens Museum Panorama of New York City has been used to map the pattern of 2008 foreclosures across the city. Red Lines is curated by Larissa Harris, and is a project of the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies and the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). More information at
The folks at PEEL Mag are back to work. This time Holly is launching a Street Styles program in Indianapolis, bringing street art into public schools and community centers to teach youth about art, politics and public space. The Street Styles program was started in San Francisco by the street artist DAVE (Warnke) to much success, and hopefully will work just as well in the midwest...more info on the Street Styles website.
Images Courtesy of Lincoln Cushing
'Hasta la Victoria (Deportista) Siempre: Sports Imagery in Revolutionary Cuba.'
Unlike many of my artist and activist friends, I grew up as a jock. My dad was a gym teacher (physical education, sorry) and I was raised playing football/soccer, basketball, and running track. When I became involved in hardcore, I was shocked when a punk friend of mine told me that the politics of sport did not intersect with those of athletics. Who knew that sports and punk were so separate? I guess my ex-friend did not realize that Kevin Seconds was a huge b-ball fan and the 7 Seconds song 'I Hate Sports' was written tongue in cheek. Remember the basketball on the inside of the Drop Acid album?
Artist and activist circles don't fair much better in regards to our position on sports. Notwithstanding the writing of folks such as Dave Zirin and CLR James, very little has been written about the relationship between sports and radicalism. This weekend I will be in Bristol, UK lecturing on Cuban sports posters. Although many of us are familiar with the silkscreened posters from socialist Cuba, little is written about the role of sports images within the larger domain of Cuban poster history. Hopefully the paper I present this weekend, as well as the article and book chapter that will emerge from it, will begin to lay the groundwork for what we know about revolutionary Cuban sports posters.
If you are in Bristol, stop by Burwals at 4:00pm-6:0pm Sunday evening. I will be presenting on 'Hasta la Victoria (Deportista) Siempre: Sports Imagery in Revolutionary Cuba.'
The Visual in Sport
13-14 June 2009
A Two-Day International Conference at Burwalls
University of Bristol, UK
A night of solidarity for the ongoing struggle of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, featuring groundbreaking native artists SAMIAN, CerAmony and Cheri Maracle.
When : Thursday, June 11, 2009 @ 8 pm
Where : Petit Campus, 57 Prince-Arthur East, Montreal, QC
The concert takes place on June 11th, the first anniversary of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s apology for the residential schools system – an apology that many survivors in Barriere Lake believe will take on real meaning only when the government changes its policies to ensure just relations with Indigenous peoples.
performances from :
* SAMIAN : celebrated Algonquin hip-hop artist
with members of Nomadic Massive and Sola y las Lolas
Beats for Barriere Lake
SAMIAN is an Algonquin hip-hop artist who is the first to perform in French and Algonquin. Born in the community of Pikogan in Abitibi-Temiscamingue, Samian (Samuel Tremblay) recounts the tales of the youth in his community and the plight and struggles of First Nations. Samian’s music has struck a cord in Quebec society and within the hip-hop community and beyond through collaborations with the celebrated Quebec hip-hop ensemble Loco Locass.
* CerAmony : Cree eclectic musical duo who hail from the James Bay region of Canada
* Cheri Maracle : Mohawk singer/songwriter from Six Nations with Ojibway singer/songwriter Marc Nadjiwan
* screening of Blockade on the 117 by filmmaker Martha Stiegman
Tickets for fundraiser : $10-12 at the door (sliding scale)
Presented by : Barriere Lake Solidarity, CKUT radio, Productions Multi-Monde, Tadamon ! Montreal and the National Campus and Community Radio Conference (NCCRC)
* background information on Barriere Lake
Since the Department of Indian Affairs ousted their Customary Chief and
Council in March 2008 and used the Surete du Quebec to forcibly impose
the authority of a minority community faction, the Barriere Lake
Algonquins have been organizing to roll-back the quiet coup d'etat. They
are campaigning to make the government honour a number of agreements,
including the Trilateral, a internationally praised land co-management
and resource-revenue sharing deal the Algonquins signed with Canada and
Quebec in 1991. It would significantly protect their forests from
clear-cut logging, but it remains unimplemented. They first signed the
agreement after a campaign of logging road blockades, which culminated
in a one-day blockade of highway 117, a crucial economic vein in
Northern Quebec, in 1990. In October, 2008, Barriere Lake once again
blockaded the 117, to force the government to respect their agreements
and their leadership customs. The SQ brutally put down the peaceful action.
info Barriere Lake Solidarity Collective:
Josh Macphee and Kevin Caplicki collaborated on a 5-color handprinted poster for an upcoming benefit for the Brecht Forum.
The event features Noam Chomsky who will deliver a lecture called Crisis and Hope:Theirs and ours. He'll be introduced by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, and features music by Earthdriver and Mahina Movement
The event will be held
Friday, June 12
At Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive (Btn 120 & 121 St)
Sliding scale for talk: $20/$25/$30
Reception with Noam Chomsky (includes reserved seating for the talk): $50/$100/$250/$500
Special Benefit for the Brecht Forum,
Please contribute what you can afford.
The poster, a signed and numbered edition of 60, will be available for sale at the event, and tickets can be purchased through the Brecht Forum website.
I shold also mention that Justseeds will be tabling the event along with others, like our comrades from Bluestockings Bookstore
Benefit for Palabra Radio Network-International Radio Technical Support Network
For communities in resistance. Palabra Radio is a project coordinated to bring materials, equipment, and expertise to community radio projects in Central & South America, as well as immigrant communities in the USA.
June 12, 2009 7pm 687 Park Ave. #1 Brooklyn, NYC (Between Marcy and Tompkins Aves) Flushing, Line G $5 Minumun Donation
My dear friend and housemate Heidi Tucker has a collaborative cardboard installation opening tonight at Morning Glory Coffeehouse in Pittsburgh...I thought it appropriate to post on here, what with Justseeds' affinity for cardboard, and some Justseeds peeps in the show...check it out, it will be up for the month of June.
June 5, 2009 - 7pm
Heidi Tucker - ART OPENING
at Morning Glory Coffeehouse
1806 Chislett Street, in Morningside
free food + wine
412-450-1050 for info
HEIDI TUCKER painted cardboard installation. come on dahn. will be up throughout the month of June
Cardboard installation floor to ceiling...
with pieces by
Mary Mack, Emilie Bosworth-Clemens, Nathan Mould, Morgan Cahn, Carly, Teresa, Leslie Stem, Gina, Ally Reeves, Caleb Gamble, Ashley Brickman, Niko Gomez, Chris St.Pierre, Aurelia Freidland, Mick, Blair, Gretchen Ann Neidert
Evil Twin will perform at 9pm.
This just in from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics out in Los Angeles:
High Art for Higher Purpose
June 6 - 27, 2009
Los Angeles City College
855 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Gallery Hours: Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 12 – 4 pm
From Dada to Punk, from anti-war movements to feminism and ecology, high art has been repeatedly incorporated into a visual language that ranges from the iconoclastic to overt protest. MasterPeaces shows how works by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Picasso, Warhol and many others have been parodied, appropriated or altered to make statements about a variety of contemporary issues.
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 6 12 – 4 pm
Symposium: Saturday, June 20, 2009 2-4 pm
The Center for the Study of Political Graphics, students and faculty in the Designing the Political course at Otis College of Art and Design, will discuss the dialogue between the original art and the contemporary protest poster.
Portland (Oregon) is having its very own Anarchist Bookfair (our first! that I know of...)
Justseeds will be there, as well as Eberhardt Press, Axiom Collective, Little Black Cart, PM Press, the Multnomah County Library (?!) and many more....
Saturday, June 6, 10am - 6pm
Sunday, June 7, 10am - 4pm
Liberty Hall - 311 N Ivy | Portland, OR
503-516-9220 | email@example.com
The Axiom Collective is hosting the Portland Anarchist Book Fair. This two day event will feature over 20 booksellers, publishers, and zinesters offering a wide range of radical literature and art. There will be a dozen workshops, cheap eats from the Red and Black Cafe, a rad raffle, and more!
This event is FREE to attend, and childcare will be provided!
My friend Michael McCanne, a book and printmaker and a founding editor of Lightful Press will be giving a presentation and slide show about the work of Eloisa Cartonera, an art and editorial project based in Buenos Aires, Argentina who he spent four and a half months working with. There will also be a workshop on the methods that are used to create books out of recycled materials with cardboard covers, how to paint them and bind materials into them. You can make a new book, or bring your own zines or art to use.
In the wake of the 2001/2002 economic collapse two artists, Fernanda Laguna and Javier Barilaro, and a writer, Washington Concurto, initiated Eloisa Cartonera, a cooperative editorial project dedicated to working with Cartoneros (cardboard scavengers) to produce accessible books bound in cardboard. The phenomenon of the cartoneros, who are estimated to number in the tens of thousands, arose as a direct result of the distingration of the Argentine economy under neo-liberal policies of president Carlos Menem and the structural readjustment program of the International Monetary Fund.
Eloisa Cartonera is a part of the multilithic popular response to that crisis, a response that is both creative and based on equal cooperation. The project purchases cardboard directly from Cartoneros at an elevated price and uses it to bind short stories and poetry collections of well know and experimental Latin American writers. The books are stenciled and hand painted in bright colors and then sold for five pesos (equivalent of $1.30). Eloisa produces books in Spanish, English, Portuguese and German and has over one hundred titles.
Since its inception in 2003, Eloisa Cartonera has spawned an organic and independent movement of cartonerias across South and Central America, with workshops in Paraguay, Columbia, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico and Ecuador. Each cartoneria is autonomous and each country has its own unique social and economic situation but Eloisa has set a model. This phenomenon has spread in which people are organizing alternatives by example–organically and without any structure or over-arching hierarchy. In the vacuum left in Argentina, a new mode of production was synthesized; a production based in reuse, creativity and cooperation.
Here's the schedule for the tour I'm headed out on with Bill Daniel this week. We'll be showing Bill's film "Who is Bozo Texino?", as well as putting up a couple shows of Bill's work along the way. I'll be opening for his film with a short presentation about a couple of current projects of mine. If you're in any of these spots, drop in!
June 5 -> St. Louis, MO - Cranky Yellow
June 6 -> St. Louis, MO - Black Bear Bakery
June 7-9 -> Dallas, then Austin, then back to Dallas... (that's in Texas, no gigs there)
June 10 -> Shreveport, LA - Danzell House (? house show ?)
June 11-12 -> Little Rock, AK - Chaulk Legends @ Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative (w/ Buz Blurr aka Colossus of Roads) (pictured below)
June 13 -> Nashville, TN - Little Hamilton Collective / Firebrand Infoshop
June 14 -> Knoxville, TN ?
The Howling Mob Society will be presenting in Pittsburgh on Thursday, June 4, during the Working Class Studies Association's annual "Class Matters" conference. The conference will take place on the University of Pittsburgh campus. Details from the conference program:
Session C—2:30-3:45 p.m. - Thursday, June 4
Pitt Cathedral of Learning, 2nd Floor, room 252
C3. "Contested Markers: Two Views on Historical Commemoration"
Chair: Joel Woller, History, Carlow University
Howling Mob Society, Independent, “The Howling Mob Society Reclaims the Historical Marker”
Kenneth C. Wolensky, Penn State University and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission,
“Preserving and Interpreting Industrial and Working Class History Sites”
Richard Porton, editor of the recently published Arena: On Anarchist Cinema, will be presenting in New York City on Friday. Anarchist cinema is a difficult idea, but Porton will unravel this history - from film collectives formed in the early twentieth century to contemporary video activism. Join Porton for discussion and showing of movies made by anarchist or having anarchist impetus. Porton is also the author of the great book Film and the Anarchist Imagination.
Friday, May 29th @ 7pm
172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington
Arena can be found in our store here.
Art & Politics: Susan Greene
Susan Greene is a public artist, activist, educator and clinical psychologist. Her practice straddles a range of cultural arenas, focusing on borders, migrations, decolonization and memory. Greene is one of four Jewish American women artists who in 1989 founded the ongoing “Break the Silence Mural Project” in solidarity with Palestine.
Wednesday May 27, 7:30 pm
1310 Mission at 9th, San Francisco
Zoobombing is a recent local tradition where people take little-kids bikes on the light rail under the West Hills in Portland. They get off in the station in the tunnel, take the elevator up the hill, and then ride a nice, fairly depopulated, stretch of road past the zoo through Washington Park and into downtown Portland. It's a weird local spectacle, pissing off cops and drivers, but somehow gathering support of other people in power so that it hasn't been outright criminalized. One issue that became a sore spot is that the zoobombers leave all the kids bikes (like 20 of them) locked up to a single bike rack across the street from Powell's books downtown.
This Saturday there is a benefit for Be Well!: Healthcare Options for the Uninsured, a guide, online and in print to free and cheap healthcare in Pittsburgh. I did the cover artwork and will also be DJ-ing. It looks like a well-rounded evening of music and such a good cause!
Take care of ourselves!!!
Be Well! Benefit
Saturday May 23rd
Weird Paul medically-themed song video
DJ's Mary Mack & Edgar Um
$5 at door
We'll have lil Be Well! mini booklets to pass out as well as medically-themed coloring books.
This just in over the wire:
"Leonard Crowdog is a legend. He served as spiritual advisor to the American Indian Movement (AIM) and played a pivotal role at Wounded Knee during its 71-day siege in 1973. He will be speaking in defense of American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, next Wednesday, May 20 at 7PM, at the Native American Student and Community Center at Portland State University (on the corner of SW Broadway and Jackson Streets)."
The event is free.
Poster by Paul Davis, 1977
LEAVE HOME Group Show.
Original works and collaborative installation by ladies in Punk Rock:
Cristy C. Road (Croadcore Illustration/Writing/etc, The Homewreckers), Lauren Denitzio (The Measure, Red and Black Eye), Tamara Waite-Santibanez (No Guts No Glory, Zombie Dogs) & Kate Wadkins (Cheeky, For the Birds). LEAVE HOME Binds varying linear structures with the sparkling connections between our souls and our soil.
Home is dissected. As Brooklyn slowly transgresses into a development landmine, we hold on to the purity of bricks, concrete, our soil, our urban breeding ground, and the spurts of nature which trickle inbetween. Our identities, and our connections to our home, vary as much as our artistic renderings; but in the end converge into a collective act of visual chaos.
And MUSIC By LITTLE LUNGS, LAURA STEVENSON + MORE TBA
This weekend Jesse, Erik, Kevin and Josh will be tabling at:
MONTREAL'S 10th ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR
Saturday, MAY 16, 10am to 6pm
CEDA, 2515 rue Delisle
(near the Lionel-Groulx metro)
-> Part of the month-long Festival of Anarchy (May 2009).
-> Followed by a full day of Anarchist Presentations and Workshops (May 17, 2009).
-> Bring your kids! Kids activities and free childcare on-site.
-> For anarchists, allies, and those who are interested or curious about anarchism.
-> Free! Welcome to all!
[The main space is wheelchair accessible. For more information or to inquire about other accessibility needs, see our accessibility policy: http://www.anarchistbookfair.ca/en/node/6 or contact the collective.]
No gods, no masters; no bosses, no borders!
Curious about anarchism? Come check us out!
This arrived in the inbox from Aaron Hughes. This series of events taking place in Chicago looks incredibly inspiring and important. Details below.
The intertwining of the military with industry is no longer new to the American experience. In fact it is widely accepted as the way things are. Less considered is the military’s insertion into research, technology, entertainment, education, and the wider American culture. At a point in history when the threat level is constantly orange, what would it mean to demilitarize American culture?
Demilitarized U consists of a series of teach-ins and workshops that endeavors to imagine and investigate what it means to create a demilitarized university; and ask what is a demilitarized physical and psychological space and what are the strategies and tactics needed to achieve demilitarization.
The Demilitarized U. will bring together Iraqis, veterans, community organizers, community leaders, activists, educators, and artists to lead and participate in a series of two-day teach-ins and workshops.
The series is free and open to the wider Chicago community. Please come and contribute to the discussion and production of a Demilitarized University.
Contact the DU with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
click continue for schedule...
A month long exhibition of over 100 socially engaged print works by Justseeds radical artists cooperative and the Celebrate Peoples History poster series.
May 5th to May 31st, 2009
5490 St. Laurent
May 10th - vernissage 8pm, followed by a dance party
May 16th - print sale at the MTL Anarchist Bookfair (2515 rue Delisle)
May 18th - slide presentation and artist talk by Justseeds' artists Josh MacPhee and Erik Ruin, 7:30pm
There's a great art show at Reading Frenzy right now, containing images from an upcoming book by Thistle Press. The show is about "attempts to address the marvelous nature of some of the many things that are disappearing from the world', eg- endangered species. Includes work from Justseeds' ally Vanessa Renwick and my favorite local illustrator Carson Ellis. If you're in Portland you should head down and check it (and buy some zines while you're there too).
If not the show is available online here.
I just finished up the poster for Think Galacticon 2009, a radical political Sci-Fi convention held bi-annually in Chicago. This year it's going to be the weekend of June 26-28 at Roosevelt University. You can find out all about it here.
Stop the Armed Forces
An Exhibition of Conscious Art and Music Against Police Brutality
Friday May 15th
8pm - 2am
2323 East Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, 90021
Open Gallery May 16th, Noon - 6pm
Jon-Paul Bail, Brianna Lengel-Bail, Alison Smith, Tim Holgerson, Louis Hennings, Jesus Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, Ryan J. Saari, Taarna R. Grimsley, Paul Barron, Favianna Rodriguez, Frank Zio, Chuck Sperry, Ron Donovan, Emory Douglas, Contra, Yem, Ritzy Periwinkle, John Carr, Karen Fiorito, Hit+Run, 2Cents, 2Rabbits, ABCNT, David Kietzman, Josh MacPhee, Mear One, Vyal, and more...
This saturday evening, two of the folks in the radical marching band that I used to play with have organized a benefit for the RNC 8, who were arrested on conspiracy charges for their work helping to prepare for the protests of the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis. These folks are facing serious jail time for some pretty basic organizing work. The case threatens to set a precedent that could hurt all kinds of political organizing efforts. The benefit will feature speakers (who will talk about what happened and the civil liberties issues involved), photos from the RNC, and food and drink.
It will also feature a performance by the Breakway Marching Band, which is somewhat special because our awesome and talented baritone player Charlie is moving out of town two days later. We'll also have a guest sousaphone player - some of you may know Matt Toups, he'll be back in town visiting for a bit and I'm sure he'd love to see some old friends.
Hope to see you all there! Please spread the word.
WHERE: Friends Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside/Oakland.
WHEN: 7-10 PM
7:30 pm - Breakaway Marching Band
8:30 pm - Speakers and discussion
DONATION - pay what you can. All proceeds go to the legal fees of the RNC 8.
A bunch of artist-run spaces and projects multiple Justseeders have connections to are part of this exhibition opening up on Sunday in Chicago:
Opening: Sunday, May 10
Featuring 1/Quarterly, 65GRAND, Alogon, Antena, artLedge, Butchershop, Co-Prosperity Sphere, devening projects + editions, Deluxe Projects, Dogmatic, Fraction Workspace, Fucking Good Art (FGA), Green Lantern, He Said-She Said, HungryMan, joymore, Julius Caesar, Law Office, LiveBox, Margin Gallery, Medicine Cabinet/Second Bedroom Project Space, mini dutch, Modest Contemporary Art Projects, NFA Space, Normal Projects, Old Gold, Polvo, Roots & Culture, Scott Projects, Standard, Suitable, Swimming Pool Projects, Teti, The Suburban, and VONZWECK.
With special contributions by Imperfect Articles, INCUBATE, Mess Hall, Seven Three Split, and ThreeWalls.
Artists Run Chicago is an exhibition showcasing the energy and audacity of some of the most noteworthy artist-run spaces that have influenced the Chicago contemporary art scene over the past decade. Chicago has long been known for cultivating a strong entrepreneurial/Do-It-Yourself spirit in business and the arts. The participating artist-run venues have transformed storefronts, sheds, apartments, lofts, industrial warehouses, garages and roving spaces into contemporary art galleries testing the notion of “exhibition” while complicating the definition of art. Coinciding with the Hyde Park Art Center’s 70th anniversary, Artists Run Chicago reconnects the Art Center to its beginnings as an artist-run space by showcasing spaces that continue the legacy.
Also in the inbox. Justseeds will be at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair which is on May 16th:
MONTREAL’S 4th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL ANARCHIST THEATRE FESTIVAL
MAY 13 + 14, 2009, D.B. Clarke Theatre
with NEW YORK’s LEGENDARY ‘THE LIVING THEATRE’
The fourth annual Montreal International Anarchist Theatre Festival (MIATF) proudly presents two nights with New York’s legendary ‘The Living Theatre,’ Wednesday, May 13 + Thursday, May 14, 2009 at Concordia University’s D.B. Clarke Theatre, 1455 de Maisonneuve West (Metro Guy-Concordia), 7:30pm.
