VESTIPHOBIA

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

For years we have been developing Vestiphobia, a project involving a performance, a workshop and a film series exploring our relationship to fashion, from the mere act of getting dressed, to its socio-economic impact. We’ve been invited to premiere Vestiphobia in HAVANA, CUBA –this February 23rd 26th– in Latin America’s preeminent modern arts complex, The Fabrica de Arte Cubano. This is a true international collaboration with over thirty of Cuba’s top artists, designers, singers, and actors joining our NYC crew.

We need your help to realize this extraordinary and pressing project. Here’s where you can provide your support: Kickstarter campaign!

What is Vestiphobia?

Vestiphobia is a project involving a performance, a workshop and a film series exploring our relationship to fashion, from the mere act of getting dressed, to its socio-economic impact. Under the umbrella of Ideal Glass, the New York art collective, the VESTIPHOBIA team will debut its first international production at Havana Fabrica de Arte Cybano – Cuba’s premiere arts complex – from February 23rd to February 26th, 2017. As part of this project, Ideal Glass put together a unique collaboration with Cuban talents (actors, musicians, dancers and designers) that will both complement and enrich the project.

Written by Willard Morgan and directed by Steve Fagin, the performance is a four-act extravaganza of theatre, dance, fashion, film, art, and Musica Cubana exploring the main character’s damaged relationship to clothing. Vestiphobia confronts us with the contradictory nature of our clothing, presented here not only as a necessity but also as a luxury, a shield, and even a weapon. The show combines experimental fashion, video art, music, dance, and autobiographical narrative to entertain and enrich our understanding of clothing through time.

Working in collaboration with young up-and-coming Cuban designers, art director, Uta Bekaia, will produce sculptural costumes for the performance during a weeklong workshop taking place at the Taller Gorria Gallery, in Havana. The workshop will be curated as a living installation open to the general public in the week preceding the show.

THE WORKSHOP – GALERIA TALLER GORRIA

February 13th-22nd, 2017

THE PERFORMANCE – FABRICA DE ARTE CUBANO

February 23rd-26th, 2017

We need your help to realize this extraordinary and pressing project. Here’s where you can provide your support: Kickstarter campaign!

Vestiphobia Website
Vestiphobia Facebook
Vestiphobia Instagram

DREA COFIELD

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Project, Uncategorized
Drea Cofield’s New Mural “Rise and Grind”
Opening Reception on Friday September 16th at 6.30pm
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Join us this Friday September 16th for the opening of our new mural “Rise and Grind”, by Drea Cofield. The New York based artist conceived the mural to address notions of intimacy, and more particularly the idea of scaling up works initially conceived as expressive yet confidential experiences. With this piece her intention is to shift towards a more composed, graphic, and physically immersive encounter for the viewer. “Rise and Grind” is both a private confrontation and a larger visceral exploration for passersby.

“It’s bacchanalian and violent and altogether human.”

Cofield’s work involves figures interacting – or pointedly not interacting – in other worldly landscapes. Bodies are sleeping or dead, facial expressions and gestures are enacted incongruously with violence and spectacle. Cofield explores the challenging language of allegory to see, experience and feel.

Opening event: Friday September 16th, 6.30pm-10pm

On view until: Friday October 28th

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MORGAN IN CUBA

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Travel

VESTIPHOBIA EN HAVANA
Galeria Taller Gorria, Cuba
29 April – 06 May, 2016

After presenting several parts of VESTIPHOBIA in the US the Ideal team will be presenting an exclusive version of the show at Galeria Taller Gorria on April 29th! The installation will remain on view for one week. In preparation for the Havana performance, the creative team developed specific sets and costumes, and the performers worked in collaboration with Cuban musicians to allow new interpretations of the song cycle to arise. It is essential for the piece travel to different parts of the world and adapt it to local audiences, as it is a universal laugh in the face of fashion and our obsession with clothing. As such, the performance isn’t a fixed or strictly defined show, but an ongoing evolving process with changeable format and mutable characters.

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Willard Morgan navigates performance art, filmmaking, and still photography in his new installation “Morgan in Cuba,” presented in Gibara, this April.

