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January 2017

Rochester Activism Fair

January 14, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Are you committed to social justice and political change, but not sure where or how to plug in? Then please consider attending the Rochester Activism Fair! Representatives from many activist organizations in our area will be in attendance, to speak directly to potential volunteers and to make personal connections. This event is free and open to the public. Here's list of organizations that will be present at the Activism Fair: SURJ No Labels ROCitizen Metro Justice Sample Soap WAYO 104.3…

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Film: The Search For Silverspear

January 28, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

The 2017 Film Series at VSW kicks off with an animation extravaganza! Local animator Curtiss Markham presents... THE SEARCH FOR SILVERSPEAR When he was just 13 years old, Rochester native Curtiss Markham started making the hour long epic The Search For Silverspear using cut-out animation and a Super 8 camera. Originally produced from 1987 to 1989, this Sword-and-Sorcery adventure was digitally restored and went on to win Best Animated Short Feature at the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival in 2015.…

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February 2017

Film: Ways of Seeing

February 5, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

In 1972, art historian and critic John Berger produced Ways of Seeing, a four-part series broadcast on BBC television. In these episodes, Berger challenges assumptions and ideologies of visual art throughout the history of Western civilization, and provides an indelible approach to recognizing and critiquing those assumptions for oneself. The text from these broadcasts inspired the 1972 book Ways of Seeing, a series of essays and images that confront notions of beauty, the aesthetics of consumption and the portrayal of…

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Visions of an Island: Video Works by Sky Hopinka

February 25, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Sky Hopinka is a Ho-Chunk Nation national and descendent of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, currently based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His moving image work centers around personal positions of homeland and landscape, designs of language and the facets of culture contained within. To celebrate the conclusion of VSW’s LAND FORM exhibit, Hopinka will present a series of ethno-poetic video works that challenge the idea of landscape, language and personal history. Introductory remarks by Almudena Escobar Lopez, PhD student in…

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March 2017

The Slow TV Crafting Cycle: Artist Talk with Andrew Salomone

March 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

In response to the anxieties that result from being perpetually plugged in, many people have taken up crafty hobbies as a form of stress relief. Netflix even picked up Norwegian “Slow TV,” featuring live videos of people knitting, which are intended to be calming. Recently, Salomone has made costumes that he calls “social media hazmat suits” from traditionally crafty processes in reference to the cycle of making crafts as stress relief from social media and then sharing those crafts on…

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The Pattern of Ritual: Films by Xander Marro

March 25, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
31 Prince Street
Rochester, New York 14607

Xander Marro presents a collection of short movies made over the course of 20 years in Providence, RI. Mostly made on 16mm film, sometimes narrative, the program’s common themes include : DIY living quarters, puppeteer frontiers, too many cats, winter, witches, wishes, silkscreen explosions, portable cooking stoves, zine libraries, drum kits, fairy tales, cut paper, trinkets stored in drawers, the quest for true love, the junk of this material world, alchemy/regular chemistry, the magic of unlikely alliances, and the spirits…

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April 2017

Ephemeral Record: Artist Talk with T. Foley

April 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Join us at 6pm for a presentation from Project Space One resident T. Foley about her time at VSW, and visit with her in the Project Space afterwards. Los Angeles artist T. Foley began her residency by activating studio work-stations, in which she drew, turned an old issue of Esquire magazine into a new series of collages, and manipulated paper sculpture forms. After a few visits to the Collections, with VSW staff and student assistance, Foley began to select, scan,…

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Visualizing Critical Posthumanism: films and performances by Karel Doing

April 8, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

A series of works in search of a new narrative regarding nature and culture, using recycled and hand-processed film stock, organic chemistry, live performance and inventive digital camera extensions. Artist in attendance Co-Sponsored by the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, Visual Studies Workshop and The College at Brockport, State University of New York.

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Politics 101: Hosted by the Monroe County Young Democrats

April 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Want to help get someone you believe in elected? The Monroe County Young Democrats will present an overview of the various roles and responsibilities required in a campaign. This event is targeted at people who want to volunteer for a campaign, but who may not want their name on the ballot. Panelists will include elected officials and campaign staffers. ASL interpreters will be present during the event.

