Faythe Levine, 2022
PO BOX 34, Mellenville, NY 12544
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Faythe Levine has been in service to the arts for over twenty years advocating for creativity to be used as a vehicle to build community, personal independence and empowerment. Motivated by reimagining archives and collections through a queer feminist lens, her creative labor intersects with curatorial projects, consulting, writing, documentary film, and happenings. Levine’s core belief is that visual culture is a conduit for radical change and generative dialog. Through her work she strives to perpetuate momentum towards a future that holds space for collaboration, transparency and complexity.
Levine is the Hauser & Wirth Institute Archivist for Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. where she manages, oversees, and increases public visibility of the archives and special collections. Her position focuses on WSW’s work as an important hub for radical thought, for modeling economic viability for print and book culture and story-telling, and for technical exploration in multiple mediums.
She is currently in the editing phase for her new book that captures elements of her research about the lives of Charlotte Partridge and Miriam Frink slated for release with OK Stamp Press in spring 2024. There will be a related exhibition at the Lynden Sculpture Garden in fall 2025.
In 2021, Levine left her position at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center as director of the Arts/Industry program (2017-2021) where she was responsible for the development and administration of the residency hosted at Kohler Co. and curating related exhibitions and projects at the Arts Center and Art Preserve in Sheboygan, WI.
A few recent freelance curatorial projects Levine has worked on include: Can't Take My Eyes Off You; Speedwell Contemporary, 2022; Ruffles, Repair & Ritual; at the Wedding Cake House with the support of the Warhol Foundation, 2019; and For Hire: Contemporary Sign Painting in America, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 2017. A bit further back she also curated two non-traditional gallery spaces, Sky High (2010-2014) and Paper Boat (2005-2009) that focused on collaborations with emerging artists from around the United States. Levine was also the founder and director of Milwaukee’s premier maker fair, Art vs. Craft (2005-2015).
Her projects, Sign Painters (2013) and Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft and Design (2009), both feature length documentaries with accompanying books published by Princeton Architectural Press, have toured extensively. Some highlight include programing the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Levine relocated to the Hudson Valley, NY in 2020 where she currently lives on a dead-end street with no home mail delivery or garbage service next to a beautiful cemetery and creek.
Activation Residency is a Black trans led artist residency aiming to generate safer and more collaborative space, adapt to its residents’ needs, and create portals to futures needed now.