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No Longer Empty in the Wall Street Journal

Making Lemonade

Manon Slome, the former curator of the Chelsea Art Museum in Manhattan, has come up with a creative solution for the city’s mounting number of empty storefronts: turn them into sidewalk showrooms.

Her first “No Longer Empty” show opens Thursday in two formerly vacant storefronts at Hotel Chelsea that had been occupied by Capitol Fishing Tackle and Chelsea Healing, a natural healing service.

Works by 21 painters, photographers and other artists will be on display in the space, which is being provided free of charge.

Ms. Slome, who says her idea was inspired by a spring walk past empty shops on Madison Avenue, is planning shows in three other locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
—David Graham

Printed in The Wall Street Journal, page C6

Whatcha Gonna Do? -

Marisa Olson, Myself, and Tim Whidden at the Eyebeam Benefit.  I'm wearing my late grandfather's tux and my late grandmother's silver mesh necklace.  Two of their favorite things.

Flickr Photo Download: Eyebeam Benefit Ver3.0, 06/16/09.

No Longer Empty

NO LONGER EMPTY is a group of curators and artists who present thought provoking exhibits in empty store fronts.

Our first exhibit is at the storefronts at the
Hotel Chelsea
Opening June 18 6pm - 9pm
222 w 23rd st NY NY
June 19 - July 18 Wed - Sat 11am - 6pm

Please join us in a space transformed by ‘The Ship of Fools’ installation - a show within a show, curated by Michael Bevilacqua, also photographic works from Hotel Chelsea resident artists,
booths with art from our friends at Eyebeam among others. Window displays encrusted in salt and other surprises…

Curated by Manon Slome and Asher Remy-Toledo with Julian Navarro

Guido Albi-Marin | Joseph Aloi | Rita Barros | Sam Bassett
Michael Bevilacqua | Alina and Jeff Bliumis | Scott Campbell
Tara de la Garza | Kate Gilmore | Noel Hennessy | Michael Mandiberg
Cheonwook Park | Diana Puntar | Bruce Richards | Raimundo Rubio
Linda and Lothar Troeller | Dani Tull | Marnie Weber

For more details on artists and our not for profit organization, please visit

Photos from Drawing Contemporaries are up on Flickr. I have also posted full res versions, and a video here

Drawing Contemporaries

Drawing Contemporaries, curated by Eyebeam senior fellow Michael Mandiberg, is an exhibition of work on paper made by a peer group of new media artists who all create drawings, both as a primary object and as an experimental process. The exhibition includes work from Darren Kraft, Steve Lambert & Julia Schwadron, Michael Mandiberg, Marisa Olson, and Lee Walton. For many of the artists, the use of computers and algorithms are the focus in their work. While a number of the artists are Eyebeam affiliated, all are contemporaries whose influences upon each other can be traced in this exhibition.

Darren Kraft uses powdered graphite to photorealistically reproduce icons and logos associated with consumer and political culture; Eyebeam senior fellow Steve Lambert and Julia Schwadron write personal and poetic messages of hope which they leave taped up in public places; Michael Mandiberg uses the laser cutter to etch and carve works on paper that incorporate text, history and design; Marisa Olson performs Google image searches for obsolete technologies, and traces their contours directly off her laptop screen with a mechanical pencil; and Lee Walton creates elaborate indexes of possible graphic marks which are algorithmically used to document events as they occur. His subjects range from from pedestrian traffic to sports games.

Drawing Contemporaries was on view through June 9, 2009

As an introduction to our Upgrade New York year theme we are excited to announce this month’s speaker, Clay Shirky. Clay will discuss the concepts of fork and failure in the open source process and will open them to discussion in the context of activism and the creative process.

Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky is a writer, educator, and consultant on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. He is an adjunct professor at New York University (NYU) in their graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program, where he teaches courses on the interrelationships of social and technological networks, particularly how they shape culture and vice-versa. He consults to a variety of organizations on network technologies, and is an acknowledged expert on collaboration tools, social networks, peer-to-peer sharing, collaborative filtering, and Open Source development. Clay has spoken and written extensively on the Internet since 1996, with regular columns in Business 2.0, FEED, and his own blogsite. He has appeared in The New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, and others. In his new book, “Here Comes Everybody”, Clay explores how organizations and industries are being upended by open networks, collaboration, and user appropriation of content production and dissemination.

My environmental focused plugins are included in the exhibition End of Oil at Exit Art. The opening is this Saturday, June 13th from 6-8. The exhibition runs from June 13 – July 31, 2009.

A project of SEA (Social-Environmental Aesthetics) , The End of Oil is an exhibition of photography, prints, videos, installations and new media that addresses human dependence on oil and other fossil fuels; the ramifications that this dependency has on the future of the environment and of global geopolitics; and the recent push towards viable alternative energy resources.


Khalil Chishtee; Louisa Conrad; Robert Ladislas Derr; Dominic Gagnon; Ed Kashi; Matt Kenyon; Michael Mandiberg; Andrei Molodkin; Jo Syz

I received this today in my inbox. I don’t think there is any commentary needed:

Hello Michael,

Been wondering about this multi-generational workplace, how social media plays out with each generation and what it really means for how business will be conducted in the future? I have been invited to conduct a training class with a time and cost-saving platform and wanted to invite you to listen — at no charge. My one hour complimentary teleclass entitled “From Jitterbug to Twitter, Motivating Each Generation to Buy”


Learn how to make your own tunic swimsuit coverup from an old T-shirt in my latest craftzine post.