WHAT: The Non-Professional Development Workshop
WHERE: ChaShaMa West 23rd Street Gallery, 320 West 23rd St, NYC, NY 10011 map
WHEN: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Join us for this special round table discussion with Mary Ting, Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo, and Jodi Waynberg!
Professional development programs endeavor to give artists the practical tools to survive in the art world in this time of rising expectations, and education and living costs. This training, with its emphasis on “how to emerge, how to network and build your name” is often focused on art as a means of production for the market, instead of art as a form of creative expression. In its well-intentioned mentoring on strategic planning for the career track, it –purposefully or not– sets expectations about what constitutes professional success, constraining the possibilities for making art and being an artist. The Non-Professional Development Workshop seeks to provide alternative approaches, reflections and humor on the evolving realities of the creative person and extend the definition of what it means to be an artist in the 21st century. This series of events is being presented in collaboration with non-profit organizations throughout New York City, including Critical Practice Inc, Elizabeth Foundation Project Space, ChaShaMa, among others.
The Non-Professional Development Workshop was conceived by Mary Ting and Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful with support from Artists Alliance Inc. Founded in 1999 by a group of 40 artists on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Artists Alliance Inc (AAI) is committed to advancing opportunities for emerging and mid-career artists and curators through residencies in the LES Studio Program, exhibitions at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space and special projects through our Public Works initiatives. Over the past 17 years, AAI has played a pivotal role in launching and strengthening the careers of more than 600 artists and presented more than 250 exhibitions and projects.
This program is made possible in part by Chashama and BX200, with funding from Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Chashama supports artists by partnering with property owners to transform unused real estate into spaces for artists to create, present, and connect. Operating in the 5 boroughs and beyond, they give artists work and presentation spaces, and also provide free art workshops in underserved communities. Chashama currently presents over 150 events a year, has workspace for 120 artists, and hosts free community workshops throughout NYC.
BX200 is an online platform showcasing a curated selection of artwork by 200 Bronx-based visual artists. Since its launch in 2014, BX200 has presented numerous events, exhibitions and professional development workshops aimed at highlighting the creativity of Bronx artists.
About the Presenters:
Mary Ting is a visual artist working in installation, drawing, sculpture, and community projects. The ravaging of the earth and all its inhabitants is what keeps her up at night and also impels her work forward. A two-time recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, 2016 Joan Mitchell Center New Orleans Residency, 2016 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council In Process Residency, 2010 Gottlieb Foundation individual grant, Lambent Fellowship, and a Pollack Krasner Foundation among others. Residencies include MacDowell Colony, Lower Eastside Printshop Special Editions, Dieu Donne Papermill Workspace, and others. Ting currently teaches at CUNY John Jay College in both the studio art department and in the Sustainability and the Environmental Justice Program. Ting is also a cultural thinker and just returned from a lecture tour through South Africa on the topic of Chinese Modern History and the Demand for Wildlife Products. Ting is an avid gardener, Master Composter, independent curator and writer.
Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo treads an elusive path that manifests itself performatively or through experiences where the quotidian and art overlap. He has exhibited and performed extensively in the U.S. as well as internationally. Residencies attended include P.S. 1/MoMA, Yaddo, Center for Book Arts, and the MacDowell Colony. Estévez Raful Espejo holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, where he studied with Coco Fusco; and an MA from Union Theological Seminary. He has received mentorship in art in everyday life from Linda Mary Montano, a historic figure in the performance art field. Montano and Estévez Raful Espejo have also collaborated on several performances. Publications include Pleased to Meet You, One Person at a Time, Life as Material for Art and Vice Versa (editor), and For Art’s Sake. He has curated exhibitions and programs for El Museo del Barrio; the Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary; Art in Odd Places; Cuchifritos; the Center for Book Arts; Elizabeth Foundation Project Space, and Longwood Art Gallery/Bronx Council on the Arts, New York; and for the Filmoteca de Andalucía, Córdoba, Spain. Estévez Raful Espejo is the founding director of The Mangú Museum (pronounced man-goo). He was born in Santiago de los Treinta Caballeros, Dominican Republic. In 2011, he was baptized as a Bronxite; a citizen of the Bronx.
Jodi Waynberg is the Executive Director of Artists Alliance Inc, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the careers of emerging and underrepresented artists and curators through residencies, exhibitions, and commissioned projects. Rooted in the Lower East Side community (a longstanding epicenter for creative experimentation and cultural diversity) and in New York City at-large, AAI focuses on advancing contemporary art practices and fostering dialogues through the use of alternative and atypical art spaces, ensuring that the LES remains a powerful place for making and viewing art. Since joining AAI in 2012, Waynberg has curated several solo and group exhibitions including Philip Emde Destroyed My Life (2013), The Real Estate Show, What Next: 2014 (2014), Some Great Modern Mediums (2015), Peekskill Project 6 (2015), and “SHADOW CABINET” A Loyal Opposition Response (2017). Waynberg has also served as a visiting critic and juror at ArtSlant, Residency Unlimited, Wassaic Project, Hunter College MFA Program, AHL Foundation, NARS Foundation, Wave Hill, and Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. Waynberg began her career in San Francisco as the Associate Curator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, where she curated and supported numerous exhibitions including Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949, Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) and Are We There Yet?: 5000 Years of Answering Questions with Questions.
On View at The Gallery
A play on family values, Valores Esteticos/Aesthetic Values is a group exhibition featuring the work of 11 artists from Chashama’s Space to Connect program. All of the artists reside in the Bronx and Washington Heights, NY. Converting the value of our everyday aesthetics, these artists use their practice to explore environment, textiles, identity, gender, history and empowerment through various forms of art making including photography, video art, sculpture, and more. Exhibiting artists include Adalky Capellan, Diane Davis, Charles Esperanza, Melanie Gonzalez, Dianne Hebbert, Mengly Hernandez, Alexis Mendoza, Wyeth Moss, Jessica Spence, Yelanie Rodriguez, Carolina Rubio MacWright, and Carlos Wilfredo
ChaShaMa 23rd St Gallery is ADA compliant.