It was a tough year.
We had a fire.
We were told to not power the garden.
Which basically meant, “Can you just not be the garden this year?”
But we were the garden anyway.
And we were so many other things.
Jack was Jason, for example, but more on that later.
And we DID so many things!
What did we do? You ask, having just returned from your year-long space-flight.
Check it out.
Allied Productions, Inc.
The River by Robert James Anderson, on display at Le Petit Versailles this Winter. There’s still time to suggest an installation for the garden in the cold months. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and pitch us an idea!
Corrective Measures: Politically Speaking - Many thanks to the National Film Preservation Foundation for providing the funds to preserve Peter Cramer’s Corrective Measures, and to BB Optics for providing consultation. Cramer commemorated the preservation with a reprisal of his notorious and dangerous Armory performance during opening night of MIX 27. Special thanks to Julia Kim and Erica Titkemeyer.
Gordon Stokes Kurtti Project Continues – The close of the Gordon Kurtii Exhibition at Participant and the accompanying performances, screenings, and public forums left us with favorable reviews, wide notice, a dedicated website and an informative Wikipedia entry, a dedicated video archival arrangement, a printed catalogue with essay by Cynthia Carr, and a database. The works exhibited at Participant have been framed, indexed in a detailed database, and will be made ready to tour as the digitized images and data are prepared for online accessibility.
ABC No Rio Collection Developments – This Fall 2014, Allied began discussions with ABC No Rio to update their partnership in managing the portion of the No Rio archives and related ephemera that Allied had been consigned sole management over for the past 25 years. The range of material includes the visual art and selected ephemera created from approximately 1979 to 1990 during the period preceding Abc No Rio’s incorporation when No Rio operated as a sponsored project of Allied Productions with Allied’s directors in a dual role as No Rio’s directors. In the meantime, the Allied archives will join the No Rio Collection in the same facility so that continued arrangement and preservation of this wide range of related works and material can happen in concert. The move is scheduled to happen in early January 2015
NYU MIAP to assess Allied’s Video Archives – NYU’s Moving Image Archival Program (MIAP) will make Allied a site for their Collection Management Course. In addition to giving us professional advice on archiving and preserving the moving image component of our collections, the assessment will serve as an vital influence in grant applications. Earliest work in the collection includes the documentation of Des Refuses – A collaborated production by Arleen Schloss, George Moore and P. Michael Keane that strongly influenced and informed the radical shift of creative production in New York City’s downtown scene in the early ’80s.
NEW MEMBERS OF THE ALLIED UMBRELLA
Allied gives production support, fiscal sponsorship, access to Materials for the Arts, and creative consultation to artists/groups/organizations. We welcome the inclusion of these new members:
Dancing Foxes – Dancing Foxes Press is an independent publishing platform whose mission is to render into distinctive form ideas that emerge from the minds of artists, writers, and scholars. Projects are driven by content and collaboration. Through research, editorial support, and hands-on production and craftsmanship, the Press develops and produces tangible representations of inspired concepts. Current publications to purchase here!
Salvage Art Institute – Salvage Art Institute confronts and articulates the condition of no-longer-art-material claimed as “total loss”, resulting from art damaged beyond repair, removed from art market circulation due to its total loss of value in the marketplace yet stored in art-insurance claim inventory.
Samoa - Longtime friend and collaborator of Allied Productions joins the Allied umbrella with the largest painting project he’s ever attempted, Outside. A series of thirty portraits of people who have lived outside of society. Forthcoming portraits include Patti Smith, Mr. Rogers, and Malcolm X.
The Allied Home Office endured two years of construction hassles, a fire, and subsequent negotiations with the landlord and the city. On the day we had our MAYDAY Press Conference, construction crews were hurriedly trying to finish up work while potential residents were touring the new units.
The construction is over, and we received an influx of youthful, party-loving neighbors who don’t mind the exhibits and performances and gatherings, and some have been generous enough to give us things like excess potted soil for the garden.
We’re glad to have these folk as our first cohort of new neighbors, and the long-time residents want to welcome them into the 245 E. 2nd St. Tenant’s Association, where they can not only become active community members, but also an opportunity to expand our donor base. We hope that our new neighbors will consider Le Petit Versailles a valuable community resource as much as we do!
Le Petit Versailles had a whopping 26 events this year, with 10 screenings, 9 exhibitions of visual art/installtions, 4 readings, 2 music performances, a handful of personal and communal rituals, one memorial for a long-time neighborhood figure, a press conference, a film shoot, and much more!
