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  • EXPERIMENTAL CONVERSATIONS with GORDON HALL
     

    EXPERIMENTAL CONVERSATIONS with GORDON HALL

    Tuesdays, Fall 2014

    BOFFO is pleased to present this series of experimental gallery conversations conceived by Gordon Hall. Between artists and in proximity to their work, these events seek to explore the performative possibilities of speech in relation to exhibitions, objects, and galleries. Rather than talking about artworks, this series experiments with methods of talking with, to, around, through, and because of artworks.

    These conversations are part of an ongoing strain of research in Hall’s work concerning the materiality of discourse and its construction by various cultural producers. Drawing particularly on Hall's Center for Experimental Lectures, these talks will offer alternatives to the codified form of the artist's talk, with unique approaches developed by Hall in collaboration with each participating artist.

    Audio recordings of the conversations will be archived on BOFFO's website.

     


    Gordon Hall is an artist based in New York. Hall has exhibited and performed at SculptureCenter, The Kitchen, Movement Research, EMPAC, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, among others. Hall’s most recent work has been exhibited at Night Club in Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum, Kent Fine Art, and in a solo exhibition at Foxy Production, New York in the fall of 2014. Hall is the director of the Center for Experimental Lectures, a lecture-performance series that has been hosted by MoMA PS1, Recess, The Shandaken Project, Alderman Exhibitions, and by the Whitney Museum of American Art, producing a series of lectures and seminars in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Hall’s writing and interviews have been featured in a variety of publications including V Magazine, Randy, Bomb, Title Magazine, What Is Power? Inquiries Into Contemporary Sculpture (forthcoming, published by SculptureCenter) and in Theorizing Visual Studies (Routledge, 2012). Hall was awarded an LMCC Workspace Residency for 2013-14, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013, and the Fire Island Artist Residency in 2012. Hall holds an MFA and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
     

     


    IN CONVERSATION:

     

    October 14, 2014
    Andrea Rosen Gallery 2


    Matt Keegan is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Next year, he will have a solo show at Rogaland Kunstsenter in Stavanger, Norway. His work has been included in recent notable group exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago; Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam; and the Deutsche Guggenheim. Keegan’s work is included in numerous private and public collections, including The Whitney Museum of American Art; the Guggenheim Museum; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Keegan is the co-founder of North Drive Press, an art publication published from 2004-2010. In 2012, Keegan edited ==, an art edition published by mfc michéle didier. ==#2 will be launched in Spring, 2015.

    October 21, 2014
    Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space


    “As We Were Saying: Art and Identity in the Age of ‘Post’”

    Curated by Claire Barliant



    Does "identity politics" still matter? Maybe a better question would be: does difference still matter?



    Since the mid-nineties, when interest in identity-centric issues began to wane, traditional categories based on race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, have been in question. Identities are now considered relational and fluid rather than inherent and fixed, and it is often stated that we have entered the age of “post”—post-racial, post-critical, post-AIDS. Passive retrospection has replaced active debate.  



    
The artists in this exhibition wrestle with the question of what identity and difference mean today. Works by A.K. Burns and Katherine Hubbard, Josh Faught, and Cassandra Guan reflect on the erosion of community by considering past moments when identity was a cornerstone of political change. Other artists, including Ignacio Lang, Suzanne McClelland, and Jason Simon, examine the way media shapes and constructs identities in a nuanced way, while Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden's The New York Times Feminist Reading Group is a public forum that encourages frank discussion about women’s rights. The question of what identity means now is taken up by Josh Kline and Simone Leigh, who both explore new ways of representing the “other” through figuration; Nikita Gale, whose prints simultaneously pay homage to the legacy of identity politics while protesting being pigeonholed as an artist of color; and Shelly Silver, whose video gives a diverse group of New Yorkers a chance to air their views on subjects ranging from existence to economics. Michael Wang theorizes that difference still matters—and comments on the complications of hybridity—with a sculpture that encourages interaction between domestic and feral pigeons, the latter free to come and go as they wish through one of the gallery’s windows.  



    
Though these artists all have very different strategies and styles, each of them share a sense of responsibility to the past and the legacy of identity politics. If “the work of the past [is] incomplete,” as Walter Benjamin wrote in Theses on the Philopsopy of History, then, instead of blithely accepting the perturbingly neat category of “post,” the artists in this exhibition continue a conversation begun some thirty years ago.

    October 28, 2014
    P.P.O.W


    Adam Putnam’s work has been included in various exhibitions including 2008 Whitney Biennial; the 2nd Moscow Biennial, and the Busan Biennial, South Korea, as well as shown at notable institutions, including MoMA PS1, The Whitney Musuem, The Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo. Curatorial projects have included an exhibition of Martin Wong entitled "Everything Must Go" at P.P.O.W and "Blow Both of Us" at Participant Inc. Recent projects include solo exhibitions at Locust Projects, Miami and Artpace, San Antonio.

    November 11, 2014
    Murray Guy


    Ann Lislegaard (1962, Tønsberg, Norway) is an artist based in Copenhagen. She has had solo exhibitions at Murray Guy, New York (2008, 2011, 2014); Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam (2012); Marabouparken Art Gallery, Stockholm (2010); Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2009); Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2009); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway (2007, 2005); Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (2007); Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Rigdefield, CT (2004); Nationale Fotomuseum, Diamanten, Copenhagen (2002); Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK (2002); Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2001); and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1999). She has participated in La Biennale de Montréal (2014), the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014), the 12th Biennale de Lyon (2013), and the 27th Bienal de São Paulo (2006). She represented Denmark at the Venice Biennale in 2005, along with Peter Land, Joachim Koester, Gitte Villesen and Eva Koch.

    November 18, 2014
    Foxy Production


    Michael Bell-Smith (East Corinth, ME, 1978) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BA in Semiotics from Brown University, Providence, RI; and an MFA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

    Selected exhibitions include Sound Spill, Zabludowicz Art Projects, New York, NY; Spectacle: The Music Video, Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, NY; (both 2013); Is This Thing On? Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; ICA MECA, Portland, ME (solo) (both 2012); Hiroshima MOCA, Japan (solo project); The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image: Part I – Dreams, Caixaforum, Madrid and Barcelona, Spain (both 2011); Abandon Normal Devices, FACT, Liverpool, UK (2009); The Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK; Montage: Unmonumental Online, The New Museum, New York, NY; Blown Away, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL (all 2008); The Singles Collection, SFMoMA, San Francisco, CA; Playback, Musée dʼArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France; Reality Bytes, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX ( all 2007); and Butch Queen Realness with a Twist in Pastel Colors Video Show, Tate Liverpool, UK (2005).

     

    Attendance is free but space is limited. RSVP for events here.

  • ♥ Like: A BOFFO Instagram Projec
     

    ♥ Like:BOFFO Instagram Project

    Debuts September 15

    Instagram has decisively shifted social media sharing practices toward the visual. Favoring images and short videos over text and hyperlinks, the network’s 150 million users (75 million daily) and 60 million daily posts testify to the vast reach of this platform, now used by 13% of internet users worldwide. This sprawling circulation of images is largely organized around the expression of pleasure, averaging 1.6 billion user likes per day. Considering the relative speed with which users scroll through their feeds, perhaps Warhol’s famous quip was an underestimate: if everyone’s “15 minutes of fame” is veering closer to 15 seconds, what will garner attention?

    Like: A BOFFO Instagram Project brings together artists who have made or adapted work specifically for Instagram, bearing in mind its constraints and possibilities, and considering the platform as a medium that has transformative effects on how we understand, approach, and interact with images. Over a period of five weeks, participating artists will release commissioned “social media art” on Instagram. A different artist will debut each week, taking over BOFFO’s Instagram account for 5 days. What they do with the account, if anything, is up to each artist. 
     
    The commissioned work will explore the possibilities of a social media art that encompasses video, photography, and text within tight temporal parameters, exploring the nominally public space of Instagram as a viable platform for artistic experimentation. But this space is not uncontested. Facebook’s 2012 acquisition of Instagram yielded questions about the end use of user-created content. Despite, or in some cases because of this implication of user production in a nexus of data collection, participating artists are using Instagram to inventive ends: to disrupt otherwise seamless flows of images, to highlight dissonances of everyday life and its distorted representations, to explore the fraught tendency of digital self-archiving, or to otherwise promote a critical politics.
     
    Through this commission series, BOFFO aims to support dialogue about the possibilities and potentials of the intersection of art and social media. The launch of these commissioned artistic projects on Instagram is intended to challenge users to engage with critical art amidst the rest of their feeds, and to challenge infrequent or non-users of social media to “sign on” and consider the possibilities of an art that is native to this platform. 
     
     

    In 2013 Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said, "I believe that every photo that gets posted to Instagram is not necessarily a photograph -- or a video is not necessarily a video. It's a message. You're trying to send a message." Instagram users communicate in a visual language, more so than they might via Twitter or Facebook. Instagram relies primarily on the image to communicate ideas, and these images function as interpersonal communicative gestures and networked media entities.

    Social media art as a practice and a genre has been supported and commissioned by contemporary art institutions and programs like the Brooklyn Museum and its “1stfans,” Creative Time and its “Creative Time Tweets” and the New Museum’s Rhizome, a pioneer in articulating emergent terrains of digital art. A 2011 cover story in ARTnews, “The Social Revolution,” helped spark new and engaging conversations about how artists can use social media effectively as a platform for expression. Continuing in this tradition, ♥ Like: A BOFFO Instagram Project supports the exploration of Instagram as a social media art platform through a robust commissioning series. 

    WHAT DOES CREATIVITY ONLINE LOOK LIKE?

    BOFFO encourages artists to consider vernacular internet culture as a means of activating audiences, and to draw inspiration from different modes of online engagement. Social media art practice often awakens and engenders the communal, communicative space of internet culture and idiosyncratic forms of expression that emerge in this space. From Ai Weiwei to Ryan Trecartin, artists from around the world have explored this space through radically divergent approaches and within a contested understanding of how this the space of social media relates to social life in general.

    MEMES

    Often misunderstood, memes are a critical part of the internet’s creative vernaculars. Coined by theorist Richard Dawkins, a meme is a cultural unit that spreads from person to person much like a gene. In the context of the internet, this generally means a unit of media such as a video, hashtag or image, regularly transferred between users, transformed, and remixed. This ongoing transformation distinguishes memes from viral media. Memes do not simply spread on the web: they shift and change over time. Memes can have a powerful impact as art objects and tools for advocacy in a variety of contexts.
     
    As social media artist An Xiao Mina noted in a recent talk at TEDGlobal, memes often function like street art, offering a way for common citizens to reshape and comment on the media environment around them. In this case, the internet becomes the mural/backdrop against which a meme is seen and understood.  Memes have demonstrated considerable political traction, having risen up in reaction to Ai Weiwei’s increased oppression by the Chinese government in 2011 and a major train crash in southern China. The PEN Center recently began #WithFlowers in support of Weiwei’s freedom to travel, a response to the artist’s own use of Instagram to post images of flowers in protest of his house arrest. Despite various national censorship protocols, the rich creative possibility of memes has enabled them to propagate, reflecting the artistic potential of common netizens to galvanize around social issues. On the flip side, researcher Katy Pearce has examined propaganda memes generated by the Azerbaijani government as a method of influencing and shaping public opinion in the country.

    THE ART OF THE SELFIE

    From President Obama to the Pope, it seems like this form of digital self-portraiture has become a ubiquitous mode of representation; the term increased in usage by 17,000% last year. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the decision was unanimous: the 2013 word of the year was “selfie.” Self-representation through social media is somewhat of a recent phenomenon. Although the term’s earliest use was cited in 2002, and self-representation has been present in artistic practice for centuries, in the last year—partially due to the increased use of Instagram—the selfie has become a term invested with worldwide currency.
     
    The vernacular of selfies intersects with a history of critically-employed self-portraiture in art, particularly resonant in contemporary feminist practices. Cindy Sherman, an artist whose work is exhibited worldwide and was shown in an eponymous retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2012, has since the 1970s plumbed fields of representation for disparate and poignant critiques. As the artist explained in The New York Times in the early 1990s: “I feel I’m anonymous in my work. When I look at the pictures, I never see myself; they aren’t self-portraits. Sometimes I disappear.” Contemporary artist K8 Hardy, whose early work of costumed self-portraiture brought her much attention, was recently quoted in Art in America saying: “The whole selfie phenomenon … really made me look at my work differently, and re-assess it …Everyone is photographing themselves. I’m a poser, but now even kids surpass me in this regard.” 
     
    In the context of social media, the “selfie” is ultimately something of a misnomer, implying that the action is conducted in isolation. It is perhaps more useful to consider the selfie—in its broad socio-technological ecology and within the expanded field of images—as a communicative act intended to convey emotion, share an idea, tell a story or even inspire others to a particular form of action or engagement. 
     
    Internet selfies have emerged globally beyond the context of contemporary art. In Nigeria, the Gunman Pose became one of the first globally-recognized Instagram memes in Sub-Saharan Africa. The meme emerged in response to rapper Olamide’s album cover, which depicted the artist posing with arms outstretched and fingers pointed like guns. 
     
    Selfies have also had remarkable impacts on civic engagement and human rights advocacy. After the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin, a young African-American man in south Florida, citizens came together to advocate for awareness about the circumstances of his death by taking pictures of themselves wearing hoodies, as a show of support. Similarly, citizens in China donned sunglasses and uploaded the photos to social media as a way to evade censorship and speak out about Chen Guangcheng, a blind activist lawyer. Similarly, Hyperallergic writer Alicia Eler has gathered and curated selfies that challenge binary gender norms. Much more than acts of self portraiture, these selfie phenomenons instigated communities and advocacy groups to form on momentous scales.

    HASHTAG CONVERSATIONS

    Interview Magazine, founded in 1969 by Andy Warhol, has featured countless conversations between celebrities, artists, musicians, and other creative types. In its early iterations, these conversations also looped in interesting strangers encountered on the streets of New York. Since its beginning, the magazine has always sought to share these conversations with a large public. For many years Warhol distributed the magazine freely to his friends. With a current monthly print distribution of over 270,000, over to 200,000 Instagram followers, and an increasingly important online presence, it seems only fitting that Interview is the media partner for this series.
     
    Not unlike Interview’s early grassroots circulation, hashtags can create powerful conversations amongst a larger public. The digital-linguistic convention of the hashtag, which emerged in some of the earliest versions of internet chat, entails simply marking a topic with a pound or hash sign (#), as a way of organizing conversations around a topic. Although popularized by Twitter, the hashtag was not an original feature of the service. It was in fact developed by Twitter users, and the convention continues today as a way to register conversations and images on a global discursive plane.
     
    Hashtags that gain considerable traction often rely on humor or catchy tag lines that give them a viral, memetic quality. #Bisexualfacts, for instance, trended on Twitter (meaning it was one of the top hashtags of the day around the world) in response to misguided perceptions and stereotypes about bisexual individuals. As the organizer of the hashtag noted, “People getting to relate to each other and see each other coming to these topics in an honest, personal way is much more eye-opening than [a conversation conducted] entirely academically.” Similar actions occurred in Uganda around the #SavetheMiniSkirt hashtag, which challenged an anti-pornography bill recently passed in the country. 
     