Tickets are $15 at the door or in advance from AT the Montreal anarchist bookstore L’Insoumise, 2033 boul St-Laurent (tel: 514- 313-3489), starting april 15, 2009.
The Living Theatre - North America’s premiere avant-garde theatre project founded in 1947 by two non-violent anarchists, Judith Malina (student of Erwin Piscator) and the late Julian Beck (from the New York School) - will perform a new piece for their two night run called ‘The Beautiful Non-Violent Anarchist Revolution: A combination of Living Theatre Plays.’ The world famous troupe is renowned for their aesthetics emphasizing improvisation and their plays about revolutionary issues. Their work has influenced generations of radical playwrights, actors and artists, and they have won four prestigious Obie awards. They continue to produce and tour anti-war plays from New York. Judith Malina will perform as part of the troupe.
Opening for The Living Theatre May 13th, is Maikan, an Innu giant puppet theatre troupe from the Mali-Utenam reserve near Sept-Iles. For their Montreal debut, they will stage ‘Tshakapesh’ – an enchanting, mythical piece based on an Innu legend addressing contemporary social issues.
Benefit for NYC's Books Through Bars
Friday May 8th, 8pm
Art & Resistance: Slideshows and Discussion
Seth Tobocman: Author of "Disaster and Resistance: Comics and Landscapes for the 21st Century"
Peter Kuper: "Stop Forgetting to Remember: The Autobiography of Walter Kurtz"
Kevin Caplicki & Molly Fair from Justseeds: Creators of the "Prison Portfolio Project"
Vikki Law: Author of "Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women"
A couple friends have passed along links to this upcoming show in Stuttgart Germany. It looks extremely interesting:
Art under Conditions of Political Repression
60s–80s / South America / Europe
May 30 – August 2, 2009
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
Schlossplatz 2, D – 70173 Stuttgart
From May 30 to August 2, 2009 the Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart devotes itself to experimental and conceptual art practices that had become established between the nineteen-sixties and eighties in Europe and South America under the influence of military dictatorships and communist regimes.
The exhibition’s nine sections will be focused on various contexts and strategies of artistic production along with their positioning vis-à-vis political and cultural repression in the GDR, Hungary, Romania, the Soviet Union, Spain, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and Peru. Of equal concern here are both the particularities of and the relations between the different temporal and local environments.
(image: Luis Pazos, Transformations of living masses, 1973)
May 4, 2009 1:30-4:30pm Martin E. Segal Theatre CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue
"Breaking the Siege" documednts the repression of Atenco's social movement (Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra -FPDT). This is a simultaneous projection on Brasil, México and NY as part of Libertad Y Justicia para Atenco-Campaña Nacional y Internacional(The national and international campain for justice and freedom for political prisioners of Atenco)
a film about the events in Atenco / Mexico 2006
San Salvador Atenco, May 2006. A small town in the suburbs of Mexico City. Two months before the presidential elections, a conflict for land and rights escalates between the population of Atenco and the Mexican government. Unbelievable events take place: the police attack a marketplace, the inhabitants block the highways leading to the city, and confrontations between an outraged population and police forces break out. The state of emergency goes on for several days and culminates in the death of a 14 year old boy.
This video analyzes the events in San Salvador Atenco during the first days of May and denounces the violation of the civilian population’s human rights by state and federal police forces. The documentary deconstructs the mass media’s operating methods, which were responsible for creating a climate of fear and an information blockade on the events in San Salvador Atenco, in the midst of an especially delicate situation: the 2006 process of presidential succession in Mexico.
World War 3 Illustrated Release Party
Thursday, April 30, 2009 7-9PM
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA)
594 Broadway, Suite 401 (Between Houston and Prince st.)
New York, NY 10012
Come celebrate the release of "Wordless Worlds" issue #39 of World War 3 Illustrated.
Featuring multi-media presentation of art by:
Paula Hewitt Amram
and many others...
with an animated film by Onur Tukel
and live music by Eric Blitz, Steve Wishnia, Andy Laties, Breeze and more!
In Burma/Myanmar, the military junta has ruled since 1962, brutally suppressing human rights and the flow of information. Yet in the fall of 2007, the military found itself challenged by Buddhist clergy and ordinary citizens who used nonviolent actions and 21st century technology to challenge the regime. Although the so-called Saffron Revolution failed to result in regime change, dedicated Burmese activists are continuing to risk their lives to work for change in their country. In a country of 58 million with less than 1% internet and cell phone penetration, how is technology being used to challenge a military regime?
Join us for an evening conversation on this topic, including:
-- A presentation by Digital Democracy on the use of technology inside and along Burma's borders.
-- Footage from the Sept. 2007 Saffron Revolution, where tech such as mobile phones and the internet allowed protesters to coordinate and publicize the largest protests seen in a generation,
-- A Q&A with "Stanley", a Burmese computer programmer and chairperson of the All Burma IT Students Union.
Monday, April 27th, 7:30pm, free
The Change You Want To See Gallery
84 Havemeyer Street, at Metropolitan Ave
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Karen Fiorito (of Hard Pressed Studio) has new project/studio she's launching in LA called Buddha Cat Press:
There's a giant new show about squated social centers opening at ABC Nno Rio in NYC. If you are in town, check it out. Read through the whole post here, there is a schedule of great looking films and events at the end:
House Magic: Bureau of Foreign Correspondence
exhibition at ABC No Rio
April 21 to May 10, 2009
evening events Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings
The social center movement in Europe will be the focus of a project exhibition at the Lower East Side cultural center ABC No Rio during later April and early May. Images and information, videos and discussion will engage the realities of this vital urban movement.
An outgrowth of political squatting, the social center in occupied vacant buildings was a key feature of the Italian Autonomist movement of the 1970s and '80s. Squats on the Lower East Side of New York City in the 1990s borrowed elements of the English and German social center models, including cafes, infoshops (library/bookstores), performance spaces and art galleries. These models also influenced the “infoshops” of the anarchist movement throughout the US. Across Europe, the often short-lived social centers became important organizing foci of the global justice movement during the first decade of the new century.
The House Magic exhibition will be an open structure, a channel for a continuous flow of information from the social centers themselves. Bulletins will be posted, banners will be painted, soup will be served. Video documentaries will be screened, and guests will discuss their experiences with social centers.
The social centers arose out of direct action squatting. In the new century, however, these actions have been less about housing, and more intended to create social, cultural and political space for action in the city.
In many cases, social center squatting is a response to gentrifying development in the city, an instance of "bottom up planning and architecture." The social centers are usually well integrated into the neighborhoods in which they are set up, and provide free space for cultural activities to take place. Many social centers work closely with immigrant groups, organizing, supporting and demonstrating to protect their rights.
From April 21 to May 10, we will be working the theme at ABC No Rio, processing and presenting information about the social center movement. A key node in global justice organizing, squatted social centers have sprung up in cities throughout Europe. They represent a new wave of activism, often highly theorized, with participation by both radical intellectuals and grassroots activists.Increasingly architects, urban planners and artists are joining political activists in this movement.
A couple weeks ago Kevin, Erik and I headed down to Baltimore for the City from Below Conference, which was quite awesome. A large and diverse group of really hard working people, trying to build urban democracy from the bottom up. The conference organizers had asked Justseeds to design posters for them, and Erik, Icky and I answered the call. Erik's image is here to the left, and Icky's is here, and mine here. The organizers have been collecting all the video, photo and audio documentation from the conference, and putting it up on their website. You can see a lot of what happened in a great collection of videos here. In addition, there was a very cool companion conference for kids called Kid(z) City, which had a whole parallel track of activities for kids. They also produced an awesome coloring book, with a ton of great taking back the city images. They also included my "Free" image, which got some cool coloring jobs (thanks to Emily for the flic).
April 5, 2009 - June 5, 2009
Troy Night Out Reception: April 24 5pm - 9pm
at The Arts Center of the Capital Region
265 River Street, Troy NY, 518-273-0552
In Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, hundreds of posters, photographs, moving images, audio clips, and ephemera bring to life over forty years of activism, political protest, and campaigns for social justice. Curated by Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee as part of Exit Art's Curatorial Incubator, this important and timely exhibition surveys the creative work of dozens of international social movements.
Organized thematically, the exhibition presents the creative outpourings of social movements, such as those for Civil Rights and Black Power in the United States; democracy in China; anti-apartheid in Africa; squatting in Europe; environmental activism and women's rights internationally; and the global AIDS crisis, as well as uprisings and protests, such as those for indigenous control of lands; against airport construction in Japan; and student and worker revolution in France. The exhibition also explores the development of powerful counter-cultures that evolve beyond traditional politics and create distinct aesthetics, life-styles, and social organization.
Although histories of political groups and counter-cultures have been written, and political and activist shows have been held, this exhibition is a groundbreaking attempt to chronicle the artistic and cultural production of these movements. Signs of Change offers a chance to see relatively unknown or rarely seen works, and is intended to not only provide a historical framework for contemporary activism, but also to serve as an inspiration for the present and the future.
Sponsored by iEAR Presents! and Humanities@Rensselaer
Justseeds (Molly, Kevin and I) will be tabling at the Left Forum in New York City this weekend! In addition, Molly co-organized a panel which I'll be speaking on on Sunday at 3pm, and I will also be moderating a separate panel at 3pm on Saturday. All the details are here:
Sat. April 18 & Sun. April 19
One Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038
(across from City Hall)
Counter Culture Industries: Capitalist, Anti-capitalist, Non-capitalist
Jesse Goldstein - Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center
David Spataro - Geography, CUNY Graduate Center
Brandon Joyce - Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Studies
Stephen Duncombe - Gallatin School, New York University
Chris Carlsson - author, "Nowtopia!"
Tianna Kennedy - artist and curator
Josh MacPhee - author and curator
Illustrating Resistance: Art, Activism and Popular Education
Molly Fair - member of Justseeds Artists' Cooperative
Kevin Pyle - artist, illustrator of Prison Town: Paying the Price, for The Real Cost of Prisons Comix
Peter Kuper - artist, editor of World War 3 Illustrated, author of Diario de Oaxaca
Susan Willmarth - artist, illustrator of Prisoners of a Hard Life: Women and Their Children for the Real Cost of Prisons Comix
Josh MacPhee - artist, member of Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, editor of Reproduce and Revolt/ Reproduce Y Rebélate
We'll also be tabling all day long both days, so please come and say hi!
A bunch of our friends are heading out on the Microcosm tour for the next month. Check them out in your town:
Microcosm Tour 2009
apr 15 columbus - The Legion of Doom, 7 PM, 1579 Indianola
apr 16 pittsburgh - Carnegie Library, 6 PM
apr 17 Bard College - Root Cellar Infoshop, 7 PM
apr 18 buffalo - Sugar City, 19 Wadsworth St., 2 PM
apr 19 syracuse - Westcott Community Center, 4 PM
apr 20 albany - SUNY college, Humanities building of the Uptown SUNY Campus (rooms 116, 122, and 123), 7:30 PM
apr 21 providence - as220 w/ Screaming Females 10 PM
apr 22 new haven - Elm City Infoshop, 7 PM, 810 State St
apr 23 new york city - Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., 7 PM
apr 24 Brooklyn, NY - Surreal Estate, 15 Thames St., 7 PM
apr 25 philadelphia - Borrowed Time, 6:30 PM, 1202 s 46th street (near kingsessing)
apr 26 baltimore - Atomic Books
apr 27 dc - American University w/ Derrick Jensen
apr 28 richmond - Gallery 5, $3
apr 29 harrisonburg, VA - Clementine, 7 PM, 153 s main st, 22801 / 540.801.8881
apr 30 norfolk, va - Offbase, 2501 Fawn St.
may 1 Durham, NC - Bull City Headquarters, 7 PM
may 2 columbia, sc - help!
may 3 savannah, ga - The Pony Pen, 650 East 36th St, 7 PM, $3-5
may 4 atlanta - Central Library, 11 AM
may 5 knoxville - Birdhouse, 5 PM, 800 N. 4th Ave
may 7 murfeesboro, TN - Linebaugh Public Library, 6 PM, 105 W. Vine St.
may 8 nashville, TN - Firebrand Infoshop, 7 PM, 1318 Little Hamilton Ave
may 9 louisville - Skull Alley, 1017 East Broadway
How could you possibly miss this? Picture WWF theatrics meets bad ass women arm wrestlers competing like their lives depended on it!
LAY-DEES! Come put your elbows down and your hands together. Let's get dressed up, crank the volume, and twist some wrists! At BRAWL events, wrestlers like Jackie-O-Nasty and Queen Victorious duke it out to the tune of their own theme songs, and they don't do it alone: each girl brings her posse as back up.
This is beyond sport. This is beyond entertainment. This is brute strength on stage.
Place your bets on the broad of your choice, wager for the babe of your desire, put your wrists up and throw your dough down. Then watch your cash go towards local organizations whose services benefit women and girls.
There is no cover charge at any of the three events BRAWL is hosting this spring:
Friday April 17, 2009
The Black Swan in Tivoli, NY
(Proceeds from our first event will go to Family of Woodstock Domestic Violence Shelter)
Friday May 1, 2009
The Black Swan in Tivoli, NY
Friday May 15, 2009
THE BARN at 33 Broadway in Tivoli, NY
Learn more about our wrestlers, judges, and ref at
All proceeds go to Family of Woodstock's Domestic Violence Shelter
If you are interested in being an arm wrestler in the future, contact email@example.com.
Good to see that some of the graphics from the Justseeds Prison Portfolio project are finding their way onto fliers and the covers of periodicals. The portfolios that were donated to groups organizing against the prison industrial complex each came with a cdr of all the images from the portfolio - plus prison justice related images from Reproduce and Revolt (a book of copy-right free graphics available through Justseeds / co-edited by Josh and Favianna.)
Here are examples of three. If you know of more, send us an email. Additionally, there are a few remaining copies of the portfolio left for sale on our site that help us recover the cost of creating 100 portfolios.
I'm spending this week at Columbia College in Chicago as part of the school's Critical Encounters program. The theme this year is "Human|Nature", and I'm going to have my hands full. Monday I'll be working with Joan Giroux's class doing a version of the coyote tracks project and hopefully getting some of them installed in spots around Chicago (which has a burgeoning coyote population). Then I'll be performing a day of back-to-back presentations in Fereshteh Toosi's class, where I'll be wrangling my ideas regarding the ongoing animal-attack videos I've been plugging away at for the last two years. And, later in the week I'm doing a public lecture about some of my recent individual and collective projects, including Justseeds. The public lecture will be this Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 pm in the Hokin Lecture Hall at Columbia (623 S. Wabash, 1st floor). Come by if you're in town!
I've also had some work included in the current exhibit "Loaded: Hunting Culture in America", curated by Audrey Michelle Mast and Ann Wiens at the Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash in Chicago. I have two videos in the exhibition, both fairly new. I've posted one here, which was originally created for the Fugitive Projects' 60 Second Video Project (2009), which I was invited to participate in this winter. The footage is edited down from a pivotal scene in Jean-Jacques Annaud's "The Bear" (1988), which I first saw as a child. Other influences include listening to Sonic Youth while snowed in, camping in the woods, and a bit of that old fear and anxiety regarding "wilderness" that's been the fuel for all my videos lately...
The NYC Anarchist bookfair takes place today. Come kick it with us at our Justseeds table in
55 Washington Square South
Come on over to Bluestockings Sunday April 12 at 7pm for a panel co-hosted by Justseeds and PM Press. Slideshows by Kevin Pyle and Seth Tobacman, Justseeds members Kevin Caplicki, Erik Ruin, Molly Fair moderating.
Kevin Pyle, artist, educator, contributer and co-editor of World War 3 Illustrated, author of Blindspot The Real Cost of Prisons Comix, for the Real Cost of Prisons Project, read Josh MacPhee's review on the Justseeds Blog Kevin Pyle's comic Prison Town: Paying the Price tells the story the ways in which the financing and siting of prisons and jails effects the people of rural communities in which prison are built. It also tells the story of the how mass incarceration effects the people of urban communities where the majority of people who are incarcerated come from. Included in the comic book are alternatives to the current system. There are 3 comics in total which explore different aspects of the prison industrial complex and contain stories and statistical information that has been thoroughly researched and documented. As of October 2008, 125,000 copies of the comic books have been printed and more than 100,000 have been sent to families of people who are incarcerated, people who are incarcerated and to organizers and activists throughout the country. The demand for them is constant and the ways in which they are being used is inspiring.Comic books are sent free of charge to organizations who submit a one page email or letter explaining how you will use the comic books in your organizing, community education and outreach work. Book versions of the comic are published by PM Press, and free PDF versions of the comic and flyers are available via the website.
presentation by Kevin Caplicki and Erik Ruin
Justseeds portfolio Voices from the Outside: Artists Against the Prison Industrial Complex
In honor of Critical Resistance's 10 Year Anniversary, Justseeds created a portfolio of original prints that either critiqued the prison industrial complexor addressed alternatives to incarceration. Twenty one artists from the US, Canada, and Mexico contributed prints. Justseeds donated over 50 portfolios to anti-prison movements groups including Critical Resistance, Books to Prisoners, the TAMMS Year Ten Campaign, The National Public Service Council to Abolish Private Prisons, and numerous other groups. There have already been several exhibitions and the prints have been shared with a discussion group of men at the Oakhill Correctional Facility. We will talk about the process of creating the portfolio, how we hope it will be used for organizing purposes, and what responses have been so far. This will be our first New York presentation of the portfolio. If you can't make it, there will be another on May 8th at ABC NO RIO and the images from the portfolio will soon be available on our website so you can use them in your organizing work!
Seth Tobocman, artist, activist, co-editor and contributer to World War 3 Illustrated, author You Don't Have to Fuck People Over to Survive
Disaster and Resistance: Comics and Landscapes for the 21st Century
Promo From AK Press
In his new book Seth Tobocman he outlines pressing social and political struggles at the dawn of the twenty-first century, from post 9-11 New York City to Israel and Palestine, to Iraq and New Orleans. Disaster and Resistance outlines pressing social and political struggles at the dawn of the twenty-first century—from post 9-11 New York City, to Israel and Palestine, to Iraq and New Orleans. Fans of Seth's classic works, You Don't Have to Fuck People Over to Survive, and War in the Neighborhood, will see that his punch has not softened as his new work skewers the individuals and institutions reaping havoc across the globe today. In his bold comic style, Seth chronicles events as they happen, musing not on the chaos of instability and fear, but on the struggle against it.
The schedule is packed! The weekend of the 11th-12th we are tabling at the New York Anarchist Bookfair and will have a load of panelists. With events at Bluestockings Bookstore and the Brecht Forum throughout the week, and everything culminating at the Left Forum the following weekend with a sprinkiling of outside events...well you can see we will be busy! And we hope to see you around, it's going to be an amazing week indeed.
Jesus and Melanie took Russell Howze's Stencilada event a couple weekends back in San Francisco. Here are a couple photos of the stenciled mural panels painted at the event, and you can see more here. And here.
Antiretrovirals and Water Refugees: A Living Newspaper on Haiti
Performances and Post-Show Discussions on Haiti, Political Theater, and Global Healthcare
Thursday through Saturday, April 9 – 11; and Wednesday through Friday, April 15 -17
General Admission: $8, Students $6.
All shows at 8 p.m. Post-show discussions April 9, 10, 15, and 16 at 9:30 p.m.
Kresge Little Theater, 48 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139
Tickets will be available 45 minutes before showtime at the Kresge Little Theater box office.
For advance tickets: http://dramashop.mit.edu/tickets/
Further ticket information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A new puppet, object, and music spectacle about the politics of global healthcare in Haiti premieres at MIT’s Kresge Little Theater for a two-week run from April 9 to 17. "Antiretrovirals and Water Refugees: A Living Newspaper on Haiti" looks at the past, present, and future of Haiti in terms of the politics of global healthcare, as refracted through the work of Paul Farmer's Partners in Health organization and its fight against AIDS.
I just got back to NYC from installing Signs of Change upstate in Troy. Here's the info for the show (please stop by if you're in the area!), and below are some photos from the install.
Reception: April 24, 2009 5:00-9:00 PM
Exhibition runs from April 5, 2009 - June 5, 2009
The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy NY, 518.273.0552,
Sponsored by iEAR Presents! and Humanities at Rensselaer
In Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, hundreds of posters, photographs, moving images, audio clips, and ephemera bring to life over forty years of activism, political protest, and campaigns for social justice. Curated by Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee as part of Exit Art's Curatorial Incubator, this important and timely exhibition surveys the creative work of dozens of international social movements. Organized thematically, the exhibition presents the creative outpourings of social movements, such as those for Civil Rights and Black Power in the United States; democracy in China; anti-apartheid in Africa; squatting in Europe; environmental activism and women's rights internationally; and the global AIDS crisis, as well as uprisings and protests, such as those for indigenous control of lands; against airport construction in Japan; and student and worker revolution in France. The exhibition also explores the development of powerful counter-cultures that evolve beyond traditional politics and create distinct aesthetics, life-styles, and social organization. Although histories of political groups and counter-cultures have been written, and political and activist shows have been held, this exhibition is a groundbreaking attempt to chronicle the artistic and cultural production of these movements. Signs of Change offers a chance to see relatively unknown or rarely seen works, and is intended to not only provide a historical framework for contemporary activism, but also to serve as an inspiration for the present and the future.
