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Dead Letter Office Hours

February 10, 2012 Cocktails first pour at 7pm Reading commences at 8pm Legacy Russell and Stina Puotinen of the creative collaborative LIMITED TIME ONLY (LTO) invite you to an evening riot of love letters and spiked tea. For one night only, join LTO, ICI, and BOMB Magazine’s BOMBLOG in a rare gathering of illuminati, liquored teacups, and epistles of agony and ecstasy. Readers will share with the audience radical texts about loss, lust, and adulation culled from the dead-letter offices and archives of history in a celebration and exploration of the ever-expanding definition of love. Bons-mots, bon-bons, booze, and belles-lettres will be served. We love you – we love you not.


Maria Dizzia received a 2010 Tony Award nomination for Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play. She recently performed in Amy Herzog’s Belleville at Yale Rep and Daniel Goldfarb’s Cradle And All at MTC. Off-Broadway credits include The Hallway Trilogy, The Drunken City, Eurydice, Pullman Car Hiawatha (Drama Desk Nomination), Apparition, Cause for Alarm and Gone Missing. Regional: Songs of the Dragon (Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company), Trouble in Mind (Baltimore Center Stage), Fetes De La Nuit (Berkeley Repertory Theater), and Romeo and Juliet (ASF). TV credits include “Louie,” “Fringe,” “Smith,” “Law & Order.” Film credits include MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, MARGIN CALL, DOWN THE SHORE and THE OTHER WOMAN. Maria is an Associate Artist with The Civilians and holds an M.F.A. from UCSD. Upcoming projects include films THE EDGE OF THE WOODS, LOLA VERSUS and THE HAPPY SAD and SoHo Rep’s production of UNCLE VANYA, translated by Annie Baker. Kathryn Garcia & Sarvia Jasso Kathryn Garcia lives and works in Los Angeles. She explores sexuality, gender, perversion and identity in her work, while her recent drawings challenge psychoanalysis in relationship to art history. She has exhibited her work in international galleries and institutions that include Gavin Brown Gallery, Kunstverein NY, Pace Gallery, Second Floor, MOMA-PS1, The Project, and Rivington Arms, all in New York; Human Resources and LACE all in Los Angeles; BAM/PFA, San Francisco; Don’t Projects, Paris; Candela Gallery in Puerto Rico; ICA, Philadelphia; and Peres Projects in Berlin. Sarvia Jasso is a New York-based curator. She received her master’s degree in Art History from Columbia University. During this time Jasso interned at the Guggenheim Museum and was a Curatorial Fellow at The Kitchen. Recent exhibitions include Soft Machines (Pace Gallery, NY), Queering Sex (Human Resources, LA), The Left Hand of Darkness (The Project, NY) and Suddenly…Summer (Venetia Kapernekas, NY), as well as the video and performance events Brooklyn Is Burning (various locations), Uncontrollable Flesh at the Berkeley Art Museum and Screening/ Salon/ Cabaret at the ICA Philadelphia. Richard J. Goldstein lives and works in Brooklyn. He is a painter and the Archive Editor of BOMB Magazine. Michelle Groskopf is a huge fan of secret Sapphic letters. She’s also a producer/director for both online and broadcast with clients including Discovery Channel, VBS.tv, MTV, and Bjarne Melgaard. Peep her latest project here: www.modelboxers.com and her photography here: www.dailystreet.tumblr.com . Don’t be shy—say hello tonight, as she’ll be leaving NY for LA next month. She’s following the sun. Ann Hirsch is a video and performance artist based in New York. Her work engages with the contemporary portrayal of women in media. Often acting as an amateur social scientist, Hirsch inserts herself into popular culture, reporting back her findings in the form of art works. She has recently performed at Flux Factory in Queens, Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn, and Vogt Gallery in Chelsea and been an artist in residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts and Yaddo. Her work has been written about in The New York Times and on Artinfo.com. (http://therealannhirsch.com/) Savannah Knoop is an interdisciplinary storyteller. Through writing, clothing making, and performance she explores the notions of perceived image and the prismatic qualities of identity. In 1999, at the age of 18, her brother’s girlfriend asked her to be the face of her alter ego J.T. LeRoy, and she began to lead a double life for the next six years. The story was unveiled in The New York Times in 2005. Two years later she published a memoir titled Girl Boy Girl: How I Became J.T. LeRoy (Seven Stories Press). In 2001, she formed a clothing line called Tinc with creative partner Parachati Pattajotti. She is part of the triumvirate of the monthly audio/visual party Woahmone. Savannah is currently enrolled in the CUNY Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies Program with a focus on sculpture, performance, and interactivity. