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September 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Exhibition Opening Reception

Thursday, September 22, 2011 5:00 – 8:00PM

As early as June, Fernando’s artists and curator were getting to know Stamford as Stamford was getting to know them. This mutual introduction between a new alternative art space and the city it inhabits was the impetus for the exhibition. Fernando was also structured in a way that allowed the artists’ perspectives to be reflected in Franklin Street Works’ formation and early growth. Both the art space’s location and its role as an alternative venue for contemporary art are at play here. READ MORE

October 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Grill the Curator: Fernando

A brief tour of the exhibition, Fernando, will be followed by a casual Q & A session/discussion in the café with the show’s curator, Terri C Smith. Fernando features original commissioned works by emerging artists Trisha Baga, Lukas Geronimas, and Mads Lynnerup. The exhibition — its inspirations, artists, and installation – will be the starting point for a free-form discussion that could lead virtually anywhere!

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October 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm

City Saturday: Fun Food and a Performance by Trisha Baga

We are intentionally keeping our first City Saturday a bit of a mystery, but we can tell you it’s on October 22 from 12:00 – 6:00 pm and the artists from our inaugural exhibition “Fernando” will be there.  It is a casual setting that will include fun “street” style foods at the café – think about your favorite food cart in New York or New Haven! There will also be a performance by Fernando artist Trisha Baga, which will involve anyone in attendance who wants to join, a skyscraper, and some of the tropes associated with weddings. The performance will be documented and the videos and still images will, most likely, inform a new artwork by Baga. READ MORE

November 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm

THE MOON: Live Music and Visuals

After a 5:00 pm casual tour of the exhibition Fernando (last day November 13!), Holly Danger and Jeff Schram present “THE MOON,” a VJ/Music “alternative space” in the downstairs gallery at Franklin Street Works.

THE MOON: 

The Moon is a new audio visual performance project created by musician Jeff Schram and VJ Holly Danger.

The atmosphere will be filled with acoustic music, heightened by electronic elements, vocals & digital manipulation.
Synchronized visual projections and camera effects will be mixed live by local video artist Holly Danger.

Together they will transform the space into a colorful dreamworld of visionary motion, art & sound.


December 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Slipstreams: Contemporary Artistic Practice and the Shaping of Time, December 1, 2011 – January 21, 2012

Slipstreams: Contemporary Artistic Practice and the Shaping of Time

The perception, measurement, and manipulation of time in our everyday lives is a performance, both personal and shared. We agree on the indications of clocks and calendars, yet often disagree on the length of collective experiences, such as prayer or a television program. Language also influences how we “feel” a moment’s passage. Phrases such as “running out of time,” “wasting time,” and “on time,” cause us to feel hurried or relaxed, even responsible or irresponsible. Rituals, both societal and self-made, do the same. READ MORE

December 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Anna Lundh programming

SLIPSTREAMS: OPENING WEEKEND PROGRAMMING

Friday, December 2, noon – 5:00 and Saturday, December 3, noon – 3:00 p.m. Interactive project with Anna Lundh.  

Visitors are invited to think about how they visualize time via Swedish artist Anna Lundh’s survey. The activities are part of her ongoing project The Year is a Python that swallowed

 an Elephant (2009-present),which also includes an installation and performance.

Saturday, December 3, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Anna Lundh performance. 

This subtly humorous performance is based on Lundh’s findings from The Year is a Python that swallowed an Elephant

December 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Grill the Curator(s): “Slipstreams” tour

Thursday, December 8, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Join a guided tour of our new exhibition Slipstreams: Contemporary Artistic Practice and the Shaping of Time, which will be given by the exhibition’s curators Terri C Smith and Joseph Whitt. Artists in the exhibition include, Pierre Bismuth, Tehching Hsieh, Tara Kelton, Anna Lundh, Samuel Rousseau, Stephen Sollins, Conrad Ventur, and Andy Warhol. We hope you can join us to hear more about the works, ask questions, and discuss the show’s themes in a casual environment.

The event is free and open to the public.

About the Curators

Terri C. Smith is the Creative Director of Franklin Street Works. With approximately fifteen years of curatorial experience, she has created exhibitions and related programming for museums and other not-for-profit art institutions, including award-winning contemporary art programs for Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee. After more than ten years at the Museum, she returned to school, earning an MA from Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies in 2008. Smith has curated exhibitions for venues in Connecticut, Florida, New York, Oregon, and Tennessee. Other projects have included commissioned catalog essays and journalistic projects for print and radio. http://terricsmith.blogspot.com/

Joseph Whitt is the Assistant Curator at Franklin Street Works and a frequent guest curator at several art venues in New York City. As former Assistant Curator at Vanderbilt University’s Fine Arts Gallery in Nashville, he was responsible for solo exhibitions by Harmony Korine and Jules de Balincourt, as well as a group exhibition pairing the Polaroids of Andy Warhol with the works of emerging artists Grant Worth and David Horvitz. His most recent curatorial project, Magic For Beginners, at P.P.O.W. Gallery (NYC), was a critic’s pick in Time Out New York and garnered a prominent review in The New York Times.