Thirty Days NY: Program curated by Family Bookstore

Family Bookstore, one of LA’s finest bookstores is opening a pop-up store in NYC at 70 Franklin Street (between Church & Broadway) New York, NY 10013. From April 8 – May 7th.

They’ll have a 4200 sq foot Tribeca storefront to host a Family Bookstore, an ‘artists in conversation’ series, bands, performances, author readings, an art exhibition, and artists in residency. Thirty Days NY is the next wave of Absolut Vodka’s creative collaborations and expands its commitment to the artistic space. A TBWA Production.
The interior of the space and flier image are designed by Ben Jones of Paper Rad. All events are free and open to the public.

Week One:
King Kong: An exhibition of art from Los Angeles (April 8 – May 7)

King Kong exhibits a diverse array of art making in Los Angeles. King Kong includes new paintings by Geoff Mcfetridge, a designer who most recently created the titles for Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are, as well as Brian Roettinger who was nominated for a Grammy for his album design on No Age’s ‘Nouns’.

Artists In Residency:
Meryl Smith: April 8 – May 7. Smith will be working on a large scale sculpture throughout the month. Smith created the props for the Spike Jonze’s recent short film, I’m Here, as well as a related window installation for Opening Ceremony NY entitled Modern Love.

Joshua White and Gary Panter: April 8 – May 7. White and Panter will be accompanying musical guests throughout the month with psychedelic light shows. White is credited with inventing the psychedelic light show in the 60s at San Francisco’s Fillmore East for artists like Jimi Hendrix and The Grateful Dead. Panter designed the sets for Pee Wee’s Playhouse in the 60s and designed iconic fliers for 80s punk bands The Germs and Screamers.

Aska Matsumiya: April 8 – April 17. From 12 – 3pm, Matsumiya will spend the opening week improvising with suprise musical guests, and recording. Various sound-making tools will be set up for visitors. Matsumiya plays in The Sads and is a founder of the Los Angeles Ladies’ Choir.

Special Events:

April 10 – Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore perform live as Mirror/Dash. Followed by a signing of the brand new Sonic Youth art book SENSATIONAL FIX, and the limited edition KIM GORDON: THE NOISE PAINTINGS.

April 11 – Comedy by Fred Armison + Andrew Jeffrey Wright. Armison is a comedian, actor, and musician, best known for his work on Saturday Night Live. Wright is an artist, zine-maker, animator, and comedian.

April 12 – Aaron Rose presents rare and unseen short films and VHS tapes. Rose was the owner and director of NY’s Alleged Gallery, creator of Alleged Press, co-editor of ANP Quarterly, and director of the documentary Beautiful Losers.

April 13 – Author Readings by A.M. Homes, Sean Wilsey, and Hugh Nissenson. Followed by conversation moderated by Ross Simonini of the Believer magazine.

Note: Family Bookstore is only one element of this wide reaching project. Beyond the space Family is curating, Dallas Clayton has been gathering material by some great videographers interviewing artists around the US at thirtydaysny.com.



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