Mark your calendars for Bowery Arts + Science’s annual benefit! On May 20th, BA+S will celebrate with a very special evening of performances, celebrity guests, music, and other surprises in Hollywood Does Poetry at the Bowery Poetry Club. All proceeds will benefit BA+S and help support vital arts programming and educational projects throughout the year.
The opening of Jene Highstein and Lawrence Weiner’s collaboration CATCH AS CATCH CAN on the Elizabeth Murray Art Wall, to be followed by a party featuring music by bands Les Bicyclettes Blanches, Grog, and Dirty Mirrors.
What happens when a downtown New York poet of the hip hop and slam persuasion discovers that the roots of spoken word go back thousands of years and span the globe? If he’s Bob Holman, he goes On the Road to track them down! He trades stories, fun, recipes, insights, jokes, songs, and poems. Along the way, he gets passionately immersed in the Endangered Language crisis — over half the world’s 6500 languages will disappear before the end of this century. Holman guides us to the bottom-line question of survival of these systems of consciousness with respect, joy, and dedication to diversity. He throws himself into the life – shares the meals, participates in the ceremonies, dances and parties. His enthusiasm infects the series’ fast-paced style – Hip, but not hipper than thou. Serious fun! Ok everybody, get ready — let’s take the road not taken, with Bob Holman.
The show is airing on LinkTV which is available on local cable channels, online, and on DirectTV channel 375 and Dish Network channel 9410.
EPISODE 1: THE GRIOTS OF WEST AFRICA.
30 minutes. RELEASE DATE: February 1, 2012 on LINK TV.
A griot (gree-oh) is the keeper of the West African oral tradition and the tribe’s genealogy through poetic songs. Bob is invited to Gambia by his long-time friend and teacher, Papa Susso, to learn more about this musical art and see how the kora, the 21-string harp-lute is made. Bob travels up the Niger River with Papa’s son, Karamo, also a griot, in search of the spirit of the African-American Beat poet, Ted Joans, who lived a buoyant life in Timbuktu in the 70s and was Bob’s mentor. Along the way, Bob discovers the roots of hip-hop, rap, the blues — all the great American musical traditions that originated in Africa. The episode concludes with a kora-guitar jam session between Karamo and Ali Farka Toure’s son, Vieux.
EPISODE 2: TIMBUKTU TO THE DOGONS.
30 minutes. RELEASE DATE: February 8, 2012 on LINK TV.
The show continues in Timbuktu where Bob gets more insight into the dusty off-station in the middle of nowhere. Bob goes to the Timbuktu Library, with volumes from the 16th Century when the city was the center of African learning. We ourselves learn how to ride a camel and how Timbuktu got its name before we venture into the Sahara and spend an afternoon listening to the hypnotic music of the Tuaregs, the nomadic “blue people,” named because their indigo-dyed clothing rubs off on their skin. Then we head south to visit the Dogons, renowned for the interplay of their culture of masks with daily life and rituals. Bob tries to get a mask ceremony to happen: he buys millet beer for the town, and we see how it is brewed. Then he has his fortune read via iconic marks in the sand that are left overnight for the pale fox to wander through and change their meanings, one of many Dogon traditions first written about by Marcel Griaule. When the village erupts into a mask ceremony, the Dogon dancing, music and masks evoke a complete cosmology of extraordinary beauty, utterly fascinating and unique.
EPISODE 3: ISRAEL AND THE WEST BANK.
30 minutes. RELEASE DATE: February 15, 2012 on LINK TV.
“In the Beginning was the Word,” starts this episode — but what language was it? Yiddish, which once had five daily newspapers in New York City, is now an Endangered Language. From the director of the Sholem-Aleichem House and the Yiddish storyteller, Sarat, we learn about the decline of Yiddish resulting from the rise of Hebrew as the national language of Israel. Sarat cooks us a delicious cholent, a stew combining many of the ingredients from the old countries. While in Jerusalem, we experience the musical sounds of Ladino, the Spanish Hebrew of the Sephardic Jews, which is also endangered. The poet Ronny Someck, a “true Israeli poet from Iraq,” gives Bob a tour of Jaffa and tells us about the multilingual diversity that used to exist in Israel. He suggests visiting the West Bank to hear Arabic, so Bob takes the grueling journey through the endless checkpoints and the Separation Wall to reach Ramallah. Once across the Wall we meet with some young Palestinian hip-hop poets who explain the complexities of living near the Separation Wall that dominates the landscape. In the end, Bob is left to ponder how the resurrection of Hebrew into the national language has created barriers between the many different voices and languages of the region and how the monoglot of Hebrew in a polyglot land may have effected Israel’s political thinking.
