These discussions took place at David & Schweitzer Contemporary gallery at 56 Bogart Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn on the afternoon of October 16, 2016 as part of closing night of Arts in Bushwick’s 2016 Seeking Space Exhibition, the official show of Bushwick Open Studios.
The Making of MAKING HISTORY BUSHWICK
Arts in Bushwick collective members Cibele Vieira, Nicole Brydson and Aniela Coveleski, editors of the book MAKING HISTORY BUSHWICK, discuss how the book was published independently by our volunteer arts collective with Hyperallergic’s Hrag Vartanian.
Making History Bushwick is a first-of-its-kind document, presenting a contemporaneous snapshot of a vital and growing arts community in the heart of New York City. With more than 400 artworks, essays by noted writers, critics, community activists and members of the thriving Bushwick scene, the book presents an alternative, inclusive, present-tense model for history making. The handsome full-color hardcover volume is the first publication from Arts in Bushwick, 488 pages with a limited edition of 2000 copies, available on amazon.com.
Making Art History Outside of the Mainstream Art World
Moderated by Lisa Corinne Davis, featuring panelists Deborah Brown, Loren Munk, James Panero, Krista Saunders Scenna, and Cynthia Tobar.
Lisa Corinne Davis has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States and Europe, and are included in many collections: The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the J.Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Lisa’s work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Art in America and ArtNews. She is the recipient of numerous awards including The Louis Comfort Tiffany grant, a National Endowment for the Arts’ Visual Artist Fellowship, and two New York Foundation for the Arts, Visual Arts Fellowships. In addition, Lisa has taught art for the past twenty five years at Parsons School of Design, Cooper Union School of Art, Yale University, and is currently a Full Professor at Hunter College in New York. She is represented by Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY, Zolla/Lieberman, Chicago, IL, Galerie Gris, Hudson, NY and The Mayor Gallery, London. Lisa lives and works in Brooklyn and Hudson NY.
James Panero is the Executive Editor of The New Criterion, where he writes monthly on art and culture and serves as the magazine’s gallery critic. His “Gallery Chronicle” column has been praised by writers, artists, and collectors for its coverage of the outer boroughs of New York and their alternative art scenes. As a curator he has organized several exhibitions, including “The Joe Bonham Project” at Storefront Gallery, “Joe Zucker: Armada” at the National Arts Club, and—in partnership with the photographer Meryl Meisler—”Bushwick Chronicle,” on view at Stout Projects in October 2016.
Cynthia Tobar is a conceptual media artist, oral historian, and archivist interested in documenting and preserving community-based stories of social justice and activism. She uses video to restore voices of collectivity, juxtaposing them to counter an overly individualistic view of history, casting a critical lens on political and societal norms surrounding identity, space, and community. Her latest work includes a community-based storytelling project in my neighborhood of Bushwick, “Cities for People, Not for Profit”: gentrification and housing activism in Bushwick that is capturing artist, activist, and local residents stories of displacement. She is the recipient of the 2016 Create Change Residency from the Laundromat Project and the 2016 Engaging Artists Residency which focuses on housing justice.
Deborah Brown is an artist who works in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She received a B.A. in Art from Yale University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.F.A. from Indiana University She has had one-person shows at galleries and museums around the country. Her work is represented by Mike Weiss Gallery. Her public art projects include mosaics commissioned by the MTA for the Houston Street subway station in Manhattan and roundels for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Terminal at the Port of Miami for Miami-Dade Art in Public Places. In addition to her practice as an artist, she founded and directed Storefront Gallery from 2010-16, and currently serves on the advisory board of NURTUREArt, the artist advisory board of BRIC and Community Board #4 in Bushwick.
Loren Munk since establishing his studio in New York in 1979, the painter Loren Munk has constantly pursued a commitment to painting and the artistic community. Conceptual street works in the early 1980’s lead to his arrest by the New York City Police Department. The subsequent notoriety contributed to a string of successful exhibitions of paintings in Soho and internationally. His unique and innovative use of materials such as mirror, gold-leaf and glass mosaic affirmed him as a founding force of Kitsch Art and a leading member of New York Neo-Expressionism.
As a means of entering the critical and theoretical discourse, Munk created the persona James Kalm in the mid nineties. Publishing hundreds of essays and reviews under this pseudonym, most notably in the Brooklyn Rail, Munk became fascinated with the history and associations of the New York art world. These developments led to a reassessment and the current series of works, which aestheticize art history and document the local art community. YouTube’s Kalm Report exemplifies Munk’s blurring of criticism, historic documentation, journalism and performance art and began a new mode of art reportage on the internet.
Video by Misfit Media