AMP | Happenings 2017

August 19, 2017

'Threw the Keyhole"

Two Performances, Fort Point Theatre Channel company

6PM and 8PM, 30 minutes

Inspired by “The Other Side,” Rick Dorff’s monumental sculpture residing at the AMP Gallery this season, members and friends of Boston’s Fort Point Theatre Channel company (fortpointtc.org) will present a short devised theater performance with music at 6:00 and 8:00 on Saturday, August 19. The kinetic keyhole-like shape of the sculpture calls forth themes of locking out, locking in, “Human the Lock and Human the Key,” thus: migration, refuge, freedom, transgression and repentance. Directed by Christine Noah, script by Melissa Nussbaum, produced by Nick Thorkelson.

August 20, 2017

Mitch Bogen and Judith Trepp's Monograph, "Fragrance of the Invisible Flower"

Book Reception

4-6 PM

Mitch Bogen is a writer living in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA. For more than two decades he has been a participant in the Boston-area university and nonprofit education communities, focusing on peace and global citizenship education, as well as on issues relating to religious pluralism. He holds masters degrees in theology and education from Harvard University. In late 2012, he launched his blog, Mitch Bogen’s Art & Argument, as a venue for writing about his lifelong enthusiasm for the arts.

Judith Trepp, a native New Yorker, has lived in Zuerich, Switzerland, the major part of each year since 1970. From 1974-85 she also lived in Tuscany, Italy, and since 1990 has maintained an atelier in Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA, where she had a one-person show at the Provincetown Art Museum (PAAM) in 2011. In addition, Trepp has traveled extensively in various regions of India and Japan as well as in Europe. These diverse enlargements of vision — intellectually and culturally — resonate in her work. For further information regarding Trepp’s background, publications, and exhibitions please go to the website judithtrepp.net.

August 27, 2017

Tough Girls & Lucid Dreamers VIII

Readings and Performances by Eileen Myles, Michael Cunningham, Katrina del Mar, Bill Berry, Monica Falcone, Sarah Greenwood, Billy Hough & Susan Goldberg, Karyn Kuhl, Shelley Marlow, Bobby Miller, Runn Shayo, Genny Slag & others!

6 to 8 PM

Eileen Myles is the author of nineteen books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems, and a 2015 reissue of Chelsea Girls. In 2017 Grove Press will publish Afterglow (a memoir) about Myles’s late pitbull, Rosie, a one time Provincetown resident. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, and a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art. In 2016 they received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. They’ve had work included in the past in shows at Southern Exposure (SF) David Zwirner, and most recently The Artist’s Institute (NYC) exhibited Myles’s 1992 campaign materials. Myles has showed their work several times in Provincetown at AMP and Schoolhouse Gallery where they will be exhibiting work in August. Myles teaches at NYU and Naropa University and lives in Marfa, TX and New York.

Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award & Pulitzer Prize), The Snow Queen, Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as the non-fiction book, Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown. His latest book, A Wild Swan and Other Tales (illustrated by Yuko Shimizu) was published in November 2015. He is a Senior Lecturer at Yale and lives in New York.

Katrina del Mar is a New York-based photographer, video artist, writer, and award-winning film director. Her work has been described as “beautiful”, exuding an “intimate chemistry” and also as “filth of the highest quality.” Katrina herself has been described as a “major league cutie,” “a wild woman,” “the Lesbian Russ Meyer,” and “apparently, the lesbian stepchild of Kenneth Anger.”

Her solo exhibition GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, first presented at Participant Inc. in New York City, shown at AMP Gallery in the summer season of 2013. Likewise, her solo exhibition Summer Sang in Me, first presented at Strange Loop Gallery in New York City was exhibited at AMP Gallery in 2014. In 2012, Katrina presented a series of films and photographs from the Golden Age of Performance Art (1988-2000) On the Edge of Society: Moments in Live Art, at Warehouse 9, Copenhagen, Denmark. Her solo exhibition, Gangs of New York, was presented in 2010 at Wrong Weather Gallery in Porto, Portugal. Invited to teach at the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany, she conducted the first ever Queer Trash Feminist Film Workshop, also in 2010. Katrina has shown her critically acclaimed Girl Gang Trilogy of films internationally, including venues such as the Museum for Contemporary Art (CAPC), Bordeaux, France, the Fringe Film Festival, London, UK, 2012; Nightingale Cinema, co-presented by Chicago Underground Film Festival, the MoMA Dome 2 in Rockaway Beach, and Bio Paradis, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Katrina’s work has garnered numerous awards including a fellowship in video from the New York Foundation for the Arts, “Best Experimental Film” from the Planet Out Short Movie Awards announced at the Sundance Film Festival, the 2010 Accolade Award of Merit, and Winner of Juried Competition, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2012.

