Join The Future x 10 Campaign!

Posted on Tuesday, May 31st, 2022

Image: Shimon Attie, Night Watch, 2018. Photo by Kate Levy.

THE FUTURE x 10 is about showing how collective power can shape the future! 

Join More Art’s THE FUTURE x 10 campaign between June 2-12, and become part of a network of people who believe that art can empower all of us, and should be free, open, and accessible. Our goal is to raise $10,000 in 10 days through small donations of $10 and up to support More Art’s future as we kick-off and celebrate a major public art project with artist Fred Wilson, launch our new website and graphic identity, and help build support for our upcoming public art programs and Engaging Artist Fellowship and Residency.

About More Art:
More Art collaborates with artists across their careers to catalyze social change by producing meaningful participatory public art for a broad audience.

More Art, More Agency, More Action 

Art: More Art is known for its artistic integrity, for visually compelling work, and work that is socially engaged.

Agency: More Art supports self-determination within art. Our process is open, grounded, and flexible.

Action: More Art provides a platform for different people to experience art, this leads to action that paves the way toward transformation and change.

How to get involved:

  • Make a donation of $10 or more. All who donate will receive a special invite to the opening of our next public art project with Fred Wilson on June 21st.
  • Become a Team Leader by asking 10 people from your community to donate $10 each. We will provide you with a fundraising webpage and all the info you need.
  • Spread the word on social media.

Join the campaign today and be a part of the FUTURE of More Art.

With gratitude,

The More Art Team

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Learn more about what we do at moreart.org. Contact us with any questions by emailing info@moreart.org.

Listen now! Futures, Narratives, and Networks: Work from the More Art Fellowship

Posted on Tuesday, May 31st, 2022

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Listen now! Futures, Narratives, and Networks: Work from the More Art Fellowship

Missed out on a conversation from Futures, Narratives, and Networks? Now you can listen to panels, performances, and presentations from More Art’s 2020 + 2021 Fellows! Click the link above for the recordings. ➕

About Futures, Narratives, and Networks

On April 10th, 2022, the More Art 2020 and 2021 Engaging Artist Fellows gathered at the Queens Musem to share their work as socially engaged artists through a series of workshops, performances, and conversations with invited guests. Complementing the work of Stephanie Dinkins and Suzanne Lacy, the EA Fellows drew from their vast experience and research practices to examine: the limits of public art; technology and nature; building networks of communication across generations and languages; the intersection of teaching and artistic practices; and personal embodied experience as a tool for community-building. Mirroring the ideas of Dinkins and Lacy, the EA Fellows explore new opportunities to “subvert cultural narratives” and engage with the potential of our collective and individual future histories.

Participating fellows included: Bryanna Bradley,  Chantal Feitosa-DesouzaAndrew Freiband, Cody Ann HerrmannHyperlink Press, Mafe Izaguirre, Amy Khoshbin, Althea Rao, Amy Ritter, and Hanae Utamura, with additional contributions by Bel Falleiros and Amy Wetsch and guest artists Adam ZuckerEsther Neff, and Stephanie Dinkins.

About the Engaging Artists Fellowship

The Engaging Artists Fellowship is a year-long program that provides an infrastructure and laboratory for eight NYC-based emerging and underrepresented artists (or collectives) to gain a deeper understanding of the history of the field of public art, incubate and develop their early-stage research and project, collaborate with communities in shaping society, and build sustainable careers. Click here to learn more.

At The Table: On Borders with george emilio sanchez

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2022

Borders: On Immigration, Invisible Lines + Indigenous Rights with george emilio sanchez on Monday, May 9, 2022, 6:00-7:30pm EST

Our next At the Table: Dialogue + Art will be held on Monday, May 9th from 6:00-7:30 PM EST via Zoom. We’ll be joined by guest artist george emilio sanchez in a discussion surrounding Borders: On Immigration, Invisible Lines, and Indigenous Rights. If you are interested in joining, please email info@moreart.org or DM us on Instagram at @moreartnycThe conversation is open to everyone who is interested and no expertise on the topic is necessary to participate.

