Past Events


* Willoughby Windows 2

Opened Friday, May 14th, 2010: 2-6pm

Artists include: C. Damage, Chris Mendoza & Pablo Powers, Daryll Peirce, Faust, Hellbent, Jef Aerosol, Joe Iurato, Laura Lee Gulledge, LogikOne, Ron English, Skewville, and Thundercut.

Mural by Peripheral Media Projects.



* May 22nd, Saturday; 4-10pm: Welling Court Community Mural Project opens

An amazing span of 40+ artists representing more than 40 years of public expression:

Participating Artists include: Alice Mizrachi, Alison Buxton, Chris Mendoza, Chris Stain, Celso, Cern, Cey Adams, Chor Boogie, CR, Cycle, Dan Witz, Darkclouds, Daryll Peirce, Don Leicht, Free5, Gaia, Garrison Buxton, Greg Lamarche, Jesse Jones, JMR, John Fekner, Katie Yamasaki, Lady Pink, Leon Reid, Ludo, Matt Siren, MCity, Michael De Feo, Minetta, Mr. Kiji, Pablo Power, Peat Wollaeger, Peripheral Media Projects, R. Nicholas Kuszyk, Remi Rough, ROA, Ron English, Royce Bannon, Sinned, Sofia Maldonado, Stormie Mills, Sweet Toof, Swoon, TooFly, Tristan Eaton, and Veng RWK.



SATURDAY, JULY 31st: Electric Windows 2 in Beacon, NY!

July 31st we will be participating in a painting extravaganza of gigantic proportions.  The ever wonderful and beautifully kind Dan & Kalene at Open Space are rolling up their sleeves to bring the masses together for another slammin’ full day of painting and partying.

Featuring the badass skillz of Ron English, Logan Hicks, Michael DeFeo, Chor Boogie, Pete Wollaeger, and many more.  As well, yours truly, Buxtonia {AHA/PMP’s Garrison and Alison} will be slinging 2 types of paint, spray as well as screen printing  on the 1’s n’ 2’s with some brand new images to make some clothing magic. So don’t forget to bring your shirts, or we’ll have some for sale.  So come on up to see some great people making some inspiring things.  It is sure to be one for the history books.

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SummerStage Music

The New York Pops and Melody Gardot
When: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 7:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

The New York Pops and Melody Gardot

The smoky seductive thrill of vocal jazz from chanteuse Melody Gardot supported by the acclaimed New York Pops.
Melody Gardot’s route to music has been unconventional and often arduous. Growing up in Philadelphia, she began taking music lessons at age 9, and was playing piano in local lounges by the time she was 16, although she didn’t think of music as anything more than a hobby at the time. After being hit by a car and severely injured when she was 19, music became a key therapeutic element in her lengthy recovery process and an outlet for self-expression. The young chanteuse’s songs offer deeply compelling evocations of love, loss and heartache, while her voice offers a level of emotional authority and technical fluency beyond her years. Supported by sparse arrangements, she draws upon elements of jazz, blues, folk and country, with expressive vocals that are both sensitive and seductive. Her breakthrough album, My One and Only Thrill, has sold almost one million copies worldwide.

The New York Pops was founded by former NBC Music Director Skitch Henderson in 1983 with the mission to create greater public awareness and appreciation of America’s rich musical heritage. They are the largest independent pops orchestra in the U.S., and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, they perform an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall, and tour selections from the American songbook throughout the world.

Encore: last played in 2009

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SummerStage Music

Living Colour, Ebony Bones!, Pillow Theory and CX KiDTRONiK
When: Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 3:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

Living Colour, Ebony Bones!, Pillow Theory and CX KiDTRONiK

Classic BRC legends Living Colour usher in a new generation of African-American rock stars.
Living Colour last graced SummerStage in 2001, staging their first reunion concert to a packed house. Now Vernon Reid, Will Calhoun, Corey Glover and Doug Wimbish return to Central Park, to celebrate their own 25th anniversary- of the Black Rock Coalition, the not-for-profit artist collective co-founded by Vernon Reid. The band rose to stardom in 1988 with their breakout album Vivid, featuring the Grammy Award-winning smash hit and MTV staple, “Cult of Personality.” In 2009, the band released their fifth studio album, The Chair and the Doorway, to critical success, with Rolling Stone declaring it, “Living Colour’s most focused record since their 1988 debut.”

Ebony Bones! (a.k.a. Ebony Thomas) is a London-born, autodidact singer/songwriter/ producer/actress with a penchant for punk-meets-funk style and an extravagant eye for fashion. Ebony’s music has been described as reminiscent of “the aggressively proto-feminist dance music of Grace Jones and X-Ray Spex” by the Chicago Tribune. Bones’ self-released single, “We Know All About U” (recorded out of her apartment using bottles, woks and pans as percussive instruments) debuted as the “Hottest Record In the World Today” on BBC’s Radio 1, going on to become the most played single by an unsigned artist on that popular UK station.

Described by the Washington Post as “soul meets screamo,” Pillow Theory is a NYC-based quartet whose live shows are a roiling, genre-defying blend of metal, punk, free jazz and pop.

DJ CX KiDTRONiK has a reputation for putting on energetic, over-the-top shows featuring his signature live drum machine, freestyle synthesizer, and video game bleeps and blips. He has worked with a large range of co-conspirators including Antipop Consortium, Saul Williams, Trent Reznor, Kanye West and, more recently took his KraKSTRAVAGANZA Band on the road with Girl Talk, Zion I and The Grouch on The City of Dope Tour.

The Black Rock Coalition, founded in 1985 by Vernon Reid, Greg Tate and Konda Mason, is now launching into its 25th year of being the nation’s only nonprofit organization fully dedicated to finding, creating and cultivating opportunities for alternative musical artists of color. Member-driven, volunteer-run, and completely in it for the love, the BRC has and will continue to exert its influence in support and praise of the true innovators of rock and roll–past, present, and future.

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SummerStage Music

Pupy y Los Que Son Son and Jose Conde: A Tribute to Fania Records
When: Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 3:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

Pupy y Los Que Son Son and Jose Conde: A Tribute to Fania Records

Cuba es Libre with a rare live set from songo icons Pupy y Los Que Son Son, pan-latin grooves from Jose Conde and an all-star DJ celebration of NY salsa.
As a former member of the internationally acclaimed Los Van Van, Cuban pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader César Pedroso has proven his talents. Now, touring under his nickname ‘Pupy’ Pedroso has set about taking the planet by storm. Along with his group, Los Que Son Son, Pedroso is a trailblazing representative of the relatively young style of Timba music. Pupy y Los Que Son Son’ s SummerStage appearance marks a major highlight of their first US tour.

Singer, songwriter, and producer Jose Conde is celebrated for his recordings with the Cuba-centric band Ola Fresca, which deviate from traditional Cuban music forms through a liberal juxtaposition and fusion of rhythms and the playful use of language. The Brooklyn-based, Miami-raised son of Cuban immigrants, Conde has reached a large audience by being featured in numerous recent compilations. Tonight marks the official unveiling of music from his upcoming solo 2010 release with his funky new pan-Latin powerhouse of a band, the nu Latin Groove.

NYC native and world-renowned DJ Bobbito Garcia is the Creative Chief at Project 2050, an ideas and solutions shop. The former Bounce Magazine Editor In Chief is also the critically acclaimed author of Where’d You Get Those? NYC’s Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987 and has a new CD compilation out titled Connection .

DJ Laylo’s unrelenting commitment to good music and rocking the crowd has earned her a reputation as one of NYC’s foremost turntablists. Born in Puerto Rico to Dominican parents, her musical selection reflects her NY upbringing: hip-hop, soul, salsa, house, merengue, reggae, and Afrobeat.

Born and raised in the culture of hip-hop, DJ SAKE-1 has been looking for the perfect beat since 1989. A founding member of California’s (((Local 1200))) Sound System, DJ SAKE-1 has utilized a combination of advanced science and Bay Area hustle to genetically alter the hip-hop idiom into a 360 degree circle of soul.

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SummerStage Music

SummerStage Gala – The Music of Simon & Garfunkel
When: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 7:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

SummerStage Gala  - The Music of Simon & Garfunkel

Support 25 years of SummerStage! Seated tickets and table packages available. Bleacher seating also available online.
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Buy tickets for bleacher seats online

On Tuesday, June 8, 2010, City Parks Foundation will welcome guests to the SummerStage 25th Anniversary Celebration, an annual fundraising benefit, to support CPF’s free year-round arts programming.

This year’s benefit will feature the songbook of Simon & Garfunkel with unique duts performed by Shawn Colvin, Aimee Mann, Dar Williams, Loudon Wainwright III, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Joan Osborne, Stephen Kellogg, Dean & Britta, Cory Chisel, The Holmes Brothers, John Forte, Valerie June, John Roderick, Ricky Skaggs, Willie Nile, Paula Cole, Alejandro Esovedo, Marc Cohn, Ben Gibbard, David Hinds, St. Vincent, Ollabelle (house band) and many more.

A Cocktail Party for table purchasers will be held in the Pergola Area at SummerStage beginning at 6:00pm. Tables of ten will be provided with a full dinner; tables of four will be provided with a light snack. Both will receive bar service. The concert will begin at 8:00pm. Central Park SummerStage is located at Rumsey Playfield (72nd Street, mid¬park).

For event information, including ticket sales, please contact Jill Rothstein at (212) 360-8170, or by email at

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SummerStage Music

The 8th Annual Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil, featuring live sets from Os Paralmas Do Sucesso and Maria Gadu, followed by a screening of Oscar Niemeyer – Life is a Breath of Air
When: Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 7:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

The 8th Annual Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil, featuring live sets  from Os Paralmas Do Sucesso and Maria Gadu, followed by a screening of  Oscar Niemeyer – Life is a Breath of Air




Brazil’s finest from the fields of music, architecture and film meet in the heart of New York City.
Os Paralamas do Sucesso formed in Rio de Janeiro in the late 1970s, and are now considered one of the “Big Four” bands of Brazilian rock. They have always incorporated reggae and ska into their sound, and have over the years continued to expand their soundscapes with intricate horn arrangements and Latin rhythms. The lineup, unchanged since 1982, includes Herbert Vianna on guitar and lead vocals, Bi Ribeiro on bass, and Jo&atildeo Barone on drums.




Brazilian guitarist, singer and songwriter Maria Gadu is an emerging sensation to watch. She began her career as a child and went out to garner attention with her stunning interpretation of “Ne me quitte pas” by Jacques Brel. She has been featured on several soundtracks and her self-titled debut release has already created an international buzz.

The closing night film of The 8th Annual Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil is the documentary OSCAR NIEMEYER – LIFE IS A BREATH OF AIR . Is it possible to tell a story of a nation through its architecture? Life is Breath takes its cue from its subject, renowned and influential architect Oscar Niemeyer– the great icon of Brazil’s Modern Architecture movement– highlighting the poetry of his forms as inspired by his country’s majestic geography and soul.

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SummerStage Music

Baaba Maal, Playing For Change
When: Monday, June 14, 2010 at 7:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

Baaba Maal, Playing For Change




Celebrating Senegal’s independence, West Africa’s best-known musician meets a boundary and nation busting collective of global artists.
World-renowned singer/songwriter and SummerStage alumnus Baaba Maal is widely acknowledged as one of Africa’s most prolific and beloved musicians. Maal’s distinctive palette, which fuses traditional African rhythm and song structure with elements of Western pop and R&B, first gained American attention with the seminal 1989 album Djam Leelii. Maal has since released over fifteen full-length recordings and engaged in a host of humanitarian concerns, including his work as a UN Youth Emissary. Maal’s most recent LP, 2009’s Television , offers a unique amalgam of electronic dance and global influences. Paste magazine observes, “Television embodies the sound of the African future while simultaneously nodding over its shoulder at the pain, joy, suffering and beauty of the continent’s past.”




Utilizing innovative mobile audio/video techniques, Playing for Change is the brainchild of Grammy-winning producer/engineer Mark Johnson. He records musicians in myriad outdoor environments- beneath urban streetlights, in public parks, in doorways, on cobblestone streets, amid hilly pueblos- and combines the tracks into unique new collaborations between artists that may have never met in person. Already the project has traveled from post-Katrina New Orleans to post-apartheid South Africa, from the remote beauty of the Himalayas to the religiously diverse Jerusalem, all while illustrating the power of music to transcend cultural and geographic boundaries. Select musicians from the project will come from different parts of the globe to perform together at SummerStage.