    In the art world, Nate Hill utilized the hashtag #PunchMePanda to encourage participants to summon an anthropomorphic panda that they could, as the title implied, punch, as an outlet for their aggression and fear. The dark humor of this hashtag gave the piece a viral but deeply unsettling quality that resonated with a wide range of participants and viewers. As The Guardian wrote of Hill’s project, its timely ingenuity lies in “its combination of delightful eccentricity and public-service practicality.”

    PERFORMANCE ARTISTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

    While internet-based art has traditionally experimented with and tested the boundaries of digital space, social media art today operates amidst a proliferation of mobile devices. As such, physical and digital spaces are increasingly in dialogue with each other, their boundaries increasingly blurred. Thinking about these spaces as inherently separate constitutes an unnecessary divide—one that social technology theorists like Nathan Jurgenson have called “digital dualism.”
     
    Performance artists working in social media have created performative actions in physical spaces that are transformed by their co-existence in digital space. Digital space creates special affordances for physical acts that extend beyond the bounds of geo-temporal environments, particularly in encouraging and emphasizing co-creative actions for the works themselves. Recently, Turkish performance artist Erdem Gündüz performed Standing Man, an iconic image of protest in Turkey’s Gezi Park during an apex of recent protests. With increased police brutality against citizens assembling in the park, Gündüz encouraged a form of digital public assembly that enabled symbolic gathering despite (and perhaps because of) the increased restrictions on physical assembly.
     
    A performance can continue to conceptually occupy a specific physical space, while its engagement of social media provides the digital space of a concurrent existence. Other examples of this include Man Bartlett’s 24hPort, which involved the artist tweeting and communicating online for 24 hours at the Port Authority Terminal in Manhattan. Part of a series commissioned by Creative Time, Creative Time Tweets, 24hPort created a layered field of social media interactions while Bartlett enacted the piece in the physical, public, often rather isolating space of transit beneath the city. Lauren McCarthy’s commission for the Brooklyn Museum’s 1stfans Twitter Art Feed involved her tweeting directly from her shower with a special waterproof device. Enacted periodically over the course of a month, her piece tested the boundaries of performance art through the vast affordances of digital expression, as she transformed the typically solitary thoughts that might occupy the mind while showering into public communiques.
     

    FROM ONE ARTIST TO MANY

    The mass impact of art’s engagement of social media can perhaps best be seen in the variety of Gangnam Style remixes generated from the art community in response to Ai Weiwei’s detention. When Weiwei released an iteration of Gangnam Style, he titled it “Grass Mud Horse Style”, a reference to a popular internet meme in China that helps netizens express dissent in spite of internet censorship. London-based artist Anish Kapoor, inspired by Weiwei’s work, created a response online that aggregated performances from a wide variety of museums around the world.
     
    BOFFO encourages artists to see their Instagram posts as creative dialogues and conversations, akin to these examples of social media
     
    art and memetic culture intervening in pressing political events. The Weiwei-Kapoor dialogue is a compelling example: a Korean pop star’s video, amplified by Western musicians, inspired a Chinese artist-activist to make a video referencing Chinese internet culture, which then instigated videos of amplification and support from a British artist and a host of museums across the globe. These are not discrete works, but a chain of responses; not a single artist, but many. 
     
     

    This essay on social media art was written by BOFFO and The Civic Beat. 

     

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    PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

    Yoko Ono

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    For the inaugural artist commission of ♥ Like: A BOFFO Instagram Project, Ono pursues a strand of her practice that has iconic roots in early Conceptual Art. Pairing simple variations of repeated images with expansive and allusive texts, Ono conjures alternative mental worlds. Recalling her work Blue Room Event (1966 - ), in which a series of texts written directly on gallery walls makes performative observations—“This room slowly evaporates every day”—and asks viewers to imagine alternate realities—“Find other rooms which exist in this space”—Ono’s new work inscribes itself directly in the platform interface. Presenting stark compositions and drawing out their associative powers through text, Ono critiques the primacy of the image; she situates an essential component of her work in the open site of Instagram’s comments field, commingling with varied responses and “@” communiqués to other users.

    Yoko Ono is an artist who constantly challenges the traditional boundaries of art, known for her groundbreaking conceptual and performance pieces, experimental films and music.

    K8 HARDY

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    The images K8 Hardy posts on Instagram seem to move, body parts sliding over each other along with dissociated bits of landscape, costume, tchotchke, street and sky. Her photo-based collages are just far enough away from the “straight” images of Instagram as to pose subtle but lucid challenges to the verisimilitude of the platform. Despite Instagram’s corporate rhetoric of “instant” images, Hardy recognizes that its representation is no less mediated than any other technology of contemporary communication and visual culture. Instagram allows users to present entirely constructed subjective realities, often achieved through the use of selfies. Hardy’s frequent employment of this genre sways between outlandish, bored, and confrontational, and her diaristic captions often exceed the common terrain of status updates: “I’m not trying to be nice, stop the admiration of door mats”; “sometimes I feel the shame, but it moves through me really fast.” Hardy’s commission for ♥ Like: A BOFFO Instagram Project will push this practice further, working against the grain of networked representation and testing means of “jamming the feed.”

    K8 Hardy is an artist working in performance, sculpture, photography, collage, publication, and other media. She is a member of queer feminist collective LTTR, has worked with the activist group W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy), and is the creator of the zine fashionfashion. These commitments to feminist critique, queer politics, and economic advocacy are fundamental to her critical engagement of fashion and image production. Hardy’s work emphasizes the interconnectedness of these fields, often via self-portraiture and a sharply humorous embrace of appropriation. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, Reena Spaulings, and Higher Pictures, New York; Dallas Contemporary, Dallas; Tate Modern, London; The Künstlerhaus KM, Graz; Karma International, Zurich; and Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris, among other venues. She received a BA from Smith College, an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts at Bard College, and attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. In 2012, Hardy was a resident at BOFFO’s Fire Island Art Camp.

    XAVIER CHA

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    Limits of representation vary among social media networks. The ability of images to represent reality via these platforms is constrained not only by cultural and technological structures bearing on production and circulation, but by terms and conditions of use. Xavier Cha’s commission for ♥ Like: A BOFFO Instagram Project presses against these conditions, presenting otherwise prohibited content by translating it into aural information. The posts are visually sparse, mimicking an operating system aesthetic. Spoken descriptions are clear and paced, articulating potentially offensive words with even emphasis and calm. Through this process of translation, Cha puts forth extreme images as dissociated sounds, pulled from a large and active cultural library but unable to circulate without risk. Sexual and violent images are thus introduced (perhaps inevitably) into a context that denies the pervasive presence of sex and violence in cultural fields. Skidding against a desensitized landscape of media consumption, the dissonance between the clinical aesthetic and tonal banality of Cha’s posts and the graphic nature of their source images highlights the distorting effects of social media while intimating a pervasive desire for a more open field of digital representation.

    Xavier Cha’s performance-based work revolves around modes of accessibility, exchange, and hierarchies of space and perception. Collaboration is often at play in her performances: Xavier has invited actors, dancers, musicians, programmers, cults, and clowns, among many other non-artist creatives, to not only participate in her projects, but also to become protagonists in the work. Through these events, Cha formalizes subjectivity within contemporary culture, isolating elements of production, perception and communication into bare, abstract and often illogical experience. In stripping away extraneous content, Xavier reveals phantasmic qualities of consumption, trends, and cultural engagement. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, The Kitchen, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (UK), the Sculpture Center, Asia Society Museum, and the Hammer Museum, among other galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe. This year, Xavier was named a Guggenheim Fellow.

    BRAD TROEMEL

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    Brad Troemel’s work engages the social life of images on the Internet. Through his work with Jogging (a collaborative tumblr project Troemel started in 2009) and his individual practice, Troemel surveys and manipulates the reception of art images as they move outside of art contexts. This potential democratization of art and audience is of particular interest to Troemel as he asks “At what point do artists using social media stop making art for the idealized art world audience they want and start embracing the new audience they have?” The circulation of images on Instagram functions largely through metrics of “likes” and mentions—user handles posted in comment fields in order to alert other users to posts of interest. Mentions leave a trail of user response, documenting the relative popularity of an image. Instagram’s sharing functionality stems from response mechanisms that privilege nomination over appropriation (individual call-outs over re-blogging), making it less accommodating to viral spread than other platforms. For ♥ Like: A BOFFO Instagram Project, Troemel explores the form and aesthetics of images that gain significant online traction, seeking to demarcate the outer limit of this spread on Instagram. Combining topical images and meme aesthetics with collisions of left- and right-wing political sentiment, Troemel’s images provoke but do not operate along a straightforward trajectory of comprehension; misunderstanding is part of the plan.

    Brad Troemel is an artist based in Brooklyn. Recent solo exhibitions include LIVE/WORK, Tomorrow Gallery, New York (Opening October 12), FREEDOM LIGHTS OUR WORLD (FLOW), Zach Feuer Gallery, New York (2014), Customs, Still House, Brooklyn (2014), and The Edwards Copy, 1796–2014, Future Gallery, Berlin (2014). Peer Pressure, a volume of Troemel’s writings—subtitled “Essays on the Internet by an Artist on the Internet”—was published by LINK Editions in 2011 and is available for free PDF download online.

    ALEX DA CORTE & JAYSON MUSSON

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    Alex Da Corte and Jayson Musson are longtime friends and recent collaborators. Their commission for ♥ Like: A BOFFO Instagram Project begins with a significant shared inspiration: vernaculars of the street. For Da Corte, the creative re-purposing of common goods for pragmatic ends is a crucial influence (and a mainstay of his Philadelphia neighborhood). His documentation of these inventive gestures approaches them as moments of ingenuity and necessity; the eventual incorporation of this ethos into his sculpture is more a reproduction of intent than a contextual hedge. Importantly, Da Corte and Musson don’t lose sight of the essential humor and poetry of the street, of consumer detritus and its absurd round-trips through cycles of use-value. Musson’s humorous engagement of street culture often pursues its varied manifestations in social media. As a catalog of personal desires and self-reflections and an extended revel in the inventions and delusions of contemporary humans, his observational use of Instagram makes few material distinctions: Twitter screenshots and first-gen snapshots share equal stage, producing a digital-physical leveling that privileges affect over medium. Da Corte and Musson’s collaborative Instagram commission emphasizes the urgency with which users attempt to represent and create worlds within the parameters of the platform—making (and posting) things out of an essential desire to create.

    Alex Da Corte (b. 1980, Camden, N.J.) lives and works in Philadelphia. Da Corte has exhibited solo shows at White Cube, London, Carl Kostyal, Stockholm, and David Risley, Copenhagen (all 2014), the Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine, and Joe Sheftel Gallery, New York (both 2013), among others. His work has also been part of group shows at galleries and institutions including Mitchell Innes + Nash, New York (2014), Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2010), and MoMA PS1, New York (2009). This September he will show Eastern Sports, a collaborative project with Jayson Musson, at ICA Philadelphia. He received his BFA from the University of the Arts and his MFA from Yale University in 2012.

    Jayson Musson (b. 1977) received his BFA in Photography from the University of Arts, Philadelphia and his MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, Texas, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and the Grimmuseum in Berlin. He is currently working on a children’s book published by Paul Chan’s Badlands Unlimited and a play produced by Grand Arts in Kansas City, MO. Jayson Musson lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

     

     

     

     

     


     

  • BOFFO Fire Island Art Camp
    May 26 - August 31, 2014
    Fire Island Pines, NY

    Enriching the Fire Island Pines community through the arts.

    The BOFFO Art Camp on Fire Island will be a culmination of artistic presentations contextualized by the history and culture of The Pines.  Events & programs include sunset musical performances, art exhibitions, experimental food presentations, movie screenings, painting workshops, craft lessons, and more.  The BOFFO Art Camp will be open to the public in hopes of adding a positive cultural influence to its inhabitants of the island.  BOFFO will present a community driven artist residency program where 7 artists are selected to create a body of work that enriches and informs.  These programs will provide a constant activity that will engage the diversified friends and family of Fire Island.  The series of programs and works will provide moments to reflect, celebrate, and memorialize the perseverance of those on Fire Island.

    CALENDAR

    Session I     May 26 – June 8
    LaFawndah

    Session II     June 9 – 22
    Raul de Nieves

    Session III     June 23 - July 6
    Assume Vivid Astro Focus

    Session IV     July 7 – 20
    Daphne Fitzpatrick

    Session V    July 21  - August 3
    Tony Cox

    August 9

    BOFFO Fire Island Art Camp Benefit - Andy Warhol's Birthday

    Session VI    August 4  - 17
    Malik Gaines & Alex Segade

    Session VII    August 18  - August 31
    Jeanine Oleson

    Located just steps from the ocean and pristine beaches. The residency is located at 533 Sail Walk in the Fire Island Pines.  Projects take place at different locations around the island.

    Fire Island Pines, part of a barrier island on the southern side of Long Island, is a hamlet in the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York.   Often referred to as The Pines, this one square mile area located on Fire Island, is 60 miles from New York City.  Transportation on The Pines is via foot on boardwalks.

