SMORGASBORD: Engaging Artists presentations at CUE Art Foundation.

Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

When: Saturday, December 14th

  • Workshops: 2:30 – 5:15pm (Limited capacity, RSVPs required. See schedule below)
  • Public Presentations: 6:00 – 9:15pm

Where: CUE Art Foundation, 137 West 25th Street (between 6th & 7th Aves), NYC 10001.

More Art is proud to present SMORGASBORD, a series of workshops, performances, and presentations led by the 2018-19 cohort of Engaging Artists fellows, including Ro Garrido, Nola Hanson, Zaq Landsberg, Manuel Molina Martagon, Julian Louis Phillips, Philip Santos Schaffer, and Candace Thompson.

SMORGASBORD will provide a sampling of the projects EA fellows have been incubating through the program for the past year, addressing a wide range of topics including: empathy through interactive performance; boxing as a pedagogical practice for trans youth; transformative-­justice organizing; displacement in Bedford-Stuyvesant; food as a vehicle for conversation; urban foraging and the climate crisis; and biodegradable public sculptures commemorating the environmental disaster that is Newtown Creek.

ENGAGING ARTISTS (EA) is More Art’s Fellowship program for artists seeking to both develop and sustain their public art and socially-engaged practice. This one year Fellowship provides an infrastructure and laboratory for NYC-based emerging and underrepresented artists to gain a deeper understanding of the history of the field, incubate and present their work, collaborate with communities in shaping society, and build sustainable careers in the field of public art.



The CUE Art Foundation gallery is wheelchair accessible. There is an all-gender, ADA compliant, single stall bathroom in the gallery. The space is not scent-free, but we do request that visitors come low-scent. The closest wheelchair accessible MTA subway stations are Penn Station and Herald Square Station. If you have specific access questions or needs, please contact or call 646.416.6940.




Ro Garrido, Podmapping discussion and workshop

2:30 – 3:30pm

*Limited Capacity. Separate RSVP required (see RSVP options here)

Ro Garrido will be facilitating an intimate space for reflection and discussion on creating systems of support and accountability. A small group of participants will take part in a workshop and discussion on pod mapping, a tool created by the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective. Together we will explore how pod mapping can be used to transform how we respond to harm and violence in our communities.

Please come to this workshop with a friend, colleague, partner, or family member. *Workshop capacity limited to 6 pairs (12 people). When registering, please register just one person in the pair.


Philip Santos Schaffer, SQUiD PLAY PLAY

3:45 – 5:15 pm

*Limited Capacity. Separate RSVP required (see RSVP options here)

SQUiD PLAY PLAY is a play for no actors about a 7th grade class dissection of a squid. This workshop on empathy takes the form of a board game under the guise of a piece of theatre masquerading as a science class. In each scene, audience participants take turns teaching lessons, handing out worksheets, leading discussions and more. This is a fun and easy way to dive deep with friends and strangers; asking “what does it mean to have a sense of self?” and “who can that sense of self love?”

SQUiD PLAY PLAY was originally created as part of MORE Art’s Emerging Artist Fellowship by Philip Santos Schaffer. Philip is a multi-disciplinary play maker creating interactive performances in unconventional places. Philip’s work deals with politics, pop culture, intimacy, and empathy through participation, humor, music, and more.




6:00 – 9:00 pm

Candace Thompson, The C.U.R.B.

The C.U.R.B. is an interdisciplinary media and activism project that reconnects urbanites with our fragile (and oft-displaced) food web as we face climate crisis. Candace Thompson is documenting her process learning about/with/from the plants and animals that survive and thrive in her post-industrial neighborhood a half-mile from a Superfund site. What can we do to make our streets clean enough to eat off of in the future? Part multi-species storytelling, part citizen science experiment, the guests follow her findings via instagram (@the_c_u_r_b) and at four annual community ‘banquets’ foraged from the streets of Brooklyn and beyond.

For this event, Thompson will offer a brief presentation of her research, including a tasting of Gingko cheese, Curly Dock Crackers, and Mugwort ale foraged from the greater New York area. You will also get to assist in the process as she tries her hand at making acorn flour for the first time.