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SummerStage Music

John Butler Trio & State Radio Concert
When: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 6:30PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

John Butler Trio & State Radio Concert




A benefit concert to support the full season of free programs at Central Park SummerStage.
John Butler Trio is one of Australia’s leading musical outfits, composed of prominent Melbourne drummer and percussionist Nicky Bomba, bassist Byron Luiters from Sydney and, of course, John Butler. The band’s fifth and latest studio album is titled April Uprising and it is a melodic, funky and free affair. With sold out performances worldwide on the back of their previous multi-platinum accredited album Grand National , the John Butler Trio is reaffirming their status as one of the world’s best roots bands.




Mixing reggae influences with political calls to action, State Radio’s indie rock music features the socially conscious lyrics and roots rhythms that have made them a staple in the jam band world. The band’s latest release, Let It Go , was described by All Music Guide as “creat(ing) the biggest stir with its lyrics, whose sociopolitical content challenges listeners to think as much as dance.”

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SummerStage Music

NYC Pride Rally featuring Me’Shell Ndegeocello , Martha Wash, The New York Gay Men’s Chorus, Vickie Shaw, Billie Myers, Bruce Vilanch and More
When: Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 4:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

NYC Pride Rally featuring Me'Shell Ndegeocello , Martha Wash, The  New York Gay Men's Chorus, Vickie Shaw,  Billie Myers, Bruce Vilanch and  More




Strength, virtuosity and joyous revelry reflect the diversity of the LGBT community and the lineup of this incredible evening’s entertainment.
One month after the Stonewall Riots of June 27-29, 1969, about 500 people gathered for a “Gay Power” demonstration. That event, the very first New York City Pride Rally, took place in Washington Square Park and was followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square. Now in its 42nd year, the Heritage of Pride Rally continues that tradition on the last Sunday in June, providing the City’s LGBT Community with a fabulous launch into Pride Week. This year’s rally, the first at SummerStage, will include performances by Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Martha Wash, The Gay Men’s Chorus, Vickie Shaw, and Billie Myers, hosted by writer and comic, Bruce Vilanch.




Canonized, marginalized or just scrutinized, Me’shell Ndegéocello has given up trying to explain herself. After 20 years in an industry that has called her everything from avant garde to a dying breed, what unquestionably remains is the fearsome bassist, prolific songwriter and the creativity and curiosity of an authentic musical force. With that, she has earned critical acclaim, the unfailing respect of fellow players, songwriters and composers, and the dedication of her diverse, unclassifiable fans.

Like many artists, Martha Wash has felt the ups and downs of the rollercoaster-like music industry. From being the uncredited powerhouse vocalist behind C+C Music Factory’s classic “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” to her Grammy nomination for the cult classic’It’s Raining Men’, to seeing her debut solo single “Carry On” reach the #1 spot – in her own name – Martha has unquestionably made her mark in R&B, in dance, in disco and in music history.

The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus comprises of 250 voices. The Chorus has appeared in Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Affirming their world-class status is a roster of classical and contemporary artists who have graced the stages with the Chorus: Marilyn Horne, Roberta Peters, Liza Minnelli, Stephen Sondheim, Barbara Cook, Carol Channing, Jerry Herman, Eartha Kitt, Joel Grey– to name just a few. The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC) is a member of Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA), the world’s only association committed to serving the LGBT choral movement.

Vickie Shaw returns to New York with her slow paced (she’s southern), incredibly endearing, (she’s southern), sharp, don’t mess with her (she’s southern!), comedy. Vickie doesn’t have to go far from home for material – as a recovering SoB (Southern Baptist) and out lesbian mother. She’s successfully raised two sons and a daughter (actually they’re just alive, I’m not sure if that successful), One son, his wife and their three perfect daughters and her daughter and fiancee all live with Vickie and her “husbian” in Sgt. Patch. Her census needed extra postage. Yeah there’s enough material there to fill a few hours. Vickie has performed in almost every State in the US, and had headlined in way too many venues to list here and TV out the YinYang, but trust us, this girl’s been around.

With the success of her hit single’Kiss The Rain’ from the debut record Growing, Pains, Billie Myers has proven her longevity as an artist. Myer’s live performances have been described as “electrifying” by Rolling Stone. She has toured extensively with the likes of Bob Dylan and Savage Garden and starred at Lilith Fair. Myers has worked with industry greats Desmond Child, Junior Vasquez and Peter Q. Harris. The London Times raves “Myers excels at weaving poetic narratives around starkly honest portraits of her life experiences reassuringly long on singer-songwriter talent.” Her new album, Tea & Sympathy, is out now on iTunes.

One of the most sought-after jokesmiths in the entertainment industry, Bruce Vilanch has become a recognizable face in his own right, thanks to the feature-length documentary Get Bruce! and his one-time stint as a regular on Hollywood Squares, for which he also served as head writer. He is perhaps best known as a regular gag-writer for the Academy Awards, which he has done since 1989.

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SummerStage Music

Fete De La Musique/Make Music NY Celebration: Salif Keita, Tabou Combo, Lo’Jo
When: Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 3:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

Fete De La Musique/Make Music NY Celebration: Salif Keita, Tabou  Combo, Lo'Jo




Iconic innovators from Mali and Haiti set the standards for global celebratory music, and are joined by the next generation of international visionaries.
Presented in association with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy with additional support from the French Bureau Export




Now in its fourth year, Make Music New York is a festival of free concerts throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Inspired by the French “F&ecircte de la Musique” which takes place every year during the Summer Solstice in more than 327 cities around the world, this unique event is a global celebration of music.

Salif Keita’s career as a musician will always be colored by a history of ostracism due to his albinism, and the fact that he is a member of the Royal Family of Mali and the caste restrictions that should have barred him from becoming a performer. Instead, “The Golden Voice of Africa,” has become one of the most celebrated African vocalists of all time. With a career that spans four decades, his undeniable musical influence has had an impact worldwide — from western pop and rock to Pink Floyd, among others.

Tabou Combo is Haiti’s preeminent high-energy dance band, singing in English, Spanish, French and their native Creole. Tabou’s fresh interpretation of konpa borrows equally from Haiti’s traditional drum-heavy carnival music, the meringue of the Dominican Republic, and American R&B and soul.

Lo’Jo is a sextet that builds on France’s popular art form of street performance to reflect their diverse communal culture, and truly push the traditional music into a modern context by incorporating a variety of international grooves.

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SummerStage Music

CareFusion Jazz Festival New York: Mccoy Tyner Quartet featuring Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding and Francisco Mela & Stanley Clarke Band featuring Hiromi
When: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 7:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

CareFusion Jazz Festival New York: Mccoy Tyner Quartet featuring  Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding and Francisco Mela & Stanley  Clarke Band featuring Hiromi




An astonishing roster of luminaries and emerging lions on the jazz scene will unite their talents in a spectacular collaborative performance.
McCoy Tyner’s blues-based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand, has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. Tyner’s work with John Coltrane in the 1960s produced some of most canonical albums in the history of jazz. Many of Tyner’s musical compositions have long since become standards; his harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a plurality of jazz pianists.




Born the second son of luminaries John and Alice Coltrane in 1965 in Long Island, critically acclaimed bandleader Ravi Coltrane has fronted a variety of jazz lineups, recorded critically-hailed albums as leader, produced recordings by artists, overseen important reissues and founded his own independent label. Ravi performs on the tenor and soprano sax both with his own group and in guest appearances with McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Stanley Clarke, Branford Marsalis and many others.

The twenty-five year old Esperanza Spalding is one of the freshest and hottest new voices in American jazz. Her two solo albums have won her universal critical acclaim, with no less than The New York Times praising Spalding as having “a light, fizzy, optimistic drive that’s in her melodic bass playing and her elastic, small-voiced singing.” Spalding recently had the honor of being hand-picked by President Barack Obama to play in Oslo Hall at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.

Afro-Cuban jazz composer and bandleader Francisco Mela has been hailed as “one of the most important Cuban drummers in jazz” by Jazz Times. Since his debut release Melao, Mela has fast become one of the most talked about and in-demand drummers in New York and beyond.

Exploding onto the jazz scene in 1971, Stanley Clarke has since collaborated with Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Pharaoh Saunders, Gil Evans, Stan Getz and Chick Corea. Clarke is the first bassist in history to launch a headline tour, selling out shows worldwide. Clarke’s artistry spans classical, jazz, R&B and pop idioms; he has earned an array of gold records for a variety of releases.

Hiromi first mesmerized the jazz community with her 2003 Telarc debut, Another Mind. The buzz started by her first album spread all the way back to her native Japan where Another Mind shipped gold and received the Recording Industry Association of Japan’s Jazz Album of the Year Award. The keyboardist and composer’s second release, Brain, won the Horizon Award at the 2004 Surround Music Awards, Swing Journal’s New Star Award, Jazz Life’s Gold Album, HMV Japan’s Best Japanese Jazz Album, and the Japan Music Pen Club’s Japanese Artist.

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SummerStage Music

Tinariwen, Omar Souleyman, Toubab Krewe
When: Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 3:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

Tinariwen, Omar Souleyman, Toubab Krewe




Energizing rock rhythms and unexpected up-tempo dance beats from Africa and the Middle East will make you rethink party music.
Plagued by warfare and drought, the political and environmental plight of the Tuareg people of the Southern Sahara has been given voice by the electrifying music of Tinariwen. Formed in 1979, the band rose to prominence in the 1980s as the pied pipers of a new political and social conscience in the southern Sahara, becoming icons to a generation of young Tuareg living in exile in Algeria and Libya. In the early 2000s, Tinariwen attracted a following outside Africa, first in the world music community and then in the wider rock scene, thanks to frequent tours and appearances at festivals in Europe and the US. Tinariwen sing about the suffering and exile of their people, the semi-nomadic Kel Tamashek, and about the beauty of their desert home.




Since 1994, Omar Souleyman and his musicians have reigned supreme as a staple of Syria’s dance-folk-pop scene. To date, they have issued more than 500 studio and live recorded cassette albums, easily spotted in the shops of any Syrian city. A ground-breaking musician, Souleyman melds classical Arabic mawal-style vocalization with Syrian dabke (the regional folkloric dance and party music), Iraqi choubi, and contemporary Arabic, Kurdish and Turkish styles. The music often consists of phase-shifted Arabic keyboard solos and frantic rhythms. Oud, reeds, baglama saz, accompanying vocals and percussion fill out the sound from track to track. This performance offers a rare glimpse into Syrian street-level folk-pop phenomena seldom heard in the West.

Toubab Krewe has set a new standard for fusions of rock ’n’ roll and West African music. The North Carolina musicians developed their unique sound over the course of numerous extended trips to Mali, Guinea and the Ivory Coast, where they immersed themselves in the local culture and studied and performed with native musical luminaries. Their seminal new studio album, TK2, is a genre and mind-bending example of what the instrumental group’s “futuristic, psychedelic, neo-griot frenzy” (Village Voice) is all about. Featuring an uber-unique and seamless mix of ancient and modern instrumentation and sounds, TK2 defines Toubab Krewe as “one of the most innovative bands in music today” (Honest Tune).

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SummerStage Music

Gil Scott-Heron
When: Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 3:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

Gil Scott-Heron




The godfather of hip-hop and neo soul performs classics and music from his first new album in over fifteen years.
Presented in association with Jill Newman productions
Part of the NYC Revolutions series




Gil Scott-Heron’s poetry and music is widely acknowledged as the matrix from which hip-hop and neo-soul emerged. His transgressive, politicized, spoken-word-meets-jazz recordings, including, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” “Whitey on the Moon,” “The Bottle” and “Small Talk at 125th and Lennox,” have been covered, sampled, referenced, deified and parodied by generations of artists. 2010 saw the release of I’m New Here, Scott-Heron’s first release in thirteen years. SPIN called the album, “not so much a comeback as a testament to spiritual resilience.”

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SummerStage Music

Definitely Poetry: Daniel Bernard Roumain with Emeline Michel, Erol Josue, Cave Canem Poets: Gina Dorcely, Gregory Pardlo, and Mervyn Taylor
When: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 7:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

Definitely Poetry: Daniel Bernard Roumain with Emeline Michel,  Erol Josue, Cave Canem Poets: Gina Dorcely, Gregory Pardlo, and Mervyn  Taylor




Innovative, cutting-edge poets and musicians with a special eye to the art of Haiti.
Having carved a reputation for himself as an innovative composer, performer, violinist, and band leader, Haitian-American artist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) melds his classical music roots with his own cultural references and vibrant musical imagination. Proving that he’s “about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (New York Times). His newest album, Woodbox Beats and Balladry was recently released on Thirsty Ear Records. Join DBR with special guests Emeline Michel — beloved in her native country of Haiti for her skillful infusion of social, political and inspirational content into traditional rhythms and Erol Josué — renowned for his ties to voodoo as well as for his infectious pop music.




Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of contemporary African American poetry and is deeply committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. Cave Canem’s public programs showcase the work of over 150 poets, while its publications reach a national audience.

Gina Dorcely is a Haitian-born poet, translator and non-fiction writer. With numerous notable writings to her credit, she is quickly gaining fame in the literary world.

Gregory Pardlo is a highly celebrated poet with a large body of work that defies simple categorization. A mastermind who takes inspiration from everything around him, he has spanned numerous topics and genres and was the first person of color to ever win the American Poetry Review’s Honickman Prize in 2007 for his book, Totem. His works have appeared in Calalloo, Gulf Coast, Lyric, Painted Bride Quarterly, Ploughshares, Seneca Review, Volt, Black Issues Book Review and on National Public Radio.

Mervyn Taylor is a Trinidad-born poet who has read his poems to diverse audiences nationally, and his work has appeared in such journals as Poetry International, St. Ann’s Review, Sulfur, Rattapallax, BigCityLit, and in the recent anthology, Chance of A Ghost. He is the author of three well-known volumes of poetry, An Island of His Own, The Goat, and the recently published, Gone Away. Taylor can also be heard reading his poetry on the CD, Road Clear, accompanied by renowned bassist, David Williams.

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SummerStage Music

Nuyorican Poets Café
When: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 7:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

Nuyorican Poets Café




The multicultural, multi-arts institution showcases new work from rising poets, actors, filmmakers and musicians.
Part of the NYC Revolutions series




The Nuyorican Poets Cafe comes uptown to SummerStage with performances by legendary poets Miguel Algarin, Sandra Maria Estevez, Lois Griffith and Edwin Torres, plus the contemporary faces of the Cafe — Carlos Andres Gomez, Mariposa, Helena D. Lewis, Tahani Salah, Jive Poetic, Vanessa Hidary and La Bruja. Mahogany L. Browne hosts the event, which also features music by Annette Aguilar and Carlos Cuestas as well as appearances by Rome Neal (founder of the Cafe’s Banana Puddin Jazz Jam) and Daniel Gallant (Executive Director of the Cafe). Grammy nominee Wilson “Chembo” Corniel, Jr. will close out the evening with his special brand of Latin jazz.

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe is a multicultural and multi-arts institution that nurtures new work by established artists from every discipline and gives voice to rising poets, actors, filmmakers and musicians who have not yet found a consistent haven for their work. Founded in 1973 by poets and playwrights Miguel Algarin, Miguel Pinero and Pedro Pietri, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has championed the use of poetry and spoken word as means of social empowerment for minority and underprivileged artists. The Cafe’s Theater Program has won more than 30 Audelco Awards for excellence, and its Fifth Night screenplay series resulted in the production of 45 independent films. The Cafe was recently named one of ten semi-finalists for the 2010 New York Times Nonprofit Excellence Awards; it is the only arts organization among the semi-finalists. The Cafe was also recognized as the top alternative NYC cultural destination by USA Today. Thanks to the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cafe will stage a festival in fall 2010 that commemorates 37 years of Nuyorican poetry and theater.

Poet/playwright Miguel Algarin has been at the center of Puerto Rican literary activity in New York City for 36 years, via his work at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. He is the author of eight poetry collections and is professor emeritus of Shakespeare at Rutgers University. Algarin is the recipient of the Bessie Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement, and an OBIE for excellence in theatre. He is coeditor of Aloud: The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Anthology, published by Holt. He has received six American Book Awards and the Larry Leon Hamlin Producer’s Award at the 2001 National Black Festival.

Mahogany L. Browne is a Cave Canem Fellow, the Editor of the women’s anthology His Rib: Stories, Poems & Essays by HER and author of several books including her latest book of poems: Swag. She has released five LPs including the live album Sheroshima. As co-founder of the Off Broadway poetry production, Jam On It, and co-producer of NYC’s 1st Performance Poetry Festival: SoundBites Poetry Festival, Mahogany bridges the gap between lyrical poets and literary emcee. She facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country, focusing on women empowerment and youth mentoring. Mahogany is currently host and curator of the Friday Night Poetry Slam at the Cafe.

(212) 360-2777


SummerStage Music

ISTANBULIVE II: The Sounds & Colors of Turkey featuring Kenan Dogulu, mor ve otesi, Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions, Burhan Ocal Tulug Tirpan, Sukriye Tutkun, & DJ Salih Saka
When: Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 3:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

ISTANBULIVE II: The Sounds & Colors of Turkey featuring Kenan  Dogulu, mor ve otesi, Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions, Burhan Ocal Tulug Tirpan, Sukriye Tutkun, & DJ Salih Saka




East meets West in this spectacular festival of Turkish jazz, soul, dance, pop and folk music.
Presented in association with Serdar Ilhan & Mehmet Dede
With support from the Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism




Coinciding with the year Istanbul is celebrated as European Capital of Culture, the Istanbulive program will feature a myriad of sounds within the east-meets-west mold including Turkish rock, jazz, dance, pop and folk music.

(212) 360-2777


SummerStage Music

Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible, El Guincho, Anita Tijoux. Presented in association with the 11th Annual LAMC
When: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 7:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible, El Guincho,  Anita Tijoux. Presented in association with the 11th Annual LAMC




Electronic rock from Mexico, Barcelonan psychedelic Tropicalia and Chilean/French hip hop give you a taste of the diversity that is Latin Alternative music today.
Nortec Collective is a Tijuana / Baja, California-based outfit of producers and DJs who fuse pulsating electronics with traditional Mexican music. The word “nortec” is a mash-up of the words Norteño and techno and is used to describe the movement launched in the late 90s when producer Pepe Mogt began to mix electronic music with traditional sounds from the Norteño and Banda regions.



El Guincho arrived in Barcelona at the age of 20, where he started the hip-hop project Los Feriantes and the freestyle jam band Coconot, which melded Tropicália music with a Kraut-Rock ethos. His most recent solo incarnation builds on that trajectory by adding afro-beat percussion, calypso harmonies, world music samples, doo- wop, trance repetition, underwater pop, steel drums into club worthy song structures. His lives sets include voice, percussion and a Pandora’s box of samplers to create what has been dubbed “amazonic rave.”

Anita Tijoux was born in Lille, France, to a French mother and an exiled Chilean father. She first became famous in Latin America as the female MC of hip-hop group Makiza during the late nineties. In 2006, she crossed over to the Latin mainstream with her collaboration with Mexican songstress Julieta Venegas in the radio hit “Eres para m&iacute.” She is currently promoting her first solo album, Kaos.

SummerStage Music

Maldita Vecindad, The Pinker Tones, and Profectas
When: Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 3:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

Maldita Vecindad, The Pinker Tones, and Profectas




Latin American rock stars from Mexico City and Barcelona dish out an explosion of ska, electopop and funk.
Maldita Vecindad, considered one of the most influential rock acts in all of Latin America, are best known for their energetic, ska-influenced live sets. Originally formed in Mexico City in 1985, the band has toured extensively alongside such artists as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, INXS and Jane’s Addiction. In 2009, the band released Circular Colectivo, their first studio recording as a band in over a decade.




Hailing from Barcelona, The Pinker Tones have earned international acclaim with their infectious electronic/indie-pop tunes. Led by Mister Furia and Professor Manso, The Pinker Tones create rollicking party music that prompted The New York Times to remark, “(w)hatever crops up in the music – retro-funk breakdowns, bachelor-pad bossa novas, catchy choruses in Romance languages – the beat endures and thrives.”

SummerStage Music

SummerStage Concert: Dr. Jimmy Cliff, Trevor Hall, & Victor Deme
When: Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 3:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

SummerStage Concert: Dr. Jimmy Cliff, Trevor Hall, & Victor  Deme




The king of Jamaican reggae plays alongside roots newcomers from South Carolina and Burkina Faso.
Dr. Jimmy Cliff is the world’s the best-known living Jamaican reggae musician and songwriter. He is generally credited for helping popularize the genre internationally with his soundtrack to the movie The Harder They Come, in which he also starred. His many hits include “Sitting In Limbo,” “You Can Get It If You Really Want” and “Many Rivers to Cross” and the now classic covers of “Wild World” and “I Can See Clearly Now.” He was recently inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and holds The Order of Merit, the highest honor granted by the Jamaican government for achievements in the arts.




Trevor Hall, a native of South Carolina, has been writing and performing since he was fourteen years old. His unconventional mix of acoustic rock and reggae serves as a vibrant backdrop for thought-provoking, inspiring lyrics, which he delivers in a uniquely soulful voice. Of his self-titled 2009 album, Rolling Stone says, “Trevor Hall fills his third album with spiritually inclined roots jams.”

For more than thirty years, Victor Démé has performed his soulful blend of rootsy African blues in bars and clubs of his home town of Ouagadougou, the capital of the landlocked West African nation of Burkina Faso. His heartful vocals evoke the struggle of a hard lived life, but also the confidence and wisdom of a man who comes from the griot tradition and spends his life honing his craft. Having already won acclaim throughout Europe, this is his US debut. But it wasn’t until the intervention of a French journalist and local hip-hop club promoter that he was able to record his first album of all original material. In 2009, his self-titled debut of rootsy blues gems was finally released internationally.

SummerStage Music

Raphael Saadiq, Aloe Blacc, and Special Guests
When: Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 3:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

Raphael Saadiq, Aloe Blacc, and Special Guests




Award-winning songwriting/producer/performer Raphael Saadiq brings new meaning to old soul.
Raphael Saadiq is a standard bearer for ’old school’ soul, a contemporary artist continuing the time-honored American tradition rooted in the sounds of ’60s and ’70s. From his early days as a member of the groundbreaking ’80s group Tony! Toni! Toné!, through his work as an award-winning producer for Joss Stone, The Roots, Snoop Dogg, and John Legend, and in his own perfectly crafted solo albums, the multi-talented Saadiq has kept the faith. His latest release, the three-time Grammy-nominated The Way I See It, was named the Album of the Year by iTunes. While other contemporary artists may attempt to emulate the sound and flavor of soul, Saadiq brings real emotion and production values that are simply “right on.”

SummerStage Music

Global Family Day presented in association with Parents® House of Kids: Featuring Ralph’s World, Bethany and Rufus and Cirque-tacular Entertainment
When: Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 3:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

Global Family Day presented in association with Parents® House of  Kids: Featuring Ralph’s World, Bethany and Rufus and Cirque-tacular  Entertainment




An afternoon of family fun with songs that kids and grown-ups will treasure equally.
This annual family affair will spark imagination, nurture creativity and celebrate the kid in us all through puppetry, music, mime, acrobats and magical mayhem. Featuring catchy kid-friendly rockers, captivating American roots musicians, interactive story-tellers, face-painters, puppet shows, jugglers, and an instrument-making workshop, this afternoon is sure to be enjoyable for both kids and adults!




Amongst the many rockers now making kid-friendly records, there’s the original genre-breaker Ralph Covert, an irrepressibly enthusiastic performer who rocks just as hard for kids as he does for grown-ups. A genuine smile on his face and too-cool shoes on his feet, his traveling circus of catchiness known as Ralph’s World is equally loved by hip-seeking parents as it is by children, fortunate to be living in an era where their music both rocks and respects their intelligence and curiosity. The New York Times says “It is possible that Mr. Covert will turn out to be [the] genre’s Elvis Presley or, at the very least, its Elvis Costello.” He’ll be with his rock’n’roll band playing songs from his new album on BarNone Records, All Around Ralph’s World, plus classics from his eight Disney releases, all suitable for dancing and singing along– regardless of one’s height or age. “The traveling circus of catchiness known as Ralph’s World is equally loved by cool-seeking parents as it is by children.”

When Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia join forces on stage they spark a fire-in-the-belly, soul-stirring experience of American roots music that lingers long after the concert ends. Sliding between groove, world, and blues they push the boundaries of American Roots music far into unexpected territories. As the daughter of Peter Yarrow (of the famous folk band, Peter, Paul and Mary), Bethany absorbed much of this music through osmosis in her early childhood, but it’s her tour-de-force stage presence, mesmerizing voice and deep knowledge of the material that allows her to turn these songs inside out and make them her own. Rufus Cappadocia is a multi instrumentalist, composer, and instrument designer. He is known both for his solo cello recordings as well as his collaborations with artists from around the world including Urban Tap, The Paradox Trio, and the Vodou Drums of Haiti. Drawing from the modalities of Middle Eastern, West African, European and American folk forms, Cappadocia’s effortless and natural embrace of music is awe-inspiring.