     

     



     
    SESSION VII: WEEK I
     
    MONDAY AUGUST 18TH- 6:30PM
     
    BOFFO Tea at Blue Whale
     
    TUESDAY AUGUST 19TH- 5:30PM
     
    Artist Talk at Whyte Hall
     
    WEDNESDAY AUGUST 20TH-8:30PM
     
    Movie Night presents:
    Madame X: An Absolute Ruler by Ulrike Ottinger / Blue Whale Pool Deck
     
    SUNDAY AUGUST 24TH- 1PM
     
    Children's Workshop on the beach at Beach Hill
     
    SESSION VII: WEEK II
     
    MONDAY AUGUST 25TH- 6PM
     
    BOFFO Tea at Blue Whale
     
    WEDNESDAY AUGUST 27TH- 8:30PM
     
    Movie Night presents:
    Love Streams by John Cassavetes / Blue Whale Pool Deck
     
    TBA- Final Presentation of the work done in BOFFO FIre Island Art Camp & Celebration
     
    SUNDAY AUGUST 31TH- 12-4PM
     
    Children's Workshop on the beach at Beach Hill
     
    WEEK 1: MONDAY AUGUST 4TH- 5:30PM/6PM Artist talk at Whyte Hall and BOFFO Tea at Blue Whale at 6PM / WEDNESDAY AUGUST 6TH-8:30PM Movie Night presents:The Apple by Menahem Goland / Blue Whale Pool Deck / SUNDAY AUGUST 10TH- 1PM Children's Workshop on the beach at Beach Hill / WEEK II: MONDAY AUGUST 11TH- 6PM BOFFO Tea at Blue Whale / WEDNESDAY AUGUST 13TH- 8:30PM Movie Night presents: Phenomena by Dario Argento Blue Whale Pool Deck / SATURDAY AUGUST 16TH-5PM Fire Signs 616 Shore Walk / SUNDAY AUGUST 17TH- 12-4PM Children's Workshop on the beach at Beach Hill
     
    WEEK I: MONDAY JULY 21ST- 4:30PM/6PM Artist talk at Whyte Hall and BOFFO Tea at Blue Whale at 6PM / WEDNESDAY JULY 23RD-8:30PM Movie Night presents: How to Draw a Bunny by John W. Walter, Blue Whale Pool Deck / SATURDAY JULY 26TH- 8PM Cocktail Party at Brent Sikkema and Daniel Garcia’s Private Residence / SUNDAY JULY 27TH- 1PM Children's Workshop on the beach at Beach Hill / WEEK II: MONDAY JULY 28TH- 6PM BOFFO Tea at Blue Whale / THURSDAY JULY 31ST- 8:30PM Movie Night presents: Taxi Zum Klo by Frank Riddploh Blue Whale Pool Deck / SATURDAY AUGUST 2ND- 8:30PM Film Screening / SUNDAY AUGUST 3RD- 12-4PM Drawing workshop on beach at Cedar Walk
     
    WEEK I: MONDAY JULY 7TH- 4:30PM/6PM Artist talk at Whyte Hall and BOFFO Tea at Blue Whale at 6PM / WEDNESDAY JULY 9TH-8:30PM Movie Night presents: To Be or Not to Be by Ernst Lubitsch Blue Whale Pool Deck / SATURDAY JULY 12th- 8PM Cocktail Party at Brent Sikkema and Daniel Garcia’s Private Residence / SUNDAY JULY 13TH- 1PM Children's Workshop on the beach at Beach Hill / WEEK II: MONDAY JULY 14th- 6PM BOFFO Tea at Blue Whale / WEDNESDAY JULY 16th- 8:30PM Movie Night presents: Mr. & Mrs. Smith by Alfred Hitchcock Blue Whale Pool Deck / SUNDAY JULY 20th- 12-4PM Drawing workshop on beach at Cedar Walk
     
    WEEK I: MONDAY JUNE 23rd- 4:3Opm/6pm Artist talk at Whyte Hall and BOFFO Tea at Blue Whale at 6PM / WEDNESDAY JUNE 25th-8:30pm Screening of Mauvais Sang (The Night is Young) by Leos Carax; Blue Whale Pool Deck / SUNDAY JUNE 29th- 1pm Children's Workshop on the beach at Beach Hill / WEEK II: MONDAY JUNE 30th- 6pm BOFFO Tea at Blue Whale / WEDNESDAY JULY 2nd- 9pm Screening of Holy Motors by Leos Carax; Blue Whale Pool Deck / SUNDAY JULY 6th- 1pm Children/Adult Workshop on beach at Beach Hill
     
    WEEK I: MONDAY JUNE 9th- 4:3Opm/6pm Artist talk at Whyte Hall and BOFFO Tea at Blue Whale at 6PM / WEDNESDAY JUNE 11th-8:30pm Screening of El Topo by Alejandro Jodorowsky; Blue Whale Pool Deck / SUNDAY JUNE 15th- 1pm Children's Workshop on the beach at Beach Hill WEEK II: MONDAY JUNE 16th- 6pm BOFFO Tea at Blue Whale / WEDNESDAY JUNE 18th- 9pm Screening of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me by David Lynch; Blue Whale Pool Deck / SATURDAY JUNE 22th- 5pm Three Slices of Pie by Raul De Nieves, end of residency performance / SUNDAY JUNE 23rd- 1pm Children's Workshop on the beach at Beach Hill 

    WEEK I: MONDAY MAY 26th- 4:30pm/6pm Artist talk at Whyte Hall and BOFFO Tea at Blue Whale at 6PM / WEDNESDAY MAY 28th-8:30pm Screening of Dancehall Queen by Rick Elgood; Blue Whale Pool Deck / SUNDAY JUNE 1st- 1pm Children's Workshop on the beach at Beach Hill / WEEK II: MONDAY JUNE 2nd- 6pm BOFFO Tea at Blue Whale / WEDNESDAY JUNE 4th- 9pm Screening of Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell by Matt Wolf; Blue Whale Pool Deck / SATURDAY JUNE 7th- 6pm LAFAWNDAH ON FIRE: end of residency performance / SUNDAY JUNE 8th- 1pm Children's Workshop on the beach at Beach Hill

     

     

     

     

     


     

     

     

     






     


    Born in Tehran and raised in Paris, the New York based singer and producer LAFAWNDAH cut her musical teeth as a member of Nidada, an all-girl group she founded with friends in Mexico City in 2011. She has been performing solo since late 2012 including stints during Art Basel Miami Beach, Glenn O'Brien's recent TV Party revival and LA's infamous Mustache Monday. LAFAWNDAHS vocal stylings invite comparison to the beauty and seduction of Sade while the confidence, empowered sexuality and self-granted freedom evoke the energy of Grace Jones. While these references come to mind, LAFAWNDAH has staged an entirely new musical landscape to explore.
    Oberlin College and Conservatory and Gerrit Rietveld Academie Alumni, Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi released their second LP together as Teengirl Fantasy on historic Belgian techno label R&S records in 2012.  The group tours extensively worldwide and has performed at numerous art institutions such as Moma PS1, MAD Museum, Cleveland Museum, New Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Brooklyn Museum, and Bergen KunsthallTeengirl Fantasy's visual aesthetic remains ever as important as the audio, and they are known for their former official 'teenfan' website http://teengirlfantasy.angelfire.com and collaborations with "Wifi-based" artist Kari Altmann.
    Tamner, born in 1987 is a composer and sound designer in the field of experimental music and lives in Berlin. He graduated with a Master of Arts in Sound Studies at the University of Arts Berlin, 2011. Tamer won awards and participated in funding in part by the Goethe-Institut and ZKM Karlsruhe. Results of his musical studies have been presented in India, China and Turkey. Productions under his musical direction and participation were realized at the Komische Opera Berlin, Staatsoper Hannover and Dusseldorf Theatre.

    A multimedia artist combining an emphasis on hand-made craftsmanship and creative use of (dys)functional language in his explorations of excess and identity. His body of work encompasses narrative painting, decadent multimedia performance, large-scale figurative sculpture, live music, and ornamental self-crafted shoes and garments to engage his audience. His personal mythology ranges in scope and complexity in the form of childish tantrum or cosmic interplays of manifestation and dissolution.

    Founded by Eli Sudbrack (b. Rio de Janiero, Brazil, 1968) in 2002. Since 2005 he has been working with Christophe Hamaide Pierson (b. Paris, 1973) as a duo that often morphs into a collective, depending on the different projects they are involved in. assume vivid astro focus came into being in 2001, the name always rendered in lowercase. avaf’s work consists of painting, drawing, photography, film, and digital technologies. Their Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art) installations confronts gender, politics, and embedded cultural codes through pop imagery. Often recycling imagery in the form of decals and wallpapers - the politics of free speech, civil rights, revolution, and national identity flows freely.
    avaf's work has been part of In Living Contact, the 28th Sao Paulo Biennial (2008), Destroy Athens the Athen’s Biennial curated by Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, Poka-Yio and Augustine Zenakos (2007), and the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2004). Solo exhibitions include alisabel viril apagão fenomen Casa Triangulo, Brazil, (2013); aqui vivimos atisbando fantasmas, Centro Contemporaneo La Conservera, Murcia (2010); affektert veggmaleri akselererende faenskap, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway (2009); antonella varicella arabella fiorella, ENEL Contemporanea (2008) curated by Francesco Bonami, Rome, Italy; butch queen realness with a twist in pastel colors (featuring Dick Jewell), Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (2005); and a forthcoming solo show at The Suzanne Geiss Company in May 2014. Group exhibitions include, Pop Politics, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, CA2M, Madrid Spain (2012); Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, The New Museum curated by Jeff Koons, New York (2010); Space for Your Future, curated by Yuko Hasegawa Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2007); Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since1967, curated by Dominic Molon, MCA, Chicago; Ecstasy: In and About Altered States, curated by Paul Schimmel, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles. Selected permanent collections include: Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz, Goetz Collection, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York, and Museum of Modern Art (MAM), São Paulo. avaf is a featured artist of the PBS series Art 21. Recently they completed comboworks, an interactive online project. In 2012 they participated in major commercial campaigns with Comme des Garcons, Barney’s New York, and the Melissa Galerie.

     
    American artist Daphne Fitzpatrick is known for her witty embrace of semantic shifts that result from imaginative play with materials, objects and photographs. Her work often combines sculpture and photography. Like the traditions of Dada and Surrealism, her uncanny juxtapositions uproot stable understandings of the world around us.Fitzpatrick was on the Yale University Sculpture faculty for a decade, 2001-2011. Her work has been written about in Artforum, The New Yorker and The New York Times.

     
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    Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade have been collaborating on interdisciplinary projects since they met as undergrads at UCLA. With Jade Gordon, they comprise the group My Barbarian, which makes performances, videos, music, and installations that use theatricality, humor and camp to playfully reenact serious artistic, political, social and historical situations. The group has performed and exhibited extensively; they have had solo shows at Museo El Eco, Mexico City; Participant Inc., New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Yaffo 23, Jerusalem, Israel; Transformer Gallery, Washington DC; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; Human Resources, Los Angeles.

    The group has been included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, 2009 Baltic Triennial, 2006 and 2008 California Biennials, 2007 Montreal Biennial, and 2005 and 2007 Performa Biennials.  The group has performed and presented work in major art and theater institutions
    internationally and has received grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Creative Capital, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs, and Art Matters.  Since moving from Los Angeles to New York in 2012, Gaines and Segade have worked under the name Courtesy the Artists, presenting collaborative performance events at MoMA PS1, Recess, the New Museum and the Studio Museum in Harlem.  Gaines, whose other work includes publications and curatorial projects, received his MFA from CalArts, his PhD in Performance Studies from UCLA, and is Assistant Professor of Art at Hunter College. Segade, who also exhibits solo video and performance work, received his MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from UCLA and teaches art, video and performance at Bard College, Cooper Union, and Parsons, The New School. Two Fire Signs, Gaines is a Sagittarius and Segade is an Aries.


    Jeanine Oleson is an artist whose practice incorporates interdisciplinary uses of photography, performance, film/video, and installation work. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Rutgers University. Oleson has exhibited at venues including: Exit Art, NY; Beta-Local, San Juan, PR; X-Initiative, NY; Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO; Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY; L.A.C.E., Los Angeles; Monya Rowe Gallery, NY; Samson Projects, Boston, MA; John Connelly Presents, NY; H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Museum of Art, MO; Participant, Inc., NY; MOMA/PS 1, Queens, NY; Pumphouse Gallery, London; White Columns, NY; and Art in General, NY. Oleson has received a Franklin Furnace Fellowship and a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant in 2009; Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Regrant, 2008 and 2009; and Professional Development Fellowship, College Art Association, 1999-2000. She’s also been in residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Smack Mellon Studio Program, NY. Oleson is an Assistant Professor of Photography in the Department of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons the New School for Design.

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

     
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    BOFFO Fire Island Art Camp, how to visit:

    Train and Ferry:

    Take the LIRR from Penn Station to Sayville, at the station is a shuttle heading to the Ferry going directly to Fire Island Pines, check the following schedules:

    Train schedule / Ferry schedule

    By Car:

    Click here for driving directions to the Sayville ferry services, then take ferry to Fire Island.


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    BOFFO Building Fashion 2013

     

    BOFFO Building Fashion 2013: Linda Farrow + Neiheiser & Valle

    Store hours from Dec. 4 – 24, 2013: Monday – Saturday from 12 PM – 7 PM and Sundays 12 PM – 6 PM.  Opening Celebration by invitation only:  Dec. 10, 7 – 9 PM.  Credit cards are accepted. No Cash.

    Friday, December 6th the second installation in the AIA award winning BOFFO Building Fashion series will open with a three week fashion and architecture retail installation by Linda Farrow + Neiheiser & Valle. A shipping container and surrounding warehouse space at the SuperPier at Hudson River Park (15th Street) in New York City, will be radically transformed, inviting visitors to a unique public art experience. An endless landscape of stone and light by Neiheiser & Valle adjacent to the Hudson River provides the backdrop for more than just Linda Farrow’s collection of luxurious eyewear, but an experience that transforms the brand for its New York City fans.
     
    This BOFFO Building Fashion project is designed to transport the visitor from the dark winter of New York City to an infinite landscape of stone and light. Neiheiser & Valle state, “Eyewear mediates our vision and moderates our intake of light, but it also has the power to transform and transport.” For this installation, the architectural elements are minimized while the spatial qualities essential to both vision and illusion - deep space, radiance, and reflection - are maximized. The only objects present are the Linda Farrow glasses, suspended against an undulating environment of rich material qualities - coarse piles of stone, gold displays, ethereal mirrors, polished marble, and crisp light. Parallel walls of mirrored reflection multiply the space in both directions, creating an infinite field that is both heavy and light, an expansive landscape paradoxically contained within the confines of a shipping container, an oasis of luxury and 
    warmth unexpectedly discovered in a cold warehouse by the Hudson River.

    The installation will offer a selection of eyewear from the Linda Farrow collection, as well as its celebrated international designer collaborations. Unveiling for the first time the SS14 collaboration collections with Suno and 3.1 Phillip Lim, as well as continuing collaborations with designers like Dries Van Noten, Jeremy Scott, Oscar de la Renta, The Row, and Prabal Gurung.  
     
    Alongside the eyewear collection, the installation will offer a capsule collection in celebration of the Linda Farrow 10th anniversary of the relaunch of the brand. Expanding into lifestyle for the first time, the capsule collection is a luxurious selection of collaborative projects created with leading designers including shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood, 
    lingerie by Agent Provocateur, jewelery by Mawi and the first Linda Farrow handbag, among other items and will be the exclusive brick & mortar to carry the capsule in New York. 
     
    2013 has been a milestone for Linda Farrow. To be able to celebrate a 10-year anniversary with such exciting projects like the capsule collection, and now partnering with a storied project such as BOFFO Building Fashion séries, is incredible" say Simon Jablon and Tracy Sedino of Linda Farrow.
     
    BOFFO Building Fashion Linda Farrow + Neiheiser & Valle is the twelveth installation of BOFFO Building Fashion series.  The series has generated over 500 Million Media Impressions with features in most major art/design/culture publications.  Linda Farrow + Office NV will follow this installation, opening in December at SuperPier.   Previous installations include: Nicola Formichetti + Gage/Clemenceau, Irene Neuwirth + THEVERYMANY, Patrik Ervell + Graham Hudson, The Lake & Stars + SOFTlab, Ohne Titel + EASTON+COMBS, Simon Spurr + Collective, Heather Huey + Urban A&O, Richard Chai + Snarkitecture, House of Waris + Christian Wassmann, and Siki Im + LeongLeong.  

     

     

     
    LINDA FARROW offers what most eyewear companies can no longer offer: "innovation" in the purest sense of the word. Established in 1970, the Linda Farrow brand of luxury eyewear rose quickly to acclaim amongst stylish Londoners and international jet set. Originally a fashion designer, Linda Farrow was one of the first to treat sunglasses as fashion, producing collection after cutting-edge collection. A tireless experimenter, Farrow pioneered many of the shapes and styles that remain stylish today. Linda Farrow's long tradition of originality has been kept current by the use of collaborating with the most exciting designers to date, who bring a new perspective, whilst respecting the values which have made Linda Farrow a by-word for style, exclusivity and excellence. Linda Farrow has never lost sight of what its fundamental values; to create innovative products at a luxury level. Today renowned for its collaborations with many of the world's most acclaimed designers (Dries Van Noten, Oscar de la Renta, The Row, Matthew Williamson, Alexander Wang, Jeremy Scott, Kris van Assche among them). Its unprecedented range of vintage sunglasses (over 2000 original designs from the 70s and 80s), and its uncompromisingly luxurious 18K and Luxe lines, Linda Farrow has established itself as one of the most exciting brands in fashion today.
     
