BACK TO SCHOOL: 3 Readings in October
In Arcadia Ego: Geoffrey Mak, Ben Ross Davis, Rachael Uhlir
Zoe Brezsny, Adrienne Greenblatt, Chariot Wish, Eileen Myles, Manal Kara
Maggie Millner, Savannah Knoop, Riley Hooker, Lily Marotta, organized by Elizabeth Orr
Geoffrey Mak is a writer based in New York. His first essay collection Mean Boys is forthcoming next year from Bloomsbury. His writing has appeared in Artforum, The Guardian, Spike, and elsewhere. He has performed at Swiss Institute and CTM Festival.
Ben Ross Davis is a Brooklyn based artist working across performance, illustration, photography, sculpture, sound, and digital media. His work is concerned with reconstructing and reconfiguring identity and how that manifests in the material worlds he lives between. His work is documentary in form via organic industrial hybridization. He has recently shown work or performed at Backhaus Projects, Miriam Gallery, the NARS Foundation, Leslie Lohman Museum of Art, Kunstraum LLC, LES Gallery, the Pratt Institute Library, and David Zwirner.
Rachael Uhlir is a red blur moving through space and capturing time.
Zoe Brezsny is a poet from the Bay Area living in New York. She is working on a book of poetry called the source unlimited. She records a weekly meditation for WFMU radio's monday morning show and co-runs Gern en regalia with Mario Miron.
Adrienne Greenblatt (b. 1995; Reading, UK) is a non-binary multidisciplinary artist, poet, and activist based in Brooklyn. Their Texan upbringing, mixed Salvadoran-Ashkenazi heritage, interests in the spiritual and natural worlds, and fascination with synesthesia, the body, and illness inform their practice. Written word as trauma response and as celebration. In their installations and performances, active audience and environment interact to create a visceral and engaging, multi sensory experience. Adrienne received their BA in Theatre and Dance with a concentration in Costumes from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 and recently graduated from the Warman School of Writing. They are an active member of the disability collective, Sick In Quarters.
Eileen Myles is a poet, novelist and art journalist. Pathetic Literature, which they edited, will be out in November. Their fiction includes Chelsea Girls (1994), Cool for You (2000), Inferno (a poet’s novel) (2010) and Afterglow (2017). Writing on art was gathered in the volume The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art (2009). Books of poetry include evolution (2018) and I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975-2014 (2015), and A Working Life is out in Spring, 2023. The Trip, a Super-8 puppets road film they wrote and directed can be seen on YouTube. They’ve received many grants and awards including a Guggenheim and Warhol/Creative Capital Art Writers Grant. They live in New York and Marfa, Texas.
Manal Kara is a Moroccan-American self-taught artist working across sculpture, installation, video, and text. Recent solo exhibitions include Conjectures, Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles; Xylem & Phlöem, No Place, Columbus; The Viewing-Room vs. The Adoring-Gaze, Interstate Projects, Brooklyn; and Song of the Other Worm, Prairie, Chicago, IL. It has participated in residencies at ACRE, Ox-Bow, September Spring at the Kesey Farm, Project Freewill, and Shandaken: Storm King. Their upcoming solo exhibition Hypotheses opens next month at Pangée in Montreal.
chariot wish is an artist and poet living in new york. they are the editor of anus magazine, a new leftist journal about anal sex.
Riley Hooker is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York who’s work moves across video, installation, publishing and graphic design. More recently their work has been influenced by slime mold intelligence and collective authorship. In 2015, they founded Façadomy—an intersectional publishing project rooted in desire and liberatory thinking.
Savannah Knoop is a NY-based artist, and writer. From 2009-2016 Knoop co-hosted the monthly queer audio-visual party WOAHMONE. They received their BA at CunyBa under the mentorship of Vito Acconci, and their MFA at Virginia CommonWealth University in Sculpture+Extended Media. They have shown and performed at the Whitney, MoMA, the ICA Philadelphia, the Leslie Lohman Museum, Essex Flowers, and ACP in Los Angeles.
In 2007, they published their memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy (Seven Stories Press) and adapted it into a screenplay, co-producing the resulting feature-length film JT Leroy (Universal Pictures, 2019) directed by Justin Kelly, and starring Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern. Alongside Brontez Purnell, Knoop is working to adapt his novel, Since I Laid My Burden Down, into a feature length film of the same title. Knoop has written essays for the LA Review of Books, 032C, Dazed, BOMB, Critical Correspondence, and Cultured Magazine.
Maggie Millner is the author of Couplets (FSG 2023). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is currently a senior editor at The Yale Review and a lecturer in writing at Yale.
Lily Marotta is a comedian, podcaster, and actor. They co-host the podcast Celebrity Book Club with Lily & Steven, which has been featured in Rolling Stone and The New York Times, among others. They have been featured in HBO's High Maintenance, and co-created and starred in Monica the Miniseries, a NYTFF selection and Northside Film Festival winner. They also host a popular queer speed-dating night, create experimental comedy videos (such as their series Danny’s Food Corner), teach improv and perform standup across the country. They live in Brooklyn.
Elizabeth Orr is an artist and filmmaker. Her recent exhibitions include solo presentations at Vin Vin, Vienna (2021); Harkawik, Los Angeles (2020); and Derosia (formerly Bodega), New York, NY (2017); Her work has been shown internationally, including at Artists Space Books and Talks, NY; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Anthology Film Archive, NY; The Swiss Institute, NY; Recess, NY; MoMA, NY; ICA Philadelphia; and Harvard University Carpenter Center, Cambridge. Forthcoming 2023 solo exhibitions include Derosia, New York, and Vin Vin, Vienna. She holds a BA in Film/Video from Hampshire College (2006), and an MFA with Honors from Bard College (2015). She also serves on the KAJE Board of Directors.