A Gathering of the Tribes Newsletter

                                          March 2012
Tribes is funded in part by:




David Hammons

Capital One Bank

Rosie Mendez

Brooklyn Brewery

Two Boots

Seivert Family Foundation  

Warhol Foundation


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As most of you know, it takes a lot to maintain a non profit organization.
We've managed to make it these past 20 years bringing you art, music, poetry and, most of all, a vibrant and diverse community, all under one roof (and in a lovely garden). 

Building a community like this would not have been possible without your support. We invite you to continue to support the future exhibitions, performances, and publications that Tribes will produce. 


Tribes is now accepting online donations via PAYPAL 

Help support Tribes today by visiting our website and making a tax deductible donation



Kyle Spencer, a contributor to the Tribes blog, will be talking with Brian Lehrer about education in NYC onn WNYC tomorrow at 10:30am.  
 wnyc.org / 93.9fm / am 820.

-a Gallatin Galleries exhibition-
Objects As Subjects examines contemporary uses of the traditional academic genre, the still life. Objects As Subjects explores the anachronism of art history in contemporary practices aiming to expand and reflect upon our notions of the genre. Hung Salon style, this show is the first in a series of exhibitions that will continue to explore contemporary art's relationship to the traditional genres of the academy.
Please SUBMIT photos of work to: ESH296@NYU.edu
by APRIL 1




March 10 - April 15, 2012

Opening Reception Saturday, March 10, 6-9pm

Live performance by Abacus Jones 8pm

A Gathering of the Tribes

285 East 3rd St. 2nd Floor (Between Ave C & D, near F at 2nd Ave or Delancey/Essex)

New York, NY 10009   (212) 674-3778

info@tribes.org / gatheringofthetribes@gmail.com


       Inspired by the different descriptions Steve Cannon's visitors would give of the art on the walls, and by taking the blind professor to art openings, curator Janet Bruesselbach organized an elaborate art and writing project between 13 artists and writers. It aims to consider the subjectivity of attentive visuality in art writing and the absurdity of symbolic imagery.

       The artists were invited to contribute a small two-dimensional work, and commit to another. Images, titles, size and media information were then assigned to the writers, who were charged with describing the art as thoroughly and sincerely as possible. These descriptions were nearly randomly assigned to the contributing artists, who were tasked with recreating the artwork they thought the writer had described, without knowing the artist or seeing the original image.

       The first stage of translation from visual to verbal varies hugely in style and focus, even given stylistic restrictions. The artist's job is even harder and even more subject to the variations of personality and style. Not only was it hard to communicate the most basic aspects of artwork or even the rules of the game, the variations in series are indescribable.  The resulting illustration of mis/communication varies from wondrous to farcical and demonstrates the impossibility of representation.

Participating artists:

Alexis Duque
Lorra Jackson
Brian Elig
Blair Kamage
Carly Bodnar
Robert Scott
Joseph Materkowski
Samuel Bjorgum
Lauren Kolesinskas
Jessica Daly
David Hollenbach
BMIP (Babyhead)
Nick Musaelian


Participating Writers:  

Allison Moore
Maddie Drake
Joshua Crowley
Jenny Bhatt
Casey Plett
Kaitlin Heller
Adam Kavulic
Zane Hart
Matt Keeley
Jamie T. Clark
Jon Boulier
Ammon Ford
Chris Heffernan


Please contribute to our campaign before March 3 to pre-purchase works, prints, catalogs, and reception admission, and get involved. indiegogo.com/Blind-Reproduction
Contact the curator: janet@bruesselbach.com   


Purchase the Catalog here 





Saturday, March 24, 2012  9PM / $5 donation
at A Gathering of the Tribes

285 E 3rd St 2nd Floor (Between Ave C & D)
New York, NY 10009


Trevor Wilson and Vocal Ensemble release debut album Soft Wings.

Release concert to be held at Tribes Gallery in the EastVillage, March 24, 2012.


