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TONIGHT @ 8:00 pm

tART artist

Aisha Cousins

“Performance art for the rest of us”

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Brer Rabbit The Opera*

a work in progress from her BRIC House Fireworks residency

in collaboration with Greg Tate and Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber

when: Tonight and tomorrow Jan 22nd & 23rd

time: 8:00 pm

where: BRIC House Ballroom

647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Contact Information Tel: 718.683.5600
Directions 2/3/4/5 to Nevins St | B/Q/R to DeKalb St | G to Fulton St

costs: $15 Adv | $20 Door 

*PLEASE NOTE: This performance contains adult material that is not appropriate for children.

More details on the performance here and here, Cousins’ website here, an older interview of the artist here and an informative article on the performance here.

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Ann deVere

A printmaker who loves to draw

Member since 2009

Public Library

Read in early 2014





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An engaging portrayal of American artist Eric Fischl coming into his own, the memoir basically sheds light on the ebb and flow of a contemporary artistic career and studio practice. I especially enjoyed reading how the chaos of his not knowing unfolds into knowing earlier in his painting. The author(with a little help from his friend Michael Stone) speaks honestly on the emotional residue that informs his work and life. Supposedly, because of the domestic nature in his paintings- albeit a “psychosexual” one, he was referred by his male peers as the feminist amongst them.  Fischl first came to my attention with his 2002 public art installation of ‘tumbling woman’ in NYC. I was profoundly moved by the statue. A brave – emotionally charged gesture responding to the horrific event of 9/11, the sculpture was immediately removed due to a public outcry. Detailed reviews on the book- here and here, and an audio recording you can listen to of the author’s 2013 NY Public library talk on the book here. If in town check out Fischl’s impressive curatorial debut- ‘Disturbing Innocence’at the Flag Art Foundation on exhibit till January 31st. Saw it myself and highly recommend it. It is a show you want to put some time aside to see – a lot of provocative work(over 50 artists) to contemplate.



the who where when what & why of books read by tART members

a post by Ann deVere

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Opening Reception TODAY @ 6pm


“Meet the artists. Witness the process. See where art is created.”

6-10pm Thursday, October 23


323 W. 39th Street (btwn 8th & 9th Ave.)

Still one of my favorite all around good times perusing contemporary art and mingling with the artists who make it. Not much more to say than that – and not because the art is less fabulous- a few favorites have gone but a whole lot to see regardless. And I believe 100% of the studios will be open – thats like 74 studios to peruse with a cocktail or two. So do it and do it now! Also be sure to check out  the RBPMW 2014 Member Show of contemporary printmaking in the Blackburn 20/20 Gallery on the 5th floor. EFA Open Studios is part of the 2014 Garment District Arts Festival running on October 23, 24, 25(Thursday, Friday and Saturday).

photo credits: Ann deVere/ EFA OPEN STUDIOS 2013

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EFA Studio Program
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 West 39th Street (Btwn 8th & 9th Avenues)
New York NY 10018

Tel: 212-563-5855

The studios will also be open Friday October 24th 6-9pm and Saturday October 25th 1-6pm


Suzanne Bennett


Member since 2007

Personal library

“Currently on my nightstand.”

The Secret Life of Puppets

by Victoria Nelson

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“A very interesting (tho dense) book about how art & culture have taken on the key themes of the supernatural and ‘magic’ in the last two decades since the Judeo-Christian culture moved more towards Rationalism and Secular Humanism. It’s about how we now satisfy our human desire for immortality through literature & pop culture and why that is. It’s very well-written.”


Last Chance for Eden

Selected Art Criticism by Christopher Knight (1979-1994)


“Essays by the long-time art critic of the LA Times. He’s a very independent thinker & has a lot of integrity in his writing, in my opinion. He writes well about 70’s & 80’s artists especially.”


The Devil In the White City

by Erik Larson

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“The non-fiction account of the 1892 World’s Fair in Chicago and two men who operated simultaneously in the city at that time: one a brilliant architect and one a sociopathic serial killer who prayed on young innocents who were drawn to the new urban life. Reads like a novel, totally engrossing.”


The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

by Lydia Davis


“Strange, imaginative & affecting stories in a completely modern & unique style. Smart & surprising.”


Revolutionary Road 

by Richard Yates

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“Forget the movie (which was pretty god-awful), the book is funny & fantastically written and years ahead of it’s time, making it feel relevant. Some of the sentences are like beautifully crafted silverware, they’re so sharp & efficient. It doesn’t exactly have a ‘feminist’ ending, but it’s so honest & raw (and actually has a powerhouse of a female lead) I could overlook it.”


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The Kiss, 2013, oil on canvas. Currently showing in “The Situation”- an exhibition of Bennett’s sitcom paintings at Penn State Harrisburg’s Morrison Gallery through March 29th. Read about her sitcom paintings in a studio visit post I wrote here as part of the blog documenting the chain of studios visits for the 2013 Collectively Assembled: 28 visits, One Show tART exhibition at A@R. You can check out more of Suzanne Bennett’s sitcom paintings here.


the who where when what & why of books read by tART members

a post by Ann deVere

Mark your calendars – AGAIN!  TODAY @ 1pm


Open Studios, Exhibitions, Printmaking Workshop

TODAY -Saturday, March 8, 2014: 1pm-6pm


323 W. 39th Street (btwn 8th & 9th Ave.)

If you missed the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts(EFA) grand Open Studios 2013 event this past October you can catch up with them again today for their OPEN HOUSE during Armory Arts Week(which ends on Monday March 10th) with access to several exhibitions, 54 open studios (from 74 total in the program)and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop(RBPMW).

photo credits: Ann deVere/ EFA OPEN STUDIOS 2013

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Ringing in the month of March with some wit and humor…

Cartoonist  Mike Twohy. Selected from Robert Mankoff’s post of favorite cartoons picked by the readers from the New Yorker MagazineYou can check out the post and cartoons submitted hereImage credit ART.COM.

a post by Ann deVere