The season started on an uncertain note–were we even going to have a season? Would the landlord let us? Rafael Sanchez and Kathleen White approached us with a simple and elegant start to the season. Their Somewhat Portable Dolmen required no electricity and provided a very effective reminder to the landlord and the surrounding neighbors that we were indeed going to be a functional garden and art space this year!
And it’s with great sadness we learned of Kathleen’s passing later in the season, and we extend our hearts to Rafael, now and always.
Leslie Lowe helped us with a little pre-Beltane sprucing of the garden in preparation for her one-day painting exhibition. Lowe gave us a tour of each painting, a beautiful remembrance and exploration of her recently departed mother’s memory, and the memories of her mother that have both warmed and haunted.
A sizable cohort of garden supporters came out to the slightly rainy May Day to show support as we blasted from our PA system that we would not bow down to passive-aggressive construction harassment. The speakers shared their own stories of landlord intimidation and tenant organizing. You can watch footage here
Carlina Rivera, Director of Programming & Services, Good Old Lower East Side – GOLES
Democratic District Leader 74A Coalition for a District Alternative (C.O.D.A.).
Shafaq Islam, Senior Staff Attorney Urban Justice Center.
Phyllissima Abe, Artist and Neighborhood Tenants Representative (141 Ridge Street).
Peter Cramer, Artist and Co-Director, Le Petit Versailles, Member of 245 East 2nd Street Tenants association.
David Orama, Community Youth Counselor and Longtime Resident Member of 245 East 2nd Street Tenants association.
Kembra Pfahler, artist and musician, Member of 245 East 2nd Street Tenants Association.
A garden member wisely suggested we bring down the rain tarp for Beltane festivities. Good thing, since it didn’t rain a drop for the rest of the day! Fun fact: As the Beltane ceremony kicked into gear, potential new tenants were being shown the freshly renovated–and unfortunately market-rate–apartments in the building of the Allied home office. Young folk freshly post-undergrad and European families seeking a pied-a-terre were bombarded by the joyous noise of Beltane revelry. YOO-HOO NEIGHBORS!
Thanks to MM Serra and Coynn Loebs for a wonderful screening and Q&A!
The Best Revenge (2009)
Jumping Jack Flash (2011)
Wild Is the Wind by D. Tiomkin & N. Washington (2012)
A Worthy Quarry (2013)
Last Time We Met (2014)
It’s a Matter of Life and Death: A Developmental Teaser (2014)
John C. Gonzalez and Thomas Willis stopped by for a day-long repurposing of stuff that’s been laying around at the garden. The weather report predicted rain, so we erected the rain tarp for the artists. On the day of the show, we totally forgot to untie the rain tarp the night before, which collected the rainwater into sizable swimming pools that blocked the front entrance but made for a fun temporary labyrinth to squeeze around. In the end we decided to drain the pools, and tear down the tarp–the weather said there’d be no rain! And there wasn’t. For most of the day it was sunshine, until an hour before the exhibit, and a wall of dark grey cloud quickly moved over the city and enveloped us in mini-monsoon.
Many thanks to Stephanie Wuertz, Josh Guilford, and Noe Kidder for curating a great series!
Curated by Stephanie Wuertz
Andy Warhol by Marie Menken
George Dumpson’s Place by Ed Emshwiller
R-34 by Jack and Olga Chambers
Manual of Arms by Hollis Frampton
ROSALIND NASHASHIBI – SPACES OPEN/CLOSED
Curated by Josh Guilford
“Midwest Field,” 2002
“Bachelor Machines Part 1,” 2007
“Jack Straw’s Castle,” 2009
“This Quality,” 2010
SUMMER HORROR CAMP – DANGEROUS TIMES
Curated by Noe Kidder
A DANGEROUS CURE by Kevin Jarvis.
HOLY BLOOD by Brian Getnick and Noe Kidder
Video installation by Seruni Bodjawati, an Indonesian visual artist and filmmaker.
Thank you Lili White for showing us the work of Joey Huertas (AKA Jane Public), rhayne vermette, Katya Yabukov, Muriel Montini, and Denise Iris.
THE D-BLOK SNAG by Joey Huertas (AKA Jane Public)
black rectangle by rhayne vermette
full of fire by rhayne vermette
SHE LEARNS TO LUNGE by Katya Yakubov
CONSTELLATION by Muriel Montini
SWEETMEATS by Denise Iris
I SNAKE-FOOT by Lili White
TURQUOISE BEADS by Lili White
It simply just isn’t an LPV season without Mr. Mosaic’s annual noise complaints. Many thanks to Garrin Benfield for bringing out all the neighbors!
