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Swoon and Jeffrey Deitch in Conversation

One of my favorite “New York” moments was standing on the shoreline in Long Island City, watching as Swoon and her Swimming Cities boats came in along the East River then docked at Deitch’s temporary LIC outpost. That project, and the legacy of working together over a decade ago will be part of a very special conversation between Swoon and Deitch, next Tuesday night (Nov 21) at Pen and Brush! Tix also include a limited edition print, and benefit Swoon’s Heliotrope Foundation. Get yours here. See you there!

a fundraising event benefitting the Heliotrope Foundation and Pen + Brush
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 from 7 to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Pen + Brush, 29 East 22nd Street
WHAT: The Heliotrope Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Swoon to help communities
respond and heal after natural disasters and other urgent social crises, is teaming up with Pen + Brush, a women-in-the-arts advocacy foundation and exhibition space, to host a fundraiser organized by ArtLeadHER founder and curator Mashonda Tifrere.

The reception will feature a conversation between Swoon and her longtime gallerist and
mentor, Jeffrey Deitch. The two will discuss, in addition to Swoon’s work and the state of the street art genre, the pair’s longstanding relationship, which began when Swoon’s true identity (and even the fact that she was a female) were still relatively concealed behind her street art moniker.

In 2002, when Deitch first tried to track her down, mutual acquaintances speculated to him that there was no way she would ever want to meet; that she worked undercover and was “radically opposed to commercial galleries and the art market.” Still, Deitch put the word out that he wanted to connect with her; he believed that the most driven and talented of those who started on the streets should not be confined to a single medium and context, and that the ambition of Swoon’s work needed additional platforms. She agreed to a meeting in 2003, and the rest has been hard work and history.
Fourteen years later, while Swoon’s work has adorned the Brooklyn Museum, MoMA, L.A.
MOCA, Mass MoCA, the Tate Modern, the Dean Collection (of Swizz Beatz), and many
more, she spends much of her time enveloped in art and social practice by way of arts based community building initiatives in, among others, Haiti and the Rust Belt town of
Braddock, Pennsylvania. In 2013, Swoon founded the Heliotrope Foundation as way to
streamline fundraising for these community projects.

TICKETS: Tickets are $100 and include a Heliotrope Print, which are $50 limited edition
fine art prints with 100% of proceeds benefitting the Heliotrope Foundation. More
information and an online print shop is at Five new Heliotrope Prints will be available exclusively to event attendees before they are released to the public the next day. Ticketing link:

Molly Krause
Molly Krause Communications

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