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  1. Book Launch: Carriage by Matty Davis and Ben Gould
    Thursday, March 12 - 7pm 

    Please join us for the launch of Matty Davis and Ben Gould's Carriage, co-published by Wendy's Subway and the Miller ICA at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Davis and Gould and contributors will read from Carriage, followed by a screening of two 16mm films, "Schroon Lake" (2018) and "Held Over Shore" (2017) by Eryla Delkenbach.

    Carriage is a site-responsive performance by Matty Davis and Ben Gould that radically explores control and empathy. Informed by evolving senses of the body, from injury to trauma, healing, and growth, the work draws from the variance of Davis and Gould’s distinct physicalities to develop a shared language of movement. In this language, empathy is a physical tool, resistance offers stability, and a space is created in which everything is leveled, bringing real fear, awakening, and responsibility.

    Created in collaboration with designers Ayham Ghraowi and Matt Wolff, this publication includes writing, photographs, and drawings to evoke the urgent physical and interpersonal landscape of Carriage. The artists bear witness to themselves and to each other as they undergo a wide range of physical and emotional dynamics that navigate trust, need, difficulty, and joy. The temporal and spatial experience of Carriage is resituated on the page, as are Davis and Gould's voices, which build off of each other, overlap, and merge as first person singular and plural meet. Their voices are joined by reflections from audience members who attended Carriage in its various locations— aboard a moving vessel on the Chicago River, in a limestone cave network in Kansas City—which offer insight into the viewers’ own bodies and unique physical and psychological spaces. As these voices combine and accumulate, a broader portrait emerges, not only of a performance, but of the intricacies of human vulnerability, challenge, and care.

    Carriage is the third title in the Document Series, an interdisciplinary publishing initiative which highlights the work of time-based artists in printed form.

    More on Carriage here.
    Photo by Devin Yalkin
  2. Reading Aloud: A Group for Reading Original Texts 
    Organized by 3 Hole Press
    Tuesday, March 17 - 7pm

    What are words if they aren't read? Does a play exist if not out loud? Does speaking text give said text power? What is love, baby don't hurt me?

    If you have words—plays, scripts, monologues, dialogues, prose, or poetry—that beg, plead, for voice, that must be heard or read, or if you would like to read someone else's words, Reading Aloud is for you. Once a month we'll read from two submissions, submitted by you, in the round, family style. Roles will be assigned at the meeting. No experience necessary. No homework required (these will be total cold readings without preparation). This is not a workshop, we're only here to hear.

    Afterward, we'll hang out casually and drink wine and seltzer. Feel free to bring snacks to share with the group, or a small donation to put toward beverages.
    Reading Aloud is organized by 3 Hole Press. Register to hear your work, or to read and to listen here
  3. Artists and Writings: Deepening Dams, Hungry Coasts
    Organized by Living Content
    Friday, January 24 - 7pm 
    RSVP here.

    Living Content is pleased to present a new monthly series of events hosted by Wendy’s Subway, starting in January of this year and running through April 2020. The series is focused on artists’ writings and expands beyond this, into multimedia interventions, screenings, and performances.

    Each month, artists will delve into their own texts, or will read from texts that have had a major influence on their practice. Combining both live and virtual presentations, each event will feature a set of readings followed by a discussion with the audience.

    This month's program, "Deepening Dams, Hungry Coasts" looks at how artists investigate, through their writings and their practice, the cumulative power that language has on material reality; where the act of naming is at once an act of creativity and an act of violence. The evening will feature readings by Gordon Hall, Cole Lu, Nancy Lupo (Skype reading), and Joseph Buckley reading Ajay Kurian, as well as his own writing.

    Living Content is an online curatorial platform that features interviews with artists, exhibition recommendations, as well as collaborative limited editions. LC operates from New York, and it occasionally organizes discursive events and exhibitions.

