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Alex Kelly’s Oral History Project – Celebration 4/25 @ 6pm

Friday, April 25, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Jefferson Market Library (Map and directions)

Join us for an exciting celebration of Your Village, Your Story: A Greenwich Village Oral History Project!
Your Village, Your Story is a community-based oral history project at Jefferson Market Library that works to both preserve and document neighborhood history through the stories of people who have experienced it.

From December 2013 – April 2014, trained volunteer interviewers worked to collect over 90 oral histories of people who have a longtime relationship with Greenwich Village. This collection represents the voices of individuals who have lived, worked or spent over 20 years in the neighborhood.

At our final celebration we will:

  • Hear from Interviewers and Storytellers about their experiences
  • Listen to recorded interviews in our STORY BUFFET!
  • Find out what’s next and how you can access these recordings.  See a live demo from NYPL Labs about the NEXT PHASE of the project!
  • Celebrate the overwhelming success of the project with food, drink, and entertainment

**RSVP by April 21st:   Jefferson Market Library at (212) 243-4334


Anarchive: Anne-Marie Duget, April 30

Anarchive: A lecture/presentation on Fujiko Nakaya’s FOG

By Anne-Marie Duguet, founder and editorial director of anarchive*
Wednesday, April 30 at 7 pm.
Wolf Conference Room, 6 East 16th Street, Room 1103

The School of Media Studies warmly invites you to attend a lecture/presentation by the distinguished media critic, professor, and director of the anarchive project, Anne-Marie Duguet.  She will be talking about anarchive’s latest issue by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, whose work reinvents the meeting between art, science, and technology.  Nakaya is a pioneer of the unusual art form of fog sculptures.   Anarchive’s project with Nakaya was assembled on DVD-rom and DVD-video and includes the first monograph about her more than 50 Fog Works as well as her paintings and video art.

Anarchive: Digital Archives on Contemporary Art has issued four other projects with internationally-renowned artists Antoni Muntadas, Thierry Kuntzel, Jean Otth, and Michael Snow.  Each draws upon the artist’s archives to provide a unique opportunity for an historical, theoretical, and critical study of his work.  Anarchive aims to develop new approaches for describing new media art works by using, for example, 3-D model simulation to explore how installation elements are displayed and function together. Each DVD-Rom includes an important database that, without pretending exhaustiveness, encompasses an artist’s oeuvre. The research behind each project aims to produce a new view of the work and not just to establish a chronology or follow given art categories.

  Experimentation with the interface design and the interactivity of the system plays an important role in the series. The multidisciplinary nature of the project requires expertise in many fields: art history and theory, computer programming, graphic design, writing, video production, etc. For this reason, a team is assembled to assist each artist. The collaboration of sophisticated artists with skilled and inventive technical teams yields original multimedia production and unexpected possibilities.

*anarchive is a series of interactive multi-media projects designed to explore an artist’s overall oeuvre via diverse archival material.

Anne-Marie Duguet is Professor Emeritus of the University of Paris, LAM Laboratory of Arts and Media.  She is a well-known art critic and curator and the author of Vidéo, la mémoire au poing (Hachette, 1981), Jean-Christophe Averty (Dis-voir, 1991) and Déjouer l’image. Créations électroniques et numériques (Jacqueline Chambon, 2002).  She is a founder and the editorial director of Anarchive.


Radical Archives Conference @ NYU, 4/11-12

A two-day conference organized around the notion of archiving as a radical practice, by which we mean: archives of radical politics and practices; archives that are radical in form or function; moments or contexts in which archiving in itself becomes a radical act; and considerations of how archives can be active in the present, as well as documents of the past and scripts for the future.The conference is organized around four threads of radical archival practice: Archive and Affect, or the embodied archive; Archiving Around Absence, or reading for the shadows; Archives and Ethics, or stealing from and for archives; and Archive as Constellation, or archive as method, medium, and interface.
Register by Wednesday, April 9, via the conference website.

Co-sponsored by Asia Art Archive, Hemispheric Institute, NYU History Department, NYU Moving Image Archive Program, and NYU Archives and Public History Program. 




Learning WordPress

Though this may not be the appropriate venue for this, we’ve discussing different platforms in class, WordPress being one of them, and I thought about sharing some information about an event that took place at my store a few nights ago. It features WordPress connoisseur and blogger guru Nate Cooper. He gave a workshop on the process and utility of WordPress, encouraging the audience to consider it as a desirable tool for authorship and prosperity. His website gives a short rundown on his beliefs on WordPress and how it is a profitable crux for an burgeoning artist or entrepreneur.





