Social Saturday - ORDER of the THIRD BIRD
Aug
11
4:30 PM16:30

Social Saturday - ORDER of the THIRD BIRD

D.Graham Burnett, Alison Burstein, Jeff Dolven, Jac Mullen, Leonard Nalencz, Sal Randolph, David Richardson present The Goodway Speeches: Evidences of a Birdish “Symposium,” circa 1977


Social Saturday / August 11, 2018
Cocktails at 5pm; performance at 6pm; dinner afterwards.
Mildred's Lane, Beach Lake, PA
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Who or what is the Order of the Third Bird? The associates of the research collective ESTAR(SER) have dedicated many years of dedicated inquiry to the resolution of this question. New sources, recently uncovered, shed light on key aspects of the Birdish tendency, and allow grounded speculation concerning the activities and sensibilities of these self-sequestering "attention artists.” //// Visit the ESTAR(SER) website; for the Goodway tearsheet, click here.  

Digestion Choreographer: Andrea Lekberg, The Artist Baker

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TOWN Friday - Asti Hustvedt
Aug
10
4:30 PM16:30

TOWN Friday - Asti Hustvedt

Asti Hustvedt presents Investigating the Supernatural: Scientific Quests to Colonize Hysterical Women and Psychic Mediums.  


Town Friday / August 10, 2018
6pm: reception at The Mildred Complex(ity) on Main Street, Narrowsburg
6:30pm: talk at Krauss Recital Hall, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance on Main Street
Free and open to the public

During the late-nineteenth century and early-twentieth century, the female bodies of hysterics and mediums were understood as being untethered from the laws of physiology, capable of extraordinary physical and mental feats. Author Asti Hustvedt, an independent scholar who has written extensively on hysteria and literature, discusses some of the ways in which male scientists attempted to investigate these bewildering female bodies. /// For more information, click here.
 

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Social Saturday - Robert Williams
Aug
4
4:30 PM16:30

Social Saturday - Robert Williams

This Week: 45's Women, the Weird and the Eerie  

 

Robert Williams: Alchemy V / The Rural Uncanny, High Strangeness, Panics and the Hummadruzz


Social Saturday / August 4, 2018 / 5pm
Mildred's Lane, Beach Lake, PA
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Over the past twenty years, artist and academic Robert Williams has worked on the The Alchemist Shack project (OM: Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum), exploring high strangeness at Mildred’s Lane. His current session examines the tropes of the rural uncanny within the land. It's he final phase of the Alchemist’s Shack, when the great work gets completed. (Visit also his web page.) 

Digestion Choreographer: Athena Kokoronis.

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TOWN Friday - Nina Burleigh
Aug
3
4:30 PM16:30

TOWN Friday - Nina Burleigh

This Week: 45's Women, the Weird and the Eerie  

 

Nina Burleigh: Money, Fear


Town Friday / August 3, 2018 / 6pm
The Mildred Complex(ity), Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY
Free and open to the public

Award-winning journalist and author Nina Burleigh, the National Politics Correspondent at Newsweek Magazine, will read an excerpt from a current project on Trump and women. Money and Fear. NDAs. Tapes. Blackmail. Photos. Lawsuits. Lies. This is how power works on weak individuals who get close to power and see too much. (No recording, no photographs and no social media please. Visit also www.ninaburleigh.com.)  

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TOWN Friday - Barbara Devries  
Jul
27
4:30 PM16:30

TOWN Friday - Barbara Devries  

This Week: Changing the Paradigm

 

Barbara de Vries: "The Un-Fashioning"


Town Friday / July 27, 2018 / 7pm
The Mildred Complex(ity), Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY
Free and open to the public. (The talk will take place at the Department of Interstitchiaries, 25 Bridge Street, 2nd Floor Rear, Narrowsburg, NY.)

Barbara de Vries ( www.barbaradevries.net), the design director behind Calvin Klein's CK brand in the early nineties, will talk about the arc of her design career in parallel with the life and recent death of fashion. A first-hand witness to what she describes as the change "from the creative freedom of the seventies and eighties to the commercial nineties, to the birth of uber brands, the obsession with luxury, overconsumption and the mass nausea that followed in the face of the celebrity culture, pollution, carbon foot prints, abusive labor practices and other impacts on developing countries," she asks: how do we Un-Fashion?

No Social Saturday event this week.

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Social Saturday - Zoe Beloff
Jul
21
4:30 PM16:30

Social Saturday - Zoe Beloff

This Week: 3D Ghosts

 

Zoe Beloff: "Shadow Land or Light from the Other Side"


Social Saturday / July 21, 2018 / 5pm
Mildred's Lane, Beach Lake, PA
Request an invitation at www.mildredslane.com

A rare opportunity to experience 16mm 3D cinema at Mildred's Lane: Zoe Beloff will screen her film “Shadow Land or Light from the Other Side” (2000), and will also discuss her more recent work with 'materialist ghosts.' “Shadow Land or Light from the Other Side” conjures up the the world of Elizabeth d’Espérance, a nineteenth-century materializing medium who could produce full body apparitions.The film investigates how one might think of a medium as a kind of "mental projector," and the phantoms as representations of her psychic reality. It traces this complex interaction between the birth of cinema in relation to both conjuring and mediumship. (Visit www.zoebeloff.com)

No Town Friday event this week. Stop by The Mildred Complex(ity) late afternoon to discover the refreshed Mildred's Lane Archive exhibit.

