OSMOS: Screening of Ensemble by Mel O’Callahagn

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For Immediate Release:
Screening of Ensemble by Mel O’Callaghan

Tuesday, July 29th 9:00 PM
Wednesday, July 30th 9:00 PM

First Park, 33 East First Street, Manhattan, New York

Curated by OSMOS in collaboration with First Street Green

With Mel O’Callaghan’s Ensemble we are witness to an act of struggle, triumph and retreat. Three men move into the frame and prepare their hose to fire. We watch as they lean into and against the elemental force of the water. After some time a lone man moves into frame and walks improbably against the extreme force of the hose. He fights against it yet ultimately prevails as he pushes forward and the men begin to retreat.

The man is pushed to his physical limit and accordingly the space he is in speaks of this struggle. It is in the liminal threshold between the two screens that the greatest action takes place. Man protests against the violence of man and triumphs.

“By sculpting bodies of stone and water with one’s own body, the physical labor might not only be seen as repetitive and violent, but also as introspective and meditative. In this way, the figures seem to be distancing themselves mentally from the act and the site of endurance.” Anja Isabel Schneider

Born in 1975 in Sydney, Australia, Mel O’Callaghan lives and works in Paris, France. Her work was presented in 2014 at The 19th Biennale of Sydney. In 2014 she will have solo exhibitions at the Museum Medeiros e Almeida and Encontros Da Imagem, Lisbon, Portugal. She is represented by Galerie Allen in Paris.

For more information contact: Cay Sophie Rabinowitz / osmos.address@gmail.com

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CPI “Public Interface La Ronde Table”

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The WorkGroup from CPI has organized two Public Interface. LaTableRondes.
PI-LTR brings together 30 participants; some invited, some not to engage in a public discussion. There will be open seats if you wish to drop into the discussion.

Sunday July 20th, 3:30PM – 5:00PM: “On Public Space and the Commons” Prompt by Tal Berry and Matej Vakula

“Places also provide a location for creative praxis that can help instigate the formation of new political subjectivities.”
-Beyond Zucotti: “Emplacing Democratic Design” By Michael Rios

We will discuss the limits and possible futures of urban public spaces, the function of the commons and whether it exists today, architectures of inclusion and exclusion, and share tactics for re-commoning spaces.
What are the driving forces behind the privatization of public space?
What kinds of public spaces will be needed in the future and how can activation and use be encouraged and accommodated in new and inventive ways?
How can Architectures of Inclusion support cultural forms of citizenship?

Sunday July 27th, 3:30PM – 5:00PM: Mary Mattingly “On What Comprises A Site”

Public space is a battleground. Art can be a cognitive tool to access complexity and mediate agencies with communities, collaborate with non-profits and government institutions. There is a possibility for creating a new political language through recording engagement and working towards new micro-policies. How have we seen this work, and not work? How can we reconfigure sites of intervention? What road blocks have we come across in our own work, and how can we work together to tackle them?

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Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Quirky Productions

Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Quirky Productions
“Quirky Productions,” a burgeoning New York City theater company, is proud to announce our upcoming production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

July 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, and 27th, from 7-9pm at First Street Green Park, the characters will journey through modern-day Brooklyn, where cultures collide.

The lovers, Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius, are torn apart due to an arranged marriage in their home of Park Slope, and flee the scene for a romantic adventure through Brooklyn. They find themselves at a Williamsburg warehouse rave, run by Oberon, Titania, and Puck of the faeries. Meanwhile, hipster mechanicals prepare a play, directed by Peter Quince and taken over by the overwhelming, overcompensating Bottom, while taking a break from selling chotskies from their Etsy accounts. Magical chaos ensues!

The show stars: Yadin Goldman (Ha-Hamama), Eleah Burman, Ilona Concetta, Steve Godoy, Drew Scott, Kate-Olivia O’Brien, James Kamensky, Jon Bremner, Case Watson, Melissa Mickens, Regina Strayhorn, Abigail Taylor-Sansom, Pop Peterson, and Otter Lee.