    - Speakers -

    Gordon Hall is an artist based in New York who makes sculptures and performances. Hall has had solo presentations at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The Renaissance Society, EMPAC, and Temple Contemporary, and has been in group exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Hessel Museum, Art in General, White Columns, Socrates Sculpture Park, among many other venues. Hall’s writing and interviews have been published widely including in Art Journal, Artforum, Art in America, and Bomb, as well as in Walker Art Center's Artist Op-Ed Series, What About Power? Inquiries Into Contemporary Sculpture (SculptureCenter), Documents of Contemporary Art: Queer (Whitechapel and MIT Press), and Theorizing Visual Studies (Routledge). A volume of Hall’s collected essays, interviews, and performance scripts was published by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in 2019. Gordon Hall is a 2019-2020 Provost Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sculpture at RISD and will be 2020 resident faculty at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

    Cole Lu is an artist and writer based in New York. Lu's practice implies various literary devices that result in sculpture, installation, text, and video. Through rewriting classical mythology and allegorical science fiction, Lu's work reflects the collective unconscious and comments on the motif of othering through colonial viewpoints. Each body of work is developed from anecdotal evidence, to question the capacity of historical realism and is part of a lifelong series of the artist’s ‘real fiction’ on contemporary values and belief systems. Lu's work has been exhibited at the Contemporary Art Museum and Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis; the Institute of Contemporary Art and Vox Populi, Philadelphia; 55 Walker and American Medium, New York, POPPOSITIONS, Brussels, The Wrong Biennale, Deli Gallery, New York, LACE, Los Angeles, Anthology Film Archives, New York, I Never Read, Basel, FILE, São Paulo, and Arcade, London. Lu's publication Smells Like Content (Endless Editions) is in the artists' book collection of the MoMA Library, New York. Lu's upcoming solo exhibition at AALA Gallery, Los Angeles, opens on March 28, 2020.

    Nancy Lupo’s work addresses the ways in which we move through spaces as if following latent scripts that punctuate and dictate the rituals and rhythms that shape our daily lives. Lupo investigates the psychological, practical, and symbolic relationships among food, currency, and metabolism. Lupo's complex installations often incorporate organic elements, such as quinoa, foil-covered chocolates, and fruit, as well as banal items, including dental floss, dog bowls, and folding chairs, in various states of rot or use. Lupo works in Los Angeles. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union, and her MFA from Yale University. She has had solo exhibitions at Visual Art Center, University of Texas at Austin, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Antenna Space, Shanghai; Kristina Kite Gallery, Los Angeles; Swiss Institute, New York; 1857, Oslo; WALLSPACE, New York; and LAXART, Los Angeles, among others. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Artist Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Fountainhead Fellowship.

    Joseph Buckley is an artist from England based in New York. Recent shows include Traitor Muscle, Brotherhood Tapestry, Days of Madness and of Learning, and The Demon of Regret.

    Ajay Kurian currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He has had solo exhibitions at 47 Canal, New York; Sies+Höke, Düsseldorf; White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO; Artspeak, Vancouver; Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, and Audio Visual Arts, New York. He has exhibited work in group exhibitions at K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong; 2017 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Øregaard Museum, Copenhagen; Art Commissions GI on Governor’s Island, New York, NY; MoMA PS1, New York, and the Fridericianum, Kassel. His work is included in public collections including the Aïshti Foundation Collection, Beiruit, Lebanon and The Whitney Museum of American Art. He has an upcoming institutional solo exhibition at The Silber Gallery at Goucher College, Maryland.

    - Entry -

    Pay what you wish

    Suggested amount: $10 (the total sum goes to the artists)

  4. LINEAGE: Anne Carson, Wo Chan, Cathy Linh Che
    Friday, January 31 - 7pm 
    Location: The Poetry Project, 131 E. 10th Street, New York 

    LINEAGE is a quarterly event honoring the relationships that sustain artists. Poets’ concerns, processes, and creations intersect, inform, support and challenge each other. In this reading series, one selected reader invites a mentor and a mentee to read alongside them, illuminating this sometimes subtle, sometimes urgent, golden thread of artistic lineage.

