2017-2018 MENTORS


 
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MOE ANGELOS
MENTOR | PERFORMANCE

Moe Angelos is one of The Five Lesbian Brothers, who have written, performed and published six plays and other things that the internet can tell you all about. Moe has collaborated with the Builders Association as a performer and writer since 2000 and is now touring with The Builders’ show, Elements of Oz. She has been involved with the WOW Café forever and has appeared in the work of many downtown luminaries including Carmelita Tropicana, Anne Bogart, Holly Hughes, Lois Weaver, Kate Stafford, Brooke O’Harra, Half Straddle and The Ridiculous Theatrical Company. To hear more, visit The Made Here Project and browse the artists.


 
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LIZ COLLINS
MENTOR | VISUAL ART

Liz Collins is an artist and designer who explores the boundaries between painting, fiber arts and installation, and enjoys pushing the limits and doing the unexpected across the spectrum of textile media.  She uses geometric abstraction, principles of duality, i.e., chaos/order; tension/release; pain/pleasure; and optic pattern as a way to talk about energy and sensation. She frequently engages with and is inspired by architecture, seeing built space as a body to occupy. The cacophonic play of optics, texture, color and scale recreates her wavering experience of the world as a place of stupendous wonder and cosmic energy.


 
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MARGARET EWING
MENTOR | CURATORIAL PRACTICE

Margaret Ewing is a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, where she recently co-organized Kai Althoff: and then leave me to the common swifts. Past exhibitions include Pierre Huyghe: Untilled, The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, and Carol Bove: The Equinox. Prior to joining MoMA, she contributed to the 2013 Triennial at the International Center of Photography and spent two years working in Berlin as a research fellow and critic, writing for Artforum, among other publications. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Illinois, where she completed her dissertation on Hans Haacke’s work on postwar German politics and identity.


 
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C. FINLEY
MENTOR | CURATORIAL PRACTICE

C. Finley is the curator of the Whitney Houston Biennial, which recently completed its second iteration. Also an accomplished artist, Finley is known for her elaborate geometric paintings, skillful use of color and her activism through street art. Previous projects include Wallpapered Dumpsters which has been featured in the New York Times, La Repubblica, the Huffington Post, NYLON Magazine, Dazed, and Women’s Wear Daily. Finley has shown internationally with exhibitions at Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna; Superchief Gallery Los Angeles; Jenn Singer Gallery New York; Context/Art Miami; Scope Miami and New York; FDA Projects, Rome; High Energy Constructs and Salon Oblique, Los Angeles; and the Dumba Collective, New York. As a member of the artist collective HowDoYouSayYamInAfrican?, she participated in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Finley received her BFA from the Pratt Institute, New York and her MFA from California State University, Long Beach. http://iamfinley.com/


 

NEIL GOLDBERG
MENTOR | VISUAL ART

Neil Goldberg makes video, photo, mixed media, and performance work that focuses on embodiment, sensing, mortality and the everyday. This work has been exhibited at venues including The Museum of Modern Art (permanent collection), The New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of the City of New York, The Kitchen, and The Hammer Museum. Neil has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. He teaches at the Yale School of Art and Parsons, was resident faculty at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and has served as a visiting artist at Cooper Union, SVA, NYU, RISD, the MIT Media Lab, UCLA, and elsewhere.    


 
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CHE GOSSETT
MENTOR | LITERATURE

Che Gossett is a trans femme writer, an archivist at the Barnard Center for Research on Women and a PhD candidate in trans/gender studies at Rutgers. They are the recipient of the 2014 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award from the American Studies Association, a Radcliffe research grant from Harvard University and the 2014 Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies from the Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies at the City University of New York, and the 2014 Martin Duberman Research Scholar Award from the New York Public Library. They are working on a book project titled Blackness, the Beast and the Non Sovereign and have been selected as a 2017 Palestine American Research Center fellow for their project titled “Non-Sovereignties: Personhood and Interspecies Politics of Palestinian Struggle”.


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NAOMI JACKSON
MENTOR | LITERATURE

Naomi Jackson is the author of The Star Side of Bird HillStar Side was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, longlisted for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award, and named an Honor Book for Fiction by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Jackson studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


 
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KIMBERLY REED
MENTOR | FILM

Kimberly Reed is a documentary filmmaker, who produced and directed the landmark Prodigal Sons. The film garnered 14 Audience and Jury awards and landed on numerous “Best of the Year” lists after a successful theatrical run. A co-production with BBC Storyville and Sundance Channel, it is considered one of the most influential films to tell a story of transgender evolution and acceptance. Reed was recognized as The Advocate's “Five to Watch,” and OUT Magazine's “Out 100.” She was also the producer/editor/writer for the documentary Paul Goodman Changed My Life, released theatrically by Zeitgeist Films, and a producer of The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. Filmmaker Magazine named her one of “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Reed is also a well-regarded writer. 


 
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FRÉDÉRIC TCHENG
MENTOR | FILM

Frédéric Tcheng is a civil engineer turned filmmaker. Originally from France, he holds a MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University. He co-produced and co-edited Valentino: The Last Emperor, the 2009 hit shortlisted for the Best Documentary Oscar. He is the co-director of Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, a Samuel Goldwyn release. Dior and I, his directorial debut, was released internationally in 2015 to critical and public acclaim. Frederic is also a cinematographer and an editor on several projects. He is currently developing fiction projects and directing documentaries.


 
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DAVID THOMSON
MENTOR | PERFORMANCE

David Thomson, a native New Yorker, has primarily worked as a collaborative performer/creator in the fields of music, dance, theater and performance with such artists as Bebe Miller, Trisha Brown (‘87-‘93), Susan Rethorst, Remy Charlip, Ralph Lemon (’99-’10), Sekou Sundiata, Tracie Morris, Meg Stuart, Dean Moss/Layla Ali, Alain Buffard, Marina Abramovíc, Yvonne Rainer and Maria Hassabi among many others. His work has been presented and supported by The Kitchen, Danspace Project at St Mark’s Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Movement Research at Judson Church, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Gibney Dance Center, LMCC and The Invisible Dog. Thomson is a Bessie award-winning artist for Sustained Achievement (2001), a 2012 USArtist Ford Fellow, a 2013 NYFA Fellow in Choreography, a Yaddo and MacDowell Fellow. He holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from SUNY Purchase.


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ROSE TROCHE
MENTOR | FILM

Rose Troche is a writer/director/producer of film, television and new media. Her career began with her debut feature, Go Fish which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994. She has continued to work in film, television and most recently Virtual Reality with three back to back debuts at Sundance (2015-17).