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.
Attention Lab: The Order of the Third Bird
Session, July 31 – August 6
LAST Social Saturday, August 5; ESTAR(SER)
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 Players, On 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.
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
7:30 Digestion Choreography: Rosemary Liss
Pablo Helguera Collage;
Oh if I could have a whole century
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
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 Yorker, Entrepreneur 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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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.
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).
5:00 Tour (by reservation only)
6:00 Swarming around spirits
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.
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
Town Friday July 14, 2017
Free and Open to the Public
At The Mildred Complex(ity) Project Space
37B Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY
The Shakers created a community that was meant to represent "heaven on earth." They were somewhat insular but still knowledgeable about the outside world. They shared all that they had, and worked diligently so that all had enough. The founder of the Shakers, Mother Ann Lee once said: "Hands to work and hearts to God", as work was a form of worship for the Shakers. The objects that helped them to accomplish this work are mostly of their own design, some are improvements made on existing inventions. This talk will examine the unique material culture of the Shakers and how it can tell us tales about their life, work, and worship.
Lesley Herzberg has been the curator at Hancock Shaker Village since 2009. She oversees most of the historic fabric of the village, including the buildings, artifacts, and the library collections. She organizes exhibitions here and at other sites, and works closely with the education department to interpret the site for visitors. Lesley is the author of The Shakers: History, Culture, and Craft (Shire Press, 2015) and A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA (Couper Press, 2012). She enjoys learning about the Shaker musical legacy, and often performs the songs and dances along with the interpreters. Outside of HSV, she can often be found on a Berkshire hiking trail with her family and an adventurous black lab.
This is an event during Mildred Archaeology II Session.
Special thanks to: Mark Dion, J. Morgan Puett, Zoe Crossland, Tracy Molis, Coco Fusco, Cecilia and Tom Coacci, Andrea Lekberg, Cheryl Edwards, Caroline Woolard, Leigh Claire La Berge, Megan O'Connell, Leander Johnson, Leslie Herzberg, David Wood, Hope Ginsburg, Josh Quarles, and fellows Deborah Davidovits, Kevin Mahoney, Duy Hoàng, Amanda Wheat, Zoe Frederick, Michelle K. Rogers, Will Staub, Sandy Williams, University of Florida, Columbia University and the School of Visual Arts, New York City.
Leigh Claire La Berge
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Capitoline Wolves (2016-2018)
Imperial Forms and the Afterlife of Empire
Social Saturday, July 8, 2017
Caroline Woolard is an artist and organizer whose interdisciplinary work facilitates social imagination at the intersection of art, urbanism, and political economy. After co-founding and co-directing resource sharing networks OurGoods.organd TradeSchool.coop from 2008-2014, Woolard is now focused on her work with BFAMFAPhD.com to raise awareness about the impact of rent, debt, and precarity on culture and on the Study Center for Group Work for collaborative methods developed by artists. Recent group exhibitions include:Crossing Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; Maker Biennial, The Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; and Artist as Social Agent, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH. Woolard’s work will be featured in Art21’s New York Close Up documentary series over the next three years.
More info: http://carolinewoolard.com
Leigh Claire La Berge professes at the intersection of arts, literature, visual culture and political economy. She is currently Assistant Professor of English in the Department of English at BMCC CUNY. Her book Scandals and Abstraction: Financial Fiction of the Long 1980s was recently published by Oxford University Press. Read Michelle Chihara's wonderful essay "What We Talk About When We Talk About Finance" in the Los Angeles Review of Books, which not only reviews the book, but asks what the relationship between the humanities and finance should be. Her co-edited volume Reading Capitalist Realism (Iowa, 2014) was released last year in the New American Canon series. In 2012, La Berge co-curated an exhibition on art and debt, "To Have and To Owe" with Laurel Ptak at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in NYC. Her new book on labor and social practice art, Wages Against Artwork: The Social Practice of Decommodification is under contract with Duke University Press.
