Wendy's Subway Reading Room
BAM Next Wave Art
September 14-December 22, 2017
BAM Fisher, Sharp Lower Lobby
321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Wendy’s Subway returns to BAM for the second year with a newly envisioned Reading Room. The space, as part of Next Wave Art, is located in the BAM Fisher Sharp Lobby and houses a collection of over 300 books, including titles selected by Next Wave Festival artists for their relevance to their shows on the BAM Fisher stage and their artworks on view throughout BAM’s campus this fall. Readers will also find a small collection of titles suggested for further reading on other Next Wave Festival performances happening this season.
This year, Wendy’s Subway has also invited 25 international, independent, and artist-run libraries and organizations to recommend titles from their own collections, broadly related to the field of performance. These titles expansively reflect the specific collections of each participating library or organization, and it is our hope that their involvement fosters a platform for sharing resources, references, and forms of knowledge across many publics, within a convivial and intimate reading context.
Design: Tyler Polich
Neon Design: Hailey Loman
Special thanks to Erica Ammann, Mary Gordanier, Zoe Senise, Holly Shen, Molly Silberberg, and Sixing Xu, and all the publishers who generously donated books to the Reading Room.
PARTICIPATING NEXT WAVE VISUAL ARTISTS
Corey Escoto, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Andy Meerow, Hayal Pozanti, Kim Schoen, Siebren Versteeg.
PARTICIPATING NEXT WAVE FISHER ARTISTS
Germaine Acogny, Joshua Beamish, Suzanne Bocanegra, Xavier Cha, Rachel Dickstein, Bruce Guthrie and Scott Graham, John Heginbotham and Maira Kalman, Manual Cinema, Cynthia Oliver, Thaddeus Phillips, Olivier Py, Zvi Sahar and Leslie Strongwater.
PARTICIPATING LIBRARIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
Aeromoto (Mexico City); Aleph B° (Beirut); Ashkal Alwan (Beirut); AND (London); at land’s edge (Los Angeles); Beta-Local (Puerto Rico); Bureau of General Services—Queer Division (New York); CC Catálogo Contemporáneo (Mexico City and other locations); Chimurenga Library (Cape Town); dispersed holdings (New York); Feminist Library on Wheels (F.L.O.W.) at the Women’s Center for Creative Work (Los Angeles); Free Black Women’s Library (New York); Fundación Alumnos47 (Mexico City); Interference Archive (Brooklyn); Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (Los Angeles); P A L / Pilipinx American Library (Queens); Parmer (Brooklyn); Press Press (Baltimore); Provisions Library: A Project for Social Change (Fairfax and Washington D.C.); Reanimation Library (Queens); The Surplus Library on Affect and Economic Exchange (Multiple Locations); Temporary Services (Chicago); Vancouver Women’s Library (Vancouver); Ulises (Philadelphia); Yale Union (Portland)
Tuesday, September 19th, 7pm
Reading Room Opening Reception and Reading hosted by Adult Contemporary
Featuring Alex Fialho with Melissa Levin, Emily Johnson, and Adam Radakovich
Alex Fialho is a Brooklyn-based curator and arts writer. He is a frequent contributor to Artforum, and Programs Director at Visual AIDS, where he facilitates art projects and conversations around both the history and immediacy of the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic. Melissa Levin is currently Vice President, Artists, Estates and Foundations, Art Agency, Partners and recent former Vice President of Cultural Programs at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). Together, Fialho and Levin co-manage The Michael Richards Estate and have co-curated two exhibitions of the work of Michael Richards (1963-2001) in NYC: Michael Richards: Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian, on view at Francis M. Naumann Fine Art from September 8–November 17, 2017, and Michael Richards: Winged, on view in summer 2016 at LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island, and referred to by Holland Cotter in The New York Times as "the most moving show I've seen this summer." For LMCC, Fialho and Levin's additional co-curatorial credits include the Creative Insider's Guide to Lower Manhattan; (Counter)Public Art, Intervention & Performance in Lower Manhattan from 1978-1993; and Trisha Brown: Embodied Practice and Site-Specificity.