Cirque-tacular Entertainment is a premiere creator of new American circus and variety productions. They have performed throughout the world, before both live audiences and through appearances on major television networks. Their art has reached millions of viewers. Under the leadership of Tad Emptage, and supported by the work core members Melissa Marie Wilhelm and Aaron Bonventre, the group is now complemented by twenty resident performer-creators. Watch as the skilled acrobats of Cirque-Tacular perform one dazzling, death-defying feat of athletic prowess after another. Spectacular aerial numbers, gorgeously choreographed ground acrobatics, energetic music and bright, and beautiful costumes bring the most thrilling and irresistible aspects of the circus arts into one electrifying show.



SummerStage Theater

Comedy Central Park presents The Daily Show and Friends, hosted by Lewis Black
When: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 8:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage


Comedy Central Park presents The Daily Show and Friends, hosted by  Lewis Black




SummerStage is pleased to welcome back Comedy Central for our fourth annual free comedy program. This show will feature stand-up performances by correspondents and friends of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart including Rory Albanese, John Oliver, Rob Riggle and more.
SummerStage is pleased to welcome back Comedy Central for our fourth annual free comedy program. This show will feature stand-up performances by correspondents and friends of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart including Rory Albanese, John Oliver, Rob Riggle and more.




Lewis Black has performed his caustic, cranky, bile-spewing, dead-on social and political comedy throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. As “America’s Foremost Commentator on Everything,” he is a weekly political commentator on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and has starred in comedy specials for the network.

Rory Albanese is a four time Emmy award winning Executive Producer/ Writer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Rory is also an accomplished stand-up comedian, recently appearing in his own Comedy Central half-hour special. He has toured with such comics as John Oliver, Lewis Black and Jon Stewart. Rory can be seen headlining at clubs and colleges throughout the country.

John Oliver has been a writer and correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart since 2006. John is currently appearing in a recurring role in the NBC series, Community, and his own series for Comedy Central, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show. John has had multiple Writers Guild and Emmy Nominations for his writing on The Daily Show and in 2009 he won the Emmy Award for Best Comedy Writing in a Comedy or Variety Series.

Rob Riggle has been performing sketch and improvisational comedy in New York and Los Angeles for the last 12 years as part of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Rob’s film and television work include The Hangover, Saturday Night Live, Arrested Development, The Office, and Talladega Nights.

Plus, Comedy Central’s AddressTheMess will return again this year to distribute free reusable tote bags to the first 3,000 attendees and invite fans to properly dispose of their recyclables. Wanna help? Visit or for more details on becoming a Mess-enger! Enjoy reserved seating & one drink on the house. AddressTheMess is committed to helping our fans be more eco-conscious; getting a prime spot is just gravy.

SummerStage Dance

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
When: Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 8:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater




The world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to SummerStage for a weekend of cutting edge dance performances.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world’s favorite dance companies, comes to SummerStage to show off the brilliant artistry and passionate energy that bring audiences around the globe to their feet night after night. What makes this phenomenal company so special is the incomparable sense of joy, freedom and spirit that the dancers and audiences share. Discover for yourself what millions of fans already know– you don’t just see an Ailey performance, you feel it.




This engagement marks the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s return to Central Park, where their first SummerStage performance in 1993 yielded over 30,000 attendees and rave reviews. Alvin Ailey believed that “dance came from the people and should always be delivered back to the people.” Join Ailey’s acclaimed dancers in a moving celebration of the human spirit in their highly anticipated SummerStage homecoming performances this season.

SummerStage Music

Bassekou Kouyate + Ngoni Ba, Burkina Electric, Fool’s Gold
When: Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 3:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

Bassekou Kouyate + Ngoni Ba, Burkina Electric, Fool’s Gold




An inside look into the past, present and future of West African music.
As a master of the West African lute known as the ngoni, Bassekou Kouyate first gained popularity in his home country of Mali working extensively with such esteemed artists as the late Ali Farka Touré, Taj Mahal, and Toumani Diabate. Since 2005, Kouyate has led Ngoni Ba, the first-ever band built around four ngonis, all played by members of his family. The show is a high energy blend of traditional artistry, blues, and rock roll.




Burkina Electric is the first electronica band to hail from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. This diverse group combines Burkinabé grooves, sounds of traditional instruments, and other African traditions with popular dance music to create a unique and refreshing musical world.

The buzzed-about L.A.-based collective Fool’s Gold weaves Western art-pop aesthetics with African rhythms and melodies. The group’s sound explores their love of various African forms of music, as well as ’80s dance-influenced pop music, with vocals in Hebrew and English. The end result is an infectious, effervescent blend as sunny as the California basin from which they hail.

DJ Frank/VooDoo Funk has lived and travelled in West Africa since 2005, while playing music and building up a unique collection of rare West African Funk records, and unknown grooves to now share with the rest of the world.

SummerStage Music

The Flaming Lips: Sold Out!
When: Monday, July 26, 2010 at 7:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

The Flaming Lips: Sold Out!




Legendary for their wild stage shows, The Flaming Lips are among the most notorious and beloved rock and roll bands in the world.
Grammy winners The Flaming Lips have long been known for their lush, multi-layered, psychedelic arrangements, peppered with spacey lyrics and bizarre song and album titles—for example, “Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles” and Transmissions from the Satellite Heart, which featured the hit single, “She Don’t Use Jelly.” They are also acclaimed for their elaborate live shows, which feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti, and front-man Wayne Coyne’s signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traverses the audience. Q magazine has named The Flaming Lips as one of the “Fifty Bands to See Before You Die.”



Presented in association with The Bowery Presents





SummerStage Music

The Black Keys, The Morning Benders: Sold Out!
When: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 6:30PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

The Black Keys, The Morning Benders: Sold Out!



Bluesy indie pop and rock, supercharged with energy, gritty riffs and wild emotion.
The Black Keys’ highly anticipated sixth new album, Brothers is due out in early 2010. Of the band, Rolling Stone says “rock of this caliber is really timeless.” The Black Keys are Dan Auerbach on guitar/vocals and Patrick Carney on drums. The new album was recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals Studios in Alabama. The New York Times has called The Black Keys’ music “tough-minded, blues haunted songs,” and the ghosts of Muscle Shoals inhabit Brothers’ 15 tracks. Of the album, Auerbach says, “We like spooky sounds… like Alice Coltrane, where a dark groove is laid down. That’s the headspace we tried to get into for this record.”



The Morning Benders are fast gaining indie fame with a distinctive sound, featuring a plethora of instruments and skillful multi-layered vocals. This year saw the release of Big Echo which has garnered a myriad of amazing press. It was produced by the band’s Christopher Chu and Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor. The New York Times said of the pairing, “their shared fondness for California pop gloss with experimental underpinnings, from Brian Wilson and psychedelia to Fleetwood Mac, has transformed a straightforward, 1960s-loving, folk-rock and Merseybeat band into one whose songs exult in texture… It’s a splendid transformation.” Pitchfork gave the album an 8.2 and said “Morning Benders (have a) stylistic transition, one any band would envy and many listeners will love.”

SummerStage Music

Concert: The Black Keys & The Morning Benders
When: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 6:30PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

Concert: The Black Keys & The Morning Benders



Bluesy indie pop and rock, supercharged with energy, gritty riffs and wild emotion.
The Black Keys’ highly anticipated sixth new album, Brothers is due out in early 2010. Of the band, Rolling Stone says “rock of this caliber is really timeless.” The Black Keys are Dan Auerbach on guitar/vocals and Patrick Carney on drums. The new album was recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals Studios in Alabama. The New York Times has called The Black Keys’ music “tough-minded, blues haunted songs,” and the ghosts of Muscle Shoals inhabit Brothers’ 15 tracks. Of the album, Auerbach says, “We like spooky sounds… like Alice Coltrane, where a dark groove is laid down. That’s the headspace we tried to get into for this record.”



The Morning Benders are fast gaining indie fame with a distinctive sound, featuring a plethora of instruments and skillful multi-layered vocals. This year saw the release of Big Echo which has garnered a myriad of amazing press. It was produced by the band’s Christopher Chu and Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor. The New York Times said of the pairing, “their shared fondness for California pop gloss with experimental underpinnings, from Brian Wilson and psychedelia to Fleetwood Mac, has transformed a straightforward, 1960s-loving, folk-rock and Merseybeat band into one whose songs exult in texture… It’s a splendid transformation.” Pitchfork gave the album an 8.2 and said “Morning Benders (have a) stylistic transition, one any band would envy and many listeners will love.”

SummerStage Music


Jovanatti, Los Amigos Invisibles, Natalia Lafourcade When: Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 3:00PM Where: Central Park/Mainstage


Jovanatti, Los Amigos Invisibles, Natalia Lafourcade


A convergence of pop superstars from Italy, Venezuela and Mexico represent the global connectivity and collective ability to merge musical genres of dance, elctro, hip-hop and pop.
Italian superstar Jovanotti is perhaps the best known pop/hip-hop artist in Italy’s history, regularly performing to sold-out stadium crowds throughout his native land. Jovanotti has consistently explored and integrated other musical genres such as folk, rock and even classical into his vast repertoire. He has proven to be as comfortable appearing on record with Pavarotti as with Bono. In July 2009, Jovanotti took a break from the stadium lights to do a run of small, decidedly stripped-down acoustic performances at intimate NYC and this marks his return to the big stage audiences expect. Los Amigos Invisibles, originally from Venezuela, can always get a party started with their dance-inducing fusion of funk, disco and acid jazz. The band made a name for themselves in 1995 with their debut album A Typical Autoctonal Venezuelan Dance Band, which they performed live in a series of underground dance parties in abandoned clubs throughout Caracas. In 2009, the band released their seventh studio album, Commercial, a critical success that garnered the band a Latin Grammy for Best Latin Alternative Album. Natalia Lafourcade is a superstar in her native Mexico. Her music explores the joining lines of bossa-nova and rock through a pop style that is coquettish, flirty and sweet in the style of Tori Amos or Bj&oumlrk.

SummerStage Music

St.Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Basia Bulat When: Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 3:00PM Where: Central Park/Mainstage

St.Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Basia Bulat


Three of North America’s most compelling female songwriters share the stage to sing their carefully-crafted songs that are at once confident and delicate, brimming with beautiful melodies and narratives.
St. Vincent is the nom-du-microphone of multi-instrumentalist/chanteuse Annie Clark. This Dallas-raised, doe-eyed songbird began her musical career performing with Sufjan Stevens and The Polyphonic Spree. In 2007, St. Vincent released her debut solo debut effort Marry Me, catapulting the young singer to the top of critics lists and earning a PLUG Independent Music Award for Female Artist of the Year. Her second album, 2009’s Actor, prompted Pitchfork to exult “St. Vincent is an artist capable of crafting believable, complicated characters with compassion, insight, and exacting skill.” tUnE-yArDs is the singular musical project of New England native Merrill Garbus. Possessing an expansive sound that marries a coarse folk ingenuity with the bold pop sensibility of an R&B siren, her debut release BiRd-BrAiNs was assembled with a staunch DIY aesthetic. She is aptly described by Stereogum as “a self-contained Sublime Frequencies compilation, jumping between blues, African tunes, shiny reggae-esque sprawls and lo-fi folk.” From the age of three, singer-songwriter Basia Bulat has been perched on a piano, playing. In time she picked up guitar, autoharp, banjo, ukulele, sax, upright bass and flute. Her songs are breathless and thirsty; influenced by the spirits of Jeff Magnum, Odetta, Emily Dickinson, as well as soul-music. Bulat’s songs reflect the stillness of experience on the road, hand-in-hand with a freshly blossoming career.

SummerStage Music

Clark Sisters and Kierra Kiki Sheard When: Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 3:00PM Where: Central Park/Mainstage

Clark Sisters and Kierra Kiki Sheard

Detroit family legacies live on in these soulful gospel tunes bursting with a wide range of vocal and melodic harmony.
Presented in association with WLIB and Globestar Media Four of the most celebrated voices in gospel history–The Clark Sisters: Jacky, Twinkie, Dorinda and Karen–have spent three decades singing, preaching, evangelizing and teaching the Word at home and abroad. With three Grammys under their belt and twelve full-length records to date, they are credited as cornerstone performers in the mainstream, contemporary gospel style. Kierra “Kiki” Sheard is the latest generation of a legendary Gospel music family. The daughter of Karen Clark-Sheard of The Clark Sisters, she continues the family legacy of spiritual encouragement with a sound and perspective that is all her own. Inspired by her personal experiences, her latest release, Bold Right Life, features cutting-edge music that could be at home in churches and clubs alike, bringing her open declaration of the love for Gospel to the forefront.

