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Fifth Acker Award
COMMUNITY SUPPORT, VENUE:
►Clayton Patterson wrote on Jan 16, 2018: Attached is the new book which is now ready 2018 book of the 2018 ACKER recipients — wish to thank everyone involved… all the recipients
Sponsors The Villager Ms. Jennifer Goodstein & Overthrow Boxing Joey Goodwin for the unending support - Steve Ellis for the BOX & POSTER, Antony Zito for the CUPs, Elsa Rensaa for reassurance of the goodness in the world, Theater 80 Lorcan & Genie Otway, MC Kembra Pfahler, Earl Ferrer book design, Alice O'Malley for photos of Leslie and Adam Alexander, Laura Gagnon for guidance, Jay "Blond Boy" Wilson usher.
Please forgive any mistakes as they were not intentional... all are worthy and nobody was meant to be forgotten or overlooked. We are all equal and deserve equal respect. Wish we could keep these moving forward.
And we wish to thanks the Villager for these kind words… And no matter which way we survive there will always be a history and a record of this attempted destruction.
However the awards may evolve in the future, The Villager supports this mission: of recognizing the true, pioneering avant-garde artists in our midst, and of sustaining Downtown’s creative community and its defiant spirit in the face of all the forces that would seek to diminish it or co-opt it. thanks clayton
ERIK LAPRADE wrote Jan 06, 2018 at 04:37 am: Clayton, Is Allen doing any presenting this time around?
CLAYTON PATTERSON wrote on Jan 6, 2018 at 05:47am | AK destroyed them.. surprised you have not heard of his going off the deep end.. long story.. I have no idea what is is problem.. but a problem he does have.. well you probably know you grew up with him.. anyway.. and besides he only did once in SF.. had told some people in NYC they were ridiuclaous.. a waste of his time.. it was once he realized I was going global-- and I was.. had a solid event in Toronto.. had Montreal coming along.. and Germany.. he made excuses about global.. he was global in his first and only year.. who is kidding who? Just destructive madness.. so old school LES..
If any interest we can talk in person.. or whatever.. not a good time to stir the pot.. but do as you will... you life your space.. thanks clayton
CLAYTON PATTERSON wrote on Jan 6, 2018, at 05:49am | BTW.. the people are starting to get the box idea.. this year will be great.. as they all are in their own way.. the bio-booklet is important.. a good research tool.. all this is so much work.. he had it easy.. one poster.. I am crazy was building a monster.. a monster that was ending up is solid collections.. thx cp
CLAYTOPN PATTERSOPN wrote on Jan 7, 2018 at 01:29am | This years NYC ACKER Awards, #5, will be, just like the last 4 years, as special as ever. There are the few, the negatives ones, the losers, who want to destroy us, but creativity is about life and they, the losers, are about death. We will survive and carry on. And this year the ceremony will be as glorious as it always is. And that is a promise from all of us in the ACKER community. And we are a creative community. thanks clayton
David Wojnarowicz from a photo by Peter Hujar- drawn onto a coffee cup found on the street - for the Acker Awards 2018. Don't miss the Acker event at Theater80 on Jan 21.drawing by Zito..
The BOOK OF THE DEAD is a list of approx.1100 friends of mine, lovers, loved ones, acquaintances, comrades. 40 are made and will be included in each of the 40 ACKER boxes presented at the Acker Awards. . . . book cover artwork by Tabboo! Eugene
Gene Fedorko, b. 1943, Pittsburgh PA, has been fighting for your civil rights since 1962. A veteran of the 1963 Martin Luther King march ("I have a dream"), he has been a political, anti-war, civil rights, pro-feminist, queer and AIDS activist ever since. In the early '80s he was co-founder (with Jim Fouratt) of the AIDS-support group HEAL, a grass-roots community-based organization that served free veggie and macrobiotic meals to the stricken community here in New York, a member of ACT-UP, and a caregiver. He worked for 25 years in the inner-city HIV/AIDS clinic of the renowned physician Paul C. Bellman, MD, and was witness to the ravages in the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic. He has kept a meticulous list THE BOOK OF THE DEAD, of his loved ones, friends, acquaintances, comrades, who have died of AIDS over the decades, with approximately 1100 names on it. He cherished the time he had with each one of those individuals who have died. He is an iconoclast, art collector, supporter the arts, a Black Lives Matter ally, very happily well-traveled and is delighted to have countless friends in the New York downtown community. His upcoming documentary "Conversations with Gay Elders," by David Weissman ("The Cockettes," "We Were Here,") is a narrative of his struggle for the dignity of his identity through the last six decades. He continues to be a caregiver and works in a medical office that focuses on HIV/AIDS
● More info will be sent out as we get closer to January 21.. ►Watch the Theater 80 website.