Emily Johnson is an artist who makes body-based work. Originally from Alaska, she is of Yup’ik decent and is based in New York City. Since 1998 she has created work that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance. Her dances function as installations, engaging audiences within, through, and into a space and environment—relating to place via land, history, and role in community. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, Johnson is the recipient of a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) and a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award. Her work is supported by Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Creative Capital, MAP Fund, a Joyce Award, the McKnight Foundation, and The Doris Duke Residency to Build Demand for the Arts. Johnson was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota 2013–2014 and an inaugural 2014 Fellow at the Robert Rauschenberg Residency. Johnson’s written work has been published and commissioned by Dance Research Journal (University of Cambridge Press); SFMOMA; Transmotion Journal, University of Kent; Movement Research Journal; Pew Center for Arts and Heritage; and the recently published compilation, Imagined Theaters (Routledge). Then a Cunning Voice and A Night We Spend Gazing at Stars premieres in Lenapehoking (NYC) with PS122 on Randall's Island and will tour to Chicago, San Francisco, and Narrm (Melbourne, Australia).
Adam Radakovich is an interdisciplinary artist and founding member of the House Of LaDosha. Specializing in performance, video, illustration, and fashion design, their work focuses on the obscure, notions of wicked beauty, and created and actual nostalgia. Always trying to push the boundaries of what is/was and can be, Adam is finding a space for himself.
Adult Contemporary is a mobile reading and performance series founded in 2013 by Katherine Brewer Ball and Svetlana Kitto. We ask artists, academics, performers, and writers to "read" in whatever way they see fit; to play off each other; to self-determine; to use the platform to experiment in form; to give us words, movements, sounds or textures. Adult Contemporary is a salon-style site of experimentation, genre collapse and extra-ordinary conversation. Our events are always free and open to the public. This September will mark the launch of Adult Contemporary 01, a journal of art and literature. https://www.adultcontemporarymag.com
Tuesday, October 10th, 7pm
Evening hosted by the Asian American Writers' Workshop
Tuesday, November 14th, 7pm
Evening hosted by Danspace Project
Featuring Ni'Ja Whitson, Mariana Valencia, and Yvonne Rainer
Los Angeles and New York based, award-winning interdisciplinary gender queer artist, Bessie-nominated performer, and writer, Ni’Ja Whitson (MFA) has been referred to as “majestic” and “powerful” by the New York Times and noted by Brooklyn Magazine as a culture influencer. Whitson engages a nexus of postmodern and African Diasporic performance practices, intersecting gender, sexuality, race, and spirit. Recent awards include residencies and fellowships with Hedgebrook, LMCC Process Space, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and the Bogliasco Study Center in Italy. They are an Assistant Professor at UC Riverside and is the founder/artistic director of The NWA Project.
Mariana Valencia is a choreographer who has held residencies at Chez Bushwick, NYLA, ISSUE Project Room, and BAX. Her work has received support from the FCA Emergency Grant, CPR Andrew W Mellon AIR Program, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and the Jerome Travel and Study Grant. Collaborations include projects with Kim Brandt, robbinschilds, MPA, Elizabeth Orr, AK Burns, Kate Brandt, Jules Gimbrone, No Total, Crit Group, and Critical Correspondence. www.marianavalencia.work
Yvonne Rainer, co-founding member of the Judson Dance Theater, is a choreographer and filmmaker. Her dances and films have been shown worldwide. A memoir – Feelings Are Facts: a Life – was published by MIT Press in 2006. A selection of her poetry was published in 2011 by Paul Chan’s Badlands Unlimited.
Danspace Project presents new work in dance, supports a diverse range of choreographers in developing their work, encourages experimentation, and connects artists to audiences.
For 40+ years, Danspace Project has supported a vital community of contemporary dance artists in an environment unlike any other in the United States. Located in the historic St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, Danspace shares its facility with the Church, The Poetry Project, and New York Theatre Ballet. Danspace Project’s Commissioning Initiative has commissioned over 520 new works since its inception in 1994.
