ArtYard is pleased to offer, ‘Truppe Fledermaus & the Carnival at the End of the World’, a workshop with Kahn and Selesnick on February 9 – 11 of 2018 at ArtYard. You are invited to join Kahn & Selesnick to participate in the ‘Carnival at the End of the World’, an experiential adventure into their current fictitious history using narrative photography, props, costumes, collaboration, and thing-building. Participants will join the artists in their traveling absurdist masque, ‘Truppe Fledermaus & the Carnival at the End of the World’ that has appeared in Cape Cod, Newfoundland, and other marshy wild places and wastelands throughout the provinces of the drowning world. The artists will guide participants into their world of moth-eaten and bizarre costumes, props, and found and offered materials which will be transformed and repurposed into unusual new forms befitting a party at the end times. A bat-headed creature in a bedraggled ball gown? Check. A full Jacobean Mummering suit? We have you covered. The proceedings will culminate in a dance/macabre-style parade in full costume, even if it is merely from one end of the drawing room to the other.


The workshop is free and available to the first 15 participants who sign up here. Participants agree to allow the use of their likeness in Kahn and Selesnick’s work and understand that in the end times someone has to be in charge and that Kahn and Selesnick will be the friendly, thoughtful benign dictators of this collaborative, playful creative process.

Kahn & Selesnick will photograph the proceedings and a selection of their images will appear during the latter part of their exhibition at ArtYard.

For questions:    –    Phone: (908) 996-5018


Friday, February 9, 2018 – A talk by Kahn & Selesnick at 8:00 PM

Workshop session 1: Saturday, February 10 from 9:30 – 12:00  and  1:00 – 4:00

Workshop session 2: Sunday, February 11 from 9:30 – 12:00  and 1:00 – 4:00



Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick are a collaborative artist team who have been working together since they met while attending art school at Washington University in St. Louis in the early 1980s. Both were born in 1964, in New York City and London respectively. They work primarily in the fields of photography and installation art, specializing in fictitious histories set in the past or future. These may include documentary-style panoramic and square photographs that combine absurdist fantasy and bogus anthropology; elaborately crafted artifact, costumes, and sculpture, often constructed of unlikely materials such as bread or fur, painting, and drawings ranging from large-scale works on plaster to pages of conceptual doodling. Kahn lives in Ghent NY and Selesnick in Rhinebeck NY. Their current work features the recreation of the famous Truppe Fledermaus’s Memory Theatre of 1932 with its full complement of Batfolk, Greenmen, Rope-Slingers, and Death-Dancers in all their Carnivalesque glory. Kahn & Selesnick have participated in over 100 solo and group exhibitions worldwide and have work in over 20 collections, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution. In addition, they have published 3 books with Aperture Press, Scotlandfuturebog, City of Salt, and Apollo Prophecies. Their new book, 100 Views of the Drowning World has just been published by Candela Books.


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