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Summer Roundup: FJC Grantees on the Go

July 24, 2013
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Mierle Laderman Ukeles shakes hands with workers of the New York City Department of Sanitation. (Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York)

Mierle Laderman Ukeles with workers of the New York City Department of Sanitation. (Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York)

This summer brings news about several FJC grantees we wanted to share:

Artist and former JCAA recipient Mierle Laderman Ukeles, who has been the the artist-in-residence at the New York Department of Sanitation since 1977 (and the only artist to hold that position), makes art about process, tedium, and survival. Ukeles, whose work is the subject of three shows this summer, is the subject of a fascinating profile over at Tablet Magazine. It notes that while her large-scale performance and installation projects – which can take five to 10 years of planning – sometimes cause her to fall out of the public eye, “her performances from the late seventies that explore the exploitation of sanitation workers have struck a chord with younger curators interested, perhaps, in the parallels between the 1970s economy and today’s.”

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Jason Hutt's new documentary, Sukkah City, covers the 2010 architectural competition in NYC's Union Square.

Jason Hutt’s new documentary, Sukkah City, covers the 2010 architectural competition in NYC’s Union Square.

Sukkah City, the documentary film that follows a groundbreaking 2010 sukkah design competition in New York City, sold out its world premiere at the Jerusalem International Film Festival  on July 9 and 10. The film was a winner of a Lynn and Jules Kroll Film Fund grant. Filmmaker Jason Hutt, who also directed the FJC-supported documentary Orthodox Stance, documented the 2010 competition from its inception through its selection process.

The film’s Jerusalem premiere garnered glowing coverage in The Times of Israel, Ha’aretz (subscription required), as well as the Atlantic Monthly online, which quoted director Jason Hutt, who said he went into the film understanding this was a unique moment for his city: “I’d guess that Sukkah City was probably the largest non-Orthodox, non-Israel centered public expression of Jewish life in the history of New York.”

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Corrie Siegel's "L.A. #25" Siegel will be one of four artists featured in the "Borderlands" exhibit opening in LA next month.

Corrie Siegel’s “L.A. #25″ Siegel will be one of four artists featured in the “Borderlands” exhibit opening in LA next month.

Corrie Siegel, an artist, curator and educator, and also one of the L.A. Six Points Fellowship grant recipients,  will be part of a new exhibition called Borderlands, running from August 17 through September 20, 2013 at the Actual Size gallery in Los Angeles.

This group exhibition will feature works by Siegel, as well as artists Rona Yefman, Daniel Kiczales, and Tanja Schlander. Using Israel as a focus, the works will explore the complex interaction between multiculturalism, nationality and politics as well as how they affect the individual. The goal of this exhibition is to expose Los Angeles to a talented group of international artists and create a nuanced space for dialogue about the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict.

The E-News will feature an in-depth profile of Corrie Siegel and a further look at the LA Six Points Fellowship program next month.

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