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Social Saturday - Allison Smith 
Jul
14
4:30 PM16:30

Social Saturday - Allison Smith 

Allison Smith: History in the Making
Amy Yoes: Fire Project #7


Social Saturday / July 14, 2018 / 5pm
Mildred's Lane, Beach Lake, PA
Request an invitation at www.mildredslane.com

"Allison Smith is internationally known for her large-scale performances and installations that critically engage popular forms of historical reenactment and traditional craft, such as quilting, pottery, and wood-carving, in order to redo, restage, and re gure conceptions of history and collective memory. "—Jennifer Baker ////// Amy Yoes will burn her Fire Project #7 right after the Social Saturday dinner. Black-and-white photographs and a limited edition of drawing charcoal will be all that remains. (Visit www.allisonsmithstudio.com / www.amyyoes.com)

Digestion Choreographer: Liza Pittard.

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TOWN Friday - Amy Yoes and Jorge Colombo
Jul
13
4:30 PM16:30

TOWN Friday - Amy Yoes and Jorge Colombo

This Week: History, Illustration, Flames

Amy Yoes & Jorge Colombo: Established 1989


Town Friday / July 13, 2018 / 6pm
The Mildred Complex(ity), Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY
Free and open to the public

Longtime friends of Mildred's Lane, multi-disciplinary artist Amy Yoes and illustrator/photographer Jorge Colombo, currently relocating themselves to the grey barn a few doors away from the Complex(ity), will talk about how their practices and interests intersect. (Picture above; visit also www.amyyoes.com / www.thejorgecolombo.com

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Social Saturday - Pablo Helguera
Jul
7
4:30 PM16:30

Social Saturday - Pablo Helguera

Mildred's Lane SOCIAL Saturday, July 7, 2018

Pablo Helguera: Parable Soiree
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Pablo Helguera presents a soiree of various parables, inviting guests to create and present a parable of their own. The winning parable will receive a special price.

Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) is an artist based in New York. A longtime friend of Mildred's Lane, his work is often associated with Transpedagogy and Socially Engaged Art.  He has exhibited widely and is the author of "Education For Socially Engaged Art (2011), Art Scenes (2012) and The Parable Conference (2014) amongst many others.

Amy Yoes Fire # 7 is postponed until Saturday, July 14th. Torrential rains this week have delayed the construction of the structure. However, the work in progress will be a special feature none-the-less!

Laura Silverman, founding Naturalist of The Outside Institute will be serving cocktails featuring local wild flavors of the season.

Digestion Choreography by Coco Fusco
When she is not cooking, she spends time making art, writing, and teaching. And she devotes a great deal of time to caring for her teenage son.

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www.mildredslane.com

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TOWN Friday - Mark Dion and J. Morgan Puett
Jul
6
4:00 PM16:00

TOWN Friday - Mark Dion and J. Morgan Puett

Mildred's Lane and The Mildred Complex(ity)

TOWN Friday, July 6, 2018
Free and open to the public!
6:00 pm gathering at The Mildred Complex(ity)
6:30 pm at The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance Krauss Recital Hall!

Mark Dion and J. Morgan Puett
Mildred's Lane: Past, Present, and Future

Mark Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge and the natural world. The job of the artist, he says, is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention. For over two decades Dion has worked in the public realm in a wide range of scales, from architecture projects to print interventions in newspapers. Some of his most recent large-scale public project include "The Amateur Ornithologist Clubhouse" a Captain Nemo-like interior constructed in a vast gas tank in Essen, Germany, and "Den" a large scale folly in Norway's mountainous landscape which feature a massive sculpture of a sleeping bear in a cave, resting on a hill of material culture from the Neolithic to the present. Dion has also produced large-scale permanent commissions for Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany, the Montevideo Biannale in Uruguay, The Rose Art Museum, Johns Hopkins University and the Port of Los Angeles.

Dion was born in 1961 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Dion initially studied in 1981-2 at the Hartford Art School of the University of Hartford in Connecticut, which awarded him a BFA (1986) and an honorary doctorate in 2002. From 1983 to 1984 he attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and then the prestigious Whitney Museum of American Art's Independent Study Program (1984-1985). He is an Honorary Fellow of Falmouth University in the UK (2014) and has an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (Ph.D.) from The Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia (2015).  Dion has received numerous awards, including the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001) The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2007) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lucida Art Award (2008). He has had major exhibitions at the Miami Art Museum, Miami (2006); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004); Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2003); Tate Gallery, London (1999), and the British Museum of Natural History, London (2007). “Neukom Vivarium” (2006), a permanent outdoor installation and learning lab for the Olympic Sculpture Park, was commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum. Dion produced a major permanent commission, ‘OCEANOMANIA: Souvenirs of Mysterious Seas’ for the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco. In 2016 Dion and his curatorial collaborator Sarina Basta produced the large-scale exhibition, ExtraNaturel: Voyage initiatique dans la collection des Beaux-Arts de Paris, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

J. Morgan Puett is a trans-disciplinary, creative producer innovative in the realm of social engagement. Her projects continue to forge new ground, citing that being is profoundly a social and political practice. Puett's accomplishments are in areas of installation art, clothing and furniture design, architecture, film, writing and more – rearranging these intersections – applying conceptual tools of contemporary theory, research and practice.  Her interests and projects range in history, biology, new economies, design, craft, and most importantly – collaboration. Morgan’s early work forged new territory by intervening into the fashion system with a series of storefront installations and clothing/dwelling projects in Manhattan in the eighties and nineties; then produced a long series of research installations in museums around the world about the histories of needle trade systems.
 
