Call for Proposals: Jersey Barrier Initiative (Fall 2010)

Call for Proposals: Jersey Barrier Initiative (Fall 2010)

This fall, the New York City Department of Transportation is partnering again with the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit and New York Cares to paint selected barrier sites around the City. DOT invites artists and/or designers to envision the surface of these ordinary barriers as canvases for art. All interested artists are eligible to submit materials to this open call. Submissions must be received no later than close of business on Friday, October 15, 2010 to be considered. DOT will contact selected artists in late October to implement designs at specific barrier sites with support from volunteers organized by NY Cares. Visit to download the official Request for Proposals and other relevant information.



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Powers of Ten

Wednesday, October 6, 7:00 pm
Elebash Recital Hall

Celebrate 10 / 10 / 10 (a few days early). We will observe the date with a tribute to the classic short film Powers of Ten, by designers Charles and Ray Eames. The film is a 9-minute journey of scale, from the infinitesimal to the cosmic.

Powers of Ten encourages rich, cross-disciplinary thought that approaches ideas from multiple interrelated perspectives, at all orders of magnitude. One of the most widely seen short films of all time—at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum for decades and still widely used in schools around the world—Powers of Ten has influenced pop culture from The Simpsons to the rock band Coldplay, from Hummer commercials to the movie Men in Black.

Discussion with D Graham Burnett (Historian of Science, Princeton University), and Eames Demetrios, grandson of the filmmakers, who is dedicated to communicating, preserving and extending their work.

Co-sponsored by Science & the Arts and Cabinet magazine.

Free, no reservations required.

The Big Bang Theory

Friday, October 29, 7:00 pm
Proshansky Auditorium

The Making of The Big Bang Theory -- How does the CBS television situation-comedy The Big Bang Theory keep its science references accurate? David Saltzberg (UCLA, Department of Physics), the series consultant, will explain the science behind the hit comedy.

Saltzberg checks scripts and meets with the producers, writers, actors, set decorators, prop masters and costume designers to help ensure scientific accuracy. He also writes a blog The Big Blog Theory that explains the science in each episode.

Free. Click to reserve your seat.


Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30
CUNY Graduate Center

Science & the Arts will sponsor the conference Communicating Science to the Public through the Performing Arts, addressing science as depicted and disseminated through theatre, dance, music, film, TV, festivals and cafes.
There is a modest registration fee. For registration information see the conference website.

The Shaking Woman or
A History of My Nerves

Tuesday, September 28
6:00 pm

Segal Theatre

Siri Hustvedt, bestselling novelist and author of the memoir The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves, will offer a reading as well as a discussion of neuroscience, psychoanalysis and the novel. Introduction by Graduate Center President William P. Kelly. Rebecca Jordan-Young (Barnard College), author of Brain Storm: Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences, will serve as discussant. Hustvedt is also the author of the novels: The Sorrows of an American, What I Loved, and The Blindfold.

“Siri Hustvedt, one of our finest novelists, has long been a brilliant explorer of brain and mind. Hustvedt’s erudite book deepens one’s wonder about the relation of body and mind.”— Oliver Sacks

Co-sponsored by Science & the Arts, The Center for Women and Society, the Center for the Humanities and the Ph.D. Program in English.

Free, no reservations required.


Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7:00 pm
Elebash Recital Hall

A screening of Creation, a film about Charles Darwin's struggles to come to terms with his emotions, intellect and faith. The screening will be preceded by a discussion with the eminent biologists Sean B Carroll and Cliff Tabin, moderated by science writer Carl Zimmer. Expected appearance by filmmaker Jon Amiel.

Co-sponsored by Science & the Arts and the Imagine Science Film Festival.

Free, no reservations required.


Friday, November 12, 6:30 pm
Elebash Recital Hall

Copenhagen: A Reading and A Discussion. Join us for a reading of selections from the award-winning play Copenhagen, performed by Break A Leg Productions, and a discussion with scientists and historians.

Free, no reservations required.

Welikia Project

Dear Mannahatta Project followers:

It is with great pride that I would like to announce to you the commencement of the Welikia Project, beyond Mannahatta, an effort to document the historical ecology of all of New York City and compare it to the current biodiversity of the city. The Wildlife Conservation Society is taking what we learned about 1609 ecology, mapping and visualization and applying it to the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island, where another six million New Yorkers live and work and care about the nature and wildlife around them.

