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Checking Up on the Watermill Center Artists

Tue, 11/16/2021 - 09:46
Robert Fieseler will discuss his forthcoming book about the impact of McCarthyism on Florida’s queer community at the Watermill Center.
Lindsay Morris

In Process @ the Watermill Center, a series of rehearsals, workshops, artist talks, and studio visits with the center's international artists-in-residence, will feature presentations by its three current residents -- Robert Fieseler, Gozde Ilkin, and Nene Humphrey -- on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Mr. Fieseler was named journalist of the year in 2019 by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and won the 2020 Columbia Journalism School First Decade Award. He is the author of "Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation," which was called "essential reading at any time" by the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Cunningham.

He will discuss his current project, "American Scare: The Cold War in the Sunshine State," set for publication in 2022, which examines the impact of McCarthyism on Florida's queer community.

Based in Istanbul, Ms. Ilkin works on found domestic fabrics such as tablecloths, curtains, and bedsheets that represent social processes that have become objects of memory. Her motifs and drawings on fabrics depict cultural information, political and social relationships, and gender issues.

She has had solo exhibitions in Paris, Beijing, Cairo, and Munich, and participated in residencies in Paris, at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, and Bremen, Germany. While at the Watermill Center she is using fabrics and textiles as a launch pad for visual and performance art.

Ms. Humphrey's work ranges from sculpture, drawing, and photography to video, installations, and collaborative performances. As a long-term artist-in-residence at New York University's LeDoux Lab, she collaborates with neuroscientists to depict the seemingly infinite space of emotion and memory as it is processed in the brain.

She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Asian Cultural Council, among others. She is developing a new theater work while at the center.

Registration for the free program is required through the center's website. All attendees must present proof of vaccination before check-in. 

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