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A NEW RESIDENCY SCHEDULE
AND RESIDENT LINEUP FOR 2023

We are very excited to announce the launch of a new pilot ARTISTS RESIDENCY program for 2023.

Residents have been nominated for selection by community members and industry colleagues that include Eric Fischl, April Gornik, Chief Curator Sara Cochran, and Executive Director Sheri Pasquarella, along with Thelma Golden (Studio Museum in Harlem), artist David Salle, Zach Feuer (Co-Founder, Forge Project), Duke Dang (Works in Process director at The Guggenheim), dance impresario Gina Gibney, Susan Scarf Merrell, artist Judith Hudson, Robby Stein (Board Member of Space at Ryder Farm), writer Alex McNear, and others.

Our 2023 Artists in Residence are:
LayeRhythm (dance/ music, with Works and Process at the Guggenheim),
Morgan Bassichis (performance), Margaret Garrett (dance & mixed media),
Johnnie Cruise Mercer (choreography), Albino Mbie (music & songwriting), Ivan Cofield (painting), Darryl Westly (painting), Naudline Pierre (painting), Drew Zeiba (writing), Candace Hill (painting, mixed media, poetry), Marian Mitchell Donahue (writing),
Raja Feather Kelly (choreography & writing), Cy Keener (visual art), Paul Miller (mixed media), Madison Moore (research), Pacifique Irankunda (writing),
and Autumn Knight (mixed media and installation). 

As Sheri Pasquarella explains, “Our rhythmic, annual cadence that features diverse makers and mediums in 2–3-month intervals will foster artistic innovation and cross-disciplinary dialogues between artists of varied backgrounds. We aim to keep alive the tradition of artistic ingenuity that is endemic to the history of Eastern Long Island,” 

When co-founders April Gornik and Eric Fischl first built and conceived of The Church, a key component was an interdisciplinary residency program. The intent was to nurture artistic innovation and dialogue, while making artistic processes and concepts accessible to the wider community. The residency was located within The Church itself and managed by Chief Curator Sara Cochran. Inaugural artists residents in 2021 and 2022 included Martha Graham Dance Company, Claude Lawrence and Leslee Stradford, Jay Hardin, Mary Ellen Bartley, Jim Gingerich, Adam Gopnik, Bill Goldstein, and others.

Due to unprecedented growth over the first two years, the Residency program has been moved to a Rectory building two blocks away. The 2023 Pilot Program explores connectivity and hybridization while recognizing the needs of various artistic practices both outside and within our community.

 

For more information, contact Samuel Havens, Workshop & Residence Manager:

Samuel@thechurchsagharbor.org

 

PERFORMING ARTS & GROUP PRACTICES: JANUARY - MARCH

FOR PRACTICES REQUIRING MULTIPLE INDIVIDUALS
FOR THE CREATION OF THE WORK 

Photo by: @Still1

LayeRhythm 

January 2 - 15
(with Works and Process at the Guggenheim)

With Mai Lê Hô
featuring Ivan ‘Heat Rock’ Cofield,
Kaleb ‘Klassic K-Man’ Hopkins,
Daniel Grey, Cal Hunt, Mike Manson,
and Amir ‘RQTEK’ Idris

LayeRhythm was founded in 2015 by House dancer Mai Lê Hô as a monthly interactive,
improvisational street/club music and dance jam sessions at clubs in New York city; it has since been presented in performances at venues and festivals that include Jacob's Pillow, the Guggenheim Museum, Bridge Street Theater, 92NY, NY Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, Gibney, Hook Arts Media, Rolling Stone, Teatro Yerbabruja, Queens County Farm Museum, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, PotaY. LayeRhythm Productions, Inc. was incorporated as a nonprofit in 2020 and has since received the support of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, NY State Council on the Arts, New Music USA, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Dance/NYC, and Club Culture Foundation. LayeRhythm has spotlighted 300+ local and international street/club dancers and musicians (ages 21-60). Artists include African American, Latinx, Asian, LGBTQ+, and immigrant communities.   

During their residency, LayeRhythm prepared for an interactive play-based performance at The Church and for their Performance at the Guggenheim's Works & Process Underground Uptown Dance Festival: LayeRhythm with Masterz at Work. 

