Kathy Westwater: PARK Ephemera – Publication Release Party

Photo credit: Marina Zamalin

Celebrate the release of the exhibition catalogue for Kathy Westwater: PARK Ephemera with a reading of excerpts by poet Jennifer Scappettone from her iconic The Republic of Exit 43: Outtakes & Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump. Poet Celina Su will read excerpts of her own work.

WHEN: September 18 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
WHERE: Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Main Hall Gallery, Building C
General admission: $5.00 (includes gallery admission)
Student/Senior: $4.00
Snug Harbor Member: Free


Kathy Westwater has choreographically pursued radical dance forms since 1996. Her work responds to the social landscape in which it manifests, often by taking up our most challenging experiences such as pain, as in her Bessie-nominated work Rambler, Worlds Worlds A Part (2019). With other major works she has explored the built environments of monuments (Anywhere, 2016) and landfills and parks (PARK, 2009-present); war and pain (Macho, 2008); intersections of human and animal culture (twisted, tack, broken, 2005); psycho-physical states of fear (Dark Matter, 2002); and interactive virtual environments (The Fortune Cookie Dance, 1999). Westwater is the recipient of the 2017 Solange MacArthur Award for New Choreography, the first woman to receive the prize. She was born in Virginia, grew up in Kentucky, and lives in the Bronx, NYC. https://www.kathywestwater.org

Jennifer Scappettone works at the confluence of the literary, scholarly, visual, and performing arts to rethink the way language shapes our relation to built and natural environments, and how languages may be reshaped to imagine more just entwinements with the planet. Her poetry unfolds in counterpoint to documentary research. Books include The Republic of Exit 43: Outtakes & Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump (2016), Belladonna Elders Series: Poetry, Landscape, Apocalypse (with Etel Adnan and Lyn Hejinian, 2009), and Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice (2014). She is Associate Professor at the University of Chicago.

Celina Su was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and lives in Brooklyn, part of unceded Lenapehoking. Her first book of poetry, Landia, was published by Belladonna* in 2018. Her writing also includes two poetry chapbooks, three books on the politics of social policy and civil society, and pieces in the New York Times Magazinen+1Harper’s, and elsewhere. Her creative, scholarly, and pedagogical work focuses on everyday struggles for collective governance, and her current book project centers radical democracy, research justice, and racial subjectivities in budget justice in the US.  Su is the Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies and a Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York.

PARK Ephemera is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

PARK is created with the support of a 2020-21 PASS/CUNY Dance Initiative residency at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden and the College of Staten Island made possible through generous lead support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, with additional support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Snug Harbor is a proud partner with the CUNY Dance Initiative. 

PARK is supported by Dance/NYC’s Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund in 2020 & 2022; and, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and the FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund.

It is developed as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Arts Center Residency program. 

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and by The Freshkills Park Alliance.

Theatrical performances of PARK are commissioned by Gibney and curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa as part of the organization’s Gibney Presents series for the 2022-23 Season. This commission includes financial, residency, administrative, and production support.