More info: https://leighclaire-laberge.squarespace.com/
Social Saturday, June 24, 2017
Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and the Andrew Banks Endowed Professor of Art at the University of Florida. She is a recipient of a 2016 Greenfield Prize, a 2014 Cintas Fellowship, a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Absolut Art Writing Award, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, a 2012 US Artists Fellowship and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Fusco's performances and videos have been presented in the 56th Venice Biennale, Frieze Special Projects, two Whitney Biennials (2008 and 1993), BAM’s Next Wave Festival, and The Liverpool Biennial. Her works have also been shown at the The Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center and KW Institute of Contemporary Art. She is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in New York.
Fusco is the author of English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas (1995); The Bodies that Were Not Ours and Other Writings (2001), and A Field Guide for Female Interrogators (2008). She is also the editor of Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas (1999) and Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (2003). Her latest book Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cubawas issued in English by Tate Publications in 2015 and in Spanish by Turner Libros.
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City is Nature /
wHY Grounds Recent Works.
Social Saturday, June 24, 2017
Mark Thomann is the director of wHY grounds, an imaginative landscape and urban design studio that collaborates with architects, urban planners, and artists worldwide to cultivate and program future ecologies and open space. The goal is to connect people and lifestyles to a vision of healthy and resilient cities and environments through the seamless integration of building, landscape and urban environments. The workshop enables art, function, nature and structure to beautifully coexist.
5:00 Tour (by reservation only)
7:30 Digestion Choreography
Also, see the NEW PROJECT at MILDRED’S LANE
SpringHouseIceHouse Session, June 12-25, is wrapping up this week of phase one; a collaboration to design-and-build a small, vernacular SpringHouseIceHouse featuring solar energy, a spring-fed well, and local and site-sourced building material. This project will harness the attributes of sun, water, and earth; intentionally connecting permaculture principles to a longstanding need for sustainable and efficient food storage. We have begun the foundations of this creative exercise in adaptive reuse that conflates the historical vernacular, off-the-shelf technologies and emergent, low-tech methodologies.
Please come meet the team and see the beginnings of this unusual vernacular architecture project at Mildred’s Lane.
Special thanks to Paul Bartow, Cameron Klavsen, Stan Pipkin, Alex Schecter, Gina Siepel, with fellows Elizabeth Pittard, Michelle Kelly Rogers, Shelley Spector, Will Staub, Jeff Tan, Sandy Williams, School of Visual Arts, New York City and University of Virginia McIntire Department of Art.
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TOWN FRIDAY, June 23, 2017
at The Mildred Complex(ity) Project Space
37b Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY 12764
6:00 – 8:00pm
We are wrapping up this week of phase one; a collaboration to design-and-build a small, vernacular SpringHouseIceHouse featuring solar energy, a spring-fed well, and local and site-sourced building material. This project will harness the attributes of sun, water, and earth; intentionally connecting permaculture principles to a longstanding need for sustainable and efficient food storage. We have begun the foundations of this creative exercise in adaptive reuse that conflates the historical vernacular, off-the-shelf technologies and emergent, low-tech methodologies.
Please come for a reception for the team of this unusual vernacular architecture project at Mildred’s Lane.
Special thanks to Paul Bartow, Cameron Klavsen, Stan Pipkin, Alex Schecter, Gina Siepel, with fellows Elizabeth Pittard, Michelle Kelly Rogers, Shelley Spector, Will Staub, Jeff Tan, Sandy Williams and School of Visual Arts, New York City and University of Virginia McIntire Department of Art.
Saturday, June 17
Elaine Giguere at the Narrowsburg Union
As a part of the Spring House/Ice House Session at Mildred’s Lane, Stan Pipkin will share a presentation exploring the entangled nature of solar as a cornerstone of the new energy commons. He will be testing this proposition against Elinor Ostrom's principles of the management of the Commons. It is not meant to be academic, nor strictly practical, but would touch on the aspirational trends in distributed energy, while being grounded in specific policy and behavioral models.