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In Xanadu: Artist Talk with Joshua Thorson

April 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Join us for an artist talk with artist-in-residence Joshua Thorson and see the In Xanadu installation in Project Space Two and the VSW auditorium. Talk at 6pm. Free and open to the public. In Xanadu is a two-part installation that chronicles utopian loss through both the architecture and life story of futurist architect Roy Mason. In the first room, a single-channel video projection depicts fictional family members John, Mary, and their teenage son John, Jr. on a typical day living…

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Film: Here Come the Videofreex

April 22, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Formed in 1969, the Videofreex were part of a thriving alternative video network that covered counterculture and many political and social movements of the era. Over nine years together, they produced several thousand videotapes, installations and multimedia events, and trained hundreds of people to communicate fluently in the “new” medium of video, including several workshops at Visual Studies Workshop.  Using footage from these early videotapes, this documentary creates a fascinating portrait of a unique group of activists engaged in media literacy…

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May 2017

Scott McCarney Project Space Artist Talk

May 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Join us for a presentation by Project Space artist-in-residence Scott McCarney about the progress on his project: 43. Three months before Scott McCarney and his partner visited Oaxaca Mexico in December 2014, 43 students from a teacher’s college in the state of Guerreo were kidnapped and presumed murdered. The palpability of that event was evident in the pictures he made that year and in a following trip in January 2016. The story of the 43 continues to unfold in tandem…

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First Friday at VSW: Ecobooks, Women’s Work, 43

May 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Stop in this First Friday for the opening of Ecobooks, performance by Mary Lewandowski, Scott McCarney's 43, and the VSW Bookstore Spring Cleaning Sales event! Ecobooks: An exhibition and reading room of artists’ books with environmental content or that experiment with ideas of environmental form. VSW Gallery and Main Level Women's Work: A performance piece by VSW MFA student Mary Lewandowski, created in respect to the venerable tradition of Feminist Performance Art. Women's Work is a durational, evening-long event reckoning…

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Experimental Film and Video from the Philippines

May 6, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

The Kalampag Tracking Agency: 30 years of experimental film and video from the Philippines Overcoming institutional and personal lapses to give attention to little-seen works—some quite recent, some surviving loss and decomposition—this program collects loose parts in motion, a series of bangs, or kalampag in Tagalog, assembled by individual strengths and how they might resonate off each other and a contemporary audience. Featuring some of the most striking films and videos from the Philippines and its diaspora, this is an…

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June 2017

VSW’s Last Gasp Before Summer

June 30, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Join us as we wrap up Summer Institute, Ecobooks closes, and our Project Space AIRs approach the end of their June residencies. 3 - 6 pm Collage films and painted slides from the Luther Price Handmade Film Workshop, VSW Auditorium 5 - 7 pm Open studio with AIR Alysia Kaplan, Project Space 2 8 pm AIRs Rebecca Lomuto and Joe Clark will be in conversation about their project We See Ourselves in Shadows. Seminar room and Project Space Noon -…

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July 2017

We See Ourselves in Shadows Closing Reception (Project Space)

July 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Join us for our final night in the Project Space at VSW!! We See Ourselves in Shadows is a collaborative installation put together by Rebecca Lomuto (www.rebeccalomuto.com) and Joe Clark (www.joeclark.bandcamp.com) that tranforms the Project Space into the deepest nook in our collective memory. Rebecca, a mixed media artist has been working to blur the lines between printmaking and photography to create an ethereal collection of fabrics soaked in nostalgia, while Joe has been transcribing audio into perfect snippets of…

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September 2017

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present

September 23, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present is a non-fiction film examining the pioneering life and works of artist, musician, and educator, Tony Conrad. A great American artist of our time, Conrad’s films and compositions have playfully pushed the avant-garde in new directions, profoundly influencing artists, musicians and filmmakers since the early 1960s. Utilizing intimate footage of Conrad and his collaborators shot by the director over the last twenty-two years, as well as Tony’s own archive of recordings and films, Tony…

