14 Rooms – Live art by 14 Celebrated International Artists Presented During 2014 Art Basel in June

Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel and Theater Basel are delighted to announce ‘14 Rooms’, a major live-art exhibition to be staged in Basel from June 14 to 23, 2014. Originally commissioned as ‘11 Rooms’ by Manchester International Festival, the International Arts Festival RUHRTRIENNALE 2012-2014 and Manchester Art Gallery, the project was shown as ‘11 Rooms’ at Manchester International Festival in July 2011, as ‘12 Rooms’ at the International Arts Festival RUHRTRIENNALE 2012-2014 and as ‘13 Rooms‘ by Kaldor Public Art Projects at Pier 2/3 in Sydney’s Walsh Bay in April 2013. For each edition, the artists list partially changed.

Curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist, the exhibition will feature performative works by artists including Marina Abramović, Allora and Calzadilla, Ed Atkins, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Damien Hirst, Otobong Nkanga, Roman Ondák, Santiago Sierra, and Xu Zhen. With an overall exhibition design by Herzog & de Meuron, ‘14 Rooms’ is a collaboration between Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel and Theater Base and will be accompanied by an education program conceived and run by Fondation Beyeler.

Curators Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator at Large at The Museum of Modern Art, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, have invited 14 international artists to each activate a room, exploring the relationship between space, time and physicality with an artwork whose ‘material’ is a human being. Giving visitors an insight into a more performative and interactive practice, visitors will encounter a new situation within each of the 14 rooms, engaging in a diverse series of immersive and intimate experiences.

Allora & Calzadilla , Revolving Door, 2011, 11 Rooms Manchester International Festival (Photo credit: Howard Barlow)

Allora & Calzadilla , Revolving Door, 2011, 11 Rooms Manchester International Festival (Photo credit: Howard Barlow)

While the artists themselves are not present in these works, they instruct performers on how to act out their specifications, resulting in over 70 performers – primarily from the Basel region – taking part in the exhibition. ‘14 Rooms’ will be staged in Hall 3 of Messe Basel in walking distance from Messeplatz. The exhibition will open to the public ahead of Art Basel on Saturday, June 14 and will stay open until Monday, June 23, a day longer than the fair.

Inaugurated in 1997 and set in an idyllic park, the museum is the work of the star architect Renzo Piano. The Fondation Beyeler owes its special appeal to its combination of a world class collection comprising 250 masterpieces of modern, contemporary and ethnographic art, fascinating architecture, beautiful natural surroundings and temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art that match the highest international standards. Current and upcoming exhibitions and cooperations: Odilon Redon, Daros Latinamerica Collection, Gerhard Richter, 14 Rooms, Alexander Calder, Gustave Courbet, Peter Doig.

Xu Zhen  In Just the Blink of an Eye, 2005  11 Rooms Manchester International Festival  Photo credit courtesy Manchester City Galleries

Xu Zhen, In Just the Blink of an Eye, 2005, 11 Rooms Manchester International Festival
Photo credit courtesy Manchester City Galleries

The Theater Basel is Switzerland’s largest multipurpose theatre. Situated in the trinational metropolitan region it offers a broad and challenging programme of opera, drama, and ballet, as well as productions for children and young people. In the acting and musical theatre section, Theater Basel intends on promoting classical and traditional works as it is to present contemporary plays and modern opera and musical theatre including world premieres and German and Swiss debut performances to offer a wide variety and excitement in the repertoire. The Theater Basel offers a platform for experimental projects and is also keen to encourage young talents. It stands for a theatre with a local base and far reaching connections, lively, enthralling, traditional and innovative.

Conceived specifically for Basel, Ed Atkins, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Otobong Nkanga will create new works for the show. Alongside these world premieres, historical and rarely seen works by acclaimed artists from around the world will be brought to Basel. Continue reading

THE 2014 TRIBECA/ESPN SPORTS FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP ANNOUNCED

World Premiere of Michael Rapaport’s When the Garden was Eden — Celebrating the Glory Days of the New York Knicks — to Serve as Opening Gala

Program includes Tribeca Talks® Panel with Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield and Tribeca Drive-In®Screening of Next Goal Wins

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, has announced the lineup for the eighth annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, sponsored by Mohegan Sun. The Sports Festival was founded to broaden the audience for independent film through stories about sports and competition and includes feature and short films, an outdoor screening, special conversations, and an ESPN Films 30 for 30 program on soccer. The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival is a partnership between Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival, and ESPN Inc.  The Festival, founded in 2006, is the premiere showcase for independent sports films. The 2014 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will run during the 13th edition of TFF, taking place April 16 – April 27 at locations around New York City.

