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THEO WESTENBERGER

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PHOTO CONTEST

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The Theo Westenberger Estate is PROUD to support The Laundromat Project S OA P B OX A N N UA L B E N E F I T


PROGRAM PROGRAM T U E S DAY, J U N E 1 6 , 2 0 1 5 , 7 : 3 0 P M

WELCOME Risë Wilson

Dr. Erika Faust

Founde r & Boa rd Chair

Boa rd Membe r and Event Co - Chair

Kemi Ilesanmi

Curtis D. Young

Executive Director

Event Co - Chair

P R E S E N TAT I O N O F S OA P B OX AWA R D Glenn Ligon

Xaviera Simmons

Honoree

Featured Print Ar tis t

Shani Peters

Dexter Wimberly

Alumni Honoree

Board Member

ART EXPERIENCES Raul Ayala

Shani Peters

Elizabeth Hamby

Jiny Ung

Lady K-Fever FOOD

C O C K TA I L S

Sucré Salé

S & M Bitters

SheChef and Star Career

NY Distilling Company

Academy Students

M U S I C & DA N C I N G

DESIGN

DJ B-Hen

Adrienne Gaither

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WELCOME

WELCOME

DEAR FRIENDS, Welcome to SOAPBOX, a fundraiser to benefit The Laundromat Project’s work to connect artists and communities as they tap into the power of their own creativity and visions for social change, particularly in the neighborhoods of Bed-Stuy, Harlem and Hunts Point / Longwood. We are excited that you are here with us tonight. As The LP grows in ambition, vision, and strength, we hope that you will join us in seeding creativity, our most renewable resource, across New York City and beyond. Tonight we are delighted to celebrate three amazing artists: honorees Glenn Ligon and Shani Peters, as well as featured print artist Xaviera Simmons (see pages 6-9). Glenn, Shani, and Xaviera embody the values of The LP in making art that speaks to the eye, heart, and mind while lending insight and urgency to collective conversations that change the world. Over this past year— in partnership with many artists, faculty, and community members—The LP created new works of art, ignited creativity, connected neighbors, envisioned new realities, stood up for Black lives, and so much more. Over the last decade, nearly 100 visual and performing artists have graduated from our signature Create Change program, producing meaningful public artworks that have touched all 5 boroughs. Over 60 young people have claimed their voices through Power of Perception and Print Change (see pages 16–19), our burgeoning youth programs launched in 2013. And with The LP’s support, countless Harlem, Bed-Stuy, and Hunts Point / Longwood neighbors, partners, and businesses have discovered how making art together fosters community and positively shapes where we live, work, and grow. With deep gratitude, we thank you for all that you do to make this work possible. Together we are creating a more just and art-ful world in which we each want to live. Onward,

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R i s ë Wil s on

Ke m i I l e s a n m i

Founder & Board Chair

Executive Director

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THANKYOU YOU THANK H ONO R ARY CHAIRS Jason Moran Alicia Hall Moran

EVENT CHAIRS Dr. Erika Faust Curtis D. Young

HOST COMMITTEE Roland Augustine Naomi Beckwith* & Andreas Waldburg- Wolfegg † Seldric Blocker S. Jamar Bogan Isolde Brielmaier Carla Camacho & Michael Hermann Gonzalo Casals † Glenn Davis Stephanie Dinkins * Katie Dixon Sherry Dobbin † Jason Draper Barbara Gladstone Agnes Gund Kathy Halbreich † Sophie Henderson † Alex and Paul Herzan Kirk Hudson Sandra Jackson- Dumont Colleen Keegan † Steven Kest †

Nefertari Kirkman-Bey Russell Ladson Kelli Lane Nancy Lane Miyoung Lee Lawrence Luhring Maureen Mahon † & Brian Tate † Sam Miller Mary-Ann Monforton Christopher Montgomery * Margaret Morton Vanessa Perez † Doreen Remen Andrea Rosen Victoria Rogers Julie Simon * Phaon Spurlock Karen Stults † Emma Taati † Tim Tompkins Eugenie Tsai Allison Weisberg Merele Williams Adkins Risë Wilson * Dexter Wimberly *

MAJOR SPONSORS Luhring Augustine Theo Westenberger Estate WABC-TV

SPONSORS ESP PR Lagunitas Brewing Company New York Distilling Company S & M Bitters Schindler Cohen & Hochman LLP UrbanGlass Gallery Wine and Spirits Magazine

Thank you to all the incredible interns and volunteers that help make our work possible.

* Board Member † Catalyst Circle

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HONOREES For engaging the power of art and language to provoke and unsettle our assumptions about culture, race, and identity, The Laundromat Project is thrilled to honor Glenn Ligon for his outstanding work as a contemporary artist and thinker.