     
    NEIHEISER & VALLE is a multidisciplinary design practice committed to both playful experimentation and serious research. Ryan Neiheiser and Giancarlo Valle see design as a conversation, a loose exchange of forms and ideas, an open dialogue with their histories and surroundings. They approach each project with an intellectual curiosity, an artistic rigor, and a strong commitment to realizing their ideas in the world.
     

    Location

    SuperPier, when complete in the spring of 2015, will be the most innovative culture, entertainment, dining and retail experience New York City has seen since the opening of Rockefeller Center in 1939. Nearly 12 acres of raw space will undergo an extensive renovation in preparation to accept the world’s most sought after retailer, restaurant, and lifestyle brands, and fuse them with the most promising emerging talents in food, fashion, film, art and other creative fields. SuperPier extends on-over-& under the Hudson River at West 15th Street adjacent to The Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, The High Line, the Whitney, Chelsea Market, and sits at one of the most trafficked nexuses of the city.  SuperPier includes 270,000 square feet of total leasable space for targeted uses such as food markets and restaurants; culture and recreation; creative retailers; and an “Incubox” marketplace. www.superpier.com

    Resources

    Architectural Systems, Inc. is a leading international distributor of architectural and sustainable materials, ASI's distinctive collections offer fresh, innovative solutions for commercial interiors and are streamlined into five categories: ASI Wood Panels, ASI Flooring, ASI Decorative Surfaces, ASI Specialty Products and ASI Display & Furniture. The company's products are confidently specified by the foremost architecture and design firms, installed globally in retail, corporate, education, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, and  institutional, projects. Visit the 5,000SF showroom in New York City or view the website at www.archsystems.com for the full line of interior finishes.

    Focus Lighting, Inc. is an award-winning 30-person architectural lighting design firm based in New York City. Founded in 1986 by Paul Gregory, Focus Lighting works with world-renowned architects and designers on a variety of projects from large entertainment and retail facilities, to hotels, restaurants, and high-end residences. Among these projects are Crystals at CityCenter (Las Vegas) designed by Daniel Libeskind and Rockwell Group and the 100th and 101st Anniversary Times Square Ball. Focus Lighting strives to provide architects and owners with innovative, well-designed lighting tailored to each individual project design.  www.focuslighting.com

     
     
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    BOFFO Art Camp 2013

    BOFFO Fire Island Art Camp
    June 3 - September 4, 2013
    Fire Island Pines, NY

    Enriching the Fire Island Pines community through art & design.

    CALENDAR

    Session 1     June 3 – 16
    Kalup Linzy

    Session 2     June 17 – 30
    Eve Fowler

    Session 3     July 1 - 14
    Dawn Kasper

    Session 4     July 22 – August 4
    Item Idem

    August 3

    BOFFO Fire Island Art Camp Benefit - Andy Warhol's Birthday

    $75 Tickets: www.boffofip.eventbrite.com

    Session 5    August 5  - 18
    The Black Soft

    Session 5    August 19  - Sept. 2

    The BOFFO Art Camp on Fire Island will be a culmination of artistic presentations contextualized by the history and culture of The Pines.  Events & programs include sunset musical performances, art exhibitions, experimental food presentations, movie screenings, painting workshops, craft lessons, and more.  The BOFFO Art Camp will be open to the public in hopes of adding a positive cultural influence to its inhabitants of the island.  BOFFO will present a community driven artist residency program where 6 artists are selected to create a body of work that enriches and informs.  These programs will provide a constant activity that will engage the diversified friends and family of Fire Island.  The series of programs and works will provide moments to reflect, celebrate, and memorialize the perseverance of those on Fire Island.

    Located just steps from the ocean and pristine beaches. The residency is located at 533 Sail Walk in the Fire Island Pines.  Projects take place at different locations around the island.

    Fire Island Pines, part of a barrier island on the southern side of Long Island, is a hamlet in the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York.   Often referred to as The Pines, this one square mile area located on Fire Island, is 60 miles from New York City.  Transportation on The Pines is via foot on boardwalks.

    Kalup Linzy

    Linzy will present a live performance version of his musical film project Romantic Loner and present the tenth installment of his Conversations Wit De Churen series, One Life To Heal featuring Michael Stipe and Leo Fitzpatrick.  Afterwards Linzy will choose a selection of karaoke songs from influential, iconic female singers; guests will be able to dress up as his character Taiwan Braswell to sing along.  They will have the option of having their performance videotaped.  All are welcome to watch and sing along while Kalup takes over The Fire Island Pines Blue Whale Saturday Nights.

    About Kalup Linzy

    Kalup Linzy is a video and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Stuckey, Florida. Linzy received his MFA from the University of South Florida. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Linzy has been the recipient of numerous awards including a grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation grant, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, an Art Matters Grant, and The Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni Awards Residency.


    Linzy's best-known work is a series of politically charged videos that satirize the conventions of the television soap opera. His work has been included in exhibitions Frequency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Prospect.1 New Orleans, 30 Americans, Rubell Family Collection, MoMA PS1 Greater New York, At Home/Not At Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College. His work is in the public collections at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

     

    In summer 2010, Linzy appeared on the long running ABC soap opera General Hospital alongside James Franco in a story line that incorporated performance art. In 2011, he released the music EP Turn It Up (featuring James Franco) and was featured in the production Four Saints in Three Acts: An Opera Installation presented by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Beuna Center. In 2012, he was awarded a Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni Residency in Sausalito, CA, where he shot the majority of his upcoming feature film (Introducing Kaye) Romantic Loner, which will screen during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The Romantic Loner album is his third full length album which is available on Itunes and other digital outlets.

     

    Eve Fowler

    During this time, Fowler will develop work for the Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair and the Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference at MoMA PS1, which will be held in September. Fowler’s project will feature a lending library with a selection of books on loan from her personal collection, including publications written by her close friends and work that has influenced her practice as an artist. A selection of Fowler’s artwork will also be displayed in the Pines at 4 Ocean Walk, where there will be an opportunity for guests to interact with the artist on a portrait or other art piece that will be completed during the residency. The exhibition at 4 Ocean will be showing Hustlers from the 90s that include NY/LA Queer artists and posters. The program will also feature work from the public art project “A Spectacle and Nothing Strange," a poster series that uses text from Gertrude Stein's "Tender Buttons." Posters from the series will appear in the island as well as in certain homes during the summer. On Sunday morning, a kids program will be held with inspiration from the poster project.

     

    About Eve Fowler

    Eve Fowler lives and works in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Temple University (BA, 1986) and Yale University (MFA, 1992). Fowler is also the co-founder of Artist Curated Projects in Los Angeles. Her previous work has appeared in the Horton Gallery and the Julie Saul Gallery in New York and the Thomas Solomon Gallery in Los Angeles. She has participated in group exhibitions at Tulane University Art Gallery in New Orleans, Leo Koenig Inc. Projekte in New York, New Langton Arts and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Her work is included in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum in New York, and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Her work has also been included in the California Biennial, Greater LA, and is set to appear in a billboard project titled “Manifest Destiny,” which will be organized by LAND in 2013-14. This spring, Fowler will present two collaborative projects with Sam Gordon at Feature and Printed Matter in New York.

     

    Dawn Kasper
    A new site specific performance designed for the 533 Sail House – BOFFO's artist residence on the Fire Island Pines. The session will have a private performance that will explore and illustrate an existential comedy of errors. The Pines community is invited to break bread, share drinks, and to be entertained in an intimate setting. This event will be organic and spontaneous, fresh and organized. The session intends to lighten the load of urban living and to encourage audiences to think and to question what art is and could be.

    About Dawn Kasper
    Dawn Kasper is a Los Angeles based performance artist. Kasper’s work has been exhibited widely; The Migros Museum Für Genenwartskunst, Zurich (2005), Leo Koenig Inc., Projekte, New York (2009), Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland (2012), The Cohen Gallery, Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University, Providence, RI (2012), Blum and Poe Gallery, Los Angeles (2012), 2012 Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2012).

    Her work addresses relentless obsessive fascinations with topics such as connectivity, desire, process, and meaning. Kasper performs in a calculated yet spontaneous manner, using props to punctuate her actions. Organizationally structured after chapters in a book or a photographic series, Kasper works systematically and serially. Her work is comprised of performance, photography, collage, sculpture, drawing, sound, and installation. The environments she performs in provide the forum for an open-air laboratory of thought. She ritualizes her performance environments with color lighting, scent and sound, then crescendos into a monologue or story culminating into a sculptural installation environment that illustrate findings on being and process that expose a caricature of artistic practice to the audience. The results are open, magical, and spontaneous.

    Item Idem

    I.B.M: (inoperant body masses), by item idem. 2013. 
    Blending mediums of public art & collaborative workshops within the social realism intrathecally subdued by the inner functions of vacation & leisure, anthropological DJ item idem announces I.B.M for BOFFO FIRE ISLAND ART CAMP, as an endeavor to satisfy his petite appetite for gigantism & taste for various social experiments.

    Performing the artistically required talents of demonstrating, teaching, but also stockpiling, the artist's investigative skills intend to develop a cathartic model of persuasion & channels realms of construction and art-making with visual technics appropriated from notions of psychological warfare or visual communication.

    About Item Idem
    Based in New York, Parisian-born conceptual artist Cyril Duval
    travels through the mediums of art, fashion, visual  communication and retail design, under the fictional alter ego brand ITEM IDEM (Latin for “the same.”) A self-professed
    “conceptual stimulator”, Duval negotiates the politics and processes of appropriation, deploying found images, objects and ideas with a deft wit and an immediately identifiable sense of style (despite the fact that the artist himself is quite the chameleon, rarely appearing in the same guise twice.) As founder of Item Item, Itd. & co-president of Shanzhai Biennial, his work has been featured in The New York Times and was most recently on view at MoMA PS1, NADA Miami Beach, Museum of Arts and Design, and Storefront for Art & Architecture

     

     

     

    Session IV Programs

    Tuesday ( July 23 & 30 )
    BOFFO Tea – Honoring Item Idem
    5 - 8 pm
    Blue Whale

    Thursday ( July 25 )
    BOFFO Movie NIght
    Querelle, 1982
    Directed by Rainer Warner Fassbinder
    9 pm
    BOFFO Beach – 533 Sail

    Friday ( July 26 & August 2 )
    BOFFO Artist Lunch
    2:30 pm
    BOFFO Residence – 533 Sail

    Saturday ( July 27 )
    I. B. M
    A Real Time public sculpting event
    1-5 pm
    The Beach

     

    Session III Programs

    Tuesday ( July 2 & 9 )
    BOFFO Tea – Honoring Dawn Kasper
    5 - 8 pm
    Blue Whale

    Wednesday ( July 3 )
    BOFFO Movie NIght
    Juliet of the Spirits
    by Federico Fellini
    9 pm
    BOFFO Beach – 533 Sail

    Friday ( July 5 & 12 )
    BOFFO Artist Lunch
    2:30 pm
    BOFFO Residence – 533 Sail

     

    Session II Programs

    Tuesday ( June 18 )
    BOFFO Tea-Honoring Eve Fowler
    5-8 pm
    Blue Whale

    Wednesday ( June 19 )
    BOFFO Movie Night
    Pink Narcissus, by James Bidgood
    9 pm
    BOFFO Beach – 533 Sail

    Friday ( June 21 & 28 ) 
    BOFFO Artist Lunch
    All are welcome
    2:30 pm
    BOFFO Beach –533 Sail

     

     

    Session I Programs

    Friday (June 7)

    BOFFO Artist Lunch with Kalup Linzy - Invitation Only
    2:30pm
    BOFFO House - 533 Sail
     

    Saturday (June 8)

    Romantic Loners and Torch Song Dance Divas
    12:30am* (Sunday AM) - 2am
    Performance & Karaoke

    Blue Whale

     

    Tuesday (June 11)

    BOFFO Tea - Honoring Kalup Linzy
    5 - 8pm

    Blue Whale

     

    Wednesday (June 12)

    BOFFO Movie Night
    Now Voyager, starring Bette Davis
    9pm

    BOFFO Beach - 533 Sail Walk




     


     

     

     

     

     

     


     

     

     

     






     

     

     

     

    Sunday ( July 28 & Aug 4 )
    BOFFO Kids Program
    Channeling Mini Vegas
    Open-source sand architecture tutorial
    11 am
    The Beach, at Beach HIll

    Saturday ( Aug 3 )
    Birchbox Presents: BOFFO Fire Island Art Camp Benefit
    3-6 pm
    616 Shore Walk
    $75 Tickets: www.boffofip.eventbrite.com

    Wednesday ( Aug 7 )
    BOFFO Movie Night
    F for Fake, 1973
    Directed by Orson Welles
    9 pm
    BOFFO Beach – 533 Sail

     

     

    Saturday ( July 6 & 13 )
    A PRIVATE PERFORMANCE (for you)
    9 pm
    BOFFO Beach – 533 Sail

    Sunday ( July 7 & 14 )
    BOFFO Kids Program
    PUPPET MAKING WORKSHOP
    11 am
    The Beach, at Beach Hill

     

     

     

     

     

    Saturday ( June 22 & 29 )
    A Spectacle and Nothing Strange
    Exhibition and Portrait Making
    1 pm
    Bob Tortora's Home
    4 Ocean Walk

    Sunday ( June 23 & 30 )
    Kids Program
    Anyone Telling Anything
    is Telling That Thing
    11am
    The Beach, at Beach Hill

    Wednesday ( June 26 )
    BOFFO Movie Night
    Un Chant d'amour (1950),
    by Jean Genet 
    9pm
    BOFFO Beach – 533 Sail

     

     

     

    Thursday (June 13)

    *For Children

    Romantic Loners and Torch Song Dance Divas
    11am - 1:30pm
    Performance & Karaoke

    Blue Whale

     

    Friday (June 14)

    BOFFO Artist Lunch with Kalup Linzy - Invitation Only

    2:30pm

    BOFFO House - 533 Sail

     

    Saturday (June 15)

    Romantic Loners and Torch Song Dance Divas
    9 - 11pm
    Performance & Karaoke

    70 Bay Walk

     


     

     

     

     

     

     

     



     

     


     

     

     




     


     

     

     

     

     


     

     

     

     

     

     


     

     
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    The Narcissists Ball

    Purchase tickets here: www.boffo2013.eventbrite.com

    The Narcissists Ball
    BOFFO Spring Benefit

    Purchase tickets here: www.boffo2013.eventbrite.com

     

    "To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance"

    - Oscar Wilde

    The Narcissists Ball - A BOFFO Benefit

    April 13, 2013

    8-11pm

     

    531 W 36th Street
    New York, NY 10018

     

    A self-love affair of epic proportions. 

     

    Bid for your commissioned portrait in a silent auction
    featuring over 40 artists.

