Ecstatic Events: Saturday March 20th

4-6 pm: “THE ALTERNATIVE ART SPACE MOVEMENT IN NEW YORK CITY,” a panel discussion with Erin Sickler, Herb Tam, Rob de Oude, and Emcee C.M., Master of None moderated by Mary Billyou. Among related issues, topics will include: Bypassing the Gallery System; Capitalist Economies in the Downswing; Sharing vs. Competition; Options & Models; and The Figure of the Artist Today.

Herb Tam is Associate Curator at Exit Art, NY, NY. In fall 2010, Exit Art will launch an exhibit on Alternative Art Histories.

Erin Sickler is the spring 2010 recipient of the Lori Ledis Emerging Curatorial Fellowship, a program to foster curatorial talent in contemporary art.

Rob de Oude is an artist and a founding member of Camel Art Space.

EmCee C.M., Master of None is an artist who often combines large-scale public, social and collaborative event-based projects with a more internal process of self-reflection through fiction, storytelling, and filmmaking.

6-7 pm: TOYS N TINY INSTRUMENTS bring their kazoos, calliopes, and castanets to the convent chapel, making head-bop pop-rock fun times.

7-10 pm: "’DIAMONDS IN THE SKY,” film and video screening curated by John Passmore

Using Tom Gunning's concept of a "cinema of attractions" as a leitmotif, John Passmore presents “Diamonds in the Sky” a one time, never-before-never-again, collage-y , whirl-wind partial tour of the history of cinema. The program spans the early formal experiments of Classic Hollywood Cinema to rare archival materials representing the conceptual programs of the avant-garde, as well as a mix of video by single channel artists working today. “Diamonds in the Sky” explores how each work - separately and together - investigates life's various pattern-systems.