Tickets are free and can be reserved at quirkyproductions.yapsody.com . You can contact us at quirkyproductionsofficial@gmail.com for more inquiries.


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Open Call for Murals 2014!


First Street Green, in cooperation with NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation, calls for ideas and volunteer support for an initiative to paint murals on the plywood walls installed in First Park, along the north side of Houston Street near Second Avenue.

Each selected artist will be assigned a site within a designated sub-section of the panels. These panels will be repainted on a rotating basis, with an average duration of 2 to 3 months. Proposals can involve single sections or multiple section designs.

The artists chosen will execute their designs. Artists will be responsible for the cost of all art materials and clean-up, and the completion of their design.

Deadline for Submissions has been extended to July 31, 2014.

Please submit a proposal image for one or more of the wall sections.

West wall is 8 feet high x 80 feet wide. Section reserved for one large project.

East wall is also 8 feet high divided into 7 sections of varying lengths.

E1 -Plaza to Tree 1 – 8 feet
E2 -Tree 1 to Tree 2 – 20 feet
E3 -Tree 2 to Tree 3 – 23 feet
E4 -Tree 3 to Tree 4 – 19 feet
E5 -Tree 4 to Tree 5 – 27 feet
E6 -Tree 5 to Tree 6 – 32 feet
E7 -Tree 6 to Storage Shed – 37 feet

Kindly email your proposal to FSG Murals, fsgmurals@gmail.com. Please include your real name and telephone number.
The proposal should include an image at 72 dpi/ppi, (not more, oversized attachments do not go through) of what you would like to create as either an attached image or a URL to a web page containing it. Also send a URL to representative samples of your prior work.

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Make Music New York 2014

Make Music New York Inc. is a NYC- based nonprofit that organizes two annual, participatory musical celebrations: Make Music New York on June 21st, the summer solstice, and Make Music Winter on December 21st, the winter solstice.

At First Street Green Park, we were lucky to have artists, Honeychild Coleman, SA, and Electric Djinn. Many people joined in as the sun shine and musical sounds brought happiness to the park.honeychild colemanSAElectric Djinn

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Posters on the Wall: Curator’s Talk

From left to right: Miguel Trelles, Juan Fernando Morales, and Pedro Juan Hernández

From left to right: Miguel Trelles, Juan Fernando Morales, and Pedro Juan Hernández

Posters on the Wall

Posters on the Wall

Posters on the Wall: Our Nyorican Story Curators’ Talk was given by curators: Miguel Trelles, Juan Fernando Morales, along with Centro’s senior archivist Pedro Juan Hernández. We gathered together to hear about the aesthetic significance and historical relevance of the posters featured in the exhibit. This exhibit illustrates the rich and diverse work of Puerto Rican artists who are especially distinguished for their contributions for printmaking. The posters, which are from Centro’s substantial graphic art collection, represent Puerto Rican social, political, and cultural interests from the tumultuous 1960s through the 1990s.

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Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber by Rudy Shepherd, Opening & Performance

Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber by Rudy Shepherd, Opening &

Induction Ceremony
Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 6-8pm
First Park, 33 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003

This week, artist Rudy Shepherd’s Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber had its official opening and induction ceremony. Shepherd’s public sculpture, a ten-foot-tall coal-like structure, is now able to draw in and cleanse the surrounding environment of bad vibes. The opening of the rock’s six-month stay was accompanied by the blessing of Reverend Ian Maher and a performance by Shepherd himself.

Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber by Rudy Shepherd, Opening &

Maher’s engaging lecture reinforced the “L-U-V” of the crowd. Shepherd wore black with a matching rock-head, climbed the Absorber, and embraced the base of the rock, before departing with the sound of ambient keyboard. Fresh lemonade from Juicy Lucy revitalized our spirits while the sky remained clear and free of rain. Photos and video of the ceremony will be posted soon.

Photos courtesy of Etienne Frossard.

