Yaddo Explores Brooklyn on October 23
Brooklyn, New York (October 12, 2010, updated December 7, 2010) – More than 20 artists who have spent time at Yaddo opened their studios to visitors on Saturday afternoon, October 23rd, from 2 to 6 p.m. In addition, Yaddo organized an evening show at one of New York's newest hotspots, featuring performance artists Mike Albo and Cynthia Hopkins along with Mike Doughty, who was the special mystery guest.
The "2010 Yaddo New York City Open Studios Crawl," free and open to the public, took place in the neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick, and Bedford-Stuyvesant. Twenty-two visual artists were on hand to share their art and work spaces with guests. For more information about each of the participants, click here. To view an interactive map of the studios that were open and representative artwork images, click here.
That evening, Albo, Hopkins, and Doughty entertained at the "Yaddo Evening of Performance," held at Pierogi, 177 North 9th Street. Doors opened at 6 p.m. and the performance was at 7 p.m.
Albo is a Brooklyn-based writer and performer. His first novel, the critically acclaimed Hornito, debuted in 2000. His second (written with Virginia Heffernan) is the cult humor classic The Underminer: The Best Friend Who Casually Destroys Your Life. Albo has performed numerous solo shows, including "Spray," "Please Everything Burst," and "My Price Point," as well as with the comedy trio Unitard. He is a founding member of the legendary naked glittery dance troupe The Dazzle Dancers and has written for many magazines and web sites, most recently for New York Magazine, GQ, Salon, and Elle Decor. From 2007-2009, he was "The Critical Shopper" columnist for The New York Times.
Hopkins is a writer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and theater artist. She creates and performs unique multimedia pieces which intertwine truth and fiction and have won her a host of awards, including the 2007 Alpert Award in Theater. Her work has been presented internationally, most recently at Soho Rep and St. Ann's Warehouse in New York; Les Subsistances in Lyon, France; and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. Hopkins also has produced eight albums with her band, Gloria Deluxe, and is currently a Guggenheim Fellow.
Yaddo hosted the inaugural "Open Studio Crawl" and "Evening of Performance" at Galapagos Art Space-DUMBO early in 2009. Based on the enthusiastic response by both the Yaddo community of artists and general public, a plan was developed to organize similar programs on a regular basis and move them to different neighborhoods throughout New York City. Yaddo's mission is to provide talented individuals with the gift of uninterrupted time and space. It also seeks to encourage a critical and appreciative audience for the range of work created by artists in residence through activities such as the "Open Studio Crawl" and "Evening of Performance."