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The world premiere of the 30 for 30 documentary When the Garden was Eden will serve as the gala premiere of the program on Thursday, April 17.  In the film, Rapaport focuses on the glory days of the Knicks championship teams of the early 70’s and their larger impact through a series of interviews with storied figures such as Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Earl Monroe, Willis Reed, Bill Bradley and Phil Jackson.

“The best sports stories have the mythology, complexity and stakes that extend beyond extraordinary athleticism, making for great films. These stories have fueled the huge success of the Tribeca/ESPN sports film festival by bringing sports fans and moviegoers together over the last eight years,” said Genna Terranova, Tribeca Film Festival Director of Programming. “Rappaport’s When the Garden was Eden is a perfect example of a winning start to this year’s inspiring slate.”

When The Garden Was Eden gives us an inside look at the captivating era when the New York Knicks were in their prime,” said ESPN Films Director of Development Libby Geist. “Premiering the film at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival in the heart of New York City, with Michael Rapaport directing, couldn’t be more perfect.”

Says Rapaport, “As a native New Yorker and lifelong Knicks fan it was an honor to explore the Championship New York Knick teams. Those players have been a part of my vocabulary since I was a child…Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe and Willis Reed are ICONs of New York city and it’s been a privilege to be a part of re-telling the Knicks story.  I also have at times been in awe and tears with the 30 for 30 series and being a filmmaker who has gotten a chance to tell a story for such a great body of films is a great honor…I could not be more excited for our film to premiere right in the center of New York City at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Since its inception in 2006, The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival has become the premier showcase for independent films about sports and competition. The titles that will screen as part of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival includes not only the film on the championship Knicks of the early 70’s but also documentaries that explore stories of a champion’s quest to regain a title that was unjustly stripped from him; the worst soccer team in the world’s drive to succeed; an underdog flag football team that riffs on classic sports movies with a cartoonish comedic sensibility; the creation of a revolutionary, independent professional baseball team; the premier American cyclist’s attempts to overcome his top competitor; how some of the all-time greatest fighters used boxing to pull themselves out of poverty; a soccer superstar at the peak of his powers on the world stage; and Chile’s controversial qualification for the 1974 World Cup.

All of this year’s Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival films will screen at Tribeca Cinemas on Saturday, April 26. The films will also screen prior to April 26, throughout the Festival.

In addition to the film series, the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival will present Sports Day as part of the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair on Saturday, April 26. Sports Day offers fans an opportunity to engage in a variety of free, sports-related games and activities. In addition, some of New York’s most popular athletes, mascots and sports personalities will make guest appearances throughout the day. Sports Day is free and open to the public and will take place on North Moore Street, between Greenwich and West Streets, in Manhattan.

The following films are featured in the 2014 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.

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  • When the Garden was Eden, directed by Michael Rapaport. (USA) – World Premiere. Actor Michael Rapaport delivers an unabashed love note to the Knicks with this fast-moving tribute to the team’s glory days. Featuring interviews with Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Earl Monroe, Willis Reed, Bill Bradley, Phil Jackson and others connected to the team’s championship years, When the Garden was Eden is a snapshot of a colorful and volatile era in New York history and a testament to the breathless energy that defines the city and its sporting heroes.
May 10, 1973: New York Knicks Jerry Lucas, Walt "Clyde" Frazier, Willis Reed, Phil Jackson, and Bill Bradley celebrate after defeating the Knicks in Game 5 to win the NBA Championship at the LA Forum in Los Angeles, California.

May 10, 1973: New York Knicks Jerry Lucas, Walt “Clyde” Frazier, Willis Reed, Phil Jackson, and Bill Bradley celebrate after defeating the Knicks in Game 5 to win the NBA Championship at the LA Forum in Los Angeles, California.