    The fifth LINEAGE reading features Anne Carson, Wo Chan, and Cathy Linh Che.

    LINEAGE is organized by Emily Brandt and hosted by Wendy's Subway.

    - Readers -

    Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living.

    Wo Chan is a poet and drag performer. They are a storyteller whose interdisciplinary art comes to life through their love of high-camp ballads, meticulous vintage costuming, and DIY lyric supertitles. Wo’s poetry and performance evoke an operatic sense of play that brings together the high emotions of childhood, queer identity, memory, (un)documentation, and migration. Their chaplet ORDER THE WORLD, MOM was published by Belladonna* in 2016. Wo’s poems also appear in Mass ReviewNo TokensThe Margins, and are anthologized in Vinegar & Char (University of Georgia Press), Go Home! (Feminist Press), and Bettering American Poetry (Bettering Books). As a standing member of the Brooklyn based drag/burlesque collective Switch N' Play, Wo has performed at The Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, Joe’s Pub, National Sawdust, New York Live Arts, and BAM Fisher. They are a regular guest on Sasha Velour's Nightgowns and have performed in operas, music videos, cabarets, and short films. Wo was born in Macau, China, and currently lives in New York where they teach poetry workshops and perform drag shows for queer and POC communities. They hold an MFA in Poetry from NYU.

    Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James Books), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Best Poetry Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. Her work has been published in POETRYLos Angeles Review of Books, and Gulf Coast. She has received awards from MacDowell, Djerassi, The Anderson Center, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Artist Trust, Hedgebrook, Poets House, Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, the Jerome Foundation. She has taught at the 92nd Street Y, New York University, Fordham University, Sierra Nevada College, and the Polytechnic University at NYU. She was Sierra Nevada College’s Distinguished Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence. She serves as Executive Director at Kundiman and lives in Brooklyn.

    - Organizer -

    Emily Brandt is the author of the forthcoming collection, Falsehood, and three chapbooks. She's a co-founding editor of No, Dear and an Instructional Coach at a NYC public school.

    - Accessibility -

    St. Mark’s Church is wheelchair accessible. Please call The Poetry Project at 212-674-0910 in advance of events to arrange accessibility. Please note on Fridays between 8-9:30pm the wheelchair accessible all gender bathrooms on the ground floor are unavailable because another arts project has performances in the sanctuary. There are All-Gender bathrooms on the second floor of the church. To access Parish Hall, attendees must pass through the main sanctuary and a corridor. There are 2 sets of double doors and two single doors to go through. The smallest of these doors at the end of the corridor is 28.5 inches wide. The Poetry Project will arrange for an ASL interpreter for any event with one week’s advance notice.

    - Support -

    This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

    - Image Credit -

    Ulla Puggaard and Erica Jewell

  5. Forgetting the Future: Arrieu-King, Božičević, Parhizkar
    Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 5pm 

    Join us for Forgetting the Future, a reading bringing together poets to share work about the ways we are reconceptualizing time, history, and our relationships during what feels like a time of massive change and destruction. Featuring Cynthia Arrieu-King, Ana Božičević, and Maryam Ivette Parhizkar.

    - Readers -

    Cynthia Arrieu-King is an associate professor of creative writing at Stockton University. Her books include People are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus Books, 2010), Manifest, winner of the Gatewood Prize selected by Harryette Mullen (Switchback Books, 2013), and Futureless Languages (Radiator Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared in APR, Poetry, BOMB Magazine on-line, and the tiny.

    Ana Božičević is a Croatian poet writing in New York City. She wrote JOMO, Rise in the Fall, and other big and small books of poems. She likes to look out the window.