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Morgan
Bassichis

January 20
to
February 2

 

Photo by Jared Buckheister

Morgan Bassichis is a comedic performer who has been called “fiercely hilarious” by The New Yorker and “a tall child or, well, a big bird” by The Nation. Their recent shows include Questions to Ask Beforehand (Bridget Donahue, 2022) and Don't Rain On My Bat Mitzvah (Creative Time, 2021), co-created with Ira Khonen Temple. Morgan's performances have been presented by Abrons Arts Center, Danspace Project, the Kitchen, the Whitney Museum and others. Their book of to-do lists, The Odd Years, was published by Wendy's Subway in 2020. Morgan has released two albums: March is for Marches with Ethan Philbrick (Triple Canopy, 2019) and 
More Protest Songs! Live From St. Mark’s Church (2018).

During their residency, Bassichis researched, developed, and practiced extensively for their upcoming one-man show at Abrons Art Center (March 31 – April 8)
and The Church (late spring 2023, date TBA).

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Margaret
Garrett

February 10
to
February 19

 

Photo by Jaime Lopez

Margaret Garrett is an interdisciplinary American artist. Her artistic practice includes painting, printmaking, collage, and video work. Born in North Carolina and raised in Pennsylvania, she grew up training to be a dancer and went on to dance with the Pennsylvania and Cleveland Ballet companies. In her early twenties, she discovered painting, finding something spiritually akin to dance in the movement of line and color and switched her focus to visual art. In 2017, Garrett returned to dancing to inspire new works: She began filming herself dancing and using video clips as material to create moving video collages. Garrett’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States, including Planthouse, Danese/Corey, the FLAG Art Foundation, Birnam Wood,
and the Parrish Art Museum.

Garrett’s residency at The Church will focus on creating four choreographed ritual dances performed by community volunteers, and artworks relating to these dances and movements.

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Johnnie
Cruise Mercer

March 8
to
March 12

 

Photo by Ellen Kirby

Johnnie Cruise Mercer, a 2022 Dance Magazine Harkness Promise Award Recipient, and a 2021 Princess Grace Award Recipient (Choreography), is a queer-black think-maker; a choreographer, an educator, and producer based in Brooklyn, New York. A native of Richmond, VA, Johnnie holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University.

During his residency, Mercer will continue development on collaborative dance theater work that includes movement and live music.

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Albino
Mbie

March 15
to
March 21

 

Photo Courtesy of the Artist

Albino Mbie is a multi-award-winning Musician, Guitarist, Singer, Composer, Sound Engineer, Music Producer, and a Berklee College of Music Professor. He moved to the US to attend Berklee in 2009, being among the first Africans awarded a full tuition scholarship via the Berklee African Scholars Program. In 2013, he graduated with a dual major in Music Production & Sound Engineering and Guitar Performance and dual minors in Acoustics and Electronics. Since then, he has shared his Mozambican roots—music, dance, culture, and native languages enriched by the experience of living and studying in the US with the rest of the world, combining rhythmic patterns and musical concepts to create a unique Marrabenta, Nikatche, Afro-Pop, and Moz-Jazz sound.

While in residence, Mbie will continue to develop his unique sound, combining and capturing the energy of different musical traditions to create a unified and original musical style.

PAINTING PRACTICES:
MARCH 16 - MARCH 29

AN INTENSIVE SPECIFICALLY TO SUPPORT PAINTERS AT EARLIER CAREER STAGES

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Ivan
Cofield

March 16
to
March 29

 

Photo Courtesy of the Artist

Ivan Cofield was born in Georgia where he and his older brother used drawing as their main creative outlet. In 2002, Ivan attended Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and majored in Architecture, but he never lost sight of his passion for fine art. In 2007, Ivan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where he expanded his repertoire in mixed media. Ivan now resides in Brooklyn, New York where he spends his time dancing and creating art, in all the forms and media that he's grown to love, now inseparable from who he is.

While in residence, Ivan Cofield will continue to develop his paintings which revolve around themes of race, masculinity, emotions, and mental health.  

