Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Power of DIY: Do It Yourself Alternative Exhibitions & Performances

Yanira Castro, Dark Horse/Black Forrest (2008)

The Power of DIY: Do It Yourself
Alternative Exhibitions & Performances

Thursday, June 24, 6:30-8pm - FREE Taller Boricua
Multicultural Space, 1st Floor
at the Julia De Burgos Latino Cultural Center

1680 Lexington Avenue, between 105 & 106 Streets MAP
Please RSVP

Join this panel of visual and performing artists who are creating unique projects for super alternative spaces: from homes to the Internet to hotel bathrooms. By using untraditional venues, artists can do a lot with fewer resources and take more control of their artistic destinies. The resulting art is often accelerated by this DIY philosophy. It’s propelled forward by the artists’ commitment to their aesthetic, and supported by their professional savvy.

Panelists: Yanira Castro, Kibibi Dillion, Jorge Rojas, and Cassie Thornton
Panel Facilitator: Charles Rice-Gonzales of BAAD! (Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance)
The panel will be in English, but the audience may ask questions in Spanish.

Co-presented by The Field & Taller Boricua, with support from Senator José Serrano, as part of The Field’s program Economic Revitalization for Performing Artists.

Taller Boricua/The Puerto Rican Workshop is a 40-year old artist-run nonprofit art gallery and multidisciplinary cultural space in El Barrio. Its mission is to be a proactive institution for the community in East Harlem by offering programs that stimulate its social, cultural, and economic development through promotion of the arts.


Director/choreographer Yanira Castro collaborates with performers and designers on individual projects under the name a canary torsi. They work in a multiplicity of spaces: from warehouses and tiny restrooms to the stage, embedding dances within installations that directly address the audience’s experience of the live event. Castro’s work has been presented by DTW, PS122, and The Chocolate Factory, among others, and has toured internationally. She has received several fellowships and awards for her work including: The Jerome Foundation, MAP Fund, ArtistNe(s)t and Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography. Her newest work, Wilderness, will premiere at The Invisible Dog, presented by DTW, Oct 27-Nov 7.

Through her producing artistry Kibibi T. Dillon is on a steadfast mission to re-build, uplift, and support her community. In 2006 The Neo Harlem Renaissance Party became the back drop and the beginning of theater company Launch World Wide and over the following 12 months produced four phenomenal shows with four of New York’s Most Talented Artist. Frayed by Cornelius Smith (All My Children), Birth of Power U by Queen GodIs, The Super Star Artist Show by Sherry Boone and Kick N 2 The Beat by Lee Anet Noble. Kibibi Dillon is also a Director, actor and comedian who performs who works all over NYC.

Charles Rice-González is a writer, long-time community and LGBT activist and Executive Director of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance which he founded in 1998 with Bessie Award-winning dancer/choreographer Arthur Aviles. BAAD! is a workshop and performance space in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx that showcases challenging and cutting-edge works by women, people of color and the LGBT community. He received a BA in Communications from Adelphi University, an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, and his debut novel, Chulito will be published by Alyson Books in the fall.

Jorge Rojas is a multidisciplinary artist whose work centers on the creation and processes involved in artistic production. Rojas has exhibited across Mexico, the United States and India including Queens Museum of Art (New York), New World Museum (Houston), Ex Convento del Carmen (Guadalajara), White Box (New York), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles) and West Chicago City Museum (West Chicago). His work is included in numerous private and public collections including The Mexican Museum (San Francisco) and Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach). Rojas currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He was born in Morelos, Mexico.

Cassie Thornton is an artist educator living in Brooklyn, NY. Her projects are systems for investigation and interaction with psycho-governmental and corporate footprints on people. She has founded a School of the Future, a Teaching Artist Union, a Consulting Company in a Forest, and a Barter System Beauty Salon. A recent project imbues our definition of debt with beauty and value: Cassie will be studying Social Practice at California College of the Arts this fall.

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