Gil Arnaud Ngolé, Parametric Melody of the River – Postponed

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Gil Arnaud Ngolé, Parametric Melody of the River

Gallery Cubed presents NEA: Network of Extraordinary Artists

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

**Postponed due to strict US policies**

Gil Arnaud Ngolé’s practice uses indigenous fabrication techniques to speak to forced displacement. Utilizing a variety of media including acrylic, holographic paper, reeds, and other discarded materials, Ngolé creates sculptural drawings and wearable works. Ngolé’s interest in photographic processes, documentation, and staging is seen in his works, which place sculpture into the landscape with the purpose of being photographed. His drawing practice pulls in protein structures and indigenous architecture to create hybridized, sculptural works.

Ngolé was born in Brazzaville, The Republic of the Congo, during the postcolonial era. This social and political environment has remained an important source of inspiration. Ngolé received a BFA from the Rueil-Malmaison’s College of Art (Paris), and an MFA from the Memphis College of Art (Memphis, TN). His works has been exhibited at Crosstown Arts (Memphis, TN), the Memorial Art Gallery (Memphis, TN), the Tops Gallery (Memphis, TN), The Zhou B Art Center (Chicago), ArtFields 2016 Biennale (Lake City, SC), the Sumter Art Gallery (Sumter, SC), and the Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM). He has been a sponsored resident at the Santa Fe Art Institute and a SFAI Visiting Artist with the University of New Mexico Lands Arts Of The American West in 2017.

O1 Magazine Launch Party at Hunter East Harlem Gallery – February 6, 6:30-8:30pm

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O1 Magazine Launch Party

part of The Extraordinary

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

February 6, 6:30-8:30pm

Editor and creator of O1 Magazine, Jenny Hung will launch the third version of her serial publication dedicated to the foreign and the familiar. The magazine features works by foreign-born artists living in the US, many of whom have struggled with the complexities and stresses of the O-1 application.

Amanda Valdez, MFASO Lecture – February 13, 7pm

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Amanda Valdez, MFASO Lecture

Hunter MFA Studios, Second Floor Flex Space
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY

February 13, 7pm

Amanda Valdez uses fabric, embroidery, paint, and a sewing machine to make her paintings. Oscillating between abstraction and representation her shapes poke at everything human. She examines how painting can represent the physical experiences and stories of the body, using different modes of making to give a larger sense of time on a historic scale.

Amanda is based in New York City. She received her MFA from Hunter College in New York City and BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been the recipient of Artist-in-Residency awards from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Joan Mitchell Center to name a few. She was awarded the 2011 College Art Association MFA Professional-Development Fellowship. Recent solo exhibitions include First Might, Denny Gallery New York, Rotherwas Project 1: Amanda Valdez. Ladies’ Night, Mead Art Museum, Amherst University, The Mysteries, Koki Fine Arts, Tokyo, and Hot Bed, DotFiftyOne, Miami. She is included in the collections of The Davis Museum at Wellesley College and The Mead Art Museum at Amherst University, along with private collections.

Peter Dudek in Unrelated

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Peter Dudek in Unrelated

Park Place Gallery
661 Park Place, #3
Brooklyn, NY

February 7 – February 16
Opening Reception: February 7, 7-10pm
Closing Reception: February 16, 5-7pm

With works by Jimbo Blachly, Peter Dudek, Emily Feinstein and Monika Sosnowski.
Curated by Peter Dudek.
This exhibition is part of a series of curatorial projects formed under the umbrella term “unrelated”. Shared content, formal relationships or conceptual connectivity of any sort were not contributing factors in bringing together art works by these
artists. Differences mattered.

