November 14, 2007 by: Dom
Gala Fundraiser for Critical Art Ensemble Founder Steven Kurtz in Toronto – November 22 & 23
The Board of Directors of A Space Gallery is proud to support a two-day benefit for Dr. Steven Kurtz, founder of the internationally respected art and theater group Critical Art Ensemble. At stake is Dr. Kurtz’s surreal prosecution by the U.S. government.
In May 2004 Kurtz and his wife Hope were preparing a project examining GM agriculture for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, when Hope died of heart failure. Police who responded to Kurtz’s 911 call deemed the couple’s art suspicious, and called the FBI. Within hours the artist was detained as a suspected “bioterrorist” as dozens of federal agents in Hazmat suits sifted through his work and impounded his computers, manuscripts, books, his cat, and even his wife’s body. Today Kurtz awaits a trial date on charges of “wire fraud” and “mail fraud.” Under the USA PATRIOT Act, these charges are now punishable by up to 20 years in jail. (For more information about the case please visit the CAE Defense Fund.)
We are organizing two events to draw attention to this case and to raise the urgently needed money for Steven Kurtz’s legal defense.
1. FREE EVENTS Thursday November 22, 2007
4:00-6:00 p.m.: Reception at A Space Gallery.
8:00-11:00 p.m.: Screening & Q&A at the Price Family Cinema, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street. MAP
8:00-10:00 p.m.: Screening of Strange Culture (Dir. Lynn Hershman-Leeson, 2007), starring Tilda Swinton (Chronicles of Narnia, Michael Clayton), Thomas Jay Ryan (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and Peter Coyote (E.T., Erin Brockovich).
10:00-11:00 p.m.: Q & A with Steven Kurtz.
2. GALA BENEFITS Friday November 23, 2007
All events at SPIN Gallery, 1100 Queen Street West, Toronto
Award-winning author Naomi Klein will be signing copies of her book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Copies will be available for sale at the event. Door opens at 6:00 p.m.
7:00-8:00 p.m.: Keynote speech by Naomi Klein. Klein will be speaking about her new book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007).
8:00-10:00 p.m.: Auction of donated artworks including works by John Abrams, Ed Burtynsky, John Greyson, Johanna Householder, Istvan Kantor, Janet Jones, Micah Lexier, Ken Lum, Kent Monkman, Nancy Nicol, Ed Pien, Jin-me Yoon, and many, many more.
For details and ticket information, click here.
We hope you are able to join the Toronto art community to support this worthy cause. Looking forward to seeing you at the events.