Thursday 24 July, 7 - 9pm


Hosfelt Gallery is pleased to present "Practicing Art," an interdisciplinary conversation about how artists go about their daily work.

Behind the glamor and thrill of gallery openings, performances, and publication parties lies the private world of the artist's studio, the workshop and crucible where the artwork is made. How do artists practice their art? Is a musician's practice different from a painter's or a dancer's? What is the relation between practice and performance? What is the path from idea to expression? Throwing open the studio doors, "Practicing Art" explores artists' daily exchange between imagination and material.

Participants include dancer and choreographer Douglas Dunn, artist Paul Ramirez-Jonas, writer and musician Glenn Kurtz, and artist Emil Lukas among others.

Douglas Dunn began presenting work in New York City in 1971. In 1976 he formed Douglas Dunn & Dancers and began touring the US and Europe. In 1980 the Paris Opera and the Autumn Festival invited him to set Stravinsky's Pulcinella on the Paris Opera Ballet. He often collaborates with lighting designers, composers, artists, poets, and video and film makers to present a multifaceted theatrical image. DD&D is in the middle of Homestretch, a three-year project featuring New Work, Revivals, & Salon Events at the Studio. February 26 - March 1, 2009, the 92nd Street Y will present DD&D in a revival of Pulcinella at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City.

Paul Ramirez-Jonas' selected solo exhibitions include The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; a survey at Ikon Gallery (UK) and Cornerhouse (UK); LFL Gallery (NYC); Roger Bjorkholmen (Sweden); and Postmasters Gallery (NYC). Group exhibitions include the Gallery for Contemporary Art Leipzig (Germany); Shanghai Biennial; P.S.1 (NYC); Seoul Biennial (Korea); The Whitechapel (UK); Irish Museum of Modern Art (Ireland); Kunstlerhaus (Austria); Johannesburg Biennale (South Africa); Exit Art (NYC); The New Museum (NYC). Upcoming exhibitions include solo projects at the The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut and participation in the 2008 Sao Paulo Biennial. He has built permanent public art projects in Cambridge, MA and a public sculpture for the Hudson River Park, New York City.

Glenn Kurtz is the author of "Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music," which the New York Times called "a thoughtful and fluid meditation," and Newsday hailed as "the book of a lifetime." "Practicing" has been featured on NPR's "Weekend Edition" with Scott Simon, and will be released by Vintage in paperback this August. Glenn graduated from the New England Conservatory-Tufts University Double Degree Program and holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University. He lives in New York City and is working on a novel.

Emil Lukas's art blurs the boundaries of painting and sculpture. He makes evident every process and part that goes into his work, often using byproducts of his studio practice and the natural environment as source material. Lukas has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections including The Norton Foundation, Santa Monica, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; Guerlain Foundation of Contemporary Art, Les Mesnuls, France; and Panza Di Biumo Collection, Verasse, Italy.