Kay Turner, a nine year resident of Williamsburg, teaches in Perfprmance Studies at NYU and works as the Brooklyn folklorist at the Brooklyn Arts Council. In 2003 she headed the Williamsburg Bridge 100th Anniversary Celebration and is currently at work on Brooklyn Maqam, a month long festival of Arab music to be held in March 2008. She holds a Ph.D. in folklore and anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. Her publications include Beautiful Necessity: The Art and Meaning of Women's Altars (Thames and Hudson); Between Us: A Legacy of Lesbian Love Letters (Chronicle Books) and Baby Precious Always Shines (St. Martin’s Press), an edited selection of love notes between Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. She curated HOMOHOME at Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn in 2006. Currently, she is working on a long essay concerning ephemerality and September 11th and a new book project Transgressive Tales: Queering the Grimms' Fairy Tales. She is the co-founder of the lezzie rock band Girls in the Nose, based in Austin, TX from 1985-1996. Her current musical projects include NYC-based SNAGGLETOOTH with Carolyn Dinshaw and MEDUSABULLDOZER, a group she works with in Athens, GA.
GOINGS ON ABOUT TOWN
While not quite extraordinary, this show, by JC2—a.k.a. Joy Episalla, Joy Garnett, Carrie Moyer, and Carrie Yamaoka—makes nice use of a famous 1630 sermon by John Winthrop, the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It is from this document that Presidential speechwriters lifted the phrase “a city upon a hill.” JC2 prints an excerpt of the text on a giveaway poster, in ink that shows up only in black light: “The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken . . . we shall be made a story and a by-word throughout the world.” An interactive sculpture is more heavy-handed—a pentagonal box in mirrored glass, with a soundtrack of snippets of jingoistic sci-fi. Through June 25. (Momenta, 359 Bedford Ave. 718-218-8058.) [Link]