Salon's Noah Charney ponders funding for the arts in a Trump administration. Switzer weighs in: “What’s needed now isn’t more artwork that feeds the market ... We need work that tears down walls and trespasses across boundaries — work that truly changes us, and reminds us who we can be on our best days."


Credit: Getty/Alex Wong/Mireia Triguero Roura


A double dose of hometown love for Grand Arts and P&P via CJ Janovy, at KCUR, and James Martin, for KC Studio. "Problems and Provocations provides powerful testimony," writes Martin, "that when an organization truly possesses the will and the resources to say yes to artists, amazing things can happen.”



On the International Sculpture Center blog, Jan Garden Castro revisits a 2002 interaction with Grand Arts — and advocates for the vision it set forth: "I didn’t realize until I read this book how messy and blindly optimistic Grand Arts was to commission work as revolutionary as Cronin’s Memorial and Sanford Biggers’ Blossom ... Problems and Provocations offers a free-thinking model for artists and arts foundations — one far beyond support money and/or space."


Rosemarie Fiore, process view, Scrambler Drawing, 2004. Acrylic on vinyl, 60 x 60 ft.

On Mycotecture: Breakfast with Phil Ross

Wednesday, Nov. 2
9-10:30 a.m., at NeueHouse Hollywood

As an artist, Philip Ross has exhibited work at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, MoMA and the Museum of Jurassic Technology; as a bioengineering scholar at Stanford University, he’s working to develop an internet of biological things. He’s also co-founder and CTO of MycoWorks, a start-up that turns mycelium (the threadlike, vegetative part of mushrooms) into building bricks and leather – where he’s poised to revolutionize the materials industry with his carbon-neutral, chemical-free, organic, biodegradable and fully sustainable designs. Join us for this casual breakfast discussion presented by Fathomers, a philanthropic research institute dedicated to reshaping the realm of the possible, and hear why fungus is the future. 
RSVP is required and space is limited.

Contact yes@fathomers.org to inquire about availability. 


Mycoworks, "Fungus Brick". Fungal mycelium. Image courtesy of Mycoworks.


"How, then,” asks Alina Cohen for Los Angeles Review of Books, "does a group of people who facilitated the purchase of an amusement park ride, wrangled with the State Department and the Federal Reserve, and created their own dictionary launch a book and reinvigorate the tired panel discussion format?” She came to our New York book launch last month to find out


Photography by Donald Stahl. Image courtesy of Red Bull Studios New York.

Fun Problems with Smart People

A book opening!

To mark the launch of Problems and Provocations: Grand Arts 1995-2015, transcendental tour guide Timothy “Speed” Levitch leads a dynamic cruise through creative practice, as artists, writers, and thinkers from Grand Arts’ constellation take the stage to puzzle out problems of risk, magic, pleasure, ghosts, and what comes after art. Come find us in NY and KC! 

To celebrate the coincidence of P&P’s publication and TOTAL PROOF: The GALA Committee 1995-1997 — which has been getting some attention of late — our New York episode takes place at Red Bull Studios, amid the re-staging of a project Grand Arts helped produce nearly twenty years ago. 

Guest appearances by Mel Chin, Michael Jones McKean, Maria Buszek, Emily Roysdon, John Salvest, Rosemarie Fiore, Filip Noterdaeme, Christophe Thompson and Stephen Lichty, and an exclusive multiple by Spurse.

7-9 p.m. Oct. 17, 2016
(doors at 6:30 p.m.) 
Red Bull Studios New York

RSVP here. Updates via Facebook

Our KC stop takes place at Atkins Auditorium, as part of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s celebration of Diwali, Festival of Lights. 

Guest appearances by Anthony Baab, John Salvest, Cody Critcheloe, Frank Shaw, Mary Kay, Megan Mantia, J. Ashley Miller, Shannon Michalski, Neal Wilson, Charlie Mylie and Jarrett Mellenbruch, and an exclusive multiple by Spurse — as well as special guests from the GA staff, including April Pugh, Summer Farrar, and Natasha Karsk.

5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 20, 2016
Atkins Auditorium, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Event page here



If you're headed to the 2016 Alliance for Artist Communities Conference, in Portland, check out this Friday break-out session!  

At the Outer Limits of Artmaking
Friday, October 7
11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Some creative projects require complex support structures beyond the essential elements of time, space and funding. Enter programs like Fathomers (formerly Grand Arts) and Autodesk’s Pier 9 AiR Program - which are uniquely poised to meet impossible ideas with access to new technology, specialized equipment and intensive production support. Hear from artists and residency leaders about the projects that took them to unusual places and explore what it means to support artistic experimentation on a grand scale.

Paolo Salvagione | Artist
Vanessa Sigurdson | Artist in Residence (AIR) Program Manager, Autodesk - Pier 9
Stacy Switzer | Curator + Executive Director, Fathomers
Noah Weinstein | Senior Creative Programs Manager, Autodesk - Pier 9



Vice’s culture platform Creators considers Grand Arts’ legacy, in advance of Problems and Provocations' September publication. "Grand Arts served as a platform for discovery as well as production,” writes Kat Herriman. "More radical than many of its peers, the progressive institution opened their umbrella, welcoming initiatives pertaining to science, technology and social justice underneath.” 


Filip Noterdaeme, Florence Coyote, 2006. Photo: Russell Gera

De-extinction & Donuts

Breakfast with Andrew Torrance
Wednesday, June 29
9:30-10:30 a.m., at NeueHouse Hollywood

If you resurrect a woolly mammoth and it falls in Pershing Square, who is liable for the damage? Join Andrew Torrance, an expert in the cutting-edge field of biolaw, to find out. With a PhD in biology from Harvard University and a JD from Harvard Law School, Torrance conducts groundbreaking research in intellectual property and the right to innovate as a professor at the University of Kansas School of Law and a visiting scientist at MIT. In this casual breakfast discussion presented by Fathomers, a philanthropic research institute dedicated to reshaping the realm of the possible, Torrance will cover the how and why of de-extinction—a lab experiment no longer limited to science fiction movies—and share stories of his current adventures in reviving the great auk.

RSVP is required and space is limited.

Contact yes@fathomers.org to inquire about availability.