We are honored to be asked to design the costumes for Liz Magic Laser’s newest performance piece, opening in San Francisco today. Please go check it out. Free to the public.
The Living Newspaper: Extra Extra
The new 2013 Southern Exposure Off-Site Graue Award project
by Liz Magic Laser
August 7-11, 2013
San Francisco, CA, July 24, 2013 – Southern Exposure is pleased to announce a newly
commissioned public project through its SoEx Off-Site Graue Award, featuring work from
internationally recognized artist Liz Magic Laser. The Living Newspaper: Extra Extra is her first West
Coast performance project. Over the course of five days, Laser and her collaborators, actors Audrey
Crabtree and Michael Wiener, will stage public performances and man-on-the-street interviews
inspired by the daily news in and around a Market Street newspaper kiosk in downtown San
In addition to morning and evening street performances, the public is invited to participate in
workshops led by Laser, Crabtree and Wiener, in which participants will discuss and recreate headline
stories and images at Southern Exposure, August 7 – 11, 2013, 1 – 3 pm.
Laser’s The Living Newspaper: Extra Extra is part of an ongoing project to performatively address the
relationship between the news media and the public. By re-enacting news stories, she invites the
audience to evaluate their consumption of current events.
This project is made possible by a generous grant from The Graue Family Foundation.2
EVENT LISTING INFORMATION
What: The Living Newspaper: Extra Extra
A new public art project including five days of participatory performances around a
newsstand kiosk in downtown San Francisco, accompanied by daily workshops at
Southern Exposure. All events are free and open to the public.
Kiosk Performance Schedule:
When: Wednesday, August 7 – Sunday, August 11, 2013, 9 – 11 am and 5 – 7 pm
Where: Newspaper kiosk at Market Street @ Montgomery & Post Streets
Public Workshop Schedule:
When: Wednesday, August 7 – Sunday, August 11, 2013, 1 – 3 pm
Where: Southern Exposure, 3030 20th Street, San Francisco
RSVP to participate in the workshops via Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/org/994232247.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Liz Magic Laser lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is a graduate of the Whitney Museum
Independent Study Program and Columbia University’s MFA program. In 2013 Laser had solo
exhibitions at DiverseWorks in Houston, Texas, and the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster,
Germany, for which she received the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation Grant; and
was selected as the Armory Show 2013 Commissioned Artist. Her work has been exhibited
internationally at venues including Lisson Gallery, London (2013); Mälmo Konsthall, Mälmo, Sweden
(2012); the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2012); Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2012); The
Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2012); the Performa 11 Biennial, New York (2011); The Pace
Gallery, New York (2011); MoMA PS 1, New York (2010); Artisterium, Tbilisi, Georgia (2009); and the
Prague Biennale 4, Czech Republic (2009). She was a resident at the Marie Walsh Sharpe
Foundation Space Program, New York (2012), Forever & Today, Inc.’s Studio On The Street artist-inresidence program, New York (2012), Smack Mellon, Brooklyn (2011) and the Lower Manhattan
Cultural Council, New York (2009). Laser is the recipient of grants from the New York Foundation for
the Arts Fellowship (2012), the Times Square Alliance and the Franklin Furnace Fund for
Performance Art (2010). Liz Magic Laser is her real name from birth.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Audrey Crabtree is an award-winning collaborative artist. Devising performance as an actor, director,
writer, clown and bouffon, she creates for theater, festivals, galleries and found spaces. Her work in
the theater has garnered a Drama Desk Award and a NY Innovative Theatre Award. She has worked
on previous iterations of Living Newspaper, and collaborated with Liz Magic Laser in her performance
I Feel Your Pain in 2010. Crabtree is co-founder of the company Ten Directions, the International NY
Clown Theatre Festival, and NY Physical Comedy Lab, and has taught devising and performance in
UK, India, Mexico and in universities across the United States.