SMS Student and Alumni Networking Event

Tuesday, March 11th – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor

If you are interested in a career in media, the best way to start is to network!  The School of Media Studies and The Office of Career Development invite you to attend the Student + Alumni Networking Social, featuring an alumni panel.  Professionals in the media field will provide insider’s tips on the best way to network and make connections.  Learn tips and advice from professionals working in film, television, advertising, graphic design and more! Light refreshments will be served.

(Moderator) Brian McCormick, Faculty at The New School 

On Panel:

Tanya Toft, PhD Fellow at Institute of Arts and Cultural Studies, Copenhagen University
Tanisha Christie, Independent Producer, Filmmaker, Performer, and Educator

Roseann Vanessa Warren, Founder and Editorial Director at Muphoric Sounds
Maya Mumma, Filmmaker 
Kwame Opam, Writer at The Verge
Robert Minell, Transmedia Content and Technology Manager at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

At Tables:
Barry Salmon, Faculty at The New School
Sandra Reitman, Manager of Education Operations at Media Bistro
Kate Mammolito, Communications Manager at Community Healthcare Network

Adrian Hopkins, Brand Strategist at Bureau Blank
Kara Masi, Digital Producer/Content Manager at Big Spaceship
Susan Barry, Co-Founder at Saturday Afternoon Pictures
Melissa Kelly, Producer at Great City Post/Outer Borough Pictures
Carolina Correa, Video Editor at Nickelodeon
Deepthi Welaratna, Founder at Thicket:  A Laboratory for Creative Problem Solvers
Katie McGowan, Interim Director of Operations at StoryCorps

Flora White, Producer at Jane Street Entertainment

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Presente! The Ongoing Story of Latinio AIDS Activism in New York

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 2 p.m.


New York Public Library  Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium (Map and directions)
Fully accessible to wheelchairs


Presente! Is a two-panel program dedicated to telling the ongoing story of Latino AIDS activism in New York City.

Since the onset of HIV/AIDS activism, the characteristics and disproportionate rates of infection in the city’s Latino community have elicited unique strategies and conversations that have addressed pertinent issues of immigration, intravenous substance use, religion and cultural imperialism.

This forum seeks to uncover the stories of the individuals, networks and events that framed Latino AIDS activist work in the 80s and 90s, and to trace the many ways in which these elements continue to manifest today.

The first panel will reunite members of the Latino Caucus of ACT UP New York, while a second panel will serve as a platform for activists to discuss the crisis and their work today.

Presenters will include:

Gonzalo Aburto

Moises Agosto

Jesus Aguais

Marina Alvarez

Julian De Mayo Rodriguez

M. Alfredo Gonzalez

Johnny Guaylupo

Fernando Mariscal

Tamara Oyola Santiago


Sexing Sound: Aural Archives and Feminist Scores, 2/6 – 3/8

Sexing Sound: Aural Archives and Feminist Scores will bring together a selection of audio, flyers, scores, documentation of performances, and zines of women’s sound work in the last two decades with historical references extending back to the 1960s. Intended not as a survey, but rather an animated peek at materials from archives including ABC No Rio, the Fales Library at New York University, Franklin Furnace, Her Noise in London, the Interference Archive, the Museum of Modern Art Archives, and Ubuweb. The exhibition will include an installation by Marina Rosenfeld and materials on Johanna Fateman, Kathleen Hanna, Alison Knowles, Annea Lockwood, and many others, as well as performances by artists Emma Hedditch and Ginger Brooks Takahashi. The exhibition reception will take place from 6-8pm on February 21 with a set by JD Samson, following a symposium about Music Cultures, Audio Practices, and Contemporary Art.

Cosponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Seminar on Images and Information, the PhD Program in Art History, The Graduate Center, and the Division of Humanities and Social Science, The College of Staten Island.


Original poster from The American Race Crisis lecture series at the New School. Courtesy of The New School Archives and Special Collections

VOICES OF CRISIS: The American Race Crisis Lectures, The New School, 1964

Original poster from The American Race Crisis lecture series at the New School. Courtesy of The New School Archives and Special Collections

Original poster from The American Race Crisis lecture series at the New School. Courtesy of The New School Archives and Special Collections


Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

February 12 – March 6, 2014

Opening reception to be held in galleries immediately following the February 12 event.

