2013 Manifest Features Moveable Feast of Work by InterArts MFAs and Alums

Manifest 2013 promises to be even larger than 2012, and while the PGA (Please Generate Art) installation won’t be making an appearance this year, InterArts MFAs and alumni will more than make up for it, as they exhibit, present, demonstrate, and perform all over campus for the duration of the event.

One of the main spaces for InterArts artists will be the Papermaker’s Garden, at Wabash Avenue at 8th Street.

In addition to ongoing paper making demonstrations using garden fibers, the Garden will also be the site for art installations and performances by Interdisciplinary Arts graduate students. Stop by any time during the day to see the handmade paper cultural installation by graduating MFAs Boo Gilder and Claire Sammon, as well as Media MFA Brent Koehn’s airplane sculpture Fabricating Hope, all on display inside the garden area.

From 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m., MFA Christopher Bednash will be in the garden with a giant papier mache Planet Earth sculpture. He’ll be stationed near the garden’s front gate to welcome guests as he performs an Earth Wedding Ceremony,intending to join any passersby (Eco-Brides and Eco-Grooms) with Earth Herself in a celebration of lifetime commitment to love, conserve, and protect our planet. And, be sure to come by between 1:00–3:00 p.m. for a special concert appearance by Sid Yiddish And His Candy Store Henchmen. Yiddish and his band will be serenading the rocks and paper and other environs with an entire suite of improvised new and earlier compositions. Visitors can also learn more about the second phase of the Papermaker’s Garden construction, which is scheduled to begin right after Manifest 2013.

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The Candy Store Henchmen are but one performance in Manifest 2013’s TicToc series. TicToc is a showcase of time-based work in performance, spectacle, and installation. Artists will be showing risky, challenging, conceptual, funny, political, absurd, and stunning work in Columbia’s lobbies, on the street, in storefront and second-floor windows, and in unexpected nooks and crannies across campus and along the Wabash Arts Corridor all during the day. Here are some spots to find robust InterArts participation in Manifest TicTocall around campus:

Leo Selvaggio’s (MFA): EyeSight Surveillance Window installation, will be visible from street level outside 916 South Wabash Avenue in the second floor windows.

Adam Rust (alum) unveils his Duck Duck Goose sculpture installation at 1014 S. Michigan Avenue.


People on a Stage (InterArts MFAs and alums Alexa Rittichier, Don Widmer, Jenny Garnett, Mike St. John, plus full company) will be performing Collecting Ourselves: Bone Stacking from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at the SPB Pop-Up Lounge, outside 9th Street and Wabash Avenue.

Greta Bach (Book and Paper MFA): Sometimes I Dream in Technicolor performance in the lobby at 623 S. Wabash Ave.
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Drew Matott (alum) will be in the main lot on Wabash Avenue between 9th and 11th streets with Panty Pulping.

Stephen deSantis (alum) will be manning the Arts+Activism Tent in the main lot on Wabash Avenue between 9th and 11th streets.

Find Jillian Bruschera (Book and Paper MFA) at the LGBTQ table in the main lot on Wabash Avenue between 9th and 11th streets.

Penelope Hearne, Cristina Valdez, Megan Pitcher, AlexBorgen, Morgan Sayers, Sid Branca present their Manifest Side Show Would You Die For Sound, at 916 S. Wabash Ave. 2nd Floor, and 1104 S. Wabash Ave. basement studios.

Anchor Graphics (InterArts MFAs David Jones and Chris Flynn) will be managing the Silkscreen Extravaganza in the Manifest Main Tent from 12:00 noon-5:00 p.m. Come by and watch as six undergrads silkscreen print 500 copies of their original designs for Manifest, based on the Alice in Wonderland story by Lewis Carroll, with special focus on the Jabberwocky. Visitors are welcome to watch and then take a print as a keepsake!

The InterArts MFA exhibition will be hosting a special Manifest reception that evening from 5:00–7:00 p.m. in the CBPA galleries, where all installations will be open for viewing until 8:00 p.m. An updated ice sculpture artwork by Liz Isakson-Dado will be in place especially for the reception, so come by and cool off!

For more information on the MFA Manifest Reception, click here. For more information on all Manifest events, click here.