Friday, January 29, 2010

Mina Loy’s (1882 – 1966) unpublished play, “Crystal Pantomime”, currently housed in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, will be read live, from beginning to end, as produced by Kari Adelaide Razdow. The play is to be performed using the simultaneous braiding of several voices while individual performances by Marthe Ramm Fortun, Vanessa Albury, and Crystal Curtis accompany each of the play’s three acts.


Vanessa Albury is a contemporary artist based in New York City. She received her MFA in Studio Art from New York University. Albury creates photographic and filmic installations and artworks using structuralist and intuitive tactics. She has exhibited her works in solo and group exhibitions internationally, including solo shows at the Charleston City Gallery (SC) and Silverman Gallery (San Francisco). Recently, Albury curated a film and video screening at the Chelsea Art Museum, as well as co-curated, and exhibited in, UN-SCR-1325 with Jan Van Woensel at the Chelsea Art Museum (NYC). Her most recent group shows include If Love Could Have Saved You, You Would Have Lived Forever at Bellwether Gallery (NYC); Bad Moon Rising at Silverman Gallery (San Francisco); Into the Atomic Sunshine at the Puffin Room (NYC), Hillside Forum Gallery (Tokyo) and Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum (Okinawa); HORIZON at Bloomberg LP in collaboration with Art in General (NYC); and My Memory Vid at ScalaMata Gallery (Venice, Italy) as part of the 53rd Venice Biennale Program. Albury is represented by Silverman Gallery and she teaches photography and digital media courses in NYC and in Boston.

Crystal Curtis is a Brooklyn-based visual artist who has exhibited her work in New York City, Los Angeles, and Seattle. She received her MFA in Studio Art from New York University and was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Visual Arts and the Pacific Northwest Women’s Scholarship from the Pilchuck School of Glass. She has collaborated with musicians and dancers in New York and Florida. Recent exhibitions/performances have appeared at Galapagos Art Space, Chelsea Art Museum, New York University, Secret Robot Project, and the Atlanta Center for the Arts.

Marthe Ramm Fortun is a visual artist artist from Norway who received her MFA in Studio Art from New York University as a Fulbright Scholar. Marthe creates live works that sit uncomfortably between drawing, sculpture and performance. She is interested in reality and fiction. Most recently, her work was featured at Perform Williamsburg for NY State Parks, Markers VII at the ScalaMata Gallery as part of the Official Program at the 53rd Venice Biennale and the performance series “Its All Yours Now” at the SculptureCenter, LIC. Marthe divides her time between Oslo and Brooklyn.

Max Razdow (props and light) has a solo show in Belgium this spring.

Other artists and participants include SÓ§rine Anderson, Juliet Jacobson, Alex McQuilkin, Kari Adelaide Razdow, and Mary Speaker.