Read below for some context for this discussion of Borders: On Immigration, Invisible Lines, and Indigenous Rights. 

New York City, marked by the Statue of Liberty and the dense history of Ellis Island, sits on the traditional, unceded lands of the Lenni-Lenape people, known as Lenapehoking. Here many citizens face the financial toil and emotional uncertainty of immigration and visa processes, while countless others live in fear that their undocumented status will leave them uprooted and criminalized. De-facto red-lining continues to leave Black and POC communities at a disadvantage, and ownership of land disputes have left countless others homeless and evicted. Political tensions around borders and who controls them hang over the heads of all citizens, documented or otherwise. All are welcome to join More Art in conversation around issues of immigration, invisible lines, borders, and how communities work with and against them for the common good. 

A performance artist, writer and social justice activist, george emilio sanchez recently premiered his new solo performance work, In the Court of the Conqueror, at Abrons Arts Center in March 2022. This new work was done in collaboration with visual artist Patty Ortiz. The performance revolves around the 200 year-old history of Supreme Court rulings that have diminished the Tribal Sovereignty of Native Nations in the U.S. The piece also parallels sanchez’ upbringing in an Ecuadorian immigrant household navigating generational trauma related to indigenous identity.  This new work will tour to three states this spring and will tour nationally in 2022-23. In the Court of the Conqueror is the second installment of his performance series, “Performing the Constitution.” sanchez was named the Keith Haring Artist Fellow at The MacDowell in 2021, and has served as a Social Practice Artist-in-Residence at Abrons Arts Center since 2017.  For the past 15 years he has also served as the Performance Director for Emergenyc, a program that explores the intersection of arts and activism. He teaches at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island.

About At The Table: Dialogue + Art

More Art has been hosting At the Table: Dialogue + Art—intimate, salon-style conversations with 10 participants—with our community since 2019. Over the course of 2022, we will be addressing concepts related to gates and borders, physical and imaginary, including, but not limited to, mass incarceration, criminal justice reform, policing, gated communities, immigration, border security, and COVID-related barriers in anticipation of Fred Wilson’s project “Mind Forged Manacles/Manacle Forged Minds” opening in downtown Brooklyn on June 21, 2022. This spring we will hold a series of three At The Table conversations titled Gates, Borders, Barriers, respectively addressing Mass Incarceration, Immigration, and Gender Barriers.

Futures, Narratives, and Networks: Work from the More Art Fellowship

Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

Futures, Narratives, and Networks at the Queens Museum

Futures, Narratives, and Networks: Work from the More Art Fellowship Sunday, April 10, 2022, 11am-5pm

More Art 2020 and 2021 Engaging Artist Fellows come together at the Queens Museum on April 10 to share their work as socially engaged artists through a series of workshops, performances, and conversations with invited guests. Complementing the work of Stephanie Dinkins and Suzanne Lacy, the EA Fellows draw from their vast experience and research practices to examine: the limits of public art; technology and nature; building networks of communication across generations and languages; the intersection of teaching and artistic practices; and personal embodied experience as a tool for community-building. Mirroring the ideas of Dinkins and Lacy, the EA Fellows explore new opportunities to “subvert cultural narratives” and engage with the potential of our collective and individual future histories. Join More Art for a full day of free programming alongside a diverse group of socially engaged artists working deeply across disciplines and research areas.

Participating fellows include: Bryanna Bradley, Chantal Feitosa-Desouza, Andrew Freiband, Cody Ann Herrmann, Hyperlink Press, Mafe Izaguirre, Amy Khoshbin, Althea Rao, Amy Ritter, and Hanae Utamura, with additional contributions by Bel Falleiros and Amy Wetsch and guest artists Adam Zucker, Esther Neff, and Stephanie Dinkins. Participant bios can be found here.