Katrina is currently producing a “non-linear, semi surreal” documentary-style web series called DelMarvelous: A Day in the Life, Katrina del Mar, which will be screened at AMP during this year's Provincetown International Film Festival.

Bill Berry was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. As a young writer, he wrote mostly horror. Years later he became entrenched in the "Post-Movements," and his fiction took on some of the more post-structural aspects of language and story. Berry has presented his work at Wayne State University in Detroit, The Bowery Poetry Club in New York, Boston University in Boston, AMP (Art Market Provincetown), and other venues. He has been published in several small literary magazines, and his work has appeared in several anthologies. As a professor, he has given presentations, facilitated workshops, and published scholarly works on identity and language in writing.

Monica Falcone is originally from New Jersey and started playing guitar at age 13. In the 90's, Mony played among New York's garage scene in the all-female garage-a-billy band, Sit n' Spin, opening for some of their favorite bands such as The Muffs, Link Wray and touring with the 5678's. After 10 years of touring and recording she landed in Brooklyn where she met Tammy Faye Starlite. Over the past 10 years, she's played with Tammy in The Stay-at-Homes (covering the Runaways), Prima Ballerina (covering the NY Dolls) and most recently The Pretty Babies (covering Blondie.) Mony has also filled in on bass guitar for Tammy's Nico performances and frequently duets with Tammy for special events.

Sarah Greenwood is a songwriter and performer, born in Switzerland to British transplants. Graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Sarah is the recipient of multiple Professional Writing Division Awards for Songwriting from Berklee. She released several well received eponymous EP's including 24 Hour Shift before forming GSX, known for its fiery live performances. Sarah's full length album Manifest was released in 2005 and GSX headlined and played both internationally, notably to a crowd of 50,000 in Reykjavik, Iceland and nationally, at notable venues including the Gramercy Theater and the notorious CBGB’s, where they opened for Joan Jett. The GSX videos Bringin' Me Down and I Got What I Came For directed by Katrina del Mar, both made the Top Ten on LOGO's Click List(MTV Networks). Sarah is currently working on a new record. She lives in New York City. website

“Greenwood has a knack for transforming pain and anger into edgy songs which alternately smolder and blaze with the eloquently pissed-off attitude of Chrissie Hynde. Her Lyrics are reminiscent of Lou Reed and Patti Smith.” - Boston Phoenix

Billy Hough lives between Provincetown and New York City. He and Susan Goldberg comprise "Scream Along with Billy", a brilliant rock 'n roll stream of consciousness piano and bass duo, now celebrating its 12th year. He also is a member of the punk band "garageDogs", and plays piano and sings at the Gifford House on the weekends, and is a founding member of the Gold Dust Orphans. Billy has three songs on the film Rampart soundtrack, including his own song Venice, and covers of Downtown and Johnny Thunders' You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory. His music is also featured in two recent films directed by Oren Moverman entitled Time Out of Mind and The Diner. He is working on a memoir.

Susan Goldberg lives in Provincetown. She is well known as "Solid Goldberg" for her awesome bass playing in bands such as "Scream Along with Billy", "Space Pussy", and "Cla de Bossa Nova", among others.

Karyn Kuhl: The Stars Will Bring You Home is the newest EP from the Karyn Kuhl Band. Home for Kuhl is Hoboken, NJ, where she was a founding member of Gut Bank and Sexpod, two staple bands during the much-revered Maxwell's club's legendary heyday. The album was produced by another Hoboken stalwart, James Mastro (The Bongos, Ian Hunter), and recorded at the local Nuthouse Recording studio by Tom Beaujour (Nada Surf, Juliana Hatfield), and at Water Music by Rob Harari.

