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Past Events

Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) & Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA) Talks series

Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) & Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA) Talk: Christy Rupp 
Thursday, November 10, 2018
4 to 6pm

DodoChristy Rupp, Life-size Dodo bird from the series: Extinct Birds Previously Consumed by Humans, 2008.
Constructed from Fast Food Chicken Bones & Mixed Media, 33x16x29”, Collection of Josh Recknitz.

For this program, VoCA Program Committee member Jonathan Allen sat down with ecoartist Christy Rupp to discuss how Rupp’s work studies the impact of economics on the environment, exploring topics such as the commodification of natural resources, climate chaos, plastic pollution, and invisible feedback from the planet.

This discussion is part of the fourth season of VoCA’s ongoing CALL/VoCA Talks series, hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program, with space provided by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. These programs aim to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work.

For further information, please visit VoCA’s website at or contact their Program Manager, Margaret Graham, at


Jonathan Allen is a multidisciplinary artist working in painting, collage, video, and performance. He often collaborates with poets and choreographers and regularly curates art exhibitions at a community center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He is also a member of the VoCA Program Committee. Allen has exhibited extensively in New York, in both private galleries and non-profit art spaces, and has been awarded residencies at the Bogliasco Foundation, Cill Rialaig, BRIC, Blue Mountain Center, and LMCC. In 2019, he will perform in the US tour of Joanna Kotze’s What will we be like when we get there. In June 2017, he began INTERRUPTIONS, a series of ad interventions in New York City subway stations that seek to interrupt the language of advertising with imagery from our current political predicament. The project is ongoing and currently viewable on Instagram @JonathanAllenStudio. Learn more at

Christy Rupp is an ecoartist whose studies in animal behavior in the 70s led her to become an environmental activist. She was born in upstate New York, too young for Elvis and too old for Barbie. Since the 70s she has been studying the impact of economics on the environment, exploring topics like genetically engineered foods, clean water, the commodification of natural resources, climate chaos, plastic pollution, changes which occur over time, or otherwise invisible feedback from the planet. A veteran of the East Village art scene of the late 70s, Rupp was a participant/organizer of shows including the Times Square Show (1980) and the Real Estate Show (1979), which gave birth to the enduring artists space ABC NoRio. She has received grants from Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation, NY State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Art Matters Inc., and recently the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Creating A Living Legacy (CALL) Program. Her work has been visible recently in Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976–1986; Cranbrook Art Museum; Bloomfield Hills, MI; Howl! Happening Space in NYC; the Hirshhorn Museum; The Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA; the Maier Museum of Art in Lynchburg, VA; The Wild Bird Fund, NYC; and upcoming at the Schunck Museum, Heerlen, Netherlands. See more at

October 16, 2018