Deep Dish TV Presents Part Four of DIY Media: Movement Perspectives on Critical Moments
Resistencia y Solidaridad:
El Salvador, Colombia, and the U.S. Solidarity Movement
A Retrospective Film Screening & Discussion
April 7th, 7:00pm
Labowitz Theater of New York University
715 Broadway (at Washington Place),
New York City
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Presented in Collaboration with WBAI's Wake Up Call, and NY CISPES, this special community forum is a retrospective film screening and panel discussion where filmmakers, activists and scholars will get together to discuss the U.S. role in Latin America, and how grassroots, solidarity organizing by U.S. activists has made a difference in resisting those policies. We will specifically examine how video and other popular media forms have been used as a tool of resistance and solidarity.
Recent elections in El Salvador put the FMLN - the former guerilla group and long-time opposition movement - in control of the government after years of right wing domination, supported by Washington. In Colombia, the indigenous and popular Minga of 2008 has sparked a renewed call for broad-based change in a country that for years has been dominated by repressive, militarist leaders. In both these countries, as in other parts of the region, social movement activists have used video technology and other alternative media to promote their calls for change. As part of Deep Dish TV's commitment to using media as a tool for community empowerment, panelists will discuss some of the lessons learned over the last 20 years of resistance and solidarity, and their efforts to resist militarism, corporate globalization and U.S. interventionism in the hemisphere.
Our friends at the House of Love & Dissent in Rome are putting on an exciting new show, an evolving installation by street artist Sten (along with comrades Lex and Lucamonte). My Italian is not so good, but it sounds like they'll be covering the space with a growing number of giant wall posters, building an environment focused on images of a woman that has the power to heal the world. The show is called PO-STErN, and initial images look pretty cool.
Beginning this weekend, my friend and amazing Cheyenne/Arapahoe artist Edgar Heap of Birds will be creating a public installation at Michigan State University. As part of his 'Native Hosts' series, Heap of Birds will be placing a dozen signs around the university's campus calling attention to the Indigenous peoples of Michigan.
In addition to his public installation which will be up through the Fall, he will also be creating work with my class, 'Art as Social Justice,' as well as giving two public lectures and working with tribal youth. If around Mid-Michigan, send me an email.
Justseeds will be tabling at the Bronx Anarchist Fair tomorrow, in the Bronx, NYC.
Here's the info:
Saturday April 4th
11am-6pm Brook Park
141st St. and Brook Ave.
.....The Palestinian hip hop crew DAM is comin back to NYC!...and being
joined by REBEL DIAZ, INVINCIBLE, FINALE, and DJ OJA!
PEP (Palestine Education Project) presents....
HOMELAND HIP HOP: A Benefit Show for the Indigenous Youth Delegation to
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
125 5th Ave
Park Slope Brooklyn
8pm doors, 9pm show
$12 in advance, $15 at the door
All proceeds will go directly to support the delegation of indigenous
youth, artists, and youth organizers traveling to Palestine this coming
The delegates are coming from the following organizations, check them out
and support their inspiring work!
Just heard the news, the great store and gallery Paper Boat Boutique in Milwaukee WI will be closing its doors, if you are in Milwaukee or passing through be sure to stop by and see the last show and pick up some of the amazing hand made work they sell.
here's what the folks there have to say:
Dearest patrons of Paper Boat,
As of May 31st Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery will be closing its doors after 4 great years of being open. The current economic climate is the main reason that led us to this very difficult decision.
We really hope you can join us for our last Gallery reception featuring work by Wisconsin artist Micaela O'Herlihy on Gallery Night, April 17th from 7-10pm.
There will also be a closing sale for the month of May to help us reduce our inventory. It will be a great time to pick up those items you've always been meaning to get. Also, don't forget to spend your gift certificates if you have been holding onto one!
We thank you so very much for your support over the past 4 years. Even though the Boat is closing, we are excited to seek out new opportunities and projects. We also want to stress the importance of supporting the remaining small businesses and galleries in Milwaukee. Those spaces are vital to keeping our city and our community unique and enjoyable.
We hope to see all of you during the last couple of months of being open!
The ladies of the Boat-
Faythe Levine & Kim Kisiolek
New Work by Micaela O'Herlihy
April 17- May 31st, 2009
Opening reception Gallery Night 7-10pm
2375 S. Howell Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Greg Pond at Sewanee University of the South put on a show at the rural school's art building which included a hefty selection of Justseeds prints this past month. Greg has been on the road with his own projects so we just recently got a couple of photos of the exhibit, which includes a wall of the Celebrate People's History posters.
Join us for the opening reception of our two-person show in Berkeley this Friday!Friday, April 3rd at the Pueblo Nuevo Gallery in Berkeley, CA. This exhibit will feature some of the most recent work Melanie and Jesus have created in partnership with grassroots organizing efforts on issues such as ending State violence like ICE raids and police brutality, efforts for decolonizing education through access to Ethnic Studies and prints celebrating the ongoing resistance to Neoliberalism by the Zapatistas.
Dignidad Rebelde is a project created by activist-artists Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes. It acts as a space for collaboration and artistic skill-sharing that is grounded in a Xicana worldview and is fueled by a collective desire to support grassroots organizing and social justice. Working through a print collective in Oakland, Barraza and Cervantes are committed to producing and distributing screen printed political posters and fostering resurgence in the screen printing medium for social change.
Pueblo Nuevo Gallery
1828 San Pablo Ave. Suite 1 • Berkeley, CA 94702
Friday, April 3rd, 6pm-Midnight
Music, Food and Poster sale
Artist Talk and Closing Reception:
Sunday, April 26th, 2-5pm
UC Berkeley will be hosting its third annual Indigenous People’s Night of Resistance this Thursday, April 2nd from 5:30 to 10:30 pm. For the the third year Jesus Barraza and I will be participating in the event. This year we will be tabling and continuing our support of Indigenous students at Berkeley.
Indigenous People’s Night of Resistance is a night to honor all people who walk with the earth to protect and defend it. Indigenous peoples from Africa, Asia, Native America, and the Pacific Islands are not of the past but continue to live with dignity and continue to hold a great responsibility in sharing the knowledge of our ancestors who resisted colonialism in order for us to be here today. We envision a world without borders and seek to unite all marginalized communities through the intellectual, cultural and spiritual resistance that runs in our veins. Through our music, dance, art and spoken word we will share our experiences in hopes of building a more inclusive world-view within this university and all social systems at large.
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2009
Time: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Location: Pauley Ballroom (MLK Student Center)
Street: corner of Bancroft & Telegraph
City/Town: Berkeley, CA
ALL AGES WELCOME!
THIS IS A COMMUNITY EVENT. ABSOLUTELY NO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL. NO COLORS - NO RED OR BLUE.
MCs (our very own xinaxtli guerilleras): Crissy Gallardo & Alison Dorantes-Garcia
opening prayer by:
Danza In Xochitl In Cuicatl
Gaby Erandi Rico
Lorna Dee Cervantes
Los Poets del Norte
& many more to be announced!!
Indigenous Premaculture Project
Indigenous Identity & Muxeres from El Salvador documentary
Chiapas Support Committee
& many more!!
**t-shirts will be available for a small donation to complete the funding of this event, please be generous**
if you'd like to volunteer, please e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're in NYC tomorrow night, roll on down to Bluestockings and check out Brett Bloom discussing the new Temporary Services book Public Phenomena:
Friday, March 27th @ 7PM - Free at Bluestockings Bookstore (172 Allen Street btw Stanton and Rivington)
Reading: Brett Bloom “Public Phenomena”
Temporary Services produces exhibitions, events, projects, and publications. Join Brett Bloom for a reading and discussion of Public Phenomena, a multi-city examination of informal modifications of every day public space and their implications for changing city use.
In addition to Public Phenomena, Brett Bloom will present four booklets in their Temporary Conversations interview series: Kawabata Makoto, Tim Kerr, The Dicks, and the latest: Jean Toche / Guerilla Art Action Group.
Temporary Services is Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer. We are based in Illinois and have existed since 1998. We produce exhibitions, events, projects, and publications, making no distinction between art practice and other creative human endeavors.
Temporary Services seeks to create and participate in ethical relationships that are not competitive and are mutually beneficial. We strive towards aesthetic experiences built upon trust and unlimited experimentation.
This show looks like it's going to be great, mark your calendars!:
Up Against the Wall - Berkeley Posters from the 1960s
Exhibition 4/19 through 9/26, 2009
the Berkeley Historical Society
1931 Center St.
Berkeley, California (510) 848-0181
Opening April 19, 3:00-5:00 PM
As 1950s America woke up from the deep chill of McCarthyism and the Cold War, a new genre of popular culture blossomed in the streets of Berkeley during the mid-1960s. Spurred by the success of local rock and counterculture posters, political posters were vibrant public documents that promoted a wide range of social issues. This exhibition documents Berkeley's unique role in the evolution of this medium, and includes examples of works on such diverse issues as gay liberation, people's health care, opposition to the Viet Nam war, support for political prisoners, demand for alternative educational models, and community control of police. The show covers the "long 1960s" (1964-1974) and explores the complex interaction between local activists, artists, publishers, and distributors that made this cultural explosion possible.
Curated by archivist and poster scholar Lincoln Cushing, this exhibition is drawn from a unique private Berkeley collection of over 25,000 political posters assembled by Free Speech Movement activist Michael Rossman.
Our friends at PEEL sent along this announcement for a cool looking show:
Due Process: An educational exhibit about the many processes of printmaking
Curated by: Kevin Orlosky
First Friday Opening Reception April 3rd 7-11pm
Exhibit runs through April 28th
200 West Marshall Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Printmaking is one of the most versatile forms of art making. It has been used by artists for thousands of years. It has had tremendous advancements over the years while the traditional techniques are still being used. Artists are usually drawn to its methodology, intimacy, and subtlety. One advantage to printmaking is that prints can be editioned so that multiples of the same image may be sold. Because of this, printmaking has been used in the reproduction market. Unfortunately outside of the fine art and collector world, a reproduction is what is generally thought of when someone mentions the word "print." This is mostly due to the size of the greedy art reproduction industry. "Due Process" aims to end this stigma that has hindered the reputation of fine art prints to the general public. Fine art prints are original artwork that has been produced by the artist's hand. Due Process will showcase not only the end result of the artist's works, but will exhibit and explain the steps, tools and materials involved in each print process.
Artists included in the show: Deberah Chaney, Robert brown, Beth Grabowski, Kevin Haas, Keith Howard, Martha Oatway, Andrea Olson, Kevin Orlosky, Judith O'Rourke, Justin Rice, Deepa Swanson, Dan Weldon, Team8 Press
Reading Frenzy Hosts Book Release for Anarcho-surrealist Author Ron Sakolsky
At 7pm on Wednesday, March 25, Reading Frenzy will host a book release event for anarcho-surrealist author Ron Sakolsky's new book Swift Winds, published by Eberhardt Press of Portland.
Sakolsky's new book is a backpocket compendium of subversive texts, marvelous manifestos, mutinous rants, outrageous ideas, utopian dreams, impossible demands and incendiary broadsides strategically aimed at countering the pathos of miserablism with the uncontrollable laughter of the insurgent imagination.
Sakolsky will be at the event to read selections from Swift Winds and will sign copies of the book, his second anthology of essays and poetry.
Sakolsky is a widely-published author whose essays have appeared in an array of dissident publications such as Alternative Press Review, Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed, Fifth Estate, Green Anarchy, Black Sun, The Oystercatcher, and many others. Swift Winds is Sakolsky's sixth book. His previous books include Creating Anarchy (2005); Surrealist Subversions, which he edited for Autonomedia (2002); Sounding Off: Music as Subversion/Resistance/Revolution, edited with Fred Wei-Han Ho (Autonomedia, 1996); and Gone to Croatan: Origins of North American Drop-Out Culture, edited with James Koehline (AK Press, 1993). An active proponent of underground radio broadcasting, Sakolsky also edited Seizing the Airwaves: A Free Radio Handbook with Stephen Dunifer (AK Press, 1998).
Swift Winds features etched illustrations by renowned artist Anais LaRue. The book is being offset printed and bound at the Eberhardt Press print studio in Portland.
Reading Frenzy is located at 921 SW Oak Street. For more information on the event, call 503-347-1048, email email@example.com, or see www.eberhardtpress.org.
I'm a little late to catch this, as the week is half over, but friends in Ottawa at the Exile Infoshop are hosting a great week of prison activist events, including an exhibition of our Voices from the Outside portfolio.
Prison Justice Week
March 20 to 27, 2009
256 Bank St. (second floor), Ottawa, ON.
reg. hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-8pm; Sunday noon-5pm
Featuring the Justseeds art exhibit “Voices from Outside: Artists Against the Prison Industrial Complex” and nightly events!
All Events @ 7PM,
Free, but regrettably not wheelchair accessible
* Friday March 20th - Kick-off Prison Justice Art exhibit w/DJ
* Saturday March 21st - Panel Discussion: From Prisons to Colonialism : Global Apartheid w/ Jaggi Singh, Abdullah Al-Malki, Yavar Hameed (representing Abousfian Abdelrazik). Abdullah Almalki is a Canadian citizen who was detained, interrogated and torture in Syria because of information that could have only originated from Canadian government agencies.Yavar Hameed is a lawyer representing Abousfian Abdelrazik. Mr. Abdelrazik was abducted, illegally detained and held in captivity by Sudanese authorities for approximately two years at the recommendation of CSIS. While in detention, Mr. Abdelrazik was subjected to coercive interrogation and torture by Sudanese officials with direct Canadian involvement. For the past five years, the Canadian government has been illegally blocking Mr. Abdelrazik’s right to return to Canada. Jaggi Singh is a no borders, anti-capitalist, migrant and indigenous solidarity organizer based in Montreal. He is currently active with No One Is Illegal-Montreal, Solidarity Across Borders and other groups.
* Sunday March 22nd - Prisoner Letter Writing and Crafts Night
* Monday March 23rd - Film Night - Life Inside Out, NFB production, a vérité-style documentary that takes us inside the walls of Grand Valley Institution for Women.
* Tuesday March 24th - Panel Discussion: Indigenous People and the Criminal Injustice System featuring: Kim Pate - Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies; Sheila Grantham - Researcher on The Aboriginal Women and Stigma Project
* Wednesday March 25th - Prisoner Letter Writing and Crafts Night
* Thursday March 26th - Speaker Event and Journal for Prisoners on Prisons Issue 17 Release w/ Sophie Harkat, Justice for Mohamed Harkat Committee
* Friday March 27th - Fundraiser Costume Dance Party.
Of the Danger of Love, Refusal of Labor, and the Beauty of Autonomy
"Proliferating and losing oneself. This was the sense of the collective enterprise that the movement was attempting in Italy at the time." –Franco Berardi
Please join The Change You Want To See Gallery for a conversation with renowned philosopher, media activist and cultural agitator Franco Berardi (aka Bifo) and media theorist MacKenzie Wark, author of Game Theory and A Hacker's Manifesto.
The Change You Want To See Gallery
Monday, March 30th, 7:30pm (free)
84 Havemeyer St, at Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(L to Bedford; G to Metropolitan; J/M/Z to Marcy)
Bifo has been a pivotal figure in Italian social movements for that past 40 years. He co-founded the legendary Radio Alice (1977), the first pirate radio station in Italy, the magazine A/Traverso (1977-81), and Rekombinant (2000), an online network environment that focuses on radical philosophy, urban conflicts, media activism, networking art, knowledge economy, western psychopathology, autonomous universities, and institutions of the common. More recently he produced the autonomous street television network Orfeo TV (2002), which sparked a national network of pirate micro TV stations to counter the media monopoly of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
This event marks the long awaited publication of the first two Bifo’s books in English: Felix Guattari: Thought, Friendship, and Visionary Cartography (Palgrave, 2008); and Ethereal Shadows: Communication and Power in Contemporary Italy (with Marco Jacquemet and Gianfranco Vitali, Autonomedia, 2009).
The evening will be moderated by Marco Deseriis, member of Not An Alternative and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU.
Opening Grill Out
Saturday, March 28
1 to 5 pm
2050 Bryant St.
b/t 18th and 19th Sts.
SF, CA 94110
FREE (one day only, inside if raining)
Food on the grill, bevs in the cooler, music on the boombox, and art on the walls
(some food and beverages will be provided while supplies last)
Featuring eight panels of art by:
Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza
Russell Howze with Hugh D’Andrade
John Koleszar (AZ)
Peat Wollaeger (MO)
with special stencils on paper by Tiago DeJerk (OR)
Bring your own cut out stencils to add to the ongoing collection of stencil art at CELLspace (some paint provided)
I came across a website today called A New Way Forward. Its a website set up to encourage folks in the USA to organize demonstrations in their cities on April 11th.
It’s time to stop giving huge handouts to banks and start creating systemic change that helps everyone. We demand a new way forward now.
We are sick of bailouts that are enriching bankers without restructuring a broken industry. Join us on April 11, 2009 as we rally for systematic change based in fairness and intelligent economics. Nationalize, Reorganize, Decentralize.
The site looks like a good resource and tool for people who haven't been involved in activists campaigns.
A New Way Forward is made up of national protests that will take place all over the country in major cities on April 11, 2009. This site was set up to help people and groups organize around a progressive approach to economic recovery in a ground up, localized organizing effort. People from all backgrounds will come together to influence national policy and organize their own rallies in their own city on April 11.
The site allows anyone to sign up their city for a rally and begin working out the details with other local protesters in designated forums. Though each rally will be executed differently by different groups of people, the website provides a national community that will help draw attention, support and resources to the local efforts.
I am unaware of how long this has been online, yet it will be an experiment in people taking leadership and organizing outside of their previous networks. That also depends on how well this site is distributed, with networks like Facebook, Twitter, and a host of other new trends, it could be interesting.
I read an article a few days ago on the International Solidarity Movement's website about an old aquaintence of mine, Tristan, who was critically injured on Friday March 13th by Israeli troops during protests against against construction of the annexation wall through the West Bank village of Ni’lin. He was hit in the forehead by a new type of high velocity, extended range teargas projectile, and has been transferred to Tel Hashomer hospital, near Tel Aviv with severe head injuries. A resident from Ni’lin was shot in the leg with live ammunition.
There will be a demonstration in NYC
Friday, March 20, 4-6pm
Solidarity with Tristan Anderson and the People of Palestine
Vigil at the Israeli Consulate
800 2nd Ave (btn 42nd&43rd St)
Please join us in our vigil to show our solidarity with Tristan and the people of Palestine.
March 19, 2009 1-4 PM
Powerhouse Arena 37 Main St. Dumbo Brooklyn, NY
TEA - chai - الشاي
tea |tē| noun • a hot drink made by infusing the dried, crushed leaves of the tea plant in boiling water.
Tea: A performance. A discussion. Thoughts from a veteran’s return voyage to Iraq
243 detainees left in Guantánamo
243 Styrofoam flowers
Tea is an ongoing dialogue that traverses a variety of landscapes. From the tea sipped on in this instillation, to a quaint coffee shop in the Lower Eastside, to a cage in Guantanamo Bay, to a motor pool in Iraq; tea is not only a favored drink but a shared moment that transcends cultural divides and systems of oppression. That is not meant as a clichéd utopian statement, but as a reminder of a shared humanity that is so often overlooked.
The project consists of three parts the installation, the performance, and an ongoing growing dialog. The installation is composed of all the needed materials to make, sit, enjoy, and commune over strong black tea. The performances consist of a series of monologues/stories shared by activists, Iraqis, veterans, and myself that reflect on the traumas of war. These monologues and the ephemera of the installation are designed to foster and grow the dialogue the third element aspect of the project.
Aaron Hughes served in the Illinois Army National Guard and in 2003 he was involuntarily deployed to Kuwait and Iraq with the belief he would provide humanitarian relief for the Iraqi people. As a truck driver he traveled throughout much of Iraq and quickly came to the realization that he was not providing any type of humanitarian relief, but in stead was contributing to the oppression, destruction, and dehumanization of the Iraqi people. Following a fifteen-month deployment Aaron returned home guilt stricken and committed to end the occupation.
