Cénacle: An Evening of Incantation and Monology Beneath the New Moon
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 8 pm
INTERSTATE PROJECTS is pleased to present Cénacle: An Evening of Incantation and Monology Beneath the New Moon, featuring performances by Joseph Keckler, Xena Stanislavovna Semjonová, Samantha Thornhill, Anthony Thornton, Mary Walton, Lord Breaulove Swells Whimsy, and Joseph Whitt.
Taking its title from a literary coterie formed around early leaders of the Romantic movement in France, this eclectic gathering of poets and performers aims to invoke the venturous spirit of an intimate salon. The gallery’s outdoor courtyard provides the night sky as a backdrop to a lively succession of soliloquies.
Joseph Keckler is a singer, writer, musician, and interdisciplinary artist whose concerts and performance pieces have been seen at SXSW, New Museum, Joe’s Pub, Afterglow Festival, and many other venues. He has received residencies from MacDowell and Yaddo, a 2012 Franklin Furnace Grant, and a 2012 NYFA Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work. His latest show, I am an Opera, was commissioned by Dixon Place and premiered in April 2013. He recently appeared as a featured performed on BBC America's The Nerdist.
Xena Stanislavovna Semjonová is a poet, artist, and translator living in New York City. Originally from Slovakia, she has performed in venues such as Dixon Place, Bowery Poetry Club, The Poetry Project, RADAR, SPECTRUM NYC, Strange Maine, Happy Endings, GRRRLS on FILM, and others. Her play Subtext will be presented this year at the Alchemical Theatre Lab in NYC. She is the Editor of Juice, a new publication featuring queer experimental fiction and verse.
Samantha Thornhill is a writer, poet and performer living and working in New York City. She travels the globe performing her works to audiences at universities, schools, and festival stages from Johannesburg to Budapest to Brooklyn. She teaches poetry to actors in training at the Juilliard School, and also serves as writer in residence at the Bronx Academy of Letters. Her poems have been featured in Crab Orchard Review, Indiana Review, Poets and Artists Magazine, Cimarron Review, The Louisville Review, Two Review, African American Review and Faultline.
Anthony Thornton is a New York-based poet, archetype-in-transit and muse. He has performed at Strange Loop Gallery, The Spectrum, Envoy Enterprises and Starr Space. He is the subject of works by Matthias Hamann and Marco Anelli, and is slated to appear in the forthcoming issue of Beauty Today. Anthony will be reading from his newest release, A Real Goon Bitch, a chapbook bubbling over with chthonic free-verse tirades.
Mary Walton is a New York-based poet. She has been a featured reader for Swingers (Codex), EARSHOT!, Turnstyle, Upstairs at Erika's and the Bushwick Sweethearts reading series. Her work has appeared in The Tulane Review, Poetry in Performance, and Promethean. She is currently at work on her latest chapbook, Beginner’s Places.
Lord Breaulove Swells Whimsy (a.k.a. Victor Allen Crawford III) is an artist, designer, author, re-explorer, failed dandy, tin grandee, gentleman trespasser, bushwhacking aesthete, parenthetical naturalist, pseudo-intellectual, and a middle-aged dilettante. Having taken a solemn vow to do as little in life as possible, Whimsy was dismayed one morning to discover that he had accidentally wrote, designed, and illustrated The Affected Provincial’s Companion, Volume One (Bloomsbury 2006), which has been optioned for film by Johnny Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil. His face and his words have graced the hallowed pages of The New York Times, Interview, Frieze, Vice, Tin House, and Art in America.
Joseph Whitt is an artist, writer and independent curator living and working in New York City. His work has been presented at MOMA PS1, Eyebeam, PPOW Gallery, Deitch Projects, CRG Gallery and Envoy Enterprises, and has been reviewed in The New York Times, Flash Art, and Sculpture. His writings have appeared in Art Papers, ArtUS, Useless Magazine and K48. His debut chapbook, 09.29.12, was recently published by T.M.I. Ltd.
Limited edition publications and broadsides by the artists will be offered for sale at this event.
Interstate Projects focuses on young, emerging artists, and works to connect artists and ideas from across the country. The gallery is located in Bushwick at 66 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn NY 11237. Our hours are Friday – Sunday 12 – 6 and by appointment. For further information or images contact Tom Weinrich, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.interstateprojects.com.
Directions: L train to Morgan Ave. The gallery is located on the first floor of 66 Knickerbocker Ave, with the entrance to the gallery located inside a gated outdoor courtyard.