Songs for Spirit Lake at the Rauschenberg Project Space: North Dakota Museum of Art

Photo credit: Erin Hylton
Bill Harbort, Passing through the Spirit Lake, 2013

As per the press release for the Rauschenberg Foundation and North Dakota Museum of Art:

“Curated by Laurel Reuter, director of the North Dakota Museum of Art, the exhibition Songs for Spirit Lake  will  reflect  the  ongoing  conversation  between  six  artists (Rena Effendi, Bill Harbort, John Hitchcock, Terry Jelsing, Mary Lucier, and Tim Schouten) who  created  artwork  on  or  about  the Spirit Lake Sioux Reservation in North Dakota under the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant Program.”

Songs for Spirit Lake is a poignant and unique show within the Spring season in New York City with its theme, artists and curatorial selection. The project began in November 2012 when an exhibition of the artists work went up in the gymnasium at the Cankdeska Cikana Community College, in Fort Totten, which was the first contemporary art exhibition at the reservation. Artists explore several topics in connection to their conversations with each other and their experiences with people and landscape of the reservation. Exhibition includes photography, painting, installation, and video as well as a performance at the Opening by live musicians from the reservation. In seeing the exhibition you will engage with voices and traditions of the Spirit Lake community as conveyed through the eyes of the artists.

Songs for Spirit Lake runs May 24 through June 29, 2013 at the Rauschenberg Project Space at 455 West 19th Street, New York City and open to the public from 11 am to 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and admission is free.

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Photo credit: Erin Hylton, close up of
Bill Harbot, Passing through the Spirit Lake, 2013

New York City Ballet and FAILE: An Art Series Collaboration

With extreme excitement I post on the NYCB (New York City Ballet) and FAILE Art Series collaboration which is in its inaugural year. Art Series commissions work by contemporary artists inspired by the New York City Ballet. FAILE’s installation, Les Ballets De Faile, is presented in two segments in 2013. The first was called the Tower of FAILE on the Promenade for the performances on Friday, February 1 while the second FAILE Wheels will be on display at the Wednesday, May 29 performance. On those days every seat in the house was available for $29 with each audience member being able to take home a limited edition piece of artwork made specifically for the event.

(Seats sold out within minutes when opened to the public on January 8th, and I was blessed to get a ticket for the May performance later that day. Photos and a keek video of the installation will be available on the Art Edge NYC page on Facebook Thursday,  May 30th!)

Click on the link for more information on the series and installation: NYCB Art Series: Les Ballet De FAILE

Video on the Edge: Xaviera Simmons for MoMA Artists Experiment

Xaviera Simmons is a an artist who produces installations, sculptures, photographic, audio, and performative works. Her works are in major collections including Deutsche Bank, The Guggenheim Museum, The High Museum of Art, The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Simmons received a BFA in photography from Bard College in 2004 after spending two years of walking pilgrimage retracing the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade with Buddhist Monks.She was a 2011-12 artist-in-resident at The Studio Museum in Harlem, recipient of The David Driskell Prize, a Jerome Foundation Travel Fellowship and an Art Matters Fellowship.

Click below to watch a wonderful video by Xaviera Simmons for her work with MoMA’s Artists Experiment.

Xaviera Simmons at MoMA Artists Experiment


Live on the edge, with the arts of course!