Franklin Street Works / 45 Franklin St. Stamford, CT 06901 http://www.franklinstreetworks.org
Curatorial Call for Exhibition Proposals: 2017
Franklin Street Works is a not-for-profit contemporary art space located 45 minutes from New York City in Stamford, Connecticut. Franklin Street Works’ mission is to manifest what is happening in contemporary art in an inclusive, professional setting. To date we have exhibited the work of more than 275 artists, curated 22 original exhibitions, and have organized over 100 programs. Franklin Street Works exhibitions have received accolades, including a two-year grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and positive reviews in publications such as Bomb blog, Artforum online, Art Papers, Modern Painters, Daily Serving, artcritical.com, and Hyperallergic.
Each year Franklin Street Works invites guest curator(s) or curatorial team(s) to create one to two group, thematic exhibitions. We are accepting proposals for the May 13 – August 17, 2017, slot. If we receive several submissions that work with our mission, we will consider them for later time slots. Exhibitions should be group shows around a theme. We encourage you to check out past shows here:
Three exhibitions over a two-year period resulted from our last open call and included: “It Narratives: The Movement of Objects as Information” curated by Brian Droitcour and Zanna Gilbert; “It’s gonna take a lotta love,” curated by Liza Statton; and “Acting on Dreams: the state of immigrant rights, conditions, and advocacy in the United States,” curated by Yaelle Amir. Invited guest curators and co-curators have included: Claire Barliant, Rebecca Cleman, Taliesin Gilkes-Bower, Amy Lipton, Katie Vida, Jess Wilcox, and Stephen Zacks.
To propose a group, thematic exhibition, please send a written overview, including a 200 – 500 word description and a list of proposed artists. The artist list does not need to be finalized, but should include the names of 4 -10 artists you are considering with any relevant images or links to their work. Guest curators are asked to brainstorm exhibition programming for their shows as well, consequently, any notes about possible public programs are welcome as part of the proposal. People from any field are welcome to propose exhibitions, but folks who have a working understanding of what is involved in putting an exhibition together will be given priority. Exhibitions that do not include the curator’s own artwork (if the curator is also an artist) will also be given priority.
Franklin Street Works will provide an $11,000 exhibition budget, which needs to cover all aspects of the show. In addition to the exhibition budget, there is a $1000 budget for programs (ideally at least two programs, such as talk, tour or performance, will accompany show). In addition to the above, guest curators receive a $1,000 honorarium for curating, $200 for a program (such as exhibition walkthrough), and $300 for writing the exhibition essay. The Franklin Street Works team assists with administrative tasks such as loan forms, shipping arrangements and gallery handouts. We also assist with installation support. The space owns a good deal of A/V equipment, including 5 projectors, media players, DVD players, speakers, seven flat screens, a mac mini, and several CRT televisions – a full list is available upon request.
Proposals are Due on September 30 by 5:00 pm.
Please send proposals, images and/or artist links as well as a current CV to creative director Terri C Smith at email@example.com
SUBJECT LINE SHOULD READ “2017 Exhibition Submission”
Questions or want more information on the space, existing A/V or supports? Email Terri at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADDENDUM: Guest Curator Guide
This document gives a rough outline of the professional and financial support Franklin Street Works provides guest curators and articulates the responsibility of guest curators with approximate lead times.
Franklin Street Works Provides
Exhibition Budget: $11,000
Program Budget: $1000 (for 2-3 programs)
Curator Honoraria: $1000 for curating, $300 for essay, $200 to lead a talk or tour.
TOTAL BUDGET: $13,500
– Write and send loan forms
– Arrange shipping (shipping costs come out of $13,000 budget) — usually a combination of NYC art truck and FedEx, note budget does not allow for art trucks from other locations, in most cases, fedex must be used for shipments from other cities.
– Create Checklist (with information provided by curator, artists and galleries)
– Format and produce labels for individual works
– Format and produce vinyl wall signage
– Create Google doc where confirmed artists and works are entered. This document is filled in by the curator and FSW team as artists and works are confirmed. It serves as the information source for loan forms, checklist and labels.