The C.U.R.B. is a mutli-platform documentary series with a playful, approachable, (non?)humanist look at how we can address the climate crisis through what we eat- and how we treat- the oft-overlooked nature all around us. It’s time to consider the more-than-human world as resilience role models, collaborating with them to create local, sustainable food webs for all. Perhaps there’s still time to eat one another away from the brink of extinction.

Manuel Molina Martagon, Acquired Taste

As Manuel Molina Martagon grew up in Mexico, he never noticed how his family dynamic was different from other families’ meal structure. The simple addition of an electric appliance—a hot plate to heat tortillas at his grandparent’s table—was enough to allow people to sit together and reduce the rounds of back-and-forth to bring warm tortillas, a task always done by the women in the family.

Acquired Taste is a performance lecture/cooking class that incorporates a hands-on experience in which cooking and food will be used as a vehicle for conversation regarding topics like authenticity, tradition, technology, access, identity, etc. It is developed as a moment to pause, eat, and think about the economic and emotional connection that exists in the food we eat: from who gets to eat and who gets to cook; to an observation of the different elements that make up a recipe. Acquired Taste can be an opportunity to connect in different ways to fellow participants and parallel stories.

Photo by Ada Jane McNulty.

Nola Hanson, Trans Boxing

Trans Boxing is an experimental, artist-run boxing club founded by Nola Hanson in 2017. For over two years the project has facilitated weekly boxing classes exclusively for trans and gender variant people in New York City. Through the Engaging Artists Fellowship, Nola’s research– largely done in collaboration with Hill Donnell, a member Trans Boxing– has investigated applications of the sport in performance, pedagogy, and restorative practices. On December 14th Nola and Hill will present their work to the public through a performative lecture, where they will demonstrate elements of their past work as well as introduce their most recent activation at The Door, a youth services organization in Lower Manhattan.

Julian Phillips, Notes on (Dis)placement

Julian Phillips will present on his project, Notes on (Dis)placement, a periodical investigating his and others’ relationship to a changing Bedford Stuyvesant. Through walks, interviews, and delving into family history and city records, Notes on (Dis)placement looks to create a secondary narrative around gentrification. By giving voice to the causes and effects of systematic displacement, Phillips aims to allow space for a conversation that does not reduce the issue to talking points and acknowledge the psychological and topographical trauma that gentrification causes.

Picture: This photograph is the home at 143 Lewis Avenue. This is the home that Phillips’s father bought with his grandmother in the 1970s. This was the house was Phillips first home and the house that his family eventually sold because of the proliferation of violence in the neighborhood. Upon returning to Bed-Stuy, Phillips found himself obsessively walking from his new home to this house in order to become acquainted with the neighborhood again.



Zaq Landsberg, Remediation

On view in the gallery on December 14 will be documentation and mycelium tiles from Zaq Landsberg’s Remediation project. Remediation is project is to create a biodegradable public sculpture made of mycelium, commemorating the environmental disaster that is Newtown Creek, working with local Greenpoint youth to create the elements of the piece. The result will be an ephemeral memorial, the work will offer a mirage of what public space and the future of the environment could be.

Decades of industrial pollution, have ravaged Newtown Creek and the soil beneath most of Greenpoint. This legacy of toxicity is the children of Greenpoint’s inheritance, and they were born into a situation they did not create, where the water in the Creek is so toxic they cannot safely touch it.

We held our first workshop in November at the 61 Franklin Street Garden. We challenged local kids to envision what they would like to do in Newtown Creek in the future. The kids sculpted scenes of sea life, watersports, fishing, swimming, etc, in bas-relief with clay. We cast these scenes into mycelium tiles, which will eventually adorn a larger structural framework of the piece. The cast mycelium tiles will be on view.

Mycelium are fibrous, rootlike, bonding elements of fungi. They can grow into molds of any shape to create a sturdy tough material. Unsealed, it will slowly biodegrade over a few months. There is a metaphorical aspect to the material. The use of this material acknowledges that no material lasts forever, and that attitudes, issues, demographics, neighborhoods will not last forever. Fungus also is an organism that can actively remediate contamination in soil and other polluted environments. There is an educational opportunity for participants and viewers to think about how we may deliberately use natural processes to heal the damage of our industrial past.

