We’re very excited to announce the appointment of Performance Space 122’s new Executive Artistic Director, Jenny Schlenzka! Below is a letter from Enrico Ciotti, PS122 Board President, with the good news:
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Performance Space 122 has appointed Jenny Schlenzka, a respected curator of performance at MoMA PS1, as our next Executive Artistic Director.
At Performance Space 122, we celebrate courage – to challenge preconceived notions, to break barriers, both in substance and form, to take visible actions towards a freer, more expressive, diverse and equitable society. Jenny is a bold risk-taker whose programmatic choices combine a thorough curatorial approach with such great instincts on what it is that makes the heart of our extended community pulse. I am confident she will be a great leader at a very exciting time of growth for the organization.
Jenny will become PS122’s first female artistic leader and will build upon the legacy of both Vallejo Gantner (2005–2016) and Mark Russell (1985–2005). She brings over a decade of curatorial experience, primarily in live performance and media art, to PS122 as we prepare to return to our beloved East Village home. You can read more about Jenny Schlenzka and PS122 in the announcement recently published in The New York Times.
Many of you have stood by us through this transitional period of our history and, for this, we cannot thank you enough. Your dedication to the organization and the audiences and artists we support has sustained us mentally and fiscally. We look forward to the work that lies ahead.
I hope to see you all in January at the Coil Festival.
President, Performance Space 122 Board of Directors
For more information about PS122’s Coil Festival or to contribute a year-end donation, please visit: ps122.org
The Long Table Series has been a platform for shared learning. In the past, we’ve walked away with new perspectives, found renewed directions for our work, and connected to others in a way that fostered our collective growth around topics. Each discussion has been incredibly different and gave the collective differing outcomes.
As we dive deeper into the idea of shared learning, we’re sharing some of the readings that have been informing us and encourage you to do the same in the comments section. We will continuously update the post with the comprehensive list.
Long Table Shared Readings
Cultural Equity Long Table on Nov. 7, 2016, co-hosted with FABnyc and Loisaida, Inc.
CreateNYC: A Cultural Plan for All New Yorkers
Making Sense of Cultural Equity
by Clara Inés Schuhmacher, Katie Ingersoll, Fari Nzinga and Ian David Moss
Americans for the Arts’ Statement on Cultural Equity
Diversity is a Problem
by Melissa Hillman via Bitter Gertrude
Why I’m Done Talking About Diversity
by Marlon James via Literary Hub
Longtime PS122 artist Yehuda Duenyas and his company, Mindride LLC, have proved that once again #lovewins as they win “Outstanding Commercial” at the Creative Arts Emmys alongside the Ad Council and R/GA. Love Has No Labels, the public service announcement promoting diversity and inclusion, has been viewed over 160 million times online. According to the Ad Council, it is the second most viewed social and community activism video of all time. Congrats Yehuda and team!
For the next 3 years, Yehuda will be working with Performance Space 122 to develop PS122 Virtual, a program designed to consider what it means to be live in an online realm. Keep an eye out in 2017 and beyond…
For the past 11 years, it has been my privilege to be the Artistic Director of Performance Space 122 (PS122).
As the organization prepares to move back into our spaces at 150 First Avenue, I’ve decided it’s the right time to step down and allow new leadership to take PS122 into the next phase of its history. I feel strongly that the ribbon on these beautifully renovated spaces should be cut by a new leader, one who has the ideas, energy, and passion to take the organization forward in the long term and continue to build Performance Space 122’s role as an essential anchor of New York City’s cultural life.
Leadership change is essential for contemporary organisations to remain vital and responsive to their communities. For PS122, it is time for some new blood.
I will not leave until the new leadership is fully embedded into PS122, which I estimate to be towards the end of 2016. I’m making this announcement now in order to provide adequate time for a robust search for the new Executive Artistic Director as well as a meaningful hand-off period. PS122 is in great health, with big ideas in the pipeline for the new facilities and sites beyond. We have a phenomenal staff and board, all of whom are chomping at the bit to move back in, ready to succeed beyond measure in the new spaces.
I want to thank the current and past teams whom I’ve been privileged to work with over the last decade or so. I am so very proud of what they and the artists we’ve worked with have achieved. We’ve constantly sought to put our audience’s experience at the core of our thinking, and have been equally as steadfast in advocating for improved industry standards and providing robust resources and support to our artists.
We’ve commissioned and presented countless new ambitious ideas, invented a little festival called COIL, toured New York artists around the world through our GLOBAL program and presented work in locations all over the city. We’ve thrived through a massive renovation of the beautiful building in the East Village that we share with some fantastic co-tenants, and we are getting ready to move back in.
I’m excited to see what fresh eyes and a fresh brain can bring to a Performance Space 122 that is ever more critical in a New York City in constant flux, whose dynamic and generative culture needs our spaces, energy, and community to thrive.
Thank you to all of you for making this work possible – for making things with us and being a part of the glorious community that makes Performance Space 122 so very special.
We’re so excited to announce Karl Allen as Performance Space 122’s new Production Manager! Karl was previously the Technical Director of PS in the ‘aughts and more recently tour with Andrew Schneider’s acclaimed YOUARENOWHERE.
Karl says, “I’m excited about coming home to PS122 and helping start a new chapter in our history!”