CULTUREfix Crowdfunding for Weekly Art Series with “Superchief”

Posted on: January 24th, 2013 at 6:19 am by
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[Photo: CULTUREfix]The folks at three-year-old CULTUREfix recently kickstarted another crowd-funding effort to help expand upon their gallery-meets-bar concept at 9 Clinton Street.  And sights are aimed rather high with a target amount of $50,000.

Goals of the current drive include: displaying 52 exhibits in 52 weeks, partnering with digital magazine Superchief, and providing budgets for exhibitions and honorariums for selected performances.  Campaign backers can score, among other things, a review of your portfolio, a freestyling phone call, Superchief skull swag, or a dirty note.  Intriguing.

Below are some additional details from the Kickstarter page.

Since Culturefix opened in 2010, we have set out to be one of the most accessible small art spaces in New York City for artists and audiences alike. In 2013, Culturefix has teamed up with the Superchief Gallery (formerly based out of Williamsburg, Brooklyn) inviting the Gallery/Digital Magazine/Artist Collective to host a yearlong curatorial residency at Culturefix’s alternative art space in the Lower East Side.

The first challenge/risk that we face is the task of running one-week shows for an entire year. This is no small feat. Every Monday, the gallery will de-install the exhibit from the previous week and prepare the room (this includes removing hardware, painting, spackling, setting out materials, and receive works for the upcoming show). The new exhibit will then be installed later that day and late into the night.

We plan on tackling these issues with ample manpower and careful planning. Gallery managers and in-house handlers will be on staff every week to manage the inflow and outflow of the displays. In addition to turning over the space on Mondays, our time will be spent planning the production and promotion for every show. The most challenging aspect of this operation will be adhering to a small budget that will go towards compensating these handlers and handymen.

Ambitious, to say the least, but a unique opportunity to contribute to the expanding art scene on the Lower East Side. What are your thoughts on the project?

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