     

     


     


     

     

    Host Committee

    Price Latimer Agah
    Bethanie Brady
    Magnus Berger
    Angelo  Bianchi
    Justin Conner
    Stacy Engman
    Alexander Galan
    Brooke Geahan
    Robert Hammond
    Scott Hug
    April Hunt
    Evelien Joos
    David Lipke
    Johnny Misheff
    Rachel Scheltman
    Joe Sheftel
    Orlando Soria
    Carl Swanson
    Idil Tabanaca
    Jeffrey Teuton
    Manish Vora
    Tenzin Wild
     

    BOFFO Board of Directors

    Shira Sue Carmi
    Peter Davis
    Brian Gorman
    Meaghan Gragg
    Nancy Jackson
    Brad Lande
    Megan Maguire Steele
    Shauna Mei
    Lisa Rosenthal
    Cator Sparks
    Josh Wood

     

    Artists in silent auction

    View and Bid on Auction on Paddle8

    Zaza Acevedo
    Daniel Arsham
    Korakrit Arunanondchai
    Roger Ballen
    Mattia Biagi
    Travis Boyer
    Jean Francois Campos
    Mary Ellen Carroll
    Tofer Chin
    TM Davy
    Alex Da Corte
    Cyril Duval
    Jordan Eagles
    caraballo-farman
    Eve Fowler
    Natalie Frank
    Anthony Goicolea
    Max Von Gumppenberg and Patrick Bienert
    Joesph Hart

    Nolan Hendrickson
    Nir Hod
    Scott Hug
    Timothy Hull
    David Humphrey
    Ben Jones
    Maciek Kobielski
    Sandro Kopp
    Marcelo Krasilcic
    Kalup Linzy
    Marie Lorenz
    Olek
    Jason Polan
    Nic Rad
    Mark Reigelman II
    Andrew Salgado
    Desi Santiago
    Paul Mpagi Sepuya
    Schandra Singh
    Ian Sklarsky
    Timothy Uriah Steele
    Jennifer Sullivan
    Alison Van Pelt
     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Perrier® Presents: The Black Lords by Desi Santiago


    Perrier® Presents: The Black Lords by Desi Santiago at Lords South Beach

     

    BOFFO is proud to announce a larger than life public art installation by The New York Times "Artist in the Moment," Desi Santiago, from December 3rd - 9th during Art Basel Miami Beach 2012.  With their commitment to produce some of the most innovative public art today, BOFFO has partnered with Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and Lords South Beach to provide Desi Santiago with a building-sized commission, literally using Lords South Beach as a canvas for his work.

    Watch this exciting video showing the creation of The Black Lords.

    Upon visiting the installation, guests enter a traditional art deco neighborhood, full of refreshing candy colored buildings with the ocean, blue sky, and characteristic palm trees as a backdrop.  In stark contrast, Perrier® Presents: The Black Lords at Lords South Beach will stand out, shifting the neighborhood into its wicked Wonderland, making the passerby stop and wonder.  Perrier® Presents: The Black Lords at Lords South Beach is the transformation of Lords South Beach into a ravenous black dog named Gypsy that often appears throughout Desi's work.  Upon closer inspection, visitors will find an assemblage utilizing low-fi materials such as construction netting and inflatable parts.  A looming head overlooks the courtyard, menacing paws flank the entrance, and a whipping tail finds its way in the back.  After the large gesture is taken in, visitors will then be able to participate in a multi-sensory ritual evoking the dark and macabre subculture Desi is known for.  They will also be able to have their fortune told by Gypsy.  When asking simple questions, Gypsy will respond through her laser eyes, smoke, and sounds of her running, panting, and barking.

     

    Perrier® Presents: The Black Lords at Lords South Beach, is the largest-scale project in Desi Santiago's career, marking a certain "moment" in his fast rising status.  Appropriately opening during Art Basel Miami Beach, Design Miami, and several other smaller art fairs during Miami Art Week, Perrier® Presents: The Black Lords at Lords South Beach will be one of the largest public art installations during this increasingly popular winter destination for the art elite and enthusiasts.

     

    Perrier® Presents: The Black Lords at Lords South Beach will be open daily from 11am to 2am at Lords South Beach located at 1120 Collins Avenue (at 11th Street) in Miami Beach, Florida.  Two private parties will celebrate the opening of Perrier® Presents: The Black Lords at Lords South Beach.  On Tuesday evening there will be a VIP Penthouse party and Thursday evening the third annual Midnight in Miami party.  More information to come on these events.   

     

     

    Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

    For over a century Perrier® has collaborated with some of the world’s most famous and distinguished artists, including Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Bernard Villemot. Perrier was first bottled in the south of France in 1863.  Perrier® is an all-natural, sugar-free and calorie-free sparkling natural mineral water.  With its refreshingly unique bubbles and low mineral content, Perrier® is perfect on its own, with a slice of lemon, or mixed with juices or spirits.  The iconic green bottle is recognized around the world as the number one sparkling natural mineral water.

     

    For Perrier® press inquires please contact:

    The Workshop

    Partner | Maile Gamez

    maile@workshopcollective.com | 305.775.2939

     

    LORDS SOUTH BEACH

    Lords, the first gay boutique hotel brand in the country and Miami’s headquarters for queer culture, opened in January 2011 and has quickly become the vanguard for the modern gay-friendly boutique hotel. The hotel encourages a proud, playful experience and fosters a sense of community for guests and locals alike. Lords has a strong commitment to the arts and to giving back to the LGBT community. www.lordssouthbeach.com

     

    For Lords South Beach press inquires please contact:

    M18 Public Relations

    Co-founder | Meg McGinnis

    meg@m18pr.com | 212.604.0318

    Desi Santiago
     

    A New York City-based Puerto Rican visual and performance artist, Desi Santiago's artistic practice spans from 1990 to the present and is heavily influenced by subcultural scenes, with a strong foundation in NYC nightlife, and cross-over into fashion and art worlds. Santiago's work draws from, addresses, and utilizes the respective vocabularies and iconography of these worlds to create ceremonial experiences and relational performances, which deal with identity, exchange, and the duality of mourning/celebration. His practice is that of 'the host', wherein the body is the channel and receptor for circumstance, experience, and identities to pass through resulting in a visual vocabulary of object, installation, and performance.

    Santiago's large-scale installations often involve performative and theatrical platforms, richly layered with philosophical, historical and social references. Santiago received a MFA from Bard College. The artist's work has exhibited at 303 Gallery, Matthew Marks Gallery, D'Amelio Terras Gallery, Deitch Projects, MoMA PS1, Asia Song Society, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museé des Arts Decoratifs, Paris. Santiago was recently profiled in the Style section of The New York Times.  He is represented by Envoy Enterprises.  For more information regarding Desi's work, please contact:
    office@envoyenterprises.com

    Lords Hotel

    An exciting new hotel appropriately oriented for your special South Beach moments.  Founded by Brian Gorman, The Lords Hotel has been a proud partner with BOFFO for the 2010 & 2011 Art Basel Miami seasons. 


     
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    Perrier® Presents: The Black Lords by Desi Santiago at Lords South Beach

    Perrier® Presents: The Black Lords by Desi Santiago at Lords South Beach

    Dec 3 - 9, 2012

    Lords, the first gay boutique hotel brand in the country and Miami’s headquarters for queer culture, opened in January 2011 and has quickly become the vanguard for the modern gay-friendly boutique hotel. The hotel encourages a proud, playful experience and fosters a sense of community for guests and locals alike. Lords has a strong commitment to the arts and to giving back to the LGBT community. www.lordssouthbeach.com

    Location

    1120 Collins Ave.
    Miami Beach, FL 33139
    Google Maps

    Hours

    11am - 2am Daily

  • BOFFO Art Camp
    July 5 - September 18, 2012
    Fire Island Pines, NY

    Enriching the Fire Island Pines community through art & design.

    Special thanks to Cay Sophie Rabinowitz and Fantom Magazine for co-curating this program.

    CALENDAR

    Session 1     July 5 – July 18
    Ensemble Moto Perpetuo
    K8 Hardy

    Session 2     July 19 – Aug. 1
    Matthias Hollwich (HWKN)
    Schandra Singh

    Session 3     Aug. 2 – Aug. 15
    Ryan McNamara
    Steven Ladd
    Marcelo Krasilcic

    Session 4     Aug. 16 – Sept. 3
    TM Davy
    DIS Magazine

    Session 5    Sept. 4 - Sept 18
    Marie Lorenz

    The BOFFO Art Camp on Fire Island will be a culmination of artistic presentations contextualized by the history and culture of The Pines.  Events & programs include sunset musical performances, art exhibitions, experimental food presentations, movie screenings, painting workshops, craft lessons, and more.  The BOFFO Art Camp will be open to the public in hopes of adding a positive cultural influence to its inhabitants of the island.  BOFFO will present a community driven artist residency program where 11 artists are selected to create a body of work that enriches and informs.  These programs will provide a constant activity that will engage the diversified friends and family of Fire Island.  The series of programs and works will provide moments to reflect, celebrate, and memorialize the perseverance of those on Fire Island.

    Located just steps from the ocean and pristine beaches. The project is located at 160 Ocean Walk in the Fire Island Pines.  This home is the residence of Michael Bolla, a generous supporter of the arts.  Michael Bolla has donated the use of this home for the 2012 Summer Season.  It is a three - level, four bedroom home designed with cedar in the vernacular style typically found on The Pines.  Its clean, modern design and open plan makes it an ideal location for small gatherings.  Located just steps from the beach, 160 Ocean Walk features also include breathtaking ocean views and a large outdoor terrace.

    Fire Island Pines, part of a barrier island on the southern side of Long Island, is a hamlet in the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York.   Often referred to as The Pines, this one square mile area located on Fire Island, is 60 miles from New York City.  Transportation on The Pines is via foot on boardwalks.

     

    Session V Programs

    Thurs (8/17)
    Marie Lorenz
    Fire Island Float-able Debris
    All Day by appointment
    lorenzmarie@gmail.com
    subject: FIRE ISLAND
    Space is limited
    Free

    Sat (8/22)
    Marie Lorenz
    Fire Island Float-able Debris
    All Day by appointment
    lorenzmarie@gmail.com
    subject: FIRE ISLAND
    Space is limited
    Free

    Session IV Programs

    Fri (8/17)
    TM Davy

    O Moon, O Pines

    new/shadow moon

    new/shadow faces

    Silhouette portrait drawing in the dark

    Around Midnight
    Where FIP Blvd becomes the Meat Rack

    Free

     

    Thurs (8/23)
    DIS Magazine

    Fire Island DIS Images Project

    Styling and photography session

    All Day
    Location TBD

    Free

     

    Sat (8/25)

    TM Davy
    O Moon, O Pines

    women of the pines
    Oil portrait

    painting

    Location TBD
    Free

     

    Thurs (8/30)

    DIS Magazine
    Fire Island DIS Images project

    Styling and photography session

    All Day
    Location TBD

    Free

     

    Sun (9/2)

    DIS Magazine
    Fire Island DIS Images project

    Styling and photography session

    All Day
    Location TBD

    Free

     

     

    Session III Programs

    Sat (8/4)
    Marcelo Krasilcic
    Cooking with Marcelo
    Mouth-watering pilaf with leeks and sun dried tomatoes, Spicy Moroccan vegetable stew, Tangy raw tabouleh with red quinoa
    5 – 7 pm
    160 Ocean Walk (at Oak)
    Free

    Sun (8/5)
    Macelo Krasilcic  
    Pool Party Benefit hosted by Brent Sikkema and Cay Sophie Rabinowitz
    5pm - 8pm
    616 Shore Walk (at end of Shore Walk)
    $60 (boffopoolparty.eventbrite.com)

     

    Wed (8/8)
    Steven Ladd
    Fire Island Scrollathon
    A collaborative upcycling project
    10:30am  - 12pm
    The beach (at Beach Hill)
    Free
    Ages 6+

    Fri (8/10)
    Marcelo Krasilcic
    Cooking with Marcelo
    Mouth-watering pilaf with leeks and sun dried tomatoes, Spicy Moroccan vegetable stew, Tangy raw tabouleh with red quinoa
    5 – 7 pm
    160 Ocean Walk (at Oak)
    Free

    Sun (8/12)
    Steven Ladd
    Fire Island Scrollathon
    A collaborative upcycling project
    10:30am  - 12pm
    The beach (at Beach Hill)
    Free
    Ages 6+

    Tues (8/14)
    Ryan McNamara
    Fire Island Film Series
    Let Me Die A Woman
    With a storied introduction about Artist Zachary Drucker
    9:30pm
    160 Ocean Walk (at Oak)
    Free


    Session II Programs

    Sat (7/21)
    Matthias Hollwich (HWKN) & Charles Renfro (DS&R)
    Pavilion 3.0
    A presentation and conversation
    4pm - 5:30pm
    160 Ocean Walk (at Oak)
    Free
    All ages

    Sun (7/22)
    Matthias Hollwich (HWKN)
    New Aging 39+
    A conversation about new aging as a gay man
    4pm - 5:30pm
    160 Ocean Walk (at Oak)
    Free
    All ages

    Sat (7/28)
    Matthias Hollwich (HWKN)
    Benefit Brunch: Making of the Pines Pavilion
    How do you want to dance next year?
    11:30am
    The Blue Whale
    $65(boffobrunch.eventbrite.com)
    All ages

    Sun (7/29)
    Schandra Singh
    Children of Fire Island
    A community painting project
    10:30am  - 12pm
    The beach (at Beach Hill)
    Free
    Ages 5+
    Space is limited to 10 people

    Wed (8/1)
    Schandra Singh
    Children of Fire Island
    A community painting project
    10:30am  - 12pm
    The beach (at Beach Hill)
    Free
    Ages 5+
    Space is limited to 10 people

    Session I Programs

    • Fri 7/6     
    • Ensemble Moto Perpetuo
    • Stuart Breczinski oboe Nadav Lev guitar          
    • 11AM -12 PM                                      
    • Fire Island Pines Harbor

    Tue 7/10 

    • Ensemble Moto Perpetuo
    • 3-4 PM       
    • Maya Bennardo violin Hannah Levinson viola                                       
    • 160 Ocean Walk
     Fri 7/13    
    • Ensemble Moto Perpetuo
    • 3-4 PM       
    • Hugh Ash trumpet Bert Hill horn David Whitwell trombone
    • Fire Island Pines Harbor

     

     

     






     

     

     

    Fri (8/22)
    Marie Lorenz
    Fire Island Float-able Debris
    All Day by appointment
    lorenzmarie@gmail.com
    subject: FIRE ISLAND
    Space is limited
    Free

    Fri (8/24)
    Marie Lorenz
    Fire Island Float-able Debris
    All Day by appointment
    lorenzmarie@gmail.com
    subject: FIRE ISLAND
    Space is limited
    Free

     

     

    Wed (8/22)
    TM Davy
    O Moon, O Pines

    point of the sphinx

    Picture taking on the

    beach

    2-7pm
    Free

     

    Fri (8/24)
    TM Davy

    Moon Light Benefit Dinner

    9pm
    Miles Redd Residence: 475 Bass Extension, Fire Island Pines

    Take FIP Blvd towards Water Island, just before Bass turn right, head towards the home directly in front

    $125 boffodinner.eventbrite.com

     

    Sun (8/26)
    DIS Magazine
    Fire Island DIS Images project

    Styling and photography session

    All Day
    Location TBD

    Free

     

    Fri (8/31)

