April 12, 2014, 7pm, SomoS presents an artist talk and fanzine launch as part of the Electric Renaissance II exhibition by Stefano Castronovo and Donato Del Giudice.
Pop-artist Stefano Castronovo staged the first Electric Renaissance exhibition together with queer black minimalist composer Julius Eastman in the early 1980′s at New York’s Club 57, a seminal venue, example to the much more notorious Mudd Club, that offered a platform to young visual- and performing artists such as Keith Haring, Klaus Nomi, Madonna, RuPaul, Futura 2000, Kenny Scharf and Joey Arias. Electric Renaissance II stands for the combination of a genuine expression of New York Pop sensibilities with masterly classical techniques.
The fanzine reflects the exhibition's preoccupations, providing context, documentation, along with creative explorations by the artists and SomoS' curators. It features an introduction and interview with the artists by Joanna Fatorelli, editorial assessor at Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazi, and an article by Ryan Dohoney, Assistant Professor of Musicology, Affiliate Faculty, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, USA, who is currently writing a study on experimental composer-performer Julius Eastman's involvement in New York City’s music scene in the 1970s and 1980s.
A brief introduction and artist talk with Q&A is moderated by Joanna Fatorelli (Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro) and Paulus Fugers (SomoS co-founder and senior curator).