The Art School in The Art School News May 4, 2010

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Upcoming events

All the following events will take place at The AS in The AS  Headquarters: 1003 E. Fayette St. Apt 10 (enter through back door), unless otherwise noted

Happy Hours with the Beehive Collective + Lecture at Spark
Happy hours: 5 pm. Lecture: 8 pm
Come to Happy Hours at 5, and then wander down to Spark at 8 to hear what will be a great lecture from the Beehive Collective. Brought to you by the Alchemical Nursery Project.
The Beehive Collective’s Crosspollination
Wednesday, May 5 @ 8:00PM
at Spark Contemporary Art Space, 1005 E. Fayette St.
The Beehive Design Collective is a group of artist educators, illustrators, entomologists, botanists, activists, researchers, and volunteers based in Mathias, ME. Their visually stunning, large scale B+W graphics depict social justice and raising ecological consciousness in a way that is never boring. The bees will present these picture lectures in a special event at Spark Contemporary Art Space. This is an event co-sponsored by the Alchemical Nursery. Refreshments will be served, deelicious beverages courtesy of the Art School in the Art School (The AS in The AS), be there!

The Anti-Christ of Video: the Work of John Orentlicher.
May 5-8, 2010
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, MAY 6, 6-10PM (featuring lots of rum)

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday, May 5: 7-10pm
Thursday, May 6: 5-10pm
Friday, May 7: 1-6pm
Saturday, May 8: 12-4 pm

The Anti-Christ of Video is a selection of work by artist John Orentlicher, representing many stages in his career as a video artist. Orentlicher's work encompasses a range of interests, including transformations of culture and community--specifically, the impact of new technologies--as well as explorations of voyeurism, surveillance, and sexuality.

Orentlicher started working in video in the early 1970s, embracing the medium's dexterity, and fusing it with his involvement in performance and sculpture. He created work in which women shared their experiences on camera, exploring topics ranging from body image to spousal abuse. This work focused, in part, on creating alternative representations to those found in mass media; it grew into a body of video works which examine such communities--groups formed around 'alternative' interests--including war gamers and train hobbyists.

In the 1990s, Orentlicher returned to Chile, where he'd served as a Peace Corps volunteer thirty years prior; he created several videos which explore place, infrastructure, technology, and broader cultural histories. During this time, Orentlicher also began composing studies of the flanuer, and the commodification of women, which draw from Walter Benjamin's "The Arcades Project."

Throughout his work, Orentlicher's imagery, clear sense of place, and the very act of his looking form alternative narrative structures rife--or ripe--with tension.

In our small room, black and white videos from the 1970s will be on view, including early performative works "Plow, Skid, Drag" and "Gemini Fire Extension," as well as "Things I Say" and "You Send Me."

In the larger room, two more recent bodies of work will be projected: America: North, including "We Pay to Look Like This," "About A Ton of Coal," Night Walking," and "Stable," and America: South, which includes "Wave Cycle," "Coffee with Legs" and "Cantadas."

Art and Social Movements Reading group
Friday, May 14 12-1:30 pm

Two texts by Adrian Piper:
Ideology. Confrontation, and Political Self-Awareness
Xenophobia and the Indexical Present II: lecture

Spectres of Liberty: The Great Central Depot in the Open City. Is Syracuse an Open City? May 17th - June 4th, 2010. XL Projects Space and Lipe Art Park. TheASintheAS has developed a course around the Open City Workshop, which explore the resonances of local abolitionist histories in contemporary society in Syracuse.

From May 17-June 4, 2010, Spectres of Liberty will be conducting the Open City Workshop. Become a part of this project by joining the Open City Course.
We’ll be doing some readings:
The Rev. J. W. Loguen, as a Slave and as a Freeman. A Narrative of Real Life.
Jurgen Habermas, The Public Sphere – An Encyclopedia Article (1964)
David Harvey, Right to the City
Iris Marion Young, City Life and Difference
James Rolling, Art Education at the Turn of the Tide
Participate (however you can) in the workshop: attend discussions, videotape, produce radio programs, prints, and animations. Explore how Syracuse is an open city and how art, history, and social activism intersect. Contact Joanna to participate.

The Great Central Depot in the Open City
Saturday, June 5 (raindate: Sunday, June 6)
Lipe Art Park in Syracuse – a site where 5000 abolitionists gathered in the 1850s
Participate, Discuss & Create
OPEN CITY WORKSHOP * May 17-June 4, 2010 * 307 Clinton Street
Open Daily noon – 6pm
May 18 6pm – Open Access, Open Art – discussion with Community Folk Art Center
May 19 7pm – Open Movement – discussion about boundaries and mobility
May 20 7pm – Open Options – discussion about Civil Rights & CORE in Syracuse
May 21 8pm – Open House Party!
May 23 4pm – Open Economy Ice Cream Social – sponsored by Milk Not Jails
May 24-June 4 Open Sessions – lunchtime interviews & discussions

Spectacular Outdoor Public Art Event
The Great Central Depot in the Open City * June 5, 2010 * Lipe Art Park

(Near corner of Fayette & Seneca; Rain Date: June 6, 2010)

The Open City Workshop is part of a larger project called The Great Central Depot in the Open City, a public art project that explores the connections between Syracuse’s abolitionist history and the present.
In the mid-19th Century, Syracuse, New York, was central to the anti-slavery movement in the United States. Called the “Great Central Depot,” its residents, and those of the surrounding region, helped thousands of individuals escape slavery. Jermaine Loguen, a local Reverend and station master in the Underground Railroad, called Syracuse an “Open City” because he and fellow abolitionists spoke and published anti-slavery sentiments while openly providing sanctuary for freedom-seekers.

The Open City Workshop, held in a downtown storefront, will be open to the public for three weeks of discussions, workshops and brainstorming. The discussions will be shared on Redhouse Radio, through video recordings and ultimately used to create Open City animations featured in a public presentation. This culminating one night, community event will respond to the question, “Is Syracuse an Open City today? What would it mean to move Loguen’s Open City from the realm of metaphor to a lived reality today?”

Partners for this project include the Community Folk Art Center, The Matilda Joslyn Gage Home and the Art School in the Art School. This variable media art work is made possible, in part by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Stimulus funds from the New York State Council on the Arts a state agency; the Lambent Foundation; and Jerome Foundation. This project is made possible with Funds from New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant Program, a State Agency and the Cultural Resources Council a Region Arts Council.

Other news:

How to Make an Art School: For those who like to think about art schools, or would like to continue to a conversation about what an art school could be, there’s now a blog all about it: We will be organizing more discussions in the near future.

Look for some new reading groups, parties, and other activities this summer!



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Design a label:
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