PHALLACIES opening at A Guide to the Field a show about sex, possibility and power. Featuring a set of designed sexual objects as well as sexually designed objects, Phallacies seeks to join art practice with sexual practice. If a phallacy is a portmanteau that links the phallus with a masculine reason gone awry, then this show allows space for the emergence, in the words of designers Alex Fine and Janet Lieberman, of potential cliteracies. The show explores whether feminism remains a potent term after queer and trans critiques. Caroline Woolard, Leigh Claire La Berge, and Paige Landesberg, cocurators.
Caroline Woolard is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Hartford, the inaugural Fellow at Moore College of Art and Design & Leigh Claire La Berge is Associate Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Marx for Cats; in residence with their ongoing project, Caroline Woolard, Or Zubalsky, and critical theorist Leigh Claire La Berge whimsically explain keywords in contemporary capitalism; an artwork designed to both educate and entertain. Juxtaposing the time of foregone capitalism with the anticipatory time of catpitalism.
Hovey Brock presents, “Mildred’s Lane, an Art Institute of Social Engagement,” examining where Mildred’s Lane fits in the “social turn,” as Claire Bishop put it, of contemporary art.
ora Lawrence is Senior Curator at Storm King Art Center, where she founded a yearly exhibition program devoted to emerging and mid-career artists (Outlooks), and created a partnership between Storm King and The Shandaken Project that established Storm King’s first-ever artist residency.
MULTIPLE PROJECTS - PondHouseSpringHouseIceHousePond, Pignut Pond, The Un-Bored-Walk, & Mildred Archaeology
PondHouseSpringHouseIceHousePond. Ongoing negotiations in the landscape for over a decade, with Mark Thomann.
Pignut Pond. Cameron Klavsen and Alex Schechter are building a Diving Dock; Hope Ginsburg, underwater-filming; and, Joshua Quarles’ sound work in collaboration with the pond.
The Un-Bored-Walk; David Brooks will be working on a new landscape design and build study of emergent walks interrupted by navigating the actual and the man-made.
Mildred Archaeology; more investigations around the eighteenth-century outbuildings, with Rudy Salgado and Susanna Crum of Calliope Arts Printmaking Studio & Gallery in Louisville, KY.
Town Friday / The Mildred Complex(ity)
37B Main Street / Narrowsburg / NY 12764
Opening June 14 / 5 pm - 7 pm
Bibliophantics, featuring the Mildred’s Lane Library; a project wrapping around the Narrowsburg Deep Water Literary Festival, with Aaron Hicklin of One Grand Books. Pablo Helguera, Dannielle Tegeder, Nina Burleigh, and other celebrated artists and authors in town during the festival.
This weekend only, a two-day Pop-Up Shop! The Mildred Complex(ity) gallery will be bulging with designer clothing; some vintage, some antique; add to your closet with a few timeless styles by Abby Lutz/Institute of Dress, J. Morgan Puett, Amy Yoes, and others. All proceeds go to Mildred's Lane Projects to fund fellowships, repairs, and maintenance.
James Voorhies is a curator and art historian of modern and contemporary art. He is Chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice and Professor of Fine Arts at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Request an invitation
Wilding, Wasting, Workstyling; ongoing dialogs and workshops with Marek and Krystyna Milde, Amy Lou Stein, Athena Kokoronis, Amanda Heidel, Laura Silverman, Deborah Davidovits, Kimberly Webb, James Voorhies and other contributing artists, local naturalists, gardeners, botanists, and beekeepers.
Factory, the newest exhibition topic for A Guide to the Field, opens this spring at our Mountaindale space, following Encampment, the inaugural showing; also, launching One Grand Books Reading Parlor, with special guest events forming this spring.
COLLECT gifts from the FIELD
A Guide to the Field has socially and politically sensitive products, textiles, sculpture, clothing, furniture – fine art for the everyday – set in topic-driven installations (called Swarmings) by artists working in the social sphere.
The Mildred Complex(ity) project space on Main Street in Narrowsburg, NY 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.
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
Request an invitation at www.mildredslane.com
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
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.