This March Aaron, as a representative for Iraq Veterans Against the War, returned to Iraq in an important step in focusing more attention on the rights and needs of the Iraqi people. Since the U.S. occupation began, Iraqi unions have resisted oppression by organizing for worker rights and the creation of new unions. But under occupation, Iraqi workers have been targeted in an attempt to suppress the population and control Iraq’s natural resources. Independent labor unions are banned; labor leaders have been killed, tortured, beaten, and imprisoned; worker’s wages have been suppressed and their rights have been routinely violated; and union bank accounts have been frozen. Iraqi labor unions and workers have been among the leading non-sectarian forces defending Iraqi sovereignty and democracy by exercising their collective power through strikes to increase wages, resist privatization of Iraq’s oil industry, and stand up to foreign contractors who threaten their livelihoods.
So please sit and have tea with me…
Sadly, because of a city of Austin enforced eviction, this weekend will be the last Rhizome Collective event for the forseeable future. Go say goodbye at a joint Rhizome Collective/Bikes Across Borders benefit
Saturday, March 14th, 8pm-2am
300 Allen St.
Food by Ararat, Adult Beverages
Bike Art, Slideshow and Video Projections, DJs, dancing and more
All residents of the Rhizome and it's 10,000sq. ft. of warehouses and gardens will be evicted. also evicted will be Bikes Across Borders, Food Not Bombs, Art and Revolution, KPWR.ORG, and the Inside Books Project.
Rhizome has existed since 2000 on Austin's eastside, has been host to dozens of benefits with thousands of people, and raised 10's of thousands of dollars for non-profits, independent musicians and radical groups in Austin and around the country.
the members of the Rhizome Collective are hoping to eventually raise enough money to make city-enforced repairs and purchase our building in the future. Your participation and donations will help us reach this goal !!!!!
Roger and I will be tabling all day Saturday and Sunday at the San Francisco Anarchist Bookfair, so if you are in the Bay Area, come on down and say hello. We'll be tabling with the awesome San Francisco Print Collective. Here's the info:
March 14, 2009 (10am-6pm)
March 15, 2009 (11am-5pm)
SF County Fair Building
Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way
Golden Gate Park
In the main hall about 60 vendors (booksellers, distributors, independent presses and political groups, from the local area, the west coast and North America) will be displaying books, pamphlets, zines, t-shirts and other merchandise and information. Two local worker-owned co-ops will be food and beverage vendors this year: Arizmendi on Sat 3/15, Other Avenues on Sun 3/16.
Speakers: Judith Levine, Bruce Anderson, Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, Barry Pateman, Michael Flores, Mark Anquoe, Cheb i Sabba, Andrej Grubajic, Victoria Law, Diane DiPrima, Stevphen Shukaitis, Richard Kempton, Jen Angel, James Tracy, Diana Block, Crudo, Cris Carlsson, Summer Brenner, Robert Ovetz, Osha Neumann, Clif Ross, Iain Boal, David Kubrin Josh MacPhee, Fly, Sara Brodzinsky, Bo Brown, Audrey Goodfriend, and many others, including panel discussions, Sex Workers, and Surviving the Economic Meltdown, Defend the RNC 8, plus film screenings & more. Bios, descriptions and additional information posted on the Schedule page.
May ’68 in Paris and the Student Movement in Ljubljana, 1968–1972
Posters, Film, and Photographs
29 January – 22 March 2009
International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC)
Grad Tivoli, Pod turnom 3
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
The protests and strikes by students and workers in Paris and other French cities in May and June of 1968, which challenged the traditional values of society and destabilized the regime of Charles de Gaulle, left an indelible mark on the history of the second half of the twentieth century. The protests, which soon spread across the world, encompassed Yugoslavia as well, including Ljubljana. French artists, some inspired by Guy Debord, acted as a kind of propaganda machine for the uprising. They occupied universities, established people’s studios, became agitators and activists, and exhibited their work on the streets and in factories.
The exhibition will present around eighty posters, loaned by the Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image imprimée in La Louvière, Belgium. They were created for the events in Paris, and their image has become synonymous with the urban struggle. The student movement in Ljubljana, from 1968 to 1972, will be documented by a film by Majda Širca, as well as the student newspapers Tribuna and SP (standing for slovensko podzemlje – “the Slovene underground”), leaflets and announcements, and photographs by Tone Stojko, Edi Šelhaus, and Žare Veselič, from the Museum and Galleries of the City of Ljubljana and Slovenia’s National Museum of Contemporary History.
March 14th, 2009
Secret Project Robot - 210 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (at Metropolitan)
March 14th - Benefit Silent Auction 7:30pm - 10pm, Dance Party 9pm - 3am
Secret Project Robot will host a silent auction to benefit SWOON's latest nautical art project Swimming Cities of Serenissima. The benefit will take place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on March 14th. The bidding begins at 7:30pm and ends promptly at 10pm. Dancing and Djing by The Paw and Dirty Finger will follow the silent auction. Here is a selection of the participating artists:
Blek Le Rat
The London Police
Mike Houston & Martin Mazzora- Cannonball Press
D-Dock & 5003 of Hobby Horse
The Oregon Department of Kick Ass presents
The Hunker Down To Rise Above Cinema Show
A slew of shorts curated by Vanessa Renwick focusing on folks taking matters into their own hands, be it within bike culture, hobo culture, kitchen culture or just plain ol’ falling in love.
Go to this link for more info on each of the films.
Friday March 13th 2009 at 7 pm
$5 dollars admission
3120 N Williams Avenue
This is not something we do here on the blog, but I wanted to post this up for the people who have been organizing their asses off fighting a control unit prison in Illinois. Tamms Year Ten is the culmination of years of organizing to fight the torture happening at the Tamms super maximum security prison in southern Illinois. Beginning as a project where artists and family members wrote letters containing poetry to all the prisoners held at Tamms. A good example of how art can start a process that leads to real change, the simple gesture of writing the letters has turned into a full-blown political campaign, with a bill introduced to stop human rights abuses at Tamms.
Please take a minute, click this simple link, and sign the online petition. It's simple, and the more people that click, the more backbone the Representative that introduced the bill might have to follow through! Click here:
This Thursday at 5pm is the opening for Current Tendencies at the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee, WI. I am working on a wall drawing called Winners Circle for the exhibit. So far so good, I am real happy with where it is at, and hope to finish it by tomorrow night. More information is below and you can check out images of the drawing as it progresses here
HAGGERTY MUSEUM OF ART
Current Tendencies: Ten Artists from Wisconsin
March 12 – June 14, 2009
Opening: Thursday, March 12 at 5:00 p.m. at the Haggerty Museum of Art
The Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University presents the exhibition Current Tendencies Ten Artists from Wisconsin that features recent work and new installations by contemporary artists from Wisconsin. As these artists work in a variety of media and on disparate themes, each artist or pair of artists will have a dedicated space within the museum for their work. The art in the exhibition will range from paintings, drawings and photographs to mixed media.
Site specific works are being created by Jennifer Angus, Colin Matthes and the duo of Shana McCaw & Brent Budsberg specifically for this exhibition. In addition to these installations, one gallery will be dedicated to the work of the late Peter Bardy, a self-taught artist from Milwaukee who transformed his home into a private world. New work by photographer Sonja Thomsen and paper cuttings by Xiaohong Zhang will be featured in the exhibition along with variety of mixed-media works by Anne Kingsbury and paintings by T.L. Solien and George Williams, Jr.
Programs offered at the Haggerty in conjunction with the exhibition:
The State of Art –
Open forum about the visual arts in Wisconsin Thursday, March 26 7 p.m.
- George Tzougros, Executive Director, Wisconsin Arts Board
- Polly Morris, Director of Development, Marketing & Outreach at the University of
Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, Milwaukee Arts Board member
- Jane Simon, Curator of Exhibitions, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
- Deb Brehmer, arts writer, owner of Portrait Society Gallery and art history instructor at
the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Lunchtime Learning Sonja Thomsen (photography) Wednesday, April 8 11:30 a.m.
Gallery Talk T. L. Solien (painting) Wednesday, April 15 6 p.m.
Gallery Talk Anne Kingsbury (mixed media) Wednesday, April 22 6 p.m.
Gallery Talk George Williams, Jr. (painting) Wednesday, April 22 6 p.m.
Lunchtime Learning Jennifer Angus (installation) Wednesday, April 29 11:30 a.m.
For more information, call 414-288-1669 or visit www.marquette.edu/haggerty
A great looking exhibit in NYC, with an opening tomorrow night:
Images of the African Diaspora in New York City Community Murals
TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Harlem Stage @ Aaron Davis Hall/
The City College of New York--Lobby
Convent Avenue at 135th Street
more info in the image below, or click here:
Glowlab Benefit Exhibition for SWOON’s Swimming Cities of Serenissima at Fountain NY
VIP/Press Preview: Thursday March 05; 11am–7pm
General Admission: March 06-08; 11am–7pm
Reception for the Artists: Friday, March 06; 7pm–midnight
Location: Pier 66 at 26th St in Hudson River Park NYC
Admission: Suggested donation of $5 at the door for all-weekend access
Event Link: http://www.glowlab.com/glowlab/swimming-cities-benefit-glowla/
Glowlab is pleased to announce it will host benefit exhibition for a nautical art project pioneered by the artist SWOON. Swimming Cities of Serenissima is a fleet of three intricately hand crafted vessels that will navigate the Adriatic Sea from the Karst region of Slovenia to Venice, Italy in May of 2009. Designed by the visual artist SWOON, the floating sculptures are descendants of the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea (Hudson River, 2008) and the Miss Rockaway Armada (Mississippi River, 2006 and 2007).
The benefit will take place in New York City during Armory Show week, March 05-08, as part of Glowlab’s exhibit space at Fountain, the alternative art exhibition known for presenting cutting-edge and independent art galleries. Fountain will be located at Pier 66 at 26th St in Hudson River Park. Participating artists include Swoon, Maya Hayuk, The London Police, Martha Cooper, Monica Canilao, Dennis McNett, Imminent Disaster, Eric White, Tod Seelie, Molly Crabapple, C. Damage, Elbow Toe and many more.
Glowlab Director Christina notes, “We’re thrilled to host this benefit for our long-time collaborator SWOON’s latest project, the Swimming Cities of Serenissima. It’s an ambitious project with an incredible creative spirit that, in the most physical way possible, engages contemporary art in the development of culture and community. I believe it’s critical to support projects like this, especially now, and we’re excited to help launch these beautiful boats in the spring.”
Opening Friday, March 6, 2009
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Degraves St. underpass to Flinders St. Station
"No, painting is not done to decorate apartments it is an instrument of war".
-Pablo Picasso, 1945.
Resisting Subversion of Subversive Resistance features the works and collaborations of four contemporary arts-activists. Romantic illusions of freedom fighters aside, serious business meets tongue-in-cheek as survivalism and critical masses meet conscious
consumption, sign language and political awareness in this diverse and eye opening exhibition. . .
Marc De Jong
Paul J. Kalemba
till march 27th
Sisters of Color United for Education & Annie E. Casey Foundation Presents
March 12 - 15, 2009
Jesus and I will be participating in this Institute next weekend so if you are in the Denver Area and interested sign up! Click through for contact info and more info.
Jesus and I have been invited to speak at UC Berkeley working as movement artists, working in collaboration with other community and artist activists as well as working in collaboration with grassroots organizing groups. We are both very excited about having the opportunity to do this presentation and talk as part of a Chicana/o Studies class MeXicana/o Art Thought and (Art)Practice. Jesus is excited about presenting at UC Berkeley because he emerged as a graphic designer/artist-activist during the 1999 twLF (third world Liberation Front) hunger strike and actions. I am particularly excited because my art practice also grew out of my experiences at Cal
Celia Herrera Rodriguez an incredibly talented and sage Xicana artist and bad ass professora encouraged and pushed me to create art even when I was afraid of the process of creating art because it told me so much about myself. Because Celia helped me become more grounded in my worldview my politics became that more clear.She brought in amazing artists to our classes in my eyes were celebrities because of their profund and prolific work. I had the luck of meeting amazing artists like Cherrie Moraga, Juana Alicia, Yolanda Lopez, Emmanuel Montoya and Consuelo Underwood Jimenez in her classes. And now...I am both proud of and humbled by what her mentorship has helped me to achieve and am happy to be invited to her classroom to share my practice and art.
This just in from Vanessa Renwick, one of my favorite film makers (with what I believe is an Alec 'Icky' Dunn original on the flyer!):
House of Sound
An installation by Vanessa Renwick
New American Art Union
922 SE Ankeny St., Portland, OR
March 7-April 19, 2009
opening Sat. March 7th, 6-9pm
If you're in Pittsburgh this week, come to Morning Glory Coffeehouse to get a last look at the beautiful prints and print collages of Meredith Stern. A lot of this work is new, and it is colorful, loving, inspiring! Meredith will be here to play a reunion show with her old band The Accident. Other unusual and crucial live music and DJing, see below. FREE!
CLOSING PARTY! FREE FOOD + DRINK! SWEET JAMZ!
February 25, 2008 - 8pm at:
MORNING GLORY COFFEEHOUSE
1806 Chislett Street in Morningside, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
live music for the closing party--
The Accident (Meredith + Deanna one-time reunion)
2 DRAGONS BLACK + RED (underage and all the rage)
Etta - solo accapella - yessir
DJ MARY MACK will make your squirrel tail go BUMP!
If you're in Providence, or will be over the next month, stop by and check out this exhibit, which includes the Celebrate People's History posters:
Tricks of the Eye: History and Memory in a Shifting Social Landscape
Opening Night, Thursday March 5th , 6-8pm
RISD|Public Engagement, 2nd Floor
CIT Building, 169 Weybosset Street
March 5 thru April 3, 2009.
RISD|Public Engagement is pleased to sponsor the upcoming exhibit Tricks of the Eye: History and Memory in a Shifting Social Landscape. The exhibition highlights the ways that local and national artists respond to the shifting landscapes that backdrop and underline our society’s actions and intentions. Viewed together, the documentation of these at projects foster a vibrant learning environment for the RISD and Providence communities to develop an expanded horizon of what it means to make socially- and publicly-engaged artwork.
Tricks of the Eye incorporates documentation of past and current projects that invite multiple methods of engagement from the viewer. Documentation strategies include web presentations, printed material, models, as well as ephemera from the original artwork.
Artists and projects in the exhibition include:
220 Glimpses of Utopia (John Malpede and the Los Angeles Poverty Department, Los Angeles, CA)
Arctic Listening Post (Jane D. Marsching, Boston, MA)
Armadillo FEMA Trailer Project (Jae Rhim Lee, MIT, Cambridge, MA)
Blue Hammer and ReMEMBERing Wilde (Leon Johnson, Portland, ME)
Celebrate Peoples' History Poster Project (Josh MacPhee, Brooklyn, NY)
Just Fish (Pam Hall, St. John’s, Newfoundland)
Navigating the Space between Home & Exile (Sheryl Mendez, New York City, NY and Iraq)
The NY Times Special Edition (Steve Lambert, New York City, NY)
Meyers Bitter Survey (National Bitter Melon Council, Boston, MA)
Voices and Visions (Holly Ewald, Warwick, RI)
Complementing the exhibition, RISD | Public Engagement has programmed a series of discussions throughout the month of March around emergent and interconnected themes, featuring presentations by exhibition artists, informal panels, and class visits. For updates on the schedule of events, artists’ bios and project descriptions, please visit: www.risdpublicengagement.net
There are some really interesting films regarding Palestine coming up in Southeast Michigan. Tonight will be the second showing of a one-hour film called Once a Wall, a Ripple Remains by Tirtza Even, a University of Michigan professor originally from Jerusalem. I saw the first showing of this film in and was very moved. The film uses still photos Even took while in Palestine in 1998, and uses digital animation to make the images move and interact. Her work seems to play with the idea of the wall as a metaphor, as she undermines our idea of what is real or unreal - people that seem real become cardboard cutouts, or become transparent so that they are only outlines. The host for this event is a fabulous new gallery in Hamtramck, called 2739 Edwin. I also saw a really inspiring show of papercuts about Palestine at the same gallery last Fall, by Detroit area artist Toby Millman.
The Arab American National Museum in Dearborn is hosting a film series called Chronicles of a Refugee. Here is a description from their website: "Chronicles of a Refugee is a six-part documentary series created by Perla Issa, Aseel Mansour and Adam Shapiro looking at the global Palestinian refugee experience over the last 60 years. Filmed in over 15 countries, with more than 250 interviews of Palestinian refugees who have lived in over 25 countries, the series aims to provoke debate concerning strategy and asks: ‘What makes the most sense for a strategy to achieve Palestinian rights as part of a vibrant and viable Palestinian national movement?’" Today at 4 pm, Episode 3 of the series will be shown; Episode 4 will be shown March 11 at 6:30 pm.
Also on Wednesday, March 11 is the debut of the first ever Ann Arbor Palestine Film Fest! According to the organizers: "The Ann Arbor Palestine Film Festival showcases films about Palestine and by Palestinian directors. Educating through the screen arts, the film festival amplifies the voice of the Palestinian people as a nation and a diaspora. The film festival is an independent and non-sectarian organization." The festival runs through Saturday, March 14.
Alongside historians Jerry García and Benjamin Smith, I have been working on the curation of a small exhibition called 'In the Name of the Blood Shed.' Focusing on photographs, street art, and installation work from Oaxaca, the exhibition includes works by Lapiztola, Zzierra Rrezzia, Edith Morales Sánchez, and Antonio Turok.
If you happen to be in Three Fires Territory any time soon, stop by the show at LookOut! Gallery. Turok and Morales Sánchez will be at the opening, while the members of Lapiztola and Zzierra Rrezzia should be at the closing.
02 March 2009
6:30-9:00 with a panel at 7:00
27 March 2009
6:30-9:00 with workshops at 7:00
Images from Signs of Change Winter Harvest Reception, January 23, 2009
Join local printmakers and activists at a special Activist Print Open Studio, this Thursday, 5-8pm, at the Signs of Change exhibition at the Miller Gallery in Pittsburgh.
ACTIVIST PRINT OPEN STUDIO >>>
Thursday, Feb. 19, 5-8pm
@ Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Free and open to the public
Screenprinting open studio provided by Artists Image Resource + The Andy Warhol Museum. Observe printers in action, roll up your sleeves and print posters promoting local issues, or bring $5 and create a screenprint from images that you provide.
When I was in LA I got over to the California African American Museum to see Howard L. Bingham's photographs of the Black Panther Party. The exhibit is made up of photographs from 1968 and ranges from the many different rallies and conferences to more casual encounters between the members. There are a few images of police repression, during an LA rally, and one of the bullet ridden headquarters in Oakland. Otherwise there is a different perspective, from the one I grew up with, in these photos of the Panthers. Absent were the, expected, "militants" with a guns imagery while portrayals of the organization and support being multi-generational and multi-racial. The Panthers did have their aesthetic and image down. A bunch of folks in black leather jackets with dark shades staring you down is super intimidating. The ability and seriousness of the party is conveyed in many of these images. There were also really incredible & beautiful "caught-in-the-moment" portraits of Eldridge Cleaver, Kathleen Cleaver, and Stokely Carmichael. Its some Panther history worth checking out.
In 1968, under the auspices of Life magazine, photographer Howard L. Bingham and journalist Gilbert Moore began a journey to capture the activities of the Black Panther Party. From March through October, from Los Angeles to Oakland, and Berkeley to New York, Bingham's camera immortalized moments in time with Huey P. Newton, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver and his wife, Kathleen Neal Cleaver, David Hilliard, and the many initiates, believers and observers.
October 2, 2008 - May 31, 2009
California African American Museum
600 State Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90037
If you go you can also check out the Black Chrome, Black motorcycle gangs and their customized choppers!
Hobos to Street People:
Artists' Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present
February 19 - August 15, 2009
The California Historical Society
678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
Reception: February 19, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Hobos to Street People is a traveling exhibition organized by the California Exhibition Resources Alliance.
Curated by Art Hazelwood.
Charles Wollenberg advised on historical matters.
Paul Boden advised on contemporary issues.
A preview the exhibition can be seen at the Western Regional Advocacy Project website.
If your in Chicago or close by, come celebrate Mess Hall’s 5-Yr. anniversary this Sunday, Feb. 15th!
Mess Hall is an experimental cultural space. Located in the Roger’s Park in Chicago, Mess Hall is a place for visual culture, creative urbanism, sustainable ecology, food democracy, radical politics, and cultural experimentation. Mess Hall runs on the generosity of those who use it. This allows us to provide everything for free - from food and drinks to workshops and events.
Over the past five years, hundreds of events have taken place from art shows, film screenings, discussions, meetings, potlucks, sewing rebellions, performances, and everything in between.
So join us Sunday, February 15, 2009, 7:00pm to celebrate the past 5 years and make your mark on the space for future events.
What you can expect:
-An exhibit of Mess Hall archives & proposals for our next 5 years.
-The Justseeds Prison Portfolio Project
-Art by Burtonwood and Holmes (http://www.burtonwoodandholmes.com)
-This Is Not A Truck (http://www.blocartiststudios.com/index.html)
-kick-ass music with Mess Hall’s own Aay Preston-Myint DJing.
Mess Hall links:
Mess Hall website:
(BRAND NEW!) Mess Hall blog:
Links to some recent press...