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October 2017

Artist in the Archive: DIY Filmmaking by Adam Paradis

October 5, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Adam Paradis is a Boston-raised, Chicago-based independent filmmaker, curator, skateboarder, and repairman whose work focuses on film materiality, media archaeology and archival process. Adam has spent more than two decades collecting, curating, and creating films, collaging together new works from found materials. This program is an exciting blend of educational and experimental films from Adam’s personal 16mm film collection, the VSW collection, and his own body of work. Suggested donation: $5

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The New Rochester Biennial

October 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rochester, NY Rochester, NY 146xx (14604=downtown) United States

Opening Receptions: October 6, 6-9pm Place Making Processional: Curated experiences linking the three venues during the opening receptions Gallery r to VSW, departs Gallery r at 6:45 pm VSW to RoCo, departs VSW at 8 pm Progressive Artist Talks: RoCo: October 7, 12-1:30 pm VSW: October 7, 2 -3:30 pm Gallery r: October 7, 4-5:30 pm The New Rochester Biennial is dedicated to expanding the dialogue surrounding contemporary art and supporting collaboration between Rochester’s mid- sized venues. The Biennial will…

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Pub Fair

October 14, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

5th ANNUAL VSW PUB FAIR Pub Fair brings together book artists, photographers, independent publishers, and DIYers to exhibit their work in a unique market showcasing the gamut of what publishing can be. Artist’s books, photobooks, magazines, zines, chapbooks, fiction, digital publishing, as well as resources for all of these are available to peruse and purchase. Writers and Books are putting together another round of Litsplosion readings. workshops and talks are being planned and will be announced soon, and, as always,…

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Home Movie Day

October 21, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Home Movie Day is a worldwide event that invites you to see and share your own home movies with an audience of your community. Bring your Super 8, 8mm, and 16mm films to screen or just come to behold the vast array of fascinating amateur movies in the Rochester area! Students from the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at the George Eastman Museum will be on-hand to perform film inspections and project the films. All films determined to…

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November 2017

One Species Removed: Films by Jennifer Montgomery

November 4, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

“Every filmmaker should find a place of doubt that’s also transcendent” - Jennifer Montgomery The films of Jennifer Montgomery are unconventional narratives exploring the complicated dynamics of gender, sexuality, identity and the semantics of the psyche. Ranging from experimental essay to radical re-enactments, Montgomery’s films are well-constructed labyrinths that playfully challenge the conventions of storytelling. Her work is powerfully original, and has deeply influenced filmmakers and artists across disciplines for nearly three decades. Montgomery will present three of her short…

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Forged Ways: Films by Ephraim Asili

November 18, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Ephraim Asili is an African-American artist, filmmaker, D.J., radio host, and traveler. Inspired by his day-to-day wanderings, Asili creates art that situates itself as a series of meditations on everyday experience and media culture. Asili’s dynamic perspective is presented through audio-visual examinations of societal iconography, identity, geography, and architecture, resulting in an amalgam of pop, African-American and “moving image” culture that is filtered through an acute sense of rhythmic improvisation and compositional awareness. Presented in collaboration with Squeaky Wheel Media…

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December 2017

VSW Presents: John Cage, Variations III

December 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

In 1962, experimental composer John Cage conceived a method "for one or any number of people performing any actions" to create unique scores using a process of indeterminacy. Visual Studies Workshop has invited local performers, musicians, artists and filmmakers to create their own scores and perform them simultaneously in the VSW auditorium. The audience is invited to walk through the space and interact with the sonic and visual landscape, while “leaving room for the use of unforeseen eventualities.” Live Performance

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January 2018

A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., VSW will host an event featuring a series of short films from the VSW collection on the life of MLK, and his legacy to promote racial equality and civil rights for all Americans. VSW graduate student Rashaad Parker will premiere his video installation, Train of Thought, and live music will be provided by the Ryan Johnson Project. Presented with support from the Greater Rochester Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Rochester. Reception…

