Curators' Notebook


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Dec 10, 2008

Without Walls at Museum 52

Exhibition Link

Opening: December 12, 2008, 6-8PM
Running: December 12, 2008 - January 17, 2009
at Museum 52
95 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002

David Altmejd | Gavin Anderson | Frank Benson | Sarah Braman | David Brooks | Nathan Carter | Nicole Cherubini | Devon Costello | Taylor Davis | Lucky DeBellevue | Lansing-Dreiden | Jacob Dyrenforth | Adriana Farmiga | Eric Fertman | Lars Fisk | Rachel Foullon | Daniele Frazier | Amy Gartrell | Sara Greenberger-Rafferty | Van Hanos | Valerie Hegarty | Corin Hewitt | Vlatka Horvat | Kevin Hughes | Timothy Hull | Matthew Day Jackson | Ryan Johnson | KB Jones | Jon Kessler | Anya Kielar | Aaron King | Blaze Lamper | Pam Lins | Matthew Lusk | Michael Mahalchick | Yuri Masnyj | Daniel McDonald | Curtis Mitchell | Virginia Poundstone | Yadir Quintana | Sean Raspet | Jacob Robichaux | Halsey Rodman | Heather Rowe | Macrae Semans | Anthony Titus | Kon Trubkovich | Johannes VanDerBeek | Nichole van Beek | Dustin Yellin

In Without Walls, the participating artists were given 2 specifications: that the walls could not be used, and that the sculpture should be within the approximate dimensions of two foot high, one foot wide and one foot deep. The intention is to create a situation where the works come together in a less direct manner allowing an environment of interaction that is seated in chance.

Image courtesy of Museum 52

Dec 5, 2008

Carla Herrera-Prats at Art in General

Exhibition Link

Ending December 13
at Art in General
79 Walker Street
New York, NY 10013

Carla Herrera-Prat's Prep Materials is a exhibition presented as a series of pictures, drawings, and a slide show documenting the politics and competition that have been a part of the technological development of standardized testing, which has led to modern ballot machines and desktop scanners. The exhibition presents the history and contradictions in the system Herrera-Prats has discovered through her archival research into the three institutions that launched the system of standardized tests we know today.

Photo courtesy of Art in General

Nov 25, 2008

Amy Granat at BROADWAY 1602

Exhibition Link

November 25, 2008 - January 3, 2009, Opening Reception November 25, 5 - 7PM
at BROADWAY 1606
1182 Broadway, Suite 1602
New York, NY 10001

Observations on a bowl of fruit (anonymous)

There are curves and no right angles. Each covered with tiny imperfections, they have rubbed up against reality of the physical world, and they have transformed themselves into small miracles of survival. What gives them their specific shapes is unclear, but it probably involves a process that's been underway for years. Some are almost completely round, others only partly so. They look like a funny cast of characters indeed. There is the angry one, with its dents and its scratches. The surface of the shy one is slightly fuzzy. A calm serenity surrounds the confident one, who might also be the oldest one. Names come to mind, somehow, although remain disconnected from any clear reference or story. I'm almost disappointed to find them at a moment when they're behaving themselves, peacefully co- existing. But the traces of a recent disruption are lingering, and another is surely not too far away. Nothing sits still, as the lights and the shadows endlessly push the colors around, the reds getting redder for a second, but then becoming pinker again. At times, they glisten, as if absorbed into a William Carlos Williams world of short-lived balance and harmony. A moment later, they look a bit more lazy and dull. And so on and so forth.

New York based artist Amy Granat presents her first solo show at BROADWAY 1602. The artist presents a video installation based on her new film 2 + 1 + 1 + 2 (For Niki) and the 16 mm film installation Mango.

Nov 21, 2008

Nayland Blake: Behavior at Location 1

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December 2, 2008 - February 14, 2009

Behavior, a 25-year survey of the Nayland Blake's work, will feature pieces from every aspect of Blake's career as a painter, sculptor, illustrator, performer, and installation artist. Behavior will be accompanied by a catalogue, as well as by a series of artist-curated performance nights, and has been curated for Location One by Maura Reilly.

