Filed under: events, Issue 2, press | Tags: Annabel Braithwaite, Belathée Photography, Brian Beatty, Christopher Koulouris, David Mahfouda, Deb Olin Unferth, Issue 2, Joe Wenderoth, Joshua Cohen, Justin Taylor, Ken Sparling, Kendra Grant Malone, Lydia Bell, Mike Topp, Nina Schloesser, PPOW Gallery, Release Party, sasha fletcher, Scallywag & Vagabond
Many warm thanks to everyone who came out last Saturday for the Gigantic Issue 2: Gigantic America Release Party at the PPOW Gallery in Chelsea! Thank you too to all our readers and performers and to PPOW for hosting the night’s events!
The evening featured a performance by Lydia Bell, original work by Sasha Fletcher and Justin Taylor, as well as a series of “surrogate readings” featuring content from the issue: Nina Schloesser reading Ken Sparling, Joshua Cohen reading Joe Wenderoth, Mike Topp reading Brian Beatty, and Kendra Grant Malone reading Deb Olin Unferth. In addition, the gallery hosted the installation of Brooklyn artist David Mahfouda’s 130-foot, handmade American flag, damaged during celebrations after Obama’s election and restored by the Brooklyn-based Fixers Collective.
Thank you to our photographer for the evening, Annabel Braithwaite for Belathée Photography. For a full slide show of Annabel’s images from the evening please click here. In addition, The Hostess Project has generously posted a slide show on flickr.
Check out Christopher Koulouris of Scallywag & Vagabond’s pithy recap of the evening here. Thanks, Chris!
It is safe to say, that this lot are onto something and a thorough read of what they have put out certainly had me invigorated and rather charmed […] With their America issue the editors were intent on discovering what it is to be American, where America lives at this moment and where America is possibly heading. – Christopher Koulouris, Scallywag & Vagabond
Stay tuned to our website for companion content to the new issue!
Filed under: events, press | Tags: "You Don't Know Me" Benefit Bash, Ben Greenman, Bob Powers, BOMB, Bowery Electric, David Gates, events, Gigantic, james j. williams iii, John Wesley Harding, Joseph Keckler, Kalup Linzy, Opium, Scallywag & Vagabond, Sven Birkerts, The Dog House Band, The Library Is On Fire, The New York Observer
Check out their recap of the night’s revelry here. Here’s a snippet:
“BOMB Magazine with Gigantic and Opium magazines hosted an end-of-summer bash at Bowery Electric featuring a musical performance by a drag queen, two short plays, and another musical act that consisted largely of a guy speaking (rhythmically) to the audience about a dream he had, set to music. So of course, this means we need to talk about one thing: wolves. Or, in this case, ‘werewolves.'” ~ Scallywag and Vagabond
In case you missed our earlier post, the Observer also ran a great review of the night.
Much thanks to our performers and to all who attended! As well as to those who ran pre-press for the event and helped promote the evening including: HTML Giant, The New Yorker, Black Book, ARTmostfierce, [THING], The Daily News, and anyone who posted who we may have missed.
To join in the next Gigantic literary bash, stay tuned for news about our upcoming Issue II launch party!