Installation shot of When Artists Speak Truth…


Thursday, January 21, 7:00-9:00pm
The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, New York City
The Poet Sculpture: Performance by Samuel Jablon

Multi-disciplinary artist Samuel Jablon will stage his literary performance The Poet Sculpture in collaboration with a number of invited poets including Steve Dalachinsky, Bob Holman, Paolo Javier, Sophie Malleret, Yuko Otomo, and Barry SchwabskyThe Poet Sculpture is comprised of portable, modular platforms, constructed from soapboxes of various dimensions, each of which pays homage to an influential poet. Performers interact with Julia de Burgos, Jayne Cortez, e.e. cummings, Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Guest, Langston Hughes, Tuli Kupferberg, Taylor Mead, Frank O’Hara, and Pedro Pietri. The physical interaction between the performers and the words of the poets defines the sculpture, creating a visual poem through voice and form. The event will be accompanied by a culinary intervention by Chef Turi Scalora.

Wednesday, February 3, 6:00-8:00pm
The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, New York City
Arts Education as Cultural Capital: A Conversation with BFAMFAPhD and Adjunct Commuter Weekly
RSVP: media@sdrubin.org

This panel, moderated by Sara Reisman, will address the economic, professional and intellectual impacts of art school, from the perspectives of students and alumni, as well as artists as adjunct lecturers. The conversation will feature Dushko Petrovich, founder of Adjunct Commuter Weekly, and BFAMAPhD core members Vicky Virgin and Caroline Woolard.

Concerned about the impact of debt, rent, and precarity on the lives of creative people, BFAMFAPhD asks: What is a work of art in the age of $120,000 art degrees? Core members Susan Jahoda, Agnes Szanyi, Vicky Virgin, and Caroline Woolard create reports, pedagogical tools, and movement syllabi including Artists Report Back, Census Report, Statements and …in which nothing can be finally paid off.

Adjunct Commuter Weekly was the first magazine to address the lifestyle needs and shared interests of a rapidly growing and increasingly influential demographic. Edited and published by Dushko Petrovich, Adjunct Commuter Weekly was created entirely by current and former adjunct commuters. First published on July 30, 2015, the print publication was shuttered on August 10, 2015 due to the financial and time constraints of the adjunct commuting staff. It has since been rebranded as ACW, an online multimedia platform.

Thursday, February 11, 6:00-8:00pm
The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, New York City
Avram Finkelstein of ACT UP and Carrie Moyer and Sue Schaffner of Dyke Action Machine! in Conversation with Sara Reisman
RSVP: media@sdrubin.org

Using the language of propaganda, political campaigning, and advertising, ACT UP‘s Avram Finkelstein and Dyke Action Machine!‘s Carrie Moyer and Sue Schaffner have had a pronounced visual impact on New York City-based artistic activism over the last three decades. Tackling different issues affecting the LGBT community, both groups operated a practice of direct action during a period of massive transition in the wake of AIDS and the gay rights movements. Avram Finkelstein designed the iconic Silence = Death poster, which promoted political action on the part of the gay community while DAM!’s public art project was conceived as a series of posters expressing the lesbian community’s ambivalence towards the gay rights movement’s push for same-sex marriage and parenthood, among other hetero-normative lifestyle aspirations.

Friday, February 19, 6:00-8:00pm
The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, New York City
Andrea Bowers in Conversation with Sara Reisman

Artist, activist, and fair wage campaigner Andrea Bowers will discuss the role of activism within her artistic practice. Invoking American history, contemporary political issues, and protest, Bowers’ work gives visibility to the plight of excluded groups, addressing a range of issues, from environmental policy to labor conditions in the art world, including tree sitting in the California forest and a critique of the hiring practices of Frieze Art Fair in 2013 for outsourcing non-union workers.

Sunday, March 5, 12:00pm – 12:00am
Location to be announced
Referendum: Performance by Tania Bruguera
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Artist Tania Bruguera will revisit her project Referendum, which was first staged in fall 2015 as part of Nuit Blanche in Toronto. The interactive performance functions as a public vote on questions surrounding immigration and borders, generally raising public awareness about the effects of borders on humankind in a time of unprecedented migration. Referendum is a companion piece to The Francis Effect (2014), a work currently on view in When Artists Speak Truth… that aims to change the perception of immigration and citizenship rights worldwide. Bruguera and her collaborators collected signatures on postcards that featured an image of the seven continents united, accompanied by the slogan “Dignity has no nationality,” which endorse Pope Francis’ supportive stance toward immigrants.

Thursday, March 6, 10:00am – 8:00pm
Union Square Park, New York City
a few words and a few notes: Mel Chin in Conversation with Sara Reisman
RSVP: media@sdrubin.org

A conversation between artist Mel Chin and Artistic Director Sara Reisman titled a few words and a few notes will feature dialogue and song. Currently on view in When Artists Speak Truth…, Chin’s Cross for the Unforgiven (2012) offers a painfully timely critique of the accessibility of guns in American culture. Chin inserts art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills, and even popular television, investigating how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility. Chin also promotes “works of art” that have the ultimate effect of benefiting science, such as his ongoing project Revival Field – a pioneer in the field of green remediation, using plants to remove toxic, heavy metals from the soil – and his recent Operation Paydirt/Fundred Dollar Bill Project, an attempt to make New Orleans a lead-safe city. These projects are consistent with a conceptual philosophy, which emphasizes the practice of art to include sculpting and bridging the natural and social ecology.

For further information, please contact:

William Furio
The 8th Floor