J. Morgan Puett was born in Hahira, Georgia in 1957. She received her BFA in painting and sculpture (1981), and MFA in sculpture and experimental filmmaking in (1984); both from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Puett has received the PEW Charitable Trust in Philadelphia (2005), the Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2005), the Smithsonian Institution Artist Research Fellowship (2009), the United States Artists Simon Fellow Award (2011),  The John and Marva Warnock Award (2014). Most recently, Puett has received honors including The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award and The Pollock- Krasner Foundation Award, both in (2016). Puett has created major exhibitions worldwide; at the Serpentine Gallery/Victoria and Albert Museum (2001), Spoleto USA Charleston (2002), Bronx's Wave Hill NYC (2002), Mass MoCA (2004), Sullivan Galleries in Chicago (2008 & 2014), The Queens Museum NYC (2010), Museum of Modern Art NYC (MoMA 2012), 1st Tbilisi Triennial Contemporary Art Center of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia (2012), DOX Prague (2013), and has been curating collaborative projects at Mildred's Lane for the past decade.

Puett's Storefront practices include public spaces of Mildred's Lane; The Mildred Complex(ity)  in nearby Narrowsburg, and a Guide to the Field opening in Mountaindale, NY this coming autumn 2018. Puett currently is living, working, learning and teaching in Pennsylvania at Mildred’s Lane which she co-directs with Mark Dion. 

We would like to thank The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance for partnering with us in TOWN Fridays by sharing the Krauss Recital Hall upstairs!

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SOCIAL Saturday - THE GEOPHAGIC WATER CLOSET
Jun
30
4:30 PM16:30

SOCIAL Saturday - THE GEOPHAGIC WATER CLOSET

The Geophagic Water Closet
Caroline Earley, Brian Gillis, and Kate Walker

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Meet Fellows;
Agustine Zegers _ Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA      
Sarah Malekzadeh _ School of Visual Arts, NYC                
Nicole Levaque _  Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA                
Allie Linn _ MICA Curatorial; Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Viola Bordon _ Washington University, Sam Fox School of Visual Arts, St. Louis, MO
Dana Robinson _ School of Visual Arts, NYC  

Featuring DIGESTION CHOREOGRAPHY with Barbara DeVries and Leila Gordon

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In this session, the artists have designed a permanent installation for the Main Building at Mildred's Lane. Earley, Gillis, and Walker lead the fellows through investigations around multiple perspectives of 'bathroom'; including cultural, psychological, and gendered. During this design phase, the water closet is created to function simultaneously as bodily space and archive of the site's identity; its social and cultural histories, related scientific data, physical and environmental attributes, and a record of the activities of Mildred's Lane.

Caroline Earley’s ceramic art practice draws on her interests in science, politics and cultural issues and incorporates hand, wheel, and industrial approaches. Her work explores the relationship between ceramic form and human bodies through the shifting interplay of form, appendage, and surface.
 
Earley was recently awarded the 2017 MoNA Luminaries Artist Award, Jeffry Mitchell Award for Sculpture from the Museum of Northwest Art. She was the Premiere Award winner of the 2016 Portage Ceramic Awards and the Grand Prize winner of the 2013 Idaho Triennial. She exhibits internationally and is represented by Milford Galleries, Dunedin and Whitespace Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand.
 
She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and is Professor of Art, Ceramics at Boise State University.

Brian Gillis examines sociocultural issues as consequent evidence of particular historic moments. His work uses a variety of production strategies and conceptual approaches. These often draw from specific sites and related institutions and range from the production of objects and editions of multiples to site-specific installations and actions.
 
Gillis is the recipient of distinctions including fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, Oregon Arts Commission, MacDowell Colony, and a recent residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Gillis has exhibited his work nationally and internationally at institutions including CUE Art Foundation, the Mint Museum, and the Milwaukee Art Museum, as well as the Cluj Museum of Art in Romania and Heilongjiang University in China.
 
Gillis received a Master of Fine Arts from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Oregon.

Kate Walker’s work encompasses hybrid painting objects and performance video projects, which intersect with our current cultural moment. Often collaborating with groups of students, or community members, these include choreographed performances or staged events that speak to specific contemporary social issues. Recent projects focus on visibility and agency of the queer body, and imaginary manifestations of current Utopian and dystopian urges.
 