CLAYTON PATTERSON wrote on Jan 7, 2018 at 01:29am | This years NYC ACKER Awards, #5, will be, just like the last 4 years, as special as ever. There are the few, the negatives ones, the losers, who want to destroy us, but creativity is about life and they, the losers, are about death. We will survive and carry on. And this year the ceremony will be as glorious as it always is. And that is a promise from all of us in the ACKER community. And we are a creative community. thanks clayton
● David Wojnarowicz from a photo by Peter Hujar- drawn onto a coffee cup found on the street - for the Acker Awards 2018. Don't miss the Acker event at Theater80 on Jan 21.drawing by Zito..
● The BOOK OF THE DEAD is a list of approx. 1100 friends of mine, lovers, loved ones, acquaintances, comrades. 40 are made and will be included in each of the 40 ACKER boxes presented at the Acker Awards. . . . book cover artwork by Tabboo! Eugene
● Gene Fedorko, b. 1943, Pittsburgh PA, has been fighting for your civil rights since 1962. A veteran of the 1963 Martin Luther King march ("I have a dream"), he has been a political, anti-war, civil rights, pro-feminist, queer and AIDS activist ever since. In the early '80s he was co-founder (with Jim Fouratt) of the AIDS-support group HEAL, a grass-roots community-based organization that served free veggie and macrobiotic meals to the stricken community here in New York, a member of ACT-UP, and a caregiver. He worked for 25 years in the inner-city HIV/AIDS clinic of the renowned physician Paul C. Bellman, MD, and was witness to the ravages in the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic. He has kept a meticulous list THE BOOK OF THE DEAD, of his loved ones, friends, acquaintances, comrades, who have died of AIDS over the decades, with approximately 1100 names on it. He cherished the time he had with each one of those individuals who have died. He is an iconoclast, art collector, supporter the arts, a Black Lives Matter ally, very happily well-traveled and is delighted to have countless friends in the New York downtown community. His upcoming documentary "Conversations with Gay Elders," by David Weissman ("The Cockettes," "We Were Here,") is a narrative of his struggle for the dignity of his identity through the last six decades. He continues to be a caregiver and works in a medical office that focuses on HIV/AIDS
● More info will be sent out as we get closer to January 21.. Watch the Theater 80 website.
CLAYTON PATTERSON wrote on Jan 7, 2018 at 11:45am | ACKER Award music provided by Keith Patchel of The Venus Ensemble...
● My story starts as a kid from the suburbs of Buffalo who loved music and playing guitar. I attended SUNY Buffalo where I was performing/studying classical guitar and fusion. I had the great privilege of studying electronic music with Lejaren Hiller, and met many extraordinary musicians while I was attending concerts, classes, workshops offered by The Creative Associates, who included such luminaries as Lucas Foss, Morton Feldman and John Cage.
I moved to NYC to pursue a career in music, as I was deeply inspired by Punk Rock and all the New Music I had absorbed at college. I received an MA from Queens College/ Mannes School of Music (studied composition with George Perle) and at night was performing rock music with Richard Lloyd from Television at CBGB and other venues.
When I returned to NYC in July 1985 after touring Scandinavia and recording Field of Fire with Richard Lloyd, never in my life would I have imagined that my roommate who had recently graduated from Columbia University would become the President of the United States. His name was Barack Obama
Throughout the late 80's and 90's I recorded and performed with numerous rock bands of mine; The Spell, Count Zero, Solar, and Solarkane in New York , England and Colombia. In 2007 I began scoring films, which included Finishing Heaven, a documentary about Ruby Lynn Reyner (HBO) which was nominated for a Emmy Award in 2010. I also scored Crumble, for which I received Best Composer awards from The Manhattan Film Festival and The New York International Independent Film Festival
I attended Juilliard from 2011-2013 studying composition and orchestration. In 2015 I co-created The Marsband at the Hayden Planetarium for which I wrote The Pluto Symphony.
