Celebrate the release of sex worker magazine $pread’s anthology and the opening night of Spark to a Flame, an art show celebrating the artists of $pread.
On the ten year anniversary of the launch of $pread, the first U.S. magazine by and for sex workers and allies, Feminist Press is bringing its most memorable voices back to life with the book $pread: The Best of the Magazine that Illuminated the Sex Industry and Started a Media Revolution, edited by Rachel Aimee, Eliyanna Kaiser, and Audacia Ray. Join us for an evening of readings and performance, and for the opening night of ‘Spark to a Flame,’ an art show celebrating the artists of $pread, curated by Damien Luxe. FREE BOOK WITH ADMISSION!
Readers and performers include: Brendan Michael Conner, Hawk Kinkaid, Syd V., Marisa Brigati. Video art by Morgan Page, Xandra Ibarra/Chica Boom, The Incredible Edible Akynos, Ofelia del Corazón, visual art by Fly Orr, Molly Crabapple, Hawk Kinkaid and Cristy Road.
The venue is wheelchair accessible.
Spark to a Flame is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Spark to a Flame is also supported by HOOK, a publication by and for men in the sex industry.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
Launch party 7:30 – 9pm. After party in the Dixon Lounge 9 – 11pm. Tickets are $20 and include a free book. Purchase yours here.
Molly will be speaking at Freedom to Connect, an “exploration of the technology, economics and politics of the Internet and a celebration of its bottom-up, innovative, democracy-enhancing, life-affirming properties,” on March 2nd. If you wish to attend, register here. A webcast of the event will be available from 9am – 5pm for $25. Sign up to view the webcast here.
Click here for more details about this year’s F2C as well as for past events.
Freedom to Connect 2015
March 2nd and 3rd
156 Fifth Avenue at 20th Street
New York, NY 10010
Doors open at 7:30 am. Molly is scheduled to speak on Art and Internet Freedom between 11 am – 12:30 pm, but all times are subject to change.
Organized by PEN American Center and the National Coalition Against Censorship, the panel discussion “After Charlie: What’s Next for Art, Satire and Censorship,” illustrated some of the problems inherent in offering a civilized response to an utterly uncivilized act …
Cartooning is particularly “inflammatory,” said comics artist and illustrator Crabapple, because “it is visceral and irritates authoritarian assholes.” But she also noted that it’s easy for cartooning to be “taken out of context,” stripped of ironic intent and nuance, and used to provoke and offend. Indeed, she suggested, in the age of social media, where images are regularly recontextualized and recirculated, the ability to demonize an image, and its creator, will likely worsen.
Molly Crabapple is a pseudonym but it’s somehow fitting for the artist who learnt to draw a proper nose aged only four. She has a permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, but remarkably Crabapple is self-taught. Her trajectory into the world of illustration was unconventional: having dropped out of FIT (New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology) she launched her own leftfield drawing school in 2005 at the tender age 22. When she founded Dr Sketchy Art School Anti-Art School, she entered into a world of burlesque dancers, drag queens and underground performers. However, this was a familiar world to Crabapple. At 19 she started working as a life model, and that was in fact when Molly Crabapple first adopted her alias.
“When I go on TV, Twitter digs up old photos of me at parties and asks the producers why they have such a bimbo on air,” says Crabapple. “But the thing about proving things? Your jaggedness just goads you on – it makes you sharper and harder. It gives you swagger.” And boy, does she have swagger.
The massacre at Charlie Hebdo brought urgent questions about censorship, satire, offense and artistic responsibility to the forefront. In response to this, a panel of cartoonists will discuss the future of satire, censorship and self-censorship, as well as the unique power of images especially when married to language.
This panel will feature Art Spiegelman, best known for his graphic novel Maus, cartoonist and journalist Molly Crabapple, editor and New Yorker Art Director Francoise Mouly, and Emmanuel Letouzé, socio-political cartoonist. These acclaimed graphic artists will help us examine the current landscape of cartoon and satire and what the attack at Charlie Hebdo means for the future of these essential components of our culture.
Hosted by PEN American Center, the National Coalition Against Censorship, and The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF).
Thursday, February 19, 2015
FIAF, Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
Tickets are $10 for PEN/FIAF members, $15 for the public. Click here for more details.
Last summer, a New York city police officer choked a black grandfather named Eric Garner to death. Garner was suspected of selling loose cigarettes. The arrests of people like Garner are part of a controversial policing tactic called Broken Windows. Broken Windows claims to prevent large crimes by cracking down on small ones. But it’s really about controlling and punishing communities of color, through police encounters that can sometimes be deadly.
Written, illustrated and narrated by Molly Crabapple