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Join us in March to celebrate the artistic work of John Kelly with archival material, panelists, and live performances.
Panelists include: John Jesurun, Kyle DeCamp, Nicky Paraiso, Carol Lipnik and Kevin Malony
Moderated by Lucy Sexton
About John Kelly
John Kelly is a performance and visual artist. His performance works range in scale from solo to larger ensemble, and stem from autobiographical, cultural, and political issues. Subjects have included the Berlin Wall, the Troubadours, the AIDS epidemic, and Expressionistic Film, and character studies based on Egon Schiele, Caravaggio, Antonin Artaud, Joni Mitchell, and Jean Cocteau. These works have been performed at The Kitchen, Lincoln Center, the Warhol Museum, the Whitney Biennial, PS 122, BAM’s Next Wave Festival, and London’s Tate Modern.
A relationship to self-scrutiny and the mirror began during his training in dance studio, and eventually extended to include a visual art practice of self-portraiture, comprised of drawing, painting, photography and video.
Kelly has received 2 Bessie Awards; 2 Obie Awards; 2 NEA American Masterpiece Awards; an American Choreographer Award; a CalArts/ Alpert Award in Dance/Performance; a Visual AIDS Vanguard Award; and the 2010 Ethyl Eichelberger Award. Fellowships: the Rome Prize in Visual Art at The American Academy in Rome; The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard; The Guggenheim Foundation; The Sundance Theatre Institute, The New York Foundation for the Arts; and Art Matters, Inc., and a 2013 USA Artists (Gracie) Fellowship. Recent residencies include Armory Artist in Residence at the Park Avenue Armory, the Civitella Ranieri Center, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and the LMCC Process Space Artist in Residence program. He was recently a Visiting Artist in Residence at Bard College (2013-15).
Visual Art Exhibitions: Alexander Gray Associates; MOMA; List Visual Art Center at MIT; Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; New Museum; PS 1; Art In General; FotoGrafia-Festival Internazionale di Roma; MACRO, Roma; Biagiotti Progetto Arte, Firenze; the Coreana Art Museum, Soeul, Korea, Harvard University, Hudson Opera House.
As a singer he has collaborated and recorded with composers David Del Tredici, Richard Einhorn, Laurie Anderson, and The Jazz Passengers. Acting credits include the Broadway production of ‘James Joyce’s The Dead’ (Bartell D’Arcy) at the Belasco Theatre; Christopher Marlowe’s ‘Dido, Queen of Carthage’ (Cupid), directed by Neil Bartlett at A.R.T.; Rinde Eckert’s ‘Orpheus X’ (Jon/Persephone) directed by Robert Woodruff, at A.R.T. and TFANA; ‘Dog Days’ (Prince), an opera by David Little, directed by Robert Woodruff at Peak Performances, Ft Worth Opera, LA Opera, and New York’s 2016 Prototype Festival; ‘The Threepenny Opera’ (Street Singer/Filch) directed by Martha Clarke at the Atlantic Theatre Company; ‘The Clerk’s Tale’ (Spencer Reese) a film written and directed by James Franco. He has frequently performed the work of John Cage, including: ‘James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Eric Satie: An Alphabet’ (Narrator); ‘Report On The Weather’; ‘Aria With Fontana Mix (with the San Francisco Symphony); and ‘’The City Wears a Slouch Hat’.
Writing includes ‘JOHN KELLY’, a visual autobiography, published by the 2wice Arts Foundation in association with Aperture; essays for Movement Research Journal, Inside Arts, Metro New York, The Italian Journal, and Performing Arts Journal.
He recently reconstructed his 1990 Obie Award winning ‘Love of a Poet’ (a staging of Robert Schumann’s ‘Dichterliebe’ song cycle), and is currently working on a 4 channel video installation ‘Escape Artist Redux’, his first solo recording ‘Beauty Kills Me’ (set for a fall 2016 release), and ‘Time No Line’, a new performance work based on 40 years of handwritten journals.
Find out more information on his website!
About the Panelists
Kyle deCamp is an NYC based interdisciplinary artist, who has performed with John Kelly since 1888. Her extensively researched projects draw on varied perspectives to explore interactions of art, architecture, history, power, collective and individual experience, creating hybrid experiences of space in live performance. Recent projects include the multimedia soloURBAN RENEWAL at EMPAC Theater, Troy NY, Crossing the Line Festival/ fiaf NYC, Théåtre de la Cité Internationale, Paris. Awards include: Bessie Award, NYFA Fellowship, NYSCA commissions and Hérmes Foundation New Settings Award. Artist residencies: LMCC Process Space/ Open Studios, Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Bard Live Arts. She is the 2015-16 Andrew W. Mellon Artist-in-Residence at Drew University.
Nicky Paraiso, currently Programming Director for The Club at La MaMa and Curator for La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival celebrating its 11th season in May 2016, has been a downtown mainstay for the last four decades, whether as a champion and presenter of other artists' work as he often is now, as well as presenting his own complicated, intimate solo pieces, or collaborating with living legends of innovation and audacity like playwright/actor Jeff Weiss & visual artist Carlos Ricardo Martinez, composer Meredith Monk, or choreographer Yoshiko Chuma's School of Hard Knocks, among many others. His first professional job as an actor was at La MaMa in 1979 in Jeff Weiss's 5½ hour play, Dark Twist. He has performed with both Ma-Yi Theatre Company and National Asian American Theatre Company. Nicky’s one-man shows (including Asian Boys, Houses and Jewels and House/Boy) have been presented at La MaMa, Dixon Place, Performance Space 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Pillsbury House Theater (Minneapolis), the 4th Int'l Festival of Cabaret (Mexico City), the KO Festival (Amherst College), Dublin Theatre Festival and the Initiation Performance Festival in Singapore (both in 2007). Paraiso's awards include a 1987 BESSIE New York Dance & Performance Award, a 2004 Spencer Cherashore Fund grant for mid-career actors, a 2005 NY Innovative Theater Award, and the 2012 BAX Arts and Artists in Progress Arts Manager Award. Nicky is a graduate of Oberlin College & Conservatory and NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. He has served on various theater, dance and music panels, and has also been a member of both the BESSIE Awards Selection Committee since 2006 as well as the OBIE Awards Judges Panel for Season 2013-2014. His writing appears in the anthology Love, Christopher Street: Reflections of New York City (2012), edited by Thomas Keith.
About Coffeehouse Chronicles
Michal Gamily - Series Director
Arthur Adair - Educational Outreach
Coffeehouse Chronicles is a free educational performance series exploring the history and development of Off-Off Broadway from its inception within the Village “Coffeehouse Theatres” of the 1960s through today. Part artist portrait, part creative event, part history lesson, part community forum, it is our mission to provide a home, as did our founder Ellen Stewart, for personal and intimate engagement with art. Since 2005 La MaMa has presented more than 123 Coffeehouse Chronicles featuring personal oral accounts from artists of the day as well as conversations with present day artists who continue to work in the same bold, daring manner. Coffeehouse Chronicles are held on one Saturday each month (September through June).
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council.