Recent grants and awards include selection as a finalist for the 2018 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, Idaho Commission on the Arts Grant, Alexa Rose Foundation Grant, and residencies at the Australia National University and Whitireia New Zealand. Walker has shown her work nationally and internationally including
Select 2, Garvey Simon, New York (2017), Out of Sight, Seattle, WA (2017) (collaborative work with Caroline Earley), ‘REUNION’- LGBTQA Symposium Show, Greenly Gallery, Bloomsburg University PA (2017)The Annual Wallace Art Awards, New Zealand (2014) and 28th Festival Les Instants Video, Marseilles, France (2015).
 
Walker received her MFA from the University of Arizona in 2005 and is an Associate Professor, at Boise State University. 

 

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TOWN Friday -  Alastair Gordon
Jun
29
4:00 PM16:00

TOWN Friday -  Alastair Gordon

Mildred's Lane and The Mildred Complex(ity)

TOWN Friday
6:00 pm gathering at The Mildred Complex(ity)
6:30 pm at The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance Krauss Recital Hall!

Alastair Gordon
THE ROAD TO INVERCOE

War, Memory & the Landscape of Extinction

"In the landscape of extinction, precision is next to godliness."

- Samuel Beckett

Alastair Gordon is an award-winning critic and author who has written regularly about the built environment for the is an award-winning critic and author who has written regularly about the built environment for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. His critically acclaimed books include Naked AirportWeekend Utopia, Spaced Out, Unfolded and Wandering Forms. His essays have been published in numerous publications including Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair, Le Monde, Architectural Record, New York Observer, Interiors, House & Garden, Metropolis, and Dwell. He was Contributing Editor for architecture/design at WSJ., the Wall Street Journal Magazine (2008-2015), and wrote the popular "Wall-to-Wall" blog on the Journal's website. He launched a critical thinking/writing program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 2016-2017; served as Distinguished Fellow at the Miami Beach Urban Studios (FIU, 2014-2017); and was the inaugural speaker/visiting scholar for the Vincent Scully Memorial Seminar at the University of Miami School of Architecture in 2018. He currently serves as architecture critic for the Miami Herald and is Editorial Director of Gordon de Vries Studio, an imprint that publishes books about the human environment.
 
"Gordon's eye for the convergence of art, architecture and commerce is unerring."
              - Publishers Weekly
 

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Social Saturday  - OPEN HOUSE
Jun
23
4:30 PM16:30

Social Saturday - OPEN HOUSE

Wilding, Wasting, Workstyling
Donna Cleary, Daria Dorosh, Kristyna and Marek Milde, J. Morgan Puett, Shelley Spector, Amy Lou Stein
and featuring Wilding fellows;
Agustine Zegers (Virginia Commonwealth University)      
DianeAntohe (Virginia Commonwealth University)                
Amanda Heidel (SUNY NewPaltz)                  
Michelle Burdine (Ohio State University)                      
Cara Piazza (Independent)                  
Kim Tucker (Ontario, Canada Independent)                          
Gionna Forte (Independent)                
Eric Kobal (Washington University Sam Fox School)                
Jillian Hirsch (University of Tennesee, Knoxville)                    
Tien Wen-Hao (Independent)                   
 
Mildred's Lane is having an open house social this week. We invite you to visit the site and projects ongoing. Kristyna and Marek Milde are working on their permanent site project, Plantarium. Donna Cleary is drying botanicals in preparation for tincture making. Amy Lou Stein is advising on a mother indigo dye systems, starting with planting. Shelley Spector shares applied skills in the art of soap-making from recycled products. With collective outcomes, we will experiment with our printing press. J. Morgan Puett refines our daily workstyles as we go. 

SOCIAL SATURDAY PRESENTATIONS:
Donna Cleary pulls from her experiences as a Registered Nurse, mother and Herbalist to embody Healer, Medicine Woman, Wise Woman. Donna’s interest lies in traditional healing practices. A descendant of Irish Herbalists, she has reclaimed that familial knowledge. Focusing on the rituals, ceremonies, and objects that accompany medicinal vehicles, her crocheted fertility sculptures reflect on the past by comingling the Feminine Mystique with Pagan Goddess Symbolism, the cycles of life, death, and regeneration. Graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 2014, her exhibitions include Freight and Volume, Petzel Gallery, A.I.R., Art in Odd Places, with reviews by Roberta Smith, Hyperallergic, Rhizome. She attended residencies at MASS MoCA, Cill Rialiag, chaNorth, Mildred's Lane and founder of 184 Project Space.  www.donnacleary.net 

Kristyna and Marek Milde are Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artists duo, originally from Prague, Czech Republic. Their work takes a form of sculptures, installations, and participatory site interventions that investigate codes and mechanism of culture and modern lifestyle exploring its shifting relationship to the context of environment and nature. The Mildes were awarded residencies at ISCP, LMCC Process Space, Queens Museum Studio in the Park, EFA SHIFT, and A-Z West. They exhibited in the Queens Museum, MoMA Studio, Wave Hill, Smack Mellon, EFA, Abrons Art Center, Knockdown Center, HVCCA, Russell-Wright-Design Center, Temple Contemporary, DOX Center for Contemporary Art; Futura; Meet Factory. Their work has been featured in the New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, Flash Art, Hyperallergic, BTR Radio, and Czech National Television, among others. In 2007 they received MFAs from the Queens College, CUNY. www.mildeart.com
 
