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Little Meat Up

Little Meat Up is a series of salon-style presentations, hosted by Jennifer Wen Ma’s studio Littlemeat Productions, that features artists sharing their creative process in a critical and supportive environment. This series is a collaboration between international multidisciplinary artist Jennifer Wen Ma, research and exhibitions consultant Mariluz Hoyos, and Brooklyn-based visual artist Madeline Ludwig-Leone. 

Each session consists of two artists of different disciplines presenting a new project or body of work. Attendants of the meet up are by invitation only, to offer critical feedback and create dialogue. 

Little Meat Up aims to:

  • Provide working artists with a nurturing environment to workshop ideas related to a specific project under development

  • Provide art professionals and audiences with inside access to thought-provoking new works by talented creators

  • Nurture a community of artists, art professionals and interested audiences, invested in exchange of ideas and open discussion of the creative process

In addition to the benefits listed above, Little Meat Up is also partners with Charlene Birk at Habitat For Leadership. She provides coaching service to participating artists both in advance of and following their presentations to work on goal-setting. 

About the team:


Jennifer Wen Ma is a visual artist whose interdisciplinary practice bridges varied media such as installation, painting and drawing, video, design, performance, theatre and public art; often bringing together unlikely elements in a single piece, creating sensitive, poetic and poignant works. She works in New York and Beijing. Ma has exhibited with Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Qatar Museums, Vancouver Art Gallery, Ullens Center For Contemporary Art, The Phillips Collection, Guggenheim Bilbao, National Art Museum of China, Performa 13, Sydney Biennale, Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Singapore Biennale, among others. In 2015, Ma visually designed and directed installation opera Paradise Interrupted, previewed at the Temple of Dendur, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and performed at Lincoln Center Festival, Singapore International Festival of Arts, 2016, and Spoleto Festival USA, 2015. In 2008, Ma was a core creative-team-member of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, and received an Emmy award.


Mariluz Hoyos is a research and exhibitions consultant based in New York. She is currently consulting for the inaugural edition of the Asia Society Triennial opening June of 2020. From 2005 to 2016 Mariluz worked with Cai Guo-Qiang Studio in different capacities, overseeing the planning and implementation of exhibitions in over 13 countries. She has also worked as a Curator at Hunter College, exhibitions coordinator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and has consulted on archives, exhibitions, and research assignments for Art in General,the Blanton Museum of Art, the Americas Society, El Museo del Barrio, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Mariluz was co-founder and coordinator of the Contemporary Art of the Americas Working Group CAM! and coordinated the Spring Lecture Series in cultural policy from 2002-2014 at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. She completed two years of coursework in the Ph.D. Program in Art History at CUNY Graduate Center, holds an MA in Latin American Studies with advanced certificate in Museum Studies from New York University, and a BA in Economics from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.


Madeline Ludwig-Leone is an artist living and working in Brooklyn. Her work deals with themes of nostalgia, femininity and disquietude. She works primarily in painting, and occasionally works in video, photography, text and other media. Her work has been shown at Chazan Gallery in Providence, RI, Green Gallery at Yale University, and Yeah Maybe Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. She has also worked as a project manager for artistic projects internationally, at venues such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Qatar Museums, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Tang Contemporary Art, Lincoln Center Festival, and more. She studied painting at Yale University.

Charlene Birk, MA, PCC is the CEO and the founder of Habitat for Leadership, LLC. She is a Professional Certified Coach and has coached more than 500 hours with professionals in the arts, information technology, finance,  medicine, and other fields. She also coaches executives, entrepreneurs, and solo-preneurs who want to maximize their self-leadership growth by establishing a healthy mindset and practicing a small set of principles over time. She graduated with cum laude honors from Arizona State University, Bachelor of Art’s in psychology and minor in sociology. She completed her master’s degree in organizational leadership psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and received a professional coaching certificate from University of Miami.

LMU01: Madeline Ludwig-Leone / Sarah Bacon

Little Meat Up 01: Madeline Ludwig-Leone / Sarah Bacon

June 13, 2018

The pilot session of Little Meat Up took place at Jennifer Wen Ma's School House Studio. The first presenters were LMU founder Madeline Ludwig-Leone and Sarah Hogate Bacon.


Madeline presented a series of new paintings and discussed the themes of femininity, nostalgia and disquietude in the work. Sarah, a rare disease patient and activist, gave a reading from her forthcoming book, Living With Zebras, on the transformation of rare disease patients and families into citizen scientists and activists. 

LMU02: Melanie Crean (co-presented with CUE Art Foundation)

Little Meat Up 02: Melanie Crean

Presented in collaboration with CUE Art Foundation

November 16, 2018

The second session of Little Meat Up was co-presented with CUE Art Foundation, and featured artist, educator and filmmaker Melanie Crean, whose work explores systems of power and their representation.


This workshop, entitled Four Fates: Design Futuring Workshop, is a part of a series of “world building" experiments designed to help envision a near future in which New York City has a prevalent restorative justice system that reduces the number of detained New Yorkers in half, from 10 to 5,000.


The project is created in response to the de Blasio Administration / Lippman Commission report on closing the Rikers Island jail complex, in favor of 4 smaller, borough based jails. Our November 16th event was one of the first public events in Melanie's series of workshops, and will involve a number of “design futuring” exercises that explore what this New York City might look like 10 years in the future.

LMU03: Karen Donnellan / Zita Schüpferling

Little Meat Up 03: Karen Donnellan / Zita Schüpferling

April 4, 2019

LMU03 presented works by Karen Donnellan and Zita Schüpferling.


Karen Donellan's practice is concerned with illustrating that which cannot be physically held. Her objects and installations evoke the intangible essence of things. While she uses a wide range of media, glass and sound are central to this endeavor. She is currently exploring resonance as a concept and frequencies using Cosmic Octave Planetary Tuning Forks.


Karen presented Crossweaves in the Morphic Field, a new live sound piece, mixing for the first time her own vocal tones and sounds collected through a variety of methods and devices. She also presented Silent Amplifiers (Mutual Dreaming), a pair of works in blown glass and carved selenite.


Zita Schüpferling's work is about site-specific transformation of space through situative or architectural interventions on various scales as well as performance. Using the exhibition opening and the exhibition itself as a setting, her performative pieces are about creating and interfering with atmospheres through minimal gestures actors embed into the environment. 

Zita introduced the piece There are visitors among the visitors who have the task to flirt with you, which is part of an ongoing project. She presented a booklet based on this performance, as well as Catalogue of the Catalogue, a booklet derived from a past exhibition.

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