Fellows Friday News: Guggenheim Fellowships and Innovative Premieres

08 May 2015


King Britt. Photo courtesy of the artist.


Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib, Post-Perceptual Exercise #2, 2014, installation view at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of the artists.

In this month's Pew Fellows news highlights, sculptor Kukuli Velarde and media artists Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib have been named 2015 Guggenheim Fellows. DJ and electronic musician King Britt lets followers get behind the scenes with a new subscription service. Multimedia artist Rebecca Rutstein's geological-inspired images go on view at Bridgette Mayer Gallery, and Post-Internet video artist Ryan Trecartin's first Australian solo show opens at The National Gallery of Victoria.

Praise for Pew Fellows

Sculptor Kukuli Velarde (2003) and media artists Nadia Hironaka (2006) and Matthew Suib (2011) have been awarded 2015 Fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

Visual artist Alex Da Corte's (2012) recent solo show at Luxembourg and Dayan, Die Hexe, was reviewed in The New York Times, which said the show "dazzles at every turn...sustains an impressive, even Koonsian sense of detail and beauty."

Photographers Eileen Neff (1994) and Zoe Strauss (2005) were profiled as part of PhillyVoice's list of "10 Philadelphia female artists you need to know."

Poets Susan Stewart (1995) and Afaa Michael Weaver (1998) were recently featured on the Academy of American Poets website. Stewart's poem, "Field in Spring," and Weaver's poem, "Climbing China's Great Wall," were successive poems of the day.

Innovation and Experimentation

DJ King Britt (2007) has launched an innovative monthly subscription service, "a platform to connect my music, process, travel and performance," he says. The subscription includes monthly new releases, as well as a forum for discussion within the community of subscribers.

Theater artist Thaddeus Phillips (2002) was interviewed by FringeArts about his upcoming Center-funded show, The Incredibly Dangerous Astonishing Lucrative and Potentially Completely TRUE Adventures of Barry Seal. The show is based on Phillips' experiences filming a Colombian telenovela, and blends aspects of television and theater in a live performance. The project culminates in Alias Ellis MacKenzie, which will premiere in the 2015 Fringe Festival. May 14–16, 8 p.m., FringeArts.

Dancer and choreographer Jumatatu Poe (2012) performs his original work Salt, for the first time in its entirety. This experimental piece involves plastic wrap, a metronome, and sclera contact lenses, among other things. May 15, 8 p.m., Muriel Schulman Theater at Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn; May 29, 8 p.m., Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Bronx.

Premieres and Openings

Multimedia artist Rebecca Rutstein's (2004) solo show, Afterglow, is on view at Bridgette Mayer Gallery through May 30, exploring "geology and the undercurrents that continually shape and reshape our world."

Poet Thomas Devaney (2014) reads at The Print Center in celebration of his latest book, Runaway Goat Cart (Hanging Loose Press)—based on a painting by the same name at the Philadelphia Museum of Art by Bill Traylor. May 13, 6 p.m., The Print Center.

Hollywood Beauty Salon, a documentary directed by filmmaker Glenn Holsten (1997), screens at The Perelman Theater at The Kimmel Center on May 14. The film explores a beauty parlor run as part of the Germantown Recovery Community, a Philadelphia nonprofit mental health facility. May 14, 7 p.m., The Perelman Theater, screening followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and documentary participants.

Musician Chuck Treece (2010) and DJ King Britt (2007) will perform at The Barnes Foundation for the opening of The Order of Things, three large-scale installations inspired by the curatorial principles of Dr. Albert C. Barnes. May 15, 6 p.m., The Barnes Foundation.

Pew Fellows Around the World

The National Gallery of Victoria presents the first major Australian exhibition of Post-Internet video artist Ryan Trecartin (2009). Re'Search Wait'S opens on May 15, combining four films: "movies of speed, neuroses, gossip, confessions, hysteria and exhibitionism." May 15 through September 13, NGV International.

Experimental harpist Mary Lattimore (2014) tours in Europe with Steve Gunn this spring, starting with a London show at The Lexington on May 18.