The project is a collaboration between Zaq Landsberg (sculptor, public art specialty) and Fran Agnone (Environmental Educator).


Our first book, More Art in the Public Eye, will be available January 2020 through Duke University Press!

Posted on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

More Art in the Public Eye (Duke University Press)

Micaela Martegani, Jeff Kasper, and Emma Drew, editors

It throws down the gauntlet to artists, writers, thinkers, and activists, encouraging and inspiring us all to be fearless as we address the truly urgent conversations of the twenty-first century.

—Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts and author of Thinking in Place: Art, Action, and Cultural Production


Contributors: Rebecca Amato, Michael Birchall, Ofri Cnaani, Michelle Coffey, Jennifer Dalton, Emma Drew, Pablo Helguera, Mary Jane Jacob, Jessica Lynne, Jeff Kasper, Kimsooja, Micaela Martegani, Andrea Mastrovito, Tony Oursler, William Powhida, Ernesto Pujol, Michael Rakowitz, Kirk Savage, Dread Scott, Andres Serrano, Gregory Sholette, Xaviera Simmons, Krzysztof Wodiczko


About: More Art in the Public Eye offers critical insight into the ever-growing field of socially engaged public art by demonstrating how the committed collaboration of artists, community members, and cultural producers can meaningfully impact our collective futures. Presented through the lens of More Art’s fifteen-year history, the public art projects featured in this book expose issues of systemic inequality and injustice, stoke debate, and inspire alternatives. Artists and participants reflect on their works in newly conducted interviews, while essays from thinkers and actors in the field help situate the projects and the mission of socially engaged art in terms of greater cultural and political paradigms. More Art in the Public Eye establishes the framework for the conditions under which organizations like More Art operate, highlights the many meta-questions behind socially engaged public art, and seeks to amplify the wide array of voices that make up a project.


The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
and More Art present:

More Art in the Public Eye

a book launch, reading, and performances

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

RSVP here.

The 8th Floor Gallery
17 W 17th Street (8th floor)
New York, NY


We are thrilled to finally bring this book into the world and proudly invite you to help us celebrate! The evening will begin with remarks from the book’s editors Micaela Martegani, Jeff Kasper, and Emma Drew and also feature performances by artists Ofri Cnaani and Pablo Helguera.

6:00 p.m. – Reading You Remotely

Ofri Cnaani will engage with participants about local concerns and provide recommended readings via interactive, online psychic readings with live chat virtual assistants and remote library reference services. All guests who buy of copy of the book will receive a limited edition bookmark by Cnaani, and are invited to enjoy a personalized live/virtual reading by the artist during the event.

7:00 p.m. – El Club De Protesta

Pablo Helguera will reunite with musicians Sebastian Cruz and Alejandro Florez for a new performance of El Club De Protesta (The Protest Club), which began with More Art in 2011. El Club de Protesta repurposes traditional protest songs from Latin America and the United States, adapting the lyrics to engage current political situations.
More Art in the Public Eye offers critical insight into the ever-growing field of socially engaged public art by demonstrating how the committed collaboration of artists, community members, and cultural producers can meaningfully impact our collective futures. Presented through the lens of More Art’s fifteen-year history, the public art projects featured in this book expose issues of systemic inequality and injustice, stoke debate, and inspire alternatives. Artists and participants reflect on their works in newly conducted interviews, while essays from thinkers and actors in the field help situate the projects and the mission of socially engaged art in terms of greater cultural and political paradigms. More Art in the Public Eye establishes the framework for the conditions under which organizations like More Art operate, highlights the many meta-questions behind socially engaged public art, and seeks to amplify the wide array of voices that make up a project.
Micaela Martegani is Executive Director and Chief Curator of More Art and Adjunct Professor of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of Visual Arts. Jeff Kasper is Assistant Professor of Design at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Emma Drew is an independent arts writer and editor.

Public Water: a multisite project by Mary Mattingly

Posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

What does it mean to reframe your relationship to the water systems around you, both visible and invisible? What if you began to see yourself as a steward of this most precious resource?