Michael Wiener is a New York City based film and theater actor, performer and writer. He has
appeared in films that have won awards and press acclaim at Sundance, Tribeca, Comic Con and
internationally, as well as commercials including a celebrated drug awareness campaign directed by
Darren Aronofsky. His recent television appearances include The Onion Video, and IFC. Wiener’s
previous projects with Liz Magic Laser include a CNN commission for 2012 election season, an
opening night film at the Armory Show and a MoMA PS1 residency. He is a vocalist/lyricist for The 3
Children… with collaborators Jim Coleman of Cop Shoot Cop and Phil Puleo of Swans. He recently
published an autobiographical essay in Jews, A Peoples’ History of New York, anthologized by
Clayton Patterson and Dr. Mareleyn Schneider, and he curates a performing arts series at the
Gershwin Hotel and Dixon Place.
ABOUT THE COSTUME DESIGNER
Slow and Steady Wins the Race is a fashion and accessory line providing a reinterpretation of the
everyday wardrobe by distilling fashion to its most indisposable and empirical elements. Trademark
touches include clever construction with a humorous, quirky, and cerebral yet casual aesthetic. It is a
thesaurus of clothing, accessories and other objects built on fundamentals within the fashion
vocabulary, both commenting on and transcending the temporal nature of modern fashion.
With an eye towards creating signature pieces, the oeuvre serves as a living archive. Each piece,
from the earliest to the most current, is still available today as a testament that good design is most
always relevant. It is a creative, conceptual endeavor that coexists as a commercial enterprise proving
that consumerism can be anti-trend. Timeless and timely, unique and universal, democratic and
cross-cultural, Slow and Steady Wins the Race seeks to elevate the classics to the iconic.
ABOUT THE GRAUE AWARD
In 2009, The Graue Family Foundation invested in Southern Exposure’s growing public art initiative,
SoEx Off-Site, through the creation of The Graue Award. The award offers an opportunity for local,
national, and international artists to propose ideas leading to the development and presentation of an
ambitious public art project in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2011, the Graue Award funded Manifest
Destiny!, a SoEx Off-Site public project by Jenny Chapman and Mark A Reigelman II, on view in
downtown San Francisco from November 2011 through October 2012.
ABOUT SOEX OFF-SITE
Founded in 2006, SoEx Off-Site commissions and present temporary new work by visual artists that
intervenes and interacts in the social and political spheres beyond the space of gallery. SoEx supports
and encourages these practices as few venues support emerging artists working in the public realm,
generating a critical dialog about emerging creative practices. Through SoEx Off-Site, Southern
Exposure has commissioned and presented public projects from a wide range of artists including
Allison Smith, Asher Hartman, Cliff Hengst, Nathaniel Parsons, Will Brown, David Wilson, Adam
Overton, Liz Glynn, Helena Keeffe, David Buuck, Neighborhood Public Radio, Lee Walton, Glowlab,
Kate Pocrass/Mundane Journeys, The San Francisco Bureau of Urban Secrets, Red76, Instant
Coffee, Packard Jennings, Natalie Jeremijenko, Futurefarmers, Rebar, Preemptive Media, Bruce
Tomb, Christian Nold, Jenny Chapman and Mark A Reigelman II, and more.
ABOUT SOUTHERN EXPOSURE
Southern Exposure (SoEx) is an artist-centered non-profit organization that is committed to supporting
visual artists. Through our extensive and innovative programming, SoEx strives to experiment,
collaborate and further educate while providing an extraordinary resource center and forum for Bay
Area and national artists in our Mission District space and off-site, in the public realm.
An active presence in the Bay Area since 1974, SoEx is continually evolving in response to the needs
of artists and the community while engaging the public in artists’ work. Central to our mission is to
remain the most accessible space for visual artists to produce and present new work, learn, and
connect. SoEx provides visual artists with the tools and resources they need to experiment in an open
and supportive environment. We also work to advocate to new, diverse audiences and build an evergrowing community of enthusiasts and supporters of the visual arts.4
For more information and images, contact Sarah Hotchkiss at (415) 863-2141 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Southern Exposure is located at 3030 20th Street (at Alabama), San
Francisco, CA 94110. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and gallery hours
are Tuesday through Saturday from 12 to 6 pm. Admission is always FREE.