Category Archives: Friends of SSWTR

| SSWTR & Friends | Becca Albee





SITUATIONS is pleased to announce Brooklyn-based artist Becca Albee’s solo exhibition prismataria, opening September 9 and on view through October 15. Featuring color photographs displayed in a specially designed installation with kinetic light projections and diffused scent, it is the third in a suite of exhibitions exploring the intersection of color theory with feminist practice.

In several of the photographs, Albee has placed color photographic gels, seasonal-color-analysis swatches or color-matching cards, on the pages of textbooks from “Women’s Health & Healing,” a course she took as an undergraduate at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. As she was quoted in Artforum earlier this year, “Its emphasis on grassroots activism and practical self knowledge had a profound impact on me, as I was studying feminist history and was very involved in the riot-grrrl milieu of Olympia.” Each photograph contains a carefully created system to connect and/or highlight the content, color and design – suggesting a revisiting and possibly revising of these urgent materials. One image pictures the dedication page from the book,A New View of a Woman’s Body, a second wave feminist health book, with the dedicatees listed by first name only, a list that reads like a poem.

Other photographs were taken inside the Prismatarium, a large circular room (originally a “ladies’ lounge”) in the Aquatic Park Bathhouse, a building constructed in San Francisco by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. The Prismatarium was designed by Hilaire Hiler, an artist, psychologist, musician, and color theorist. Hiler’s mural in the room begins with a custom color wheel of thirty hues at the center of the ceiling, and it radiates outward, extending down the walls in bands of neutral gray. Some of Albee’s photographs focus on sections of the color wheel mural and she has painted the gallery walls in similar gray bands, extending them even across her photographs’ frames.

Installed on the ceiling of the exhibition space Albee has created a light source – a revolving cylinder with color gels that slowly rotate around the gallery. Based on an unrealized light fixture element of Hiler’s Prismatarium, the fixture bathes the photographs in cyan, magenta, and yellow light. The effect activates her pictures of Hiler’s color wheel and the color elements in her feminist-textbook photos. Instead of using the gels in the traditional way — over the camera lens or flash — Albee has moved them into the space occupied by the viewer. And by refusing to present these textbooks as artifacts, she demonstrates their enduring practical and political value at a moment when feminist clinics are diminishing and healthcare and bodies are under attack.

BECCA ALBEE was born in Portland, ME and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  She has been awarded fellowships and residencies including MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Blue Mountain Center, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Past shows include solo exhibitions at Et al., San Francisco, CA; 356 S. Mission Rd., Los Angeles; Lump Gallery & Projects, Raleigh, NC; and group exhibitions at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Art in General, Brooklyn, NY; CUE Foundation, New York; CAM, Raleigh, NC; Contemporary Calgary, Alberta. For this exhibition Albee was awarded a PSC-CUNY Research Award and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

SITUATIONS is located at 127 Henry Street, New York, NY 10002 (between Rutgers and Pike Street). Hours of operation are Thursday – Sunday 12-6pm and by appointment. For more information, write to Jackie at or visit our website:

| NOW | Free Red Fawn 6-9pm AICH 39 Eldridge Street 4th Floor

On Wednesday July 19, please join us at the American Indian Community House‘s Monthly Social to support a fundraiser for political prisoner and water protector, Red Fawn. American Indian Community House is located on 39 Eldridge Street 4th Floor, New York New York 10002

Schedule as follows:
Welcome and Opening Prayer

Introduction of Free Red Fawn movement
Open mic and announcements from Esme Roddy (Sault Sainete-Marie Objibwe), and Natalia Sells (Diné).

Dance with Cheyenne L. E. Phoenix (Diné/Northern Paiute)
Music by Mahina Movement

Poetry by Christopher Soto, Che Gossett
Guest speakers Arrow Banks via Skype

Donated raffle prizes from Superiority Burger, Roberta’s, Drag City, Ooga Booga69Artists Space Jack Hanley Gallery and more!

“Free Red Fawn” benefit T-shirt designed by Cometees and shirt bodies donated by 303 Gallery, $20 donation goes 100% to Red Fawn’s legal fees and can be donated directly at
Refreshments donated by 47 Canal

***This is a family friendly, alcohol/drug-free event!***

Red Fawn is a human rights advocate, organizer, and a community leader within the Oglala Lakota Sioux. She was raised in traditional Lakota ways, grounded with love and deep connection to the earth and all living things. Her mother, Troylynn Yellow Wood, taught her the importance of fighting for social and environmental justice.