J. Morgan Puett is a trans-disciplinary, artist with accomplished work in installation art, clothing & furniture design, architecture, film, writing and more – rearranging multiple intersections by applying conceptual tools and research-based methods with interests in history, environment, design, craft, and collaboration. Morgan’s early work forged new territory by intervening into the fashion system; and since innovative in the realm of social engagement, founding Mildred's Lane. She continues to explore genres, citing that being is profoundly a social and political practice. Most recently, Puett received The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award and The Pollock- Krasner Foundation Award, both in 2016. She is the co-director of Mildred's Lane and The Mildred Complex(ity).  www.mildredslane.com,www.jmorganpuett.com
 
Shelley Spector is a multidisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia. In her practice, she responds to available resources, often discarded, in combination with a changeable work environment. She produces specific bodies of work in search of universal themes. Currently, she is working on several long-term projects through which her work is intended to generate rather than deplete resources. Her work is part of many public and private collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which presented her solo exhibition “Keep The Home Fires Burning” in 2015, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC. Spector has received grants from the Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Leeway Foundation. www.shelleyspector.com
 
Amy Lou Stein is a fiber artist who works with natural dyes, eco-printing, textiles, and crochet. She is the founder of Craftwork Somerville, a makerspace that since 2015 has aimed to build community through craft by curating workshops and classes for makers of all ages. Her passion for plants and botanicals grows out of a commitment to sustainably interact with nature and to find creative fulfillment for herself and other by repurposing and reusing. She has taught at Squam Art Workshops and Lakeside Fiber Retreat; and received a technical scholarship to develop her craft and assist teaching at Haystack. Amy Lou draws inspiration from fashion, music, film, and other media: as a principal of Ozma Designs in Los Angeles, she has worked as a costume designer and wardrobe consultant for Beck, Beth Orton, Mercury Rev, and the Eels. www.amyloustein.com
 
Daria Dorosh, Ph.D. is a co-founder of A.I.R. Gallery, NY, and adjunct faculty at SMARTlab, University College Dublin, Ireland. She was a keynote speaker at VSMM 2017, a conference on Virtual Systems and MultiMedia at UCD and has given many presentations including The Future is History: feminist legacies in contemporary art, at the Brooklyn Museum. Dorosh studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture, NY. She taught fashion design at FIT and fine art at Parsons School of Design, NY. Her Fashion Lab in Process, LLC, is a research platform to identify new economic models for artists. www.dariadorosh.com

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TOWN Friday - Daria Dorosh
Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

TOWN Friday - Daria Dorosh

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TOWN Friday at The Mildred Complex(ity)
Session: WILDING, WASTING, WORKSTYLING

DARIA DOROSH
June 22, 6:00 pm
The Mildred Complex(ity), 37b Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY

Take Back Your Body 
Daria Dorosh will speak about the current commodification of the body, how to take it back, and why it matters now more than ever.  The status of the body will be considered in the context of big data, virtual systems, and artificial intelligence.  
Our five senses will play a key role in this exploration, and the discussion will be followed by an informal hands-on  'treat for the senses' for attendees. 
Among the special guests who will offer and talk with attendees about their creations for the senses in sound, scent, sight, touch, and taste will be: 

Laura Silverman, Founding Naturalist, The Outside Institute theoutsideinstitute.org Laura will serve magical refreshments, complemented by beet-pickled red eggs by Maria Paola Sutto, Urban Design Lab.  
Marc Switko, artist and gong master will demonstrate his work in sound frequency for healing. 
Jenise Parris will show her botanical line of therapeutic natural skin products.
 
Daria Dorosh, Ph.D. is an artist, educator, co-founder of A.I.R. Gallery, NY, and adjunct faculty at SMARTlab, University College Dublin, Ireland. “Take Back Your Body” was her keynote for VSMM2017, a conference on Virtual Systems and Multi-Media at UCD. She has given numerous presentations on the intersection of art, fashion, and technology. 

Dorosh studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and at the Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture, NY. She taught fashion design at FIT and fine art at Parsons School of Design, NY. Her Fashion Lab in Process, LLC, is a research platform to identify new economic models for artists.
 

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THE MILDRED COMPLEX(ITY): From the Archives of Mildred's Lane
Apr
13
to May 18

THE MILDRED COMPLEX(ITY): From the Archives of Mildred's Lane

Throughout the coming weeks, The Mildred Complex(ity) project space becomes a library of curiosities featuring an unfolding collection of rarely seen ephemera and artifacts from the annual swarmings and events at Mildred's Lane over the last twenty years.  Organized from the archives this week are a selection of drawings, photographs, objects, and other material culture for public perusal.  

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THE MILDRED COMPLEX(ITY): Town Friday
Apr
13
5:00 PM17:00

THE MILDRED COMPLEX(ITY): Town Friday

Throughout the coming weeks, The Mildred Complex(ity) project space becomes a library of curiosities featuring an unfolding collection of rarely seen ephemera and artifacts from the annual swarmings and events at Mildred's Lane over the last twenty years.  Organized from the archives this week are a selection of drawings, photographs, objects, and other material culture for public perusal.  