Please send any accessibility needs and requests to info@moreart.org at least one week prior to the event. Find general accessibility information for the Queens Museum here. Please note, masks are required for all Museum guests, regardless of vaccination status and regardless of local or state guidelines.

About the Engaging Artists Fellowship

The Engaging Artists Fellowship is a year-long program that provides an infrastructure and laboratory for eight NYC-based emerging and underrepresented artists (or collectives) to gain a deeper understanding of the history of the field of public art, incubate and develop their early-stage research and project, collaborate with communities in shaping society, and build sustainable careers. Click here to learn more.

Schedule

All day

Location: 2nd floor mezzanine 

Ephemera and works on display by Bel Falleiros, Amy Wetsch, Amy Ritter, Hanae Utamura, More Art, and more.


11:00am – 11:30 am (30 mins) 

Location: Atrium

Format: Talk/tour

Welcome & Curator-led tour of exhibitions


11:45pm-12:30pm (45 mins)

Location: Theater

Format: Presentation

Vagina Chorus

Althea Rao

How can human-machine collaboration help us build kinship with a less-explored part of our body—the vagina? How can imaginations of alternative futures help our vaginas unload the heavy weight of socially constructed expectations, shame and trauma?

2020 Engaging Artist Fellow Althea Rao will discuss Vagina Chorus—a community-engaged experimental music performance in which performers wear individual vaginal instruments and create a chorus of voices through their vaginal contraction and relaxation in real time. Rao will present Vagina Chorus’s learning and results, address unexpected challenges, and pose new questions around patriarchal values and the distribution of reproductive labor. Following the presentation, Rao invites participants to join a simple speculative exercise to brainstorm: How can people with vaginas and uterus feel empowered to (re)claim ownership over their autonomy and reproductive choices? What does it mean for vaginas to go on a vacation?

The content is family friendly and welcomes visitors with or without a vagina.


11:45pm – 12:15pm (30 mins) 

Location: Meet in Atrium. Piece takes place outside (weather permitting)

Format: Participatory exercise

Sun Seekers

Amy Khoshbin

Sun Seekers, created by sisters Amy Khoshbin and Jennifer Khoshbin, is a body of immersive performance, installation, and sculptural work meant to promote healing through disconnecting with technology and reconnecting with the natural world. The Sun Seekers is a sci-fi narrative about an alternate world that maintains a direct correlation to our current experience of constant indoor on-screen life—the Wreck-tangle. The Sun Seekers pursue outdoor spaces filled with light while consuming botanicals to escape the Wreck-tangle, to collectively create a sense of empathy with the environment and to get back in touch with our bodies as a critical act of self-care. Gathering temporary communities together in physical space at the Queens Museum, Amy Khoshbin will induct the audience into the Sun Seekers world through a technology-free somatic experience.


12:00pm – 2:00pm (2 hours)

Location: 2nd floor mezzanine

Format: Participatory artwork 

A glimpse of the future (it’s bound to come tumbling down)

Cody Ann Herrmann

Cody Ann Herrmann presents A glimpse of the future (it’s bound to come tumbling down), a participatory artwork that visualizes the distribution of affordable housing, market rate units, and hotel rooms in the recently rezoned Special Flushing Waterfront District (SFWD). The SFWD allows for 13 new towers to be built in 29 acres along the Flushing Creek coastline, in Flushing, Queens, with 1725 new residential units, and 879 new hotel rooms. In this project, the combined 2604 units are represented as 160 12″ x 6″ x 3″ cardboard boxes, sized to match children blocks commonly found in nursery schools. All 1719 units of market rate housing are represented as 102 blue blocks, 61 units of affordable housing are represented by 4 black boxes, and 879 new hotel units are depicted by 54 orange boxes, representing a scale of about 6% of the total SFWD project. People are welcomed to create their own forms with the blocks and browse resources to understand more about the SFWD and development coming to the area around the Queens Museum.


