Winter Bacchanal Benefit
to support Project For Empty Space
Friday, December 9th, 2016
Paddle 8 Auction Link:
Champagne Auction Preview:
6pm - 7pm
7pm - 11pm
Purchase by Monday, November 28th: $75 each
Bacchanal tickets: $100 each
Champagne Auction Preview + Bacchanal: $125 each
It is with the greatest of pleasure and enthusiasm that we request your presence at the second annual fundraiser benefit to support Project For Empty Space! The 2016 Winter Bacchanal Benefit will celebrate PES’s ambitious year of growth, art, and community and will raise support for our future.
This year, we are thrilled to honor curators Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Deana Haggag, and Rujeko Hockley, all of whom have who have exemplified an extraordinary commitment to cultivating social dialogue and betterment through their practice. The evening’s program will be hosted by Satyr of Ceremonies, Rahsaan "Mr. Gandy" Gandy; beats by DJ Ezrakh; sultry performances by cellist Daniel de Jesus, siren Janetza, and muse Ladan Osman; and fierce installation art by Ventiko, Mahtab Pedrami, and Carrie Mae Rose. Join us for a bacchanalian feast with flowing wine and drinks, music, dancing, interactive Ventikoland photoshoot, silent art auction, and much more!
Silent auction artist include: Jaishri Abichandani, Derrick Adams, Maria Berrio, Renée Cox, David Antonio Cruz, Kevin Darmanie, Delano Dunn, Dominique Duroseau, Samer Fouad, Angela Fraleigh, Gaia, Chitra Ganesh, Richard Hart, jc lenochan, Wardell Milan, Rashaad Newsome, Michele Pred, Hiba Schahbaz, Nyugen Smith, Jaret Vadera, Ventiko, Shoshanna Weinberger, and Jennifer Wroblewski.
Thanks to our sponsors BULLDOG Gin and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Project for Empty Space, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to social engagement through contemporary arts programming. It is our goal both to prompt important social dialogue with the larger community, as well as to foster and advance the scope of an already significant art scene in the city of Newark.
Bacchanalian attire is requested!
Your support will benefit the following initiatives:
Artists-In-Residence Program: This initiative fosters three mid-career to established artists in a one-year residency program to create socially inspired work that engages the larger Newark community.
Community Programming and Exhibitions: The exhibition space is dedicated to social change through thought-provoking and culturally relevant exhibitions, in conjunction with exciting, engaging, and inclusionary community programs. Funds will support rotating exhibitions and facilitate programs such as talks, workshops, performances, and more, free and open to the public.
Outdoor Public Art Initiatives: We feel that community engagement should happen both within the exhibition space, but also out in the public arena.
Honorees: Badass Art Woman Awards
As a community oriented organization, we feel that it is of the utmost importance to take a moment to recognize our incredible peers who are also working in the same vein of community engagement through the arts. The PES Award for Excellence in Art and Social Practice (aka the Badass Art Woman Award) is a token of our gratitude to other women who make an impactful difference not only in their communities, but in a multitude of other spaces around the world.
We are elated to honor Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Deana Haggag, and Rujeko Hockley, all of whom have who have exemplified an extraordinary commitment to cultivating social dialogue and betterment through their directorships and curatorial endeavors.
Rocío Aranda-Alvarado is Curator at El Museo del Barrio where she has been organizing exhibitions since 2010. She is working on AFRICANDO! an exhibition of contemporary AfroLatin@ art and El Museo’s LaBienal2017. She recently organized Antonio Lopez: Future Funk Fashion and!PRESENTE! The Young Lords in New York, as well as editions 2011 and 2013 of LaBienal, El Museo’s biennial for emerging artists. Her curatorial work and research focuses on modern and contemporary art of the Americas. Ms. Aranda-Alvarado is also on the adjunct faculty in the Art History Department at the City College of New York. She has been invited to speak at the Smithsonian Institution, the Whitney Museum, the Americas Society, the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture and has taught art history at local universities. Her writing has appeared in various publications including catalogue essays for the Museum of Modern Art and El Museo del Barrio, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Art Nexus, Review, the journal of the Americas Society, NYFA Quarterly, Small Axe, BOMB, and American Art.
Deana Haggag has been with The Contemporary since the spring of 2013. Prior to her work with the museum, she was the Curator-in-Residence at Gallery CA, which is also located in Baltimore, MD, in the City Arts building — home to over 90 artists. Deana received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA from Rutgers University in Art History and Philosophy. In addition to her work at The Contemporary, Deana lectures extensively, consults on various public art initiatives, contributes to cultural publications, and teaches at institutions such as Towson University and Johns Hopkins University. She is on the board of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, is an advisory member for FORCE, and founded the Baltimore Chapter of the Awesome Foundation. She also serves as a member of the Affiliates Board for the Museums and Society Program at Johns Hopkins University and is an active participant of the StageOne/FANS council at the Baltimore School for the Arts.
Rujeko Hockley is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum. She joined the Museum in 2012 and has since worked on exhibitions including LaToya Ruby Frazier: A Haunted Capital (2013), The Bruce High Quality Foundation: Ode to Joy, 2001-2013 (2013), Unfolding Tales: Selections from the Collection (2013, 2014) (Co-curator), Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond (2014) (Co-curator), Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic(2015), I See Myself in You: Selections from the Collection (2015) (Co-curator), Kara Walker: African Boy Attendant Curio (Bananas) (2015) (Curator), Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective, 1999-2016 (2016), and the forthcoming We Wanted A Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85 (2017) (Co-curator). She serves on the Board of Art Matters, as well as the Advisory Board of Recess. She received her B.A. from Columbia University in Art History and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, Theory, and Criticism in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego.
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* About Project For Empty Space:
Project For Empty Space is a not-for-profit organization that creates socially engaging, multidisciplinary art exhibitions and programming that encourage social dialogue, education, and systemic change for cultural tolerance. This mission is achieved through a permanent project/gallery space, an incubator program for artists addressing social change, and through collaborative and interactive programs in vacant and neglected spaces in cities around the world.
We strongly believe that there is a symbiotic relationship between artists, communities, and social discourse. It is our goal to foster socially and politically inspired artists in an ongoing residency program; to curate thought-provoking and culturally relevant exhibitions; and to create exciting, engaging, and inclusionary community programs around art and social change.
Project For Empty Space opened its first permanent exhibition space at Gateway Project Spaces in May 2015.
Image Courtesy of Ventiko