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A Guide to the Field
Dec
8
to Jan 31

A Guide to the Field

As some of you already know, we open a seasonal pop-up shop at the Mildred Complex(ity) Project Space. a Guide to the Field is a tiny subsidiary project of Mildred's Lane. This project exists solely to raise funds for supporting site-projects, workshops, and maintenance; featuring hand-made objects, limited editions, cut cotton wares, clothing, artifacts, and other curiosities from internationally renown artists swarming annually, (living-working-making-researching) at Mildred’s Lane. 

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Jul
28
5:00 PM17:00

Town Friday - Robert Marbury

TOWN Friday, July 28, 2017
Free and Open to the Public
37B Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY        6:00-8:00

Taxidermy, even modern taxidermy, harkens to history and a time past, taking on the qualities of an agnostic relic. Robert Marbury will explore this idea in an illustrated discussion, looking not only at the reasons behind this, including the use of taxidermy as a natural history tool, but also delving into its implications for artists and artworks embracing this medium.

Robert Marbury is best known as a co-founder and director of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists, the first international arts group dedicated to mixed-medium sculpture using taxidermy materials. Robert’s artistic methodology fuses research and humor to develop narratives that manifest in fiber, fur, and photography, as well as the occasional promotional product.

Marbury is the author of Taxidermy Art: A Rogue's Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself and lectures widely. Based in Baltimore, Robert and his wife Alix have started Wonder Commons, which seeks to activate creativity through participatory happenings, art, and making things. 

Calendar:
Attention Lab: The Order of the Third Bird
 
Session, July 31 – August 6
LAST Social Saturday, August 5; ESTAR(SER)

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Jul
22
5:00 PM17:00

Social Saturday - Pablo Helguera and friends

 Pablo Helguera with performers Brian Linden and Candace Thompson, along with special guests from Mildred’s Lane

Pablo Helguera with performers Brian Linden and Candace Thompson, along with special guests from Mildred’s Lane

The Arlington Heights Suite
(A staged reading)
 
Social Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Arlington Heights Suite is a series of collages started by artist Pablo Helguera in 2007, using found text and textbook images.  Now reaching more than a thousand works, this is one of his most extensive ongoing projects. “The Arlington Heights suite is like a very long lecture or dialogue”, Helguera writes, “similar to an inner monologue that one is having in a dream. Only recently l thought that a logical and eventual outcome of these series would be a play. These are the first steps toward piecing it together, with the hopes that this long configuration of images and words might yield new meanings.” Pablo Helguera will conduct a staged reading of “The Arlington Heights Suite” with performers Brian Linden and Candace Thompson, along with special guests from Mildred’s Lane. 

Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) is a visual artist living in New York. His work involves performance, drawing, installation, theater and other literary strategies. He is often considered a pioneering figure in the field of socially engaged art. His work has been featured at many international biennials including Manifesta, Havana and Liverpool Biennial, and Performa. He has received the Guggenheim and Creative Capital Fellowships as well as the first International Award of Participatory Art in Bologna, Italy. His current projects include a two-person exhibition with artist Suzanne Lacy at the UC Santa Barbara Museum and the 8th Floor in NYC and a mid-career survey of his work at the Jumex Museum in Mexico City. He is the author of many books including Education for Socially Engaged Art (2011) and The Parable Conference (2014).

Candace Thompson is a performer and interdisciplinary media maker fascinated with the feedback loops generated by place, culture, identity, climate, economics, and daily human interaction. She makes video, audio, web projects, and ritualistic installations– both IRL and online—that examine and challenge the truths we purportedly hold to be self-evident. Perhaps they aren’t so self-evident after all. She has performed in Pablo Helguera's The Juvenal PlayersOn the Future of Art, and The Parable Conference.

Brian Linden is happy to visit Mildred’s Lane and collaborate with Pablo and Candace again after their work together in The Parable Conference at BAM, The Juvenal Players at The Kitchen, On the Future of Art at the Guggenheim Museum, and The Arlington Heights Suite at the Hunter Easter Harlem Gallery. He is an actor based in New York City and has appeared onstage there and in San Francisco and London and at Shakespeare festivals in Idaho, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska. He is a member of Burning Coal Theatre Company. He portrayed a fallen Trump Tower on Conan. He loves Victoria.

Digestion Choreography:
Rosemary Liss is a chef and artist from Baltimore, MD. She has a Bachelor's in Studio Art from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, but her work has grown increasingly comestible after two years working for a fermentation company and a summer interning at the Nordic Food Lab in Copenhagen. Rosemary spent the spent the last year looking for grounding in other places: making sauerkraut in a container city, cooking soft dinners and catching wild Alaskan salmon. Her practice unfolds each day as she continues to reevaluate what it means to be in her body. Sometimes this recalibration takes the form of deep breathing, a tea infusion, a painting or a meal. No matter the physical manifestation, the resulting experience provides a feeling of autonomy and the hope that self-care really does ripple outwards to alleviate the constant flux between chaos and stagnation.