SummerStage Music

The xx, Chairlift, Jack Peñate When: Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 7:00PM Where: Central Park/Mainstage

The  xx, Chairlift, Jack Peñate

Breakthrough indie favorites bring the soulful magnetism of their dreamy elecropop to the stage.
Presented in association with Meanred Productions The xx are making a quick ascension to pop fame with their dreamy, post-punk songs. The British band’s 2009 debut, simply titled xx, caught the attention of music critics and fans alike, which lead to sold out tour dates around the globe, as well as wide-spread acclaim. NPR says, “Both casually cool and absolutely magnetic, this young London (band) makes music that’s simple and raw, but utterly captivating.” Chairlift formed in 2006 to make music for haunted houses (!), but has since abandoned that mission to make cleverly seductive psych-pop instead. Best known for their song “Bruises,” Chairlift is part of a collaborative circle of Brooklyn experimental pop magicians including MGMT, Yeasayer, Telepathe, and Class Actress. UK singer/songwriter Jack Peñate pieces together a collage of up-tempo sounds from a myriad of influences. Rolling Stone describes Peñate’s sophomore release, 2009’s Everything is New, as “a more mature album… that jumps from classic soul to Afropop to Tropicalia with a rock undercurrent. As advertised, everything is new this time around for the twenty-four year old soul-singing Brit rocker.”

SummerStage Music

Bachata Fest featuring Andy Andy, Luis Miguel de la Amargue, Elvis Martinez and Alexandra When: Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 3:00PM Where: Central Park/Mainstage

Bachata Fest featuring Andy Andy, Luis Miguel de la Amargue, Elvis  Martinez and Alexandra

Some of the world’s best known and most beloved Latin American bachata artists.
Presented in association with Globe Star Media Dominican singer Andy Andy has emerged as one of a handful of musicians on the cutting edge of the bachata craze. Andy began his music career as a merenguero before making the switch to the increasingly popular bachata style. With 5 solo chart-topping bachata albums to his credit, Andy Andy has consistently maintained himself on Billboard’s Top Tropical album charts . Luis Miguel de la Amargue, known as the “King of Bachata” has taken his music worldwide and is one of the most respected artists in the genre. The multi-award winner and recipient of 2009’s “Bachatero of the Year” and “Bachata Song of the Year” is a genre favorite not to be missed. Elvis Mart&iacutenez, a.k.a. El Camarón, is one of the most popular bachata performers around. He got his start in the 1990s, and has been on the fast track ever since. Mart&iacutenez has the distinction of being not only a singer but also a songwriter and guitarist as well. Alexandra is best known as half of the hugely successful Monchy y Alexandra who began singing together in 1999. They have been often credited with being instrumental in popularizing bachata music outside of the Dominican Republic. Alexandra is now embarking on a highly anticipated solo career, and is certain not to disappoint.

* April 24: “Street Art New York” Silent Auction Benefit benefitting the arts and mentorship programs of Free Arts NYC at Factory Fresh – Peripheral Media Projects was just one of over 60 artists that contributed works for this wonderful benefit.

Event 7-11, bidding 7-9:30Factory Fresh Gallery:1053 Flushing Ave between Morgan and Knickerbocker, off the Morgan Ave  L train

* April 23-30: West Coast’s World Famous Productions invites Ad Hoc out to make live visual explorations with Bluetech, Ott, Shpongle, and other delicious music makers.


Jef Aerosol: All Shook Up (January/February 2010)

All Shook Up: Jef Aerosol
January 29 – February 21, 2010
Opening Reception – Friday, January 29, 2010, 6-10pm
Gallery Hours: Thurs & Fri: 4pm-8pm; Sat & Sun: noon-8pm
Ad Hoc Art @ 43 Bogart Street/Eastern District, Brooklyn, New York 11206
(via subway take the “L” Train to the Morgan Avenue Station)

Ad Hoc Art presents international stencil master Jef Aerosol in New York City for “All Shook Up”, a stunning show of cultural icons by a Street Artist with 30 years in the game.  The show with Ad Hoc Art, a gallery widely regarded as one of Street Art’s polestars, features brand new stenciled works as well as the now-classic pieces that have made Jef Aerosol’s name itself iconic; on paper, wood, and found objects.
A true originator who helped spark what is now known as “Street Art” when he sprayed his first stencil series across the city of Tours, France one night in 1982, the self-taught Aerosol has continuously rocked the streets with his oversized portraits and helped define a new public art nomenclature with other French artists like Blek Le Rat, Miss Tic, and Speedy Graphito.
Steadily from the ’80s to the ’10s Aerosol has cut and sprayed stunning portraits of his heroes; cultural icons who stand undiminished by the hype. They connect directly with the masses and shake public opinion with humor and provocation; Strummer, Cash, Vicious, Hendrix, Bowie, Bardot, Cobain, Lennon, Smith, Jagger – all brainy agitators and vixens cut and sprayed in stark layers of black, grey and white. And each with Aerosol’s signature hot red arrows affixed nearby for exclamation.
In Street Art and in the gallery, Aerosol has not purely focused on those well-known personages. Among the faces you’ll find a number of self-portraits and portrayals of the more anonymous  among us such as those living and working in the streets.
Like the best photographers, Aerosol catches the instant of truth in his portraits, and reveals a universal humanity in each subject. “In my work I love to call up my feelings and emotions to honor these modern day heroes who have fed my life with their music, art and ideas. This new show is a powerful and vivid collection of these inspirations that I am really excited to bring to New York for the first time,” Jef Aerosol.
Three decades of getting up on walls in cities including Paris, London, Lisbon, Chicago, New York, Bejing, Venice, Amsterdam, Rome, Zurich, Berlin, Dublin, and Tokyo have given him all the “street cred” Jef Aerosol will ever need.  Sighted in numerous books and by authors like Tristan Manco (Stencil Graffiti, Street Logos), blogs like Wooster Collective and Brooklyn Street Art, and newspapers like The New York Times as one of the lynchpins in the stencil art movement that came to be called “street art”, Jef Aerosol’s work has become a perennial favorite of collectors. His work resides in hundreds of private collections, has exhibited in numerous galleries in Europe,
the U.S. and Australia (list below), and is regularly auctioned with Bonhams (London, New-York), Artcurial (Paris), Drouot (Paris), and Dreweats (London).
In 2007 Aerosol published a gallery of portraits in VIP Very Important Pochoirs (éditions Alternatives, Paris, 2007).  Galleries where the work of Jef Aerosol has been shown include: Galerie Brugier-Rigail (Paris), Galerie Raison d’Art (Lille), Signal Gallery (London), Zozimus Gallery (Dublin), Art Partner Galerie (Brussels), Galerie Anne Vignial (Paris), Galerie Storme (Lille), Galerie Onega (Paris), Carmichael Gallery (Los Angeles), ATM Gallery (Berlin), and Famous When Dead Gallery  (Melbourne).

Vaux & Oh Show (NOV 13th 2009)
Vaux and Oh

Joe Vaux & Gilbert Oh
November 13th- December 6th 2009.
Opening Reception November 13th, 6-10pm.
at Eastern District, 43 Bogart Street.

Joe Vaux was born and raised on the east coast, and in 1996 he moved out to Los Angeles to start his career in animation. Vaux been working in animation for 10 years on various shows, painting in his free time. After having several shows in and around LA and the west coast, Vaux will return to the east coast next year for his first feature show in the NYC area.
Gilbert Oh wrote his very first cartoon book, drawings and all, when he was six years old. He has never stopped reading cartoon books ever since and probably never will.



*Movement in C’s Satisfaction is at 49 Bogart Street, the Ad Hoc’s prior exhibition space.

* Aakash Nihalani’s exhibition Tape & Mirrors is NEXT DOOR at 43 Bogart Street/Eastern District{ED}, where Ad Hoc Art is continuing to bring great artists to the public in a new collaborative relationship with ED.


Come out and experience Movement in C’s newest work this weekend. Why, you ask?
Because we are really excited to show it! Simple raw human relationships played out in space.
Guaranteed to make you feel something!

…come get some…

Seating is limited!  Please RSVP with date and time at

Ad Hoc Art Gallery
49 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Take the L to Morgan Ave. Get out in the back and exit on Bogart Street. Walk 1 block Gallery is on your Right

Dates: Thursday, September 24 @ 8pm; Friday, September 25 @ 8pm and 9pm; Saturday, September 26 @ 8pm and 9pm


Salma Allam
Samir Bitar
Danielle Candy
Adrienne Glasser
Rebecca Marzalek-Kelly
Cathy Richards
Kelly Schroeder


Valerie Kuehne
Matt Thomas


Artwork by: Chris Stain and Armsrock

Chris Stain, Armsrock (in the front gallery) and Ezra Li Eismont (in the project room) at Ad Hoc Art Gallery!
The opening is on Friday, August 7th, from 7-10pm
The show will be open during regular gallery hours from August 7th – Sep 6th 2009.
stain and armsrock flier front
This will be an awesome opening; everyone should definitely come out for a good time with good people and amazing art. You will not be let down! Last time we had a show with Stain he built an entire shantytown, be prepared to be impressed!

IN THE FRONT GALLERY: Chris Stain & Armsrock
Chris Stain first became infected by graffiti’s bold colors, striking form, and independent nature as a child in the summer of 1984. As time went by he investigated other avenues of art such as print making, graphic design, and screen printing. Stain’s work is a direct reflection of the people, neighborhoods, and struggles that are swept along with the every day lives of the common American. It is his hope that through the work he will be able to convey the importance of the role of the less recognized individual of society.
Armsrock is an artist and activist whose work focuses on the human condition in the urban environment. By creating hundreds of unique drawings of his fellow citizens, and placing these original pieces on the walls of the city, Armsrock makes an attempt to generate a critical understanding of the stories and fates that house us.
Ezra Li at Ad Hoc (2)
The idea of Neters, or principles which precede their physical manifestations, is what led Eismont to the study sacred art and cosmic diagrams. How can we illustrate our connection to the divine? The allegorical diagrams of Robert Fludd, the sacred Mandalas and Thangkas of Tibet, these provide clues and inspiration, a roadmap for our journey through life. Everything begins as a seed, and goes through a process of unfolding through time, growth, and final destruction. Our consciousness helps to guide us through this process of growth; our intent shapes the world around us. Thus we have the ability to mold reality with our thoughts and intentions. Put simply, this is magic, and this is what we are. Participating in the universality of these cosmic diagrams is how Ezra Li Eismont beautifully proliferates his relationship to reality. Ezra Li was the spawn of an artistic environment – his mother a painter and poet, his step-father a painter, his father a potter and designer, his step-mother a designer and watercolorist, his grandfather a clown, writer, illustrator, painter and circus performer. He is a Brooklyn native who moved to the Bay area to attend California College of Arts and Crafts, where in 1996 he earned his B.F.A. in painting, and studied under Raymond Saunders, Jack Mendenhall, & Mary Snowden.
It’s nearly impossible to describe Eismont’s early career in just a few short paragraphs. His widespread and prolific output not only demonstrates his interdisciplinary qualities, but also shows his undeniable influence over many hundreds of young Bay Area artists, who are just now realizing their own success in the gallery world. Eismont has been a leading artist for his generation by exhibiting with countless Bay Area galleries and museums such as 111 Minna, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Upper Playground, and Gallery A.D. in San Jose. Examples of his work have appeared on flyers and album covers for local parties and groups such as the Bay Area Art Collective and Cat Five. He has also published work in ANARCHY, WIRED, and PRINT Magazines ,as well as the bay areas graffiti book GRAFFITO (by Michael Walsh, 1996). Eismont’s work resides in hundreds of private collections internationally.
He is currently involved with the San Francisco based Gestalt Collective, a group of collaborative muralists. Together they produced a site specific mural for the Y.B.C.A.’s “Bay area now” show in 2005. A sample of Eismont’s work can be viewed at

Gaia and Imminent Disaster
June 26th – July 26th
Opening Reception: Friday, June 26th 2009
Choosing a moniker after the Greek goddess of the earth, Gaia uses animals, folklore, fairytales and stories from other cultures to convey a narrative within his pieces. Having first been exposed to street art by Cheekz, Gaia’s awareness of street art came as a truly momentous direction for his artistic endeavors. Gaia continues to experiment with different processes as he brings his works to the galleries and the streets of NYC and beyond.

