Past Exhibitions

May 10 - August 3, 2009

The University of Trash:
Michael Cataldi and Nils Norman

Installation view of The University of Trash, 2009.


Opening for Summer Exhibitions
Sunday, May 10, 2009, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for the Opening of The University of Trash, Rashid Johnson's Smoke and Mirrors, and new In Practice Projects.

Special music performances on the University of Trash stages by Wildebeest, Achten, and Michael Stasis!

Image: Rashid Johnson, The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club The Harlem Portraits, 2009. Lambda print. 60" x 47". Image courtesy of the artist and Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery.


The University of Trash presents:
Space for Revolution

Saturday, May 16, 2009, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Space for Revolution will include presentations and informal discussions that ask what a space for revolution can look like. Members of the School of Walls and Space (Copenhagen); Baltimore Development Cooperative, Participation Park, and organizers from the City from Below Conference will present their work in an informal setting. The discussion will open to questions of revolutionary space and the role of artists and other actors in organizing against global neoliberalism. This inaugural public program of the University of Trash will end with a performance by Japanther.


The University of Trash hosts:

Sunday, May 17, 2009, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tender and true, nimble and mobile, our hand is wide open up, waiting for your touch on our Life Line. These roving FINGERS are anxious to take you to the back room gay vaudeville of yesteryear, a vision of caves and paradises we have imagined into reality. We bring you performances in the struggle and the splendor of queertransfeminist bodies, a rainbow of hallucinated ahistorical reenactment. Our FINGERS act deftly, slight of hand and slight of weight, shadow games, palmistry and carpal feelings.


The University of Trash hosts:
Not your Typical PE Class with Athena Kokoronis
Thursday, May 21 - Monday, May 25, 2009, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Project with artist and choreographer Athena Kokoronis

This is not your typical physical education class. Competition will be set aside along with ugly gym uniforms, and getting picked last. We will consider our bodies to be live building materials for imagination and reinterpretation. Through a series of collaborative and invigorating exercises, we will meditate our own physical structure within a shared physical landscape. We will consider the space we occupy, and imagine are bodies to be support structures or building blocks that work collectively rather than opposing.


The University of Trash presents:
Right to the Airwaves

Saturday, June 6, 2009, 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Right to the Airwaves is a daylong workshop presented in collaboration with free103point9 exploring the radical potential of analog airwaves. The afternoon will begin with a radio transmitter building workshop covering the history of broadcasting, how transmitters work, online transmission tools, and transmission arts as a creative medium. At 5:00 PM Tom Roe (free 103.9) and Andy Gunn (Prometheus Radio) will be joined by transmission artist neuroTransmitter for an informal discussion about their work and issues of free speech, free space, and the right to the airwaves. The evening will close with DJ sets by Tom Roe and Angel Navarez (neuroTransmitter) that will be broadcast live on the University of Trash internet and low power FM stations transmitted to boomboxes within the university.

Note: There will be a $25 materials fee for the transmitter building workshop and reservations are highly recommended as space is limited. Please contact to secure your spot.


Summer Sessions:
Lucky Dragons, Zola Jesus,Wet Hair

Friday, July 3, 2009, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Join us outside on the University of Trash courtyard stage for our inaugural summer concert series!

Lucky Dragons, Zola Jesus, Wet Hair

Mark your calendars!

The show is $7, tickets can be purchased through our website, at the SculptureCenter front desk, or at Academy Records Annex in Williamsburg:

Academy Annex
96 N. 6TH ST. (Between Berry & Wythe)
Sunday through Thursday 12:00 AM to 8:00 PM
FRIDAY and SATURDAY 12:00 AM to 10:00 PM


The University of Trash presents:
Architectures of Crisis/ Architectures of Resistance

Monday, July 27, 2009, 7:00 PM


Architectures of Crisis/ Architectures of Resistance highlights the role of built space past and present in organizing radical movements and documenting shifting economic, social, and political climates. Teddy Cruz and CUP's founder Damon Rich will discuss the economic crisis in relation to Rich's current exhibition Red Lines Housing Crisis Learning Center at the Queens Museum, and Cruz's ongoing work with the trans-border urbanisms at the US and Mexico border region.

Please note:
MLAB and The Center for Urban Pedagogy's Nehemiah! A Case Study of Radical Pragmatism have also been rescheduled. Please see list of events for details.

Image: Damon Rich, Block Buster, 2008. Animated neon sign. Photo: Lite Brite Neon.


The University of Trash hosts:
Capital Reading Group
Thursdays, May 14 - July 30, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us on Thursday nights 6-8pm in the Conversation Space at the University of Trash to follow David Harvey's video lectures on Marx's Capital Volume 1. David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and has been teaching Capital for over 40 years. We will follow his video lectures and discuss the reading and its relevance to the current crisis in an informal setting, likely to adjourn to a near by bar for further discussion. Attendance is open, however you must have your own copy of Capital Volume 1, Penguin classics edition.


The Free Skool at The University of Trash
May 11 - August 3, 2009, Thursday - Monday, 11-6

The Free Skool at the University of Trash is an informal educational program that invites the public to become transient professors and students by proposing and participating in workshops, classes, meetings and more. Running during all open hours from May 11th- August 3rd, the University of Trash will host workshops ranging from weekly reading groups, book making workshops, to physical education intensives. A schedule of events will be updated regularly on SculptureCenter's website. The full schedule can be found on the Facebook page for University of Trash.

To propose a project or event for the Free Skool, email