News Star article on Mess Hall
Loyola Phoenix article on Mess Hall
Mess Hall's Ten-Point Statement:
Continuing the travels of art on water, Swoon is hoping to create some crafts and travel into Venice. They need some help so there is a benefit for the project called the Swimming Cities of Serenissima.
Friday, February 13th
Flight and Flurry
484 Union Avenue
an evening of songs and aerial performance featuring:
hannah marcus and tianna kennedy
I'm trying to take in as much LA as I can before I head up to the bay. I made it over to the Crewest Gallery the other day to check out The Sharpie Show. Crewest is a real nice gallery and graffiti "boutique" in downtown LA. The show is packed with some talented sketches while the Mike Giant pieces had the largest impression on me.
The Sharpie Show, an exhibition curated by renown graffiti artist Man One, featuring original pieces created using Sharpies by some of the best known graffiti artists in the country (and beyond). Aside from graffiti artists, work by tattoo artists and known illustrators; Lalo Alcaraz and Overton Loyd will be on display. From stylized hand signatures, to throw ups, piecebooks, stickers, and any other possible object that can be marked upon, this exhibit will demonstrate the level of creativity that can be achieved between an artist and his/her most basic tool - The Sharpie.
The show will be on view until March 1st.
Visit the show at
110 Winston St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Or check it out on the Crewest Flickr set
Filmed over the course of two years, OUR CITY DREAMS is an invitation to visit the creative spaces of five women artists, each of whom possesses her own energy, drive and passion. These women, who span different decades and represent diverse cultures, have one thing in common beyond making art: the city to which they have journeyed and now call home - New York.
You can catch it at the Film Forum
February 4-18, 2009
209 W Houston St
New York, NY 10014
There are Q&A's with Chiara Clemente, the filmmaker, Thursday, February 12, 6:00 show and Tuesday, February 17, 6:00 show.
You can watch the trailer at First Run Features.
Our very own Erik Ruin will be giving a fireside chat in Philly tonight about his work and Justseeds!
Potluck Tonight: Tuesday Feb 10th 2009, 6-8pm EST
basekamp space: 723 Chestnut St, 2nd floor, Philadelphia
Local Philadelphia artist and puppeteer Erik Ruin will speak about Justseeds Cooperative, a graphic art distributor which he co-founded.
He'll be giving an informal slideshow on the imagery and themes that inform his work as a printmaker/puppeteer/editor. This discussion will touch upon everything from his influences and interests in/from epic theater, the history of radical graphics and direct film to collective work as a member of the Justseeds Radical Artists' Cooperative, Upsidedownculture Collective and Barebones Productions.
Chris & I were fortunate enough to go check out an exhibit in LA on Saturday. It was called Gouge: The Modern Woodcut 1870 to Now, at the Hammer Museum. We noticed an ad for it in one of the local weeklies and snipped it hoping to catch it after the install. In a borrowed car we made it over to Westwood, an affluent area of LA, where the Hammer Museum resides, part of UCLA.
Gouge: The Modern Woodcut 1870 to Now examines the woodcut in terms of its diverse forms and uses in the modern era. A thematic survey, it invites parallels between the medium in countries as diverse and geographically distant Mexico, France and Korea. Woodblock printing is, in fact, one of the most common artistic practices throughout the world. Although the motivations of each artist and the circumstances in which the woodcuts were made may differ greatly, the visual character of the gouge cuts is a defining thread among the selected works in this exhibition
There were a handful of really inspiring prints and original woodblocks alongside the pieces. Chris became really stoked when he realized there were some Kathe Kollwitz prints in the show. He is a real big fan of her work, so he studied her self-portrait and the Woman in the Lap of Death, 1921, Woodcut for quite some time.
Along with the German Expressionist work that I enjoyed seeing in person was some Gaughin, Matisse, and Munch pieces that i found really inspiring. I wasn't entirely surprised but excited to see the familiar likeness of Zapata printed on grey paper. I immediately knew it was a print from one of the ASAR-O artists from Oaxaca. The print was made during the APPO uprising yet strangely made it into the Images in the Grain section and not the following room, The Voice of the Activist.
It feels like all I do lately is work on some (anal) design-y shit on the computer or (anal) letterpress and typesetting in my basement. So it was really fun to sit down and just draw a big goofy image. This is for a conference focused around urban issues in social struggles called the City From Below, held in Baltimore in late March. We'll be posting more about this conference as it comes closer, but for now....
I'm pretty happy right now, today I was swimming in an outdoor pool in Southern Texas. 80 degrees in February, yeah I could get used to this.
I am working on an installation at the University of Texas Pan American. For all of you in Edinburg Texas, the show will open tonight, Thursday, February 5, 6-9pm. I will be talking about the work at 6:30. Here are a few preview picks.
Tamms Year Ten and Mess Hall are holding another event related to the Justseeds Prison Portfolio, a poster critique and discussion of aesthetic strategies! I wish I was in Chicago, because this is exactly what I'm into, trying to discuss and suss out how to improve the effectiveness of our visual propaganda. If you are in Chicago, check this out:
Poster Critique + Discussion of Visual Strategies for Resisting the Prison Industrial Complex with Dan S. Wang & Laurie Jo Reynolds
Saturday, February 7 at 6:30pm
6932 North Glenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626
Tamms Year Ten is hosting an open discussion of the prints in the Justseeds poster portfolio — each which critiques the "prison industrial complex." Let's talk about which images are effective for you--and use this as a basis for considering the visual and rhetorical strategies in the movement. We want to learn from the decisions made by these artists, and then we want to work with you to consider the very real representational problems we face as a movement!
- How do we depict the experience of long-term isolation? Or communicate the experience of long-term incarceration?
- What visual language will help us to imagine the abolition of prisons? To urge rehabilitation over punishment?
- Can commonly used motifs—fists through prison bars/broken chains/doves/barbed wire/slave ships/prison stripes—still work? Are new metaphors required?
We'll be talking about prison-related issues, but we hope that this event will be of interest to all artist-activists bedeviled and/or charmed by the problem of producing movement art which translates our political passions into visual form, renders visible the (often unacknowledged) problems of the present, and/or serves as an irresistible invitation to join us in our efforts to get free. We also invite you to bring other anti-prison movement ephemera (t-shirts, posters, stickers) for discussion!
The awesome old school flyer says it all:
PAPER TIGER BENEFIT DANCE PARTY
Thaw out your dancing paws!!!
Saturday February 7th 7 PM at The Yippie Museum/Cafe
9 Bleecker Street (btn Bowery & Elizabeth), NYC
Sliding scale $5-$10
Above are photos from an important event that took place at Mess Hall in Chicago on Feb. 1, 2009. The TAMMS YEAR TEN CAMPAIGN organized a show of posters, flyers, letters, poetry, postcards, banners, photos, videos, and ephemera from their multifaceted campaign. Included in the show was the Justseeds Portfolio Project: Voices from Outside - Artists Against the Prison Industrial Complex.
The event focused attention on the current campaign against TAMMS (a super max prison in southern Illinois) and urged more people in Illinois and beyond to get involved in speaking out and contacting legislators about the horrid conditions and the methods of psychological torture that take place at TAMMS.
If you are outraged by Guantánamo Bay and encouraged by the Obama Administration’s call to close it down, learn more about TAMMS and speak out against torture in Illinois prisons.
About TAMMS YEAR TEN CAMPAIGN:
In 1998, the first prisoners were transferred from prisons across the state to Tamms CMAX, in Southern Illinois. This new “supermax” prison, designed to keep men in permanent solitary confinement, was intended for short-term incarceration. The IDOC called it a one-year “shock treatment.” Now, ten years later, over one-third of the original prisoners have been there for a decade. They have lived in long-term isolation—no phone calls, no communal activity, no ocntact visits. They only leave the cell to exercise alone in a concrete box 2-5 times per week. They are fed through a slot in the door.
Year Ten is a coalition of prisoners, ex-prisoners, families, artists and other concerned citizens who have come together to protest the misguided and inhumane policies at Tamms C-MAX, and to call for an end to psychological torture. We have initiated a program of cultural, educational and political events to publicize Tamms after ten years of operation.
Chris Stain & I are out in Los Angeles this week to build an installation for his solo show at the Carmichael Gallery. If you're around here or know anyone that is interested in hanging out with us on a NYC rooftop tell em to swing by the gallery. Maybe we can shoot the shit and drink 40's on the roof.
Here's the skinny:
A solo exhibition of new work by Chris Stain
Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art is proud to present "Up on the roof countin' pigeons", the first West Coast solo exhibition of work by Baltimore artist Chris Stain. Artwork featured in the exhibition will include stencil, spraypaint and mixed media on metal and found objects.
For "Up on the roof countin' pigeons", Chris Stain will transform the gallery into a NYC rooftop scene, complete with pigeon coop and live jazz music. The enigmatic stencil portraits integrated into the large-scale installation pierce the gaze of viewers and offer a unique perspective of contemporary inner city life.
"My work explores the emotional and physical struggle of growing up in an urban environment. Through hand-cut stencils and installations made from found materials I hope to inspire compassion for the often overlooked individuals of society." - Chris Stain
Thursday, February 5th
7.00pm – 10.00pm
Open to the public February 6th – February 26th, 2009
1.00pm – 7.00pm
I hope to tickle your fancy wih some tastes as the install progresses so check back here
or on our Flickr
February 3 - March 7, 2009
Reception: Wednesday, February 4, 5-8pm
College of Architecture and the Arts
University of Illinois at Chicago
400 S. Peoria Street (MC 034)
Chicago, IL 60607
Paper Trail is an exhibition of historical and contemporary ephemeral material originally produced by disparate communities using remarkably similar forms of rhetoric and graphic styles to visually articulate their collective revolutionary agendas and concerns.
The historical material was created, produced, and distributed in the late 1960s by Chicago's original Rainbow Coalition—an alliance between The Black Panther Party, the Young Lords Organization, Young Patriots, and Rising Up Angry. This material is presented "in conversation" with what can be considered its contemporary counterpart—visual reproductions of the Barack Obama presidential campaign, language of the newly formed Rainbow Coalition Council of Elders, and publications from other contemporary initiatives in Chicago and beyond that re-engage with the principal of grassroots political organizing and cross-cultural solidarity. The movements share a common idea that despite our dire collective circumstance a spirit of hope and optimism results and acts as a unifying, mobilizing force.
This exhibition is organized by curators Nancy Zastudil and Julia Hamilton, with the support and participation of Kathleen Cleaver, Michael James, Bill Jennings, Cha Cha Jimenez, Jaqueline Lazu, and countless others.
Above are photos from the “Artists Against the Prison Industrial Complex” show that took place on January 30, 2009 at Project Lodge in Madison, Wisconsin. The exhibition was organized by Wisconsin Books to Prisoners (a project of Rainbow Bookstore) and over 70 works of art were on display (including the Justseeds portfolio project, other prison related images from Justseeds artists, art by prisoners, and art by local Madison artists. As well, spoken word artists from the First Wave Spoken Word and Urban Arts Learning Community, including Sophia Snow and Alida Carlos Whaley performed and inspired us with their words.
The opening was packed with people from Madison, Milwaukee, and beyond and the organizers did an incredible job in bringing everyone together and using culture as a tool to combat the prison crisis.
The organizers from Wisconsin Books to Prisoners kept the focus of the evening on activism and reminded us that the State Government in Wisconsin bans used books from being mailed to Wisconsin prisoners and urged people to phone the Governor’s office at 608-266-1212; the WI DOC Administrator at 608-240-5104; and the WI DOC secretary at 608-240-5055 to voice their objections.
To learn more:
To contact one of organizers of the show:
Camy Matthay: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also check out Community Connections -- a volunteer organization that does a myriad of programming and prison/family support work with inmates at the Oakhill Correctional Institution (OCI) in Oregon, WI.
In late February/early March 2009, upwards of fifteen Justseeds artists will converge in Milwaukee for a week to create a massive floor-to-ceiling installation at the Union Art Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee that will combines elements of street art, stencils, sculpture and other mediums.
The installation is titled "Which Side Are You On?" and it will examine the use of walls as physical and mental barriers that create de-facto segregation, whether it is the walls that divide nation states, the streets that separate one side of town from the other, or the barriers that separate humans from the environment. "Which Side Are You On?" challenges these barriers while envisioning a more just and sustainable future.
During the install, we'll post photos on the Justseeds blog of the work in progress.
Monday, March 2nd, 7:00pm, Union Fireside Lounge: talk by Josh MacPhee on the present and past political, social, and aesthetic development of activist printmaking from around the world.
Tuesday, March 3rd, 5pm, Union Art Gallery: stop in the Union Art Gallery for a chance to see the Justseeds installation in progress. During the walk through, meet and talk with the artists involved in the installation.
Thursday, March 5th, 5-8pm, Union Art Gallery: opening reception
Saturday, March 7th, 12:30-3:30, Union Studio Arts and Craft Centre: printmaking workshop with Josh MacPhee. Call the Craft Centre at 414-229-5535 to register.
The exhibition will run from March 5th - April 3rd
UWM Union Art Gallery is located at:
Campus Level, Room W199
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat 12-5pm; Thu 12-7pm
The exhibition "Which Side Are You On" is co-sponsored by Students for a Democratic Society at UWM
In honor of Critical Resistance's 10 Year Anniversary, Justseeds created a limited edition portfolio of original prints that address the prison industrial complex &/or alternatives to incarceration. Twenty artists from the US, Canada & Mexico contributed prints to this portfolio now on exhibit at Mess Hall!
This event is also a celebration of the Tamms Year Ten Campaign! Justseeds donated over 50 portfolios to anti-prison movement groups including Chicago’s own Tamms Year Ten. Come celebrate the successes of the Tamms Year Ten campaign, or come to learn more about the conditions at Tamms super-max prison, the campaign, & how you can get involved! Together we can end torture in Illinois!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
6932 N Glenwood, Chicago
just across from the Morse stop on the Red Line
Opening Night reception January 29th 6- PM
@ the Brecht Forum, NYC
The Brecht Forum is proud to exhibit Our Flesh of Flames featuring the collages of Theodore A. Harris and the poetic captions of legendary writer and social activist Amiri Baraka.
Posed against an eerily iridescent orange sky, Harris' collaged landscapes are filled with urban dystopia. Upside down capitols, distorted bank notes pose the reality of a society fettered by the cash nexus. Images of John Coltrane, Muhammed Ali and Paul Robeson are juxtaposed with protest scenes showing the creative and transformative power of African American social movements.
Controversial critic and poet Amiri Baraka provides lyrical assault through his captions with his trademark humor and biting social commentary. First published as in 2008, Our Flesh of Flames is Harris and Baraka's stunning contribution to African American arts and letters
I was just sent an event listing called Biggie, Brooklyn and the World at the Brecht Forum. The title and description are intriguing, and posted below, and what I found immediately inspiring was Harry Allen's blog, Media Assassin. His bio in the email is as follows
Hip-Hop Activist & Media Assassin, writes about race, politics, and culture for VIBE, The Source, The Village Voice, and other publications, and has been doing so for over twenty years.
As an expert covering hip-hop culture, he has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, on National Public Radio, MTV, VH-1, CNN, the BBC, and other information channels. Others know him for his long-time association with the seminal band Public Enemy, and for his widely-heard "cameo" on their classic record, "Don't Believe the Hype."
It gave me a few chuckles and a lot more to search thru.
Have Our Weary Feet Come to the Place for Which Our Fathers Sighed?
The Year of Living Sexually is a post about Nonfiction a program on WBAI.
The New Blackface of Fashion is what it appears.
and the first post I saw
Super Zero a link to Marvel's new create your own superhero!
OK, I did mention there is an event at the Brecht Forum, its Wednesday, Jan 28th, read below:
Wisconsin Books to Prisoners a project of Rainbow Bookstore, is sponsoring an exhibit ARTISTS AGAINST THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX. The show will run from Jan 30 – Feb 5th at Project Lodge, 817 E. Johnson in Madison. Opening reception is at 7 pm, Friday Jan 30th.
Over 70 drawings by prisoners that address the use of prisons, policing and punishment as a “solution” to social, political and economic problems will be on display.
The show was inspired by printmakers from the Justseeds Radical Artists’ Cooperative (www.justseeds.org) who created more than 20 posters in 2008 in honor of the 10th anniversary of Critical Resistance, a prison abolitionist movement. Twenty-five posters from Justseeds, which include Wisconsin artists Nicolas Lampert and Colin Matthes will be on display. Other political artists in Wisconsin have also contributed prints to the show.
Spoken word artists from the First Wave Spoken Word and Urban Arts Learning Community, including Sophia Snow, Alida Carlos Whaley and others will perform pieces topical to the show. Again, please join us for the opening reception on Friday, January 30th, from 7 pm -10 pm.
Contributions to support the costs of shipping books to prisoners are appreciated. Those unable to attend the show are welcome to send donations to Wisconsin Books to Prisoners/Rainbow Books, 426 W. Gilman St.. Madison, WI 53703. Tax-deductible donations can be made out to our fiscal sponsor "PC Foundation” with "WI Books to
Prisoners" in the memo line.
Since the inception of Wisconsin Books to Prisoners in the fall of 2006, WBTP has sent over 12,000 books to prisoners nationwide. Although Wisconsin Books to Prisoners is still banned by the WI Department of Corrections from sending used books to prisoners in WI, it continues to send books to federal and state prisoners nationwide, including an outreach program for LGTB prisoners.
Wisconsin prisoners deserve the right to read and access to books from book to prisoner projects. Those concerned about the ban should phone the Governor’s office at 608-266-1212; the WI DOC Administrator at 608-240-5104; and the WI DOC secretary at 608-240-5055 to voice their objections.
Contact for the show:
Some great folks in Baltimore (Red Emmas, Indypendent Reader) and around the country are planning an exciting conference for March 27-29 called City from Below. If you are all interested in urbanism, public space, who controls cities, the right to city, and the future of urban activism, you might want to hitch a ride to Baltimore at the end of March! Check it out here.
The show Dara Greenwald and I curated is opening in Pittsburgh!!!
SIGNS OF CHANGE
Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now
curated by Dara Greenwald + Josh MacPhee
Jan. 23 – March 8, 2009
Jan. 23, Fri. 4:30-6pm:
Curators’ Talk: Visualizing Social Movement Cultures
at McConomy Auditorium in University Center, Carnegie Mellon. Sponsored by
the University Lecture Series + School of Art Lecture Series.
6-8pm: Winter Harvest Reception at Miller Gallery at
Carnegie Mellon University. With DJ Baglady. Live screenprinting
provided by Artists Image Resource + the Andy Warhol Museum.
Feb. 12, Thurs. 8pm:
Film Screening: Finally Got The News (League of Revolutionary Black Workers with Newsreel) at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Melwood Screening Room.
Feb. 19, Thurs. 5-8pm:
Activist Print Open Studio at Miller Gallery. Live screenprinting provided by the Warhol + AIR.
Feb. 27, Fri. 5pm:
Critical Mass. View exhibition at Miller Gallery first, ride at 5:30pm from Carnegie Library two blocks West.
About the exhibition:
In Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, hundreds of posters, photographs, moving images, audio clips, and ephemera bring to life over forty years of activism, political protest, and campaigns for social justice. Curated by Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee, this important and timely exhibition surveys the creative work of dozens of international social movements.
Signs of Change presents the creative outpourings of social movements, such as those for civil rights and black power in the United States; democracy in China; anti-apartheid in Africa; squatting in Europe; environmental activism and women's rights internationally; and the global AIDS crisis, as well as uprisings and protests, such as those for indigenous control of lands; against airport construction in Japan; and for radical social transformation in France. The exhibition also explores the development of powerful counter-cultures that evolve beyond traditional politics and create distinct aesthetics, life-styles, and social organizations.
Although histories of political groups and counter-cultures have been written, and political and activist shows have been held, this exhibition is a groundbreaking attempt to chronicle the artistic and cultural production of these movements. Signs of Change offers a chance to see relatively unknown or rarely seen works, and is intended to not only provide a historical framework for contemporary activism, but also to serve as an inspiration for the present and the future.
Exposicion de Grafica Radical y de Protesta
COLECTIVO CORDYCEPS con obra grafica radical de denuncia, de Mexico DF.
TARING PADI un colectivo de grafica de protesta, desde Java Central
DE DON SON, grupo de Son Jarocho de Mexico DF.
LA CHINAMPA DE IXTACALCO,
Plaza de San Matias o Jardin Hidalgo #10
Barrio de la Asuncion, Pueblo de Iztacalco
A un costado del Kiosko.
Calzada de la Viga, esq. Avenida Hidalgo.
Metro Xola o Metro Iztacalco.