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5:00 Tour(by reservation only)

6:00 Swarming around spirits

6:30 Presentations

7:30 Digestion Choreography: Rosemary Liss

Pablo Helguera Collage;
Oh if I could have a whole century

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Jul
21
5:00 PM17:00

Town Friday - Joanna Ebenstein and friends

Free and Open to the Public 
Location: Krause Recital Hall upstairs at

The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance
Afternoon program!    4:00 - 6:30

Reception at the Mildred Complex(ity)  6:30 - 8:00

A Night Dedicated to the Delights and Moral Ambiguities of Taxidermy
Presented by Joanna Ebenstein, Creator of Morbid Anatomy

 Hasluck Taxidermy, 1901

Hasluck Taxidermy, 1901

Evan Michelson with "The Saddest Object in the World;"
Michael Barraco with "Bird as Vessel: Taxidermy and the Imagination"
JD Powe with an anthropomorphic taxidermy show and tell
And a screening of Ronni Thomas’ short film Walter Potter: The Man that Married Kittens
Moderated and introduced by Joanna Ebenstein

Joanna Ebenstein is a Brooklyn-based writer, curator, photographer and graphic designer. She is the creator of the Morbid Anatomy blog, library and event series, and was co-founder and creative director of the recently shuttered Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn. She is the author of The Anatomical Venus, editor of the forthcoming Death: A Graveside Companion (October 2017), and co-author of Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy. She regularly works with such institutions as The Wellcome Collection and Amsterdam's Vrolik Museum, and her writing and photography have been published and exhibited internationally. Her work explores the intersections of art and medicine, death and culture, and the objective and subjective.

Evan Michelson is a collector, writer, curator, lecturer and dealer of rare, beautiful and mysterious antiques. She is co-owner of Obscura Antiques and Oddities, the landmark curiosity shop located in New York City’s East Village for more than two decades. She was also the co-star of the reality show “Oddities,” which aired between 2010 - 2013 on Discovery Science. Evan was a founding board member of the Morbid Anatomy Museum, and she continues to hold the position of Morbid Anatomy Scholar-in-Residence. Evan specializes in the acquisition of uncanny artifacts, and those objects that span the divide between the useful and the inexplicable, the comforting and the unsettling, the utilitarian and the sacred. Evan has lectured at the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Coney Island Museum, The Morbid Anatomy Museum, Yale University, Harvard University and the Sinister Creature Convention. She has been profiled by The New YorkerEntrepreneur Magazine and The New York Times. She can occasionally be found rhythmically banging metal in the streets as part of an ongoing industrial project spanning more than three decades.  

Michael Barraco is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work is concerned with the post-natural histories of organisms, the interclusion of natural and man-made infrastructure, the intersections of art and science, and how the existential concerns of the individual manifest themselves in the Anthropocene. He has exhibited nationally and internationally at institutions such as The University of New Mexico, The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in New York; SOMA, Mexico City; White Rabbit Arts Festival, Nova Scotia; Emergency Arts, Las Vegas; Momenta Art, Brooklyn; and Flux Factory, Queens. Barraco currently runs the education department at HVCCA in New York’s Hudson Valley.

JD Powe, Technology entrepreneur, earned a BA in the History of Science from Harvard University and was fortunate enough to study evolutionary biology with the late Stephen Jay Gould and ornithology under the late Dr. Raymond A. Paynter Jr. His life-long fascination with evolutionary biology and natural history led to an extensive private collection of antique taxidermy specimens, including works by some of the Victorian era's most acclaimed animal preservers. Most recently, JD was invited to curate the taxidermy exhibit at Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum. The 4-month exhibition, Taxidermy: Art, Science & Immortality, drew enthusiasts and curiosity-seekers from around the globe hoping to see extinct species such as the passenger pigeon and remarkable oddities such as an extraordinary 4-tusked walrus dated to 1915. The exhibit's greatest attraction was arguably Walter Potter's The Kitten's Wedding, a world-renown anthropomorphic tableau featuring 19 kittens dressed in full Victorian wedding regalia attending a posh ceremony (c. 1890). For the exhibit, this work was displayed alongside would-be wedding guests including boxing squirrels, sadistic frogs, a multi-level factory of paper-making mice and a notorious drunken monkey. The Museum was forced to shutter its doors shortly after the exhibit ended, but Powe continues to share his zeal for both the artistic and scientific aspects of Victorian taxidermy via independent speaking engagements and an upcoming book project on taxidermy pets.

Ronni Thomas is a director/editor and was Filmmaker in Residence at the recently shuttered Morbid Anatomy Museum. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York he considers himself a 'working class film-maker', seeing equal value in the sublime and the ordinary. Though his films typically deal with dark, eccentric and bizarre subject matters, he approaches each topic from a human and often light-hearted angle. In addition to writing and directing several award-winning short films (Radio Girl, Old Song and Dance), he co-Produced Hey Is Dee Dee Home featuring the late Dee Dee Ramone and Camera Gun, a short post 9/11 documentary featuring American Jihad Akil Collins (My Jihad).  In 2011 he and Morbid Anatomy founder, Joanna Ebenstein, created The Midnight Archive; a web documentary series that would go on to critical acclaim and receive several awards including the 2013 Silver Telly for best web documentary series. In addition to making films, he is also the guest lecturer and programmer for the Raindance Film Festival in London. He has also written for The Morbid Anthology, United Academics, Huffington Post, The Journal of Social Sciences and Raindance Film Magazine. He lives a blissfully surreal life with his wife, 8-year-old son and exotic cat in Brooklyn New York.