She has been imprisoned since Oct. 27th 2016 after Morton County Sheriff Department accused her of firing a weapon during a militarized police raid of the Standing Rock Prayer and Resistance Camps, although eyewitnesses saw, and firmly say, otherwise. On that day, Red Fawn was helping those who had been injured, as a frontline medic.

Red Fawn is a symbol of Indigenous Resistance, and she is being wrongfully imprisoned–she needs our support! We are fundraising to help with the cost of her legal team.

***We are accepting donations for raffle—please contact us if you would like to donate.***

#FreeRedFawn #MniWiconi #StandingRockIsEverywhere #Solidarity#WaterIsLife

All proceeds will go towards Red Fawn’s legal fund. To learn more about how you can help or donate, please go to:
Free RedFawn

American Indian Community House is located on 39 Eldridge Street 4th Floor, New York New York 10002
The mission of the American Indian Community House is to improve and promote the well-being of the American Indian community and to increase the visibility of American Indian cultures in an urban setting in order to cultivate awareness, understanding and respect.
AICH is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving the health, social service, and cultural needs of Native Americans residing in New York City. AICH was founded in 1969, by Native American volunteers as a community-based organization, mandated to improve the status of Native Americans, and to foster inter-cultural understanding.
The late 1960’s through the mid-70’s of the past Century witnessed a cultural revolution that spread into the arena of social justice. “Just-us” was no longer acceptable, neither was “just-is.” Citizens of every color, size, ethnicity, and race walked together toward a new tomorrow. A future filled with the spirit of those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that all could bathe in the sound of freedom’s bell.
The Indigenous Peoples movement included spokespersons like Richard Oakes; Mel Thom; Clyde Warrior; Billy Frank, Jr.; Robert Satiacum; Floyd Red Crow Westerman; Vine Deloria, Jr.; Clyde and Vernon Belecourt; Bill, Dace and Russell Means; Oren Lyons; Dennis Banks and John Trudell. Lesser known, but just as important, are the names of the many wives; mothers; grandmothers; aunts; sisters; nieces; and daughters who sacrificed so that facilities like the American Indian Community House could be born.
The urban Indian population came to the aid of their relatives on the reservations. Together, their actions and their voices brought an end to many of the most destructive colonial polices of the modern federal government including the “termination-era”, “end of boarding schools” and the infamous relocation program of the 1950’s.
Since its inception, AICH has grown into a multi-faceted social support agency and cultural center that serves the estimated 112,000 Native Americans in New York City.
AICH membership is currently composed of Native Americans from 72 different tribes. Native American migration between urban centers and reservations demonstrates the inter-relatedness of all Native Americans, and from this reality emerges the recognition that our issues and concerns are truly shared.
The AICH philosophy is that solutions can be shared as well, AICH provides programs in job training and placement; health services referral; referral and case management services; and counseling programs for alcoholism and substance use.
AICH also sponsors programs in cultural enrichment through a performing arts program and the first permanent Native American gallery in New York City.

| SSWTR & Friends | Matt Wolf’s Bayard and Me

Screening July 21, details here. 

The only way for Bayard Rustin to legalize his gay relationship was to adopt his partner.

In the 1980s, openly gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, best known for organizing the March on Washington and advising Martin Luther King Jr., adopted his partner Walter Naegle for legal protections. In this intimate love story, Walter remembers Bayard and how they had to work around the system in an era when gay marriage was inconceivable. He also reflects on the little-known phenomena of intergenerational gay adoption and its connection to the civil rights movement.

Matt Wolf is an award-winning filmmaker in New York. His film work includes Wild Combination, about the avant-garde cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell and Teenage, about the birth of youth culture. His most recent shorts include HBO’s It’s Me, Hilary and The Face of AIDS for TIME Magazine.

Super Deluxe is an omni-platform entertainment company committed to amplifying unconventional creative voices. With online video for social feeds, television series, documentaries, interactive live experiences, and consumer-facing tech products, Super Deluxe talks to a generation of insatiably curious viewers who grew up clutching smartphones. Super Deluxe is a division of Turner, but it operates independently in Downtown LA.

Director: Matt Wolf
Producer: Brendan Doyle
DP: Pete Sillen
Editor: Conor McBride
Produced by SuperDeluxe and C41 Media