Since 2007, Stan Pipkin has co-managed and owned Lighthouse Solar in Austin. Starting out with only two employees, Lighthouse Solar Austin now employs over thirty people. Pipkin has been involved in the shaping of local and state policy to foster more favorable conditions for the growth of the business. While managing and growing all aspects of the integration business, he has worked closely with a number of industry innovators, including Lumos Solar on the development of applied solar products.
In addition to the solar business, Pipkin runs an architectural design practice, Pipkinc., which includes residential, commercial and civic projects. His interests in community development, sustainable building practices and policy work have found expressions in multiple forms. There is considerable overlap between integrated solar design and holistic architectural design services.
In 2000, Pipkin co-founded a research and design collective, Spurse, which has engaged in community design projects, material research and process consulting for institutions and organizations ranging from the Guggenheim Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, MassMoca, and The Land Institute. Their work has included exhibitions, workshops, lectures, participatory community design projects, product development and architectural design.
Names and Nature, Word and World
Read James Prosek’s article in the New York Times.
Social Saturday, June 10, 2017
James Prosek will talk about how he uses taxidermy in his art to engage ideas about hybridity, mythology and the general friction between the real and imagined. One of Prosek's research interests involves how and why we name and order nature; how we make sense of nature through language – what changes in the mind when we join words to the world. Collecting specimens, preserving them, (i.e. through killing an organism, preparing the tissue in alcohol and stuffing the skin with cotton, as in the case of birds,) is the first step in naming a creature. According to many codes of zoological nomenclature, you must still collect an individual for it to be named a new species.
5:00 Tour (by reservation only)
6:00 Cocktails by Laura Silverman
6:30 Lecture by James Prosek
7:30 Digestion Choreography with Athena Kokoronis
9:00 Fire Project #6 by Amy Yoes and Company
Music throughout the evening by Stovetop
With Jason Merrill, Vibes, Nick Desouza, and Gabby Borges
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James Prosek is showing his work at
The Mildred Complex(ity)
37b Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY,
May 27 through July 2, 2017
Summer Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00
There will be a reception for the Artist, free and open to the public on
Friday, June 9th, 6:00-8:00
James Prosek is an artist, writer and naturalist who has exhibited his work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the North Carolina Museum of Art among others. He is the author of eleven books including Eels, which was a New York Times Book Review editor’s choice. Prosek has written for the New York Times and National Geographic among other publications and is a co-founder of the conservation group World Trout with Patagonia clothing company. His documentary on the 17th-century angler Izaak Walton won a Peabody Award. He is working on a book with Bloomsbury Publishers about how and why we name and order nature.
Contributing Creative Practitioner Bios
Athena Kokoronis, a long- time involvement at Mildred's Lane, is an artist who incorporates food, cloth, dance and fungi into her collaborative art practice. Her current work, Domestic Performance Agency takes the simultaneous form of an artist-run space, a persona, and an ongoing performance. The Domestic Performance Agency is a hub in Brooklyn; A home-economics hub that looks to motherhood and artisthood in pursuit to create economy based on domestic labor, love, desire, and performance. www.domesticperformanceagency.com
Laura Silverman is a writer, cook, naturalist, forager and wildcrafter who lives in Sullivan County, NY. She believes that fun with flora and fauna is transformative. On her blog, Glutton for Life, and as a contributor to Edible magazine, The River Reporter and WJFF Radio Catskill, she encourages people to experience the healing powers of nature by venturing into the wild and eating mindfully from farm, forest and field.
Amy Yoes and Company: Fire Project #6
The Fire Projects are structures built in the landscape, architectural follies constructed out of scavenged materials. Amy Yoes choreographs their burning by calibrating the burn rates of the wood, cardboard, and paper. These are ephemeral pieces, with a very condensed lifespan; yet the cycle is carried forward, through the drawing charcoal collected from the smoldering ruins.