Among the performances will be a re-staging of Blake's notorious performance, Gorge, a one-hour performance in which the artist sits shirtless in front of a table full of food from which the audience is free to feed him. In addition, Blake will curate three evenings of performances, entitled Mis-behavior. Each night he will invite 5 to 10 artists, musicians, writers to react to his work, including Zeena Parkins, Chris Cochran, Carolee Schneemann, Carmelita Tropicana, Lynne Tillman, Rob Fitterman, Alyssa Wendt and Eileen Myles, among others.

Nov 19, 2008

Franz West at the Baltimore Museum of Art

Exhibition on BMA's website

If you are travelling to or near Baltimore, do not miss Franz West's To Build a House You Start With the Roof: Work, 1972 - 2008 at the Baltimore Museum of Art until January 4. West's influence and collaborative spirit can be seen throughout contemporary art, from Rachel Harrison to John Bock to Rudolf Stingel. This first US survey show is comprehensive and fun. A complementary show of Rachel Harrison's and Dieter Roth's work completes a visit.

Nov 13, 2008

Melanie Gilligan: Crisis in the Credit System

Crisis in the Credit System is a four-part drama dealing with the credit crisis, scripted and directed by artist Melanie Gilligan. A major investment bank runs a brainstorming and role-playing session for its employees, asking them to come up with strategies for coping with today's dangerous financial climate. Role-playing their way into increasingly bizarre scenarios, they find themselves drawing disturbing conclusions about the deeper significance of the crisis and its effects beyond the world of finance. Using fiction to communicate what is left out of documentary accounts of the crisis, the short, TV-style episodes reflect the strangeness of life today in which the financial abstractions that govern our lives appear to be collapsing.

Nov 8, 2008

Fionn Meade Article in Parkett

More on this issue of Parkett.

Fionn Meade, co-curator of SculptureCenter's current exhibition Degrees of Remove: Landscape and Affect, recently published an excellent article on painter Christopher Wool in Parkett Vol 83.

The Article:

Title: Syntax for Minor Mishaps
Artist: Christopher Wool
Author: Fionn Meade
Rubric: Collaborations
Page: 120

Nov 7, 2008

Power Structure
Curated by Nicolás Guagnini

Exhibition Link

Works by Luis Camnitzer, Alejandro Cesarco, Juan Downey, Dan Graham, Sam Lewitt, John Miller, Karin Schneider and Reena Spaulings

November 7 - December 13, 2008

at: Roth, 160A East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021

Just Because I can go from the gray room inside myself into the white cube just outside (and beyond), always on the East side of Manhattan (or on the East Coast of South America), never the West; and materialize such transit into pieces of others that will shed the best possible light onto a small piece of mine. And just because I can live my life with a resemblance of coherence, and an illusion of continuity between my thoughts and my actions, and surround myself with, and love, certain artists; and just because I can fantasize about reconfiguring our given markets and networks and resignify them as a social space, using somehow the pathetic misfortunes and oscillations of our self feeding legitimation system for my own ends, making them into a means of productions to assert genealogies and ideologies. Just because I need to see others seeing me so I can see myself, and just because October is the cruelest of the months; and just because I refuse to believe that our productions are reduced to an existential impossibility (or to an indexical, critical, and self-referential demonstration of the complicity inherent in that impossibility), and I can work to create an audience over a number of years and respond to it -and myself- in a matter of days, and somehow I can do it all almost in real time, but compressing and expanding whatever that "real" time is as I (we) go along. Gallery, magazine: magazine, gallery. Just because I can. Will you buy it?

Nicolás Guagnini, Harlem, September 2008

Oct 31, 2008

Klara Hobza's New Millennium Paper Airplane Contest

Project Link

THE NEW MILLENNIUM PAPER AIRPLANE CONTEST takes place Saturday, November 1, from 1-5 at the Hall of Science in Flushing, Queens.

This will be the last chance to see the amazing Great Hall, a building from the World's Fair, before it shuts down for several years of renovation. The Public Art Fund will provide a free shuttle bus going from Manhattan, at 12:15pm from the northwest corner of 15th Street and 10th Avenue.