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Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber



NYC Parks and First Street Green are pleased to announce the public art exhibition Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber by artist Rudy Shepherd in First Park, Manhattan. The sculpture will be on view at the western side of the park at Second Avenue and Houston Street through November 2014.

First Street Green and Shepherd will host a public opening on Tuesday, May 27 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm to celebrate the installation.

Rudy Shepherd’s ten-foot-tall abstract sculpture made out of wood, metal lathe, and dyed concrete continues a series he started in 2006 at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens. Since 2006, Shepherd has continued the series with smaller sculptures in varying materials, sizes, and forms, but this will be his return to monumental outdoor work.

Black Rock Negative Energy Absorbers are a group of sculptures with a magical function: “to expunge negative energy—which may come in the form of prejudice, racism, or even quotidian disdain”—from the people walking by the piece. The sculpture will free them and “allow them to respond to life with the more open, compassionate, and positive aspects of their personalities,” notes Shepherd. The series is his response to living in New York City for the past twelve years and witnessing the city’s madness. At the same time, Shepherd’s work is an is an approach to political art started two decades ago that looks at the problems of society in a more comprehensive way and advances practices culled from new age mythology and ancient religions to heal our divided and troubled country. During the opening on May 27th, the artist will hold an Induction Ceremony where the piece and the audience will be blessed and a Healer will activate the Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber, after which it will continue to function throughout the installation.

Rudy Shepherd received his BFA from Wake Forest University (1998) and his MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago (2001). Since then, he has had solo exhibitions at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; Mixed Greens, NYC; Location One, NYC; and Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. His group show venues include the PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY; the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; the Bronx Museum of Art, NYC; the Queens Museum of Art, NYC; Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY, among others. He received a fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY, and was an artist in residence at the PS1 International Studio Program and the Jacob Lawrence Institute for the Visual Arts. He is currently splitting his time between NYC and State College, PA, where he is an Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Penn State. Currently, he has work in the exhibition When the Stars Begin to Fall at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Since 2008, First Street Green (FSG) has converted a derelict building lot at 33 E. 1st Street in Manhattan into an open art space serving the Lower East Side community. Collaborating with NYC Parks and Partnership for Parks, FSG has successfully incorporated the lot into First Park. Today, FSG provides ongoing cultural activity in First Park by engaging with emerging artists, architects, community and cultural groups through a series of programs that activate this public space.

NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, collaborations with arts organizations and artists have produced hundreds of public art projects in New York City parks. For more information visit www.nyc.gov/parks/art.

See the making of Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber

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In celebration of Lower East Side History Month, Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) with First Street Green will open two of five planned public art exhibitions this weekend at First Street Green and Centre-Fuge Public Art Project. The series, titled “FABLES” is a public art series produced by FABnyc to explore the Lower East Side’s living cultural heritage, rich historical legacies, and current issues in public storytelling through visual art.

This Saturday from 12-3PM at First Street Green (33 E First Street), artistic team Theresa Loong and Laura Nova will present their multimedia work Feed Me A Story. A project that emerged from Loong and Nova’s residency at LaGuardia Senior Center with SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide), Feed Me A Story collects the stories and recipes behind Lower East Side senior citizens’ most memorable dishes, sharing them through visual and audio installations. Photographs of these favorite meals will be displayed on the south-facing wall of the park near Second Avenue, each of which will be paired with an audio recording accessed via website URL.

In keeping with the culinary theme, the opening reception will be a potluck-style picnic, where the public will be invited to bring, eat and discuss their favorite meals of memory. Participants of all ages will also be invited to draw a plate of their favorite dish. Light refreshments will be provided.

Feed Me a Story’s opening will be followed by a reception at Prima at 58 East 1st Street from 4-6pm to mark the opening of Lexi Bella’s Heroines of the Lower East Side with Centre-fuge Public Art Projects.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts/ Art Works and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in participation with The City Council.

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Dance Workshops and Performances with Movement Research


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