You can read more about this new project at our redesigned homepage: Note all the Mannahatta materials - education curricula, map explorer, GIS layers and papers, video explanations, discussion boards, and so on - are still available through

You can support the project by sharing this email with your friends and colleagues and by supporting your favorite borough at By making a donation of any size to the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, or Staten Island, you will become a "Welikia" Landscape Ecology insider for that borough, with exclusive, early access to our discoveries as the Welikia Project unfolds over the next three years. Already you can read about a French reconnaissance of the western Bronx in 1781, importance of early topographic surveys of Staten Island and Daniel Denton's overflowing accounts of western Long Island in the 17th century.

“Welikia” means “my good home” in Lenape, the Native American language spoken in the New York City region 400 years ago, when Henry Hudson brought Europe's attention to this part of the world. (It’s pronounced “WAY-lee-ki-a” – hear it on the Lenape-Talking Dictionary website and scroll down to the bottom of the page). Not surprisingly, the Lenape didn't have a term for the greater city of New York, which wouldn't be formed for another three hundred years, so we borrowed "Welikia" to represent the fulsome ecology of our region - past, present and future.

If you have any questions or suggestions, we would love to hear them at


Eric Sanderson
Wildlife Conservation Society



Field Notes: Observing Lake Union
An audio tour on Seattle's Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop by the Studio for Urban Projects

Saturday, September 25
Lake Union Park, Seattle
Westlake Ave N. and Valley St. 11:00am-2:00pm


Saturday, October 23
Lake Union Park, Seattle
Westlake Ave N. and Valley St.
3:00-5:00 pm

Saturday, October 23
Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley Street, Seattle
5:00-7:00 pm

To RSVP for the walking
tour please e-mail us
Tickets for the Wild Foods dinner are available for purchase through Brown Paper Tickets.


Field Notes: Observing Lake Union is an audio tour of the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop, created by the Studio for Urban Projects, that explores how changing conceptions of nature and our place within it have shaped Seattle’s Lake Union over the last two hundred years. The piece focuses on the underlying ecology of Lake Union and its transformation through eras of geologic change, Native American stewardship, European settlement, commercial industry and large-scale infrastructural development as well as urban planning and park design. By experiencing the tour visitors will gain insight into the complex interplay between human values and natural ecologies that have shaped Lake Union today.

Lake Union is a landscape that has been dramatically transformed. Over the course of 200 years Lake Union has been radically altered from its pre-Seattle days when it was inhabited for thousands of years by the Duwamish tribe. Field Notes: Observing Lake Union will give visitors insight into the historical topography of the lake and the ways it has been altered. It will focus on traces of Lake Union’s natural ecosystems and habitats and explore how they are being restored by reclamation efforts. The project probes questions relevant to cities everywhere: what are the underlying ecologies of our urban landscapes? How can human systems more thoughtfully integrate into them?

Field Notes: Observing Lake Union is created in collaboration with audio engineer Tim Halbur and is commissioned by the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs with Seattle Department of Transportation and Parks and Recreation 1% for Art funds.

Public Events:
Lake Union Park Opening
The Studio for Urban Projects will launch Field Notes: Observing Lake Union in conjunction with the grand opening of Lake Union Park in Seattle, Washington on September 25. Members from the Studio for Urban Projects will be on-site from 11am to 2pm. Positioned near the main park entrance, Studio members will share information about the piece with visitors, hand out project maps and encourage visitors to share their insights on the Field Notes hotline.

Walking Tour
The Studio for Urban Projects will host a walking tour of Lake Union Park on Saturday, October 23rd at 3:00 pm. The tour will feature short talks by Coll Thrush, author of Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place; David Williams, author of The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from the City as well as several other project contributors. The tour will invite a public dialog around the themes of the project. It is free and open to the public with advanced registration advised. To sign up for the tour please

Wild Foods Dinner
A wild foods dinner will follow the walking tour. Prepared by Christina Choi of Nettletown, the dinner will feature foods foraged from the region that once would have grown in and around Lake Union. The dinner will be hosted at the Center for Wooden Boats. Tickets are $55.00, including dinner and wine, and may be purchased throughBrown Paper Tickets.

Founded in 2006 the Studio for Urban Projects is an art and design collaborative that seeks to advance civic engagement and further public dialogue. Founded
by Alison Sant, Richard Johnson, Marina McDougall, Kirstin Bach and Daya Karam our interdisciplinary and research-based projects aim to provoke change by re-
framing our perceptions of the city and physically transforming elements of the
built environment. Our storefront space in the San Francisco Mission District is
a public venue for the staging of workshops, talks, film screenings and meals.