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Community Curator: Metro Justice

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Join us for a screening of Through Conflict to Negotiation, a rare film from the VSW collection selected by Community Curators from Metro Justice. Produced in 1968 by filmmaker Bonnie Sherr-Klein, this film tells the story of a community action group (FIGHT) in Rochester, NY, and its confrontation with Kodak on the issue of corporate responsibility to minority groups. Metro Justice, a progressive, member-driven, grassroots organization dedicated to social, economic, and racial justice in Rochester, was founded by allies of…

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February 2018

Crystal Z Campbell: Go-Rilla Means War Screening and Artist Talk

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Doors open at 6, Screening at 7, Artist talk at 8 Featuring 35mm footage salvaged from a now demolished black civil rights theater in Brooklyn, New York, Go-Rilla Means War is an experimental short that merges fact and fiction. The film is a relic of gentrification and highlights the complex intersections of development, cultural preservation, and erasure in the form of an intricately spoken parable and celluloid frames weathered by decades of urban neglect. Presented by artist and filmmaker Crystal…

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Community Curator: RCTV

February 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Celebrate the right to free speech with Rochester Community Television, a valuable resource for anyone in Rochester who wants to produce, promote and broadcast their own media. RCTV General Manager (and VSW alumni) Carvin Eison has selected a series of films and videos from the VSW collection that explore the boundaries of creative expression and media experimentation. Come learn more about RCTV, and the powerful history of community media in Rochester. The Community Curator program invites representatives from community groups…

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Songs: 8mm Films by Stan Brakhage and Book Sale

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Out of print for over 40 years, Stan Brakhage’s landmark Metaphors on Vision has been republished by Anthology Film Archives and Light Industry. To celebrate the re-release of this critical text by one of avant-garde cinema’s most influential figures, we will be screening a selection of rare 8mm films from Brakhage’s Song Series. Thomas Beard, a founder and director of Light Industry and a Programmer at Large for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, will talk about the effort to…

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Movies with Live Soundtracks

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Joe Tunis of Rochester’s Carbon Records orchestrates an evening of obscure films from the VSW collection, combined with live soundtracks by local electro-noise musicians. Featuring live performances by local bands Pengo, Jungle Heart, and No, with film loop performances on multiple projectors by VWV. $5 Free to VSW Members

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March 2018

Exploring Sonic Imagery with Ensemble Garage

March 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Founded by German composer Brigitta Muntendorf in 2009, Ensemble Garage is a platform for musicians, composers and other artists to explore and display new ideas, concepts, and works. This informal presentation focuses on image and sound confluences, constellations, and collisions, with the award-winning Ensemble Garage from Cologne, Germany, and eminent Austrian video artist Claudia Rohrmoser, professor of Motion Design at the U.E. Berlin. The Ensemble and Claudia Rohmoser will present work by different composers, intermedia- and video artists, focusing on…

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April 2018

Community Curator: SURJ ROC

April 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Join us for an afternoon of films from the VSW Film/Video Collection chosen by Showing Up for Racial Justice, Rochester. SURJ ROC believes in collective liberation through the eradication of of white supremacy, and in supporting the missions of People of Color-led racial justice groups in the Rochester area in their fight against oppression and inequality. SURJ ROC has chosen a selection of films from the VSW Collection that address, confront or exemplify the racist history of educational media in…

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Last Light of a Dying Star: Roger Beebe Projection Performance

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

VSW FILM SERIES presents Last Light of a Dying Star: Projection Performances by Roger Beebe Filmmaker/curator/professor Roger Beebe returns to the East Coast for a 4-month, 3000-mile roadshow program of his multiple-16mm projector performances. The program features several premieres of new works alongside some of his best-known projector performances (including the six-projector show-stopping “Last Light of a Dying Star”), as well as recent award-winning work in single-channel HD video. These films and videos take on a range of topics, including:…

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Community Curator Info Sessions

