April 6th 2017
At its root, to illude means to mock. We think of scam artists and tricksters, whose sole purpose is to identify and exploit weaknesses for personal gain. But what about the impressionist painters, who so tricked us with their tiny strokes? Or the spinning graphics in old magazines that made us feel dizzy? From magic to art to hallucinations, illusions are the mind tricks we can't control. Join us to explore illusion and its many affects on our lives.
Wine and beer will be served alongside hearty snacks and sides. Please come hungry, but not hangry. Prompt start is at 7:30pm. Our only request: be open, be kind, be curious.
NEW YORK CITY
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Bespoke Clothing Designer
Bio:Simon Frisch is a New York-based American-Breton composer and founder of Festival Daniou whose 2016-17 season includes premieres in New York, Europe, and Australia, in projects spanning performance, lecture, and multimedia collaboration. Recent international premieres include opening NYC’s 2016 Fête de la Bretagne with the semi-theatrical The Body Untied for soloists and baroque chamber orchestra, presented by the BZH NY and Région Bretagne, the “lovely and delicate” Sandglass Vespers for the New Juilliard Ensemble at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, and the string quartet provost in New York, France, and the United Kingdom. Recently, he collaborated with Orli Shaham and the St. Louis Symphony at the Pulitzer Foundation, and with soprano Renée Fleming in her 2015/16 Higher program that “shattered musical boundaries” (Chicago Tribune), heard first in Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York, and later across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom in recital. In addition to profiles in Bretagne Actuelle and the Bayreuth Almanach, he has presented on his music and non-profit work at The Juilliard School and Columbia University.
Bio:Susan Scheftel is a clinical psychologist and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry at the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Center for Training and Research. She is on the faculties of the Columbia Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program as well as the Columbia Parent Infant Program and is the founder of the Columbia Psychology in the Schools Program, a program for psychologists who work in schools. She is a Vice President of the Margaret Mahler Foundation for Child Development and has been the organizer of conferences on psychological aspects of assisted reproduction and autism spectrum disorder. She has a private practice in New York City and works with children of all ages and their parents as well as with adults. Dr. Scheftel is the author of a number of articles on a variety of subjects pertaining to childhood, including play, creativity, art and nannies. She has received honors for her writing and is currently the author of an online blog on Psychology Today's Child Development section called "Evolving Minds".
Bespoke Clothing Designer
Bio:Nauman Piyarji is a bespoke clothing designer who sold his first piece of clothing at age 14. He launched Nauman Piyarji Bespoke in 1999 because he didn't fit into ready-to wear-clothing as a child. His height and body type, and the fact that his clothes didn't fit, made him the target of bullies. After several failed attempts to work with tailors to make clothing to fit, he took matters into his own hands, and started cutting myself on newspaper, then fabric, and finally began making his own clothes. He therefore felt empowered, and more confident in his own skin. Since 1999, he has designed clothing on the side while working as a consultant in Regulatory & Compliance space on Wall Street. Piyarji holds a a Bachelors in Electronics Engineering, majoring in Robotics, and earned his Masters in Finance and Risk Engineering at NYU. He finally re-launched Nauman Piyarji Bespoke in 2016 as his full time job, focusing entirely on designing bespoke clothing for his male and female clients across Mumbai, New York, Los Angeles, Miami London, and Dubai. Born in Mumbai, India, he is 32 years old and speaks English, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Gujarati, and French.
Bio:Adam Ryder (b. 1981) focuses his photographic practice on the built environment, urbanism, and infrastructure. He has collaborated on both grant-funded and residency-supported projects On the Grid and The Edge of Light documenting infrastructure and contemporary landscapes in Rhode Island and Utah. Since 2004, his work has been exhibited in New York, including shows at A Slender Gamut and The Camera Club of New York, at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC, as well as abroad, at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and the Liverpool International Photography Festival in Liverpool. Ryder’s work has also appeared in publications such as Wired, Hyperbalade, and i09. Ryder received his MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and his BA from Clark University. He currently lives in New York, NY, and is represented by Uprise Art.
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