Tour of “The Sunken Living Room” with the curator and four exhibiting artists, Thursday, April 24 at 7pm

Program Date: April 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm

On Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 pm there is a guided tour of the current group exhibition, The Sunken Living Room. Those in attendance will walk through the show with the show’s curator, Terri C Smith, and four exhibiting artists: Michael Bell-Smith, Jonah Emerson-Bell, Danna Vajda and Constantina Zavitsanos. While touring the three galleries, artists will discuss their works, including how videos and installations reflect themes in the exhibition and fit in with their overall practice. The evening will end with an open discussion and reception in the café. Please join us for this free event that is open to the public – a unique opportunity to explore the current show with emerging figures in contemporary art!


Michael Bell-Smith in an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been exhibited and screened in museums and galleries internationally, including MoMA PS1, NY; Museum of The Moving Image, NY; SFMOMA, San Francisco; The 2008 Liverpool Biennial, UK; The 5th Seoul International Media Biennale; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, ES; The New Museum, NY; Hirshhorn Museum, DC; Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; MoMA, NY; and Tate Liverpool, UK. His work has been featured in Art Forum, Art in America and the New York Times. He is an Assistant Professor of New Media at Purchase College.

Photo by Garen Barsegian

Jonah Emerson-Bell is a sculptor who lives and works in Brooklyn NY. By using a variety of materials including found objects, bronze and neon, his work deals with themes ranging from history to humor, from economy to witchcraft. He was part of the Shadow Shop exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and his work was featured on the cover of the summer 2010 issue of Bookforum. He was involved in the Music Box project in New Orleans in 2011.

Danna Vajda is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Recent exhibitions include both institutional spaces and provisional, less institutional spaces.

Constantina Zavitsanos is an artist whose practice engages the sculptural surfaces and temporalities of performance, text, projection and sound. She works with concepts of intimacy, consent, and contraction–especially as related to debt and dependency. Zavitsanos attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, and has shared work at Slought Foundation in Philadelphia, with Cage at MoMA PS1, and at the Hessel Museum at Bard College.


For Across Disciplines, Franklin Street Works invites regional artists to give talks about how other forms of cultural production have informed their art practice. In addition to a talk in the café, invited artists program an event that reflects those influences. If a painter’s compositions are inspired by film, for example, he or she might program a screening at the Avon or a printmaker influenced by poetry might organize a reading at the Ferguson Library. This program’s attention to the fluid relationships between popular culture, the humanities, and the visual arts supports Franklin Street Works’ mission while providing additional opportunities for regional artists to share their work with the public.

If you would like to propose an Across Disciplines event, please email

Curator talks in the café happen several times during each exhibition. These talks will address some aspect(s) of the current exhibition and be followed by a casual discussion. The talks will also include a food component that intersects with the exhibition or discussion themes, drawing parallels between the culinary and visual arts.

Franklin Street Works is not only an art space but is a production house for exhibitions and programs. Check the FSW Calendar for collaborative projects in Stamford and beyond!

Each of Franklin Street Works’ major exhibitions includes one Saturday event that is conceived by the exhibition’s curator and/or artists. City Saturdays allow people from surrounding areas to travel to the exhibition, enabling them to meet artists and curators on a day with lighter traffic and off-peak train prices. These events involve a social component and are designed to reflect and expand the shows’ themes and artworks.

Franklin Street Works features fresh perspectives on creative production surrounding the culinary and/or visual arts Thursdays from 5:00 – 7:00PM in casual gatherings at the café. For more, check out the FSW Calendar.

The books in our café are chosen to highlight independent presses, prescient topics in contemporary art, and themes found in Franklin Street Works’ exhibitions. The staff invites independent publishers, curators, artists, and scholars to choose books for the café, changing the selection periodically throughout the year.