20 March, 2019Print
The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC and WQXR to Celebrate 10th Anniversary This Spring
Featuring a 24-hour birthday marathon April 12-13 with WNYC and WQXR hosts and special guests, including activist DeRay Mckesson, musician Andrew Bird, actor John Cameron Mitchell, and Attacca Quartet performing a new Caroline Shaw piece
Additional highlights include special programs with pianist Lang Lang, writer Hilton Als, composer Arturo O’Farrill, photographer June Canedo, and actor Alec Baldwin
This April, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the street-level broadcast studio and performance venue of WNYC and WQXR, celebrates its 10th year of bringing New Yorkers forward-looking live art, theater, and journalism.
Conceived as a fully multiplatform venue serving radio, digital and live audiences, The Greene Space has – over the last decade – served an audience of over 100,000 in person and over 16 million online. With a blend of programming that includes live radio shows and podcast tapings, agenda-setting interviews and conversations, and intimate performances by world-class and emerging artists, The Greene Space brings New Yorkers together for one-of-a-kind experiences and fresh intersections of art and politics.
The Greene Space has hosted luminaries including Janelle Monáe and The National, actors Frances McDormand and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, writers Nikki Giovanni and Roxane Gay, newsmakers Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chelsea Manning, and many more. View highlights from its first decade here: https://youtu.be/PBnachIQZa4
To celebrate its 10 year anniversary and look ahead to the next decade, The Greene Space is launching a series of special concerts, performances, discussions, podcast tapings, and exhibits this spring that represent the breadth of programs the space is known for. Highlights include:
- "24 @ 44: A Marathon Celebration of 10 Years in The Greene Space," a nonstop 24-hour marathon of live journalism, music, art, performances, and parties, free and open to all, on April 12-13. Highlights include live radio broadcasts of The Brian Lehrer Show and All of It with Alison Stewartfeaturing guests DeRay Mckesson and Andrew Bird, a taping of WNYC Studios’ soon-to-be-launched comedy podcast Adulting with Michelle Buteau and Jordan Carlos talking with special guests including John Cameron Mitchell, a happy hour with the Gothamist editorial team, an exclusive performance of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw’s not-yet-released album Orange performed by Attacca Quartet and an all-night sleepover party with music, games, and movies hosted by comedian Josh Gondelman (Desus & Mero, Late Night with John Oliver). In partnership with The New York Opera Festival, a team of local artists will be challenged to create an original 10-minute opera in just 24 hours to premiere at the marathon’s close.
- Six-time Grammy winning composer Arturo O'Farrill completes a series of performances with a Greene Space-commissioned world premiere, accompanied by the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, on April 24.
- On April 30 New Yorker writer Hilton Als curates and hosts the first of a four-part series that looks at the ways poets and poetry reflect contemporary life. Guests Michael Dickman (Brother) and Brenda Shaughnessy (Octopus Museum) both have new books that touch on many of the issues he is setting out to address in this residency: world change, consciousness, race, gender, parenting, coupling and more.
- The Greene Space has commissioned work by photographer June Canedo, resulting in the exhibition Focus On Your Breath. Canedo — whose photography of Roma star Yalitza Aparicio appeared in Vogue's recent November issue — will lead an opening night conversation on April 1 about authentic collaboration in art making between artists, curators, and subjects.
- One of the world’s biggest classical stars Lang Lang returns to The Greene Space on April 9 to perform selections from his brand new solo album ‘Piano Book,’ a collection of the pieces that first inspired him to play the piano.
- New series Black Icons of Podcasting, in which WNYC Cultural Critic and Editor of Special Projects Rebecca Carroll interviews pioneers of the form including Tracy Clayton, host of Netflix’s Strong Black Legend podcast and formerly of Buzzfeed podcast sensation Another Round and Crissle West of hit culture podcast The Read.
Also in The Greene Space this spring:
- Weekly podcast tapings of Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin (April 8), Punderdome (April 15), The Stakes (April 22), The Stoop (May 6);
- Midday Masterpieces, lunch hour classical concerts presented by WQXR in partnership with the Juilliard School each month; and
- Greene Space original series, including genre-defying performance showcase 44 Charlton every first Friday and Micropolis, which investigates race, gender, ethnicity and urban life in NYC by engaging work of its most innovative artists and thinkers.
“For 10 years, The Greene Space has brought New Yorkers face-to-face with world-class artists and thinkers in original performances, genre-defying live art, interactive journalism, and urgent conversations about power and politics in our city and our world,” said Jennifer Sendrow, Executive Producer, The Greene Space. “We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve done, deeply committed to the mission and values that guide our programming, and thrilled to be marking this anniversary with a new website, an expanded artists-in-residency program, and a fresh look for our lobby this fall.”
Selected Highlights from the Greene Space’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
For a full calendar and descriptions of all upcoming events, click here: www.thegreenespace.org
Date: Monday, April 1, 2019 7:00 PM
Event: FOCUS ON YOUR BREATH
Program: Artist and curator June Canedo — whose photography of Roma star Yalitza Aparicio appeared in Vogue's recent November issue — leads a conversation about authentic collaboration in art-making: artists, curators, and subjects engaging as equal partners, with collective input on direction, process, and intention. The discussion will offer perspectives on participatory art and other collaborative frameworks as panelists address the power dynamics in their practice.
