Sanford Biggers’ Band Moon Medicin To Perform at Creative Capital Benefit

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We’re so excited that Sanford Bigger’s band, Moon Medicin, will be playing at our 15th Anniversary Benefit next Tuesday, October 21! Sanford is a 2008 Visual Arts awardee, but his work is truly interdisciplinary—encompassing sculpture, installation, performance, and the music he makes with Moon Medicin. To preview their music and videos, check out their amazing website.

To purchase tickets for the Benefit event, click here.

The Making of “Window” by Kerry Skarbakka

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Kerry Skarbakka, “Window,” 2009

As we gear up for Creative Capital’s presentation at the 2014 IdeaFestival in Louisville, we asked one of the presenting artists, Kerry Skarbakka (2005 Visual Arts), to contribute to our blog. He responded with “The Making of Window,” a rare, behind-the-scenes look at how he created the photograph (shown above) of the artist jumping through a window.

In his ongoing series, The Struggle to Right Oneself, Skarbakka photographs himself in extreme situations, and his works explore the physical and psychological effects of the environment on the body. Skarbakka wrote to us, “In 2009, during the height of the recession, I wanted to make an image that reflected the effects of the housing crisis. Because of the sheer difficulty of making this particular shot, Window has always been one of my favorite images.” Continue reading

Louisville Bound: Creative Capital Presents at IdeaFestival and Celebrates 15 Years with 21c Museum Hotel

Left: Sam Van Aken, Blind Spots, 2014. Silver nitrate photograph. Right: Julia Christensen, Burnouts, 2014. Videos, plastic with mirrors, glass lenses, smartphones.

Left: Sam Van Aken, Blind Spots, 2014. Silver nitrate photograph.
Right: Julia Christensen, Burnouts, 2014. Videos, plastic with mirrors, glass lenses, smartphones.

On October 2, Creative Capital Artists Juan William Chávez, Julia Christensen, Robert Karimi and Kerry Skarbakka present with Ruby Lerner at IdeaFestival, a celebration for the intellectually curious that takes place each fall in Louisville, KY. This is the fifth year that Creative Capital has presented a session entitled “Art on the Edge” to introduce the diverse audiences at this international convening to the work of four remarkable artistic innovators. Sam Van Aken, also a Creative Capital awardee, will present a separate session, “Disruptive Thinking and a Hole in the Sky,” on October 3. Both presentations take place at 10:30am EST. You can read profiles of all the artists on the IdeaFestival website and follow the presentations live on Twitter (#IF14).

In conjunction with IdeaFestival, 21c Museum Hotel is presenting 21c Celebrates Creative Capital: A 15th Anniversary Exhibition, featuring the work of 18 Creative Capital awardees including Peggy Ahwesh, Nick Cave, Chris Doyle, Simone Leigh, Eve Sussman, and the five artists presenting in this year’s IdeaFestival. The exhibition, which opens on September 30 and runs through March 2015, includes an installation of Julia Christensen’s Burnouts project, a series of projectors made out of recycled iPhones.  Continue reading

Creative Capital Edition: Connie Samaras, “Edge of Twilight”

Connie Samaras, "Edge of  Twilight (1)," 2011-14 . Creative Capital 2014 Edition (edition of 150). 10" x 12.5" digital print on 11" x 17" paper. Price: $500.

Connie Samaras, “Edge of Twilight (1),” 2011-14 . Creative Capital 2014 Edition (edition of 150). 10″ x 12.5″ digital print on 11″ x 17″ paper. Price: $500.

Every year, we partner with a Creative Capital Artist to create a special project or edition for our Benefit & Auction. This year, for our 15th Anniversary Benefit, which takes place in New York on October 21, we are thrilled to offer a stunning photo by Connie Samaras (2012 Visual Arts) to everyone who purchases a Premium Benefit Ticket ($500). The image is from Edge of Twilight, a series of photos and videos shot at an all woman, predominantly lesbian, RV retirement community located in the U.S. Southwestern desert. Samaras shot close-ups of the RV homes on film late at night under the park’s safety lights, capturing eerie, somewhat unearthly light and colors.

Samaras, who is based in Los Angeles, recently had a major survey of her work dealing with the future imaginaries of global capital, Tales of Tomorrow, at the Armory in Pasadena. The exhibition was accompanied by a beautiful catalogue funded by the Warhol foundation and available through DAP/artbook. I connected with Connie to learn more about her Creative Capital edition and the Edge of Twilight series.

