What is Here is Open – Curator Tour – August 24, 2-3pm

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What is Here is Open – Curator Tour with Alicia Grullón & Nelson Molina

Hunter East Harlem Gallery
2180 3rd Ave at 119th Street
New York, NY

August 24, 2-3pm

What is Here is Open: Selections from the Treasures in the Trash Collection is an exhibition that places works by seven New York City-based contemporary artists alongside a selection of Molina’s found objects. Molina, along with curator Alicia Grullón, have chosen objects from the Treasures in the Trash Collection to accompany the contemporary artists’ works, creating unique, site-specific installations inside Hunter East Harlem Gallery.

Participating Artists in the Exhibition: Tomie Arai, Dominique Duroseau, Maria Hupfield, Coronado Print Collective (with Pepe Coronado, Leslie Jiménez and Carlos Jesus Martinez Domingez), Shellyne Rodríguez

This exhibition is made possible in part thanks to support from Hi-ARTS, the Foundation for New York’s Strongest, and Hunter East Harlem Gallery.

Topping at Thomas Hunter Project Space – Through August 31

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Topping

Thomas Hunter Project Space
930 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY
August 4 – 31
Opening Reception: August 4, 6-8pm

Sarah Mihara Creagen and Jason Rondinelli are proud to present Topping, an exhibition that draws upon the lifecycle of plants as a means to explore queer sexuality. The term topping in queer culture is most commonly associated with dominant sexual roles, but in the realm of horticulture topping is as an aggressive form of pruning. The drawings and sculptures in this exhibition inhabit a precarious juncture, where BDSM and sexual health practices are presented through a humorous botanical lens.

Sarah Mihara Creagen has created narrative drawings that take inspiration from personal experiences, botanical illustrations, and gardening manuals. Sarah is interested in methods of close looking found in botanical sciences and how it relates to sexual health exams. She uses specific horticultural terms as a jumping off point for narratives that ricochet between sex, humor, and anxiety.

Jason Rondinelli’s sculptures operate in the lineage of homoeroticism’s relation to floral imagery and take a particular look at the messier side of it. Here he presents abstract forms whose concave surfaces are inspired by the act of grinding flowers with a mortar and pestle. The heads of roses, and other foliage are macerated into the absorbent wooden surfaces staining the exterior over time. This action produces a plethora of associations related to sex, power, or marking the body with perfume and love potions. The bone-like sculptures accumulate a history of aggressive floral offerings that expose the vulnerability of the form.

What is Here is Open at Hunter East Harlem Gallery – Through September 14

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What is Here is Open: Selections from the Treasures in the Trash Collection

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Hunter East Harlem Gallery
2180 3rd Avenue at 119th Street
New York, NY

Through September 14

Participating Artists: Tomie Arai, Dominique Duroseau, Maria Hupfield, Coronado Print Collective (Pepe Coronado, Leslie Jiménez and Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez), Shellyne Rodríguez.

For over 30 years, Nelson Molina worked for the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) as a sanitation worker. His regular pick up routes were in Manhattan 11, a district bordered by 96th Street to 106th Street between First and Fifth Avenues. While he worked, he found many objects; some that needed repair and others that were fully intact.

As hundreds and hundreds of objects amassed, Molina created the Treasures in the Trash Collection inside DSNY’s garage. The result of Molina’s labor of love is a collection of objects that range from carefully posed, century-old framed family portraits to needle point; from lost cassettes to castaway Buddha statues; from colorful Pez dispensers to clocks and 8mm films. Each object has become a rescued moment, recovered by Molina’s sense for the importance of place, sustainability, and community.

What is Here is Open: Selections from the Treasures in the Trash Collection is an exhibition that places works by seven New York City-based contemporary artists alongside a selection of Molina’s found objects. Molina, along with curator Alicia Grullón, will choose objects from the Treasures in the Trash Collection to accompany the contemporary artists’ works, creating unique, site-specific installations at the Hunter East Harlem Gallery. These ephemeral installations blur the lines between art, memory, and archive, and take on both an anthropological and artistic resolve that rests in community’s vision of itself. The resulting project emphasizes the artistic and curatorial processes of those who make, those who collect, and those who arrange, engaging the similarities among these actions.

Tschabalala Self, MFASO Lecture – September 25, 7-9pm

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Tschabalala Self , MFASO Lecture

Hunter MFA Studios
205 Hudson Street, 2nd Floor Flex Space
New York, NY
September 25, 7-9pm

Tschabalala Self (b. 1990) is a painter from Harlem, NY. She received her BA from Bard College in 2012 and her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2015. Selected recent solo exhibitions include Bodega Run, Hammer Projects, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2019); Tschabalala Self, Frye Museum, Seattle (2019); Bodega Run, Yuz Museum, West Bund Shanghai (2018); Bodega Run, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London (2017); Sour Patch, Thierry Goldberg, Miami (2017); Tschabalala Self,Tramway, Glasgow (2017); Tschabalala Self, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London (2017); Desire, Moore Building, Miami (2016); The Function, T293, Naples (2016). Recent group exhibitions include The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR (2018); Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2017); A Shape That Stands Up, Art + Practice, Los Angeles (2016); A Constellation, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2015); and MOOD, MoMA PS1 in collaboration with the Studio Museum in Harlem , Queens (2019).