Minor Acts

Organized by AIRspace Curator in Residence Joshua Lubin-Levy & Nova Benway
in the Culpepper Gallery at Abrons Arts Center

MINOR ACTS brings together a quickly accumulating array of artists, ideas and actions in the Culpepper Gallery at Abrons Arts Center. Evolving every two weeks, new work enters and augments the space creating a constellation of minor acts composed through a form of associative shifts.  The theatrical register of this framework should, in that sense, be self-evident.  Minor Acts are not merely displayed but handled by the facilitators, who are less concerned with curatorial decisions than with providing dramaturgical support to these works. As a project space co-conceived by Joshua Lubin-Levy and Nova Benway, MINOR ACTS begins with a small set of invitations to artists who will inaugurate this space and whose work will provide the foundation for forming relations between various disparate practices. Equally present is the subjective taste of the facilitators imbedded in the invitations made by Lubin-Levy and Benway. As each invitation receives its response, and relations materialize in the space, new invitations unfold out of the network of these interactions.  With work by Zoe Beloff, Jillian Conrad, Ida Kvetny, Eric Palgon, Alan Ruiz & Adam Shecter; and public programs featuring the work of Nelson Sullivan and ADULT CONTEMPORARY, an experimental non/fiction salon series organized by Katherine Brewer-Ball & Svetlana Kittowhose December program includes readings by J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Tommy Pico, andAdrienne Truscott.

Special Events:
CHELSEA HOTEL / NELSON SULLIVAN*
Organized by Joshua Lubin-Levy
Saturday, November 21
6 PM

In 1983 queer documentarian Nelson Sullivan filmed the course of a day in preparation and celebration of the infamous Chelsea Hotel’s centennial.  One of Sullivan’s earliest video portraits, the entirety of this tape – which captures both the people and place of this site of fading glamour – will be screened in the public setting of the Culpepper Gallery.  Featuring a coterie of downtown stars including Sylvia Miles, Ronee Blakely, Cookie Mueller, Michael Musto and many others and running almost two hours in length.  Audience is welcome to come and go as they please.  Nelson Sullivan Video Collection, courtesy of Dick Richards, Robert Coddington and David Goldman, Fales Library, New York University.

ADULT CONTEMPORARY: J. KEHAULANI KAUANUI / TOMMY PICO / ADRIENNE TRUSCOTT
Organized by Katherine Brewer Ball & Svetlana Kitto
Thursday, December 3
8:30 PM

Adult Contemporary is an experimental non/fiction salon series featuring readings, lectures, performances, and interviews with and by established and emerging writers and artists. Formed in 2013 in Crown Heights, Adult Contemporary has become a mobile monthly series that seeks to bring folks across artistic and scholarly disciplines together. We ask participants to “read” in whatever way they see fit, to use the platform to experiment in form, to give us words, movements, sounds or textures. December’s AC will feature J.Kehaulani Kauanui, Tommy Pico & Adrienne Truscott.

Svetlana Kitto is an activist writer and oral historian whose fiction, essays, and journalism have been featured or are forthcoming in Salon, The Believer, VICE, Plenitude Magazine, OutHistory, Surface, and the New York Observer, and the books Occupy (Verso, 2012) andthe Who, the What and the Where (Chronicle, 2014).

Katherine Brewer Ball is a writer, scholar, and curator who was born under an aries sun and libra moon. She is completing her first book on the aesthetic and political promise of escape,The Only Way Out is In: The Queer & Minoritarian Performance of Escape. As Visiting Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at Wesleyan University, she teaches courses on Queer Performance Strategies and Latina/o and Black Feminist Thought. Her published work can be read in Women & Performance, WSQ, Media-N, Bomb, Recaps Magazine, and Little Joe.

CLOSING RECEPTION
Organized by Joshua Lubin-Levy & Nova Benway
Wednesday, December 16
6 – 8 PM

Nova Benway is a curator and writer. Since 2011, she has been on the curatorial team at The Drawing Center in New York, where she is co-founder and curator of Open Sessions, a two-year program of experimental exhibitions and public programs co-organized with more than fifty local, national and international artists.

Joshua Lubin-Levy is the AIRspace Curator in Residence (2015 – 2016).  This exhibition was developed as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space Program.joshualubinlevy.com