    Maryam Ivette Parhizkar is a poet, scholar, occasional musician and author of two chapbooks and most recently a Belladonna* chaplet, Somewhere Else the Sun is Falling into Someone’s Eyes. She is a PhD candidate in American Studies and African American Studies at Yale University and a CantoMundo Fellow. Born and raised in Houston, Texas by Iranian and Salvadoran immigrants, she lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

  6. Pre-Release Party: Rachel Kauder Nalebuff's Stages
    Thursday, February 27 - 7pm 

    Can care be enacted through art? Inside a cathedral, staff members from a nursing home work with an artist to perform a poetic text about caregiving, loss, and taking the time to feel one’s feelings. In the months leading up to the performance, the artist navigates her twenties—and art and life converge in unexpected ways.

    Weaving between oral history and poetic prose, Rachel Kauder Nalebuff has created Stages (Thick Press, 2020) a stirring work of hybrid nonfiction that takes us behind the scenes of artmaking and caregiving.

    Please join us to celebrate the publication of Stages before the book’s public release in the June.

    About Stages

    From Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot:

    Stages is one of a very few recent books I have read that feels truly revolutionary, in both form and in content. It consists of documentary materials assembled, in a style somewhere between Svetlana Alexievich and André Breton, by a young writer, while staging a theater production in a nursing home. In a series of eye-opening interviews, she talks to housekeepers and nurses from Jamaica and Ghana about ghosts and family structure; to a clinical nutritionist, who explains how she helps people stop eating food, after a lifetime of eating food.

    Basically we’re on a tour of a parallel institutionalized world of aging and dying which has been zealously cordoned off from the rest of American life, and which is not without its Kafkaesque elements, but our guide, Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, is so humane, curious and visionary that the overall effect is energizing and uplifting. Reading Stages gave me the revelatory feeling of looking at something I’d been dreading, and seeing that it was actually OK, and vital, and a major part of life. Stages brings humanity, humor, and a strong visual sensibility to a taboo subject, with exhilarating results. It expanded the way I think about family, theater, and a “good life.”

    From Kathi Weeks, author of The Problem With Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries: 

    Caring work, emotional labor, and end-of-life care are useful abstractions; this wonder- ful book that weaves together interviews with nursing home workers and the author’s own reflections on life, death, and making art, fills them with life. Given that we all die, and that most of us will care for others and require care ourselves in that process, everyone should read this book, sit with it, and absorb its lessons.

    From Ai-Jen Poo, Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Director of Caring Across Generations: 

    Stages is the kind of story-telling that we need more of. Care is so fundamental to who we are and the values we all share, and yet is too often hidden away rather than celebrated. Whether we are caregivers for our own family members, or whether we are professional caregivers, this role stitches together the very fabric of our society, connects generations and cultures. This story is told beautifully in Stages.

    About the author

    Rachel Kauder Nalebuff is a writer working in performance and oral history. She is the editor of My Little Red Book (Hachette, 2009), a collection of people’s first period stories, and co-editor of The Feminist Utopia Project (Feminist Press, 2015) with Alexandra Brodsky. She runs a memoir program for seniors with Caitlin Ryan O’Connell and many friends through the New York City Department of Aging.

  7. Artists and Writings: Comic Relief
    Organized by Living Content
    Friday, February 28 -7pm
    Free, $10 suggested donation. RSVP here.

    Living Content is pleased to present the second in a series of monthly events hosted by Wendy’s Subway, begun in January and running through April 2020. The series is focused on artists’ writings and expands beyond this, into multimedia interventions, screenings, and performances.

    Each month, artists will delve into their own texts, or will read from texts that have had a major influence on their practice. Combining both live and virtual presentations, each event will feature a set of readings followed by a discussion with the audience.

    This month's program, "Comic Relief," looks at how artists integrate humor in their writing and in their work, exploring the disarming effects of laughter, awkwardness, and vulnerability, in addressing and confronting personal and socio-political issues. Featuring readings by Kasia Fudakowski (via Skype) & Amy Zion, Jeanine Oleson, Aki Sasamoto, and Kenneth Tam.

