Winter Solstice Party at Gret Starett Smith and David Levi Strauss' 4 of 6 - THIS VIDEO PLAYS BEST IN SAFARI & FIREFOX
December 22, 2018 Saturday
Gret and Levi have had a winter solstice party every year for the last 25 years. I don't remember what year we started coming to the party. It might be on this site, and if not, should be and hopefully will be. Catherine (Murphy) and I have usually met up with Tom Nozkowski and Joyce Robins at their house and followed them to Gret and Levi's. Even though it is not that far from their own house, it is hard to find. Tom and Joyce were going to the party early because Cas (Nozkowski), Hannah (Boz), and Rocket (Nozkowski) were going as well, and they had to leave early because Rocket's bedtime was 7:00PM. So we went by ourselves and got pretty close before we were lost. We drove around in the dark, up and down hills. We called Tom, and he was helpful until he wasn't. We were in front of someone's house when I turned around and saw another car. Assuming that these people could be looking for Gret and Levi's place, I drove up behind the car, got out of ours, and walked up to the car window. Mark Epstein was in the driver's seat. He said he could lead us to the party and did get us closer. We wound up on a hill to the side of a house that was not Gret and Levi's. As Mark and Arlene (and others) drove away, a large dog ran out of the house, followed by a large man. The man was quite helpful and told us exactly how to get where we were going. Mark was waiting for us a bit down the road. And we all got to the house fairly quickly from that point on. See the previous three entries and the following two entries.
In order of appearance in video: Will Epstein (Mark Epstein and Arlene Shechet's son), Mark Epstein (a psychotherapist and authority on buddism), Jim Fleming (wavy grey hair, glasses, publisher and editor of Autonomedia), Wendy Ewald (red glasses, photographer, MacArthur award winner), Judy Pfaff (a sculptor and also a MacArthur award winner), Marcia Lyons (blond hair, glasses on top of head, actor, writer), David Levi Strauss, Lewanne Jones (recording with iphone, archivist, researcher, often for documentary films), Emanuel Iduma (Nigerian Writer), Jennifer Kabat (striped dress, writer), David Rainbird (goatee and glasses, spouse of Jennifer Kabat), Dorothea Rockburne (artist), Judy Linn (photographer), Charlotte Mandel (literary translator, spouse of Robert Kelly), Robert Kelly (poet), (necklace with circle links, poet), Peter Lamborn Wilson (poet), Nancy Goldring (sitting in striped chair, artist) - The camera swings back to the other side of the room: Michael Taussig (white wavy hair, writer), Jennifer Krasinski (blond hair past shoulders, arms crossed, black jacket, writer, senior editor at Art Forum), Megan Hastie (cap, turtle neck sweater, looks straight at camera) Camera swings around to couch: Susan Aberth (first on couch, an art historian at Bard), Peggy Ahwesh (short hair, grey scarf, filmmaker), Soakly Scarr (dark hair, glasses), Tamaz Panitz (mustache, poet), Eugenie Stafford (sitting on floor, under plant, writer, publisher), Larry Chernicoff (sitting on next couch, hand to head, musician, artist), Ann Collins (sitting on couch, one hand down / one up near head, writer, film editor), Cigdem Asatekin (also sitting on couch, hands clasped on lap, starts off looking at camera, writer, graduated from David Levi Strauss' art writing program at SVA), Robert Bowen (also on same couch, artist, filmmaker) - Camera swings to right: Aron Chilewich (hand to mouth, boyfriend of Sonia Schechet Epstein, daughter of Arlene Schechet and Mark Epstein and is at this party), Stan Alan (sitting on stairs, husband of Polly Apfelbaum, architect ), Susan Meiselas (sitting on stairs, glasses on head, documentary film maker), Alison Goldfarb (sitting on stairs, hands clasped to chin), Maximillian Goldfarb (holding glass, round glasses, a bit of red tie showing, artist) - Camera moves forward the swings to right and looks up at: Hakim Bishara (holding paper cup, looking up at, writer, graduate of Davie Levi Strauss' art writing program at SVA). Jarrett Earnest (shaved head, beard, blue jacket, writer, editor), Hakim Bishara's girlfriend (standing against wall, dark straight hair shoulder length, bangs, silver necklace, dark green top), Margrit Lewczuk (short brown hair, painter), Bill Jensen (sitting, wearing cap, painter), Jackson (White hair and white beard, husband of Nancy Shaver, sculptor), Nancy Shaver (arms crossed, wife of Jackson, sculptor), Catherine Murphy (black V-neck top, long silver beaded necklace, my wife, painter), Polly Apfelbaum (standing with arms crossed, wife of Stan Alan, artist), return back to David Levi Strauss