Shelley Marlow “writes with a fluid quality that pulls the reader through these events and passages, twining the workaday and the trippy together…. (Marlow) makes a strong case for love in the face of all as the truest magic this life has to offer.” (Lambda Literary) Marlow’s art edition of their novel TWO AUGUSTS IN A ROW IN A ROW,(Publication Studio) will be out next month. Marlow will read from their novel in progress, THE WIND BLEW THROUGH LIKE A CHORUS OF GHOSTS.

Bobby Miller is a performance poet, writer, actor and photographer. He is the author of four books of poetry; "Benestrific Blonde", "Mouth of Jane", ”Troubleblonde” and "Rigamarole". He has been published in many magazines and periodicals including Verbal Abuse, Vice Magazine, UHF Magazine and The Village Voice. He is included in The 1995 American Book Award- winning "Aloud: Voices from The Nuyorican Poets Cafe", "Verses That Hurt; Pleasure and Pain from the Poemfone Poets, and “The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry”, listed on the top ten Poetry National Bestseller List. Mr. Miller’s book, "Fabulous! A Photographic Diary Of Studio 54" 144 black and white photographs with text was published by St. Martin's Press in September 1998, He is also the author “A Downtown State of Mind: NYC 1973 – 1983”, “Wigstock in Black & White: 1985 – 2005”, “Jackie 60 Nights”, “Amina”, “Queer Nation”, “PORTRAITS: Volumes 1 – 3”, ”Ptown Peeps” Volumes 1 , 2 and 3, “Forget Them Not”, ”Fetish and Fairytale Folk”, “Diva’s, Dudes & Dandies”, and “Fabulous! A Photographic Diary of Studio 54: REDUX” with 37 color plates added for the 37th Anniversary of Studio 54. All of his books can be purchased at www.blurb.com/user/store/TroubleBlond.

His is work has been exhibited in NYC, Palm Springs and Provincetown at AMP Gallery, and Woodman Shimko Gallery. Bobby has been taking photographs since 1974. His first influence was his mother Dorothy C. Miller, a prolific amateur photographer. His first contemporary influences were Christopher Makos, Robert Mapplethorpe and Jimmy De Sana. He studied photography with Lisette Model in 1976 in NYC at The New School during the last year of her life. As a hairdresser and make-up artist he has worked with photographers Lynn Goldsmith, Francesco Scavullo and Robert Mapplethorpe and many others.

As a poet and spoken word artist he has collaborated with recording artist DJ Dmitry of the band Dee-Lite on a recording of “My Life as I Remember It to Be” released in 2015 and can also be heard on Epic Records CD Home Alive with Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Joan Jett, and others performing his “Keep Your Mouth Off My Sisters”.

Runn Shayo: "I am a time-based, environmental, site-specific film and performance artist. I use film and video to create installations, sometimes combining multiple channel video projections with live art. My background as a dancer and an actor in theater and film has influenced my work a great deal.

The work I produce for the screen range from experimental documentaries to dance films, and to what I define as environmental site-specific performance art film. These pieces explore environmental aspects of landscapes through filmed performances.

My works usually deal with subjects of gender, immigration, or the environment. They explore the struggle of an artist in contemporary contexts. I discover my characters and their stories through researching archived popular TV shows, classic history films, and archived documentation of conceptualized contemporary performance art. The ancient form of storytelling is what I ultimately honor, yet, in the center of my exploration is the meaninglessness of words, the out-cast, the sidekick; a voice of a mute preacher."

Runn was born and raised in Israel, and moved to New York 19 years ago to attend school. He has lived here ever since.

Genny Slag to come..

August 30, 2017

Amy Hoffman and Kathe Izzo

An Evening of Readings

6 PM

"The Off Season", which is forthcoming in October from the University of Wisconsin Press: When Nora Griffin, an artist in her midthirties, moves from Brooklyn to Provincetown, she isn't looking for trouble. Her partner, Janelle, is recovering from breast cancer treatment, and together they've decided that the quiet off-season on the tip of Cape Cod is the perfect place for Janelle to heal and Nora to paint. Then charismatic Baby Harris flirts into Nora's life in her red cowboy boots.