Imminent Disaster first started doing street art as a way of culture jamming. Since then she has gradually been developing pieces that explore the tensions between present day and historical New York. From bits of cobblestone and defunct tramlines to old warehouses gutted and resold as hip condos, Imminent Disaster turns a classical eye toward modern urban life, and reveals what has been lost.

Hiro Kurata & Tommii Lim
June 26th – July 26th 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, June 26th, 7-10pm
Tommii Lim’s paintings problematize the paradigms governing the (in) activity of “minority” races and of Hollywood against an urban American landscape rife with social, cultural and political challenges. His previous work captured silent (complacent) Asians in America through characters with unidentifiable faces. Current work places familiar celebrities or other skeletal subjects in unwittingly destructive situations. He lives, paints and does apparel design in Long Beach, CA.

Hiro Kurata was born in Osaka Japan, and grew up in Tokyo and Chicago. His main focus is in creating surrealistic moment through his paintings,using motif of baseball figures, chairs and monsters. Creation is a progress and he believes that true creation will contribute to the human society in an evolutionary way.

Nancie Yang
June 26th – July 26th 2009

Opening Reception: Friday, June 26th, 7-10pm
Nancie Yang creates her works out of her rural Pennsylvania home. Her female characters are rarely happy, barely looking you in the eye. You may judge them as an emotional void, filled with demons. There is, however, much to discover beyond these girls’ guarded exteriors. Their creativity is manifested by swirling geometric spirits, representative of their surreal inner selves.

"Crash and Daze 1"
Crash & Daze
Front Gallery

May 15th through June 14th 2009
Ad Hoc Art is incredibly honored to present CRASH / DAZE, a stunning exhibition of never seen before works from each artist and featuring the first collaborative works between these legendary New York artists in over ten years.
A contemporary of Keith Haring and a modern-day master of this present day art form, CRASH has shot his metaphorical arrows and dizzying flashes into subway cars, walls, and galleries around the globe. His work celebrates the movements of an ever-changing world and is a lavish gift to the eyes as well as a bold statement in time and space.
A direct descendant of the Roman wall-scribes, CRASH has evolved his inherited gift back to its simplest form: “tagging,” leaving his name, with a Lichtensteinian twist. As artists have long left personal marks and signatures to authenticate their works, CRASH goes further, leaving only his name as a reduction of unadulterated form; or “refined” art.
Via his tenacity and talent, CRASH has successfully transitioned from the streets into the mainstream art world. His work, now exhibited globally, still possesses the vivid color and energy he produced initially on subways. True to his roots, CRASH maintains the lettering and image abstraction many writers feel are crucial to the art form.
DAZE began painting New York City subway trains, the canvas of choice for the serious graffiti artist, in the late 1970’s. Since moving from subway trains to gallery walls, he has exhibited in Paris, Stockholm, Tokyo, Florence and many others. His work is in public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum Ludwig in Aachen, Germany, and the Brooklyn Museum, where he was also featured in the 2006 “Graffiti” exhibition. The Speerstra Family, The Coveri Family, and Eric Clapton’s are private collections containing DAZE’s creations. While experiencing mainstream success, DAZE still participates in traditional graffiti art venues and paints many large-scale murals in urban areas. For the sheer “love of the culture” he can be found collaborating with writers from all over the world
In DAZE’s paintings, references of the bygone era of subway painting combine with representational elements of urban characters and places such as Coney Island, elevated train stations, Times Square, and the lower east side. Many show a clear link to the Ashcan School of painting and the WPA artists of the 1940’s such as Reginald Marsh, Ben Shaun, Edward Hopper, Robert Henri, and John Sloan.
This is an opportunity of a lifetime and should not be missed.

"Peace in the Garden" Ewelina Ferruso
Ewelina Ferruso
“Onion Soup”

In the Project Room
May 15th through June 14th 2009
Ad Hoc Art presents painter Ewelina Ferruso in its Project Room, exhibiting her highly anticipated show of oil paintings exploring a childhood realm she calls, “Onion Soup”. Onion Soup is a place where a little girl organically creates with the soil, with her wishes and with the universe. Playful giraffes, wishing weeds, the mantis and wisdom bobbies decorate this imaginative world. Juxtapoz said about her work, “…Ferruso creates magical paintings full of metaphor and texture. From polka-dotted giraffes to children playing in the dirt, Ferruso is able to capture childhood innocence and the complexities of adult life in one image.” Ewelina sculpts the ground with meticulous, painted textures. These textures, she describes as “particles of energy”, enhance her canvases with a vibrant element that must be experienced first hand. With the culmination of Onion Soup, Ewelina brings us a unique vision of a particular space in which we are all invited to play.

"My Light is On"
Laura Lee
“Lost in Translation”

In the Alcove
May 15th through June 14th 2009
Laura Lee creates art as her own personalized form of art therapy, using metaphors to tell the stories of her internal landscape. Images of exploration, solitude, and wanderlust have always particularly resonated because they make the emotional journey more tangible. Weight and speed can become pressure and control…water and air can become fear and freedom. Laura Lee becomes her own character in the scenes, acting them out in order to gain understanding and ownership.
Travel has been in the cards for Laura Lee this year (4 countries so far), providing an excellent opportunity for her to explore these motifs further. As her transitions become more complex, the more the images can help her navigate. This metaphoric creative process is the foundation of her upcoming young adult graphic novel (Fall 2010), web comic on Act-I-Vate, and manifests itself in the public domain as metal etchings installed under the name Karat.

Swimming Cities of Serenissima (Apr 10th, 2009)
Swoon Serenissima Benefit Show at Ad Hoc



Fountain NY 2009 (Mar 5-8th 2009)
Sunday, 08 February 2009
Fountain New York and Ad Hoc
Due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to change the format of our participation in Fountain. We will no longer be showing the previously posted exhibition, though the pieces from that exhibition are available for sale online in our Inventory section. We will instead be hosting a massive installtion by the street art collective known as Peripheral Media Projects. We hope you will come by and enjoy this new piece by these artists.
Ad Hoc Art will be participating in the following art fair here in New York, from March 5th-8th. Please stop by our booth and say hi!

Fountain NY 2009
Pier 66 at 26th St in Hudson River Park NY, NY 10011
Telephone: 917.650.3760
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Dates: March 5-8; 11am–7pm
VIP/Press Preview: Thursday March 5, from 11am to 7pm
Reception for the artists: Friday, March 6; 7pm–midnight
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 at the door for all weekend access

New York (January 28, 2009) – Fountain New York, the alternative art exhibition known for presenting cutting-edge and independent art galleries, sets up shop at Pier 66 for its latest installment during the Armory this March 5 – 8. Fountain is a guerrilla-style art event, dubbed by many as the “Anti Art Fair” for its brash, off-the-wall offerings of non-traditional art exhibitions in the art fair environment.
Recruiting avant-garde galleries who showcase progressive primary-market works, Fountain returns for its 3rd year in New York, giving gallery-goers and art enthusiasts the opportunity to see new works without traditional booths or selection juries. While most fairs have fallen into the hands of corporate management, Fountain remains independent, and as such presents work in a forward-thinking manner.
Unencumbered by the strict presentation guidelines and parameters found at other fairs, Fountain preserves the visions of galleries and dealers to provide an environment reflective of the artists and their works.
Fountain’s venue, Pier 66 a 12,000 square-foot complex with both interior and exterior exhibition areas, is adjacent to all the major New York exhibitions. Participating galleries receive approximately 500 square feet of exhibition space, so visitors can expect massive installations of contemporary painting, sculpture, performance and new media art.
Artnet – the most widely read art site on the web – describes Fountain: “Likeability and chutzpah used to be what art was about. That, and a little guerrilla mentality, which you had at Fountain in spades. This is the place where you reminisce about the good old days, when you did it yourself, when inspiration and magic struck like a bolt from the blue. Here at Fountain, the artists and dealers are hungry and they welcome all visitors warmly. They are having fun and that’s the vibe. I felt like sitting down, having a beer, and hanging.”

Bounce That Beat (Feb 13th 2009)
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Bounce That Beat Ad Hoc
BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN—J. Andrew + Norte Maar are pleased to present BOUNCE THAT BEAT: Bushwick Art Spaces Stay Open Late. An art stroll of sorts, selected art spaces will stay open late welcoming the public to see real art in real time, Friday, February 13, 6-10PM. Event is sponsored in part by ARTCAL: The opinionated guide to New York Art Galleries. For more information ring (646) 361-8512 or visit for a complete list of participating spaces.
Art spaces in Bushwick, recently credited by critic Jerry Saltz as at “the very best of indie culture,” are growing in number and stature. Bushwick has become the place to make art, artists have found solace in the supportive neighborhood made up of emerging and established artists, choreographers, writers, and galleries. J.Andrew + Norte Maar invite all to join us for this event far from the ‘Art World,’ where the art is real and people making it are too.

Participating Art Spaces Include:
AD HOC ART, 49 Bogart Street, Unit 1G, Buzzer 22, Brooklyn, NY 11206
CENTOTTO, 250 Moore Street, #108, Brooklyn, NY 11206
ENGLISH KILLS, 114 Forrest Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237
FACTORY FRESH, 1053 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237
NORTE MAAR, 83 Wyckoff Avenue, #1B, Brooklyn, NY 11237
POCKET UTOPIA, 1037 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237
PRIVATEER, 476 Jefferson Street, Suite 211, Brooklyn, NY 11237

“Going Postal” book launch (Feb 20th 2009)
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Going Postal with Martha Cooper at Ad Hoc!
Going Postal
by Martha Cooper
Book Launch, Sticker Exchange & Postal Themed Exhibition
Opening Reception: Friday, February 20th, 7-10pm
Postal Themed Exhibition on view for 2 more days: Sat Feb 21st, Sun Feb 22nd (1-8pm each day)
Postal stickers have long been a preferred substrate used by street artists to get up. Of course, because stickers from the US Postal Service, UPS, DHL and FedEx are so readily available, most of these stickers get lost in the fray, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
That’s where graffiti photography legend Martha Cooper comes in. Shooting the origins of hip-hop and graffiti cultures since the late 1970s in New York City, and later all over the world, Cooper’s well-trained eyes know how to recognize deft sticker art. Here then is a collection of more than 200 photographs of some of Cooper’s favorite handmade postal stickers from around the world, done by some of the scene’s better-known artists and the anonymous.
Cooper has compiled a collection of photographs shot in numerous cities, including New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tokyo, Berlin and Amsterdam, featuring postal-sticker art created by FAUST, STAIN, C.DAMAGE, GET2, COSBE and many more.
Going Postal documents how an old-school method has burgeoned into another rich facet of the world’s graffiti cultures.

Camilla d’Errico print release party (Feb 5th 2009)
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Camilla D'Errico Print at Ad Hoc
Camilla d’Errico
“Royal Egg Watcher” limited edition print & print release party

Ad Hoc Art is excited to present our first print with artist Camilla d’Errico
We will be having a print release party here at Ad Hoc Art on Thursday, February 5th from 6-10pm, where you can meet the artist behind this incredible print. She will be in attendance and will also have available her comic books and other incredible merchandise that she has released recently through a handful of different companies she is currently working with.
We hope you will join us in congratulating Camilla on the release of her new print on Feb 5th here at Ad Hoc Art!
We have also now opened pre-sales on this limited edition print. Please contact us immediately if you would like to purchase one as we don’t expect them to last long!
Here is some info about the print:
Artist: Camilla d’Errico
Title: Royal Egg Watcher
Image size: 14″ x 18″ (same as original painting)
Format: Giclée print on Hahnemuhle 100% Archival Cotton Rag, signed and numbered by the artist
Edition: 30
Price: $150.00 usd

Here is some info about the artist:
Camilla d’Errico is a product of her split heritage, Italian and Canadian rolled into one. Camilla d’Errico became an artist via a very unusual route: comics. She first was attracted to comics in high school where she was constantly drawing dragons and sexy girls for fun. Passion and practice pushed her forward, and she now has a thriving career in comics. But that was only the beginning…
Camilla was soon drawn to producing fine art. Her work is characterized by an inner complexity that spans the full array of human emotions and always manages to touch the soul. One thing can be counted on — every painting she does has at least three, four, or more emotions simultaneously radiating through her compelling imagery. This emotional richness is one of her hallmarks, and is one of the reasons she has developed such an ardent following.
Camilla is part of what may be the first art movement in Western history where women are not second-class citizens, but may even have an edge in the mind of the public when it comes to capturing the essence that is woman.
Her next few years are already filled up with high profile shows in galleries the world over, and collaborations with a variety companies and artistic industries.
“Its about expressing what they feel and feeling what they express” -Camilla d’Errico

Elisabeth Timpone (Apr 3rd 2009)
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Elisabeth Timpone at Ad Hoc
“Tails from the North”
Elisabeth Timpone
April 3rd through May 3rd 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, April 3rd, 7pm-10pm
After studying communication design at Parson’s in NYC, Elisabeth Timpone unexpectedly began an extensive endeavor into a world of fine art. Her whimsically obsessive lines, and delicate but ferocious images capture moments in nature that may otherwise go unseen. Her drawings create a portal to the unscathed forest where animals live to play and fight to survive. Since her start, she has shown at galleries in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Elisabeth is currently working on a letter pressed children’s book called “Baby Bestiary”.

