Franklin Street Works presents It Narratives: The Movement of Objects as Information, an exhibition featuring artists’ projects that engage the postal system and its intersections with digital communications media. The artists in It Narratives find forms for everyday experiences of distance and time by reflecting on the way objects move through information networks. The exhibition is curated by New York-based guest curators Brian Droitcour and Zanna Gilbert and will be on view from September 6 – November 9, 2014, with a free, public reception on Saturday, September 13 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

With areas of expertise in mail art (Gilbert) and Internet art (Droitcour), the curators take into consideration how Internet technology and digital forms of commerce have changed the way artists use the postal system to make work. Mail art emerged in the late 1960s as a collective, networked medium. It allowed artists to circulate and exchange works and ideas in a sphere uncontrolled by curators, institutions, the art market, or state censorship. Today, mail is employed less frequently as an artistic medium, in keeping with an overall shift in how information is experienced and exchanged. News and greetings from friends and family have migrated from the postal system to the faster networks of email and social media, yet “snail mail” has not become obsolete. Sending objects over great distances is part of online commerce. Print-on-demand services that allow users to design their own T-shirts, books, or mugs with a few clicks of a mouse connect Internet browsing and data input to receiving objects by mail and handling them in everyday life.

It Narratives: The Movement of Objects as Information takes its title from a prose genre popular in the late 18th century, the “it-narrative.” These were accounts of objects circulating in the structures of emergent industrialized capitalist markets written in the first-person from the perspective of the objects. It Narratives the exhibition updates this concept for the 21st century by presenting artists’ projects that track the movement of objects online and by mail, taking measure of the physical and emotional experiences of time and distance inherent to these networks.

Design Works: Franklin Street Works 2nd Annual Benefit Party!

We want you to join us in celebrating our contributions to contemporary art at the 2nd annual Franklin Street Works Benefit Party!

At Franklin Street Works we provide financial and professional support for our exhibiting artists, presenters, performers and writers while creating positively reviewed and award-winning programming that is free and open to the public.

You can help support Franklin Street Works by attending our benefit party. To help us keep up the good work while having a blast, buy ticket(s) HERE!

Benefactor: $75 – Patron: $45 – Member/Student: $40 – Tickets at door are an additional $5

Franklin Street Works 2ndannual benefit party features a pop-up shop of designed goods. During the event we will also honor Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Exhibitions Director Richard Klein for his work in the field. He will be introduced by artist Mark Dion. The event will also include delicious food, beer and wine, and live music featuring These Animals. Proceeds support our exhibitions and educational programs.
The shop will include totes, prints, handmade lamps, sunglasses, notebooks, clothing, tables, plates, and much more! There will also be silent auctions for 2D artworks and experiential art outings such as artist studio visits and museum tours with accomplished curators and artists.

Design Shop and Artwork Auction participants include: Jason Aleksa of Stonehill Design; Greg Allen; Trisha Baga; The Bananaland; Michael Bischoff; Paul Branca; Alexus Burson; Meg Dalton; Elizabeth Demaray; Kerry Downey; John Fifield; Robert de Saint Phalle; Jonah Emerson-Bell; Nate Heiges; Brian House; kHyal +; Gloria Lee; Alexandra Lerman; Micah Lexier; Ochletree Design; Heather Rowe; Anya Sirota; Ryann Slauson; Robert Spahr; Jenna Spevack; Emily Spivack; Conrad Volle; and Tina Zavitsanos.

Experiential offerings include: a studio visit with artists Francis Cape and Liza Phillips;  a tour of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum with Exhibitions Director Richard Klein; a wine tasting at Franklin Street Works with Maureen and Eric Milet; two free tickets to Night Sounds at the Philip Johnson Glass House; a studio visit with artist Aki Sasamoto; an improvisational patchwork workshop with Denyse Schmidt Quilts; and two free tickets to any theatrical production at the Westport Country Playhouse.

We would like to thank our sponsors to date: Seaboard Properties and Purdue Pharma along with this year’s media sponsor Moffley Media. And our In-kind sponsors: Half FullLittle PubCafe Oo la la, and Some Things Fishy Catering.


Franklin Street Works interviewed on WPKN and a feature in the Stamford Advocate!

Franklin Street Works’ Creative Director Terri C Smith talks with Jennifer Bangser from the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County on WPKN. Click HERE to listen!

Also, check out Scott Gargan’s article on The Sunken Living Room HERE.