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on May 10, 2018 at 12:30pm

Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Free

Would your community like to curate a film screening at Visual Studies Workshop?   Join us for a brief information session on our Community Curator program to learn more.   The Community Curator program invites representatives from community groups in the Rochester region to curate film screenings using VSW’s collection of over 9,000 film and video titles. Participants in the program work with the Curator of Moving Image Collections to research and select a full program of films that speak…

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May 2018

Community Curator Info Sessions

May 10 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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One event on May 10, 2018 at 12:30pm

Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Free

Would your community like to curate a film screening at Visual Studies Workshop?   Join us for a brief information session on our Community Curator program to learn more.   The Community Curator program invites representatives from community groups in the Rochester region to curate film screenings using VSW’s collection of over 9,000 film and video titles. Participants in the program work with the Curator of Moving Image Collections to research and select a full program of films that speak…

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Film Sereis–Shameless Light: Sheilah & Dani Restack Multimedia Performance

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

VSW FILM SERIES presents Strangely Ordinary This Devotion and Shameless Light: A Multimedia performance by Sheilah & Dani Restack Join us in welcoming Sheilah & Dani Restack (Sheilah Wilson & Dani Leventhal), who will present their multi-media performance, Shameless Light, followed by a screening of, Strangely Ordinary This Devotion, a single channel video featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Artists in attendance “Columbus, Ohio-based artists Dani Leventhal and Sheilah Wilson have embarked on an artistic relationship that is formally and…

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June 2018

Lisa McCarty Project Space First Friday Open Studio

June 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Stop in on your First Friday rounds for an open studio and projection installations of Project Space AIR Lisa McCarty's Photosites. Photosites considers the often-unnoticed medium inside every digital camera, the photodiode. The photodiode, a component of the image sensor, is the only light-sensitive element utilized in digital imaging. Photodiodes are made up of an array of millions of tiny silicon cavities, referred to as “photosites,” which absorb and convert light into an electric current that can then be interpreted…

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Film Screening: The Eagle and The Condor – From Standing Rock With Love

June 9 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

The Eagle and The Condor film features stories of how and why Indigenous people are rising to powerfully stand against an extractive overculture that threatens to ruin our physical, spiritual, economic and cultural lives. The film is set in the historic unification of Indigenous nations at Standing Rock protection actions in 2016/17 — when the Lakota people reignited their Seven- Council-Fire and where Central and South American nations, represented by the condor, joined forces with their North American brothers and…

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Hernease Davis Performance and Gallery Talk

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Join us for a performance and gallery talk with Hernease Davis for her exhibition A Womb Of My Own (Mistakes Were Made In Development). The project includes photograms, cyanotypes, sound pieces, crocheted pillows and blankets, and performance. Doors open at 6, performance at 7. Free and open to the public. A Womb Of My Own runs through June 29th. Regular gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday noon - 5, Saturdays 11 - 4. Closed Saturday, June 2.

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September 2018

Film Series–Loops: Media installations & performances–Opening

September 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Free

LOOPS is an exhibition of multi-media installations and performances that address the phenomena of the loop in form and concept, incorporating feedback, repetition, cycles, ellipses, orbits, rotations, and other situations in which the finite meets the infinite. More than 15 regional and national artists will display video installations, games, audio environments, animatronic space buckets, VR dirigibles, real-time algorithms, noise sculptures, music and other media in and around the VSW auditorium for the duration of the show. Live performances will take…

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Lola Flash Visual Artist / AIDS FLASHback–Opening

September 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Free

Lola Flash has been photographing for over thirty years with numerous exhibitions to date. She earned a BA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a MA from the London College of Printing. AIDS FLASHback focuses on Flash’s previous work as an activist. About the work she notes, “These selections are a reflection of the late 80s and early 90s, a time when the AIDS crisis was at its height in New York City. I was an activist and…

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Film Series–Community Curator: Rochester Global Refugee Services

September 29 @ 2:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Rochester Global Refugee Services (RGRS) advocates for the economic needs and educational development of refugees around the world, as well as locally here in Rochester.  Founder Faziri Ndahiro has selected films from the VSW Collection that feature histories and cultures of refugee populations in Rochester, as well as the political and social struggles faced by refugees around the world. A discussion on how to support refugee populations will follow the screening.  Free to VSW members/$5 nonmembers. Saturday, September 29th |  2 pm

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October 2018

Film Series–Curatorial Outlooks: Greg de Cuir, Jr.