    - About Living Content -

    Living Content is an online curatorial platform that features interviews with artists, exhibition recommendations, as well as collaborative limited editions. LC operates from New York, and it occasionally organizes discursive events and exhibitions.

    - About the readers -

    Kasia Fudakowski was born in London, UK in 1985, and currently lives and works in Berlin. Her diverse and playful practice, which includes sculpture, performance, writing and film, explores social riddles through material encounters, surreal logic and comic theory. Her current on-going film project Word Count received the Otto d’Ame award for development as a part of Features Expanded in 2016, and was exhibited as a part of a solo exhibition at 1646 in The Hague in 2019 and the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf in 2018. A recipient of the Villa Romana Prize in 2017 as well as the Gunter Peill Stipend for 2018-20, her work has recently been exhibited at The Max Pechstein Museum (Zwickau), Arario Gallery (Seoul); The Palatino, Parco Archeologico del Colosseo (Rome); LOKremise (St. Gallen); The 15th Istanbul Biennial; Sprengel Museum (Hannover); Futura, Contemporary Art Centre Prague, and The Museum Ludwig (Cologne).

    Jeanine Oleson is an interdisciplinary artist working with images, materiality and language, which she forms into complex and humorous objects, instruments, images, videos and performances. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Rutgers University. Oleson has exhibited and performed at venues including: Cubitt Gallery, London; Hammer Museum, LA; Commonwealth & Council, LA; Coreana Museum, Seoul; SculptureCenter, NY; New Museum, NY; Beta-Local, San Juan, PR; Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO; Socrates Sculpture Park, NY. Oleson has received a Creative Capital Artist Grant, Franklin Furnace Fellowship and a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant and has been in residence at Macdowell Colony, Hammer Museum, New Museum, Smack Mellon Studio Program and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Oleson teaches at Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

    Aki Sasamoto works in sculpture, performance, video, and more. In her installation/performance works, Aki moves and talks inside the careful arrangements of sculpturally altered objects, activating bizarre emotions behind daily life. Her works appear in gallery spaces, theater spaces, and odd sites. Her works were shown at Danspace Project, SculptureCenter, the Kitchen, Chocolate Factory Theater, Whitney Biennial 2010, MOMA-PS1, New York; National Museum of Art-Osaka, Yokohama Triennale 2008, Japan; Gwangju Biennial 2012, South Korea; Shanghai Biennale 2016, China; Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, India.

    Born in Queens, NY, Kenneth Tam is a Brooklyn-based artist. He received his BFA from the Cooper Union, and an MFA from the University of Southern California. Kenneth has had single-person exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Art; MIT List Center for Visual Arts, Boston; Commonwealth and Council, LA; and most recently at the Visual Arts Center at University of Texas, Austin. On 8th of March, his work will be screened at the New Museum, and in the Fall of 2020, he will be presenting newly commissioned works as part of solo exhibitions at both The Queens Museum and The Kitchen. Kenneth has participated in the Made in LA Biennial, LA, and SculptureCenter as part of their InPractice open-call. He has also been a Fellow at the Core Program Residency in Houston, and has participated in residencies at LMCC and Pioneer Works. Kenneth is currently faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and Princeton University.

    Amy Zion is a curator and writer in New York City. Since Fall 2016, she is faculty at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College where she currently leads Practicum class in curating and writing. With Tom Eccles, she is working on exhibitions and publications at the Hessel Museum of Art, including an exhibition Closer to Life, centered on drawing in the Hessel Collection, and co-organizing the talks program at Frieze NY (2018-20). With Ulrike Müller, she will present The Conference of Animals at the Queens Museum in April, a collaborative project comprised of a painting by Ulrike Müller for the Large Wall in the Queens Museum’s atrium and an exhibition of children’s drawings in and of New York City curated by Zion.

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