    TM Davy
    O Moon, O Pines

    blue moon tea
    sunset performance

    Location TBD
    Free

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sun (8/5)
    Steven Ladd
    Fire Island Scrollathon
    A collaborative upcycling project
    10:30am  - 12pm
    The beach (at Beach Hill)
    Free
    Ages 6+

     

    Tues (8/7)
    Ryan McNamara
    Fire Island Film Series
    Nightmare on Elm Street II
    with a storied introduction about Ryan McNamara
    9:30pm
    160 Ocean Walk (at Oak)
    Free
     
    Thurs (8/9)
    Ryan McNamara
    Fire Island Film Series
    Reflections of aGolden Eye
    With a storied introduction about Art Historian Douglas Crimp
    9:30pm
    160 Ocean Walk (at Oak)
    Free

    Sat (8/9)
    Ryan McNamara
    The Legend of Billy Jean
    With a storied introduction about Artist A.L. Steiner
    8pm
    Private Event

     

    Sun (8/12)
    Marcelo Krasilcic
    Cooking with Marcelo
    Mouth-watering pilaf with leeks and sun dried tomatoes, Spicy Moroccan vegetable stew, Tangy raw tabouleh with red quinoa
    1– 7 pm
    160 Ocean Walk (at Oak)
    Free

    Wed (8/12)
    Steven Ladd
    Fire Island Scrollathon
    A collaborative upcycling project
    10:30am  - 12pm
    The beach (at Beach Hill)
    Free
    Ages 6+

     

     

    Sun (7/22)
    Schandra Singh
    Children of Fire Island
    A community painting project
    10:30am  - 12pm
    The beach (at Beach Hill)
    Free
    Ages 5+
    Space is limited to 10 people

    Wed (7/25)
    Schandra Singh
    Children of Fire Island
    A community painting project
    10:30am  - 12pm
    The beach (at Beach Hill)
    Free
    Ages 5+
    Space is limited to 10 people

    Sat (7/28)
    Schandra Singh
    Benefit Dinner: Children of Fire Island
    9pm
    160 Ocean (at Oak)
    $125(boffosingh.eventbrite.com)
     

     

    Sun (7/29)
    Matthias Hollwich (HWKN)
    WENDY - conversation about architecture with personality
    4pm - 5:30pm
    160 Ocean Walk (at Oak)
    Free
    All ages
     

     




     


     

     

     

    Sun 7/9   

    • Ensemble Moto Perpetuo
    • 3-4 PM       
    • David Whitwell trombone Sean Ormiston bass Patrick O’Reilly percussion     
    • Fire Island Pines Harbor

    Wed 7/11 

    • Ensemble Moto Perpetuo
    • 3-4 PM       
    • Maya Bennardo violin Hannah Levinson viola Jordan Dodson guitar            
    • 160 Ocean Walk

    Sat 7/14   

    • Ensemble Moto Perpetuo
    • 3-4 PM       
    • Claire Chase flute
    •  160 Ocean Walk

     

     


     

     

     

     

     

     


     

     
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    BOFFO Show House Location & Schedule

     

     

    BOFFO Show House

    May 15 - June 4, 2012

    BOFFO Show House is located in the historic Charles B. Snyder Public School 12, now a premiere residential destination called The Madison Jackson with an address at 371 Madison Street in the Lower East Side of New York City developed by the Sung family with Michael Bolla of Douglas Elleman.

    Location

    The Madison Jackson
    371 Madison Street
    Google Maps

    Hours

    Daily, 11am – 7pm

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    BOFFO Show House with Andrew Yes

     

    Andrew Yes, Cantilever Fossil

     

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    BOFFO Show House with Andrew Yes
    371 Madison Street
    New York, NY 10012

    May 15 - June 4 , 2012
    11am - 7pm daily

    $10 donation at the door

    BOFFO Show House is a cutting-edge experiment in living.

    Media Sponsor

     

    The BOFFO Show House will bridge art and design through
    installation showcasing designers and artists in a residential
    setting with the goal of creating a profound and relevant experience representing modern living at a visually enticing
    Manhattan destination. BOFFO Show House is a cutting-edge
    experiment in living showcasing creative furniture, décor, and art creating complete interior environments that redefine possibilities of interior space. Beyond a level of traditional staging of spaces, as would be expected in a contemporary show house, the products and selected work will be presented through powerful installations of designed objects and artwork. BOFFO Show house will feature one-of-a-kind furniture and art as well as market ready furniture and products, and antiques. Working with some of the most creative, artists, architects, designers, product manufactures, and galleries today, BOFFO with Andrew Yes will creatively assemble four unique spaces.

    Inspiration Images - do not indicate work shown

    From Left (Paula Hayes © Paula Hayes 2010, Verner Panton, Jenny Holzer (© 2012 Jenny Holzer, member Artist Rights Society (ARS), NY), USM)

    This exhibition of art, design, and installation work in Interior
    Design is presented through four themes. These themes include Nature, Play, Work, and Future. The goal of these themes is to allow BOFFO to investigate the boundaries of contemporary life and the compartmentalization of urban living while questioning standards of interior design. These themes are representative of what is western, holistic, living, and what aspects of life are important to healthy and happy lives.

    NATURE  
    brings sensations of
    the exterior world to
    the interior world

    PLAY
    allows for rules
    of behavior to be
    mitigated and rules of
    play to be reinforced

    FUTURE
    reveals a distant
    evolution of domestic
    lifestyle

    WORK
    focuses on
    productivity both
    mentally and
    physically

    Each theme will be represented by one of four individual apartments re-imagined with one specific theme. Each apartment is a bi-level two bedroom apartment between 1300-1800 sq ft. The goal of portraying these concepts is to allow the installations to play with convention and challenge the norms of contemporary interior design.

    LOCATION
    The Madison Jackson - 371 Madison Street, NY NY

    The historic Charles Synder Public School 12 is now a premiere residential destination.

    The project is located at 371 Madison Street in the Lower East Side of New York City. The building was originally made as the PS12 school house. It has now been converted into a 120 unit apartment complex. The BOFFO Show House is situated in four apartments that were renovated from the original auditorium with 20’ ceilings and views to the adjacent gardens.

    This building was designed by Charles B.J. Synder a prolific architect who designed many of New York’s historic public schools and later became the Board of Education Superintendent of Buildings. He was known for smart innovations in methods of construction and safety.  The building was recently turned into condominiums by developer, Mr. Thomas Sung.  Michael Bolla, managing director of Douglas Elliman, is the creative consultant and director of sales for the building.  

    Jim Lambie, MoMA Floor Installation

    DESIGNERS &
    ARTISTS

    A.G. Fronzoni (Cappellini)

    Adam Goodrum (Cappellini)
    Alexa Hoyer
    Andrew Yes
    Aranda/Lasch (Johnson Trading Gallery)
    Arnaud Lapierre (Triode)
    Azadeh Shladovsky
    Balmond Studio
    Bec Brittain
    Ben Jones (Johnson Trading Gallery)
    Ben Venom
    Bodo Sperlein (Lladró)
    Eli Elysee
    Antonio Pio Saracino (Bosi Contemporary)
    Charles Broderson

    Charlotte Vercruysse
    Chris Adamick
    Christophe Pillet (Cappellini)
    Christopher Kurtz (Hedge Gallery and
    curated by Regina Connell)
    Christophe Mathieu (Marset)
    Click Boom Pow
    Colene Blanchet & Robert Peavey
    David Trubridge
    DB Kim (Swarovski)
    Deborah Ehrlich
    Debra Folz Design
    Eduardo Garza
    Elizabeth New
    Erica Prince
    Erin McGuiness
    Faktura
    Farrah Sit
    Focus Lighting
    Francois Azambourg (Cappellini)
    George Venson
    Ghiora Aharoni Design Studio
    Guido Constantino
    Harry Allen (Matter)
    Ian Tong
    Jaime Hayon (Lladró and Mondo Collection)
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    2012 HONORARY DESIGNER
    Andrew Yes

    BOFFO is proud to honor Andrew Yes in its inaugural BOFFO
    Show House. Andrew, along-side BOFFO Directors will transform four magnificent apartments into a contemporary show house of wonders.

    Andrew Yes, Helmut Lamps

    Andrew Yes is a New York based designer working on projects ranging from wild silk rugs for an A-list celebrity, to vegan home designs for  New York icon Arden Wohl, to home decor objects for luxury brand Eduardo Garza. Andrew's unique furniture, lighting, and decorative arts are vibrant, playful and comfortably chic.  

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    BOFFO Building Fashion 2011 a series of collaborations celebrating architecture and fashion design.

    BOFFO Building Fashion 2011 
    September 8 – December 14, 2011

    A series of collaboration celebrating architecture and fashion design.

    About

    BOFFO Building Fashion celebrates cutting edge design through a series of temporary retail installations.

    Installations

    BOFFO Building Fashion showcases design with the caliber, prestige and quality of the best fashion and architectural designers today. All installations are open to the public. Each will reflect the fashion brand’s image through expressive voluminous forms engaging both indoor and outdoor elements of the site. The programmatic use of each installation will be decided by their designer(s), from conceptual boutiques to provocative exhibitions.   The series is comprised of five, two-week installations. Guest list and public events parallel opening receptions and parties.

    Fashion designers are selected based on their brand and business history as well as their benefit to the events. All of the fashion designers asked to participate do not have freestanding stores. This is an opportunity to explore how their vision and brand can be translated into an environment and three-dimensional space by creating a strong and distinguished visual presentation transcending the common pop-up store. All participating fashion designers will be paired with an architect selected through an international competition of the leading industry designers with our friends at Architizer.com.

    Locations & Dates

    September 8 - 21
    Karkula, 50 Walker Street New York, NY 10013

    September 9 – December 14
    57 Walker Street New York, NY 10013

     

     

    Designers

    Nicola Formichetti + Gage/Clemenceau Architects
    September 8 – 21, 2011

    Irene Neuwirth + Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY
    September 29 – October 12, 2011

    Patrik Ervell + Graham Hudson
    October 20 – November 2, 2011

    The Lake & Stars + SOFTlab
    November 10 – 23, 2011

    Ohne Titel + EASTON+COMBS
    December 1 – December 14, 2011

    Fashion designers submit a creative brief outlining the desired concept for their collaboration. Architects with built portfolios are invited to submit design proposals for the fashion designer of their choice. Each fashion designer was presented with three - five nominations of qualified design proposals, chosen by a jury compiled by BOFFO, Architizer and industry professionals including:

    Faris Al-Shathir
    BOFFO Executive Director

    Annie Block
    Editor, Interior Design Magazine

    Felix Burrichter
    Editor in Chief, PIN-UP Magazine

    Richard Chai
    BOFFO Building Fashion 2010 Fashion Designer

    Winka Dubbeldam
    Architect, principal of Archi-Tectonics

    Spilios Gianakopoulos
    BOFFO Building Fashion Chair, Co-Founding Creative Director

    Robert Hammond
    Executive Director, Co-Founder Friends of the Highline

    Marc Kushner
    Architect, HWKN co-founder andArchitizer partner

    Dominic Leong
    BOFFO Building Fashion 2010 Architect, principal of Leong + Leong

    Charles Renfro
    Architect, Principle of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

    Gregory Sparks
    BOFFO Associate Director

    The fashion designer makes the final selection with whom they choose to collaborate. Each fashion designer should acts as the creative director or “client” of the architect in the process of their collaboration. BOFFO awards each architect with $20,000 to fund the production of their installation. Architects are responsible for the construction of their installations. The installations be operated by the fashion designer with the assistance of BOFFO. All merchandise displayed or sold is the responsibility of the fashion designer. 

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    Ohne Titel & EASTON + COMBS


    Ohne Titel & EASTON + COMBS
    December 1–14

    Ohne Titel

    Ohne Titel is a women's collection designed by Flora Gill and Alexa Adams. The two met in 1999 while attending Parson's School of Design where they bonded over shared influences. After graduating, they designed for established labels. Alexa spent several years at Helmut Lang while Flora held a design position at Vivienne Tam. In 2005, the two reunited to work for Karl Lagerfeld. In September 2006 Alexa and Flora founded the Ohne Titel brand.

    Ohne Titel pairs architectural shapes and soft draping with a keen attention to detail in fit and finish. Ohne Titel is intelligent design for a strong and modern woman.

    In January of 2009 Ohne Titel won the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award for women's wear. Ohne Titel was nominated into the top 10 for the 2009 CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund Award. The label was also nominated for the 2009 Swiss Textiles Award.  Ohne Titel is currently in the top 10 for the 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

    EASTON + COMBS

    Easton + Combs is an award winning, internationally recognized architectural office that operates as a laboratory for innovative building strategies at the intersection of material practice and applied architectural research. Easton + Combs approaches the production of architecture as a context for exploration of environments and the development of new spatial typologies towards critical models of social and cultural production at the scale of architecture and urbanism.

    Easton + Combs have recently advanced a body of research that addresses lightweight sustainable structural membranes for public space intervention. Lonn Combs and Rona Easton were invited to participate in the MoMA P.S.1 Young Architects Program in 2009-10. Easton + Combs received 2010-11 Independent Projects awards from the Architecture, Planning and Design Program of the New York State Council on the Arts. A full grant was awarded to support ongoing research and application into lightweight structural membranes for public space implementation.

    Easton + Combs were recently awarded by the New York AIA with the New Practices New York 2010 highest honor award as an emerging an innovative architecture practice.

     
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    The Lake & Stars & SOFTLab


    The Lake & Stars & SOFTLab
    November 10–23

     

    The Lake & Stars

    Named after a Victorian euphemism for a woman’s skill in the bedroom, The Lake and Stars intimates balance provocation and humor, intelligence and sensuality, for a new vision of feminine style.

    Streamlined lingerie and swimwear find a place among more traditional lingerie essentials, for creative pairings that revive the classic and redefine the seductive. Designed to stand alone or in complement to other clothes, the pieces themselves embody a broader view of lingerie as fashion expression, rather than costume. Their clean lines and assertive detailing describe unique stylistic characters all their own, making them as personal as they are diverse, and as accessible as they are luxurious. They are intimates meant to be seen—reflecting, as a fashion statement, on the open and sophisticated tastes of their wearer.

    Their new lingerie styles offer bold solutions to sheer dressing in opaque pinstriped stretch silk, a lace reminiscent of rippling water, and a signature print made of Maayan & Nikki’s own fingerprints (blue ink on ivory appears as if you’ve been fondled-or security-checked). This season also marks the return of their bestselling garter belt, reminding the ladies that stockings are for all seasons.

    Motivated by the notion that lingerie could play an active role in their wardrobe without having to stand alone as a costume in the boudoir, designers Maayan and Nikki launched The Lake & Stars after meeting in New York City in 2007. Having designed previously at mass and boutique brands respectively, together they sought to create a collection that would bridge the gap between special occasion and everyday lingerie. Serving as a counterpart to their ready-to-wear designer contemporaries, the brand would be inclusive, friendly, and lighthearted, designer lingerie meant to be worn everyday, as a statement of personal style.

    Nikki Dekker was born and raised on a farm in North Dakota and went to school in Minneapolis before designing for Target, then moved to New York. Maayan Zilberman was born on a Kibbutz in Israel then lived in Vancouver, Canada before moving to New York for art school. The two live and work in Brooklyn.

