They Can’t Silence Us // New School Protest Tonight

A professor at the New School was allegedly engaged in various accounts of sexual misconduct with students, but the school has not made any efforts to inform the community. Come show your support against silence tonight October 25th in Union Square. Details below on the flyer…

October 25 / 2017
Author Heather Zises
Category Events, Up and Coming
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Gowanus Open Studios turns 21 on the 21st!

Gowanus Open Studios 2017
October 21 + 22
noon-6pm

Click HERE to download a PDF MAP

Calling all art lovers! The 21st Annual Gowanus Open Studios is happening in Brooklyn this weekend. The free, annual weekend event is a time for artists in the Gowanus neighborhood (and slightly beyond) to open their studio doors and welcome the public to view their art, learn about the process of art-making, and get a glimpse of the life of artists.

Gowanus Open Studios, aka GOS, is an amazing art exhibit and so much more. It is an important opportunity for the Gowanus community to rally around the artists and creativity and energy that makes this area so vibrant.

Over the past 20 years, the GOS event has grown to over 300 artists with studios from Bergen Street to 18th Street, and from Court Street to 5th Avenue.

#GOS2017 EVENTS:

  • A Kick Off Party you won’t forget! October 20 at 7pm, at Brooklyn SolarWorks and The Cluster Gallery (200 6th Street, Brooklyn). Find all the details and RSVP HERE.

  • Come out to 313 Butler Gallery and see one piece of artwork from each participating artist in GOS 2017. The exhibit will be open during all Gowanus Open Studios Hours (noon-6pm on both Saturday, Oct 21, and Sunday, October 22). This Garden Party is a special reception and party to celebrate GOS 2017 and the artists! All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Arts Gowanus. RSVP HERE.

  • Can’t get enough Open Studios parties? Don’t miss the Afterparty at Gemini & Scorpio, October 21 from 6-10pm. RSVP HERE.

  • Take an Open Studios tour to remember! Featuring lists of “Can’t Miss Studios” and “Must See Exhibitions” from artists including Joan Bankemper, Heather Bhandari, Jennifer Coates, Steve DiBenedetto, David Humphrey, Matthew McCaslin, and James Siena. Find more info HERE

 

 

Support The Nouveau Classical Project’s 2017-18 Season!

Hooray, everyone’s favorite sartorial new music ensemble The Nouveau Classical Project is back with a whole new season! Although their annual benefit is sold out, you can still support NCP’s 2017-18 season and score sweet rewards starting at only $5!

Check out their Indiegogo campaign here and make a donation today!

Love + Music,
READart

Artist Talk at The Cluster Gallery | 9/16, 4-6pm

Please join us in Gowanus this Saturday for an Artists Talk at The Cluster Gallery from 4-6pm. We will be discussing select works from the two current exhibitions, inner sanctum meditations and Reflective Pool. The artists will be present! 

THE BUSINESS OF ART: INTERVIEW WITH AMY KISCH + HEATHER ZISES

Thanks to Pregame Magazine for publishing a joint interview with me and Amy Kisch on The Business of Art this month!



Amy Kisch and Heather Zises are the art editors of Pregame Magazine. As experts, curators, and advocates, they help artists navigate the art world and support emerging talent…to read full interview, click HERE. 

Open Call: Group Exhibition at The Cluster Gallery in Brooklyn

CALLING ALL ARTISTS!

Brooklyn Art Cluster / The Cluster Gallery is inviting artists of all medias to submit to a thematic group show for September. The exhibition title is Reflective Pool and will be curated by READart’s Heather Zises. Application deadline is August 8, 2017.

For more information and to apply, please click HERE. 

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Reflective Pool echoes the collective psyche. Inspired by the feature found commonly in landscape design, a reflecting pool offers an illusory sense of depth and clarity by reflecting its surroundings, yet literally consists of a shallow pool of water. In playful dialogue with the myth of Narcissus and Echo, this exhibition questions self-perception in the digital age: how do we achieve clarity about ourselves amidst a world of distortion?