Canedo’s portrait project Focus on Your Breath was commissioned by The Greene Space and ten photographs will be on view from April 1 – June 30. The series presents an opportunity to confront the role of women as muses in photography and exhibit images of women that reflect their agency. Rather than emphasizing the artist’s perspective or the audience's viewpoint, the portraits will prioritize the subject's interpretations of themselves, as they collaborate with the artist to create an image that reflects both their varied identities and how they would like to be presented to viewers.
Date: Monday, April 8, 2019 7:00 PM
Program: This event features Alec Baldwin in conversation with Julie K. Brown of the Miami Herald. Brown broke one of the most politically explosive stories of the past several years, embroiling a Trump cabinet official as well as one of America’s richest men. Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire hedgefunder and a friend of both Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, masterminded a cult-like child sex ring that could have landed him in prison for the rest of his life. Instead, he got 13 months in a county jail, with work-leave. The man who cut him that sweetheart plea-deal was U.S. Attorney – now Secretary of Labor — Alexander Acosta. The story took Brown a year to report, and in response to her work, victims filed lawsuits and the Justice Department opened up an investigation into the legality of the plea agreement. How was Brown tipped off? How did she “source up?” Did anyone try to get in her way? And where are the victims now? The event will present the story behind this fascinating and terrible story.
WNYC’s Rebecca Carroll sits down with some of the podcasting world's most influential Black hosts and producers. They'll share an unfiltered reflection on their incredible (and unexpected) journeys into the ear buds of millions of listeners around the globe.
Date: Monday, April 29, 2019 7:00 PM
Date: Monday, May 20, 2019 7:00 PM
Event: BLACK ICONS OF PODCASTING – TRACY CLAYTON OF “STRONG BLACK LEAD”
24 HOUR PROGRAMMING
Date: Friday, April 12, 2019 7:00 AM through Saturday, April 13, 2019 7:00 AM
Program: A nonstop 24-hour marathon of live journalism, music, art, performances, and parties, free and open to all, on April 12-13. Highlights include live radio broadcasts of The Brian Lehrer Show and All of It with Alison Stewart featuring guests DeRay Mckesson andAndrew Bird, a taping of WNYC Studios’ soon-to-be-launched comedy podcast Adulting with Michelle Buteau and Jordan Carlos talking with special guests including John Cameron Mitchell, a happy hour with the Gothamist editorial team, an exclusive performance of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw’s not-yet-released album Orange performed by Attacca Quartet and an all-night sleepover party with music, games, and movies hosted by comedian Josh Gondelman (Desus & Mero, Late Night with John Oliver). In partnership with The New York Opera Festival, a team of local artists will be challenged to create an original ten-minute opera in just 24 hours to premiere at the marathon’s close.
Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 1:00 PM
Program: Take a respite from your busy work day with a free concert presented by WQXR. Hear rising stars from The Juilliard School perform selections from classical music’s best-loved composers. This month's performance is by the school's Trombone Choir.
Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 8:00 PM
Event: WQXR UP CLOSE: LANG LANG
Program: One of the world’s biggest classical stars returns to The Greene Space to perform selections from his brand new solo album ‘Piano Book,’ a collection of the pieces that first inspired him to play the piano. WQXR’s Clemency Burton-Hill will lead the conversation with Lang Lang.
Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 1:00 PM
Program: Leave the emails, phone calls, and stress behind and settle in for an hour of musical serenity with a live performance by The Juilliard School's Honors Chamber Ensemble.
Date: Wednesday April 24, 2019 7:00 PM
Program: The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra joins us for a special celebration as six-time Grammy-Award winner Arturo O'Farrill wraps up his artist-in-residence series with a world premiere of a new composition commissioned in honor of The Greene Space's 10th anniversary. The brand-new genre-bending composition is inspired by Arturo’s political activism and meant to smash the concept of high and low culture in music, challenging the idea that classical and jazz music are elite or that folkloric or commercially driven music is of lower artistic merit.
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 7:00 PM
Program: The Greene Space’s third artist-in-residence for 2019 is writer and critic Hilton Als (The New Yorker). His four-part conversation series The Way We Live Now looks at the ways poets and poetry reflect contemporary life as it concerns America, its goals, aspirations, defeats, and realities. On April 30, Als will be joined by special guests: poets Michael Dickman (Brother) and Brenda Shaughnessy (Octopus Museum).
Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 7:00 PM
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 7:00 PM
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ABOUT THE JEROME L. GREENE PERFORMANCE SPACE
The Greene Space is the street-level broadcast studio and performance venue of WNYC and WQXR, channeling the collective genius in New York City to create forward-looking live art, theater, and journalism that sparks change. For more information, visit www.thegreenespace.org
Lead philanthropic support for The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space is provided by The Jerome L. Greene Foundation. Additional support for the Greene Space comes from the Howard Gilman Foundation, MetLife Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
ABOUT THE JEROME L. GREENE FOUNDATION
The Jerome L. Greene Foundation supports select programs that make a significant impact on the lives of all New Yorkers in the areas of the arts, education, medicine and social justice. Its 40-year history is grounded in the vision of its founder, Jerry Greene, to give back to the city he loved. Today the Foundation honors his commitment by continuing to fund quality institutions and programs, and by identifying new ways to increase access to the arts and education, create opportunity for ground-breaking medical research, and help ensure social justice for all.