Xavier Acarín Wieland is a curator interested in performativity as a mode of understanding social life and artistic practices. His projects have addressed issues related to the effects of globalization on labor and living conditions, performativity of the object, interpersonal relationality, the legacies of minimalism dance and sculpture, radical architecture, and exhibitions as situations. He holds masters degrees in Museum Studies from New York University and Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.
His exhibitions and projects have been presented at The New School for Social Research, Elastic City, Chez Bushwick, The Hessel Museum-CCS Bard, Peekskill Project 6, Java Projects, ESTE, and the Abrons Arts Center, where he was the 2016-17 Curator in Residence.
He has also been in residency at HIAP, Helsinki (2016) and at La Ira de Dios, Buenos Aires (2018). In 2018 he was curator and panelist for the Miquel Casablancas Award, as part of a residency in collaboration between Sant Andreu Contemporani and Fabra i Coats in Barcelona. In 2018, he curated two exhibitions for the LOOP Festival in Barcelona. He is currently Part Time Faculty at Parsons School of Design.
He has written texts for exhibitions at Galería Rosa Santos, Galería ADN, and Participant Inc. His articles, essays, and interviews have been published at A-Desk (2008-present), Culturas-La Vanguardia, Esnorquel, Terremoto, and BRAC (University of Barcelona). He has participated as author of the books Designing Experience (Bloomsbury, 2014), and Dear Helen (CCS Bard, 2014).
Sandra Bernhard is a performer, actress, singer and author. She is the host of the hugely popular Sandyland, her daily radio show on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy channel 102, for which she won a Gracie Award.
A pioneer of the one-woman show, Bernhard brings a completely unique and raucous mix of cabaret, stand-up, rock-n-roll, and social commentary to the stage. Notable shows, which she has performed both on and off-Broadway, include: Without You I’m Nothing, I’m Still Here ... Dammit, Everything Bad and Beautiful, and Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast.
Bernhard’s film credits include The King of Comedy, (for which she was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the National Society of Film Critics), Track 29, Hudson Hawk, Dinner Rush, and the live performance film Without You I’m Nothing. Television credits include Pose, American Horror Story: Apocalypse, Sweetbitter,Two Broke Girls, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Broad City, Difficult People, You’re the Worst, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Will & Grace, The Sopranos, The Larry Sanders Show and Roseanne.
Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a trans-genre artist living in New York City. As a performer both on and Off-Broadway, Mx Bond has received numerous accolades winning an Obie (2001), a Bessie (2004), a Tony nomination (2007), the Ethyl Eichelberger Award (2007), The Peter Reed Foundaton Grant, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.
V authored the Lambda Literary Award winning memoir TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels (The Feminist Press, 2011). Films include John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus (2006), Sunset Stories (2012), Imaginary Heroes (2004), Fanci's Persuasion (1995), After Louie (2016). Television credits include Difficult People, (2017), High Maintenance, (2016) and The Get Down, (2016).
Solo exhibitions of JVB's watercolors, sculptural installations and live art have been presented by The New Museum as part of the exhibition titled Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon (NYC, 2017), Participant, Inc. (NYC, 2011, 2016), Art Market Provincetown (2014), and Vitrine (London, 2015).
Albums include Kiki and Herb: Do You Hear What We Hear?, Kiki and Herb Will Die For You at Carnegie Hall, Dendrophile, and Silver Wells.
Fashion’s greatest power is that it not only transforms the person who wears it, but it also transforms the world the wearer inhabits.
Marine Penvern, designer and artist, has been making transformative apparel since her childhood years growing up on a centuries-old manor in Brittany, France.
With roots both Celtic and Parisian bohemian, Penvern’s styles have away of seaming historical and contemporary elements, achieving a look that is timeless and timely.
Using select designer fabrics, including rich cottons, wools and silks, Marine Penvern creates looks that evoke the fantasy of magical realms as much as they embody urban comfort, individual style and self-confidence.
After having run an acclaimed atelier out of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Penvern has restructured her practice in Hudson, New York as a maker of clothing to offer a range of made-to-order Prêt-à-porter and one-of-a-kind couture.
Trajal Harrell came to visibility with the Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church series of works which theoretically juxtaposed the voguing dance tradition with the early postmodern dance tradition. He is now considered as one of the most important choreographers of his generation.
In 2016, he completed a two-year Annenberg Residency at MoMA, where he has turned his attention to the work of the Japanese founder of butoh dance, Tatsumi Hijikata. By looking at butoh through voguing's theoretical lens of "realness" and modern dance through the theoretical lens of butoh, Harrell is creating a number of works which combine a speculative view of history and the archive with contemporary dance practice and composition. He has created Used Abused and Hung Out to Dry, premiered and commissioned by MoMA in February 2013; The Ghost of Montpellier Meets the Samurai premiered in Montpellier Danse Festival in July 2015; The Return of La Argentina premiered in Paris’ Centre National de la Danse and commissioned by MoMA; In the Mood for Frankie premiered in May 2016 at MoMA; Caen Amour premiered at Festival Avignon 2016; and Juliet and Romeo produced by Munich Kammerspiele.
Project Status: Under Construction
Chris Garneau's fourth full-length album, Yours, was released in December of 2018. His earlier albums; Music for Tourists LP (2006), C-Sides EP (2007), El Radio LP (2009) and Winter Games LP (2013) have been released in North America, Europe, China, Japan and South Korea - markets where he has also toured extensively for over 10 years. Garneau has also landed over 30 synch placements for film, cable and advertising. His cover of Between the Bars (Elliott Smith) was featured in Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I live In (2011).
Artist: João Nunes Project Status: Under Construct
Meaner Pencil is a singing cellist whose style is influenced by blues, post-punk, and romantic opera. She uses her songs to glorify everyday experiences and acts of kindness, but is also willing to face the darkness. She is often heard singing in the New York subway system late at night. Her newest album Senza Amanti, was named WFMU's new album of the day on March 23rd 2014.
Chantal Yzermans is a Belgian choreographer and researcher, currently living in Paris. After her studies at the Royal Conservatory Antwerpen, Chantal moved to new york city in 2000. As a dancer she studied daily for 6 years with Merce Cunningham and his company in New York. In 2009 Jan Fabre offered Chantal an artistic residency at his venue Troubleyn / Laboratorium in Antwerpen, Belgium. There she created Radical Low, the performance ensemble; continuing a permanent search of cooperation and presentation context for dance.
Her work has been presented internationally at: Amperdans Festival, Art International Istanbul, Bruno Glint Gallery, Le Careau du Temple, Centre Pompidou Metz, Chez Bushwick, Circulo Bellas Artes, Coup de Ville, Cultureel Centrum, Cultuurcentrum Grote Post, December Dans, Festival Casabanchel, Festival Escena Contemporanea Madrid, Festival Rencontre Choregraphique Seine Saint Denis, Instituto Cervantes, LOOP City Screen, Monty Kunstencentrum, M_HKA Museum for Contemporary Art Antwerpen, Rencontres Choregraphiques Internationales, Troubleyn Laboratorium.
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