ABOUT BROOKLYN ART CLUSTER
Brooklyn Art Cluster is an art community located in Gowanus, Brooklyn, committed to building creative environments to foster the talents of emerging and mid-career artists. Our two locations offer a residency program, long-term workspaces and a gallery for curated exhibitions.

 

 

 

CELEBRATE SUMMER SOLSTICE BY MASTERING THE ART OF THE STUDIO VISIT


Back by popular demand, join me at Equity Gallery for another artist workshop on how to prepare for a studio visit.

Artist Workshop: How to Prepare for a Studio Visit
Wednesday, June 21, 7-8pm
Equity Gallery, 245 Broome Street, NYC
FREE
RSVP: info@nyartistsequity.org
A studio visit can make or break career opportunities for an artist. Whether a curator is looking to include art in an exhibition, a collector is coming to view a body of work, or a dealer is interested in representing your work, there is a certain art to the visit.  Heather Zises, an independent curator, will guide you on best practices for a studio visit including what to say, how to display your work, and which rules to break, if any.

ARTIST WORKSHOP: HOW TO PREPARE FOR A STUDIO VISIT

Join me for an artist workshop on the Lower East Side this weekend!

Artist Workshop: How to Prepare for a Studio Visit
Saturday, May 20, 2-3pm
Equity Gallery, 245 Broome Street, NYC
FREE
RSVP: info@nyartistsequity.org

A studio visit can make or break career opportunities for an artist. Whether a curator is looking to include art in an exhibition, a collector is coming to view a body of work, or a dealer is interested in representing your work, there is a certain art to the visit.  Heather Zises, an independent curator, will guide you on best practices for a studio visit including what to say, how to display your work, and which rules to break, if any.

 

 

May 15 / 2017
Author Heather Zises
Category Art, Press, Up and Coming
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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY- 3.8.2017


Be Bold For Change

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. Thus International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for well over a century – and continue’s to grow from strength to strength.

 

March 08 / 2017
Author Heather Zises
Category Events, News
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NYC GETS NASTY

 

NASTY WOMEN
Thursday, January 12 – Sunday, January 15, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 12, 2017, 7-10pm
Accompanying Programs: Friday, January 13 – Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 is Year of the Nasty Woman.

In 2016 it was spoken, and in 2017 it was sealed.

What do I mean by this?

I’m referencing the first line of a renowned poem that is recited during the Jewish High Holidays, called Unetanneh Tokef (which means ‘Let us speak of the awesomeness’ in Hebrew): On Rosh Hashanah it is written, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed. Whether standing in Temple or observing at home, the poem epitomizes the High Holiday prayer services for Jews, as they atone for their sins and emotionally prepare for the coming New Year.

The era in which Unetanneh Tokef was written (circa 8th century) was a precarious time for the Jews, full of massacres and forced conversions. Looking at contemporary society, it feels like a precarious time for everyone, and the world is still full of massacres and forced conversions. Not to mention, women are still struggling for equality.

However, depending on how you look at it, Trump may have done contemporary culture a huge favor by tightening our focus.  Instead of yielding to mansplaining, machismo and androcentrism, feminists of this new era–as in women, men and gender variants who champion gender equality and wish to make the world a better domain for all genders–are being redirected with the task of helping feminism evolve.

Kicking off this task with gusto is the NASTY WOMEN NYC Art Exhibition which opens tomorrow in NYC at the Knockdown Center. Conceived of by Roxanne Jackson and Jessamyn Fiore, NASTY WOMEN is a group exhibition that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. NASTY WOMEN will serve as a fundraiser to support organizations defending these rights and to be a platform for organization before the Trump Presidential Inauguration in January. The works in this exhibition will be available for sale and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood.

The main space of the Knockdown Center will present ten 3D letters approximately twelve feet high each which spell out ‘NASTY WOMEN’. They will be framed out with wood and covered with a strong plastic mesh from which the artworks will be hung- these letters serve as walls for the exhibition, and every work will be hung off or installed in/on these forms. The letters will dramatically run the length of the space creating a NASTY WOMEN monument.

As we look toward the coming year, let’s hope NASTY WOMEN gives voice to an experience that will imprint positively upon all our futures. 

Either way, in 2016 it was spoken, and in 2017 it was sealed.