Tel. 5633 2502
Fecha y Hora:
Viernes 23 de Enero 2009, a las 7:30pm
Para mas informacion:
"Izena duen guztia omen da"
Just got this announcement for a new show by Oliver Ressler, who consistently is making interesting work about international social movements. Unfortunately I'm not going to be in Milan by January 30th, but if you are, go see this and let us know how it was!:
FOR A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CLIMATE
An exhibition project by Oliver Ressler
Curated by Marco Scotini
Galleria Artra, Via Burlamacchi 1, 20135 Milan, Italy, email@example.com
Till January 30, 2009, Tue to Sat, 15.00-19.00
The exhibition project “For A Completely Different Climate” deals with an emerging social movement that questions and selectively fights the response (or non-response) of states and corporations to climate change. This leftist movement has the potential to mobilize especially in Britain, where in August 2008 a Climate Camp was organized to close the Kingsnorth coal-fired power station east of London. Although the Kingsnorth station will be shut down, the energy corporation E.ON plans to build, at the same location, a new coal-fired power station that will assure profits for the next few decades. This project completely conflicts with the necessary goal of reducing CO2 emissions. Preventing a new coal-fired powerplant in Kingsnorth is of great symbolic value, since a successful resistance could mean the end of other planned projects for coal-fired powerplants elsewhere in Britain.
Expect photographic prints, writings, video, and ephemera of contemporary Americana - Early 90's SF street grafitti, river boats (MIss Rockaway), and imagery of wandering North America on freight trains.
Santiago was just mentioned at this Woostercollective link.
They mention this collaboration and Santi's recent book All Most Heaven.
Im wicked proud of him and can't wait to see this piece when I'm out in California in the near future.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March of the Dead- Gaza Vigil in Oakland
PITTSBURGH, PA: On Saturday, January 17, the newly formed Coalition for Peace & Justice in the Middle East (CPJME) will hold a rally and “March of the Dead” to symbolize the one thousand dead Palestinians in Gaza since Israel’s recent attack on the Gaza Strip.
The rally will begin at 3pm on the patio outside of the Pitt Student Union (Fifth Ave and Bigelow Blvd), and will include Muslim, Jewish, and Christian speakers, along with community and student activists from Pitt.
After the rally, activists, dressed in black, will march with white masks and carry coffins to CMU Software Engineering Institute at the corner of Fifth Ave and Craig St. The silent marchers will also carry the placards with the names of Palestinian civilians who were killed during Israel’s recent bombardment of Gaza.
MLK Sunday - Evening of Speeches, Music, Dance, Art, and Resistance for Gaza
Sunday, January 18th, 2009
Hands Off Gaza
5-7pm at Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver St, 4th Floor, NYC
Subway Freedom March to Brooklyn (with music)
leaving Alwan for the Arts(to Williamsburg) at 7:30pm
"I *heart* Gaza" Benefit Hip Hop Concert, Dance, Art Show
Presented by PEP (Palestine/Israel Education Project)
9pm to 4am at
221 N 9th St (bt Driggs Ave & Roebling St)
Admission: $10 (Age 21+ only)
Sabreena Da Witch
M1 of Dead Prez
Khalil al Mustafa
DJs: Johnny Juice (Public Enemy), DJ Oja, K-Salaam
The Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) has a new exhibition opening up at the Blaffer Gallery in the Art Museum of the University of Texas. Texas Oil: Landscape of an Industry promises to reveal how oil has been instrumental to the development of the Gulf Coast region, and seems like it could be an extremely useful visual introduction to the development and maintenance of the oil industry in the U.S. The show opens on January 16th, and runs through March 29, 2009.
Greetings from frigid, frigid, Milwaukee. If you are also enjoying the lets call it brisk, -6 degrees F (-27 with wind chill) temperature in Milwaukee, why not plan to come check out a few art shows this weekend.
Opening Friday (January 16, 5-10pm) at the Armory Gallery is “Western States.” As part of this exhibition I made a new installation titled, “Everything is Fine.” While making it I did some wall drawing, climbed on a fire escape, and repeatedly hit a ceiling fan with a hammer. The show will also feature the work of Aili Schmeltz (Los Angeles), William Hundley (Austin), Colleen Sanders (San Francisco), Gavin Bunner (Los Angeles), and Adrianne Watson (San Francisco).
Armoury Gallery is at 1718 N First St 3N3, Milwaukee, WI, 53212
Last Chance! This weekend is also the last chance to see “War Fair: Occupation Games for Citizens and Non-Combatants,” one of my most ambitious installations to date. The show closes along with the rest of the Nohl Fellowship work on January 18, 09. The Nohl Fellows are Gary John Gresl, Mark Klassen and Dan Ollman (Established Artists), Annie Killelea, Faythe Levine, Colin Matthes and Kevin J. Miyazaki (Emerging Artists). You can also see images from the “War Fair” exhibition online.
Inova/Kenilworth, 2155 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202 Gallery hours are Wednesday & Friday-Sunday, noon to 5 pm and Thursday, noon-8 pm.
Also, If you will be in Texas, stop by the University of Texas-Pan American (Edinburg,TX) to view my solo exhibit “Credit Is Alright” Opening February 5th, 6-9pm.
Also opening at Ad Hoc on Friday January 16th is a drawing show called Delineations, "a collection of drawings and illustrations from a diverse group of international artists." In which I will have a piece hanging!
January 16th-February 15th 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, January 16th, 7-10pm
49 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Participating artists include: Alley Cat, John Breiner, Adam William Carnes, Gigi Chen, Fernanda Cohen, Molly Crabapple, Adam Collison, Cycle, Deseo, Bonnie Durham, Ezra Li Eismont, Ewelina Ferruso, EZO, Nate Frizzel, Yoko Furuso, Bob Gibson (TLP), Mark Gibson, GROW, Joshua Hagler, Fred Harper, Peter Herpich, Thomas Herpich, Nevada Hill, Phil Hollenbeck, Mike Houston (Cannonball Press), isuel isuel, Kyung Jeon, Jeremyville, Katie Kaplan, Jane Kim, Hiro Kurata, Rafael Ladesma III, Laura Lee, Tim Hon Hung Lee, Tae Lee, Brian Life, Tommii Lim, Daniel Hyun Lim (Fawn Fruits), David MacDowell, Drew Maillard, Sara Antoinette Martin, Martin Mazorra (Cannonball Pres), MIHA, Melissa Murray, Gilbert Oh, Logik One, Pagan, Nathan Lee Pickett, Lady Pink, Lilly Piri, Anthony Pontius, Devin Powers, Carlos (MARE139) Rodriguez, Dorthy Royle, Martina Secondo Russo, Frank Russo, Allison Sommers, Robert Steel, Kevin Earl Taylor, TheDirtyFabulous, Elisabeth Timpone, TOOFLY, James Turek, Connie Wang, Jaeran Won, Pippi Zornoza plus Mikey & Doyle of the Black Label Bike Club
The Insecurities of Time
January 16th through February 15th 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, January 16th 7pm-10pm
Ad Hoc Art
49 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
For the past 4 years, Know Hope has been showing his work in galleries and exhibitions worldwide, but most of his work has been on the streets, in their natural urban settings. Know Hope deals with the ephemeral aspect of street art not only as a genre in itself, but also as a subject, exploring the need of momentary connections in everyday reality, and the common denominator that is the human struggle.
Know Hope’s recent work has been revolving around the story of an unnamed figure, following it and creating some sort of lifeline through its observations, mishaps and eventually its commentary. The figure is the visual manifestation of the human vulnerability addressed in all the pieces. The use of cardboard makes the content of the pieces physical, underlining the urgency of creating temporary art for the street, and the liability and rough fragility of the struggle.
Chris Stain, Swoon and I have work in a show that just opened in LA at the Thinkspace. The show is called From the Streets of Brooklyn and is chock full of New York street art types, including friends Imminent Disaster, Gaia, Peripheral Media Projects, Skewville, Abe Lincoln Jr., GRL, Michael De Feo and Dennis McNett.
on view Jan. 9th – Feb. 6th, 2009
4210 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Hoy Jueves 8 de Enero Comienza Planeta Rock este Festival de HipHop que Celebra los 25 años de Nuestro Movimento
Cuatro dias de un Festival en Santiago, Chile
Mira la programa en Planeta Rock
Latin American Festival of Activist Hip Hop: 25 years of Hip Hop in Chile
Some firends in Chile will be streaming audio from the Hip-Hop festival on Saturday, Jan 10th. It will include music, workshops, and other presentations. You can hear it through the links below if you are curious. Its a good way to hear culture being produced well beyond the "borders" of the community that usually reads this blog. (I am making many presumptions and I do look at the the analytics of this site, we get one hit from Chile)
Si estaras fuera de Santiago o te encuentras en otro pais el Sabado 10 de Enero, dia en que se desarrollara la escuela talleres, no te preocupes, porque durante el dia transmitiremos via on-line lo que estara sucediendo, noticias, entrevistas, talleres, musica, conversacion y mucha mas en radio planeta rock.
photo by heather mull from rally in response to prop 8 on november 15, 2008
When: Saturday, January 10, 2009
Time: 2 PM – 4 PM
Where: Schenley Quad, Oakland (near the libraries – same place as last time)
What: This is a rally, not a march.
Who: Bring your friends, family, kids, grandmas, neighbors, queer and straight alike. Bring your banners and your signs.
Who is Speaking: Emcee Gab Bonesso, Reverend Janet Edwards, Sandra Telep from Pride at Work, LGBTQ ally John McIntire and more. We are looking for speakers who may want to talk about their experiences of discrimination in these areas. Email lance historycat101(at)aol.com if you would like to speak.
Why: Because there are several upcoming moments to get LGBTQ-positive legislation passed on both the County and State levels. This time, we aren't just protesting a negative situation – we are mobilizing to get a positive outcome for everyone.
This is the follow up event to the very successful November "Anti-Prop 8" rally organized in a complete grassroots way, this rally focuses on the national DOMA law which President-Elect Obama promised to repeat AND the upcoming vote by Allegheny County Council to expand civil rights protections in employment, housing, and public accommodations to residents of Allegheny County who are part of the LGBTQ community (sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression). This rally is really for the whole community – from marriage advocates to working class queers who worry about job security and being able to find a decent place to live without being harassed. This is about L-G-B-T and Q. And the entire heterosexual community who benefit from a more just and fair community.
Reposted from Brushfire blog:
Invasion 68 Prague, an exhibition of work by photographer Josef Koudelka, opened yesterday at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. The exhibition will run until December 28, 2008.
The exhibition features Koudelka’s singular photographic account of the week after August 21, 1968, when Warsaw Pact tanks led by Alexander Dubcek invaded communist Prague. Both moving and formally compelling, Koudelka’s photographs provide an unparalleled representation of the life and death of that week. New York Times art critic, Roberta Smith writes:
“None of these photographs are less than beautiful; some combination of emotional urgency and Mr. Koudelka’s instinctive artistry makes them so. His restless vigilance created a historic and historical document that is less a series of photographs than a slow-moving film that we absorb one still at a time. He was there, and to an extraordinary and anguishing degree, so are we.” (Full article)
Koudelka’s photographs that week represented a turning point in his life. After their anonymous publication in Western newspapers, Koudelka sought asylum, and eventually emigrated from Prague in 1970. He has worked since then in Western Europe as a highly regarded documentary and landscape photographer. His books include: Gypsies (1975), Exiles (1984), and Chaos (1999). A recent retrospective of his work, Koudelka, was published in 2006.
The exhibition at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center has been co-produced by Magnum Photos, and coincides with a book by the same title published by Aperture. A “Meet The Artist” reception will be held on Tuesday, November, 18 from 6-8PM; Czech Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Alexandr Vondra and Ambassador of the Czech Republic Petr Kolár will also be present.
The gallery is open from 11-4PM, Tuesday through Sunday.
Sunday Jan 4, 2009
Bronx - 10:45am
Queens - 12:00pm
Brooklyn - 12:45pm
Manhattan - 2:30pm
4pm- Manhattan, Delancey at Allen Street
Gathering of cyclists, pedestrians, families and friends:
St. Marks Church
131 East 10th Street at 2nd Ave.
read on for detailed ride/walk schedule and check ghostbikes.org for updates
Kei and Ill Commonz have been spreading the Justseeds goods around Tokyo. In November and December they had a couple more events, a report back from their trip to NYC, and an Anti-War and Resistance Fest. Here are a bunch of photos of the events, including CPH posters, Reproduce & Revolt images being silkscreened, video showings, etc...
I'm super-honored to be performing my shadow-show FLIGHT (a slightly edited version) at Great Small Works' Spaghetti Dinner on Dec. 30th, alongside a great lineup of amazing musicians & puppeteers. if you're around NYC, please come, as it will be the last-ever performance of what i consider my best work to date.
December 30, 2008, 7:30-10pm
at Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Sq. South NYC
MICHAEL WINOGRAD'S INFECTION skeleton mambo with a twist!Michael Winograd, Jessica Lurie, Petr Cancura, Jeremy Udden - reeds; Joe Moffet, Frank London - trumpets; Dan Blacksberg - trombone; Patrick Farrell - accordion; Avi Fox-Rosen - guitar; Jorge Roeder - bass; Jon Singer - xylophone, percussion; Jason Nazary, Kenny Wollesen - percussion; Kristin Slipp -vox
FLIGHT - a shadow theater piece depicting the journey of a person displaced;
shadows created & performed by Erik Ruin, with assistance from Leslie Rogers & live violin score by Katt Hernandez
A Great Small Works Chanukah Shadow Puppet Show
Special New Year sonic massages performed by WOLLESONIC
and, Bread & Puppet Theater DIRT CHEAP OPERA, after Bertolt Brecht
Our friend (and contributor to the Justseeds Prison Portfolio project) Brandon Bauer had an exhibition in Milwaukee last month. Here are some photos from the show.
I just got an announcement for an upcoming show by Philadelphia artist Theodore Harris. I've been a fan of Harris' work for years, he did the cover of the All The Days After book back in the day, and has a couple images in Reproduce & Revolt. I really like the image he sent out with the announcement, "End This War...(after Shirley Chisholm)," which is above. The show is:
War is a Map of Wounds: The Art of Howardena Pindell and Theodore A. Harris
February 2 - March 5, 2009
New Jersey City University
Visual Arts Gallery
SCREEN-PRINT OR STENCIL YOUR PERSONALIZED FUCK YOU TO THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR
Come by Friday evening for an event by Chris Arendt and Motorcycle Awesome, a collective of individuals dedicated to artistic expression against the war in Iraq.
Arendt is a former National Guard and Prison Guard at Guantanamo Bay. The collective Motorcycle Awesome aims to create a strong active community of civilians, soldiers, and Iraq Veterans Against the War united through artistic expression.
Screenprinting and artwork will be on display, and each person can leave with a hand-screened T-shirt, FREE, choosing from a couple designs.
Friday, Dec. 19, 6-10pm
325 NW 6th Ave #102
"Though Portland tends to shut down in the snow I hope that you might step out into our winter wonderland tomorrow evening to make your way down to Igloo, at 6pm, for an event my friend Chris Arendt is putting together through his collaborative, Motorcycle Awesome.
While still a guard at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Chris and two other guards started Motorcycle Awesome as an intra-military resistance group. Now back in the real world Chris has re-formed the group as a means to help connect veterans and citizens, and create a site in which both groups can talk and collaboratively create anti-war art together to distribute around the country.
Expect silk-screen, stencils, giant origami bird folding, beer, music, and more. Bring a t-shirt to have screened, and anything else you would like to have emboldened with amazing art work. Along with illustrations by Chris, Pete Yahnke, and Icky of Justseeds have created work to be reproduced, and Josh Berger and Thomas Bradley of Plazm have created some amazing logo stencils for M.A.
Hope to see you tomorrow!
(Sam's involved with Portland art group Red 76, by the way)
Favianna, Dara and I are in Rome, preparing for our show at the House of Love and Dissent on Thursday. We're hanging prints, People's History posters, and images from Reproduce & Revolt. It's going to be fun! Here is the poster for the show. Thanks to Erik Ruin for the hands (from the Realizing the Impossible cover).
Special Screening of July War
w/ Filmmakers Brandon Jourdan and Francisca Caporali
December 15, 2008 at 8PM
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue
July War takes a raw and unflinching look at the devastating
first-hand effects of the 2006 Israeli military offensive in Lebanon.
This powerful documentary examines the broader impact of the global
war on terrorism, using the war in Lebanon as a specific case study,
and questions whether it has actually curbed, or perhaps increased,
Islamic militancy. It also reflects on the US and Iranian role in the
war and the failures of current policy in the Middle East by Western
governments and their allies.
Artists Image Resource (AIR) this years Staff & Volunteer Show this
Saturday, December 13, 7-11pm
Artists Image Resource
518 Foreland Street
Over 32 artists' current work will be on view ranging from print, sculpture, painting, photography, sound and video installation.
matt cummings * howard booth * andy english * ian short * kerry gaydos * katyana gradler * matt forrest * mary tremonte * hunter blackwell * meredith hertel * allison glancey * jenn pascoe * erin foley * ryan emmett * rachel maran * jamie adams * sabrina adams * josh troy * gene marsh * mike hegedus * carolyn kelly * budai * kristine synowka * amos levy nathan mould * julia kennedy * lizzy devita * tresa varner * bill rodgers * robert beckman * nick fredland * ashley brickman * shaun slifer
AIR is a not-for-profit art printmaking studio in Pittsburgh, PA. AIR hosts a very popular Open Studio night on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-11pm, and Wednesdays for teens 5-9pm, where you can make silkscreen prints at a nominal cost. I have been volunteering there on and off for close to a decade, and do most of my own printing there. (The Winter in America tree on the right, which is four feet tall, was created at AIR by Josh MacPhee & Shaun Slifer) Their facilities are amazing!
Exposicion del colectivo de grafica radical Taring Padi de Yogyakarta, Java central, Indonesia. LEMBAGA BUDAYA KERAKYATAN TARING PADI
Organización de Cultura Popular "Colmillos de Arroz"
El Colectivo Taring Padi de Yogayakarta, en la isla de Java en Indonesia,
se forma en 1998 en medio del gran levantamiento social que obliga a la
disolución de la dictadura del presidente Suharto. Taring Padi utiliza la expresión artística como una herramienta cultural en un esfuerzo para educar, inspirar y compartir con sus comunidades en Indonesia y las comunidades del mundo de la necesidad de luchar contra la opresión capitalista e imperialista. Su arte se comunica directamente con sus comunidades pero también nos
habla a todxs nosotrxs.
Inauguración: Viernes 19 de Diciembre / 19:00 hrs.
Música en vivo: Xeneque
Proyección de Documental del Colectivo
Clausura: Viernes 26 de Diciembre / 18:00 hrs.
Bandas invitadas: Anti-Master
Proyección de Documental
Lugar: Escuela de Cultura Popular Mártires del 68
5 de Febrero 257 – D
(esq. 5 de Febrero Col. Obrera Metro San Antonio Abad.)
La Furia de las Calles
"Izena duen guztia omen da"
Book 'Em, Pittsburgh's books - to - prisoners program, is holding a book sale this weekend. All proceeds directly benefit postage for mailing book packages to prisoners (which runs about $900 / month). Book sale! Sweet treats! Giftwrapping!
Saturday December 13 10:00-2:00
Sunday December 14 3:00-8:00
Thomas Merton Center
5125 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Feel free to visit our weekly book packing sessions on Sundays from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the basement of the Thomas Merton Center, in Pittsburgh's Garfield neighborhood. There is always great company and conversation, and often music and snacks.
For additional information, contact us at bookem(at)indypgh(dot)org.
(I designed and printed this poster, using a Beehive Collective image from Reproduce and Revolt! Josh MacPhee and Favianna Rodriguez's amazing book of copyright-free radical graphics. Quick-and-dirty and good-looking poster-making!)
The Beehive will be presenting parts of their new work, about resistance to a mega-development plan in Latin America. Allan and Evans will present "Someone Else's Treasure" and "A Golden Opportunity?" a photo essay and short film about mining in Tanzania. Friday, Dec 12, 7pm Sixth Street Community Center 638 East 6th Street NYC, NY $10-20sliding scale
Dinner will be a four course meal: appetizers, salad, a couple of main courses, and a choice of desserts. Proceeds from the dinner will go directly to people displaced from the Mtakuja village to pave way for AngloGold Ashanti in Mwanza Region in Tanzania.
The 16mm movie "Ice" is showing this week in Portland. This is a great movie- kind of a science fiction radical how-to of revolution made in 1969 when it seemed, realistically, just around the corner.
If you haven't seen this and you're interested in experimental film or radical history or near future low budget sci-fi (or none of these things) you should come see this... it's fucking great!