POSTCARDS FROM KATHMANDU
(11 minutes, HD NTSC)
Spoken-word poet BOB HOLMAN is on a search to record a Newari poet for the endangered languages cento, which will be presented at the United Nations in New York City. Pressed for time, he travels to Kathmandu and experiences the diverse languages and peoples of the mountainous country. In the midst of a national strike that shutdowns Kathmandu, he finds a young poet who reads a poem about her grandfather. Bob returns to New York City and jubilantly presents the cento at the UN’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Available online at LINKTV.org
Coming soon: On the Road with Bob Holman DVD. All three episodes plus bonus materials.
Download the curriculum (pdf) for the show.
BOB HOLMAN is the founder of The Endangered Languages Poetry Project and the host of this documentary series. He has been called a member of the “Poetry Pantheon” by the New York Times Magazine, and “Ringmaster of the Spoken Word” by New York Daily News and is the founder of the Bowery Poetry Club. He won three Emmys for WNYC-TV’s Poetry Spots, received a Bessie Performance Award, and an International Public Television Awards for the PBS series The United States of Poetry. He teaches at NYU and Columbia, including “Poets Census,” where students locate poets from non-English speaking communities, and “Translating Endangered Languages.” He is currently working on “Listen UP! Endangered languages with Bob Holman,” a PBS documentary with Holman as host and David Grubin (The Buddha, The Brain, Bill Moyers) as Producer. In 2010, with linguists Daniel Kaufman and Juliette Blevins, he founded the Endangered Language Alliance in New York.
Producers: Ram Devineni & Beatriz Seigner. Avi Dabach (Israel)
Editor: Ram Devineni
Camera: Beatriz Seigner, Lamont B. Steptoe & Avi Dabach
Host: Bob Holman
Produced by Rattapallax in association with Bowery Arts and Science
Executive Producer: Steven Lawrence
Re-recording Mixer: Tom Paul
Audio Post Production: Gigantic Post
Sound Editor: Michael Feuser
Assistant Sound Editor: Perry Levy
Africa Episodes Music: Papa & Karamo Susso
Title Sequence: Cathy Cook
Title Music: Peter Gordon
Mahmoud Darwish’s poem translated by Samuel J. Liebhaber
Nepal episode was produced in association with the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. The video and the tour was made possible by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
Special thanks to Stephanie Nikolopoulos, Alison Heller, Avi Dabach, Ariane Lopez-Huici, Alexander Batkin, Jackie Sheeler, Alain Kirili, David Wojciechowski, Papa Susso Compound, Toumani Diabati, Sandra Paugam, Sekou Dolo, MC Paul Barman, Breyten Breytenbach, Dagui Dolo, Laura Corsiglia, Banning Eyre, Oumou Sangare, Jayne Cortez, Sana Sibily, Balike Sissoko Compund, Natasa Durovicova, Christopher Merrill, American Embassy in Kathmandu, Kelly Bedeian, David Broza, Itay Meirson, Nadav, Hana Amichai, Claire Montgomery & Bill Goldston.
Launch Party and LINK TV Support Drive, Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery (Between Houston and Bleecker), New York City. February 29, 2012 at 7pm. Featuring Bob Holman and Papa Susso. Donate to LINK TV and get a DVD of the series.
The Visual Arts Committee of Bowery Arts + Science presents:
Chance Meeting by Burton Van Deusen
July 20 – October 20, 2011
308 Bowery – NYC, NY 10012
(btwn Bleecker and Houston)
Artist Reception: September 9, 2011 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Viewing Hours: M,W, TH: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Tuesday: 2:00 – 6:00 PM
Bowery Arts + Science, Ltd is pleased to present Chance Meeting, a new, site-specific, 8-foot square charcoal drawing by Long Island artist Burton Van Deusen on The Elizabeth Murray Art Wall. A landscape painter, Mr. Van Deusen infuses his work with a deeply felt sense of place. Expressively rendered and emotionally rich, there is a pervasive yearning hidden in the hovering, paired clouds that haunt and dominate the panorama, more protagonists than weather. While not weather, the work nonetheless transports the viewer away from steamy urban streets to somewhere more pastoral and reposeful.
Earlier in his life Van Deusen worked for Jackie Gleason as a scenic artist; later, he worked for Flipper, Gentle Ben and Treasure Island among other television shows as well as for the Florida film industry. Burt Van Deusen has lived and worked on the East End of Long Island for over thirty years. His work has been included in several group shows in New York City including Art Sounds at the Nohra Haime Gallery and Interior Spaces at the New York Law School. Other shows that have included his work are: Art Alumni, Philadelphia College of Art; Regional Painting, Pennsylvania State University; Two Painters, PCA; Earth/Sky/Water, East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art; New Spaces / New Faces, Guild Hall Museum. Van Deusen had a solo show at Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC, in April-May, 2011.