In 1964, The American Race Crisis lectures brought to The New School leading figures from the civil rights movement. Speakers included Martin Luther King, Jr., Roy Wilkins, James Farmer, Ossie Davis, Louis Lomax, and John Killens, among others. Now, fifty years later, VOICES OF CRISIS tells the story of the American Race Crisis lecture series, featuring exclusive audio, from the series. Through photographs, documents, transcripts, and audio recordings, including a question and answer with Martin Luther King, Jr., the exhibition sheds light on the behind-the-scenes context of these historic lectures.

Related programs:

VOICES OF CRISIS: Reliving the American Race Crisis
Wednesday, February 12, 6:30 p.m.
The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street
(formerly known as Tishman Auditorium)

C.T. Vivian, one of the most respected members of the civil rights movement and recent recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, joins Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, in an open-ended conversation about the struggle for racial equality over the last fifty years. With James Tillman, student at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music performing Sam Cooke’s, “A Change is Gonna Come.”

Thursday, February 20, 6:30 p.m.
Langston Hughes Auditorium, Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York City

Following his controversial comments about President Kennedy’s assassination, Malcolm X was disinvited from The American Race Crisis lecture series. Join a conversation led by Zaheer Ali, researcher for the late Dr. Manning Marable and former project manager of Columbia’s Malcolm X Project, exploring the role of muslim leaders in the struggle for equality, the impact of X’s teachings, and the influence of the Muslim voice over the last fifty years. With a musical performance led by Alex Claffy, a student at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and a special performance by Abiodun Oyewole, founding member of The Last Poets.

VOICES OF CRISIS: The Crisis Continues
Wednesday, February 26, 6:30 p.m.
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center
63 Fifth Avenue (at 13th Street)

How have activists from the civil rights era passed the torch to those fighting for justice and equality today? Join Harry Belafonte, actor and longtime activist; Phillip Agnew, director of the Dream Defenders; and Raquel Cepeda, journalist and filmmaker, in conversation with Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library. The evening will be kicked off by a performance led by Joe Harley, an alumnus of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

VOICES OF CRISIS  is an extension of New School alumnus Miles Kohrman’s senior thesis.

All events co-curated by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library; and The New School. Dominque Howse, Event Design and Programming; Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf and Ladi’Sasha Jones, Schomburg Center, Event Co-Curators.

Exhibition: Miles Kohrman, Curator. Abigail Muir, Exhibition Designer. Produced by the New School Archives & Special Collections. Presented by the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center.


Open Source Digital Archiving: Omeka, Collective Access, and Beyond

Event Type: workshop
Start Date: 11 Mar 2014
Hours: 6:30PM-10:00PM
Cost: $20 for the first part; $50 for both
Venue: Eyebeam 540 W 21st Street

[via Eyebeam] Creating and managing digital archives, catalogs, and collections is a growing concern as organizations seek to manage files and records, metadata-gather, and enable complex searches of their cultural production, ephemera, archives and/or born-digital assets.

This one-evening, two-part workshop goes in-depth on two popular and well-supported open-source digital archiving and collections management softwares that address these issues. We’ll look at Omeka, used primarily in academic and digital humanities projects; and CollectiveAccess, used primarily in GLAM [Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums] projects.

The first half of the workshop will orient you to who uses and how these softwares are implemented, what to expect and consider in a cataloging software project; and includes an overview of features, metadata schemas, and problems to look out for.
The second half dives deeper into a hands-on comparison of these two programs, and participants will have an opportunity to build [and break!] from web interfaces and command-line access.


Hadassah Damien is a technologist, catalog software developer, and digital communications specialist at Openflows. As a community organizer who also implements technology to help activists succeed, and a multimedia artist who also builds digital archives, her work intersects functionality with agility, practicality, and the democratic politics of open-source cultures. She has collaborated on digital collection sites for John Jay library, The Interference Archive, and more. She holds an MA in American Studies, and a Certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy from the CUNY Graduate Center.

Openflows Community Technology Lab is a NYC-based worker cooperative committed to bringing collaborative and cutting edge open source software [FLOSS] solutions to non-profit organizations, NGOs, libraries, progressive community organizations, and more. Since 2003 we have specialized in planning, configuration, and customization of FLOSS for large and small organizations worldwide.


Bring your own laptop.

The first half of the workshop is geared to participants of all technical backgrounds.

The second half is geared to those comfortable with some web-building. If you are ok using WordPress, you’ll be ok at this section. Please bring a computer or be comfortable using a station at Eyebeam, as we will be learning by using. If you bring your own machine, ensure you have a command-line tool, an HTML editor [try TextWrangler if you don't have one], and a few images to load into the systems to test it out.