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Daryl
Westly

March 16
to
March 29

 

Photo Courtesy of the Artist

Darryl Westly received his BFA from the Cooper Union in 2014. In 2016 Westly participated in the Beirut Art Residency Program in Beirut, Lebanon. Solo presentations include A Dream Deferred at 1969 Gallery, NY (2021), Interior/Exterior at ParisTexasLA Gallery, Los Angeles (2019). Group exhibitions include Everyday is Sunday at UTA Artists Space, Beverly Hills, Animal Kingdom at Alexander Berggruen Gallery, NY, Vanquishing Ocular curated by David Salle and Nicole Wittenberg, Rental Gallery, East Hampton,  and Ways To Die by The Bruce High Quality Foundation. Collections include the Rema Hort Foundation, The Portland Museum of Art, The Fidelity Collection, among many others.

While in residence, Westly will explore formal techniques of representation within oil painting and the deconstruction of visual aesthetics of class, as communicated through western art history and contemporary pop culture/advertising.

MIXED MEDIA RESIDENCY:
MARCH  - MAY

INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS OF ALL MEDIA INVITED TOGETHER IN COMBINATION DESIGNED BY THE CHURCH
TO STIMULATE DIALOGUE AND
INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION

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Naudline
Pierre

March 25
to
April 7

 

Photo by Rafael Martinez

Naudline Pierre creates works that explore a mysterious alternate universe full of characters that often interact with each other in tender ways. Pierre’s work situates personal mythology and transcendent intimacy alongside canonical narratives of devotion. Her works continue the art-historical tradition of portraying encounters between the earthly and the otherworldly, extending this lineage of image-making by injecting the conventions of her discipline with ephemerality and ambiguity.

While in residence, Pierre will explore painting, large-scale works on paper, and use the time to plan more large-scale sculptural works that explore the themes of fantasy and worldbuilding.

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Drew
Zeiba

April 5
to
April 28

 

Photo by Sangwoo Suh

Drew Zeiba writes fiction, criticism, and cultural journalism. His work has appeared recently
in Fence, New York magaIne, PIN–UP, and Document Journal, among other publications, and in the monograph Steve Schapiro: Andy Warhol and Friends (Taschen). His prose chapbook Edge Lust (2022) is available from Quito’s Recodo Press. Drew’s solo and collaborative work has been exhibited and performed at institutions across the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and is in the permanent collections of Shanghai’s Power Station of Art and New York’s Center for Book Arts.

Zeiba will continue an ongoing novel project and begin a companion video installation speculating on the pasts and possible futures of lost islands. 

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Candace
Hill

April 29
to
May 26

 

Photo by L. Lambrecht

Candace Hill is a poet, painter, and multimedia artist. Hill is a retired professor of Fine Arts, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship recipient in multi-media in 1981, and had a one-woman exhibit at The New Museum in 1982. Hill has had two books of poetry published recently: MussSill (2020, distance no object) and Short Leash Kept on (2023, Materials).

Hill will use this residency to focus on a new book of Epic or Long Form poetry and use the printing press for accompanying drawings. She will also use the time to cull, expand upon and edit any poems with typographical errors written from the 1990s (pre-digital era) onward.

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Marian
Mitchell Donahue

May 5
to
May 18

 

Photo Courtesy of the Artist

Marian Mitchell Donahue is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and Stony Brook Southampton's M.F.A. program. She was the recipient of the Deborah Hect Memorial Prize for Fiction and was a 2020-2021 BookEnds fellow. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize
and is working on her first novel.

Mitchell Donahue is a long-form fiction writer who has just finished drafting her first novel and will use this residency to focus on launching her second major project.
This will be a collection of interconnected short stories set in a
stylized version of Mitchell Donahue’s hometown (College Park, MD).

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Cy
Keener

May 15
to
May 19

 

Photo Courtesy of the Artist

Cy Keener is an interdisciplinary artist and focused on recording and representing the natural world. He is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Emerging Technology at the University of Maryland. Since 2018 he has collaborated with scientists to document sea ice, icebergs, and glaciers in the Arctic with funding from multiple institutions including the National Science Foundation. His work includes a range of data-based installations to visualize diverse phenomena including sea ice, wind, rain, and ocean waves. He received a Master of Fine Arts from Stanford University, and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. 

During his residency, Keener will work on a sculptural representation of icebergs documented off the west coast of Greenland as part of an ongoing Iceberg Portraiture series.

