Fellows Friday News: Afaa Michael Weaver Publishes New Poetry Collection, Alex Da Corte’s Times Square Billboards, and More

24 Feb 2017


Alex Da Corte, Blue Moon, 2017, standard digital video (video still). Photo courtesy of the artist.


Let ‘im Move You, Jumatatu Poe, 2017, Institute of Contemporary Art. Photo by Ryan Collerd.


Geoff Sobelle's The Object Lesson. Photo by Jeremy Abrahams, courtesy of The Guardian.


Pew Fellow Sonia Sanchez. Photo by Erika Vonie.


Film still from Mark Kendall’s La Camioneta, 2012. Photo courtesy of Follow Your Nose Films.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news, poet Afaa Michael Weaver publishes a new book of poetry, visual artist Alex Da Corte’s video installation Blue Moon is projected on Times Square billboards, and filmmaker Cheryl Hess receives a 2016 Tribeca Documentary Grant.

Plus, the Center kicks off a four-month celebration honoring the 25th anniversary of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, with the debut of a lively website that provides a glimpse into the region's distinctive creative output. Join the celebration and explore Pew Fellows interviews, an evolving Instagram exhibition of Fellows' work, and more, right here.>>

On View

Visual artist Alex Da Corte’s (2012) Blue Moon, a surreal video portrait of a man singing the Rodgers and Hart song “Blue Moon,” is being projected on billboards in New York’s Times Square at midnight throughout the month of February. Read more>>

Tie Me To The Mast, a solo exhibition of ceramic sculptures by visual artist Annabeth Rosen (1992), is on view at P.P.O.W. in New York through March 18. Read more>>

Visual artist Jane Irish (2011) and filmmaker David Scot Kessler (2015) have works on view in the group exhibition Due South at The Delaware Contemporary through April 30. Read more>>

Awards and Residencies

Filmmaker Cheryl Hess (2005) was awarded a 2016 Tribeca Documentary Grant from the Tribeca Film Institute for her feature-length documentary Marriage Cops, which follows couples in Northern India who seek relationship advice in the most unlikely of places. Read more>>

Filmmaker Mark Kendall (2016) is currently in residence at the Bogliasco Study Center in Italy developing his next film project, which will explore the relationship between labor, landscape, and time. Read more>>

In Conversation and In Print

Poet Sonia Sanchez (1993) participated in the symposium Interrogations of Form: Culture in a Changing America at the Park Avenue Armory. The lecture series included conversations with visual artist Tania Bruguera, choreographer Lil Buck, and author Ta-Nehisi Coates, who discussed the role of art in addressing social issues. Read more>>

Poet Afaa Michael Weaver (1998) published a new poetry collection, Spirit Boxing, through the University of Pittsburgh Press. The book examines Weaver’s 15 years as a factory worker in Baltimore and the landscape of the American working class. Read more>>

In the News

The Seattle Times reviewed poet Susan Stewart’s (1995) latest book of poetry, Cinder: New and Selected Poems, calling the collection, “the best writing from this singular poet, who masterfully explores the intersection of language, the external world, and human consciousness." Read more>>

The New York Times published a “360 Daily” video of theater artist Geoff Sobelle’s (2006) one-man play The Object Lesson. Watch the video here. Sobelle’s presentation of the work at New York Theatre Workshop was also reviewed by Time Out New York, which wrote: “What exactly is the lesson here? We live, we die, we leave garbage behind. But to make art from trash: That’s real magic." Read more>>

Hyperallergic reviewed choreographer Jumatatu Poe’s (2012) performance of Let ‘Im Move You at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, reporting: “The performance was boundless, breaking the fourth wall, transgressing the space of the stage.” Read more>>