One Poet. One Visual Artist. One Composer. One Photographer.
One week at the Roger Smith Hotel
An Exploration of Midtown East
January 29 – February 4, 2018

The Roger Smith Hotel is delighted to announce a week long residency as part of its on-going arts and cultural program.

All four artists, a composer, a visual artist, a poet and a photographer, will spend the week living at The Roger Smith, immersing themselves in the life of the hotel and the surrounding area of Midtown East. They will be making work specific to their discipline that addresses their real-time view of our neighborhood.*

The findings from this exploration of Midtown East will be compiled into a book; a curated presentation of our neighborhood from the unique viewpoint of all four artists. The survey will be published and distributed by the Roger Smith Hotel.

On Monday February 5, we invite the public to join us for a formal presentation of the work and a panel
discussion addressing the artists’ discoveries.

*Parameters: East to West boundaries: First Avenue – Sixth Avenue and North to South boundaries: 42nd – 58th Street




Ivan Gaete, Visual Artist
Iván Gaete (born Santiago, Chile) is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in New York. He is the recipient of
several awards, including a 2016 BRIO award from the Bronx Council on the Arts and a 2016 Create Change
Fellow at The Laundromat Project. Residencies highlights include Denniston Hill, Artists Alliance LES Studio
Program, Residency Unlimited, and The Wassaic Project. In New York, his work has been exhibited at The
Bronx Museum of the Arts, NurtureArt, The Clemente Center, Bronx Art Space and other well-established
institutions. His practice is deeply rooted in the language of drawing with a vast concern in structures and the
continuous transformation of matter.

Emi Ferguson, Composer
Hailed by critics for her “tonal bloom” and “hauntingly beautiful performances,” English-American performer
and composer Emi Ferguson stretches the boundaries of what is expected of modern-day musicians. Emi can
be heard live in concerts and festivals around the world as well as at home in New York City where she is a
member of the New York New Music Ensemble, NYBI, Argento Ensemble, and New Vintage Baroque. She
has spoken and performed at several TEDX events and has been featured on media outlets including the
Discovery Channel and TouchPress apps talking about how music relates to our world today. Her debut album
Amour Cruel spent 4 weeks on the Billboard Charts and was released by Arezzo Music. Emi is currently on
the faculty of the Juilliard School teaching Ear Training in the Evening and Pre- College divisions.

Lucy Dunphy Barsness, Poet
Lucy Dunphy Barsness’s poetry is rooted in disparate Southern coasts (her childhood shoreline of Santa
Monica and the boiling beaches and marshes of Georgia) and is excited to investigate a new place via this
residency: Midtown Manhattan. She serves as the Education, Volunteer, and Rental Coordinator at Poets
House, facilitating Literary and Community Partners Programs, supervising internships, and designing and
implementing poetry curricula for visiting classes. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, having
studied literature and creative writing with a concentration in poetry, and has graduated having received the
Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for Poetry.

• Joe Lingeman, Photographer
Joe Lingeman is a Hudson-Valley-based photographer. He sometimes describes himself as having grown up
between Indiana and Ohio where, from the passenger seat of a car, he studied the landscape on hours-long
trips between his parents’ houses. This experience continues to inform his process as a photographer and
artist. Joe uses the camera as a vehicle for social and spatial exploration and as a tool for probing the surface
of everyday life. His work privileges poetry and ambiguity over prosaic certainty and seeks not to explain but to
spur the imagination and invite further questions. Joe holds an MFA in Photography from Syracuse University,
and he has taught at Syracuse University and SUNY New Paltz.

For further information contact Danika Druttman
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