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Jason Lazarus is a Chicago-based artist. In the spring of 2012, he will be mounting installations in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Belgium, and in late summer will be releasing a 16mm movie project called twohundredfiftysixcolors–comprised entirely of a new archive of animated GIFS. (http://www.jasonlazarus.com/) Maria Lokke was born in a hospital in Albuquerque, NM. She is currently a digital photo editor at The New Yorker and lives in Greenpoint with a plush shark and a constant supply of bananas. (http://www.marialokke.com/) Lincoln Michel‘s writing appears in Tin House, BOMB, NOON, The Believer, and elsewhere. He is a co-editor of Gigantic, a journal of short prose and art, and sometimes draws body horror comic strips on his blog. (http://lincolnmichel.com/) Eliza Kostelanetz Schrader grew up in New York City and went on to live in the Twin Cities and San Francisco. She has published stories in Hanging Loose and was a winner of Glimmer Train’s 2009 Best Start Competition. She is currently pursuing her MFA at Columbia University, where she is at work on a collection of interconnected stories about a young adult who works with developmentally disabled adults. amani olu & Corliss Elizabeth Williams amani olu is an independent curator, writer, and the co-founder and executive director of Humble Arts Foundation, a NYC-based 501c3 committed to supporting and promoting new art photography. He is the producer, co-curator, and designer of The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography, published by Humble Arts Foundation. He also organizes the annual exhibition, Young Curators, New Ideas, which is in its fifth year and has featured presentations by Karen Archey, Stamatina Gregory, Jose Ruiz, Lumi Tan, and Cleopatra’s. His projects have been reviewed and featured in publications such as The New York Times, New Yorker, Artnews, Time Out NY, Code, and AM New York, and online at Art in America, Art Observed, Art Fag City, Blackbook, Bomblog, Cool Hunting, Daily Serving, and Flavorwire. olu is also a regular contributor to Whitewall magazine where he has interviewed William Eggleston and Gottfried Helnwein, and profiled K8 Hardy, Elad Lassry, Rashaad Newsome, and David Benjamin Sherry. He lives and works in New York and is a proud member of New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA). (http://mrandmrsolu.com/) Corliss Elizabeth Williams is a senior designer at Bloomberg Markets where she designs for both the print and digital editions of the magazine. Prior to Bloomberg, Williams held the position of assistant art director at TIME magazine and has worked for prestigious publications such as The New York Times (Sunday Magazine), InStyle and O, The Oprah Magazine. In 2010, she was featured in Creative Space: The Urban Homes of Artists and Creatives for her apartment’s interior design, which includes a variety of tchotchkes, vintage furniture and clothing. She is an active member of the Society of Publication Designers and has received design merit awards and various medals for the different publications where her work has appeared. Williams is a graduate of Pratt Institute with a degree in Communications Design and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her new fiancé and big boned cat, Pozzo. Kristen O’Toole used to write fiction and freelance, but she recently packed all that in for a day job with benefits. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia, and her work has appeared on the internet. James Yeh is a writer, editor, and occasional DJ. He is a founding editor of Gigantic, and his writing has appeared or is forthcoming in NOON, Fence, Vice, PEN America, the anthology 30 Under 30, and elsewhere. A recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Columbia University, he is a 2011 Center for Fiction NYC Emerging Writers Fellow. He lives in Brooklyn. (www.thegiganticmag.com) Born in Minneapolis, Jake Yuzna is a New York City based director and cultural producer. For his cinema projects Yuzna has received fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, Philanthrofund Foundation, Frameline Foundation, Creative Time, State Arts Board of Minnesota, IFP Minnesota and the National Endowment for the Arts. His debut feature film, Open, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, where it became the first American film to receive the Teddy Jury Prize. Open was awarded Best Narrative Feature at the Tel Aviv Film Festival, Best Performance at NewFest, and for the film, Yuzna was named a Four in Focus Filmmaker by OutFest. Yuzna’s work has screened at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the British Film Institute, Red Cat, Oberhausen Film Festival, among others. In 2010, Yuzna founded the cinema program at the Museum of Arts and Design. While at MAD, Yuzna curated the first American retrospective of Alejandro Jodorowsky, founded the first fellowship for the practice of nightlife, THE FUN Fellowship, and most recently oversaw the development of the institution’s experimental cultural production initiative. This event is full. For more information, please contact Chelsea Haines at chelsea@curatorsintl.org.

February 10, 2012- - February 10, 2012 @ Independent Curators International (ICI) The Curatorial Hub

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