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Social Saturday - Alastair Gordon

LECTURE: Alastair Gordon: "CALL ME TRIM TAB” Buckminster Fuller and the Art/Science of Ephemeralization, Doing More with Less
DINNER: Guest Digestion Choreographer, Barbara DeVries
Tour – 5:00 p.m.
Cocktails – 6:00pm
Presentation – 6:30pm
Dinner – 8:00 p.m.
Special Event
Fire #4 by Amy Yoes and Paul Bartow

2015 Amour de la Mort Fellows

Gary Graham, Independent/New York City
Gary Lee Cordray, SUNY New Paltz
Michael Ramirez, University of Arkansas
Emily Popp, Independent/School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Cesar Valdes-Roserio, FLORA Ars/Natura, Colombia
Carli Holcomb, Virginia Commonwealth University


Alastair Gordon is an award-winning critic and author who has written regularly about art, architecture and the built environment for many publications including the New York Times Magazine, the New York Observer, Vanity Fair, Le Monde, Town & Country, Architectural Digest, House & Garden, Condé Nast Traveler, Metropolis and Dwell magazine.
He served as Contributing Editor for architecture and design at WSJ., the Wall Street Journal Magazine and launched the popular "Wall-to-Wall" design blog on the Journal's web site. He has published several critically acclaimed books including Naked AirportWeekend Utopia, Spaced Out, Romantic Modernistand Wandering Forms. 
Gordon lectures frequently at universities and museums across America and is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Miami Beach Urban Studios (Florida International University) and architecture critic for the Miami Herald. In the coming academic year (2015-2016), he will be teaching a course in critical writing at Harvard's Graduate School of Design.
Gordon is also lead singer and guitarist in Mildred's Lane's house band: CHAOS THEORY.
He has four children and is married to the designer/environmental activist Barbara de Vries. Together they founded Gordon de Vries Studio, an imprint that publishes books about the human environment.

Barbara de Vries is the founder of Plastic is Forever. She first became involved in ocean plastic activism in 2006, when she noticed plastic debris on the pristine beaches of the Bahamas.
As a fashion designer and former design director of CK Calvin Klein, she uses her fashion experience to create collections that highlight ocean pollution in collaboration with organizations like Barneys New York, The Nature Conservancy, Oceana, Surfrider and the Island School. Her work has been exhibited at many venues including Art Basel Miami and the Coral Gables Museum and has been featured in publications like VogueEcouterrePlanet Green andArt Papers.
In 2014, the Surfrider Foundation commissioned her to create their official gift for Pope Francis. In 2015 she became the recipient of the Dutch American Heritage Award for her work on behalf of Florida’s Environment.
She is featured in the Sundance documentary film One Beach and gave a 2012 TEDxMiami and a 2014 TedxHolland talk on her work in beach plastic pollution. She is a regular contributor to the Daily Catch at the Terramar Project. Through lectures and workshops she encourages artists, designers, architects and artisans to incorporate beach plastic in their creative process.

Together with her husband, writer and critic Alastair Gordon, Barbara de Vries founded Gordon de Vries Studio, an imprint that publishes books on architecture, art, design, lifestyle, fashion and pop culture. Recent books include: Fire Island Modernist, Theater of Shopping, How Architecture Saved my Life, HELP! and Savour the Mountains.

Amy Yoes was born in 1959 and grew up in Houston, Texas. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has lived in Chicago, San Francisco and, since 1998, in New York.
She works in a multi-faceted way, alternately employing installation, photography, video, painting, and sculpture. An interest in decorative language and architectural space permeates all of her work. She responds to formal topologies of ornament and style that have reverberated through time, informing our mutually constructed visual and cultural memory.
Her work has been seen in many venues, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.; Mass MOCA, North Adams, MA; the Carpenter Center for the Arts, Cambridge, MA; the Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas; and the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio.
She has held residences at the Maison Dora Maar, Ménerbes, France; AIR, Krems, Austria; McDowell, Peterborough, NH; and Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY; and The British Academy at Rome, Italy. She has been a visiting artist at many institutions, including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Las Vegas Nevada, Maryland Institute College of Art, and the Siena Art Institute, in Italy.

Paul Bartow was born in 1964. He holds an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and works collaboratively under the moniker Bartow+Collaborator. B+C focuses its interest on human and nonhuman entanglements, which can be thought of as interwoven systems involving history, culture, nonhuman agents, material interactions, and time. B+C’s work spans the fields of geology, microbiology, geography, film, and architecture. Experimental drawing practices have been a constant in Bartow’s body of work. More recently, forces of the natural world (liberally speaking) have been incorporated as a medium for image making - to become, specifically, nonhuman drawing. While the outcome is often abstract, the process is quite literal and direct.
A recent project by B+C will involve a three-year investigation of the Erie Canal on a vessel called Terrakwa, designed and built as a research platform. The vessel will be used to explore the history, geography, biology, and culture of the Canal across upstate New York from Albany to Buffalo. His work can be found at
Bartow lives with his wife Martha Hawksworth, a veterinarian, in Watkins Glen, NY. He works both in Watkins Glen and Austin, TX.