Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mildrids Lane Program

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"I dream of a new age of curiosity. We have the technical means for it; the desire is there; the things to be known are infinite; the people who can employ themselves at this task exist. Why do we suffer? From too little: from channels that are too narrow, skimpy, quasi-monopolistic, insufficient. There is no point in adopting a quasi-protectionist attitude, to prevent "bad" information from invading and suffocating the "good". Rather, we must simply multiply the paths and the possibilities of comings and goings."
—Michel Foucault

About the Mildred's Lane Program

Mildred's Lane is an artist-driven project for the rethinking of the contemporary art complex, which is tucked away in the woods of Pennsylvania, on the upper Delaware River. It is a large-scale collaboration between the artists J. Morgan Puett and Mark Dion who have lived and worked on this rustic 96-acre site since 1998. From the beginning there has been a desire to critically re-imagine the space between environmental practice, artistic domesticating, and socially engaged research. By hosting and supporting international cultural producers, organizing informal residencies, developing site sensitive projects, seminars, dinners, research think tanks and more — they have made Mildred's Lane a significant but invisible center for new forms of cultural practice.

Now, out of the dialogues and the innovative cultural projects produced at this site, a new form of institution and educational program is emerging. We are embarking on this adventure in the spirit of critical curiosity to foster an experimental location to bring diverse researchers, makers, and thinkers together to take on broad ranging interdisciplinary matters of concern. Dion, Puett and their associates will teach from within this mode of doing. This program initiates what we feel needs to happen both in terms of art making and art teaching — the development of socially engaged research into broad ranging conceptual issues of 21st century life, comportment, and environmental practice. This experiment is currently most visible in several large-scale, site-sensitive art projects in the form of architectural experiments, 19th century out-buildings, landscaping interventions, as well a large archive. These projects and their histories will become the core of the new complex — The Mildred's Lane Historical Society and Museum — so titled to honor Mildred Steffens Miller, a remarkable woman farmer who lived on this land. Parallel to this museum is the educational and research program.

This creative environment will allow for something not possible in a traditional academic institution or arts organization — a working-living-researching site for large-scale project-based practices. Mildred's Lane welcomes this "new age of curiosity" — activating connections that situate themselves at the nexus of science, methods of living and critical artistic practices, thus engaging in, and with the world.

A Curriculum for New and Emergent Practices

What is different about Mildred's Lane is that it functions entirely to reassemble the connections between working, living, and researching — centered around specific projects within a pedagogical strategy. This unusual program affords students the ability to participate in the production of large-scale research driven art projects within a truly transdisciplinary environment — a rare opportunity that is unavailable in any institution.

As the system at Mildred's Lane has developed, working with students has become a critical component. It is out of this work and realization — that project based art making requires a fundamental rethinking of the parameters of education — that a curriculum has been developed at Mildred's Lane. At the core of this new curriculum are two principles: (1) that for students, project based art making is best pursued in the context of actual site and (2) education should be principally involved in the development of modes of life — what we are calling workstyles.

This is an unusual site and a unique program which does not strive to duplicate other studio program models. Students do not get studio spaces — the site itself is the studio. The program is made up of a series of one-of-a-kind research, development and project building sessions during which students live and collaboratively work with internationally renowned artists who will direct the sessions to produce an ambitious new work. Thus each session will result in a single, concrete site-sensitive installation and/or body of research. During the session students will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of a project's development — and in addition, each session will produce documentation in the form of a publication, website, exhibition and/or other project forms which the students will collaboratively design, author, edit, curate and publish in collaboration with Mildred's Lane.

The core of the practice and educational philosophy at Mildred's Lane is an attempt to collectively create new modes of being in the world — this idea incorporates questions of our relation to the environment, systems of labor, forms of dwelling, all of which are an ethics of comportment — and are embodied in workstyles.As a student at Mildred's Lane these issues will be negotiated daily through the rethinking of one's collective involvements with food, shopping, making, styling, gaming, sleeping, reading, and thinking. This is a program and a place where a work-live-research environment is developed to foster a rigorous engagement with every aspect of life. In parallel to and co-evolving with every research session will be the intensive reconsideration of workstyles — there will be visits to alternative farms, discussions around food and cooking; cleaning, maintenance and the total space of the domestic will be part of the course of study — we will collectively work on the full space of our total system of engagements via doing, making, and researching.

Institutional Involvement Notes

There are numerous ways in which to become involved in the early generation of the Mildred’s Lane experimental project:

The artist, the student AND the institution have important roles as we attempt to co-evolve with an emergent strategy. From our own experience as artists and teachers, and also close contact with friends and colleagues doing the same, we hear and understand the frustrations and limitations of conventional visual art programs; however, there is anew optimism amongst our colleagues to explore alternatives to educational conventions.We have done this throughout our own practices for years, and now we have formalized our methods without becoming a burden or a threat to traditional school systems. We invite you to participate in this experiment to rethink visual and social arts and trans-disciplinary education in the context of a very unusual contemporary art complexity.

Mildred’s Lane directors and advisory board members invite Artists to propose projects for this 95-acre site in NE Pennsylvania.
These artists receive an honorarium for their involvement at Mildred’s Lane. They propose a project, event, or other, and we collectively construct a course of study around and within each project. These generally range from 1 to 3 week intensives; or/and can have evolving phases for more than one season.

Visiting Lecture Events during each Project session are co-curated by the Project Artist and Mildred’s Lane. The Artists coming as invited guests are involved through presentations and discussion around the project in session at that time. These invited Artists/Lecturers also receive an honorarium for their participation.

Institutions, departments, or faculty may develop a course of study around a project, or possibly invent a new project with and for Mildred’s Lane, and become a sending institution.