More Art is producing an artwork by Mary Mattingly focused on the NYC water supply and its relationship to the West of Hudson (WOH) Watershed. The project, titled Public Water seeks to engage both upstate and downstate communities in the production of the artwork to inspire a dialogue that results in reciprocal care, with downstate residents realizing the effects of over-usage and the extent of care people upstate are performing to maintain the NYC water supply, which provides more than a billion gallons of fresh, clean water daily from the WOH Watershed to nine million state residents. 

This public art project investigates the watersheds that feed the NYC water supply; the experiences of the stewards based in the Catskill, Delaware, and Croton watersheds; and the complex way this system connects Hudson Valley and NYC residents. We invite the public to rethink ideas about water care and access, and to share expertise and personal stories that will fuel the content and messaging of the project.  We’ll explore the network of care that exists in the watershed, touching on concerns about water quality, water access, privatized water, water infrastructure, local water issues, and more.

In this moment of rising environmental urgency, at home and around the world, this is an invitation to examine the relationships to water that tie us to this place and one another. The recent threats of rollbacks to clean water protections have brought us to a tipping point. This project provides an opportunity to amplify the work of Hudson Valley communities, and, in this moment of change, envision a more balanced future.

These programs may be especially interesting to performers, writers, and artists, as well as those interested in preservation and advocacy related to topics including water quality and management, or individuals who are looking for innovative ways to raise public awareness around environmental justice and community-led efforts around water issues. 

During Spring 2020, the material generated in the workshops will be presented in conjunction with a sculpture installed in a public space in NYC that provides a stage for storytelling, encouraging dialogue with the public. The artwork will bring attention to the extent of care upstate stewards are performing to maintain the NYC water supply. The installation will include programming developed in collaboration with environmental justice and water organizations from watershed regions and New York City. Workshop participants are invited to continue collaborating on the project as a performer, or as an advisor/project partner for the Spring 2020 public presentation in NYC.


  • Mon, Jan 13 :: Stars Down to Earth exhibition opening, including an artist talk by Dario Robleto @ Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza / Central Branch. Click here to register.
  • Thu, Feb 20 :: Green Series: “Ecology: The Original Commons,” artist talk with Mary Mattingly @ Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard Branch. Click here to register.
  • Thu, Mar 12 :: Green Series: “Make Seed Sculptures with Mary Mattingly,” workshop for ages 8+ @ Brooklyn Public Library, Greenpoint Branch. Click here to register.
  • April – June :: Public Water installation in Prospect Park, Public Programs and Performances, dates TBD. 


If you would like to  be involved or stay informed about the goings-on of the project, please fill out this form.

Please contact Elana Lado at for more information.


About the Artist
Mary Mattingly is a visual artist focused on questions of ecology and sustainability and the Katowitz Radin Artist-in-Residence of 2020 at the Brooklyn Public Library. She founded Swale, an edible landscape on a barge in New York City. Docked at public piers but following waterways common laws, Swale circumnavigates New York’s public land laws, allowing anyone to pick free fresh food. Swale instigated and co-created the “foodway” in Concrete Plant Park, the Bronx in 2017. The “foodway” is the first time New York City Parks is allowing people to publicly forage in over 100 years.

Mattingly recently completed a two-part sculpture Pull for the International Havana Biennial with the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de la Habana and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, two spherical ecosystems that were pulled across Habana to Parque Central and the museum. In 2018 she received a commission from BRIC Arts Media to build What Happens After which involved dismantling a military vehicle (LMTV) that had been to Afghanistan and deconstructing its mineral supply chain. A group of artists including performance artists, veterans, and public space activists re-envisioned the vehicle for BRIC. In 2016 Mattingly had led a similar project at the Museum of Modern Art. In 2009 Mattingly founded the Waterpod Project, a barge-based public space and self-sufficient habitat that hosted over 200,000 visitors in New York. In 2014, an artist residency on the water called WetLand launched in Philadelphia and traveled to the Parrish Museum. It was utilized by the University of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Humanities program until 2017.


