Fellows Friday News: New York Exhibitions, Doris Duke Awards, and Artistic Evolution

26 Jun 2015


Mash Up Body Lab, choreographed by Kate Watson-Wallace.


Matthew Mitchell, 2012 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.

In this month's Pew Fellows news highlights, photographer Emmet Gowin shows his work at the Morgan Library and Museum, and jazz pianist Matt Mitchell and choreographer Susan Rethorst are awarded Doris Duke Impact Awards. Bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma will pay tribute to the late Ornette Coleman, and visual performance artist Kate Watson-Wallace gives an interview on the evolution of her practice.

Exhibitions in New York Surprise and Subvert

On view at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, nearly 60 of Emmet Gowin's (1994) photographs are paired with rare books, manuscripts, and ephemera, which he selected from the museum's collection, for the show Hidden Likeness. The Boston Globe describes Gowin's work as "marked by a sense of rare intimacy and relaxed candor: profound affection unmarred by reflexive sentiment." The New York Times argues that, in the tradition of artist-selected exhibitions, Hidden Likeness "all but redefines the genre." Morgan Library and Museum, New York, through September 20.

Photographer William Larson's (2001) solo show Fireflies, on view at Gitterman Gallery in New York, "show 20th-century art's obsession with merging sight and sound, text and image and, ultimately, time and space," says The New York Times. Larson's work uses and references fax technology in unexpected ways, such as creating abstractions by scanning crumpled paper. Gitterman Gallery, New York, through July 2.

Visual artist Alex Da Corte (2012) is featured in Artforum's summer issue, in connection with his recent solo show at Luxembourg & Dayan in New York. "Da Corte is trying to short-circuit the equations of desire that regulate our interactions with pop and consumer culture," Artforum notes, "structuring complex relations between the familiar and the unfamiliar, fear and longing, fantasy and reality."

Awards and Recognition

Jazz pianist Matt Mitchell (2012) and choreographer Susan Rethorst (2014) have been awarded 2015 Doris Duke Impact Awards from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. These no-strings-attached grants support individual artists yearly in dance, theater, jazz, and interdisciplinary arts.

A new documentary about poet and activist Sonia Sanchez (1993), BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, will premiere at International House on August 1 (time TBA) as part of the BlackStar Film Festival. Pew Fellows Janet Goldwater (2005) and Barbara Attie (2005) co-directed and produced the film, which features appearances by Questlove, Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Ayana Mathis, Amiri Baraka, John Bracey, Nikki Giovanni, Bryonn Bain, Imani Uzuri, and many others.

Pew Fellows on Music

Bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma (2011) will lead a lecture and workshop on the music of legendary jazz composer Ornette Coleman, who recently passed away, at ACF Philadelphia. ACF Philadelphia, June 30, 6:30 p.m.

"Music is my life, then I figured out how to survive in it," said producer and DJ King Britt (2007), in an interview with Attack Magazine about his new monthly subscription service. Through this service, fans who subscribe receive behind-the-scenes content and extended liner notes.

Performances and Publications in Review

Visual performance artist Kate Watson-Wallace (2007) spoke with ThINKingDance about her work Mash Up Body, originally a Center-funded project, and stepping away from calling herself a choreographer. A review from The Philadelphia Inquirer called the recent performances at FringeArts a "wonderfully messy mash-up."

Choreographers Rennie Harris (1996) and Raphael Xavier (2013) created a new work for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which The New York Times called one of "the best pieces made for the troupe in recent years."

Cleaver Magazine reviews poet Thomas Devaney's (2014) newest book, Runaway Goat Cart, calling it "refreshingly and remarkably honest."

Pianist and composer Michael Djupstrom (2014) recently performed at the German Society of Pennsylvania with violinist Ayane Kozasa, "crossing time barriers to find compelling rhythmic adventure and virtuosic flights," in the words of The Philadelphia Inquirer.