Curators

Bushwick Open Studios 2015

Jordan Schaps began his photo-directing career at New York Magazine in 1978. Schaps quickly rose to Photography Director at New York and went on to act as concept/creative director of features for inStyle, GQ, The Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Issue, and other magazines. Schaps also produced advertorials for Lincoln Motor Cars, JC Penney, and Knoll International. He contributed to the books XXX: 30 Porn Star Portraits (Bulfinch, 2004), Miami Beach: Blueprint of an Eden (Trans-Atlantic, 2005), and EATING DELANCEY: A Celebration of Jewish Food (powerHouse, 2014)


The Future Is Female

Alyse Archer-Coité is a creative consultant and former Editor-in-Chief of MAKER Magazine. She's worked extensively in the secondary art market, with roles at both Sotheby's and Philips auction houses. She’s currently the Director of Culture & Programming at A/D/O, a new creative space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, dedicated to expanding the boundaries of design thinking, built as functional space for designers, and open to all.  Alyse recently organized the inaugural Design Academy Conference at A/D/O, with speakers Yves Béhar, Alice Rawsthorn, and David Byrne, and an accompanying multi-channel video installation entitled “Utopia-Dystopia”, highlighting the vital role design plays now that we are entirely supported by technology. She also works as events director for The Wing, a space for women to work and connect with each other. 

Marie Tomanova was born 1984 in former Czechoslovakia. She received her MFA in painting from Faculty of Fine Arts at University of Technology, Czech Republic in 2010. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Through photography, performance and video, her work focuses on the nature of identity, gender, displacement, and sexuality. Tomanova has shown her work at exhibitions at A.I.R. Gallery (NYC), SPRING/BREAK Art Show (NYC), Czech Center New York (NYC), TED x Prague (CZ), Untitled Space (NYC), Palac Akropolis Prague (CZ), Ars Gallery (CZ), Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Ana, CA), among others.

She curated Youth Explosion: The New Bohemia and Baby, I Like It Raw: Post-Eastern Bloc Photography and Video for Czech Center New York. She is collaborating on multi-media performance project Miss Amerika with Mirenka Cechova which was introduced at TED x Prague Women and will be fully released in spring 2018 in Prague (Czech Republic).

Sandra Hong is an artist and community organizer based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the co-founder and creative director of New Women Space, a newly opened 2,100 sq. ft. community event space that places women and femmes of all experiences at its center. Her work is a focus on new built environments and how space plays a critical role in improving public mental health and emotional well-being. You can also occasionally find Sandra busking in the subways, playing looped melodic meditations with her music moniker "Vacation Sounds"

Meryl Meisler was born 1951 in the South Bronx and raised in North Massapequa, Long Island, NY. Inspired by Diane Arbus and Jacques Henri Lartigue, Meryl began photographing herself, family, and friends while enrolled in a photography class taught by Cavalliere Ketchum at The University of Wisconsin, Madison.In 1975, Meryl returned to New York City and studied with Lisette Model, continuing to photograph her hometown and the city around her. Meryl worked as a freelance illustrator by day and moonlighted as a bartender at infamous New York discos. As a 1978 CETA Artist grant recipient, Meryl created a portfolio of photographs which explored her Jewish Identity for the American Jewish Congress. After CETA, Meryl began a 31 year career as a NYC Public School Art Teacher and continued to photograph.

Meisler’s work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, the New Museum, Dia Art Foundation, MASS MoCA, and The Whitney Museum of American Art. Public Art projects include site-specific installations at Grand Central Terminal and in the NYC subway system. Meisler has received fellowships and grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Puffin Foundation,Time Warner, Artists’ Space, CETA, the China Institute and the Japan Society.

Upon retiring from the NYC public school system in 2010, Meisler began releasing large bodies of previously unseen work. Meryl’s first monograph A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick (Bizarre, 2014), received international acclaim.The book juxtaposes her zenith of disco photos with images of the burned out yet beautiful neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn in the 1980s. Her second book, Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ‘70s Suburbia & The City (Bizarre, 2015), contrasts intimate images of home life on Long Island alongside NYC street and night life.

Meryl lives and works in New York City, continuing the photographic memoir she began in 1973 – a uniquely American story, sweet and sassy with a pinch of mystery.

Brittany Natale is a NYC-based arts curator and events producer who puts on issue-focused art shows and events that address various topics such as women's rights, gender inequality, mental health, the modern-day drug culture and more. A native of NYC, she is also the founder of Teen Dream, Mood Ring and Weekend with Bernie. You can follow her work at her website www.brittanynatale.tumblr.com or @brittanynatale.


Fragments of Content

Devin Ohanian of The DNA Life: DNA is a multifaceted company part creative agency, lifestyle company, and mobile app publisher. We aim not only to provide people with great services, but also to leave a positive impact in the communities that we affect. We accomplish this by promoting a lifestyle that includes innovation and creativity, living sustainably, keeping mind, body, and soul aligned and balanced, and empowering others to reach for their full potential. Our aim is to light the creative spark in individuals to think outside of the box and make a positive change in the world.

Maggie Dunlap (b. 1995) is a multimedia artist who primarily works in installation, illustration, fiber, and text. Her work has been described as “Kitsch meets dark gothic underworld” by i-D Magazine (2015). She has been in various group shows in New York and created immersive installations at Spring/Break Art Fair,The Untitled Space, and in 2015 had her first solo show, TENDER, at & Gallery in her hometown of Miami, FL. Maggie’s work has been covered by Hyperallergic, i-D, Huffington Post, W Magazine, Art News, Autre Magazine, and Dazed. 

Alexandria Hodgkins is a youth and arts specialist and with a Masters degree in Community Economic Development. She has written articles for After School Matters and spoken at numerous conferences and panels on the importance of arts programs for positive youth development.  With more than a decade of nonprofit and youth experience, Hodgkins hopes to infuse The Outpost with educational programming for students and artists alike.

Joseph Meloy is a visual artist born and raised in Lower East Side Manhattan. Working in a style he coined “Vandal Expressionism,” his particular brand of post-graffiti abstraction draws heavily from AbEx, art brut, surrealism, cave painting and pop art.  Invoking primal elements of graffiti and the iconography of damage and intrusion from street art to turn the calligraphic scribbles of the street into a medium for artistic divination.  Meloy’s murals can be found all over New York particularly in the Lower East Side.  


Carlo McCormick is an American culture critic and curator living in New York City. He is the author of numerous books, monographs and catalogues on contemporary art and artists. He lectures and teaches extensively at universities and colleges around the United States on popular culture and art. His writing has appeared in Effects: Magazine for New Art TheoryApertureArt in AmericaArt NewsArtforumCamera AustriaHigh TimesSpinTokionVice and other magazines. He is Senior Editor of Paper.