When I was in Bogota Colombia in 1996, Adios Pablo ( a song I wrote about the death of Pablo Escobar) received an enormous amount of airplay, and created so much controversy that the label FM Discos/W
2016 saw the composition and performance of my critically acclaimed experimental chamber opera The Plain of Jars (about the US secret bombing campaign of Laos during the Vietnam War).
All of this has lead to the creation of tonight's performance of The Venus Ensemble, which I would describe as an experimental musical/theatrical ensemble with a surrealist, multimedia Velvet Underground spin. Much thanks to ►Clayton Patterson for this opportunity to for the Venus Ensemble to play at the ACKER Awards. Keith 2017 ACKER recipient.
Rolando Vega created his own poster design... nice... picture and Rolando in one of his creations.
Keith Patchel Plain of Jars chamber opera..
and the creativity just keeps pouring out of the magic crucible we were all nurtured from.. and the beat goes n and on and on... MAKE DOWNTOWN OURS AGAIN!!!!!! - thanks clayton
● More info will be sent out as we get closer to January 21.. ►Watch the Theater 80 website.
ERIK LAPRADE wrote on Jan 8, 2018 at 04:18am | Clayton, I happen to know Allen was very pleased to present these awards to people he thought deserved them. That was his idea and intention, originally. Whether he lost interest and energy in doing them was and is his business. I see your involvement in them was adjunct to his concerns with these awards. From what I can tell, you continue presenting them (and attempting to expand them) as if you were the originator of them. If Allen wanted to end them, you should have honored his decision, or at least been straight about what you were up too by continuing them. Maybe that was in-part one of Allen’s sore points about what you were up to? You stepped in to promote them because that is what you do; promote things. Again, these ACKER awards were not your intellectual property to promote. So, it was correct for Allen to go to the estate execute and complain about the situation. l. E. The fact you do not even know who elected Jeff Wright, nor that Jeff was not a "poet you would have picked to get one," as you told me, tells me these awards are out of even your control. I don’t see Allen’s complaint as "tearing them apart," but more likely his attempt to save what dignity as a literary award they did have. Better to end them than have them lose their status.
Again, you should have been straight up about your involvement/intentions rather than take them over as you seem to have done. Perhaps it is just as well this is their last round-up.
Also, getting into Allen’s personal life, past and present is not related to the Acker’s, neither is my relationship with Allen. I notice you have a nice spread of color photos on the Outlaw Bible of Art. You can dispraise the book all you want but it serves your ends too. Whether you admit it or not. Good luck, Erik
CLAYTON PATTERSON wrote on Jan 8, 2018 at 02:06pm | I will try and send something soon.. thx cp
● Clayton, actually you have this all wrong.. it was a collaboration right from the beginning.. It happened over a phone conversation. We used to have great phone conversations. He did come up with the name, but that was it. And I agreed on the name for several reasons.
It is wrong to say the content of the award was his.. infact, if one argued that point, I am closed, over a much longer period of time, to having this point of view. I have always taken the - let's say great - but disadvantaged - over the kn own and advantaged. He usually compromises.. like Claus Oldenburg is only one such example - Patty Smith being another. I have books, art shows, documentaries, and so on. I moved to the LES and left SoHo - I was making it at Angel Orensanz Foundation.
It was a collaboration right from the start.. he dropped out. Not me. He told people this. I never did drop out. He did once. As is also his habit., To start and move on. I go the long term. Tattoo Society.. Tattoo Convention.. Wildstyle and Tattpoo Messe.. art shows.. - fighting for people like LA2 and his art.
Expand them yes.. he did in his first show.. Austria Germany NYC. He lived at my place. Never ever said a word about them. I did them in NYC. He came once. I introduced him. He knew about Toronto and wanted to go. They could not pay.
Yes I promote things because if you do not they do not happen. That was one criticism he had of you. You do not step up. He promotes. Any artists in the game promotes. Those who are not do not. And the awards are mine as much as his, and he dropped out.
