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This fall, Triple Canopy, Light Industry, and The Public School will launch 155 Freeman, a new arts-and-culture center in Brooklyn.
This fall, Triple Canopy, Light Industry, and The Public School will launch 155 Freeman, a new arts-and-culture center in Brooklyn.
338 backers pledged $35,465 to help bring this project to life.

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The End

Dear friends,

Our campaign has concluded and we are glad to report that we have far surpassed our goal, raising over $35,000 to support the inaugural year of programming at 155 Freeman! We'd like to thank everyone who promoted this campaign in any way, and especially those who backed the project (with whom we'll shortly be in touch about incentives). We'd also like to thank Cory Arcangel, Paul Chan, Rivka Galchen, R. H. Quaytman, and Nick Relph for donating their artwork, as well as Dawn of Midi, US Girls, Zs, Dan Shiman, Alexander R. Galloway, and Nicola Masciandaro for their contributions. Stay tuned to our websites to find out more about events this summer; we look forward to seeing you at 155 Freeman in the fall!

Yours gratefully,
Triple Canopy, Light Industry, The Public School New York

David Horvitz, Meeting Point, 2009, neon.

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Artwork by Nick Relph for final week of 155 Freeman campaign

Nick Relph
Reverse Dictionary, 2011
Unique color Xerox print
11 x 8.5 inches

Thanks to your generosity, we've already surpassed our fundraising goal, raising enough money to support our first year of programming at 155 Freeman! To keep up the momentum during our Kickstarter campaign's final week, artist Nick Relph has made a unique color Xerox print, which will appear in facsimile form on our “Greetings from Greenpoint” postcard, sent to those who pledge $10 or more.

An additional $20,000 would cover the costs of lighting, painting, and all remaining construction necessary to make the space ready for your first visit in September; we'd even be able to replace the dilapidated folding chairs, which you might remember from past screenings and performances, with new, much more comfortable seating.

Nick Relph was born in 1979 in London. His work deals with the representational problems inherent to different media. Relph's work was recently on view at Standard (Oslo); last year, he had solo shows at Gavin Brown's Enterprise and Overduin & Kite. His collaborations with Oliver Payne have appeared in group shows at the Museum of Modern Art (2007) and Tate Britain (2006). You can read an interview with Nick Relph at Triple Canopy.

R. H. Quaytman, "Light Industry"

We are pleased to offer, as a special incentive for donors of $500 or more, R.H. Quaytman's Light Industry. Named for our favorite venue for film and electronic art, and printed in an edition of 30, Quaytman's print breaks down cinema into its most basic component. The image of a lightbulb resting on a mirror recalls such other works as Anthony McCall's Long Film for Ambient Light, recently presented by Light Industry.

Born in 1961 in Boston, Massachusetts, Quaytman currently lives in New York City. Her work incorporates abstraction and layers of diamond dust, silkscreened photographs and hand-painted trompe l'oeil, personal and art-historical narratives. Quaytman's work is on view at this year's Venice Biennale and has been shown at the Whitney Biennial (2010) and at solo shows at SF MoMA (2010) and Kunsthalle Basel (2011).

R. H. Quaytman
Light Industry, 2010-11
Archival pigment print on paper
20 x 12 3/8 inches (image)
Edition of 30 with 5 artist's proofs, signed and numbered
With pledges of $500 or more, for the remaining days of the campaign

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Reading History: The Hanging at Mankato

Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn, NY

Thursday, June 30, 2011

7:00 p.m., free admission

Triple Canopy presents a performative reading and conversation examining the history and contemporary resonance of the 1862 hanging of thirty-eight Dakota Indians in Mankato, Minnesota—the largest mass execution in US history. Drawing on Claire Barliant's essay examining the episode, to be published next month in the thirteenth issue of Triple Canopy, the reading will enact archival documents and first-hand accounts of the Dakota War and its aftermath for the Dakota and for Nordic settlers, as well as contemporary interviews and writing on the memorialization of the conflict. The performance is directed by artist David Levine and features Claire Barliant, Anne Barliant, Alan Gilbert, and Alexander Provan. 

A conversation between Claire Barliant and Gilbert, a poet and critic, will follow, and refreshments will be served.

Early in the winter of 1854, we began to think of emigrating to America. Of any other reason than that it was God's will, I am ignorant to this day. We were met with sickness, poverty, and need; the money we had left, we had loaned to friends in our party and now we were in need of everything. It went from bad to worse. Home, food, money and health—all was lacking. Once I said: “If I stood on the shores of Sweden naked, I would consider myself fortunate; and if God ever would give me the means again, we would go back.” But when that time came all was forgotten. 
—Pastor Peter Carlson, autobiography, date unknown 

Mr. Andrew Myrick, a trader, with an Indian wife, had refused some hungry Indians credit a short time before when they asked him for some provisions. He said to them: “Go and eat grass.” Now he was lying on the ground dead, with his mouth stuffed full of grass, and the Indians were saying tauntingly: “Myrick is eating grass himself.” 
—Big Eagle, Through Dakota Eyes: Narrative Accounts of the Minnesota Indian War of 1862 

Claire Barliant is a Brooklyn-based writer whose writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Afterall, Artforum, and Modern Painters. 

Anne Barliant is a film editor living in New York City. 

Alan Gilbert is a poet, critic, and scholar and a lecturer at Wesleyan University. He is the author of Another Future: Poetry and Art in a Postmodern Twilight. 

David Levine is an artist based in Brooklyn and Berlin. His performances and projects have been presented at Mass MoCA, Galerie Feinkost (Berlin), Documenta XII, and Townhouse Gallery (Cairo). 

Alexander Provan is the editor of Triple Canopy.

This event is supported in part by the Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, and New York Council for the Humanities. Claire Barliant is a Triple Canopy New Media Reporting 2010 commissions recipient. 

Ed Halter Interview

Tom McCormack of art:21 has just posted an interview with Ed Halter of Light Industry, wherein Ed discusses the history of the organization as well as his plans for 155 Freeman.

TM: What are your plans for your new place at 155 Freeman St?

EH: We’re excited to have a real, long-term lease because up until now, all our spaces have been donated affairs, and thereby somewhat tenuous. We’ll also be able to use the space as an office and work out of it. Since the building is being renovated over the summer, we’re doing another round of our “Couchsurfing” series at like-minded venues, beginning with this weekend’s installation of Anthony McCall’s Long Film for Ambient Light at Dia:Chelsea, a piece that is in certain ways emblematic of our essential goal, the transformation of a space into the state of cinema through a minimal but decisive intervention.

Read the full questionnaire here.

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