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Bystander at The Kitchen

March 20th, 2014



Developed over the course of her Session through a series of interviews with journalists and members of the public, Liz Magic Laser’s Bystander performances, which will takin place at The Kitchen, stages an inverted dialogue between television news and its viewers. Professional newscasters, including NY1’s Roger Clark, former WWOR-TV reporter Maria Trice and former KEYT-TV weatherman Jon Wright, will perform 2014 news highlights interwoven with the personal stories of New Yorkers collected from nearly a hundred interviews. Actors Lynn Berg, Audrey Crabtree, Annie Fox and Michael Wiener will contribute news reports as if they were voicing personal opinions. By re-contextualizing the television news scenario as theatrical dialogue, Laser lays bare the mechanisms at play in the presentation and reception of current events. Read more

Arrive in Style with Uber to the Recess Benefit 2014

March 4th, 2014


Recess is thrilled to have partnered with the on demand transportation service Uber to provide new Uber users a free ride (up to $25) to or from the Recess Benefit 2014.

How does it work? Using Uber’s free iPhone/Android/Blackberry 7 app, you can request a pickup and a car driven by a professional driver will show up in minutes. Your credit card is billed directly for your trip and there’s no need to tip, so you won’t need to carry cash. You can even see the car coming towards you on a map!

Follow these simple steps to get $25 off your ride:

1) Download the free Uber iPhone/Android/Blackberry 7 app (or sign up at

2) Enter your information in the Uber app and promo code RecessNY2014 when you sign up.

3) Request a ride 5 – 15 minutes before you need one. $25 will be applied towards your first ride on uberX, UberBLACK, or UberSUV (excluding uberT, expires July 23, US only).

Questions? Check out or email

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February 28th, 2014


On March 6th, coinciding with a day of open interviews for Liz Magic Laser’s Bystander, artists Laura Cooper and Lucia Hinojosa, who are also collaborators on Bystander, will present recent works at Recess. Cooper will present A HUNT SOHOBITCHPACK, a video and installation. Hinojosa will show a video piece and host readers from her recent editorial project diSONARE. The reading will be from 6:30-7:30pm.

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Lucia Hinojosa: A Study on Social Poetics

February 19th, 2014



From February 20 till March 10, video artist Lucia Hinojosa—also a collaborator of Liz Magic Laser’s Bystander—will present her piece A Study on Social Poetics at Recess. The video is an experimental documentary that investigates Mexican social and political issues through video poetry. It is composed of three portraits of Mexican women, showing the different ideologies coexisting in the same country.

Lucía Hinojosa (Mexico City, 1987) is an artist working with video, installation, collage, painting and printmaking. She received a BFA in Visual & Critical Studies at The School of Visual Arts. Her practice explores ways of understanding collective self-perception through sociology, politics, poetry and memory. Lucía is the founder and editor of the art and literature magazine diSONARE.

Closed for the holiday

November 26th, 2013


Recess will be closed Thursday 11/28-Saturday 11/30 for the holiday.  We’ll resume regular hours Tuesday December 3rd.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!