“Making art is a way of thinking about the world so what motivates me is to think more deeply about the world we are in, the events from the past that have shaped it, and to speculate on Glenn Ligon, photo by Paul Sepuya

where we might be going.”

GLENN LIGON is an NYC-based artist whose art examines race, language, desire, sexuality, and identity. A mid-career retrospective of his work, “Glenn Ligon: America,” opened at the Whitney in 2011. He is included in this year’s Venice Biennale, and his painting “Black Like Me #2” is on view in the Obamas’ personal quarters in the White House. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at institutions including the Hirshhorn Museum; Brooklyn Museum; Saint Louis Art Museum; The Studio Museum in Harlem; Dia Center for the Arts, New York; The Power Plant, Toronto; the Camden Arts Centre ; and many others. He has participated in the Whitney Biennial, Gwangju Biennial, Documenta, the Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, and Venice Biennale. His new book, A People on the Cover, which traces the shifting representation of Black people in the United States on book covers through the 20th century, was recently published by Ridinghouse (UK).

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For demonstrating and embodying a deep commitment to her sociallyengaged art practice informed and enriched by meaningful dialogue with her neighbors, The Laundromat Project is proud to honor alumni artist Shani Peters, nominated by her LP peers for outstanding work as a contemporary artist and arts educator.

“Making space for people...[through] just one hands-on, imaginative thing can open up a conversation about anything. That lesson inspired my LP residency work, my teaching practice everywhere, and influences the way I imagine executing and sharing my own ideas and work.”

Shani Peters, photo by Sonia Louise Davis

SHANI PETERS, is a multi-disciplinary, Harlem-based artist whose work explores community building, activism histories, and reinterpreted notions of media. Shani was The LP’s 2013 Harlem artist-in-residence and has been a teaching artist with The LP since 2010. In spring 2015, she had a solo exhibition at the Institute for the Humanities Gallery at University of Michigan, and her work has been featured by institutions including the Bronx Museum, the Abron Arts Center, Njelele Art Station in Harare, Zimbabwe, Rush Arts Gallery, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, No Longer Empty, and many more. She has completed residencies at MoCADetroit, Project Row Houses, apexart, LES Printshop, The Center for Book Arts, and the Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program, and has been awarded grants from the Rauschenberg Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Art, and the Urban Artist Initiative. She is currently a Workspace Resident with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York City.

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FEATURED PRINT ARTIST In appreciation of her richly multi-faceted and interdisciplinary art practice that draws on a range of media and techniques to engage audiences and invite them into dialogue with her work, we are thrilled to feature Xaviera Simmons as our 2015 SOAPBOX featured print artist.

“For me art is design, and it’s fashion, and it’s architecture, and sound, and food, it’s the landscape and theater and cinema. It’s all over and it touches everything.” Xaviera Simmons, photo by Xaviera Simmons

XAVIERA SIMMONS is an artist whose work that spans across disciplines, including photography, performance, video, sound, sculpture and installation. She defines her studio practice, rooted in an ongoing investigation of experience, memory, abstraction, present and future histories-specifically shifting notions surrounding landscape-as cyclical rather than linear. She has exhibited or performed at institutions including MoMA, MoMA PS1, The Studio Museum In Harlem, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Public Art Fund, and The Sculpture Center. Her work is currently being exhibited at Pérez Art Museum Miami.

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Xaviera Simmons Cedar (A), 2015 Digital C-print 16 x 20 inches Edition of 20 Courtesy of the Artist $1,500

“Cedar (A) is part of a larger body of work involving characters in landscapes with record album covers as one of the focal points in the work. I like to think of this body of work as a layered image where inside of the image there is an opportunity to contemplate the photograph as a whole as well as the individual components that make up the image.�

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ABOUT THE LP WHO WE ARE The Laundromat Project brings art, artists, and arts programming into laundromats and other everyday spaces, thus amplifying the creativity that already exists within communities to build community networks, solve problems, and enhance our sense of ownership in the places where we live, work, and grow.

WHAT WE SEE We envision a world in which artists are understood as valuable assets in every community and our neighbors know the power of their own creative capacity.

WHERE WE ARE We are most deeply anchored in Bed-Stuy, Harlem, and Hunts Point / Longwood as vibrant neighborhoods for ongoing creative engagement with our neighbors.

WHAT WE DO ARTIST DEVELOPMENT Our flagship program, Create Change, supports 20 socially-engaged artists working across disciplines each year: Residency — provides support for emerging artists of color to develop a socially-engaged public art project at their local laundromat in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Harlem, and Hunts Point / Longwood. Fellowship — provides comprehensive professional development training for artists of all diversities in developing or deepening their community-based art practice. Commissions — offers Fellowship alumni an opportunity to produce a public art project in a community space anywhere within the five boroughs of NYC.