For more Information or Reservations Contact: David Brouillard
email@example.com or 212-614-0504
Deborah Luken curator: “Thinking of summer in NYC and imagining how we long to get away to rejuvenate, I thought to bring the landscape of escape into the Bowery Poetry Club.”
Reception: Thursday May 5, 5-7pm- on site Thru June 9, 2011
Bowery Arts + Science is proud to present “Primavera” by Luisa Caldwell, a large scale work on paper. The 10 ft x 13 ft collage is an experiment inappropriation, using posters and ephemera from other artists’ exhibitions. She draws from an extensive collection of art posters acquired from artgalleries, art fairs in Mexico and Europe, going as far back as 1990.
Caldwell’s site- and season-specific piece also incorporates words from thepoet Pablo Neruda, and borrows imagery from a Francois Boucher painting.
The posters are arranged and glued into bands of color reminiscent of thesky at sunset and become a backdrop to a detail from Boucher’s 1752 paintingof the young nude Marie Louise O’Murphy. ”Primavera” is about spring, sexuality and love, and is underscored by the classic Pablo Neruda phrase.
Caldwell is known for her large-scale installations using candy wrappers and thread. She is also known for her wall murals using found or acquiredpapers, and her studio work arranging fruit stickers into flowers and stilllife paintings. She is currently working on an Arts for Transit permanentpublic commission for the NYC MTA Bronx Zoo subway station.
Caldwell has shown extensively in NYC, the United States, Europe, and willbe presenting works at Maison des Arts Malakoff in Paris this month. She is in many private and public collections including Frederick R. WeismannFoundation of Los Angeles and Deustche Bank. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
“Soon shall the winter’s foil be here;
Soon shall these icy ligatures unbind and melt–A little while,
And air, soil, wave, suffused shall be in softness, bloom and
growth–a thousand forms shall rise…”-Whitman
December 8, 2010
Dear Friends of Bowery Arts & Science,
The chill of December has come upon us in this little town of New York. Many are making last minute travel plans and holiday arrangements are as bustling as the folks’ making them. Ah December! December also brings us to a year’s end here at Bowery Arts & Science – and if we do say so ourselves – what a year it has been!
COMEDY DOES POETRY DOES COMEDY AT BOWERY POETRY CLUB
Benefit Co-chairs David Cross and Amber Tamblyn joyously announce the marriage of two alien art forms in Comedy Does Poetry Does Comedy, a benefit event to support the arts programming of Bowery Arts Science, a non-profit poetry-and-arts organization that makes its home in the Lower Eastside’s iconic Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York City. The event will take place on Sunday, December 5, 2010, 6:30 pm. The public is invited to participate in a night of artistic role playing and watch what happens when funny people take poetry stuff and make funny-people stuff. Featured performers are Fred Armison, Matt Cook, David Cross, Kristen Schaal, Amber Tamblyn and Sarah Vowell. Derrick Brown plays host, and surprise guests will make appearances. $75 for general admission, $150 for VIP tickets, which include reserved seating and cocktails with the cast. Tickets may be purchased by clicking here or calling 212-352-3101. Seating is limited.
Annual Hollywood Does Poetry Benefit for Bowery Arts & Science . Sunday, May 2, 2010 at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery (Bleecker-Houston). Hollywood stars read poems, and we all have fun in support of the nonprofit that brings you the programming at the Bowery Poetry Club, from Poetry Slams to American Sign Language performances, from West African griots to hiphop, “A beacon on the Bowery” – NY Times.
Performers will include:
Patricia Clarkson: Shutter Island, Whatever Works, Cairo Time
Hugh Dancy: Adam, The Pride, James Gandolfini, In the Loop, Where the Wild Things Are
Vincent Katz (poet, Chair of the Board of Bowery Arts & Science): Libellum, Vanitas
Sapphire: Precious based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (on the Board of Bowery Arts & Science)
Amber Tamblyn: Bang Ditto, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Tickets: $100 reading only;$150 reading + pre-reading cocktails with artists; $300 reading + cocktails plus afterparty at Bob Holman’s. Buy a table for four: $1000
Benefit hotline: 212-614-0504 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 212-614-0504 end_of_the_skype_highlighting can be used to purchase tickets – leave phone number and General Manager David Brouillard will respond or purchase through Paypal via the link below.