ICE by ROBERT KRAMER
[1969, 134 MIN]
December 9&10, 7:30pm
11 N.W. 13th Ave (btn Burnside & Couch)
Doors open 30 minutes prior to scheduled start time. Elevator access is provided, please come to the door so we can accomodate. City Center parking is available for $7 on 14th street. For access to the space from the 3rd floor enter from the western stairwell
"Born in New York in 1939, Robert Kramer ranks as one of the most original directors of American underground cinema. A committed leftist who emerged radicalized from his studies in philosophy and Western European history at Swarthmore and Stanford, he worked as a reporter in Latin America and organized a community project in a black neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, before founding the Newsreel movement—an underground media collective which made some sixty documentaries and short films about radical political subjects and the antiwar movement between 1967 and 1971. His films constantly work at wearing away the impermeability of documentary and fiction forms, paying special attention to his characters. A pioneering work that blurred the boundaries between fictional and documentary styles, Ice was hailed by filmmaker and Village Voice critic Jonas Mekas as "the most original and most significant American narrative film" of the late sixties. An underground revolutionary group struggles against internal strife which threatens its security and stages urban guerrilla attacks against a fictionalized fascist regime in the United States. Interspersed throughout the narrative are rhetorical sequences that explain the philosophy of radical action and serve to restrain the melodrama inherent in the "thriller" genre. " - Harvard Film Archive
Today is the last day to see Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now in NYC!!! Over 1000 posters, flyers, photos, videos, audio and ephemera from social movements around the world. Come by today and check it out if you haven't seen it yet:
475 10th Ave. (10th Ave. & 36th St.)
New York, New York
(the 34th Ave stop on the A/C/E train is only a couple blocks away)
And we're gearing up for the show to travel to Pittsburgh. It opens on January 23rd at the Miller Gallery at Carnagie Mellon University.
(installation photos by Kevin Caplicki)
From Justseeds buddy Bill Daniel, hobo filmmaker. You can still catch his installation "The Great Depression" for another month at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
I'm writing to you today to tell you about two musical projection performance deallies that I'm organizing at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. The first will be this Saturday, Dec 6th, and will feature an improvisional performance by Jim Lingo, Josh Tanzer and Jarret Fate, who will be sonically interacting with the audio from a big reel of 16mm post-industrial found film oddities. The show will transpire in the gallery space where I currently have a photo/video installation up, called The Great Depression.
The other performance will be Jan 10th at the Melwood Screening Room and will feature Centipede Eest performing a live score to a collection of film and video collected from the American Road."
Saturday December 6
Doors at 7:00, performance at 8:00
FREE all ages
477 Melwood Ave
Check out this sweet, though slightly inaccurate, review of The Great Depression in Pittsburgh's City Paper here
Support the Good Time Bill and Push for Change in the Federal Prison System!
Dinner, A Movie, (Hoot) and Conversation
Friday, December 5th, 7pm
6th St. Community Center
6th St. btwn Avenues B and C (F/V to 2nd Ave., exit 1st Ave.)
Three years ago, our dear friend Daniel McGowan was among the first people arrested as part of an FBI offensive against environmental activists and others, now known as the Green Scare. Daniel began serving his seven-year sentence in July 2007. In August 2008, Daniel was moved to the Communications Management Unit in Marion, IL, a facility that bypassed the usual review process and severely restricts inmates' communication with the outside world.
To mark the three-year anniversary of Daniel's arrest, please join us to learn more about Daniel's situation, the Communications Management Units, and our campaign to pass the Federal Prison Work Incentive Act (or "Good Time Bill") - A bill about to be re-introduced to Congress that would reduce the sentences of people in federal prisons by increasing the "good time" credit all federal prisoners receive. This would apply to all federal prisoners except the ones serving life sentences.
at Ste-Emilie SkillShare * 3942 Ste. Emilie * metro Place St. Henri
Vernissage Friday December 5th, 7pm-midnight
Exhibit December 5th – 14th inclusive
In connection with the historic Critical Resistance 10th anniversary conference Justseeds Artists Cooperative has produced a print portfolio project that they are donating to prisoner justice organizations across North America. The portfolio consists of 20 prints, each by a different artist, that all either critique the prison-industrial complex or address alternatives to incarceration.
The vernissage will feature:
* a presentation on prison art
* letter-writing to political prisoners
* Certain Days 2009 Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar available for purchase
Presented by the Certain Days collective
& the Ste-Emilie SkillShare – both working groups of QPIRG Concordia
--> how to get to St Emilie Skillshare:
On Saturday, December 6 in Toronto:
Let Freedom Ring
Calendar launch - book launch - panel discussion - art show
6pm - Panel discussion about prison organizing
9pm - Launch party, with bar, snacks, and local DJs
(art will be up all evening)
$5/$15 with calendar
587A College Street, Toronto, ON
If you are in the Bay Area, check out our new Justseeds members Taller Tupac Amaru at their Holiday Open Studio this weekend!!!
ARTE• TAMALES • BEER• LIVE PRINTMAKING DEMOS
Join us in Celebrating our 5 year Anniversary! 2008 has been a busy and exciting year and we would love to celebrate with good food, music, community and great art. Our Taller spent the year supporting grassroots organizing, traveling, teaching, building and participating in various collaborations, exhibitions and artist residencies.
Come check out our new work!
Prints! Radical Art! T-Shirts! Books! Printmaking Demos! Live Art and More!
Hey Northwesties! Justseeds will be tabling with a bunch of prints at the 3rd Radical Book Fair at Liberty Hall. I tabled last year and it was really nice, lots of good stuff, nice people.
Liberty Hall is at 311 N. Ivy in Portland,
right off of Vancouver, a block south of Fremont.
Saturday, December 6th, 12-4pm
"Join the Portland IWW, Laughing Horse Books, In Other Words, Tarantula Press, Eberhardt Press, Justseeds, Malkriad@s, Olin, Red Letter Press, Great Northwest Books, Decentra Collective, Black Rose Collective, and many more for this excellent event! A plethora of books, magazines, and organizing materials will be on sale. The IWW Working Class Book Fair is a Portland tradition that gets better with every year, and is an indispensable opportunity for those interested in social/economic/environmental justice to meet up with like-minded organizations.
Questions? Contact the Portland IWW at 503-231-5488, or, portland.iww (at) gmail.com, for more info."
If you are in NYC, come out to our big Justseeds show at the Brecht Forum tomorrow night, Thursday Dec 4th! After our event, cruise over to The Change You Want to See in Williamsburg for this video program!:
IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT
The Change You Want To See Gallery
Thursday, December 4, 8pm
84 Havemeyer Street, at Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn NY 11211
Since its humble beginnings in 1994, subMedia has grown from a small group of determined filmmakers into a grassroots network of socially and politically engaged artists and individuals. subMedia scrutinizes popular culture and media through the production of film, performance art, video, music and zines.
Equal parts performance and protest, an attitude of art following action defines subMedia’s productions. From the regularly released and highly produced video blog “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”, to the collaborative documentary Ground Noise & Static, their work injects a radical analysis into the culture in a most entertaining way.
Please join subMedia founder, director and producer Franklin López (aka The Stimulator) as he steps out from behind the talking boxes to tour us through a video montage of his latest works, mixing culture jamming, news, radical commentary, music and action.
Oddly enough we were asked to partake in a show at city hall that opens this Thursday. It's not everyday that we get invited to hang some political art on the walls of command central so we agreed. The event is in our Mayor-Elect Sam Adams' office. Holiday shoppers come on down, and if you don't catch us here, be sure to come by Liberty Hall this Saturday, we'll be tabling the Portland Radical Book Fair (yep, we're hitting both ends of the spectrum)
Here's the details:
Portland Prints II
City Hall Art Holiday Gift and Art Sale
Thursday December 4th 5-7pm
City Hall 1221 SW 4th
City Hall will have great local print makers including: couture stationary, letterpress & silk screen prints, magazines, and much more! Get hand-crafted art pieces for your loved ones this holiday season! Buy Local!
featuring work by the following:
Print Arts Northwest
Paul A. Lanquist
PSU's Student Activities Leadership Program
Soon after I moved to Chicago in the late 90's, I decided that I loved life the most when making art, and that's what I wanted to do with as much of my time as possible. The anarchist scene in Chicago was strong, but art was far from central to it. There were some great artists and designers involved in projects like the A-Zone, but no one was really talking much about the role of art and culture in politics, or using it to reach outside of the small political and cultural communities that already existed.
It was in this context that I stumbled upon Temporary Services, and the beginnings of a whole world of alternative art practice in Chicago. I was interested in illustrations, printmaking and street art, forms of art that could easily be given political utility. Temporary Services helped introduce me to another world of political art, one not necessarily based in the production of art objects, but in experiences. Their early projects included creating a bunch of public distribution systems for ideas (signs, newspaper boxes, guerrilla library book placements), as well as having ever changing exhibition spaces which provided a location to launch free "temporary services": from a month of free haircuts, to a reading room, to free breakfast.
Temporary Services always provided a space to ponder the intersections of culture, politics and lived experience, which was a relief after feeling trapped by the often philistine and rote machinations of anarchist politics in Chicago in the early 2000's (meeting, meeting, writing long political text for a flyer no one will read, small protest, meeting, meeting). I didn't always understand all of Temporary Services' projects (turning your gallery into a month long homeless shelter seemed in many ways more cruel than generous), or agree with their theories (I'm in no way convinced that giving things away for free in any way subverts capitalism), but I was always inspired by the productivity and commitment of the collective, which has fluctuated in membership, but has settled for a number of years into a pretty sturdy tripod (Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin, Marc Fischer). Each of them brings a unique perspective, history and skill set which makes for a varied and powerful practice that is hinged together with an overlap in interests regarding the nature of generosity, a general rejection of the commercial art world, a thing for collections of all sorts, and a commitment to the idea that art can and should engage, interfere with, and change both people's lives and the world.
That is an extremely long introduction to the fact that Temporary Services is having a 10 year anniversary party this coming Friday in Chicago, and if I could be in Chicago for it, I damn well would be!
TEN YEARS OF TEMPORARY SERVICES
A 10th anniversary celebration & the Chicago book release party for Public
Friday, December 5, 2008, 7:30 PM – 12:00 AM
At the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan, Chicago
Justseeds will be tabling at Art vs Craft in Milwaukee tomorrow. We will have books, zines, and tons of prints. Stop by and say hi.
My friend Mathew Curran has his first solo stencil show coming up. He's been involved in a number of projects I've organized, including the Paper Politics show and Reproduce & Revolt. Details for the show are on the flyer. Check it out!
The show will be up from 12/04/08 to 01/23/09
Justseeds/Visual Resistance Artists' Cooperative is a decentralized community of political artists who have banded together to support each other and social movements. We believe in the power of personal expression in concert with collective action to transform society.
This exhibition is an opportunity to view and purchase over 50 different handmade prints by more than a dozen artists. All art will be for sale, much of it for $25 and under. Perfect socially conscious holiday gifts for friends and family!
Short Notice, this one is tomorrow in NYC:
Many Yeses, One No: Confronting Corporate Globalization
A Retrospective Film Screening and Panel Discussion
November 21st, 7pm
715 Broadway, NYC
Free and open to the public.
As the anniversary of the Seattle protests against the WTO approaches,
the world economic system- a system whose logic and shape has been
defined by neoliberal economic theory- is in ruins, and the United
States has elected a new president that many people hope and expect
will bring about "real Change."
What does this mean for a movement that seems to have seen its
heyday, but whose critique of the problem- neoliberalism run amok-
now seems more salient, and more urgently needed, than ever? If we
were to look at the Global Justice Movement, or Alter-Globalization
Movement, as historians, what lessons might we learn from this
history? How can these lessons be applied to the current moment?
Films to be Excerpted:
Breaking the Bank (2000)
Showdown in Seattle (1999)
Fourth World War (2003)
It's A Riot (1989)
The Debt Game (1992)
A Cry for Freedom and Democracy (1994)
Total screening time will be approximately 45 minutes, to be followed
by panelist remarks, and audience Q and A.
Sameer Dosssani, Brooke Lehman, Ritty Lukose, Manuel Pérez-Rocha, Rick Rowley,
Moderated by Stephen Duncombe.
Wisconsin Books to Prisoners is organizing an artshow on the prison industrial complex and will pair the Justseeds portfolio project with artwork that is done by prisoners. The exhibition will be in late January and I will post more information on the specifics in the coming weeks on the Justseeds blog. Below is their call for entries:
Wisconsin Books to Prisoners was the recipient of a powerful set of posters created by 20 printmakers from the JUSTSEEDS Visual Resistance art collective. These posters were created in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of Critical Resistance, a prison abolitionist movement, and call attention to the human rights catastrophe in U.S. jails and prisons, and the use of policing, prisons and punishment as a “solution” to social, political and economic problems.
The posters and artwork by prisoners will be displayed at a gallery in Madison at the end of January 2009. Art that addresses the condition of prisons and the daily drudgery and cruelties of prison life would be particularly appreciated.
Please do not send anything that you want returned or is not copyright free. Also, please let us know how you wish to be (or not be) identified. Submission are welcome throughout the years to come, but for this show the due date is: January 1st, 2009.
Many thanks in advance to those who make contributions to this event.
Please send artwork to:
Wisconsin Books to Prisoners
426 W. Gilman St.
Madison, WI 537033
for more information contact: Camy Matthay: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday,November 22 2008
8:00pm - 9:00pm
Death by Audio
49 South 2nd Street (between Wythe & Kent)
Music by The Measure, Cheeky, Love or Perish, Each Other's Mothers, and Homewreckers (Pop Punk from NYC. Feat. members of Party Line, The Unlovables, Girlcrush and Cristy Road sings)
DJ Sets by Sir Loins and Tommy Hottpants
Bad Habits: A Love Story
Moving to New York City for Carmencita Gutierrez Alonzo, otherwise known as Car, dictated the beginning of a self-imposed mental cleansing, denoting an era of destruction and change. THIS BOOK IS ABOUT OVERCOMING THE EFFECTS OF AN ABUSIVE AND MANIPULATIVE RELATIONSHIP, and Car's quest for rebirth. Consequently, rebirth was untamed and measured by shitty news, occasional breakdowns, destructive splurges, and life altering orgasms. Geographically escaping the past's trauma in order to get over the past, proves to be worthless without the additional, internal redemption. The route to heal earnestly is always winding in a world where healing without a steady paycheck, health insurance, a mainstream identity, or mental stability can often times seem impossible. That is, at least, without harsh self-doubt or unfortunate addictions. This journey of getting over trundles through wild living situations, drunks, punks, awkward mornings, semi-revelatory acid trips, complex definitins of love, complex embraces of lust, complex laws on sexual violence, and a decaying Brooklyn where every glass condo swells the cost of living for a minimum wage society. Finding solace in things like Coney Island, hair metal, and her circle of friends; Carmencita transforms her bad habits into some rendition of living, and somewhat, achieving.
Food Not Bombs Pittsburgh is having a benefit to raise funds for a second bike cart, so they can haul those pots of stew without fossil fuels! Like many punk activists, FNB was the first activist project I participated in steadily as a fresh-faced 18 year old, when I moved to Pittsburgh in 1996. We used to cook at the original Peach Pitt in Shadyside (pgh punx will recall the more well-known peach pitt on blvd of the allies in oakland, 1998-2007r.i.p.). It's great that new generations of kids keep cookin', and that several folks have continued to be involved with this project for years. I'm stoked to be able to lend support with my DJ styles!
Food Not Bombs Benefit
Friday, November 21st, 8pm-2am
at Your Inner Vagabond
Bowlegged Gorrilla (one man band with beatboxing from b-more) (on his b-day!)
Breakaway Marching Band (pgh's rad marchin band)
Troop Jazzercize Radical Pittsburgh (sexy aerobic glampunk neon spandex dance routines---see photo!)
Sean & Jen (accordion and trumpet)
Mary Mack (you know the deal)
Food Not Bombs collects surplus food and cooks it into tasty meals that are served to anyone that's hungry every Friday and Sunday in Market Square. More info at http://pgh-fnb.activeresistance.org/
"Our url is harder than yours."
The Paper Politics show is still tearing up upstate New York! It open at the Redhouse Gallery in Syracuse tomorrow night. If you're in the area, check it out! Almost 200 political prints from around the world, with work from all the Justseeds artists, as well as tons of other great printmakers like BSAS Stencil, Christopher Cardinale, Tom Civil, Sue Coe, Amos Kennedy Jr., Jesse Purcell, Favianna Rodriguez and Nicole Schulman.
Opening Reception: November 20th 5-8pm
Redhouse Arts Center
201 South West St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
Thursday November 20, 10AM
Meet outside 100 Centre Street, NYC
(Part 91 - 15th Floor)
On August 18, 2006, seven young African American lesbian women from Newark, New Jersey came to Manhattan’s West Village for a night out. A man named Dwayne Buckle harassed and assaulted the young women, making sexist and homophobic comments to them as well as lewd advances and telling one of the women that he would “F—k her straight.” A physical altercation ensued, and two men came to the aid of the women. One of the men stabbed Buckle, and then left the scene. The women continued on their way and were arrested shortly after. The trial that took place was a farce, the judge was condescending and offensive, the media demonized the women as a "lesbian wolf-pack", there was never a search for the two men who stabbed Buckle, requests for forensic testing on the supposed weapon were ignored as was footage from a surveillance camera that clearly showed Buckle was the perpetrator. After a year-long trip through the legal system, three women of the women- Chenese Loyal, Khymesha Coates, Lania Daniels took plea bargains and the other four were convicted of crimes and given shocking prison sentences in April 2007. Terrain Dandridge was sentenced to three and a half years behind bars; Venice Brown, five years; Renata Hill, eight years; and Patreese Johnson, was sentenced to an unbelievable 11 years. Terrain Dandridge’s case was overturned, all her charges were dropped and she was released on June 21st, 2008. She has recently been speaking out with her family and with supporters such as Angela Davis in San Francisco and in NY.
For more info, there is an excellent article Re-Thinking "The Norm" In Police/Prison Violence & Gender Violence: Critical Lessons from the New Jersey 7 in the most recent issue of Left Turn Magazine by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence & FIERCE! that addresses issues of violence and bias against queer youth of color and the struggle to make these issues visible.
There is a screening of documentaries about the lives of LGBTQ youth in the West Village:
Friday November 21, 7pm
343 Lenox Ave/Malcom X Blvd.
Panel 8pm, reception to follow
Fenced Out documents the fight for the Christopher St. pier, a long-established hangout and safe haven for New York City’s youth of color and lower-income, homeless, lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, questioning and two-spirited youth. In the summer of 2000, development for a state park began “fencing out” the kids, with support from residents of nearby waterfront properties. “You are lowering the property value,” notes one police officer bluntly. The video examines the clash between the groups that claim ownership of the pier, from the perspective of the youths who feel it is the only place where they belong. The documentary includes interviews with “pierets” about how important the pier is in their lives, and with LGBTQ activists about the history of the piers and their connection to the gay liberation movement of the 60’s. It explores how the struggle to save the pier connects to a larger historical and social movement, and develops a plan of action to save them.
Life on Christopher Street dir. Maria Clara, 2002
Through the eyes of these urban male youth, known as "Homolife on Christopher St. Thugs", we see gay rappers, "Blood" gang members, pimps, and sex workers in their struggle to maintain dignity. The film is an exposé of a rising subculture of Black and Latino gay youth born in the late 70's to early 80's, representing the Hip-Hop generation. These urban gay youth living on the most popular gay strip in the world maintain the aggressive hyper masculine image and attitude represented in the Hip-Hop culture, contradicting the stereotypical image of homosexuals.
Life on Christopher Street Director & Producer Maria Clara and Kimberly Gray, FIERCE!, RJ Supa and Steven Gordon of The Ali Forney Center (housing for homeless LGBTQ youth)
reception to follow
Friday, November 21st, 6-9 PM
~ STOLEN LAND ~
an exhibition of paintings, linoleum block prints, photography, and installation by
OTHER a.k.a. Troy Lovegates
Needles & Pens, 3253 16th Street, San Francisco, CA
Wander-lust ridden graffiti artist, Other, has scrawled, spray-painted, and pasted his beautiful, highly detailed, and often solemn-faced characters on the walls and doorways of buildings around the world. His work has mysteriously appeared in galleries and the streets of such distant places (far from his native Canada), as, Berlin, Paris, Barcelona, Bucharest, Fez, and Lima, Peru. However, it is on the elusive freight trains of the extensive North American railroad system that the majority of his imagery is on display. It is a rare treat to have a large collection of the artist's work assembled in one location.
For those in NYC, stencil artist Logan Hicks has curated a show called Eye to Eye.
I'm excited to see Ephameron in NY, and have appreciated C215's additions to the streets of NYC. These are some hard working folks that have inspired me recently.
Check it out
Eye to Eye Opening Reception: November 20, 2008, 7pm November 20 – December 20, 2008 Artists: EPHAMERON (Belgium) C215 (France) JOAD (Greece) Invisible NYC 148 Orchard Street
Japanese comrades Ill Commonz and Kei will be giving a report back from their trip to NYC on November 23rd in Tokyo, and they'll be hanging a show of my silkscreen prints at the university they're speaking at. They sent me this great flyer for the event!
Esta tercera feria se realizara en la cd de México los días 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 y 16 de noviembre de 2008.