     

    SOFTLab

    SOFTlab is a design studio based in New York City. The studio was created by Michael Szivos shortly after receiving a graduate degree in architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. The studio has since been involved in the design and production of projects across almost every medium, from digitally fabricated large-scale sculpture, to interactive design, to large-scale digital video installations. As the studio adjusted to a wide range of projects , it began to focus less on the medium and style and more on ideas. 

    As a studio, SOFTlab, embraces projects that are strange, difficult, blurry, and straddle multiple mediums. The constraints of each project are treated as opportunities that are tested through a collaborative studio environment with the hopes of solving typical problems in new ways, with new tools. Through the studio’s unique blend of backgrounds as designers, artists, architects and educators we are able to approach every project from a fresh perspective to create rich spatial, graphic, interactive and visual experiences. SOFTlab privileges adaptability and infuses every project with the capacity to evolve and grow into something new and unexpected. Rather than thinking of a project as finished, the studio thinks of a project as a chance to cultivate intelligent change. By mixing research, creativity and technology with a strong desire to make working fun, SOFTlab attempts to create new and unique experiences.

    In 2010 SOFTlab was awarded the New Practices New York award by the AIA Chapter of New York along with 7 other young studios. The studio has also produced a wide range of design projects and collaborated with various artists, designers, publications and institutions including MoMA, New Museum,The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York Times, eVolo Magazine, Surface Magazine, Columbia University and Pratt Institute. The studio's work has been published widely in international journals and has also exhibited work in museums and galleries throughout New York City and Germany.

     
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    Nicola Formichetti & Gage/Clemenceau Architects


    Nicola Formichetti &
    Gage/Clemenceau Artchitects

    September 8–21

    Nicola Formichetti and Gage/Clemenceau Architects will celebrate their collaboration with BOFFO Building Fashion 2011 during Fashion's Night Out on the first day of New York's Fashion Week. Mugler creative director and stylist to Lady Gaga Nicola Formichetti will open his first retail installation in TriBeCa selling pieces from his jewelry line, t-shirts, hoodies and even including iPhone and iPhone cases.

    "This is the oppurtunity to look directly into my head. Visitors get to see my work with Mugler and collaborations with magazines, as well as the work I've created with Lady Gaga. It's everything I love, in one store" says Formichetti. Mark Foster Gage, principal architect of Gage/Clemenceau Architects describes the installation as, "a faceted, robotic, mirrored chapel that through millions of reflections, produces a stunning environment to view fashion in suprising new ways."

    Above: A sequence of Gage/Clemenceau Architects’ shifting robotic mirrors reflect Nicola Formichetti’s vision.

    Nicola Formichetti

    Formichetti is the creative force behind some of the world’s most influential brands, publications, and individuals. Born in Japan in 1977 to an Italian father and a Japanese mother, his unique style is a result of his international upbringing. For several years, Nicola has worked as a contributing fashion editor for magazines such as V Magazine, V Man, Dazed & Confused, Another, and Another Man. Nicola’s most current notable contribution is as fashion director at Vogue Hommes Japan, where he oversees the creative process from production to styling.

    As the fashion director to Lady Gaga, Nicola has collaborated with her on some of the most memorable imagery, performances, and moments in recent pop culture history. As the nucleus of Haus of Gaga he is at the helm of red carpet creations, album covers, videos, and tours.

    For Fall/Winter 2011, Nicola debuted his first mens and womenswear collections as the creative director of the iconic French fashion house, Mugler. Nicola also serves as both stylist and creative director to the uber-cool Japanese mega brand, Uniqlo.

    Gage/Clemenceau
    Architects


    Founded in 2002 by Mark Foster Gage and Marc Clemenceau Bailly, Gage/Clemenceau Architects is at the forefront of a new generation of architects working to combine architectural practice with the innovative use of today’s emerging technologies. The work of the firm has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Deutsches Architektur Zentrum in Berlin, Germany. 

    Recently, Gage/Clemenceau Architects was selected as one of the architecture firms to represent the United States in the 2010 Beijing International Biennale.  The firm has won numerous awards including being named one of the “Avant Guardians” of architecture, by Surface Magazine in 2010, and was nominated as one of thirteen firms, internationally, for the inaugural Ordos Prize in Architecture in 2009 — a select group that Rem Koolhaas referred to as “the next generation of great architects.”

    Mark Foster Gage serves as assistant dean and associate professor at the Yale School of Architecture.

     

     

     
     

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    Irene Neuwirth & TheVeryMany

    Irene NeuwirthTheVeryMany
    September 29–October 12

    Irene Neuwirth

    Founded in 2003 Irene Neuwirth, Inc. has emerged as a leading jewelry brand in the US, recognized by its uniquely modern and sophisticated designs. Irene Neuwirth's collections are widely anticipated season to season by a fashion-forward, discriminating and affluent clientele, who have come to expect a line that delivers a precise balance between timeless, collectable jewelry and the ultimate statement in modern luxury.

    A native of Southern California, Irene’s fundamental inspiration is the ocean. Its purity, power and colors are all key elements at the origin of her designs. Her fascination with intense colors and raw, un-manufactured gem cuts, have become signature trademarks of the line.

    In June 2006, Irene was the recipient of the coveted Town & Country Couture Design Editors’ Choice Award at the Couture Jewelry Collection & Conference, the definitive event for the upscale jewelry market. In July of 2008, Irene was selected as a finalist in the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund, the pre-eminent honor for young American fashion designers.

    TheVeryMany

    Marc Fornes is a registered “Architecte DPLG” mixed with a fine connoisseur in computer science. Hidden under his label TheVeryMany, he is one of the leading figures in the development of computational protocols applied to the field of design and fabrication. In 2004 he graduated with a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from the Design Research Lab of the Architectural Association in London after having previously studying in France and Sweden.

    Marc’s professional work experience in La reunion, France, UK and the US includes SOM, Ross Lovegrove and Zaha Hahdid Architects, where he was the project architect, from competition to tender documentation, for an experimental Mediatheque in Pau.

    Under TheVeryMany Marc has designed and built an extensive body of large scale prototypical installations. He has been invited across the globe, lecturing at the MoMA in New York, showing work at the Guggenheim, New York and is part of the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the FRAC Center in Orleans.

     

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    Patrik Ervell & Graham Hudson

    Patrik Ervell & Graham Hudson
    October 20 – November 2, 2011

    Patrik Ervell

    Patrik Ervell debuted in 2006 at the store Opening Ceremony in New York. Ervell is noted for using innovative and unusual fabrics including gold foil, vintage parachutes, fabrics died with oxidized iron and copper, handmade rubber raincoats, horsehair, and most recently splash-dyed silks.  His designs are characterized as utilitarian, minimal and elegant.  Ervell was selected in 2007 as a winner of the Ecco Domani Award for Menswear.  Since then, Patrik has been nominated three times for the CFDA’s Swarovski Award for Menswear – in 2008, 2009 and 2010.  Patrik was also the runner up of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2009.  In 2011 he was nominated for CFDA Best Menswear Designer of the Year.  PATRIK ERVELL is carried world wide at stores such as Barney’s, Opening Ceremony, Harvey Nichols, Fred Segal and many more.  In 2010 Patrik launched a fully developed online store at www.patrikervell.com.

     

    Graham Hudson

    Graham Hudson is a London based architect, born in Sussex, UK in 1977, gaining an MA from the Royal College of Art, London in 2002.  Grahams’ past solo exhibitions include: Locust Projects, Miami, the Jan Cunen Museum, Netherlands and Arthouse, Austin. With recent group exhibitions including Glow, The Vanabbe Museum, Eindhoven; 6:1 Performance and Sculpture, Camden Arts Centre, London; and Newspeak, Saatchi Gallery, London.  Graham has collaborated on many projects including the Henry Moore Foundation and Comme Des Garcons, in 2010 Hudson received the 'Designer of the Future' award from Design Miami. 

     
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    BOFFO Building Fashion 2011 Location & Schedule

    Schedule

    Nicola Formachetti &
    Gage/Clemenceau Artchitects
    September 8 – 21

    Irene Neuwirth & TheVeryMany
    September 29 – October 12

    Patrick Ervell & Graham Hudson
    October 20 – November 2

    The Lake & Stars
    & SoftLab
    November 10 – 23

    Ohne Titel & Easton + Combs
    December 1 – 14

    Location

    57 Walker Street
    (Between Church St. & Broadway)
    New York, NY 10013
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    Hours

    Monday – Saturday, 12pm7pm
    Sunday, 12pm6pm

  • Every year the art world goes to Miami to celebrate what has become the most important art festival in the United States.  BOFFO was happy to represent NY Arts by bringing three performance based artists to perform in front of a large audience at Lords Hotel in South Beach. Entertaining hundreds of people, from NYC and abroad, Alexcalibur and H.U.N.X. provided a memorable visual spectacular on stage, while Damaris Drummond produced a more subtle performance floating in water.

     

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    Building Fashion 2010

    BOFFO Building Fashion explores the intersection of architecture and fashion through installation and exhibition design by pairing fashion designers with architects to build temporary installations.  Each installation reappropriated the HL23 Tin (former sales office), providing a unique glimpse into the vibrant work of New York’s next generation of fashion designers and architects.

    Fall 2010 Installation Schedule:

    09/09 – 09/19      Simon Spurr + COLLECTIVE
    09/23 – 10/3         Heather Huey + Urban A&O
    10/7 – 10/17         House of Waris + Christian Wassmann
    10/21 – 10/31       Richard Chai + Snarkitecture
    11/5 – 11/15         Siki Im + Leong  Leong

    09/09 – 11/15      Supima Garden designed by konyk architecture pc

    Location

    Emerging from a 38.5 foot-wide site amid the railbed of Manhattan’s reborn High Line Park and the art galleries of West Chelsea, HL23 is the first freestanding building by the celebrated vanguard architect and theorist Neil Denari. Rising between the city and a spur in the High Line, HL23 offers proof to the notion that great architecture often arises from the most challenging site − and that idea had no better testing ground than in Manhattan.
     
    The Building Fashion Installations reappropriated the HL23 Tin. Designed by Spilios Gianakopoulos with Pandiscio Co., the HL23 Tin is adjacent to HL23 and nested beneath the High Line Park on over 5000 sqft of outdoor space. Extending HL23’s dedication to green architecture, the Tin is a well crafted converted trailer, fitted with full custom interior furnishings and a landscaped exterior inviting street traffic to the previously abandoned site.

     

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    Design on a Dime: BOFFO presents Flemish Masterpieces

    Our contribution to Housing Work’s ‘Design on a Dime’ is designing and donating furniture and art for one of the fifty interior vignettes for this year’s fundraiser. We are happy to be presenting the work of six artists and designers collaborating to create one of a kind pieces to furnish the room; Jessica Angel, Faris Al-Shathir, Andrew Schles, and Gregory Sparks, with contributions by Jen Poueymirou and Arden Wohl. The designers are creating a dining room inspired by 17th century Flemish masters Vermeer and De Hooch with all the furniture made from shipping palettes and found materials; which exemplifies the concept of design on a dime. The goal is to use less than 15 percent of new materials in fabrication of these pieces while maintaining a cohesive collection of furnishings. The finishes are non-toxic and eco-friendly. The collection will include a dining table, six dining chairs, a side board table, a chandelier, three murals, fruit bowl, and a little roundie table.

    We are excited to contribute to such an honorable cause as well as the Housing Works organization that supports artistic and creative new talents.

     

     

    Designs & Artworks by:

    Andrew Schles, Jessica Angel, Faris Al-Shathir, Gregory Sparks,+SeiSe Bothers Chandelier, Jen Pouyemirou, Arden Wohl..

    A vignette by BOFFO . FarisAl-Shathir & Gregory Sparks/ directors.

     
     
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    Objective Affection

    Objective Affection is an exhibition concerned with the influence of objects in contemporary culture. With over 100 artists and designers, in a 14,000 sq. ft former printing factory for the Jehovah’s Witness, this multi-media exhibition looks beyond the surface to explore our obsession with objects that surround us.
     
    In conjunction with the exhibition, there is a SHOP that showcases both personal and created objects by many of the artists and designers participating in the show.

    Artists & Designers

    Jessica Angel, Rory Baron, Zena Pesta, Rebecca (Marks) Leopold, Jonathan Mildenberg, Orlando Dumond Soria, Jade Doskow, David S. Mellen, Tom Fruin, Laura Braciale, Conor Fields, Erin Ryan, Yuka Otani, Michael Berens, Yen-Hua Lee, Nathan Wasserbauer, Jordan Kleinman, Michael Alan, Simone Frazier, Peggy Tan, Neil Enggist, Chris Oh, Mark T. Johnson, Rebecca Wasserman, Melissa Fleming, Elizabeth Graeber, Matthew Lane, Jennifer Sullivan, Gregor Wynnyczuk, Hima B, Robert Boyd, caraballo-farman, Peter Lapsley, Bohyun Yoon, Amber Martin, Ron Rocco, Ben T. Brown, Colin Kilian, Kelsey Harrington, Junko Sugimoto, Hugo Crosthwaite, Blake Williams, Jason Tomme, Jennifer Poueymirou, John Manion, Chloe Paganini, Travis Childers, Lucas Cwojdzinski, Daniel Jeffries, Alexandra Schmidt-Ullrich, Bliss Lau, Janelle Norton, Catherine Merrick, Sarah Anderson, BLAND, Lindsey Adelman, Tom Butch, Ufuk Keskin & Efecem Kutuk, Timothy Van Beke, Patrick Gavin, graypants, inc., Victoria Fang, Lara Knutson, threeASFOUR, AREAWARE, Chris Habana, Jean Pelle, Adam Razak, Matthew Ames, Andrew Mau, Erin Fetherstone, Colin Schleeh, Heather Huey, Patrick Doyle & Revel Woodard, KIKKERLAND, Glen Jufer, Josh Jakus/FUZ Farm, Sukmo Koo, Mario Marchese, Future Retrieval, Stanley Ruiz, Ken & Dana Design, Frank Tell, Josh Owen, Lauren Tickle, Julia Baum, Max Greis, Alexandra Kuechenberg, David B. Smith, Eric Hollender, Andrew Schles , Terence Koh, Caris Reid, Simon Tepas, Damaris Drummond, K. T. Anthony Chan & Aaron Jezzi

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  • BOFFO is a non-profit organization that produces creative, ambitious, forward-thinking public art.  BOFFO fosters collaborations between artists, designers, communities, theorists, and the media in the exploration of  contemporary subject matter that informs and educates the public, through innovative, participatory public arts programming.

    BOFFO is the conduit between the emerging and the established, the obscure and the adored, the profound and the profane. BOFFO is always on the move, repurposing spaces.  All projects are free and open to the public.

    BOFFO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, based in New York City.
  • Staff

    Faris Al-Shathir – Co-Founder, Executive Director

    Faris is a designer and curator based in New York City. Faris holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Art in Art from Rhodes College. Faris has worked as an interior designer and architect for several years, working in the United States and abroad. Faris has curated exhibitions for the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and the American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter, and has assisted with exhibitions at the Slaught Foundation and the Storefront for Art and Architecture. Faris has received a presidential commendation for his work with the AIASF, a traveling a fellowship from UPenn, and academic awards and recognitions from Rhodes College and the University of New South Wales.