– Gather artist biographies
Work with graphic designer to brand show in collaboration with curator
Design and print gallery program
Create, print and mail printed card
Create press release (in concert with curator)
Send press releases to FSW press list
Create digital invitation (send to list of 1600 via mailchimp)
Social media outreach: FB,Instagram
Create flyer for local colleges and universities
Organize dates for programs with artists/presenters
Market programs: write press releases (to be approved by artist(s) and curator), FB event, post on social media, send press release out, post to website
Setup and teardown
INSTALL: Franklin Street Works arranges and facilitates install with the help of professional art handlers. Curators are responsible for proposing locations for artworks, but artists and curators are NOT responsible for hanging work, painting walls etc. unless the artist requests to install work or requests their assistant and/or gallery person to install.
INITIAL EXHIBITION PROPOSAL: Due 10 months prior to exhibition
This is a largely in-house document, but information will be used to communicate with possible partners/funders. Artist list does not need to be final at this point, but example artists are helpful.
UPDATED EXHIBITION PROPOSAL and TITLE: Due 4-6 months prior to exhibition
The exhibition description can change some/be tweaked and artists can be added after this. For use in creating description for website, fundraising, and calendar listings.
BRAINSTORM EXHIBITION PROGRAMMING WITH STAFF: 3 – 4 months prior
TWO – FOUR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS CONFIRMED: 3 months prior
DRAFT OF TEXT TO REFERENCE FOR PRESS RELEASE and TO UPDATE WEBSITE DESCRIPTION: 3 months prior
This should have final description and full artist list if possible.
FINAL CHECKLIST: 2 months prior
This does not need to be formatted (FSW will do this), as a team we need to make sure all of pertinent information (artist, title, date, medium, dimensions, and courtesy line) is entered in the google doc sheet by this time.
ESSAY(s) DRAFT AND INTRO FOR GALLERY PROGRAM: 1 month prior, sometimes creative director writes intro, this is up to the curator.
FINAL ESSAY(s), INTRO GALLERY PROGRAM, INTRO WALL TEXT (VINYL): 3 weeks prior
ALL PROGRAMMING CONFIRMED: 6 weeks prior (in concert with FSW)
INSTALLATION: 1.5 weeks prior to opening
Ideally the curator can come for the first couple of days of install, but if budget or schedule doesn’t allow, we have successfully arranged show virtually via floor plans, photos, skyping, etc.
Ideally the curator attends the reception and gives a tour at the opening.
The Garden Party / Thursday, June 16th, 5:00 – 8:00 pm.
Named after artist Trisha Baga’s performance art piece for our inaugural show, this party celebrates the first year anniversary of the Franklin Street Works Cafe’s initiative to create its own yummy in-house menus with the foodies and art lovers who make us the vibrant hub that we are! The cafe’s chefs are whipping up some garden-fresh wine and beer summer cocktails as well as a selection of festive happy hour bites for sale. This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs help us plan, so please email email@example.com – spontaneous friends are welcome too! Rain date: Thursday, June 23.
ArtWalk in Stamford Downtown / June 24, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Franklin Street Works is participating in Stamford Downtown’s annual art party with hourly tours of “All Byte: Feminist Intersections in Video Art” at 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 pm, along with complimentary snacks and wine! We will also be raffling off a free one-year membership.
Mug Shots and Mimosas / Saturday, June 25th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Our back patio is dog friendly and we hope you will bring your canine buddies to this event. We’ll have a pooch photo booth and will capture you with your four-legged best friend. There will be mimosa specials and we will have human treats for sale and complimentary dog treats on hand. Dog not required. Rain Date: July 2.
Sunita Prasad Artist Talk / Saturday, July 9 at 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Exhibiting artist Sunita Prasad will give a free, public talk about her work. She will discuss past works that use parafictional, narrative, and research-based strategies to illuminate and challenge discourse on gender online, in public space, and in popular culture. This includes her video Recitations not from memory, which is on view in Franklin Street Works’ current exhibition All Byte: Feminist Intersections in Video Art, and features women’s stories of gendered experiences read from a teleprompter by men Prasad enlisted via social media.
When Danger Came Smiling / Saturday, July 23, Free, public reception from 6:00 – 8:00pm. VIP member reception from 5:00 – 6:00 pm.
For the exhibition Danger Came Smiling: Feminist art and popular music historian Maria Elena Buszek brings together work by contemporary artists who use popular music as a medium, subject, and reference point for activist messages. The show, which will be on view from July 23, 2016 – January 1, 2017, takes the title of an album by the pioneering, unabashedly feminist punk band Ludus, led by artist Linder Sterling, whose career—emerging in the first wave of punk in the 1970s—reflects the approaches in this exhibition.
