Event: A Conversation with John Lurie

Friday, May 10th, 2013

5 pm

Cutlog Art Fair

Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center

107 Suffolk St

New York, NY 10002

This event will take place in the Auditorium on the 2nd floor.



Seymour Projects presents:  A Conversation with JOHN LURIE.


John Lurie’s creative talent is boundless and multifaceted; in this conversation, we will focus on his art practice. John has been painting since childhood; the majority of his early works are in watercolor and pencil. In 2008, he began to work with oils. John will discuss the evolution of his art as well as his approach to creativity in general.  Having been an integral part of the Lower East Side’s creative scene in the late 70’s & early 80’s, John will also share his thoughts on the neighborhood’s artistic evolution in recent years.


This conversation with John Lurie is the inaugural installment of Seymour Projects’ Superhero Sessions- A roving discussion series that features creative iconoclasts whose work inspires and reflects Seymour’s mission.


Melissa Unger- founder of Seymour Projects will host the discussion.


For additional information about the Cutlog New York art fair, including opening hours & access- please click: here.


Biographical Information:


JOHN LURIE is an actor, musician, painter, director and producer. He is co-founder of the seminal and widely revered jazz/punk band The Lounge Lizards. John has acted in numerous films including Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger than Paradise and Down by Law. For five years he appeared in the HBO television show Oz. In 1991, he produced, directed and starred in the television series Fishing with John. John has also composed and performed music for numerous film and television projects. In 1996, his soundtrack for the film Get Shorty was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 1999, listeners discovered the posthumous works of The Legendary Marvin Pontiac–Greatest Hits. Pontiac, however, did not exist; his biography, music and the lore that surrounded him was entirely imagined & created by John.


In recent years, his creativity has been focused almost exclusively on his painting.  John had his first solo gallery exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery in 2004, and has subsequently been exhibited at Galerie Daniel Blau in Munich, Galerie Lelong in Zürich, the Galerie Gabriel Rolt in Amsterdam, the Basel International Art Fair at Roebling Hall and the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the NEXT Art Fair in Chicago, the Mudam Luxembourg, the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Gallery Brown in Los Angeles, and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The Museum of Modern Art has acquired some of his work for their permanent collection. John has released two art books: Learn To Draw, a compilation of black and white drawings-published by Walther Konig in June of 2006. A Fine Example of Art -includes over 80 reproductions of his work, and was published by powerHouse Books in 2008.


To preview John’s paintings, please visit: johnlurieart.com


The photo of John above is by Jill Goodwin.