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Want to Swim in the East River? Better Wear A Gown……

January 22, 2014
Artist Dominique Paul  transforms in Kafka-esque creature in Migration of the Arthropods

Artist Dominique Paul transforms in Kafka-esque creature in Migration of the Arthropods

What happens when one female artist considers global warming (outside) and people working  like insects in trapped offices in NYC  (inside) and also indulges in a fantasy of light, fashion, and homemade couture?

Check out my interview with Montreal artist Dominique Paul and her incredible Kafka inspired video for New York Magazine’s the Cut, CLICK: Dominique Paul Makes the Cut, New York Magazine

LITERARY FESTIVUS! WE CAME WE SAW WE PILLORIED HANUKKAH XMAS KWANZAA!

December 6, 2013

LITERARY FESTIVUS! WE CAME, WE SAW, WE PILLORIED HANUKKAH, XMAS, KWANZAA!

WHO? Marianne Vitale, “My pimp” in Performa’s the Missing Book of Spurs

November 23, 2013

Bogdan Teslar Kwiatkowski (left) tries to seduce his bar (cast) mate with singular moves & grooves. (Video by Susan Kirschbaum, after a bit of champagne.)

11-23-2014 I always enjoyed playing “Cowboys and Injuns” with my Pop-pop when I was a little girl. We’d line up the red, yellow, green, and blue men with rifles and hatchets on the rug, and I suppose in our own way, we created a work of art every time. We built a story out of toy men, evoked history, waged battle.

Little did I know that Xxx?! years later, I’d meet the effervescent sculptor/artist Marianne Vitale in a living saloon she created for the Performa festival entitled “The Missing Book of Spurs.”

This eve, I’ll be flaunting “my wares” for these two chaps grooving behind the bar, since I’m portraying a whore in Marianne’s book. Rest assured, I’ll be charging the blokes figurative top dollar! And I might give them some dancing lessons in the process….

Susan Kirschbaum plays "bar whore" in Marianne Vitale's Book of Spurs/Performa 2013

Susan Kirschbaum plays “bar whore” in Marianne Vitale’s Book of Spurs/Performa 2013

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COME TRAVEL WITH US! LIT SOCIETY NO. 8 TALES OF MIND, TIME, & PLACE WITH KURT ANDERSEN, POROCHISTA KHAKPOUR, JARED HOHL, & SUSAN KIRSCHBAUM

November 12, 2013

COME TRAVEL WITH US! LIT SOCIETY NO. 8 TALES OF MIND, TIME, & PLACE WITH KURT ANDERSEN, POROCHISTA KHAKPOUR, JARED HOHL, & SUSAN KIRSCHBAUM

We’re going to take you on journeys. Leave the shallow pools behind. Dive in with us!

Literary Society No. 8 Presents “Addiction Literature” A Program You Won’t Soon Forget with Susan Kirschbaum, Jim Freed, Tony O’Neill, and Elizabeth Wurtzel

October 22, 2013

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WHO? The Movers & the Shakers!……

September 15, 2013

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Our tribes find us.

Just  off  Jewish holidays — a 25 hour Yom Kippur fast and my first holiday with the Kabbalah Center in NYC– which included Queen of Pop Madonna in black baseball cap  that said “Reine” (French for Queen) in the first row of what I’ll describe as a clapping  Baptist style spiritual awakening —  but with dancing  Jews —  I’m ‘coming down’ from the high, which also included Fashion Week.

While I feel connected to my genetic history, I feel religions reflect mythologies created by men: storytellers. Fashion, my original ‘beat’ as an NYC journalist a decade ago, also creates mythologies by men and women, for men and women: storytellers.

In the past week I’ve seen a lot of old friends, with whom I’ve survived certain ‘rites of passage’ of the NYC I’m young and bold variety. Just like the kids in Who Town, we’ve seen people reach the stars, the pinnacles of artistic careers and media fame. Some folks died, divorced, babied, married, lost their souls, then found them again.

You’ve just got to embrace the journey.

Someone said that Kabbalah is not about religion, but rather a conduit to the energy of the connection, in this case to Hebrew letters (the code of the Zohar and the Torah) For me,  such a conduit sparks via the singing, the dancing, the MOVEMENT, whether within a spiritual context or in life.

Thus, I’m presenting this moving image of Arden Wohl’s vegan shoe line in collaboration with Cri de Coeur (**no animals were harmed in the making of this footwear) Yes, she also serves as Lit Society No. 8′s  Poet In Residence. I present here, poetry in motion……

As the current school season starts, students of life, be well. Keep moving forward!

xx!

Susan

WHO? The Pearce Family in the Crash Reel!

July 15, 2013
Lucy Walker and Kevin Pearce, Sundance 2013, "The Crash Wheel"

Lucy Walker and champion USA snowboarder Kevin Pearce, Sundance 2013, “The Crash Reel”

Just when I think my friend, documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker has told her finest story– which I believed in Waste Land, artist Victor Muniz’s landfill art project—she raises the bar. And, she grabs my heart in doing so….

This evening, The Crash Reel — the story of champion USA snowboarder Kevin Pearce— how he smashed open his head (literally), suffered a brain injury, and came back a champion of humanity– will debut at 9 pm on HBO.

It’s Kevin’s story, how he fights to win first as a snowboarder and then to make peace with his disabilities; but it’s also the tale of an incredible family who challenge, feed, and nurture each other’s spirits. (*Keep an eye out for Kevin’s brother David, who often steals the show.)

This one’s not to be missed. A REAL GEM.

Through his foundation LOVE YOUR BRAIN, Kevin brings awareness to those with brain injuries and some great gifts help the cause. CHECK IT OUT. SPREAD THE LOVE: LOVE YOUR BRAIN/KEVIN PEARCE

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