Meet Me at the PEN Festival

Hi Comrades,

Next week I’m doing an insane, gigantic art installation at the Standard, New York. For five days I’m creating five giant paintings on the themes of labor, war, truth, money and revolution- but with squid and animals in funny hats. It’s for the PEN World Voices Festival for International Literature, chaired this year by Salman Rushdie.

I dearly need my friends, fans, and hot girls and boys of the demimonde to keep me company during this art martyrdom. So if you ever wanted to meet me, now’s the time. You are highly, highly encouraged to come in costume.

Much love, and hope to meet you,

Molly

WHERE: the Plaza of The Standard, New York
848 Washington Street (btw 10th and 11th ave, 1 block south of 14th street)

WHEN: April 25,
3:00-6:00- Plaza at The Standard, New York
10-12am- Top of The Standard

April 26-29
1-7 pm
the Plaza of The Standard, New York

 

For PEN Festival, Molly Crabapple Creates Living Art Installation at the Standard Hotel

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Artist Molly Crabapple will spend 5 days as a living installation in the Plaza of the Standard, New York as part of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, chaired this year by Salman Rushdie. Molly’s work will engage the human rights element that distinguishes PEN as one of the world’s most prestigious literary festival

Molly will, over the course of 5 days, create 5 giant paintings. The paintings, which form a loose narrative, use swirling detail, allegorical animals and Rube Goldberg machines to tell a story of dictatorship, wealth and freedom. Over the five days, Molly will be joined by muses from New York’s demimonde, and will create her art in view of the public.

Molly’s paintings will be auctioned at the end of the festival to support the PEN Foundation’s work.

This year, the Festival has formed a partnership with The Standard, New York and Friends of the High Line. The High Line will become both the literal and metaphorical spine of the Festival, with many events taking place on and around this Manhattan landmark and at the hotel. The Standard, New York and the High Line will both serve as the Festival’s hubs.

Molly will paint in the Plaza of The Standard, New York from April 25-29 (with breaks to paint at The Top of The Standard, and The Chelsea Piers).

Find a complete schedule at PEN’s website: http://www.pen.org/page.php/prmID/1096

One Response to Meet Me at the PEN Festival

  1. Matt says:

    Alack-a-day! I will be unable to meet you for I live in a different state. Ah well. I wish you all the luck in the world with your martyrdom!

  2. Matt says:

    Alack-a-day! I will be unable to meet you for I live in a different state. Ah well. I wish you all the luck in the world with your martyrdom!

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    About Molly:
    Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Her memoir, Drawing Blood, was published by HarperCollins in 2015. Brothers of the Gun, her illustrated collaboration with Syrian war journalist Marwan Hisham, will be published by One World/Penguin Random House in May 2018. Her reportage has been published in the New York Times, New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, VICE, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of a Yale Poynter Fellowship, a Front Page Award, and a Gold Rush Award, and shortlisted for a Frontline Print Journalism Award. She is often asked to discuss her work chronicling the conflicts of the 21st Century, and has appeared on All In with Chris Hayes, Amanpour, NPR, BBC News, PRI, and more. The New Yorker described her 2017 mural "The Bore of Babylon" as "a terrifying amalgam of Hieronymus Bosch, Honoré Daumier, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” Her art is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Rubin Museum of Art and the New York Historical Society.

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