Programming for Public Water and associated projects have been  produced by More Art in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library, the Prospect Park Alliance, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program

Travel to Italy This June!

Posted on Monday, March 4th, 2019

Insider Access to Art & Culture in TWO Italian Cities

Experience More Art’s first international public art project and join us as we jet set to Italy. Witness firsthand a live drone-based performance by Krzysztof Wodiczko – a ground breaking artist who holds the honorable Hiroshima Art Prize for Peace, and has staged over 50 architectural-scale, multi-media projections around the world.

Book your ticket today to enter the raffle to win
a luxurious cashmere Bella Throw by Frette*.
*One entry for every trip you buy.
Offer lasts until April 1. Retail Value: $700.

Destination 1: Milan, Italy (June 8-10, 2019) | Get a behind the scenes look into More Art’s innovative approach to art as a platform for empowerment. Guided by Milan native and More Art Director, Micaela Martegani, each traveler will gain insider access to exclusive private art collections, visit historic landmarks like the Duomo and Fondazione Prada, stay in a 4-star boutique hotel, and mingle with contemporary artists during Milan Photo Week.

Destination 2: Venice, Italy (June 11-13, 2019) | The trip continues in Venice, Italy where guests will receive a personalized tour the Venice Biennale with art historians from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, stroll along the famous canals, and participate in a unique excursion to the region’s countryside to taste Prosecco at the source and stay at a local Agriturismo (an active farmhouse and vineyard).

Click Here to Download the Full Itinerary

Registration for each 3-day trip is priced at $4000 per person and includes lodging, meals, ground transportation, exclusive art engagement opportunities, and entrance to cultural institutions. A discounted price of $7000 covers costs for both trips. Air travel not included. Prices based on double-occupancy.

To hold your space, you may make a nonrefundable deposit of $1000. Full payment must be made by Friday, May 1, 2019. For more information, and to reserve your spot, contact Micaela Martegani at 646.416.6940 or by email,

Proceeds from these two exciting trips go to support More Art’s innovate approach to empowering artists and communities to create positive change around the globe.

This Fall Keep Your Eyes On the Water

Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018



In late September More Art will be presenting their newest commission by internationally renowned artist Shimon Attie, Night Watch.

The project is a short film that brings center stage some of New York’s newest inhabitants: refugees and asylum seekers. Developed through research and collaboration with legal aid organizations such as Safe Passage and Immigration Equality, as well as community empowerment groups such as Queer Detainee Empowerment Project and RIF Asylum SupportNight Watch blends new media technologies with community-based engagement, creating a dramatic, resonant and powerful floating media installation. The project is set to travel the waters around New York City — a nod towards the city’s history as the American hub for newcomers, and a way to highlight the very same waterways that served as an integral passageway to the American dream of freedom and the pursuit of happiness for generations. 

Attie’s artistic practice includes creating immersive site-specific installations and public artworks in a wide variety of media, contexts, and communities as way to explore how contemporary media may be used to re-imagine new relationships between time, space, place and identity. In many of his projects, Attie has engaged local communities as a way of finding new courses for representing their history, memory, and potential futures. He places human connection at the center of his process, underlying the preciousness of bringing participants in and enlisting their support in the process. Ultimately he sees this project as being for the participants and the thousands of others they represent who have experienced similar situations.

Stay tuned for more information to come.


Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018



This special exhibition at Duckie Brown The Shop in the West Village features works by Chicano prisoners in prisons and penitentiaries in the American Southwest, who produce uniquely artistic drawings on cotton handkerchiefs.

Known as paños, these pocket-sized canvases are pictorial letters which carry messages from inmates to family and loved ones on the outside and to friends and associates within the prison system.


Paño Drawings by Chicano Prisoners

May 3—31, 2018
Opening Celebration: Tuesday, May 15, 6–8PM

Duckie Brown The Shop
321 West 13th Street #3A

Visits By Appointment

A generous portion of the proceeds from this exhibition will support More Art and Bryan Rodriguez Cambana’s upcoming public art project with incarcerated youth at Rikers Island.

Produced by Duckie Brown
Curated by Martha Henry Fine Art
Organized by John Ryan