Curatorial

My curatorial practice has focused on performance art with an emphasis on live puppetry in intimate settings for adult audiences, LGBTQ artists and subject matter, puppetry on film, and interdisciplinary visual art.

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The Puppet Slam Network 2005-2016

I co-founded and curated the Puppet Slam Network (PSN) with Heather Henson and support from her production company, Ibex Puppetry.  As PSN coordinator for just over a decade, I catalogued, connected, and generating awareness for evenings of short-form puppetry for adults. PSN supported independently produced puppet cabarets, so that puppet artists knew where they could perform, venues could find puppet artists, and audiences could enjoy an intimate, tactile, and compelling form of entertainment.  

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Handmade Puppet Dreams, Vol 4 – Anney Fresh, Frankie Cordero, Martin P. Robinson

Handmade Puppet Dreams, Volume 4 2009

I was an assistant curator for Handmade Puppet Dreams, Volume 4, Heather Henson’s touring live-action puppet film series which began screening on December 6th, 2009 at Theater For the New City as part of Voice4Vision, a puppet festival. While the volume contained all diffrent kinds of puppetry styles, I was especially interested in  selecting puppet shorts that involved music. Volume 4 has been screened in Cape Town South Africa, Calgary, Alberta, San Diego, CA, Conway, AR, Providence, RI, North Bethesda, MD, Orlando FL, Atlanta, GA, New York, NY, Waterford, CT, and Portland ME.

Puppets from the Edge 2006-2010, Orlando

I curated the Puppets from the Edge, evenings of short-form puppetry for adults at the Orlando Puppet Festival in the fall of 2006, 2007, and 2010Puppets from the Edge took place at Mad Cow Theatre and Gallery at Avalon Island in downtown Orlando and featured a mixture of Central Florida and national puppet artists who were a part of the festival.

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Blood from a Turnip, 2004-2006, poster designs Marsian De Lellis

Blood from A Turnip 2004-2006

From 2004 -2006 I curated Blood from a Turnip, Rhode Island’s only late night puppetry salon with Vanessa Gilbert, at Perishable theatre in downtown Providence. Blood from a Turnip was an ongoing evening of short-form puppetry for adults that ran for 19 years in Providence, RI. Co-founded and curated by Vanessa Gilbert,  Blood from a Turnip offered professional puppeteers and those new to the art form an opportunity to present big stories, in miniature. Perishable Theatre ran for over a quarter century in Providence and provided some of the edgiest productions in Rhode Island.

Puppets at Night Brookline 2006

On February 18th, I curated Puppets at Night, an evening of short-form puppetry for adults at the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline. The evening – part of a two city (Providence, Brookline weekend tour) included puppet and object theatre from Jonny Clockworks, Ceili Clemens, Emmy Bean, Dramaton Theatre, Kristen McClean, Sara Frechette, and Jim Sedgwick. The program was co-curated with Vanessa Gilbert and hosted with Matt Kandarian.

No Mercy: The Art of Pippin Roe 2003

In April, 2003, I curated No Mercy: The Art of Pippin Roe at Tealuxe in Providence. No Mercy included paintings and collages by visual artist, Pippin Roe (1974-2014).

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Day of Beauty and Ritual 1998

On March 22, 1998, I curated  Day of Beauty and Ritual, with Kathleen O’Shea and Kokoe Johnson at Randolph Street Gallery in Chicago.  Day of Beauty and Ritual was a performance art circus celebrating spring as a time of rebirth, renewal and rejuvenation through a collection of performances, installations, and unique beauty treatments by Radical Faeries. Day of Beauty climaxed with the Spring Equinox Ritual created by Sache Garrett.

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Speak Easy 1996

In November and December, 1996, I curated Speak Easy, a six week text and language series, with Lorraine Moretti while a member of the Time Arts Committee at N.A.M.E. Gallery.  The events in this series were set in a comic book and zine reading room curated by Suz Szucs open to the public through December 1996.

 

School at the Art Institute of Chicago 1995-1997

While at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I was a part of curatorial committees that brought visiting artists like Ron Athey, Vaginal Cream Davis, and Kate Bornstein and Barbara Carrellas to The School.