As to the estate and going there..tearing apart - what are you basing your opinion on? You have no idea how that happened and what happened. None.
I said it was not me who picked Jeff Wright. Recipientshave the right to pick other recipients. No idea why you did not pick someone. Jeff was picked. Jeff had Cover magazine and does collage and writers. - He is listed under publisher. Not poet.
Read the booklet.. they were never a literary award. Not in SF and not in NYC. Look at who got the awards. They are gaining in status. No question about that.
Artists/creators are different from most people. Most peoples lives are spread into categories..usually based on a job and the job dictates so much of the person's life. An artist life and personality is all rolled into one. Art is Life and Life is Art. The book is a disappointment to me. And to many others.. there is too much a feeling. and this is the same argument I have with the collaboration. He goes for what gives him status. There are too many people in his book who are not Outlaws.. to some it is a joke. I mean Eric,...please Claus Oldenburg.. was rich and famous artists right from the start. Never even close to what I see as Outlaw.
Fine you want to belittle your award, try and make it smaller, fine. I am in to what I do for real. It is my life. I am not a do this then that and then move on. Not with the archive, the documentaries, the books, none of it. And it makes me sad. I really do believe that the Tyler article would have been good for you.... same with the Hayes.. but as others told me you never were going to do the article you just could not tell me. Fine. But making and destroying is not my way.
And the ACKERs may continue to have a life in other countries.. not for me to stop or say. Both Alan and I gave the go ahead to Toronto.. we both did.. and there was never a restriction as to literature only.. not from me or AK. There is more to this than you can even imagine. Like fake news. Opinions are not facts.
It is not for me to argue if Jeff is a poet.
I realize you grew up with him and you defend him. Admirable. But destroying the awards is not defending yourself. I think it is time you started to step out of the dark shadow you try and protect yourself with and become who you imagine yourself to be. Or not. Is your choice.
Publisher Jeffrey Cyphers Wright & writer, Tod Lippy & magazine design, Foxy Kidd & avant-garde Goodie magazine
Jeffrey Cyphers Wright is a publisher, critic, eco-activist, artist, and is best known as a poet. He is the author of 15 books of verse, including most recently Blue Lyre from Dos Madres Press and Radio Poems from The Operating System. He has an MFA in Poetry from Brooklyn College where he studied with Allen Ginsberg and also taught. New poetry is included in New American Writing, 2017. For many years, Wright ran Cover Magazine, The Underground National. He has also been a community garden advocate, defending them from political and real estate interests and helping them to develop governmental proceduress and increase membership. Currently, Wright stages events showcasing artists and writers at KGB Lit Bar and La MaMa ETC in NYC, in conjunction with his art and poetry journal, Live Mag!
CLAYTON PATTERSON wrote on Jan 8, 2018 at 04:59pm | Eric two things I am not.. a quitter or a follower. I think that is enough said for the ACKERS and how they started. That said my biggest disappointment is AK. Really. He represented so much, and all this outlaw stuff and so on is half baked.
You have no idea how this started.. Some of it I have no idea where it is coming from. Starting from when he stayed at my place the fire. One night he came running out of his room screaming there is a fire. We all have to get out. He was in a total panic. He is with Julia,. They run outside, leaving Elsa upstairs. She comes down with all the commotion. I go to the fire. It is in the backyard. Obviously started by someone with an accelerant. Very strange.
Anyway.. He called the fire department, they came, saw it was nothing, used a fire extinguisher and put it out and left. After the fire we should all have been happy. He went into a rage. I am sitting at the computer. He comes up to me and starts screaming at me. You are a blow hard. and whatever.. Who knows where this is coming from. This was long before working on killing the ACKER awards. He is screaming and I am listening thinking what the fuck is this about? It is the LES, we have all been yelled at by out of control people and once he said all his shit he went back to his bedroom.
Turns out, in writing to my editor at the Villager, saying I am a coke freak, drunk all the time and so on - to my editor.. Where is this coming from? Who knows? But in one of his comments in his rants I am a blowhard . As it turns out - as he is telling Lincoln he is calling me out to fight him????. What? It is my home. He is staying at my place. I am 69 with an arthritic back and neck, Elsa is 72. I had no reason to fight him. What was this even about? We had not had words with each other. Where was this coming from? And then - even if we did have words with each other.. and we did not.. at least nothing as off as far as I was concerned.