In the damp, windy winter, Nora contends with heartbreak, aging, and local environmental worries, while painting what she hopes will be her masterpiece. Along the way, she encounters the chain-smoking, motor scooter–driving landlady Miss Ruby; Reverend Patsy, the vegan minister of the Unitarian church; and Brunhilde, barista extraordinaire and rival for Baby's affections. As the first tourists begin to arrive in June, Nora must decide what she really wants from life.

Amy Hoffman is the author of three memoirs: Hospital Time (Duke University Press, 1997); An Army of Ex-Lovers: My Life at the Gay Community News (University of Massachusetts Press, 2007); and Lies About My Family (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013). The Off Season (University of Wisconsin Press, 2017), is her latest novel.

She is currently editor in chief of Women's Review of Books and teaches creative nonfiction in the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College. She has been an editor at Gay Community News, South End Press Unitarian Universalist World magazine. She taught writing and literature at the University of Massachusetts and Emerson College and served as development director for the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the Women’s Lunch Place, a daytime shelter for homeless women. She has served on the boards of Gay Community News, GLAD, Sojourner, and Boston’s LGBT History Project. Hoffman has a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She lives in Boston with her wife, Roberta Stone.

Kathe Izzo: "I am most comfortable in the poetic and very real landscape of spirit. Since I was young, I have been obsessed with parallel universes and time travel — the opening between worlds where the most subtle glimmers of intuition and secret messages break through. As an artist and spirit guide, I concentrate on this sacred moment: the nanosecond when the heart first feels the spark of activation, impulse — the original intimate theatre where love is generated and transmitted, sometimes across great distances, and used as a vital, catalytic agent for change.

Best known as The Love Artist, in homage to my 10 year True Love Project, a ongoing conceptual performance, I have professed to “love the world one person at a time for one hour, one day, one afternoon or early morning to the best of my ability, unconditionally and with unmitigated passion.” I carry this work worldwide, loving people in whatever form is appropriate, from unconditional to romantic and everything in between, in their homes and work places as well as galleries, museums, shrines and sacred sites" ~ Kathe Izzo

Izzo will be reading from her manuscript: Evidence of Absence: A Love Story A lucid, circular memoir, Evidence of Absence opens and closes with a billet-doux to Provincetown who she describes as "my most profound and besotted lover." This will be her first reading in Ptown in 18 years.

"Out of all the unfathomable parts of this story, it is the passages set in Provincetown that people are most likely to say 'This part is not real, right?'" ~ Kathe Izzo

"When I was going through my separation and dating not one but two nefarious women, my friend Nick liked to mention to friends new to town, “Yes, you can catch a PowerPoint presentation on Kathe’s divorce down at Cafe Express this evening, shows at 7 and 10.” One might think this kind of excitement tapers off a bit once the summer crowds leave but in actuality, the off-season just enables everyone to spend more time luxuriously engaged in the complex matrix of what my neighbor, a Portuguese woman born and raised in Ptown, liked to call “The Town without Pity.” ~ From EVIDENCE OF ABSENCE: A LOVE STORY

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September 9, 2017

Melanie Braverman, Gail Thomas, and Christopher Tanner

An Evening of Readings & Song to benefit The Alzheimer's Family Support Center of Cape Cod

7 pm

Melanie Braverman is a writer and visual artist. She is the author of the novel East Justice and the poetry collection Red, for which she received the Publishers Triangle Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Poetry, American Poetry Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review. Her artwork is in the permanent collection of New York’s Leslie-Lohman Museum, and she had exhibited her work at AMP Gallery in Provincetown. Melanie is co-founder, development and cultural director of the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center.

Gail Thomas’ new book of poems, Odd Mercy, about a difficult mother/daughter relationship complicated by dementia won the Charlotte Mew Prize from Headmistress Press. Its centerpiece, “Little Mommy Sonnets,” won Honorable Mention in the Tom Howard/ Margaret Prize for Traditional Verse. Her other books are Waving Back, No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley, and Finding the Bear. Waving Back was named a Must Read for 2016 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book and Honorable Mention in the New England Book Festival.