Workshop with Immigration Lawyer, part of The Extraordinary – January 29, 6:30pm

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Workshop with Immigration Lawyer Aaliya Zaveri
part of The Extraordinary

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

January 29, 6:30-8:30pm

Aaliya Zaveri, Attorney at the Masliah Firm, specializes in immigrant law. She will be on site at HEHG to review steps and tips for the O-1 Visa, and offer her expertise as an immigrant working in US law. www.themasliahfirm.com

The Extraordinary is group show of eight artists who have or are seeking an O-1 Non-immigration Visa: Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement. Qualification for an O-1 Visa is based on subjective and complicated set of criteria: that individuals be “renowned” and have “distinction” in their field. The exhibition aims to bring attention and transparency to the immigration process while also critiquing this very system. The Extraordinary is an exhibition that visa-seeking artists can list on their CVs as part of the visa-qualifying process. The exhibition checklist was generated from an open call that received 123 applications from artists from 40 different countries. The eight artists included here were selected by a prestigious jury made of immigrant arts workers.

The structure that surrounds The Extraordinary aims to locate HEHG as a resource for the community and a safe place for critical discourse around the misunderstandings and misconceptions about legal immigration. Programming will include workshops with immigration lawyers, an artist panel discussion, support group sessions with O-1 Visa holders, performances, and more. See full programming schedule here.

Nari Ward Named as a 2020 United States Artists Fellow

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Nari Ward Named as a 2020 United States Artists Fellow

From Art Forum:

“United States Artists (USA), the Chicago-based nonprofit, has named the fifty recipients of its 2020 fellowships, which come with unrestricted $50,000 cash awards. Working across ten disciplines, including architecture and design, dance, film, media, visual art, and writing, the cohort was chosen based on their creative accomplishments. The 2020 fellows include Patty Chang, Edwidge Danticat, MOS Architects, Sophia Nahli Allison, Guadalupe Rosales, Cameron Rowland, Elizabeth Streb, Martine Syms, and Nari Ward.”

Susan Crile in Theatre of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991-2011

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Susan Crile in Theatre of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991-2011

MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, Queens

Through March 1

American-led military engagement in Iraq over the last 30 years has had an indelible impact on contemporary culture and the work of artists around the world. This large-scale group exhibition examines the legacies of these conflicts beginning with the Gulf War in 1991, featuring over 300 works by more than 80 artists based in Iraq and its diasporas, as well as those responding to the war from the West.

While brief, the 1991 Gulf War marked the start of a prolonged conflict with Iraq that led to more than a decade of sanctions and the 2003 Iraq War. These wars and their aftermaths have had devastating impacts on Iraq and its people, contributing to the destabilization of the broader Middle East. Conflict with Iraq has also become an enduring part of American life, influencing culture, politics, and identity.

The artists in Theater of Operations were also impacted by significant cultural change during this period—including the advent of the 24-hour news cycle, the Internet, and new media and military technologies. The wide range of perspectives included in this exhibition attests to the rich artistic traditions of contemporary Iraq, with artists working under conditions of war, embargo, and occupation placed in conversation with those responding to these wars from afar.

Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991–2011 is organized by Peter Eleey, Chief Curator, and Ruba Katrib, Curator, MoMA PS1; with Jocelyn Miller, Assistant Curator; Josephine Graf, Curatorial Assistant; and Oliver Shultz, former Curatorial Associate.

Valerie Jaudon featured in With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972-1985

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Valerie Jaudon featured in
With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972-1985

MOCA Grand Avenue
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

Through May 11

With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 is the first full-scale scholarly survey of this groundbreaking American art movement, encompassing works in painting, sculpture, collage, ceramics, installation art, and performance documentation. Covering the years 1972 to 1985 and featuring approximately fifty artists from across the United States, the exhibition examines the Pattern and Decoration movement’s defiant embrace of forms traditionally coded as feminine, domestic, ornamental, or craft-based and thought to be categorically inferior to fine art.

Christina Freeman presenting at New Media Caucus Annual Showcase at CAA – February 13

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Christina Freeman presenting at New Media Caucus Annual Showcase at CAA

Bar Louie – Printers Row
47 West Polk Street
Chicago, IL

February 13, 8pm

The New Media Caucus showcase is a curated series of rapid-fire presentations about new media art by 10 NMC members. It has proven to be an excellent forum to get to know the work of a fellow members in a lively atmosphere and is the signature offsite event of the New Media Caucus.