Bonnie Durham (Feb 27th 2009)
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Bonnie Durham at Ad Hoc
“Act Natural”
Bonnie Durham
solo exhibition
Feb 27th – Mar 22nd 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, Feb 27th, 7-10pm

Bonnie Durham’s work is about tuning in to her surroundings and never wasting time. Painting with gouache, acrylic, ink and watercolor and using calligraphy brushes, she slowly thins out the color in backgrounds of her work before creating the surface ‘spraypainted’ effects (without the use of spraypaint) which have become a trademark in Durham’s paintings. Recently, collage elements from used books containing old illustrations have found their way into her works. Her surfaces range from the traditional canvas, wood and panel, to the quite non-traditional cutting boards, clipboards, dresser drawers and wooden trays, which she find at flea markets, second hand stores and discarded on the streets. She has shown in New York, Los Angeles and Canada.

From The Streets of Brooklyn (Jan 9th 2009)
Monday, 22 December 2008
"From the Streets of Brooklyn" Poster
come visit us in Los Angeles @ Thinkspace Gallery for…
on view: Jan 9th – Feb 6th, 2009
Curated by
featured installations from:

* Gaia (front entry installation area)
* Imminent Disaster (project room installation)
* Ellis G. (special street installation in surrounding area)
* Luna Park (special photo collage install)
* Over 40 Brooklyn, NY based artists in our main gallery, including:

Abe Lincoln Jr. / Acne / AIKO (aka Aiko Nakagawa) / AnerA / Avoid Pi / avone / BAST / Bloke / c.damage / Celso / Chris Stain / Dan Witz / Dark Clouds / Dennis McNett / ELBOW-TOE / Ellis G. / ELC (aka Endless Love Crew) / Faile / Faro / Gaia / Graffiti Research Lab (G.R.L.) / Imminent Disaster / infinity / jm rizzi / Josh MacPhee / Juse One / Kuma / Matt Siren / Maya Hayuk / Michael DeFeo (aka The Flower Guy) / MOMO / Peru Ana Ana Peru / PMP (aka Peripheral Media Projects) / Rate / Robots Will Kill / Royce Bannon / Skewville / Slept / Sometimes / Sonet / stikman / Swoon / Thundercut / UFO / Unplate

Thinkspace Gallery
4210 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
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Know Hope (Jan 16th, 2009)
Tuesday, 02 December 2008
Know Hope at Ad Hoc Art
“The Insecurities of Time”
Know Hope
solo exhibition
January 16th through February 15th 2009

For the past 4 years, Know Hope has been showing his work in galleries and exhibitions worldwide, but most of his work has been on the streets, in their natural urban settings. Know Hope deals with the ephemeral aspect of street art not only as a genre in itself, but also as a subject, exploring the need of momentary connections in everyday reality, and the common denominator that is the human struggle.
Know Hope’s recent work has been revolving around the story of an unnamed figure, following it and creating some sort of lifeline through its observations, mishaps and eventually its commentary. The figure is the visual manifestation of the human vulnerability addressed in all the pieces. The use of cardboard makes the content of the pieces physical, underlining the urgency of creating temporary art for the street, and the liability and rough fragility of the struggle.

Melissa Murray (Jan 16th 2009)
Monday, 01 December 2008
Melissa Murray at Ad Hoc
“A Sequence of Images”
Melissa Murray
solo exhibition
January 16th through February 15th 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, January 16th, 7-10pm

In her recent body of work, intensively completed over a 6-month period, Melissa Murray lends her skills as a trained painter to a dramatic series of new drawings. The surreal imagery is taken from an extensive documentation of dreams and an exploration of metaphors, creating a vivid storyline of intense life experiences. Melissa Murray has exhibited throughout NYC, and has been featured in various publications.

Nathan Lee Pickett (Feb 27th 2009)
Thursday, 14 August 2008
Nathan Lee Pickett at Ad Hoc
“Breathe Like You Mean It”
Nathan Lee Pickett
February 27th through March 22 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, February 27th 7-10pm

Nathan Lee Pickett was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. He lives and works in Brooklyn. Inspired by graffiti, classical painting and calligraphy, he fuses cut paper with paint to create an eclectic mix of stoic and ethereal figures within celestial voids. Nathan seeks to synthesize a lifetime experience worth of exposure to visual overload, mythology, and chaos. The improvisational nature of his work uncovers at once his fears, desires and dreams. Evident in its labor intensiveness, his display of dedication to craft provides us with a sophisticated color palette and textural richness that is the embodiment of his work. His warm and vivid imagination weaves together compelling stories that are both graphically visionary and poetically expressive.

TheDirtyFabulous (Apr 3rd 2009)
The Dirty Fabulous at Ad Hoc
April 3rd through May 3rd 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, April 3rd, 7pm-10pm

TheDirtyFabulous {TDF} was born in the year of the Dragon and travels the windblown highway of Interstate 40. TDF’s work’s defy standard human comprehension, as they are from the windblown highways of the interstellar consciousness.
This body of work actually began in 1997 – in a small, run-down house on some wooded land. The place has since been deserted. Working in that place helped bring into focus the narratives TDF would continue to work with. Over the years, the work has been slowly accumulating. TDF sees this as an ongoing project – a book of fables, with large paper drawings as pages. These drawings have no set sequence of images or reading. The word fable is derived from the Latin word fabula, meaning “story”.
TDF repeatedly explores themes such as myth, psychology, philosophy, apparition of beauty, eroticism, machines of fate, human folly, nostalgia, mortality, history, consumer culture, industrialization, loss and regret. Imagery is used from many sources and typically a work is generated in response to readings or in reference to life experiences. TDF uses nineteenth century mechanical relics, sequences from dreams, vintage pin-ups, scientific historical images, anatomy and nostalgic panoramas as symbolic references. Combined in the work, they allow for commentary, connection, and invention on many topics and ideas.
In short, these works are super divine!

Morning Breath & Cycle (Feb 27th 2009)
Morning Breath and Cycle at Ad Hoc Art
Morning Breath & Cycle
February 27th through March 22 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, February 27th 7-10pm

CYCLE was born in 1971. He grew up writing graffiti and skateboarding. CYCLE received his BFA from George Washington University in Washington DC and then his Masters from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He makes his living producing Fine Art, Illustration and Graphic Design. When not producing Fine Art, Illustration and Graphic Design, CYCLE enjoys graffiti and skateboarding.
Morning Breath, Inc. is a creative studio focusing on visualization, illustration, and design. Doug Cunningham and Jason Noto’s works break through the clutter by delivering fresh and innovative creative solutions targeted to the youth culture. Their collective history and experiences in graffiti art, music packaging, and skateboard design is the driving creative force of Morning Breath. In all of their creative works, Morning Breath continually strives for the balance of art, design, and advertising.

Brooklyn Block Party (Dec 12th, 2008)
Brooklyn Block Party at Ad Hoc Art
“Brooklyn Block Party”
Richard Mock, Swoon, David Ellis, Mike Houston, Martin Mazorra, Dennis McNett,
Judith Supine, Elbowtoe, Gaia, c.damage & Imminent Disaster
December 12th – January 4th 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, December 12th, 7-10pm
An exhibition of original hand cut blocks, both wood and lino, along with the prints pulled from each block.

C215 (Dec 12th 2008)
c215 at Ad Hoc Art
“Junk Store”
solo exhibition
December 12th – January 4th 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, December 12th,7-10pm
more details soon!

Welcome To The Alcove (Dec 12th 2008)
Welcome to the Alcove at Ad Hoc
“Welcome to the Alcove”
a group exhibition featuring:
Gigi Chen, Leslie Ditto, Yoko Furusho, Tim Lee aka Lee Hon Hung, Bethany Marchman, Allison Sommers, David Stein and more!
December 12th – January 4th 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, December 12th,7-10pm
more details soon!

In The Language of Angels (Oct 24th, 2008)
The Language of Angels at Ad Hoc
Lisa Alisa, Camilla d’Errico, Sarah Joncas, Simone Maynard, Mia & Mijn Schatje
October 24th – November 23rd, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, October 24th,7-10pm

“In The Language of Angels” examines the softer side of Pop Surrealism through the collection of artworks by an international group of young female artists. Paintings and digital prints by Sarah Joncas (Canada), Camilla d’Errico (Canada), Mia (USA), Lisa Alisa (Russia), Mijn Schatje (France) and Simone Maynard (Australia) will be on display from October 24th through November 23rd at Brooklyn’s own Ad Hoc Art. Each artist, while maintaining their individualism, find themselves to be part of a larger whole which has reached global proportions. Finding it’s roots in late 70’s Los Angeles (also reinforced and added to by the Japan of 1980’s), Pop Surrealism has grabbed the attention of the world through artists such as Robert Williams, Mark Ryden, Sas Christian, Ron English, Lori Earley, Camille Rose Garcia, Joe Sorren and many more. Discover now a whole new generation of young talented Pop Surrealists who are globally based and quickly taking the world by storm.

Logik One (Oct 24, 2008)
Saturday, 12 January 2008
Logik One at Ad Hoc
“Concrete Rollerz”
Logik One
solo exhibition
Project Room
October 24th – November 23rd, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, October 24th, 2008

The title of this exhibition, “Concrete Rollerz”, is the ongoing exploration of Logik’s core character, a mangled man, a Negroid type individual caught in an awkward space. Evolving from a sad broken individual to a stronger urban sentinel. Looking for function in the world and finding absurd purpose. A social projection of this identity taking from personal experiences to current and historical moments. Addressing ideas of violence, sex, death, race, urban decay, crime noir, mass media and even science fiction. It’s a narrative exploration that sets an urban folklore that Logik finds under bridges and in abandoned freight yards. Caught between comic books and graffiti this metamorphosing direction is imaginative and speaks of a variety of genres. These characters are crude and vogue, with sword wielding vixens that state purpose and power, and thug ninjas hiding in the shadows. Tying together fictional situations he explores the self-referential emotions, a deviant libido, social angst and satire. This artist is fearless and has unrestricted goals of work that speaks of a mission with a meaningful message.
Using an improvisational method nurtured from a graffiti background and an illustrators discipline. A style reflective of sequential art that is explosive with color and decorative design. A graphic style holding the figures and in a raw painterly feel together puts this work in a unique direction that is ahead of the spectrum. Street art styles is a corner stone of Logik’s creative background and has participated in the sport for over ten years. Painting freight trains in rural Minnesota to a list of brick walls of many metropolitan cities. It’s a driving element that refuses to be forgotten. But, the foundation of this artists work is the sequential art. It’s an emotional connection to the fantastic that connects the artist, applying the energy and color to his work. Pulling the whole of fictional characters and looking at the complexities, contradictions, and separations. Refusing to be subtle and creating a definitive ka-boom.
LogikOne a native of Minnesota, a graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2001 and an internship at Marvel Comics solidified the artist to live in the concrete jungle of NYC. Which has been a personal journey of challenge and enlightenment maturing the artist with infinite results. A freelance illustrator creating work for a varities of companies from Pepsi to Mecca clothing. Showing in galleries in New York, Brooklyn, West coast galleries and overseas.

TLP, Fortress, Pez & Eine (September 12th, 2008)
Wednesday, 19 December 2007
4 Geezers Show at Ad Hoc
The London Police, Flying Fortress, Pez & Eine
September 12th – October 12th, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, September 12th, 2008

Hold on to yer hats, sound the alarm and wake up grandma and the kids because on Septemer 12th, 2008 it is gonna be on in Brooklyn, New York. World famous guerrilla street artists The London Police (Amsterdam), Flying Fortress (Germany), Pez (Spain) and Eine (the good ole UK) will be descending upon Ad Hoc Art in Brooklyn for an exhibition of all new, original artwork. All these artists have made a steady, internationally known name for themselves and we can’t wait to see what new work they have in store for us here in New York City.