October 11 @ 6:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Film curator, writer and translator Greg de Cuir, Jr. will discuss his research on Yugoslavian documentary and experimental short films found in regional film archives throughout the US. He has selected a program of 16mm films found in the VSW Film Collection, many of which were part of the Reynolds Audio-Visual Department at the Rochester Public Library. De Cuir, a native on Los Angeles, was a co-curator of the 2018 Flaherty Film Seminar, and now lives in Belgrade, Serbia, where…

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Rochester Small Press Book Fair

October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

The Rochester Small Press Book Fair will be held Saturday, October 13th. The vendor application is open now! Closes September 3rd: https://vsw.submittable.com/submit/118487/roc-small-press-book-fair-application-2018 The Rochester Small Press Book Fair (formerly The Pub Fair) brings together book artists, photographers, independent publishers, authors, and DIYers to exhibit their work in a unique market showcasing the gamut of what publishing can be. Artist’s books, photobookworks, magazines, zines, chapbooks, and digital publishing will be available to peruse and purchase. Poetry readings, coffee, and le Petite Poutine…

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Film Series–Community Curator: M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

October 20 @ 2:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence is a Rochester-based nonprofit that equips people to use nonviolence to create a sustainable and just world for all. Join us for a program of films from the VSW Collection that feature the story of M.K. Gandhi and the history of nonviolent protest throughout the world. Free to members/$5 nonmembers. Saturday, October 20th  |  2 pm

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Film Series–Home Movie Day

October 27 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Home Movie Day is a worldwide event that invites you to see and share your own home movies with an audience of your community.  Bring your Super 8, 8mm, and 16mm films to screen or just come to behold the vast array of fascinating amateur movies in the Rochester area! Students from the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at the George Eastman Museum will be on-hand to perform film inspections and project the films. All films determined to…

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November 2018

Film Series–The Notebooks of Rose Lowder: Book Release and Screening

November 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Free

French filmmaker Rose Lowder has been a major influence in the world of experimental cinema since the 1970’s.  Working frame-by-frame in 16mm film, Lowder constructs complex visual phenomena that interweave color, texture, perspective and time, while focusing her lens on the rich landscape of the natural world. Lowder will present a program of classic and recent films, and give a talk on her unique technique for working with 16mm film as a tool for perceptual engagement. Join us as we…

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Film Series–HA-HA: Stand Up Comedy & Films from the VSW Collection

November 8 @ 7:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Hosted and curated by local comedian Woody Battaglia and Rochester’s Brunch Town Comedy Collective, this program presents a variety of short films and stand-up comedy performances that add up to more than the sum of their punchlines. Free to VSW members/nonmembers $5 Thursday, November 8 | 7 pm

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Film Series–Community Curator: Rochester Democratic Socialists of America (ROCDSA)

November 17 @ 2:00 pm
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Founded in 2016, the Rochester Democratic Socialists of America (ROCDSA) believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few. Members of the Socialist Feminist Collective from ROCDSA have curated a screening of films from the VSW collection that engage with the ideals of socialist feminism, human rights and economic, racial, and gender justice. Free to VSW and ROCDSA members/ nonmembers $5 Saturday, November 17th  | 2 pm

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December 2018

Film Series–Community Curator: 540WMain Learning Academy

December 8
Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

540WMain Learning Academy is a grassroots non-profit “communiversity” with a mission to enrich the historic National Register Susan B. Anthony Preservation district as well as connect greater Rochester to the neighborhood through art and wellness courses, programs and events for children and adults.  Director & Founder Calvin Eaton has curated a selection of films from the VSW collection that address the causes and effects of gentrification, with a focus on the urban redevelopment strategies in Rochester’s history and future.  Join us for…

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