Southampton Arts Center is thrilled to present artist Michael Holman’s spoken word performance piece, Confessions of a Subculturalist, that brings to life his personal experiences as an artist in New York City, his archives, and their collective importance to World Culture. In this 90-minute performance, the audience will be taken on a journey through short story-telling – augmented by film, video, and photography projection, that will surely whet the appetite of any audience looking to explore contemporary, American Popular, and Underground Urban Culture, including the creation of the first ever, nationally syndicated Hip Hop TV Show called Graffiti Rock in 1984, featuring The New York City Breakers, Rapper Kool Moe Dee, and the first ever televised appearance of Run DMC.
Also covered in this unique spoken word piece is the formation of internationally celebrated dance crew, The New York City Breakers, in 1982, who performed for President Ronald Reagan, Prince Andrew of Great Britain, the King and Queen of Norway, and many other dignitaries, and with artists and celebrities, including Elizabeth Taylor, Sarah Vaughn, Frank Sinatra, Ben Vereen, Meryl Streep, Muhammad Ali, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Prince and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Additionally, the creation of art/noise band with artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1979, performed at all the celebrated New York landmark venues, including The Mudd Club, Hurrah’s and CBGB’s, at which time Holman spent his time with art world luminaries such as William Burroughs, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring, designer Norma Kamali, and more. And finally, Holman talks about his encounter with London Punk Rock impresario Malcolm McLaren in 1981, which leads to the opportunity to bring Hip Hop Culture to the Manhattan nightclub, Negril, where Hip Hop Pioneers DJ Afrika Bambaataa, Fab 5 Freddy, The Cold Crush Brothers, Phase II, Rammellzee, Futura, and the Father of Hip Hop, DJ Kool Herc, first performed for the Downtown/East Village crowd.
Michael Holman was no mere bystander to contemporary New York culture, and by the end of the spoken word performance, it will be evident that he is one of the most important influencers, having helped shape world culture as we know it.
About Michael Holman:
An influential observer of popular culture and entertainment, Michael Holman is a filmmaker, artist, writer, and musician, based in New York City. A pioneer in the Downtown New York Art Scene and Uptown Hip-Hop Scene, Holman founded the band Gray (an industrial, atmospheric, electronic noise group) with painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, Holman also created, managed and choreographed the internationally celebrated dance crew, the New York City Breakers, and created and produced the first nationally broadcasted, Hip-Hop television show, Graffiti Rock in 1984.
Holman is also a writer, director, producer, & educator of film, television and theater, and has taught Media and Screenwriting courses at schools such as the City College of New York, School of Visual Arts, & Howard University. Holman wrote and directed live stage performances for the likes of Nile Rodgers and Tommy Boy Music, wrote the screenplay for Julian Schnabel’s Miramax feature film Basquiat, and has written art criticism for magazines such as the British Art magazine, Art Monthly, Art Forum, and New York’s East Village Eye. Click here to learn more about Michael Holman.
Curated by Amy Kirwin Programmatic Partners include Peconic Land Trust, South Fork Natural History Museum, Oceana and the Peter Matthiessen Center. This timely exhibition will feature artists who use their talents to focus on environmental conservation and activism, whether through fine art, upcycling, photography, film, music, prose or other forms of artistic expression. Exhibiting artists will hold workshops throughout, poignant panel discussions will be organized with the presenting partners, plus special film screenings including the sensational Fantastic Fungi. The intention of eARTh is to create a beautiful message about the state of our precious earth in a way that all can understand and appreciate. Artists include Roisin Bateman, Kristian Brevik, Scott Bluedorn, Megan Chaskey, Erica Cirino, Rossa Cole, Janet Culbertson, Thomas Deininger, Alejandro Duran, Jim Gingerich, Mamoun Friedrich Grosvenor, John Haigney, Kara Hoblin, Michael Light, Pamela Longobardi, Christa Maiwald, Tucker Marder, Janine Martel, Steve Miller, Patricia Paladines, Aurora Robson, Cindy Pease Roe, Lauren Ruiz, Anne Seelbach, Kathryn Szoka, and Diane Tuft, plus a special project by the members of the South Fork Natural History Museum’s Young Environmentalists program. Cover Art: Kara Hoblin
Conceived and Curated by Paton Miller Presenting Sponsor: Ingrid Arneberg and Will Marin East End Collected draws attention to the large population of artists living in the region and reflects Paton Miller’s vision of the East End as an ideal environment for artists to create work. In this sixth iteration of the popular exhibition, Miller continues with the intention of never showing the same artist twice. Since its 2015 launch, the EEC series has featured over 200 individuals. Through this exhibition, Paton Miller celebrates 34 new artists and further establishes Southampton Arts Center as a home where the East End arts scene continues to thrive. EEC6 Artists include Linda K. Alpern, Mary Boochever, Deborah Buck, Dominic Cantasano, Isadora Capraro, Philippe Cheng, Joe Chierchio, Jerry Cooke, James Croak, Noel de Lesseps, Mary Delaney, John Dios, David Geiser*, Melody Guini, Candace Hill, Dennis Lawrence, Christine Matthai, Gerald Monroe, Ryan Moore, Shimon Okshteyn*, Zach Osif, Patrick Peters, Leila Pinto, William Quigley, Doug Reina, Bastienne Schmidt, Christine Sciulli, Anne Seelbach, Agathe Snow, Kevin Teare, Catherine Van Milders, Maria Vasconcelos, Linh Vivace, Charles Waller*, Claire Watson, Carol Weinberg, Suzanne Wetanson, and John Whelan. This year we pay tribute to three East End Collected alums we lost in the past year, David Geiser (EEC1), Charles Waller (EEC2), and Shimon Okshteyn (EEC4).