Danspace Project’s Choreographic Center Without Walls (CW²) provides context for audiences and increased support for artists. Public programs (including Danspace Presents, Platforms, Food for Thought, DraftWork), Commissioning Initiative, residencies, guest artist curators, and contextualizing activities and materials are core components of CW² offering a responsive framework for artists’ works. Since 2010, Danspace Project has produced eleven Platforms, published eleven print catalogues and five e-books, launched the Conversations Without Walls discussion series, and explored models for public discourse and residencies. danspaceproject.org.
Tuesday, December 19th, 7pm
Evenign hosted by the Center for Experiemental Lectures
The Center for Experimental Lectures is an artist's project that provides a platform to engage with the public lecture as a form. Started by Gordon Hall and co-organized by Joseph Lubitz, the Center for Experimental Lectures commissions new lecture performances with the aim of providing an occasion for participants to develop their individual projects while exploring the possibilities of the lecture as a work in itself. The Center for Experimental Lectures additionally maintains an archive of video documentation and transcriptions, ensuring that the content created in this project circulates after the live event. Since 2011, the Center for Experimental Lectures has commissioned thirty-three new lecture performances at venues including Recess, New York; MoMA PS1, New York; Interstate Projects, New York; The Shandaken Project at Storm King, New Windsor, NY; and at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; among others. http://www.experimentallectures.org/
Friday, September 15th, 2-4pm
Black Feminist Praxis
Led by Olaronke (Founder, The Free Black Women's Library)
Capacity: 20 participants
All are welcome to this interactive workshop led by Olaronke that offers an opportunity to examine rituals, actions, and sacred practices rooted in Black feminist thought. We will look at the history and ongoing themes of this movement, and examine it as a spiritual belief system that is rooted in fairness, compassion, and truth. Black feminism is not just a political or social movement, it offers a deep, complex, and inclusive framework that can be used to shape our goals and ideas around personal growth, social justice, art-making, and community building. It confronts patriarchy, violence, capitalism, anti-Blackness, and so much more.
In this session we will write and reflect on the teachings and lives of radical Black feminist authors, organizers, and activists like Audre Lorde, Fannie Lou Hamer, June Jordan, bell hooks, Zora Neale Hurston, Octavia Butler. Please bring an open mind, a journal/notebook and your favorite pen or pencil.
Olaronke is a Brooklyn-born Nigerian installation artist, cultural worker, Black Feminist/Womanist scholar, social coordinator, mama, yoga teacher and world traveling with. She is also an award winning set decorator and scenic artist for Film and TV, yoga teacher. In 2015 she started The Free Black Women’s Library, a mobile library that features a collection of 800 books written by Black women as well as performances, film screenings, writing workshops and critical conversations.
Saturday, October 28th, 2-4pm
Finding the Fleshy Idea
Led by Alexandra Watson (Executive Editor, Apogee)
Capacity: 15 participants
In a 2013 interview with Charlie Rose, author Richard Rodriguez talks about essay writing as an attempt to find the "fleshy idea," the one that will drive the piece and give it coherence. Apogee's Executive Editor will lead a workshop on revision as an attempt to locate and develop the fleshy idea in a piece--the key concept that readers can sink their teeth into; the "aboutness" of the piece. We will apply these revision strategies to prose (fiction and nonfiction) produced in the workshop itself, first generating raw material based on a series of prompts, then practicing (with the help of fellow participants) locating the fruitful concept, then building description and narrative around that concept.
Apogee is a journal of literature and art that engages with identity politics, including but not limited to: race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and intersectional identities. We are a biannual print publication featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Our goals are twofold: to publish fresh work that interrogates the status quo, and to provide a platform for underrepresented voices, prioritizing artists and writers of color.
Alexandra Watson is a writer, editor, and teacher from New York. She teaches writing at Barnard College and at the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America. Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Redivider, PANK, The James Franco Review, Apogee, and The Huffington Post. She’s a graduate of Brown University and Columbia’s School of the Arts.
November, Date to be announced
Workshop led by Stephanie Hayes and Emily Reilly (Founders, HORSE)
Saturday, December 9th, 2-4pm
Workshop led by Amanda Parmer (Founder, PARMER)