Part 1 – 6:30PM-8:00PM – Theory, digital catalog/archive project overview

Part 2 – 8:30-10:00PM – Hands-on learning, technical interfacing, back-end

Register here.

Jill Magid, Woman With Sombrero, 2013. Installation view at Art in General. Image courtesy the artist and Art in General. Photography by Steven Probert.

Mine? Or Yours? Jill Magid and Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, 2/18 w/ Vera List Center

18 FEB 2014 6.30PM-8.00PM
The New School, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Building
66 West 12th Street, Room 510
Free Admission

At a time when global exchanges are de rigueur, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, in collaboration with The Art & Law Program, presents a conversation on intellectual property, local culture, and international commerce between Vera List Center fellow Jill Magid and artist and art lawyer Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, facilitated by VLC director Carin Kuoni.The conversation is anchored by artist Jill Magid’s current project, The Barragán Archives, a long-term multimedia examination of the legacy of Luis Barragán (1902–1988), one of Mexico’s most influential architects and the second winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize (1980)—often labeled the “Nobel of Architecture.” Along with the vast majority of his architecture, Barragán’s personal archive remains in Mexico while his professional archive, including the rights to his name and work, was acquired in 1995 by Swiss furniture company Vitra, under the auspices of the newly founded Barragan Foundation. In the distance alone between archive and work arises the potential for conflict.

Framed by a discussion of the relationship between art, law, and cultural property, Magid and Muñoz Sarmiento examine the repercussions of the privatization of an artist’s (or architect’s) life work. Does private ownership, often softened by well-funded infrastructures, facilitate public access to an artist’s work or, conversely, does it restrict access? What are the legal “fictions” and cultural stories—such as Magid’s project—facilitated by such proprietary structures, and what significance and impact do they have in regards to the physical objects? Can personal and private interests align with commercial and legal agendas in ways that are productive and beneficial to a general public?

Carin Kuoni, director/curator, Vera List Center
Jill Magid, artist and 2013–2015 Vera List Center Fellow
Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, artist, founder of The Art Law Office

Jill Magid, a New-York based artist and writer, forms intimate relationships with systems of power, including police, military, secret service, corporations, and CCTV surveillance. For Magid, their power isn’t a remote condition to contest, but rather something to manipulate, by drawing it closer, exploiting its loopholes, engaging it in dialogue, infiltrating its structure, repeating its logic. With solo exhibitions at institutions around the world including Tate Modern, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Berkeley Museum of Art, California; Tate Liverpool; the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam; Yvon Lambert, Paris and New York; Gagosian Gallery, New York; The Centre D’Arte Santa Monica, Barcelona, and at the Security and Intelligence Agency of the Netherlands, Magid has been recognized with awards such as the Basis Stipendium from Fonds Voor Beeldende Kunsten in the Netherlands and the Netherland-American Foundation Fellowship Fulbright Grant. Magid has participated in the Liverpool, Bucharest, Singapore, Incheon, and Gothenburg Biennials. She is also the author of four books including Becoming Tarden, a non-fiction novel which opens with the phrase “the secret itself is much more beautiful than its revelation.” Magid holds a BFA from Cornell University and a Masters of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is an adjunct professor at Cooper Union and a 2013-2015 Vera List Center Fellow.

Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento advises visual and performing artists, private foundations, public charities, and nonprofit arts organizations on matters involving intellectual property, contracts, public art commissions, authentication disputes, moral rights, free speech, and artist-gallery disputes. He worked on behalf of the Swiss installation artist Christoph Büchel for his appeal during the highly-publicized dispute with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and co-wrote amicus briefs for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court for the high-profile moral rights case Chapman Kelley vs. Chicago Park District, in support of artist Chapman Kelley. From 2006 to 2012, he was Director of Education and Associate Director for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City, advising and representing visual and performing artists and arts organizations. Muñoz Sarmiento has over twelve years experience teaching art, critical theory, and law at the university level, and has had a contemporary art practice since 1994. He serves on the advisory boards of Denniston Hill Artists Residency, The Nietzsche Circle, and The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. In 2010, he founded The Art & Law Program, the first residency of its kind, as well as the Art Law School, a lecture series on legal issue for artists. He was a mentor with the Kennedy Center’s Arts in Crisis Program 2009–10 and served as a New York State Council on the Arts panelist 2008–10. He currently teaches at Fordham Law School.

Presented by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, in collaboration with The Art & Law Program, as part of the Vera List Center’s curatorial focus theme Alignment.