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”Listener Supported” Fundraising plus a Conversation with Viktor Koen about his multiple exhibitions coming up in the near future, April 16, 2015

April 16, 2015

Make Art @ SVA Posters-2.72

Not all that long ago I was in my car listening to one of the local public radio stations when the program was interrupted by some well-meaning person telling me about why I should immediately stop whatever I was doing to call in and pledge X amount of dollars to show my support for the station and the particular program I was listening to. The man on the radio then used the term: Listener Supported.

Listener Supported…ever since then those two words have rattled around in my head. I don’t know why. It’s not like I’d never heard them before. No, in fact, I’m sure every time I’ve heard a pledge pitch it’s been said over and over, ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

So why did it happen to “stick” this time around? Simple answer: I don’t know other then the fact that it really says so much about who we are here at Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM and what we do and what we need from you so we can continue doing it. All of us here LOVE what we do…but it only exists—WE only exist—because of what you do: LISTEN and SUPPORT US.

Please call now or visit our newly revitalized website: CosmosFM.org and pledge your support. 718.204.8900.

Remember we are LISTENER SUPPORTED.

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photo from DUMBO “Personal Mythologies

Tonight, helping me fundraise, is my good friend and long-time friend of GRAFFITI, the artist, Viktor Koen.

All the art work in this entry is Viktor’s work. He has a number of exhibitions coming up and all the links, etc. are listed below:

KKJ Invitation

1) SYLVIA: Auschwitz/ Birkenau/ Majdanek exhibition returns to NYC at the Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue/Museum – opens Sunday, April 19 (till March 24). 280 Broome Street, New York.

Click here to read Viktor’s blog entry about his Grandmother, Sylvia, holocaust survivor.

I saw this exhibition back in 2010 and some of the images—and one in particular—have never left me. Click here to hear excerpts from the conversation Viktor and I had back in 2010 about this exhibit.

 

2) Philanthropy Poster Project (Posters by Viktor’s School of Visual Arts Students) opens at the PPP Banner 2TH photoThessaloniki Concert Hall in Greece – April 13-May 31.

Click here for Viktor’s blog entry about the 2014 Philanthropy Poster Project.

 

3) SVA (School of Visual Arts) Subway Posters NYC – April 6, in over 400 subway stations for the next 3 months.

The new SVA subway posters series focused on art making—a good oldMake Art @ SVA Posters-3.72 fashion tradition of inspired labor resulting to something magic. Art making that is messy and expressive but above all productive in images, design or motion. Art making that needs protective eye goggles, maybe related to Rosie the riveter and her we-can-do-it attitude. Just talking about art is uplifting but unless it motivates one to run back to the studio and make stuff, often falls flat or evaporates. (from Viktor’s notes on the project)

Click here for an article published for last year’s SVA subway poster series.

 

4) DUMBO “Personal Mythologies” an ongoing public art project: This is a 350 ft. photographic fence, part of NYC DOT’s Urban Art Program around the base of Manhattan bridge in DUMBO. “Personal Mythologies”, conceived, curated and produced by United Photo Industries, opened with the Brooklyn Arts Festival and will be up till September 2015.

Click here for some great pictures Viktor posted on his blog.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA5) Solo exhibition of Viktor’s new series of tintypes on Greek mythology: Bestiary. It opens at the Benaki Museum in Athens June 3 – July 26, 2015.

Bestiary is the product of a long fascination with Greek mythology and early 19th Century photography. Based on a set of mostly hybrid creature descriptions and influenced by religious OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAiconography, myth comes full circle and meets social criticism by molding these monstrous archetypes into contemporary commentary. Most importantly, in this series, the beasts are separated from their usually singular dimension, assuming complex, tragic personalities in which monsters and heroes become difficult to tell apart. (from Viktor’s notes on the project)

Click here for more information

 

6) Group exhibition titled “Places of Memory” including prints from the Sylvia collection, opensAuschwitz Gate detail at the Athens Art Center (formerly building of ESA) in Athens June 3 – July 26, 2015 (curated by Penelope Petsini and Nikos Panagiotopoulos)

Click here for more information

 

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1) SYLVIA: Auschwitz/ Birkenau/ Majdanek exhibition returns to NYC at the Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue/Museum – opens Sunday, April 19 (till March 24). 280 Broome Street, New York.
2) Philanthropy Poster Project (Posters by Viktor’s School of Visual Arts Students) opens at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall in Greece – April 13-May 31.
3) SVA (School of Visual Arts) Subway Posters NYC – April 6, in over 400 subway stations for the next 3 months.
4) DUMBO “Personal Mythologies” an ongoing public art project: This is a 350 ft. photographic fence, part of NYC DOT’s Urban Art Program around the base of Manhattan bridge in DUMBO. “Personal Mythologies”, conceived, curated and produced by United Photo Industries, opened with the Brooklyn Arts Festival and will be up till September 2015.
5) Solo exhibition of Viktor’s new series of tintypes on Greek mythology: Bestiary. It opens at the Benaki Museum in Athens June 3 – July 26, 2015.
6) Group exhibition titled “Places of Memory” including prints from the Sylvia collection, opens at the Athens Art Center (formerly building of ESA) in Athens June 3 – July 26, 2015

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