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The Goldwell Open Air Museum is pleased to present a new event to which you are invited.


This is a three-day event that brings together photographers, curators and writers with an interest in the desert. The gathering will be held at the Goldwell Open Air Museum located near the famed ghost town of Rhyolite, on the edge of Death Valley and four miles from the town of Beatty, Nevada.
  • Workshops
  • Symposium
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • Photographer Presentations

Fee of $525 includes all workshops with the photographers and speakers, Red Barn evening events, Saturday night BBQ, 3 nights hotel in Beatty.


Michael P. Berman, Photographer

Mitch Dobrowner, Photographer

William L. Fox, Writer and Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.

Michael Light, Photographer and Bookmaker

Carol McCusker, Curator, Photo Historian, Writer and Educator.

Gary Reese, Plant Ecologist and Photographer

Fred Sigman, Art Historian, Educator, Photographer/Filmmaker. Director of the Goldwell Gathering.

For Information

Do you want to know more about this event or to register?

Contact Us

Fred Sigman
Goldwell Open Air Museum
(702) 497 6816


Goldwell Open Air Museum | P.O. Box 405 | Beatty, Nevada 89003 | 702.870.9946

©2010 Goldwell Open Air Museum

Journal of Aesthetics and Protest: printed matter Submission Call

1. Pamphleteer Submission Call

We are participating in...
Printed Matter's 2010 New York Art Book Fair at PS1.

In the spirit of our open policy, we are seeking pamphleteers and collectors whose documents
should be seen by the likes of both New York's literati and collecting classes.

We aim to collect a bunch of small-run stuff that you, exposing what our readers and contributors have been thinking
about. We also see this as a chance for research- a chance to learn what you have been putting together.

We are looking for two classes of submissions;

1. Small booklets for sale or distro(or to be handed out.)
We are looking for booklets of unique research or that are from or about uniquely political subjectivities.
Singular objects or mass produced
Researched projects, unique collections would be amazing.

2. 1 page pamphlets/posters- displayed/handed out or sold.
Ideally, the pamphlets we gather here have been or will have been distributed in some form outside of this context.
a. We are looking for a contradiction of grounded, critical, incendiary, popular and unique voices to be thrown into the mix of the public
b. We are not necessarily looking for stuff you've made. If you've collected an outstanding flyer, now would be an opportunity for you to
share it.

To Submit
subject heading: pamphlets
provide: description, size, jpg image, price per copy(if any).

If Accepted
We will provide you a mailing address to which you will ship agreed upon number of items.
We will offer you at least 70% of sales on your item.
We can only return items with self-addressed/stamped envelopes.

Please respond by October 11th.


22 September - 11 December 2010

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery opens its exhibition season with Nancy Holt: Sightlines, a thematic exhibition offering an in-depth look at the early projects of this important American artist whose pioneering work falls at the intersection of art, architecture and time-based media.

Sep 21, 2010, 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Opening Reception
Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
826 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University
1190 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10027

Since the late 1960s, Nancy Holt has created a far-reaching body of work, including Land Art, films, videos, site-specific installations, artist’s books, concrete poetry and major sculpture commissions. Nancy Holt: Sightlines showcases the artist’s transformation of the perception of the landscape through the use of different observational modes in her early films, videos and related works from 1966 to 1980.

Sightlines encompasses more than 40 works that illuminate Holt’s circumvention of modernist sculptural practice and institutional spaces. Featured in the exhibition are Holt’s film Sun Tunnels (1978), which documents the creation of her well-known site-specific work of the same name, and Pine Barrens (1975), a meditative documentary about a notoriously vast, undeveloped region in central New Jersey.

Following its presentation at the Wallach Art Gallery, Sightlines will tour to several venues in the United States and abroad. This exhibition and tour are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts.


Visiting Artist’s Lecture on Thursday, September 30, 2010, at 7:30 PM at Miller Theatre, School of the Arts, Columbia University, New York. Free and open to the public.

Symposium / Book Launch on Saturday, November 20, 2010, at 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM in 501 Schmerhorn Hall, Columbia University, New York. Free and open to the public.

Weekend Film Program Site Recordings: Land Art at Anthology Film Archives from November 19 – 21, 2010 at Anthology Film Archives, New York, with a rare screening of Nancy Holt’s 16-mm prints with the artist in conversation on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 7 PM. Offering a cinematic perspective on Land Art, this three-day program includes shorts and contemporary films and videos that address the significance of the movement’s monuments and anti-monuments by such figures as Robert Smithson, Anthony McCall, Ana Mendieta, Gordon Matta-Clark, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Jan Dibbets, and Richard Long. $9 general admission, $7 student/seniors, and $6 AFA members; open to the public.