12:30pm – 1:10pm (40 mins)

Location: Atrium

Format: Participatory Performance

There is no blood in our flag

Hanae Utamura

Join us for a participatory movement-based performance that exercises various forms of community and collective ritual. In the work, a flag will be treated as a symbolic object of freedom instead of a nation state. Hanae Utamura will facilitate the reenactment of various forms of historical movement and game, and examine different degrees of power at play. Conjuring spaces of liminality, participants will engage with the cloth of the flag—shifting and moving through forms that recall rites of passage, conflict, bullfighting, and nationalism, for example.

The performance juxtaposes the movement of power and the intimate gesture of care as a form of resistance, investigating how social consciousness emerges within private and public spaces, from the perspective of the individual, through to units of partnership, family, and nation state. Through the building of social monuments in a form of performance, the work expresses the interdependency between individual and social bodies, and activates the discussion for alternative community and public space.

Please register through the link below to participate as a performer. Audience observation is welcome and invited
REGISTER HERE


12:45pm- 2:15pm  (1 hour, 30mins)

Location: Theater

Format: Panel

Artist as Institution

Andrew Freiband, Amy Ritter, and Esther Neff

The role of the artist has progressively become one of instigator, operating within and outside of institutions to enact tangible changes in the public realm. More and more, we find artists working in the medium of institutions themselves–circumnavigating bureaucracy to address issues head on–or often attempting to create shifts from within the system itself. What is the future of the artist as institution (or artists who institute), and what limits does public art have to implement real world change when the larger systems and structures in place are failing? 

2021 Engaging Artist Fellows Amy Ritter and Andrew Freiband join Esther Neff in conversation around the artist as institution, debunking myths of social mobility as it relates to the American Dream, and new systems for artists to engage meaningfully in the world given its current state. Approaching public art and artist as institution from three distinct positions, Neff, Ritter, and Freiband bring together their philosophies, theories of change, and tangible approaches to navigating themselves and their practices within and outside of the Institution. 


2:45pm – 4:00pm (1 hr 15mins)

Location: Atrium

Format: Presentation and discussion

New Devices of Dissemination

Chantal Feitosa-Desouza and Hyperlink Press, with Adam Zucker

The rapid spread of information via new technologies and accessible modes of communication provide ripe opportunities for artists to uplift and engage with broader audiences, uplifting ideas and processes often overlooked by larger systems. Where do the practices of teaching and art intersect? How can we open up communication across different generations and languages? What is the role of artist as teacher, and how can solidarity be used to create more accessible and equitable modes of sharing resources and information? 

Join 2021 Engaging Artist Fellows Chantal Feitosa-Desouza and Hyperlink Press, as they discuss their intersecting work around pedagogy and care; publications and their ability to showcase underrepresented ideas and modalities; and accessible and equitable new pathways to share information. 

Chantal Feitosa-Desouza will present a performative lecture that explores the concept of the time machine as a pop-cultural artifact and narrative storytelling device. We will consider new definitions and reference points for interpreting time travel within the context of diaspora, immigration, and alternative understandings of time-keeping and archives.

Through their publications, zine fairs, and workshops, Hyperlink Press provides equitable and accessible spaces for young artists—especially those working outside of the west—to present and produce their work. Hyperlink will discuss the platforms they’ve built, accessibility in print- and zine-making, and shifting the perception surrounding compensation of labor and support for emerging artists. 

The program will conclude with a discussion moderated by Adam Zucker


3:15pm – 4:30pm (1 hour 15mins)

Location: Theater

Format: Presentation and discussion

Intangible Languages and Spaces

Mafe Izaguirre, Hanae Utamura, Althea Rao, and Stephanie Dinkins

Within the realm of socially engaged art, communication is crucial to building the connections necessary to spark action. The intangible space between bodies, power dynamics, monuments and technologies is often more palpable and impactful than standard language itself. How does the artist create dialogue with this immutable, liminal space, and how is the conversation that is generated used as a tool for community and transformation? 