Thomas’s work has appeared in many journals and anthologies including The Beloit Poetry Journal, Calyx, The North American Review, Hanging Loose, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. Several individual poems have won national prizes, and she was awarded residencies at The McDowell Colony and Ucross. Her book, No Simple Wilderness, about the drowning of towns in western Massachusetts in the 1930’s to provide drinking water for Boston has been taught in college courses. As one of the original teaching artists for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Elder Arts Initiative, Thomas led workshops and collaborated with dancers, musicians and storytellers in schools, nursing homes, hospitals and libraries across the state.

Christopher Tanner attended the San Francisco Academy of Art, and graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 1978. In 2008 he was Artist in Residence at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY. Over the years he has had numerous solo national exhibitions, recently including: 2015, “Eye of the Heart”, La MaMa Galleria, NYC; 2013, “Treasure”, Smart Clothes Gallery, NYC; 2010, “The Queen of Hell & the Horn of Plenty”, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC; 2008, “Give Me the Cobra Jewel”, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO; “Off the Yellow Brick Cliff: Paintings, Drawings & Collages”, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; 2007, “How High the Moon”, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC; 2005, “Ravaged by Romance”, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC; 2004, “Christopher Tanner”, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CO. He has also participated in many group shows both nationally and internationally.

As a performing artist Tanner has worked with Cyndi Lauper, Penny Arcade, Everett Quinton, Bloolips, Mabou Mines, The Wooster Group, David Lynch, Karen Finley, and The New Stage Theatre Company.

“Christopher Tanner—also a set designer, actor and downtown cabaret singer in drag—that old modernist dictum “less is more” has rarely carried much weight. Rather, his motivating mantra has long been “more is more.” Over the years, Tanner’s aesthetic outlook and art-making efforts have focused on the value of meticulous craftsmanship, the meaning and nature of glamour, and an unabashed celebration of beauty. More recently, the artist has said, he’s become interested in “succulence, abundance, bounty and the life force that flows through nature and the human body.” Best known for spectacular, mixed-medium “paintings”—luxurious, canvas-mounted assemblages of such humble materials as big shiny sequins, colored sand, shells, stones and fabric scraps—Tanner is also a capable draftsman who routinely draws from live models, and sinuous lines derived from his drawings often make their way into his compositions in other mediums. Lately, Tanner has taken a break from his brightly colored, thickly encrusted paintings, experimenting instead with more pointedly three-dimensional, wall-mounted and freestanding sculptures.” — Edward M. Gómez, Art in America

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"Scream Along with Billy: Never Washed", a documentary by Anne Stott, starring Billy Hough & Susan Goldberg

Screening, (60 min.) + Talk back with Billy & Sue

7 PM

"Scream Along with Billy: Never Washed" is a one hour video documentary about the underground music duo Scream Along with Billy. Conceived as a late night bar band at the Grotta Bar in Provincetown, MA, SAWB has become a staple of the New York City underground music scene with Billy Hough on piano and vocals and Sue Goldberg on bass and eye rolls. Part punk aficionado, part committed nerd, Billy can take a night of SAWB from covers of Patti Smith, Robert Johnson, and Lucinda Williams, to musings on the connection between Siouxsie Sioux and 18th century french philosophers. "Scream Along with Billy: Never Washed" combines interviews with Billy and Sue and live footage from the summer of 2015 performances at the Grotta Bar in Provincetown, MA to tell the story of how this unlikely “valedictory lap” evolved into a downtown New York must see cult favorite.

Anne Stott is the producer/director of "Scream Along with Billy: Never Washed". As an indie rock singer/songwriter and actor herself, Stott has released two full length albums: Pennsylvania (2010) and Love Never Dies (2015). Love Never Dies played on radio stations around the country and peaked at #19 on the Relix Magazine/Jambands radio chart. As an actor, Stott’s most recent appearances were as The Whore in “Nevermore" (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, dir Christopher Ostrom) and Jack/Ernest in "The Importance of Being Earnest" (Provincetown Theater, dir David Drake). In 2012, Stott self published Everything is Different All Over Again, a limited edition collection of poems, thoughts, and sketches. Stott also produced and hosted "Word on the Street", a Provincetown TV series featuring interviews and performances with Provincetown’s street musicians. On Donald Trump’s 100th day in the presidency, she released a musical rant and video entitled "Not For Long Motherfucker" which can be viewed on youtube. www.annestott.com

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