Jeffrey Meris, Let My Country Die For Me atGallery Cubed – Through January 25

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Jeffrey Meris, Let My Country Die For Me

Gallery Cubed presents NEA: Network of Extraordinary

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

Through January 25

GALLERY CUBED (GC) is a portable pop-up, a 4 x 8 foot gallery in a box. The franchise kit includes hidden electrical power, easily replaceable parts, and manageable, stackable, flat-pack, space-saving, interlocking panels that are easy to assemble. Anyone can put together the pieces to make a sturdy, load-bearing exhibition space appear out of thin air. GC’s mission is to empower communities and artists through the transformative power of a sustainable art experience. More art for more people for less money.

Inside of the walls of GALLERY CUBED, Nathan Rayman presents his curatorial project, NEA: Network of Extraordinary Artists. The NEA supports international artists applying for the O-1 US Visa or Green Card by offering them opportunities to fulfill specific requirements—exhibitions, publications, panel participation, etc.—that prove their “extraordinariness” to immigration authorities. Like HEHG’s exhibition, The Extraordinary, the NEA is populated through an open call put out by GALLERY CUBED and selected by a jury of established arts workers.

The NEA will present a series of six solo exhibitions beginning on October 16, 2019 and rotating through March, 2020. The NEA began in 2019 and serves as an inclusive, generative network at a time when the US’s original NEA (the National Endowment for the Arts) is at risk of being dismantled and money is more often channelled through the secondary art market. In this environment of dwindling support and funding for art production, the NEA calls into question the metrics used to obtain the status of an “extraordinary” or “successful” artist. How is this lofty goal made even more difficult for non-residents? How can we re-imagine existing structures so that they might yield a more inclusive dividend of success rather than creating competition, scarcity, and rejection?

Peter Hoffmeister, Ground Revision – Through March 31

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Peter Hoffmeister, Ground Revision

Dyckman Farmhouse
4881 Broadway at 204th Street
New York, NY

Through March 31, 2020

Ground Revision is an exhibition of site-specific works installed in the period rooms of the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum located in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan. Not far from the house is the site of a former burial ground where enslaved peoples were laid to rest (some from the Dyckman estate). Destroyed in the early 20th century as the area was developed, the graves were dug up with little care or concern, and the remains were ultimately lost. It is still unmarked to this day; a public school and its parking lot now stand at the site.

I was invited by the museum’s staff to join the ongoing conversation about this situation, and to address a deep history of white supremacy at the house through these works. The community is fighting to have the site remembered, and I hope these works will amplify the conversation, while offering a contemplative moment for visitors to the house.

Ground Revision is made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC. UMEZ enhances the economic vitality of all communities in Upper Manhattan through job creation, corporate alliances, strategic investments, and small business assistance. LMCC empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Manhattan and beyond.

Esteban Cabeza de Baca, MFASO Lecture – December 18, 7pm

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Esteban Cabeza de Baca, MFASO Lecture

Hunter MFA Studios, 2nd Floor Flex Space
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY

December 18, 7pm

Esteban Cabeza de Baca (b.1985) grew up in San Ysidro, one of the largest border towns between the United States and Mexico and the site of last year’s migrant caravan crisis. Esteban’s work emerges from his Mestizo culture in the Southwest United States. He has attended many residencies including the Carrizozo AIR, Drawing Center’s Open Sessions, the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, the LMCC Workspace Program and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program. His works are among public and private collections worldwide, including Harvard University, The Netherlands Bank, Stern Collection, and De Heus Collection. He holds a BFA from The Cooper Union and an MFA from Columbia University where he currently teaches painting. Esteban’s first NYC solo show “Worlds Without Borders” at Boers Li Gallery was featured in NYTimes as an Artist To Watch Now. He lives and works in Queens, NY.