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C O M M U N I T Y A R T S E D U C AT I O N Our arts education programs meet people where they are– at laundromats, schools, libraries, neighborhood festivals, and other community spaces: Community Art Workshops — we offer free drop-in art classes at laundromats and other community spaces in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Harlem, and Hunts Point / Longwood. Out-of-School Programs — include art workshops for middle and high schoolers, such as Print Change, an intensive printmaking course that resources youth with tools to illustrate their perspectives on pressing issues in their lives and neighborhoods. Neighborhood Festivals — community celebrations like our annual Greening the City Festival feature our popular silkscreening workshop and other free activities that invite participants to meet their neighbors.

PUBLIC AND CITYWIDE EVENTS Field Day — a three-day festival of our anchor neighborhoods, showcasing the full range of our programs while highlighting collaborations with local artists, organizations, and businesses. Public Talks — feature artists and other experts coming together to address topics such as housing affordability, parenting, community health, and other quality of life concerns.

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TEAM BOARD

C ATA LY S T C I R C L E

Naomi Beckwith Dr. LeConté Dill Stephanie Dinkins Dr. Erika Faust Christopher Montgomery Julie Simon, S e c r e t a r y Risë Wilson, F o u n d e r & C h a i r Dexter Wimberly

Gonzalo Casals Dudley Del Balso Sherry Dobbin Ryan Dennis Richard Flood Ian Fuller Catherine Gund Kathy Halbreich Sophie Henderson Daria Ilunga & Mark Reed Colleen Keegan Steve Kest Thomas Lax Ruby Lerner Maureen Mahon & Brian Tate Annette Mitchell Scott Dawn McGee Vanessa Perez Rosario Kavita Rajanna Katy Rogers Karen Stults Emma Taati Saundra Thomas & Susan Siegel Abigail & Derek van Straaten Andreas Waldburg-Wolfegg Lisa Yancey Sara Zuiderveen

S TA F F Petrushka Bazin Larsen Program Director

Kemi Ilesanmi

Executive Director

Yvette Ramirez

Program Associate

Akiva Steinmetz-Silber

D ev. & C o m m . A s s o c i a t e

K E Y C O N S U LTA N T S Ashley Browne Bookkeeping

Ebony Golden

Cultural Organizing

Jessica Svenson Grant Writing

C O M M U N I T Y PA R T N E R S ARTIST FACULTY Raul Ayala Aisha Cousins Sonia Louise Davis Alejandra Delfín Joseph DONJAI Gilmore Rajeeyah Finnie-Myers Frank Hooker Aeden Keffelew ML Kinnel Alice Mizrachi Sydnie Mosley Jasmine Murrell Shani Peters Rosemary Taylor 12

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Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School The Brotherhood / Sister Sol Kelly Street Garden The Point CDC Workforce Housing Group


SUPPORTERS L A U N D R O M AT PA R T N E R S Fulton Street Laundry The Laundry Room Lucky Laundromat

INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORTERS Agnes Gund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, David Rockefeller Fund, Dedalus Foundation, EILEEN FISHER, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Lambent Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Materials for the Arts, Muriel Pollia Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York Community Trust, The New York State Council on the Arts, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Theo Westenberger Estate, The Union Square Art Awards, and individual supporters.

GET INVOLVED

SUPPORT Invest in our work to weave art into everyday spaces.

PA R T I C I PAT E Attend a workshop or volunteer with our artists and staff.

A P P LY Become a fellow, resident, or teaching artist.

www.laundromatproject.org

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LEHMAN NEWMAN FLYNN VOLLARO P.C. would like to congratulate Glenn Ligon, Shani Peters, and The Laundromat Project for their great work.

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STUDENT ARTWORK

P a c h e n c e Tay l o r P r in t C ha nge s t uden t B r ooklyn C ommuni t y A r t s & M edi a H igh S chool

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Color Me!

C hy n a C a m b r i d g e & R o d n e y B u r c h e t t P r in t C ha nge s t uden t s B r ooklyn C ommuni t y A r t s & M edi a H igh S chool

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STUDENT ARTWORK

La r ry Cespedez P r in t C ha nge s t uden t B r ooklyn C ommuni t y A r t s & M edi a H igh S chool

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Color Me!

Sa chle Es t ime P r in t C ha nge s t uden t The B r o t he r hood / S i s t e r S ol

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THE LP PRINTS Our special edition prints were created by some of New York’s most awesome contemporary artists. All sales support The LP’s general operations and allow us to continue turning oft drab coinops into joyful spaces of creativity and community! w w w. l a u n d r o m a t p r o j e c t . o r g / s h o p

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Co ngra t u l a t i o n s to G LE N N L I G O N o n t he o c c a s i o n o f t h i s g rea t h o n or

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My congratulations and support to

The Laundromat Project and a great artist and friend

Glenn Ligon for using the power of art to engage our communities With much appreciation

Agnes Gund

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