Trevor Wilson and Vocal Ensemble, a new vocal and guitar based Brooklyn group, is set to release their debut album, Soft Wings, on March 20, 2012. The group is led by 25-year-old composer Trevor Wilson, and includes Michael Chinworth, Jessica Green, Eliza McKelway, Will Stratton, and Alice Tolan-Mee.The ensemble will perform a set, after a set by Will Stratton and poetry reading by Eric Conroe, on March 24th, 2012, at Tribes Gallery (285 E 3rd St, NYC). The concert will begin at 9PM, with a $5 donation going to support Tribes Gallery.

In exhibition at the time of the performance will be Blind Reproduction, which runs at Tribes Gallery from March 10 - April 15. For more information on Tribes Gallery and this exhibition, visit tribes.org 

or email info@tribes.org.



Buffalo Poets Reading April 20th 


Every Third Friday of the Month Buffalo Poets host an open forum poetry reading starting at 8pm




Videos and Links 


Native New Yorkers with Steve Cannon The Japanese show Native New Yorkers featuring the legendary STEVE CANNON. Check it out on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0ClqX2w88Q

Steve Cannon and A Gathering of the Tribes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n58NMuOLxa0

No Matter by Steve Cannon http://youtu.be/zA6orAH35D0

On the street where Tribes lives http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYSbYHzQE4A&feature=youtube_gdata_player

OCCUPY TRIBES NOW in the "East Villager" 

Zero, Infinity and the Guides by Erin Carmody

On March 13, we got some encouraging news regarding the possible eviction proceeding at 285 E 3rd St.


In a stay of execution, or, rather, eviction: The judge is going to review the materials from our hearing on the 13th and make a written decision at a later date. But as it stands, our lawyer thinks that she is leaning towards taking the case to the Supreme Court due to our unique circumstances. Up until this point we weren't sure how our efforts would be met in the courtroom, but now it seems that the ruling 'might' be in our favor.
In light of these positive developments, we'd like to take the time to thank you all for writing letters to Mayor Bloomberg and Rosie Mendez in full support of Tribes. The robust and diverse artistic community of Tribes was incredibly generous in expressing their solidarity in this matter, and we are grateful.

Your voices are powerful, but in these times, it also takes financial support to make those voices heard and effective. Part of the agreement set forth on the 13th requires Tribes to remit payment of $7500 towards back rent, which our landlord refused to collect during this time (Jan-Mar 2012). During this litigation, money that was previously allocated for rent was used to pay our utilities, various operating expenses, personnel, producing shows, and gallery maintenance. Unfortunately, our budget cannot handle such a payment at this time.


We are asking anyone who has enjoyed the community events that Tribes has had over its 20 years to help us in the next few days to cover this cost. If you are in a position to help us at this time, please help us by donating through Paypal  here. If you prefer to donate via cash, check or money order, let us know at gatheringofthetribes@gmail.com. All donations are tax-deductable.


In addition to donations, you can also support Tribes by purchasing a catalog of our current show, Blind Reproduction, online  here. There are also prints and paintings available from this show, with prices ranging from $100 to $2500. We also can help you purchase any works from our previous shows, which you can view on our  Youtube channel.


For more information on upcoming events, refer to Tribes.org. You can read more about Blind Reproduction, our current exhibition, here, or watch a walkthrough on Youtube. And, as always, feel free to drop by when you're in the area, and encourage your friends to do the same.  


If you have any questions about our legal situation or anything else pertaining to Tribes, please call me directly at 212-674-8262.


As Duke Ellington would say, "We love you madly."



Steve Cannon
"The Blind guy"


A Gathering of the Tribes is seeking interns with grant writing experience and research skills. Contact us at info@tribes.org for more information.

Readers needed for the blind professor. Please call 212 674 8262
Magazine Submissions
Deadline Submissions for Issue #14 of Tribes has been extended through March 15. Send all submissions of poetry, fiction, critical writing, and art to:
A Gathering of The Tribes
POBox 20693
NY, NY 10009
or tribes.editor@gmail.com

Tribes' contact info
285 E. 3rd St. (betw. Aves. C & D), 2nd fl.
NY, NY 10009

F/V train to 2nd Ave.; #6 train to Bleecker

212-674-8262 or 212-674-3778