Amy Yoes was born in 1959 and grew up in Houston, Texas. She has lived in Chicago, San Francisco and, since 1998, in New York. She works in a multi-faceted way, alternately employing installation, photography, video, painting, and sculpture. An interest in decorative language and architectural space permeates all of her work. She responds to formal topologies of ornament and style that have reverberated through time, informing our mutually constructed visual and cultural memory.
James Prosek is an artist, writer and naturalist who has exhibited his work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the North Carolina Museum of Art among others. He is the author of eleven books including Eels, which was a New York Times Book Review editor’s choice.
Prosek has written for the New York Times and National Geographic among other publications and is a co-founder of the conservation group World Trout with Patagonia clothing company. His documentary on the 17th-century angler Izaak Walton won a Peabody Award. He is working on a book with Bloomsbury Publishers about how and why we name and order nature.
Limited Editions by
J. Morgan Puett
DECEMBER 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th,
then on the 22nd and 23rd,
Mildred’s Lane’s off-site project space on Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY intentionally maintains a multidimensional psyche and presence; often transforming from studio, office, laboratory, archive, gallery or project space and occasionally becoming an experimental retail storefront – we call this, The Mildred Complex(ity).
Projects with Resident Artists in Complex(ity) manifest in exhibitions, performances, workshops, lectures and other communal activities in this remarkable hamlet on the Upper Delaware River. These emergent storefront projects critically examine the social and civic dynamics of exchange and collaboration in the twenty-first century.
Currently, a GUIDE TO THE FIELD pop-up shop/fundraiser features a reserve of hand-made products, limited print editions, and publications from renowned artists swarming at Mildred’s Lane.
Please visit and help support our efforts throughout this holiday season at 37b Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY,
Also, we’ll be present at the Narrowsburg Indy Market in the upstairs Krause Recital Hall of The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance at 37 Main Street on the weekend of
DECEMBER 17th and 18th
Opening October 8, 2016 all day
On show until November 13, 2016
Wholesale To The Trade Only:
The J. Morgan Puett, Inc. Archive (1984-2006)
Beeswax drenched, mixed media
In honor of the Narrowsburg Honey Bee Festival (October 8th) we are concentrating special emphasis on beeswax.
J. Morgan Puett created a series of experimental storefront projects during the eighties and nineties in New York City. The artist run wholesale corporation closed in 1997; at that time, the JMP,INC archive–all of its contents–from dresses, cloth and patterns to financial records, cancelled checks, shipping receipts and other ephemera were preserved–drenched in natural beeswax.
This Pompeian action was first shown in a 1998 exhibition at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Kunsthalle in Fribourg, Switzerland; then later, on show at the Swiss Institute of Manhattan; and, also installed at Alexander Gray Associates of Chelsea, NY in 2006. Each showing of the archive has critically revisited the artist’s storefront interventions into the fashion system during a time when lines between the art world and lifestyle branding were collapsing around us, and continue to do so.
Additionally, Other works from the Puett family will be on show including; written work by Lake Puett, Garnett Puett apisculpture, Barry Puett talks on generations of queen bee breeding and featuring, Grad-Puett family owned Big Island Bees Honey.
In memory of sister, J. Lake Puett, 1953-2016.
Mildred’s Lane has been in full swing, at the peak of its 2016 season, Year of InterNectaries; and it has been a successful summer. However, we are still desperately seeking scholarship funding for fellows in need. Please contribute generously!
We are presenting A GUIDE TO THE FIELD, a FUNDRAISER POP-UP SHOP. On show are limited editions of prints, clothing, photography, publications, jewelry and other artful objects.
Featuring: Big Island Bees, Mark Dion, Jorge Colombo, Jeffrey Jenkins, Cameron Klavsen, Garnett Puett, J. Morgan Puett, Rebecca Purcell, Tivoli Tileworks, Amy Yoes and Fellows of Mildred’s Lane.
Please Support Mildred’s Lane and The Mildred Complex(ity)
J. Morgan Puett and Mark Dion
It is a long standing collegial practice among artists to gift each other their work as a token of mutual respect and affection – an act of exchange as well as sentiment.