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The Czech Center New York is pleased to announce the jury's selections for the 2017 New Bohemia program. Congratulations to the team of Jakub Ra and Michaela Mazalová for their project  ANTIDIMENSION. The project will be exhibited at the Czech Center New York Gallery in July 2017.

In addition, the jury has selected Emma Penaz Eisner to recieve a Special Jury Mention for her video piece COLD WAR CHRISTMAS, which will be screened in the Czech Center New York Cinema in conjunction with the exhibition in July.

Thank you to all of the applicants for their submissions to the first Open Call of 2017.

Applications are now being accepted for the November cycle of the program.
Information and application materials are available at here 

The New Bohemia

The New Bohemia is a part of the Thomas M. Messer Bohemian Creative Hub organized by Czech Center New York to support emerging artists who have been inspired or influenced by Czech culture in some way. This is a unique opportunity for visual and performing artists under the age of 30 to exhibit or perform their work in our gallery and cinema in one of two sessions - July or November 2017. Artists have one week to prep, install, or rehearse in the space before the opening. A professional development component is offered in partnership with New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). 


Selected Artists and Projects



SpermOnTheClothes (SOTC) is a Prague based label established by Jakub Ra and Michaela Mazalová. The main idea is to lead continuous discourse on topics within the current fashion industry, linking fine art and aesthetics of the body. The life of both creators is to blur the boundaries between art and the routine of everyday life. The SOTC project itself could be described as an intangible entity that emerged from the common life of the creators. The project attempts to solve various topics. A meeting of contrasts. Combining concept and intuition. The beginning and the end. The penis and the vagina. Energy which cannot be defined. Chaos.


In the ANTIDIMENSION collection we deal with the metamorphosis of the spiritual and immaterial into the earthly and physical. The exploration of approaches, responses and where clothing becomes performance, where photography shifts to text. We are the medium through which the universal energy transforms into the material of clothes in our current dimension. We do not define the boundaries. We create a dialogue between the critical mind and the popularly entrenched esoteric tools such as horoscope, divination of cards and numerology. We utilize these tools but also mistrust them.

The project began in the moment when we laid out five Tarot cards, which defined the way we would approach this collection. These were the cards that mostly emphasize the idea of binarity, polar opposite realities, internal and external, a new starting point, development and team spirit.

Two muses inspired this collection – a gender-fluid dancer & choreographer Monina and artist David Josef Merta. Monika Nevrlá aka MONINA is a gender-fluid dancer and choreographer who works with fashion and her own body in contemporary dance performances. She represents physical energy. David Josef Merta aka MERTA is an artist and humanist who has a long history in the Czech fashion industry. He represents spiritual energy.



We will connect the American audience directly to Czechs who are the temporary embodiment of Czech culture through digital communication and social media. At the other end of the communication there will be people chosen in the Czech Republic who will speak with the American visitors. Perhaps artists, university professors, models, bloggers or others who are prepared to interact with them. There might be a language barrier, intangible signals and errors in spelling or typos, yet connection will be established. Everything is connected, whether through communication devices or the global human consciousness. We are all one.














Emma Penaz Eisner is a fifteen year old emerging moving image artist from San Francisco who has created critically-acclaimed short films that have screened worldwide and earned more than 35 awards. Her work is experimental, live action combined with animation and stop motion animation. Emma is a dual American and Czech citizen. Because of her close relationship with her Czech grandparents and mother, who defected from Czechoslovakia to the United States in 1968, her personal life and artistic sensibilities have been formed by Czech customs, stories and art. A fundamental influence in her work is the Czech surrealist filmmaker Jan Švankmajer.



Cold War Christmas is an award-winning, short experimental non-fiction film. In 1970's America, a Czech immigrant family lovingly celebrates a beautiful Christmas Eve, but is all calm and bright? The film is an immersive collage of image, sound, and silence that evokes the defector's experience of displacement during the Cold War era. Eisner worked with her grandfather's Super 8 film footage from 1971, analogue equipment from the same era, and modern digital camera equipment to create the film's cinematography. The original soundtrack features today's voices of the young mother and father in the film reel, the filmmaker's grandparents, then in their twenties and now in their seventies. Cold War Christmas is a work that draws viewers into the sense of displacement, loss, and discovery inherent in the experience of Czech immigrants to America. The film elucidates this experience by using image and sound to create a bridge between what it means to be Czech and what it means to be American, in particular during the Cold War era.










Barbara Karpetová

Barbara Karpetová has been the Director of the Czech Center New York since November 2014, during which time the Thomas M. Messer Bohemian Creative Hub (BCH) was founded and has brought interesting opportunities to Czech, American and international artists through two exciting programs: Prague-New York Effects and The New Bohemia. Barbara is a career diplomat with a wealth of experience in public and cultural diplomacy.  She served as a cultural counselor of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington DC from 2010-2014, during which time the Mutual Inspirations Festival was created and has now gone on for seven successful years with 10,000 visitors per year, and with collaboration by forty major Czech and American cultural institutions.


Charlotta Kotik

Charlotta Kotik is a Curator Emerita of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum and an independent curator based in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Prague, she was a curator at the Albright Knox art Gallery, Buffalo, NY and later at the Brooklyn Museum. She organized over 100 exhibitions and was an American commissioner for Venice Biennale where she presented work of Louise Bourgeois. She also lectures at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Her most recent project is an exhibition Politicizing Space, presently on view at the Shiva Gallery of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.





David C. Terry

David C. Terry is an independent curator as well as the Director and Curator of Grants and Exhibitions at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). He earned his BA at the College of William and Mary, and his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a working artist, a curator with over 100 exhibitions and curated experiences to his name, as well as a juror, and a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural affairs, Lumen Arts Festival, and a Board Member of the College Art Association and the Executive Member of the Fine Arts Federation. Mr. Terry’s awards include New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Leadership Institute Award, the Elizabeth Foundation’s Residency Grant and the Node Center for Curatorial Studies’ Innovators Grant.





Marie Tomanova

Marie Tomanova was born in former Czechoslovakia. She received her MFA in painting from Faculty of Fine Arts in Czech Republic in 2010. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Through photography, performance and video, her work focuses on the nature of identity, gender, displacement, and sexuality. Tomanova has shown her work at exhibitions at A.I.R. Gallery(NYC), SPRING/BREAK Art Show(NYC), Czech Center New York(NYC), TED Talk in Prague(CZ), Untitled Space(NYC) and others. She curated "Youth Explosion: The New Bohemia" and "Baby, I Like It Raw" for Czech Center New York. She is currently co-creating with Mirenka Cechova, an international multi-media performance piece Miss Amerika.







Thomas Beachdel, PhD

PhD, Art History, The Graduate Center at City University of New York
MA, Art History, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University 

Thomas Beachdel is an art and architectural historian whose work focuses on landscape aesthetics/ideologies between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries, particularly in the formation of political and scientific thought and in the relationship between human and environment in the Anthropocene. Emphasizing the notion of the hybrid as a methodological approach, his interdisciplinary research interests cross chronological and geographic boundaries to focus on the relationship between aesthetics and scientific inquiry.

An Assistant Professor in History of Art and Architecture and the Humanities at City University of New York, Hostos, he has lectured at the Dahesh Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim, the New Museum, the Whitney, DIA Beacon, and at contemporary New York galleries. He has taught courses on art and architectural history at Hunter College, The Pratt Institute, Parsons The New School for Design, and at Spitzer School of Architecture (City College).