Cave Collective and Vangeline Theater ushered in the summer with an installation of fruiting bodies infused with beet, turmeric, and spirulina powders, which very lightly colored the barks with colorful hues and just as quickly washed away. On our window cutouts, there wept and fluttered beautiful ribbons on undyed linens. Thanks to Cave Collective for helping us brave the pigeons roosting there, and thanks to Jack for braving the cryptosporidia inherent in years of pigeon dung.
So, the garden also became a movie set for a week in July! Kind of amazed how all the people and equipment fit in there! It was an amazing pooling of talented personalities and eager queer youth wanting some experience in the creative chaos of movie-making. After a week of shooting at the garden, the Rockaways, and at charming beach diners, we have at least an Act One to speak of, which will be screened on New Year’s Eve Eve, more info here! And check out the trailer below!
Wild Ponies is an experimental movie-making process in the guise of an old-school Hollywood musical, and a cinematic metaphor for how our queer communities come together as a social movement. Two young queers have separated themselves from their respective communities and retreated into the far reaches of the Rockaways. Their friends try to bring them back during one chaotic night of performances, smoke breaks, after-parties and beach bonfires. That’s the basic story. The larger story–the actual story(?)–is about the creative queer communities that currently exist in NYC, and how they take the basic story and make it their own. The first wave of funding and shooting began in July, gathering a group of talented collaborators who are now envisioning musical numbers during this coming winter. A second round of fundraising is in the works, with plans to resume production in May 2015.
Stephen Boyer was a delightful and endlessly helpful guest and curator at the garden this year, with this joy of a reading series which brought out these fantastic writers/performers.
JULY – Wo Chan, Tommy Pico, Ariana Reines and Pamela Sneed
AUGUST – Andrea Crespo, Lara Weibgen, Christopher Soto, Jackie Wang, Bett Williams and Yva Las Vegass
SEPTEMBER – Jsmn Gibson, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Kate Huh, Eileen Myles and CA Conrad
Roshanak Elmendorf and her family helped us clean the garden the whole day, and prepare for her one-day exhibition of drawings and animation and film/video work. Roshanak’s husband and son were instrumental in helping place all the pieces in ways that were kind to the garden. Check out Roshanak’s animated piece, The Forgotten.
Alexis Pace exhibited her latest work that explores the subjective dysmorphias we place on our bodies. Some of the mirrors were broken on site and continued to shatter throughout the month. Folks were invited to load a QR code and contribute their shattered selfie to the installation’s Facebook Group.
We’re grateful to the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space for making us one of their screening sites for their annual festival.
LISPENARD LADDER/CONTACT MICS WITH CARA by Andrea Callard
RESTORING THE APPEARANCE TO ORDER by Andrea Callard
VIRGIN BEAUTY ON LUDLOW by Coleen Fitzgibbon
NOTES ON AILANTHUS by Andrea Callard
FISH UNDER DELANCEY by Kelly Spivey
We didn’t have many cookouts this year, but the one Trans in Action brought to the garden was a big wall of delicious cooked meats and other dishes. Thanks for the incredibly fun talent show, and for the moving memorial to Islan Nettles. We lit a sky lantern in solidarity with all the trans communities in the city, who lit up their own sky lanterns well into the late night. One of the more powerful moments of awed silence.
Leslie Lowe came back to the garden for the final rendition of her reminiscence of Hurricane Katrina, and her flight from New Orleans, and the subsequent life change that resulted.
A wonderful weekend of performances, workshops, and film/video screenings which marked the coming of the Fall Equinox–a jam-packed weekend in which Turning to Night was also a part of the Harvest Arts Festival weekend, and provided a creative build-up towards the People’s Climate March. Coral and Troy, being wonderful gardeners in their own right, whipped the garden into shape and made it pristine for the rest of the season. Other artists involved with Turning to Night were also excited by the Queer Planet art build for the People’s Climate March and contributed their talents to those efforts as well. It was a great weekend of pooling together resources, talents, and a desire to keep climate change a constant priority.
Priestess of Ceremonies: Maya Suess
☽ ☾ FILMMAKERS ☽ ☾
Connie Winston brought her fierce performance to the stage, Joey Huertas AKA Jane Public brought so so many appliances and props and screens and an infectious enthusiasm to the stage. Joey also brought great flexibility. We tested all the machines for the show, which kept tripping a breaker. We had to ask him to shave down the load by a machine or two, Joey was very agreeable. We finally had to unplug the smoke machine. Joey was okay with that too. In fact, he had a couple of smoke bombs just in case. And we had a bucket. What resulted was a raw and visceral exploration of capital punishment and racial injustice through expanded cinema methods. It was a pleasure being one of the hands helping out on the projector switches.