Join Engaging Artist Fellows Mafe Izaguirre (2020), Althea Rao (2020), and Hanae Utamura (2021), with artist Stephanie Dinkins as they discuss the power of dialogue and communication, generating new networks of connection, cybernetics, and the potential for the artist as translator of this intangible language.


4:15pm – 4:45pm (30mins)

Location: Atrium

Format: Performance

Feeling the Distance: the introspective

Bryanna Bradley

Feeling the Distance: the introspective is a movement performance incorporating voice and sound by 2020 EA fellow, Bryanna Bradley. The piece is a meditative performance on different forms of travel (commuting, ancestral travel, death, digestion, this list is not exhaustive). An introspective retrospective of the past 2 years.

Introducing our 2022 Engaging Artist Fellows

Posted on Friday, March 11th, 2022

We are excited to announce our 2022 Engaging Artist Fellowship Cohort! We will be spending a year with these socially engaged artists as they develop and work around issues of networks of care; accessibility and technology; motherhood; among other deeply community-centered practices.

Our 2022 Cohort members include ayo Ohs, Buena Onda Collective, María Bonomi y Lucía Cozzi, Maya Simone Z., Tanika Williams, and Yeseul Song.

ENGAGING ARTISTS is More Art’s 2-tiered, Fellowship and Residency program for artists seeking to both develop and sustain their public art and socially-engaged practice. The program curriculum encompasses a professional development series, public art commission opportunities, mentorship, and peer networking. For more info on the program, visit the Engaging Artists page.

Meet our 2022 EA Cohort

ayo Ohs

ayo (Alicia) Ohs (she/they/A.O.) is a performer, educator, and community builder interested in what makes people laugh, cry, and continue. ayo is currently working on The Silent Unseen, a series of workshops and performances tracing the Asian femme diaspora through untold stories and unheard voices. 

As an organizer and anti-racist facilitator, ayo has worked in community-based non-profits including the Audre Lorde Project, MINKA Brooklyn, and is a founding member of Movement Research’s Artist of Color Council. As a performer, they developed the lead role in Andrew Schneider’s AFTER (The Public Theatre), continued as Artistic Director and Community Accountability Coordinator for NERVOUS/SYSTEM (BAM Next Wave), and have toured internationally and throughout the United States in Faye Driscoll’s Thank You for Coming: Attendance (Dancespace) and Play (BAM). 

ayo has been teaching yoga for 16 years and is the founder of Anti-Oppression Yoga. They are a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and currently studying Somatic Abolitionism with Resmaa Menakam, and music production at Berklee College of Music Online. They live in Lenapehoking/Brooklyn, NY with their senior pit bull mix.  www.antioppressionyoga.com

Buena Onda Collective

Buena Onda Collective—Dominika Ksel (she/her/they/them) and Camila A. Morales (she/her)—is an eco-centered, paradigm shifting, transmedia collective that uses sculpture, installation and interactivity to playfully explore ideas around restoration, remediation and interspecies communication during the Anthropocene.

We work with a range of media and design techniques including: 3D Modeling, Architecture, Digital and Physical Fabrication, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Sound Composition, Video, Animation and more. Our influences range from science, art, architecture and consciousness. We enjoy subverting and transforming ideas around ‘sustainability’ into more intimate, transhuman experiences where the consciousness of non-human species is more deeply considered. We do this by mapping out the invisible landscapes of our interdependent, rhizomatic relationships via various community-based artworks and workshops.

The founders are educators and artists with over 10 + years in the art and architecture realm. The Rockaway based art collective’s focus is on the creation of a eco-centered community oriented practice. We value process and collaboration that facilitate more equitable and dynamic ways of integrating and communing with sentient and non-sentient life. instagram.com/buenaondacollective

María Bonomi y Lucía Cozzi

María Bonomi (they/them) y Lucía Cozzi (she/they) are a Brooklyn-based artist duo from Argentina.  Their practice focuses on art as a channel for action, reflection and healing, enhanced when shared in community. In their paintings, encuentros, they co-create spaces of research and dialogue using canvas as the conversation space. They have been collective members of Mil Mundos Books since 2019, where they first met. Alongside their studio practice, they organize actions and events in coalition with other colectiva members and community groups in Brooklyn. instagram.com/mariquitx

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Maya Simone Z.

