Epsilon Spires welcomes new board president

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BRATTLEBORO — A writer and curator of contemporary art is the new president of the Board of Directors at Epsilon Spires.

Jessamyn Fiore is a contemporary art curator and writer as well as the co-director of the estate of artist Gordon Matta-Clark. Among other roles, she has served as curatorial adviser for Rawson Projects in New York City and the curator of the Jean-Paul Najar Foundation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She was a co-founder of Nasty Women Exhibition at the Knockdown Center in Queens, New York. Fiore grew up between New York City and Chesterfield, New Hampshire, where she now resides.

"It is thrilling to be able to work with Epsilon Spires at this defining moment. As a new nonprofit arts organization, Epsilon Spires is uniquely situated to directly respond to the challenges of audience engagement in these times," Fiore said in a statement.

On the opening night of the Backlot Cinema, an outdoor film series, Fiore said she greeted those arriving.

"It was wonderful to share in their enthusiasm for being able to safely come together again in downtown Brattleboro to enjoy art. This is a creative, engaged community and Epsilon Spires strives to be a primary center for art, science, and civil discourse within it," Fiore stated.

Fiore's plan is to carry the energy of the Backlot Cinema series into Epsilon Spires' fall program and beyond. She also plans to help launch a new membership program that will offer benefits and opportunities to those interested in a deeper engagement with Epsilon Spires.

"I fully believe that great art can be a catalyst for great change," Fiore stated. "Independent community art spaces are generative creative engines that, with our support and appreciation, produce art and ideas that enhance not only the community but the wider world. It is my privilege to help Epsilon Spires continue to be such a generative place - to expand its community of artists and audience and further its unique mission."

At the Backlot Cinema on Friday, Fiore will introduce the 1977 documentary "Pumping Iron," made by her late father, Robert Fiore. Pumping Iron shines a light on the niche world of competitive body building, following Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Farrigno as they compete for the 1975 Mr. Olympia title. The documentary was a success at its time and is still taught in film schools as a great of its genre. Tickets are available at epsilonspires.org. More information about Epsilon Spires, at 190 Main St., can be found on the website.

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