Fort Point Theatre Channel
Exclamation Point! 12
Curated by Nick Thorkelson
May 10-11, 2014
15 Channel Center Street
Fort Point, Boston
Exclamation Point! 12: Bohemians, a Fort Point Theatre Channel event with the theme of bohemia and bohemians, was presented during Fort Point Art Walk, the spring Open Studios of the Fort Point Arts Community. The project centered on a revue-style program performed after Fort Point artists close their studios for the evening.
Fort Point Theatre Channel presented Exclamation Point! 12: Bohemians in connection with the release by Verso Press of the nonfiction comics anthology Bohemians: A Graphic History, edited by Paul Buhle and David Berger. Nick Thorkelson, curator for EP12 and an artistic director of Fort Point Theatre Channel, is a contributor to this anthology, along with Sharon Rudahl, Sabrina Jones, Jeffrey Lewis, Lisa Lyons, Lance Tooks, Milton Knight, and many other great cartoonists and writers. View Thorkelson’s comic about bebop and the birth of modern jazz at nickthorkelson.com/bebop.html. The book will be available for purchase at the event.
EP12: Bohemians combined performances and installations inspired by these comics and the general theme of bohemia. Works included skits, dance, film, and live music, along with two installations.
Led by Thorkelson, the artists creating EP12: Bohemians, from Fort Point and beyond, included: Jon Burrowes, Jaime Carrillo, Alissa Cordeiro, Candice Crawford, Mick Cusimano, Rick Dorff, Mary Driscoll, John Hicks, Amy MacDonald, Marc S. Miller, M'Talewa, Sally Nutt, Anneke Reich, Robin Shores, Olga Shmuylovich, Douglas Urbank, and Mark Warhol.
The lineup included works based on Woody Guthrie's life, Emma Goldman's Lower East Side, beatnik stereotypes, comics and modern dance, Billie Holliday and "Strange Fruit," Patti Smith's take on Allen Ginsberg's “Howl,” lesbian salons of Montmartre, and the hippy westward migration of the late 1960s.
Title graphic: "Dancing." Detail of art installation, collaborative work of the residents of
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center/Hebrew SeniorLife and art therapist Olga Shmuylovich