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Come Together: Surviving Sandy

ARTonAIR.org is the official radio and music partner of Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1, an exhibition commemorating the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, organized by the Brooklyn Rail's Phong Bui in Industry City.

To commemorate the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy—and the resiliency of New York City’s arts community, which was hit especially hard by the storm—the Dedalus Foundation, the Brooklyn Rail, and the Jamestown Charitable Foundation join with Industry City Associates to present a nearly 100,000 square foot exhibition entitled Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1. The exhibition will take place at Industry City, a hub of creative manufacturing and innovation in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

During the course of the exhibition, there will be several supplemental events, including poetry readings by 20 poets (each of whom have been commissioned to write poems about their experience of Sandy), musical performances, and panel discussions regarding the conservation of works of art and preventive measures with regard to future natural disasters.

ARTonAIR.org is the official radio partner of Surviving Sandy, providing radio coverage and music selections for the exhibition. Our radio station is present during the opening events on October 17th and 20th, as well as several subsequent public events, to be announced. Visit the radio table in the second floor space to share your story!

Surviving Sandy, Artist Interviews

Artist Frances Cape spoke with Willis Arnold about his work featured at the exhibition Come Together: Surviving Sandy. Cape has a strong attention to craft and solid wood sculpture constructions. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Art Forum, Art in America, and the Brooklyn Rail. Cape's piece for Come Together: Surviving Sandy, is an installation of photographs taken during his time volunteering in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The installation creates a dialogue between these two natural disasters and their affects on different communities. Cape also discussed his recently exhibited work, Utopian Benches, and the turn away from producing hermetic art, toward socially and politically charged work, a turn that unites both his work at Come Together: Surviving Sandy, and Utopian Benches.
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Irving Sandler & Phong Bui

Influential art critic and educator, Irving Sandler, interviews Phong Bui, the artist, writer, curator, and mastermind behind The Brooklyn Rail onsite during his Come Together: Surviving Sandy exhibition at Brooklyn's Industry City (Oct.-Dec. 2013). Sandler asks about the show, the Brooklyn Rail project, who the real Phong Bui is, and how he became the man we know today. Phong Bui has a complex and fascinating history involving international travels, abandoning a "scholarly life," his childhood, family, and experience immigrating to the US from Vietnam. The discussion took place before a live audience.
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Oh! Sandy! A Remembrance

On November 10, 2013 the Brooklyn Rail's Phong Bui curated the performance Oh! Sandy: A Remembrance as part of the Come Together: Surviving Sandy exhibition at Industry City, Brooklyn. This gathering of poets included Anne Waldman, Charles Bernstein, Bob Perlman, LaTasha N. Diggs, Tracy Morris, Tan Lin, Vincent Katz, Tonya Foster, Erica Kaufman, Elizabeth Wilis, Paolo Javier, Anselm Berrigan, Matvein Yankelevitch, and Nada Gordon. Each poet's work reflected on the superstorm and it's far reaching implications.
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Battle of the Artist Bands (Saddest Song Wins)

The winds were literally howling outside on a frigid windy Sunday before Thanksgiving as The Brooklyn Rail and Clocktower Radio hosted a night of Rock and Roll! at Industry City, part of the Come Together: Surviving Sandy show. Hurricane-affected artists and their musical compatriots joined forces in a jam on November 24, 2013. The lineup: Ham, with Steve Dibenedetto, David Humphrey, Michele Segre and Jennifer Coates Gospel of Barb, with Steve Dibenedetto, David Humphrey, and Jon Kessler Jeannie Get Around, with Jennifer Coates, Stephen Ellis, David Humphrey and Terry Dignan Slip n' Slide, with Stephen Ellis, Ron Baron and Scott Williams Red, with David Ross, Patrick Jones, Scott Williams and Ron Baron. We cannot confirm who won for saddest song.
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Art Destroyed: The INCCA-NA Panel

The International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art – North America organized a panel discussion for artists affected by Superstorm Sandy.  The artists discussed the loss of their art and their attempts to preserve remaining work.  Panelists included Beth Nunan, Magdalena Sawon, Diana Cooper, Rachel Beach, and Linda Serrone Rolon.  The event was held at Come Together: Surviving Sandy, an exhibition curated by Phong Bui of the Brooklyn Rail and held at Industry City in Brooklyn on December 8, 2013
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Beyond Backdrop: Fiction in The Wake of History

Hosted by The Brooklyn Rail, the panel Beyond Backdrop: Fiction in the Wake of History features the authorial giants Joseph O'Neil, author of Netherland, Lucy Alibar, screenwriter of Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Alex Gilvarry, author of Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant. The three writers discuss the influence of historical events on their own work and the role of fact in fiction. This discussion was recorded on December 8, 2013 at Come Together: Surviving Sandy Year 1, an exhibition held at Industry City in Brooklyn, NY.
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