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“Hear, Here” Gallery Sessions: Joy Askew: “Songs for Animals”

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Background of Cover Image: Jeanine Oleson, Untitled, 2014. Intaglio print, 12 × 7 ¼ in (30.5 × 18.5 cm). Printed by Marina Ancona, 10 Grand Press. Courtesy the artist

Presented in conjunction with “Hear, Here” and the spring R&D Season: VOICE.

“Hear, Here” Gallery Sessions is a series of public events that take place within the exhibition “Hear, Here” by Jeanine Oleson, presented in the Fifth Floor Gallery. The set and objects for an opera created by Oleson (to premiere in the New Museum Theater June 13–14) will be present during the run of the exhibition, forming an impromptu stage set and catalyst for this series. Each session is led by an invited guest or guests who react to the concepts and objects presented in the exhibition.

Friday May 9 at 3 PM
Joy Askew: “Songs for Animals”

Joy Askew will perform a series of songs about animals and their rights as an extension of ethics. She will use piano and live multilayered vocal tracks and loops to build up layered sound.

Originally from the North of England, Joy Askew has made New York City her home for thirty years. Not only a singer-songwriter, she has played and sung in bands with such luminary artists as Joe Jackson, Peter Gabriel, Laurie Anderson, and Jack Bruce, and in 1986, Askew appeared in Laurie Anderson’s quintessential movie Home Of The Brave. She has opened live for David Bowie and David Byrne while promoting two of her own eight CD releases. 2012 saw the release of Askew’s CD Drunk On You, which has garnered positive reviews and had radio play across the US. Askew is also a member of the band Forge the Bell—a soundscape full of loops and improvisation. Askew has been an activist on behalf of farmed animals since 2004.

A complete list of “Hear, Here” Gallery Sessions and participants includes:

May 1 – Angel Nevarez/Valerie Tevere (“Another Protest Song: Karaoke with a Message”)
May 4 – Jean Casella and Five Mualimm-ak (“Voices from Solitary”)
May 9 – Joy Askew (“Songs for Animals”)
May 10 – Rainy Orteca (“Field Recordings)
May 18 – Courtesy the Artists (“Choir Practice”)
May 24 – Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (“An informal séance with the ghost of Carlos La Sombra”)
May 31 – Cara Baldwin (“Human Microphone”)
June 1 – Jaleh Mansoor (“Negative Articulation Toward Revolution”)
June 5 – Kelly Pratt (“Live Aurihorn Performance”)


“Jeanine Oleson: Hear, Here” is made possible, in part, through the support of the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Additional support for artist residencies is made possible by Laurie Wolfert.
Generous endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.
Education and public programs are made possible by a generous grant from Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David B. Heller & Hermine Riegerl Heller.
The curator would like to extend a special thanks to the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Parsons The New School for Design, and Dazian Creative Fabric Environments.

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