Then think - have you. ever seen two old guys fighting>? Please is very pathetic. Who wants to watch two old people fuck? Stupid And this never even crossed my mind as he never said to fight and why was he mad at me? Because he ran out and I went to the fire? Or was it based on what Julia write in the Sensitive Skin article?
As to his life choices.. after he did all this destruction he was ding to the ACKER Awards - a few things came out of the woodwork. First numerous people want to save the ACKER award - there are many supporters - Matias the literary executor knew I had been doing the awards for for 4 years. The biggest surprise is I got contacted by women from AA who told me horror abuse stories.. and then Julia, his old girlfriend, came to NYC. She came to me. I never even though about the women issue. I knew nothing about this problem.
Julia tells me when they were staying here he was really putting me down.. shit photographer.,. fucked up artist and on and on. This started to help make sense of calling me out to fight. I had been stupid enough to think we were friends.
Do what you want. It is all your choice. Helping to destroy the awards is helping to destroy your own history. Not sure why you want to do that, but then I had no idea AK was so against me, did not even get it at the time of the fire. But he certainly blew a load when he went to Lincoln. Explain this to me. thanks clayton
CLAYTON PATTERSON wrote on Jan 11, 2018 at 11:22am | THE BOX. Steve Ellis a 2018 ACKER Award Art recipient created this years award box. Soon the box will be filled with the award recipients contributions.
Matias. Well ACKER 5 is over. The event was a total success. Full House Theater 80. Many are wondering why it is over?
I am not sure you connecting with AK [= Alan Kaufman] was the right answer. What stopping this event brought out a couple of women who alerted me to what an abuser of women, friends, and things he turns against, AK is.
I am attaching a short list of a group of women willing to come forward. Just a light skim across the top. Turns out his pattern is: out of control screaming, threats, lies, self-pity verb abuse, mental abuse, going to whatever authorities he thinks will damage the person he goes against. Usually girlfriends. This abuse goes back over 30 years. Turns out his out of control freaking out and going ballistic against me doing the ACKERS is the same old pattern.
Stopping the ACKERS was to protect Kathy's name? Sounds like a dilemma. Penny keeps telling me that I sound like a crazy person throwing Matias in with AK. I am damaging my name and reputation. Well, as an activist, my name and rep has been damaged in many times and in places.
What I do know, is now, I have a large group of people who are a part the process. I feel a responsibility towards them and the Award I created and you and AK destroyed. Yes I agreed to stop NYC. You can change that.
As to the idea that you are somehow separate from AK. 1 person - AK - started the ending process and you MV ended it. Follow the timeline.
I did, with your knowledge, the award for 4 years. AK freaks because I am successfully going global, although his first, self-aggrandizing ACKER performance, was global. Present time - AK writes all kinds of outrageous nonsense to my editor at the Villager, interesting, the editor goes along with his rage, writes something in the Villager, contacts MV. MV plays his power card, and Villager, one of my supporters, says I have to make an agreement to end the awards. I am struck because it is the last minute. The event has been setup. I agree to stop.
AK - to Villager - to MV - to immediately stop. Simple. Fast. Efficient. From an unbiased point of view.. MV is stuck with, a partner, with AK the woman abuser. All in order to protect Kathy and her reputation. Now I have to tell people what happened and why it stopped. I need this information from you. AK's stupidity we know. We need answers.
This event is more than just "hey guys and girls - how are we doing?" It is a very serious undertaking, has had 5 ceremonies, involves, including supporters and recipients, hundreds of people, with a couple of archives which holds the history of this destruction. We are not just a bunch of kids and let's stop playing. I have much support in the background. I need to have answers.
I must have answers as to why you stopped the ACKERS. I must have answers. Real answers. Saying we were damaging Kathy's good name does not fly. I can show we have brought much attention to her name even with the possibility of going global. This award is not centered on literature. It is about community. Yes, she writes about community, and is political. The kind of community and politics the ACKERS supports. She is a symbol of independence, strength of character, self determination, a strong woman, an up against the grain kind of individual the ACKERS represents. Need answers.