•An institution may take on adjunct contracts (negotiable based on student enrollment), with one or more of the artists working on projects at Mildred’s Lane; hand selecting students for the program, (previous syllabus info available upon request).

A sending institution, department or faculty may hand pick students whom they feel would benefit from this unusual environment of trans-disciplinary practitioners and, with their recommendation, encourage them to apply.
Students sign up for any of the project courses for credit through the sending institutions. Room and board fees may apply and vary depending on each sending institution’s arrangement with Mildred’s Lane.

A Faculty could come as an invited Project Artist of Mildred’s Lane, paid by their respective institution and bring there own class of select students, or we can put together the students to work on their project via other sending institutions.

A sending institution may take on adjunct contracts (negotiable based on student enrollment), with one or more of the Visiting Artists working on projects at Mildred’s Lane.

Independent Students, Post Graduate and Independent Artists may also apply individually for non-credit. Tuition is $1,500. plus $1,000. room and board fee.

•Mildred’s Lane is also a special environment for institutional retreats, for think tanks, symposia, and more and may be arranged with the co-directors J. Morgan Puett and Mark Dion.

•OR, simply come as a guest to one or more of our public events, lectures and dinners. An invitation must be requested, and a confirmed RSVP is based on available space for each event.

Individual Tuition

For *Independent Students, Post Graduate and Independent Artists

1 individual (Non credit) $1,500.
Room and board for each student per session $1,000.
Room and board fees will be required,
but there are limited work study programs that can help with those fees.
Please contact us for more info.
TOTAL $2,500.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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More info including press release here:
Article in Sweden's People magazine by Mirjam Johansson here (use the right arrow to scroll a few pages in, your guess regarding what it says is as good as mine ):

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Michael Smith Mothersday Performance


Sunday, May 10
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Comedy and humor were vital to the group of artists featured in the exhibition. This event brings together two of the great artist-performers of the period, Michael Smith and Paul McMahon. Smith reprises an early piece from the 1970s entitled "Minimal Message Movement" and stages a birthday party for Baby Ikki, the perpetually 18-month-old character (played by Smith) who is an archetype with an unclear mission. McMahon performs a selection of his acerbic songs lampooning the 1980s art world and also appears as the Rock 'n' Roll Psychiatrist, providing on-the-spot musical responses to personal problems posed by the audience. Please note: contains adult content
Performances by artists Michael Smith (assisted by Carol Smith Mitchell and Cameron A. Larsen) and Paul McMahon

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Momenta Benefit

Alyson Aliano
Amanda Alic
David Ambrose
Kristin Baker
Michael Ballou
John Bjerklie
Josh Blackwell
Andrea Blum
Lee Boroson
Leslie Brack
Joe Bradley
Sarah Braman
Susan Breitsch
Christopher Brooks
Melissa Brown
Lordan Bunch
Ken Butler
Sari Carel
Janice Caswell
Anne Collier
Jeri Coppola
Ethan Crenson
Mark Dagley
Blane De St. Croix
Steve Defrank
Louise Despont
Jim Dingilian
Marianna Ellenberg
Lori Ellison
Redmond Entwistle
the eteam
Simon Evans
Rochelle Feinstein
Brendan Fernandes
Keltie Ferris
Glen Fogel
Alexa Forosty
Paul Gabrielli
Chris Gallagher
Marc Ganzglass
Jackie Gendel
Chris Gentile
Tamar Halpern
Kirsten Hassenfeld
Susan Havens
Karen Heagle
Sean Hemmerle
Oliver Herring
Daniel Hill
Alex Hubbard
Andrew Hurst
Yoko Inoue
Jason Irwin
Mathew Paul Jinks
Jane Kaplowitz
Jennifer Karady
Jennifer Keshka
Scott King
Elisabeth Kley
Chelsea Knight
Aaron Krach
Peter Krashes
Larry Krone
Fay Ku
Pam Lins
Michael Mahalchick
Stephen Maine
David Mann
Ari Marcopoulos
Robert Marshall
Patrick Martinez
Keith Mayerson
Tom McGrath
Martin McMurray
Maureen McQuillan
Margery Mellman
John Melville
Terrence Miele
Jeff Morris
Erik Moskowitz &
Amanda Trager
James Nelson
Odili Donald Odita
Eung Ho Park
Sean Paul
Ian Pedigo
Leanette Peles
Marsha Pels
Gelah Penn
Gary Petersen
Danica Phelps
Heidi Pollard
Barbara Pollack
Ross Racine
Robert Ransick
Halsey Rodman
Bea Romeo
Kay Rosen
Theo Rosenblum
James Rosenquist
Monique Safford
Rafael Sánchez &
Kathleen White
Heidi Schlatter
Mira Schor
Eugene Schroeder
Zoe Saldaña Sheehan
Chelsea Seltzer
Diana Shpungin
Philip Simmons
Judy Simonian
Josh Smith
Suzy Spence
William Steiger
Joshua Stern
Rodger Stevens
Barry Stone
Kikuko Tanaka
Gwenn Thomas
Austin Thomas
Joanna Tully
Joanne Ungar
Kathleen Vance
Venske + Spänle
Sarah Vogwill
Don Voisine
Sarah Walker
Julie Weitz
Alan Wiener
Faith Wilding
Jonas Wood


• The raffle will also offer a special limited edition print by Eve Sussman printed by Luther Davis – Axelle Editions

Preview at Momenta
359 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
April 24 – May 3
Thur-Mon, 12-6pm
First view and reception Friday April 24, 7-9pm

Auction & Raffle at Sara Meltzer Gallery
525-531 West 26th Street, New York, NY
Wednesday, May 6th
Preview work starting at 12pm
Event begins at 5pm
Auction at 6:30pm followed by Raffle