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Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Picnic Parade, 2017. Photo Credit: M. Charlene Stevens

Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow:
The Gypsies' Picnic

October 14, 2018
Begins at 14th Street and Avenue C
New York, NY

"The Gypsies' Picnic" is a durational performance which will take place during Art in Odd Places Festival.

Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow’s picnic procession takes place along 14th Street while stopping for picnic breaks with the public. This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow (b. Manchester, Jamaica) is an interdisciplinary artist showing internationally with a BFA w/ honors from NWSA University of Florida, and a MFA from Hunter College, CUNY. Awards include Culture Push, Franklin Furnace, Rema Hort Mann (A.C.E), and N.Y.F.A. Lyn-Kee-Chow often explores performance and installation art, which draws from the nostalgia of her homeland, folklore, fantasy, consumerism, spirituality, and nature’s ephemerality. She lives and works in Queens, N.Y.

Date & Time: October 14th: 2pm - 3 -5 hours

Location: Along 14th Street sidewalks beginning near Ave C by Campos Plaza 1, break at Union Square Park, performance concludes at 14th Street Park (10th Avenue).

The Ken Dewey Fund

Between 1959 and 1972 the unheralded yet pivotal New York artist Ken Dewey reimagined the function of art in society; now maybe the film about his life can do the same. All financial proceeds from the online release of the documentary film Ken Dewey – This Is A Test will be donated to create a new grant for artists. This new grant will enable an artist or scholar to work in New York City and create a piece of performance art or academic project inspired by some element of the film Ken Dewey – This Is A Test.

The film will be launched online February 14, 2018 and, much like Kickstarter campaigns, the grant will take effect only if $30,000 is raised in the first 6 months. If more funds are raised the grant will be run annually for as long as the funds regenerate. If less than $30,000 is raised, all funds will go to the mission of Franklin Furnace, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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