SAVE THE DATE: November 12 is our annual benefit party from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
“All Byte: Feminist Intersections in Video Art” features nine emerging artists whose work engages the inseparability of class, race, sexuality and other factors when addressing gender
Franklin Street Works, University of Connecticut-Stamford’s Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, and Sacred Heart University’s Masters of Film and Television Program have collaborated to co-curate “All Byte: Feminist Intersections in Video Art,” an exhibition of video works informed by intersectional feminist approaches. The exhibition will be on view at Franklin Street Works from April 9 – July 10, 2016. Opening reception is Saturday April 9th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm with a member VIP preview from 5:00 – 6:00pm.
Feminist conversations and scholarship around the inseparability of class, race, country of origin and other factors when contemplating gender are reflected in artworks that, among other things, encourage viewers to listen across difference and explore matrixes of power. Through a call for submissions, the curators also sought out emerging artists in order to explore “fourth wave” feminist approaches to video and film. “All Byte” features works made between 2013 and 2015 by nine artists or collectives: Michelle Marie Charles, INVASORIX, Kegels for Hegel, Sarah Lasley, Nicole Maloof, Virginia Lee Montgomery, Sunita Prasad, Legacy Russell, and Maryam Tafakory. This original exhibition is co-curated by the Program Director of Sacred Heart University’s Film and Television Masters school, Justin Liberman; Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut-Stamford, Ingrid Semaan; and Franklin Street Works’ Creative Director, Terri C Smith.
The term “intersectionality” was coined by feminist legal scholar and critical race theorist Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. This analytic frame aimed to disrupt the approach of “single axis analysis,” which treated race and gender as mutually exclusive. Instead, intersectional work looks at how social factors and systems of power interlock and shape each other. The “All Byte” co-curators chose videos that exhibit an understanding of intersectionality and a sophisticated or fresh use of the medium. When taken as a whole, these works address gender in concert with many other factors, including: exploring the queer body through a transformative journey; queering of influential, usually white male, theorists through song; placing the alienated female body in surreal parallel to the predominantly white, male tech industry; addressing the contradictions between the lyrics and images in hip-hop videos that often portray women as sexual props; recounting academia’s gendered power structures through parody and art history; exploring inaccurate, race-based assumptions about citizenship and experience; unearthing colonial histories, preserved in the street signs of a small American neighborhood; gender based medical practices; and more. Through the intersectional feminist lens, these artists shed light on systems that reinforce dominance to the exclusion of others and create narratives of inclusion and understanding.
ABOUT THE COLLABORATORS
Franklin Street Works is a not-for-profit contemporary art space whose mission is to manifest contemporary art projects in a professional and welcoming setting. Franklin Street Works aims to broaden community participation in the arts, contribute to a larger arts dialogue, and cultivate emerging artists. To date, the organization has exhibited the work of more than 250 artists, curated 20 original exhibitions, and organized approximately 100 programs, including talks, tours, and performances. Exhibitions have received accolades, including a two-year grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, funds from the City of Stamford, a matching grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, and funds from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program at UConn-Stamford was founded as a flexible interdisciplinary academic program devoted to the critical analysis of gender and the pursuit of knowledge about women. The WGSS program offers an undergraduate minor. Faculty and students in the WGSS Program explore the construction of women, gender, and sexuality in different social, cultural, political, economic, aesthetic, and historical contexts by combining methods and insights of traditional academic disciplines with innovations in interdisciplinary feminist scholarship. Our research and teaching illuminate the complex and changing local, comparative, and transnational processes that contour gender and sexuality; examine local, comparative, and transnational settings; and analyze the diverse narratives, structures, and patterns that shape everyday life, social institutions, and cultures.
The Film and Television Masters program (FTMA) at Sacred Heart University is a conservatory devoted to cinematic storytelling. Our program is designed to foster the next generation of storytellers through dynamic workshops and independent projects. FTMA’s home is in the heart of Connecticut’s “Creative Corridor” with close ties to neighboring New York City. Focusing on story and hands-on production, students learn the craft and techniques that will empower them to stand out in today’s new media market. Our program is especially unique in that our students complete their own professional portfolio while going beyond the classroom into professional environments. Through partnerships with media companies and guidance from industry professionals our students tailor their concentration to meet their career needs.