Maya Simone Z. (they/them) is a NYC-based interdisciplinary artist, choreographer and educator from the South. Their work centers queer, Black diasporic emotional and spiritual connections as told by their ancestral lineages, Afro-futurist imaginings, and dreams of this and other worlds.

Maya Simone has worked with Sydnie L. Mosley, Jasmine Hearn, Lisa Fagan and others. They have developed works presented at Green Space, Corkscrew Theater Festival, Theater Mitu and more. Maya is also an Art & Survival Fellow with Double Edge Theatre and Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative and a member of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee. They support multiple artists as an arts administrator and emerging producer. www.mayasimonez.com

Tanika Williams

Tanika I. Williams (she/her/hers) (b. 1981, St. Andrew, Jamaica; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) is an award-winning filmmaker and performance artist.

She investigates women’s use of movement, mothering and medicine to produce and pass on ancestral wisdoms of ecology, spirituality and liberation. Williams holds a BA from Eugene Lang College, New School and MDiv from Union Theological Seminary. Her films have been screened at festivals and broadcast on American television. Williams has been awarded residencies at New York Foundation for the Arts, Hi-ARTS, and BRIC. Additionally, she has been featured on 99.5 WBAI; and in Art in Odd Places; Creative Time; Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Civic Art Lab, GreenspaceNYC; Let Us Eat Local, Just Food; and Performa. www.tanikawilliams.net

Yeseul Song

Yeseul Song (she/her/hers) is a South Korean born and New York based artist and educator working with technology and interaction. She creates non-visual experiences that challenge human perception and its relationship with our society, culture, and the environment. Her ongoing project, Invisible Sculptures, suggests more inclusive and creative views of the world through sculptures that involve olfactory, auditory, and tactile senses.

She is currently a resident artist at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD Museum), community member of New Museum’s NEW INC, and recipient of the Wave Farm MAAF (Media Arts Assistance Fund). She teaches at ITP/IMA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. www.yeseul.com

More or Less: Notes to Our Next Mayor—Culminating Panel with More Art

Posted on Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

More or Less: Notes to our next mayor

Thursday, February 10th, 2022 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST

Join More Art for a culminating panel following the launch of our open letter to hold Mayor Adams and his administration accountable for ensuring access to basic needs for all New Yorkers.

During the fall of 2021, More Art hosted More or Less: Notes to Our Next Mayor — a series of three conversations inviting community members to discuss the most pressing needs of New York City residents: shelter, food and health. As new leadership enters City Hall, these conversations have culminated in an open letter to the new administration, providing a list of demands in order to prioritize underserved populations in New York City. As part of our At the Table – Dialogue + Art series, the conversations — On Food with guest artist Candace Thompson; On Shelter with Betty Yu; and On Health with Jeff Kasper — brought together activists, artists, and community members across the five boroughs to craft this document to Mayor Adams.

What would you add? Join the conversation on February 10, 7 – 8:30pm, with Candace Thompson, Betty Yu, Jeff Kasper, Nathan Hunter (Bronx based educator and land steward), Amy Ellenbogen (therapist and founder, Conspiring for Good), Michael Higgins (Senior Housing and Sustainability Organizer, Brooklyn Movement Center) and More Art as we discuss the letter, our process, and the work that needs to be done to ensure an equitable future for all New Yorkers.

The event is free and open to the public. Zoom link will be sent ahead of time to those who RSVP.

Read and sign our open letter here.

Questions? Email Shawn@moreart.org

To support free programming like At the Table, consider a tax-deductible donation to More Art when reserving your panel tickets.