A gorgeous close to the Cave Collective’s summer-long Crimson Sun installation. While the artists snipped the fruiting bodies from our mulberry tree, visual artist Jon Barraclough drew ink onto paper on a turntable, which kaleidoscoped onto a rear projected image hovering above the stage. The drawing was done in concert with the sounds of Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe.
We celebrated the end of the season proper with our annual Halloween event. This year it was a Samhain circle, where Frank Susa presided over a calling of our ancestors. Herbal and milky concoctions warmed us for the coming winter. In addition to arts programming, the garden is a favorite spot to just hang, and catch up, and fit in some more moments together before the winter hibernation begins.
We met Robert James Anderson at MIX NYC, where he made the mural for the festival’s smoking lounge. The festival is an ephemeral and nomadic burst of queer art that lasts for a week. We didn’t want the mural to be lost in the strike, so we are housing the mural at the garden until the artist figures out the mural’s new home.
Breaking News! Jack and Peter were canonized by Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir @ Joe’s Pub this December. There’s footage of the whole show available on the tubes. Click to your left and check it out! Jack and Peter appear around 20:09.
You want a blessing? You want a baby? You want to bless the baby? You now know where to turn!
It was more a holiday gathering than a project, but look at this cake. A Salame del Re, made by Peter Cramer. Think one huge soft madeleine. And there was amazing clam dip. And mulled wine. It was a cozy thing.
ALLIED SUPPORT TO ARTISTS
Allied gave production support, fiscal sponsorship, consultation, counciling, and access to Materials for the Arts for artists, groups, and organizations, including:
- Kembra Pfahler
- ET AL
- Dancing Foxes Press
- Quito Ziegler Productions
- Samoa Moriki
- MIX NYC
. . . and many more
- New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
- New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature
- The Office of City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez
- Materials for the Arts
- NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
- Operation GreenThumb
- Wave Farm Media Arts Technical Assistance Fund
- National Film Preservation Foundation
- Mary Jo and Ted Shen
- Robert Dell Vuyosevich
INDIEGOGO GARDEN POWER!
- John Pullos
- Donna Cameron
- John Kelly
- Brad Taylor
- Helen Varley Jamieson
- Marc Silverman
- Lili White
- John Collis
- Matt Bray
- John Pavlou
- Shelley Marlow
- Coleen Fitzgibbon
- Tom Otterness
- Joshua Fried
- Michelle Handelman
- Jeremy Gender
- Bizzy Barefoot
- Grant Chapman
- Mara Zusman
- Jose Cuevas
- Stephen Kent Jusick
- Corynn Loebs
- Sarah Schulman
- Richard Jeffreys
- Dina Suggs
- Stephen Winter
- Quito Ziegler
- Vincent Vela
- Carlo Maria Ampil
- Neil Goldberg
. . . and the many other unnamed Indiegogo donors!
LETTERS OF SUPPORT
- Chris Rael
- Chris Schneider
- David Finkelstein
- Jon Gartenberg
- Leslie Lowe
- Michel Auder
- Penny Arcade
- Robert Croonquist
- Sur Rodney (Sur)
- Thanks to Frank Susa, Jason Fleetwood-Boldt and all the organizers!
EXTRA SPECIAL ELECTRICAL THANKS!
Very special thanks go out to garden member and immediate neighbor, Lauren Kuester! She didn’t want me to give her the spotlight on-stage during the season, but I’m doing it now!
In July, we had a second warning from our landlord to cease powering the garden. We scrambled to find immediate alternatives, and Lauren stepped up and offered one of her power outlets. She lives right next door, which was perfect!
It was a pleasure hanging out with Lauren at the garden, thank you for donating your power to us for the rest of the season!
MAKE A PAYPAL DONATION
BUY STUFF AT OUR STORE!
We have items from Jenny Holzer, Kiki Smith, Kembra Pfahler, Gordon Stokes Kurtti. Our new store will be up and running very very very shortly! Stay tuned!
GIVE A LETTER OF SUPPORT
Send us a letter that we can send to various powers that be. We don’t know who those powers are, but we know we’ll need their help as well. Let them know how much the garden means to you by writing a signed letter attesting to LPV’s importance as a community hub and art space. Send your letters to email@example.com.
USE THE GARDEN!
Have a show idea? Pitch it to us. We’ll see what’s feasible, and what can fit into the season. Send your proposals to lepetitversailles@