     

    Board of Directors

    Combining a deep passion for creativity and a sharp talent for business, Ms. Carmi has been helping conceptualize, launch and grow design and retail businesses, specializing in the fashion and apparel space. Ms. Carmi began her career in the art world, working for several contemporary art galleries including Deitch Projects, and held positions in marketing, communications and brand management at Banana Republic and Avon Products before founding Launch Collective in 2005.

    Launch Collective is a management firm for fashion and lifestyle businesses. Offering an array of strategic services including launch and growth strategy, merchandising and production, marketing and sales, and eCommerce, the company has quickly developed an extensive network of clients in the fashion, design and retail space. Launch Collective was also a founding partner of Save Fashion, a pop up store concept, with Refinery29.

    Ms. Carmi graduated Summa Cum Laude from New York University with a BA in Visual Culture, and holds an MBA in Marketing and Management from Columbia University. Ms. Carmi is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma National Business Honor Society and lectures about fashion and entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School, Harvard Business School, FIT and Parsons The New School of Design.

    Brian spent much of his childhood immersed in the world of hospitality, often spending time on new hotel sites. Suitably, he began his career at BBG-BBGM, a leading global architecture and interior design firm with extensive expertise in the design of hotels and resorts. More recently, as VP of Business Development at SHVO, Brian secured several real estate and hospitality contracts worth over USD 10 Billion in under 3 years, while serving as a key contributor to brand development, helping to achieve premium positioning and sales for SHVO clients. While at BBG-BBGM and SHVO, he worked with world-class hospitality brands such as Aman Resorts, GHM, W Hotels, St. Regis, Peninsula, Morgan’s, Ian Schrager, Thompson Hotels, Marriott and Kempinski on various initiatives including project management, design, branding, marketing and sales. Brian’s broad experience in real estate and hospitality prepared him with the knowledge, capabilities and relationships essential for his role as Chairman of LORDS. In 2010, Brian successfully launched his first Lords Hotel in South Beach, Florida. He currently oversees the branding, operations, marketing and sales for Lords South Beach.

    In addition to his professional accomplishments, Brian maintains a leadership role in various organizations, including the Carnegie Real Estate Council, Carnegie Hall Notables, Guggenheim Young Collectors Council, and The Gay Real Estate Group, among others, and is an active supporter of several charitable organizations dedicated to helping others overcome adversity, including the Bailey House, as well as a variety of LGBT-related causes including GMHC and Point Foundation. He has spearheaded hugely successful fundraising efforts to help those in need, including raising $30,000 to support Architecture for Humanity’s efforts in creating affordable housing in the Bronx, NY, and $25,000 for the Global Opportunity Fund to build an orphanage in Ghana. At Lords South Beach, Brian most recently established an innovative charitable program that supports five leading LGBT organizations via a donation of room proceeds.

    Meaghan is a litigation associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in New York City. Meaghan has worked there since 2008. Prior to joining Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, Meaghan worked as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ursula Ungaro, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida from 2006-2008. From August of 2007 through May of 2008, she worked as a Legal Research and Writing Instructor at the·University of Miami School of Law. She worked as a summer associate at Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP in Miami, FL, in the summer of 2005 and at Kenny Nachwalter PA in Miami, FL, in the summer of 2004. Before attending law school, Ms. Gragg worked as a Copy Editor & Editorial Intern at Bomb Magazine in New York, NY. Ms. Gragg is a member of the New York Bar (admitted 2009), the Florida bar (admitted 2007), and the California bar (admitted 2009). She received a JD from the University of Florida and an AB from Dartmouth College.  She has served on BOFFO’s board of directors since 2010.

    Lisa has been working in real estate and related fields for over 30 years. Ms. Rosenthal began her real estate career early working in her family properties in California and Florida while still in high school. These early experiences have given her a broad prospective about the importance of understanding local economies and site specific locations. Ms. Rosenthal studied geography at the University of Chicago and graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in the field. Currently Lisa is working with Donna Karan, Jodi Arnold and Pylones on their national strategies. In the 1980s and 1990s Lisa worked for the real estate developer Harry Macklowe. In 1995 Lisa joined the 34th Street Partnership and Bryant Park Restoration Corp., two of midtown Manhattan’s largest business improvement districts. Lisa worked to improve the quality of life within the BID boundaries, successfully changing the perception of the districts from run down, has been neighborhoods to the dynamic, much sought after, commercial communities they are today. She did this by working with landlords, lenders, appraisers, brokers and the press. She also directly recruited commercial and retail tenants. Since 2005, Ms. Rosenthal has worked as a commercial real estate broker. Ms. Rosenthal joined Lansco in 2008 and is Director of Lansco.

    Cator is a journalist for a variety of magazines and websites. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia Mr. Sparks attended the College of Charleston where he majored in French and later the American College in London where he graduated with honors with a Fashion Marketing degree.  Since moving to New York City in 1999 Mr. Sparks has worked in both beauty and fashion PR, which lead to his transition to a full time journalist. Currently Mr. Sparks writes for FullFrontalFashion.com, 1stdibs.com, Elle Décor, T Magazine, Huffington Post, Acne Paper and Nowness.com and is the U.S. Editor of WeAr magazine. His focus is men’s fashion and design.  He also contributes his time to the Hetrick Martin Institute and The Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House where he volunteers regularly.

     

    Board of Advisors

    Michelle born in Colombia in 1978, attended the Lycée Français de New York, the Spence school, Aiglon College in Switzerland, and NYU’s fine arts program. Ms. Harper is the co-founder of a multi million dollar multi brand cosmetics holding company, CB LLC. Ms. Harper sits on the board of directors for FIT’s Couture Council and Tata Harper Beauty, as well as sitting on the Casita Maria young members board. She actively supports amfar, el museo del barrio, aid for aids, and nutrir. Ms. Harper is passionate about philanthropy, design, art, film and fashion. Her previous work experience includes internships and employment at MoMA, Malborough Gallery, MUSE Film and Television, VMS Associates, and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Ms. Harper’s focus is on the intersection of business, the arts, and philanthropy.

    Spencer is a principal at RAL companies and affiliates, one of the leading development firms in New York City. RAL is a nationwide development company specializing in urban development and architectural revitalization. The projects range from luxury apartment, condominium and resort communities. Mr. Levine is also the founder and principal of Creative Design Associates, which is a full service architecture and landscape architectural firm with a new York City focused practice. He has received his BS in Landscape Architecture and an MLA from Harvard Design School.

    Winka is a native of the Netherlands, is the principal of Archi-Tectonic NYwhich was founded in 1994. The firm just recently opened an office in Shanghai. Archi-Tectonics has been featured in several professional journals and in the two monographs “Winka Dubbeldam Architect” by 010 publishers (1996) and “AT-INdex” (2007) by Princeton Press, NY.

    Archi-Tectonics has been a finalist in several invited design competitions including the recent Staten Island Sustainable Housing Competition (winner) and the Houthaven Competition in Amsterdam. Among others, Dubbeldam received the “Emerging Voice” award from the Architectural League NYC in 2001 and was nominated as “The Best and Brightest” by Esquire Magazine, Dec 2004.

    Bjarke is principal of BIG, based in Copenhagen. An alumnus of Rem Koolhaas' OMA practice, Ingels takes a similar approach: experimenting with pure space, but never losing sight of the building as a solution to a real-world problem. His deeply-thought-out and often rather large works — including several skyscrapers and mixed-use projects in a developing section of Copenhagen, plus a project for a new commercial harbor-island —  work to bring coherence to the urban fabric and to help their occupants and users lead better lives.

    D,B is an award-winning designer, a conceptual and constructive practitioner, a commentator on creativity, and a world traveler and citizen. Born in South Korea, he built a professional career that has taken him all around the globe. His work spans hospitality, architecture, interiors, product design, and associations with leaders in these industries. His convictions, humor, and intellect drive a strategic imprint on the business of design and creativity

    As a co-founder of L+S, James directs a range of communications programs across the agency’s diverse client roster.  With a nimble approach, he blends his business savvy with an insatiable interest in the trends and personalities of the ever-changing media landscape. LaForce was raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and studied English Literature and writing at Columbia University.  For five years, he was mentored by the legendary fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert, who is often credited with putting American fashion on the global map. As his career in communications developed, with a number of multi-year stints at top P.R. firms, he managed programs for a range of prominent brands, from consumer packaged goods to fashion and luxury products.  LaForce and his partner of twenty years, writer Stephen Henderson, live in Manhattan and spend weekends on Long Island. But, he is happiest at his office sending out emails and “calling around to bug people.”

    Jürgen is founder and principal of this crossdisciplinairy studio. He studied at Stuttgart University, The Cooper Union and at Princeton Universtiy. His work was published and exhibited worldwide and is part of international collections like the MoMA New York and SF MoMA. His work was awarded with numerous prizes, i.e. the Mies-van-der-Rohe-Award 2003 Emerging Architect and Winner Holcim Awards 2005 Bronze Europe for Metropol Parasol. Jürgen Mayer H. tought at Princeton University, University of the Arts Berlin, Harvard University, Kunsthochschule Berlin, the Architectural Association in London and is currently teaching at Columbia University in New York.

    Farshid is an architect, founder of Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA) and Professor in Practice in Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She was co-founder and co-principal of Foreign Office Architects (FOA) until June 2011.

    Farshid Moussavi has served on numerous design committees including the Mayor of London’s Design for London Advisory Group and LDA International Design Committee, the RIBA Gold and Presidents Medals, the Stirling Prizeand the Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2004, she was Chair of the Master Jury of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and has been a member of the Award’s Steering Committee since then. A fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Moussavi is also a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery and Architecture Foundation in London.

  • Design

    Matthew Ames
    AREAWARE
    Lindsey Adelman
    Sarah Anderson
    Tom Butch
    BLAND
    Patrick Doyle
    & Revel Woodard
    Graypants, Inc.
    Patrick Gavin
    Victoria Fang
    Glen Jufer
    Josh Jakus/FUZ Farm
    Ken & Dana Design
    KIKKERLAND
    Laura Knutson
    Sukmo Koo
    Bliss Lau
    Mario Marchese
    Andrew Mau
    Josh Owen
    Jean Pelle
    Ufuk Keskin
    & Efecem Kutuk
    Daniel Jeffries
    Catherine Merrick
    Stanley Ruiz
    Colin Schleeh

    Aesop
    Artek
    Bosi Contemporary
    Cappellini
    Cassina
    Creation Baumann
    Dinosaur Design
    Estiluz
    Fort Street Studio
    Fresh Kills
    GAN
    Haunch of Venison
    Hedge Gallery
    Johnson Trading Gallery
    Lladró
    Maharam
    Marset
    Matter
    Mondo Collection
    Nasser & Co.
    Ovando floral
    Poltrona Frau
    Stark Carpet
    Swarovski
    Tres Trintas
    Triode
    USM Modular Furniture
    Vondom
    Alexa Hoyer
    Andrew Yes
    Azadeh Shladovsky
    Balmond Studio
    Bec Brittain
    Ben Jones
    Ben Venom
    Eli Elysee
    Charles Broderson
    Charlotte Vercruysse
    Chris Adamick
    Christopher Kurtz
    Christophe Mathieu
    Click Boom Pow
    Colene Blanchet
    David Trubridge
    DB Kim
    Deborah Ehrlich
    Debra Folz
    Eduardo Garza
    Elizabeth New
    Erica Prince
    Erin McGuiness
    Faktura
    Farrah Sit
    Focus Lighting
    George Venson
    Ghiora Aharoni
    Guido Constantino
    Harry Allen
    Ian Tong
    Jaime Hayon
    James Killinger
    James Weingrod
    Jen Turner
    Jenny Holzer
    Jenny Hyde
    Jesse Trentadue
    Joe Robbins Design
    Kirk Van Wormer
    Laz Ojalde
    Maire Kennedy
    Malagana Design
    Margarita Mileva
    Mark Talbot
    Max Lamb
    Melissa Gamwell
    Mikey Loverich
    Moza Saracho
    Natalia Criado
    Nixon
    Noah and Nathan Rice
    Pablo Elizondo
    Pablo Piatti
    Patricia Urquiola
    Paul Clemence
    Paula Hayes
    Pelle
    Pryor Callaway
    Ran Lerner
    Ricky Clifton
    ROLU
    Roque Rey
    Snarkitecture
    Snøhetta
    Spacecutter
    Stefan Hengst
    Thomas Heatherwick
    TJ O’Keefe
    Tom Fruin
    Tracey Langfitt
    UM Project
    Klaus Kempenaars
    William Lee

     

    Visual Art

    Jessica Angel
    Hima B
    Robert Boyd
    Michael Berens
    Laura Braciale
    Julia Baum
    Hugo Crosthwaite
    Neil Enggist
    Elizabeth Graeber
    Jordan Kleinman
    Janelle Norton
    Orlando Dumond Soria
    Rebecca (Marks) Leopold
    Chloe Paganini
    Jade Doskow
    Caraballo-Farman
    Melissa Fleming
    Chris Oh
    Mark T. Johnson
    David S. Mellen
    Simone Frazier
    Caris Reid
    Erin Ryan
    Adam Razak
    Simon Tepas
    Nathan Wasserbauer
    Rebecca Wasserman
    Gregor Wynnyczukman

    Rory Baron
    Ben T. Brown
    K. T. Anthony Chan
    & Aaron Jezzi
    Travis Childers
    Lucas Cwojdzinski
    Conor Fields
    Max Greis
    Future Retrieval
    Colin Kilian
    Kelsey Harrington
    Terence Koh
    Alexandra Kuechenberg
    Zena Verda Pesta
    Matthew Lane
    Peter Lapsley
    Yen-Hua Lee
    John Manion
    Jonathan Mildenberg
    Jennifer Poueymirou
    Tom Fruin
    Eric Hollender
    Yuka Otani
    Ron Rocco
    David B. Smith
    Junko Sugimoto
    Andrew Schles
    Peggy Tan

    Jason Tomme
    Lauren Tickle
    Alexandra Schmidt-Ullrich
    Timothy Van Beke
    Blake Williams
    Bohyun Yoon
    K8 Hardy
    Schandra Singh
    Ryan McNamara
    Steven Ladd
    Marcelo Krasilcic
    TM Davy
    DIS Magazine

     

    Fashion

    Nicola Formichetti
    Irene Neuwirth
    Patrik Ervell
    The Lake & Stars
    Ohne Titel
    Richard Chai
    Simon Spurr
    House of Waris
    Siki Im
    Heather Huey
    Erin Fetherston
    Chris Habana
    Frank Tell
    ThreeASFOUR


     

    Architecture

    COLLECTIVE
    Urban A&O
    Christian Wassmann
    Snarkitecture
    Leong Leong
    Gage/Clemenceau Architects
    THEVERYMANY
    SOFTlab
    EASTON + COMBS
    Graham Hudson
    Matthias Hollwich (HWKN)

    Performance

    Michael Alan
    Lilac Caña
    Coco Dolle
    MGM Grand
    Jennifer Sullivan
    Amber Martin
    Damaris Drummond
    Paz de la Huerta
    Metric
    Casey Spooner
    H.U.N.X
    Sebastien Perrin
    Ensemble Moto Perpetuo
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