FLOW SLOW | September 18th

“Flow Slow is a river conference of citizens, artists, writers, technologists & naturalists in celebration of pure water Taking part in the Upper Delaware River, which was recently declared the nation’s most endangered river by American Rivers, the event will occur on Saturday, September 18th and will combine music, art and ongoing conversations during the public float.
Artists, Naturalists, and Concerned Citizens Advocate Pure Water as
Part of the “Flow Slow” Floating River Conference

Brooklyn, NY (For Release 9.15.10) --- In association with SkyDog Projects, ISSUE Project Room, Mildred's Lane, Callicoon Fine Arts, Electronic Music Foundation, Ant Hill Farm, and The Queens Museum, “Flow Slow” gears up for the 1st annual river conference of concerned citizens, artists, writers, technologists & naturalists in celebration of pure water this Saturday, September 18th (see website for complete schedule of events).

Taking part on the Upper Delaware River , which was recently declared the nation’s most endangered river, “Flow Slow” explores the near and long term threats posed by the disastrous “Hydro-Fracking” process carried out by the natural gas industry. The conference will literally take place on the river, floating in canoes, kayaks and other homemade rafts. Other events will take place off the river and will be open to the public.

The event will combine music, art and conversations to creatively produce a variety of works to raise awareness surrounding this critical issue. Artists were advised to engage a piece of technology, a piece of media, an art work, documentation of the trip, writing, music, or any creative response. Participants include: music by Bruce Tovsky, Suzanne Thorpe, Carrie Dashow; site specific installations by Heather Dewey Hagbourg; and water based artworks by Natalie Jerimijenko, Uke Jackson, Kevin Vertrees and moreTBA.

Press Contact: April Thibeault │ ISSUE Project Room │212.861.0990 │


ISSUE Project Room, a registered 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 2003 by visionary artist Suzanne Fiol, and is a vibrant nexus for cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary arts in Brooklyn. ISSUE supports emerging and established experimental artists through more than 200 programs each year including music concerts, literary readings, films, videos, dance, visual and sound art, new media, critical theory lectures and discussions, site-specific work, commissions, educational workshops, master classes, and genre-defying interdisciplinary performances that
challenge and expand conventional practices in art.

William Lamson at The Boiler | A Line Describing the Sun

William Lamson at The Boiler
A Line Describing the Sun
10 Sept – 10 Oct, 2010

Opening Reception
10 Sept, 2010 7-9 pm

Press Release

A Line Describing the Sun features a new two-channel video and sculpture created in the Mojave Desert earlier this year. Begun at the Center for Land Use Interpretation’s artist-in-residence program in Wendover, Utah, Lamson finished the project in a dry lakebed west of Barstow, California. The video and sculpture are both a record of two day-long performances in which the artist follows the sun with a large Fresnel lens mounted on a rolling apparatus. The lens focuses the sun into a 1,600-degree point of light that melts the dry mud, transforming it into a black glassy substance. Over the course of a day, as the sun moves across the sky, a hemispherical arc is imprinted into the lakebed floor.

The original performance documented in the video produced a 366-foot arc. The sculpture on view in the gallery is a 23-foot scale model of this mark, created using the same apparatus over the same amount of time, only traveling at a slower pace. Lamson excavated the mark by pouring water over it, softening the dry mud on either side of the line and eventually causing the insoluble glass to separate from its muddy surrounding. Over the course of the excavation, the single continuous line broke into hundreds of pieces. Its reconstruction in the gallery simultaneously evokes the geologic record and an archeological relic.

While Lamson’s video works have often found him playfully and strenuously interacting with his environment (both in the natural world and in his studio), this new work brings to bear the forces of nature in the act of drawing and mark-making. In this way, it continues the investigations he began with Automatic, a project in which he used wind and ocean currents to power a series of drawing machines. A Line Describing the Sun is part performance, part video work, part earthwork, and part drawing exercise.

This will be Lamson’s fourth one-person exhibition with Pierogi. His work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, and other private collections. His work has been shown in the US and internationally, including at P.S. 1 (NYC) and Franklin Art Works (Minneapolis). He completed his MFA at Bard College and is a recent MacDowell Foundation Fellow.

This project was supported by the Center for Land Use Interpretation artists-in-residence program and a grant from the Experimental Television Center