Curated by independent curator Berta Jottar, the show documents a decade of works that engage with concepts ranging from ethnographic photography to video mockumentaries, through the development of imaginary characters. Within the Cuban context, and in a sudden post-Obama and post-Rolling Stones era, Morgan is the enigmatic figure of a future that is already there.

I am Gibara
Cine Pobre Festival
20th – 24th April, 2016

Morgan in Cuba
Morgan in Cuba is a series of photographs introducing Gibara, a city in the island’s countryside, juxtaposed with Havana’s metropolis during the first decade of the 21st Century. The selected body of work explores different forms of pleasure and daily life in Cuba. Willard captures the “internal spaces” of locals and street passers-by as they go through their daily routines.

The multi-disciplinary installation leaves the spectator free to explore the paradoxes involved in the images themselves, their production, and our consumption of them. Within the Cuban context, and in a sudden post-Obama and post-Rolling Stones era, Morgan is the enigmatic figure of a future that is already there.

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Shah Bob premiere

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Daily, Project

Shah-Bob2Support independent films, especially Shah Bob, which is opening this weekend in both Los Angeles and at the Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco. The film, by my good friend Babak Shokrian, concerns:

At 40, the road less traveled is narrowing for Bob who struggles to write his next screenplay while dealing with eccentric tenants, unclogging drains and collecting rents, for his father’s business. But when his father falls ill, Bob decides to change and embrace the legacy of his family and culture for the first time. He even finds himself falling in love with a Jewish Iranian ‘princess’ from the community. But can he really change?
Check it out if you’ll be on the West Coast!

 

 

 

Party time!

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Daily, Music

5a826cd1-4304-48e6-a845-a2ee14d11267Come join the fun this Sunday, August 23rd as Ideal Glass hosts the BOSSS Launch Party! You’ll also get the chance to see me and the Ideal Orkestra perform! Information in the invite above.

Donations and Volunteers Needed!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Daily, Project

mvf_logoThe Marilyn Violet Foundation (MVF) is a family services and wellness non-profit created by my good friend Melissa Jackson in honor of her grandmother Marilyn Violet Jackson (1934-2013), a woman who gave in ways which laid the groundwork for strong lives. This year the Foundation is sponsoring their first annual Project Backpack, where, on September 1, they’ll be donating school backpacks filled with enough school supplies for a year to the Broome Street Academy Charter High School, as well as “wellness” backpacks for the homeless youth at The Door, NYC.

Donations are currently being accepted for this wonderful endeavor. And volunteers are needed to help assemble the backpacks – which will take place at Ideal Glass on Tuesday, August 25th.

For more information on donations and volunteering, please contact melissa@marilynvioletfoundation.org.

 

MIMIKAKI at Ideal Glass

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Daily, Project

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Starting tonight and every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights (from dusk to midnight) until September 6th, Ideal Glass artist-in-residence Ayakamay will be performing her “MIMIKAKI” character – with each performance being unique and one-time-only. And as a special bonus, tonight and tomorrow night NHK World (Japan’s largest broadcasting organization) will be filming a documentary about Akayamay. So come on and spend a summer’s night at Ideal Glass – and check out the new mural, pictured above!

Performances
JULY 31st – SEP. 6th Dusk to Midnight
Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Special Event
SUN SEP. 6th 7PM – 10PM

Details on Ayakamay website

The Rise of Sneaker Culture

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Daily, Music, Project

Screenshot 2015-07-30 13.27.04Don’t miss the fantastic exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum – now until October 4th. (I’m a little bit obsessed with sneakers too – as the above still from Sweatshop Boogie shows.)

A Jelvis Sighting!

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Daily, Music

That’s right: a Jelvis – the Jewish Elvis – sighting at the Ottsville Creative Center! Shake, rattle and roll, y’all!11227395_10206238148569225_4267691444113637536_n

Willard Morgan Presents

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Daily, Music, Project

1391764_10152288740816978_963187620_nIn honor of the upcoming New York Fashion Week/Men, let me present for your viewing these videos focusing on the fashion scene that I created along with my Ideal Glass team: Days of A Dandy, Silks and Satins, and Sweatshop Boogie. Each video is part of an episodic narrative of the upcoming Sweatshop Boogie production. Enjoy!