The following Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival titles have been announced in their respective sections as part of the 2014 TFF film program:

Director: Andrew Disney.Photographer: Victor King

Director: Andrew Disney.Photographer: Victor King

  • Intramural, directed by Andrew Disney, written by Bradley Jackson. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. There comes a time in every fifth-year senior’s life where they must either accept the impending ‘real world’ of jobs, marriage, and payment plans or shirk that responsibility in favor of playing the most glorious intramural football game your school probably doesn’t really care to see. In this full throttle and hilarious send-up of inspirational sports movies, director Andrew Disney harnesses every cliché and overused trope to tell the greatest (and only) intramural sports movie of all time. Featuring an ensemble cast including Kate McKinnon, Jay Pharoah, Jake Lacy, Beck Bennett, and Nikki Reed.
  • Maravilla, directed and written by Juan Pablo Cadaveira. (Argentina) – International Premiere. A true underdog story, Maravilla follows Argentinian boxer Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez, as he sets out to reclaim the title of Middleweight champion that was unfairly snatched from him in 2011 by Julio Chavez, Jr. Focusing on the rise of Martinez from penniless amateur to world champion and sporting celebrity, director Juan Pablo Cadaveira offers a fascinating glimpse into today’s boxing landscape, revealing the politics of the sporting profession that often places entertainment value over the sport itself. In English and Spanish with subtitles

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The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles Announces Impressive Honoree Lineup For 3rd Annual Voice Awards

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (www.gmcla.org), whose mission is to change hearts and minds through the power of music, announced an impressive lineup of honorees for the organizations 3rd annual Voice Awards to be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA . Each year, GMCLA holds its annual Voice Awards gala and silent auction, a spectacular evening not only to raise funds for the charity’s work, but also to honor those members of the community who have used their voice to affect significant social change. The high-profile charity event will raise vital funds for GMCLA programs that encourage diversity and acceptance through the performing arts in schools across the United States.

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India’s Crown Prince Manvendra, the world’s first openly gay royal (Voice Humanitarian Award); Southern California business leaders and community activists Brian Pendleton & Chad Goldman (State Farm Good Neighbor Award); Uprising of Love (Voice Inspiration Award), a coalition raising international awareness about the violence faced by the worldwide LGBT community being represented by co-founder Bruce Cohen and Melissa Etheridge; and The Montgomery Family (Ally Voice Award), the subjects of the documentary Families Are Forever, which examines a Mormon family’s journey to accept their gay son, will each receive top honors throughout the evening.

The star-studded Voice Awards gala will take place at the Globe Theatre on the back lot of Universal Studios and will be an unforgettable night of music, food, spirit, honors, a silent auction and live performances from LiV, an R&B girl group in the tradition of TLC & Destiny’s Child; the cast of the new Broadway-bound musical Inappropriate; and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. This year’s celebration features presenters and special guests including three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Steve Young with his wife Barbara, Super Bowl champion Brendon Ayanbadejo, Olympic gold medalists Gary Hall Jr. and Greg Louganis, Tony winner Marissa WinokurBridegroom‘s Shane Bitney Crone, actress Sharon Lawrence and Army Captain Stephen Hill, with more to come.

We are absolutely thrilled to announce a remarkable line up of honorees and presenters for our 3rd annual Voice Awards presented by First Investors,” said Chris Verdugo, Executive Director of GMCLA.  “The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles is on a mission to change hearts and minds around the world through the power of music.  The funds we raise through the Voice Awards will be immediately put to use.  They will power a range of programs including the Alive Music Project and the it gets better tour. These projects address bullying in schools across America by encouraging diversity and acceptance through the performing arts.”

The third annual Voice Awards Presenting Sponsor is First Investors, a Foresters Company. Additional sponsors include Wells Fargo, AT&T, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, State Farm, IAC and HBOEvent Co-Chairs are  Michael Pusnik and Stephen Macias Event Committee:  Diane Abbitt, Keith Anthony, Kayce Brown, Hon. Betsy Butler, Patrick Cullen, Sergio Davila Jr., Kevin DeKimpe, Ruben Diaz, Hon. John J. Duran, Ivan Estrada, Brian Eubanks, Jason Frazier, Joseph Hu, Ben Jehoshua, Peter Johnson, Andrea Krauss, Nick Kuefler, Ian Matthew Owens,  Brianne Pergola, Tristan Schukraft, Gary Turner and J.T. Williams

It’s a privilege to be the presenting sponsor for the GMCLA annual Voice Awards again in 2014. First Investors’ relationship with GMCLA is a natural fit as we both share a passion for service to the community. GMCLA is a fabulous organization deeply involved in the Los Angeles community and in promoting civil rights, tolerance and acceptance. These shared values inspire us to support the important mission of GMCLA,” added Forrest Strickland, Executive Vice President, Sales, First Investors Corporation.

Individual tickets for the Voice Awards are $300; VIP tickets are $400 and include a private reception on Friday, May 2nd with the Crown Prince and honorees.  Table sponsor packages are also available. To purchase tickets, please visit: http://voiceawards.gmcla.org/.