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Jul
20
9:30 AM09:30

Taxidermy Workshop at Mildred's Lane

Taxidermy Workshop
at Mildred's Lane,
 July 20, 2017

Divya Anantharaman 
Please inquire HERE

Divya Anantharaman is a former taxidermist in residence at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, a board member of the New England Association of Taxidermists, author of “Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy”, and specializes in small mammal and bird taxidermy. She has won awards and honors for her work in both traditional professional and artistic taxidermy competitions, including a Best in Show and Best in Category at the 2015 GSTA Show and Competition, a blue ribbon at the 2016 NEAT show, and most recently a second place in the professional division at the 2017 World Taxidermy Championships. She's had the honor of having a piece in Breakthrough Magazine (the premiere taxidermy trade publication), and her work is regularly featured in the press as wide and varied as the NY Times, National Geographic, BBC Science Radio, and hit Discovery/Science Channel TV Show Oddities. She's shown at galleries like La Luz de Jesus in LA, Arch Enemy Arts in PA, Rush NYC, and has worked on permanent displays in the Chamber of Wonders at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Divya began her foray in taxidermy in 2007 as a self-taught artist. She eventually received professional training from award winning traditional taxidermists and further developed her skills by attending state and national competitions. As a board member of New England Association of Taxidermists, she's constantly engaged with a wide range of artists and professionals in the taxidermy community. Her work is driven by her passion for art, science, and wildlife conservation.  

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Jul
15
5:00 PM17:00

Social Saturday - DAVID WOOD

Transcendental History: 
Either Providence or Atoms!


“We review the past with the common sense, but we anticipate the future with transcendental senses,” Henry Thoreau wrote in 1851. The difference between knowledge gained by experience and knowledge gained by other means is at the heart of the transcendentalist worldview. This presentation of images and the spoken word is meant to function as a propadeutic, to bring the audience to a condition wherein a consideration of what a transcendental history might be can be attempted.

David Wood has been curator of the Concord Museum since 1985. He has curated some fifty exhibitions at the Concord Museum, including Early Spring, a collaboration with biologist Richard Primack on the subject of climate change. He is co-curator with Christine Nelson, Drue Heinz Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, The Morgan Library & Museum, of the current exhibition This Ever New Self: Thoreau and his Journal.

David is the author of An Observant Eye; The Thoreau Collection at the Concord Museum, as well as numerous articles on the historic craft community of Concord, Massachusetts, including silversmith Samuel Bartlett (1752-1821) and cabinetmaker William Munroe (1778-1861).  

Current:

This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal

Museum exhibition presents Thoreau's journal as a monument to the examined life

Limited seating
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5:00 Tour (by reservation only)
6:00 Swarming around spirits
6:30 Presentations
7:30 Digestion Choreography 

See the ongoing projects produced in MILDRED ARCHAEOLOGY II Session (June 26- July 16) wrapping up this week. This project is a collaboration in discovering the hidden histories of the site we call Mildred’s Lane; and, the historic farmhouse that we now title The Mildred’s Lane Transhistorical Society and Museum; a small, vernacular 1830-1840s homestead with a 1790s hearth in the ground room, a previous structure. 

During this session we uncovered histories connecting to the 1755 Connecticut Settlers; the Lillie family, amongst others, came to Cushetunk, on the Delaware River.  This first settlement was within the limits of the 18th-century Connecticut Charter, west of the province of New York; (Northhampton County, now divided, and known as Wayne County, Pennsylvania.)

In MILDRED ARCHAEOLOGY II, (ongoing since 1998,) we have made progress digging up the 20th-century dump behind the museum. The everyday jewels of our work will be installed and on show through September at The Mildred Complex(ity) Project Space in Narrowsburg, NY. 

Please make a contribution to help protect and SAVE The Mildred House at;

THE MILDRED’S LANE TRANSHISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM FUND 

Thank you to the people, institutions and their contributions to this unusual vernacular architecture project session at Mildred’s Lane: The Damascus Historical Society, The Wayne County Historical Society, University of Florida, Columbia University, School of Visual Arts New York City, University of Virginia McIntire Department of Art, Mark Dion, J. Morgan Puett, Zoe Crossland, Tracy Molis, Coco Fusco, Aurelio Fusco, Cecilia and Tom Coacci, Andrea Lekberg, Cheryl Edwards, Caroline Woolard, Leigh Claire La Berge, Megan O'Connell, Leander Johnson, Lesley Herzberg, David Wood, Hope Ginsburg, Josh Quarles, Deborah Davidovits, Kevin Mahoney, Duy Hoàng, Amanda Wheat, Zoe Frederick, Michelle K. Rogers, Will Staub, and Sandy Williams and many others. 

Calendar
Upcoming Session: TAXIDERMY, July 16 - July 29
TOWN Friday, July 21, 6-8pm; Joanna Ebenstein and company
Social Saturday, July 22; Pablo Helguera and company
Town Friday, July 27, Robert Marbury

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