Lorelei Ramirez: Art is Easy

Co-presented with New American Economy.

Art is Easy is a 1 hour digital gathering hosted by artist, comedian, and writer Lorelei Ramirez. Ramirez and guests Karen CheeJulio Torres, Bowen Yang, chat room host Charlie Markbreiter, and streamers collectively imagine a future where they can live out their deepest desires while addressing current immigration policies and what a future of immigration can look like. Ramirez draws this collective future on Photoshop as the conversation unfolds. 

This gathering of Art is Easy will take place on Citizenship Day, a holiday which annually commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution and those who have attained U.S. American citizenship. This Citizenship Day, we have partnered with The New Americans Campaign in an effort to do all we can to help remove the barriers for new citizens and help mitigate the costs associated with citizenship. The New Americans Campaign works with local organizations around the country to connect aspiring citizens to trust legal assistance and critical information that simplifies the naturalization process. Your donation will go to organizations around the country supporting new applicants!

ASL interpretation and closed captioning will be provided for this event.


ABOUT

Lorelei Ramirez is a Brooklyn-based artist, comedian and writer who wrote, produced and directed the comedy special program “Pervert Everything” for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.  Ramirez has appeared on the HBO comedy series ‘Random Acts of Flyness’ and in the final season of Comedy Central’s ‘Broad City’. Upcoming projects include a recurring role in the HBO comedy series ‘Los Espookys’ opposite Fred Armisen and another, opposite Glenn Close, in John Cameron Mitchell’s musical anthology podcast ‘Anthem’.  Named one of Comedy Central’s ‘Up Next’ Comedians for 2018, Ramirez was featured in the San Francisco ‘Cluster Fest’ comedy festival, and performed at the Public Theater in New York as part of the January, 2019, ‘Under the Radar’ Festival.  A regular correspondent on the Viceland channel, Ramirez has performed at Caroline’s, UCB, Ars Nova, The Chris Gethard Show, and the Brooklyn Comedy Festival.

Karen Chee is a Brooklyn-based comedian and writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers. She has written for the Golden Globe Awards, contributed regularly to The New Yorker, and been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, and more.

Charlie Markbreiter is a professional heartthrob and an amateur Gossip Girl scholar. In his capacity as a cultural worker, he is an editor at The New Inquiry, the cohost of Art is Easy with Lorelei Ramirez, mod prince at the Death Panel discord, and a PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center. His TinyLetter is called “Unbearably Bright.” Like everyone else, he’s a blogger these days….

Julio Torres is a Brooklyn-based comedian who moved to NYC from El Salvador. Julio is an Emmy-nominated and WGA-winning writer for SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, which he wrote on for four seasons. His work on SNL received much acclaim from THE NEW YORK TIMES, VULTURE, and VANITY FAIR, among others. Some of his most notable sketches include “Wells for Boys” with Emma Stone, “Papyrus” with Ryan Gosling, and “Diego Calls His Mom” with Lin-Manuel Miranda. Julio has guest starred on HBO’s HIGH MAINTENANCE, performed stand up on LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS, and has also both performed stand up and frequently appears as a correspondent on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON. His first stand-up special premiered as a half hour on COMEDY CENTRAL STAND UP PRESENTS. In 2017 Julio headlined his first solo hour at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, “My Favorite Shapes: By Julio Torres” to rave reviews, which was taped and became his first hour-long comedy special that premiered on HBO in August 2019. Julio currently stars in the HBO Spanish-language comedy series LOS ESPOOKYS, which he co-created with Fred Armisen and Ana Fabrega. They are currently in production on season 2.

Bowen Yang is a comedian, writer, and actor based in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently a featured player on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, where he wrote for one season before moving on-screen. He can also be seen recurring on Comedy Central’s AWKWAFINA IS NORA FROM QUEENS. Bowen is the co-host of the popular podcast “LAS CULTURISTAS” which he co-hosts with Matt Rogers and which has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Splitsider and Time Out New York. TV credits include BROAD CITY, HIGH MAINTENANCE, and JON GLASER LOVES GEAR. Bowen can also be seen in the feature ISN’T IT ROMANTIC, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson. This past year Bowen was featured in TIME as one of “23 People Who Are Changing What’s Funny Right Now”, as well as one of their TIME 100 NEXT: Artists, and was most recently featured in this year’s Out100 list.

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FUNDING

The 2020-2021 Season at Abrons Arts Center is supported, in part, by generous grants from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and other generous Henry Street Settlement funders. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image courtesy of Lorelei Ramirez