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2012 Fellowship in the Social Practice of Nightlife

In recognition of New York nightlife’s vital contribution to the city’s creative community and its artistic pursuits, the Museum of Arts and Design presents the THE FUN fellowship. THE FUN fellowship annually provides four artists or artist collaboratives with financial and logistical support to strengthen and advance their endeavors in this undervalued social practice.

Now in it’s second year, THE FUN fellowship 2012 recipients are Ladyfag, FCKNLZ, CHERYL, and Babycastles.

From the beginnings of the modern era, nightclubs of fin-de-siecle Paris, the cabarets of post WWI Berlin, all the way to the dance clubs of London and New York in the 80s and 90s, nightlife has been a centerplace for artists to germinate new strains of creativity and spawn fresh artistic collaborations. These environments serve as spaces for individuals of different social, economic and cultural backgrounds to exchange ideas and experiences, spurring the development of new artistic disciplines and approaches.

In today’s NYC, artists working in this social practice find themselves increasingly challenged in their search for logistical and financial support. MAD is proud to support these unique artists, and to thus ensure that New York City nightlife retains its historical vibrancy.


THE FUN is organized by Jake Yuzna, Manager of Public Programs and Tracy Candido, Program Associate


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