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7:30 PM Jan 29, 2016 - Feb 13, 2016

Basement Performances

Curated by John Zorn

Fridays and Saturdays in late January and early February, The Drawing Center will present Basement Performances curated by renowned composer and performer John Zorn. The six cutting edge multi-media performances in our Lab will bring together improvised music with expanded cinema and feature some of Downtown New York’s most adventurous musicians and visual artists including: Okkyung Lee and Andrew Lampert; Raha Raissnia and Panagiotis Mavridis; Bill Laswell; Kenny Wollesen and Julia Elsas; Ela Troyano and Uzi Parnes; and Ikue Mori.

The Basement Performances are produced by Brett Littman, Executive Director.

Friday, January 29 at 7:30pm
$10 tickets - limited availability at door
Okkyung Lee (composer, cellist) and Andrew Lampert (artist, film archivist)
Performing a site-specific piece with multiple projections and live music

Saturday, January 30 at 7:30pm
Raha Raissnia (artist) and Panagiotis Mavridis (artist, musical instrument maker)
Performing with multiple looped 35 and 16 mm film projections and installation with live music

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Friday, February 5 at 7:30pm
$20 tickets - limited availability at door
Bill Laswell (record producer, bassist)
Performing to Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi

Saturday, February 6 at 7:30pm
$10 - limited availability at door
Kenny Wollesen (percussionist) and Julia Elsas (artist)
Kenny Wollesen and Julia Elsas will create an intimate sonic and visual performance with handmade instruments and an object-based installation.

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Friday, February 12 at 7:30pm
$10 at BrownPaperTickets.com
Ela Troyano (filmmaker, actress) and Uzi Parnes (photographer, performer)
Parnes and Troyano will work environmentally, presenting two works – The Silence of Marcel Duchamp with John Zorn’s BeuysBlock as a soundtrack and a live film version of Bubble People, featuring legendary filmmaker Jack Smith along with Parnes and Polly Bradfield. Bradfield, one of downtown’s earliest improvisers, can be seen and heard on violin and record player. Bubble People Troyano’s first film was shot at Parnes' loft Performances Staged and includes his environments and artworks.

Saturday, February 13 at 7:30pm
$10 - limited availability at door
Ikue Mori (improviser, composer)
Performing a new live visual and sound piece based on the Nathaniel Hawthorne tale “Pomegranate Seeds”

Image: Raha Raissnia, Longing, 2014. 16 mm film, color, 20-minute loop, optical sound. Dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York.

12-4pm Feb 20, 2016 - Mar 06, 2016

SoHo Memory Project

Public sessions with the SoHo Memory Project will take place inThe Drawing Center's foyer giving visitors an opportunity to learn about the history of SoHo as a New York City neighborhood. SoHo historian Yukie Ohta will present the SoHo Memory Project Portable Historical Society, a mobile museum featuring the sights, sounds, and smells of SoHo in the 1970s through such unconventional media as Viewmaster viewers, 3-D printed miniatures, and a smell station.

Saturday, February 20, 12-4pm
Sunday, February 21, 12-4 pm
Saturday, March 5, 12-4pm
Sunday, March 6, 12-4pm

In partnership with the SoHo Arts Network, the program will travel to sites throughout SoHo through July 2016. Further information and the full calendar of public sessions is available here.

This program is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

Photo: Yukie Ohta with the mobile museum in SoHo. Read her blog here.

4-6PM Feb 20, 2016

Screening + Q&A

"Please Make This Look Nice"

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Elliott Earls, Screening of The Saranay Motel, followed by a Q&A.


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6PM Feb 25, 2016

Lecture

"Please Make This Look Nice"

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Exhibition curator Peter Ahlberg, and designers Frank DeRose, Hjalti Karlsson,
Paul Sahre, and Jan Wilker present a series of short lectures followed by Q&A.


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4PM Feb 26, 2016

Talk

"Please Make This Look Nice"

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Lubalin Study Center curator and design educator Alexander Tochilovsky talks about typography, historical design processes, and the materials selected for the micro-exhibit.


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6PM Mar 03, 2016

Collage-Making

"Please Make This Look Nice"

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Graphic designer, collagist, and Abrams Books Creative Director John Gall hosts
a hands-on collage-making event.


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6:30 Mar 10, 2016

Performance

Louise Despont: Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture

Aaron Taylor Kuffner, //The Gamelatron Roh Ageng//, 2013. Bronze Gongs, Powder coated steel, and robotic mallets. Dimension variable. Aaron Taylor Kuffner, //The Gamelatron Roh Ageng//, 2013. Bronze Gongs, Powder coated steel, and robotic mallets. Dimension variable. Aaron Taylor Kuffner, //The Gamelatron Roh Ageng//, 2013. Bronze Gongs, Powder coated steel, and robotic mallets. Dimension variable.

Aaron Taylor Kuffner, The Gamelatron Roh Ageng, 2013. Bronze Gongs, Powder coated steel, and robotic mallets. Dimension variable.

Join conceptual artist, Aaron Taylor Kuffner, for a one-night live performance with his gamelatron (sonic kinetic sculpture with Indonesian gamelan instruments), which is featured in Louise Despont: Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture installation.

6PM Mar 16, 2016

Book Launch and Closing Reception

"Please Make This Look Nice"

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Please Make This Look Nice is a behind-the-scenes look at the graphic design process of more than fifty graphic designers, typographers, and studios from around the world. Hundreds of never-before-seen images mined from their archives are woven together with first-hand observations, resulting in a rich and diverse perspective on the nature of making. Celebrated graphic design contributors including Maira Kalman, Milton Glaser, Michael Bierut, Experimental Jetset, Carin Goldberg, Ivan Chermayeff & Tom Geismar, Paul Sahre, and Stefan Sagmeister, as well as emerging design stars share their far-ranging insights and personal means of finding inspiration.


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6:30PM Mar 17, 2016

Talk

"Please Make This Look Nice"

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National Design Award–winner Stephen Doyle talks about the way non-traditional
tools and techniques have made their way into his graphic design practice.

2PM Mar 19, 2016

Walkthrough

"Please Make This Look Nice"

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Designer Carin Goldberg and curator Peter Ahlberg discuss drawing and
the graphic design process following a walk-through of the exhibition.


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