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Taraneh Hemami Organizes Pop-Up Bazaar Exploring Iranian Political Activism

Ali Dadgar, "Revolusign" installation view, 2014, mixed media on panel

Ali Dadgar, “Revolusign” installation view, 2014, mixed media on panel

Taraneh Hemami (2012 Visual Arts) premieres her Creative Capital-supported project, Theory of Survival: Fabrications, at Southern Exposure in San Francisco, September 5 – October 25. Drawing inspiration from a traditional Persian marketplace, Fabrications takes the form of a pop-up bazaar featuring work by 12 California-based Iranian artists exploring decades of collective activism and revolutionary actions inside Iran and in its larger diaspora. Within a labyrinth of niches and patterned archways designed by the H. Majd Design Group, the Fabrications bazaar is a site for gathering and exchange focused on Iranian political and cultural historical moments. Market booths overflow with handcrafted and manufactured objects; a library boasts a growing collection of publications and archives; and a teahouse becomes a stage for performances, games and storytelling. Continue reading

Theaster Gates’ Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative Offers Affordable Housing & Art Space in Chicago

Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative in Chicago

Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative in Chicago

Seven years ago, Creative Capital Artist Theaster Gates (2012 Visual Arts) bought his home in Chicago’s South Side; by 2010, he had completed Dorchester Projects, renovating several other properties in the area and turning them into artist and cultural hubs, and founded his own non-profit, Rebuild Foundation, which revives neighborhoods by restoring underused spaces and creating opportunities for engagement. Now, Theaster and Rebuild are embarking on an even more ambitious project: Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative (DA+HC), made up of an art center and 32 refurbished townhouses open to mixed-income artists, is creating a tight-knit community of creative people who are expected to “collaborate with their neighbors and with Rebuild Foundation.” Jeffreen Hayes, Director of the Rebuild Foundation, told us, “At DA+HC, the spirit of collaboration is at the heart of the project! Rebuild is in a fortunate position of dreaming right along with our founder and working to stabilize, revitalize, and transform many urban communities. Access to affordable and safe housing is a big issue in Chicago for many people. We do hope to create more housing opportunities that will fulfill a need.”

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Video: Mario Ybarra Jr. at the Creative Time Summit & the ReMODEL 2 Sculpture Symposium


Mario Ybarra, Jr. presents at the 2013 Creative Time Summit.

Creative Capital Artist Mario Ybarra, Jr. (2008 Visual Arts) had a banner year in 2013. He was a featured speaker at the 2013 Creative Time Summit, had a solo show at Honor Fraser Gallery in Los Angeles, and his Creative Capital project, Curry Corndog Stand, premiered at the San Jose Museum of Art as part of a major exhibition, Around the Table: food, creativity, community. He had an acclaimed installation as a part of ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid and a residency with a solo exhibition at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. He moved his art collective, Slanguage, to a bigger space to accommodate more artists. Ybarra received praise over the past year from New York Times Magazine blog, The Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic.com, Art in AmericaArtInfo and Flashart.

Congrats on all that you’ve accomplished, Mario! We can’t wait to hear what 2014 holds in store for you. Continue reading

Otabenga Jones & Associates Launch “The People’s Plate” in Houston

Otabenga Jones & Associates, "The People's Plate" mural, which utilizes imagery by graphic artist and Black Panther Minister of Culture Emory Douglas

Otabenga Jones & Associates, “The People’s Plate” mural, which utilizes imagery by graphic artist and Black Panther Minister of Culture Emory Douglas

On February 28, Otabenga Jones & Associates (2008 Visual Arts) premieres The People’s Plate, a collaborative art project and public health program addressing the ongoing crisis of obesity and its related risks. The Collective will unveil a public mural at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston and launch a series of adjacent programs, kicking off a year-long commitment to health education.

Inspired by the Black Panther Free Breakfast for School Children Program, which saw the Panthers cooking and serving breakfast to poor inner city children, The People’s Plate aims to provide at-risk community members with a set of tools that encourage self-sufficiency and empowerment in maintaining their own health through food choices while building community. Programs at Lawndale and other Houston venues will include cooking classes, a foraging workshop, an urban gardening workshop, an instructional cooking video and a line of mass-produced lunchboxes that will be made available to the public. Continue reading

The Creative Capital Award: What is the application process like?

2005 Visual Arts Awardee Pablo Helguera recording "Parallel Lives" at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

2005 Visual Arts Awardee Pablo Helguera recording “Parallel Lives” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

What does applying to Creative Capital really mean? What do you have to do to make it happen?

Creative Capital is one of the only national nonprofit organizations that offers awards to individual artists through an open application process. This means that anyone can apply, as long as you meet our basic eligibility criteria.  In the past, Creative Capital has received 2,700 to 3,200 Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) in each award round. We work all year with arts professionals throughout the country to review your proposals before announcing the 46 funded projects.

On February 3rd, our application website will open to accept your LOI, with a submission deadline of February 28. The LOI is just a written proposal with no work samples. Once you fill out your contact information, education, professional accomplishments, and the name and email of one reference, you can begin to fill out your project proposal.

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