PS122 is proud to announce the co-chairs of our Give Performance Space campaign, a capacity campaign coinciding with the renovation of our home at 150 1st Avenue. Give Performance Space is a campaign to launch Performance Space 122′s growth as an organization with the goal of better serving the artists and audiences of New York City. The co-chairs are acclaimed actor, photographer and activist Alan Cumming; producer, writer and director Stella Schnabel and PS122 Board Vice President Charles L. Kerr, partner at international law office Morrison & Foerster.
Since PS122’s start as an East Village artist squat, we’ve grown from a scrappy under dog providing artists a space to experiment to a globally renowned leader in the performance field. PS122 has launched careers, supported innovation and developed new art practices that have enriched the cultural life of New York City and contemporary performance worldwide.
The City of New York has begun work on a code renovation of the organization’s beloved East Village home. The funds raised during the Give Performance Space campaign will ensure that PS122 can successfully navigate the institutional and physical growth necessary to take full advantage of this renovation. It will give PS122 the flexibility to take risks, adapt and grow as a leader within the cultural ecology of New York City by providing a much-needed, multi-disciplinary medium-sized venue to the performing arts sector.
The Give Performance Space campaign is still in the leadership-giving phase. PS122 will release public information in 2015 as they move into the public phase of the campaign. Visit ps122.org/GPS for more information.
It’s happening again…join PS122 and hosts Winsome Brown & Claude Arpels next week at the 2nd Annual Performance Space 122 Backgammon Tournament. Test your skills, play for your honor and support your favorite contemporary performance hub in the process. All levels welcome.
2nd Annual Performance Space 122 Backgammon Tournament
Wednesday, March 5th, 7pm-11pm
145 Hudson Street, Apt 12B, New York, NY 10013
$300 to play, rebuys starting at $100
100% of donation is tax-deductible
All guests enjoy libations and snacks all night long.
NEW! Tournament champion wins a one-on-one lesson with Backgammon great Ijaz Malik and two tickets to Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway starring Neil Patrick Harris!
For details about the tournament play or if you are not available on 3/5/2014 but would like to receive future invitations to similar events in the future, please contact Lori Vroegindewey by email [email protected] or phone 212-477-5829 x.302
To psych ourselves up for next month’s RAMP performance by Glass Ghost, we’re looping the eerie pop gem “Like A Diamond” from Glass Ghost’s record Idol Omen. Call PS122 at 212-477-5829 and select an extension to hear it or check out the video below. And don’t forget to grab your tickets for Glass Ghost’s show on March 28 and 29, 2014.
Here’s the whole hold music back story:
When I first became the IT guy at PS122 there were some real eccentricities in the way the 100+ year-old building was hooked up. Our phone and internet came in on a frail wire which stretched perilously from a building on East 10th Street across a wide courtyard, ending up in a a rusty metal box outside the downstairs theater. Snow and wind storms were cause for week-long outages. Inside the building there were nests of phone and ethernet cables stretching to the various homemade treehouses we called our offices.
I discovered my favorite IT oddity one day when I came across a dusty discman hooked up to the PBX phone switch via an 1/8th inch cord. There was no disc in in it but i surmised that this had been the method PS122 had used to play hold music for callers. I dropped in a Tiger Lillies CD, leftover from their show back in 1999, and when I called 212-477-5829 and dialed my own extension I could indeed hear the music from the cd combined with a strange metallic echo.
Now with our renovation underway at PS122 East Village we are working out of a satellite office in Brooklyn. Most of our IT is in the cloud but we still like to curate the hold music.
PS122 is proud to announce that we are part of the second class of Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Building Demand for the Arts grant in partnership with Ryan Holsopple of 31 Down. You can see the press release on ddcf.org.
“More and more artists across the country are expressing interest in working more deeply with organizations to increase audience demand for the arts,” says Ben Cameron, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Arts Program Director for the Arts. “We are happy to support conversations between 24 exciting arts organizations and artists to explore ways that they might collaborate to this end in the future, and we look forward to the projects they imagine together.”
Performance Space 122 will work with Ryan Holsopple to engage internet tastemakers and those who care deeply about creation, curation, connection and community. We’re excited to start planning the Exploration grant with Ryan this month – stay tuned for more details.
We very much regret to inform you that the Saturday, February 1st performance of Okwui Okpokwasili’s Bronx Gothic has been canceled. Okwui is extremely ill and is unable to perform. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.
If you pre-purchased tickets through Danspace Project, you will be provided with a refund to your credit card within five business days. If you reserved tickets through your PS122 COIL Pass, you will be able to use those tickets for any of our Spring programming (schedule coming soon).
Thank you for your understanding. Please call Danspace Project at (212) 674-8112 if you have questions or concerns.