Through August 4: Propose Your Own Event at the University of Trash (SculptureCenter, Long Island City, New York)

There isn’t all that much to see at The University of Trash at SculptureCenter if you go there when “classes” aren’t in session. Asides from a few skeletal wooden structures– half jungle-gym, half campus center–and a slightly smaller than life replica of the old Tompkins Square Park bandshell, this summer-long “makeshift university”/Adventure Playground”(see Arthur contributor Andy Folk’s earlier post on the installation) is exactly what we–the greater New York City community–choose to make of it. Which means that in addition to signing up for some of the Free Skool’s delightfully unorthodox course offerings (radio transmitter building workshops, “Silkscreening Skills Shares,” “Composting in the City” classes, and Karl Marx reading groups, along with the more predictable situationist/spatio-political academic lecture fare–you can actually book the space for your own artistic, political, or pedagogical happenings. That is, as long as you can find a free time-slot on the University Calendar.

A university-wide “Call to Action” (as opposed to “Call for Entries”):

The Free Skool, at The University of Trash
Sculpture Center
44-19 Purves Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Thursday-Monday, 11am-6pm
$5 requested donation

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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