5 Identities, 5 Destinations (July 25th, 2008)
Wednesday, 19 December 2007
5identities 5destinations card
5 Identities, 5 Destinations
Jenn Porreca, Amy Crehore, Molly Crabapple, Ewelina Ferruso & Lizz Lopez
July 25th – August 24th, 2008

Ad Hoc Art presents 5 Identities, 5 Destinations, an art exhibition featuring the work of international emerging female artists from the realms of pop surrealism, Asian pop, contemporary folk, and a handful of other fringe contemporary art movements.
Participating artists Jenn Porreca, Amy Crehore, Molly Crabapple, Ewelina Ferruso & Lizz Lopez bring their incredible artistic skills together under one roof for a show which is sure to turn some heads and set some new trends in painting on the East coast.
5 Identities, 5 Destinations also serves as a small survey of the type of art that has had a profound impact on the West coast in recent years, which has spread to the East coast and beyond as this new contemporary movement in art takes over the globe!

Delineations (Jan 16th 2009)
Delineations at Ad Hoc
A collection of drawings and illustrations from a diverse group of international artists.
Participating artists include: Alley Cat, John Breiner, Kevin Caplicki, Adam William Carnes, Gigi Chen, Fernanda Cohen, Molly Crabapple, Adam Collison, CYCLE, Paul D’Agostino, Deseo, Bonnie Durham, Ezra Li Eismont, Ewelina Ferruso, EZO, Nate Frizzel, Yoko Furuso, Bob Gibson (TLP), Mark Gibson, GROW, Joshua Hagler, Fred Harper, HAZE, Peter Herpich, Thomas Herpich, Nevada Hill, Phil Hollenbeck, Mike Houston (Cannonball Press), isuel isuel, Hongseon Jang, Kyung Jeon, Jeremyville, Katie Kaplan, Hee Soo Kim, Jane Kim, Hiro Kurata, Rafael Ladesma III, Laura Lee, Sangsu Lee, Tim Hon Hung Lee, Tae Lee, Brian Life, Tommii Lim, Daniel Hyun Lim (Fawn Fruits), David MacDowell, Drew Maillard, MARE139, Sara Antoinette Martin, Martin Mazorra (Cannonball Pres), MIHA, Melissa Murray, Gilbert Oh, Logik One, Pagan, Don Pablo Pedro, Nathan Lee Pickett, LADY PINK, Lilly Piri, Anthony Pontius, Devin Powers, Dorthy Royle, Martina Secondo Russo, Frank Russo, Allison Sommers, Robert Steel, Kevin Earl Taylor, TheDirtyFabulous, Elisabeth Timpone, TOOFLY, James Turek, Connie Wang, Jaeran Won, Pippi Zornoza plus Mikey & Doyle of the Black Label Bike Club
January 16th through February 15th 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, January 16th, 7-10pm

Ad Hoc Art is proud to present “Delineations”: a collection of drawings and illustrations from a diverse group of international artists. Drawing has been and will always be a fundamental part of the art-making process. Starting as far back as the 1400’s, artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Michelangelo, and Raphael used drawing as not only a starting point but as a way to communicate things which could not be accomplished in any other medium. Fast forward to the 1900’s as artists such as Max Beckmann, Jean Dubuffet, Arshile Gorky, M. C. Escher, André Masson, and Pablo Picasso not only continued this serious examination of drawing as fine art, but took it to incredible new places through their creativity and talent. In more recent times artists such as Marcel Dzama, R. Crumb, Dan Clowes, Joe Sacco, Yoshitomo Nara, and Julie Doucet (among many, many others) again redefined how we look at drawing as not only a means to an end but an important and impressive end in itself. Continuing with this amazing tradition, we present to you a new generation of drawers and illustrators who hope to not only add to this amazing lineage of artists but to also find ways to reinvent and reinterpret how drawing can be used to communicate and enlighten.

Poets of the Paste (June 13th, 2008)
Poets of the Paste at Ad Hoc
ELBOW-TOE, Armsrock, Gaia & Imminent Disaster
June 13th – July 13th, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, June 13th, 7-10pm

Poets of the Paste unites four figurative artists known for their striking images that comment on nature, contemporary society and the everyday lives we live. These artists transform public spaces to moments of private reflection with an emphasis on careful craftsmanship. ELBOW-TOE, Armsrock, Gaia, and Imminent Disaster have left their marks on the urban landscapes, generously giving their talent to the public, to time and to the elements. Now they bring their skills together at Ad Hoc Art; through drawings, stencils, paintings and block prints incorporated onto various media.

The Threat of Chance (May 2nd, 2008)
The Threat of Chance at Ad Hoc
Ad Hoc Art proudly presents…
Josh MacPhee
Billy Mode
Chris Stain
The Polaroid Kidd
May 2nd through June 1st, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, May 2nd, 7pm – 10pm

The Threat of Chance art exposition is based on the temptation of possibility. The possibility of change in the face of stagnation, the possibility of hope in desperate times, the possibility of alternative thought and lifestyle in the doldrums of complacency.
For this installation a railroad shanty town will be recreated to further emphasis the struggle between hope and despair. Amidst a gallery filled of shacks made with found material and walls decorated with freight trains and decaying industry you will find photographs by boxcar culture enthusiast the Polaroid Kidd. Proletarian signs, flags, prints, and banners from author/activist Josh MacPhee. Interactive sculptures, drawings, paintings and stencils, from graffiti artist Billy Mode, and the sociological display of hand cut stencils by Chris Stain. The Threat of Chance art exposition is pure socialist propaganda , (at least that’s how the mainstream will see it) , so stop by opening night and they’ll tear you a new asshole.
-pollock johnny

Afterparty from 10pm until 4am at:
Wreck Room Bar
940 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Brick Ladies of NYC (March 21st, 2008)
Lady Pink and Aiko, Brick Ladies of NYC at Ad Hoc
Ad Hoc Art proudly presents…
Brick Ladies of NYC

March 21st – April 20th, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, March 21st, 7pm-10pm

After Party
featuring DJ Painted, DJ $mall ¢hange & Doc Delay
Friday, March 21st, 10pm-late
8 Ingraham Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(After Party has a $5 suggested donation.)

Lady Pink was born in Ecuador, but raised in NYC. In 1979 she started writing graffiti and soon was well known as the only female capable of competing with the boys in the graffiti subculture. Pink painted subway trains from the years 1979-1985. She is considered a cult figure in the hip-hop subculture since the release of the motion picture “Wild Style” in 1982, in which she had a starring role. While still in high school she was already exhibiting paintings in art galleries, and at the age of 21 had her first solo show at the Moore College of Art. As a leading participant in the rise of graffiti-based art, Lady Pink’s canvases have entered important art collections such as those of the Whitney Museum, the MET in New York City, the Brooklyn Museum and the Groningen Museum of Holland. She has established herself in the fine arts world, and her paintings are highly prized by collectors. Lady Pink continues to mature as an artist, producing ambitious murals commissioned for businesses and creating new paintings on canvas that express her unique personal vision. Lady Pink recently starred in a documentary film (along with Lee Quinones, Zephyr & Futura 2000) entitled Spraymasters, which recently had it’s world premiere at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan. She will also will be taking part in an exhibition at the Bronx Museum almost simultaneously with her show here at Ad Hoc Art in Brooklyn and has a vinyl figure coming out through Kid Robot in May of 2008.
Aiko was born in Tokyo and currently resides in NYC. Since powerfully breaking out on the fine art scene she has exhibited in such galleries as Merry Karnowsky (Los Angeles), Lineage Gallery (Philadelphia), New Image Art Gallery (Los Angeles), Iguapop Gallery (Spain), Revelations (Tokyo),and Leonard Street Gallery (London). Being an immigrant from Japan, Aiko has herself been discovering Americana-type pop imagery and then re-creating it in new and innovative ways. Aiko’s work walks that thin, fragile tightrope between acceptance and disdain, beauty and danger, unconsciously mirroring the day to day life of your average Brooklyn resident. Aiko has a vinyl figure coming out through Kid Robot almost simultaneously with her show here at Ad Hoc Art in Brooklyn. She has also been selected to be on a panel at the Brooklyn Museum in conjunction with the upcoming Takashi Murakami Exhibition.

Pop Subversion starring Robert Williams (Feb 8, 2008)
Pop Subversion by Robert Williams
Pop Subversion starring Robert Williams
Feb 8th thru Mar 2nd, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, February 8th, 7:00PM-9:00PM

Pop Subversion contains a healthy dose of both established and emerging artists from the realms of street art, pop surrealism, lowbrow, illustration, print making, tattoo and so much more. Through this group exhibition, promising young artists will have the chance to exhibit side by side with some of the more established artists in these fields. This mixture will allow the viewer to experience a plethora of varying styles and techniques rising out of this powerful New Contemporary movement in art. At the center of this exhibition lies the original artwork of Juxtapoz founder (and quite arguably the ‘father’ of this New Contemporary movement in art) Robert Williams!
Participating artists include: aiko, lisa alisa, lisa bloodgood, john breiner, wayne coe, molly crabapple, brendan danielsson, camilla d’errico, elbowtoe, ian fagan, fawn fruits, gil, joshua hagler, aaron horkey, kenichi hoshine, jeremyville, sarah joncas, lady pink, benjamin lacombe, lauralee, kris lewis, brian life, francesco locastro, carlos nine, pagan, peripheral media projects, jenn porreca, martina secondo russo, chris stain, robert steel, elisabeth timpone, connie wang, joe vaux, robert williams, jaeran won, genevive zacconi

Behind The Seen (Dec 13, 2007)
Behind the Seen at Ad Hoc
“Behind the Seen”
a group exhibition curated by Michael De Feo
December 13th, 2007 through January 20th, 2008
Opening Reception: December 13th, 7pm-9pm

Assembling a group of well known street artists from around the world, De Feo invited the participants to showcase work they’re not typically recognized for. Behind the
Seen includes personal projects, works in different mediums or styles and pieces not
necessarily intended for view on the streets. The mediums include paintings,
drawings, photographs and sculptures by over 30 artists from around the world.
Street artists develop a level of notoriety for their originality, talent and
frequency of a style or visual vocabulary. Like most successful artists, they don’t
limit their creative endeavors to what they’re known for.
Behind the Seen goes beyond the familiar to build upon what we already know… providing connections, challenges and insights to other facets of the artist’s oeuvre.
Participating artists include:
Aiko, Blek le Rat, Caleb Neelon, Dan Witz, Don Leicht, Elbow Toe, ELC, Ellis G., Eltono, Flying Fortress, G, Ian Stevenson, Jace, Jean Faucheur, jm rizzi, John Fekner, Judith Supine, Keith Haring, Lady Pink, L’Atlas, Lee Quiñones, Leon Reid, Lister, Mark Jenkins, Martha Cooper, Maya Hayuk, Michael De Feo, Momo, Nuria, Peripheral Media Projets, Richard Hambleton, Ripo, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, She Kills He, Skewville, Swoon, Thundercut, Tofer

Secrets Of The Woonaquatucket River (Nov 16)
Screen Prints at Ad Hoc
Secrets of the Woonsquatucket River: Screenprints from Providence
November 16-December 2, 2007

Ad Hoc Art is honored to present Secrets of the Woonsquatucket River, a collective group show hosting some of the most promising screen printers from the Providence region. This collective seeks to explore a new perspective on screenprinting while representing the blooming art renaissance occurring in Rhode Island. Through innovative and thought provoking imagery, the show will display art of a wide variety from twenty promising up and coming artists.
Participating Artists: Andrew Moon Bain, Neil Burke, Mat Brinkman, Brian Chippendale, Cybele Collins, Jo Dery, Jim Drain, Leif Goldberg, Kate Gronner, Kasey Henneman, Jungil Hong, Baptiste Ibar, Raphael Lyon, Jenny Nichols, Xander Marro, Ara Peterson, Angel Quinonez, Erin Rosenthal, Mike Taylor, Pippi Zornoza

No Sleep Till Bushwick
Back in the day when Manhattan got Yuppified, Brooklyn became the place to be.
But we all know what happened to most of Brooklyn. Luckily for ART’s sake there is still a place where loft living
doesn’t include a doorman or condo dues. A place where Starbucks won’t even touch… Yet.
“NO SLEEP TILL BUSHWICK” Thursday, June 14 6-10pm
No Sleep Till Bushwick at Ad Hoc
Featuring artwork and installations from New York’s finest street legends…
BAST, AIKO (of Faile) and SKEWVILLE along with special guest Chris Mendoza from the Barnstormers
Individually these artists are known all over the world for their contributions in street-art and will come together locally to show that they never forgot where they came from.