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
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….
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
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!