It Narratives: Curator Tour and Mailbox Inauguration, Closing Weekend

Program Date: November 08, 2014 at 4:00 pm

For the closing weekend of “It Narratives: The Movement of Objects as Information” Franklin Street Works will host a curator led tour of the show with Brian Droitcour and Zanna Gilbert as well as a festive inauguration of the space’s new mailbox, which was created by artist Lukas Geronimas. The event is free and open to the public and takes place at Franklin Street Works Saturday, November 8th from 4:00 – 7:00pm

Curator and critic Brian Droitcour and curator and researcher Zanna Gilbert will share their thinking behind the show It Narratives: How Objects Move as Information, which considers how the Internet and traditional post intersect in contemporary art. They will also discuss works on view  during a casual walkthrough of the galleries. After the tour, the curators, Franklin Street Works staff and the exhibiting artists on hand will inaugurate Franklin Street Works’ new mailbox. A work of art commissioned for this exhibition, “The Custom Postboxis a functioning, glowing mailbox made by Brooklyn sculptor Lukas Geronimas. Artist David Horvitz will also be on site to inform visitors about his “It Narratives” project “Mail Art Call @ Franklin Street Works,” which is an open mail art call that received 580 responses from across the globe.

The artists in It Narratives find forms for everyday experiences of distance and time by reflecting on the way objects move through information networks. It Narratives is on view through November 9th at Franklin Street Works. Artists include: Greg Allen, Tyler

Coburn, Tim Devin, Yevgeniy Fiks, Lukas Geronimas, Frank Heath, David Horvitz, Jean Keller, Alexandra Lerman, Kristin Lucas, Cat Mazza, Kristina Lee Podesva and Alan McConchie, Paul Soulellis, Emily Spivack, The Thread, Ehren Tool, Print All Over Me, Forms of Melancholy, Lance Wakeling, Roberto Winter.

Brian Droitcour is a writer, translator, curator, critic, and a PhD candidate in comparative literature at New York University. Previous exhibition projects include “BFFA3AE – DTR” at 47 Canal in New York and “Big Reality” at 319 Scholes in Brooklyn. He has contributed reviews and essays to Artforum, Art in America, and Rhizome, among other publications. He has been yelping since January 2012 and his account was awarded Elite status last year. His web site, a collection of found Yelp reviews with commissioned illustrations and an accompanying essay, was featured as part of the New Museum’s First Look series of online exhibitions in October 2013. Among other projects, Brian is currently editing Klaus_ebooks, a series of artists’ ebooks published by Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery.

Zanna Gilbert is a postdoctoral fellow at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and she holds a PhD from the University of Essex and Tate Research in the UK. Her research focuses on artists’ networks and the transnational circulation of art through the mail. She curated the exhibitions “Felipe Ehrenberg: Works from the Tate Archive” (2009), “Intimate Bureaucracies: Art and the Mail” (2011), “Contested Games: Mexico 68’s Design Revolution” (2012), “Daniel Santiago: Brazil is my Abyss” (MAMAM, Recife, 2012; MAC-Niteroi, Rio, 2014) and “Edgardo Antonio Vigo: The Unmaker of Objects” (MoMA, 2014). She has taught postgraduate courses at the University of Essex, UK and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Lukas Geronimas was born in Toronto, Ontario. He received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, and an MFA from the Milton Avery School at Bard College. His art is about manufacturing openings. It is also about value, in that an artwork should be created to live within the studio, the exhibition, and the collection; with each context comes a separate evaluation, and Lukas thinks an artwork is most meaningful when it is responsible for them all. Lukas currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

David Horvitz was born in California in 1982 and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Recent solo exhibitions include: concurrent shows at Jan Mot, Brussels, and Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, Warsaw; Peter Amby, Copenhagen; Statements, Art Basel; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; and Chert, Berlin. His work has been shown at EVA International 2014, Glasgow International 2014, LIAF 2013, MoMA, The Kitchen, and the New Museum. In New York, he has realized projects with Recess, Clocktower Gallery, post at MoMA, Printed Matter, Rhizome, and Triple Canopy.

Buy Tickets for Design Works: Franklin Street Works 2nd Annual Benefit Party!

Program Date: November 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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.


The programs at Franklin Street Works are explorations of creative projects that inspire contemporary art enthusiasts to come together in conversation.

Exhibition Programming

Exhibition programming expands on the art space’s original shows through a closer look at the art on view, stimulating conversations surrounding the exhibition’s theme. For our exhibition programming, Franklin Street Works connects communities with artists, curators, and innovative cultural producers via free public workshops, performances, and talks. These efforts elucidate each exhibition by going more deeply into its intentions and adding discursive content through educational and social interactions.

Exhibition programs include artists’ presentations, tours, performances, and hands on activities, such as artist Emily Larned’s book binding workshop. Notable participatory performances include Trisha Baga’s “The Garden Party” — where the public joined in the artist’s parade from Franklin Street Works to the Landmark Square building in Downtown Stamford, Connecticut; and David Horvitz’s “Honey Locust Tree Relocation” project where participants from Connecticut and New York carried more than thirty Honey Locust tree saplings from Clocktower Gallery in New York City to their new home at Franklin Street Works. Generative, cross-disciplinary programs are another way Franklin Street Works explores the relevance of contemporary art, such as the 2013 exhibition-inspired poetry reading and zine featuring texts by UConn, Stamford, writing students.

Ongoing Programming

The ongoing programs at Franklin Street Works are community-building events that show the breadth of cultural production in and around Fairfield County. For our ongoing programming, Franklin Street Works has featured VJs, musicians, novelists, DJs, website designers, artists, writers, and filmmakers from the region in one-night events that showcase their efforts at different phases of development. In-progress programs include events such as artist Renee Kahn workshopping a new, immersive installation and receiving audience feedback. Finished projects have included Kent Evans’ performance using text from his published book and a talk by two website designers about their online projects.

Emily Larned’s book binding workshop

The Garden Party with Trisha Baga

Honey Locust Tree Relocation

UConn reading