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Raja
Feather Kelly

May 20
to
May 26

 

Photo Courtesy of the Artist

Raja Feather Kelly is a choreographer and director, and the Artistic Director of the dance-theatre-media company the feath3r theory–for which Kelly has created 18 premieres, most recently UGLY Part 3: at the Chelsea Factory (NYC). Raja Feather Kelly choreographed the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical A Strange Loop. He is a frequent Off-Broadway choreographer whose collaborators include Lileana Blain-Cruz, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Sarah Benson, Rachel Chavkin, and Michael R. Jackson. Recent works include Bunny, Bunny (Poticker Theatre), Lempicka (La Jolla PLayhouse), We're Gonna Die (2st), and the Pulitzer Prize-winning productions Fairview and A Strange Loop. Current projects include The Absolute Future, Lempicka, White Girl in Danger, and The Listeners. His accolades include three Princess Grace Awards, an Obie Award, an Outer Critics Circle honor,
a Creative Capital award, and many others.

Feather Kelly’s residency will focus on collaborative performance and exhibition to promote empathy. His practice identifies and magnifies opportunities where
popular culture and human desire intersect. 

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Paul
D. Miller

May 20
to
May 26

 

Photo by Janelle Pietrzak

Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. In 2014, he was named National Geographic Emerging Explorer. He produced Pioneers of African American Cinema, a collection of the earliest films made by African American directors, released in 2015. Miller’s artwork has appeared in the Whitney Biennial, The Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Miami/Art Basel fair, and many other museums and galleries.

SCHOLAR'S REISDENCY:
JUNE

SUPPORTING THE INVESTIGATIONS OF SINGLE SCHOLARS WITH AN INTEREST IN THE HISTORIES OF SAG HARBOR AND/OR THE EAST END

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madison
moore

June 5
to
June 23

 

madison moore: there’s always energy for dancing: Performance Lecture, as part of Nightlife-in- Residence, March 3, 2022. Performance view, The Kitchen. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk

madison moore is an artist-scholar, DJ and assistant professor of Critical Studies in the Roski School of Art and Design at the University of Southern California. madison holds a PhD in American Studies from Yale University, and has previously held positions at Virginia Commonwealth University, The New School, the University of Richmond and King’s College London, and has also been a visiting guest artist at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale. They are broadly invested in the aesthetic, sonic, and spatial strategies queer and trans people of color use to both survive and thrive in the face of rolling catastrophe.

As part of their scholarly residency at The Church, madison will focus on the continued research and writing of their current book project “How to Go Clubbing,” which is currently under contract at Yale University Press. madison will also engage with local queer nightlife histories to expand their performance lecture “there’s always energy for dancing.”

NON-FICTION REISDENCY:
JULY

SUPPORTING THE WORK OF WRITERS WORKING WITHIN VARIED PRACTICES OF NON-FICTION

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Pacifique
Irankunda

July 10
to
July 28

 

Photo Courtesy of the Artist

Pacifique Irankunda is the author of “The Tears Of A Man Flow Inward”. He was born in Burundi, a small country in East Africa. He came to America at the age of nineteen as a scholarship student at Deerfield Academy in western Massachusetts. His first published work, “Playing at Violence," appeared in The American Scholar and won a Pushcart Prize. Irankunda was awarded a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant in 2017. He graduated from Williams College with a degree in psychology and political science. He lives in Brooklyn.

As a resident, Irankunda will continue to develop his non-fiction writing.

COMMUNITY RESIDENCY:
NOVEMBER - DECEMBER

FOR THE SUPPORT AND EXPLORATION OF ARTISTS WORKING IN COMMUNITY

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Autumn
Knight

December 11
to
December 22

 

Photo Courtesy of the Artist

Autumn Knight is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist working with performance, installation, video, and text. Knight’s video and performance work has been presented by various institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Kitchen (NY). Knight is the recipient of the 2021-2022 Nancy B. Negley Rome Prize in Visual Arts and a 2022-2023 Guggenheim Fellowship.

While in residence, Autumn Knight will develop collaborative work making use of mixed media: performance, sound, digital technologies, light sculpture, and more, while thinking about black possibility, interiority, and expansiveness.

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Various
Artists TBD

November
to
December

 

Photo by Sheri Pasquarella

For artists of the East End to work on campus at The Church to enrich and foster artistic community and dialogue. This project was piloted in December 2022 and included (photo, left to right): Erling Hope, Jamie Diamond, Linda K Alpern, Sabra Elliot [E.D. Sheri Pasquarella], Francine Fleisher, Susan Bachemin, and Blair Seagram.

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