Habra venta de Venta de libros, periódicos, videos, fanzines, comida y más...
I found out about Mexico City's Anarchist Bookfair smack in the middle of its events, and felt the need to tell yins about it!
Wish I was there.
My friend Marc Moscato is showing a collection of films about Chicago area activism and resistance.
Sunday, November 16, 7PM
Screening at The Select Media Festival
The Co Prosperity Sphere
3219 S Morgan St
Wednesday, November 19 (tentative)
Screening & lecture at North Central College
Wednesday, December 3, 7PM
Screening & lecture at
The Project Lodge (Co presented by The Media Embassy)
817 E Johnson St
Thursday, December 4, 7PM
Screening at Darling Hall
601 SW 6th St
Friday, December 5, 8PM
Screening at The Art of This
3506 Nicollet Ave
Abby Goldstein, professor at Fordham University in NYC, curated this dope exhibition which includes my work alongside fellow Justseed compañeras/os Favianna, Jesús, and Melanie. It's also got the Guerrilla Girls, Laurie Anderson, Bread and Puppet Theatre, Sue Coe, Milton Glaser, and countless other rad artists. Scope it out if in New Mexico.
Speak Out: Art, Design & Politics
November 1–December 20, 2008
Download the postcard in PDF format.
This just in!
Tues. Nov. 11, 7pm
Free Workshop - Documenting the Struggle: Three Radical NYC Archives
451 West St (between Bank & Bethune Sts)
$5-$15 suggested donation to support Radical Reference
free food/cash bar
Join Radical Reference for a look at some of the ways libraries and
other institutions are preserving the people's history!
Presented as part of the NYC Grassroots Media Coalition "make this netWORK" series,
seeking to strengthen the fight for media justice by connecting local
activists and media makers.
The Yes Men will be in Pittsburgh this week with a lecture and survey exhibition!
Keep an eye out for future activist art exhibitions at the Miller Gallery.
FRI. NOV. 14
KEEP IT SLICK:
with The Yes Men
Curated by Astria Suparak >>>
Nov. 14, 2008–Feb. 15, 2009
Nov. 14, 5pm:
How To Be A Yes Man Workshop + Film clips from their upcoming movie. Miller Gallery, 2nd floor.
Sponsored by the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry + School of Art Lecture Series.
Business Casual Reception. Miller Gallery, 3rd floor.
Please bring offerings for the dearly departed Reggie the Janitor.
Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University
Purnell Center for the Arts
5000 Forbes Ave.
A new anarchist community space, SubRosa, just opened in Santa Cruz, CA. And they used one of Kristine's prints for their flyer!
November 8 at 7:30pm
Sixth Street Community Center
638 E 6th St, between Avenues B and C, in Manhattan
Suggested Donation $8-10, refreshments will be served
Longtime New Afrikan Anarchist Prisoner of War, Ojore Lutalo, is set to be released after 26 years of confinement in the New Jersey State Prison, having completed the maximum amount of time the State of New Jersey could hold him. While his exact release date is not finalized, it will most likely be late November or December. Money is being raised to help Ojore secure housing, food and clothing to help with this transition.
Ojore Lutalo is locked down in Trenton, New Jersey for actions carried out in the fight for Black Liberation. According to Lutalo, he is serving a parole violation sentence stemming from a 1977 conviction for expropriating monies from a state bank and engaging police in a gun battle which took place in 1975.
Kazembe Balagun, writer, activist, teacher, and biographer of the late New Afrikan Anarchist freedom fighter Kuwasi Balagoon will be in attendance to talk about New Afrikan Anarchism of the past and future.
There will be a screening of the film Frame Up! The Imprisonment of Martin Sostre (1973)
Frame Up! follows the story of Afro-Puerto Rican political activist Martin Sostre who served time in Attica prison during the early 1960s. He was arrested in 1967, at his Afro-Asian bookstore in Buffalo for sale and possession of narcotics, riot, arson, and assault- charges later proven to be fabricated by COINTELPRO. He was convicted and sentenced to serve forty-one years and thirty days. Sostre became a jailhouse lawyer and regularly acted as legal counsel to other inmates, and won two landmark legal cases for the advancement of prisoner rights- Sostre v. Rockefeller and Sostre v. Otis.
Soft Scrap is a show of scrap-inspired art which opens this Saturday in Detroit.
The artists are seamsters, fiber artists, sculptors, painters, printmakers, performers, and musicians. They hoard scraps that are piled on shelves, stashed in boxes, or stowed away in basements. These scraps are sometimes ridiculous, embarrassing and untidy, but sometimes they inspire. Artists include Julio Dominguez, Mary Carolan, Sarah Lapinski, Abigail Newbold, Sarah Burger, Connie Shea, Bec Young, Leah Retherford, Emily Linn, and Megan Heeres.
This show includes my series "stitches stories," which tells the story of my travels through Guatemala three years ago. The stories are embroidered into the clothes that were worn on the trip.
The show runs for five weeks with three special events. All events are open to the public.
The show is located at 1401 Bagley, one block South of Michigan Avenue, and one block East of Trumbull.
Nov. 7 Opening reception including performance by Kathy Leisen of SOFT LOCATION 7-10pm
Nov. 14 Regular viewing 5-8pm
Nov. 21 Regular viewing 5-8pm
Nov. 29 Scrap exchange party 7-10pm
Dec. 5 Regular viewing 5-8pm
Dec. 12 Closing with scrap food potluck 7-10pm
This just in from my friend Fernando Martí:
Desplazamientos – Bajo y Suavecito: A show about Low Riders, a skate park, and the Mission then and now...
Photographs, oral histories and installations by Amanda Lopez & Fernando Martí, in collaboration with El Tecolote
November 8 - December 8, 2008 at Mission Skateboards storefront
Reception: Saturday, Nov. 8, 7-9 pm, with Low-Rider oldies by D.J. Chango Julius
3045 24th Street (at Treat)
Desplazamientos is an ongoing series of installations and publications created by Amanda Lopez, Fernando Martí, and El Tecolote, tracing the shifts and resistances of Mission District history.
A new political art show has just opened in NYC. Haven't had a chance to check it out yet, but it looks promising, almost all the artists involved have done engaging and compelling intersections of art and politics in the past.
October 29th – Nov 24th, 2008
Special Election Night Party November 4th, starting at 7pm
Featuring work by: Melanie Baker, Wafaa Bilal, Sandow Birk, Emory Douglas,
Hasan Elahi, Mounir Fatmi, Jon Hendricks, Arnold Mesches, Naeem Mohaiemen,
Sheryl Oring, Jenny Polak, Martha Rosler, Jackie Salloum, Hank Willis Thomas
and Raphael Zollinger
Curated by Dread Scott, Kyle Goen and Hajarah Abdus-Sabur
White Box (Bowery)
329 Broome Street New York, NY 10002 (NEW ADDRESS)
I just got an email from Kei (Irregular Rhythm Asylum) with some links to photos and video of the recent Tokyo Bookfair. Here is a cool video that shows the fair, including a bunch of our posters and even people silkscreening with Reproduce & Revolt images!
Mary (Mack) Tremonte and Heidi Tucker have a show of new prints that just opened this weekend at Morning Glory Coffeehouse in Pittsburgh. Mary's prints were all created over the past year, mostly from time at recent residencies at AS220 in Providence, RI and the Anchor Archive Halifax, NS. She released a split zine with Simone Roughouser that they created at the Anchor Archive: Chick Pea #4/ Risk-Oblivious Youth # 1/2.
The show also marks the grand opening of Morning Glory, which is run by former Providencer Jeffrey Alexander. The spot features fair trade organic coffee, vegan baked goods by My Goodies bakery, occasional live music, babies that look like gnomes and more.
The work will be up all month. You can buy prints and zines on the spot. Stop on by...
My friend Bani Khoshnoudi is doing a sneak preview of her new film A People in the Shadows next Friday in New York City. I'm really excited about the film, but unfortunately all of us Justseeders will be at our annual retreat in Milwaukee. Some of you will have to go and tell us how it was!
A PEOPLE IN THE SHADOWS (2008, 90 min.)
Friday, November 7, 7pm
87 Lafayette Street (south of Canal Street), 3rd Floor
(subways: N,R,W,Q,6 to Canal)
Almost thirty years after the revolution, and twenty since the end of the long Iran-Iraq war, A People in the Shadows takes us on a voyage into the heart of Tehran, a megalopolis of 14 million people. The city is still recovering from its past, as talk of sanctions and a possible American attack resonate. Using cinema direct methods, the film takes an intimate look at the way people live in this immense city today- caught up in the paradoxes and contradictions of their society, surrounded by images of past and future death, yet finding ways to juggle state propaganda and foreign threat on a daily basis.
Two great Events in Portland this week!
The Films of Helen Hill
Monday Nov 3rd, 2008
Hollywood Theater, Portland OR
As part of the Siren Nation festival here, there will be a screening of 10 short films by Helen Hill. Helen was a friend of mine who was killed in New orleans almost two years ago. Her films are scrappy beautiful things, truly DIY, warm, political and playful. Excellent stuff!
Beehive Collective Swarming Portland
Please join this empowering graphics collective on the eve of the election for a powerful and interactive story about empire, corporate globalization, resistance and sustainability.
The Beehive Collective and their "Dismantling Monoculture" graphics campaign will make a variety of free appearance around portland. The events will take place as follows:
Oct. 31st @ 3pm - PSU Smith Building, 1825 SW Broadway St. Hosted by Students for Unity and MECha
Nov. 2nd @ 7pm - Reed College Student Union. Hosted by Blue Heron Infoshop
Nov. 3rd @ 6pm - ILWU Local 5, 917 SW Oak Suite #206. Hosted by the ILWU Local 5, Independent Publishing Resource Center and Free School Portland
Nov. 4th @ 7pm - Red and Black Cafe, 400 SE 12th avenue (at Oak). Hosted by the Red and Black and Free School Portland
The Beehive Collective presents their three part narrative: Dismantling Monoculture - Mesoamerica Resiste: a visual exploration of the impacts of militarism, free trade, and corporate globalization in Latin America. The group's mission is to "cross pollinate the grassroots" through the creation of images as an effective medium for deconstructing and educating the public about complex geopolitical issues.
Just a reminder that we'll be at the Prints Gone Wild print fair this weekend! So come by and say howdy and look at the art, or even buy some if you are so inclined. It's cheap.
Sat Nov. 1st 6pm-12am Opening reception/party
Sun Nov. 2nd 12-6pm Fair is open all day
213 n 8th St.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211
In her dream job as curator of the Labadie Collection of Social Protest Literature at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Julie Herrada has curated a timely new exhibit. The Whole World Was Watching: Protest and Revolution in 1968, Selections from the Labadie Collection provides a snapshot of a complex and pivotal year in American history, highlighting protests against the Vietnam War and the draft, the highly fractured Presidential election and the violence that erupted outside the Democratic Convention in Chicago against anti-war demonstrators, and the activities of student and other protest groups such as the Ann Arbor-founded Students for a Democratic Society, the Black Panthers, the White Panthers, and the Yippies. The exhibit notes the women's movement and international matters such as Prague Spring and the May Paris uprisings.
The exhibit is on view in the Gallery (Room 100) at the Hatcher Graduate Library. A related display of original record albums and political buttons from the University of Michigan's Special Collections Library is also exhibited in the Special Collections Exhibit Room located on the seventh floor (same building). Julie has also launched an online exhibit guestbook that visitors can write their 1968 memories in. An afternoon panel discussion featuring activists from the era and a live performance in the evening by Country Joe McDonald will take place in The Gallery on November 13. The exhibit runs until December 19.
The Ann Arbor Chronicle ran an article about the show on Wednesday.
Since the weekend I've been wanting to write a post about heading up to the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) protest outside the final presidential debate last week at Hofstra University (about an hour outside NYC). I took the train out their with my friend Emily in order to show support for IVAW, who I think have been doing some of the most interesting and innovative protesting against the Iraq War, and in general, since the war started. One of their main tactics has been using their uniforms and status as veterans as a tool, to be able to enter certain spaces, speak to certain audiences that would otherwise be closed off, etc.
At the protest, we saw the beginnings of the limitations of this tool. Not only where six IVAW members arrested, but one was trampled by a horse and sent to the hospital. No media was there to cover the event. I couldn't quite come up with the right words to describe the experience, but Emily has just sent out a really clear and well written email that describes what happened, so I'm going to just repost it here. Please, Please, Please, check out the video here.
I just wanted to draw your attention to this video, particularly these video stills, that i shot during the Iraq Veterans Against the War protest at the final U.S. presidential debates, last Wednesday, in Long Island, NY. The video is extremely disturbing and clearly shows Iraq War Veteran Nick Morgan at the moment when his head was crushed to the sidewalk under a police horse. This story has been completely ignored in the media. He was legally, peacefully and standing on the sidewalk when the event occurred.
The still images speak volumes to this moment in history, please look at them and please get them to people (journalists, activists, veterans) who can use them! - http://www.flickr.com/multiplefronts
The video is on Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlI7tQCqwbU (watch in high quality)
Video links and more information are posted at - http://www.iwitnessvideo.info
Last Wednesday October 15th 2008, former Army Sergeant Nick Morgan, a 24 year old veteran of the US war in Iraq, was nearly killed by riot police, his face crushed under a police horse, during a peaceful protest outside the final US presidential debates.
Morgan is a native of Annapolis, MD who spent four-years the US Army and one year in Iraq. He was a participant in the Winter Soldier hearings and is an active member of the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), a national organization of 'Global War On Terror' veterans who had come to the Presidential debates in Long Island, demanding that veterans' concerns be heard during these nationally televised dialogues.
The IVAW had previously announced, sending a letter to CBS, that two veterans had prepared one question each for Obama and McCain, to be asked during the televised debate. They had also announced that if they didn't receive a response by 7pm on the night of the debates, that those veterans would enter the debates anyway, in an attempt to be seen, if not actually have their voices heard.
On Wednesday, as the sun was going down, the veterans waited for a response with a crowd of civilian supporters. When no response came from CBS, Obama, or McCain by 7pm, they led a march peacefully to the gate of the debates. Seven veterans were arrested while attempting to enter the gate of the national debates.
Nassau county police immediately began pushing the crowd of media, veterans and supporters backwards and across the street, charging riot cops and horses into the tightly packed crowd. One officer, Officer Quagliano was seen by many witnesses to be driving his horse backwards, in circles and out of control, repeatedly antagonizing Nick Morgan and a group of Iraq War vets who were peacefully holding the front of the line. The IVAW veterans are committed to non-violence and committed to protecting 'civilians' that come out to support them. Video shows him swiping Morgan and veteran Carlos Harris with the head of his horse just a few minutes before trampling them on the ground.
Tonight is our Provo event at the Signs of Change exhibition here in NYC (see announcement here), and Arthur Magazine was nice enough to post an announcement for it...but they also included a short video pieces about the history of the Provo White Bicycle Plan which I hadn't seen before, and attach here for y'all:
Cannonball Press and Supreme Trading proudly present the 2008 version:
PRINTS GONE WILD 4!!
The fourth ever annual vernacular printacular mega-hairy Brooklyn affordable print fair. (OK, we did one in St. Louis too)
The ORIGINAL AND ONLY 50 bucks and under American print fair.
Sat Nov. 1st 6pm-12am Opening reception/party
Sun Nov. 2nd 12-6pm Fair is open all day
213 n 8th St.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211
The Amazing Hancock Brothers McGregor, TX
Yeehaw Industries Knoxville, TN
Howling Print Studios Brooklyn, NY
Tugboat Press Pittsburgh, PA
Bikini Press Minneapolis, MN
Justseeds Brooklyn, NY
Sean Star Wars Laurel, MS
Kayrock Screenprinting Brooklyn, NY
Space 1026 Philadelphia, PA
Purgatory Pie Press New York, NY
Drive By Press Madison, WI
Isle of Printing Nashville, TN
Cannonball Press Brooklyn, NY
After last year’s incredibly successful fair, Brooklyn’s own Cannonball Press has again assembled an extraordinary menagerie of graphic artists under one roof, who will be present, displaying their prints, and selling them for $50 or less for two days only.
Long-time champions of the affordable art cause, Cannonball Press has brought together these great artists as part of New York Fine Art Print Week so that New York can have a chance to see first-hand the incredible resurgence in affordable fine art printing that is happening across the country.
An entertaining sideshow will take place during the fair, featuring traditional Mexican music from Grupo Diamante Norteno, “deathgrass” titans the Black Death All-stars, a print-o-centric fashion show, emcee David Rees (of Get Your War On fame), a performance by the Amazing Hancock Brothers, and on-the-spot printing with Drive-By Press, which operates a mobile press out of the back of their van.
The best affordable art in town, guaranteed.
Dara and I were excited to have Kei and Illcommonz from Tokyo visit us in late September for the opening of the Signs of Change exhibition here in NYC. They have both been involved in actions and movements included in the show, most recently the organization against the G8 summit in Japan. Kei is also connected to the Japanese anarchist archive CIRA Japan, who lent us a handful of Japanese anarchist posters from the 60s-80s for the the exhibition.
While they were here we weighed them down with posters and propaganda from the US, much of it for Tokyo's infoshop Irregular Rhythm Asylum, which is largely run by Kei. I'm excited that Kei has created a small exhibition of my posters, which is being held at the 3rd annual Tokyo Bookfair, which is put together by a handful of DIY, punk and anarchist shops, zines and distros. They are also showing Dara's video Tactical Tourist, a 15-minute look at the Barcelona squatting scene in 2006.
Our friend Bill Daniel has a new show opening tomorrow night in Pittsburgh. Check it out:
The Paper Politics show is currently hanging at the Dowd Gallery at SUNY-Cortland in Upstate New York. Andrew Mount, the director at the Dowd sent me these great photos of the show installed. Seems like it's made some ripples up there, upsetting some students who actually asked the administration to remove some of the prints! I'm heading up to Cortland to do a curator's talk on October 28th. Info and directions will be on their website.
Signs of Change Dutch Provo Event!
Friday, October 24, 2008, 6-8pm
at Exit Art, 475 10th Ave, NY, NY
PREMIERE SCREENING of Dutch Provo Footage
Premiere screening of newly subtitled short films and footage of the 1960s Dutch Provo movement, and book release of Richard Kempton’s Provo: Amsterdam’s Anarchist Revolt (in collaboration with Autonomedia Press).
Speakers include: Jordan Zinovich, Lindsay Caplan, and Janna Schoenberger
About the Book:
Provo staged political and cultural interventions into the symbolic
and everyday spaces of Holland from 1962-1967. In this first
book-length English-language study of their history, Richard Kempton
narrates the rise and fall of Provo from early Dutch "happenings"
staged in 1962 to the "Death of Provo" in 1967. This is the fourth
book Autonomedia has done on Dutch social movements.
About the Video:
This compilation of Provo footage, newly translated and subtitled by
Janna Schoenberger and Dennis de Lange, includes scenes from the early
happenings, Dutch political life, and interviews by key members of
Provo - including an interview held with Robert Jasper Grootveld on
his houseboat in Amsterdam.
Jordan Zinovich has been associated with Autonomedia since 1986, and
is currently a senior editor. He has been working on Provo for years,
and since 1997 has been going repeatedly to Amsterdam to meet with
members of Provo. He will discuss the renaissance of Provo going on
Lindsay Caplan is a member of the Autonomedia editorial collective,
and a doctoral student at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research
focuses on the intersection between art, aesthetics, and social action
- an arena in which Provo is an essential and exciting example.
Janna Schoenberger is a doctoral student at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
She received her master's degree in Art History from Utrecht
University in the Netherlands where she lived for three years. She is
currently working as a translator for the upcoming exhibition "In and
Out of Amsterdam 1960-1975" at the Museum of Modern Art.
Autonomedia is a small non-profit publisher of books and digital
material that investigate the liberatory impulse by way of radical
politics, philosophy, arts, history, and other categories of thought
and action. We have operated as an all-volunteer editorial collective
since 1983, and are based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. With more than
100 titles in active distribution, and 6-8 new books each year,
Autonomedia provides an autonomous media zone for radical art and politics, and seeks to transcend party lines, bottom lines and straight lines. We also
maintain the Interactivist Info Exchange (info.interactivist.net), an
online forum for discourse and debate on themes relevant to the books
we publish. www.autonomedia.org
Due Oct 21 (by email or mail) - see below for full submission information
Union Square Park's historic Pavilion is threatened by plans for a privately run, upscale restaurant. We believe that our precious public resources should stay in the hands of the people and that the pavilion should be committed to public use. We invite artists to participate in imagine public uses for the pavilion by making a black and white 11 x 17 illustration either in advance of or at our Oct 23rd rally at Union Square celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Pavilion's designation as a National Historic Landmark. For more context please see: Union Square, Then and Now
PARTICIPATING COMMISSIONED ARTISTS
Artwork by the following artists are producing commissioned illustrations:
Steve Lambert, Carolyn Ryder Cooley, Chr